Our New Office Bathroom!

Our new, bigger, better space is under construction and we will be moving in middle of this month (we hope). While planning the space we realized we had to completely renovate the bathroom studs in on the QUICK, which meant sourcing items that were in stock or quick ship. We turned to Designer Bath in Beverly, MA to help us source great looking items that we could get speedily.  They carry a lot of the brands we work with on a daily basis for clients, so while I was familiar with a lot of the lines, I had no time to get this all scheduled on my own. So the showroom manager Robin stepped in a coordinated the whole order for me and everything has arrived on time.  Before we start installing the pretty stuff I wanted to share the design concept with you!

The bathroom is small and windowless so I wanted to keep it bright, clean but with a SMIDGE of drama. :) One wall of the space is brick (11.), which will be painted Sherwin Williams Greek Villa (the whole entire office will be painted that color, actually), so for the other walls I wanted to use a really fantastic paper (3.), which is Miles Redd for Schumacher’s Brighton Pavilion in the grey colorway.  I love the traditional pattern, but the modern funkiness this paper will create.  And it’ll go well with our goregous flooring (again, throughout the whole space) which is this vinyl plank from Lowes (12.)

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Artist (and Designer) Crush: William McLure

There are some people who are just SO talented you can’t believe one individual can house so much good taste and skill. William McLure is one of those people. I just cannot get enough not only of his incredible abstract paintings but also his interiors! Especially his own apartments. And he appears to be very young (with a little bit of a Zac Efron thing going on to boot…) so I can’t wait to see what else he does in his career.  And I’m absolutely looking to use his work in some of my projects- it’s fantastic.

This was his last place and it is INCREDIBLE- the layering, the mix of simplicity and detail and layering is really masterful william_mclure_apartment_02_07_2016_6489

Fashion Friday: Outfits for the Office That Don’t Suck

Ask and you shall receive! I asked on Facebook yesterday for some suggestions regarding Fashion Friday and a bunch of people asked for work outfits that were easy to put together but looked great. So I pulled together looks based on basic work attire- suits, skirts, black pants, dresses and casual Friday (or for a more laid back office that allows denim). I hope this inspires you when getting dressed for work next week (bold words are the links!)

You can’t go wrong (on nearly any body type) pairing a slightly fitted button down with a pencil skirt .  For those in a hurry, look for non-iron button downs instead, but this chambray top paired with some swingy earrings in a matching bold color and a big resin cuff says you are fun but still ready for business. The zebra heels are the extra kick of awesome. Top with a classic trench!

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Current Favorite Lighting from Circa!

I’m on a kick wanting to replace some lighting in my house that I no longer love (some basic flushmounts I rushed to put in during that last moments of renovation drama three years ago). So I’ve been constantly looking at whats out there for new lighting and thought it was a good time to share all the new items my sponsor Circa Lighting (and our #1 source for lighting for clients- known to the trade as Visual Comfort).  There are SO many good ones and swapping out old fixtures is a fast way to give new life to your space.

My favorite pendants and lanterns for kitchens, entries and hallways or even over smaller round dining tables.
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Design Crush: Gil Schafer

I’ve been buying lots of design books I’ve been eyeing for years lately. I want more of my downtime to be analog, and books are the best accessories in a home, I think.  So really, it’s win/win. One can never have enough books (unless they are cheesy paperback chick-lit or spy thrillers in which case I believe they breed while we are sleeping and/or preparing to move).  One I recently picked up is architect Gil Schafer’s The Great American HouseI’ve flipped through it before at my parents house, but this time I really dug in and my appreciation and awestruck admiration for his work grew tenfold.

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Many of his projects have been published in the big glossies, so you may recognize a home or two when flipping through– but what is so wonderful about his work is that it looks so old, so full of the detail and craft of yesteryear, that you may have just assumed it WAS an old home.  Here are two examples- one int he north and one in the south that really exemplify his work:

This Duchess County New York home is seriously dreamy.

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So grand and yet perfectly at home in the country.

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