An Adorable Bedroom + Awesome (Affordable) Wallpapers

Sorry this is so late you guys- between my renovation, Henry, work and LIFE I’ve been running behind on everything for the past few days. Which I hate. But at least I’m showing up, right? :)
So I saw this picture on Susanna Salk’s instagram last week (btw her new book about dogs and their designers looks so awesome)- and I just fell in love. It’s an old image from Elle Decor’s 2010 Showhouse and this space is by Suzanne Tucker….and it’s so damn charming.  Granny-chic is making a fast and furious comeback in a BIG way these days (more on that another day) and this room is a great mix of that and some more modern colors.  I’d love this kind of scheme for a tween/teen girls room. The beds are killer (probably vintage) but I found some nice alternates below.

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So, this is basically me when we get closer to September:


I have said it 600 times already but fall clothes make me so happy. Keep your sundresses and tank tops and hand over the sweaters and booties! I want turtleneck sweaters that look like they are swallowing my head and ALL THE COATS. All of them. I am a scientific study in what the threshold is for an adult human woman’s coat consumption.

That said, I have noticed in my “new arrivals” perusing lately that there is a boatload of very expensive fug available for fall. A quick scan of one site led me to these two charmers:

I’m sorry, WHAT? And this is just the tip of the fug iceberg! If wanting to look pretty and classic makes me a #basic than I shall happily embrace my basic-ness.  Because that up there is just trendy fashion nonsense. No one needs to be wearing overalls with bows. NO. ONE.

So here is an outfit (#basic) that I can’t wait to wear once the temps dip into the 60’s/50’s.  This sweater blazer is awesome (now referred to as my “business sweatshirt” because its as comfy as a sweatshirt but you look less like you’ve given up on getting dressed. (CLICK ITEM IMAGES FOR LINKS)
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And then to piggy back off that, some awesome fall finds I’m hoping to pick up too.  Since my famous leather pants have a non-repairable off-seam hole int hem from wearing them so much over the last 6 years, a new pair are needed (painful investment, but worth every penny).  Unlike that leather skirt, which is faux!  Everyone will need a leopard coat this season (YAY) and adorable suede chunky heels and booties. Lots to love here. (CLICK ON ITEM IMAGES FOR LINKS)

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Counter Stool Roundup

Image from the awesome, Pin-worthy Ally Banks Interiors. And no, I do not know where those stools are from but am dying to know myself!

Counter stools seems to be a lot of people’s decorating kryptonite.  Sometimes it’s mine as well!  Its a piece of furniture that is prominent in your home and likely used non-stop so it has to be pretty AND durable while alos coordinating with your kitchen AND any other decor nearby if your space is open concept.  So I find it helpful to do roundups of them often.


  • Make sure you give enough space between each stool- don’t try to cram in too many- they will be uncomfortable and make your kitchen look sloppy.
  • Make sure the distance between the seat of the stool and the bottom of the counter is about 10″- this is ideal for comfort.  Most counter stools will be 26″ because the average kitchen counter is 36″ high- but make sure you measure your counter before buying!
  • Measure the recess the stools push into- you want to give enough room for peoples legs while keeping their backs close enough to the counter itself. I have a shallow overhang so this is an issue- backless stools work best in this instance.
  • Make sure the material suits your lifestyle. Got kids? You’ll want to stick to wood, plastic, outdoor fabric or faux leather- easy cleanup and strong durability. Leather can go either way- its durable, but if someone sits on a blueberry on it- it’s going to stain.
  • If you have upholstered dining chairs in the same space, look for non upholstered counter stools and vice versa. Or instead of upholster look for woven styles.

Here is a group of great looking, slightly more unique counter stools that may peak your interest. Some of the upholstered ones have the ability to be customized with your choice of fabric too!

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Fashion Friday: How to Wear the Ruffle Trend Without Feeling Like An Idiot.


I’ve noticed that for the upcoming season everything and its mother is covered in ruffles. Now, I like a good flouncy ruffle as much as the next girly-girl, but some of the stuff I’ve been seeing is serious ruffle overkill.  Like, trying to look really fancy for your fourth grade piano recital.    So here are my suggestions for how to subtly embrace this popular look while still feeling like a grown ass woman.  Because I lived through middle school dances once and I don’t really want to channel that time-period in my life again, thankyouverymuch.  The key is to balance the fluffy, busy-ness of the ruffle with super streamlined and sleek pieces- like a ruffled sleeve top with super slim pants or jeans.


I adore this one- sweet with a little bit of n edge in the distressed denim and embroidered loafers.
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This one could potentially go to the office, or is great for when you want to be comfy and casual but still look totally pulled together.
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I’m kinda obsessed with this look- the crazy fun metallic skirt paired with the cool beaded scarf necklace and a touch of denim to bring it down to earth.
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A great work look with trim, tailored print trousers paired with a dramatic ruffled sleeve sweater (I also LOVE this one, which I’d do statement earrings with). The of-the-moment loafer tops it off. Also, that bag is under $75!
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An evening look (this dress is bananas good)- loving red and navy together right now!
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Have a happy weekend everyone.




Killer New Lighting!

When looking for lighting for clients I have my go-to sources: Circa, Arteriors and Hudson Valley for the middle ground client, Urban Electric, Currey & Co. and Vaughn for higher end ones and then PB, Wayfair and Shades of Light for more budget-conscious projects. I always skipped over Hinkley as I never saw anything that was my taste from them– until now. Holy moly- they have awesome new pieces with a really sleek modern-farmhouse / modern-traditional appeal. And in looking at their prices from retailers, they are a great price too.  I rounded up my picks to share with you because I’m so digging these looks! :)


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