An Inspired Thanksgiving Table

I ordered the new Markham Roberts book last week and finally got some time to flip through it yesterday.  It’s a fascinating study on traditional decorating with an edge- full of bold color and mixed patterns.  One image, of the author/designer’s own upstate home, totally inspired me palette wise. Chartreuse and beige, baby!  I thought why not make an unexpected Thanksgiving table out of it? No one said you have to use orange and red and turkeys on T-day!  I wanted to incorporate gold, wood, color and some old school patterns together with modern touches to craft something really fun but formal enough for a family celebration.

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Plain + Simple

Fall brings with it an amazing variety of colors- but sometimes simple is best.  When life is crazy (as mine has been), soothing palettes make me feel calmer (hence, my new all- neutral bedroom, which I am going to shoot for you soon- I promise!)  But that translates into clothing too- black, white and camel is such a fabulous, classic, streamlined way to dress AND decorate.  Just check out these pairings for inspiration…

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The Tour.

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Chicago readers with champagne and books at Jayson Home!

First of all I have to say, I love my husband…but last night I almost murdered him.

Over the weekend I upgraded to the iPhone 6 since my 5’s battery would last about an hour before it would die. Andrew insisted he backed up my phone (and all it’s photos) on my computer before we brought it in to sell- and have the hard drive wiped. I believed him. (Cue foreboding Jaws music…)

Cut to me opening my laptop to blog about our Chicago trip and come to find out- the backup did not work and he had not checked to make sure. All my photos are GONE. GONE! I managed to not have a cerebral hemorrhage right then and there, but the anger is stewing.  Yet another example of why my micro-managing of life is for a good reason (ahem!!!)

The Last One!

This week holds my last book tour stop, I can not believe it! It went by SO fast, and I’ll be recapping my Chicago trip tomorrow and the whole experience soon (Andrew will also chime in with his take on this surreal experience). But for my “victory lap” party I can think of no better place than my favorite home store here in Boston, Hudson, in the South End.   They just switched the store displays over for fall (and always do such an amazing job) so I sent my assistants Lindsey and Allison to take some pictures of all the new goodies while I was traveling!  More info on the party after the jump….
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Fashion Friday: The (Still) Staple Coat

I’s that time of year again (if you live in the northeast or mid-west, that is)…. COAT SEASON!  I inherited my love of a good coat from my mom (whose collection is pretty epic) and now that I have a legit, HUGE coat closet I can imbibe in a few extras this season.  Last year the “it” coat for fall/ winter was the army green anorak with (faux) fur trimmed hood.  And guess what, it’s still HUGE this year too (lucky for our wallets!)  There are a few variations on the theme, like the the duffle coat version, the glossy grey anorak version the pea coat version and the puffy coat version (all via Nordstrom, which has a killer selection in so many price points).

I find that in the colder months I dress in a total uniform of sweaters, skinny jeans, boots and this coat (I bought one last year and just need to find out where it’s hiding post-construction).  This look works for a variety of ages and body types too, so if you aren’t already rocking this combo, now’s the time to try it! Click images for links (or see links below)

Coat // Sweater // Jeans // Bag // Boots (die over the bows on the backs!) // Watch // Earrings

Some more inspiration for this look: