Friday, February 17, 2017

Happy Friday! My Week and a Project Sneak Peek

After 3 snow days, a sick kid and a traveling hubby who got stuck out of town I'm glad to be rolling into this weekend. 

The week wasn't all bad though. First we started off with a great ski weekend with lots of powder. I don't get to say that much and it was amazing! It makes it better when it snows the whole time. Second, our photo shoot that was snowed out last week also got moved to this week. I can't wait to see how it turned out. A special thanks to Jourieh from Jourieh Alicia Photography for capturing this project. This was a project in the Boston area that I've been dying to share with you. This client has similar tastes to my own, so decorating this space was a lot of fun. She also happens to be one of the first friends I met when we moved here. I still remember meeting her at the park with our babies who are now 10 years old! Time goes WAY too fast. 

I can't wait to share the professional images but in the meantime here's a couple iPhone pics.  

Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

Conner ready to take on the slopes after a mid mountain break

Jake just didn't want to stop skiing! This trail was absolutely stunning. The pictures don't do it justice.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


I could spend hours, actually I take that back...days perusing talented designers portfolios. Filling my head with ideas for my own home and my clients homes. But this weeks perusing led me to Chenault James Interiors. A southern girl who manages to mix traditional classic design and modern touches to create timeless interiors. I'm very much a neutral girl who loves to add color with accessories so you can imagine how much I love these spaces. Traditional Home named her a "New Trad" designer of 2015 and there's a good reason. Her work is amazing. She is also the co-owner of Pappy & Co which is a line of bourbon inspired items including barware, clothing, hot sauce and even furniture. 

The ceiling, windows, animal print chair covered on cassaro fabric...completely obsessing over all of it. I love how she kept the window treatments off of these windows to showcase how beautiful they are.

This reminds me of some of the victorian homes here in New England with their beautiful woodwork and little details like the arch above the doorway. This paint color is beautiful as well and the pop of color in this beautiful abstract print.

This kitchen is so simple yet so stunning. The zinc hood and marble blend perfectly. I'd personally do a different light fixture above the island because I like a little more modern but this fits the space well.

So many of my favorites all in one room. This Kelly Whearstler fabric is so fun and I love seeing it mixed in traditional spaces. Paired with this Phillip Jeffries nailed it grasscloth and the painted trim I just love it all. I love the feminine pastel velvet couch used with a more masculine wallpaper too.  Bold art by Sally Benedict placed above the fireplace. This is a great example of traditional and modern done well.

Black iron doors make anything look amazing! I really really need these in my life one day. Can we also talk about this table base by Beau Studios??

I love the function of this space. How we all could use a pretty room for the messy stuff. Although after I found my son with red food coloring I may be rethinking the need for a pretty, messy room. We have these barstools and I love them.

I love that she painted the trim the same color of the cabinets in this office space. A glass waterfall table keeps the space open and lets the rug and window treatments remain the center of attention. And that Worlds Away shell light fixture is like the jewelry piece to finish the look.

This Galbraith & Paul Lotus print on this pillow may hands down may be my favorite prints and I've been trying to figure out how to incorporate it into my master bedroom, whether it be in fabric or wallpaper, I'm not sure but I need it.  My issue has been I can't decide which color way I like the best. This is the picture that let me to Chenault's work.

How awesome is this map wallcovering? Paired with a hairpin leg desk and fun chair this is a room that can easily grow with kids.

This may be my favorite. I'm sort of partial to this wallpaper and love when it's used in childrens spaces. Chenault paired with these beautiful blue upholstered headboards and natural pendants to bring in warmth to the space. This space shows how Chenault adds color with accessories. You can easily switch out the beds in this space and create a completely different look. Although she did an amazing job with this space and I'm really digging this blue color right now.

You can shop the look for less here:

You can follow more of Chenault James Interiors at Instagram 

Monday, February 6, 2017


I’d really love to hear from you about topics you would like to see covered on the blog. Design questions, fashion questions or roundups would be great!   What to wear?  Favorite paint colors? Favorite places to shop? Best beauty products? Event planning ideas? More kids fashion/design posts? Anything really. Leave a comment or message me with your questions and suggestions. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Superbowl Party Ideas

The biggest game of the year is on this weekend (Go Pats!) and I will be making some of my favorite football foods. 

My husband and I met during our college years and have a lot of time under our belts tailgating at Penn State games. We continued the tradition with our boys. Our 6 month old at the time had his own season ticket, my husband made tailgate blueprints and we had a squad of about 10+ families that joined us every weekend. So I have a couple tried and true favorites to share with you. They may not be the healthiest but it's the Super Bowl and we can't all follow Tom Brady's diet. 
Cheesy Football Dip

(I've also used real bacon pieces on the outside instead of the nuts)

Deviled eggs

because who doesn't love deviled eggs

These are always a hit at a party and to be honest they're good no matter where you get them but I like the Trader Joe's ones. These homemade ones are also good.

My hubs wings 

My husband is a good cook and can make some pretty amazing wings. He's done a lot of trial and error to perfect his wings but here's his favorite recipe. Be warned. This is his description. He doesn't follow recipes or time things so you just have to wing that one?

Bake at 400 degrees I think 
Right on the sheet pan and leave alone 
They will get crispy and I don't time anything so when they're done
Toss with your favorite sauce. 

Buffalo sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks Butter, softened)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
Ranch sauce

2 tsp melted butter 
1 tsp dry ranch dressing mix 
1 tsp minced garlic 

One of the easiest main dishes to have at a party. Keep it warm in the crockpot and you're good to go. You could even add it to a build your own nachos station if you want to get all fancy. I have a couple favorite recipes but this is always the one I go to first.

Rolo Pretzel Bites

These are DANGEROUS!!

This is so easy to make ahead of time. Hardest part is not eating it all before the game. How cute is this football version

Another thing that's super easy to make and a big hit

an easy and cute treat for the kiddos

and if you want to be the coolest host EVER...

We also can't forget a couple decorating favorite part!
Touchdown Table
Concession Stand
Drink Station
Watch Football
Black & White for the WIN



Atlanta Falcons
New England Patriots

Friday, January 27, 2017


This week flew by and we're headed into a busy weekend. Starting with first penance and a birthday celebration weekend for my youngest. I can't believe he's going to be 8 years old....waaahh! I still keep thinking I have time to think about a 3rd because in my head he's 5 but in reality he acts like he's 16. As crazy as he drives me I'd kill to go back to this day.  

This weeks finds are things are a mix of some of my favorite things I've tried or received this week. 

Starting with this Ole Henrickson Power Peel System. I have some serious sunspots! Irish skin and years of baby oil at the beach...enough said. I'm hopeful for this peel system. It says 6 uses but you could easily get 2 out of each. I only used half and had plenty. My skin felt amazing afterwards and the microdermabrasion was seriously the best I've ever used. I'm not going to lie it did hurt a bit but it removed a lot of dead skin 😝  Here is a description from Sephoras site: A popular treatment at Ole Henriksen's skin clinic, this microdermabrasion and acid peel system dramatically retexturizes to visibly reduce fine lines, smooth skin texture, even skintone, diminish discoloration, and minimizes pores for instant renewed youthful radiance in three simple steps. 

My closet consists of mostly black, cream, gray and blush so when I saw this adorable sweater on Cara Loren I knew I needed it. I'm sort of obsessed with longer cardigan coats the past couple winters. I like this one because the notched collar gives it a more polished look. But yet it's comfortable and has pockets too! I ordered a small and would say it runs true to size.  It's called the Chloe Cardigan. 

If you've followed any design trends you know that blush/pink is having a big moment right now. As a boy mom I feel weird having anything pink outside my closet and nail polish colors but I couldn't resist these blush vases when I saw them at Target. I just love Targets home collection items. They don't break the bank and you can update spaces with trendier pieces you wouldn't necessarily want to spend a lot of money on.

Let's be honest, adulting and parenting is hard and not always the most rewarding job. But now you can reward yourself with these seriously amazing reward stickers. They're all so great it's hard to choose a favorite but there are days I'd really love a reward for "almost made it to the gym"   

The J. Crew catalog came this week, so there goes the paycheck. A whole slew of new Spring arrivals I'm dying to add to my closet. Especially these flats, this trench, this off the shoulder top (love both colors) and this bag!!! 

Happy Weekend! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Whether you're celebrating Gal-entines day with your girlfriends on the 13th or with your Valen-guy, I have some great gift picks to help make their day sweeter.

1. Sugarfina candy - they have the cutest packaged candy treats

2. Fresh rose mask - who wouldn't love a rose mask?

3. Kate Spade Socks - cute Valentine's socks

4. Monogrammed necklace - monogram a special date or saying on a charm or necklace

5. Spa travel gift set - this shop on etsy has adorable gift set ideas great for being pampered

6. Blush Nike Sneakers - I'm all about blush right now and loving these sneakers

7. Muah matches - the perfect matches to add on to her rose candle

8. Organic Rose Hibiscus Face Spray - spray on before you moisturize or anytime you want a refresh

9. Love you to the moon and back trinket tray - she'll think of you every time she uses this adorable handcrafted tray

10. Rose scented candle - these candles smell amazing and make the cutest make up brush jar after they're done

11. Super cozy throw - cuddle up with this super soft faux fur throw

12. Junk Food Sweatshirt - I'll love anyone who will let me sleep!

1. Luckiest guy in the world mug- this is awesome!

2. Beard oil & balm - for those with a bearded man, like myself

3. Bacon Brittle - chocolate covered strawberries not his thing? Then bacon brittle will surely do. This actually sounds amazing.

4. Water bottle that holds your phone - holds his phone and wallet 

5. Love Tokens - I saw these at UO the other day and was expecting them to say other things (ha) but to my surprise they were great ideas, like movie night, dessert night (isn't that every night?) and control of the remote one (this would be for me) 

6. Patriots NFC Championship shirt - Hopefully you'll be able to buy him a Super bowl Championship one for Valentine's Day!

7. Hearts & Arrows boxers - a valentines gift classic 

8. Timeless Pocket Squares - Under $25 and they look great personalized

9. iphone 7 battery case - because who wants a "low battery" notice

10. 99 Ways to Open a Beer Bottle without a Bottle Opener- my husband uses his wedding ring ALL the time and it drives me crazy. Maybe he could use a new trick or two.

Monday, January 23, 2017


I was recently talking to my husband the other day about if I could redo the floors and before I could even finish he looked at me like I was crazy. If he only knew what went on in my head. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love our dark hardwood floors but I've really been loving the wide planked lighter wood flooring. A golden retriever and dark floors can do that to you I guess. 

Beautiful herringbone patterned flooring looks great in this bright navy office 


This wide plank flooring looks beautiful against the blue grey cabinets



Love the knotty look in these office floors



I'd die to have a hallway like this. These floors are amazing! 



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