Sunday, December 15, 2013

Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid

By now, everyone knows that the Pantone Color of the Year 2014 is Radiant Orchid. That's fancy speak for purple, and I'm 100% on board with this. Here are a few of my favorite orchid-ish moments in design:

Madeline Weinrib Luce fabric via Pinterest

Angie Hranowsky does purple so well! via

Love the hit of violet in this gorgeous rug via

Ginnifer Goodwin's Nickey Kehoe-designed home. I've literally had dreams about this ottoman. 

Flora is my favorite way to add a hit of purple. I particularly love potted lavender.

Aerin Lauder's anemones are striking against the blue and green.

What do you think? Will you be adding a little radiant orchid to your home?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fur Throws For Fall

Fur throws, faux or the real thing, are catching my eye as of late. Blame it on the dip in the thermostat, but these images make me want to curl up with a cup of something hot and good book. 

What say you? Are you into this look now that chillier nights are upon us? Or is it all a little too Game of Thrones for you?

All images via Pinterest

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Obsessed! Jennifer Meyer for J.Crew

Completely obsessed with the new Jennifer Meyer collection for J. Crew. What a genius collaboration--what took them so long?!

Couldn't help wandering over to the Barney's website to check out the rest of Jennifer's line. Oh, diamonds. You're so pretty.

What do you think of the J.Crew collab? 

See J.Crew collection here and Jennifer Meyer collection here

Monday, May 20, 2013

Weekend Update: (A Totally Unprofessional) Home Office Reveal

Hi guys! How was everyone's weekend? Ours was a mix of work and play: I had an installation on Saturday morning (more on that coming soon), so we took it easy Saturday night. P had her first ballet recital on Sunday and it was SO sweet. 

Over the weekend, I was thinking about how far I've come with all the work we've been doing on our home, but I've been reluctant to share it here because it's not "perfect." But I also don't really believe in "perfect," particularly when it comes to someone's living space. What I like is "lived in," and so without further ado, here is my very "lived in" office, complete with a stack of unfiled papers. A few months back, this was a spider colony...

I love being able to look out into my backyard all day.

My favorite part of the whole space is this vintage oil painting I picked up in Palm Springs.

My thrift shop horse hooks earning their keep.

Remember these chairs? They finally got a facelift with this Caitlin Wilson fabric.

The giant cork board is actually a murphy bed for out of town guests (we're not desperate for visitors or anything...)

It's definitely more feminine in here than any other room in the house, but I really wanted it to feel different. I can't wait to come out here every morning and feel so lucky to have a space of my own. I know these pictures are kinda fuzzy cell pics and you can see all my messiness, but I really wanted to push myself on this particular issue. Thanks for letting me share!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Legends 2013: Blogger Breakfast

Yesterday I had the opportunity to mingle with some local designers and bloggers at the Legends 2013 Merida blogger breakfast. It was such a nice change of pace to get to do some socializing with others who are in a similar situation to me. Working from home is a dream but can be very isolating at times.

The lounge was set up in the sweet little courtyard behind Lee Stanton. Some cute details from the lounge...

I stayed for a panel discussion on customization with Tim Campbell and Malcom James Kutner, and I'm so glad I did. It's always really inspiring and validating to hear such amazing designers speak about their work. 

I'm not sure I'll be able to attend any of the events tomorrow, but I'm definitely in for next year!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Candles Are My Crack (Also Lip Gloss and Throw Pillows)

 I'm a terrible snob about candles. Some of the more popular brands, which shall go unnamed today, give me the worst headaches and trigger my asthma. And I really dislike anything that smells like a baked good. I know it may seem crazy to spend a lot on a candle, but here's why I think it's worth it: remember that friend's house growing up that had that weird smell? Yeah. Scent is such a strong memory-association trigger, isn't it? 

The following are gorgeous and of the best quality--no synthetic blueberry pie scents in the bunch.

Diptyque Baies has been my old standby for years...


I branched out a bit and burned this one all winter long; it has that yummy fireplace smell that's just perfect in cold weather.


This has been my recent obsession, now that the weather is warming up a bit.


I'm tempted to try these Cire Trudon candles after seeing them in Tomas Maier's boutique in Palm Beach.


Aerin Lauder's entered the candle domain with these understated looking votives.

I always see these Tobi Tobin candles in my local beauty supply store, and they're Victorian-feeling label is so appealing.


I first saw these Belle Fleur candles in Domino years ago. I think they would smell like a   high end florist's shop.


You can't go wrong with a massive Jo Malone.


I love that you can have the Le Labo label stamped with your name. So cute.


The names alone of Byredo's candles are enough to get me to buy one. I went to a party on Saturday night in a very Nancy Meyers-esque home, and I noticed how nice it smelled as soon as I walked in. Then I saw the Byredo candle burning in the entry...


Have you tried any of these? (Click the caption for purchase info) What's your favorite candle? 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Weekend Update: An (Almost) Analog Weekend

This weekend was a much-needed break for us. Things have been so crazy busy and are about to get even busier, so we were probably the laziest people on the planet over the past few days. I made a real effort to not get too anxious about the fact that no work was being done--just the bare minimum, like a few loads of laundry and made beds. That's it. We had friends over on Sunday, and we didn't even cook; we just ordered food. So easy (and lazy)!

When I'm trying to cut some of the anxiety out of my life, I've noticed that I tend to stay off of Instagram, Facebook and the like, which I did the past few days. There's something about seeing how much other people are accomplishing over the weekend that makes me nutty. Is that weird? I noticed too, while we were walking around the Grove this weekend that almost every single person was staring at their phone and doing that telltale Instagram scroll. So instead of participating in their own present, they were looking at what everyone else was up to. It was the strangest thing to see almost everyone doing it at once! Anyway, I digress...

One of the things I have been doing lately, in an effort to shift some of the life-work-balance issues I'm having is trying to prepare more healthful foods for P (and us, too, but it's so much easier to commit to cooking for your child than yourself). I picked up GP's new cookbook a few weeks back and I've had pretty good success with it. Granted I've made mostly dishes from the kids' section, but still. Not bad and super, super easy, which is key for me.


A by product of all this cooking is a desire for more serving ware and table linens. We stopped in Anthro and I just loved the crafty-boho vibe of this table setting.

I ended buying a beautiful bowl which I couldn't find a picture of, but I wouldn't mind picking up these lovelies...

Also desperately need new napkins. I HATE paper napkins, which C is totally perplexed by. So I keep a stash of cloth ones one hand, but they're all looking tired right now. These bright things caught my eye, too...

I have a ton of these place mats from Ikea and I think they'd look amazing with all these colorful linens. I use them all the time, they're always in stock and are super cheap.


These are all so pretty and summery--I'm sure I would use them every weekend. 

What pretty things have you picked up for summer entertaining? 

All linens and bowls are from Anthropologie. You can get them here.