Laundry Room

May 25th, 2015

We all have those spaces in our home that serve a more utilitarian purpose. A primarily functional space does not have to be neglected, however.  Small spaces bring great opportunity: a bold wallcovering, a chandelier, etc. Although to be quite honest, my ideal washer and dryer location would be within a giant walk in closet.

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How have you treated your laundry room? Ours certainly needs some attention.

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Carol Radziwill Soho Apt

May 21st, 2015

One thing I’ve discussed a few times on this blog is my distraction with sets and real life locations while watching TV.  I couldn’t help but notice all the outdoor pillows on last night’s episode of The Bachelorette were from Target.  Call it an occupational hazard.  If you’ve seen any footage of The Real Housewives of New York, I’m sure you share my admiration for Carol’s Soho apartment. With tall ceilings, perfect styling and bold finish choices, it is the perfect NYC getaway.

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Simply stunning.

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A little architectural reading last week led to the discovery of this stunning copper-clad chapel in Finland, St. Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel.  The untreated exterior will eventually turn turquoise, while the interior boasts of stunning natural wood.  Used for baptisms, weddings, funerals and art exhibitions, this non-profit structure is a true beauty.

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The simplistic nature of materials and design certainly make a bold statement. I’d say it’s time to book a trip to Finland.

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What’s In My Bag

May 14th, 2015

Shop the bag: Cosmetic Bag, Mia Sonic, Cleanser, Tan Towel, Eye Cream, Moisturizer, ExfoliKate, Makeup Remover, Blotter

My recent Nordstrom purchases have led to some great discoveries.  Most purchases will allow you to choose up to (3) samples of products.  This last round came with the Kate Somerville Intensive Exfoliating Treatment.  Holy cow, this little mask is amazing.  Especially for us Denver folk and our reptile skin.  I went to bed the other night never having felt my skin so soft.  I’m also a new fan to Murad skin care.  It’s high powered without the over-drying effects.  I also finally figured out that besides my usual coffee, a good eye cream can do wonders for me in the morning.

What’s your current favorite skin care product?

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Several friends have asked me what kind of frames they should use on their gallery walls.  The beauty of a gallery wall is the collection of items and the eclectic feel.  I would strongly urge you NOT to match your frames.  Feel free to mix metals, mediums, etc.  The sky is the limit.  This will give it more of a collected and unique feel.

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Step By Step Styling

May 12th, 2015

Shop the postconsole, lamp, art (trade only), mirror, frame, bonjour, vase, ottoman

It’s obvious I’m a big fan of styling (and now creating GIF’s) and my reference to “strategic layering” has turned into a joke within our group of friends.  However, the sentiment rings true.  Current style means layering with intention.  You have to balance color, scale, and keep the right amount of items.  I am loving all of the bright accents with this concrete console. What do you think? Would you go this bold?

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Catching up on design reads last week led to the discovery of Megan Winters. A Chicago based designer who’s only been in business since 2009, Megan has accomplished a tremendous amount.  She is no stranger to risks and bold uses of color: my favorite type of design.

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Do yourself a favor and check out her portfolio.  Her work is quite impressive.

Happy Monday to you!

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All Imagery via Megan Winters

I went to have dinner with my mom last night and give her my Mother’s Day gift before she leaves town today.  I had every intention of grading my class final last night until my mom hands me this box as I walk out the door:

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Behold, an entire box of notes I passed in class along with photos from high school.  I sat on my bed and read notes for over two hours.  Apparently all I did in High School was write notes to my friends Jaran, Leslie and Becky. There was also a set of proofs from Glamour Shots.  I shared one on Instagram, but these are too hilarious not to share:

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Doesn’t this make you wish you were a redhead with completely invisible eyebrows and eyelashes? I can barely handle it.

Happy Friday to you!

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A few of you have asked me how to accessorize your fireplace mantel. I have a simple solution and one a bit more complex. For starters, if it’s in your main family room and it makes sense, I see no problem placing your TV above the mantel. Otherwise, I would consider the following:

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For the more traditional, I would consider a lovely piece of art with a few layering pieces.  In this instance, I added a large painting flanked by two beautiful sconces and topped with a pretty succulent arrangement.  It is simple, stunning and complete. If you want a more designer and layered look, I would take more of a risk with the following:

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Blue painting, MCMXIII, The Best is Yet to Come, Coral, Topiary

The same principles apply here, but I started with a mirror and proceeded to layer four additional pieces of artwork along with a few topiaries. It may be a little much for some, but it is my personal favorite. The key factor to note in both is that everything is in proper scale and takes up a majority of the wall space.  Go big and full.  Do not go small.

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Dear Carolina

May 5th, 2015

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If you know me, you know it’s no secret that I love the occasional breakfast pastry. Working in Dallas across the street from Breadwinner’s was always problematic as high stress days would usually lead to the world’s best latte and a “fatty danish.” I am certainly not a morning person unless I am on vacation. The best part to me about having a break is the lack of schedule and ability to stretch the morning as long as I want. My ideal morning would be spent nursing a cup of coffee with my favorite pastry and a good book. If you haven’t heard, Kristy Woodson Harvey of Design Chic has released her first book: Dear Carolina. It’s a great Southern fiction story written to baby Carolina, both by her birth mother and adoptive mother. It shows we aren’t defined by our circumstances and that families aren’t born, they’re made. I would highly recommend you check it out!

If you purchase between today and May 10th and send proof of purchase to readdearcarolina@gmail.com, you will be entered to win a $1,000 Shop Design Chic shopping spree! Each book counts as an entry, so buy a few for your favorite friends and up your chances!

Happy Cinco de Mayo and happy release day, Kristy!

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