Archive for the ‘INSPIRATION’ Category

Hotel Saint Cecilia

November 18th, 2017

It’s no secret that I love Austin, Texas.  If I had to move back, it would be my top city of choice.  It’s the Boulder of the south.  This weekend my friend mentioned Hotel Saint Cecilia and now I want to plan a trip.

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Amazing, right?!

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Brass Sea Urchin Chandelier

November 15th, 2017

I’m currently loving the brass sea urchin chandelier.  It adds quite a bit of glam to any space it inhabits. Arteriors has a fantastic version called the Zanadoo.

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Pretty right?

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Navy

November 7th, 2017

There is no color more timeless than navy, and I’m currently coveting it for all things interior.  Maybe because we have a giant sectional, but navy is on the brain.  Look how stunning:

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If you’re looking for recommendations, Sherwin Williams 6244 and Benjamin Moore’s HC-158 Newberg Green are my current favorites.

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Yesterday’s research led to the discovery of Julie Hillman, a high end residential designer out of New York.  A graduate of Parsons and recognized fashion designer, Julie made the move to interiors in 2000 at the request of her clients. Her designs are all unique and very striking:

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Consider me a fast fan.  I’m adding Julie Hillman Design to my watch list.

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Making The Most Of Small Spaces

October 29th, 2017

One question that has been coming up quite a bit lately, is how do I make the most of a small space? I’m actually installing a small model this week to tackle that exact problem.  Make sure you’re following me on Instagram (here) to see photos. For now, here’s some tips:

CONSIDER LIGHT PAINT 

This may be a given, but light paint will (almost) always make a space look larger.  Benjamin Moore’s Simply White (OC-117) is a great choice. If you don’t want to go white, consider a pretty light blue or even blush.

SHOOT FOR TALL CEILINGS

If you’re currently apartment (or even house) hunting, always consider your ceiling height.  My lovely friend in New York has a 275 square foot studio with 12′ ceilings.  I kid you not, it seems like a very large space (especially in NYC) thanks to her light walls and tall ceilings.  If they were 8′ tall, I guarantee you it would feel dramatically different.

SCALE IN PROPER FURNISHINGS (OR CONSULT WITH AN EXPERT)

This is key in any interior, but especially important in small spaces.  Make sure your furnishings are to proper scale in relation to your space. This is where consulting an interior designer quickly becomes worth your time.  If you don’t know how (and most people don’t), have a designer take a look.  They will measure it out, place the space in drafting software and make recommendations based not only on size but also how the furniture will flow.  You will not regret it.

ACCESSORIZE STRATEGICALLY 

The living space I’m furnishing this week is TINY.  One of the things I’m doing to capitalize on the room is adding three large floor mirrors to the dining wall. Mirrors are a little trick I always keep in my arsenal.  Placed correctly, the reflection helps distract from smaller spaces. I would also be careful with overdoing pattern.  Keeping things simple and clean helps from making small spaces feel tight or cluttered.

HANG DRAPERY AS HIGH AS POSSIBLE 

As you can see in the header image, the drapes are hung nearly to the ceiling.  Even though your window may not go that high, hanging your drapery up to the ceiling will give the illusion that the window is much taller than it actually is.  Anytime you can play up height (whether it’s there or not) is smart in a small space

LIGHT IT UP 

This repeats the sentiment of using light paint.  Utilizing as much light as possible will also help a space look larger.  I count five light sources in the tiny living room above (Don’t believe me? Take a look: ceiling pendant, three wall sconces and one floor lamp). When it comes to lighting, the more the merrier!

Now you’re ready to make the most of that tiny space! Happy Monday to you.

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Current Obsessions

October 5th, 2017

Hello! I’m coming to you today with my current obsessions. I met with a fellow blogger friend last week and she mentioned these were one of her favorite posts. I have to agree, I love finding out about new things from friends.  Here’s what I’m currently obsessing over:

MEGHAN & HARRY

We are currently reading The Royal We in bookclub and I feel like it’s playing out right before our eyes (and if you need a good book to read, pick that one up! SO good). I have always been intrigued by the royals, and Meghan Markle is stunning.

COLD BREW COFFEE 

I know…give it up, right? I cannot stop mentioning cold brew coffee but it is consistently a highlight of my day. KitchenAid has a new brewer/dispenser that you can leave in your fridge and it is going on the top of my Christmas list. Then there’s the new tumblers from S’well. I need it all!

ROUND MIRRORS, LEOPARD PILLOWS & QUIRKY PORTRAITS

For home decor, I cannot stop with these three.  I love a round mirror (especially a giant one). Leopard pillows are the new neutral, and this hide version from Williams Sonoma is perfect for my couch. Lastly, I love thought provoking art. This portrait from OKL is fantastic.

FALL CLOTHES 

I am SO ready for the seasons to change.  We are in that awkward space in Denver where one day is 57 and the next is 85, but we are so close to fall.  As one of my friends recently stated, “My body type really lends itself well to layers” and nothing could be more true for me.  This sweater and these green Converse need to be in my closet ASAP (and both are conveniently on sale).

SKIN CARE

My face has taken on a whole new exhausted look with the baby and I am in need of some product, people.  My coworker recently started using a Derma Roller and I have been dying to try one.  It opens up your skin to more readily receive any serums you apply and generate new cell growth.  Why have I not already ordered this?!

TAYLOR 

If you follow me on social media, I’m sure this is obvious, but I am obsessed with our sweet child.  She is precious and funny and spends 90% of her day smiling. I ordered a bunch of sale Old Navy clothes for her and holy smokes is it precious. We are beyond thankful for our little lady.

What are your current obsessions?

It’s no secret I’m slightly obsessed with Mindy Kaling.  She is hilarious and so relate-able. If you haven’t read one of her books yet, you’re really missing out. She recently purchased and renovated a home in Hancock Park and just like her personality, it’s very bold.  Working with interior designer Katie Ridder, the end result is lovely. Take a look:

 

 

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Gifts Fo Yo Momma

May 11th, 2017

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Mother’s Day is on Sunday and if you have a pregnant brain like me, you may be running around last minute.  Today I’m sharing some of my favorite things that could double as a great gift! I have really been eyeing these Kate Spade mules (which  also come in a delicious camel color). I have one of these Tory Burch candles and besides being a beautiful accessory, they smell like heaven. I know this is an old suggestion, but if you don’t have a Longchamp Tote by now, you need to snag one.  It’s the perfect travel bag and folds up so nicely.

What are you doing on Sunday? Don’t forget to treat ‘yo Momma!

Lauren Conrad recently accepted an offer on her Pacific Palisades home. This property was featured on a catch up special for The Hills and I loved it.  I have to say, I get so attached to things. I can’t imagine selling something after only living there two years.  Not to mention, after our last move, I NEVER want to move again.  Take a look.  It’s clean, fresh and dreamy.

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Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably seen the styling of Syd and Shea McGee floating around the internet. The owners of Studio McGee, a firm founded just three years ago, is taking the design world by the horns.  I love her style and bold use of pattern.  They recently did a project here in Denver. Take a look:

If you’re somehow not familiar, make sure you check them out here! Shea is definitely one to watch.

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