Men’s Gift Guide

November 15th, 2017

Today I have a gift guide men, inspired by the fabulous ones in my life: husband, dad and brother in law. The men in our family have a love of cars, working out, and speakers.  They are also REALLY hard to buy for.  This is the gift guide I need the most. With that in mind, let’s begin!

DRY FIT SHIRT

My husband and dad wear dry fit shirts all the time. You could say it’s their version of active-wear.  This shirt from Old Navy is cheap and fantastic.  Tim has quite a few short sleeve, but no long.

F1 GEAR

My dad has season tickets to the F1 race at the Circuit of the America’s in Austin.  This has gotten all of us really into racing.  I think this back pack could be really cool for the hubs (even though I’m the Mercedes team fan, and he loves Red Bull).

S’WELL BOTTLE 

I’ve promoted these a million times, but I love my S’Well bottle.  I got my dad this wooden one for his birthday last year and I think it’s actually converted him into a water bottle user.  Not only is it stylish, it will keep your water cold for 12 hours.

WIFI OUTLET PLUG

Tim has installed these all over the house and they are amazing.  You can turn the outlet on and off from your phone.  Worried that you left your flat iron on? No problem, check the app.  Need to turn off the lamp quietly while your baby is asleep? BAM.   You get the idea.

TUPAC DRESS SOCKS

My husband does not exactly love to dress up.  These socks are hilarious, and would add a little flare to any dress pant.

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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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Ladies Gift Guide

November 13th, 2017

I’m coming to you today with a gift guide inspired by my sister.  It’s perfect for any of the ladies in your life (mom, friend, etc). I took a poll on my Instagram recently about whether or not gift guides were tired, and it came back with a resounding no, so here we go!

COMFY THROW

My sister loves a blanket, and if you haven’t experienced Barefoot Dreams, you better check this one out.  For now, I’m loving this faux fur trimmed throw.

BEAUTY MASK 

She’s also really intrigued by beauty masks and I’ve started to experiment myself. This Rose Gold Mask from Nordstrom has pretty packaging and is targeting all my current facial issues…

SNEAKERS 

I know I’m late to the game, but I’m obsessed with my Converse slider shoes.  They are beyond comfortable and easy to throw on, especially for this mom on the go.  These are currently on sale at Nordstrom Rack.

LIPSTICK

Confession: I’ve been wearing the same shade of Mac lipstick since the 7th grade (you can find it here). My mom gave me a few colors of Charlotte Tilbury and I am OBSESSED.  My current favorite shade has a tacky name…

CANDLE

If you haven’t tried a Voluspa candle, you haven’t lived.  Baltic Amber is my favorite scent, and this mini version is the perfect stocking stuffer!

What other guides would you like to see? Bring on the holidays! I am ready.

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Ready for the Holidays

November 11th, 2017

Normally, I don’t think anything Christmas should be out prior to Thanksgiving.  This year, however, I’m making an exception.  I’m ready for everything holiday.  We’ve experienced loss and sickness recently, and it’s to make things cheery. Bring on the holiday spice flat white, sweaters, and boots.  You know what else is cheery? A GIVEAWAY! I’ve teamed up with August Ink to giveaway a $50 gift card.  If you haven’t experienced one of their shirts, they are adorable and incredibly soft. Their holiday collection is out and it’s the perfect way to get in the spirit.  Head over to my Instagram to enter!

 

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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Gifts For Dad

October 26th, 2017

The other day, I went into a full on panic, thinking I had forgotten my Dad’s birthday.  My dad is the best and if anyone deserves a special day, it’s him.  I sat there freaking out until it occurred to me, it’s OCTOBER 19th (his birthday is in November).  Welcome to motherhood, y’all.  One big mishap after another! Thankfully, I have a month to plan the perfect present, but where do you go for the guy who has everything? Enter Uncommon Goods.  If you’re not familiar with them, they have a wide range of unique (and often handmade) gifts (Translation: the perfect stocking stuffers). They are also big proponents of sustainability (from the way they manufacture products to the way they treat their employees), so it’s easily a company I can stand behind.

My dad is a relatively new retiree, and his free time has revealed some fantastic gifts.  For starters, he really enjoys cooking and has started to try new gadgets and recipes.  This has increased everyone’s quality of life (especially on our yearly trip to their beach house). Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve probably seen a demonstration video for this grill tool that easily melts cheese in a few minutes.  Once melted, it slides easily onto your brat, veggies or burger.  Genius. They also have fantastic gifts for kids. I think Taylor really needs one of their onesies!  Head to UncommonGoods website for a great selection of gifts, especially for Christmas.  How is it already time for that?!

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Friday Favs

October 20th, 2017

Hello and happy Friday!!! I’m really excited for the weekend.  We have several parties and a trip to the pumpkin patch ahead. Should be a good one. Don’t miss the Tory Burch private sale (aka my weakest moment of the year).  This tote bag is fantastic for me schlepping all my mom gear around. I’ve mentioned on my Instagram story that I really need some kind of eye cream intervention, and these masks are on my top list to try.  I’m loving a local company, August Ink for their adorable Denver Ts and shirts.  If you’ve never heard of them, check it out! Super soft and cozy products. These booties are only $60! If you need a good book to read, we just finished The Royal We in book club and I loved it! Such an entertaining read.  I’m also really into documentaries at the moment.  The Lady Gaga one on Netflix really surprised me.  I’m not a huge fan of hers but she has more depth than I was expecting.

Hope you have a lovely weekend, friends!

Josh Young Design House

October 17th, 2017

Today, I’m coming at you with fabulous avant-garde portraits from John Young Design House. I’ve mentioned before how much I love thought provoking art, and these fun prints more than hit the mark. I found him on Instagram and am a fast fan.  Josh is a talented Chicago-based designer with experience in textiles and design.

Do yourself a favor and check him out! I’m placing these fun prints in a project ASAP.

*product images via Josh Young

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