Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Favorites

I would't consider my design style to be very traditional, but I have always been drawn to the very traditional design of turned leg and pedestal furniture.  The look is timeless and these pieces can be added to so many non-traditional rooms.  In fact, that is my favorite way to use them, as statement pieces that stand out among the more subdued.  Like the dining room table above paired with more modern, clean lined chairs.

My only bit of advice is to add at least two turned wood pieces at a time.  Whether it is a side table and a candle holder or a dining room table and a cake stand on the side board, I think that these items need to speak to another similar item in the room.

Now, here's a bit more information about my picks:

Monday, March 23, 2015

Friday Favorites for Spring

As you may have noticed, my plan to post "Friday Favorites" every Friday, has not panned out too well.  But it's a new day and a new season and a good time for a fresh start.  Right?
So I'm starting off Spring, my most favorite of the four seasons, with a list of fresh new things to get you in the mood for warmer weather.

1. Pink Ray-Ban Sunnies - Now I'm not one of those people who looks good in glasses.  At the same time, I tend to squint a lot, so sunglasses are essential 365 days of the year.  I love the shape of Ray-Ban Wayfarers as they tend to be flattering on most everyone and this pretty pink hue is a fun twist.

2.  Pixi Glow Mist - I really like this cosmetic line from Target.  It's fun and fresh and the packaging is cute, too.  I've been wanting to try this product called "Glow Mist.  You can use it before applying your make-up to "hydrate and protect" or after you make-up application to set it and add a dewy finish.

3.  Disneyland's 60th Anniversary - The happiest place on earth is 60 years old this year and they will be celebrating their Diamond Celebration with 3 new "Night-time Spectaculars"!  The party kicks off on May 22nd with and 24 hour event!  Who wants to go with me?!

4.  Elsa Inspired Cosmetics - e.l.f. has been doing a series of cosmetics color stories involving Disney characters and their latest features Elsa from Frozen.  The colors are fairly neutral and very wearable. And again, the packaging is lots of fun.

5.  Fine Art Photography from Etsy - Lately I've been finding so many beautiful fine are photos from Etsy.  I especially love the work by Libertad Leal.  Her photos are bright and cheery and will make your home feel like Spring everyday of the year.

6.  Fresh Bedding - Just like you change your wardrobe with each season, I think it's important to change your sheets.  It's hard to go wrong with bright, white, but I also love a pretty pattern like these cute dot sheets by Xhilaration from Target.

7.  Bulldog Cookie Jar - As much as I like to bake cookies, I don't actually own a cookie jar.  That may change after I discovered this adorable Bulldog one by Threshold by Target.  It's clean and simple and would make sweet addition to your counter top.

8.  Grey Sneakers - I have been eyeing these Superga Cotu Classic Laceups, as well as Bensimon's for a couple of years now.  I'm usually a Converse girl, but my grey ones have seen better days and I'm ready for a new pair.  Which one of these should I choose?

Well those are some of the things I'm eyeing for Spring.  Bring one the sunshine and mild temps!


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Design Throwback: Little Boy Nursery 2010

Five years ago there was no Pinterest, I didn't know about the world of design blogs and I was expecting a little boy.  This is the story of creating his nursery.  

Now, I wasn't an interior design novice at the time.  In fact, it was my 10th year in the field, where I had mainly worked as an architectural detailer and space planner, so I had plenty of ideas....too many ideas really.  But I also had a very limited budget.  My go to source for nursery furniture inspiration was Pottery Barn Kids and Land of Nod.  The goal was to try and get that look, for less.