Favorites Of The Week | Inspiration For Spring

Happy weekend friends.  Enjoy a few favorites from the week.

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FAVORITES POSTS

Have you ever wanted to try upholstering walls?  I love the idea and was this how-to tutorial on One Kings Lane.  They make it look easy and the end result is fabulous.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with Etsy, the marketplace for vintage and handmade item. Etsy just made the whole concept of handmade and DIY more fun with the introduction of  Etsy Studio.  Etsy Studio is a marketplace for DIY supplies and projects. All of the unique materials, parts and components you need to create one-of-a kind items will now be shopable at one place. I’m super excited and can’t wait to try some of the projects featured on their site like this gorgeous clutch.  And I’m going to make my own version of this tassel necklace–so cute!

Such a beautiful home tour.

FAVORITE PINS

Love how the Ikea Expedit bookshelf was used to create this simple but chic cocktail station.

If you follow me on Pinterest you may have noticed that I’ve been pinning lots of images of boxed flower arrangements like these.  I think this is such a unique gift giving idea.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

A little something pretty for your kitchen from Anthropologie. 

Lots of cute new arrivals at H and M Home, including this blue and white bathroom rug.

And this round glass vase is another favorite.

These personalized necklaces are just some of the cute items I spotted in JillMakes Etsy shop.  

Single Initial Personalized Necklace

Round Acrylic Initial Necklace

Design Lessons From The 2017 Met Gala Fashions

Did you watch the Met Gala last weekend?  It is one of the most anticipated fashion events of year and always delivers amazing (and not-so-amazing) looks.

If you’re not familiar with the Met Gala, here’s a little about its history…

From 1948 to 1971, the benefit wasn’t pegged as an exhibition, and was held off-site at the Waldorf Astoria or the Rainbow Room. Guests, mostly New York society indulged in fine dining and were entertained by “skits, raffles, and pageants of models in historic costume. In 1972 New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its doors for the Met Gala when former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland joined as a consultant. Vreeland curated some of the most ambitious and heavily publicized exhibitions and used the gala as an opportunity to inaugurate them. Today the annual invitation-only fundraiser hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour benefits the museum’s Costume Institute, and serves as a launch party for its spring exhibition.

The 2017 exhibition is dedicated to 74-year-old Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, one of fashion’s most revered creative visionaries. The exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night and guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. 

Now that you know a bit about the gala, here’s a look at some of the 2017 fashion statements and what they can teach you about interior design.

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Inspiration Notebook | May 2017

You might have noticed that I didn’t share my inspiration notebook with you last month.  Last month was a blur and I just didn’t have time to pull it together.  Things are still crazy busy but I did manage to log an insert in my inspiration notebook this month.  I enjoy taking the time to pull these pages together and recognize the things around me that provide inspiration.

When I looked at the calendar the other day, I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that it is May.  We’re almost half way through the year and I’m already exhausted just thinking about everything thing I want to accomplish before the year ends.  While I can’t control the future, I can enjoy today so the pages in my notebook for May are filled with things I’m enjoying on a daily basis.  Here’s a look at what’s inspiring me in work, home and my personal life.  Enjoy!

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DESIGNING:  I’m hoping that a new design client I’m working with will love this Gabby Clay Chandelier as much as I do.  It’s the inspiration for the entire dining room.

READING:  I couldn’t wait to find dive into this gorgeous entertaining book, Veranda Entertaining.  It was everything I expected and more–beautiful images, inspiring ideas and drool worthy tablescapes.  One of my top 10 design books ever!

RELAXING:  I haven’t been sleeping well lately so I’m trying to make sure I spend time winding down at the end of the day.  The Nest Blue Garden Candle is my go-to spring candle scent that helps me to relax and unwind.

INSPIRED BY:  I’ve been seeing lots of floral arrangements in old wood boxes popping up on Pinterest.  I love the look for a spring and summer tablescape.

LISTENING:  Most days when I’m at my desk working I have jazz music or a podcast playing.  The Clever Podcasts are a favorite and every episode has great takeaways for career and life.

CRAFTING:  I love crafting and recently I’ve been drawn back to jewelry making in my spare time.   One of my new sources for unique chain/hardware is my local lighting store for chandelier chain.

SHOPPING: We’ve got a cruise planned for early September and I’ve already started shopping for a dress to wear on formal night. I’m channeling my inner Carolina Herrera and thinking of pairing a crisp white shirt with this Red Floral Ball Skirt or this Black Floral Ball Skirt.  Which would you choose??

LOVING:  Just when I thought BaubleBar had it all they come out with these super cute Caicos Pom Pom Earrings.  

CRAVING: Now that fruit season is here, I’m loving my morning meal–yogurt and fruit parfait. My ingredients include plain vanilla yogurt, granola, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.  Yum!

MAY INSPIRATION NOTEBOOK | 2017

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MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE–ONLY THE BEST FOR MOM!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and making sure mom feels loved and appreciated on her special day (and everyday) is top of my list.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really come to understand the courage, dedication and selflessness that it takes to be a mother.  My mom is one special lady and along with teaching me about life she instilled in me the power to dream big and reach for my goals. Priceless gifts.

To help you celebrate your mom on Mother’s Day I’ve curated a gift guide filled with special pieces from a few of my favorite stores and online shops.

 ♦ Amara.com is a new online shop I recently discovered and to say I love everything on their site is an understatement.  They sell a wide range of products from over 300 of the leading home decor, gift and fashion brands around.  p.s.  I’ll be sharing more about Amara in a couple of weeks along with a fun collaboration I’m doing with them!

♦  BaubleBar continues to be one of my favorite sources for fashion jewelry.  Not only are their prices good but their tassel earring collection is hard to beat.  I want one of everything.

 When we lived in Seattle, Nordstrom was a favorite shopping spot for clothing, handbags and shoes.  And now I love shopping their gift and home departments for unique items.  Mark you calendar for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which will take place July 21-August 6th.

Mark & Graham is my go-to source for high-quality leather goods, entertaining items and accessories for both men and women. And I love that so many of their items can be personalized with a monogram.

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Favorites Of The Week {Spring Inspiration}

Happy weekend!  Here’s my favorite links from the week.

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FAVORITE POSTS

How to find you niche and get paid for it.

These just might be the cutest garden markers I’ve ever seen.

Now this is a bathroom makeover!  #gorgeous

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FAVORITE PINS

The wallpaper and mirror in this bathroom are just stunning.

How stinking’ cute and creative is this spring door arrangement?!

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

I need these monogrammed gift tags in my life STAT!!! And these and these.

The pattern and colors on this geometric clutch are so fun.

This might be my new favorite spring candle.  The White Camellia scent is heavenly!

I’ll see you back here next week.  Until then, have an amazing weekend!

Favorites Of The Week | Design & DIY Inspiration

It’s 7:00 am, its freezing outside and I’m off to the gym for a workout.  I’ve rounded up some great inspiration for you and hope you enjoy.

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Design & DIY Inspiration

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If you’re a ribbon hoarder like me you’ll love this DIY project. Diane created this easy ribbon storage rack out of unexpected hardware materials.  I love that it’s functional and pretty.

DIY Ribbon Rack

A chic and stylish kitchen update including a gorgeous Suzanne Kasler light fixture.

p.s.  hanging plates on the wall and decor will never go out of style

p.s.s  I love the framed chinoiserie art hanging in the wall in the dining area.  With the right frames and fabric you can create this look too.

Kitchen Makeover by La Dolce Vita

This Texas farmhouse is filled with loads of charming details and eclectic touches.  And check out the pattern mixing going on in this bedroom.

Eclectic Farmhouse Decor

The next time you come across a couple of straw placemats at a thrift store, buy them so you can make this cute clutch.  I’m definitely adding this to my craft project list.

DIY Placemat Clutch

See you back here Monday.  Have a great weekend!

Favorites Of The Week {a random mix of great stuff}


Whew! What a week it has been.  I’ve been running in 50 different directions sourcing products, working on projects and trying to wrangle the paperwork on my desk.

 I wish I could say this was going to be a low-key weekend but it’s not.  I’m spending all day tomorrow in meeting with the non-profit agency I work with then I’m doing some major house cleaning.  We do have a fun outing planned for Sunday morning but the rest of the day will be spent working and preparing for the busy week ahead.  Oh, I am planning to shut things down so I can watch the Oscars!

I hope you can find some downtime to enjoy a few of my favorites from the week.

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FAVORITE POSTS:

This interior designers home is beautiful and the property is breathtaking.

I loved this interview with interior designer Danielle Colding and her answer to the question ‘what does success mean?’.

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FAVORITE PINS:

The image below is from one of my new, favorite Instagram feeds–@erinkestenbaum.

This is a gorgeous living room designed by one of my favorite designers.

I can tell this bedroom is really beautiful just from this photo.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS:

These pastel teaspoons are perfect for spring.

Loving this market tote!  It’s on sale and I also spotted a similar design in stores on clearance for $17.99.

If you’re looking for a stylish rug in a neutral color, check out the Farrah rug.

Loving this emerald green soap dispenser from H and M Home. This glass cup and this glass jar are also part of the collection.

For all you fashionistas out there, there’s a postage stamp made just for you!

Speaking of fashion, I’m totally in smitten with the pom pom sneaker trim.  These are the cheapest I’ve seen so far but this brand does not fit my foot. I’m thinking a DIY might be in order. You can buy shoe clips here and a pom pom making tool here. {affiliate links}

Enjoy your weekend!

The India Hicks Collection {Island Style}

I have long admired India Hicks model, style maven and lifestyle designer.

India first came on my radar with her first book entitled Island Life: Inspirational Interiors which she wrote with her father David Hicks, the famed English interior decorator and designer.

Since that time India has developed a lifestyle brand that has included home decor, bath & body products, accessories and jewelry.  After years of developing products in partnership with other companies, India’s newest business endeavor is a collection of products sold through networks of entrepreneurial women. In India’s words…

“the exclusive collections of well-crafted gifts, beauty and accessories are sold through networks of entrepreneurial women, creating a more meaningful shopping experience”.

Inspired by her British heritage and island life, each product is beautifully crafted with a classic design esthetic that will stand the test of time.

The India Hicks Collection

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The India Hicks Collection

The India Hicks Collection

Known for her bohemian vibe, many of the jewelry designs are fun, whimsical and casually chic.

The India Hicks Collection

The Free Spirit Necklace

The Komboloi Tassel Necklace (below) is a show stopper!  The history of the Komboloi dates back to a time when monks in Mount Athos began making strands of beads by tying knots in a string at regular intervals in order to say their prayers. #iwant

The India Hicks Collection

There is also a collection of gold-plated pieces that are sleek, polished and sophisticated.

The India Hicks Collection

 Leticia Bracelet // Leticia Ring // Pyramid Studs

The collection of gold and silver pendants are perfect for gift giving and as a treat to yourself.

The India Hicks Collection

The India Hicks Collection

India Pendants // Gold Ring

There are several tassel pieces within the collection that I just adore including this key fob and long tassel charm.

The India Hicks Collection

Junkanoo Tassel // Agra Tassel Key Fob

The handbags in the collection are built with style and function in mind, perfect for day-to-day use and business life.

The India Hicks Collection

The Duchess {named after the Duchess of Windsor} // Good Luck Beetle Pendant

The India Hicks Collection

Edwina Hobo {named after India’s sister}

The Maddison May crossbody bag is another favorite of mine.  The inside bag is removable giving your loads of flexibility in how you use this piece.  Watch the video below to see how it works…

The India Hicks Collection

Maddison May Crossbody {named after India’s niece}

In true Bohemian style, the Palm Collection is colorful and relaxed–perfect for an island getaway.

The India Hicks Collection
The Palm Collection:  Basket // Duffle // Tote // Wash Bag // Baby Palm

The India Hicks Collection

If you close your eyes and envision yourself sitting on the beach in the Bahama’s you’ll be able to imagine how wonderful the scents are in the India Hicks candle collection.  Available in 3 fragrances…

The Grove … earthy and reminiscent of our island palm grove
Casuarina … the simple, green fragrance of the tree
Black Hibiscus … England in the tropics, captures sea air, oranges and Earl Grey tea

The India Hicks Collection

India Hicks--Island Style

For even more insights into India Hicks lifestyle, you’ll want to check out her blog.  It’s filled with beautiful images of her daily life on the island and as she travels the world.

India Hicks Collection--Brand Ambassador

My good friend Leesa is one of the Brand Ambassadors for the India Hicks collection.  You can contact Leesa to view the collection in person and to place an order.

To learn more about India Hicks, head here. To view the entire catalogue, click here.

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