Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15th

It is hard to believe that it has been a year since the tragic marathon bombings.  I grew up here and have long held Boston close to my heart.  After witnessing the strength of the entire city and it's people, I realized Boston will forever be my home! Today my thoughts and prayers are with those lost, the survivors and their families...xoxo....

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thoughts on home...landscaping

The weather is finally turning...so I'm starting to think about the outside of my house and the landscaping. (Yes, it needs love too).

First off, I'm going to put a fresh coat of paint on the outside of the house and the front door. See this post for color ideas and a peek at my little' ole ranch. Luckily the sides of the house have shingles so I only need to paint the front. We are also going to refresh the walkway with slate and pea stone. Here are my thoughts on the photos above:

1. + 4. I'd eventually like to create a slate or brick patio in the back yard off of the three season room.
2. (top right) I'm going to go with a cool color palette mixed with white but I've always wanted to plant pink poppies so I plan to mix some in. I think they'll balance nicely with white and pale, cool colors such as green and purples.
3. I love boxwood and will use that along with white flowers. Boxwood creates a clean, classic feel.
5. I plan to design beds that mix various textures and heights.
6.  This is an image of a updated ranch. I have a three season room off the back of my house that I'd love to turn into a family room at some point. I love the idea of adding windows on one side that face the side yard. I also have a yard off the side of my home.
7. Finally, I dream of having a pool someday. This classic pool and landscaping below is beautiful.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Shelter Loves...

Here's what is garnering a bit of attention on my Pinterest page this week!

1. I'm loving this fiddle head fig leaf drawing by artist Emily Ann Grady. Most artists on Etsy will create commissions for you.
2. I'm dying to paint some built ins with a splash of color.
3. I need to curl my hair with a barrel iron and wear it like this! I love how full her hair looks.
4. I'm on the search for a pair of ballet flats for my daughter Emerson. These would actually stay on her feet.
5. The playroom is almost done in my basement. I ordered the rug Friday and am considering ordering this light fixture.
6. I love this thought!
7. Mudrooms can be chaotic. I prefer to keep them as clean lined as possible. A bit of clutter is always inevitable.
8. I've been using a clutch instead of a large bag all winter. This Rag and Bone one would work with almost any outfit.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thoughts on home...playroom


So my Dad has been an amazing help to me with my new home. Thanks Dad! He has been working on finishing up a downstairs playroom for my kiddies. I'm pretty sure he doesn't read my blog but I had to give him a shout out!!

Matty (my boyfriend has also been a huge help) and I painted the space last night. Matty painted the walls a clean white color and I painted out a wall with chalkboard paint. Next up I'll be devising my storage ideas and decorating the rest of the space. I'm ordering a simple cost effective cut pile rug this weekend and plan to frame some of the kids artwork at some point for the walls. Here's some inspiration for your own designs. I tried to include something for everyone.



I love the idea of an art center/wall


Loving .....

 I was searching for ideas for a different blog post and came across this colorful design moment by Jenn Feldman. I never seem to tire of Emerald green!! I've used it in my own home. Images by Karyn Millet

Monday, March 31, 2014

The peek of tres chic

Hello All! Happy Monday. I'm over here today on Samantha's wonderful, inspiring blog sharing some of my favorite picks for Spring! Eek, I'm tempted to get an easter bunny for the kiddos, but I know I shouldn't..they are pooping machines!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Love the look



Happy Friday! It feels good to be back to blogging more this week. I had the pleasure of meeting the delightful owners and staff of Delicious Designs in Hingham, Ma yesterday. They commented on how much they enjoy the Shelter fashion posts, so I thought I'd share one today!

I'm very ready to wear white jeans. I actually did a Shelter poll last year and my readers overwhelming said they don't follow the labor day/memorial day rule anymore. I guess it is passé! I may have to break out my white jeans this weekend, it's actually going to reach a balmy 50 degrees here. Sometimes simple outfits look the best. You really can't go wrong with grey, white, tan and a little bling!!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Shelter - House Beautiful - "Send us a picture feature" - April 2014

I was THRILLED to see a photo of where and how I like to entertain my friends in this month's House Beautiful - "Send us a picture" feature! It is one of my favorite shelter publications, so to say it made my day is an under statement! A huge thank you to the talented photographer Ann-Marie Rollo and to House Beautiful. The black Chippendale chairs are painted in Clark+Kensington's 37A-5 Black Sand



Close Up

Here are a few of the other photos Ann-Marie took that evening!
This is a shot of me, my boyfriend Matty and my dear friend Tricia!
The shot that made the magazine feature

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Inspired: Pastels

With the Spring weather hopefully approaching in the Northeast I'm drawn to the pretty pale shades of pastel. Long associated with children these soft hues aren't just for wee ones but adults too. When used in lightly they are quite sophisticated!
via: ABC Carpet and Home
Raffie Lavie

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

holla!

My darling blogging/design friend Heather from Ivy and Vine is hosting a One King's Lane design event beginning tonight at 9pm. Don't miss out on all the gorgeous finds she has to offer!! See a sampling of the goodies she will have for sale below. Heather does a beautiful job curating and refinishing her vintage treasures.

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