Thursday, May 21, 2015

Schumacher 125th Anniversary collection

I'll start by saying this. I'm a sucker for almost anything deemed "iconic", pulled from the past and at the time fabulous!!! Albert Hadley designs, Jackie O, David Hicks, Jane Birkin, Grace Kelly, Eartha Kitt...are just a few people who inspire me. 

I've been on the hunt for "great finds" lately. So I was thrilled to see Schumacher's 125th Anniversary collection at their show room last week.. Hanging was row after row of amazing fabrics that not only had a beautiful hand but also rich prints. I'm sharing a selection of my favorites! Head over to the Schumacher site to see the rest!

Okay, which client of mine wants to use that fabulous leopard??...hmmm I think I have one in mind. ;)


"To celebrate Schumacher’s 125th Anniversary, we’ve mined our archives to pull together a best hits collection of the house’s most iconic fabrics—updated for rooms that draw on the past to redefine the way we live today."



Citrus Garden


Shock Wave
Shengyou Toile



Serengeti - Tigre Blanc


Iconic leopard - returns from the 70's


Zanzibar Trellis

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Emma Jane Pilkington

I've long admired the refined, chic style of Emma Jane Pilkington. Her rooms have a European, layered air with an updated twist. Emma's Greenwich, CT. home, she shares with her family, is featured in Elle Decor's June issue. (I was not able to find any of those images on the web yet). Her designs are beautiful but she also has an impeccable, creative sense of personal style. Read her interview with Vaunte for a peek.

Today I have rounded up some of my favorite rooms that she has designed over the years! Enjoy!


These closet doors are fabulous!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Shelter Loves


There is lots going on here at Shelter and on the home front!!! I've been cranking on a number of projects at home and for my fabulous clients! A big thank you to Matty for being my own personal landscaper. (Dad thank you for your hard work too) We've been making some big changes around here. I've been working on the inside of the house while he's been working on the outside. I do love to plant so that's my domain. Matty ripped out the walkway he made last year (It was bothering him) and I've been devising my garden ideas. We're going with a sea side cottage feel but with a fun twist (of course). ( I am focusing on one section of the yard this summer)

On a work note, I've been as busy as can be. I'm at various stages within each project but I do plan on wrapping up a couple this summer! I'm hoping to finally get them photographed along with my own home!! (beyond excited for that). Our office furniture etc. should be arriving soon too. Yay!

Here is what I have been inspired by lately:

1. Aging can be a strange journey. I feel great about what I've accomplished and thankful for another year but am seeing a few more life lines and seem to need to run harder to stay as fit lately! (more to come on my new beauty regime) I think when it comes down to it, we all need to embrace the here and now and follow Brigitte's advice.

2. I'm working with one client who is pretty sure she wants to use black painted frames and panes in her home. I've been pulling all sorts of images and inspiration for her. If you follow my Pinterest boards you can usually get a sense as to what we are working on here at Shelter. #Pickwick project

3. I've been loving refined but interesting jewelry lately. 

4. Lemon yellow and navy have been on my radar this Spring.

5. I find it hard to find cute sundresses but I live in them when the weather gets hot here. When I find a cute one, I scoop it up.

6. I am all about stripes during the summer! I never regret purchasing classics.

Hope your week is off to a great start!! xx

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Love the look - the white button down



If you bump into me on the street chances are I will have my hair tied back in a pony or bun and (when I had children my hair prep time flew out the window) I'll be wearing a layered outfit with a dash of color. This classic white button down is a wardrobe must have. It will mix with virtually anything. I love it this example but white button downs look equally as cool with white jeans or black pants. Stay tuned for my "french dressing" post part deux - summer staples. See part une here. I think in today's hectic world women are looking to simplify their lives now more than ever, why not start with refining your wardrobe? It makes getting ready in the am a snap!

This outfit is a no brainer but still chic as ever.


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cottage Love #27

Have I mentioned my love affair with the Island of Nantucket? Located roughly 26 miles off the coast of Hyannis, Ma., I try to escape to this summer paradise when I can! This weekend is the annual wine festival. I'm missing it this year but a number of my friends are going! Cheers girls, I will miss you! xx

This adorable cottage has been flawlessly decorated by Jeffery Alan Marks. It has a bit of a masculine vibe to it but that could be easily adjusted...none the less, it's as pretty as a picture. 


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Book of the Month - Windsor Smith - HOMEFRONT, Design for Modern Living

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of Windsor Smith's latest publication, Homefront, Design for Modern Living (Rizzoli, New York). Let me just begin by saying that I have long been an admirer of Windsor's work.  I took some much needed down time this morning to read through her book and as expected it is a favorite new addition to my design book library.  Windsor's designs are refined and glamourous but livable! She effortlessly blends old and new elements to create timeless, fresh and insightful rooms. I've always been especially inspired by her attention to detail. Every facet is considered; the result? Page after page of rich, soulful environments. Here is a peek inside... Purchase HOMEFRONT through Amazon.
Gwyneth wrote the thoughtful foreward.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cottage Love #26 - Casa Guava + Playa Grande

Celerie Kemble and her husband Boykin, over the course of ten years, developed and designed Playa Grande. Playa Grande an exclusive and beautifully executed hotel, golf and beach club is located in the Dominican Republic. Stretching over 2,000 acres, this gorgeous property exudes tropical perfection. Today I'm featuring Celerie's perfectly - imperfect "cottage" aptly named: "Casa Guava". Wow, would I love to visit this slice of heaven!

"I wanted the whole place to feel saturated with sun and salty air." Celerie Kemble





Here's a peek at Casa Grande:



 Casa Guava:




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