Cottage Love #16

My goal at Shelter (my blog) is to inspire and get my readers thinking! I aim to do this by sharing ideas for your home, life, and personal style. I’m always thrilled when I come across a home that appears to be accessible, hence today’s post. Emily A. Clark is a blogger and mother of five. I’m sharing her adorable home. It is filled with ideas that you can easily accomplish on your own with a bit of imagination and elbow grease. Images via Emily’s site and Style Me Pretty.
Side note: My own home design is coming along…..I hope to get lots done this Fall and have it photographed for a reveal this winter! The last image is a peek of my fireplace. I applied one coat of primer to the bricks and plan to apply two coats of a warm white color this week. I can’t believe how much the white paint has already brightened up the room!

I think this little bathroom is my favorite aspect of her home.
And a small peek at my mantel, I’m adding a piece of art above the mantel.
Colors used: 
Brick: Don’t Touch My Tutu – an amazing white
Walls: Smokey Eyes N-C22


Traditional Home with a twist!

Hello all! I just arrived home from my very successful business trip to Houston. My collaboration with ACE Hardware is going so well. I have a number of exciting developments to share in the months to come, including the peeks of my holiday vingnette for their Spring Trade show. In the meantime I wanted to share the photos of a home I designed for a great young family in a suburb just west of Boston!! I designed a number of the furniture pieces including the living room ottoman, foyer settee, living room sofas, and the family room ottoman. Hope you enjoy it!

You can also see more details on Style Me Pretty’s home tour!

**See product sources on Style Me Pretty.
LOVE print: Isabel Harvey

Thoughts on home – tiny bathroom!

I wanted to give you an update on my house. The kitchen is still in the works but the drawers are almost done. I have also ordered the lighting that I shared with you and I’m testing out the hardware selection. (It is always a good idea to order one piece of hardware and test out the scale and quality before committing to an entire order).
The tile has been installed in the tiny half bath off of my bedroom. I chose a well priced porcelain. I’ve also shared a couple of pictures of the tired, old space! It had not been updated since the house was built in 1972 – eek. We ripped out the toilet and the sink. I originally thought that I was going to paper this space in Rose Cumming’s : Zebrine but I’ve decided to hold off on the paper. I need to scale back on my expenses and can always add wallpaper at a later date if I’d like!! The next step is to clean up the bathroom, replace the old baseboard, paint the walls and add the items pictured above!
I purchased the simple sink, faucet and toilet. I hope to paint the bathroom next week. I’m going with either pink or navy. I’m leaning towards the pink. Although, I love navy walls I think the pink will feel fresher and more flattering. I’m sure I’ll be primping in this space. 😉
Above are my two design boards and below are the pictures of the space now – UGH!

the new tile 

1. I think I may go with this simple sconce. I’m leaving the existing wiring so it needs to be installed above the mirror.
2. Monogrammed towels add a personal touch
3. I’ve purchased a similar faucet to this classic Kohler one.
4. Small bathrooms and powder rooms look great when you add a one of a kind or unexpected mirror similar to this bamboo one. via Horchow (it’s 30% off today!)
5. Inexpensive pedestal sink via Lowes. (again I need to save $ someplace)
6. I’m adding a colorful piece of art onto the empty wall across from the doorway.

The color chosen will be from Clark+Kensington’s new color line! I’ll share the color name when I make the final choice!

Inspired – Ruthie Sommers

There’s no doubt that Ruthie Sommers is one of my favorite designers, so when fresh, new images of her work pop up in a magazine I’m a happy girl. Here’s a recent article in Veranda magazine of Ruthie’s advice on being a decorator/interior designer. Her design details are feminine, unexpected, colorful and perfectly executed! 

 All images by Francesco Lagnese via Veranda magazine