Shelter Loves….

Happy Fri-yay!! I had a great design meeting today with a client I have worked with in the past! A big part of my business involves building relationships. I love watching my clients lives evolve and their families grow. The personal connections I make through my job is one of the most rewarding aspects!
I was working away on quite a few projects this week so my brain is in need of a day off.. Here is what caught my eye in the process! Peace out, have a relaxing weekend!

1. I designed a nursery yesterday. I love creating spaces for children that they can grow into. Designer, Nick Olsen did just that with this beautiful nursery design. Image via Veranda.
2. I’m kinda digging the platform wedge shoes that are out right now. They are stylish and comfy..A win, win in my book!
3. God, don’t we all know this!! I’ve got to learn to move on a bit better.
4. I’ve decided to finally finish my personal photo wall in my home. I loved this mix of images and the simple framing used here.
5. + 6. My wonderful client and I walked through her new home today. It is a beautiful house with so much opportunity. We talked about injecting her home with moments of black and white stripes. The classic combo is perfect when done right! This Dorothy Draper designed floor is a great example of the look I adore! I’m also loving this moto jacket layered over a summery striped dress. Find a similar dress here.

Sweet as pie….

Hello Tuesday! My weekend was fabulous, I hope yours was too!!
I needed a pick me up post today. I’m missing my son’s first day of first grade tomorrow so I am feeling a bit weepy about that. (I have to jet off for a quick business trip today).

How precious is this nursery?? I love that it is a room to grow into……. Design by Carla Lane.  at the Santa Barbara Designer Showhouse. Lulu Dk wallpaper and fabrics

Thoughts on home….

My apologies for not posting much about my house revamp. I sort of needed a financial and mental break from it all this summer. I have however been dreaming up a ton of ideas and have a “to do” check list a mile long. I would love to finish out one space and have decided to finish off my children’s bedrooms. My son’s room is almost complete but I have an empty wall and he has a ton of books! He has always loved to learn and have books read to him. I’ve been keeping my eye out for some kind of shelving system to both organize and display his rotating and growing book collection. (his current obsession is Sharks) These shelving units become a beautiful art wall in a sense.

I’ve included the resources below for two different options. I’m going with the “card display” shelves, the price can’t be beat. The more expensive version appears a bit more substantial.

Second source

Sail Aweigh

Good Morning! It’s gorgeous out here today! I spent the morning catching up on work but I wanted to share a nursery project that I recently completed with you.

The biggest challenge was the size of the space but we wanted to make it as user friendly as possible. (it was hard to capture even the crib area with the camera). Luckily the client (my sister in this case was able to use a changing table/dresser in a nearby room).

I don’t like to create rooms that are obviously too thematic and cutesy but I was inspired by the sea and sailing on this one! We created a space that little Alex can grow into. There’s room for a twin bed and dresser once the crib is removed.

I used all Ace hardware’s Clark+Kensington paint on the project. Here are the colors:
Walls: in a deep navy blue: Heirloom China 37C-7, vintage table: Precious Peonies 06D-4


Other sources: lamp: vintage, artwork: boat bottom photograph (will provide name), pillows: misc. all via Homegoods, table: vintage repainted, chair: Boston Interiors, crib: Room and Board, Rug: Rugs USA, chandelier: Pottery Barn (slightly different version now, I would change the shades to white linen, Aweigh Print: here – then I had it custom framed, beach photograph: Christian Chaize


Photography: Ann-Marie Rollo – images property of Ace Hardware, Interior Design – Julie Richard, Shelter.

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