Love the look – home

Happy Thursday! It seems everyone thinks of revamping their homes in the Spring! I love the impact a dramatic foyer (or smaller entrance area) can have when entering a home. It’s the first thing you and your guests will see and it can beautifully set the tone and color palette for the rest of the house! Today, I’m sharing a somewhat relaxed look with natural elements and a play of textures. This set up is both functional and great looking. It is always nice to have a table to place your mail/keys on, a stool for taking off shoes, ample lighting, and mirrors make spaces feel larger and allow that one last peek at your outfit. 😉

Item links:
Mirror//consoletable//lamp-this one is a shorter version//taller version lamp//oushakrug//furstool

Shelter in The Boston Globe

It is always exciting to be in the Press. Last weekend The Boston Globe shared a recent project that I completed in Boston. Thank you to my wonderful photographer Sarah and to Jaci Conry for the feature. Read more about this South End condo here. For information on hiring Shelter for a design project contact us: @

For more images on this home see my blog post here

Shelter Loves 11.15.12

Here’s what I’m pinning, loving, pinning this week. If you’re looking for more design inspiration be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. In the meantime here’s the skinny on the bling above!

1. Stylistically J.Crew pretty much nails it for me, mix in an edgy pair of faux leather pants and I’m all set wearing almost anything from their site! I may need to add this necklace to my bauble collection. Being a single momma I don’t get much for Christmas, (really I’m ok with that) I guess that doesn’t mean I can’t buy a present for my self once in a while! 😉
2. I love Barrie Benson’s designs and this red door at her home is AMAZING, hardware and ALL!
3. Lauren Merkin’s clutch is the perfect staple for any wardrobe! I have about six clutches that I rotate when going out, I’m loving this embossed lizard kelly green beauty.
4. Scattering bowls of vintage ornaments is a great way to add some holiday flair to your home.
5. Oh Tory, I do love your shoes!! And your shoe boxes for that matter.
6. This is a clever idea, remove your closet for a stylish console, that’s if you can give up the coat storage. I’m loving the pulls on this piece!
7. My newest style icon?? Giovanna Battaglia, she’s fierce and fearless. I love that.
8. Wish list! See #1, for thoughts on the matter. via Kate Spade


Surely Chic, {room of the week}

Celerie Kemble certainly didn’t hold back when designing the model apartment for N.Y.’s upper east side Manhattan House. I especially love the dramatic foyer and living area! These rooms aren’t for the faint of heart but they do prove you really can’t go wrong with black, taupe, gray and white..{she throws a hint of coral in to break things up, well done Celerie – adoring your work lately!}

images: luxurist 

I’m certainly ready to roll out some fresh new designs this year but my design magazines haven’t been inspiring me much lately.  One trend that I am still holding on to is stripes! I especially love them when they are layered! I must own five striped shirts, I mix them with everything! {I also HAVE to use that pinstriped closet door idea above –  maybe if I move, I’m thinking girlie boudoir??}
scanned image top right: Material Girls Blog, bottom right: Domino, Jessica: InStyle