Shelter Loves

I had the opportunity to see Boston Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty last night. It was a gorgeous performance. The ballerinas never cease to amaze me with their courus (ballet term), plies and pointe techniques. There is an entire glossary of ballet words and definitions, read more here. I’ll have to admit, I can’t wait to sign my daughter up. She wears tutus over her leggings all the time as it is!

Here are the details on this week’s love list!!

2. I love entertaining friends and family. A party just isn’t the same without a beautiful drink selection…
3. I’m ordering these pretties for my ACK trip!
4. James Perse : ballet top, is a summer staple!
5. I’m working on two kitchen projects right now. These black lacquered cabinets and classic pulls are so pretty!

Thoughts on home…

I adore this kitchen snapshot, it’s the perfect blend of old and new.  I especially like the black glass cabinetry and the beautifully displayed silver collection on the fridge.
I think a home feels more complete when it’s infused with a bit of history. Vintage finds are more easily found now with the growth of Etsy, and 1st dibs but I still love to scour flea markets when I have a free Sunday, especially during the warmer months. 
Sterling silver and silver plate serve and barware look beautiful layered with everyday collections.
I’ve decided when I move I’d like to invest in some new flatware. I want to ditch the set I had when I was married, it was one of the only items my ex contributed to our new home together and he had no interest in taking it when he split. I might buy an inexpensive bamboo inspired set but I also want to begin to collect monogrammed silver (+ silver plate) pieces.. I could go the formal route and collect only “R”‘s for Richard (my last name) but I also think it could be fun to collect E’s, (it seems to be a popular letter in vintage flatware, J’s and C’s). (our first initials)
This Etsy site has an evolving collection of flatware and vintage housewares.
image via Eddie Ross

Cottage Love: 6

Ahhh more Cottage Love…the home of designer Tia Zoldan floated around the blog and print world a few years ago but I still LOVE this stunner!!! In fact I could move right in! I mean are you kidding me with that cabana and pool?? Tia’s also an artist, see her impressive pieces below and here. Happy Friday! 

adore this cozy kitch, with the hicks pendants and fabulous rugs!!
I have a chair very similar to this that I’m having upholstered for my new place. I’m thinking of doing the body in one fabric and the seat in a yummy pink velvet.

Inspired: New Home


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Hello loves, So I’ve sort of put my house hunt on hold for a few reasons; one being that everything in my price range in the towns I want to live in are absolute DUMPS. Holy shiz it’s depressing. I’m trying to stay positive, but this single mama can only afford so much if I want to keep my sanity. I need to maintain a bit of a social life! Yes, in a perfect world I’d just stay in with my hubbie and sip cocktails as we painted walls after the kiddos have drifted off, but that’s not the case and TRUST me right now I’m okay with that. I’d rather lose a creep of husband early on than spend twenty miserable years with him. I mean don’t get me wrong I wasn’t a fool, I didn’t marry a creep (he had us all fooled), some guys just can’t keep it together after you have a family. They stray and become detached in every way possible and that’s precisely what happened to me. So in all honestly if Santa could bring me anything in the world it would be a charming little house at a reasonable price. I’m OKAY with a little elbow grease I just can’t buy a money pit nor can I live in a money pit with two kids under the age of six. Anywayyyyy onto my post! 🙂 I’ve shared this top photo before. (My apologies because I don’t remember the source, but I’ll find it and link back, promise). A little cape like this would be perfect, I’d even be open to a little house that I could eventually add on to. I love the glassed room off of this home and adore the classic simplicity of the black + white facade and the beautiful bucolic approach. This would be my little dream pad. See??  I’m not asking for much am I? A little pretty like this would cost quite a bit in the Boston area. I’ve been collecting images via the web and started a pinterest board, new home, it’s full of a bunch of dis-jointed goodies, but I guess they all make sense to me. I’ve assembled a mini-inspiration board below showing the overall feel of the space. It’d be fairly simple with graphic details, patterns and pops of brownish-grey, pink, tan, cream and white. And of course splashes of other accent colors like emerald green, brass and yellow. The agate stone was really the impetus and inspiration around the color palette. I love it! I like fresh clean kitchens and bathrooms, and am undecided on white or black cabinets but I guess I have some time to think about that!
This marble wrapped counter, brass hardware and glass door cabinet are beyond amazing! I will absolutely have ALL of these in my kitch! image via 
A little sunny, happy banquette would also be perfect and makes such efficient use of space in a small home. I’d switch out the fabrics and colors and would plump up that seat cushion a bit but you get the idea!
I’d love to have comfy seating area and a lounge worthy sofa like this!
My daughter’s room will be a mix of pink, yellow and charcoal and no matchy, matchy concepts here.
I can envision my son’s room but I have yet to find a photo that comes close to my vision. A little reading nook like this would be dreamy though! I read multiple stories a night to my children, they love it. I think it’s one of the most important things you can do for your child besides smother them with hugs and kisses!
I can’t deal with a big yard but I would love a small garden path and patio area for outdoor cocktails and alfresco dining. 
Anyway, that’s all for now, it’s way past my bed time…. I just wanted to keep dreaming…and share my thoughts and ideas. I’ll make this all come true and promise to share it with you all on my little ole’ blog! 

xx

Cottage Love 3

Okay, so I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I have a slight definite obsession with adorable cottages. I might even have to continue featuring a favorite cottage every week!! This beauty is a bit on the “grander” side but categorically it still feels like a cottage to me. It if anything is exactly the cottage that I dream of living in. Marlien Rentmeester’s, west coast editor of Lucky Magazine and creator of my new favorite fashion blog, Le Catch, home has been featured in a few publications including a shoot for Lonny Magazine. These shots however are from the Glitter Guide and Lucky Magazine. I ADORE the feel of this entire home. 
Marlien has amazing taste and her home design a collaboration with another tastemaker Hillary Thomas is pure PERFECTION. I’ve included various shots of the same spaces because it’s all SO GOOD! Enjoy! xx. and Happy Halloween.
I LOVE warm red doors (not to be confused with cooler shades). I had a client paint her door this exact color and every time I visit her home it makes me smile!
and another take on her home office!