Thursday, March 26, 2015

aloha - it's party season

i'm not the girlies of girls.  when they were assembling with sugar and spice and assorted nice things, i jumped the line and perhaps picked up some snails or puppy dog tails.  but, i can still get excited over a good girly party. with several events coming up for me to style, i'm loving this hawaiian inspired bridal shower featured on 100layercake for party inspiration.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


when the jumpsuit has sufficiently repelled the men, and you need a milkshake to bring the boys to the yard, this feathered number from elizabeth and james does the trick.  especially when you sashay down the sidewalk in it in the middle of the day, like so.

elizabeth and james india dress - shopbop

jeffrey campbell sandals - old
but in other pretty colors from anthropologie

clutch - roberta freymann
similar here

Monday, March 23, 2015

make sure your table is eggcellent

both of my grandmother's were a force in the kitchen.  whether we celebrated easter around my granny louise's worn round pedestal table right in the middle of the kitchen, with mismatched chairs and a red plaid tablecloth, reaching over to the oven for seconds, or on the farm in virigina, at my granny kathleen's stately heirloom table in a dining room with mauve carpet, white lace valances on the windows and striped candies piled high in footed glass jars on the marble buffet - we ate like kings.

ham, deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese, perfectly sour canned green beans, homemade biscuits -- all the southern staples -- followed with pies, cakes, more than you could stand but still had to have.

my easter tradition has been in flux the last few years (i'll be in kansas city, a guest and speaker at their design week) - but if you are lucky enough to have your family gathered round whatever table it may be in a couple of weekends from now, we've rounded up a few of our prettiest entertaining pieces that will make the special day even more savory.

Friday, March 20, 2015

two noteworthy events this weekend

1 - we're having a massive moving sale.  all the furniture is deeply discounted, lots of steals on accessories and some designer bolts of fabric and kilim rugs are going to be on sale.  starts saturday am at 11.

2 - my friend lauren is taking her children's shop progeny on the road, and is hosting a pop-up shop in mt. pleasant, sc tomorrow.  she'll be at camp perri from 10am - 4pm with a curated collection of clothing and accessories from coveted brands including mini rodini, bang bang copenhagen, wolf & rita, lindsey berns, sunuva, boy+girl, dagmar daley, boho beads, gunner + lux, colette bream, ferm living, and more!  

get the look of schuyler samperton

i've been studying the work of la decorator schuyler samperton a lot recently. it's that spot-on mix of the west coast anything-goes laid-back vibe paired with traditional sensibilities of scale, chintz fabrics and pieces with provenance. the colors are jolting in an exciting way, yet the rooms look entirely livable. her designs are layered and authentic, without appearing as if anyone had to try terribly hard to create the comfortable space.

truly a master of the mix, samperton inspires me to hone my craft of creating unique environments with things i love.

get the look: red bamboo chairs // kilim pillow // botanical art // chinese table // suzani pillow // armchair // settee // art // textile // suzani // mirror // ginger jar // moroccan table // suzani pillow // quilt

Thursday, March 19, 2015

the prettiest pillows you ever did see - today on furbish!

today, at 11am EST on, we're popping up with the most gorgeous HUGE embroidered suzani pillows, in pinks, peacock blues, bright oranges, leafy greens and charming corals.  These 3' - 4' pillows would shine on a bed.  think crisp all white bedding, one of these beauties and a sumptuous quilt at the bottom.

we'll also have up for grabs bright bolivian rugs, summer-inspired guatemalan bags, batik pillows and hot pink with vintage textile lumbars.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

the man-repelling jumpsuit

nothing turns a guy off like a big ole floaty jumpsuit.  i enjoy this printed one from anthropologie - it's a kooky alternative to a cocktail dress.  it's supposed to cross over the front, but clearly the all-knowing lottery in the sky blessed me with this big beautiful brain instead of other assets, so i let it hang loose and paired with a spidery bra from free people.


amapa jumpsuit from anthropologie
strappy front and back bra from free people

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

on this day, these things


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Monday, March 16, 2015

way early morning shopping with stella jean

this collection from stella jean available through moda operandi makes me giddy.  i mean, it's 5:44am as i'm discovering this, sitting in brueggers by myself, eating a disturbing green bagel -- it's dark as coal outside and i'm giggling.  so tickled in fact, that something overtook me and i actually ordered a piece.  there's cream cheese on my face.  i don't care.  there are pom poms coming.

delirium made me do it, but come on - have you ever in all your life?  it's just fun.  that's how it should be.

Friday, March 13, 2015

closet cravings

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

not so pretty to pretty.

ever spent an hour with your head stuck in an airplane toilet?   real, real bad times.

that feeling of embarrassment you get when you're sick, or urgently need to use the restroom - and you don't want anyone to know quickly goes right out the door when things get real.  i laid down in the aisle.   i puked until i was shaking and i finally came out striped down to a tank top, looking like I'd found, and fought every last snake on the plane.

stomach bug, flu, death  - whatever, i got it bad.

so, i'm back from dallas - seemingly a two day colon cleansing retreat, hopefully looking two pounds smaller, and with lots of details to show you from the home I'm working on there.

i can't show big pieces of the pie because ideally this sucker would be on the cover of the NYT, WSJ and the journal of psychology (because it's full on wackadoo) all at the same time.  but here's what I can share of the space coming together and of some shopping i did in town (btw - i love shopping in dallas.  i just like dallas, a lot).   



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

sarah boyts yoder pop-up shop today!

our march pop-up shop goes live this morning at 11am and features artist Sarah Boyts Yoder - she paints bright and quirky shapes on reimagined canvases.  i love how she describes the experience of viewing her artwork:

"can something feel familiar yet strange? remind us of that one bloopy cartoon but hint at something darker? can we share an experience while we each have one of our own? can that help us consider another’s experience in a new way? "

we've also teamed up with simply framed for the first time to offer the option of a custom framing your purchase.    floating in a white gallery frame, the pieces take on a new life floating almost ethereally against the white mat.

Monday, March 9, 2015

raise the bar. or put as much stuff as you can on it

i love our little built-in bar.  over the great winter icescapade of the last few weeks, we've spent more time at it than usual.  we used our days off for education, and have been experimenting with a few new cocktail recipes (st. germaine - why did we wait this long to meet!?!).

as we add to our drink repertoire, i also continue to add my latest finds to the growing collections of trinkets and treasures.  i don't know why i bothered to wallpaper the back - pretty soon you won't see any of it.

Thursday, March 5, 2015


sweater // jeans // 4th floor walk up instagram and blog

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