24 Apr

Friday Finds…


Here are my weeks from this week:

-Target currently has the sweetest little tassels in their dollar spot section for $1. They are available in pink and white. I picked up a white set and they are great for styling.

-Is this not the best dress for the summer? I love the little capped sleeves and bouncy baby doll dress swing to it. I’m in love.

-Obsessed with this print from artist Kristi Kohut. All of her pieces are beautiful. I need to get my hands on some of them.

-I work with a lot of NYC clients where space is tight. I love this chic alcove desk situation. It makes quite the statement.

-How amazing are these monogrammed flats? How not amazing is the $625 price tag! Wow! Won’t be happening any time soon, but I still admire them from afar.

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23 Apr

ORC: Guest Room Week 4

If you have been following my progress since the beginning then you know that are at Week 4. For of those of you new to the party I’m taking part in the One Room Challenge linking party that was created by Linda of Calling it Home. If you want to start at the beginning here is Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3.

This week everything came together with the space when I finalized my fabric choices. Normally that’s the first thing I do, but I didn’t have a real design plan when I jumped into this challenge. In going through my fabric stash I found yards upon yards of GP & Baker fabric that I picked up for only $3.50 a yard!!!!

floral fabric

I had enough yards to make panels for the windows so they will become a focal point of the room.

This week I was also able to pick up a couple additional items for the room like these preppy striped lamps and new pink finials.

orc lighting option

The carpeting in the room is also pretty blah and beige so I picked up this rug to layer it in the room.


I also ordered a new chandelier for the room that I want to tweak a bit. So I’m off to pick up some spraypaint and additional beads!


Progress, right? I still need to figure out a new headboard situation and bedding! I’m loving the new Ellis pattern from Crane & Canopy.

crane and canopy coral ellis2 more weeks to the finish line. Check out the rest of the participants here.

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22 Apr


A couple of years ago the blog world was a buzz with engineers prints. What are engineers prints? Well engineers prints are available at Staples or Kinko’s and they are 3’x4′ black and white prints for only $7.99. I have seen the price vary a bit and sometimes be less, but in NY I haven’t found anything cheaper than $7.99.

I decided to use one for my latest True Value DIY Squad and I tweaked it a bit and instead of one massive photograph I decided to slice mine into 4! The DIY steps are available here.


Additionally here are some tips I recommend for using engineer prints:

Tip 1: Make sure your image is hi-res. So put away your iphone camera and whip out your DSLR to take the perfect photo. I like to use stock photography a lot when I’m searching for images, because it’s super budget friendly and you can choose from a variety of resolutions so you can always order the largest size.

Tip 2: Edit your photo. These prints are only available in black and white so once you have done that play around with the sharpness and contrast to get a nice crisp image.

Tip 3: Check the measurements on your finished product before leaving printing center. I can’t tell you how many times I get home and notice that they put a white border around my image and now my photo doesn’t really fill the 3’x4′ space. I have never had an issues having the printing center re-do it, but how annoying to have to go back.

Tip 4: Handle with care. The paper quality is not ideal on these prints. They are super thin, which isn’t ideal, but nothing you can work with to save on costs. Just be gentle with it, because it rips easily and smudges easily too. It almost has a newspaper quality to it and the black ink can get messed up quickly.

Tip 5: Don’t mod podge or seal the paper! So many tutorials tell you to do this, but I have tried it a bunch of times and it’s never worked for me. It always gets way to wet and starts to rip the paper. Even the lightest coats have ruined pieces for me. It’s something that’s going up on a wall and isn’t going to be touched on a daily basis. I say leave it as is.

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21 Apr

Etsy Spotlight: Touchee Feelee

I love etsy. It’s always my go to source for gifts and when I’m designing rooms. Searching thru pages upon pages of products can be daunting so when I find a shop I simply love I always want to share it.

My latest etsy spotlight is Touchee Feelee. Touchee Feeleeis run by South African artist Euodia Roets who designs all of the patterns in watercolors. All of the materials are locally sourced and everything from the painting to the packaging is done in Cape Town, South Africa. Her pillows literally look like pieces of art to me.

Her large herringbone pillow coversare on of my favorites. Love the abstract nature to them and their price point is amazing. Only $45!





Along with the herringbone pattern she also makes a stripe version that is equally beautiful.

Orange Abstract Stripe:

Also available in coraland turquoise green.

What’s your favorite etsy shop?

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20 Apr

Scenes from my weekend…

Another weekend has come and gone way too quickly! Why oh why do they go so fast! I’m exhausted, but that is a sign of a wonderful weekend, right?

We had a brunch at my sister’s apartment on Saturday, which was lovely.

We ate yummy food:


I actually got to put my feet up and enjoy some time in the front patio which is a rarity in Manhattan and for myself. With so many people eager to play and hold my little men this momma got to have a little breather.


Asher being polite with all of the guests. There were so many new people that were super eager to get their hands on him so he enjoyed himself very much.


My sassy man when we were picking up our car after brunch. He caught me snapping a photo and was not happy.


After brunch we headed to Central Park in Harlem because they have a lake were you can actually fish.

My men taking in the view:


Getting their fishing on. There were actually a ton of little fish in the water, but we didn’t get any bites!


After fishing Hudson found a sandy nook around the lake and kids! That was it. We couldn’t get him to move from there. He had a blast and Asher enjoyed digging his little toes in the sand as well. It was such a pretty part of the park, but I had never been to.


On Sunday we had brunch at Jon’s parents house and what’s brunch without a scroll around the lawn. Ah! I think we all had a flash forward into the future with this photo op.


The rest of our day was spent at home during some chores around the house, working on a mystery Mother’s day gift for my mom and we actually got to see my sister, her boyfriend and my parents for a little bit, which is always fun.

I also took some time to smell the flowers. My sweet friend, Liz surprised me with a delivery of flowers! Such a sweet thank you to receive from her. Totally not necessary, but completely appreciated.


I also spied Asher seating in a nook of the living room “reading”.


Before the sun set we headed out to the near by park to play!

On our way to the park:


For the walk home both of them needed a ride. :)


What a great Daddy!


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17 Apr

Friday Finds…

grasscloth dresser

This week…

-I realized that I never shared with you the dresser re-vamp I did in partnership with True Value. Make sure you head over and check it out. Such an easy project! I can’t believe it took me so longer to tackle. I had the paper and new ring pulls sitting around for at least a year!

-In love with this project. I have a stool just like it at home that I picked up for $2 at a thrift store. I think it needs to be metal plated!

-Isn’t this retro radio adorable? The weather has been getting warmer this week and I think it will be a summer must have. This one is pretty cute as well.

-Jon uses, “That’s what she said” a little too much around these parts. I think this print is a must for him.

-I have a massive girl crush on illustrator Erisha from A Thing Created. She recently came out with some more home related stationary options and they all look like a must have for the interior design lover in your life. Adorable notebookf or client meetings or your own design projects, From the pouf of… stationary cards, monogrammed birdcage notecards and monogrammed tassel pillow card. I simply can’t pick a favorite!

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16 Apr

ORC: Guest Room Week 3

Ah it’s back to the ORC weekly update. I use to love Thursdays with my normal Treat Yo Self posts, but now they stress me a bit. You see for the One Room Challenge created by Linda from Calling it Home you need to transform a space in 6 weeks and I decided to get on board on a whim and with no real plan. So every week I stress out about what I’m going to tackle in the room, because I don’t know before hand.

This week I was on the hunt for the perfect desk/vanity and I found it while thrifting last week. This lovely vintage bamboo desk had just gotten marked down to $38 and I quickly picked it up!

faux bamboo desk

I love the bamboo detailing and the hardware.

faux bamboo desk

The one little snag is that the top is a laminate of sorts and while many people swear you can paint over it I have never had any luck. In my opinion it will always chip. So I have another plan for the top that will hopefully work out. Fingers crossed!

faux bamboo desk

I wasn’t able to fully re-vamp the desk this week, but I was to get a fresh coat of paint on it. I wen with a pretty blue that was part of our OOPS collection.

faux bamboo desk

First step to get a piece of furniture paint ready is a light sanding job.

faux bamboo desk

Of course we had to take a little selfie because I had a little assistant “helping” me.

orc week 3

Then wipe off dust with a barely wet wipe and dry everything afterwards.

faux bamboo desk

Then you can apply your paint. When I’m doing a small piece of furniture I like using real paint with a paint brush and don’t use rollers or spraypaint. I just feel like it’s easier and faster. I was able to just a drop cloth down and get to work painting in the same room the desk is staying in.

faux bamboo desk

Everything is painted and now I just need to do the top and finish the hardware. Of course I now also need to figure out what I will tackle for next week. I’m thinking lighting!

Check out the rest of participants here.

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15 Apr

Decorative Pillow Covers for less than $5!!!

If you ask Jon he will tell you that all pillows should cost around $5, but around these parts I tend to spend way more for pillows. This leads me to have minor heart attacks when Hudson is in the living room and decides to have a pillow fight, which is pretty much a daily occurrence.

So, I think that along with a beautiful mix of designer pillows it’s always good to include some inexpensive options that you can use when you want to switch things up a little or so the favorite little person in your life has some ammo that is okay to toss around a room. :)

I just stumbled upon so many cute finds that are currently on sale for less than $5 a pop. They are all 18″ x 18″ in size, which is a popular size that I use a lot and all include zippers.

pillows under $5

No. 1: Gold and white geometric pillow cover for $3.49 that has a global flare to it.

No. 2: Black and ivory geometric pillow cover for $4.99 that reminds me of a very popular David Hicks pattern. I think I would add some colorful tassels to the corners to zhush them up a bit.

No. 3: Beige woven pillow cover for $2.99 that has a pretty shimmer to it.

No. 4:Natural linen pillow cover for $3.49. Love the little contrasting color stitching throughout.

No. 5:Cream and Jute pillow cover for $4.99. I can’t believe the price for a pillow with braided jute trim! Comes in a variety of colors. I can never leave things alone so I would probably get it monogrammed.

No. 6: Gray and ivory ikat pillow for $4.99. I think it would be so fun with a grosgrain ribbon square border applied to it!

There are so many more options here. This luxe option is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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14 Apr

Taking your sofa from blah to wow!

Last week I shared a studio apartment I designed on The Everygirl. One of the funniest things to me was when someone commented wanting to know where the sofa was from, because we all honestly hated it! My sister’s boyfriend bought it at the time because it was the right measurements to fit into the space and thru the doorway. No real design decision went into it, because it was purchased before I started working on the space.

The main issue with the sofa is that the back pillows are stuffed with poly fill instead of an actual cushion. So they are lumpy messes!


There is any easy fix for this! Since the back pillows were not attached to the sofa we were able to simply remove them and then add decorative pillows instead. The key to making this work is going with large pillow forms so I would do a euro size 26″ x 26″. Out went the two lumpy cushions and in went 5 euro size pillows in a mix of solid and patterned fabric. Since there was so many pillows going on we included patterned fabric to add more interest and then just used one lumbar pillow as an accent.



Such an easy trick to dressing up a sofa and taking it from blah to wow! It really helps give the sofa a totally new look and our budget friendly find now looks magazine worthy.



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13 Apr

Scenes from my weekend…

This weekend after our usual early Saturday morning soccer class I ran off to a bridal shower. It was sad to leave my men behind, but they ended up doing a lot of napping while I was gone so I didn’t miss out on any fun.

I fell in love with the cake at the shower! I was a big Barbie fan when I was little and while I have seen Barbie cakes in the past and normally thought they looked cheesy this one was beautifully made and tasted delicious!


I normally don’t get excited about the prizes given out at showers for Bridal game winners, but these ladies did a nice job on them. They had large mason jars that were filled with goodies. They had DIY pedicure jars, Items to keep your hands in shape jars and some filled with chocolate. I stepped up my game skills and won one during Bridal Bingo!


When I got home we ran out to pick up a piece of furniture from a thrift store that I had purchased on Friday for my ORC room. Here is a peek!

thrift store

We ended our day at a fair that was going on by our house. Hudson was too short for the majority of the rides, but he did want to stand by this one to hear everyone scream. He is a weird one. :)


Sunday morning started with typical craziness. In a matter of seconds I found both boys in the fridge trying to help themselves. Asher is literally inside the fridge!


We tackled a little photoshoot for the blog before we headed out for the day. Here are the styling remains.


I finally upgraded my phone! After months of my last phone slowly crapping out on me last week it stopped holding a charge. That was the final straw. Hello iphone 6 and my new pretty case.


We then headed out to our favorite lunch spot, Dianes. The weather was so nice we actually got to eat outside! Afterwards we headed to the beach to dig our toes into the sand.


We also got to play at the playground. Hudson and Asher loved sliding together.


I enjoyed a photo op with Asher while Hudson still continues to scream that he doesn’t want to be in any photos. Please tell me this is just a phase.


When we got home we did a little yard work. Both boys were awake so we needed to get creative. Jon carried Asher around on his back:


While I did a little painting:


Hudson enjoyed a little baby carrying actions as well.


The weekend ended with some light reading in bed once both boys had gone to sleep. Yay!


Happy Monday! Let the madness begin!

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