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How to Design a Room {from Scratch}

Wednesday, July 9, 2014



Settling into a new home is an exciting and liberating experience – representing a potential-filled fresh start. Although hunting for apartments and shopping for homes can be exhausting challenges, finally moving into personal spaces is a thrill. However, decorating an entire home from scratch is a big job. Make the process more manageable and enjoyable by tackling one space at a time.Here is a step-by-step approach to ensure design ideas reach their full potentials.

Once complete, stand back and marvel at the new space. Remember, layout and accessories are interchangeable throughout time as new trends come into style. Following these simple steps allows an empty dwelling to be transformed into a comfortable and stylish abode.


Image Sources 
Image 1: Lukas Machnik Design // Image 2: Via Sadie + Stella // Image 3: Brittany Ambridge for Domino Magazine // Image 4: Unknown // Image 5: Domino Magazine, here // Image 6: Lonny, here  // Image 7: La Dolce Vita // Image 8: Lonny Magazine, here

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City Guide: Weekend Staycation

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


City Guide Links
stay: The Inn at St. Botolph {other options, Ames or Liberty 
pack: Cuyana, Weekender Tote 
eat: Island Creek Oyster {other options, BarcelonaAlden & Harlow or Sycamore
shop: Hudson, (other favorites, Intermix, Flat of the HIll)

         

Style Series: {Two Looks}

Friday, May 23, 2014

Client Board {Chi-Town Packing List}

Client Board {Chi-Town Packing List} 


I put together the above board a couple weeks ago for a client who was packing up and heading to Chicago for a girls weekend. I'm a big fan of keeping it easy and only packing items that I can easily mix and match {my friends can attest to this, carry on only with a one bag limit for this lady}. White jeans are a given, neutral shoes are a must and jewelry that can transition from day to evening helps keep the accessories to a minimum. And, the Tory Burch bag is a perfect convertible cross-body to evening clutch. Remember these tips the next time you pack and to keep it simple, pick a neutral palette so you are not restricted to only certain looks. 

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Life These Days

Monday, April 14, 2014



Hello friends! It's been a while and I have some exciting updates to share. March was a crazy and exciting month and in addition to our wedding, we put in an offer to buy a place and much to my surprise our offer was accepted and I'm counting down the days to home ownership. This means you may start to see some design inspiration and decorating posts here and there. I've been pinning like crazy and creating inspiration boards to help us out with the overall decor of our new place. I'm thankful we have plenty of time to figure things out before any decisions need to be made. In the meantime, you can follow me on Pinterest and check out my style inspiration for our new place and all things I'm currently loving for the home.

It's also that time of the year when I start to take inventory of my closet, which is in need of some serious attention. I'm working on a major closet revamp because I need to purge before our move at the end of the summer. This little cheat sheet is perfect to help determine whether to keep certain pieces or purge. I honestly have such a hard time deciding, so this list will come in handy and help guide me. And, want to clean out your closet and earn a gift card to Nordstrom while also helping out a local or national charity of your choice? Check out the Fashion Project and read all about how to donate and earn yourself gift card {details here}.

Wedding Planning, My Advice

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


1. Take your time. Nobody says once you get engaged you need to rush down the aisle. Figure out what is important to both you and your future spouse in terms of location, time of year and establish a budget and work from there. We got engaged in April and didn’t look at our first venue until July. We then took a couple months off to enjoy our summer and resumed the search after the Labor Day holiday. We found our dream venue, booked it and planned our entire wedding in less than 5 months. If you plan to get married during the summer or popular months you may need to plan out a year or two, but if you and your significant other are flexible, consider getting married in the off-season and let that work to your advantage. We secured every vendor we wanted and didn’t need to comprise due to them being booked and it was great getting married in the off-season as more of our guests were able to attend. 

2. Expect the unexpected. As much as you want for things to be perfect, there will always be a curve ball thrown your way. Embrace it, in some cases laugh about it, and simply recognize that not every detail or “plan” will be executed perfectly. Stay focused on what is most important and remind of yourself of what really matters and what the significance of this milestone really means. 

3. After you have picked a dress, finalized your flowers, d├ęcor and overall theme, take a hiatus from Pinterest and wedding blogs. While I’ve loved pinning and seeking out inspiration and previewing beautiful wedding through various blogs , you reach a point where you need make a decision, feel confident about what you’ve picked and move on to the next item on your to-do-list.

4. Establish a budget and stick to it. The details and potential spend for a wedding are endless and it’s important to have the conversation around money with  your future spouse, parents any of the other parties involved in contributing to the finances of the big day. It can be stressful and awkward in the beginning, but it’s important to establish a budget and to expect to exceed it {little things add up, like day of tips, etc.}. 


5. Enjoy every moment of your engagement. It’s a once in lifetime stage in your relationship and a very exciting time. During the planning process, don't let the wedding consume your relationship. Schedule date nights where wedding talk and conversations about florist, music and the guest list are off limits. While there are many details and important conversations around logistics that need to happen, try not to make them the topic of every conversation.