Where to Splurge and Where to Save When Decorating on a Budget


Yesterday I was quoted in an article in the New York Times about where to splurge and where to save when decorating on a budget. Check it out here, and will be in print this Sunday!

Happy decorating!




Pantone’s Colors of the Year

I just adore Pantone's colors of the year for 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity. I love how they are described as a "gentle tone that conveys compassion, composure... bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times." In today's scary and unpredictable world, I think we could use a … Read More


Living Room Updates

A few months ago I wrote about my desire to revamp our living room and turn it into a chic, comfortable space integrated with a kids' play area. We've been living in this house for over a year and a half and my progress has been very slow and calculated. While I'm nowhere close to being done, here's … Read More

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A Home With Soul

I have seen various images of the New Orleans home of Sara Ruffin Costello floating around the internet before, but it wasn't until I saw this One Kings Lane feature that I realized how truly magical, playful, and sophisticated it is. It is homes like these that are collected over time that really … Read More

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Holiday decorating is in full swing at my house. While I'm making do with a lot of the decorations I already have, I can't help but be inspired by these pretty images. I find myself constantly attracted to spaces that are bright, warm, and really colorful, while reflecting on the year-round style of … Read More

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Lake House Garden Shed/Love Shack

My parents are adding on a little garden shed to the back of their lake house in Wisconsin to host extra guests during busy seasons, which my siblings and I affectionately refer to as the "love shack," and I've been working with my parents, their contractor, landscape architect, electrician, and … Read More


Happy News

I'm thrilled to announce that my husband and I are expecting baby #2Β this May! I had my first prenatalΒ appointment on Thursday, and I found myself SO nervous for it. But there it was, without a doubt, a loud thumping heartbeat on the monitor. My doctor is old school and doesn't use an ultrasound … Read More

Bubble Glass Chandeliers

Currently Loving: Bubble Glass Chandeliers

Lately I find myself totally obsessed with bubble glass chandeliers. I love how they blendΒ modern and traditional stylesΒ at the same time, and the blown glass ones are so beautifully organic. I especially love seeing them used in more traditional spaces. I recently used this West Elm oneΒ in a … Read More

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Framed Wrapping Paper

I love a chic DIY project, so when I saw this framed wrapping paper project in Paloma Contreras' home on Domino, I thought it was genius. What an easy and inexpensive way to create statement-making art for your home. Here are some wrapping papers that I think would be funΒ to use in a DIY … Read More


Window Covering Safety

Today's post is a little bit of a PSA, but it's an issue I feel so strongly about that I want as many parents, grandparents, and interior designers as possible to know about it. A few months ago I was selling a lampΒ on the local mom list serve. When I invited the womanΒ into my house, she … Read More


Vintage Bookcase Turned Media Cabinet

For a long time we had been using a media cabinet from Home Decorators under our TV that was part of a 3-piece set (2 pieces of which I'm currently using in the dining room). It was solid in the front so if you wanted to watch TVΒ you had to manually open the cabinet, which isn't a huge deal but to … Read More

Wedding Registry Tips

Things to Consider When Creating a Wedding Registry

I often get questions from other brides about what to putΒ on their wedding registry. I've written about this once before but felt I needed to write an update. Curating your registry takes thoughtful planning and consideration, as the items ideally shouldΒ be used and cherished for many years to … Read More

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Homemade Whipped Cream

It's been a while since I've writtenΒ a recipeΒ post hasn't it? Don't worry, I will never abandon my hostessing ways. :) My husband and I have made great progress on our deckΒ and have just started to use it for entertaining. We are letting the wood weather for six months before we stain it, and … Read More