sneak peek: nursery progress

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photo by ashlee raubach
here is a little peek of a beautiful nursery i’ve been working on with one of my darling client’s for her third baby on the way! {we’re waiting for some gorgeous pieces that are on backorder till after the arrival of the babe…so stay tuned for the final photos}

what i love about…

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cute kirsten at 6th street design school asked me to contribute to her blog for her series “what i love about…” i adore kirsten & her blog {and you will too} so hop on over to read more about what i love!

{sources: shoes kate spade, fuchsia pillows plum cushion, red & pink pillows plum cushion, pink & orange bed pillows caitlin wilson design, geometric pillows kravet archipelago, dotswald wallpaper anthropologie, bright lilac skirt j.crew, purse kate spade}


10 tips for taking better photos

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i’ve had several people ask about the camera/lens i use so i thought i’d share… i use a Nikon D-90 and love my 50 mm lens. the lens has revolutionized my pictures/ few photography skills, especially when I’m using the aperture setting. I’ve heard that for interiors, wide angle lenses are great and for details, macro lenses. For now, I’m using the 50 and it works pretty well.


i also thought i’d pass along 10 tips for taking better photographs of your kids by Sabra Krock via the estella blog {that i’ve found to be very helpful when taking pictures of Olivia, my home, my projects… and anything really!}
1. turn off the flash & use natural light
2. get to know your camera
3. get candid
4. don’t forget yourself
5. don’t leave home without it
6. hire a pro
7. get in close
8. click, click, click
9. pay attention to the background
10. experiment with framing your shot
and my one and only tip {since I hardly know anything} is to use the APERTURE setting and play around with what’s in focus and what’s blurry…that’s what the 1.4 50mm lens is so good at.
DOES ANY ONE ELSE HAVE SOME GOOD TIPS?
I’m sure we’d all love to hear!

buzzworthy blues

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whether it’s robin’s egg, blue-grey, or silvery sage, blue is one of my favorite & most-used paint colors…it can be light & airy enough to play a neutral and yet it can be strong & vibrant enough to be the whole scheme. i love all these fresh blue spaces {wish i had all the paint colors for you}!

martha stewart.com

martha stewart.com

sprint mint by benjamin moore via traditional home

martha stewart.com

martha stewart.com

via house beautiful

{parker paint waterside} via house beautiful

{benjamin moore old pick up blue} via elle decor

Albert Hadley’s own NYC apartment via elle decor

via elle decor
AND IF YOU MADE IT TO THE BOTTOM YOU GET…

my TOP 5 benjamin moore blues
1. seattle gray 2130-70
2. pebble beach 1577
3. sprint mint 2040-70
4. marina gray 1599
5. in your eyes 715
check out more designer favorites here.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BLUE PAINT?

tickle me trellis

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My sweet friend, Lindsey, made this adorable apron dress for Olivia in the most darling trellis fabric…


I immediately fell in love & begged for its whereabouts.


Lucky for us, Lindsey gladly passed along the info… garden trellis by paula prass {at a whopping $8.95 a yard}!

I think I might need a pillow or two… Isn’t it just perfect? And the pink is to-die-for… What a fabulous find!




a luxurious GIVEAWAY from WS home

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it’s no secret that Williams Sonoma Home is one of my absolute favorite sources, so i am thrilled to offer a giveaway from my friends at WS home…

it’s one of their luxurious, pure cashmere throws {valued at $298}
choose from any of the 14 beautiful colors


and finish it off with your monogram
all i can say is…who wouldn’t want one? {i’m seriously jealous}

you know the drill…
leave a comment to enter telling me which color you want
& don’t forget to become a follower!
the drawing will be next friday, may 28th at 12 pm~ GOOD LUCK!

hot off the press: WS HOME fall preview!

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introducing… the greek key occasional tables, amazing!
next, the amazing flame stitch towels and ikat bath accessories
{they’d go perfectly with a kelly wearstler ensemble}

the x-base tables are perfection


the very refined preneau dining set

and the katie von horne pastels are absolutely beautiful… i need, i need!

and last but not least…the hank wing chair! love it.

and get ready…because there might be an amazing giveaway from wshome headed your way!

don’t miss it!

spring styling for VIVA

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Here’s how I changed up our place for the VIVA photo shoot

with the help of the rug company

I brightened the bedroom with new pillows in pinks & oranges

rug by paul smith for the rug company

diptyque candle, glasses by tom ford

 

wallhanging by the rug company

rug by the rug company

shoes by salvatore ferragamo

i brought my ghost chairs in the entry on each side of the console

 

rearranged and re-stacked books

pink pillow by the rug company

brought the moroccan pouf out from livi’s room

pink & navy pillows by the rug company

 

rug by lulu guiness for the rug company

 

wall hanging by suzanne sharp for the rug company

~i’ll let you know when it comes out!

custom poufs

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love the look of a pretty pouf?

hate the high price tag?

i adore these gum drop poufs from amy butler… AND the price tag!

the pattern will run you about $11.98 and the fabric is all yours to choose the perfect colors and patterns for your space {not to mention the fun of sewing it yourself} !
this is on my to-do list!