Wednesday–Inspire:  I have always found it very important to give back to my community and one of my favorite organizations to work with is Shelter’s Inc.  I love their mission of providing shelter for families in crisis while teaching them tools to change their lives.   We are so excited to be focusing on their Pittsburgh location.  In this phase, we are making over their conference room that we hope will inspire and educate everyone who is learning to build their resume, interviewing skills and working on job placement.
In addition, we are also going to make over the children’s playroom with tables for art projects, a tutoring area, an art wall, and the world map that we hope will encourage the children and parents to think big and pursue their dreams.

 

Shelter’s Inc.

 

Shelter’s Inc.

 

One of my very favorite accessories to use when designing a room is pottery.  I love grouping a collection of it on bookcases, sideboards and even as centerpieces on dining tables.  I recently discovered some ceramic pieces by sculptor, Erin McGuiness, and am planning to use it an upcoming installation for a music room that we have designed.  McGuiness is an “accomplished sculptor whose hand-coiled vessels are in private collections stretching from coast to coast. McGuiness’ creative center is in the historic Sawtooth Building in Berkeley California’s Artisan District. There you can find dozens of her organic forms emerging from stoneware and porcelain, tenmoku washes, slips and shinos, then fired in the eucalyptus air of the Bayside town.”  I love the uniqueness of her product and think it is all gorgeous!

 

Erin McGuiness

 

Image via Erin McGuiness

 

Image via Erin McGuiness

 

Image via Erin McGuiness

 

Image via Erin McGuiness

Monday–Items of the Week:  Why is it that my eyes always go for stripes?  I LOVE them!  Whether it’s fashion or decor, I can never have enough!

 

Image via PInterest in article by Elizabeth Stilwell | The Note Passer

 

Image via Pinterest by cutypaste.com.

 

Image via PInterest via My Domaine by Lynn Morgan Design

 

Finn Top by Style Mafia

 

Small Jute Striped Basket

 

Striped Table Runner

 

Striped Cover Up

 

Paula Greif Ceramics

 

Tory Burch Striped Grossgrain Watch

 

 

 

 

So much good stuff to be found this week!  From outdoor furniture to fashion to well…EVERYTHING!!  Check it all out…

 

Love, love, love this teak garden table and bench set by Serena and Lily!

 

And while I’ve got outdoor furniture on my mind, how’s about these two lounge chairs by James Perse?  Love the casual style made out of high quality teak…

 

The Westward Wedge

 

The Malibu Sling Chair

 

And while I’m on a James Perse roll, no one should ever be without their basic T’s (tanks and long or short sleeves).  They are dyed with extra softeners to make them feel totally lived in and should be a staple for everyone…

Cut Away Crew Tank

 

And if I’m talking about good classics to have, these Tory Burch gladiator sandals made of rich leather straps are a MUST this summer…

 

Tory Burch Patos Sandals

 

And if you want a fun straw bag to jazz up your basic white James Perse T, I’ve found another line I love–Kayu Handbags…

 

Kayu Handbag

 

Looking to upgrade some of your beach towels?  Here are a few fun picks…

 

Dusen Dusen Towels by DWR

 

Sydney Beach Towels by Serena and Lily.

 

I need all the help I can get managing time with work, school, etc., so I thought this cookbook might give me some good tips to plan for weeknight dinners…

 

Signed copy by Food 52.

 

And while you’re cookin’, you might as well have a beautiful new bowl to put those delicious salads in…

 

Handcrafted Wood Bowls

 

And I love this lightweight Tibi cami for under a blazer or on its own when the weather warms up…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Williams Sonoma Home recently partnered with lifestyle expert Aerin Lauder to create exclusive pieces that reflect her effortless, signature style.  From art to pillows to tableware, we love it all!

 

Love these pastel pink peonies!

 

Great, classic frames!

 

Such beautiful tableware for entertaining outside! Makes me ready for summer!

 

Love the light fixture and the art! Both by Aerin!

I do a lot of research when planning a design for our clients and am always looking for new sources of inspiration.  I read tons of design magazines and came across an image in one recently and instantly fell in love with the vibe of this kitchen.  It’s moody, modern and edgy and the brass accents add the perfect touch of glam.  Very cool!

 

Design by Catherine Kwong

 

This sent me on a hunt for more images with dark tile…

 

Designed by Katie Scott

 

The dark penny tile in this shower with the brass fixture is simple, but still striking…

 

Image via PInterest in article written by Remodelista.

 

Another great way to incorporate the moody blacks is to use soapstone as a countertop.

 

Image via Pinterest by Traditional Home.

 

 

If you’d like to add a touch of black to your home, here are a couple of great sources…

 

Black porcelain floor and wall tile.

 

Matte black subway tile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a firm believer that there are times to invest and there are times to splurge.  Generally speaking, I think this rule of thumb applies to interiors as well as to fashion.  For example, I would invest in quality items such as upholstery goods including a sofa, chair, and case-good furniture. You can tell the quality of furniture by the finishes and if it is authentic and not cheaply made. Areas to save money might be on more trendy items that could easily be swapped out or upgraded in the future such as pillows, accessories, and throw blankets.
Here are some great pillows and throws that you could use in a play room, on a front porch or in a child’s room that you might want to switch out as your children grow.  I would much rather invest in my staple pieces and save a little on the cool, trendy items that I’m apt to switch up more often.
Opposites pillow by Lulu & Georgia.

 

Cream Dot Square Throw

 

Isa Pillow

 

Black Diamond Outdoor Throw Pillow

 

 

Charles Throw

 

Threshold Throw Blanket

 

One of my favorite things to do is to visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and I am especially excited to see the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit while it is there.  I have always loved the vibrancy of Matisse’s paintings and will be anxious to see them as they always give me inspiration for future projects.

 

Image via SFMOMA site.

 

 

  1.  Perfect Pink Flutes for your Easter celebration this weekend!

 

2.  And a great hostess gift to take if you are visiting friends and family…

 

 

 

3.  Love this robe for spring…

 

 

 

4.  And these cute little shorty pj’s cause they have a long sleeved top just in case you’re still a little cool!

 

Be sure to check these out at Shopbop cause they’re having a great spring sale!!

 

5.  I always love a classic jute rug and this is one of my faves…

 

 

6.  Speaking of classic, these gold hoops should be a staple in your closet…

 

 

7.  Love the splash of color in this adorable clutch

 

 

8.  Another fun hostess gift idea

 

 

 

9.  Seriously, so in LOVE with this dress

 

Another find from Shopbop so be sure to hit the SALE!!

 

10.  And you MUST check out this link to show you how to make Soft Boiled Eggs by Gimme Some Oven!  I’ve never made them and can’t wait to try!

 

I came across this quote recently and it just resonated with me.  It could apply to your work, a sport, a hobby, a relationship or even your faith.  And I think at this time of year when many of us have kids who are on the final push in school, it is a great reminder for them!

 

Image via Pinterest written by Brittany