I was on a mission yesterday to find just the right selection of wallcovering options for a feature wall for one of my commercial clients. As I was flipping through the wings of wallcoverings, trying to sort out the papers that would pass all the required fire codes at one of my favorite Design Center Showrooms, Donghia, I came across one of the newer lines they are representing, Elitis. I fell in love! It would take just the right client that is willing to take a risk and drop some serious cash, but I know in my heart that any room would look truly lovely with a feature wall covered in this French paper.
For those of you that know me it should come as no surprise that I used to be very prim and proper when it came to jewelry. I rarely wandered outside the comfort zone of my pearl studs. Every now and then I would toss on my one chunky necklace that I bought from the Limited about 12 years ago that was also made of pearls… just slightly bigger pearls.
As a designer this strict regimen of laced-up preppy jewelry was a bit stuffy and very pathetic. I’m not sure exactly what came over me this past year but I’ve slowly become enthralled by statement necklaces. On a whim this past Saturday I wandered through the new Anthropologie in Harvard Square with my girl Kate and once I found the jewelry section she could barely pull me away. It was only until she reminded me that we were going to be late for a movie and bribed me with the reminder of Goobers (my go-to movie treat) that I finally left the store.
Here are just a few of the necklaces that caught my eye (some of these I didn’t see in the store but came across on the website).
Lastly, you can’t be a shrinking violet to rock this one!
I’ve been day dreaming today about reorganizing my kitchen. I’m not a home owner yet, but I am not one of those people that feels that you have to wait until you own to be happy in your space. You just have to be a bit more cautious about what you buy. My number one desire is more storage space. I would love to have many, many more drawers to tuck food and kitchen supplies in. The Elfa system from Container Store does just that. I can only imagine the hours of fun I would have if I could add this storage unit to my life!
I’ve also been looking for a good rug to place in front of the sink. I want something colorful that will pick up on the red accents I already have in my kitchen, but I also want it to be super durable. The last rug I had was a seagrass woven rug with a thick linen border. It was beautiful but it stained so quickly. I’m a bit of a messy cook and an even messier dish washer. This lovey below is from Pottery Barn and is an indoor/outdoor rug that can be tossed right in the washer. Score!
Lastly I’ve been on a rant about how disgusting I find traditional knife blocks. I can only imagine the germs that are living in those things. There is no way you can always get every last drop of moisture off your knives before they get stored and just thinking about the potential germs and mold that could be growing in those small storage slots just plain gives me the heebie jeebies. So… I’ve been longing for the upright bamboo storage blocks from Lekkar Home with the oh-so-pretty red lacquer to hold all my knives. Pretty, pretty, pretty.
Is there anything you’ve been dreaming about for your kitchen?
I’m a huge GOOP fan. I’ve been a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow’s work as an actress for many years, and when I heard that she was putting together a website with a weekly newsletter I was instantly intrigued. She has always carried herself was such poise in the media and selected a wide variety of unique projects, that I could only assume that her website would be equally sophisticated and varied. I was not wrong. While not every bit of content is something I can directly relate to, or have the luxury of purchasing that has never stopped me from enjoying the message. This week’s newsletter really resonated with me. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been married for a while and the thought of one day starting a family is a lot closer than it once was, or more likely because I’m an extremely organized list oriented person and Juliet de Baubigny’s tips of running an organized household really spoke to me. Whatever the reason I wanted to share with my readers a link to this week’s newsletter. Hopefully you’ll enjoy GOOP as much as I do.
I had the pleasure of a lovely day out and about in the South End of Boston a few weeks ago with one of my nearest and dearest friend’s Kate. We are both big fans of brunch and we used to find ourselves dining at all of Boston’s yummiest brunch spots every weekend a few years ago. Somehow life and love have gotten in the way and it had been too long since we dined and shopped together. So on that sunny Sunday we hit up one of our favorite restaurants Union Bar and Grille and then slowly meandered the streets of the South End and Back Bay. There were many stores I found appealing but my favorite of the day was Hudson. This is a store that I have visited a few times since I moved to Boston, but I am definitely not visiting regularly enough, their merchandise is adorable! I want to share just a few of my favorites from their website… at first glance they might seem a bit random if you try to picture them together… so don’t worry, if they are your style great, if not just enjoy them individually!
Do any of you out there commute by train, subway or bus? I do every day for work and for the past six years I’ve been testing out new methods to easily store my keys, have my MBTA pass accessible, and not get myself all wrapped up in my earphones. Over the holidays I bought myself (I know, so tacky!) a Vera Bradley Zip ID Case and it has completely changed my commuting experience for the better. It is so easy to find in my bag, no matter how large or disorganized it has become, and you don’t have to remove your transportation pass from the protective pocket to allow it to be read on the subway pass access pad (at least for Bostonians). The added benefit of a zip pouch to hold my earphones put this little commuting accessory firmly in the must buy column. I know we are past the season for stocking stuffers but Valentine’s Day isn’t too far off. If you have a special lady in your life this would make an adorable little gift.