Need inspiration from somewhere other than Pinterest?

Running out of shelter magazines to read during spring break?

Well, lock yourself up in a bedroom with an ipad and read your online shelter magazines for inspiration and ideas.

These are two of my faves:

All images above via Matchbook Magazine you can read it here at

and Lonny

All images above via from Lonny magazine. You can read it here.
There are many more I'd like to discuss but am afraid this post will get too lengthy and I'll loose you (or maybe it's my attention span I'm worried about?)

So we'll discuss the below magazines at a later date, shall we?

From our mates down under:
And my local fave .... GRAYS LANE

Adore this magazine. These women do their job with such grace and style I look forward to each and every issue. Check out their latest Spring issue hot off the press!

Random Thoughts

I heart NARS.

I'm not sure if it's hip or not to love this makeup line but I do. My favorite lipstick that lasts forever?

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Lasts all day long. Can't go wrong with Bahama for everyday and Belle de Jour for the nude lip. You can buy them here.

Keepin' it Realz

Tired of getting the same thing over and over again when you go food shopping?

Jealous of the people who have every store staked out and always buy the perfect thing?

well, I have just solved your weekly grocery-trip conundrum.

I found a chick who's gonna spell out exactly what we should buy at Trader Joe's!  I know, I know ... riveting stuff, isn't it?   

Check out her site here.

By the way, did you know this goes down at Trader Joe's?...

"Spot Timmy the Turtle! If kids find the Timmy the Turtle plush toy hiding in the store, they can pick out a prize from the Treasure Chest at the checkout. Tip: Look up, he’s often above the aisles where shoppers can’t mess with him or move him"

Neither did I. Right under my nose and didn't even notice.

I just need someone to breakdown the new Wegman's for me. Any takers?

Have a great holiday and will see you next week!


Stripe it Rich!

There's nothing richer than a good classic stripe!

Let's Freshen up a Sentimental Favorite

Client T (for thoughful) has a dining set that was given to her by her mother. It has sentimental meaning to her and she wants to keep it. I love that about her. Not just because I believe in using what you have, but I think it's so important to have pieces in your house that have special meaning to you.

wall color is revere pewter by BM
lighting is clients own from Pottery Barn

She could easily have gone out and bought a brand new dining room grouping but chose to keep her mom's pieces.  So, we're just going to freshen them up a bit with these: 

Navy and white here

We are in the beginning stages of this design but I thought I'd show you the steps as we move along.  

Remember the before?

Let's call this the "in progress":

The china closet needs to be restyled and so on. But, this client could almost stop here -- looks fresher right? She spent less than $100 on the fabric. 

Stay tuned for more. Oh, and don't forget to look around your room is there something special to you? Thousands of dollars in designer fabrics, wallpaper, etc. mean nothing if your room doesn't hold meaning to you! 


OK found some fun stuff in NYC

Room Service
Seriously, who is going to let me order these chairs for them? Crazy you say. Crazy like a fox. Let's pair it with a white lacquer table in the kitchen shall we?

You can buy them here if interested.

How about this guy?
I would pop out the great state of PA in a colored denim that is pulled from the room. Red perhaps? Wouldn't it be great if you used your own son/daughter's jeans for this project? Way to recycle.

Onto the random thought of the day....must see TV

So last week I mentioned this concealer and since then I have run into several peeps who also use this product. Yeah! I love positive reinforcement.

Do you remember that I tried to explain the correct way to use it or how to "correctly contour"  under the eyes, on the forehead etc.? 

Well, I did a horrible job -- not my expertise by any stretch. 

But,  I found someone who can help us. 

Have you ever wondered how the celebrities get that flawless skin look? --- well here is the secret and it doesn't take that long once you master the technique. 

You may have to modify a bit depending on your skin tone but you can get the general idea.

And I know she's a bit west coast and I'm not trying to stir up any Tupac vs. Biggie bad memories here but they can be a bit more bold with their makeup on that coast because they are in the sun everyday.

I would use whatever bronzer/concealer you have on hand or if you need to buy new I would highly recommend this duo. It's better for our east coast faces.

You can buy it here.

I hope you found it interesting ... so go play with it! What are you waiting for?

If you are looking to freshen up a room in your house for Spring contact me at