Monthly Archives: February 2010

bits of sunshine

i am taking care of my grama this week,
and it has been a very grey week here on cape cod.
yesterday, the fog was so thick, i couldn’t even bring the dogs for their daily beach walk because i couldn’t see a foot in front of me and didn’t want to lose them!
but, it has warmed up a bit, giving me hope that spring really is right around the corner.
my favorite color combo as of late is grey and yellow, which speaks perfectly to the season on the cusp.
felted necklace * making lemonade sheets

classic redefined: hudson bay blanket

can you even imagine a more perfectly cozy spot to curl up with a good book?!
total perfection… the teepee inside, the built-ins LOADED with books, even a surf board to remind that winter will end.
the cherry on top?
cozy. preppy. a little bit vintage.
and check out this fun use of the classic…

i adore ottomans upholstered in kilim rugs, but THIS is cozy too!

but when rachel bilson (whose style i can totally relate to) stepped out during the olympics in this coat?!?!
the classic. reinterpreted by smythe.

love. love. love.
oh, how good would this look with frye harness boots and skinny jeans.

for the love of liberty

i have a huge place in my heart for target.
ok, maybe it’s an obsession.
honestly, i find a reason to go weekly, and if i don’t need anything, i call my sister or mother (who live in places target does not) asking them if they need anything, just so i can have an excuse to go.
i love nearly everything about their “making design accessible” mission. there partnership with “it” designers?
i loved proenza schouler. missed john derian. sadly under-whelmed by orla kiely. anxiously awaiting gaultier
and now, it’s official…
(the video preview? AHHHH-MAZING!)
NOT to be missed.
march 14th.
be there.

the office, part 1

one of the first things i fell in love with in our house was this room- the very sunny, narrow, “bonus” space just off the living room.
it was the perfect space and place for my husband’s office/music room. reid is a teacher and musician, so a home office is a necessity, but in all the houses we looked at, that would have required giving up a bedroom… until now!
let the transformation begin…
day 3 of homeownership found my mum and i quickly tackling painting the two 3rd floor rooms while my daddio got busy scraping away the dowdy wallpaper in reid’s soon-to-be office.
he made quick work of it, groovin’ to the tunes on his ipod (yeah, he’s cool like that now). though, 45 minutes in, he came upstairs for technical support, as he had just realized he had listened to the SAME song for all 45 minutes (it had been on repeat). HA! oh well….
my uncle joe arrived the next day for a week worth of work (of which the priority list was ever-changing…). due to my obsession with built-ins and reid’s obsession with reading, bookcases in the office where a necessity. i designed the set-up, complete with a wider shelf under the windows and over the radiator for bernie and lloyd (our cats) to snooze.
so, after a quick lesson from joe, i got busy skim-coating the freshly scraped walls (this brings them back to a smooth-as-glass finish, nearly as good as fresh sheetrock) and did a darn good job, if i do say so myself!
the next day my arms were ridiculously sore, but i had to get right to priming, as joe was ready to get building the bookcases on the far wall.
(doesn’t the room look better already!?!)
the stained, worn, turquoise wall to wall carpeting needed to go as well, and we were very pleasantly surprised but what we found beneath!
i landed on benjamin moore‘s new york state of mind on my first flip through the paint fan deck and decided it was the perfect color for reid’s den. i love the saturated blue that is nearly navy at night but has a wonderful bold glow in the sun-drenched space.
reid is still not 100% convinced, but with the addition of books and his great collection of jazz art, i think this color will be the perfect backdrop.
at least, I love it!
my daddio, removing the rest of the carpet…
dad and me, smiling, after a very loooong few days, but very pleased with our progress!
stay tuned for more details as we go…

swim party #2

the only thing i loved more than the interior design in something’s gotta give was the painting above diane keaton’s fireplace.
the swimmer.
i had hunted and hunted, found the artist, stalked his website
be still my heart.
of course, the limited addition run of 65 signed copies are far out of my decorating budget… but, oh, what i would do to look at this woman every day.
ahhh, a girl can dream.
love, love, love….

sweets for your sweet

i didn’t make my gingerbread cookies this year during the holidays and i have been craving them ever since.
i adore how white icing looks on this cookie, so i thought it would be a wonderful twist to turn the traditional christmas cookie into a valentine’s tradition.
inspired by paper doilies and made with love…
the smiley heart is for you, mum.


my sister, whom, until recently, i would have never thought of as “crafty” surprised me with these gorgeous fingerless mittens as a belated birthday gift.
i was… blown. away.
who/what/where/when/ how!?!??!
i knew she’d been sewing lately, and i had seen her knitting before… but this? i would have never guessed. amazing.
do you see the owl hiding in there? with his perfectly subtle eyes?
love. love. love.
(even better when enjoyed with hot cocoa and a croissant)
thanks meggs!
cannot wait for all the handmade exchanging to come!
(she is roadtoast on the knitting community ravelry if you’re a member)