Sunday, July 20, 2014

splurge vs steal sunday: jcrew panama hat

I usually blog about home decor for the splurge vs steal series.  But do you ever come across something that is much less and looks exactly like the much more expensive version you already bought and think damn why didn't I see this one first?!  Well that happened and I thought it was worth sharing with summer vacations still in full swing...


Friday, July 18, 2014

nordstrom sales starts today: my picks

Today starts the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Every year I have a love hate with this sale...  I love being able to get things that just came out on sale before the prices go up (Aug. 4)...but who doesn't love that.  I hate that it reminds me that it won't be long until summer will be coming to an end before we know it...I mean I feel like its just getting started.  So hop on over and start stocking up for your fall wardrobe or even better in my opinion...things for your home!

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 I swear by this curling rod...I never could get my hair to curl like I liked or even stay when I finally did...this is a game changer!  // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 the only body lotion that does not irritate my legs after shaving! // 11 // 12 // 13 // 14 // 15 // 16 waterworks on sale...yes!...there are some others too!  // 17 A friend told be about the little giraffe blankets as a good baby gift...they are the softest thing ever...now you can buy adult blankets too!// 18 // 19 // 20 // 21 (20 & 21...its no secret I am a candle addict and especially diptyque...if you buy this set in store you get to pick your two candle scents!)


So go treat yourself!  Happy Friday (& happy shopping!)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

the versatile saarinen table

I love furniture pieces that you know can be used for multiple purposes and easily transition with future homes or life changes!  Whenever working with first time homeowners or even renters I always try to incorporate them.  Being a first time homeowner myself I know how many things can be on your to-do/buy list and the comfort of knowing you are purchasing something that can easily be used in the future just makes dishing out the $$ a little easier.

This brings me to the iconic and classic Saarinen Table (also known as a tulip table)...


Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1956 and released by Knoll in 1957.  Saarinen was featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 1956.  In the cover story, Art: The Maturing Modern, he said that his current project (^^^ this table) was to "clear up the slum of legs in the U.S. home."  Reading the article was one of those surreal and so cool to me things.  Just the fact that the articles title written in '56, The Maturing Modern, could easily be a title for an article on this same table today....over 50 years later.  It's like the iconic Chanel 2.55 flap bag...debuted in 1955 and in 2014 you still have to get on a wait list for one.  Safe to say...this is a classic and won't be "out of style" years down the road.  Roger Sterling's office on Mad Men even features one..


So here you go...the many ways this classic table can be used.  First, there is the obvious kitchen/ dining table...






If you're tight on space pair it with a bench or banquette seating.



A perfect example for when you move into a larger home...your old kitchen table now becomes your entry table!



And my personal favorite...in an office...either as a desk or meeting table.  It also works well in a family room or playroom...perfect for homework, board games, poker night?!




While the original is all white there are now many colors out there to choose from and various combinations...hello marble top!  Also the price can very drastically from a $200 Ikea knockoff to a marble topped oval original at over $9k.


5// Overstock 28" white tulip table (perfect for small spaces or entries)










Monday, July 14, 2014

market & a weekend in atlanta

This weekend we headed down to Atlanta for me to check out the Gift & Home Furnishings Market at Americasmart.  This was the first time I have been able to work it out with my schedule to make it to this market!  I was interested to see how it compared and differed to High Point.  While I would hands down say High Point is a better use of time for a designer it was super interesting to see the new things coming out in home while also getting to see other categories like gourmet gifts, paper, ect.  Oh and to also swing by the apparel building for a few crazy discounts.

*If you follow me on Instagram you have already seen a few of these!

Emporium Home by Ashley Childers is always one of my favorites to visit at market...and this time I was just as impressed!  Its one of those booths that I feel like has just been designed for me personally!  Meaning I want to take everything home with me!  (If you're interested in any pieces they are available through Mallory Shaw Design)

These dining chairs were literally my favorite piece of the weekend.  The cream leather paired with faux shagreen topped off with the super cool shape...I mean perfection!


Another fab new piece to the collection was this faux shagreen and brass console.  Oh, and don't you love the watercolor wallpaper too?!


Another favorite was this 44x44 diver print.  So simple and classic.


While walking around I also stumbled upon Lifeguard press.  While they are definitely more of the gift category I had to take a sneak peak as I have ordered from them for myself personally.

If you are a bride to be make sure to keep an eye out for the new Kate Spade bridal collection that will be out this fall.  My favorite part was the guest book that you can see open on the front of the table.  It consisted of pages of tiny envelopes and cards so each guest can leave a more personal (& private) note!


I also am digging the new patterns for her storage boxes...

I have the pink version in my closet and love them (I know I still need to photograph my closet makeover and share here...oops!)

And while this was a work trip we squeezed in some fun too.  When two of the nieces heard we were going to Atlanta they begged to come along.  Our attempt at an elevator selfie..fail!


I can't go to Atlanta without stopping by Sprinkles (it really is a problem...I need help!) //  The real reason they wanted to come...milk & cookie room service.  I mean I would be into this as a kid too // Finally once I finished up at market yesterday I met Richard and the girls to make a super quick stop by the Atlanta Zoo.  Two baby pandas that turn one tomorrow!  







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