Monday, July 28, 2014

loving rooftop gardens

Over the past two weekends we have finally gotten around to doing some updates to our teeny tiny back deck.  So while browsing around for more ideas on small and urban spaces my love of rooftop decks had me wishing even more that we had one!  There is just something that is so much cooler about rooftop decks and gardens.  Its like the adult version of a tree house!  Every time I'm in Europe its one of the things I pay attention to the most.  I think the best part is having your little oasis up in the sky where you can also people watch below...sign me up!  Here are some to just move!

I also noticed the last time in NYC how so many flower shops sold the potted boxwood "walls" already grown and trimmed out the perfect privacy screen when you live close to others.  What I would do to put one on the airplane with me!  I have yet to find any in Nashville although there has to be somewhere that sells them!  You could also make them yourselves..but lets get serious that could take years of growing and trimming to get them just right!

I do have potted boxwoods on our deck and if you are a black thumb like me they are the way to go...I planted them last year and have literally done nothing since then.  I thought for sure they would die throughout the extreme winter we had but they are still going strong.

Another alternative to a boxwood wall...bamboo!

I mean this view....I would never go inside.

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 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 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)

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