Monday, September 30, 2013


i love back & white and geometric prints so i was excited to find these leggings that are everything...

cool find #125 mossimo black & white leggings

i've worn them with everything from these whitewashed petty boots

[more here] to havianas + even sneakers to work out in

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Masculine + Modern

kid friendly and on a budget was the goal for this guy's great room and home office.  working with his existing furniture, like this gray sectional, i included touches of vintage, little pops of color, pattern and a design he could put together at his own pace...

black and white poster print, threshold ombre oversize oblong pillows, h&m throw,
lappljung ruta black and white aztec rug, omvaxlande black metal tray,
threshold windham coffee table in white, nate berkus sandstone puzzle figure,
h&m candle, large scale paint chip art, existing wood bookshelf,
green kasset storage boxes, existing floor lamp, threshold shuttered door media stand,
fiddle leaf fig, threshold gray drapes, painted file cabinets with wood top via pinterest,
collection of vintage globes, existing black leather office chair,
besta burs desk in high gloss black + existing leather ottoman

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pet Project

some fun finds for fido, or in my case ike + arthur...

"pup" tent - how gorgeous are the eyes on this cutie!?!
born in the usa gold tag + rope collar and leash all part of the free people pet project
i've always thought this alseda stool would make a cool base for a dog bed, but at only 24"
it's not big enough for my guys, so the search continues

and these feed containers from target that would make cool treat jars

// my actual pet project //
a new dog bed cover in a gray + white stripe that arthur is already enjoying

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Life in a Bubble

these rough rowdy boys love horse-y rides [via grandpa] and now piggyback rides with me.  this is my new way of life every time i try to sit down, which isn't often...

cole wanted to stop and take a picture in the convex mirror

so did rider number two, who is reaching forward to take it himself.

click here for more of my instagram photos
[i also got back on the horse so to speak and decided
to un-privatize my account, be the first to follow me. literally.]

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Falling For

the new nate berkus pieces in stores now, here are my favorites from this fall collection...

black zig zag frame / foil print + metallic plate decorative pillows / two tone white and wood mirror
gold & antique glass accent table / woven round cotton storage bin / marble print decorative trays
multiple taper gold candleholder + folding metal campaign style accent stool

Monday, September 23, 2013

Flea Market

if you have been reading this blog for a while, then you know how much i love my trips to the flea market.  i was back at the same one from this post where i set up shop in may, but this time it was all about the shopping...

this huge basket + airstream [i wish]

factory safety numbers - so many days without an injury.
[we'd never make it past one in our house]

white stone ring + gold cuff

vintage skee ball / skill ball game

palm leaf basket

the real deal - vintage seventies moccasins

and these matching marching band hats for the boys!

i couldn't resist a photo opp, but only one was game - so i will be trying this again later

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Rancher // Rain Hat

loving this perfect fall hat that made an early rainy morning at the flea market much more fun... 

cool find #124 - limited edition gray wool rancher hat

Friday, September 20, 2013

My Little Clients

a seven year old boy who loves being outside and building legos for hours + his four year old sister who also loves the outdoors, but is also very girly and already has an eye for style.  the goal - keep the shopping to a few stops, incorporate all of their existing furniture, and come up with a few diy projects they would love to help their parents make and be excited to show off in their spaces. here are the design boards i created for each...

painted green bookshelf / wood grain storage boxes / spot light table lamp
lego meets lack table / gray bean bag chairs / werna 
room darkening curtains in dark blue
karit bedspread + shams in gray / hand painted swiss cross pillow
 threshold captains mirror
toy soldier bookends / curtain rods art display

art canvas painted yellow as headboard / mudhut dawn quilt set / diy paper flower
antoinette gold table mirror / taupe painted end table / black and white owl lamp
xhilaration tasseled print window sheers in pink / songe silver mirror
white painted dresser / hand dyed ombre linen pillow covers in pink
pantone style painted clipboards hung as art display
gray bean bag chair / large hanging paper gems / lykta table lamp in hot pink
silver sprayed tree trunks as end tables for display

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Samantha Wills

her jewelry epitomizes bohemian glamour and it's showing up everywhere i turn.  i've always been more of a turquoise girl than a diamond one, but her combinations are stunning and winning me over...

and the packaging is just as beautiful too...

and this might be my most favorite description of a virgo ever!
[leaving out all the usual perfectionist talk and eerily supporting my creative drive]

check out her site for many more beautiful pieces

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Quiet Room

is not normal when there are two boys under four in it.  it's pretty much a given that they're doing something they shouldn't, so i was completely shocked by what i found...

two little boys snuggling in bed... and even more so when they let me get the camera

and just when i think i can't possibly love them more.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Designs

my black and white symbol pillows are back in my shop along with a couple new designs, including a collaboration with a customer in california...

new vintage style anchor pillow

and the custom order from the original sketch to the finished product...

a take on my double arrow - the stacked triple arrow pillow 

the packaged cover ready to go

check out all four designs now available in my shop!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Dean's Birthday

the six week birthday binge [all four of ours] ended with a party for dean last weekend.  he loves animals and the theme was inspired by this set we gave him for his birthday and put together with several farm friendly things we already owned...

had: wooden stacking tree / sheepskin / feed number 2 platewhite pitcher filled with
 bells of ireland / black and white lantern + bark pedestal cake stand 

wood patterned photography backdrop paper from the craft store [love it!]
its huge, cheap and thick and i plan to reuse it as wrapping paper /
gray and white gingham wrapping paper from target which makes a great table runner /
three mason jar style drink dispensers + some yellow swirly pop favors and balloons.

 chalkboard banner i had made and used for cole's birthday similar to this one
i saw on pinterest via delia creates [hers is beautifully sewn] i used chalkboard paper from the
craft store / a little flag cake topper from one of these smash brand
sticky notes sets from target /
can knockdown game like this one with foam baseballs inspired by tori johnson PR's county fair party +
a ring toss game 
from plastic bottles and a set of 12 small ring toss rings

inspired by one charming party by photographer nicole hill gerulat

here's how it turned out...

black & white pillows from my shop
i wrapped the wood grain paper around our mirror and attached this sheep, a vintage find
from years ago that came out of an old store window and you may recognize from both
of the boys nursery's.  i made the birthday banner with chalkboard paper and opted for
silver sharpie so the letters would be clear.
and a HUGE shout out to my talented sister rachel!!!
 who recreated this cake i saw online for dean who is a blueberry addict
the mini flag topper i made + two mini tall white taper candles.
i'm obsessed with using them, they look beautiful on every cake.
the biggest hit with the kids was the lemonade bar.  they had fun mixing the flavors
 [pink, traditional, and raspberry] together to make their own flavor.

and my little "later gator" cape-wearing birthday boy with grandma
plus some of his cousins, friends and party animal brother...

the weather was absolutely perfect that day so the kids spent a lot of time outside
running, tree climbing, and hunting for big foot with their flashlights in the
pine trees after dark.

happy second birthday dean - we love you!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Wise Words

some thoughts on luck, happiness, and life with kids...

for more cool quotes i've collected check me out on pinterest 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Leather Detailing

is popping up everywhere and i find it coolest when added to feminine pieces like this...

and a couple new favorites these staccato gold studs and matte metal bracelet 

cool find #123 - faux leather detail top
[also available in black + tanks versions too]

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


i love iron interior + exterior architecture, from shower surrounds to french style front doors, it adds tons of character and cool... 

all images via pinterest