Thursday, January 30, 2014

Etsy Love

My friend recently told me about the cutest phone covers from Etsy Shop, Lucy Celebrates {here}
Her designs are simple and pretty, with a touch of metallic that pops. Plus, see the adorable packaging below.
Personalized iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or Blackberry Case - Angela Collection - Horizontal Stripes shown in Emerald and GoldPersonalized iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or Blackberry Case - Danielle Collection - Ombre Confetti Design in Shades of Blue
Personalized iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or Blackberry Case - Stephanie Collection - Classic and Simple Stripes shown in Pink, White, and GoldPersonalized iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or Blackberry Case - Jenny Collection - Chevron Inspired shown in Gold and Pool
Personalized iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or Blackberry Case - Vivi Collection - "V" Stripes shown in Emerald and GoldPersonalized iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or Blackberry Case - Sloane Collection - Bold Stripes shown in Orange and Navy
And Lucy does more then phone covers, see her beautiful wedding invitations, note pads and prints. They are just as darling as the phone covers.
Destination Beach Wedding Invitation Suite, Paulina + Walter, Purchase for a Sample
Romantic Wedding Invitation Suite in Coral and Graphite, Purchase for a Custom Sample
So my sisters name is Lauren Marie and she has always been a big list maker as well as goal setter. Ironic that her name is used as an example here. And she would adore this design.
Gold Foil Love Life Babies Home, 5x7 Fine Art Print
I'm sort of obsessed with this little print. Sums it all up just right!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hotel Design: Waldor Astoria Chicago

Stepping inside a well designed hotel is always thrilling because it might not be the aesthetic you choose to live by, but it's not often that you aren't impressed. That's the feeling I had when I entered the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago {here} this past weekend for a quick trip to the spa with dear friends. What a treat. It's a very sleek and streamlined look with upscale appeal.
Go there.
Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel, IL - Exterior
When you pull in the circular drive you begin to feel transported away from all your worries and obligations...
Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel, IL - Lobby
This magnificent light fixture greets you when you enter.
Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel, IL - Spa Lounge
The spa relaxation room, which I could have stayed in all day. These chairs were so comfortable and perfect to lounge in {while eating an assortment of delicious nuts and flavored water}  
Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel, IL - Sauna
Don't you love a long, wide hallway in a spa locker room...more like lady's wing. You know you hit the spa jack pot when you see this.
Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel, IL - Indoor Pool
I took a dip in this and what they don't show you is the incredible view you have.
Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel, IL - Bernard's Bar

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Shelf Life: Tom Scheerer Decorates

If you are looking for a delicious read, pick up Tom Scheerer Decorates, it will leave you inspired and content. What I've always loved about Tom Sheerer is his natural ability to make a space warm and unique with out trying too hard. His style is effortless, collected and simple. These words put it perfectly in the introduction:
"Scheerer's decorating looks a great deal like him. It's tall and commanding but often quiet. It's smart, correct, breezy, chic, well edited - and just a touch eccentric. It balances refinement with all-American ease. Yet it is un-American in its emphasis on recycling, reinventing, and not overdoing things."
I took pictures of a few favorite spaces - nice to see some shots you can't find online.

Don't mind if I do judge a book by it's cover. Ga ga over this cane pattern under the jacket of the book.  

Sensory overload.

Pretty and unexpected color scheme.
Book Review: Tom Scheerer Decorates

Killer headboard. Pattern and shape.
A Winter Getaway: Tom Scheerer
All the straw hats, bags, baskets....makes we want to be near the beach. Instead, an estimated 4-6 inches of snow is headed my way!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Capturing the Moment

I really love different ways to use and display photos. Every year I make my husband a picture calendar and since Jake was born I've made a photo books for us and the grandparents, it's always a hit.
I came across this new website and am loving it for many reasons. First off, it has a classic and elegant appeal with an organic edge, they have unique concepts for photo display and they use recycled goods for photo pages. Not to mention, looks a cut above what I usually use {shutterfly, minted, tinyprints,snapfish} and I think you'll agree.
Have a look and start brainstorming, these would make great gifts.
Website: Artifact Uprising {here}
The wooden clipboard calendar {here}

Wooden Box {here}
So clever - a personalized box that holds pictures you can sift through.

Postcard Pack {here}

The Hardcover books {here} are the most impressive item and I think it's due to the elegant and simple lay out.

Who wouldn't love receiving this?

Soft cover books {here}

A wooden block that holds a set of prints {here}

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Endless Monogram

Will we ever tire of putting our monogram on things? Probably not. So it's always nice to come across a new monogram concept.
This Etsy shop seller is on to something {see here}

What an ideal anniversary or wedding gift.
Wedding Registry for Colleen & Ethan for a large monogram vase with the monogram CSE
Housewarming or Wedding Gift - Personalized vase with first initials - House and Home
Small Monogram Ceramic Vase with Initials / Ampersand
Custom Wedding Gift - Heirloom Vase with Names & Wedding Date / Anniversary, Commitment Ceremony

Monday, January 13, 2014

A new day, A new week

Some days go by and I'm scatterbrained and going through the motions...other days I feel productive and creative...what will today bring?
Happy Monday folks.

Friday, January 10, 2014

A place to spend the day

A fire, bar cart and some natural light. This space really seems inviting. I think I could spend an entire day here - with good friends, food and drinks {of course}.
Have a lovely weekend.
The Porch
Wood Pile
{images via Martha Stewart Living}

Monday, January 6, 2014

Agate Accessorizing

 Agate is such an edgy accessory, but adds a nice natural touch. I recently found agate bookends from HomeGoods and only paid $12 for them!
A couple ways to use them in your space...
In Stock and Ready to Ship------Set of Four Gold Rimmed Agate Coasters
Agate Coasters {here}
agate coasters | home design
Framed Agate {here}
framed agate coasters
Gold Leaf Agate Bookends - Blue
Agate Bookends {here}
Agate Bookends
More Bookends {here}
Blue Agate Bookends - HomeGoods
Agate Bookends
pretty pink tulips blog  great items, agate bookends, brass, horn

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