Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY: 2014 Gift Guide for Him

With only a week left for Christmas shopping (YIKES!), here are some gift ideas for the man in your life; specifically, the male who appreciates fashion.  And, right now, some of the stores have great deals and discounts. 

1// Lambswool shawl-collar sweater (J Crew and 30% off with code JINGLE)

2//  Blue Jean (Bonobos)

3//  Born Trigger Chukka Boot.  My brother had a pair of these and I loved the way they looked.  He said they were super comfortable as well.  I purchased a pair for my husband in brown.  (DSW)

4// BR Monogram Mirco-Gingham Shirt (Banana Republic and 40% off with code BRMERRY40)

5// Bowling Bag with Zips (Zara USA)

6// Comete Silk Tie (Hermes)

7// Check Cashmere Scarf (Burberry USA)

8// Polo Ralph Lauren Argyle Socks (Nordstrom)

9// Pajamas (Nordstrom)

10// BVLGARI Man in Black Eau de Parfum (Bloomingdales)

11// Luxury Shave Collection / Cade (L'Occtaine)

12// Ray-Ban 3492 Green Classic G-15

Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 GIFT IDEAS: For Kitchen Host/Hostess

With the holidays fast approaching, here are some great gift ideas for that special someone who enjoys entertaining in the kitchen. They even make great gifts when you've been invited to someone's house for the first time and not sure what to get them.


1// Chevron Grey Marble Server

2// Couture 2-Piece Cheese Knife Set

3// Iona Cheese Board (Anthropologie)

4// Frasier Fir Sink Set (Thymes)

5// Assorted Kitchen Towels - Set of 4 (Williams Sonoma)

6// Rosewater Driftwood Candle (Caldrea)

7// House Olive Oil & 25 Year Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar (Williams Sonoma)

8// Dauville Handmade Gold Glazed Bowl (Canvas Home Store)

9// Dauville Bowls in Platinum (Canvas Home Store)


Monday, December 15, 2014


Hope you enjoyed your weekend.  I managed to get a little Christmas shopping done; despite the fact that I pulled my back and suffered through the weekend.  I am so annoyed with my back that I kept pushing through most of my tasks; even though I was walking crooked and in pain.  And, fur baby, Monty didn't understand I couldn't play and run around the house with him.  But, still, I needed to get my house chores done and try to fit in a little Christmas decorating.  Hopefully, I can get an appointment with the chiropractor this evening.  I need to find some relief ASAP.

Moving on to a brighter and positive topic . . . interior design.  On this week's post, I'm sharing room designs by Elizabeth Metcalfe, of Elizabeth Metcalfe Interiors & Design.  Elizabeth's designs brings simplicity and comfort to the home.  Every room feels warm and comfortable and at the same time luxurious.  Elizabeth says, "A finished room may look simple, but it isn't simple to do." 

For those of us who love to decorate our homes; if your like me, you think about the space, feel the space, how does it speak to you?  I say, by having key pieces of furniture, creating a color palette, layering a room with different textures and accessories is what makes a room. 

Take a look at some of my favorite designs by Elizabeth Metcalfe.  From beautiful living rooms to luxurious bedrooms.  Oh, and the last picture has the most amazing fabric design on the back of a chair!

To see more designs, click here.


Thursday, December 11, 2014


Need to shop for someone who enjoys accessories for the home?  Well, you're in luck!  Here are some great gift ideas to give to that special someone to add a special item to their home d├ęcor.

1  Brass Love Object (West Elm)

2  Faux Shagreen Box - Natural (West Elm)

3  Acropolis Bookends (Z Gallerie)

4  Glass Cube Bud Vases (Wisteria)

5  Brass Handles/Marble Tray (JWS Interiors)

6  Brass Heart Julep Cup (The Zoe Report)

7  Gleaming Isla Candle (Anthropologie)

8  Illume Luxe Mercury Candle (Bloomingdales)

9  Bel Air Mini Scoop Vase (Jonathan Adler)

10  Marais Glazed Bowl (Dwell Studio)

11  Shagreen-Effect Large Box (Barneys)

12  Ellis Street Rosebowl and Vase (Kate Spade)

Happy shopping!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY: 2014 Holiday Gift List for Her

On today's Wardrobe Wednesday, tis the season for giving. I put together some gift ideas for those who need to shop for a female family member, your bestie or loved one. 

1.  I'm a big fan of scarves and this one has a bit of faux fur.  Miru Faux-Fur Scarf - Anthropologie

2.  I like this! Fur Wraparound Stole - Zara USA

3.  Plaid is such a trend right now.  This would make a nice gift.  Checked Scarf - Zara USA

4.  A nice mix of leather and material.  Echo Touch Ruched Leather Mixed Gloves - Nordstrom

5. Who doesn't like a new pair of comfy and stylish pj's.  The Dreamer Henley Pajama - Victoria's Secret

6.  I have been eyeing this and is pretty nice in person.  Faux Fur Vest - Zara USA

7.  Gold and Crystal link bracelet - J Crew Factory

8.  Crystal Domes necklace - J Crew Factory

9.  360 Pearl Studs (looks like the Dior ones but cheaper) - Baublebar

10. These have been on my wish list (looks like Chloe but much less) Jigsaw in Coffee Patent - French Soles Shoes

11.   Clutches are so fashionable.  This one is nice from Clare V. Supreme Spotted Folded Clutch - Neiman Marcus

12.  For the make-up lover, how about one of the Naked eye shadow palettes from Urban Decay - Sephora

 Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014


I'm sad to say, I haven't jumped on board with decorating for the holidays.  It's not that I don't want to, I've just been a little occupied and busy.  Between busy at work, commuting long hours, and spending every minute with my new puppy, I haven't been focused on decorating.  I need to dedicate some time next week to get into the holiday spirit.  I just can't believe Christmas is around the corner! 

In the meantime, I'm enjoying some holiday decorating from others.  I hope to be inspired, to create a look for our home.

Image via Thistlewood Farms

Via Martha Stewart

Via Real Simple
Such a pretty, decorated mantle (via Sweet Something Design)
Clean and modern design via Decoist  (looks like from Z Gallerie)

Via Martha Stewart
Via homedit
Via Regina Gust

Via decoist
Via Beauty and Bedlam

Monday, December 8, 2014


Another Monday is upon us.  Where does the weekend go?  We had some crappy weather with rain all day and night on Saturday and chilly weather on Sunday.  It didn't help that I wasn't feeling the greatest on Saturday.  But Monty boy was keeping me company and entertained.  It's been a joy, having a new puppy around.  Mr. D. and I laugh at how exhausted we are keeping up with Monty.  When he's not sleeping, he's in speed mode; wanting to play with us and his toys.  It's hard to get anything else done, because he requires supervision from one of us (lol).  We're waiting for some gates to arrive because Monty has been pushing the limits on stair climbing!  Definitely need to block off some rooms. 

Onto today's post!  Meet designers Jim and Phoebe Howard.  If you live in Jacksonville, Florida, you definitely know this couple with their store, Mrs. Howard and Max & Company.  Phoebe also has a book entitled, the Joy of Decorating.  And, they have a furniture collection called Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture.

Creating stylish spaces has evolved Phoebe in creating her own brand of decorating.  Recognized for her Southern style has won her lots of praise.  If your taste leans more towards a traditional look, or a southern style, then get ready for some inspirational rooms.  Here are some of my favorite rooms:

While this room is traditional, the staircase give is that transitional look.

This room is so soft and quiet.
That wing back chair looks appealing; great for reading or blogging

I love the color palette in this room.

Beautiful burlwood table and mirror

Wow!  The walls in this jade lacquer finish is stunning! 

The wallpaper is the focal point in this room, with it's large scale design.

I love the design of the curtains and the way it opens up


I love the pink flowers in the pale blue vase.  Such a pretty comb

To see more inspirational rooms, you can see it on their website here.