Thursday, October 23, 2014


There are lots of people out there who really aren't into the spirit of Halloween; least of all decorating.  But no one said, you have to go crazy and spend lots of money to be a little festive.
Here's a quick little look I put together for those that want to spruce up their foyer/entryway table, coffee table or desk. 
I gathered a couple of design books that had the color black in them and set them on a printed napkin in the same color family.  A black martini glass (which can be filled and decorated), painted pumpkin and candle creates a simple but festive look.

You don't have to be perfect when painting and decorating your pumpkin.  This is your way to get creative.  You can make it pretty or scary.  If you're like me, I have tons of leftover paint in the house.  Here, I painted the pumpkin in a pale pink and painted the top in a bronze metallic.  Adding decorative rhinestones for a little glam.

You create a similar look by removing the books and replacing them with a decorative mirror (used as a tray).  You can add spiders and cob web if you want to add another layer.

What are some of your looks for Halloween?


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Happy Hump day all!  Man o man . . . these past few days have been tough . . . trying to fight a sickness (maybe the flu). Ironically, I'm scheduled to get my flu shot today at work but that appointment is moot now. 

There's nothing like a great outfit to put me in a better mood (lol).  Today's look is from Boden USA.  The company is designed in Great Britain.  I always get their catalog in the mail but whenever I pull the trigger to order something, they sell out of my size or I just forget to refer back to that store.  While looking through their latest October issue, I folded some apparel that I'm adding to my want list.

Here are two looks I put together.  One is a casual look and one is business casual.

Garland Blouse; Mohair Mix Biker Cardigan; Ponte Roma Pant in Charcoal;
Flat T-Bar Point flats in Grey Zebra

Paris Blouse; Alice Jacket (on sale); Bistro Crop Trouser (navy); Jackie Heels; Draycott Bag

To see more fashion apparel, head on over to Boden USA here

Happy shopping!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Have you heard?  Last week, Benjamin Moore announced their 2015 Color the Year: Guilford Green (HC-116). 

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They are quoted as saying, "A neutral color that is a natural. A silvery green that works a wide range of color combinations - from neutrals to daring shades."  That works for me!  I see this color paired with a rich black, navy or plum.  Or, for a softer look, white and tan.

Here are some inspiring room designs painted in Guilford Green:


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Image via Country Living
Bottom color on wall is Guilford Green (image via Blogaholics)
Image via Kohler

Monday, October 20, 2014


Boo hoo . . . another Monday.  The weekend went by too quick for me.  Did everyone enjoy the weekend?  I spent Saturday getting deep, down in the cleaning department.  It was one of those jobs that was a BIG job; the cleaning out your fridge and freezer job.  So happy it's done and not something you have to do every week.  I also vacuumed and spot cleaned our sofa and chairs.  We tend to neglect the items in our home that need a good cleaning  . . . inside and out.

Onto this week's Rooms that Inspire with interior designer, Lilly Bunn of Lilly Bunn, Inc.  Lilly started her own design firm in 2009 (previously worked for Town & Country magazine and renowned interior design firm, McMillen Inc.). 

Lilly Bunn has an eye for adding that right punch of color and pattern in a room, while not making the room appear too loud.

Pops of electric blue and citrine compliment the crisp white and bright bedroom. 
Softer layers of blue balance this design.

The black lacquered bedside table and olive green, upholstered bed pair nicely; in addition to the leopard rug and brass accessories.

Purple and gray are such pretty colors together

There are a lot of patterns going on in this space but
they all flow nicely together in this nursery design.

Neutral hallway look but the statement is the wallpaper design

The turquoise lacquered walls in this hallway . . . definitely the "wow" factor

Red, white and blue bathroom. 
While I would never do this in my own home, I love the design!

If I had a powder room, I would love to create a look like this. 
I'm loving the wallpaper!!

While this room has some bold colors and patterns going on . . . it's a soft-feeling, kind of space

This is such a lovely space!
To see more of Lilly Bunn's projects, head on over to website here.

Photo credits Lilly Bunn Interiors

Thursday, October 16, 2014


The Fall season is a great excuse to purchase new makeup.  The new looks this season are richer lip colors in plums, browns and deep reds.  Or, play up the eyes and keep the lips neutral.  I'm slowly trying to incorporate deeper colors in my collection.  My look is generally very natural looking; especially during the work week. But I'm open to changing it up a bit.  I'm also considering more lipsticks as opposed to lip glosses for fall.  If I'm going to wear a deeper, richer color on my lips, gloss may be extreme (for me).  And, this is a big step because I DO NOT wear lipstick; only lip gloss. 

Bloomingdales is having their beauty event this week and that means bonus time!  Here are some looks I pulled from Bloomingdales (online) from different designers.

I'll be making my way to Bloomies this afternoon to get my makeup done by one of the Bobbi Brown makeup artists. I have a gala event this evening with no time to spend on getting my hair and makeup done.  I'll literally have to throw my dress on and go! 
Bobbi Brown (my go to makeup line) in Smokey Nudes Collection
M.A.C Minerlize Lash and Eye Shadow

Chanel Fall Color Collection
 The rouge coco shine lipstick in Viva is a pretty pink color

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Collection

Dior Fall Look

Clarins Ladylike Collection. 
This woman is stunning and her makeup is flawless!

Trish McEvoy Radiance Collection.
This look is great for every day; very natural. Wish I had eyebrows like that!

Here's another look from Trish McEvoy from their Glamorous Collection

Tom Ford Fall Color Collection, Sensuous Color
I've been reading great reviews on Tom Ford's makeup line.  Need to try it!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY: My Look from Garnet Hill

It's Hump Day! Getting my fall look on with this perfect weekend outfit from Garnet Hill.  This look, while casual, is full of style, all the way!

Garnet Hill carries stylish fashion designs as well as items for the home. 

Oversized Turtleneck Sweater (charcoal)
Essential Knit Leggings (black)
Eileen Fisher Alpaca Funnel-Neck Cocoon coat
Cole Haan Arlington Riding Boots (black or brown)
Rosabella Italian Leather Bag (image in left)
Eileen Fisher Italian Leather Trapeze Slouchy Tote

Want to see more?  Head on over to Garnet Hill for more looks.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say there are hundreds of interior design and decorating books on the market today.  It seems like everyone is layering their best coffee table books and posting pictures on Instagram.  It's that added layer in making your space fab!

If you follow interior designer and blogger, Erin Gates of Elements of Style, she recently launched her new book, Elements of Style Designing A Home & A Life (she's currently on her book tour).  Let me just say, this book  is one to have in your home!  And, I'll tell you why (btw, my opinion is my own). 

First, let's talk about the design of the book itself.  It's classic black and white look with gold is stunning.  The stripes and floral pattern (and of course some leopard) are elements that make this book so attractive.  I love everything about this book; even the size; not too big and not too small.  Even if you don't follow Erin on her blog, a trip to the bookstore and seeing it on the shelf will definitely grab your attention.  

You can tell how much work Erin put into making this book her own.  Like she said, there isn't anything like it out there on the market.  This book is so organized (and you know how much I love organization).  The contents are organized by room and it starts off with the entry and ends with the sunroom and outdoor spaces.  And, with the introduction to each space, a sectional cover page is decorated in different pattern and design (genius).  She shows us designs from her own home as well as some of her clients.

One room I absolutely love, is a living room design with touches of pale pink.  I am gaga over the color palette!  Those wing back chairs and chevron pillows are EVERYTHING!! I envy the person who is enjoying this space.  Here's the room:

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I'm almost done reading the book;  I'm not just looking at the pretty pictures.  I love Erin's stories and humor.  I was fortunate to meet Erin and her husband, Andrew at a book signing on Thursday evening.  It was held at Canvas Home Store in NYC (which is a great store).  The Gates couple are such an amazing pair.  Andrew was chatting with everyone on line and Erin was engaging before getting down to business.  They make such a cute couple and it's crazy that we know so much about them by reading her blog.  The blogging world has made it so popular for women like Erin to get such recognition.  She is truly inspiring; as an interior designer and as a person.  It was such a great experience!

The happy and hawt couple!

I arrived at the Canvas Home Store early, so that I could check out the store before the book signing.  I purchased a few items and received a promotional discount (yay)!

Dauville Charcoal Pebble Dish in Gold (view details online)

This piece I will add to my bedroom redesign

Dauville Bottle Coaster in Gold (detail online).  But there are many uses for this item around your home; i.e., a candy dish, change dish, small jewelry items or a candle. 

So, if you don't own a copy of Erin's new book, it's a must to add to your collection; or to give as a gift.  You can purchase through Amazon or find at Barnes and Noble.