Thursday, July 24, 2014


Each year I'm loving our backyard.  With the new perennials and bushes planted the year before, it's wonderful to see them grow and bloom in our planting beds.

For our patio, we decided to add (ummm, I decided) another layer by accessorizing with planters.  I found these fab planters on clearance at my local West Elm Store.  They're called Cityscape Planters.  Take a look:

While I was outside, taking pictures, this lovely butterfly wanted to be captured.  I could swear, the butterfly was posing for me (lol).



Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Last year we purchased a console table for our patio outside.  I wanted something that could stay outdoors and that we could place extra items that took up room on the patio dining table.  So, I found a table from Grandin Road, called the Yorkshire Table.  It came in weathered black and an ivory color.  While I wasn't fond of the black (our outside dining table has a bronze finish), we purchased it anyway because it blended better than the cream and it was the right price point. 
Here's a picture from their website:

After the summer, we neglected to put a cover on it and then old man winter hit, like no other.  To sum it up, the table received an even more, weathered look (lol).  So much so, that by Spring, the carpenter bees were inspecting the table.

This DIY seemed like an easy fix (thanks to my hubby).  My projects turn into "his" projects.

I decided to help and stripped the wood.  It wasn't working so well for me.  Not sure if it was because the day I did it, was a hot day.  It dried the stripping liquid right away.  I'll also add, this was the day I locked myself out of the house. It was just me and the table waiting in the hot sun until help came. 
This baby needs to be sanded.  Ummm, hon . . . I need help.

Mr. D disassembled the table to get into the cracks and crevices when sanding; priming and painting.  
Table is primed and ready to be painted.
We chose Rust-oleum paint in a Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze (purchased at Home Depot)
Here's the finished products (two coats later):
Here's a close up shot; it's a deep bronze with pretty metallic speckles
So happy with the results and thankful to Mr. D for completing yet another home project.  We will definitely purchase a cover this fall to protect it.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I had the opportunity to visit the brand new, H&M Home store in NYC, (corner of 48th St. and 5th Ave.)   How convenient for, yours truly, since it's within walking distance from my job.  The home section is on the top level (4th floor).  As soon as I got off the elevator, I was so excited to check out all the goodies!  And, let me tell you, there were many.

The store features many products like vases, trays, candles, bedding, pillows, linens and more.  The themes seem to be a French provincial look, modern or simplistic style.  The colors are soft and neutral with a feminine touch.  Right up my alley. 

I browsed the online store before visiting the actual store.  There something about seeing it in person; you get a full appreciation and you're able to see the quality of the products.

Take a look at some of the snapshots I took while at the store:

Love the color of these salad size plates.

Striped pillows and cases galore, in a range of colors

Love this color combo

Colors are so soft and pretty! 

Vintage inspired look in a range of pastel colors

Copper candlestick holders and cake stands; black and white china;
gray lace tablecloth (grabbed one for my sister)

Candle teacup, colorful glass jars and decorative boxes
Here's what I picked up for myself and scored 25% off my entire purchase:
Glass jug (with gold rim)
Round porcelain tray dish (available in store)
Ceramic jar (small, in pink)
Metal wire basket in white
Lace tablecloth in natural white

To see more, click here to see their complete line.


Monday, July 21, 2014


How did it get to be Monday already?  The weekends always go by so quickly.  Hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the pleasant weather. 

Onto another Monday series of "Inspiration Color of the Week".  I'm going to mix it up and not talk about classic colors (I pretty much covered all of them with the exception of one).  Today, I'm talking about the color mint.  This soft pastel tint of spring green brings to mind, images of spring, beautiful ocean beaches and plantings. 

I love this color because of its simplicity and innocence.  It goes well with colors like: beige, gold, yellow, silver, cream, white, pink, navy, black, brown and gray.

Take a look at some inspirational pictures I created, as well as images from designers.

Apothecary Guild Domed Candle - Mint Green via Carlyle Avenue
Flower arrangement via Real Simple
Botanical photograph from Dullbluelight via Etsy
Image via Dear Dresses

Kitchen design by Jessica Brende (

Mint colored cabinets (Sherwin Williams White Mint) Laundry Room
 (via Oakley Home Builders Inc.)

Mint and beige bedroom with silver accents (image via

image via the Enchanted House

And, let's not forget about some fashion looks inspired by mint.

Pretty Mint Top - LuLus
Bauble Box Bib necklace - Shamelessly Sparkly
Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody bag in Mint/Silver - Bloomingdales


Friday, July 18, 2014


Another productive work week and so happy it's Friday.  Looking forward to enjoying another weekend and spending some time outdoors (predicting nice weather in Jersey).

Mr. D and I will be finishing work on a couple of house projects that we'll share with you next week.

To end the work week, here are some of my snapshots on instagram (@joann3373).

Bistro chair with marble and steel dining table - Crate and Barrel
Morning fruit (peach, banana, mango) smoothie with coconut milk and chia seeds
Favorite snack, multigrain pita crackers, Persian cucumbers and hummus (Trader Joes)
Sunday weekly flower run - pale yellow roses and alstroemeria bunch - Trader Joes/New Jersey
Home project:  Mr. D re-staining our back porch steps
Flower display at work (pink roses with alstroemeria bunch from Trader Joes/New Jersey
Displaying my vintage gold bangles
Morning walk to work through Times Square.  Hey . . . Good Morning America!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, July 17, 2014


Meet British interior designer (and Entrepreneur, Author and Educator), Kelly Hoppen.  What an amazing, talented woman.  Can you believe she started her business at the age of sixteen and a half!  I came across her work from a new magazine (new to me), purchased called Rooms.  Have you seen this magazine?  It's filled with designer spaces, inspiring ideas for you and I.  I'm sure I've seen Kelly's name or pictures of her designs, but didn't really acknowledge it until now.  If you've never heard of the Rooms magazine, below is a snapshot of the magazine cover (purchased at Barnes and Noble).


When designing, Kelly creates a sense of feeling in the home; more so than just the look of the home.  Kelly writes in her book, "Our homes are our greatest asset, not just financially but also for our sense of well-being and happiness."  So true Kelly.  One room she created blew me away!  Take a look at the room below.

How genius are those dining room chairs!  Love the crisscross design; so feminine and sexy
The chairs make such a statement in this room. I spotted the same design chairs seen in her book (different space), "Kelly Hoppen - How To Achieve the Home of Your Dreams".  And, just as an fyi, I'm loving this book!  It's not just pretty pictures.  She offers great advice and teaches certain principles to follow when designing a space.  It's such an informative book.  I encourage you to add this to your coffee table book collection, bookshelf or bedside table.

Here are some of my other favorite room designs:

London: The Art Lover's Apartment

This staircase and lighting fixture are jaw dropping.  I love how the light fixture takes the same shape as the staircase; while floating in the air
After heading up that gorgeous staircase, relax in this neutral palette bedroom.
London: The Loft

Tall wooden beams in natural toned woods, accented with neutral and ebony furnishings.  How fun is that hanging canopy chair!

Manchester:  The Modern Mansion

Another beautifully designed staircase
You can really entertain for dinner in this room
I'm guessing this is the media room.  Can you imagine snuggling up in one of these?
Wait . . . is this a bathroom?  I'm speechless
London:  The Townhouse

Simple, elegant and comfortable bedroom design.  Love the prints on the wall

Clean, white room with pops of green

Outdoors anyone?  Need I say more

To learn more about Kelly Hoppen, head on over to her website to see more (here).  And, that's not all.  Kelly has not one, but eight design books!  She also has an online shop . . . could you die right now?  While browsing her online store and making a wish list, I came across her home accessories which she refers to as, "home jewelry".  I love this woman!

Here are a few of her items I'm admiring:

Kelly Hoppen travel candles in Light Collection
Silver Ombre Vase
Indulgence Stone Bed Linen
Trimmed Small Oval Vase
Pinched Vase
Velvet Cushions
Flat Top Glass Bowl

I heart you Kelly Hoppen.