Friday, September 12, 2014


Want to shout it from the rooftops . . . THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY!!!

I'm so relieved to have made it through the work week (with a bad back and all).  Happy to report, I am finally getting some relief.  And, for as much pain I was in, I pushed through the crazy work week.  I find myself sighing a lot to help me get through the stressful day (lol).

Any plans for the weekend?  Mr. D and I are just going to hang with our local Jersey friends, for a dinner night out.  Should be fun!  I'm looking forward to socializing and enjoying an evening out.  The remainder of the weekend, I'm going to take it easy, and work on my "to do list for Fall".  Sad to think the summer is winding down and the holidays are around the corner.

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

My Sunday blooms - pink roses and eucalyptus

Polka dot towel in Clearwater - West Elm

Monday's post - Inspiration Color of the Week:  Gold

Inspiration Color of the Week:  Gold (Fashion Look)

Wardrobe Wednesday

9/11 Remembrance  (image source).  Will never forget that day.  Worked downtown and saw the twin towers come down in front of my eyes.  Remember that warm summer day, walking home from NYC to Brooklyn, with thousands of others, trying to get home to be with their loved ones.

Accent pieces from my new home office

Have a great weekend everyone!


Thursday, September 11, 2014


I'm excited to share with you this stage of my home office.  It's been a long time coming (or what feels like a long time).  What should have been a simple and easy design project, turned into hiccups and delays.  I know things don't always go according to plan, but what I went through was just madness!  From my cabinet order not going in as scheduled; to the first install setup without doors and drawers; with a no show for the next install; damaged doors, missing pieces from the light fixture; hardware order mixed up, followed up with delays, delays and more delays for the deco doors. 

I guess I shouldn't complain . .. it took me well over a year to decide how my vision for this space would become.  I wanted it to be feminine and light; and I knew the main color had to be light grey.  Originally, we talked about Mr. D occupying this space but since it's open (no door but a half wall), I knew it would be a challenge for him to keep it clean and clutter free.  So, it was decided I would have my own little space (doing my happy girl dance)!

Coming up with the design plan was fairly easy, once the ball starting rolling.  I made some minor changes here and there.  I'm a visual person so deciding on the best design plan was eating at me until I could commit to the perfect look.   For the upper cabinets (48 inches tall),  I toyed with the idea of partial glass doors but then it started to look like a kitchen and that, I did not want!  I knew I wanted open shelving to store decorative objects and books, lots of counter space and drawer space.

The jumping off point for this project was the wallpaper.  It had the colors I envisioned for this space.  And, I jumped at the chance to incorporate some gold hardware to my design.  To play up a more feminine look, I also incorporated a blush color. 

While the space is not fully complete, the major work is done.  What's left?  The perfect chair (have my eye on one), a window treatment, an accent chair and table and maybe an accent rug.  Oh, and a new laptop is on my list.

I couldn't be happier with my new home office and enjoy "my feminine space".  I had the pleasure of decorating it exactly how I wanted.  I didn't have to worry about compromising on the look because it's a space I don't have to share (lol). 

Without any further delay, take a tour of my new space!

Here are some of the highlights of the space: brushed bronze hardware from Top Knobs,
feminine prints, decorative objects and books.  I rolled up some extra wallpaper and placed it in a white caged basket.


Mr. D added this trim to divide the different spaces and wall color.  He did a fantastic job!

Champagne finish light fixture with amber colored crystals

fashion illustration (by the talented Anum Tariq) and print with vintage accessories

The larger frame purchased at IKEA, which I painted in soft pink (by Benjamin Moore). 

Ikea magazine holders.  I painted them in Martha Stewart, metallic bronze and one in Benjamin Moore's Soft Pink

Shelves displaying decorative vases, candles, fashion and home books

Mini (18k) gold dot dish in pink via Gretel
Gold and acrylic stapler and tape dispenser via Design Darling

Started my filing (folders purchased from the Container Store)

Cabinets: Closets by Design

Hardware: Top Knobs (Somerset cup pulls in brushed bronze; pulls in Additions collection; bronze collection knob).  I ordered them from Kuche & Cucina in Paramus, NJ

Wallpaper:  Astek Wallcoverings/Mood Living (370326).  Purchased from Eades Discount Wallpaper (best price I found)

Light Fixture:  Savoy House 4-light in oxidized silver finish (designed by Federico Martinez).  Purchased from Krell Lighting in NJ

Fashion IllustrationsAnum Tariq (love her designs!)

Telegraphic print: Glitter LOVE print by Prettychicsf; Coco Chanel quote print via Glitz Papier

Accessories:  White ceramic SALONG vases (IKEA); ombre pink vase (Urban Outfitters); gold vase (Marshalls); white porcelain jar (on desk) via H&M Home; white metal wire basket (via H&M Home); round gold mirror tray (HomeGoods); pink speckled drinking glass (antique store in PA)

Books:  Fashion and Home books via Barnes and Noble

If you have any questions regarding any other items or further details, please feel free to reach out to me.  Thanks for stopping by.

Stay tuned for future updates on my home office.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Hello readers!  Half way through the work week and today calls for my wardrobe pick!  Today's look is from J. Crew.  After browsing through their latest catalog, I'm flagging all my favorites for Fall.

Today's look was inspired by the Roxie Calf Hair pumps. These shoes are to die for!  There are so many outfits I could think of that would look great with this pump.  This look is pretty simple; black and grey with a mix of different patterns for accessories.

Silk cutout tee
Toothpick jean in grey dove
Textured leather houndstooth clutch
Collection Roxie calf hair pumps


Tuesday, September 9, 2014


One fashion look I've been wearing are midi skirts.  I love them!  They are feminine and classic and can wear them through the different seasons.  They work well with a collared, button down shirt or fitted blouse and sweater.  Finish the look with a pair of strappy sandals, d'orsay sandals, classic pumps or tall leather boots.

Below are a few of my favorites, at different price points to fit your budget.

Pleated Midi Skirt - ASOS
C. Luce Illusion Pleated Skirt - Piperlime
Pleated Chevron Skirt - J. Crew
Color Block Midi Skirt in Scuba - ASOS

Midi Skirt in Pink - Zara

 Striped Full Skirt - Midi - Zara
Pleated Matelassé Midi Skirt - Forever21

Topshop Textured Full Midi Skirt - Nordstrom exclusive

Patterned Skirt - H&M

Lace High Waist Midi Skirt - Express

Love this dark green flare pleated midi skirt - Sheinside

Monday, September 8, 2014


Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend.  Yesterday was a beautiful Sunday; no humidity and warm, but pleasant temperatures.  I spent most of the weekend resting, after two back to back visits at the chiropractor's office.  They really worked my back; with massages, icing and an adjustment.  I welcomed the massages because my back is in so much pain.  They massaged so deep, I felt like some of my organs were being massaged as well (lol).  I can't begin to tell you how exhausted and thirsty I was after my appointments.  Rest was on the agenda for me this weekend and I embraced it!

But, not to disappoint my readers, I spent time working on some posts for this week.  So, for this week's inspiration color of the week, I'm talking about the color "Gold".  Have you noticed the popular trend for gold the past few years?  I'm loving the comeback and have incorporated some gold in my home and in my fashion accessories. 

Take a look at some inspirational pictures for the home as well as some fashion trends. 

Play up any room with gold accessories, like a mirror in this image
(image via Atlanta Homes Magazine)

Gold bathroom design.  Image via

White bedroom with gold accents.  Love the gold trim on the headboard.
Gold tones added in this glamorous nursery

Kelly Wearstler

Photo credit

Antique brass vases (antique store in PA)
Gold and white paper weight (West Elm)
Mini (18k) gold dot dish in pink via Gretel
Gold and acrylic stapler and tape dispenser via Design Darling

Beaded Chiffon Shift Dress - Forever21
Cosmic Dust Aztec Drops - Baublebar
Diane von Furstenberg 440 Lizard Print Metallic Envelope Clutch Bag - Neiman Marcus
Gold Mirror Leather Sandals (Lang) - Jimmy Choo


Friday, September 5, 2014


Image credit:  MundanalRuido Photography via Etsy
Happy Friday everyone.  Glad the weekend is here so I can rest and take it easy.  I've been suffering with back pain this week and struggling to deal with this agonizing pain.  A visit to the doctor is on the agenda today.  Unfortunately, I know it's not going to be a quick fix; just need to stick it out and hope for some relief. 

And, on top of that, Mr. D, is not feeling well.  Not sure if he has a virus or food poisoning but we are both out of commission (lol). 

Wishing everyone a pleasant weekend.

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

Blooms for the bedroom, next to our wedding photo (yes, we're on train tracks!)

Floral arrangement I created for my coffee table

My floral arrangement created by yours truly, for the Labor Day weekend

Yummy desserts from Financier

Pairing my Pretty Ballerinas (no longer available but beautiful selections found here
with my Jimmy Choo bag (purchased 8-9 years ago)

Some of the craziest books found at Urban Outfitters; good for a few laughs.

Loving this pink colored sweater from Urban Outfitters.  You can find it online here