Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas table top.

Simple tabletop ingrediants: fresh greens, candles, pinecones, ornaments. 
 I chose fresh cedar greens along with long needle pine boughs.  Then, I added some of my favorite decor items of the season: brass taper holders.  Along with the brass taper holders I used vintage brass egg cups and placed ornaments in them. (If you want to personalize your place settings you could use plain ornaments and write or paint your guests name on them). Pinecones were scattered along the display to keep the theme "woodsy." Plus, I'm all about using natural items for decoration.  It's simple, fresh & free!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

:: Some holidays details ::

a little glimpse into Christmasing...

The wreath above is one I made for my dad while walking through the pines on the property where I grew up.  I love creating; when I can create and be outside I feel so content.  Creating is the at the center of - creating homes and rooms where you feel most content and connected to your home.  

A couple of my favorite dishes from this past holiday season included: North Pole pie, lattice crust apple pie, million dollar dip [THIS DIP IS FANTASTIC], stuffed pork tenderloin & my Nanie's rumball recipe...
I always try to find time for some handmade projects.  This year: popcorn cranberry garlands & hand sewn ornaments.

This season, I strayed from the traditional Christmas colors, for my mantle, and added light some blues and yellows.  I will probably thin out the decor on the mantle and leave this color scheme up for the New Year.  I love how it feels really wintery without being over the top Christmas-y.
There you have it - a few little details - short & sweet.
Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Holiday Design Workshop! AND West Elm partnering for a few HoLiDaY events!! See you soon!!

Join us for a Design Lab - featuring local style experts on food, home, floral, etc...
Tuesday, December 1st @ 5:30pm until 8:30pm.
No charge & no need to sign up - just show up anytime!

THEN come back to WEST ELM on Friday, December 4th for a POP UP SHOP!
Your perfect chance to #givegoodgifts this holiday season!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Simple Fall Tablescapes::

 BloomNation, a flower delivery service that supports local florists through their online marketplace, inspired this fall tablescape/centerpiece post.
Their pinterest board is also full of ideas.  I hope you feel inspired!

Centerpieces and mantles are my bread & butter!
I decided I wanted to showcase something classic & simple for my readers:
 a nature, fall-inspired table that would be do-able for YOU to create at home.  

Apples we picked, turkey feathers from our backyard, antique books, a candle - a lot of beautiful autumn pieces together can create a great centerpiece.

The next arrangement is similar in taking some favorite fall elements and showcasing them on a scrap of plaid flannel.  I would love to see what you create for your tablescapes! Follow me on instagram: and tag me in the comments!

For more inspiration and for local floral delivery - check out BloomNation

thoughts and ideas shared in this post are all's.  BloomNation suggested the topic.

Monday, October 5, 2015 does fall::

fall provides such a bountiful harvest for home decor:
pumpkins. gourds. apples. squash. cornstalks.
gather 'em up and scatter accordingly :)
a simple table arrangement can be beautiful:
put your basket of apples in the middle, 
surround with candles, pumpkins, gourds,
then gather around with friends & family.
the decor is great but, the food is better:
fresh apples.  pumpkin coffee.  hot, fresh cinnamon donuts. steamy cider.
below is [part of] our apple bounty from picking 2 weekends ago.
of all the fall activities - apple picking with my dad is my favorite.
happy fall, everyone!
see you soon.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October POP UP::

It officially feels like fall - AND is partnering with MUSEjar 
for a fun, fall pop up shop & beer tasting on October 17th in East Aurora! 
I'll share a teaser of sale items soon! Stay tuned!

Pop up details:
MUSEjar, 10/17/15
17 Elm St. East Aurora, NY 14052

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

POP UP:: sneak peek!

A little teaser of what you'll find when hits West Elm this weekend:

vintage twin size bed spread; wooden bowl made in VT 

pumpkin spice of course!

geese beer glasses, patterned table runner (sorry, no beer)

step up your bonfire game with this vintage pump coffee thermos and cozy afgan. (chair nfs)

sweet dishes & funky napkins to jazz up your dinner parties.

because your hostess gifts need to get a little more exciting...

See you Sunday!

Friday, September 4, 2015

pop up shop plans:

come by & say hi: is excited to announce an upcoming pop up shop at WEST ELM!
the details:
Sunday, September 27th
145 Culver Rd, Suite 120, Rochester, NY 14620
this is the first of some fun, local venues I've planned for the fall/winter season!
see you soon!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Summer Succulents.

You gotta love the summer greens:
the grass, trees, gardens, veggies...

Inside can be more green too with these little guys:
I love adding these to my home & my decor line!

Want one for yourself?  A local shop sells some of the line.
If you're local - check them out: Abode - 289 Gregory Street. Rochester, NY.

I'll also be doing a couple holiday shows later in the year.  
Stay tuned on instagram:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The remodel: BATHROOM.

Last time we talked "bathrooms" here's what ours looked like: 

There were A LOT of unexpected obstacles, that came up after this picture, causing a major halt in the renovation process.  Mainly, my husband had an injury and then the stomach bug reared it's ugly head though our house.  Did I mention our washing machine broke?  

...moving on from the *ahem* delays - here's more progress...

Boys trying their hand at setting tiles. Makes my heart happy to see them learning from Daddy.
Hi, tile!!
oooo, ahhhh, the grout!
 I am very pleased with the subway tile and the dark gray grout.  I like the "old fashioned" feel of the darker grout and the contrast against the white tiles.  
One last pic to show there's still LOTS to do:
Aiming for a "bathroom renovation marathon" this weekend...
Wish us luck and stay tuned!

Sources: tile, grout, shower fixtures: Home Depot

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


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Giveaway ends Friday, 4/10/15.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Client Work: Spring Mantle.

I was recently consulted for a spring mantle. 
I shared my visions of creams, cooper and springy greens and the homeowner was right on board! 
I was given free reign and here's my creation:

The mantle BEFORE:

The home. style. heart AFTER :

Pierced lanterns from Target.
Ribbons, greens, "M" letter from Hobby Lobby.
Copper taper holders and cooper cups from owner's collection.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter: Centerpieces.

 A few table centerpieces for you to get inspired for your Easter table:

#1: I gathered things from around my house: plants, candles, etc... I used browns, greens, whites and mixed different metals: brass, copper, silver and some amber jars. Everything is displayed in a circular tray. This is a simple, clean centerpiece and fairly neutral. 
#2: For this centerpiece: gather your pretty dishes...stack them, place them in groups, scatter them down the center of the table. This is an elegant and pretty display.  Stick with common colors if you want a consistency through the display.

#3: This theme is a little "jungle-y" - if you live in an area where you have lush greens this would be easy for you.  Here, in Rochester, outside is brown and brown.  Instead of gathering from the yard, I used plants from the house.  This centerpiece is fun for plants, succulents and fresh flowers.

#4: If you want to incorporate all those fun Easter colors, here's a great display.  Classic and playful with pastels, Easter eggs and baskets: