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Book Review: From Classic to Contemporary by Cullman and Kravis

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You all know how much I love design books. I can’t get enough of them! I even have a new library in my recently renovated home where my collection of design and architecture books live and they are alphabetized so I can get my hands on the perfect book at a moments notice.

I love to scour design books to find new inspiration, to fill my weekends lingering on innovation and creativity and I use books in all of my designs as accessories for a collected look that’s functional too!

Today I’m excited to share From Classic to Contemporary a new design book that is sure to become one of my favorites. This is the third book by the distinguished design firm Cullman and Kravis; you might recognize them from the 2017 AD100 list! This amazing firm out of New York City focuses on mixing traditional interiors with contemporary art to create fabulous interiors, which are comfortable without being overly formal. And friends, if you love color like me, then you will LOVE their work.

As you can tell from the cover, this book is a collection of their most extraordinary designs. Throughout the book, you will see several traditional design elements such as detailed crown molding, ornate antiques, and elegant chandeliers. These classic components are contrasted by contemporary art with clean lines to give these spaces a fresh look that is right up my alley!

Here’s just a little sneak peak at what’s inside the book! I love this study in bright sky blue and bold red. The traditional carpet introduces all of the colors that are echoed in the beautiful bulls eye art above the sofa. Yes, please!

And is there anything more chic than an all-white living room? Cullman and Kravis add pops of color in the art mixed with the metallic elements in the art and coffee tables for sophisticated style. I love the exposed wood backs on the settees to mix in a more natural element. This design is more modern than the previous study space, but carries out the idea of a formally comfortable space.

And I’m in love with this kitchen! The octagon motif on the ceiling, the crisp white cabinets, and the serene green accents are fabulous! It features all of the modern appliance luxuries for anyone who loves to cook while maintaining a cozy aesthetic with dark wood floors and exposed hinges.

I’m already feeling so inspired and cooking up some fresh ideas for a few upcoming projects! What do you think? If you want to get a better look at these interiors and the rest of Cullman and Kravis’ amazing designs, get your copy of their book (or gift it to the design lovers on your list this holiday season) here- From Classic to Contemporary: Decorating with Cullman & Kravis






Shopping Guide: Beach Essentials

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Beach Essentials

I just got back from a fabulous beach vacation in Florida – and it was an amazing week of fun, friends, sand, and surf! That trip inspired me to come up with my list of essentials for the best beach getaway ever.

If you’re headed for the coast, this will give you some great ideas for your packing list. And if you are doing more of a staycation, these summer-inspired items will bring you that feeling of warm sun and ocean breezes!

Happy shopping!







  1. Ted Baker Round Dial Leather Strap Watch– This beautiful floral face watch is perfect for any beach outfit, from day to night!
  2. ‘St. Tropez’ Beach Umbrella– Going on vacation should be fabulous and relaxing! So why not add some glamour to your beach trip with a floral printed umbrella, complete with fringe trim?
  3. kate spade new york Water Bottle– Whether you like to tan, make sand castles, or surf the waves, it is important to drink plenty of water when you are out there in the sun all day. Ditch the ugly disposable water bottles for these cute Kate Spade containers!
  4. ‘Wish You Were Here’ Floppy Sun Hat– Maybe your best friend couldn’t make the beach trip this year, so snap a quick pic for her in your new sun hat! This embroidered hat keeps you cool in the shade and lets her know you miss her.
  5. Giant Inflatable Flamingo– Let your beach crew know you are ready to fla-mingle this summer with this awesome flamingo inflatable – perfect for floating around the beach or pool in style!
  6. Sunnylife Underwater Camera– Capture all your favorite beach-time memories without fear of the water with this underwater camera. You can even snap a few shots under the water!
  7. Sunnylife Beach Blanket– Lie back and relax with this beautiful striped beach blanket. These fun summery stripes will match any swimsuit!
  8. Ray-Ban Round Clubmaster Sunglasses– Beach trips are the best excuse for new sunnies! This pair of round club masters from Ray-Ban are chic for lounging on the beach or playing in the sand.
  9. ‘Ringer’ Flip Flop– Time to kick off your high heels and dig your toes in the sand. Grab these cute and comfy flip flops and get to the beach!
  10. Lilly Pulitzer Gimme Some Leg Palm Beach Tote– Pack up all your beach essentials in this fun tote that you won’t want to leave behind.
  11. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion for Face/Body– Sun protection is no joke, and this SPF 50 from Shiseido features WetForce technology, so it becomes even more effective when exposed to water!
  12. Bicolor Tunic Swim Cover Up– This easy and breezy cover-up in bright summer color blocks is great for running up to the restaurant for a quick bite before heading back down to the water!
  13. Sunnylife Beach Seat– Maybe you like to sit right at the water’s edge with a good book and your toes in the sand – me too! That’s why I always need a cute and easy-to-carry beach chair.
  14. Lulu DK for Matouk Pineapple Beach Towel– This cool pineapple beach towel is sure to turn heads when you spread it out in the sand!

Shopping Guide: Patriotic Looks for Summer

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Red White Blue

Can you believe we’re less than two weeks from the Fourth of July?! This year has flown by, but I’m slowing down next week to really enjoy summer as I head to my favorite beach with my family!

Getting ready for that trip has me thinking about the fabulous palette of red-white-and-blue, and how I can wear it, or use it, for the fabulous Fourth. Rather than getting all literal with flag motifs, I like this gorgeous trio of colors for summer soirees and getaways! So if you’re getting ready for your long holiday weekend, pick up a couple of these fabulous finds – for you or for someone special.

Happy shopping!






  1. Lapis Lazuli Wall Art: Add shades of cobalt to your home decor with this beautiful pair of lapis lazuli hangings. I love the natural element of the lapis!
  2. Patriotic String Lights: String up your patriotism for all to see at your Fourth of July barbecue with these red, white, and blue string lights!
  3. French Fry Cup: Keep your party festive with these fun vintage-inspired french fry cups!
  4. Confetti Dot Napkins: Use your patriotic theme to dress your table for a party with these fun confetti dot napkins, available in navy or red!
  5. Chinoiserie Ceramic Lamp: Infuse your space with a little red and white with this gorgeous chinoiserie lamp with Lucite base!
  6. Reversible Leather/Canvas Belt: Finish off your holiday outfit with the perfect tailored accessory – a belt! This lovely belt is also reversible with red leather or the Gucci logo in canvas.
  7. Tory Burch Miller Patent Logo Sandal: I love my Tory Burch logo sandals, and this pair in vermillion would be fabulous for a casual outdoor party.
  8. Milano Dinnerware Collection: Serve your holiday meal in style with this classic navy and white dinnerware set.
  9. Tory Burch Pop Bag Charm: Add a little red, white, and blue to any bag with this summer inspired charm.
  10. Rouge d’Armani Lipstick: You can never go wrong with a classic red lipstick for any event or occasion. This fiery red shade will put your holiday outfit over the top!
  11. Patchwork Flat Clutch: Polish off your patriotic look with this patchwork inspired clutch. The classic red, white, and blue color palette will look great year round!
  12. Beats by Dr. Dre: If you’re heading down to the pool to enjoy this holiday, don’t forget these headphones to drown out the noise and relax to your favorite songs.
  13. Personalized Turkish Cotton Towel: I love giving individual gifts, and this personalized towel would be the perfect hostess gift for the Fourth of July bash you’re attending!
  14. Grand Lacquered Tray: Fabulous to serve drinks, hold magazines on an ottoman, or display those freshly baked cookies, this navy lacquer tray will never disappoint.
  15. Tricolor Tote Bag: This stunning Prada bag is sure to be your favorite red, white, and blue go-to piece!
  16. Reversible Enamel Pendant Necklace: Keep things casual at the pool or beach with this lovely enamel pendant that’s reversible for double the versatility!

Gift Guide: For the Bride-To-Be

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It’s that time of year – a time for gorgeous weddings and beautiful brides! It’s so much fun to see happy couples and to be invited to share in their important day.

Leading up to the wedding day, there are always fabulous showers and events for the bride, too. So choosing that perfect gift for a bride-to-be can be overwhelming if you know a lot of soon-to-be-marrieds. But no worries, I’m making it easy for you with this fun guide for gifts for the bride!

I guarantee that one of these gorgeous selections will be perfect for the bride-to-be in your life – even if she just happens to be YOU! Happy shopping!









  1. Mr. & Mrs. Bridal Balloons: How sweet are these balloons to mark the setting for the new bride and groom? Use them to decorate for any wedding party or even the big day!
  2. ‘Yours & Mine’ or ‘His & Hers’ Glasses: Perfect for the bride and groom that have just about everything! These beautiful wine glasses are special for those relaxing nights at home for the newlyweds.
  3. Alexandra Earrings in Slate: Fabulous drop earrings will add that extra touch of glamour to the bride’s rehearsal dinner dress!
  4. Crepe A-Line Dress: I love this modern A-Line dress with pockets! This gorgeous dress could be great for any wedding event!
  5. Kiara Crystal Back Open Toe Pump: Walk down the aisle in style with these stunning pumps! I love the unexpected crystal detail on the heel!
  6. Wedding Bells Passport Holder: What better way to get ready for a destination honeymoon than with this Miss to Mrs passport holder?
  7. Sunday Rose Bridal Bowl: Inspired by Monique Lhuillier’s Sunday Rose wedding gown, this beautiful glass bowl reminds me of a bouquet of roses! A lovely way to set out punch at a bridal shower!
  8. Thank You Notes: These beautiful note cards with gold details are an elegant way to express gratitude to friends and family for taking part in the big day!
  9. S’well Turquoise Blue Steel Water Bottle: This stainless steel water bottle is great to use while sweating for the wedding and for all your workouts!
  10. ‘Bride’ Trinket Box: Celebrate the bride-to-be’s engagement with this sweet porcelain box for her to store her dazzling new ring!
  11. Bride Engraved Idiom Bangle: Available in both silver and gold to match that extra special ring, this bangle says all of the sweet events that make that big day so memorable!
  12. ‘One in a Million’ Initial Pendant: Adorable initial pendants available for every woman that plays an important role in your wedding day! I love anything monogrammed to give a gift a more personal touch.
  13. Extra Large Layered Bow Cosmetic Case: To hold all of the day-of necessities in a neat, pretty case! Nobody can forget their mascara or perfume, this baby can hold it all!
  14. Jasmin d’Inde Candle- No. 6: This lovely candle could serve as beautiful table numbers and later be used as a decorative jar after the fragrant candle has burned!
  15. Bojola 22” Cargo Duffel: Get ready for the honeymoon with this chic duffel bag that can carry all of the travel supplies!
  16. Modern Deco Wedding Invitations: Haven’t thought of invitations yet? No problem! These fabulous Art Deco inspired invites are available in a variety of colors with matching RSVPs and Thank Yous!

Gift Guide: Moms Who Like to Cook

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Mom's Who Like to Cook


What an exciting week! I am moving into my newly renovated home today and this weekend is Mother’s Day. A two-for-one week for me! I don’t know about you, but I am NOT one of those moms that gets mad about getting appliances or functional things for special occasions. In fact, I request them.

With my move-in happening, I cleaned out and donated a lot of my old things and I now need a new toaster and a new food processor – Williams Sonoma, here I come! But maybe for Mother’s Day, I will also get one or two of these pretties for my kitchen to use along with all my beautiful new Thermador appliances that were installed yesterday (eek! I am thrilled!).

And how about that gorgeous soft blue Kitchenaid above? I got a new Emerald Green one (my favorite color) last Mother’s Day and I truly designed my entire new kitchen around it. I can’t wait to set it on my bright and shiny new Dekton countertops today for the first time when I pull it out of the moving box. Watch for that ceremonial moment on Instagram, but I had to show you this beautiful color of icy blue in case it’s the mixer color of your Mother’s Day dreams.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there. I hope you get what your heart desires this Mother’s Day, which probably isn’t gifts at all, but time with your babies. Now I’m off to move in so maybe I can be all unpacked and organized before Mother’s Day arrives, and I can take the day off. After this big move, a day off might just be the best gift ever!






  1. Sugar Paper Recipe Box: I love this bright fuchsia box with scalloped dividers to hold all of my family recipes!
  2. Meyer Lemon Oven Mitt and Potholder Set: There’s nothing sour about these kitchen goodies! This matching set is not only durable, but gets your kitchen ready for spring and summer!
  3. Oval Au Gratin Dish: I love bold colors in my home and my baking, that’s why this stoneware dish is perfect! Microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, this baby does it all!
  4. All-Clad Kitchen Scale: If you’re a baker, like my daughter and me, this scale offers precision measuring!
  5. Initial Dish Towel: This beautiful dish towel with a personal monogram and scalloped edge adds a personal flare to your kitchen!
  6. Salt Mill: Infuse bold color into your kitchen and cooking with this cobalt blue ombre salt mill!
  7. ‘All in Good Taste’ Cookie Cutters: Forget boring cookie cutters! These lady-like shapes such as a bow, apple, ampersand, and a spade will make fabulous cookies for your next girl’s night!
  8. Nest Measuring Cups: 8 stackable cups ranging from ¼ tsp to 1 cup in bold colors tuck away for neat storage!
  9. Marble Rolling Pin: This cool marble rolling pin can roll out dough with ease! Fabulous for breads and cookies (that I will now be baking in my new Thermador ovens…yay!) and looks super chic with your baking tools!
  10. kate spade new york Bowls & Lids: This set of 3 colorful bowls adds style to your kitchen while helping with easy food prep and storage! The scallop detail on the lids is so chic!
  11. Colored Paring Knives: Never get confused about which knife is for cutting your chicken or dicing a tomato again! This set of 3 colored knives have long-lasting stainless steel blades and are dishwasher safe.
  12. KitchenAid Artisan Design Stand Mixer: If you follow my blog, you know, my daughter and I love to bake! This KitchenAid Stand Mixer is a must in our house! I have an Emerald Green one but this soft and icy blue is so pretty, I just had to show it to you. Use it to mix up all of your sweet treats!
  13. Wusthof 2 Piece Mincing Set: Add minced garlic to your favorite spaghetti recipe effortlessly with this 2 piece mincing set! You’ll never have to struggle with a knife again!
  14. 4-Quart Rectangular Dish: This beauty has an exterior enamel that is resistant to stains and scratches, while the stoneware prevents scorching and maintains even temperatures across the dish while baking! I love to bring homemade dishes to friends, and this dish with a matching lid makes it easy to bake, store, and carry!
  15. “Neiman Marcus Cooks” Cookbook: You can find all of the great recipes here, even their famous chocolate chip cookies and probably their pop-overs too! Looks like I have some baking to get through!
  16. Ceramic Lemon Juicer: Weather for cooking, cocktails, or lemonade, this two-piece reamer and pitcher will make squeezing lemons easy and enjoyable! There’s even a strainer in the reamer to catch the seeds!