never say never

Hat Harajuku Mini (it’s now on sale for $6.98!!) Striped Top StyleMint Jacket Linn’s Boutique Jeans Express Boots Skechers

Who says stripes and plaid are a no no? Never say never I say! I was thrilled to find this cute, plaid hat by Harajuku Mini in the children’s department at Target. I know I have a small head and adult size beret style hats have always been too big. Now I know where I need to be shopping! I love it paired with this striped top from StyleMint. I think this is my new favorite outfit!


holiday hostess gifts under $25

Hostess Gifts Under $25
I love this time of year! Festive dinners and parties are so much fun but you can never show up empty handed! Like a handwritten thank you note, a thoughtful hostess gift is always appreciated.  I have put together a few unique items (all $25 or less) that are sure to wow any host or hostess!


one nightstand

Ever since we moved into our 980 sq ft loft 3 years ago, decorating has been a work in progress. We literally sold everything we had and decided to start over. It’s a great opportunity to approach interior design in a eclectic, modern and minimalist fashion; tailored specifically to our new space. Our bedroom is the most complete, yet the nightstands are lacking lamps. We have two options in mind. What do you think?

My current nightstand from CB2!

Our top 2 lamp ideas: gun lamps by Philippe Starck and Kartell lamps by Ferruccio Laviani or maybe one of each??? I am extremely inspired by several interior design stars:

Jonathan Adler for his groovy, colorful, and funky style.

Kelly Wearstler for her enchanting take on interior design as well as fashion.

Philippe Starck for his unconventional and imaginative sleek, modern designs.
Who inspires you?


tulips and octopi

Spring is in the air! Sunday afternoon was beautiful and we had my in-laws over for brunch. I set the table and Wade prepared a feast. We had a Honey Baked Ham (my favorite to indulge in once or twice a year!), minted peas, braised chard with garlic and leeks, truffle roasted potatoes and Wade’s wildly popular Kale Salad, recipe here. My mother in-law made a light, fluffy lemon meringue pie for dessert and after that we were all ready for a nap! There is nothing like spending time with family and enjoying great food made with love!

 A New Twist on Wade’s Kale Salad

Since the kale salad will keep all week we made a giant bowl of it. Today, we put a new twist on the recipe that so many people have tried and loved. We diced up some of our leftover ham, heated it up in a skillet and sprinkled it on top of the salad. Then we topped it off with a fresh poached egg. It was a delicious new version of the already tasty recipe!


dining design

When Wade and I purchased our loft, we decided to start from scratch and decorate from the ground up. We sold everything so that we’d have a blank canvas to work with. Our decorating style completely changed as we went from an eclectic 1920’s bungalow to an open floor plan loft. I traded in my tchotchkes and mismatched furniture for a cleaner and more modern aesthetic. We decided to blend modern hard lines such as chrome and glass with more organic and natural forms. Chrome and glass dining table and orbit chairs purchased at CB2Organic wood chairs purchased at HD Buttercup.


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