AB Chao Design Camp

Y’all, as AB herself would say, camp is so fun! On Saturday I got to spend the day with the designer and blogger AB Chao and other like minded decor obsessed ladies.

IMG_3880Here we are gaining pearls of decorating wisdom.

You can read more about what the camp is here, but suffice to say, it was super fun and too short. We also had a surprise visit from another favorite blogger of mine, Nicole Balch from Making it Lovely.

IMG_3885Nicole chatted with us about local resources and about mixing patterns- which she is super good at (hello cute tights!) There was much guzzling of coffee and champagne, a lot of Q&A, and a fast and furious flower arranging session.

IMG_3914AB is making those flowers submit to her will.IMG_3921Next time she comes to Chicago you should all go to camp too (unless you aren’t from Chicago in which case you can check out the 2013 camp locations), but in the meanwhile go check out AB’s blog and her incredible portfolio.

IMG_3902Look at how much fun we’re having!

Hope you had a good weekend too!


Happy Almost Weekend!

There is the most gentle rain falling outside, and Lucy is napping. I was cruising Pinterest and stumbled on this old but good (great!) house tour from Apartment Therapy ReNest.

Can you believe it’s in Brooklyn? It looks like a Scandinavian country house. I’m especially in love with the white floors and stunning fireplace in the bedroom.I love those reclaimed wood shelves in the kitchen too (Y’all know I love some reclaimed wood.) You can look at more photos of this home here.

We’re headed to Houston tomorrow to visit with family and I’m really excited. I haven’t been to Texas in ages and I’m looking forward to some good BBQ; not to mention finally introducing Lucy to her extended family.

Have a fantastic weekend!



Highwood Pumpkin Fest

This weekend we went to the Highwood Pumpkin Fest with our carpenter/bff Sean and his kids. You might recognize the name from HGTV’s “Pumpkin Wars” which is airing Wednesday (Halloween) night at 9/8 central. We had no idea that HGTV was sponsoring the event, which aimed to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for most lit pumpkins. It was fun, but totally packed and the kids only lasted  about an hour or two before the crush of the crowd was too much for them. We didn’t actually see the pumpkins lit, but had a great time carving a few.

It was sooooo crowded. We packed up the kids and headed home, but I I found a few pictures of the record breaking lighting.

Beautiful huh? I wish we could have stayed until the end, but it was a bit too much, and too late, for the littles.

Lucy looks terrified, right?. Don’t worry, we soothed them with ice cream and cheeseburgers afterwards. I’d say its fun family event but we might try to go earlier next year to skip the crowds.

Are you guys looking forward to Halloween?


Happy Friday

This gorgeous place belongs to Nate Berkus and, of course, it’s amazing. You can read more about it here. I especially love his dark kitchen cabinets and that crazy wallpaper in the powder room. I am super excited about his upcoming line for Target.

I hope you’re doing something fun this weekend. Lucy and I are holding down the fort alone; Pk has a ten hour layover in Paris on his way abroad for the week (LUCKY!). What would you do for an afternoon in Paris? I suggested a museum and some cafe time and I can’t wait to hear about it when he gets home. It’s always a little tough when he’s gone over the weekend, I miss him acutely when he isn’t here to cook us bacon (one of Lucy’s first words!) and his amazing cheesy eggs.

Happy weekend!


Zara Home Kids

There’s been a whole lot of excitement in the blogosphere about the Zara Home collection. It’s finally available in the US (yippee!) I was even more excited (and impressed with) their kids home collection.

Some of my favorites…

bosque bedding

tuft decorative quilt

elephant apron, star bibs

fiesta organizer, tea time pillow

I’d say the prices fall into the medium category.  I’d probably wait to see if these went on sale, but some of the patterns are pretty darling and potentially worth full price. What are your favorites?


Monday, Monday

A certain little someone woke up unbelievably early this morning, and no amount of cajoling could convince her to go back to sleep. We’re snuggled up on the couch watching cartoons this morning and I’m enjoying browsing through Babble.com ‘s list of Top 50 Design blogs for Mom, 2012. There are a lot of old favorites, and some that are sure to become them. I love finding new blogs and inspiration. What blogs are you all loving these days?

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. We spent an afternoon at the beach on a windy fall day and the sky was beautiful.

Happy reading!


p.s. I just realized that yesterday was my first blogiversary! Thanks to all of you who have stopped by to read and comment over the last year.

inspired by…

this gorgeous (and small!) house featured in the October issue Elle Decor. It’s the weekend home of Frank Muytjens of J. Crew Men’s Design.



I love how light and warm the space feels, the excellently curated collection of art, the gorgeous, faintly industrial and masculine feel, the muted palette, etc. I could keep listing things I like, but I think the images speak for themselves.




all images via Elle Decor

I only wish there were more pictures. This looks like just the house to have a long relaxing vacation in. Have a fantastic weekend!


this is real purty.

I can’t stop thinking about this whimsical wallpaper mural I spotted on Anthropologie’s website.

It’s by the artist Rebecca Rebouche. I think it would be totally perfect in a child’s playroom. It would be an amazing backdrop for creative play,  inspired by the dreamy landscape she’s created.


Anthropologie also is carrying a dinnerware line based on her work and I love the saturated colors. They are lovely (and on sale!)

Find more of her work in her Etsy store.

heat wave.

Did you have a nice holiday? We did, though it was mind-numbingly hot.

We watched a parade.

We retreated to air conditioning and played with some donated toys

We even risked the beach one morning when we couldn’t stand being inside anymore.

Pk came home from his last international trip with a terrible bug, and it looks like Lucy and I are going to spend the weekend nursing a summer cold. Luckily I have lots of reading to do and have finally had a moment to catch up on a few articles that friends have recommended. This one struck a cord, if only because I’m not busy, and often feel unaccountably guilty when I say so. This one is interesting too, and the comments are amusing.

Hope you all are well. If we can clean up ourselves enough to head to home depot we should be picking paint colors for the living room and sunroom this weekend. What are  you all doing this weekend?



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