July Inspiration Board Challenge: A Tangerine & Mint Office

July Inspiration Board Challenge: A Tangerine & Mint Office

I am super excited to be joining a bevvy of talented bloggers this month for a recurring mood board inspiration challenge. Here’s the inspiration photo we all started with… And here’s where I went with it… Bookshelf – Layla Grace // Pendant – Oly StudioWallpaper – Laura Ashley // Dresser – Anthropologie Console – Layla Grace // Lamp – Clayton Grey // Desk – Lamps PlusFabric – Caitlin Wilson // Chair – vintageRug – Madeline Weinrib // Sofa – Urban Outfitters I don’t have an office, and probably won’t any time soon, so I completely indulged myself with this. It’s an eclectic mix but I think the… View Post

Design Boards: Colorful Vintage Modern Living and Dining …

Design Boards: Colorful Vintage Modern Living and Dining Spaces

An embarrassingly long time ago, I helped one of our friends/neighbors with design boards for their living and dining areas. They live in the same type of space as we do – an airy loft with concrete ceilings and a brick wall. This has to be one of my favorites boards yet – it’s masculine and a little moody but also bright and fun.  They have two small children, so it had to be kid-friendly (hello, big leather sectional and storage for toys), and they wanted a healthy dose of… View Post

A Small Space Outdoor Oasis: Plans for the …

A Small Space Outdoor Oasis: Plans for the Balcony

We use our little balcony a lot in summer – the kiddos can spend hours playing with their water table and I love to sit out there with a good book and a cool drink. That said, we really haven’t made the most of it for the past couple of years. We sold our wooden dining set last Spring (to another Chicago-based Brit named Lizzie who had the same birthday as me!) and bought a colorful outdoor rug. We were all set to buy some comfy seating and finish the… View Post

Nursery Paint Colors

Nursery Paint Colors

With S in his big boy room and out of the nursery once again (he gets downgraded to toddler status when we have guests, poor guy), said nursery is calling for its new occupant. And baby E, who is now seven months old, is well and truly ready for her own bedroom, just as we are well and truly ready to have our bedroom back to ourselves – I’m losing count of the number of times I’ve realized at lunch time that my pants are on inside out because I… View Post

Design Board: A Red and Blue Beachy Living …

Design Board: A Red and Blue Beachy Living Room

Lovely Sarah at Pewter and Sage hosts a mood board linky party that I always want to join and never get my arse in gear quick enough to do so. But not so this month! There were a selection of fabric pairings to choose from as inspiration, but I picked these two from John Robshaw Textiles:   I’d use both fabrics as throw pillows and the darker one as drapes as well. I’ve been itching to design a beach house, so this was a great excuse! Here’s where I went with… View Post