Category Archives: Design

A Colorful Light-Filled Home in Madrid

Since it’s extra cold outside today, I thought I’d share a home full of warmth and color on the inside … set in sunny Madrid. Perfect. And this house is just that, unbelievably perfect.

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This home has so many elements that I would incorporate into my own dream home design: floor-to-ceiling windows, rustic and modern touches, a great big dining room farm table, chandeliers, gorgeous wood floors, multiple fireplaces, stacks of books and magazines, mis-matched china and colorful pillows, carpets and throws.

Winter be darned, I’m heading to the market to scoop up bouquets of bright flowers, stat.

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Say hello to my new favorite dining room and kitchen.

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Talk about a backyard. That deck is just gorgeous. Vacation couldn’t come soon enough.

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Via Planete Deco // Source: Mi casa


Gift Guide {The Foodie}

I am most definitely a foodie – I like to eat it, I like to cook it, I like to write about it; so this gift guide was an extra easy one to put together, I just rounded up the things I most want for my kitchen right now … cue the copper nesting bowls, fancy finishing salts, and that gorgeous slate serving board. (And be sure to visit  all of this year’s holiday gift guides for plenty of gifting inspiration!)

1. Sugar Paper Grey Recipe Binder: I love the idea of keeping recipes in a more classic pen-to-paper kind of way, and this recipe binder is both nostalgic and chic.

2. Gourmet Finishing Salt Collection: Gourmet finishing salts just sound fancy, don’t they? Such a perfect present-topper or stocking stuffer for your favorite foodie.

3. Tom Dixon Stone Spice Grinder: Now this is what I call a kitchen splurge – a luxe gold and marble spice grinder – so cool.

4. Hammered Copper Bowls: I recently acquired my first set of copper mixing bowls and I’m hooked. They are especially perfect for baking, and did you know, solid copper beating bowls will make your eggs lighter and fluffier when you whisk them in a copper bowl? #foodieheaven

5. Measuring Spoons Set: These were too darling not to share, and another great present-topper or stocking stuffer.

6. Hot Stuff Thermal Mug: I’ve had a crush on this coffee thermos for months. I mean really, coffee makes the world go round.

7. Lunares Silver Pint Ice Cream Holder & Scoop: Fancy ice cream container – love.

8. Delonghi Dedica Espresso Machine: Hubby and I have been dreaming about our very own espresso machine; it feels so grown-up (and we are big big coffee fans after all.) ’tis the season for splurging.

9. Prairie Natural Wood Picnic Basket: A great big picnic basket for Spring, a.k.a., the perfect get-through-Winter motivation.

10. Le Creuset Silicone Spatula Set with Crock: This set is the kind of set everyone who lives in their kitchen will love: practical, sleek, and durable.

11. Slate Serving Board: Oh how I love this slate serving board, plus it can be customized with a monogram, making it a very fabulous gift indeed.

12. Casablanca Small Tidbit Dishes: Adorable multi-purpose dishes in Moroccan patterns? Perfect.

This year, I’ll also continuously be adding to my holiday Gift Guides on Pinterest, so be sure to check out the GIFT GUIDE: FOODIE board for more great inspiration!


Moody Black and White Danish Home


How beautiful is this home?  The couple, who originally hailed from New York, set out to design a stunning modern home in Amager (a Danish Island), and they did just that.  The black floors and grey and deep purple accents maintain a moody color palate while balancing out the crisp white walls and ornately designed white ceiling.

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Though I may never convince hubby to swing for a purple velvet sofa, this is one pretty awesome example of how it can totally work.

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The mix between modern and rustic touches is absolutely perfect here.

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Via Femina // Photography: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer


Crisp White Home With Pops of Foliage

It’s no secret that I’m having a major white decor moment in my current design-obsessing. After living in our bright and funky apartment for a few years now, I’m hankering for a bright white space.  The shocker here is how much I’ve fallen for all of the lush greenery in this home tour … given my black thumb, filling our own space with plants would seem like a major no-no, but this place has me second-guessing that stance. I mean, white and green, totally working here.

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The copper details in the kitchen – like copper faucet and copper handles and drawer pulls – are so subtly glamorous on the clean white cabinets.

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Both bedrooms are equally beautiful, cozy and simple. Makes me want to climb right back into bed this morning.

Via Stadshem // Found on Coco Lapine Design



Modern Bathroom Inspiration

When searching for our current apartment, I had one non-negotiable: a great big bath tub.  I live for a good bubble bath (and my family … and cookies.)  But really, the bubble bath was key in the property search.  And somehow, in the blink of an eye, we’ll be on the move again in just a blink of an eye, and in just a few short months we’ll be packing up and moving for hubby’s residency.  I’m already dreaming about our would-be bathroom, because, priorities.

And once we find our perfect home in that new city, I’ll be tackling our bathroom design first, with a little help from (because seriously, they have everything!)  I’m dreaming of something modern (with design-forward staples in classic white), plus rustic/vintage touches (wood floors, subway tiles, white washed window frames, a great big Moroccan rug or cowhide.) has gorgeous modern vanities – (I absolutely love the Fresca Distante bathroom vanity with a round sink!); stunning lighting (because every dream bathroom should come equipped with a devastatingly glamorous chandelier); mirrors in every shape and style; and the freestanding neptune tubs (I’m pretty sure I fall in love with a freestanding tub in every Pinterest picture of a bathroom I have ever seen.)

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Image via:  Domino // Ryan Street & Associates (featured on Glitter, Inc.) // Adore Your Place // Centsational Girl // Domaine Home


Grey, White and Blush Scandinavian Apartment

This bright white Scandinavian home is fuss free, lived in (in all of the right ways … piles of pillows, stacks of magazines, a very practical-but-cool farmhouse table with industrial-looking pipe detail), and just a touch romantic.  Step right in …

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I love how the black, grey, white, and blush tones travel from room to room through this bright and airy home.

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Via Nordic Design and Decor Dots // Photos: Stadshem