With Mother Nature yielding more and more powerful storms with each passing year, it’s somewhat comforting to see first hand some of the innovative design concepts to rebuild and provide future protection to areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. You can view all of the proposals submitted to the Rebuild by Design competition hosted by HUD here. The one that really caught my attention and spurred a morning filled with reading more and more about the designers involved, the firms, their concepts, past projects, etc…you get it, I became obsessed with learning more about the BIG U. This concept not only supports the goal to prevent the NYC coastline from future damage, but also provides the community with so much of what it’s missing, especially if you’re not blessed with a park-side address. Take a look peak at the brief article to learn a bit more about the BIG U.

10-Mile Loop




It’s that time of year. You know the time when you so desperately want Spring to arrive, but know in your heart of hearts that there are weeks if not months of bundling up left ahead. The stores and websites tease us with their pastels, open toes, and dare I even mention the swim suits. I do the same thing each year when this time arrives; I look and lust, and then promptly close the laptop and bury myself a little deeper into the comforter for warmth. This year I want to plan ahead and begin purchasing items that I can slowly transition into Spring so I can maximize their wear and extend the budget a bit.  I’m eyeing a couple of skirts that can just as easily pair with sandals as a chunky knit, comfy separates to wear with my favorite denim, and of course some jewels and shoes to refresh all of the items that will soon be moved from the storage closet to the daily closet.


What can you just not wait another minute to wear?


Renovated Barns

It is official.  I am going through my renovated barn phase.  I think a lot of us go through one.  That period in our life when we see dilapidated barns off in the distance, while driving somewhere, and we start to imagine what you could do with all that space and the great old bones of it.  Of course in my fantasy, there is a whole big art studio space….and a huge farm style dining table with contemporary/industrial chandeliers above…and crazy big windows with a view of the country side and its rolling hills.  Here are some inspirational pictures, just incase you are going through your renovated barn phase too.  Enjoy.



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Renovated barn and its solar panels




Interior Designer Alphabet: E and F


E is for Escutcheon.  In furniture terms it is the metal plate over a key hole or the backplate of a door knob.  It is one of those details that adds another level of interest to a piece of furniture.


F is for Finial.  A finial can be any ornament that caps the ending of a structural element.  Our favorite finials are those used at the end of a drapery rod.  Draperies are such an important part of your interior and the finial is just one of those details can further carry your design statement, even if that means it is a simple end cap.

Want it Wednesday

I moved into a new office last week and the walls are peach, YES you read correctly they are peach.  Being a corporate office and all they aren’t going to paint just one of the many offices, so I’m stuck in a peach holding pattern until it’s time for the entire building to get a fresh coat.  I cringe every time I walk in, so I’m thinking just cover as much of it as possible and wait it out.  I have a great collection of black and white photos to get a giant gallery wall started and I’d really like to mix in some gold foil prints like these.  As long as I have something to smile about whilst in my peach hell…

Etsy Shoppe: Charm and Gumption

Etsy Shoppe: Charm and Gumption

Etsy Shoppe: Charm and Gumption

Etsy Shoppe: Charm and Gumption

Etsy Shoppe: Collectivity Lane

Etsy Shoppe: Collectivity Lane


Etsy Shoppe: Collectivity Lane

Etsy Shoppe: Collectivity Lane

How do you make your not-so-personal office space feel special?