Thursday, April 30, 2015

I just came across this mid-century modern dining room again, I've seen it several times before. But every single time I fall in love with it all over again. It looks perfectly lived in, yet super stylish.

Whether you want to remodel your dining room asap to look like this, or you only like certain elements, one important thing to remember.... Don't forget to get a cute cat!
Mirror via 55 Downing Street
Pendant Light via Lamps Plus
Framed Art via Minted
Small Framed Art via Serena & Lily
Shelving Unit via Ikea
Candle Holder via Crate & Barrel
Feux Cherry Blossoms via Pier 1
Silver Vase via ZGallerie
Area Rug via Wayfair
Dining Table via LexMod
Armchair via Blueprint

CURATED NEST: Stylish Transport

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I can't help but notice the backpack trend. But I'm not talking about Jansports...

I'm talking about bags for a stylish mother, college kid, working woman or all of the above...

Here's some ideas:
7. Coach
Inspiration image via Eileen Fisher

Lucy's First Birthday - a garden party!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It's hard to believe that Lucy is turning one in less than month!  I'm not sure where the time has gone!  While she won't remember her first birthday, it's still fun to plan a baby birthday party - no demands for Barbie or Minecraft  themes, so now is the time for me to do what I want decor wise.  I decided to go with a slightly girly (but not overly frilly) garden party theme, and thanks to a little help from Minted, our gathering is really coming together.  Here is the concept board for what we are doing.

While I doubt I will pull off quite so elaborate a shindig as some of the images suggest, the idea is there - and luckily I have a bunch of watering cans, galvanized pails, and mason jars that should help make it a true garden party. Minted is providing the Botanical Affair bunting banner, cake toppers, a table runner and confetti that really tie the decor together. And I found this cute invite on Paperless Post that reinforces the theme. 

Can't wait to show you more photos of the party pulled off.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The founder of Domaine Home has started a design studio and needless to say the designs are beautiful. This bedroom is a perfect harmony between good design and comfortable living.

Unpredictable choices lead to great design. For example, the double nightstand situation and the extra long arm sconce. While you may not normally design your room this way, I can bet that you will now....

Long Arm Sconce via All Modern
Wired Bowl via Crate & Barrel
Framed Art via Minted
Upholstered Bed via Restoration Hardware
Geometric Side Table via West Elm
Faux Cherry Blossoms via Pier 1
Glass Vase via World Market
Area Rug via 55 Downing Street
Watercolor Pillow via Etsy
Lines Pillow via H&M Home
Desktop Globe via World Market
White Nightstand via CB2

Styin' Mama: Local Love Affair - Curator

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Since Jess is out in NJ and I'm all the way here in San Francisco, I thought I'd change it up a bit for this post and write a bit about a local gem.  The power of the interweb means that these days none of us has to be limited by zip code, so maybe it's time to discover something from a far-away-land.

I'll try and pepper these Local Love Affair posts in from time-to-time going forward so you can see what inspires us in different parts of the country.

Over the years I have been blogging for Jess you might have noticed that I am a fan of a little brand called Curator (see here and here, among others). This line was founded by two best friends who wanted to make clothes locally, using sustainable products wherever possible, to go the distance in a busy woman's wardrobe.  I became a fan when I left the workforce to care for my LittleMan and needed clothes that were chic but comfortable and machine-washable.  Even though I didn't last long out of the workplace, my love for Curator has endured.  A few years ago they went from wholesaling to running their own little retail operation in outer Noe Valley, one of those far-flung-but-utterly-cool enclaves where families and hipsters and dot-commers all converge for brunch on Sundays.

If I had to say what keeps me making the haul out to their shop, it's the sheer simplicity of the clothes, a go-anywhere sensibility that suits my life.  (I've worn the Jocelyn dress to the beach and to a black-tie optional cocktail party with a simple change of necklace and shoes.)  Sure, a it's easy to say that a T-shirt is a T-shirt is a T-shirt, but anyone who's actually found that perfect tee knows that the simplest things are often the hardest to pull off.  Below is a round-up of some of my favorite things this spring (all available for order!).

CURATED NEST: If Walls could Talk

Thursday, April 9, 2015

There's no better way to add personality to your space than with a gallery wall.

It's also a fun way to include your selected art pieces with fun projects that your kids made for you. Take Joy Cho's studio for example...

1. Beet via Crate & Barrel
2. Baby Alpaca via Sharon Montrose
3. Dior Dame via ZGallerie
4. Kodiak Brown Bear via Davies Babies
5. Quiet River via West Elm
6. Arise via Minted
7. Slow Ride via Jay Fleck
8. Yellow Sun via West Elm


Monday, April 6, 2015

Last Tuesday at my client site I suddenly realized I’d worn the exact same outfit four days in a row.  Not the exact same clothes, mind you (ew) but the exact same outfit of dark skinny pant, white top, blazer, pointed-toe shoe, and necklace.  Saturday night, Sunday day, Monday, and Tuesday.

“But that’s what you wanted to do!” replied my colleague.  “You said you wanted to move to a uniform.”

“I guess so,” I mused.  “I just didn’t expect to be so literal about it.”

We all have a uniform.  That mom in the park with the red clog mules and the red lipstick and the vintage cocoon coat over her boyfriend jeans?  Uniform.  The other one, in the ponytail and the Lulu pants and the purple running jacket?  Uniform.  I would love to say that my uniform involves a lot of really special pieces and retro lipstick but my uniform is in fact EXACTLY the outfit described above.

The realization has been somewhat liberating.  I’m buying less.  Because no matter how much I love that embellished blouse, I’m never going to wear it.  On some, unconscious level I will always pass it over for the basic white shirt hanging next to it.  Every time.  I used to buy special, sparkly things and then literally plan to work them into the rotation, but lately that just seems like too much work.

Keep It Simple, Stupid.  Know your game.  Rock your game.

My game is pictured here.

- Skinny Jeans
- Perfect Tee
- Blazer
- Flat City Sandal
- Pointy-Toe Flats
- Cross-Body
- Easy Dress
- Tennies
- Sunnies
 - Jaime

DESIGN BLUEPRINT: Collaborative Style

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The best working environments are stylish of course (like this one we recently talked about), but personally I love collaborative work spaces.

If done right, they usually mean big open spaces with lots of light like this space above, designed by Studio McGee. The large white surface area will win me over every time, while clustered lighting is fun at home and at work.

Get this look....

Pendant light via YLighting
Framed Art via Minted
White Chair via All Modern
Sideboard via Crate & Barrel 
Area Rub via Loom
Table Lamp via Lamps Plus
White Desk via BluDot