The List Week 37

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Wow, it’s been quite a week over here. How about yours? Getting back into the groove after a long weekend is always a little difficult, and for me, it was compounded by a mega drive back from my girls’ trip in South Carolina on Monday.  It’s been a wonderful week in other ways, however.  I’m back with Matt and we’ve been spending our evenings alone together just cooking and relaxing.  I started working out again (true to my promise in last weeks’ list!!).  The first week of Bikini Body is kind of kicking my butt annnnnnd I’m not even that out of shape! Regardless, I’m confident that I’ll be ship shape (literally) by our sailing adventure this December in the Caribbean. I’m still working on picking out my pirate name for the occasion.

Ok, onto prettier things!

The List Week 37

No. 1 LET THERE BE LIGHT – wow, this sconce is a beauty, no?  All things considered, it isn’t a terrible price either.  I’ve seen some in the same style ranging in the $500’s, but this Flynn Sconce is $195 from Serena and Lily.

No. 2 SIDEKICK – I have told you all here before that mid-century isn’t my fave, but I’ve noticed recently that I’m drawn to a lot of little pieces and accents to maybe just support my current style.  This Ventura bedside table is among the few.  It’s simple, beautiful, and handmade.

No. 3 CHEESE PLEASE – New in the shop!  The Lotta Marble Cheese Board is beautiful addition to your happy hour (and mine, I’ve already used it last night at dinner). Get yours over in our shop with my other exclusive designs.

No. 4 AZURE DREAMS – these washed out blues are really calling to me.  This rug Geo Kilim Rug comes in everything from 2′ x 3′ up to 8′ x 10′.  I would like to get my hands on one later this fall for a new revamp to our guest room (it always needs help!).

No. 5 MORE CHEESE PLEASE – I mean, I just love cheese.  These mirrored gold cheese markers look expensive but are just $18 and are mirrored acrylic!  You can use a dry erase marker with them and to ensure everyone is very cheese-aware.

I hope these lovely picks have you inspired this beautiful late summer weekend!  See you back here on Monday with a little KITCHEN update!  (yes, already!)


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The List Week 36

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Happy Friday, Friend!  I made it to South Carolina yesterday, and today I’m soaking in what feels like the last of summer’s rays with my girlfriends.  If you have any Charleston recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

For this week, I really took a turn in my house to focus more on fall and it inevitably arrives (regardless of the fact that summer didn’t quite make an appearance yet…)

The List Week 36

No. 1 IN GREAT SHAPE – the shape and scale of this hexagon mirror from West Elm is just wonderful.  I love how simple and understated it is.

No. 2 COMING SOON – The new Sinnerlig collection from Ikea (due out in October) is absolutely gorgeous.  Simple lines, organic materials, and such a gorgeous color palette.  I love everything.

No. 3 THROWBACK – There is just something about marbled enamel that makes me feel way more autumnal. It’s a throwback to the 19th century, but I still love the campfire feeling it evokes! A few pieces around the house like this marble enamel pitcher in this neutral brown will be perfect for fall.

No. 4 FALL GOALS – I need to get back in shape stat. I am going to start doing yoga with my mom (this beautiful yoga mat might help me get motivated and I’m also going to start the Bikini Body program right after this long girls weekend (I need to get ready for our December Caribbean trip!!)  Has anybody done this program before?  How do you feel about it?

No. 5 UMM APPLES – This week I made this sweet and savory apple tart and it turned out wonderfully!  It’s so easy too. I cut a round of puff pastry and curled up the edges to create a crust. Then I topped the raw tart dough with a mixture of oven roasted apples & shallots (1 apple and 1 small shallot, sliced thin, then coated in olive oil, S&P, and fresh thyme, then baked at 400 for 15 minutes)  Once the roasted apples/shallots were on the dough, I dotted it with blue cheese and sprinkled a little more S&P and thyme.  An easy and delicious pre-fall snack!

I hope you all have a great long holiday weekend ahead of you too! See you here next week!

The List Week 35

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Guys, fall is in the air… do you smell it? It feels kind of like we never had a summer here in Ohio, but if it means we get a longer fall, than I’m game!

This week was a mixture of busy & slow.  Our internet was out here and there which forced me to do non-computer work, like cleaning my office or shopping for tonight’s event. It was a nice balance!

I’m off to start prepping food for tonight’s Marriage is Funny event that I’m co-hosting!  We’re doing a Mediterranean spread and I’m excited to style it all!

The List Week 35

No. 1 Geo Gem – this geometric wreath is perfect for the entire year!  Imagine sticking some little seasonal flourish into the frame as the months change! It’s a little pricey, but with the $50+ you could easily spend each season for a new (nice) wreath, it might end up being the economical choice.

No. 2 Enamel-ly Awesome – could this pendant be anymore gorgeous!  I absolutely love that it’s covered in white enamel which gives it a bit of a victorian industrial vibe which I try to capture in my house.  I think it’s going to the short list for our kitchen re-vamp.

No. 3 Tassel Time – I am not a huge earring person, but I like a statement earring for fun nights out.  Anything with tassels is A-ok in my book and these graphite colored leather tassel earrings are calling my name!

No. 4 Texture Heaven – I love textures much more than pattern when trying to add character to a room.  Sometimes for a room to feel cozy and brought together, you need a good dose of texture. This ‘textura’ rug is a perfect mix of pattern and texture to help any room feel complete.

No. 5 Let’s Talk – Victoria is the master of collecting stats and then presenting them in fun, easy to digest ways.  She’s currently doing a survey on personal finances, and I cannot wait to see the results (go over and take the survey in the meantime, so she can get some serious data!). Piggy bank from Z.Gallerie.


Around here:

The last bachelor pad post!

Why I love Happy Hour.

8 Podcasts You Should be Listening to.

Our newest DIY project.

What do YOU have going on this weekend?  I want to know what you’re up to!

The List Week 34

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It has been a bear of a week for me, how has yours been?  I have been up to my ears in work for my new online workshop and it’s not looking to settle down anytime soon.  I am happy about the hard work, however, because this is something I believe makers & creators will really benefit from.

This weekend, I am really going to get outside, get moving and hopefully go a bike ride (which will be the first this summer and the summer’s almost over!!) What is on your weekend agenda?

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No. 1 SUMMER TRANSITION: I don’t wear a TON of scarves, but I do get one each year to transition me in the spring and fall seasons.  I usually wear it more as a cape or a shawl over tanks and this year, I’m eyeing this pretty city-scape wool scarf from Madewell.

No. 2 SIMPLE BEAUTY: Wow!  This directors chair is absolute perfection! Sleek, but warm and aged.  This is going high (high!) on my wish list!

No. 3 SOFT BLACK: Black dinnerware has been all the rage recently, and although I like it, I prefer this soft, organic feeling black dinnerware from World Market.  Plus, it’s on sale!

No. 4 SUBTLE STRIPES: I like stripes, but usually they’re a bit preppy for my taste, so I always love finding a subtle version like on these metallic stripe linen napkins.

No. 5 CHIRP CHIRP: How cute is this little gold grasshopper?  He might be a welcome addition to some bookcases in my living room that haven’t see an update in years.


Have a fabulous weekend, friend!  And don’t forget about the virtual happy hour tonight!! More info here.

The List Week 33

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Happy Friday, Friend!  I’ve been doing some volunteer work building a website for my local Mayoral candidate, and everything I’ve been seeing the last few days has been red, white, or blue, so I clearly was drawn to the color-less today! After I put these together I look at everything and thought, “whoa, I was on color overload this week and needed a break!”

This weekend is going to be full of nose-to-the-gridstone work for me.  My other business, helping indie designers create product lines, has a big milestone next week in that we’re having our first ever live broadcast webinar (something I’m totally new to) and this weekend I’ll be preparing the content that I’ll be teaching.

No more talk of work, though!  On to the LIST!

The List Wk 33

No. 1 OLD MEETS NEW: This marble and matte black lamp is so so lovely.  I saw it on pinterest and was impressed when I saw it was from West Elm.  I thought it was going to be one of those lighting sites where things are like $400 for a candle sconce.  Even though it’s a desk lamp style, I think this would be most perfect taking center stage beside some amazing art on an entry table or console in your main living area.

No. 2 PRETTY + PUNK: Ummm…. I’m obsessed with these earrings.  I’m buying them today and wearing them forever.

No. 3 TOTALLY COOL: This cooler diy by creative maven, Molly, is totally up my alley.  Matt’s ugly lunch cooler is getting the royal treatment this weekend.

No. 4 B+W AT IT’S BEST: Sometimes black and white can be so stark, but this Sula mirror with it’s texture, worn wood, and geometric pieces is warm and intriguing. Sure, it’s $998, but it’s giant at almost 5 feet tall!  Make a statement in any room with this guy.

No. 5 MORE MINIS (please): Guys, I have a problem, keep me away from the mini bowls!! Just kidding, let me buy these slip porcelain faceted mini bowls first! At just $12 each, they’re affordable art in bowl form!



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p.s.  If you or anyone you know has always dreamed of starting a product line, please check out  I’m hosting a live webinar next week (sign up here) to talk about creating your own line and this week on the blog in celebration of the webinar, I’ve been counting down the top 10 ways to get started TODAY with your own line. This is something readers, blog colleagues, and friends have been asking me for, and I decided it was time to give the people what they want! :)