to market we go

A couple of weeks ago, we took a company trip up to Dallas for one of the best perks of being a designer: Market.  Yes, I get paid to shop.  But after conquering a 15 floor building and also a chunk of the Dallas Design District in 2 short days, it can get a just a little bit tiring and overwhelming.  I’ve since recovered and am excited to share the experience with you. :)

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My boss surprised us and upgraded our hotel reservations to none other than the hottest boutique hotel, Hotel ZaZa.  Word is that Drake was staying there at the same time as us, and after some brief Instagram-stalking, we are 95% sure we saw his dad in the lobby.  Dinner at Dragonfly was seriously one of the best meals of my life and it will definitely be on my hit list next time I’m in the D.

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Here’s a few (blurry phone) pictures of some of the great things we saw in Dallas:

 

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And of course, a summary of my fave items:

favorite market finds

1. This new Currey & Co chandelier is sure to make as statement.  Modern & classic at the same time.

2. Gorgeous black metal vases!

3. It’s all about the brass baby. How adorable are these tables?

4. Do a group of these wood deer heads on one accent wall for a fun effect.

5. Loving this awesome art line – lots of great prints to choose from!

6. Palecek’s new modern bar stool!

 

I’ve also pinned all these items to Pinterest – click here to follow along!

Ciao! xo

thursday thoughts: september 11th

To me it seems like just yesterday. To the victims’ families I’m sure it feels like a lifetime. My heart goes out to everyone who lost a family member or friend in this tragedy 13 years ago. Together we stand strong.

what defines us is how well we rise after we fall

thursday thoughts: do what you can

Last night I had a meltdown.  And then an epiphany when I saw this quote on Pinterest.  Lately I’m feeling like there are not enough hours in the day, too many miles away from loved ones, and an overwhelming amount of to-dos and decisions that need to be made.  Really, none of us can do it all.  We can only do our best.  And your best will always be enough. It has to be.

 

I realized this week that I just cannot do it all. So I will choose to do what I can, fabulously.

 

Always know that you are fabulous. xo

6 end tables i’m loving right now

Here are a few of my favorite {living room} things…

6 end tables I'm loving right now

1> Vein cut marble top paired with the wood base is sophisticated yet earthy.

2> I already love a good log table, but the lacquered silver takes the cake. Use one as a drink table, or bunch a few in place of a coffee table.

3>  A modern take on Saarinen’s tulip side table. I adore the metal and wood combo!

4> Love the simple shape.  This one can be traditional or modern, and comes in the gray wash  (as shown) or 2 other finishes.

5> These little hourglass tables from Target are a steal at $59.99!

6> Gold leaf hairpin legs + white marble top = A little slice of heaven

 

Which one is your fave??

garden lust

It seems like the rest of the world is on the brink of going back to school or breaking out the fall boots, and out here in Texas-land we are at the peak of our summer heat.  My grass has turned 50 shades of brown as the temps climb over 100 degrees here each day.  Rain? What’s that?  I’m not sure, because we haven’t seen any in months.  :) Neither have my poor plants.  I struggle to keep them alive as it is, and this drought is not helping.

ferns. ferns. ferns.

 

So, on this lovely Monday morning, I have been seeking out inspiration in the form of beautiful exteriors and greenery.  I’m gushing green gardens,  pining perfect patios, and lusting luscious landscapes. (say that 3 times fast!)

Would you like to join me as I daydream?

Patio via Lonny Mag

This is so fun.  Borderline crazy, but fun.

modern colorful desert landscape

Wouldn’t it be so awesome if your patio looked like this?

Foras Studio -Urban Garden in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

Or this?

Foras Studio, Carroll Gardens

 

Really loving this landscape with cactuses mixed in:

Isabel Marant storefront landscape (photo credit- Laure Joliet)

Does anybody out there have a herb garden? Are they easy to grow?  I really like this vertical style on I saw on Pinterest:

herb garden

 

My goal for next spring is to do our walkway with large cement blocks, river rocks, and desert plants and grasses…. kinda like this type of look.

modern landscaping detail

I wonder if these planter boxes are hard to make….?

planter boxes!

 

I’ll take this lovely metal vertical planter!

UrbanMettle Vertical Planter with House Numbers (on Etsy)

Okayyyy time for us to get back to work!

Have a great week! xo