You guys – Happy Freakin’ Friday! I am so ready for this weekend because I have a shopping date with my friend, Soo, and am in desperate need of a wardrobe boost. I was recently motivated to clean out my closet of items I do not wear and have slowly been adding staple pieces. As much I as I have a good eye for style, I have a hard time actually putting together an outfit for myself. So, I have gathered some inspiration for our venture to Newbury St. tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend and I will let you know what I ended up purchasing!
Now I need to know…what are some of your go-to staple pieces??
I am so excited to finally share all of the details that went into the office I designed for Laura Hooper Calligraphy in DC. I don’t share near enough posts about the process of how we get from before to after in a project and I am going to do more of this because I know from reading a couple of my favorite design blogs, it’s exciting to see how a project all comes together.
Let me start by introducing Laura of Laura Hooper Calligraphy, obviously by her business name you can tell she is a calligrapher. A crazy-talented one at that! I seriously could watch her write all day long. I had the pleasure of virtually meeting her via Instagram (gotta love social media) and she ended up contacting me about her office design project. I knew right away this was going to be an exciting project – I mean… With Love Design + Laura Hooper Calligraphy…a match made in heaven folks. After Laura sent me photos of the space including dimensions and some existing decor pieces, we worked through email to complete the layout + decor pieces…and then I flew out to DC to help pull it all together.
Through the first phase I sent over the direction I was heading with colors and decor. In the first mood board I was drawn to the blue that is on their website and thought pops of pink would be an exciting addition. Now looking back, there is no way the pink would’ve worked because it’s not Laura so I am glad we took it out. I tweaked the first one a bit to bring it more down to earth and to go with her existing beach-y decor. (even though I hate using the term “beach-y” I am going to use it here). After we finalized the shopping list, sticking to the basics until I got there to see what else we would need, I booked my flight to DC.
Okay so the BEFORE photo is a really bad photo from my iphone which always makes for a better ‘before and after’ but it really wasn’t that dark and Laura had some amazing bones in the space for us to work with. Once I arrived, I wanted to make sure I understood exactly how Laura works in her every day. Sure we can put together a beautiful space but I wanted to make sure it was functional. Plus, I wasn’t sure how she ran her business and what she needed near her and what could be stored. Once I gathered all of this helpful information from Laura, I decided we needed to take every single thing out of the office to see it a new light. Then we could asses all of the pieces in a different light.
After taking everything off the shelves, it was nice to see a blank canvas and begin packing away some of the not-so-attractive parts of the business and showcase her beautiful work. Once we got to a point when we knew we needed to make a Target and Homegoods run, we all jumped in the car for a fun shopping adventure. And by we I mean, Laura and her sister Alyssa, who helps run Laura run LHC and the manager of the LHC blog. We purchased a lot of attractive storage boxes and labels for Laura to write on. On that note – can I just say how perfect is it that Laura was able to put her beautiful handwriting on all of the organizational boxes?? It’s amazing. We also scored on some wall frames for her calligraphy work and decorative items for Laura’s living room + client meeting area. I am a BIG fan of going shopping with my clients because it feels like a game and we are on the same team to find the perfect pieces….but you have to be careful shopping with me…I tend to lay personal items down and leave them (Laura/Alyssa -ahem, my phone). ;) But it’s easier to make those smart design decisions with a Designer by your side.
Now sit back and enjoy some of the beautiful shots by Abby Jiu Photography – Abby is incredible!! You can also see the interview on Glitter Guide to get to know Laura a little more :)
Her pups are the best – such great models don’t you think?? :)
Picture this: you have had a long, exhausting day at work and you walk into your home where you are greeted with a pile of junk mail including unread magazines and random household items all over the floor. Maybe you aren’t the type of person would stop in your tracks and clean everything immediately – perhaps the sofa and a bowl of popcorn sounds better. Sure it does. However, you do not realize how moments like this in your day even if you are a messy person affect you. This is where function plays an important role in your home. It’s little details and changes to our every day that create a better life.
Now, Picture this: you have had a long, exhausting day at work and you walk into your home where you are greeted with a good smelling candle, keys and mail in their place, fresh flowers and your favorite magazines stacked and ready for you to read. You decide to grab that stack of magazines, go make a cup of tea and relax on the sofa for the rest of the evening feeling more peaceful now that you are home. Walking into your home was not an additional stress in your life and it has ultimately created the medicine for your bad day.
This is all easier said than done, right? This is where I disagree. Function in your home can be really simple when you have the right road map to get you there.
So, here is how to create a successful catch-all entryway table. Let’s begin with the table. This table is the base and support for all of the items you come home carrying, wearing, etc. You will then need something to hold your keys (see #2 or #4). I suggest a tray or even a decorative box so they always have a home – no one enjoys that frantic search for their missing keys. It’s also important to have some type of lighting in the entryway – a chandelier or pendant is great but you can also add a simple table lamp. You never want to be stuck in the dark at night tripping on shoes and what not. From there, you can add in some personal touches like a couple of framed family photos or a candle.
One touch I just recently added to my entryway table is a Welcome Book (see #5) where my friends and family can sign as they visit (maybe this is something you open when you have had a bad day). Finally, one of the last things you will need is a basket or bin (bonus points if it is attractive) to house all of your mail and magazines (see #7 and #9). I try to sort out the mail I don’t need right when I walk through the door that way it doesn’t pile up and it takes literally two seconds. With all of these items you should have a system down right when you walk through the door to keep everything organized and stress-free.
Good Tuesday Morning to you guys! I just got back from a trip to my home state, Oklahoma, and while I had the BEST time – I came back exhausted. Probably because I was on the go most of the time and not to mention my body took in a few too many cocktails – oops! ;) Anyway, I am just now getting back in the groove and I am thankful we don’t have a trip planned for a few months. I have found it’s hard for me to get back into my daily routine after a few days away. I have to ease my way into it. Oh how I envy you weekly travelers who can jump back into work and then leave again the next week! This girl is going to ease her way into the day with a little Pinterest :)
Last weekend I had the pleasure of helping arrange two events at West Elm Fenway. One of them was a shop-in-shop featuring Miles of Fiber and Water, a handmade burlap wall art and (now!) pillow studio based out of Maine. I first met Miles + his team at the SOWA Open Market in Boston when Cody and I were in town searching for an apartment. They really left an impression on me, first because we had a good conversation and second, because I was looking through their prints and was for sure they wouldn’t have Oklahoma and they DID! The print was the perfect addition to the San Diego print – which this wall is now becoming a collection of art from every place we have lived (thus far).
Alright, alright…I won’t sing the “Oklahoma!” song to you.
Instead I am going to tell you: Cody and I are heading to Oklahoma tomorrow (early) morning and this girl is SO EXCITED! If you didn’t already know, I was born and raised in Oklahoma City and went to college at OSU in Stillwater. Oklahoma holds a lot of great (and some not so great) memories, my sweet family and a lot of amazing friends. Although I am very happy I moved away from Oklahoma to experience living on (now) both coasts, I miss a lot about it.
Why I LOVE Oklahoma: doors will always be opened for you (i love southern folks), people in the neighborhood I grew up in always wave at familiar faces that walk/drive by, there is rarely anyone honking at each other in traffic (unless it’s necessary), the sunsets are THE BEST, college football is no joke (go pokes!) and on that note – the tailgates are the best day of your life, & THE PEOPLE. Alright, you get the point.
A few Oklahoma items from a couple of my favorite OK-Local shops!