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October 17, 2014
by Jessica Klein
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MY FAVORITE PIECES FROM WAYFAIR’S CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

Alright, so we are doing something different this Friday since I have been bedridden the past two days with a terrible cold. The amount of tissues and cough syrup and lemon water that are surrounding my nightstand as I write this is a little unnerving. But anyway, back to the post!

Lately, a couple of my clients have been in the transition from one home to another and are in need of furniture (in addition to my design plans)…like yesterday. I actually enjoy a good fast-paced project here and there so I have been welcoming these projects with open arms. The only issue is – it’s difficult to customize your furniture (i.e.: fabrics) unless you want to wait a good 6-12 weeks if not longer. Although I understand the necessity for the lead time, sometimes you want the ability to customize a piece without waiting too long.

I recently became one of Wayfair’s Homemakers and was introduced to their new Custom Upholstery furniture collections, where I have become very impressed the classic options, price points and (again) lead time. Below are a few of my favorite sofas + chairs and then you will find my favorite fabrics. Enjoy!wayfair-custom-upholstery-via-ohidesignblog 1 . Brooke Sofa – I love the curved lines of the arms and the simple buttons on the back. But, I would probably remove the two toss pillows. :)

2 . Josephine Sofa – a take on the classic Chesterfield. It’s gorgeous rounded arms and nailhead detailing is perfection.

3 . Paige Sofa – it’s timeless and very elegant.

*If you are interested in a three-cushion option, I love the Caroline.

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1 . Harper Chair – first of all, how cute is the name? I am personally a huge fan of the mid-century modern style and this one in a colored fabric could bring a little life to any room.

2 . Paige Chair – I obviously like the Paige :)

3 . Katherine Slipper Chair – I love a good slipper chair and this one looks really cozy and I love the wheels on the front legs.

4 . Delphine Arm Chair – Formal in the style and I love the spindle legs!

**Keep in mind you can upholster the sofas and chairs above in 18 different fabrics!

Interior Designers or anyone doing a lot of furniture ordering: If you are like me, you will order fabric swatches from various retailers or vendors and then by the time they arrive (it normally takes 7-10 business days), you have taken the scheme a whole different direction and forgot why you ordered them in the first place. I have learned my lesson and now I leave a sticky note on my inspiration board for which client and what piece each fabric should be in transit. :) Anyway, I ordered fabric swatches and literally received them in 3 days – now this might vary depending on where you live…but the turn around time made quite the impression on this interior designer!

I wanted to share my 6 of my favorite fabrics:

 

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1 . Hilo Seagull / 2 . Lizzy Linen / 3 . Bull Natural / 4 . Bevin Teal / 5 . Lizzy Graphite / 6 . Lizzy Surf

Also, Wayfair has generously extended a 10% discount to oh, i design readers, simply use the code: WFCustom10 at checkout. The code will be valid for all Custom Upholstery pieces and runs through October 20.

Sponsorship Note: This post was sponsored by Wayfair – where I am a Homemaker. All opinions and thoughts are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting these partnerships!

October 16, 2014
by Jessica Klein
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FEATURED ON: NOIRVE

AVisitWith_JessicaJessicaKlein_Noirve61Hello friends! I am currently bed ridden with a terrible cold (I guess the powering through didn’t really work this time). But I wanted to take a moment to share a link to a feature that goes into depth about my path to becoming an interior designer. It’s over at Noirve – Vanessa is one of my very good friends I met in San Diego and created all of our wedding paper goods. She has also made a recent transition to be a full-time freelance graphic designer! It’s been fun being apart of her journey. :) You can read the interview here.

Photo Credits: photo of me / styling photo

October 14, 2014
by Jessica Klein
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SORE THROATS + COZY NOOKS

I woke up this morning with a really sore throat…which means…panic! Run around the house thinking about what I have in my kitchen that I can put together for a home remedy that will cure me in 10 minutes?! I really don’t like being sick (who does?) and I tend to become worthless when it happens. But, I am going to try this remedy and power through the day….dreaming I was cuddled up with tea in one of these nooks. And if you have any remedies for sore throats – please share in the comments, I would appreciate it! :)cozy nooks via oh, i design blog cozy nooks via oh, i design blog cozy nooks via oh, i design blog cozy nooks via oh, i design blog cozy nooks via oh, i design blog cozy nooks via oh, i design blogclick on photos for sources.

October 13, 2014
by Jessica Klein
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HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF A WEEKEND IN BOSTON

When you only have a few days in a new city, you don’t want to waste time finding places to eat and things to do during your stay. Recently we had the pleasure of hosting two of our best friends from Dallas, Katie and Ryan Roberts. If you follow me on instagram you probably saw a few photos from the eventful weekend in Boston. I wanted to share a little guide to what made our weekend so successful. I hope you enjoy!
IMG_2873_1DAY ONE // Katie + Ryan arrived around lunch time so we walked from our place (near Beacon Hill) to the ever so charming Charles St. to grab lunch at Figs. Then we walked to The Public Garden + Boston Commons where they were able see some beautiful brownstones, greenery and the pond.IMG_2876 IMG_2881_1Although I don’t necessarily recommend stopping for more than a drink, it’s fun to see where the Cheers bar is and snap a photo. Also, no one knows your name…IMG_2884_1Then we started the Freedom Trail at the Commons.IMG_2894IMG_2900_1During the freedom trail, you can stop at any point to grab a drink or shop (since we didn’t do a guided tour). We decided to stop at the pub where you can drink a cold Sam Adams while looking at the cemetery where there is a cold Sam Adams. Get the joke? ;) Beantown PubIMG_2901Tip: When your friends want to go into oncoming traffic to snap photos of signs…you let them…and then take photos of them…and make sure they don’t get hit by a car. IMG_3758After we left Beantown Pub, we continued on The Freedom Trail – saw Paul Revere’s house and the beautiful streets of the North End …then we decided not to continue the trail and stopped for a glass of wine at The Bell in Hand Tavern. (talk about drinking our way through Boston…oops).

Dinner consisted of oysters, more wine, mussels, THE BEST BREAD PUDDING OF YOUR LIFE at Citizen Public House near Fenway Park.

& then stayed up late chatting and reminiscing. I love good friends.

*talk about a successful first day – they saw Beacon Hill, The Commons + Public Garden, The Old State House, The Capitol, Paul Revere’s House, Fenway Park, The North End, where Sam Adams is buried…all in one afternoon. All in about a 2 mile walking distance.
//DAY TWO // Since we stayed up late, coffee was a must…and so was taking a 30 minute break to take fun photos in the streets of Beacon Hill. Sorry Cody + Ryan. :)
IMG_3786Cutie booties…on our way to lunch at The Met.12_31-public-library-12After a yummy lunch, we walked over to the Boston Public Library and then ventured to the farmer’s market that was happening in front of the gorgeous Trinity Church. I had took a photo of the colorful berries…because well, they were so colorful and instagram-worthy. Is that one yellow berry killing anyone else?A weekend in Boston via Oh, I Design BlogA weekend in Boston via Oh, I Design BlogAfter we walked around for a bit in the Copley area, we went over a couple of blocks to meet one of Ryan’s colleagues at The Thinking Cup for an afternoon pick me up! One of my favorite coffee shops in Boston :)A weekend in Boston via Oh, I Design BlogAfter coffee, we walked up and down Newbury St. and stopped in Goorin Bros. to try on some hats…. then they poured us a dark and stormy…then we purchased two hats (pictured in a few photos below). Nice sales tactic….eh?! ;) We finished the day with taking the subway back to the house to regroup before dinner at BarLola for tapas and sangria!

Weekend in Boston via Oh, I Design BlogDAY THREE // we decided to split and do girl stuff/boy stuff….aka shopping/martinis and golf/college football. Katie and I started our day with brunch at the Beacon Hill Hotel + Bistro. I highly recommend their eggs benedict and their scrambled eggs with salmon. So good!! Then we went to The Prudential Center to walk around and do a little window shopping. Weekend in Boston via Oh, I Design BlogAfter we walked around, we decided to grab a martini at Oak Long Bar in The Fairmont Copley Hotel. The architecture and decor is gorgeous and the martinis are phenomenal. Such a great spot!Weekend in Boston via Oh, I Design BlogAfter leaving a little tipsy…. we left to meet back up with the guys to venture to a friend’s house in Somerville for a backyard shindig (Pig Roast to be exact). Yes, you read that correctly. There were a TON of people and all of the food and drinks (it was amazing) and all to benefit a local charity called Lovin’ Spoonfuls. We went straight to bed….again, full and happy. ;)

IMG_2929DAY FOUR // This was our “let’s get in the car and go explore” day on the itinerary. At the beginning of our drive we stopped at a little coffee shop in Salem, NH called Coffee Coffee where I had the best latte of my life, a lox bagel and ice cream. This little hole in the wall shop was literally my dream for breakfast…peppermint ice cream for the road?!  I would be here everyday if we lived closer. We got back on the road to go drive along the Kancamagus Highway for some Fall Foliage views and as we got closer, we decided we should stop and get some meat + cheese for a little makeshift picnic. IMG_3868We stopped at all of the scenic viewpoints (the only downfall was that they were all SO packed with people). But here are some photos of the gorgeous views:  IMG_2954IMG_2968 IMG_2978IMG_2988 IMG_3061 IMG_3071The group – being crazy.IMG_3080On our way home we stopped at a local brewery in NH and then drove back home singing country songs, because that’s what you do when your friends are in town from Texas ;). On the way, we made reservations at Trattoria di Monica for dinner (YUMMMM!). We went to bed full, exhausted and so very happy.

DAY FIVE // we ended their trip with an early morning walk along the Charles River and a coffee in Beacon Hill. Talk about one heck of a weekend! It’s always such a breath of fresh air when we get to reunite with our best friends. You know the friends that you basically pick up right where you left off with…that just get you and that you can be yourself with?? Those are the friends you have to hold on to for the long run because those are the friends that make life so much fun.

ps. this is what is on our list for their next visit: Visit a museum, go to the Barking Crab, Cape Cod, drive to Portland, ME.

pss. I know this was a longer post for me, so thank you for sticking with me. Seriously you guys, I am falling more and more in love with this city. Cody and I are about to hit two big ONE YEAR anniversaries…(our wedding and living in Boston). Both are an exciting thing to celebrate and I will post more on this later. :)

Happy Monday, Everyone!

October 10, 2014
by Jessica Klein
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5 FRIDAY FAVORITES +

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1 // Elements of Style: Designing a Home and a Life by Erin Gates - I had the pleasure of assisting with the book launch at the West Elm in Boston and went home immediately to dive in to the book. And let me tell you, it’s a good one! Not only will it look great on your shelf (that spine!!) … it will also give you an honest look into Erin’s life and relating that to interior design in different facets. Well done, Erin!

2 // The entire Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Line – I was SO excited to hear I won the collection through a giveaway on one of my absolute favorite online reads, A House in the Hills! I have been using since the moment I ripped open the box (I am kind of a skincare freak…not too sure why but maybe it’s because I don’t have the best skin genes) and I’ve been LOVING every single product. I haven’t been using it long enough to give you all a detailed review (post to follow), but I can say my skin is feeling great!

3 // This Essie color.

4 // This cute Threshold Task Table Lamp is $39.99 right now (originally $49.99….which is still a great price) and it looks just like the eyeball sconces from Urban Outfitters! You’re welcome.

5 // Owl’s Brew – my new favorite for making cocktails at home. It’s got tea and herbs in it so you can rest easy when mixing it with gin. ;) *you can purchase them at: Williams Sonoma, West Elm and if you are Boston-local, one of my favorite shops, Olives & Grace. You can also find them here: more spots.

Happy freakin’ Friday!!

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