Show and Tell- Volume 5

Show and Tell- vol 5


1 Good Vibes Only 2 Mixed Succulent Wreath 3 Otomi Table Lamp 4 Faux Deer Antler 5 Marais Side Chair 6 Strut Console Table 7 Catalina Rug 8 Colorblock Woven Baskets

I’m in major new house planning mode over here and have been doing a lot of thinking about what makes a house a home. The feeling of “home” is derived from an intimate relationship between ourselves and our space. When finished properly, a home gives you comfort, pleasure and a personal sanctuary. It is the accumulation of meaningful items that ties a home to you and your life experiences. Or maybe it’s not about what’s in your home at all but rather a general sense of familiarity. It’s quite easy to get caught up in only wanting the finest finishing touches for your house. Expensive furniture, top of the line appliances and everything else you see on the pages of a glossy magazine. But, at the end of the day, your home is your cozy space. It’s a half drunk glass of wine in the kitchen. A ruffled blanket on the couch. Your slippers by your bedside table. Your pup’s bone tucked away in the couch cushions. An unmade bed and piles of laundry. The smell of your husbands cologne and that favorite recipe you cooked last night. A place surrounded with simple possessions that inspire you and your loved ones. Home is where you begin your morning and end your evening. It is where you share moments of joy and moments of sorrow. Most importantly it is where you grow as an individual and watch your family grow along side you.

The importance of all of this seems more obvious as I begin planning the remodel for the home that will be our family home. I’m trying to make decisions through the eyes of what my children will one day see. Keeping that in mind I hope to make my home a cozy but bright space that reflects the happiness my husband and I share on a daily basis. One which teaches our children to love and be loved and to approach everyday choosing joy. With that said, I’m sharing a bright smattering of items today that just exude playfulness. From a reminder to share good vibes to pretty eye candy to gold accents and an artistic lamp. There are so many ways to really liven up a home- I can’t wait until we complete our remodel and begin making our house a home.

Show and Tell- Volume 4

Show and tell- vol 4


1 lemlem for Jcrew Lilly Scarf 2 Parachute Sheet Set 3 Castle Artwork 4 Tortoise Gem Necklace 5 L.L.Bean Boat and Tote Bag 6 Jcrew Metallic Low Wedges

As I work on wrapping up travel itineraries, finalizing a big birthday bash and handling many other to-do’s in between- my thoughts are all over the place and this post reflects that! Outside of work, my husband and I are starting to design our new home. A remodel is in the works but I of course am focused on final decor (premature!). I’m in love with these playful pieces of art from the talented Castle who is based in Australia. I’m a sucker for inspirational words and can’t think of anything better than bringing them to life in a fun and playful way. I hope to frame one of Castle’s beauties over a cozy new bed fitted with Parachute sheets. Parachute Home keeps popping up everywhere- affordable, luxurious, simple sheets designed in CA and made in Italy- yes please! When I’m not thinking about the new house, I’m focused on packing for my upcoming trip to Amsterdam. I picked up these fab shoes last week as they’re the perfect item to wear with casual jeans or dress up a dinner outfit. I also have my eye on this bright scarf (I adore lemlem, founded by supermodel Liya Kebede) and an affordable new statement necklace. You seriously can’t go wrong with BaubleBar’s prices. With so many fun items to bring on my trip, I’ll surely be making use of my hardy go-to L.L.Bean tote. A classic piece for everyone to own!

What’s on your mind this Spring? Wherever you are, I hope you’re soaking it up!

Show and Tell- Volume 3

show and tell- vol 3


1 Tory Burch Calita Dress 2 Teil Duncan Artwork 3 Illume Go Be Lovely Soap 4 Illume Sketchbook Ceramic Candle 5 Truce Juice 6 Letter For You Pillow 7 Rifle Happy Stripe Wrapping Paper

I am embracing the arrival of April with open arms. The snow is falling sun is shining and all I can think about is summers out on the lake (yes, I realize this is a bit premature).

I plan to be sporting a series of breezy dresses all summer with this boho-chic number on the top of my list. Summer also gives me reason to end my winter diet (hello red wine and pasta) and start eating healthy again. What better way to get your daily veggies than to drink them?! Truce is my favorite local juice company with options like The Vacay which actually taste as if you’re on vacation. On the topic of local companies, Minnesota based candle company Illume, is killing it lately with their gorgeous illustrated candles and soaps giving fans like me a reason to shop not only for scent (how amazing do pineapple cilantro and cactus verde sound?!) but also for pattern. Speaking of talented illustrators, how fabulous is Teil Duncan? I’m head over heels for this talented girls work and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of new originals so one can come live with me on Lake Minnnetonka. There’s nothing I love more than amazing artwork other than fun pillows. This option is whimsical yet neutral and is sure to add character to any room. Wrap it up pretty for an April birthday girl and she’ll love you right back.

Show and tell- volume 2

Show and Tell- vol 2


1 The Goldfinch 2 Faux Floral Arrangement 3 Beard Oil 4 Saved Rosé 5 RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek 6 Handmade Heirloom Scissors 7 Printed Espadrilles 8 Seagrass Flatweave Storage Basket

Spring always inspires me to bust out the bright colors, resume my consumption of rosé wine (after a long winter of sticking to heartier reds) and do a little home organizing. I’m loving these bright espadrilles from Jcrew- comfort, color and pattern all in one shoe. I plan to throw them on while enjoying a glass of rosé on my new front porch. This particular bottle is the brainchild of winemaker Clay Brock and tattoo artist Scott Campbell (hubby to Lake Bell). I hope it’s as good as it looks. Nothing goes better with wine and a sunny porch then a nice hefty novel. Speaking of reading, I’ve decided to start saving my favorite magazine issues (you know, the issues you just can’t throw away in case you may need that best restaurant tip some day) and I’m pretty sure this basket is the perfect home for them. While I love a good basket, nothing warms a room like a beautiful vase of flowers. If you’re anything like me you’re tired of killing your lovely blooms (I just can’t keep up with the regular trimming of the stems despite my awesome new scissors). Enter this fabulous faux version which will stay beautiful forever. Wine, shoes, good reads and flowers- what more could a girl need?! Kisses from her hubby of course. Thank heavens for beard oil making someone’s newly grown facial hair soft and kissable.

Ok  Spring, I’m ready….now why is there still snow on the ground?!

Show and tell- Volume 1

Show and tell- vol 1

1 Gold Stripe Cork Case 2 Lucite Ampersand 3 Jeweled Baseball Tee 4 Coconut Oil 5 The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book 6 Orange Water Bath Soak 7 Fresco Garden Pot 8 Printed Fabric Slingback Flats

Due to my love of gift guides I’m starting a series on the blog called “show and tell”. I’m always on the hunt for the latest and greatest goods so this new series will give you a glimpse in to my most recent favorite finds. To kick this off I’m bringing you an eclectic mix of fun items sourced on my latest trip to New York.

I’ve been on the hunt for a new iPhone case for quite some time and couldn’t help but snag this option for 40% off sale prices. Cork and gold stripes? On super sale? Yes please! I of course couldn’t make it out of Jcrew without a few other items catching my eye like this and these. While in NY I also made the obligatory stop at C Wonder and fell for this fun lucite ampersand which would be perfect in our new home. Speaking of new homes, I’m anxious to add a kumquat tree to our space and think this gorgeous pot will make the perfect little home for my new plant baby. We will also have a jacuzzi which will be such an indulgence for this bath lover. Locally, Room No. 3 carries this yummy line of bath salts and I can’t wait to get my hands on the new orange scent. Oranges won’t be the only aroma filling my house as I plan to be baking pies from this fabulous cookbook all summer long. With pie eating comes the need for dental hygiene. You seriously can’t go wrong with oil pulling.

What are your latest fun finds? Do share!

Holiday Gift Guide: Ornament Additions

There is nothing more fun than rediscovering your cherished ornaments every year as you decorate your tree. From childhood favorites to modern additions, ornaments always have a way of bringing back memories of years past. Being a lover of traditions, I don’t think there is a better one than adding a new ornament to your collection each year. With so many amazing options to choose from, ornaments are an easy gift that will last a lifetime.

Holiday Gift Guide- Ornaments

1. Marbled Glass I 2. Christopher Radko Festive Farm Barn I 3. Christopher Radko La Calavera I 4. White Chocolate Dipped Strawberry I 5. Felt Mistletoe I 6. Lemon Slice I 7. Champagne on Ice I 8. Felt Stockings I 9. Copper Stockpot I 10. Glittery Snowflake I 11. The Classic Pickle