Fashion Friday: A Universally Flattering Outfit

When I posted this outfit I wore last weekend in Atlanta a lot of people commented on how much they liked it (awww shucks guys!)  I think this silhouette of an A life skort with a bodysuit and classic heel is really a look that can flatter a lot of body types (tip: if your more petite, go for a shorter skirt but one that is still an A line and if you aren’t psyched about a fitted top, try a button down styled bodysuit instead).  Pick a fancier kind of skirt (metallic or floral) for a more formal even or a wool or cotton for daytime.  It’s a take-you-anywhere kind of outfit!  Also, this look is great with tights and booties when it’s too cold to wear bare legs!

leather skirt: eBay find- LK Bennett sample // bodysuit: Nordstrom // heels: J.Crew (similar here) // earrings: Baublebar (similar) // scarf : Cuyana

Here are two versions of this look– one for now, one for spring! CLICK IMAGES FOR LINKS!


A LINE SKIRTS:


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How To Make Your House Feel Less Depressing In Winter

Room design by Erin Gates Design // photo by Michael J. Lee

This probably isn’t an issue for those of you who live in warmer areas of the country and world, but where it’s cold and snowy like New England, winter can make our houses feel like a complete cave of dusty, soul-crushing grossness. So here are my tips to help turn your cabin-fever riddled space into something a BIT more happy.  (Oh, plus a stockpile of Clorox wipes because it seems like the entire world is sick and germs are everywhere.)

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NEW SHEETS

We just got all new sheets at Christmas and it makes our bed feel SO much cleaner and nicer.  I personally think Matouk makes the best sheets (so light and crisp) and worth the investment (they last a LONG time). And when you have illnesses circling the family, it’s nice to feel like your bed is a haven.

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Our Most Used Retail Items

Although we do a lot of custom work for our clients, what people like most about working with us is that we are more than happy to work in retail items into our plans as well. When you have kids or are trying to stick to a certain budget, it’s great to be able to get good quality items without the cost and wait time for custom made. Even people with HUGE budgets don’t want to spend zillions on a sectional for their family room– even if they can afford it. So over the years we have developed a list of “go to” items that we find ourselves using over and over again in projects. Not because all our projects look alike, but good basics are trendless and timeless and can work with just about ANY style decor!  I thought I’d round up a chunk of these items and share them with you!

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Fashion Friday: What I REALLY Wear in Winter

Someone posted on my blog or Instagram the other day asking what I REALLY wore during the messy, dreary, cold months of winter. I laughed, because I had just been scrolling Insta looking at some fashion bloggers frolicking around outside during the “bomb-cyclone” winter storm we had– in heeled boots and SKIRTS. Now, I love looking at unrealistic and inspirational images as much as the next gal, but when it comes down to real life, I try to look as pulled together as possible but while also being comfy and warm with dry feet.  So here are some looks that I wear during winter when spending the day with Henry or going to a meeting!

MOM UNIFORM

I wear jeans 99.9% of the time. To the office, to meetings, out to dinner.  When I’m in mom-mode I want to be comfy and able to play int he snow with my little guy.  Every year for the past couple years I’ve bought myself a timeless investment piece as my “Chirstmas bonus” to myself– last year it was my watch, this year it was a Moncler puffer coat.  It was stupid expensive, but when I saw it it was the perfect color, last one in my size and I just DID IT. And you know what? Best money I’ve spent in a while!  I wear it constantly and it is SO light and so friggin’ warm.  That said, this Uniqlo version below is SO great too (plus $99 on sale!) Paired with my fave cashmere tee, the BEST jeans for boots (slim enough at ankle to tuck right into boots and warm but cute boots I can move and am comfy but don’t look like a hot mess!

coat // scarf // sweater // jeans // boots // earrings // sunglasses

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AmericasMart Atlanta Here I Come.

This weekend I’ll be heading down to Atlanta (praise be- warmer temps!) to participate on this panel with a couple other bloggers you might know (duh!) regarding what’s trending in our respective areas of the country as well as projects we are all working on.  For those who love the design blogging community or want to become a part of it and may have questions for us, you should certainly come by if you are attending Market!  It should be a lively and interesting discussion for sure!

I’ll be down there not only to be on this panel, but also to show my upcoming rug collection again (they will be available to purchase in March!)  Here is the lookbook that was just released that show all the sizes of each rug that will be available.  I cannot wait for them to FINALLY come out! I’d love to know which ones you guys love most!
Lookbook 2017 1.9.18

I like to think about my rugs in context of an actual space– and so I pulled together this little board showing a boys room using one of my favorite rugs from the line– totally a potential option for Mr. Henry’s big boy room!

lamp // framed art // custom roman shades // vinyl grasscloth // star wallpaper // bookshelf // sheets // quilt // custom daybed // dresser // swing arm sconces