Monthly Archives: August 2016

Design Crush: Rose Uniacke

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(Dying to wear a tulle skirt with a tee shirt and total nonchalance? Try this one)

As I think about redoing aspects of my house (partly to keep Henry from killing himself, partly to streamline and edit my life of unnecessary clutter and noise) I’ve been looking for inspiration everywhere.  And I found a big dose of it in the work of British designer Rose Uniacke.  A talent for sure, with a discerning eye and a tightly edited look, she finds a way to combine rustic and clean, antiques and modern and color and uniform paleness into a fabulously chic result.

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Fashion Friday: Where I Shop For Henry

Sorry this is late- Henry’s nanny is out sick so I’m a little behind! A lot of you have asked me on Instagram to do another post about where I shop for Henry– so here you go, a big roundup of where I shop again and again for the little man.  Shopping for girls is easy (my ovaries shudder every time I see something baby girl that is leopard) but boys are a little harder, so I hope this helps!

Gap and Old Navy constantly leave packages by my door not only because their stuff in on trend and well made for the price, but they are ALWAYS having a sale (like right now, 35% off everything).  They have total classics too, like the cable sweater below that I bought when it was on clearance last spring in every size- he’ll probably have one for every year until he goes to college).
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Amazing Designer Inspired Deals!

In my sourcing travels I’ve been seeing a lot of pieces from discount or big box retailers that look MIGHTY similar to some designer items popular right now. Imitation in the sincerest form of flattery, or so they say, and these pieces give very similar (in some cases- identical) looks for a fraction of the price.

Rejuvenation Pendant ($209) vs. World Market Pendant ($69.99)
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Nottingham Wall Mirror ($495) vs. World Market Wall Mirror ($99.99)

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Inspired by IKEA

I was flipping through the new IKEA catalog this weekend and spotted this kitchen and was inspired. The wood tone cabinets were really interesting (and are certainly making a comeback in a more modern way than the builder-grade cherry of yesteryear).  You can’t see in this pic, but the glass doors are wired too, which gives a very country-mod feel to the space.  I really dislike the square subway tiles (reminds me of a public restroom) so I ventured out to create a cool kitchen design using wood IKEA cabinets!

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And here’s what I came up with! Fresh and clean but with hints of traditional design.  I love the way the mint color plays off the warmer cabinet color, especially when paired with lots of crisp white.  This design is mostly really affordable stuff, with a couple splurges (counters and floors) which is a great way to make an IKEA kitchen look decidedly not IKEA.

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