The Dean Hotel

I’ve never been to Rhode Island, other than traveling through on a train, but The Dean Hotel is making me want to plan a trip soon! Each room has a mixture of vintage furniture adding incredible warmth to the spaces. I am also loving the brass in the bathroom, the wainscoting in the bedrooms, and the black doors! This hotel is proof that modern and neutral spaces can be cozy and inviting.







via Habitually Chic

Baby news and nursery plans

Yesterday I got a call from my doctor with results from some recent bloodwork. The baby looks perfectly healthy which is a huge relief! There is also a newish blood test that can see the gender at only 15 weeks and we chose to find out. I was sitting in Penn Station in NYC coming home from a client meeting when I got the news. Not traditional by any means but I just couldn’t wait a few weeks to get the news in person! I conferenced Ryan in and the doctor told us that we’re having a healthy baby boy!

I was sitting on the steps waiting for my train to go home and I just sat there in shock. A baby boy! Now it feels more real because we can refer to the baby as “him” or “he” instead of “it”. I hope he’s as much of a mama’s boy as his daddy is! :)

I’m only 15 weeks right now but I’m a planner and I’d love to have everything chosen for the nursery pretty soon. I’m looking into having a small scale glider made because the room is so tiny and that can take up to 3 months. In the nursery plan below you can see how tiny it is! We really only have room for a crib, dresser and maybe a glider if we squeeze it in! We have overhead lighting, but I’m going to use a low lighting floor lamp for mid night feedings. We have a small radiator right under the window so I had my amazing carpenter make a shelf like this to sit on top so it can serve as a side table.

My next project that I am really excited about is revamping the closet. Right now the closet in the nursery has one shelf and one bar which really doesn’t provide enough storage especially since there won’t be much dresser storage. There is also a pipe running through the closet which is a huge eyesore. My plan for this week is to redo the insulation around the pipe, and remove the shelves. I’d like to install two shelves/bars above each other like this so we have more clothing storage. I’m also going to add a tall skinny cube bookshelf for things like shoes, towels, and sheets. Why does organizing make me so happy?!


Below are some inspiration images I’ve been pinning on pinterest. Ryan said I could do whatever I want (we’ll see how honest he was being) so I’m looking for something light, bright and fun. I love nurseries that aren’t too gender specific but I’d like to have this room have some more color than the rest of the house. We already bought this dresser from ikea a while ago. I’ve had baby on the brain for a while and I loved this dresser so much that I was scared they’d discontinue it. Crazy, I know. I’ve started doing some research for cribs and rockers so once I’ve organized my thoughts I’ll share the options with you. I can’t wait!



Mid-Century Modern

If I ever had a summer home in a warmer climate, this home in Cape Town is what it would look like. Ever since I visited the Stahl house last month, I’ve had mid-century modern design on the brain! This is the perfect way to mix new and vintage furniture, and to incorporate feminine and masculine pieces. I absolutely love white kitchens (they always look so clean!) and Ryan is obsessed with warm woods, and vintage grasshopper chairs. (He is always talking about these vintage inspired chairs I used for an office project!)

What is your perfect fantasy home? Mine almost always include a comfy sectional to take a cat nap with my crazy kittens.

modern cape town mid century

modern cape town mid century
modern cape town mid century
modern cape town mid century
modern cape town mid century

All photos by Warren Heath via escapade.

p.s. My future cabin will look like this, this or this. :)

p.s.s This is my dream home… with update interiors, of course!

modern bathroom

modern bathrooms

If you follow me on Pinterest, you may notice that I’ve been bathroom obsessed lately! I’ve been designing quite a few lately and have had bathrooms on the brain! With each new project, I start a mental file of what I need for my personal dream bathroom: Natural materials, warm wood tones, and deep soaking tubs leave me needing a long, cold shower! :)

modern mosaic bathroom

modern bathroom

modern bathroom marble counter vessel sinks

modern bathroom glass shower stall

modern marble bathroom

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simple modern flatware

When Ryan and I first moved in together we bought a beautiful, simple flatware set from Linens N’ Things. It’s perfect for dinner parties or for just eating chinese food, but we have slowly been losing pieces from the set. How does that even happen?! We only have four forks left, and they’ve discontinued the pattern so we can’t even order replacements. (We’ve emailed the manufacturer, looked on Craigslist and eBay with no luck. So disappointing!)

We love entertaining and need more than four forks, so I’ve been on the hunt for a simple and modern flatware set. I want something that isn’t ornate so that it can coordinate with any table top design for events. We love the simplicity of this CB2 set and the price sold us since we need enough for 16 people! There are so many great options available at all price points. Which one is your favorite?

Pattern 714 CB2 Affordable Modern Flatware

Pattern 714 flatware from CB2 – $59.95 for four 5-piece sets

Gold West Elm modern flatwareWest Elm Gold Flatware – $29 each 5-piece set (I wish this came in silver too!)

Oneia Aero Modern Flatware

Oneida Aero flatware from Bed Bath and Beyond – $129.99 for a 20-piece set

Oona Flatware from Crate and Barrel – $149.95 for a 20-piece set

Samboney Linea Q Barneys NY Modern FlatwareSambonet Linea Q Flatware from Barneys NY – $85 for a 5-piece set

modern homework room

Modern homework room design mood board

I recently designed a space for a young ethnic family that was looking for an affordable makeover. They need a space that serves multiple purposes: quiet enough for homework, fun for arts and crafts, and comfy for lounging with friends. I love the way this design came out!