Thursday, March 31, 2011

a touch of whimsy.....

I love a touch of whimsy in a room! I think these Jonathan Adler pillows are a simple way to add a bit of humor and a fun punch of color to any space! They are also a great way to tie a room together....see my last post of our master bedroom.

Yes, that is a Jonathan Adler pillow on our master bed...and I think it is the piece that really makes the palette of the room work (see how it reinforces the pink found in the collage wall)!

Plus, you can even customize your own pillow design! Check out the Jonathan Adler website to pick from an amazing assortment of patterns and even choose your favorite color combinations!!!

 So fun!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

tea towel art

One of my signature design "solutions" is a collage wall! I find that the "collage wall" can mask a number of issues (i.e. boring white space, I have so much art I don't know where to put it all, I have an electrical panel that needs to be disguised, I don't have a king size head board)!

In this case, it was all of the above! 

So, I thought I would share with you one of my collage wall tricks! I love to find vintage tea towels and have them stretched and framed in a simple "floater" frame (usually costs $40-60).

One of my all time favorite finds is the pink and red kangaroo tea towel that we have above our bed.....I discovered this treasure for $2 at our local flea market. Lucky for you, there are two more available (in different color ways)- on etsy right now!!!

This really is an amazing way to take a vintage piece and make it feel current and usable!

Happy shopping!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

buy these for 75 cents!!!!!!

I found these adorable "rooster mugs" and ceramic "sugar+creamer set" for a dollar each at Michael's...and all this week your entire purchase is an additional 25% off for friends and family customers! 

So that makes each piece an unbelievable 75 cents each!!! Time to stock up on great hostess gifts!!!!

I love Michael's!!!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

mommy spring uniform

As the weather starts to shift from cold to "not quite sundress" weather-  it's hard to know what to wear!

I think this image from J Crew, is the perfect solution. I love the idea of dressing up a basic gray t,  dark skinny jean, and ballet flats - with a great classic trench, light weight scarf and fun jewelry. A hint of poppy lipstick adds polish to a thrown up- "up do"! 

Perfectly polished mom...without much effort!

kid's wallpaper

As I've said before, I'm a huge fan of pattern! I especially love a great pattern in a child's bedroom or playroom.....wallpaper is such an easy way to add interest and set the tone for the feel of the space!

Here are a few of my current favorites:

1. little whales
2. the dotty
3. zoo animal vintage
4. circle zinnia
5. squirrel

Saturday, March 26, 2011

target steal

These darling girl's dresses (size 1-5 year old) are available now at Target for only $10 each!!!! What an amazing steal! If I had a little girl I would buy all three. Fortunately, I always have gifts to buy!  At these prices it's a great time to stock up!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

hello sunshine!

I am sooooo ready for the warm weather to get here!!! Can't wait to sit outside and eat breakfast on the patio! 

Here are a few things on my warm weather "wish" list:

1. Outdoor furniture- West Elm
2. Ceramic Planters- West Elm
3. Sunshine pillow- Thomas Paul
4. Swim Suit- Tory Burch
5. Hello Sunshine Willow Bag- Kate Spade

What are you "wishing" for this summer?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

how baby oden "dwells"

Hard to believe, that's my little baby, Oden almost 5 years ago! See how big he is now over at the Dwell Studio blog!

 Can you tell I'm wishing we had another baby in the house?

happily ever after

This little girl's room, designed by Jonathan Adler, is one of my all time favorites!!! Very fairytale........

etsy kid's art

Alphabet poster print $30

Heart poster $50

Love print $25

I heart moustache poster $16.50

Always kiss me goodnight poster $15

Seems like everyone I know is having a baby! Thought I would pass along a few of my favorite baby art finds (perfect for kid's rooms too) on etsy! Just click on pink type above to see details about each piece (or purchase)!

I am always amazed at what great art is available on etsy and at such wonderful prices! There really is no excuse not to start your art collection- today!!!!

Which is your favorite?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Check out Tada!Shop all this week for great new finds for the kiddies! This Spring, five stylish moms from five cities reveal what they are loving most for their kids and where to buy it! Every day this week they will highlight a new mom, so make sure to check back!

Thanks so much to Tada!Shop for asking me to be one of the guest editors...I had so much fun!!!
xo, gen

Monday, March 21, 2011

undecorate by christiane lemieux

Check out Undecorate available at amazon. Above is a sneak peek of our nashville log cabin featured in the book! So many inspirational homes to see! More details directly from the source ....

By DwellStudio Founder & Creative Director, Christiane Lemieux
Jettison the old rulebooks about home décor and "undecorate" your space. As the founder and creative director of DwellStudio—which is famous for its brightly colored, graphic textile designs for home furnishings—designer Christiane Lemieux challenges tradition in a quintessentially American way, championing a fresh, unconventional approach to creating a beautiful and comfortable home. Lemieux emboldens readers to push aside stuffy, professionally-designed décor, showing them instead how to infuse their own personality into their home.
Undecorate profiles twenty homes from all over the country, revealing their owners’ love of imperfection and penchant for surprise and unusual juxtapositions while inspiring readers to follow their own whimsy and practicalities in their personal spaces. An anglophile creates an English manor in Hollywood, mixing British flea-market finds with midcentury furniture. A car fanatic turns a vintage Airstream trailer into a master bedroom and situates it in the middle of a vast industrial loft in downtown Chicago. A couple transforms a log house in Nashville, Tennessee, by blending their modern and eclectic styles with the home’s rustic charm. Though the designs differ widely, the spaces all express an open-minded attitude. Some homes embrace their contexts, while others transcend them. All are shaped by instinct and imagination and share innovative ideas that readers can use to organically and elegantly create their home to match their lifestyle and tastes.
Lemieux gets to the essence of the homeowners’ distinctive styles, pinpointing the transformative ideas, thoughtful details, and useful solutions that make each home memorable. With more than 200 full-color photographs, Undecorate will both inspire and guide homeowners to a new outlook on home design.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

pattern perfect

I'm thinking about updating our master bedroom. In theory, I feel like our next bedroom needs to be more sophisticated, simple, and calm (I am turning 4o after all)!  But, I am just simply drawn to bold, modern, graphic patterns just like these from West Elm.....

At these amazing prices, the "pattern" option is so hard to resist!!! 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

wayne pate fan

I am a huge Wayne Pate fan! His illustrations have such an amazing "clean" "graphic" quality to them. I have one of my favorites hanging in our foyer (above). Available at for the bargain price of $55...they are a steal!!!

dwell studio love

I am a huge fan of all things Dwell Studio. I have been a loyal fan from the very beginning (Oden's baby nursery almost 6 years ago was Dwell Studio's aqua baby chick print). If I were doing his nursery again today....... it would probably look like this! 

I am absolutely in love with:

suppose, since unfortunately it does not look like there will be any more baby nurseries in my future, that I will have to satisfy my cravings with the draper stripe runner for my hall!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

baby girl lust

if i had a baby girl..... she would be sleeping in this sweet pink room, cuddled up in this darling blanket, and wearing this adorable top! all from rikshaw design discovered on Tada! Shop!

inspiring color combos

amazing color combinations from j crew of course! 
these images will quickly go up on my closet wall for spring wardrobe inspiration. 
styling and make-up are perfection too!