Jul
30
2014
Blue Retro Beachy Comfortable Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

Close Up of Blue Retro Room for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

Target Room Essentials items for this space // Nesting tables / Scholar lamps / Mug

For this look I channeled my global granny self, added a bit of that hipster handmade vibe with a dash of Copacabana thrown in, for a Beachy Brazilian touch. Yep, totally random, but oh how happy I would be in this space.

We will call the gal who lives here “Babs,” and she is a veritable 'Girl from Ipanema' (World Famous Brazilian Bossa Nova song)and boy she has lived quite the life. She loves to reminisce about all of the memories she has made along the way and throughout her travels. She could sure tell you a tale or two about her go-go dancing days, but your mother probably wouldn’t like that much. But now she is settling down a bit and prefers to stay closer to home where she can sip her hot cocoa in her big cozy chair and knit blankets for her grandkids – or the new neighbors down the street.

Black and White 80's Glam Space for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

I channeled my inner 80’s glam girl self, with a punch of black lacquer and brass, and then threw in some beachy natural texture to the mix for the perfect 'Barbie and the Rockers' goes to Big Sur design moment. Ya, I kinda love a look that is equal parts chic and yet still totally weird.

Close Up of 80's Glam Space for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

Target Room Essentials Items //  Nesting tables / Bathroom tray / Desktop Storage 

I call this gal Gemma and she is a true downtown girl who loves the art scene and can be found at every hip new spot in the city. From art gallery openings to coffee shops, she is constantly on the move and never stays in one place too long. She wears black like it’s her uniform and loves the way her red lipstick pops against her pale skin, especially when her hair is pulled back in a sleek low slung ponytail. 

Red Orange Yellow Retro Happy chic Space for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

Meet Zoe, my inner flower child babe with a quirky fun loving outlook on life. This gal is a bit more feminine, and fresh out of college with her first real world job. She loves to hit up the flea market when she isn’t driving down to visit her parents in Connecticut, for the weekend.

Close Up for Retro Happy chic Space for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

Target Room Essentials Items // Nesting tables / 3x4" candles / 3x6" vanilla candles / Embroidered Pillow / Wire bins / iPhone dock / Kitchen towels / Bubble tumbler / Dinner Plate 

She’s a single gal who loves her nephews and can’t wait to start a family of her own one day. For now she is content with her two cats, though she thinks she may have over done it in the mothering department, since they are a bit on the bratty side. They absolutely never do as they are told. Zoe loves to listen to music and sing along with the broom handle as her microphone, but of course she always sounds better in the shower… who doesn’t?

So which look resonates with you most? Are you more of a downtown girl or a flea market vintage loving gal? Maybe you love to knit and travel is your favorite pastime! 

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Jul
14
2014
Curently Crushing on Classic Geometry and Target Room Essentials Favorite Decor and Furniture Items

 It’s no secret that I have something of an eclectic style. I love a mix of old and new, both vintage and modern, and I of course I can’t help but interject a bit of handmade wherever possible. I might even go so far as to say I have a slight obsession with the hunt that comes with finding the perfect unique pieces that fit together like beautifully choreographed moves in a dance.

My Master Bedroom with Target Room Essentials Decor

Let’s not forget the importance of function. If you haven’t provided the functional staples your inhabitant needs to get through the day and night comfortably, then that cute person will inevitably take the room apart every time life happens. That is a constant battle I don’t care to partake in so I do my best to include a place for everything that is easy to use and helps keep the space looking good all the livelong day. I choose bedding that is easily washable yet bold, storage bins and bags for toys or laundry that make a statement all on their own, and accessories that are both stylish and serve a purpose or sit well out of the way of the actual living area in use.

If I can choose these stylish functional staples to be budget friendly and bold with a bit of classic geometry to liven up the place while grounding it to pull the look together, I’m a happy gal.

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Jun
27
2014
Friday Finds and Home Decor Items

It's Friday! For many of you that means the weekend and a couple of days off of work... I am definitely jealous! I am smack in the middle of shooting for the Home Depot Style Challenge and I can't wait for you to see all of the fun I have planned for that, but for now some gorgeous goods I have gathered in my Great.ly boutique from some amazing Makers both near and far! I think this collection of pieces brings a bit of a beachy laid back vibe with just a touch of humor. Can't go wrong with that lineup... 

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May
22
2014

It's an exciting day my friends, today is the launch of Great.ly - a completely unique shopping experience that brings together tastemaker's and maker's with gorgeous curated collections of gathered goods. I've been working furiously behind the scenes to set up shop and gather some unique and beautiful wares to house in my boutique.

I will primarily be focusing on Home Goods: ArtPillows / Accessories / Tableware / Entertaining but I will dabble in Children's Goods and some Style and Beauty products too. It will be a blend of things I personally like and want to connect you with, that you might not otherwise have the chance to see. I think that is precisely the beauty of this venue... it gives Maker's the opportunity to gain exposure in a way they may not otherwise have and I think that is pretty important for a small venture of handmade proportions. We are nothing if not proponents of handmade here on TDC, am I right? 

Help support these amazing folks who work so hard to bring these gorgeous goods to fruition, by shopping handmade and connect with the TDC Brand by shopping our personal picks through our Boutique. Win, Win... and if you happen to be a Maker and you are interested in selling through Great.ly, you can apply! There is a link for that on their site and feel free to get in touch with me if you are interested in becoming an exclusive TDC Maker... 

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Mar
27
2014

This space makes me ridiculously happy right now. From the Beni Ourain rug, to the vintage art and the brass loveseats.... I'm completely smitten. I am always drawn to moody colors and gorgeous neutral airy spaces, but it's easy to forget how important it is that we inject a dose of happy into our living environment, in whatever form that may be, and how much our environment can effect us. For me, this means eclectic and colorful but grounded in light, airy, and bright neutrals, with amazing art hung on every square inch of wall space. 

So here goes... 

One // Both Mr. TDC and I essentially started our own companies around the same time (I do not recommend this under any circumstances). As dualing entreprenuers in the house, we fight for time more than any other thing. It's a constant struggle because when one of us is with the kids, which has to be one of us at any given time, that person isn't able to work. If any of you have ever started or operated your own company, you know that the time you put in is directly related to what you get out, most of the time... so this is so amazingly hard on us. I can't even express how difficult this really is on two people who don't have family around or able to babysit often or a babysitter on hand and 2 small kiddos running loose. Though, my goodness it can always be worse. I try and remember that. 

Two // It turns out I grew up with this cute girl's baby daddy. And by 'grew up' I don't mean that we lived in the same state or general metropolitan area, I mean that we went to elementary school, Jr. High, and High School together... Somehow I never put the pieces together with the last name and all. Which is funny (or ridiculous). I guess it's all about context, eh? She just posted some of her maternity pics from an interview she did for Mini Magazine, so now you can see just how cute she and they actually are. It's adorable! I wonder if they fight over time for work... le sigh.

Three // I stopped nursing the Bird at the end of January just before I headed to Utah for an event with Cricut and ALT Summit, and everything went swimmingly for the first few weeks right up until a hefty dose of postpartum depression crept in. I didn't actually know this was even a 'thing' but lucky me... it totally is! Yay. I have been in a pretty major funk for the last two months and it's made getting projects done and handling life so much more difficult. I am thankful that it's going to be a more short lived variety than is typical after having a baby, but this has been one of the most difficult times for me and I have a whole new level of appreciation for people who go through this. I think this is a topic that could use a lot more conversation and information flowing more freely out there and I hope to be a catalyst for that perhaps.

Four // The way to my heart is through sweet treats and candy... and by sweet treats I pretty much mean chocolate chip cookies but most anything will do, most of the time. I'm basically obsessed with candy and my fave is gummy cherries and those sour red and yellow filled twizzler things. I don't know what they are actually called, but I stock up when I'm traveling. 

Five // Today is the one year anniversary of my Grandma's passing. I am not even remotely healed from that loss and I haven't actually visited her grave site. Today is the day I will do that for the first time and I'm sure it will be cathartic but to be honest I feel like I honor her every single day and that her grave makes the loss so permanent. I haven't been ready to face that. We shall see how it goes...

Ok, phew I did it and gosh those were mostly depressing. Hopefully as we get into this more and I find my groove, my 5 things won't be so heavy. I figure we have to break the seal somehow though, so there you have it.

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Mar
14
2014

It's Friday! Somehow as my boy has gotten a bit older and is now in school 5 days a week, I am so much more aware of the days and that means Fridays are now something I look forward to from first thing Monday morning on. It's kind of a bummer I have to admit. I think I preferred living in bliss and completely in ignorance of which day of the week it is or even what month, much of the time. But... such is life, right? 

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