:: B e ::

I just needed to hear a little affirmation and thought I'd pass it along. 

just be you. just be. 

XX

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// go-to lighting :: sconces //

These little guys are often forgotten. Sconces are an amazing way to add symmetry and ambiance in one whack.  I love them flanking a piece of art above a bar or console, the sparkle flanking a bathroom mirror, and they can be a great space saver operating as bedside lamps. 

Here are a few I'm digging hard ::

horsehair + zinc = the most perfect (for me) sconce ever made. Side note; I may or may not have gone through a 'using human hair in art' phase during college. This one hold a special place in my heart and in the home of my dreams.

horsehair + zinc = the most perfect (for me) sconce ever made. Side note; I may or may not have gone through a 'using human hair in art' phase during college. This one hold a special place in my heart and in the home of my dreams.

This one's perfect for a bedside reading sconce.

This one's perfect for a bedside reading sconce.

found something similar on sale at west elm right now

found something similar on sale at west elm right now

here, these look crazy good in gridded groups-- follow the link for pics

here, these look crazy good in gridded groups-- follow the link for pics

tuba light found here. also, you guys better appreciate this link. i spent an entire afternoon tracking this puppy down!  

tuba light found here. also, you guys better appreciate this link. i spent an entire afternoon tracking this puppy down!

 

this one is a budget friendly option perfect for a bathroom with white subway tile and black grout. 

this one is a budget friendly option perfect for a bathroom with white subway tile and black grout. 

affordable bedside or library option

affordable bedside or library option

a moderately masculine/ industrial option here

a moderately masculine/ industrial option here

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// Go-to lighting round deux //

So, we talked about flush and semi flush mount lighting already. Those are probably the hardest fixtures to tackle, and now that we've got them squared away I'm excited to get to the good stuff! My favorites: statement pendants

I'm not really sure who decided that interesting and neutral are mutually exclusive. I feel that too often clients are inclined to settle for something they've seen before that feels like a "safe" choice instead of flexing their artistic muscle a little. While neutral and simple are some of my favorite adjectives, lighting is a place I often choose to really let loose. (The other place I'll really splurge is textiles, so we'll cover those soon).  Even though I love being called to choose new lighting for an entire home, I think we should all take a step outside the box together and consider picking something we love the first time around instead of settling for something neutral only to revisit lighting choices again down the road. Let's stop this madness once and for all. Go with your gut. If you love it, put it up. Consider yourself affirmed!

Now on to some of my favorite "neutral" pendants and chandelieres ...

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<< if I had my own salon >>

I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do to my house. We bought a smallish row house in the District a few years ago and have always planned on expanding it. At first it was "we'll expand, then sell" and now we've settled into the idea of maybe staying in this house longer than we originally thought. Our neighborhood welcomes new restaurants and shops almost weekly this time of year and we're falling more and more in love with our neck of the woods and its offerings. We've had our "dream home" wish list discussions a bit more frequently of late and are making a plan for saving so we can take a few moser steps toward construction. Work on our little house is still a bit far off. In the mean time I'm drawing and re-working floorpans so that when the budget is there I'll be set and ready to roll with a plan that fills in all the gaps our house is lacking. I'm not excited or anything about undertaking a construction project at home. Not one bit...

Anyway, I've been sifting through things I've pinned in the past to see how i/ we feel about ideas we once loved. My husband is beyond over, "but what do you think about this for one day" and the like, so it's up to me to sort out where our tastes blend. Double-takes seem mundane to him, but they  make me feel secure in making decisions. I can see that I saved something two or three years ago, and if I love it still today I know those pieces are good bets. They're ideas that are solid ones and not just passing trends I was into for novelty's sake. It's so much easier to do this for clients than for myself. It's so weird how that works but all the other designers I know say the same thing.

Today I'm sharing some thoughts on what I'd do if I had my own salon in our "new" home. I'd be a modern drawing room just for me. A perfect lounging area to entertain friends. We could all dance next to a grand marble fireplace while wearing silk kaftans and smoking pink cigarettes-- largely inspired by A Single Man, now on Netflix. GO WATCH IT. Let's be honest, my salon is an exercise in sifting through trends. Im treating this blog as my design notebook and this salon is one idea that needs to be worked out. 

A leather chest to house a bar and phonograph: it's my dream salon so I can have a phonograph even if that's a silly thing to have in 2016 >>

Chest, light and table from Made Goods,  Throw pillow is Susan Connor NY, paint is Ben Moore's White Heron. 

My salon has calcutta gold marble floors but no one ever has to worry about slipping and falling because in my dream salon we all are graceful and maintain our balance at all times, and of corse we never dance like fools . ever. xx.

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<< of interest >>

Some days I just can't seem to be creative. I get "stuck" trying to imagine anything new, which is a real problem in my line of work. Today was one of those days. I responded to emails, phone calls, and anything else that was easy to check off my to-do list then I stared at a blank blog post thinking that writing might snap me out of it. No such luck--so I gave up, drank extra coffee, cleaned my desk and weeded my flower bed (in the rain no less) before finally returning to work having forgotten all about my morning 'funk'. Isn't it weird how things just kind of cease to exist once you let them? 

I saw an Instagram post that Marta from Made of Cloth shared yesterday. Her words reminded me that it's okay to sometimes be stuck- that everyone is from time to time. The trick is though, to simply keep going anyway. 

Poking around online this afternoon I came across a few really inspiring and breathtaking color combinations- and some fresh sheep (my un-official spirit animal)- and thought "How ridiculous that I would feel so uninspired with the entire internet literally at my fingertips".  

C'est la vie I suppose. I'll try to remind myself of these sheep, and the one a dear friend shared from over the ocean, as well as the company of the talented and kind women I've met as I've started out on my own entrepreneurial journey, when I'm "stuck" and feeling frustrated again tomorrow. I think I'll stop and remind myself to keep going. 

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Not sure if it's 'normal' to be so inspired by shoes, but the beauty of these can't be denied. CL is coming out with real "nude" flats for their "Nudes Collection"! Why, I ask has it taken until 2016 for this to be a 'thing'? Did I just miss it before, or have nude shoes always been one not-so-realistic skin tone? The advertising for these puppies is perfection::

'til tomorrow XX

'til tomorrow XX

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