The fact that I had to come to work in -8 degree temps is just…

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…Disrespectful. Happy MLK Day. Are you at home, volunteering or working today? The temperatures have me wanting to do nothing else other than lounge on the couch watching tv & curling in bed reading magazines. Today is the kind of day you go all out cooking a huge breakfast, because you can…

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Chocolate chip pancakes sounds good right about now…

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Last week my furnace went out. My condo was so cold smoke was coming out of my mouth. The furnace people came around 10 am and fixed it but that was a miserable night for me. All I could think of is that $179 modern electric fireplace I plan on getting from Big Lots that has LED lighting on the sides. Had I bought it when I said I was, I would have at least had a warm toasty living room. It’s on the list on things to buy…
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So many details…

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I hope this week makes up for it. Starting off with some gorgeous Chicago home tours that offer grand formal rooms, beautiful construction and details to architecture. The rooms have a lot of character in the moldings and pillars to the ceiling designs. Some have weathered walls, gorgeous lacquered woodpaneling (like the picture above) and lots of plush upholstery and rugs. Nothing makes a home feel homey and comfortable than plush textures like velvets, cashmere and silk. I hope you enjoy…

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Now if this isn’t a good use of space, I don’t know what is. How perfect to use a narrow area for built-ins deep enough to store books. You can have your own little library. The fixtures and that rug stand out for me…

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These are the weathered walls I spoke of. How beautiful. There are so many other alternatives to give a room color than paint and wallpaper…

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I notice the repeated use of hexagon rugs and I like it. Love these drawer handles…

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To see the rest of this home tour, click here.

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A dark ceiling works when the walls are kept light and there is a lot of natural lighting. This tour has an emphasis on art where sculptures are displayed on pedestals and one wall has only one art piece….

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Here is another home that has a lot of patterns and color but a simple black and white kitchen palette.

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This console table is slick. I can see this being an IKEA diy project for a small table using wallpaper or even snakeskin textured duct tape…

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Retail Therapy: AtHome Milwaukee is now open!

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So this week AtHome opened here in Milwaukee (Wauwatosa’s old Kmart on Hwy 100) and I am in love. I have been following them on instagram for sometime so when I drove by and saw we were getting one, I was beyond excited. My coworker stopped there this week and told me she spent 2 hours in there. All I wondered is how is it possible to spend that long in a store that’s not Ikea. Then I went….

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Yesterday I stopped in and they had cake slices and coffee since it was their 100th store opening.  I went down 75% of the store bypassing most of the Christmas aisle because….it’s not Thanksgiving yet.

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They had some awesome pieces of furniture like sidetables, plant stands and small dressers…

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It was the art section that killed me. When the lady told us “wait until you get to the art side”, she wasn’t lying.

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So we walked down aproximately 10 aisles looking at art, decorative letters, clocks, metal and mirrors and wrapped canvases for 20 mins…

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I mean….it was overwhelming in the most lovely possibly way. They had every metal whether gold, silver, gunmetal etc and every style you can think of….

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They had art that would make cool headboards. The wood plank one in the upper left would make for a great statment in a rustic room especially if doubled on top for a tall bed backdrop…

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I love skyscrapers so I scooped up this large canvas for only $49. Here I was, walking with mom thinking I scored when I looked around the corner….

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We weren’t done with the art section! There was at least another 12 aisles or so more to browse….

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Then we got to the end and turned the corner to see another 6 aisles or so of smaller pictures, blank frames & kids art. It was insane. It’s impossible not to find SOMETHING. As a matter of fact, you may have a hard time deciding what to put back…

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I went home with one of the pink stylized tables. The black ones were $14 & $19! The prices were so good here…

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You have to go toward the outdoor section too because a lot of the tables there can easily be incorporated inside the home. Tables as low as $39, $49 & up.

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Now these were more pricey but I love the boxwood options for patio privacy…

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I will be going back to get one of these. I have always loved potted topiaries and they look good inside the home as well as on the porch. The best part? They’re faux so no worries about killing them and having to maintain the shape!

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Can we talk about pillows? I love them as much as the next girl but I can’t spend my client’s budget on two pillows for $300. I’d rather go to retail places and mix to create a cool look. AtHome has several color coded aisles of pillows and a lot were only $12.

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A Parisian apartment filled with gold…

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This Parisian apartment is designed by Jean-Louis Deniot and here are a few jaw dropping rooms starting with the kitchen. I wish there was a frontal view of that gas hood.

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See the full tour over on Elle Decor here.

{Images by Simon Upton}


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The Balmain & H&M collab can inspire decor too…

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I am HERE for the new upcoming collaboration with H&M (my fav mall store) & Balmain. There are so much detailing and textures through out the line. When I looked at one of the dresses, I immediately thought about how the material would make great toss pillows. You know us designers always find sources of inspiration for interiors. So here are mine. Above are some of the items in the home section of Target.

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I always loved the teal and mustard color combo as seen here….

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Never was that much of a fan of rose gold…

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…but sometimes I have a change of heart…

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I was in Target a week ago when I saw these rose gold and marble lamps/side tables. I realized it pairs well together. When rose gold jumped on the scene a while back, I wasn’t on board. Sometimes it takes me a while to appreciate something.

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If you like this blush hued metal, there are so many spray paints available to transform something old.

{Images via Sors Luxe, Trendir, Dornbracht, New Tendency, Style Me Pretty, Birmingham Home Garden}


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Nate Berkus bronze kitchen island…

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That island is such a stand out piece. I think one would contrast beautifully in a really dark kitchen with dark floors and backsplash.
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A small shot of Nate’s nursery.

{Images by Douglas Friedman for Architectural Digest}


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What keeps you inspired in the kitchen?

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Lately I have been uninspired with cooking which is odd because I love to cook. I have found myself going to some of the same things and not really following recipes completely. I am not sure what it is but even with cleaning the kitchen, I prefer to only do it when it’s natural light otherwise I am unmotivated…

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The Container Store Opens Today in Milwaukee!!!

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First, I apologize for the quietness around here. The last couple weeks have been busy, plus with updating my Portfolio and being under the weather, I haven’t felt like finishing blog drafts. It was just 90 degrees last week but fall temps and highs of 60 creeped in. I’m not ready. Anyhoo, I was invited to attend a special blogger preview of the new The Container Store Thursday. Insert excited emoji here. So soon as I rsvp’d I sent the request off from work. It was a noon affair with a store tour, free box lunch (I had the steak ceasar which was delicious), and we all were gifted $50 gift cards! This post has a lot of pictures. Sorry in advance…
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Our gift cards came in cute lucite boxes which I’m using now for jewerly…

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Sonja, who was out tour guide, was a great host. She told us how The Container Store really trains their staff with full time workers going through 260 hours and part time workers 177 hours of training. This is the first Wisconsin location to open and it is their 74th store…

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Cuz you know…you have to have an aerial food pic…

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We were sitting on the dancefloor. More on that later…

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When we went on the tour of 16 lifestyle sections, we saw beautiful floral displays that were going to be transformed into 5 food stations for the evening shindig. I liked how creative they were in using items the store sells to create elevations. I think the brown slit crates were actually hampers. This was where the sushi station end up…

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This food station was created with desktop file organizers and baskets.  They used real cabbages and artichokes. So pretty…

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There was color everywhere…
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