white mantel styling with layered art

Mantel Styling

The fireplace is one of the most interesting areas to work on in a house.  I think the reason is that it is usually the focal point of a room, and it makes a dramatic statement, especially when it's lit.  Living in a cold climate, it evokes feelings of warm and cozy evenings, sitting around the fire with friends, drinking big glasses of wine while it's snowing outside. There are so many different ways to style the mantel, so I…

marble kitchen copper pot and macarons

Instagram updates

I just want to take an entire post to say how much I love Instagram.  I was a little late to the game, as it was launched in 2010, which coincided with the the peak of the insanity of early child rearing years.  In 2011, I had 3 kids under 4, so those years are a foggy haze with absolutely no awareness of what was going on in the outside world.  When I finally regained consciousness and caught on a…

white kitchen design

Inspiring Kitchens

When it comes to kitchen design, people are always talking about the the next big trend.  With the speed and amount of information that social media provides, some of these trends seem to come and go overnight.  We like to think that the current "trend" is that you should do whatever you like and make your kitchen your own.  Classic all white kitchen with Carrara marble?  That always looks nice.  How about cabinets painted blue, green, or black?   Yup, that…