Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CB2 Spring Favorites

With most of the US in the middle of yet another polar vortex, spring couldn't feel farther away. Warm sunny days and an afternoon spring rain are only a faint memory.  For those stuck in the frigid temperatures we could use a little pick-me-up, and what better way to escape the cold than dream of spring re-decorating?  Every season I get excited to switch out decor and update my home for a fresh look.  With fashion, we dress for the season, and I think it's fun to do the same with our homes as well!

CB2 came out with an amazing spring product line. Everything is fresh, fun, and colorful -- exactly how I picture spring days with my family! A space truly affects our mood, so I am looking to bring in bright colors, comfy pillows, and functional storage pieces. Re-decorating doesn't have to mean all new furniture. Sometimes switching out throw pillows and rearranging wall art is all you need! I chose a few favorite pieces from CB2 I have my eye on.

stella cabinet, scope rug, starlit pillow, imprint pilloworange tribal pillow, embroidery pillow, floor cushion, quad stool, sectional, cart, jack side table, mango wood set, metal basket, koi vase

Thursday, January 23, 2014

NYC Experience

My sister & I obsessively posed in front of all the incredible graffiti walls around NYC & Brooklyn!

Benches at Washington Square Park

Chelsea Market

Highline Park #selfie

Views from Highline Park

Reconnecting with my childhood Best Friend Mimi at a Brooklyn Brownstone.

Brunching It

Brooklyn Bridge w/ my Fave Yellow Hat.

Pinkies UP


Last week I was in NYC with my sister for a spontaneous girls trip.  Luckily we hit a stretch of decent weather and were able to explore without trudging through ice & snow!  I haven't been back East in over 4 years, needless to say, we had an absolute blast!  It was incredible having an entire week to ourselves, being able to explore the city without business meetings, kids, responsibilities and schedules.

We stayed at the most adorable Airbnb apartment in the East Village.  The unit was designed to the 9's, it was awesome staying in a home vs. a hotel, it really made us feel like a New Yorker- if even just for a week.
While we were there, we had no agenda.  Just window shopping, exploring and wandering.

Exploring the villages and Soho were definitely highlights.  High line part was still incredible even though all the plants were dormant for the winter.

And let's not forget our obsession with Momofuku.  Yes, we ate there 2 days in a row.

Counting the days until we can go back!  NYC we LOVE YOU!

all images courtesy of: Portraits to the People

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Master Suite Before and After - Details

Last Wednesday I shared before and after pictures and the inspiration behind an elegant master suite renovation I did for a client. What did you think? I  love how calming and elegant the whole room is! It's the perfect retreat for Allyson and her husband. Today I'm sharing more details and sourcing some of the items we used.

The first thing we did was remove the wall to wall carpet and installed wood floors in a dark hickory brown and paint the walls a warm grey to modernize the room.  The couple no longer wanted a step-in shower so we removed the tub and installed a glass door walk-in shower. One of the wish list items for the couple was powder blue tiles, so we added Walker Zanger accent tiles in the shower. Another wish list item in the bathroom was a beautiful cabinet style vanity from Restoration Hardware with a carrera marble top. Then we installed oversized mirrors to really emphasize the high ceilings.

In the bedroom we replaced the fan with a gorgeous orb chandelier. We chose mirrored side tables for an elegant touch and silk curtains for added glam.

Bedroom: Orb Chandelier , Silk Curtains, Table Lamps, West Elm Bedding, West Elm Sparkle Pillow, Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal, Benjamin Moore Cliffside Gray, Mirrored Jewelry Box

Bathroom: Vanity Sink, Sconces, Mirrors, Walker Zanger Accent Tile, Marble Tile, Anthropologie Towels,

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Master Suite Before and After

This year I vow to share more before and after projects with you so we are starting it off with an amazing master suite renovation! Allyson Wiley was a new friend I met when I moved to Sonoma. Just a few weeks after having her second child, she called me up explaining that she needs an updated, adult master suite. The bedroom is a place that should make you feel good, but her outdated room was just not doing it.  No more step in tub, no more carpet, we were adding a whole lot of sexy!  I was thrilled I was able to help Allyson create a modern, relaxing retreat for her and her husband. With two young kids, she really wanted a space that was soothing, relaxing, and elegant. 

We were quickly on the same page in creating an elegant 'adult' space using a neutral palette of white, greys and pops of powder blue. The three main wish list items for the client were a beautiful cabinet style vanity with a carrera marble top, and a powder blue Moroccan style accent tile in the shower.  


We kept with the same elegant, calming, neutral theme in the master bedroom as well. I had so much fun pulling pieces for the master suite and I so happy with the results! Allyson and her husband love their new room. Stay tuned this week for more detailed photos and sources for products we used!


neutral bathroom, neutral bathroom, master suite, master bedroom, em design interiors

Thursday, January 9, 2014

How to Hang a Gallery Wall

EM Design Interiors - How to Hang a Gallery Wall

Hello! I have to say it feels great to get back to blogging again. We had a wonderful vacation and I am feeling refreshed and ready to go for the new year. There are some exciting things in store for 2014 and I can't wait to share them with you. I have a feeling this year is going to be even bigger and better!

Today I'm sharing with you my feature in Houzz on how to hang a family gallery wall. The article was featured yesterday and you can read it here. I am so excited to be featured and share my gallery wall tips with others! Working with mothers, I get asked often how to incorporate family photos into the home. My answer is always a gallery wall! They are a great way to display favorite images of family and it is super easy to switch out images as families grow.

The first thing is decide where you want to hang your gallery wall. I prefer to keep them in private areas such as a hallway or bedroom. Next, decide if you want your gallery wall a grid or an asymmetrical design. The key here is uniting images with one common element. In the example above I chose the same color frames to keep things harmonized. When hanging photos, I use a simple trick. “I arrange the photos on a big sheet of kraft paper. When I have them as I want them, I trace them. I tape the paper to the wall with painter’s tape and use a nail to mark the spot where I want to place my hangers. I take the paper down and nail the hangers into the wall. It works great!”

Be sure to check out the entire article for more details!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Let's Do This!

Wishing you all a Wonderful Happy New Year!  
 I'm excited for what this new year has to come, cheers from our family to yours!
card design via: Minted   |    photo credit: Portraits to the People