Thursday, April 9, 2015

Basement Blues

This was my basement a few months ago. It's a major work-in-progress. Green velvet sofa is now gone...too many issues upon delivery. Rug, vintage chairs and baby still here, although the baby isn't stuck in the basement. She's free to move about and does so with her older brother...all freaking day. 

Anyway, when I'm not running after frick and frack, I'm scheming up a kickass basement for my oldest son. 

He totally deserves it! 

My inspirational photos for basement...

So I'm now in search of the perfect and affordable, inky blue velvet sectional sofa. 

~ Danielle 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Kids Curated

For awhile now, I've had this idea of curating wardrobes for kids. Here's why:

1. There are too many options for moms or dads to choose from.
2. So many families just don't have the time to search for cute outfits.
3. Some hate the process.
4. All kids can look good even on tight budgets.
5. Kids are usually more picky for their parents.
6. I love kids clothes.

For these reasons I'd want to be affordable, creative and personal. I'd need specs...age, height, style preference, etc. and budget of course. 

I have a super adorable niece...Chloe. She always looks sporty and sweet, but I curated a spring to summer wardrobe for her anyway. Here it goes...

How comfy do those overalls look! They'd work well for all seasons really. Polka dots and stripes are always chic. Source: Zara

Cozy and fun. Source: Zara

Zara had gorgeous stuff this season for girls. I want that jumpsuit, although I think I'd look like a sausage roll :(. Source: zara

Ready for play and then a nap. The top can be dressed up or down. Source: Gap

Comfort and style at its best. Source: crewcuts

Every girl needs a pair of patent leather birks...right!?! Source: crewcuts

Colorful essentials. Source: old navy

Basic cotton tees. Source: old navy

Casual perfection in one pair of shoes. Source: zuzuii 

I know Chloe doesn't like to wear dresses, but this is must for every girl. Who doesn't need a rainbow dress!?! Source: mini boden 

And for the beach, this hip swimsuit. Source: roxy 
Shorts and flips: old navy 

Voila...a cozy chic wardrobe for my darling (already stylish) niece Chloe. 

~ Danielle 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dream Beach House part one

A cool and colorful welcome from the heat.

Pink cabinets...why not!?! Bold chandy's, geometric floors and a nod to Art Deco with fun brass nobs...yes please!

No need to shy from bold and fun color at the beach. Balance it with a subdued wall of course. 

I think my son would be happy in this space.

Now all we need is funding...anyone out there want to support our warm weather endeavor? ;) More next week.

~ Danielle 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Florida Dreaming

With two very active kids, this winter has taken its toll on me. I am so over it!!! Our mini vacay to Florida last week was a welcome and rejuvenating retreat, but now all I'm doing is daydreaming about moving there. In fact, I have my whole home already designed for said move.

This was the cover to our hotel guest book and instantly I knew where I had seen it over 9 years ago. Yes, I can remember crazy ass design elements from homes, museums, hotels, etc., but ask me a simple question and I'm brain dead. In fact, my son Charlie helps me on a day to day basis. He remembered our room number, our flight number, and the airport we were flying to. Can you believe he had to step in for me, when the person checking us in asked me where we were going!?! Uh...I don't know. It's like I'm his mentally disabled daughter. He's always shocked at how forgetful I am...I can't help that my head is in the clouds. Okay, okay...I digress. 

The Bonnet House in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is where the image was taken from. We went there for a wedding 9 or was it 10 years ago. It was amazing and has imprinted its artistic charm into my memory.


A visual wonderland in every nook and cranny (do people still use that expression or am I a dork?).

That door!

Every ceiling had a fresco or bright bold color...LOVE!

In my design world, every bookshelf should be painted. 

And can I have one of these when I grow up? I'd fill it with birds and butterflies...fa, la, la, la. These were just a few images of The Bonnet House I sourced from Pinterest. They are my inspiration for a daydream beach home in Florida. 

And the point of my story...enjoy the clouds! 

~ Danielle 

ps...thanks Steve and Marisa for having us. Your wedding was gorgeous!'s a link to my beach house board on Pinterest where you'll find every image source:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An Ab Fab Fabric Source

These are just a few of my favorite fabrics from They carry a wide selection of textiles and trim to suit anyone's taste. Go check them out!

~ Danielle 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Shall We Dine

Up next...

My dining room.

Above is the view from the entry. My builder talked me into rounded arches. I really like how they make the space feel cozier.

Yes, I have a bunch of paper party balls and a dragon lantern in lieu of a chandelier and I love it. But, here's what I plan on getting eventually...

The chandelier is from Lambert et Fils and I'm totally smitten...more smitten than the balls, if you can believe it.

Just another view. The white walls will be painted this in the spring...

It's Dollar Bill Green by Benjamin Moore. 

My Craigslist console with my ever expanding art gallery wall. I collect most art from antique stores and flea markets, but my favorite pieces are by my son Charlie. I adore his work. 

Table set for Christmas. Do you see what's missing above? I forgot to add forks, which I didn't notice until we all sat down. 

Although, one person was allowed to have a fork, two to be precise. Heehee. Forgetting something is so typical for me, usually it's napkins for some odd reason. 

That's all folks. I'll share changes as they occur. 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Entry Update

My entry has been commandeered by two wee train engineers. And I got a new jute rug. 

In other news this serpent fabric is no longer available for my bench. So my dear friends who suffer from ophidiophobia can feel at ease. 

This one was the runner up...a better option to hide dirty engineer hand prints. Managing a train depot is a messy job. 

~ Danielle