Color Trend: Blush

In the last couple weeks, I have noticed a color popping up more and more that I didn’t think I would love, but, I sort of do.  And by sort of, I mean a lot.  Blush.  Tints of peach.  Tints of pink.  Tints of ivory.  It’s feminine and romantic and soothing.  Here are some spaces done very well with this blush color trend.  So, do you love it or hate it or can’t decide?


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HGTV Home Pop-Up Showroom Opens Today in Chicago!

Yeah.  I’m lying in bed, enjoying a morning to sleep in this past Saturday and of course, was checking FB, Insta, Twitter, Gmail, work email and plotting out my day.  When what comes into my email?  An email from The Shops at North Bridge with a subject line that says “Shop the HGTV HOME Collection + Camper Shoes Opening Soon.”  I almost fell off my bed.  This is happening and I am so excited to go!  Here are the deets:

  • Opens today, Monday August 19 and runs through September 7
    Meg Caswell Meet & Greet – Saturday, Aug. 31, from 1–4 p.m.
    Alison Victoria Meet & Greet – Saturday, Sept. 7, from 1-4 p.m
  • Shops at North Bridge – 520 N. Michigan Avenue


Be Passionate and Eat

If I could summarize Julia Child into four words, it would be, “Be Passionate and Eat.”  She epitomizes someone who brought her passion to life, despite many perceived obstacles.  She was hilarious, creative, bold and knew how to eat well – and, ahem, cook well – to say the least.  I found a few beautiful quotes of hers on Pinterest, some of which you can buy on Etsy at the unraveled design shop. These could make great kitchen art or a nice hostess gift.  Enjoy and cheers to passion and food!



Shop Feature: MadeByGirl + 15% Off!

madebygirlEvery day I come across a new blog.  Some days I am impressed, sign up and follow, pronto.  Other days I don’t.  MadeByGirl falls into the former bucket and it’s one of those blogs that I get a little giddy when I see a new email in my inbox from her (her being Jen Ramos, blog and shop owner).  Here are a few reasons I love MadeByGirl:

Her content hits right on my passion points – design, color, fashion, food, art.  It’s a little slice of what I hope heaven is like one day.

She has some great contributors and does pretty cool collaborations and in this world of social media, collaborations are it.  Period.

She’s a Christian and open about her faith which is so admirable and inspiring to me.  She even shares her testimony for her readers to read.

She has a ridiculously cute online shop of her graphic design work-turned-prints-for-the-home that are simply irresistible.  Great gifts for a wedding shower, a wedding, a best friend, a colleague, um, ahem, yourself.  They are chic, colorful, glittery and she is having 15% off right now!  You just need to use code JULY15OFF at check out.

Last, if all that wasn’t enough, she has beautiful, original paintings featured on her other store called Cocoa and Hearts.  These paintings are all the rage right now (so much so that most, if not all, are sold out…but don’t give up, I am sure more will be available soon).  #love

So there you have it.  I have a little crush on MadeByGirl!

{All photos were taken from MadeByGirl website and Cocoa and Hearts website and are property of Jen Ramos}

Behind The Scenes of The Ueno Home Photo Shoot

Having recently gone through my first home photo shoot with Kristyna Archer, I can confidently say it was fun, challenging, exhausting, creative and rewarding.  On one hand, I am relieved it’s over.  On the other, I want to go back and savour the moments that were caught on camera.  Yes, I know.  For someone who doesn’t have an obsession a passion for interior design and photography, you may think I am nuts. And that’s totally fine.  But the mere fact that I was able to merge the design of my house with a professional photographer gave me a little slice of heaven.  And so, while I patiently wait for the images to be edited and perfected, I am here to share with you some of the behind the scenes I snapped with my iPhone.

The Flower Prep

The Staging

Kristyna Working Her Magic

The Mess That Nobody Talks About
(and this was a FRACTION of what the mess actually was throughout the day!)

The Portraits Slash Outtakes 

Friday Round Up: The Office

I came across a few of these chic offices this week and just loved and had to share.  I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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{Sources:  Image 1 La Dolce Vita Blog, Images 2-4 The Glitter Guide, Image 5 The Everygirl and Image 6 La Dolce Vita Blog)

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