The $5000 Giveaway from Serena & Lily

August 30, 2012 § Leave a comment


Ok, not my own giveaway, but how crazy amazing would it be to win $5000 towards your dream home?! Or dream nursery?! Good Luck!

xo, Liv

Paper Worth Framing

August 28, 2012 § Leave a comment




I should have said, ‘or to hang’, but because of the grain in paper, it collects dust very easily, so if you want it to last, frame, shadowbox, or press it to keep it in good form! I love beautifully made paper art and all of these come from my Pinterest board where all links are available! Our local library hosted an Origami Paper Boat race, where an Origami specialist showed the kids how to fold their boats, then after a dip in wax, we raced the boats down the stream!

Fun and beautiful!

xo Liv

August 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Nice Find Seattle!

JCrew Lately

August 23, 2012 § 1 Comment

Recently, I’ve found myself somehow feeling like I need to be surrounded by J.Crew. And ‘recently’ is really more of a arbitrary term because I feel this way every fall. Something about growing up around New England (from age 14 on) makes me think I need to be clad in preppy chic as any eclecticism of summer fades away. So, Hunter boots out of the closet, and JCrew’s catalogue becomes my latest reading literature… My musts lately…

Macalister Wedge boot.

City Mini‘ Skirt

Neutral Stripe Hoodie.

I absolutely die for the JCrew look, which is why I lust so vigorously, BUT a lot of their stuff doesn’t fit me all that well and my friends laugh when I say it, but I feel ‘shoulder-y’ in a lot of it. So… take the inspiration and shop around. If there’s anything a good fashion article can tell you, it’s that you have an exceptional body and it’s not built like anyone else’s. So I hope you enjoy the looks and I’m jealous if they all fit you, but shop around and own what suits you. Have a fun preppy Fall shopping storm!

xo, Liv

August 22, 2012 § Leave a comment


Great ideas for making some little kitchens look fierce!

A Detailed House

A commenter or two said that their kitchens are small and that the dream kitchens didn’t do anything for them.

While it was not my intent for us to take these literally and for us all to go out and emulate the dream kitchens (they were meant to inspire in terms of style, accessories, architectural elements, colors, etc.), I did take note of their message.

So, I started searching for smaller kitchens that would still meet our level of style, but also limitations in terms of space. Needless to say, there were not as many. Some of the “dream” kitchens I had pulled from cabinet manufacturers websites, where they had large showrooms with mock kitchens that literally had everything and the kitchen sink!

House Beautiful had an article about small kitchens, but some of the kitchens that they considered “small”, really were not small! But I did find some that…

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Crystal Shaped Objects

August 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

So after the awesome response to the Krantz crystal  models at Spindler Antiques, I wanted to investigate why I love crystal or geometrically inspired objects, or at least share a few more objects that satiate my slightly askew, but neatly proportionate way of organizing shapes in space.

Jar No. 3 by Present & Correct

Necklace by Amalia Vermell.

PS – these are all images I’ve collected on Pinterest!

Andrew Spindler Antiques

August 17, 2012 § 2 Comments

Andrew Spindler isn’t just a purveyor of fine antiques, he has an incredible eye for the gritty, unique, beautiful, and bizarre that make us take a triple take.  Antiques are not just gorgeous items to surround yourself with, they are moments in history – inspirations, realizations, inventions.

These lamps by Martz are arguably my favorite pieces in the shop. Aside being the deep lavender taupe that I can’t get enough of, they are still in perfect condition, even with the original shades! Gordon and Jane Martz is an American legend of a design marriage that evolved into incredible quality and wonderful product.  The poster is French Art Nouveau, circa 1905, advertising an aperitif. The console is American circa 1920s industrial metal style with an inset glass top. On display at Andrew Spindler Antiques in Essex, Massachusetts.

This collection is among the wonderfully bizarre and gorgeous. Fossils, minerals, and rocks dealer, Adam August Krantz began making and dealing crystal models in the mid 19th century out of complete enthusiasm for geologic geometries. In 1880, he proposed a series of 743 models for teaching purposes made of Pear Wood. His nephew, Freidrich Krantz, with a degree in minerology elaborated on with the same enthusiastic compulsion, offering a collection of 928 models in wood. He diversified his offerings to glass, coloured glass, polished glass, with wire, cardboard and thread details to demonstrate the interior geometries. An amazing collection!

This grate comes from an old factory fan in upstate New York. Andrew’s idea to use it as an installation is stunning.

This sofa is called an ‘Os De Mouton’ which translates literally to ‘sheep’s horn.’  The piece is French, Louis XIV style, from the 18th century. It is insanely long at just over 7 feet! The scale makes this piece incredibly unique.  The amazingly sculptural tone of the carving and the rich patina make the walnut sing alongside the neatly upholstered body.

And I always like to grab a card on the way out of any great spot, so here’s sharing.  Have a wonderful weekend – I hope this inspires everyone to go antique hunting!

xo Liv

Tetra Shed

August 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

My background is in office design, and a lot of bloggers, media, and designers have taken notice of the Tetra Shed – an all-in-one office space with a bomb design and easy layout!

Now you don’t… I should start with now you see it, but I like this because it makes….

this such a shock!!! How cool is that?! Space for two people to come to work and design to make every other company jealous.

This image via.  And the view from the front when ‘open’ for business! I hope you are as wowed as me – definitely something to get my design mind whirling! Happy Wednesday!

xo Liv

Four Things

August 14, 2012 § Leave a comment



A couple things for the start of your week if you didn’t have much time Monday… Happy Tuesday!


From Charming Trinity.


Lucite bench with upholstered cushion. Love that combo. From Dolce Vita.


Maybe I wouldn’t have gone for that fabric, but I love the super antique with some fresh fabric. And what a bizarre style – awesome!


From Flor’s Blog.  What a crazy wallpaper. You can find these and other really fun styles at Wall & Deco. Check them out for indoor or OUTdoor!!

Accessorizing Men

August 10, 2012 § 1 Comment

What to wear if you’re not so much the heels type. I have a friend with a great collection of socks, and another friend who’s wife vowed to support his love of fine footwear at their wedding, and my father’s cufflink collection has probably soared over a hundred by now.  Men have few options to jazz it up, but everybody loves a little extra something to make them feel sharp. Here are some items I’ve been lusting after for the men I surround myself with!



Maybe a little flashy for Dad’s collection, but I LOVE these!



And good casual shoes… always.



Timmy wore these Persols down from Bozeman. Aparently Montana is a style nook I need to think about a little more year round!

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