Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I'm sucker for a great entry area / mudroom, its my fav and a must have for sure. These are some very inspirational ideas that I heart! My own personal touches:
  • I most always have an oriental rug
  • My coat stand (like the green one above) 
  • A bin for umbrella's & yard sticks (why yard sticks? lol I just love them)
  • Nice chair or bench to sit while you put boots on etc (I used an ottoman once that was cute too) Don't forget a deco pillow for your seating area.
  • Antique hooks hung on the wall - I'm thinking I want to paint mine a fun color this year 
  • Metal bins for mittens - hats and dog accessories 
  • & the MUST HAVE a small table (I use an antique sewing table) or sofa table with a cute bowl for keys, magazine bin and some tid bits for decoration.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


hair envy! I'm a keratin queen - trying to have hair that will never be mine... atleast a simple, cutesy braid always looks chic.

Friday, October 28, 2011

warm slumber

Yesterday Boston's had its first snow of the season... before Halloween! One thing I love about Boston is the season changes but I'm hoping we get to enjoy fall before more winter-like activity. This morning my car read 34degrees burr, getting there was not easy -- it was torture getting out from under my warm covers. On that note here are some dreamy bedrooms that inspired me. Enjoy! Happy Friday!


Friday, October 21, 2011


it's Friday & I'm nearing the time to leave this place, work...
from inspiration; <3

Thursday, October 13, 2011

volunteer love

“Awareness-raising is a worthy activity unto itself, but the reality is that awareness without action results in little change. After all, awareness is supposed to inspire people to act!”

I'm excited to report that I have been selected as a Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellow, and I will participate at Crystal Eye Clinic in Ghana, Africa during February 1st-15th 2012.  Unite For Sight is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is the world's leader in socially responsible, effective volunteering and also a leader in providing high quality, cost-effective care to the world's poorest people. To date, Unite For Sight has provided eye care services to 1,200,000 patients, including more than 44,000 sight-restoring surgeries. While abroad, I will participate daily with the local ophthalmologists, local optometrists, and local ophthalmic nurses to eliminate patient barriers to care and to facilitate comprehensive year-round eye care for patients living in extreme poverty.

As a Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellow, I am fundraising at least $1800 to provide eye care for patients living in extreme poverty, but I hope to raise much more - My goal is $3000.  I would be so grateful for your support.  The average cost of a cataract surgery is $50, which means that $50 will enable someone who is blind to have their sight restored, and $250 enables five people to have their sight restored.  Any help is appreciated, and no amount will go unnoticed.  100% of your tax-deductible donation to Unite For Sight goes directly to restoring sight for patients living in extreme poverty.  Can you imagine impacting another person’s life in a more significant way?
I would be grateful for your support of Unite For Sight to provide eye care to many more patients living in extreme poverty.  My goal is to raise at least $5,000, which will provide 100 sight-restoring surgeries. By raising $5,000, I would also receive a volunteer of the year award from Unite For Sight. You may donate through my online fundraising page by clicking here.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.  I look forward to whatever support you can provide.

Friday, October 7, 2011

mood board

Inspiration! I'm in the works of making my own mood board but until then. Holiday on Monday is making for some great sales... lots of shopping ahead of me for this long weekend!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

form <3

Insane love for dress forms-- almost bought one at the 'brim'-- one of the pics here.

My very own jewelry (mini) form here -- my moms the best, always looking out ;)

Other mannequin forms I found at the 'Brim' seemed photo worthy at the time. Can't wait for next years show already!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


daily inspiration: i heart a great staircase in a home & ladders up to any built in bookcase.

A wonderful 1900's, 9bdrm brownstone completely untouched -in terms of being original doors, windows, hardware etc.. Just one big lovely house- has come on the market for a great price. It's 5floors! Front&back stair cases- dreamy, I felt the need to rescue this home -- I walked through yesterday with an ache in my heart and picture in my mind of family home with children laughing and running up and down the stairs playing. If things were in a different place I would buy it in a heart beat and brighten the original charm out of it! This home has only been with one Italian family, who've continuously passed it down until now... there's no one left who wants it. Keys are in the hands of a realtor. I fear & know all to well that someone is going to come in and divide this home into 3-4 separate apartments and modernize the (beep) out of it- all for a dollar. I wish there were more people out there that wanted to leave things as is and keep a homes character! ... Ugg, I guess to be continued -- as I'm keeping my eyes pealed on all happenings there ;)

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Stevie Nicks playing, tarnished feather necklace, broken in leather riding boots, highlight streaked braid & fresh air (:

Friday, September 16, 2011


Interesting cases seen today! As always many HVF'S :) Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Fall is in the air today <3
I had a chance to stop in at our neighborhood farmers market. We took home hot peppers, plums & raspberries!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

photohunt 276: together

Bruins came "together" and brought home the cup for 2011 =) Also brought Boston "together" for an eventful parade!

Saturday, July 23, 2011


inspired by this table! Off to Todds Farm for treasures... it raining here in the city hope no. shore was spared... bringing my Hunters just in case.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

heart u

Inspired while browsing my favorite Anthropologie store.

Monday, June 20, 2011

crave worthy

daily inspiration... ahh dreamy

Sunday, June 19, 2011

o mio babbino caro

Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (1858-1924)

"O mio babbino caro", Aria (soprano) from the opera "Gianni Schicchi" (1918)

O mio babbino caro ("Oh my dear papa") is an aria from the opera Gianni Schicchi (1918) by Giacomo Puccini. It is sung by Lauretta after tensions between Schicchi and his prospective in-laws have reached a breaking point that threatens to separate her from Rinuccio, the boy she loves. It provides a contrasting interlude expressing lyrical simplicity and single-hearted love in the atmosphere of hypocrisy, jealousy, double-dealing and feuding in medieval Florence of Puccini's only comedy, and it provides the only set-piece in the through-composed conversational musical give-and-take.

Performed by Montserrat Caballé (soprano).

Libretto (Lyrics)
Italian (original)
O mio babbino caro
Mi piace è bello, bello
Vo'andare in Porta Rossa
a comperar l'anello!
Sì, sì, ci voglio andare!
e se l'amassi indarno,
andrei sul Ponte Vecchio,
ma per buttarmi in Arno!
Mi struggo e mi tormento!
O Dio, vorrei morir!
Babbo, pietà, pietà!
Babbo, pietà, pietà!

English (translation)
O my dear papa
He pleases me, and is handsome, handsome
I want to go to Porta Rossa
to buy the ring!
Yes, yes, I want to go there!
And if my love were in vain,
I would go to the Ponte Vecchio
and throw myself in the Arno!
I am aching, I am tortured!
Oh God, I'd like to die!
Father, have pity, have pity!
Father, have pity, have pity!

Interior loves

Here are a few pictures I found & I'm craving this style. Bathroom is clean and simple, love the openness. Book shelves are huge in my house & quite full- think I made need to play more with the stacking and rearrange some tid bits.

Looking for inspiration on how to use all my fun finds has been so fun. Its just trying to arrange everything that has been a challenge. Luckily my mom is a staging professional and leads with great skill and advice, which is a huge bonus.

Love this living room with all my heart! The couch, frames, trunk- so motivating! I also lovvve having some sort of space by the door to drop your keys, shoes, mags/mail... The pics below I thought were fun & gave the right amount of color.

Living in a city brownstone limits my space esp for someone who is a sucker at a flea market and antique finds. Anyway - I'm thinking my first step will be to paint all the room walls white... use it as my canvas. I'm going to keep digging for more inspiration. I hope to have something unique of my own to report back with.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

photohunt 270: informative

I have a thing for collecting books and mags of inspiration or just for old shabby covers. One flea market fav is bringing home old books with that old book smell... I have found so many eye catching ways designers have displayed theirs and need to get on that asap. For now my shelves are quite boring.

Photohunt <3

Saturday, June 11, 2011

photohunt 269: triangle

This first picture is from the infamous Citgo sign spotted all around the Boston's fenway area.

Other pictures are from my neighborhood. It has been extra fun theses last few weeks. Kevin James (the actor) & Salma Hayek (actress) & film crews had set up shop all around Jeffries Point, East Boston. All for the new movie "Here comes the boom"- I snuck a few shots of them setting up as well as some videos with all the exciting sounds of "action! cut!" etc.