I love long weekends…Don’t you?

Being able to appreciate and a not the rush through the weekend is such a pleasure. Here’s a peak at my weekend through my phone’s lens.

A trip to the farmer’s market meant that I did a lot of baking and cooking. This included my first try a stuffed squash blossoms. They were incredibly yummy I can’t wait to do it again.

I also sat down to sketch out my bedroom because I can’t seem to get it quite right.  Sitting down with paper, a pencil and what felt like 1000 design books (it was only 4), really helped me think about and understand what I need in the space.  Here’s a first sketch of the plan:

Of course from here, there will be changes because it’s still not quite right.  I’m thinking next weekend will bring more sketching, space planning, color palettes and maybe a trip to some flea markets! If only every weekend was three days.

How did you spend your long weekend?

Monday’s Musings: Alone in the Kitchen with A Strawberry

A couple of weeks ago I had pretty much taken a subbatical from my kitchen. Not easy to do, when I have to walk through it to get to my bedroom or my living room. After using it steady for months, the place where I found solace, became the most neglected room in my apartment. Honestly I couldn’t remember the last time I really went grocery shopping and I LOVE grocery shopping. A semi-domestic goddess at best, I come from a large cooking and baking family where the the kitchen is the heart of everyone’s home, but I found that my heart was no longer in this place that I once loved so much.

This brings me to today’s muse, Hannah Queen, the talented  photographer , baker and blogger from Honey and Jam. I don’t how I landed on her blog, but what it’s important is that I got there.

In heart of my kitchen-avoiding slump, Hannah’s recipe for a Honey Balsamic Strawberry Galette got me back into my kitchen without any hesitation. I went grocery shopping for a few items, prepped my ingredients and the next day I promptly made this galette very early on a Sunday Morning.  In those early hours, the city was quiet and it was just me  in an apartment that smelled like a berry-filled heaven. It was the creative, meditative and healing experience that I needed. I made a cup of tea and cut a slice, bit into it and loved it. I felt like I had found the something that was missing, making peace with my kitchen. In fact, next on my list is Hannah’s Lemon Cake with Black Tea Frosting.


all images via honey and jam

One day last week, I came home, having convinced myself that I was too tired to cook. But then something magical happened, I found myself cooking one of my favorite stovetop dishes  for dinner. Being in the kitchen felt so right, that I soon forgot that I was “too tired”. I figure that If I continue to peruse Honey and Jam, I will be back to my old self in no time.

For more  of Hannah’s photos, check out her Etsy site.


Designer Dossier: Fawn Galli

Every once in a while, my design life takes a turn for the awesome. That’s what happened when I, recently had the opportunity to meet designer Fawn Galli.  Her design style is edgy, chic and whimsical and it seems that rather than creating rooms, Galli creates spaces that are more like worlds where her clients can retreat from the stress of daily life. Since she appeared in Domino in 2008, I have long admired her design style. Today in Design Wonderland, she  is sharing her insights and inspirations.

Meet Fawn Galli

Design Background:  Fawn refined her eye while traveling and studying abroad, after which she landed a job in the European Furniture department at Christie’s. She went on to work for the renowned design studios of Robert A.M. Stern and Peter Marino.

What Dictates her Design Style: First and foremost, the client’s taste, followed by space and light.

Artists that Inspire: Damien Hirst and Cindy Sherman. “Edge gives edge,” she said when I asked her why she looks to these two artists.

midas and the infinite, damien hirst

cindy sherman’s Untitled Film Still #3 (1977)  

What she loves right now: Disco, Fashion and  French Furniture from the 1970′s because they add glamour, sparkle and use great materials like bronze metals and combine silver with lucite.

loulou de la falaise, yves st laurent, and betty catroux

Favorite Colors: Fuchsia and Emerald

outtakes from the house beautiful shoot via fawn galli

What learning about Decorative Arts Taught Her:  Antiques and vintage pieces bring soul to a space.  Those pieces have a story and bring a richness to a room.

Every Room Needs: “Fantasy- a hint of something that seems like it doesn’t quite fit.”

Advice to a young designer: Having taken a nontraditional route to interior design, Fawn said, that  a young designer should, Keep [their] eye on all the details.” In addition, she said, “Make sure you are always learning and work for a studio where you can gain broad range of experience.”

My conversation with Fawn left me feeling elated, like I had just met a kindred design spirit. If you have been reading this blog for a while, then you know that I rattle on and on about my love of disco and my adoration for the 1970′s in general (one of my favorite books is The Beautiful Fall). I have to give a great big thanks to Fawn Galli for taking time out of her schedule to sit down and share her insights with me!



Monday’s Musings: Reflections on an Awesome Birthday

I stay busy.  I’ve always been plagued with the thought that I may miss something FABULOUS if I don’t do everything. Do you ever get like that? For me, it’s a terrible habit but it usually results in fun opportunities.  However, all this busy-being kept me from realizing that I needed a vacay, until almost too late.  Forget blogging. I had no energy and was pretty going to work and crashing when I got home. So last week in honor of my birthday I took some time off to head the beach an hang out with my family.

I can’t lie, I had some reservations about leaving NYC but after some time lounging, I actually feel like a new girl. Really what was I going to miss? Don’t get me wrong I still did stuff besides stick my feet  in the sand and wade in the water.

I antiqued by way around Virginia’s Northern Neck with my mom, CC. I ate seafood everything all prepared by my dad, Pop. I chilled out listening to birds that sound nothing like the cooing pigeons of the city streets. I saw Bald Eagles and Blue Herons dive for food like olympians going for gold. It was then that I realized that that I was really would have missed by listening to my reservations would have been the joy that comes from reconnecting to myself. This is one of the best birthdays I have had in years.

Now I will get back to chatting to about design. I’m finishing up some photo edits of my antiquing adventures with CC. We saw things that made us giggle with delight and I’m sure would make Kelly W. dance with glee. I can’t wait to share!


My Bags Are Packed

Because tomorrow is my birthday, I have decided to treat myself to a mini vacay to a semi-remote beachy locale. Some place where I can look like this for hours:

image via pinterest

In fact, As you read this, I am on my way there.  But because we are such great friends, I just wanted to say a quickie Happy Weekend!

See you when I get back!




Pure Inspiration: Bohemian Bedrooms

Have you ever typed in the word bohemian in Pinterest to see the vast interpretations of the word? I did just that, adding bedroom behind it  and saw so many different styles it was amazing.

{all images via pinterest}

These are a few of my favorites and as you can see, it’s a situation of anything goes as long as you make it your own. Layers of fabric, plants and natural textures also help. You can see the rest of the results here.

{The Petal Pusher} Neon Brights!

Happy Friday Everyone!!!  Tina, here, and since it’s the first Friday of the month, I’m back with another installment of The Petal Pusher!
For the past few weeks, H.O.T. is the only adjective deemed precise enough to describe the weather in New York.  There seems to be an endless supply of heat waves after heat waves.  We’ve literally been surviving on margaritas and sunscreen as we slowly melt away. But I digress.  What I’ve observed is, as the temperature rose, the more color people are wearing.  And it’s not just any colors, its neon.

Neons have made a comeback for a while now.  It’s everywhere; on clothes, accessories, bags, shoes and more.  It’s so in your face that I decided to make it my inspiration.  I really wasn’t sure what I’ll be able to find when I set out to the flower district for my hunt.  I even wore my neon sandals as muse.  To my surprise, there were actually lots of super bright floral out there.  I ended up with bunches of alchemilla, safflower, cockscomb, grevillea, ranunculus, calla lily and these super fun, fluffy, green carnations.

I love the way grevillea looks and in this almost Lite Brite pink; sea creature like form was perfect.  I paired them with ranunculus, calla lilies, bright red cockscombs, carnations and a bit of alchemilla.  I also paired the fluffy carnations with the safflower.  When I first spotted the safflower, I thought it came straight out of a Dr. Seuss’s books.  So fun and whimsical, the combination of it with the carnations is almost unreal.

While the arrangements may not scream neon, with their intense, unique hues, I think they are super fun, amusing and perfect for hot summer days.  I would love to hear what y’all think of the neon trend.  Whether it’s a do or don’t, stay cool while rocking it!

Have a Bright Weekend,



A Dreamy New Addition

Happy Monday! I had to take a blogging break to collect myself and my thoughts. I hope you don’t mind. Today’s post is a quickie but one that I would love your opinion on.

I bought a new headboard and it will be delivered any day now. It looks something like this…

Ok, It looks just like that except it’s white. However, I can’t figure out what color to paint it.

Maybe a glossy hot pink? Is that too Feminine? Will my house become a Raspberry palace?

Or perhaps something like this lovely glossy teal?

{images via the family love tree and amber interiors}

I’m even entertaining painting it canary yellow or a glossy olive. What do you think? What color would you paint it?

By the way if you are looking for something like this headboard, I bought mine online here, where it’s on clearance and cheaper than Etsy and Ebay. 

Monday’s Muse

After watching the Halston documentary, Ultrasuede, I’ve grown increasingly fond of the fabulousness that is  jewelry designer Elsa Peretti, especially images of her from the 1970′s. In a funny way, with her combo of stylish ease and oversized frames, her look reminds me of  the style my mom and her sisters had in the 70′s. It’s clearly something that I have always loved.

{images via pinterest}

See what I mean… FABULOUS! She’s trained as an interior designer (which means I already have a soft spot for her talent), but clearly she’s living proof that a designer with vision can create anything.


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