Function Part 2

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Here is an added function. By placing a floor lamp behind the chair you create a reading area, cozy spot.
Decide on what you want the space to do, and the design ideas will follow!

Function and Purpose are Key

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Many times I am asked how to make a small update to add something interesting and new. The key is really simple. Just think about what the function is, and it will guide you in the right direction.
For example, I have these wicker chairs that look tired and sorry.
I thought about the function. I want them to be comfortable and inviting to anyone who takes a seat in them. I replaced the seat cushions with new, fluffy ones. I also added really soft pillows to the back of the chair. They can be adjusted and removed if someone doesn't like the pillow. I also added a pouf so you can put your feet up. It's a simple update that's functional and fabulous.

Chairs, cushions, and pillow Pier One. The pouf is from Home Goods
Enjoy the Weekend!


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I have been on a search for the perfect, thin, but unique console table for my entryway. I mean I have been looking since last year. I didn't want to spend a fortune, but wanted it to be just the right table.
I found the perfect table at Sailor Trading Company. It is a local shop in Sea Girt, nj, monmouth county. They have the most awesome, one of a kind consigned home items. They also carry new items for sale, too. They are on facebook, and often post the latest items to come into the shop. The customer service is great.
 This is the table, in the foyer area. The mirror is from when I sold Southern Living At Home products. It goes well with the gray wall color and the chunky candle stick. The candlesticks and
ceramic fish are from Garrret, Manasquan, nj. They are a great home goods shop to visit when you are in Manasquan, or the local area.

This hefty sized container is a new item that Sailor Trading Company had in their store. I originally thought to put a big candle in it, but flowers are a great choice as well. 

Stella is enjoying the pillow, as much as I do.

Had to include one more of her sneaking under the sheets after I made my bed. 

Love These Designers

Friday, May 15, 2015

To continue my conversation about the amazing designers who were working on the Stately Homes by the Sea designer Home Tour, I would like to mention a woman who has designed some amazing rooms.
Amanda Haytaian, from House of Cline, designs beautiful kitchens, baths, and closets. She has won Best of Houzz awards among many published articles in various magazines. Her site is She is based out of Little Silver.

Gorgeous kitchen with no upper cabinets, so you can enjoy the views.

Bathroom and closets, oh my!

Shower outside

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Memorial Day is nearing and that means warmer weather for the Jersey Shore. Warmer weather means everyone is heading to their beach or Lake homes. So many have outdoor showers. Wanted to share some pretty ones I have come across.
 This photo, courtesy of, Crossover The shower was built around the tree. Love that natural element. The shower head is awesome.

Love this one with a built in seat and the ladder outside can hold wet towels or bathing suits. 

This shower is courtesy of Coastal living magazine. Love the tile accent. This space as everything. The garden stool is a must for holding essentials. The wood mat is great to have a place to stand that is elevated from the running water. 
A few things I found:
Potterybarn beach towels, so cute, comes in few different designs

Serena and has these square stools. They will hold up outside. 195.00 each.
Make sure you stock your outdoor shower with supplies for your guests. I always shop in Bath and Body works, they have a great assortment of these products for guys and girls. Sometimes they offer coupons for free items. Of course, always scrub down the shower area. I prefer Method products.