One Room Challenge: Week One

Today is the first day of the One Room Challenge. This is my first time participating and I can appreciate that the word "challenge" is right there in the title (why didn't I pay closer attention to that word when I agreed to sign on this summer?

The One Room Challenge was started by Linda from Calling it Home. It's made up of twenty designers and/or design bloggers "challenged" to redo a room in just six weeks.  During these six weeks we'll update on our progress once a week on Wednesdays.

Renovating can be stressful. Also stressful? Moving.  If you're new here, we're moving from Westchester, New York to near by Connecticut (hopefully) at the end of this month. By "we", I mean, myself and Mr. Zhush and our three kids. When we move depends on the timing of our new home's renovation. So, why not document this whole tense situation here? Seemed like a fun idea back in July, now I'm really just hoping this whole thing comes together before Thanksgiving! 

OK, enough whining. The room I'm featuring is the new kitchen in the new house. The photo above is our current kitchen. I really love this kitchen, it's going to be the inspiration for our new one. Here's the new one...


Surfing The September Sales

Two sales worth noting ~ love a good "friends and family" sale and one of my faves is going on now!
Bloomingdales is offering 20% everything with code: FAMILY (some restrictions apply) AND free shipping!
Here's what I'm loving/contemplating:

Jonathan Alder's fabulous lighting is on sale! 20% off with code: BRIGHTIDEA (it ends today!)
We need a lot of new lights at the new house, here's what I'm eyeing:

What sales are you surfing today?
Let me know in the comments if I missed anything great!xx


Book Review: Markham Roberts ~ Decorating The Way I See It

I was beyond excited to receive a copy of Markham Roberts: Decorating The Way I See It. First off, I LOVE Markham Roberts' design work. Second, of course I judge a design book by it's cover (duh) and this one's amazing... even better, under the dust jacket is this gorgeous python print hardcover~making this book "top of the stack" coffee table perfect.

As to the chic design work inside the book, it's just jaw one jaw-dropping beautiful room after another. (Colorful and bold enough to drag me away from my beloved Pinterest.) There's so much inspiration, my favorite being the gardens, landscaping and porch photography. In short, I truly can't get enough  - new favorite book!

Monday's P.O.P.

purple peek

Image via: AD Espana


This and That

I've got leopard on my mind. Specifically, Schumacher's iconic leopard prints, (maybe somewhere in the new house?) and also leopard flats. Even though I already own several pairs of leopard print shoes, thanks to the new look of the old pointed toe variety, I'm loving both this pair and this one too!

I'm also still obsessed with the color gray as well. We just had several rooms in the new house painted a variety of light gray colors. I love the look. And, just like leopard, this love transfers right over to fashion ~right now, I'm all about these gray suede boots.

We just added several fun new glittery table top items to the shop. Happy Weekend!

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