G P & J Baker for H&M

Another H&M collaboration for the win! Working in the world of interiors I see beautiful wallpaper and fabrics daily – a favorite has always been the iconic British wallpaper and textile house GP & J Baker. They have teamed up with H&M to bring a few fabulous floral and geometric prints to an amazing line of affordable pieces. Shop my favorites from the collection below.

Cane Craze

Owning a home has been such a fun journey, however I am continuously making a list of projects I want to start or pieces I want to acquire. Recently I have been drawn to the look of natural cane and light wood. It still has an airy feel and isn’t the commitment of a dark, heavy wood piece or the opposite, a stark white piece. I purchased this credenza for my guest bedroom and absolutely love it. Now if only I could find a place for the chair below. And what a fabulous bar the armoire would make!

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Gola Sneakers

I wish I was spending my summer in sandals however I have been reaching for my sneakers due to a recently fractured foot!  I came across Gola tennis shoes and love the designs not to mention their storied past – the company dates back to 1905!  So many amazing styles that have been revived from their collections over the years – I think I found my next purchase.

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The Art of Layering

A few months back when I was in New York I stumbled upon the new Gorjana store in the West Village. I immediately fell in love with the pieces {and the merchandising}. The girls working there were so fun and helped me layer and try on all sorts of amazing pieces. I am 5’11” and sometimes I find the finer pieces just don’t work on my frame. After a little guidance {and layering} I scooped up my first two pieces and already can’t wait to add to my collection. Best part – the fine finishes, the light weight and versatility of each piece. 

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Dressing Debate

Some days I wish I had a closet full of high-end party dresses for everyday wear and other days I wish I could live in sweatpants and tennis shoes. I typically settle on a happy medium of casual dresses and flats or jeans and sweaters but lately I am reaching for nothing but comfort. I scooped up these and these and have a feeling they are going to get a lot of weekend wear.

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Round Hill

Last month when our original vacation plans to Cabo were spoiled by a hurricane we made the quick decision to change locations (thanks to the ease of Southwest) and picked Jamaica. Literally 24 hours before we were set to arrive – Round Hill Resort came to our rescue. What a treat we were in for. Five amazing days spent in paradise – no schedules, no place to be, minimal cell phones and no TV – the relaxation was just what I needed.

The resort is truly one of a kind – steeped in history, beautiful architecture and the most amazing people. JFK and Jackie honeymooned here, Megan Markle and Prince Harry visited last year, Ralph Lauren owns a few villas and frequents often – not to mentioned designed several of the public spaces.

Not only did we come home with amazing memories – but lots of design inspiration too! I can’t wait to get back.

{Villa 23 – Our Home for the Week}

{Round Hill Lobby}

{Happy Hour}

{Fresh Flowers from the Villa Garden}

{Breakfast at our Villa Every Morning}

{Outdoor Living}

{Island Time = Rum Punch}

Neck Scarf

This summer I have been reaching for my light weight scarves and bandanas to add a twist to my basic summer knits. There are so many ways you can tie it but I love a simple knot near the neck. When you aren’t wearing it around your neck try tying in your ponytail or as a headband.

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Face Update

I recently ventured out of my comfort zone in the world of beauty products. I tend to have sensitive skin that breaks out with the use of any new product and have remained consistent in my routine. In the world we live in today we are constantly bombarded with new products {ie instagram ads and influencer content}- that are filled with promises to be the next best thing. I fell for a few of those and have been pleasantly surprised with the results.

I ordered several things from Beautycounter and the eye cream and dew skin have been my favorite. Right after you put on the dew skin – think moisturizing coverage – you literally get the dewy skin of a super model! When I recently went on vacation it was the only thing I put on my skin during the day.

The Summer Friday’s Jet Lag face mask is a favorite! I use it every, single night. You can use it as a mask or use it like a moisturizer; I prefer the latter. It is super hydrating and smell great too.

Have you tried any new facial products? Would love to know which ones you love.

Bathing Suit Bliss

Something about a bathing suit brings a smile to my face. It makes me think back to times as a child running through the sprinkler in the back yard, going to swim team practice and hanging at the neighborhood pool all summer. As an adult, it reminds me of the tropical vacations I have taken, summer holidays at my parents condo on the beach in Florida and the relaxing feeling of being close to water.

Dorothy Shain visited New Orleans a few years back and I discovered her amazing bikini paintings and just learned today – she has prints – thanks Instagram! They are retro, playful and full of character – and I think I need three!


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