a home for living in

Stylist, editor, and designer, Sarah Alba, had her home featured in Apartment Therapy. It is a lovely example of how a family can live comfortably and stylishly on a budget. She uses affordable furnishings from some of my favorite national retailers -- Crate&Barrel, Pottery Barn, IKEA, West Elm, and Serena & Lily -- but mixes different styles together so …

it’s the most wonderful time of the year

  It makes me a total dork, but I get so excited for this sale every year! Even if I'm not really shopping for myself or anyone else, I start designing Elfa closets. Dork. via The Container Store.

mudroom inspiration

I know I'm in the right business because a clean, organized, pretty mudroom makes my heart beat a little faster. Seriously. Sadie Smith at Sadie & Dasie found some beauties that I'm reposting. My favorite is the second one down, that incorporates a few chalkboard surfaces. Mudrooms and entryways are key communication spaces for busy …

storage for small things

I am drawn to storage boxes with compartments, possibly a carryover from carrying around an Artbin in my art school days. Serenity for me is everything in its place. These days it's about Legos and craft supplies. I have yet to find the perfect, portable storage container. I made a pilgrimage to my local Container …

kitchen before-and-after

I had a lot of fun designing my first kitchen project. There is a level of detail in designing kitchens that is dizzying, but the most critical part is the floor plan. I picture myself using the space, cooking, cleaning, entertaining, and the design flows from there. This condo is on the third floor of …