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Monday, January 11, 2016

blush balloons! + other blush crush finds

Hi all!  Happy New Year!  Hope your 2016 is starting off beautifully.

{image via}

I wanted to wish you many confetti-filled moments + a fresh start in this new year.

I also thought I'd share a few thoughts + pretty pictures to launch the blog for 2016.  

Before the holidays set in, I had a fun photo shoot opportunity.  One of my favorite images I styled is this girl's room in ballet blush for Stone & Leigh, a new youth furniture collection by Stanley that just debuted at High Point Market...

{photography by MODE}

I always love styling with balloons, but absolutely fell in love with these over-sized blush balloons.  We found these beauties on Etsy, one of my go-to sources for photo shoot finds. I mixed-in varying shades of blush + pink to layer the look...and added authentic dance elements, like the pointe shoes on the ballet barre + pink tutu. There's something classic about a ballet-inspired little girl's room, but we gave it a fresh take. What do you think?

As you may have guessed by my recent pins + instagram snaps, I'm currently crushin' on blush. Obsessing over this beautiful bedroom image I pinned recently via the LuxPad by Elisabetta Rizzato, Interior Blogger ...
Swoon-worthy, right?  I so love the white + blush mix ... the layers + textures.  It makes me want to give all my walls a fresh coat of white for the new year.

I also recently re-discovered a fav blog, sugar + cloth, and found some lovely DIY ideas and just plain fabulous images that inspire me to live a little more beautifully (check-out those gorgeous succulents!) ... To me, organic shapes + natural elements are such a must in any interior space. 

I spied this book at the new Anthro in Charlotte's South-End.  With the title of "Love Style Life" and the inspirational text, I've decided it just may need to be my new year resolution read. 

And since every new year calls for a new planner ...  I found this pretty pastel planner by Sugar Paper at Target.  (Be sure to follow me on Instagram for all my latest finds + inspirations).  

So, let the planning + dreaming + vision-board-making begin!

January always brings a fresh start.  I've been diving into a major organization mode (see my post here for some creative organization ideas).  It's amazing how clearing + simplifying spaces frees a bit of stress ... and brings new focus.

What are you resolving for the new year?

Here's to making strides toward our goals + dreams in 2016!



Monday, December 21, 2015

diy: snowglobes

Merry Christmas Week!  

I've always loved hand-crafted Christmas decorations.  Truly, crafting at Christmas was part of my childhood experience.  My sister and I were all about decorating.  Little did we know, we would both end up designing for a living.  

With holiday festivities in full swing, I wanted to share a short + sweet post of a simple snow-inspired DIY project.  I have always loved  handmade snowglobes. I found some ornaments that were perfect for making a snowglobe wonderland (The little pink house + some bottle-brush trees found at Target were the starting point).  I spray-painted some trees + ornaments white just because I love white at Christmas time (well, let's be honest...I love white any time of year).  If you follow me on instagram, you may have already seen some of the results of an afternoon of crafting...

I used glass pastry stands I already had (one of the perks of being a photo stylist)...and also used some mason jars + vases + glass candle dishes (it's amazing all the resources you can find in your own home). I then added some faux  snow + iridescent glitter.  I shook the snow + glitter around the glass containers to make sure some of the magical shimmer stuck to the insides of the glass bell jars.

I have played around with placing our creations in a collection
  + along with other holiday decor... 

It was a fun + simple afternoon craft that adds some hand-made magic to our home for the holidays.

Wishing you + yours a wonderful week of magical, memory-making moments.



Monday, December 7, 2015

holiday home tour

I recently strolled through the Blogger Stylin' Home Tour Christmas 2015 (If you haven't yet, head on over to the White Buffalo Styling Co to begin the tour for lots of Christmas decorating inspiration)! It's always somehow reassuring that there are others out there equally obsessed with styling down to the details.  I love seeing the wide variety of styles.  I always walk away with a new idea or a new take on an old idea...and new motivation to decorate (as if I needed more).

So, I thought I'd share a look at my holiday home as well.  I worked with what I had + added just a little new.  I always love designing with lots of white in the winter ...and this year I added touches of pink + rose gold, a new fav color combo.

As of late I have spent more time on instagram than on this blog. I blame it on Life.  You know, the real stuff, like parenting, working  + doing my best to balance all my roles.  Scrolling through pretty images is like therapy.  Life is messy sometimes.  And somehow in the midst of the chaos, taking a photo of a perfect little vignette makes me happy.  It sounds crazy, but I'm thinking there just might be someone who can relate. Are you with me?

So, in hopes of sharing maybe just a bit of inspiration of my own, here is my holiday home tour 2015...

It all starts with the tree + twinkle lights. And for me, lots of layers of white...

... including my newly found white porcelain pineapple, white cocktail table books, an Anthro white pom-pom from a gift of year's past and sweet white bottlebrush trees from my fav gift shop Patina in Minneapolis.

In addition to white, I love adding unexpected, non-traditional color...

I have collected ornaments over the years.  My shades of matte + shiny pink balls were a find at Urban Outfitters several years ago.  The pretty icicles, from Pier 1.  I also tie ribbon on white seashells we've collected from spring + summer trips to the beach...

My Collection of Candles are always on my cocktail table and look instantly holiday-ish in the light of the Christmas tree.  The silver tray + some of the glass votives are from World Market. To create the bohemian-inspired look, it's all about the mix...mixing colors, textures + different heights.

For my winter interiors, adding warm + cozy textures is a must (like this fur from Hobby Lobby).

...And just because I love a good barcart, I put together this mini one. I'm getting ready for some Holiday Moscow Mule-making ASAP.  I scored these groovy copper mugs at Home Goods
Since no holiday styling is complete without a DIY project.  I painted these pinecones for one of my tablescapes.  I tried to get away with simple spray paint, but had to ultimately go for the paint-dipped pinecones.  I love the depth of frosty color on the organic shapes.

I also dressed up my built-in bookshelf with a few holiday accents + a few West Elm favorites...

...and added some paper snowflakes to my mantel...

There's something about paper snowflakesThey make instant magic! I keep re-cycling these creations year-after-year. {see my post here for some how-to sources.}

 My two small purchases for the season were these sweet pastel bottlebrush trees + white pom-pom garland from Target. Who could resist?
 I decked my miniature white tree with the snow-white pom-poms + added some gift packages wrapped in blush + white tissue paper, gold wrapping + white feathers. 

So...what do you think?  

And just for fun, here's a shot of a real-life scenario during a rare peaceful moment at my house...
I hope you enjoyed the tour.  I would love to hear from you.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you + yours!



Monday, November 16, 2015

berry crush

I don't know about you, but I go through phases of being drawn to certain color palettes.  I'm always + forever drawn to white-on-white, with hints of seaglass tones (call it my love for the ocean) or blush (what girl doesn't love a little pink from time to time)...but lately I'm crushing on that beautiful plum-kissed shade of burgundy.  We design-y types always like to come up with new names for nuances of color, but for now, I'll just call this a crush on tones of berry (think rich, deep mulberry). 

My quest for all things berry led me to creating this design concept (featuring furnishings + accessories from Ethan Allen).  I started with a neutral backdrop... a great gray, clean-line sofa, and then added layers of ivory textures...mixed in some metallics + finally some berry patterns + velvet.

Perhaps my crush was inspired by this dahlia mix my daughter + I created on a recent farmer's market Saturday morning...

 This rich berry shade has also been in a lot of my "pins" 
+ "likes" lately... 

 ...and in my instagram snaps...

{this one features a hand-dyed linen from West Elm Charlotte, candle from World Market and vase from TargetStyle with white peacock feathers from Etsy KimonosFeathers}

With the changing of the seasons, I've also been in that mode of adding cozy layers to my interiors + closet. 

So...what colors + cozy details are calling your name these days? Do tell. 

Wishing you a beautiful November, full of rich moments with friends + family.


Monday, September 21, 2015

pineapples + burlap

The pineapple is having a moment.
Have you noticed?

Whether it's the real deal starring in instagram snaps...

{via instagram}

or pretty porcelain versions serving as home accents...

{via hodi home}

or painted pinas featured in watercolor prints... 

{via made by girl}

the Pineapple is having its time in the sun. 

...and on bar carts around the design scene...
{via instagram}

{via the everygirl}
If you follow me on pinterest or instagram, you know I've been slightly obsessed with the design trend.  So, when I hosted a party recently, I found an excuse to decorate with pineapples too. 

A little gold + white spray paint transforms an ordinary pineapple into a work of art.

My daughter made this sweet little pineapple mosaic.  It worked perfectly for the occasion. (so cute, right?)

...And thanks to a pop-up shop by mintwood home, I found a pretty ceramic pineapple for my cocktail table too...

And there's nothing like a party to kick-start a diy project you've been putting off.  I had wanted to re-invent my very beat-up Ikea lack coffee table and finally made the time for a quick update.  The table was the perfect size + scale for my living room, but was frankly a hot mess (think peeling veneer).  With the help of a little burlap fabric + nailheads (and a little measuring + pressing)...the table is transformed.  You've gotta love a renovation that only costs $16 at the fabric store + a little bit of time and effort.

...Here's the finished renewed result...

What do you think of my refreshed table? 

Tell me, what trends are you obsessing about lately?

I hope you're having an incredible Autumn.



Monday, April 20, 2015

mood boards

Mood determines a lot.  
It influences our interactions and
often guides our decisions.

As an interior designer + stylist
I find it interesting how mood
shapes how we design our living spaces. 

I love displaying a MOOD BOARD in my personal office space 
Images I'm drawn to.
Fashions that make me happy.
Furniture that moves me.
Art I love.
Photos of significant meaning + memories.
Colors, Graphics + Textures that speak to me.
Quotes that motivate...

For my clients, I love developing MOOD BOARDS to help them define their design direction.
Mood boards are an excellent starting point for any interior design project.  By selecting images of the mood you want to achieve, you have something to build on.  When I'm designing a tangible, 3-dimensional mood board, I collect magazine tear-outs, textures, elements from nature, paint swatches, photos, postcards, etc. and literally pin them to a bulletin board. I build a story which conveys the mood I want to achieve in the design. The mood guides the direction of furniture style, textures and colors.  

Now that all things are digital I've been creating a lot more digital mood boards.  Scoping + surfing for images and items online to cut and paste into a powerpoint page that in essence is my virtual bulletin board, the design mood board. 

Here are two of my recent mood boards, featuring furnishings, art + accessories from Ethan Allen...

{blush + coral mood board by Patti Borrelli, featuring furnishings, rug, fabric, art + accessories from Ethan Allen.}

{beach mood board by Patti Borrelli, featuring furnishings, rug, fabric, art + accessories from Ethan Allen.}

What mood boards have you been dreaming of creating?  Take a few moments and create one of your own.  With your design direction determined + your mood defined, you'll be ready to dive into the painting, planning, purchasing + decorating.  Happy designing!


Monday, January 5, 2015

fresh start

January is like a re-set button, at the very least a re-fresh key. It's time again for goal-setting + mood boards. Honing in on new + fresh ideas.

What new ideas are stirring for you?

I've been obsessed with natural light...

{#silver #pom #stirsticks + @anthropologie #candlestick in the #morning #light}


{my quick-and-easy #DIY #painted + #glittered #pink #pinecones}

{a holiday centerpiece with @worldmarket #silver #tray, @anthropologie #candlesticks
+ #pink #votive, #painted + #glittered #pink #pinecones, plus #driftwood}


{my go-to #pink #pompom #scarf from @oldnavy}

...white peacock feathers...
+ cozy details...

{some of my fave personal props... @jonathanadler #vase, @targetstyle #journal + #gold #bowl, @westelm side table + box, @etsy #peacock #feathers, white #cowhide #rug + #candles}

How about you...what's your obsession for the new year?