designer love: kate jackson 

I first stumbled upon Kate Jackson’s work a few summers ago when her home was featured in an issue of Better Homes and Gardens. I immediately fell in love with how she blended old and new for a comfy, lived-in look.  Her effortlessly chic spaces are a fun, fresh update to New England style. 

What I love most about Kate’s design aesthetic, though, is how she masterfully incorporates personal pieces-artwork, mementos, shells, photos, souvenirs-into each space.  She’s also quite a master at finding the most fabulous artwork, accessories and furniture at Home Goods, TJMaxx and on eBay.  Kate proves that style doesn’t always have to be pricey.  See more of her work on her recently revamped website here, but in the meantime, below are some of my favorite spaces Kate designed:   




To see more of Kate's work, visit her website here.   


luxe for less: tolix stools

The hubs and I roll with a fabulous group of friends that gets together pretty much every weekend, so a fair share of hosting is done at our home.  Despite the large, open family room and eating area in our new house, though, everyone still loves to congregate in the kitchen. Normally, I couldn't care less, but the lack of counter stools means everyone is all up in my grill while I'm trying to cook.  If only I could decide which ones I love, right?  Well, here it is, almost a year after moving in and I have fallen in love with these Tolix stools from Sundance-the perfect mix of rustic, industrial and modern...

The only down side is that these bad boys are a whopping $245 a pop, which happens to be way out of my price range.   Lucky for me, Overstock carries some that are pretty much identical.  And the best part is that they cost $90 for a set of TWO!  I can get the four I need for less than one of the Tolix stools.  Look how similar:      

Check them out here for different color and sizing options. 



kate's paperie

Kate's Paperie in New York has long been a favorite of mine when trying to find artwork on a budget.  Not only do they carry the most amazing stationery, calendars, invitations, ribbons, journals and gift ideas, but their gift wrap is a low-cost way to make a big impact on your walls. Each sheet is generously sized (20x28) and costs less than $5!  

The history of fish has always been a favorite of mine.  Perfect for a little boy's room or the fishing aficionado in your family: 

Vintage alphabet for a nursery...

Culinary prints...

The ubiquitous "Keep Calm" poster and vintage maps...

These floral prints would look gorgeous framed and matted... 


Check out their website for more options.


picture perfect

My spring cleaning adventures usually end up with bags and boxes of clothing, shoes and home and kitchen goods being carted off to goodwill.  For Denise Fidler, on the other hand, a business was born after she discovered a box of vintage books and turned the pages into beautiful, clever works of art!  Chairs, animals, dogs, architecture and even portraits are given a fun, fresh twist and would look adorable in a powder or dressing room, or would be a great hostess gift.  Here are some of my favorites:




For ordering information and tons more options, check out Paste here.   



luxe for less: devon chandelier

I have been smitten with the Devon Chandelier from Williams Sonoma Home since I first laid eyes on it in their summer catalog two years ago.  At almost 3 feet wide, I knew it would be the perfect piece for our dining room in the new house, but here was no way I could justify its $1,000 price tag, so it I tucked it away in my inspiration folder for a future client, instead.

After an extensive-and exhausting- search for a similar fixture at a fraction of the cost, I found a beauty by Murray Feiss and then almost had a heart attack when I discovered it was discontinued! (Hence, why I don't have a photo of or link to it). 

Luckily for me the manufacturer still had a few in-stock and even better, I got it at a steal!  The gleaming polished nickel finish now goes fabulously with our new dining room’s dark slate walls, bamboo roman blinds and blue and white ginger jars.   I'm still debating whether or not to buy shades (and yes, I know the one bulb is slightly askew), but I'm loving how sleek it looks for now!