Aug 31, 2012

alice lane home collection

i would love to welcome my newest sponsor--alice lane home collection.
alice lane is a gorgeous store located at 1350 south state street in orem, utah--about 40 miles south of downtown salt lake city, and definitely worth the trip if you are visiting utah, or if you live anywhere in the area!
 any time i travel, or check out a new city, i try to explore at least one home decor store, and i have to say that alice lane is one of the most amazing stores i have ever set foot in!

everything they carry is spot-on....from linens, ceramics, art, and other accessories, and of course, their furniture. you will see items from mitchell gold + bob williams, hickory chair, bernhardt and oly studio (one of my favorites. i had blogged about their pieces many times!). 

 i am a firm believer in saving and splurging---i would have no problem buying a chair at a thrift store and then splurging on a great pillow or lamp. speaking of great looking pillows, i would love to have any of the pillows on this bed!  

 i also believe that just one or two items in a room can really "elevate" it...make it feel special and unique. alice lane is the prefect place to get that one item (or 12!) that will totally transform your room.

here are a few more pictures from their portfolio:
 i love the textures, colors and patterns that infuse their store and their interiors!

 their styling is always beautiful and layered. 

isn't this leather settee just about the prettiest thing ever?

be sure to visit their blog for  design inspiration, giveaways, their design process + client projects, and much more!
and..if you happen to live in utah, do your self a a favor and stop in alice lane for a visit and some well-deserved shopping!

*their location is kitty-corner from the university mall. you can't miss it....just look for the darling striped awnings!

have a great weekend!

Aug 29, 2012

weekend in bend: part 2

first off, i have to say that these pictures really don't do the town justice-- the town is so vibrant and quaint and (at this time of year) filled with flowers.
here is a look at some of the pictures we took:

the downtown area.

a yummy fruit and cheese plate we enjoyed.

the best meal we ate while we were there was at five- fusion & sushi bar. we loved the interiors, and in particular, this water feature--a suspended glass ceiling filled with water.

across the bridge, and seperated from downtown by a few bridges and lovely parks, is the drake park neighborhood historic district.

you can catch glimpse of some of the houses on the river from a park adjacent to downtown.

we spent a little file driving around the neighborhood and taking some pictures before we headed out of town. here are a few of our favorite houses...

 (this one is my favorite! notice the built-in brick planter to the right side of the porch? LOVE.

i hope you enjoyed the little tour! 

Aug 28, 2012

weekend in bend: part 1

if you have been reading my blog for a while, then you know that my husband and i get away every year for our anniversary. these trips have been everything from a single night to a 12 day adventure. we usually opt for a stateside town that we can easily explore in 2-3 days. a few places we have been to include savannah georgia, charleston, seattle, and kennbunkport maine, but we have also ventured to mexico, the florida keys and maui. 

this year, we had family in town around our anniversary, and so we put off planning something until after the kids went back to school...or so i thought! on thursday evening, my husband surprised me by handing me a suitcase and telling me i had 10 minutes to pack---- that we were heading out the door to drop the kids off at my brothers house (a 5 hour drive away in boise), where we would spend the night. from there, he and i were headed to central oregon to spend a couple of nights in bend, oregon.

i have never been to oregon before,  (well--not on PURPOSE. i think i grazed a corner of it once on my way to washington!) and the first 5+ hours from boise to bend were much drier and ummm..."empty" than i imagined. i thought the entire state would be covered in pine trees! of course, the closer we got to bend and the cascade mountains, the more oregon started to look like the oregon of my imagination.

the town of bend is completely charming. we stayed at the oxford hotel, in downtown bend, which was nestled right in the heart of hundreds of boutiques, restaurants, salons, and specialty shops, ALL within walking distance.  also within walking distance is a beautiful riverside park with pedestrian bridges, walking and biking paths and a slew of beautiful historic homes. (more on that tomorrow)

want to see a snippet of our weekend? (ok...really, there are a slew of shots of the hotel, cuz it was pretty cute.) 

the hotel--the oxford in downtown bend, oregon.

 our room:
it had a tiny balcony and a kitchenette (which we never used), dining area and seating area.

cozy bed, and tall tufted headboard.

really liked the concrete counters in the kitchen--i would love to have concrete countertops somewhere in our next house. 

overall, i really liked the textures in the room. the metal "wood" table was my favorite thing in the room. white leather is not really my thing, but i think it looks great here.

 the bathroom.

hello, lamp! i like you UH-lot.
isn't the mix of the lamp and the wood slices mirror great?

 the halls were covered in  this subtle metallic leather-look wall covering. the stitching detail on it was gorgeous!

 aren't these sconces great?
i adored them!
the contrast between the sconce and the wall covering behind it is really fabulous.

 the lobby. the most striking feature is the branch like chandelier...more like a sculpture.

 the seating area.
love the simple concrete fireplace and the green shag rug.
the mix of wood, metal, concrete tile, and leather is really beautiful.
there is a theme of wood--branches, stumps, wood slices, faus bois...and it adds a lot of character to
all of the spaces--the halls, the rooms, and the lobby.

another small seating area.
the metal stump table and large floor lamp made me smile every time i walked past them.
also notice the contrast welting on the chair.
i am a HUGE fan of the trim on the lampshade as well!

a close-up of a wall sconce.

a peek behind the registration desk. love those little wood slice mirrors....

* i can highly recommend this hotel!
not only is the style factor pretty great, but the location is perfect, and the staff were some of the friendliest we have ever encountered. we ordered breakfast from the hotel restaurant, and it was really good! i would definitely stay here again.

i will back back tomorrow with some more pictures of our little getaway!

Aug 22, 2012

great finds

i spend a lot of time at the sites of most popular online retailers. because i specialize in online design, or e-design, these stores are where i find nearly everything for my clients homes.
here are a few things that have had me oohing and aaahing lately:

pb teen just introduced this austen wood veneer pendant, and i love it! it looks a lot like similar pendants that range from $200 to $1000, but this one will only set you back $99. i think it would look amazing in a boys room or a home office.

the dunham sofa from west elm is also available in a loose cushion back, but i like this version better. this sofa is a dead ringer for the hutton sofa form room and board, which i ADORE. (And good for us---the dunham sofa is several hundred dollars less!)

world market has recently revamped their website, making it easier to navigate. they have also introduced some great new pieces, that i would love to use for clients and myself. here are my picks from world market: 

 piper x-base accent table-$99

 goldenrod harper banquette $499

 nico arch mirror-$149

 cooper round dining table-$399

 provence dining table-$529. (very similar to the ones at restoration hardware,
at a fraction of the cost!)

peacock ella side chair (set of 2) $359

*i have pinned all of these beauties to my affordable finds board, so if you want to add them to a board you have been working on, just click here.

happy shopping!