Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Sadie Chronicles: From Baby Girl to Preteen Dream

Sadie's Room Age 7-10

After a disaster of an attempt to have a day bed made for a then 2 1/2 year old Sadie, I begged and begged Scotty for the custom pink dreamy day bed (above)from a local high end children's store. So when we moved three years ago, the bed was the one thing I didn't even ask to change. 

For the last three years every girls sleepover has evicted Cooper from his full size bed and into our king size. We call it The Presson Shuffle.

Cooper's Room Circa 2014 - Haven't Done a Thing to it since.

So in leu of the fact that Sadie's legs pretty much touch the end of the bed we are giving her room a preteen upgrade. She begged for a surprise reveal, but who am I kidding with the summer packed full of camps and vacations, it's going to take a miracle to pull that off. 

Heres the Plan:

1. Cover the back wall in Schumacher Queen of Spain in Black Wallpaper. 

2. Im saying NO to high end beds that will no doubt be tagged in stickers and sharpies, so insert this great bed from World Market

3. I am loving these Restoration Hardware Teen sheets, keeping her linen Euro Shams and adding a turquoise Mongolian Sheepskin Pillow

3. I'm keeping the rattan hour glass side tables (not on the design board but in above pic) and hardwiring sconces above the headboard for late night study sessions to come.I like these from Schoolhouse Electric but haven't committed 100% just yet.

4. We are keeping the black Moroccan rug I imported just for a little bug, West Elm parson's table, vintage rattan chairs, vintage etched Victorian mirror and Ikea bookcase. 

Stay Tuned For The Final Reveal, Lesson's Learned and Changes to SHC Branding!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

SWEET HOME CHARLOTTE: Bananas for Banana & Palm Leaf Prints

The design diva's from Laurel & Wolf  asked me to give my two cents and a Trend Forecast for Banana Leaf & Palm Prints. . .Uhmm, YES Please!! 

My home designs almost always start with a neutral color palette because I am so ADD that I need to be able to switch things up on the fly. Some new curtains, new pillows and a few accessories and viola a whole new space. This summer I am digging adding a whole new vibe to my sunroom and kitchen style with some over the top Banana Print accessories.

I am 100% my sunroom would be even more divine with a pillow refresh and some more 70's goodness with a few Banana Print Pillows. I am over the top dying for these Palm Beach Pillows from Furbish Studio.


How about these killer outdoor poufs from Etsy shop Square Fox Designs. For under a $100, they are a steal! Any takers on a white washed screened in porch, some fresh outdoor white curtains and a few of these for some extra seating and design goodness.

Image & Source: Makeup By Tiffany

Make a traditional bedroom fun and fresh with fun pillows like the one's used in this room by Makeup By Tiffany

Design Credit & Image: Not 100% but would LOVE to know!!! 

Be BOLD with Palm Print Wallpaper like this designer! A statement wall like this is all a glamour girl needs. Well that and the Hermes blanket!


Hello, best scene ever from the cult classic Troop Beverly Hills. The Beverly Hills Hotel, home to the iconic use of Banana Leaf & Palm Prints.For the record, that's about my idea of camping as well.

Sunday, April 10, 2016


Moments of clarity always come to me when I am the least likely to be open to it. Last September 10th, on my way to West Point for the last of many funerals, and after delayed flights and a car rental experience from hell, I found myself stuck on the Major Deegan Expressway at rush hour. Starving and exhausted, I looked up from a dead standstill to see a billboard sign hidden in the dark sky, one word in bold type, GRATTITUDE. Misspelled (like every word I spell) with an extra T and a backwards E, I couldn't help but smile at the irony. 

Gratitude: The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation and kindness.

How is it that such a simple word with such a clear definition, can be so hard to practice in my own life. Yet, there it was, my lesson for the day, staring me down from above, so that I couldn't possibly miss it. GRATITUDE. I was grateful that day, to be going to my Great Aunts Skippy's funeral, on of all days 9/11, thankful for her life and her lessons that she left to all that loved her. Practice gratitude everyday, even in the dark and in traffic, and you will find happiness. It's not complicated at all. 

As if my Great Aunt Skip would have had it any other way, her funeral was a clear celebration of life, we laughed we smiled, we shared only the good times. Afterwards, we jumped in our cars, drove up and down the Hudson River Parkway and celebrated on the water with great food and wine and basked in the sun light.