Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Hostesses with the mostesses. Or something like that. Decked out in Kate Spade because the brand is truly awesome like that.
Pretty maids all in a row.
Loved that so many Everygirl staffers and contributors came out! Including but not limited to…
our Everygirl copy editor Lisa Sanchez, straight from Boston
our super wordsmith Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Danielle and I w/ Everygirl alumn Caitlin Brown and Mary Mullen and our fall writing intern/in-house fashionista Annie Walsh
our dynamite photogs, Maura and John Stoffer, whose beautiful photos from the event you can see on The Everygirl today!
…and there were friends and loved ones! Not to say staffers aren’t friends, obvi. But you know what I mean.
Skirt PR represent! Clair and Caitlin (future and former Everygirls)
this tall glass of water surprised me and stopped by
…the only man in a sea of women and glitter who wasn’t paid to be there (literally the only other men were photographers and waiters). #makesmyheartsing
And then there was my favorite part… meeting readers! No surprise how personable, smart, and stylish all these ladies were. And friendly! Many of them are from Chicago, two sisters were from Alaska! Their careers varied from PR to tech consulting. Boy would I love to get together with a big group some time and really talk – more than you can in the five minutes of chatting at a cocktail party. I’m sure we’d all become fast friends.
Seriously – how fashionable are these ladies?!
Yay Kate Spade!
Yay surprise write-up on Vanity Fair’s blog!
Yay prettier event pictures by John and Maura!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I’m finally going to Michigan to hang with my new niece!
What are your plans for my favorite holiday?
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Radisson Hotels is celebrating their 50th anniversary and are giving away 50 free nights for 50 days across the blogosphere! Today, the giveaway has come to Live Creating Yourself!
A few places I’d love to visit? Seattle or Charleston. Easy.
One winner will win one night voucher that is valid for one free night, standard room, double occupancy at any North American Radisson Blu or Radisson Hotel of the winner’s choice. The voucher expires one year after issue
date. The full terms and conditions are located on the room night
– Leave a comment letting me know what North American city you’d visit for your free night at the Radisson! See the list of destinations here. And tell me: what do you have planned and when would you try and go? Girls trip? Visiting a long-distance friend or relative? Just need a night away? Be sure to include your email in the comment so I can contact you!
– Sunday at midnight. Winner will be announced on Monday, November 19!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I mentioned making a few subtle changes around the old place and restyling for the Chicago Home and Garden shoot, and I wanted to share those with you here in a good ol’ before and after showcase! Plus, my dear friend Danielle Moss took these photos, so I now officially have the rights to them. So feel free to pin and share away (with proper sourcing credit, of course)!
I was very happy with the way my old home looked in the first place, but it’s nice to make changes as your style evolves and your budget allows it. The old coffee table, for example, was a Craigslist purchase that worked just fine. But when I went to the Jayson Home and Garden warehouse sale last year and found my favorite coffee table for a fourth of its usual price, I couldn’t pass it up. Switching out art I made on my own for art I purchased was another update. And the dining room got the biggest overhaul with a new rug and table. Some rooms like the kitchen and office didn’t change much at all.
Well, enough from me… I’ll let the photos show you! Note I’ve linked to online sources wherever possible.
CHANGES: new art, coffee table, switched out the throw, pillows, and pouf, and restyled coffee table. Hi my name is Alaina. And I’m addicted to poufs.
SOURCES: couch: Value City Furniture // colorblock throw pillows: Stone Textile // art: Alicia Bock Paris Rooftops // rug: West Elm // pouf: Joss and Main // coffee table: Jayson Home and Garden (warehouse sale purchase) // white chair: Walter E. Smithe // garden stool: West Elm // floor lamp: West Elm // vertical bookshelf: West Elm // curtains: West Elm // ladder: vintage
CHANGES: I raided Jayson Home and Garden to create this beautiful new arrangement.
SOURCES: feather tray, pyrite cluster, crystal cluster, plant holder: Jayson Home and Garden // candle sconce: West Elm
SOURCES: desk and chair: Overstock // yellow pillow: Fabricadabra // chevron rug: RugsUSA // bookshelves: West Elm // lamp: Home Goods // pouf: West Elm // Live What You Love print: Heartfish Press
SOURCES: striped bedding: West Elm // Euro shams: West Elm // pillow: Jonathan Adler // picture frames above bed: Pottery Barn // lamps: J.C. Penny // nightstand tables: thrifted
Monday, November 12, 2012
So I did something kinda crazy. I took on an interior design client (yes – in addition to everything else I have going on…). After an hour-long in-person consult, a month and a half of e-decorating and waiting for items to arrive, my pal and assistant Caitlin Brown and I ventured to our client’s home yesterday morning for the final installation. The homeowners, Allison and Zach, had a lot of great pieces to begin with. We were mostly responsible for the finishing touches. The details that take a space from nice to “I feel like I’m in a show on HGTV!” Client’s words. Not mine. But they sure warmed my heart.
Enough words… more pictures.
Above you see the biggest change in the space. There is a huge wall along the kitchen and dining portion of the large open room. Allison and Zach had a small set of bookshelves styled as a bar, which looked lovely, but the shelves were really too small for the space. Covering the wall with art would have been a huge cost. So we went with a more functional arrangement. There’s no real entryway space, so we styled one in this area of the loft. Now there’s added light from the table lamp and mirror, as well as storage from the drawers in the parsons console table. Definitely my favorite part of the room. Isn’t it lovely?
Rug, coffee table styling, an oversized plant, pillows and throws… we just did our thang.
As you can see, a lot of the details and overall rearranging and hanging art came in to play with the styling/installation.
Caitlin and I were so so happy with how the project turned out! And the even better part? So were our clients. : )
I would share all the source details with you… but then I’d have to kill you. If you like what you see, shoot me a note at email@example.com for pricing or questions about my design services!