Stylist Secrets

Announcing: Trouvé Prop

Announcing: Trouvé Prop

Sometimes a big idea/dream will come to you and you’re unable to shake it. Thoughts swirl around in your head and it continues to simmer on the so-called back burner until you decide to either dismiss it or take action. Last fall, I had one of those ideas that I just couldn’t let go - to develop a unique product line. Since then, I’ve been quietly working behind the scenes to make it a reality. Fast forward to today, we’re set to launch in just a few short weeks and I’m excited to reveal it to you and cast my creative vision out into the world! It’s called Trouvé Prop and I’d like to share what led me to this concept and give you a glimpse of what’s to come.

NYC - Fishs Eddy

NYC - Fishs Eddy

You know what they say, better late than never, right? I've been meaning to share my trip to NYC with you and completely forgot. So let's just pretend I got back last week instead of in December. We'll begin with the shopping first, starting with Fishs Eddy. I'm not sure a trip to NYC would be complete without a visit here...there's just so much good stuff.

When you walk in you're greeted by this enormous display of waving ceramic hand molds....

Making the March Cover!



I can't tell you how excited I was to get the news that a home I had scouted, produced and styled made the March cover of Country Living! It was such a fun shoot to work on with Lisa Romerein, who shot the lovely photos. This issue is all about What's Country Now, featuring the best of country style...and this home certainly fits the bill.

You will love reading about their kitchen filled with vintage appliances, colorful pottery, clever pantry storage and a farm to table lifestyle. Not to mention those amazing tree stump stools! 

To celebrate, I'm giving away 5 copies of the March issue! If you'd like to enter leave a comment answering the following question:

What's Country Now for you?

I can't wait to read your answers and see what speaks to you now in terms of living with and decorating in todays country style. Winners will be announced Monday, Feb 13th.

Congratulations to the following winners:

judy said: congrats!!! country to me is comfort ...simple with things you enjoy...and not ever pretentious

Lisa Gottenborg said: Love it! Country is relaxed and comfortable,natural and useful,worn and warm. White dishes and furniture and things you love that tell a story,it is never stuffy or formal. Thanks for the chance to win!
R. Justus said: Country for me right now is embracing my wide plank pine floors which have gaps in them by chinking them with cotton cording instead of putting down new floors. Loving the contrast between the golden honey color with the off white cording! Sealing the cording to keep it that way!
Emily said:Congratulations on you cover. Country is something with character. A piece or a setting that can tell a story - that has a history. It is a glass of lemonade and a warm summer night. I love country.

Jenny said:Congrats! Well done! For me, I love the thrill of the hunt and re-using/re-purposing affordable vintage finds.!

Please send me your addresses so I can get your copies in the post! Congratulations!

Country Living: Decorating with White


To coincide with their annual White Issue, Country Living is featuring expert tips and advice on decorating with and using white in your home. There are interviews with well known designers, room makeovers, house tours and decorating trends.

They asked if I would share my affection for white and some of the ways I incorporate it in my home. You can see my tips here along with some great design bloggers like Holly, Susie, Wendy and several others. Hop on over for a big dose of white inspiration!

Merci & French Finds Giveaway!


 One of our favorite shops in Paris was the concept store Merci. The idea or mission behind the shop was to give Thanks by providing a stunning place for customers to find unique, well made products and using the profits to benefit an endowment fund to help the poorest children in Madagascar. It's such a clever way to market charitable giving although we really shouldn't have to be seduced by wares in order to give. Come along and take a peek for yourself...

Merci08 In the courtyard you're greeted by the adorable red Merci car and a beautiful selection of faux bois outdoor furnishings and potted trees. The displays indoors are spectacular! They had a great mix of modern, industrial and French chic mixed harmoniously together.

Merci04 Merci02 Downstairs was my favorite spot. It was filled with wooden kitchen utensils, napkins and towels, picnic supplies, etc., etc. Their selection was a stylists dream! I also adored this simple pendant lightbulb in the shape of a diamond. 


And they had a rainbow of Pantone mugs in a multitude of hues. Each one had the Pantone color name and html code number on cute! 



There are 3 floors to wander about with mens & womens clothing, housewares, books, apothecary and linens. And lots of cool Japanese paper goods like journals, envelopes, bags, tape, notebooks, cards and much more. Temptations everywhere! Merci09 Merci is located at: 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris 75003 The nearest Metro is Saint Sébastien-Froissart on Line 8. Open: Mon-Sat 10am to 7pm

Merci12 I wanted to thank you for coming along with us on our Paris adventure by giving away a Bundle of French Finds from our trip to one of you! The gift  includes a bar of Violette Savon, a nubby cotton dish towel and scrubber, the latest holiday issue of Marie Claire Idees Magazine, a token Eiffel Tower keychain, vintage ephemera and buttons from the Paris flea market, Raspberry Pastilles Candy and the most delicious Fleur de Sel Butter Caramels.

Winner will be announced Friday, Dec 2nd. To enter just leave a comment answering the following question:

 What was your favorite part of your Thanksgiving holiday?


Wendy in Kennewick said:

My favorite part was a phone call from my godson on the East Coast, closely followed by stuffing! I have so enjoyed your Paris blogs and adding to my list of non-tourist places to visit the next time I am there.

Thanks everyone for sharing your holiday memories. I felt like I was right there along with you having turkey, playing cards, eating pie and enjoying family!