Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sneak Peek of my newest collection

Currently I've been gathering inspiration and designing my newest collection of textiles. Here is a little peek into some of the patterns...
I'm hoping to show you more the closer I get to picking the final designs.
     

Friday, October 3, 2014

Will's Bedroom Reveal

I'm finally sharing a few photos of Will's room! It has been a work in progress and I've been collecting and putting things together over the past year. I probably could have finished it much quicker than I did, but if you've ever designed anything for yourself you know how hard it can be. It's much easier to design for others. Because we moved a lot over the past several years, I've never really completed a space for Will so I thought it was time. I knew I wanted a space that could grow with him and reflect his personality. I also wanted a space that felt light and bright with a bit of fun. He is a four year old boy after all! I think spaces for kids don't have to feel too childish and themed, but should have some elements of playful and fun. While there are still a few things left to finish like window treatments, brass knobs for the dresser and I would like to eventually get a headboard, but for now I'm happy with how it came together.
 See more photos after the jump...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello


Hello friends. I'm alive and well and it feels good to be back! I've been busy working on lots of new ideas and patterns for my shop and as well as focusing more of my attention on new design projects I'm working on when it comes to styling. I will be sharing more of those with you over the next several months. Stay tuned. xoxo Ali

Thursday, August 28, 2014

For the home: linen bedding

What is it about linen that makes it so inviting? Despite linen wrinkling easy, I'm a big fan. It feels so relaxed and casual and doesn't have to be perfectly ironed to still look pretty. I love all these different colored versions from Anthropologie. It's also tempting to get some dye and try making my own.

What do you think, do you like a more relaxed look for your bed or do you like everything to look crisp?



     

Friday, August 22, 2014

A day trip

Last month I had the opportunity to fly with my dad out to Monterey, CA for the day. It was pretty last minute. I didn't know until that morning I was going to go. I had been to Carmel and Monterey before, but it had been several years, and I forgot how much I love that place! The morning was pretty foggy, but by the afternoon the sun was shining and the ocean breeze felt so nice especially coming from the midwest. I started thinking if I could go anywhere for just a day, where would I go? I think Monterey would be in my top 5. What about you? Where would you go and what would you do?

Here are a few of my images from the day after the jump if you'd like to see...

Monday, August 18, 2014

For the home: accessories

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Lately I've been on the hunt for home accessories (vintage and new) for some prop styling projects I'm working on as well as a few spaces in my home. I find that a few pieces here or there can transform a small space or vignette. Last year H&M came out with a new home line, and until recently I hadn't checked it out. I was pleasantly surprised with all the good I found. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the current collection.
         

Monday, August 11, 2014

Strawberry salad with caramelized almonds

In the summer I love to eat salads, especially ones with fresh fruit mixed in. This one has been on rotation all summer and is super simple to make. I used to buy already made caramelized almonds until I realized how easy it is to caramelize your own in a skillet with sugar and chopped up almonds. Stir them around until they are golden brown. Plus, what a difference it makes to pour warm almonds onto your salad!

Strawberry Almond Salad
Mixed Greens
Chopped celery
Shredded carrots
Crumbled blue cheese
Sliced strawberries
Caramelized almonds
Shredded chicken (optional)

Other variations could include diced grapes, blueberries, or mandarin oranges. 

For the dressing you could easily make your own, but I personally like to mix the Brianna's Poppyseed Dressing with the Blush Wine Vinaigrette Dressing.



 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fall trend: high waisted skinny jeans

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I love a good pair of skinny jeans in a dark wash, but lately I've been seeing a lot of high waisted ones. The other day my friend Amanda had on the cutest pair that she wore with a tucked-in tee and skinny belt.

What do you think, will you try them?
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 (The ones pictured here are all from Anthropologie, but I also like these, these, these, these and these)