Monday Quote

Happy Monday! This weekend I enjoyed the view from the lovely Westside apartment my son just moved into. I’ve been busy packing boxes, purchasing first apartment essentials and juggling everything at home.   Sometimes it feels things are not getting accomplished fast enough.  Then I take a deep breath and feel thankful for another day.

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Eric Cohler Curates Amerock Hardware Collection

This post is sponsored via Amerock.

Earlier this month I joined a small gathering of bloggers and interior designer Eric Cohler for a fun and interactive afternoon hosted by Amerock.  Cohler’s designs have appeared regularly on the pages of  Elle Décor, House Beautiful and many other publications.   The working lunch was at Eric Cohler’s office in NYC.   His office is gorgeous.  His attention to details from the grasscloth covered walls to the zebra print covered waste can was inspiring.


Eric Cohler has collaborated with Amerock and curated the AmerockNow collection.  With his artistic eye, he has categorized the hardware by region making it easy for the consumer to find the look they seek.  The collection’s new finishes and styles blends well with both contemporary décor and traditionally styled interiors.


Themed categories allows consumers to see specific design esthetics for regional styles making hardware selections for their project easier.  Cohler explains, hardware is like jewelry for the kitchen.  An economical way to give your kitchen a new look is to change the hardware.

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 The descriptive names of the eight AmerockNOW families—#BiCoastal, #NortheastHome, #Heartland, #LondonUndone, #Lodge, #PhoenixRising, #LAExperience and #CityBeat.

What’s new in hardware design?  Featured in Masion& Objet,  Cohler predicts we will see more brushed copper in US design.  The “living finish” is warm and rustic with its patina  always changing in time as you touch it.


Cohler spoke gracefully about design.  In his book, Cohler On Design,  he shares his love for art and the influence of art in his designs.  We had a little fun and complete two DIY projects.


DIY: Amerock Knob Necklace


DIY: Mason Jars with Amerock Hardware


Ivy with Eric Cohler

Thank you Amerock and Eric for a delightful afternoon on design.  Take a closer look at the curated collection here  and find your style.  Consumers will save both time and money thanks to Cohler’s curated hardware collection, AmerockNow.

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Happy Monday!

Monday morning has arrived with new possibilities and opportunities to make it a wonderful day… Summer is here! Enjoy the little things.




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Five Things For The Weekend

Happy Friday!  It has been a busy week. On the home front, my son found his first apartment in NYC.  We are getting ready for his move. But for now, I’m going to enjoy the weekend.

Looking for a weekend tote, I was immediately struck by the botanical print in this delicious handbag.  The silhouette is from Tory Burch’s runway show.  It resembles a garden basket.   A garden tote with clusters of flowers to bring the garden with me.  Love it!

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Heirloom Tomato Salad.  Sweet and flavorful from the local farmers market.

There is a garden with 3 ft. tall delphiniums near town.  They are a favorite in the garden.  Hopefully, my florist will have a few stems I could bring home to enjoy.


A little me time with champagne and bath bubbles please.installing this button right away!Bubble Baths should be an everyday occurrence.

Do something fun for yourself this weekend!


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Bungalow 5: Shades of Blue

Blue is the color of the sky and sea.  It is a universal favorite for men and women.  If you are looking to add shades of blue to your décor, take a  closer look at Bungalow 5′s lighting and furniture for a touch of blue.


“The hallmark of a Bungalow 5 piece is that it always feels comfortably familiar yet strikingly fresh.”Bungalow 5

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Traditional Style: Shake It Up With Lucite

Lucite and acrylic furnishings make a great mix in a traditional space.  Incorporating accessories is a good place to start.  It can be as simple as adding a lucite tray to your coffee table or lucite bookends to your bookshelf.  One thing is certain, a little lucite will shake things up.  These lucite and acrylic pieces caught my eye.

Hudson’s Valley Alpine collection:  The geometric frame and brass accents make a stunning combination.



Lucite bookends.  Place a favorite statuette on the base to change your display.


Wisteria - Accessories - Shop by Category - Office & Storage - Acrylic Bookends

The armless Z-shaped acrylic chair is sleek and modern.

Wisteria - Furniture - Shop by Category - Chairs - Zany Z Chair

A vintage trunk gets an instant update with Lucite chairs.
vintage trunk vanity // trunk dresser, large mirror, lucite chairs, ghost chairs, bar cart, liquor, old trunk, tassel
Colorful toile and Lucite bar give a dining room a touch of traditional chic.

Pink, tangerine, Chinoisserie, lucite bar cart - cheers!


Acrylic counter stools keep this all white kitchen elegantly simple.

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Designer Ashley Whittaker adds an acrylic coffee table to open up the seating area.
Design Crush :: New York Apartment by Designer Ashley Whittaker

“Just one piece of clear acrylic furniture will shake up any room in any style.”  — House Beautiful Magazine.

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Happy June


Have a great Monday!


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Memorial Day Weekend

It is about Honor, Pride and Respect because they deserve nothing less.  Thank you to our military and their families.

Following my country heart.



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Apartment Shopping In NYC

Happy Friday!  It is an exciting time at home.  I’m helping my son find his first apartment.   We went apartment shopping in NYC.   The views are amazing, but they do come at a price.


The amenities are impressive, some include an indoor lap pool, 24 hour gym, movie theater, lounges with pool table and fireplace surrounded by more beautiful views of Manhattan.   What we want most is a great location and  24 hour doorman service.  The doorman comes in handy for safety and receiving packages, since he’ll be working long hours.


I was happy for him.  What’s next?  Organizing and shopping for furniture. Watch out the college graduates are taking over NYC.   Happy Weekend.


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Outdoor Pillows and Trim

Looking for outdoor pillows?  Blue and white is my favorite outdoor color combination for pillows.   Pretty outdoor trim on pillows add a decorative detail.   Royal Pineapple Air Blue Outdoor Pillow

Beautiful outdoor fabrics  offer  UV protection for weather durability.  I enjoy blue and white, but there are a range of patterns and colors to create the ultimate outdoor décor.

outdoor trim part of new collection. Kravet Soleil - Indoor/Outdoor

Serena and Lily, FrontGate, Kravet: trim, Soleil – Indoor/Outdoor


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