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06.04.14

Hi friends!!  Today I am sharing my very first Olioboard!  For those of you not familiar, Olioboard is a website that allows you to put together mood boards as inspiration.  I’ve been working with an interior designer (who’s fabulous I might add) and she suggested that I familiarize myself with the website.  It provides furniture, lighting, accessories and more from popular retailers or you can save and upload your own items.  Many people position the objects to actually look like a room but let’s be honest, I’m not that patient.  For my first go-round I created a home study.

Home Office

I chose my color palette first: warm grays.  The lighter grey background is the wall color for the room.  It is Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray (a personal favorite of mine).  The darker grey is Sherwin Williams Dovetail, and that’s what any built-in would be painted.

I love how the wood floors contrast with the grey colors.  I chose a great, Jute rug from Restoration Hardware.  Jute rugs can be found anywhere with how popular they are right now.

I centered the room around the desk.  I picked it out first and wanted the rest of the room to compliment it.  I found it at Restoration Hardware as well.  After the desk, I chose the fabulous chandelier.  I love the metal contrast with the wooden desk.  The chandelier is also from RH (surprise, surprise).

The linen, tufted chair would go in the corner of the room.  It is from Overstock and a deal!  $299 for that baby.  I found both the console table and gold, sunburst mirror on Olioboard’s inventory list.  Not sure where those exact pieces can be found, but I know there are close replicas out there!

I added the black and white prints behind the desk for a clean and polished look.  The accessories can of course be changed a bit, but I thought the brass table lamp and end table were nice finishing touches.  Lastly, the orchid and fiddle fig tree add great color to the room.

Home Office

What do you think??  I was kind of blindly designing here, but I am happy with it.  There will definitely be more Olioboards to come!

XO,

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home // eclectic inspiration

05.29.14

Hi lovelies!  Today I am sharing some really inspiring spaces.  They are wayyy out of my comfort zone because I am a neutral gal, but I do wish sometimes that I had the nerve to bring some serious color in our home.

Take a look.

Los Angeles Interior Designers & Decorators

betsy burnham

Milton Photographers

Michael J. Lee Photography

Bala Cynwyd Design-Build Firms

Design Manifest

Cynwyd Design-Build Firms

Design Manifest

New York Architects & Designers

Felhandler/ Steeneken Architects

Chicago Architects & Designers

Summer Thornton Design, Inc

Bala Cynwyd Design-Build Firms

Design Manifest

New York Interior Designers & Decorators

Kati Curtis Design

Alexander Interior Designers & Decorators

Andrea Brooks Interiors

San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators

Story & Space – Interior Design and Color Guidance

Los Angeles Photographers

Erika Bierman Photography

Evergreen Media & Bloggers

Vintage Renewal

Boston Interior Designers & Decorators

Ana Donohue Interiors

What do you think?  What is your favorite color combination?  Some of the spaces are a stretch for me, but I’d love to be able to bring color into a space like these talented designers have done.  

I am working on a fun DIY project as we speak.  I was planning on sharing this week, but the weather didn’t cooperate.  Check back next week!!

XO,

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recipes // dark chocolate coconut granola bars

05.23.14

dark chocolate coconut bars

Oh man, this is a good one.  I baked these delicious bars last week, and Parker has already asked me when I’m making them again. (We haven’t finished the first batch.)  Get your pen and paper ready, snapshot the screen, do what ya need to do to remember this recipe because I know you’ll be hooked!

Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  •  1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup almonds, sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (or nut butter of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, almonds, and coconut flakes.  Spread on a large baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Add honey, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, almond butter, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla to a sauce pan and heat over medium low heat until warm and all ingredients are melted.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Transfer mixture to a square pan and press firmly down to pack bars very tightly.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool at room temperature.
  7. In another pan melt chocolate and the last 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a medium heatproof bowl over simmering water.  Once the chocolate is melted, spread evenly over the bars.
  8. Allow chocolate to cool and harden before cutting bars.

*You could leave out the dark chocolate if you wanted to reduce the sugar.

Enjoy!

xo,

Claire

 

 

 

 

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home // white kitchen inspiration

05.16.14

Ahhh the crisp and clean yet welcoming and warm feeling an all white kitchen provides.  I loooove dreaming of white kitchens, so I thought I’d share some of those dreams with you.

Enjoy!

San Francisco Architects & Designers

Sutro Architects

Beverly Interior Designers & Decorators

Siemasko + Verbridge

Richmond Tile, Stone & Countertops

Charles Luck Stone Center

London Kitchen & Bath Designers

Mowlem & Co

San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators

Green Couch Interior Design

Solon Interior Designers & Decorators

House of L Interior Design

Brooklyn Photographers

Rikki Snyder

Flemington Architects & Designers

Pickell Architecture

Coral Gables Architects & Designers

Nelson de Leon/Locus Architecture Inc.

South San Francisco General Contractors

Dijeau Poage Construction

Boston Kitchen & Bath Designers

Venegas and Company

Chicago Kitchen & Bath Designers

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Charlotte Interior Designers & Decorators

Carolina Design Associates, LLC

San Francisco Architects & Designers

Gast Architects

Woodland Interior Designers & Decorators

Joyce Hoshall Interiors

Naples Home Builders

Kurtz Homes Naples

Sanford Home Builders

Tolaris Homes

Okay, just a few more!!

Putney Design-Build Firms

Kenzer Furniture

Atlanta Architects & Designers

Castro Design Studio

Chicago Kitchen & Bath Designers

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators

Marsh and Clark Design

Atlanta General Contractors

Blake Shaw Homes, Inc

This can’t be healthy.  A girl can dream, right?!?

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

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