This time of year I’m all about the warm and cozy. As the weather begins to change and temps encourage us to nuzzle in, I find great design inspiration absolutely everywhere. Here’s what I’m loving this week……
architecture, history ….and a big dose of charm
There’s nothing like fall along Chicago’s North Shore. Quaint tree-lined villages brimming with color dot the Lake Michigan shoreline as you travel north from the hustle-bustle of the city. Each has its own personality. And small town appeal. And each its own style and charming aesthetic. It’s really something to see. A favorite stop, Lake Forest’s Market Square, above, is the perfect spot for a stroll on a chilly November afternoon. Every architectural detail, inviting store front and cozy brick-lined alley beg you to stop and linger….just the thing to get you into the holiday spirit!
Maybe it’s because winter has started really early here in the midwest. Like, really early. But I’m already planning my flannel strategy for the cold months ahead. And basically, the plan is to be cozy….and totally stylish too! And this year I’m finding my favorite picks for flannel bedding at Garnet Hill. Tons of patterns, prints and colors to keep you toasty and bring a fresh pop of fun to your bedroom decor. As always there are plenty of darling holiday-themed looks to choose from. But I so appreciate the wide selection of everyday winter designs that take you from the first snow all the way through to the last day of winter. So smart!
falling in love with fall arrivals
Totally crushing on the new fall items from Serena & Lily. Especially when they’re featured in shades of concrete like the Knolls Pendant, above. Or in Mist—their gorgeous taupey-gray hue that highlights everything from their rattan Balboa furniture to this handsome Lakewood Alpaca Throw, below. Love……
Photos: Serena & Lily
fall’s summer reading
Thank God I’m the only member of my book club, because I’m just getting to my stack of summer reading. This fall. But what a great place to start: Nathan Turner’s I Love California! If you haven’t had a chance to sit with a great coffee and browse through this unique personal tour through some of California’s most picturesque locals, do it now. It’s so much fun. Oh, did I mention chapter after chapter of beautifully photographed homes and regional family recipes from some of Nate’s fondest childhood memories and beyond? Each and everyone a treasure and so worth a try. Like this Deconstructed Seafood Louise Salad below…..almost too pretty to eat! And yes, I gave it a go and it’s a keeper for sure.
I had the pleasure of hearing Nate present at a design conference a couple years back and just loved how his book reflected his casual, engaging style. You’ll want to page through this one time and time again.
Photography: Victoria Pearson
And finally, a last grasp at that irresistible summer feeling. Mine came on an unseasonably cold morning this fall, as I staged our comfy deck seating area for its final appearance of the season. With all the details of a warm, summer get together, I composed an inviting arrangement in anticipation of having my real estate photographer sister capture it one last time before we put this home on the market. Turns out, with the brief warm streak that followed, we were able to enjoy it one last time before it goes up for sale. Bittersweet…..