Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Love the look: Back to School

Hello, hello! My kiddos head back to school next week!! Hallelujah  I mean that's too bad. I don't know about you but my kids are at each other's throats...All kidding aside, I adore them and live for the summer but this Mama is ready for the school routine and longer work days! Did I just say, longer work days? I did. Thank god I love my job.

Most of the items above are self explanatory but here are a few notes!

- My daughter informed me she wants this entire outfit, purse and all for school!!
- Those glitter sneakers are in my cart for Emmi. Mini-Boden is having a back to school sale!!
- We've had great luck around here with Pottery Barn back packs and their turn around is fast! They are on sale too!!!
- This field jacket is for all the Mommies who walk or wait in the cold getting their little ones to school. It will also keep us warm at the endless flag, soccer, lax, etc. etc. etc. games.

Best of luck with your back to school events and children!!  I will be back in full force next week...woot woot!!  xx

Monday, August 22, 2016

Jenni Kayne with OKL

With Fall quickly approaching I'm finding my thoughts shifting to cozy fires, warm neutrals and cooler, crisp mornings. I'm usually sad to see the summer go but I'm also ready for a change in pace and a routine for my children!! I'm kicking off the week with the sunny, bright, organic living room of fashion designer Jenni Kayne. She recently down sized from her Beverly Hills home (pictured below) and teamed up with One King's Lane to revamp her new living room. To purchase the look yourself visit OKL. Check out Jenni's clothing line here

 And here is a glance at Jenni's Former Home. It just sold for a mere 12.9 million - gulp.
For more photos of her Beverly Hills home visit.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Shelter Loves...

Good Morning! I had a very successful trip in Chicago with Ace Hardware but after a long week, there is nothing as relaxing as a peaceful Sunday morning. I even got to sleep in, which is a rare treat around here. I was really inspired by all this goodness last week:

1. This fabulous sugar scrub is a BC BEST seller. A few of my friends have been raving about it. I desperately need to exfoliate my and soften up my skin after a long hectic summer....Order here

2. Fall fashion is my favorite and not many do it better than Giovanna Battaglia. Her style is eclectic but always classic. 

3. I usually wear one statement piece with an outfit. This chunky necklace would mix beautifully with a fall palette of caramel, cream and cocoa!

4. Fall is all about transitional pieces for warm or cool weather and layering. I would wear this classic t-shirt under a blazer. I was kicking myself for not having a sweater/jkt to wear at the convention center last week..Brrr I froze my butt off!

5. I'm crazy over black woodwork...I'd love a built in cocktail bar to store all of my glassware and dishes. This would be a dream while hosting a party.

6. Much of the architecture in Chicago is inspired by the Art Deco era. I could admire the intricate details and ornamentation found on many of the buildings all day. This included the hotel I stayed at

7. Amen

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Gregg Renfrew's home

Gregg Renfrew of Beautycounter not only started an amazing mission but she also has impeccable style, her home and outfits are perfectly put together. Here's a little peek at her the abode she shares with her husband and three children. Images via. The clean lines and neutral palette seen here are flawless..

Monday, August 15, 2016

Beautycounter love.....

I am so excited to share this news with you all!! As you know here at Shelter I have my own interior design firm and lifestyle blog. I love, love, love sharing creative ideas, interior design moments, gardening, purchases, my own home, fashion and finally beauty products with you! My blog and reading others has not only been a huge source of inspiration for me but proved to be very therapeutic during my painful divorce and an amazing learning experience.

Living a healthy lifestyle is a very important part of my life and as most of you know, I have had some recent skin cancer scares that have resulted in surgery and now scars. Healthy skin and beauty products are a huge part of my daily routine, so I was thrilled when my dear friend Sarah introduced me to the Beautycounter brand a little over a year ago. I agree with their mission 100% and have decided to join the team as a consultant and spread the word about the importance of using healthy beauty products and makeup, not only for myself and you but for our children and environment!! I have tried a number of the products over the pass year and I am loving the way my skin looks and feels.
Today I'm sharing some information about this fast growing company and my favorite products. Everything I have used works wonderfully..I am also thrilled to make a difference and get safe products in the hands of everyone!

Gregg Renfrew is the founder of Beautycounter. Read all about their important mission here
They have a pop up shop for the rest of the summer in Nantucket. I hope to visit this September!!

 Here are some of my favorites so far and best sellers:

1. The nourishing cream cleanser. I use this in the am and pm to wash my face!
2. This wonderful charcoal mask draws out impurities and refines and smooths skin.
3. The rose water spray is so refreshing and instantly gives my tired skin a refresher. I'm packing this for my trip to Chicago this week.
4. The skin tinting foundation cream is light but has great coverage. 
6. I use the cleansing balm not only to wash my face but during the colder months I slather it on my face as a deep hydrating treatment. It's amazing!
7. Eye cream is a daily must at my age.. ;) 
8. Sun block that is free of all the harmful chemicals and hormone disruptors.
9. The oils: Something else I swear by these days. There are three available or purchase in the set here. (the newest oils have names not numbers)
10. Hair conditioner. I need a deep conditioner with my wavy, thick hair. This one does the trick!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Shelter Loves...

Happy Saturday. Well Matty got back from the Olympics and had a great time! I mean how could you not, right? I've been tuning in the past few days. The athletic ability, endurance and commitment these competitors have is inspirational! It also makes me want to bump up my exercise routine a bit and push myself harder. I'm finding I need to work twice as hard to look and feel the same as I did five years ago. * if you are under 35 you don't need to worry about this yet! Read on to find out what is exciting me this week!

1. The Olympics. I was reading Michael Phelps' back story the other day. It is pretty remarkable how swimming and letting go of past hurt really saved his life and career. Some of his remarks mentioned never giving up on yourself in life. We all go through tough times at one point or another. I thought this quote summed up this concept well. "NEVER STOP LOOKING UP"! The stars do come out and the sun will (does) shine again!

2. I'm all about this relaxed look lately. The orange and blue mixed with the graphic stripes, bag and scarf are all working for me today! Purchase a similar feeling shirt here. I'm loving Mark D. Sikes stripes collection! They are classic but updated!

3. This is basically the "it" boot of the Fall season. I have seen this style in an array of colors and heights but the narrow heel covered in the same fabric as the body of the shoe is a must have! I also love how this bootie can be dressed up or down.

4. This painting has great movement. See it or purchase here - by Gudrun Mertes-Frady

5. Wow, this tile! Justina Blakeney's home is in House Beautiful this month. This bathroom is not for the faint of heart but Justina is never afraid to take risks with her style. I love the handmade quality of these beautiful blue tiles. By Fireclay Tile. The recessed vintage mirror and brass fixtures are also stunning.

xx - Julie

Thursday, August 11, 2016

This and that.....

I am off to pick up Matty from the airport so I only have time for a quick post....He's sounding pretty spent after spending a week in Rio at the Olympics. I'm sure he was partying it up a bit! 

As I've mentioned, I'm getting my home ready to be photographed this Fall!!!  I'll move onto the outside revamp next summer and possibly an addition after that. I desperately need a mudroom! I also have been searching high and low for a wallpaper for the small bathroom off of my bedroom. I needed to incorporate the colors in my home and in the existing bedroom with my paper choice. I often choose wallpapers first but I originally had just painted my bathroom.

Here's my choice - Paradise Found by Anthropologie! (Even the name is cool - hehe)
 My bedroom has pink, white, navy and blue in it! This paper should compliment it perfectly. I also have a green velvet bench that I am dying to use in the space!! I'll keep you posted on the status photos.  Anthro also opened a new store near my home at Derby Shops in Hingham! I'm thrilled to have one close by.

And how I would LOVE a new mudroom to look: (image via Traditional Home)

I'd add a fun herringbone floor but the built in details are fabulous!!

Monday, August 8, 2016


I just realized I have not shared my world with you via insta lately. It's been an action packed but fun filled summer..Here is what's going on lately!!

Here is a little peek at my design studio. It's pretty much finished and I had it photographed. I'll be sharing all of the images soon, I was really happy with how the photographs turned out. The reason I rented the space was because of the great light quality and the close proximity to my home, it is super convenient. The paint I used is all from Ace Hardware and is the Clark+Kensington's line, Walls: Designer White 1066, Trim: Sheer Mist N-C9, Doors: Midnight Stroll in high gloss N-C16. Photographs are by Ann-Marie Rollo
Here is a snap of Lindsey and I working hard to finish up a design project at my studio!
We had the most amazing time in P-town. We ate, drank and were very merry!! While there, I was sure to pop into one of my favorite design shops - Shor. I am loving the hydrangea trees and think I may need to plant these at my home. 

I was at my friend Julia's home the other day. She had a lush cutting garden full of giant cosmos, zinnias and marigolds. She has beautiful flower arrangements all summer from her gorgeous garden!! I can't wait to do this very thing next summer! I do have a veggie garden that is starting to yield cukes, lettuce and tomatoes.  

I will share more photos on this little peek later. I recently re-vamped an old oak dresser for my son's room. I used Amy Howard's liming wax and one step paint in black. I love the way the wood looks limed, it was a fairly easy process and it truly transformed the piece. I detailed the steps on Ace's Instagram page two weeks ago. See it here. 

My son turned "9" on Saturday, hard to believe that nine years went so fast. I took him into Boston for a quick lunch trip on Saturday. It was fun spending time alone together. Here he is on Red Auerbach's lap. The irony is my son is a Celtics fan but is wearing a Steph Curry shirt!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Shelter Loves...

OLA!! (that is for Matty) He is enjoying the Olympics in Brazil for a week. Have a blast Mattykins! I know a lot of people have been down on Rio but I am sure there is a lot of good to be found there too!! Go USA!

Okay, I'm not going to lie and won't bitch for long...but summer is a bit nutso. I'll just be perfectly honest: I love my kids more than life itself but balancing my business, my work with Ace and the blog along with their summer routine (or lack there of) I feel a little off balance..oh and my wine consumption seems to go up the crazier life gets. (just in the evenings though, so it's all good). My new assistant is kicking butt, so that has been a huge help! Thanks Lindsey!! Here is what got my attention this week!!

1. I have been taking some time to enjoy this beach this summer. A highlight is collecting pretty shells with my children! I try to enjoy the simple pleasures in life and this is one of them.

2. Nordstroms' HUGE sale end tomorrow so be sure to scoop up the goodies at amazing prices. This pillow is not on sale but it a part of their home collection. I'm changing out my living room pillows soon and this one is a contender. 

3. This is sort of funny...but true. Keeping calm and composed always helps!

4. I love design details in kitchens. This Kelly Wearstler paper looks fabulous as a cabinet backing.

5. I'm not thinking about Fall yet but how great is this sweater coat and her sandals!!?

6. Be sure not to miss all the great deals at Nordstrom's semi annual sale - like these boots!!!!

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Miles on Fire Island......

I'm a fan of Miles Redd's style. So it was fun to come across his Fire Island vacation home. This 3,000 sq. foot bungalow is perfectly placed between the bay and the beach. It's completely different than his maximalist style we so often see. His laid back abode is simple and has kept with a number of the original details such as the Malm fireplace and natural cedar walls. It looks to be the perfect escape from his hectic career and lifestyle in NYC. “Even though I will always love beautiful things, I’ve relaxed my hold on them,” Redd says. “At this stage in my life I’m starting to love beautiful space even more.” - I couldn't agree more, with age seems to come this longing for more simplicity in life.....See more details and images of Mile's home here


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