welcome new sponsor: jylare ann photography

I’m excited to introduce another talented photographer as one of my sponsors, Jylare Ann Photography. Jylare is a natural light photographer based in Southern California. She likes to get close and capture those precious, candid moments in your life. You will love the way she documents you on your wedding day or with those you love. She appreciates the essence of great photos at a great price. Take advantage of her rates without skipping on distinction!

Right now, on Jylare’s blog, she’s doing a giveaway for a FREE photo session in Orange County! So hop on over to her website or blog…I’m so jealous {wish I was in So Cal!} The drawing will be March 12th!


It’s thursday night {which is the start of the weekend in the Muslim world- Friday is the holy day} so we’re off to Satwa, the garment district, to look for some trims & fabrics. I took these pics last week on my phone when I was looking for some funky trim for a project {think Tory Burch meets Kelly Wearstler}. So many cool patterns…I love living so close to where everything is made. You’d die at these prices!

i bought some of the greek key pattern in orange…and i love the rope/link one too

love the diamonds & the chevron one
obsessed with the pink, orange, and blue multi

welcome new sponsor: giovanna lou

Stephanie Gardner is a talented photographer & Tiffany Bills is a graphic designer. Together they are Giovanna Lou~ your one stop for birth announcements, holiday cards, party invitations, wedding announcements, and even designed photo art for your walls! Take a look at some of their work, it’s absolutely beautiful.

I love all the wallpaper backgrounds & accessories that they use, isn’t it just darling?

Giovanna Lou is based in Pleasant Grove, Utah…so if you’re a Utah reader, book your photo shoots now!

Check out their website or blog for more info!

Olivia’s room: part I

{photo by Kera Thompson}

Creating Olivia’s room was a very special project for me. My first baby, Reese, was stillborn at 28 weeks… so when I got pregnant for the second time, I had a hard time believing that I would ever actually have a baby. When I finally held Olivia in my arms this past July, I was so relieved, so grateful, and {as you can imagine} overjoyed with the thought of finally being able to design a space for my baby.

The process was not only joyful but very therapeutic~ my husband and I painted the walls ourselves, looked for bargains & treasures high and low, and chose each item for the room thoughtfully. I wanted it to be warm, feminine, and sweet but unique. I wanted it to be a place where we could laugh, cuddle, sing, and rest… where we could display fun pieces we find on our adventures as expats. I wanted it to be a place where she could see and feel the overwhelming love that we have for her. Every day & night as I change her, feed her, sing to her, rock her ~ in this room, I feel such peace. And I think she likes it too.

Olivia’s room: part II


OLIVIA letters- Pottery Barn Kids
Duvet- IKEA
Pillow fabrics- center pillow by Osborne & Little, mini pillows by Raoul textiles, green & white pillows by Index living
Sockmonkeys- BlaBla {gift from friend Liz!}
Crib- Mothercare {UK}
Baby Bedding~ Rikshaw Designs
Bedskirt~ Sewn by me!
Floor lamp- IKEA
Gourd lamp- The White Company London
Dresser- IKEA
Knobs- ZARA home
Purple Mirror- IKEA painted purple {comes black}
I am a child of God print- persimmon&pink {gift from friend Nicole!}
Foo dogs- Indigo home {Dubai}
Baby announcement- paper source
Rocking Elephant- global village {local market}
Indian pouf- local market
Moroccan leather poufs- global village {available from serena & lily}
Indian Kashmir elephant rug- global village
Butterfly mobile- Pottery barn kids
Oil Painting- Artist Laurence Schneider purchased at Bonpoint
Victoria Ghost chair by Kartell
Velvet bunny- Giggle
Rock & swivel chair- used & reupholstered
Elephant pillow- Rikshaw designs
Side table- IKEA
Tate Man- Tate Modern {London}
Glossy frame- Index living
Embroidered frame- Anthropologie
Nursery style book- Serena & Lily

welcome new sponsor: armelle jewelry

armelle jewelry is a line of feminine, modern, and delicate pieces that capture a spirit of fun and uniqueness.

the collection includes one of a kind earrings, and necklaces, made from high quality semi-precious stones, and antiqued sterling silver, antiqued brass, and 14 karat gold-filled metal.
each piece is handmade, by designer and owner caroline armelle drake.

{i’ve got to get myself one of these!}

love the color combinations!

hurry to her shop to snatch up some of these beauties {and at great prices too} or visit the blog to learn more about Caroline!

welcome armelle, i’m SO glad to have you!

The fabulous Nate Berkus does it again.

Speaking of obsessed…I’ve been seriously dying over the March Elle Decor. Especially the fabulous work of Anne Coyle & Nate Berkus- one of my favorite designers {after all, I’m pretty sure he’s the man responsible for bringing back the sunburst mirror from the 70s!} This is Oprah’s producer’s home in Chicago. Amazing.
Is this room not to die for? Love the navy blue paint {Peace and happiness by Benjamin Moore}, love the coffee tables, love the madeleine weinrib pillow, love the art, love that it’s squished in the corners, love it all. I’ve been wanting to do that in Olivia’s room and now I’ve got the courage. If Nate does it…I’ll do it. He’s so fabulous.

*CORRECTION- the navy blue paint is Off-black by Farrow & Ball, the ceiling is Peace and happiness by BM) oops!

Love her son’s room too. Bedding from WS Home, one of my frequented sources for monogramming.

Living Room paint is Blue Gray by Farrow & Ball.

That lucite coffee table is so delicious.

Bathroom paint is Cliffside Gray by Benjamin Moore {one of the few grays I have yet to use}. gorgeous.

Which reminds me…if you don’t already have this book, you should get it.
It’s semi-old but it’s still a great guide to help you define your style and learn to design & decorate your own home with personality. I wish I could browse through mine right now…but no, it’s in the states in storage. For now, I’ll just have to peruse his website and look at Elle Decor a few more times. Oh Nate, you’re so good.

schumacher for dempsey & carroll

So today I splurged and bought Elle Decor for 46 dirhams (around $12) and as I was anxiously flipping through the pages (and loving every image) all of a sudden… I SHRIEKED!!!
My favorite fabric source, Schumacher, has teamed up with Dempsey & Carroll- to make stationary in my 2 ALL-TIME favorite patterns.
Recognize this?

and this?

Yep, it’s Chiang Mai Dragon.

and Kelly Wearstler’s Imperial Trellis.

Schumacher in the form of stationary? What more could a girl want?

8 great rugs

I’ve been searching for a fabulous rug for a client…and saw that Ballard Designs is having a sale on their rugs. 20% until March 1st! Here are my favs:

Hurry cause they’re running low on certain sizes and colors!

good morning sunshine.

today’s daily dose is… the dining room.

Table & Infinity chairs from INDEX living
Moroccan rug from Global Village

Victoria Ghost Chairs from ZARA home {made by Kartell} They were display pieces so I got them for a steal~ $50 each!

I love the juxstoposition of old & new…so this flat Moroccan rug was the perfect compliment to my modern, laquered table & chairs.

The colors work beautifully with my Chiang Mai pillows in the living room & the geometric motif is just the right amount of pattern to allow the main focus be the infinity chairs. I am obsessed with Middle Eastern rugs…I’m dying to go to Syria & Turkey on field trips!

Chilewich table runner is from CB2.