Thursday, February 26, 2009


It's now Thursday. I've been sick since Sunday!!!! It was probably a bad idea to go out for a car ride the other day, because I came back with chills and my fever came back. Yesterday instead of feeling a bit better I only felt worse. My nose is still running, I have massive dark circles under my eyes, a only ate a handful of M&M's yesterday. Yup that's it. I'm surviving on M&M's and cold medicine. I was literally in tears yesterday.

I just wanted to keep you all posted. I haven't disappeared I'm just still under the weather and now completely stressed as well. My to-do list is a mile long and it just keeps on growing. Plus this sickness has affected my creativity. I swear it's all gone. I couldn't even think of a cleaver title for this post!

On a positive note. Mystery project is going strong! Me and Lauren are going to be partners in crime with this new endeavour so far that's the only little secret that I'm letting out of the bag, but I'll have more clues for you along the way.

Oh the intrigue! At least I gave you a little tease while you had to deal with all of my complaining.

Miss you all! Hopefully I'll be back super soon feeling like myself again! I mean come on, how much longer can I continue to feel this way?



P.S. Some lovely ladies have already emailed me their homes so we can play a little match the blogger to their home. If you are interested then send me an email to I know you want to. Plus it will be fun. I swear.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

In the neighborhood

Hello Loveys,

Thanks for all the well wishes. I'm actually vertical today so that is progress and I haven't had 102 fever in the last couple of hours so that is also a plus. While it took a while to get going in the morning I was able to take a shower, get dressed in something other than PJ's, blow out my hair and put on make-up. Whew I'm tired even thinking about it all. I've been on house arrest since Saturday so I decided it would be nice to get out and get in some fresh air. I didn't expect it to be so cold which meant that the pups weren't going on their walk, but I did decide to take them on a little car ride and show you guys some pictures of my favorite houses in the neighborhood.

So first off I know you're all dying to know where Mrs. High-Heels lives. Here it is:

It's classified as a cape, which is totally not the type of home I was searching for, but it was in the neighborhood we wanted so we went and took a peek, feel in love, and placed a bid right away! I love all the cottage qualities it has. When the flowers are in bloom I will take pictures of the landscape and you will get a better feel for it all.

A couple of blocks away is one of my favorite homes in town. I love the sun room off the side. Sorry that the picture is a bit fuzzy, but I had the camera on manual yet I was trying to take pictures fast so I didn't get caught by some sort of neighborhood patrol and didn't have enough time to focus properly.

Down the block from the above home we are met with this beauty. Me and my husband both agree it is quite the dream home. It has two enclosed side porches and looks like it is full of character. Of course it also comes with a two car garage which my husband loves. I seriously drive by daily hoping to see a for sale sign.

The yellow paint job on this next home just makes me feel so happy every time I drive past it. It's not the normal house style I go for, but it's still one of my favorites that I wouldn't mind to call home. I love my craftsman bungalows first, but there are not many on the island then my heart belongs to Dutch Colonials.

Here another beauty that use to be on my way home from work 2 jobs ago. I hated the commute, but I loved getting to past this home on the other side of town. It's quite large so I don't think I could handle that much house now, but it is pretty sweet looking.

I hope you enjoyed taking a virtual stroll through my hood. I love the look and feel of an old home. I feel like it's full of history and with that does come a lot of remodeling and hard work, but I think it's worth it.

What is your favorite style home?

If anyone wants you can email me pictures of your home and we can do a match the home to the blogger. Should be fun! Let me know if anyone is interested.

Monday, February 23, 2009


Ah last week Jon was sick with a horrible cold/flu. It's been almost a week and he's still not feeling a hundred percent better. I thought I did a good job of cleaning up all his germs short of sticking him in a bubble suit. Well I woke up Sunday morning with a horrible cold as well. Jon got to play nurse and take care of me all Sunday. Then today my parents were off from work so they got to play nurse. This is my first time online in 48 hrs. I was seriously going in withdrawal from being away from all my blogging peeps.

I hope to back to normal tomorrow with some unknown fabulous design post that will hopefully come to me soon.

Being on a constant dose of Tylenol Severe cold has me a bit loopy so I'm sure my post tomorrow will be something fun!

On the bright side of things I was able to catch up on the entire season of Real OC Housewives and I've probably lost 5 pounds, because I've completely lost my appetite.

Good times.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Oh Baby

I've been having massive computer issues today, but I was so happy to finally be able to log on and see that Ms. Paige has some wonderful news to share. She's preggers and I couldn't be happier for her and her hubby. Can't wait to find more about the little lady or boy that will be making an appearance in the near future.

In honor of Paige here are some sweet bedding picks for those of you that are expecting by none other than John Robshaw




Noah's Ark

Ok so they are a little bit pricey, but if you're a first time mommy I say you have carte blanc to go all out!

Here's to a happy and healthy 9 months for Paige!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Giddy Up!

Being at home has it pros and cons.

Pro: I'm now my own boss. Sweet.

Con: Hmm I don't pay myself very much. Ok it's zero at the moment so that's not so great.

Pro: I get to dress comfy everyday, because my commute to the office is only next door.

Con: Today I actually started my day still in my PJs. Don't want to make this a habit so I only checked a couple of quick emails and then went to get dressed.

Pros: I get to spend more time with my pups.

Con: My co-workers (aka pups) can be pains in the you know what. Always wanting to play when I need to work, but they do up my staff at Effortless Style Interiors to 3!

Pro: I can come and go as I like. If I want I can go get some fresh air, run errands, shop etc

Con: I'm trying to keep my work the schedule the same and stay in my office 9-5, which means I don't really take advantage of coming and going as I please and I'm never done at 5. I had been feeling a bit uninspired this week with my lack of communications with the outside world, but that changed yesterday.

I took advantage of my latest pro and decided to take a break yesterday and went off with my MIL for a spa appointment and lunch date. Don't worry I wasn't out spending lots of $$$$. My MIL was able to purchases these packages from promo company smart circle She only paid 39.99 per card that came with 4 spa treatments! What a treat. I went in for a massage and she got a facial. She got us each our own card so I still get to treat myself to 3 additional services!

After the spa we headed a couple of doors down were we had lunch at, Besito The food was delish, but what stopped me in my tracks and totally inspired me was the artwork that filled the restaurant.

There were amazing prints of photographs by Roberto Dutesco(His brother owns the restaurant). The pictures were part of a series he shot called, The Wild Horses of Sable Island.

Here is a peek at what I saw:

Here are some shots of his works hung up:

All of the above images are from Dutesco Art

In the past I had never really been bitten by the equestrian kick, but lately as I've been studying design more I've really started to love it. I knew I was smitten when Michelle posted about her latest endeavour with photographer, Patrick Cline called Lonny.

Here are two of my favorites from Lonny:


What's with the Long Face

Ah they are all so beautiful! Hopefully one day soon I'll be able to have an excuse to purchase a print for either myself or a client.

It was nice to get outdoors and explore. I need to remind myself to take some productive breaks and not go veg in front of the TV, but go out and experience things.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Since times are tough and lately it seems like things keep getting worse instead of better one of things that we are all trying to do is cut back.

Not exactly good news for people in the design world, but I'm hopeful that things will be changing soon.

Just because you don't have a huge budget doesn't mean you can't make a couple of little purchases to change the look and feel of a room. I know when I get the itch to re-decorate nothing will stop me not even lack of funds.

When we moved into our home many things needed to be done on a budget. Our kitchen was one of the main places were we tried to save costs. Everything needed to get knocked down and we pretty much had to start from scratch. All of the cabinets are from IKEA and instead of going with a basic knob I decide to glam up my kitchen a bit with a more interesting type of knob. Little did I know that there wasn't much to choose from. Home Depot had really blah choices and their prices were not all that. Anthropologie had amazing choices, but no way could I spend $12 a knob when I had 20 knobs to order. I started to think it was hopeless until one of my Internet searches turned me on to: D. LAWLESS HARDWARE.

They have lots to choose from and their prices are just right. I immediately feel in love, because they had milk glass and jade milk glass knobs. Milk glass is one of my weaknesses so I knew that these were knobs I was going to order. Now deciding between the white and green took a long time and I changed my mind about 3 times and they were nothing, but sweet about it.

In the end I went with the Jade Milk Glass:

I ordered knobs and pulls and used them throughout my kitchen.

We also wanted some space in the kitchen for eating. While we didn't have enough room for a table and chairs we were able to purchase a great kitchen island with two stools. Again staying on a tight budget we went to one of my favorite home resources, JC PENNEY.

I also glammed it up with some new knobs, but this time I went a bit smaller on the size:

* Excuse the white fluff. That's Jovi (yup after Bon Jovi) my mom's pup who was over for a visit and did not want to get out of the shot*

Another room in the house that pretty much stayed the same was our guest bathroom. There was nothing wrong with it when we moved in, but I wanted it to look more like me so up went the bead board from top to bottom, Amy Butler fabric was also bought in for the curtains and of course I had to change the knobs as well.

D. Lawless also has a great selection of Antique glass knobs that are translucent and come in many different shades.

I picked my favorite, Emerald green knobs:

Here are they are in the bathroom:

The purchase of all those knobs and pulls in no way broke the bank and they really helped me add a special touch to the rooms in a place where details like a knob are normally lost in the shuffle.

So if you are in search for an inexpensive fix for a boring kitchen or bath then I would go with some new hardware that will have you hob-nobbing with the best of them.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Guess who's coming to dinner?

No one at my house because I still don't have my dining room put together. As you all probably recall I've had 2 dining room sets so far and each has had it's own set of problems.

Right now I'm still waiting for Pottery Barn to pick up our latest set due to defects on the finish. I have a hutch that I picked up at a local thrift store. It still needs to be painted, but until I decide on a new set I'm leaving it as is. So all that is needed it a table, chairs and a server or bar.

I've been searching high and low trying to find the perfect fit. I've changed my mind thousands of times. I like so many different styles that's it hard for me to settle on just one style.

My original inspiration for the dining room was a picture we all know very well:

My Favorite Something's Gotta Give room.

I never ended up going this route, because everything that I found in this style was out of my price range.

I decided to give another look recently and see if there was anything out there now. I found something that is not totally what I want, but with a couple of tweaks could get there.

Here is the round table when extended it turns into an oval:

I would then get 4 of these Parson style chairs:

I like the tufted look, but I'm not crazy about the color on them or the exposed legs. I would love to get slipcovers made in a WHITE fabric. (I wonder how much begging I'll have to do with my MIL to see if she would make them for me!)

What can I say I've been spending too much time with Lauren. I'm obsessed with having a room full of white in my home and it's going to be the dining room!

My favorite part of this set is that it comes with the option of getting a bench, which I would totally do and again have it slip covered.

I'm still not convinced, because I need to go take a look at it in person and see what the quality is like, but I'm hoping it will work out. At least I'm making some head way.

So do we love it or hate it?

Who knew?

Every once in a while I venture on to HSN to see if there are any must have deals. While I didn't find much going on in the Home Decor section I happened to stumble upon magazine subscriptions!

They now have 1 year magazine subscriptions for $6.95!

Elle Decor

Metropolitan Home

Monday, February 16, 2009

Weekend Recap

Hello Loves,

I wanted to thank all of you for all the kind words of encouragement. I was truly not happy at my job. The work was mind-numbing and there really was no future there. Interior Design is where I want to be. So this now gives me the perfect opportunity to have the luxury of time! I can finish up my schooling, finish up the rooms in my house, finish the website and get working on my still as of yet Mystery project. Lindsay don't worry you'll know soon enough.

While I am now calm and getting excited over all that I can now get accomplished this was so not the way I was feeling on Thursday evening. I swear the tears just kept coming. The only person I could even get words out to was my husband. Poor guy he came home at 8 and I was just filled with things to say and tears a plenty. I totally feel like I'm going through grieving stages. This weekend was filled with lots of anger over the whole situation and then depression with feeling like a horrible partner to my husband. Ah very stressful. Friday was pretty much a lost day in which I allowed myself to just be angry and sad and everything in between. Nothing much got accomplished. Saturday morning though I woke up to a very sweet husband who I'm so thankful that I have. When we first started dating we took Valentine's very seriously and there were gifts galore, but as we've gotten older we toned it down a bit. I was so surprised on Valentine's day morning to be woken with a huge handmade Valentine's day card. So sweet. Jon had gone out and gotten supplies and made little construction paper figures of our heads with the pups included. He even cut out tulips one of my favorite flowers and glued them on as well.

Here it is:

Ok yes, Jon looks like a thug and I don't really wear my full-on bangs anymore (don't you love my Angelina Jolie lips?), but the pups came out totally perfect.

It was a great way to wake up, but I was still pretty mopey the rest of the morning. Then in the afternoon I got a call from Lauren who was in the car on her way to NJ! Exciting I know, but it gets better. She wanted to see if me and Jon could meet up her and Dave for dinner. I was so excited to finally get to meet her that I jumped at the chance. We meet up for dinner in Soho at 7. We had a very funny time trying to find each other. We are both horrible with directions and pretty much ended up walking in opposite directions for awhile. We did finally find each other and ended up dining at quite a fancy Italian restaurant without reservations!

We had some yummy Valentine's day drinks, the table minus me enjoyed some raw beef(ah), we couldn't stop talking, and our hubby's feel in love with each other as well. While me and Lauren were discussing Interior design, blogging, top secret project the men were chatting it up and literally sharing their meals with each other. The evening ended with a fellow dinner approaching our table and showing off some magic skills. My husband is still trying to figure out how he did his tricks. Lauren also proved that she has a little something up her sleeve as well and made a salt shaker disappear! To top it off the bartender was smitten with us and even gave us all a yummy dessert shot to hit the road with that was on the house. It was a very sweet ending.

It was an amazing night. So much fun to get together with both of them. Can't wait to do it again and totally wish I lived in VA so we could see each other all the time. Lauren did bring a camera and we took some pictures so hopefully she'll post it and you can see our gorgeous faces.

I just love this blogging world. It's really been so amazing to me. It gives me an outlet to let my creativity out. I've "meet" so many wonderful new people. I made so many great friends that have filled me with confidence and reassurance that I rock and will succeed. I have total love for Blogger.

So that pretty much was my exciting weekend recap. I spent Sunday at home and took the pups to the park and then just relaxed. While a lot of people have off for the holiday today my husband is not one of them so he was out the door by 9am. I wanted to take a holiday day here at Effortless Style Interiors, but I made the mistake of making my husband my business manager and he told me no way I had to work. Ha ha. So I'm in my home office about to do just that.

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's. Can't wait to hear all about it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Add me to the list...

I'm totally full of doom and gloom these last couple of days, but the cherry on the sundae was just about 30 minutes ago when I got brought into an office, had the door closed and told, "We really don't want to do this. We love you and really thought you would grow and do wonderfully here, but we have to let you go."

Great. I had only been there 7 months and they figured since they had to let people go they would go with the old mantra, "Last hired, first fired." Strange how the male employee that started oh about two months ago was still left there, but I had to go. I'm telling you working there was like something out of Mad Men. I know I'm a bit bitter.

So my car ride home was filled with many tears. Even though this job was totally not my cup of tea it did enable me to pay my bills and buy nice stuff for my house.

I'm trying to look on the positive side. At least I will now have the time to work on my blog, my secret little side project, and get my interior design business off the ground.

I'll still need to make a living some how so if any of you have any insider tips on any openings in the NY city area I would appreciate it. Come on Eddie Ross don't you want me to become your assistant?

Ah for the time being I guess I should contact Melisa at Lil Bee and join in on the fun and do my guest post on my favorite stimilus package posts that she has been doing.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


If you read my blog then you know I have quite the love for bad cheesy movies. I don't know why but movies from the 80s and early 90s just soothe me when I'm feeling stressed.

Lately I feel like I should be in one of my favorite movies, Multiplicity. I swear this week is really draining me and I just feel like I need to make some copies of myself to help me out throughout the day.

At work things have been completely hectic. Lots of talk about lay-offs and even more closed door meetings with the higher ups. Not that I'm thrilled to be there, but still a paycheck and health insurance are all nice things to have. So I'm completely stressed over thinking about what may happen. Not only am I stressed while I'm there, but I'm completely terrified to log on to blogger or do any of my normal personal things I would do throughout the day. What makes work even worse is that all I want to do is think of blog topics, research images and work on things for my own business. Plus I just had an idea for another side project that I think you would all enjoy so I'm trying to research that as well. My brain is so full and since I'm suppose to be working I can't get any of my ideas out and explore them further.

This makes me completely cranky and top things off I miss all of you so much. I hate not being able to comment all day long. So sad. I do log on in the morning and give every one's blogs a quick read and I swear you all help me get through the day and remain sane.

Then I run home and I get to go food shopping, clean dishes, wash laundry, vacuum, and study. All fun stuff I know. Don't you want to trade places with me?

After that I finally have a chance to log on and do some research for my blog posts and get to comment on some blogs and then my hubby gets home normally around 8. We have a late dinner, watch the telly and then head to bed. He hates that I spend a lot of time on my laptop so I've been trying lately not to bring it into bed with me, but it is hard.

Oh yea I also have two pups that I need to take of and love. Plus I try staying in touch with my parents and two sisters during the week as well.

So as you can probably tell today was another day that just got away from me. I had a great idea for a post, but it's a DIY project and I didn't have time to do it. I was totally blanking on something else interesting to write about and figured hey I should just let you all in and tell you what's going on with me. Sorry for all the late posting and so sorry if you've emailed me and I've yet to email back.

Ok vent over. Woe is me. I really hate complaining and I know other people have more stressful things to worry about.

I'm going to try and turn my frown upside down and figure out a way to get everything done.

I'll be back tomorrow with my DIY post.



Tuesday, February 10, 2009

It's a beauty mark!

All of the ladies in my immediate family that being me, my 2 sisters and mother were all graced with beauty marks on our faces. Of course now as I try to find a picture of all of us I can't seem to find A) A group shot of everyone and B) A picture where you can actually see the beauty marks. Another trademark that we all have is pretty full cheeks. Not something I'm always too happy about, but with said cheeks and straight on pictures you can't see the beauty marks.

While I don't always love my cheeks I do love the beauty marks that grace my face. They make me feel a bit different, which is nice and add character to my face. As someone with beauty marks I have always had to defend them and cringe when people call them a mole. Yes, technically they are a mole, but beauty mark just sounds so much nicer. My sister actually had a passerby stop her on the way to work and compliment her on her mole. Instead of getting a thanks, he got a lovely, "It's a beauty mark! screamed at him. I told you it's a touchy subject.

The whole reason why I have beauty marks on the brain is due to this rug that I just found:

How fab is she! Not sure I would ever really buy her, but if I had millions just laying around I would probably snatch one up and use her in a dressing room.

For the time being I guess I'll just get to visit her on the web and be reminded that others enjoy beauty marks as well.

Here are some famous ladies that put beauty marks on the map.

The love of the beauty mark first started with Ms. Monroe:

Followed of course by Cindy Crawford:

Can anyone think of any current stars that are known for their beauty marks?

Sorry Cindy, but I don't think you are that current anymore.

If you don't have any beauty marks and are totally feeling left out in this post do not worry. Help is on the way. You can purchase some faux beauty marks at Hottie Dots. (Real name, seriously)

Do you have any family traits that you love/hate?

Anyone else twinge when they hear the word mole instead beauty mark?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Blog Love: La Dolce Vita

One of the first blogs that I started reading when I first began this adventure was La Dolce Vita which is written by stylish gal, Paloma who hails from Texas. She is one of the sweetest people you will ever "meet" and always has posts that make me oh and ah and add something else to my must have list.

Lately Ms. Paloma had been working on a secret little project that had me nutty trying to figure out what it was. I never expected this so I was completely excited and wow-ed when I received an email from Paloma in which she gave me a heads up on what her project was.

She just launched it today so I can now let the cat out of the bag on my blog. Paloma has started her own design forum where we can all log on and dish about interiors, design, and even celebrities.

It's a place were we can find inspiration, bounce around ideas with other design enthusiast and overall make great new friends who all share a common bond with a love for design.

If you have a second go check it out at Decorum Design Forum. Registration is free! What could be better.

I'll see you there! My screen name is High-Heeled Foot in the Door.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Cabin Fever

My darling husband got a bad case of the sniffles during the beginning of the week. Enter Friday morning and I woke up with a sore throat and a congested nose. So instead of getting to spend the weekend out enjoying the wonderful weather that we got this weekend in NY I spent the majority of it in bed.

I've spent all Sunday on the second floor of my house and have had my husband play nurse. I'm a horrible patient so I know it has not been fun to deal with me. I was pretty much okay all day, but now it's nearing 11pm and I'm getting cabin fever. Not helpful when I should be getting to sleep soon in order to be bright eyed and bushy tailed for work tomorrow morning.

Like everyone else I'm still devastated over the lose of Domino magazine here a couple of images of some of my favorite Domino bedrooms.

Of course they all feature a little or a lot in some cases of my favorite color combo: white, chocolate brown, aqua and orange.

* Just a little FYI for everyone in case you didn't know. Domino's site is going to be up for a couple of weeks in order for everyone to save all the images they want from their Deco Files. So make sure you save some time to get all the images you want. I want pretty much everything so I'm going to be quite the busy lady. *

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A girl after my own heart

Confession time. I'm quite the magazine junkie and during my last trip to Barnes and Noble I actually picked up a copy of TEEN VOGUE. Ok so I'm 27 and no longer in my teens, but the mini size of it along with the great jewelry on the cover and it was an easy sell.

I actually enjoyed it and found lots of amazing items that are in my price range. Fabulous. I kept on reading and found a great article on fashion bloggers and was re-introduced to Jane from Sea of Shoes who I had originally found due to the stylish Megan.

Jane is a 16 year old Texan that has a love of fashion with a great sense of style along with a fascination for shoes!

In the Teen Vogue article she explains her love for shoes, "There's something really compelling about shoes. I collect them and keep them on shiny shelves, like miniature works of art."

I loved how shoes were works of art to her, because I agree with her as well and they provide a great accessory to a room.

Take a peek at here room:

How amazing do her shelves look? I think it's a great use of the space, it adds color and interest and it's a perfect alternative to a traditional teen girls room. This looks like the room of a young woman and shows off her sense of style and what she loves without venturing off into being cheesy. I think we have a bit of a decorator on are hands along with a stylista.

While Jane loves to dress in thrift store finds when it comes to her shoes she means business and her shelves are filled with designer names. So I go onto her site to oh and ah, because her picks are not in my budget.

Enter the Gap and we common folks can now enjoy a bit of high end design. Pierre Hardy a well know designer in the accessory world who began his career with Christian Dior has designed a new shoe for his collaboration with the Gap.

For $98 this can be yours:

Reviews are still mixed on them. I'm not sure how I feel.I like the straps and the height, but I'm not loving the white base and that they are plastic.

What do you think?

One thing I'm sure of is that I want to make a trip to Texas and get a peek into Jane's closet and perhaps borrow some shoes. I hope she's a 7 and a half!

She's done it again

Last year there was the huge craze with the, I'm Not a Plastic Bag tote.

Fashionista's everywhere were thrilled to be able to be Green and Stylish at the same time. Plus like any trend this one went crazy and while originally sold at Whole Foods for around 20 bucks they were eventually selling on ebay for 100!

Now Anya Hindmarch has done it again. This time we will be able to have our pick from 6 stylish totes. Each having different functions such as: Laundry, Dairy, Meat and Poultry, Shopping, Dry Cleaning and Fruit and Veg.

Very stylish indeed and another reminder that we should try and be green whenever possible.

It looks like they will be retailing for $98. Not exactly cost effective during these times, but you can also make something similar on your own. All that is needed is classic canvas boat bag.and a sketch done by yourself or perhaps you can enlist the help of Patricia for a fabulous sketch and be able to walk around with your own PVE original, which would be priceless!!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Story Time

This evening I was trying to do some research on a post I've been trying to compile on packaging and how at times I feel like a little kid, because I love the box something comes in more than what the actual gift is.

I started my search with one of my favorite boxes that I would love to have a couple of to use as accessories in my living room. Oh course it would be in one of my favorite colors: ORANGE, which could only mean one thing....HERMES.

Ok so maybe those are a bit too many, but you get the idea.

In my search for images I came upon the work of Sara Story. It was love at first sight. In searching her portfolio I found heaven.

Here is Sara from her Domino layout. Love the pops of orange in her fabric choices.

Looking further I discovered that Hermes is one of Sara's favorite places. She choose to show this in quite the subtle way :)

Her love for Hermes doesn't end there it continues in this fabulous sitting area as well. I love the piece of pop art with the ORANGE sign right in the middle, but let's face it I'm sure we can DIY and save some money there.

In this bedroom she used the color of the Hermes box as her inspiration and picked out what some would think is a busy pattern, but she shows a great example of how if picked correctly a strong color and a strong pattern can work together and still have the room be elegant and surprisingly serene and refreshing.

Of course she can't help herself and in the opposite side of the bedroom we are met with boxes galore.

I'm also a big fan of glossy black and love that there are touches of it as well in this room. It helps to add a bit of glam to the room and really works well with the oranges and creams in the room.

Now how do we think Ms. Story gets all those boxes. Did she make all of those purchases or some who get the empty boxes for free!

I hope you all enjoyed Story time. Now I have to continue my research for my other post on boxes. Any gift boxes that you have that you love to display in your home? Are you a sucker for packaging as well?