Holiday Shopping Throwdown

December 9, 2015 Tips + Resources 0 Comments

Holiday shopping. Some people love it and some people hate it. When shopping for other people is part of your job, it’s likely that you fall into the love category. And just to be clear I do…LOVE to shop. But I also get totally sick of all the holiday consumerism, gift guides and that feeling of having way more than I need.

Centered by design_-4

Browsing the adorable card selection at Fleur. I always find the perfect girly gifts here!

On various other years, I’ve tried to combat the over gifting with challenges for myself like shopping totally fair-trade or making all my gifts by hand. Yes, I’m the crazy sibling suggesting (ahem, forcing) everyone try my idea. Another one of my favorite tactics for avoiding the holiday mall scene is shopping local.

Centered by design_-141

Rocking the neighborhood pride at Wolfbait & Bgirls. Awesome Chicago pride gift selections.

I live in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, and in walking distance to some pretty rad stores. I also happen to live across the street from a beautiful photographer who documented a fun afternoon of shopping local with my best shopping partners. My little sisters. Sisters always tell you truth, am I right?! We visited Fleur, Shop 1021 and Wolfabit & B-girls on our outing. Don’t worry if you’re not local, many of these items can still be found online, but the idea is to explore your local shops too : )

Centered by design_-60

So instead of a gift guide, I’m throwing down a holiday shopping challenge (Bobby Flay style). Maybe one item on the list or more will appeal to you, maybe not. Either way it’s time to shake things up and get off Amazon Prime!


#1 – Buy three holiday gifts locally. Hostess gifts are an easy and personal gift to buy local. Try a bag of beans from your favorite coffee roasters, California sage smudge sticks (way better than air freshers), or for that free-spirited friend how about some Tarot cards? Would definitely help get the party started with those!


Smudge sticks and Tarot cards from Fleur. Juniper Ridge online is a great brand for natural incense products.

#2 – Give the gift of Gratitude. It’s proven that living with an attitude of gratitude, and not scarcity, helps us to be people happier people all year long. I love this boxed set, carried locally at Shop 1021. It contains 52 thank you cards and a journal with a daily prompt for giving thanks. Not only can you take note of all the goodness in your life, but you can remind one person each week of the year that you are thankful for them, how cool!

Centered by design_-109

#3 – Gift an Experience. Movie or play tickets, a little Airbnb getaway, a coffee date, a creative class – it doesn’t have to be an all expenses paid vacation to be a great gift. Giving your time and attention is way cooler than a sweater (well most affordable sweaters anyway).

Centered by design_-74

#4 – For every gift you receive, donate an item you already own. I think many of us mean to do something like this, but don’t always go the extra mile to make it happen. This is especially easy to do with clothing and children’s toys and books. Not only does it keep the house clutter free, but it’s a great lesson for little ones.

Centered by design_-116

#5 – Gift something for the kid in all of us. You’ve got to know who you’re buying for on this one, but for instance, little Claire’s favorite thing to do was COLOR. I secretly really want an adult coloring book. What would the 8-year-old self of the person you’re buying for be really into? Might be a fun experiment to find out!

Centered by design_-12

Alright, so there are five ideas that might inspire some extra holiday cheer this season. Special thanks to my sister’s Carly and Cait for hanging out with me and making an appearance on the blog!

Centered by design_-126

Happy Holiday season everyone! Would love to hear from you if try one of these gifting challenges!


Women Who MAKE: Natalie Bowen Designs

November 30, 2015 Interviews 1 Comment

It’s been a fabulous year of Women Who MAKE! I can’t believe this will be the last feature for 2015. To say this has been a year of personal and professional growth would be a major understatement. This personal project, interviewing women who inspire me and create beauty, has been a tremendous part of that. Thank you, thank you for reading along!

There is no way to pick favorites among this years talented alum, but Natalie Bowen has definitely stolen my heart. I saw her from across the room at a styling conference, and just knew she was my type of lady! Of course, she happened to live in San Francisco (where I lived right out of college and wanted to stay forever) and she happened to design the most stunning florals and tabletops I’d ever seen (plus she’s a Virgo, i.e. we understand each other’s crazy).

Natalie graciously hosted photographer, Carolina Mariana and I during our recent San Francisco adventure. Natalie has been chugging away as a creative small business owner for years. Her sage advice is not to be taken lightly! My favorite morsel, “Do good work and put it out there. The world is ready to support you.” I whole-heartedly agree. Here’s the interview:


Inspiration board in Natalie’s Studio

Name: Natalie Bowen Brookshire

Age: 36

Current title/company name: Owner/Creative Director

Years in operation: 12

What is your first memory of making [art]?

I remember hosting my first floral arranging party in the second grade. It was for Valentine’s Day and I invited friends over after school. My mom provided the flowers from our garden. I have always liked to make things and I love sharing the experience with others. I’m not a sit at home and doodle kind of girl.

natalie bowen designs

I’m sure the second grade table looked this good : ) photos by Anna Wu

How did your education or past work experience give you the confidence to go out on your own as a small business owner?

Growing a business is an education all in itself. I never went to graduate school but feel as if I am currently getting a degree in business. I am constantly learning through making mistakes and then reflecting on how to become better. I am pretty good at self reflecting, however that is when the really deep stuff comes out. I notice that so many of my struggles in my business reflect the larger struggles I have in life.

natalie bowen designs

Talking about the deep stuff in the backyard studio

Tell us about the process of launching your own business, Natalie Bowen Designs. Best parts? Biggest challenge?

I do not think of ever launching since I slowly grew from the day I got my first client. The best part of having my own business is the satisfaction I get from my accomplishments. It’s hard to separate myself from my business, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. On the one hand, it is great when I reach goals and have high moments as I feel as if I really did that! The other best part is getting more than two weeks off a year and never having to submit a time off request to someone else. I work long days and almost six days a week, so I never feel guilty about traveling.
The biggest challenge is managing other people. I really struggle with how to communicate in a way that is mutually supportive. I really want to be everyone’s friend so being the one in charge can be hard for me when something isn’t going the way I want it to.

natalie bowen designs Fairmont-SF-1

Stunning wedding florals at the Fairmont Hotel, photos by Kate Webber

What is your favorite part of the creative process? What inspires you and why?

My favorite part is the moment when I can see the vision and the moment after it is all done and I feel as if we accomplished what we set out to. I also like being in a line of work that is all about the conceptual vision and not specifically knowing what the outcome will be. I am a virgo control freak, yet somehow I always trust that it will come together event if I cannot see the end result initially.

natalie bowen designs

Meeting table at Natalie’s Studio

What is the best advice you have for other female entrepreneurs/artists?

Learn to trust yourself, even if that is a lifelong process. Make supportive relationships with other women who you admire. Face the hard stuff and move through it. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable, the most growth can be in that space. Make friends with women of all ages, as there is something to learn from everyone.


Backyard details in San Francisco

Do you have a design philosophy, and if so, what is it?

Someone once said to me, “do good work and put it out there.” I will never forget that advice. I think the part that resonates with me the most is the putting it out there part. If a person is always waiting to perfect the end product, they may never share it with the world. And, the world is ready to support you.

Imagine Natalie Bowen Designs five years, how would you like to grow?

This past year I have been much more mindful about taking on work. In the past, I have overcommitted myself and I have tried to not do that as much this year. The choice was originally based in trying to create space for a family, as my husband and I have been trying to have a baby for four years. The result of this shift has been that I feel I have been doing better work and enjoying it even more. In five years, I hope that this will continue to be the case, I will be doing larger projects with larger budgets and also doing more creative projects just for fun. And, I’ll have a kid of course.

natalie bowen designs IMG_6140

Lemon trees and humming birds made the yard feel quite magical

Do you have a most popular item or service?

I find that people give me trust the most when our visions align and they are attracted to my natural, purposeful and fresh approach.

What do you enjoy most about the creative community in San Francisco?

I love the creative community in San Francisco and feel so grateful to be part of it! I feel as if I am living the life I always wanted to live and SF is part of me and I am part of it. I have lived her eighteen years and I just love meeting new people that are doing, making and expressing themselves in different ways.

natalie bowen designs IMG_6079

Enjoying that sunshine and conversation!

Centered by Design is my business name, but it’s also the idea that we can find a bit of sanctuary each day through design, that good design can center us and make us feel great. Does your design process center you in any way? If so, how?

My design process helps me feel centered or grounded because it sees a project from beginning to end. From the first email or idea to the final product, I take a lot of satisfaction in seeing it all the way through. Setting up an event on the day of is always such a rush! Seeing all components come together is my ultimate idea of accomplishment.


Happy plants enjoying the sunshine in studio

Natalie’s San Francisco Favorites:

  • Favorite place to shop for home décor/furniture: Coup de Etat


It was a treat to spend a sunny morning in San Francisco with Natalie! For more of Natalie’s business advice, check out her interview with well-known design blogger, Caitlin Flemming of Sacramento Street. View more of Natalie’s gorgeous work on her web site

Lot’s more amazing #womenwhomake coming for 2016


natalie bowen designs

Styling Lesson: Holiday Table Top Ideas

Decorating and styling the table is definitely my favorite part of the holiday prepping process – I’m not the greatest cook : ) I love creating a look that’s elegant, artful and does not scream Thanksgiving (#orange + #pumpkins). Here are a few excellent holiday table top ideas from some of my favorite resources:

Romantic: Cabbage roses, burlap, berries, driftwood and lamb’s ear. Take notes from the experts at Natalie Bowen Designs and create a tablescape that feel romantic and autumnal.


Glamorous: Artichokes, eucalyptus, pears, feathers and gourds. Sticking with one color palette allows you to go bold elsewhere. This black and gold table looks stunning paired with a green centerpiece. This article from Domino Magazine online has some wonderful holiday table concepts.


Modern: Terrarium, moss, kale, ranunculus, hypercium berry. CB2 knows a bit about modern decor, and they enlisted the help of local florist The Foxglove Studio to create this adorable terrarium centerpiece. They even have a step-by-step guide to show you how to create it!


New Traditional: Fall colored leaves, natural woven placemats + some creativity. If you just don’t feel right without those recognizable thanksgiving colors, I love this centerpiece idea with fake leaves. It’s perfect if you’ve got a chandelier over the dining table and is probably the quickest and most cost effective option on this list! Style Caster has a few other traditional cute/crafty ideas too.


Here’s an older table top decor post with a DIY on how to complete the look with natural greenery.

I hope you have a safe, delicious and beautiful Thanksgiving. Much love to you and yours!



Window Treatments: Roman Shades & Drapery Panels

The world of window treatments is wide, and designers love their lingo – pleated, puddled, smocked, skirted, etc. Most of the terms aren’t really necessary, so don’t worry! With a small amount of terminology you’ll be much better equipped to look for, and discuss window treatments. This little post will only scratch the surface of possibilities, but I wanted to share some information that I think will be helpful and on-trend!

Windows are often neglected in an interior, but they are such a wonderful canvas for color, texture, print and filtering light. Adding window treatments is one of my favorite ways to really bring a room together, and make it feel polished. In the modern and transitional homes I’m usually working in, there are two styles of window treatments I typically gravitate towards – roman shades and drapery panels. I’m going to also touch briefly on cornices.

Roman Shades


Natural woven roman shades with a valence

Roman shades come in many styles, but most often you’ll see a flat front or relaxed roman shade. The shades can be mounted on the inside of the window or the outside of the window. Mounting inside works well if you have nice architectural details and trim to showcase. Mounting outside works well to hide not so attractive windows, and to make the windows appear larger. Natural woven shades are particularly popular at the moment. I like Smith & Noble for custom woven shades, but you can also find them in certain sizes at Home Depot or similar stores.


Flat front shade mounted on the outside of window


Flat front roman with trim mounted on the inside of window


Flat front roman shade with an outside mount, covering multiple windows, with printed fabric


Relaxed roman shade with inside mount

All of the above show a single window treatment, but it’s often nice to layer treatments if you have the budget to do so. Layering can provide additional texture and create a richer depth/look for the space. It also allows for a shade for privacy and drapery as the decorative feature.


Roman woven shade with outside mount and drapery panels


Fabric roman shades with drapery with leading edge trim

Drapery Panels

While drapery panels are probably what we’re all most familiar with there are some important nuances to take note of. Biggest takeaway should be: it’s important to hang your curtain rod/hardware high enough and have your drapery hang low enough. Seems pretty basic, but getting right can be tough! Styling guru Emily Henderson has a great post all about how to hang curtains HERE. A few examples below help to illustrate:


Hang your curtain rods high! Just under crown molding if you have it.


If you don’t have strong architectural details creating a natural break, make sure to give the window some breathing room.

If you’re about to go hang some curtain panels make sure to take into consideration the way the curtain attaches to the rod and how that will effect the length of the curtain. For instance, ring clips (pictured here) and tab tops will increase your overall curtain length. Grommets and rod pocket hanging styles won’t change the hanging length as much. It’s also ideal that drapes or curtains hang to the floor, known as “the kiss,” drapes should just float right above or kiss the floor. Avoid the too short curtain that cuts the wall in half!

Also, if you are measuring for fullness (how much your curtain is going to gather) it’s usually acceptable to have 1.5 – 2.5x the width of your window as the measurement. Most standard window curtains come in 50 or 100 inch widths. Measure window width from outside of trim to outside of trim.


Just a quick note about cornices, because they can look pretty rad and are actually easy to make/affordable. What’s great about them is they can be made to fit any size window and they don’t require a lot of fabric. They also really jazz up a space and make it “fancy.” I’m not a huge fan, but I like the treatment in both photos below. I like Calico Corners for lots of window treatment necessities such as getting a cornice made : )


Step straight cornice with drapery and trim


Straight cornice with drapery panels

* pictures all linked to sources where possible

Hope this gives you some good new information and inspiration about window treatments!


Women Who MAKE: Artist Emily Proud

November 1, 2015 Interviews 0 Comments
emily proud artist

This month’s feature is brought to you by the power of Instagram. I have no idea how I stumbled across Emily’s work on my favorite social media app., but I was hooked! Her calming, yet graphic and modern use of watercolor is completely refreshing. I had to have one!

Of course, I wanted an Emily Proud original (and still do) but when I learned I could get a huge framed print on One Kings Lane, I opted to buy Emily’s The River to hang in our guest room. I decided to reach out to Emily about an upcoming trip I was planning to San Francisco (she’s based there), to see if she was game to host photographer Carolina Mariana and me at her home/studio in the Mission District. We all had a lovely time chatting about art, our shared love of cats and admiring Emily’s work. You can find affordable prints by Emily on Artfully Walls. Here’s the interview:

  • Name: Emily Proud
  • Age: 30
  • Current title/company name: Emily Proud
  • Years in operation: Officially 3 ½ years, but unofficially a long time.

emily proud artist

What is your first memory of making [art]?

At preschool I remember painting at the easels they had there. I set up still-lives from a young age using objects from around the house like potted plants and toys. I also remember just drawing the buildings I could see out my bedroom window.


How did your education or past work experience give you the confidence to go out on your own as a small business owner?

I suppose having an art degree gives me a sense of validity, and working in a “real job” for a while gave me business savvy than I didn’t have before. However, I think at the end of the day, it is my own willpower and passion for making art that gives me that confidence.

emily proud artist

Tell us about the process of launching your own small business. Best parts? Biggest challenge?

I’ve been painting for a long time, so it feels strange to name a specific launching date, but I started making art full-time in 2012, so I see that as the point where I started to think of artwork as not just my practice but also my business. It was also when I started to share my artwork publicly on the Internet. The best part has been seeing my hard work pay off and the little nuggets of reward that come along the way. The biggest challenge at a certain point was finding my voice, but since I feel that I have found that now, the challenge is getting my work out there and taking the time to improve my craft the best I can.


What is your favorite part of the creative process? What inspires you and why?

My favorite part is when I hit my stride and lose track of time. I am inspired by every day things, the landscape, outer space, the human body… many things. I don’t really know why, they are just around me.

emily proud artist

What is the best advice you have for other female entrepreneurs/artists?

Do the work, and share it thoughtfully on the Internet.

Do you have a design philosophy, and if so, what is it?

Keep it simple, stupid.

emily proud artist

Imagine “Emily Proud” in five years, how would you like to grow personally, with your art and/or professionally?

I hope to become a better artist and that it makes me a stronger, more interesting person. I have been working almost exclusively in watercolor for the past three and a half years and my ultimate goal is to master it. I want to do something new with it.

emily proud artist

Do you have a most popular item or service?

My moonrise paintings were popular, but now I’m noticing more and more people liking my gradient-based work.  It’s always interesting to see what people respond to, it’s so personal and different for everyone.

What do you enjoy most about the creative community in San Francisco?

San Francisco is very approachable. Maybe because it is also my hometown, but I think I am far less intimidated by it than I would a bigger city.

emily proud artist

Centered by Design is my business name, but it’s also the idea that we can find a bit of sanctuary each day through design, that good design can center us and make us feel great. Does your design process center you in any way? If so, how?

I completely share that sentiment. My process is slow, gradually building pigment and layers over time, so it happens to be naturally meditative.


Emily’s San Francisco Favorites:

  • Favorite spot to get inspired: My studio
  • Favorite jewelry designer: The minimalist bracelets my friend Christine at Abacus Row makes.
  • Favorite place to shop for home décor/furniture: Does Ikea count? Those meatballs are delicious.
  • Favorite place for coffee: Tough choice, but I had my first date with my husband at Four Barrel so let’s go with that.
  • Favorite place for a sweet treat: Oh, picking just one? Walnut pie from Mission Pie is a craving I have often.


It was such a treat when Emily let me look through her stack of original paintings! This one on top I really feel in love with. Thanks so much for sharing with us Emily. You can find more Emily at

Stay tuned for next month’s #womenwhomake post with another wonderful San Francisco creative!


Leather and Dowel Textile Display Hanger

October 26, 2015 DIY Projects 0 Comments
textile display hanger

Last month I revealed the Foxtail + Moss studio makeover. Check it out HERE if you missed it! The Leather and Dowel Textile Display Hanger served as a decorative and versatile focal point in the girls’ studio. It is also one of the fastest and highest impact DIY projects I’ve ever done! Today, I’m sharing the directions with you.

textile display hanger

Supply List:

  • Wooden dowel from hardware store (we used 1” x 72” hardwood round from Home Depot)
  • Leather strips from craft store (we used 1.5” x 42” cut to desired length from JoAnn Craft)
  • Brass wood screws with matching brass washers (depending on your wall you may need drywall anchors)
  • Power drill
  • A level may help

textile display hanger


  • Determine best location for your dowel and measure from the floor up making sure your marks (for your holes) are level and even.
  • Pre drill your holes with power drill bit.
  • Use drill to put screws through both layers of leather securing leather to wall, and creating the loop to hold the dowel.
  • Place your dowel through the leather holders, and hang your favorite textiles!
  • You could get fancy and stain your dowel with some wood stain or paint it, if you wanted to change its color.

textile display hanger

We tried hanging one, two and three textiles on the 72″ inch rod. I like the layered look best, but if you have one really large textile (probably even larger than the one below) this display is a great option too. I think it would also look fabulous as a headboard of sorts.

textile display hanger

Let me know if you give this project a try. I’d love to see your finished results! Any questions? Just leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you soon. Tag any projects on Instagram #womenwhomake and #centeredbydesign

This post was created in collaboration with Foxtail + Moss. All photography by Foxtail + Moss

Decorating Inspiration: A Bohemian Hideaway

bohemian decorating

Hi Friends! It’s been over a week since my last post, so sorry! I’ve been busy with a few projects, and one in particular that is finally coming to a close this week. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a few posts with the hashtag #projectcoachhouse.

This project is one of those super fun opportunities, when your client is willing to really GO FOR IT with the design and decorating. This special little coach house is for guests of the family, and it’s part of a gorgeous historic property (read: lots of charm and old radiators) about 30 minutes north of Chicago.

I’ve been striving to create a space with a boutique hotel feel. A real mix of high and low pieces, luxury and vintage – with a definite bohemian edge. Each room with its own unique feel. Here are inspiration images for the overall vibe:


Image Via


Image Via


Image Via


Image Via

I want to share two of the original design boards for the project with you today. The first board is for the guest room for children. The design language for the guest room is bohemian/playful/vintage. The second board is for the petite kitchen. The design language for the kitchen is modern/rustic/farmhouse. There are source links following each board.



What do you think so far? Are you ready to be a #projectcoachhouse guest? Not convinced? Stay tuned and I’ll share a few more design boards.


Styling Black Jeans Three Ways for Fall

If you caught last weeks Women Who MAKE interview post, you’ll know I featured local womenswear designer Sophia Reyes. During our visit to her Evanston studio, Sophia graciously allowed me to play dress-up with my favorite looks from her Fall 2015 Collection.

As I was sorting through the looks in the collection, I noticed that everything I chose would work well with the black jeans I was wearing that afternoon. My favorite black jeans EVER. On the spot, I decided it would be fun to show three different looks all with said black jeans. ‘Cause you know I live in these jeans!

Photography by: Carolina Mariana

Styling Black Jeans Look 1: Moon Blocked Tunic and Muse Wrap Belt (+ wedge booties)

styling black jeans


Styling Black Jeans Look 2: Black and Bone Print Knit Dress (+ knee high boots and hat)

styling black jeans


Styling Black Jeans Look 3: Black Cocoon Sweater and Winter Turban (+ white button up and statement necklace)





I bet you already own a statement necklace, white button up, some black boots and hopefully black jeans too! With just a few more pieces, you can mix and match several fall outfits, and stay on trend with the layered look. I took home the knit dress and winter turban : )




Women Who MAKE: Sophia Reyes Designs

September 30, 2015 Interviews, Tips + Resources 2 Comments
sophia reyes designer

Today, I’m thrilled to bring you a behind the scenes look into the studio of womenswear clothing designer, Sophia Reyes David. Soft-spoken Sophia, is nothing but fierce, behind the sewing machine. She’s a woman with a vision for contemporary and wearable women’s clothing. I love her eye for pattern, color, draping and figure flattering cuts.

Sophia’s designs first caught my eye at Milk Handmade (one of my favorite Chicago clothing boutiques) and I’ve been following her on Instagram ever since. Her latest Fall 2015 Collection is incredibly versatile, and I had a blast modeling some of my favorites from the line (more to come on that soon!). Don’t miss our Instagram Giveaway and your chance to snag some fabulous fall items from the collection.

Photography by: Carolina Mariana

Here’s more from the sweet Sophia:

Name: Sophia David
Age: 31
Current title/company name: Designer & Owner, Sophia Reyes, LLC
Years in operation: 8

What is your first memory of making [art]?

When I was younger, coloring contests were my jam. I won several coloring contests as a kid- including a year’s supply of Crayola!

sophia reyes designer

How did your education or past work experience give you the confidence to go out on your own as a small business owner?

I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My parents encouraged creativity and instilled in us that it is vital to be savvy in business to be able to do what you love to do. It was only natural that I would become an entrepreneur.

sophia reyes designer

Tell us about the process of launching your own business, Sophia Reyes. Best parts? Biggest challenge?

The best parts: seeing an idea, vision, or design come to fruition and then experiencing how people respond to it. The biggest challenge is balancing being a designer and a business owner.


What is your favorite part of the creative process? What inspires you and why?

Starting a new collection is always a breath of fresh air; combining colors, prints, and textures to convey a mood brings life to a new season.


What is the best advice you have for other female entrepreneurs/artists?

1. Do three things each week that will help grow your business. Sometimes it is easy to get wrapped up in day-to-day tasks as a small business owner. It is important to spend time looking at the big picture, your strategy, and long-run goals to continue growing your business.

2. Go for it. Have confidence in your work, and always ask for what you want.


Do you have a design philosophy, and if so, what is it?

Design is both function and inspiration. The best comment from customers is when I hear them say, “ I wear (insert said piece) all the time. I get a lot of compliments.” I’m over the moon when I hear this.


Imagine Sophia Reyes five years, how would you like to grow?

Design our own textile prints, expand the line into accessories, and open a storefront.

Do you have a most popular item?

Our limited edition printed kimonos have been a hit.


What do you enjoy most about the creative community in Chicago/Evanston?

Everyone knows each other and supports each other’s work.

Centered By Design is my business name, but it’s also the idea that we can find a bit of sanctuary each day through design, that good design can center us and make us feel great. Does your design process center you in any way? If so, how?

Designing and creating is part of who I am and what I love to do. I love its challenges (even the frustrating parts), the possibilities, and the opportunities to discover new techniques. It is my happy place!


Sophia’s Evanston & Chicago Favorites:

Favorite spot to get inspired: I can spend hours at any fabric or craft store. Blick Art Materials & Vogue Fabrics

Favorite restaurant: Found Kitchen and Social House

Favorite place to shop for home décor/furniture: Renegade Craft Market, Broadway Antique Market

Favorite place for coffee: Peet’s Coffee

Favorite place for a sweet treat: Pierrot Gourmet at the Peninsula Chicago


Thanks for letting us visit Sophia! Stay tuned for a fun look at styling my favorite EVER black jeans three ways with pieces from Sophia’s Fall 2015 collection. Hello, Autumn!


Bohemian Style Studio Makeover

I’m excited to share a project with you today that has been in the works for several months. I teamed up with local bloggers Foxtail + Moss to help them re-imagine their modest studio space. The studio is located in a cool, creative building in the West Loop area of Chicago.


Lauren and Claire (i.e. Foxtail + Moss) both have a modern bohemian style, and wanted to reflect more of this in their work space. What a fun project! This is one of my favorite styles to play with, and these ladies were game for anything. We worked together to write some pretty extensive BEFORE and AFTER posts on the design process, so if you want the nitty gritty details head over to those articles! If you want to see all the pretty pictures they are HERE.


I thought it would also be fun to share some of my sources with you, so if you love this bohemian style look you can replicate it easily! Here’s a design board with online sources that you can scoop up to bring the boho look home:


A great new design book if you love bohemian style is The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney. Lots of inspiration!