Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Finds: Nordstrom Half Yearly SALE

This Friday Finds is all about the biggest sales of the weekend! As you may know, one of my favorite stores to shop at is Nordstrom. Even though we don't have one here in West Michigan, I shop online because it's always free shipping and free returns, so it's like I'm shopping in the store! This makes the whole "I have to try it on" thing disappear, because you can return or exchange items free of charge :) What could be better?!

Nordstrom is having their Half Yearly Sale right now, right in line with Memorial Day weekend, so combined with all the other awesome deals, this is HUGE shopping weekend. Here are my favorite sale finds...some of them marked down even 40%! Just click on the images below and it'll take you straight to the products. And hurry-- the good stuff is going quick!

This Striped Maxi Dress, similar to the one I have is only $40!

A crowd favorite-- chambray! This top is easy and flowy to throw on in the fall, winter, or even spring! It's very similar to my ombre chambray top. Only $43 shipped!

This Lace Trimmed Cami is perfect for layering under sweaters in winter (like I did almost every day...ha!) or wearing in the summer by itself. It's 40% off right now!

My Leopard Belt always gets tons of compliments. It's 40% off now for the sale!

I love this Gold Cuff Bracelet of mine!! It's light and easy to wear either by itself or with a stack of other arm candy. It's currently 40% off and comes in tons of colors!

This Dooney & Burke bag has similar features to my Tory Burch bag and is 40% off! (It also comes in black)

Other sales worth noting for the upcoming Memorial Day Sale are:

- Anthropologie is having an additional 20% off sale items with code GONEFISHING. I bought this blouse!
- Serena & Lily is offering 20% off your purchase with code ALLOUT.
- Pottery Barn is offering a tiered sale promotion, of up to 20% off!
- Sole Society is having an up to 50% off sale.
Lulu & Georgia is offering 25% off through Monday. Use code TAKE25!

Lastly, don't forget to enter our $500 Nordstrom Giveaway on Instagram!! Tag a friend in your comment and whoever wins will also win $100 for the friend they tagged! Enter HERE.

I'll be back tomorrow to update you on more sales!

Happy Friday + Memorial Day Weekend!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Client Progress: Contemporary Kitchen Design

A while back I showed you a client's living room design plan here. Since we're redesigning this client's entire first floor, I thought it'd be fun to show you some more progress. The kitchen was completely torn out and redone. It's so great to see it come together (finally!) Last week, the backsplash went in and ohhh la la, it's gorgeous! It was a really fun one to design. My client wasn't sure if she wanted a detailed design behind where the stove will go, but I pushed for it, and everyone is so glad!

We did a really pretty gray/beige subway tile for the majority of the kitchen backsplash and did an inlay of small rectangular marble tiles behind the range. This detail really pulls together the gray veining in the quartz countertop and a lot of the other beige and gray details in the space.

The island is a darker walnut finish and we decided on gold hardware for just the island. The perimeter of the other white cabinets are all silver hardware. I've always been a big fan of mixing metals, so when my client asked me what I thought about this, I was so excited! 

These pretty knobs are from Anthropologie. The reason they work when mixed with other silver hardware is that they have a mother of pearl finish. This finish has a hint of gray and silver in it, tying everything together.

Two of these mercury glass lamps sit on the entry console table. Here's a pair that's similar.

It's always such a journey to see my client's homes take shape. I can't wait to show you everything soon! It's one gorgeous home.

If you are looking for design help with your home, I'd love to step in. Whether you're looking for an hour consultation to help start the ideas flowing with a second pair of eyes, you are far away and want virtual design services, or you're in the West Michigan area and want in-home design services, I'd love to hear from you. I'm currently booked through June, but am accepting new clients in July. Email me at for more information! 

Don't forget to check out Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale :)

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Outside Patio Apartment Update

As warmer weather continues here in Michigan, I am loving my little patio. I've always loved flowers (clearly!) and have wanted my own garden for ages, but while living in an apartment, potted plants will have to suffice. Although it's not big, it's an outdoor space and it over looks a golf course, so I'm not complaining! The first thing I did when the weather warmed up was go get myself a peony bush. The one I bought last year apparently developed a disease and never bloomed (sad!!) so I was hoping this year's would actually show me some blooms. We had a very humid night the other day and when I woke up, both of the buds had bursted open with the prettiest pink hues. Summer made! ;)

In order to make this outdoor patio space feel cozy and colorful, I added a few key pieces. 

1. Plants: what's a porch without plants? I picked up this large plant below, along with a lattice, for the climbing vines to make their way up, up, up!

2. Height: adding height is a great way to up the interest in a space. I found this old stool at a vintage store around the corner from my house, added the lattice for more height, and staggered the heights of the plants.

3. Color: adding some fun throw pillows from Lulu & Georgia was my finishing touch. Summer calls for some saturated hues. I love the coral/pink in these Spotted Ikat throws.

4. Seating: when it's nice out, we love eating dinner on the patio and sometimes I'll even eat my lunch outside when I'm working from home. I picked up this table and chairs set (it's not the prettiest, but it works!) for under $100 at a local furniture store.

I think I literally experienced the heart eyes emoji upon seeing these petals open!

The view off the porch:

It's not a lot of decor, but it's something to make it feel like a new season. If you're in the market for some outdoor decor and furniture, here are my go to shops!

- Terrain - Oh my word..if I could buy everything in the store, I really would! This is a great resource for special, one-of-a-kind items.
- Target - always a fan favorite.
- World Market - awesome, stylish pieces for great prices!


I can't finish out this post without letting you know today marks the first day of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly SALE Save up to 40% at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale on Men, Women & Kids styles, through May 31! FREE Shipping & FREE Returns, as always! I'll be sharing my favorites on my Facebook Page throughout the day, so head on over there. I'll also be back here later to update the post with some fave picks.



What have you done to spruce up your patio lately?


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Essentials: Shorts

SHOP |  plumeria shorts / pink drawstring linen / black and white print / white cuffdark wash denim / seersucker eyelet / blue romper / blue chino shorts /

Today marks the start of a new series I'll be running almost weekly throughout the summer months called Summer Essentials. It's so easy to get hung up on how to put an outfit or a room together, I thought I'd bring it back to the basics and just give you my favorite essentials. Today we're focusing on shorts and rompers! 

Shorts are extremely necessary in the warmer, humid states (hello, Michigan!) so above are some of my favorite cuts and styles. If you've been reading my blog for a bit, you know I actually am not a huge fan of shorts, because when I was in high school I wasn't allowed to wear them to school. Dang dress code! I still have thoughts like "Michaela, you're breaking the rules!" when I wear shorts. I feel uncomfortable in shorts that are too short (here's my PSA to all high school girls that think super short shorts are cute and make your bootie look good: they really do you no favors. Promise!), so the key is to find pairs that are a bit longer, without looking frumpy or too big. Like I've mentioned a dozen times on the blog, my go-to shorts are the J.Crew 3" Chino. I love them because they are the perfect length, they have a loose fit so they don't hug your thighs too tight, and they come in all different colors.

Here's one of my favorite ways to wear them. You can find my whole outfit post wearing the chino shorts HERE. They're actually on major sale at J.Crew Factory right now! The regular J.Crew store is having a sale, so use code SUMMERLOVE to get 25% off your purchase here.

DETAILS |Shorts / Belt / Shirt- similar, similar / Bracelet, Bangle /  

In my opinion, the summer shorts essentials are the following:
- a pair of denim shorts (I love the ones with a cuff like these!)
- a few pairs of colored shorts like these (50% off!)
- one pair of printed shorts like these (50% off!)
- one pair of white shorts like these (so slimming!)
- a romper, because they're so fun! HERE are a bunch of cute options.

What are your go-to shorts for the summer?

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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