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last minute halloween ideas


Need some last minute Halloween party recipes or ideas? The fabulous team at Design Sponge shared some of my favorite recipes (like grilled cheese with brie, crispy bacon, and apricot jam and devil’s food cupcakes) from Picture Perfect Parties yesterday. I love how they styled the party. So many great ideas! You can also enter to win one of three books they are giving away. Good luck! Have a Happy Halloween!

also, here’s a fun video from last year’s appearance on cbs better mornings:

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For Your Style I’d Walk a Mile with Amy Azzarito


Today we have the lovely Amy Azzarito with us. Amy is Grace Bonney’s right-hand woman and serves as the managing editor of Design*Sponge. She graduated from the Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt with a Master’s in the History of Decorative Arts and Design. She’s published on diverse topics such as the evolution of French cuisine for Paris-New York: Design Fashion Culture, 1925-1940 and an essay about hand built homes in late 1960s as part of the countercultural movement for West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in American Art, 1965-1977. She recently finished her first book, Past and Present, a book that translates topics of design history into a present-day craft projects and is based on her Design*Sponge column.

1.Who would you want to play you in a movie?
Lindsay Lohan. I hear she’s good to work with.

2.I wish I could…
Go to India! I’m a yoga fanatic and I’d love to go visit the birthplace of yoga. Aside from the yoga, I think Indian culture is extremely beautiful, and I’d love to go just for the colors.

3.My first style memory is…
One of my strongest style memories is of decorating my teenage bedroom. I picked a mauve paint for the walls, there was a floral border, a white iron daybed, floral bedroom and framed Monet print. It was very girly!

4.I could not live with out my….
My kitties! I have two Russian Blue cats, Loki and Freya. I think they are very talented. They know how to high five, how to shake and how to give me a kiss.

5.I could live without…
Bills.

My current obsession is this skull bracelet:


I’ve been eying it for months. I love jewelry that you never have to take off and I could imagine wearing this 24/7. Plus I love that it’s a little skull – so unexpected!

photo of Amy by Ellen Silverman

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For Your Style I’d Walk a Mile with Ginny Branch


Ginny Branch is a prop and wardrobe stylist but, more accurately, a romantic with an affection for seeking out beautiful moments and vignettes. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ginny and I love that she is such a lovely lady with a free spirit. She rocks her own, unique style which I can always appreciate. She also pens the “What’s in your toolbox?” column over at Design Sponge. One of my favorites. Take it away, Ginny.

1.Who would you want to play you in a movie?
Emma Stone. I like that she’s so goofy and loveable! I want her to be my best friend in real life.

2.I wish I could…
Drive on highways 🙂 And I wish I could go back to having silver hair. And live in New York 6 months out of the year.

3.My first style memory is…
Flipping through my sister Amy’s dogeared copies of Vogue and Marie-Claire when I was a wee one. And attempting her Cindy Crawford workout tapes.

4.I could not live with out my….
My sweet, sweet husband, beagles, family, and friends. And maybe pinterest.

5.I could live without…
The Great Recession. Over it. Wishing good will and good fortune for all in 2013!


Pick a photo or décor objet, or piece of clothing that defines your style.

This is just a photo from my instagram of a bridal shoot I styled involving several varieties of champers. The colors are so luscious- quiet neutrals with a hint of blush!

Thanks, Ginny!

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For Your Style I’d Walk a Mile with Grace Bonney of Design Sponge

I am so happy to have the lovely Grace Bonney kicking off my new series this year: For Your Style I’d Walk a Mile. Who better than the creator of Design Sponge?! Design Sponge is one of my all-time favorite blogs and the first blog I ever followed probably 8 years ago. I remember sending the link to one of the editors at Better Homes and Gardens, and writing “have you seen this?” Grace is truly the original lifestyle blogger, and was my go to resource for many years. She’s a visionary and an innovator, a true trail blazer. Sort of the Steve Jobs of the blogosphere. So of course I am honored to have her on my blog and to call her a friend. I’ve been lucky enough to be a contributor for the site as well. You can see those posts here.

I’ll be asking the same five questions to all sorts of amazing creatives all year long. Enjoy!

1.Who would you want to play you in a movie?

Reese Witherspoon. She’s small and Southern and seems like such a nice person. But I wish I was chic enough to have someone like Marion Cottilard play me.

2.I wish I could…

Adopt more rescue animals. I’m a huge huge animal person and always lament not having a large enough space to rescue more animals.

3.My first style memory is…

Being made to wear a Laura Ashley floral jumper to the first day of 4th grade in a new school. As it turns out, everyone at this new school wore cool skate/surf clothes. My “fresh from the prep farm” look didn’t win me any new friends.

4.I could not live with out my….

Family- including the fuzziest member. Without them, life has no anchor. I feel at home wherever my cat is and I feel like I have a real connection to my core when I’m with my family.

5.I could live without…

So much screen time. My job involves being constantly connected and updated on various websites and I’d love to find a way to break that habit- especially the part that makes me feel like I want to be that connected.

Pick a photo or décor objet, or piece of clothing that defines your style:

Black skinny jeans. I live 90% of my life in them. Simple, basic, neutral. I like my clothing to be as simple and uniform-like as possible. It makes the rest of my chaotic day feel more manageable.


Thanks so much, Grace!

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Tear Sheets: Styling Shelves


top row: 1/2 bottom row: 3

Here are some of my basic rules of thumb when styling shelves. One of the easiest ways to pull the look together is with repetition: repeat the same colors and shapes. At my home in Italy (top left) you can see that I repeated the star fish and vases to give the look consistency. I also used a similar color palette (lots of pops of white) but I love adding a jolt of color, like that turquoise globe. You can see that I practice what I preach!

I also swear by putting “like with like,” using books in the same height with a similar color scheme (as seen top right with the blue books) or layering in a collection of bowls or glass bottles (as seen on the bottom). These are just a few of my rules for styling shelves. I always like to keep things fresh but these guidelines work every time.

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