Sunday, 31 October 2010


From time to time I run across something that truly tugs at my heartstrings.  Today it is the story of Gloria Vanderbilt’s life. 

The article in Veranda magazine about this genuinely talented and driven woman warmed my heart.  She truly sought a life surrounding by those she loved.  Son Anderson Cooper, in a foreword to his mother’s book The World of Gloria Vanderbilt,  wrote “what’s extraordinary about his mother are her survival skills.”

The photographs below are just beautiful, and I hope that you ENJOY them as much as I did!

Gloria Vanderbilt 1956

Vanderbilt's present living room

Vanderbilt with husband Wyatt Cooper and their children

Patchwork bedroom in Vanderbilt's former townhouse

Vanderbilt's former Southhampton retreat

Aunt Gertrude Whitney's Fifth Avenue mansion

I hope that you have enjoyed this post on the multi talented Gloria Vanderbilt.  To read this heart warming story, pick up your copy of the Nov/Dec issue of Veranda magazine.  It is well worth the coins.

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Saturday, 30 October 2010


John Saladino and his talented staff of architects, James Taylor and Timothy Mace, and designer Nicole Hsu redesigned this beautiful east coast home.  The result is a stunning estate that looks out onto the Pacific.  ENJOY!

Get you copy of the November/December copy of Veranda magazine.  It is an absolutely beautiful issue!
John published his latest book, Villa, in 2009, and it is certainly on the top of my wish list!

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There is something so serene and pure about the work of interior designer John Saladino.  In this article, Saladino shares ten of his favorite elements in a newly constructed home.  ENJOY!

To read this article and to see all of the images visit HERE.

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Images via Veranda Magazine

Friday, 29 October 2010


Friends, I hope that you have  a HAPPY HALLOWEEN, and remember...

See you soon,

It's on

Here's my ghettofabulous Buffy the Vampire Slayer costume:

{Yes, the "H" and the stripes are duct tape}

I had the boys home with me today and the stars aligned (i.e. they took their naps at the same time) and I got to work on sewing my costume.  The "pants"/ bodysuit is actually a shirt turned upside down...  The arms are now the legs and I sewed up the hole for your head.  The yellow "skirt" is also a $3 Michael's t-shirt and I stretched out the head hole for the waist and cut it off.  I use the leftovers to make another t-shirt long-sleeved.  It's ridiculous and the best part of the costume is the pair of scrunchy socks I'm wearing.   

{Argg just realized I need a scrunchy for my hair!}

happy Halloween!!!  And to learn the Thriller dance go here.
(SO worth it.)

xoxo, Lauren

Thursday, 28 October 2010


Interior designer Gretchen Edwards and Harrison Design Associates created a rustic, yet contemporary interior on Lake Oconee in Atlanta, Georgia. ENJOY!

To read more about this home visit here.

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"Spooky" evolution charts

I've been loving educational charts lately and have been running into a lot of German ones.  I thought this vintage evoluationary chart "Abstammungslehr II" was perfect for the season.  Christian calls skulls "spookies" and is pictured below eating his breakfast:

{I've collected more topiaries on the table this Fall...  Look how unsuspecting they are sitting there.. Waiting to slowly be killed...   Ok, I'm really going to try to keep them alive.  I tried out lemon cypress -which I've killed before- because I've heard they're not too difficult.}

This chart was definitely used in the classroom as you can see from the old red arrows the teacher must have drawn:

...And... look who's walking!!! 

Justin started a couple of weeks ago and is definitely not going back.  Time to finish babyproofing!!
Happy Halloweeeeeeeeeeeen!!!!

xoxo, Lauren

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Interior designer Kelly Wearstler not only designs residential and commercial interiors all over the world, she has many lines bearing her name such as wallpaper, textiles, bedding, linens, china, and other luxuries.

I must admit that some of Wearstler’s designs were a little “out there” for my traditional tastes, but I now look to her work for inspiration. Her use of color and large pieces of art are just a few of the Kelly’s design attributes.

Wearstler's latest book, Hue, is absolutely stunning. Filled with color and beautiful accessories and furnishings, this book is certain to be a best seller. I can’t wait to get my copy!

Below I have posted a few photographs from a few of her residential projects. ENJOY!

To visit Kelly's website click here.

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