9 Jan 2016

Weekend Notes


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*Amber Interiors

7 Jan 2016

Etsy Shop Spotlight: Liven Up Design

Back when I was redesigning my bedroom for the One Room Challenge, I was very interested in custom designing an x-bench for under my desk. Given the exact dimensions of an x-bench, I knew it would be the perfect space saver in my tiny New York City bedroom. Well in case you are just tuning in, the One Room Challenge is a SIX week challenge sooooo it doesn’t give much time for custom upholstered furniture! Note to self, start earlier next time around!!!!

I wasn’t going to give up on a custom x-bench so I opted for a Hans Wagner Chair (knock off, of course) as seen below to hold me over until I could get my hands on the perfect x-bench in the meantime.

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So I started researching a few different custom furniture makers across the US and came across Etsy shop Liven Up Design. I emailed Jen and told her the exact look I wanted. I can’t tell you how helpful she was throughout the whole process with sharing exact yardage, how much time it would take to develop and ship.

Now it was time to decide on the fabric. I reached out to Decorators Best who was also just as helpful when it came to fabric options. Decorators Best is one of the top sources for the latest in wallpaper and fabric from the top designers in the industry. As I’ve blogged about before, I am a HUGE fan of textile designer John Robshaw. Given that I was going for a Montuak inspired look, I knew I had to have a John Robshaw print for my x-bench. I ended up selecting a super bold print, Duarlee’s Fazil Blue fabric (now on sale!) and mailed it to Jen.

Now that things have calmed down after the holidays, I finally had a chance to shoot my updated desk space and of course I had to show you guys!!


What do you think? I moved the Hans Wagner chair to another room in my apartment and figure I can use both the chair and x-bench in several different rooms in the future. Hope you love as much as I do! And if you’re in market for custom upholstured furniture, be sure to reach out to Jen at Liven Up Design. She is the best!! Xoxo. Lauren

Shop My Desk Space:

Matouk Beach Towel c/o // Hans Wagner Wishbone Chair // West Elm Mini Mid-Century Desk // Target Lucite Lamp Similar // Made by Girl Print // Inslee Illustration // Gold Alarm Clock // Design Darling Tortoise Shell Vase // Hamptons Book // A Privileged Life // Rowing Blazers // Kate Spade Notebook // To-Do Notebook // J.Crew Panama Hat


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5 Jan 2016

5 Tips For Creating Your 2016 Inspiration Board

If you need a little help giving your space a refresh in the New Year, do yourself a favor and create an inspiration board! I love inspiration boards for so many reasons – I had one in both my Chicago apartment and here in New York before I re-designed my bedroom. I mostly used it to hang pictures, quotes and cards. It’s not only the perfect space to hang your favorite magazine tear outs, cards from family members or pictures from past travels, but it’s a sure way to get inspired on a daily basis. I’ve rounded up 5 tips for creating your 2016 inspiration board in no time!

One. Start collecting your favorite images whether it be magazine tear outs, quotes, cards, print outs before you pinning on your board. Once you have enough images laid out, it will be easier for you to get an idea of the theme and colors your eye is drawn to for a more cohesive inspiration board.


Monika Hibbs

Two. Keep  your inspiration board to a confined space. A New Year means a fresh start, you don’t want your 2016 inspiration board to look cluttered or messy! Am I right?!


Jennifer Kathryn Photography via The Everygirl

Three. Go big or go home. I love inspiration boards that take over a whole wall. This is an easy way to make a statement within an apartment or office space. I’d stick to 2-3 different colors here to ensure a cohesive look.


Boost and Pine

Four. Incorporate your 2016 inspiration board as part of a gallery wall. Don’t be scared to hang frames or artwork around your inspiration board. I recommend doing this if your inspiration board is on the smaller end and you need to take up more room on a wall. Also, I love how Grace incorporated pieces of jewelry for an instant glam inspiration board!

5 Tips For Creating Your 2016 Inspiration Board

Glitter Guide / Grace Atwood

Five. Mix it up. The best inspiration boards are full of prints, fabrics, images and quotes. What you pin in the beginning of 2016 doesn’t have to stay up all year long! Be sure to mix up your inspiration board throughout the year to ensure you know…. you stay inspired!!



Do you have any tips on creating an inspiration board? Xo. Lauren

4 Jan 2016

Jet Set: 6 Places I Want To Visit In 2016

Happy 2016!! I’m finally back in New York after 10 days spent back in Cleveland with my family. It feels great to be recharged, refreshed and ready for a New Year!

2015 was full of travel: Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, London, Paris (x2), the Hamptons, Florida and more. These next few weeks a few girlfriends and I are on a mission to get a few trips booked so I thought it’d be fun to round up 6 places I want to visit in 2016. More importantly, I would love to hear what some of your favorite trips have been thus far! Taking any and all recommendations.  :)

One. West Palm Beach, The Breakers Hotel

The Breakers Hotel has been on my bucket list for quite some time. Have you been?


Two. St. Barths, Hotel Le Sereno


*Town and Country

Three. Amalfi Coast, Le Sirenuse Hotel

The Amalfi Coast has been one of my favorite destinations to-date. I haven’t returned since college so it is on my bucket list for 2016! I came across the Le Sirenuse Hotel on Conde Nast Traveler as it’s rated one of the top boutique hotels in southern Italy. Talk about wanderlust!


*My Domaine

Four. Paris, Haven in Paris

After visiting Paris twice last year, I’m making it my mission to visit at least once a year from here on out. Can you blame a girl? We used a luxury rental apartment service called Haven in Paris last year where we stayed in the most charming apartment in the Saint Germain neighborhood. We’ll most certainly look to use Haven in Paris for our next trip.


Five. Nantucket, White Elephant Hotel

I’m headed to Nantucket this summer with my family. We’re debating on staying at the White Elephant. How cuteeeeee?!


Six. Barcelona, Margot House

Barcelona will be one of my bigger trips this year with a few girlfriends from college. After researching some of the best boutique hotels to stay, I came across the Margot House which is situated on Barcelona’s most illustrious avenue, Passeig de Gracia. Sign me up.


Where are you jet setting off to in 2016?!

Xo. Lauren