10 Gorgeous Holiday Mantles

With Christmas only one week away, I wanted to share 10 of my favorite mantles. Whether you’re hosting Christmas day, throwing a holiday party, or simply enjoying the comfort of your own home, mantle decor is a fun way to switch things up. I’m constantly redecorating mine and adding new pieces. Hopefully this will inspire you:




Which is your favorite?!



5 Ways to Successfully Sell Furniture Online

Now I’m not expert but for those of you who move often (like I do) or want to do a little Spring cleaning (totally needed in fall too!), I’ve got a few pointers for you. We’re moving in less than 3 weeks (eek!) and within the last two weeks I’ve listed 19 pieces, sold 12 and have people coming to view 4 more today. Pretty good success rate if you ask me! Best part? I’ve sold almost everything for equal or more than I paid for it. Here’s how:

How to Successfully Sell Furniture Online

First and foremost, you have to know your audience. Lucky for me, Boston is a hodgepodge and really covers all demographics – we’ve got college students, young professionals, families, etc. However, if you’re in a college town, for example, you will quickly realize that people want inexpensive items that they can transport easily. For those of you in big cities, people likely want pieces that can fit into small spaces. The suburban areas may want better quality, larger pieces to fill their home. You get the idea!

Once you know your audience you should plan to cross sell on multiple sites that are geared toward your audience and your city. Given where I live, I’m selling pieces on Facebook Marketplace (college kids), Craigslist (older/suburban) and Next Door (local neighborhood/urban). Each avenue targets a different buyer so I’m hitting a wide variety of people, which of course increases my chance on selling.

Probably the most common mistake people make when selling their furniture is that they get lazy and don’t style it pretty. Trust me when I say, if you want top dollar – this is key! Take an extra ten minutes to clean your item, style it how it’s meant to be used (i.e. set the table, add books & a lamp to your nightstand) and take various pictures at multiple angles (in good sunlight, of course!). I am always horrified when I see an old dresser with crap thrown over it and drawers open with clothes hanging out. Ew – who wants to buy that?! #notme

Of course, we can’t overlook the fact that it’s critical to price your item correctly. That use Ikea nightstand? Yea, not worth $200. But a vintage, excellent quality chair that can be easily reupholstered? Sure – it may be worth that. Pricing can be tricky because you want to price at a number low enough to intrigue buyers, but high enough that you feel good about the sale. People tend to become emotional with furniture, but all that matters is the quality of the piece. Don’t forget – everything is negotiable so you should expect buyers to haggle price a bit. I suggest pricing 10-20% higher than you want so that you can negotiate down to your true goal price.

Lastly, unless you’re in a major rush to sell your pieces, it’s important to remain patient. Odds are, you’re not going to sell everything at the price you want within the first day. Give it a week or so and if you haven’t had any interest, consider lowering the price or taking some more photos. If people are inquiring often, it’s only a matter of time until you find the right buyer.

So there are my 5 key rules for successfully selling your furniture online. What’s your biggest tip?


5 easy home updates you can do this weekend

Happy Monday y’all!

We are having a serious Indian summer here in Boston and it is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! Yesterday started with some sunflower fields & pumpkin patches and ended with the beach where it was over 80 and sunny…how lucky are we?! Given the weather, all of my current home projects have been put on hold until my worst nightmare winter comes. I’m sharing a few easy projects that you can do around the house that make a big impact. Bonus: these are applicable for you renters also!

5 easy home updates you can do this weekend:


Y’all know my favorite thing to do is paint something. This could be bathroom vanity, kitchen cabinets, or even some dated built-ins. Many landlords are okay with this, especially if they’re likely going to update when you move out. (It doesn’t hurt to ask – ours even bought the paint for us!) The above picture is an “after” of a killer transformation. This was a stark black piece that I painted white & updated the hardware. In fact, the “before” was so horrifying that I didn’t even snap a picture (haha).


Another easy (and fun!) weekend project is to update your walls. What does that mean? Well, you could paint – an accent wall, some stripes, or even some stencil if you’re up for it. You could add some wallpaper (see temporary wallpaper here). Additionally, you could create a gallery wall or add some inexpensive molding. 


A really great seasonal thing to do is to swap out your textiles. For Summer & Spring: think light fabrics, playful prints & bright hues. For Fall & Winter: try heavier wools & furs, darker fabric colors & more oversized pillows and throws. This is one reason that I always purchase down pillows and covers for them, versus pre-made pillows. You can mix & match between rooms, or simply get some new covers made in the fabric of your choice.


Of course, no update would be complete without a remix of accessories – y’all know this is one of my favorite tricks in the book. I’ve mentioned it before but “shopping your home” is an easy, free way to get that fresh, new feel you’re looking for. A great example is this “entry way 5 ways” post that I did earlier this year.


Lastly, try adding a plant to every room for an easy update. how about an indoor herb garden in the kitchen, a jade plant in the bathroom, and a fiddle leaf fig tree in the living room?! Plants bring in a calming nature feel, they freshen the air & add a pop of color. Head to your local nursery to discuss what will work best in your particular space! Shop some cute planters here.

What’s your favorite weekend design project?

5 Ways to Bring Spring into your Home

First, congratulations to all of you who completed the Boston Marathon yesterday! It was a beautiful 70 and sunny day – we watched for hours and were consistently inspired by all of the runners, especially those running with disabilities. Those who ran with guides, the push-rim division, those with prosthetic legs, etc…what unbelievable athletes!

Now…let’s talk decorating for Spring! With longer days & warmer temps in full effect, it’s time to make sure your home is ready as well. I’ve put together 5 simple, effective ways to bring Spring into your home:

 1. Swap out some white accessories…vases, pitchers, potters, books…white accessories are fresh, clean & perfect for sunnier days.



2. Go for fresh flowers…cherry blossoms, tulips & hydrangeas all scream spring. I currently have pink tulips in the kitchen, yellow & white tulips in the den and hydrangeas in the master. You seriously can’t go wrong!



3. Trade out the textiles…I have a ton of different blankets, pillow covers, etc that I keep on hand and like to swap out! For spring, think light colors, floral patterns & palms. Now’s a good put away the faux fur throws & the heavy fabrics.



4. Get fruity…fruit is an inexpensive, colorful, practical way to bring spring into your kitchen& dining room. I like using lemons, limes, oranges, apples, etc & displaying them in either clear apothecary jars or an oversized bowl. Odds are, you’ll eat these yummy treats so simply replace when you head to the grocery store!



5. Tidy up! Really this should be number one, as I believe it’s the most effective way to make any space look fresh. Spend a day purging your closets, junk drawers & everyday spaces. Trust me, there’s no better way to feel like you’re officially in a new season.



What’s your best tip for bringing Spring into your home?!

Current Favorites: Anthro Home Sale

Wow! How is it already Thursday?! I’ve been out of town for work all week (also my reasoning for being MIA all week) so I’ve been spending the majority of today playing catch up. This post will be quick but I had to share- some awesome Anthropologie home favorites are currently 20% off. While I think some of their items are a bit overpriced (I’m looking at you, $2,000 rug)… I do think they’re mostly unique, exciting pieces that are worth a little splurge, especially when on sale!

Happy shopping…


All pictures via Anthropologie website.

How to Decorate with Pastels

Happy Friday y’all!

With Spring in full force and Easter just around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to talk pastels. These soft, pretty colors are appealing, yet can often look very youthful and childish when poorly executed. Let’s be honest- nobody wants to walk into an adult living room and see baby pink splattered everywhere #amiright?!

So…I’ve broken this post down into 4 sections, where I’ll be giving you some examples of beautifully decorated spaces in pastel blue, green pink & yellow. Then I’ll help you pick some pieces to get started, if you’re interested in sprucing your space up in a mature, stylish way. Let’s get started…

Pastel Blue

I find blue to be one of the easiest colors to incorporate into a home- it’s versatile, well liked & there are so many wonderful shades. For example, you can mix pastel blue with white, cream, navy & green. It’s also the perfect compliment to any finish- gold, bronze, silver, etc. Blue can be used via textiles, decorative pieces (such as vases & ginger jars), books, lamps, etc. I’m also loving the blue in the kitchen trend!



Pastel Green

Okay, so green is kind of a polarizing design color. I find that most of my clients either love it or hate it. If you’re the latter, I’m here to change your mind! Soft green, when used in doses, can be such a lovely pop of color. One of my favorite ways to use pastel (or “mint”) green is in all white kitchens! A green cake stand, pitcher, or serving bowl is subtle, yet effective. If you’re feeling bolder, try a green paint or wallpaper in a small space, such as a bathroom or laundry room.



Pastel Pink

Ahh, pink. It’s a beautiful color, but please use it sparingly so that your home doesn’t look like a 5 year old girl’s room. Front doors painted light pink are a warm, welcoming, fun way to treat your exterior. It’s such a charming touch! Also, a pink chair or sofa, when used in conjunction with other mature, classic pieces, can be an excellent choice.



Pastel Yellow

Textiles and flowers are the perfect way to introduce yellow- they’re subtle & with yellow, a little goes a long way. Pair yellow with whites, creams, grays & other neutrals to keep the space from looking too loud.




{yellow bedding | green blanket | cake stand | blue-green pillow | pink teapot | pink vase}

What’s your take on using pastels in home design/decorating?!

Home Decor Must Have for pet owners

Happy Monday y’all! How was everyone’s weekend?

The Northeast has been pounded with some snow the past few days (not the fun kind, the annoying kind) and I’m going stir crazy! One of the worst parts about the snowstorm is having to take the pup in & out. She’s a total diva and hates the cold but does like playing in (and eating) the snow.


As a pet owner, I’m constantly aware of the impact she has on our home. Dogs come with smells, toys, blankets, etc. For me, it’s important to know that someone could walk into our home and not even know we have a dog. Here’s how I do it:

Stylish Storage



Similar to kids toys, dog toys aren’t cute or aesthetically appealing. I keep all of Mela’s toys in a small woven basket, tucked away into the corner (easy to hide when company comes over). I also keep a basket in the hall closet with all of her necessities (extra bags, leashes, bandanas, etc). Cute baskets are so easy & inexpensive! A few I like are this, this and this.

Tip: I like to keep a blanket on each sofa that she sits on, to avoid getting a mess of dog hair all over. She like them & knows those are her spots.




As pet owners, we often become unaware that our beloved 4 legged friend has a certain scent to others. Let’s all get a quick wake up call, do a favor to our guests and stock up on some good smelling candles. A few favorites include this, these and this.

Clean Often


This isn’t fun, but it’s needed. Part of the territory with pets is that you’ve got to clean often. I sweep and/or vacuum pretty much every day. For those of us with shedding dogs, it’s a necessary evil! Spend 10 minutes a day and I promise you’ll notice a difference. This vacuum is one I recommend!

What are you favorite tips & tricks to keep your dog friendly home looking sharp?!