Mad about Mules This Fall

Doorsteps dotted with pumpkins, weekends spent watching football and the aroma of cinnamon and spices capture just a few of my favorite fall traditions. There seems to be an almost palpable shift in the air when the seasons change, and after a long and hot summer, the cool embrace of fall is always welcome. This fall is particularly special to our family, as we’ll be celebrating our son’s first birthday! It’s hard to believe he is almost one! Keep an eye out for all the party details later this month.

Another one of my favorite parts of fall is the fashion! While day-to-day you’ll find me in athleisure (I have to be comfortable when chasing after two little boys!), I do love to dress up throughout the week and of course for date night on the weekends. Rich jewel tones, playful plaids, luxurious cashmere are all hallmarks of fall fashion, and this year there’s a new trend to add to the list: mules. It’s no secret that mules are in style – they are everywhere! – and I have to admit I’m just loving them. Mules are effortlessly chic and go with anything from a dress to jeans and blouse. Not to mention there are so many different designs ranging from velvet to leather to embroidery.

I have my eye on these ones – love the style and price is hard to beat – and I think these would be worth the splurge.

Top 5 Coffee Table Books

While the time honored adage of “everything in moderation” typically applies, when it comes to beautiful literature (and dessert!), the more the better! I truly don’t think you can ever have too many fabulous books. Not only do they enrich a home, but they are a great conversation piece with guests. As soon as I had my own apartment after college, I began collecting coffee table books, seeking out colorful and ornate covers, color coding spines, and curating a library of my favorites. I remember the very first coffee table book that I purchased – The Audrey Hepburn Treasures. I found it while exploring the gift gallery at Barney’s, and spotted it prouldy perched atop a stack of interior design books. There was something about Audrey’s playful smile on the cover and the pastel pink binding, that I knew I had to have it. 

Over the years, and even as recent as our move this summer, I have continued to collect books and expand my collection. Why do I love these books so much? Where do I begin! They offer exquisite photography, endless inspiration, interesting stories, and of course an element of chicness to any room. I tend to gravitate towards interior design an entertaining books, however I think it’s important to diversify one’s content, and so I also have some gorgeous fashion, travel, and even nature books mixed in. As you create your own collection, use your passion (fashion, table setting, etc.) as the foundation for the collection, and then incorporate other topics so you too can have a nice mix. Also, be sure to check out my post on how to style your bookshelves. Styling shelves sounds simple and easy enough, but it’s really an art, as you want to strike the perfect balance between height and color, and form and function. And so, here are my top five favorite coffee table books that I adore and think you will too. Enjoy!

Carolyn Rhoem, A Passion for Blue & White

An ode to the most coveted color combination, this book will steal your heart. It’s filled with interior design and table setting inspiration, and the perfect addition to your library or even a gift for a friend. Trust me, you need this book!

Big Book of Chic

Read the title and need I say more? It’s what ever chic gal needs, and the simple yet bold cover – a white book jacket with scarlet red lettering – adds an air of sophistication to any bookshelf. My best friend gave this to me for my birthday a few years ago, and it has since been my absolutely favorite.

Charlotte Moss

Charlotte Moss knows a thing or two about table setting and interior design, and this book is a testament to her talents. The cover itself – blue and white ginger jars filled with striking orange and yellow blooms – is perfection and truly sets the tone for this special book.

Tory Burch In Color

I had the pleasure of hearing Tory Burch speak in 2014 when she launched this stunning book. She is as engaging, brilliant, and inspiring as you would imagine, and every time I see this book on our shelf, I think of what an incredible role model she is. I will always remember her words from that day – “If it doesn’t scare you, you’re probably not dreaming big enough.”

Veranda The Art of Outdoor Living

I love all of Veranda’s books for their elegant aesthetic and shelf presence. There is something about this book in particular though with its cover featuring lush emerald hued greenery that always captures my attention.

 

Wallpaper Love Affair

I’ve always liked wallpaper and its ability to transform a room, however the love affair has never gone beyond mere appreciation of this design element. That is, until recently. A little wallpaper bug must have bit me, as I have been daydreaming of wallpaper patterns 24/7 and visions of wallpaper for the boy’s rooms and our guest room dance in my head! Quadrille, Katie Ridder, Scalamandré, I could go on and on! I do still favor a home of mostly clean white walls accented with beautiful art, however small doses of wallpaper – grasscloth in a powder bath, baby blue stripe in a nursery, a feature wall in a guest room – bring spaces to life by adding unexpected color and character. I think you have to be careful with wallpaper, as too much of it can be overwhelming, and it’s so important to choose the right print for the right space. And so, here are a few of my favorites, and I hope these give you some inspiration. Enjoy!