day 2: 31 days of favorite spaces – a favorite kitchen
Thursday, October 2, 2014 by {darlene}

31 Days of Favorite Spaces: Day 2

31 days of favorite spaces via @fieldstonehill

{part of the 31 Days Challenge}

A Favorite Kitchen Space:

31 Days of Favorite Spaces via @fieldstonehill - kitchen1

{via houzz}

My Because:

I have a galley kitchen and this gives me hope for practical solutions//  That rug. A well-loved antique from an auction would hide every crumb and spill, but MAKEST the room//  The galley ends at a bright window//  A built in bar area with mahogony counters//  White cabinets, pale floors, glass upper cabinets combat the darkness of your typical galley//

Now. Your Turn:

In the comments below, leave us all a link to one of YOUR Favorite Kitchen Spaces.

How To:

  1. Head over to your Pinterest boards {or a specific blog post}
  2. Spend some time narrowing down your ‘loves’ and ‘faves.’
  3. Pick ONE from your 2-3 favorite kitchen spaces.
  4. Click on the URL link and click ‘copy.’
  5. Head back here and share the link in the comments below, along with a few words why this is a fave.

 

After #31days , we’ll have a full portfolio of our OWN favorite spaces. Let’s allow these spaces to transform our homes! {<- Tweet this}

See you {and your fave spaces} in the comments!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 MY GENEROUS SPONSOR:

This post is generously sponsored by my YL. I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided toxins during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends! Be sure to check out the monthly freebie for trying the oils with a wholesale Premium Kit. Enroll by clicking here.

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31 days of favorite spaces {and YOU can play along}
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by {darlene}

31 Days of Favorite Spaces

 

This is an experiment.

For lazy busy bloggers who love their readers. and love their homes. and love pretty stuff. {ahem. moi}

And for a blogger who has decided that ‘it doesn’t have to be perfect to be a beautiful blog post.’ And it doesn’t have to be perfect to inspire.

May I introduce, 31 Days of Favorite Spaces:

31 days of favorite spaces via @fieldstonehill

For 31 days, I will post a room that I completely ADORE.

I shall adore it SO much that it makes the cut of my 30 favorite rooms.

With the goals of:

1. Further honing my personal signature style

2. Inspiring you to do the same

and

3. FINALLY participating in the 31 Days Series

despite having design deadlines and speaking engagements, oh and homeschooling 2 kids with a baby… blah, blah, blah.

Here is where you get to play along!!!:

In the comments the end of each post, I will invite YOU to link up your favorite similar space via Pinterest or a blog post of yours {hey. maybe get some more Pinterest followers??}.  This linking-up + commenting action will force you to DECIDE. To PICK! To chose what you love!

Start scanning your Pinboards, my friends.

By the end of 31 days, you will have 30 spaces that you REALLY and TRULY love!!!

WHO’S IN?

 

Be sure to come back here to see a list of all the additional 30 days of Favorite Rooms!

 

 

 

 

 

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 MY GENEROUS SPONSOR:

This post is generously sponsored by my YL. I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided toxins during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends! Be sure to check out the monthly freebie for trying the oils with a wholesale Premium Kit. Enroll by clicking here.

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BHG Stylemaker Gathering
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by {darlene}

Oh, friends. I had an out-of-body experience a week ago. It was so real, and so fun, and so brilliant… but yet, I am pinching myself. Wondering if it was a dream…?

I was blessed enough to be a participant in the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Event. The event was a full day extravaganza of brilliant workshops, given by BHG’s talented editors, followed by a televised Stylemaker panel featuring brilliant talent galore {and led by Nate Berkus!!}, and culminating with a cocktail party at the Gavensvoort on Park Avenue.

I have got to give props to BHG!

#1: They know how to throw a party

#2: They have HUGE respect for creative business builders and bloggers; they take the time to invest in the ideas of the everyday creative type, and that SHOWS in their awesome publication. Nothing stale. Real, fresh and doable! Real solutions for real human beings!

#3: Their editors are brilliant. I learned SO MUCH during the workshops and I could not take notes fast enough. Now, if only I had a team of people to make all the brilliance happen here at FHD!

Here are some of my favorite pics from last week, and a word or two about my amazing time. At the end of this post, I share another big takeaway from the event… an unexpected takeaway:

My roommies and I hit the NYC streets, Kelly of View Along the Way and Kristin of Bliss at Home. If you don’t read their blogs, you MUST, oh MUST, get acquainted with these talented women, who are beautiful inside and out.

BHG Stylemaker Event

Here is a pic from our night before the event. I just HAD to include this bc of all the city magic going on! From left to right, Kelly and Kristin {my roomies, see their links in the above pic}, and my bestie of besties Caroline who lives in the city and works at Carnegie Hall. Caroline brought us to this FAB place, the rooftop bar at the Kimberly Hotel:

nyc rooftop at the kimberly

The BHG Stylemaker morning gathering was sponsored by Minted {LOVE their art prints!!! You can snag Minted’s Wall Art here}. They did THE most thoughtful thing that I have ever seen a sponsor do. They gathered family photos for each individual blogger and made us our own work of art! {hey. I spy my roomies and the lovely and talented Lindsay of White Buffalo Styling Company }

BHG Stylemaker Event

The view from the Meredith building on Park Avenue. Hey, I see my home state of New Jersey across the river. AND the adorable precious reflection of one of the sweetest most lovely women I know: Rhoda of Southern Hospitality:

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Selfie!  Here I am with THE. ADORABLE. AMY. of The Blissful Bee. Ya’ll. This girl is lovely, and savvy, and FUN! I shall take her home in my back pocket.

BHG Stylemaker Event

The workshop sessions were amazing! Most sessions were not conducive to picture-taking {think high-powered-business-meeting-amazingness!!}. And then. There was Eddie. Eddie is ALWAYS conducive to picture taking – as are  Eddie’s lovely styling displays. Eddie is the East Coast Producer and Editor at Better Homes and Gardens, and he offered us a workshop session on how to style for print images. He is a wealth of creative information, as well as the king of #intentionalhoarding . <- the hashtag I lovingly gave him. mwah. And yet another awesome person I would like to take home in my pocket.

BHG Stylemaker Event

FHDwithEddieRoss

Y’all. I took several selfies with so many awesome peeps. Maybe this is the sign that I need to upgrade to iPhone 6 {help me justify this, friends}, but so many of my pics come out terribly. Here is a very sub-par pic of the ABOVE-par and wonderful Gwen, also known as The Makerista. We discovered that we are not the only singing decorators out there. So fun to find a kindred spirit.

BHG Stylemaker Event

Ok. Soooooo…..

I got to meet Nate Berkus.

Now that I got that little, squeal-worthy tidbit out of way {squeal!} ; I also got to sit THIS close to the Stylemaker Panel, and soak in their stylin’ tips. I had no idea it would be televised. No idea. I was filled with pure-happiness-butterflies as I stepped into the studio. I kinda sorta have a thing for studios, the stage, and lights, my dear friends. I think they call it the “stage bug.” And I was born with it. Lord, help me.

Back to these beautiful people. The Stylemaker panel had a wonderful chat about their favorite finds, their love for flea market shopping, and how they weave their own personal style into their lives. #livewithbeauty , amen?

BHG Stylemaker Event

Giddy bloggers gawking. {image courtesy of BHG and photographer Avi Gerver}:

BHG stylemaker evemt

Gen Sohr, Gabi Dalkin, Susan Feldman, and Nate Berkus {image courtesy of BHG and photographer Avi Gerver}:

BHG stylemaker panel

I had fun doing an interview with the team from the Better TV Show. Shocking. I found my way to the camera. I will be tickled beyond belief if they decide to use a clip.

BHG Stylemaker event - Better TV Show

And then. On to the FABULOUS cocktail party at the Gavensvoort Park Avenue. If you have wondered lately why BHG is so fresh and savvy, check out these awesome editors! {image courtesy of BHG and photographer Avi Gerver}:

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Ha. Here is a great shot of the cocktail schmoozings and goings-ons. I am up in the corner left, doubtlessly giggling with Eddie Ross and the Makerista about something uproarious. A special thanks to Pier One imports for all the decor and Lee Jeans for their sponsorship of the event. {image courtesy of BHG and photographer Avi Gerver}:

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A special picture from a very special evening. THIS moment was one of my faves. I got to meet and chat with the very talented Monica Pedersen, who is an HGTV host and a judge/host on American Dream Builders. I cannot tell you how LOVELY this woman is. This pic is courtesy of her Facebook page. Go and give her some FB love!!! She is worth the follow!

BHG style maker event with monica pedersen-crop

And yes. That all happened in 24 HOURS!!

Thank you SO MUCH Better Homes and Gardens for this fabulous Stylemaker Event. It exceeded my expectations, and I am further impressed by your amazing publication and your vision.

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I had so many takeaways from this amazing day, but I must close this post with complete honesty that, I think, should follow such a fun party-like time:

Waltzing around NYC, dining and drinking on rooftops, sharing beverages with TV hosts and magazine editors and talent scouts, soaking in night music, and hailing taxicabs…

is a far. far. far. far cry from my every day life.

And I found this fact FASCINATING. How very different lives and realities can be for each of us. How there are so many of us, living so many different kinds of lives. Each with our own definition of “home.”

I soaked it all in. All the waltzing, and dining and schmoozing and laughing and networking. And then, I hopped on a train. Back to my home.

Home. Where I waltz… but, around laundry and flying plastic objects.

Where I dine… on leftovers and drink my hydrating water minimums, if I remember to.

Where I share beverages… with 1 year olds; until I realize there is some leftover breakfast floating around in there.

Where I schmooze… with THE MOST TALENTED people on the planet and homeschool them {my children of course? did you even need to ask?}.

Where I AM the taxicab.

So the first thing that you need to know about my amazing, glamorous time in NYC is that I soaked it in, fully and humbly. I loved every single second of it all. I lived it up. And then, I came home. And I love that too.

My takeaway? I discovered that I wish I could be BOTH of those Darlene’s. The NYC Stylemaker and the 100%, all-feet-in, domestic goddess and loving momma. But I am under no illusions that people can “have it all.” We only have one life to live. But that is a beautiful thing, and I am excited to see how I will weave these two lives together. I think I shall toast to that, and to seeing how that will work its way out in my life. Living with Beauty comes in all different kinds of ways.

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 MY GENEROUS SPONSOR:

This post is generously sponsored by my YL. I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided taking any medicines during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends! Be sure to check out the July freebie for trying the oils with a wholesale Premium Kit. Enroll by clicking here.

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ditto :: dreamy little girls bedroom
Monday, September 22, 2014 by {darlene}

Don’t you just LOVE this “Dreamy Little Girls Bedroom?”

Happy {ditto} Monday! Ditto posts: learn how to ditto a designer room

Today’s ditto | a room I love post features a space designed by the lovely and talented Christine Dovey… a gorgeous Dreamy Little Girls Bedroom. I heart this space so, so much. It is girly perfection. {PS I apologize! Links are not working for me properly today. Head below the images to see a manual link and check out Christine’s fabulousness. Well. Worth. It.}

{Ditto posts demonstrate a great exercise for you as you continue to develop your own personal style: using your own favorite pictures, and making a quick list of what you actually love about the space. If you study what you love about a space, it helps you to bring what you LOVE into your own home!}

Enjoy this stunning space – such a “dreamy little girls bedroom,” and the quick “ditto” list of why I love it.

So. Do you love it?:

Dreamy Little Girls Bedroom, ditto via @fieldstonehill

Dreamy Little Girls Bedroom, ditto via @fieldstonehill

Dreamy Little Girls Bedroom, ditto via @fieldstonehill

{ via Christine Dovey } head here: http://christinedovey.com/2013/11/holiday-reveals-avas-room-projectlittlemiss-2/

WHAT I LOVE {What I would ditto!}:

1. The bold and amazing Nina Campbell Perroquet wallpaper. What an amazing canvas for the space.

2. The contrast of those dark, dark floors! {read about why contrast is KEY in decorating head here: http://www.fieldstonehilldesign.com/2011/08/lessons-in-design-power-of-contrasts.html}

3. The vintage pieces! Or are they new? I LOVE that you can’t tell.

4. The repurposing of the closet space! This works well because the ‘lost’ storage is replaced with a dresser and the sides of the closet are still used. Perfect for a little girl with little clothing. And so dramatic! The dimension it adds to the space makes it a worthy choice!

5. The rich curtain fabric that sets off the dresser space. I love the vertical drama of thick, flowing drapes.

6. A little nook with the perfect settee? Yes please.

7. Unconventional decor pieces for a little girls room really set this room apart. A pink birdcage will certainly become a home for her dolls. And I would not be surprised if her glossy Dalmatian has a name already.

8. Grown up art, with a serious girly influence. I love that Christine used real art in the space, and not children’s art. And yet, everything still feels perfectly diminutive.

9. Fur, fluff, and poof!

10. Each piece is amazing and chosen to perfection, but my favorite is the secretary. Black, gold and cotton candy pink? How much more ditto-able can you get?

DO YOU LOVE IT?? WHAT DO YOU LOVE? WHAT DESIGN ELEMENTS WOULD YOU DITTO IN YOUR OWN HOME? DO TELL!!!!!!

 

 

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 MY GENEROUS SPONSOR:

I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided taking any medicines during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends! Be sure to check out the August freebie for trying the oils with a wholesale Premium Kit. Enroll by clicking here.

This post is generously sponsored by my YL :

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