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The Weekender: 05.01.15

Turtle Tuesday is amazing. The Weekender • on @SavvyHome

The One Room Challenge has been going pretty smoothly so far and I’m loving the result! And yet I have this feeling that a couple of items won’t arrive on time and I’ll just have to roll with it. So right now I’m feeling like this turtle trying to cross the finish line. Slowly and steady wins the race right? Speaking of turtles, @asenseofhuber started this Instagram account @TurtleTuesday and it’s my favorite thing on the internet right now (followed closely by #UberPuppies).

These last few weeks have been a little overwhelming while I’m balancing a large number of projects and trying not to drop the ball on anything. My brain feels like some kind of scattered matrix (sounds bad, but it’s really not—it’s kind of fun but exhausting). I’m looking forward to spending a few days in NYC next weekend and completely disconnecting from work. Until then, it’s “focus like a laser” time.



LanceWovens is on sale on One Kings Lane! I’ve been obsessed with their leather woven pillows for years and this weekend they’re at up to 56% off!

Serena & Lily’s Summer Collection is everything. I want it all!

Grab a few must-haves at West Elm all at 20% off!

World Market is having their bi-annual Friends & Family sale this weekend! Save 25% all home furnishings, décor & more wit the code FFWEB.



Have you ever flipped through a perfectly styled catalog and thought you should canoe more? You’re not alone. Erin (hilariously) reports.

Gabriela Perezutti Hearst’s dining room in the West Village reminds me of Casa Tua in Miami and it’s kind of blowing my mind.

Inspiring life lessons from the legendary Iris Apfel (can you believe she’s nearly 94 years old)! #LifeGoals

On my to-do list for NYC: visit the Calypso Maison store styled by dabito and Justina Blakeney.

Sixty Hotels is opening its first international hotel in Montreal in 2016! Get excited.

Looking for original and memorable Mother’s Day ideas? Right this way…

Spring cleaning shortcuts for a deep-clean that will last all year.

When you’re almost at the finish line… #OneRoomChallenge

Kiesza shares her beauty routine. Love her so much.


Image via @asenseofhuber

3 Memorable Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother's Day Ideas: Gifts She'll Remember • via @SavvyHome


Brunch (like Paris) is always a good idea. But in case you’re looking for an extra special way to treat your mom this year, here are a few alternatives.


Mother's Day Ideas: Gifts She'll Remember • via @SavvyHome


Gifts are nice (“and always welcomed” my mom would say) but the best ones are accompanied by a fun activity or thoughtful gesture. After all, every holiday on the calendar year is really just an excuse to spend quality time with the ones you love—and my mom just happens to be at the top of that list. I know I’m sounding like a total cheese ball at this point, but I don’t care.

We have a long tradition of Mother’s Day brunch in my family, but it’s always nice to shake things up a bit… Here are a few brunch alternatives to treat your mom this year.



Grab your picnic baskets, blankets and a bottle of rosé and go have a picnic in the park, on the beach or wherever. After all, Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to start soaking those rays of sunlight.

Wicker Crossbody Bag | Panama Hat



Take her out on the ocean, on a lake or a river… If your mom loves being on the water as much as mine does, she’ll be delighted. Go sailing, take a sunset cruise or take a row boat out on a lake. In Montreal, we have a spa on a boat in the Saint-Lawrence river called Bota Bota. It’s a winner.

Newport Silk Scarf | Sailor Tote | Toggle Rope Belt



You know that hotel in your own city that you’ve been dying to try? Invite your mom for a staycation and indulge in massages, breakfast in bed and the luxury of doing absolutely nothing.

Foulard Zig Zag Wool Scarf | Provence Straw Satchel


Want to get your mom a little something special to go with your Mother’s Day activity? Shop J.McLaughlin’s Exclusive Sale to receive 25% off all full priced orders from April 30 – May 3. PLUS receive an additional 5% off with promo code JMCLSAVVY.

More Mother’s Day Ideas on Pinterest!

Images via Lonny, J.McLaughlin, Kara Rosenlund and Domaine.

Thank you J.McLaughlin for supporting this post.

One Room Challenge: Week No. 5

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge: Dresser with Bar and Schoolhouse Electric Lamp


It’s the last week before the reveal so we’re going close-ups only to keep the element of surprise!


Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge: sailboat oil painting and bench


I spent most of last week at a conference in Dallas so let’s be honest here: not much progress on the One Room Challenge front. At this point, I’m playing the waiting game… There’s nothing left to do except for praying that everything will arrive on time! So instead of worrying, let’s talk about the floor plan.

To say I had to get creative is the understatement of the year. Here are a few tricks I used to make my tiny space more functional.


Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge Floor Plan


Double-Duty Living

I’m not a big TV person. In fact, I don’t even own a TV and I don’t plan on getting one anytime soon. Most of the time, I’m out doing things, or at home cooking, listening to music or reading books (who am I kidding, I’m reading blogs and mags).

That being said, I do like to binge watch the Mindy Project on Netflix on occasion. So I needed a space to do just that. I have the choice between watching Netflix 11″ Macbook or my 27″ iMac—and the decision is self explanatory. So I placed my sofa across from my desk. And the distance to screen size ratio is spot on.

My current coffee table (which I will replace one day) is a bench that used to be at the foot of my bed in my last apartment. In my new bedroom, I can barely walk around my bed, so the bench moved to the living room. Now I have space to kick my feet up at the end of the day. I call this “successful repurposing”.


Creating seating & storage

My desk chair, as I explained before, has to serve both the purpose of full-time office seating, and part time guest seating. So I picked a casual chair with decent back support.

The bookcase that will hopefully one day stand next to my desk will host anything from books and magazines, to entertaining essentials and office paperwork and supplies. All organized in pretty baskets and trays.


Dining for two

The dining “area” (if I dare call it that), sits two comfortably. The kitchen island has two bar stools which means I can have a few people over for cocktails, but really only 1-2 people over for a sit down dinner. When the table is not in use (which is always), I use it as a library table and stack piles of decor books on top.

The “buffet” is actually a dresser which houses all of my out of season clothes (shhh don’t tell)—but you’d never know since it’s topped with all things dining and drinking. The Schoolhouse Electric lamp on top is one of my favorite pieces.


Tune in next week for the reveal!



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A huge thank you to West ElmAll ModernSchoolhouse Electric!

Images via @SavvyHome’s Instagram.

Savvy Travels: The Joule Hotel Dallas

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When you stay at the Joule Hotel in Dallas, you never really have to leave. But if you do, this is what you should check out.

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I’m back from Dallas! I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I love staying at the Joule Hotel in Dallas. First, I’m slightly addicted to the food at their modern brasserie, CBD Provisions. I could eat their kale salad and strozzapreti all day, every day. I bought all the ingredients for the kale salad today in an attempt to re-create it at home… and I don’t even like kale! But there’s something about their lemon dressing mixed with raisins and chili flakes that is just YUM!

Then, there’s the pool: an infinity pool that hangs over the edge of the building over the street below. It’s pretty cool, to say the least. Weekend Coffee serves the best iced lattes in a setting grazed with Garza Marfa barstools and other mid-century goodness. I’ve yet to find a better place to sip on my coffee in the morning. Too bad it’s a 4-hour flight away.

But that’s not all! The Joule is home to three fantastic stores: Tenoversix (my favorite), Traffic LA and a Taschen bookstore where they host tea parties on weekends. Finally, for a night cap, the aptly named Midnight Rambler will serve you some of the best craft cocktails I’ve ever tasted (I got hooked on the Hell Hound) and their pimento cheese spread is out of this world.

Basically, when you stay at The Joule, you don’t ever really need to leave the hotel. But if you do, this is what you should check out:

Also pictured @gabyburger : The Vault Files, @stephsterjovski : SS Life + Style, @nealjolly : The Neat Fit.

I was wearing— Outfit 1: J.Mclaughlin Palm River Hat, Picnic Satchel and Cabana Linen Scarf (c/o), Boohoo White Lace Top (c/o), Club Monaco Verna Seersucker SkirtJ.Crew Malta Metallic Sandals / Outfit 2: Cooper & Ella White Top (c/o), Club Monaco Amber Faux Leather Shorts (on sale!), Yumi Kim Clutch, SuperRetroFuture Super Racer Motorpsycho Sunglasses / Outfit 3: Sachin & Babi Blossom Dress (30% off during Saks’ Friends & Family sale!), Banana Republic Calfskin Clutch / Accessories: Kendra Scott Rachel Double Ring and Essie Woven Bracelet (c/o), Kate Spade Bow Ring.

Images via the @SavvyHome Instagram.

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