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The Weekender: 04.17.15

The Weekender: 17.04.15 • Sara Mueller's Mosaic District via @SavvyHome

I have a confession: all the stress on Wednesday’s #OneRoomChallenge post wasn’t all #ORC related… As we speak, I have an extensive magazine crew shooting my entire apartment for a major publication’s June issue… Remember, I only moved in 2.5 months ago. It took a lot of prep to get here (and a lot of borrowed items while the real ones arrive), but we got here! And it’s turning out pretty great!

I’ll share more as soon as I can, but in the meantime I’m off to my country house for a much needed weekend of re-laxxxxing. I need it. It’s a super short one because I have to be back in the city for 72 hours before jetting off to Dallas on Thursday. When life is running at 1000 miles/hour you just got to roll with the punches.



Serena & Lily’s End of Season Sale is on! Score up to 65% off the best of Serena & Lily, like the Moravian Star Pendant (50% off)!

Loeffler Randall is one brand that’s killing it right now… And they’re having a Friends & Family Sale! 20% off everything with code HEYFRIEND. I want to buy all of the things…

Get 15% off everything blue & white on Furbish Studio until midnight with the code CLASSIC15!



If you’ve ever felt anxiety about the “typing indicator” on iMessage, Gchat or Facebook Messenger, this is what you need to know.

Which top interior trend should you try? I got California bohemian… No surprise here!

Mark D. Sikes launched MDS Stripes, and it’s amazing. All of the stripes. Always.

Coco Rocha’s nursery makeover is a lesson in glam rock decorating.

How to trick yourself into spending less (putting no. 1 to the test).

This I want to visit one day: Inhotim Park, Brazil.

This is such a heartbreaking/beautiful story.

I want to go there: Mosaïc District.

Movie to watch ASAP.

Image via Sara Mueller Designs.


Welcome to Panama’s American Trade Hotel

Welcome to Panama's American Trade Hotel • on @SavvyHome


“The property stands at the ecological and cultural crossroads of the Americas, deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and the nascent new Panama City.”








Excuse me while I have a moment for patterned tiles and oversized leafy plants. First things first, do me a favor and press play on this track before reading this.. You know, just set the mood.

Now, can’t you just picture some scruffy detective sporting a panama hat, a short sleeve linen shirt, a messenger bag and rolled-up pleated trousers walk in to the lobby smoking a cigarillo? Then he would sit down in a lounge chair and order an American Trade & Tonic (yes that’s a thing at the ATH). There’s something about the colonial grandeur of the historic building, the patterned tiles, the ceiling fans that feels truly authentic. And then there’s the boho accents: the southwestern leather chairs, the indigo batik pillows, the wall hangings that feel on the cutting-edge of style and décor. It really is the meeting of both worlds.

The American Trade Hotel bumped a few destinations and sneakily made its way to the top of my list. I had known about the hotel since it’s opening in 2013, but it’s only when I stumbled upon it again recently that I experienced an intense desire to visit Panama City… Who’s coming with?


Images via The American Trade Hotel.

One Room Challenge: Week No. 3

One Room Challenge: Week no. 3 • on @SavvyHome


You want the bad news or the good news first?


One Room Challenge: Week no. 3 • on @SavvyHome

Like most people, I always pick the bad news first. Despite the best intentions and the highest levels of planning and execution, some things always go unplanned, especially during projects with 6-week timelines! Here’s an update on what’s gone well, and not so well as of Week No. 3 of the One Room Challenge.


The pits

I found out last week that the bookshelf I ordered can’t be shipped to Canada! Noooo—it was the only one I found that fits perfectly the measurements of the little enclave beside my desk AND trust me, I searched a lot! I spotted it last summer at the Serena & Lily Beach Shop in Wainscott—it’s so gorgeous in person. Will I get it shipped to my niece’s place in Plattsburgh and rent a U-Haul to drive it across the border? Maybe… I love it that much. Still, dealing with customs officers and border fees is such a pain. Argh. Decisions.

Speaking of border issues, the samples for my roman shades were super delayed at the Canadian border… I worked with Loom to create the most GORGEOUS custom linen roman shades, but I have to stop stressing and trust that they’ll get here in time to install before the reveal. Eeek.

I also already purchased and returned some dining chairs. I’m ordering the same ones in a different finish, because the lighter natural finish just didn’t gel with the rest of the space. Thankfully I found the same wishbone chairs in the perfect color on Wayfair.


The peaks

In more positive news: look at all I’ve crossed off my list! The bar stools have arrived and are assembled (love ‘em). The same goes for the new dining table (obsessed), the new desk (winning) and this stunning floor lamp (I loved the Aerin lamp but this one was half the price—you can’t argue with a good deal)!

I received a stunning lamp from Schoolhouse Electric—my favorite piece so far! The two-tone makes it look like a buoy and reminds me of the ocean, which fills me with joy. Doesn’t take much folks. We will get there!



Replace existing desk and find new desk chair

Order new bookshelf and sell the old one on Craigslist

Choose art for wall behind the desk

Assemble new counter stools

Hang mirror above dresser

Assemble new dining table and order new dining chairs

Replace the existing 9 x 12 rug with an 8 x 10 option

Install roman shades on all windows

Hang picture ledge and display art

Replace coffee table (maybe?)

Assemble floor lamp

Find a task lamp for the desk

Replace pillows and throws on the sofa

Accessorize and style



Jana Bek | Autumn Clemons | Coco+Kelley | The English Room | Vanessa Francis  | Greige Design | Hi Sugarplum | I Heart Organizing | Jenna Sue Design | Stephanie Kraus | The Pursuit of Style | Julia Ryan | Simple Details | Simply Grove | 6th Street Design | Jill Sorensen | Swoon Worthy | Waiting on Martha | Kimberly Schlegel Whitman | Trademarked by Calling it Home.

A huge thank you to Loom Decor,  West Elm, AllModernWayfair and Schoolhouse Electric!

Images via @SavvyHome’s Instagram.

Gab Loves: Baja Babe

Gab Loves: Baja Babe • on @SavvyHome

Everything that’s old is new again, and the 70s laid-back California surf culture is back in full force. It’s Coachella season, and the baja babe look—beachy basics and rag rug fabrics are on the horizon for summer—and it’s swelling our hearts with carefree summer joy.



Tom Kelley Aerial 1965 | Milk Bar Life | Indigo Blue & White Linen Pillows | Tibi Tie-Front Cropped Top | Madewell Skyline Skirt in Tidal Wave | Striped Rag Rug Pillow | Smythe Beach Jacket | Meli Melo Cheetah Denim Clutch | Kantha Butterfly Chair | Cotton Kilim Runner | Jerome Dreyfuss Victor Small Cross Body Bag | Topshop Grid Print Bonded Mini Skirt | Alexander Wang Dana Ankle Strap Sandals

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