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The Weekender: 04.24.15

The Weekender: 24.04.15 • Justina Blakeney's The new Bohemians via @SavvyHome

Hello from Dallas! I’m here with 300-or-so incredibly talented gals for a blogger conference. We’re staying at the super swank Joule Hotel and generally having a ball. Follow along on Insta, Twitter or Snapchat (@SavvyHome) for real-time updates. Back on the grid next week!


Serena & Lily is stocked up full of beautiful new artwork for April… Here are a few faves:



I wish I was jetting to… The Colony Palms Hotel (you might remember it as the Palm Springs hotel that Martyn Laurence Bullard decorated on Million Dollar Decorators and where Kathryn Ireland had one too many cocktails).

As a French Canadian, I love a good traditional poutine. But add mussels to the mix and I’m intrigued.

 How design-savvy are you? I would not sport my name well if I didn’t get “Design Master”.

How to style your home with travel souvenirs — featuring yours truly on CN Traveler!

9 benefits of lemon and warm water in the morning. Do you do this too?

It’s almost summer, time to learn how to make a margarita—3 ways.

Book I want need: The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney.

This zero-reno kitchen makeover is mind-blowing.

10 ways to freshen up your home for Spring.

The secret to being a true New Yorker.

Image via Justina Blakeney.

Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch Is What you need for Entertaining

Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch Lettuceware Collection


“I called Dodie and asked her if she would be interested in collaborating with us. We were thrilled when she said yes.”

—Tory Burch


Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch Lettuceware Collection


A set of Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch canapé dishes showed up in my mailbox a few days ago and I’ve been obsessed every since. The traditional side of my heart is beating overtime for the classic American tableware reinvented for the modern gal. Did you know that before the lettuceware was widely adopted among the likes of Jackie Kennedy and CZ Guest, Dodie Thayer first cast these plates from real lettuce and cabbage leaves in her Palm Beach home? [insert heat-shaped eyes emoji]

I’ve been thinking about how I’d set a tablescape featuring these timeless lettuceware, but reimagined for the modern age… It would certainly involve some rattan, bamboo, shades of fresh mint and crisp white and a touch of black. Love the look? Click on each item below to shop.



Photos courtesy of Tory Burch.

One Room Challenge: Week No. 4

One Room Challenge: Week no. 4 • on @SavvyHome


Here’s a last look at the room before the major changes that happened this week!

It’s all coming together! This week, I received my dining chairs, new artrug, pillowsthrow. I know, I know… Many of you loved the Montauk rug—but the size was wrong. No matter where I shifted it in the space, it was either halfway under the sofa, or halfway under the dining table. Not sexy. I got this Serena & Lily braided rug and it visually separates the living from the dining areas and opens up the space. I love it. As for the Montauk rug, it’s securely stored until I can use it again. Here’s a last look at it for your viewing pleasure.


One Room Challenge: Week no. 4 • on @SavvyHome


In other news, I might have found an alternative bookcase (fingers crossed that it will ship in time) and I’m narrowing down on a desk lamp and chair. The office space is tricky because the desk barely has enough space for a lamp (so I’m looking at tiny lamps/sconces/floor lamp options). The chair needs to be comfortable for 8-10 hour work days, but it also needs to be “loungy” enough to use as extra seating for guests. I found the perfect option at Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams last week while borrowing items for my (secret) photoshoot, but the price tag gave me a mild heart attack, so I’m considering other options.

Let’s be real here: since I’m decorating on a budget, I’m working with a few temporary pieces. Right now I’m housesitting a girlfriend/old roommate’s sofa and dresser while she’s working in Calgary. While they might not have been my first pick, they’re neutral and they fit well enough in the space, which is allowing me to focus on everything else around—and it’s saving her storage costs (win, win). The offenders: a classic roll arm ivory sofa and a large dresser that I’m currently using as a credenza in the dining space (and providing much needed storage space). I also “borrowed” a large gilded mirror from my mom — it fits above the dresser really well, so for now it’s staying.

Finally, here’s what the to-do list looks like today. I’m hoping to tackle most remaining items in the next week, except the roman shades (which will arrive on May 1st, yay!) and the styling which will likely happen the day before the reveal (what can I say, I know myself).



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

Tune in next week for the last sneak peek before the reveal!


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 Wayfair, Minted, Serena & Lily and Fragments Identity!

Images via @SavvyHome’s Instagram.

Gab Loves: Flirty for Spring

Gab Loves: Flirty for Spring • on @SavvyHome


Spring is without a doubt the most feminine of seasons… Flowers are blooming, parkas and boots are being traded for dresses and heels… There’s a certain excitement in the air that comes with longer days, warmer nights and the promise of a long sultry summer. Each year I gravitate towards pieces that are feminine and flirty for Spring.

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Anthropologie Bombay Tassel Tieback | Marble Wall Clock | Moroccan Beni Ourain Pillow | Strip & Stitch Pillow | Jute Storage Basket | Kate Spade Splash Out Crab Handbag | Santal 33 Eau de Parfum | Sleepy Jones Marina Pajama | Prada 49mm Retro SunglassesAlice and Olivia Lexa Maxi Dress | Sam Edelman Tara Tote | Tibi Striped Organza Midi Skirt | World Market Sirmione Outdoor Chair | Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug | Tibi Pierce Sandal

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