luxe + lillies

luxe + lillies: October 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


The first dining room I ever saw that was also a "library" was a beautiful dining room set, paired with some "library" wall paper. Somehow, it didn't look as bad as you might imagine, but - not nearly as beautiful as these multi-purpose library/dining spaces.

For most people, formal dining spaces are one of the least occupied rooms in their homes, and should they have them- libraries [in any capacity] are as well. 

By combining them, it not only gives a place to spread out your work and books comfortably...
But provides space for a pretty and unique alternative to wallpaper, mirrors, and art. I think it makes it ultimately cozy.

These dark dining rooms set the perfect tone for a romantic dinner for two any night of the week, or a warm and inviting friday night with friends in the dead of winter!

I have always loved the idea of displaying your favorite books on a big round table - they would be easy to remove to set the table, and provide for a more stylized look when your not using the table.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Friends, you may have noticed that there has been a little bit of radio-silence here during the last few months. No - I haven't given up, or forgotten about this space that I love so much, it's just that this has been what has probably been the busiest time of my life. I'm back home after a month and half away, my wedding, some traveling, a little work, and then some and I really couldn't be more excited to "get back to work if you will...

However, that work won't be the same anymore. I've been feeling that gentle tug on my heart for the last few months to move in a different direction. When I started my blog- the objective was simply to catalogue and share my love of interiors. As its grown, so has a business that I never intended or expected, a business doing graphics and web design related projects. While I am eternally grateful for the opportunities and the wonderful, kind, and patient clients I have had the pleasure of working with - my heart simply isn't in that place anymore... 

I have had an increased demand for Interiors-based projects, and ultimately thats truly where my passion lies.

steve jobs

After this point in time, I will no longer be accepting new blog or website design projects. I may take the occasional inquiry for graphics, but this will be on a case by case basis as my schedule allows while I proceed to explore a new avenue. Again, THANK YOU to all of you who have supported my business in the last year - it is my hope that you might continue on this journey with me into something new and exciting.

As far as my blog goes, I will be back everyday and then some!
I want to reconnect with my readers, fellow bloggers, and the companies who are so supportive of what I do here. I will be here more, I will be commenting on your blogs more, I will participating in more guest posts, and hoping that some of those who I admire will be featured here too. I'm looking forward to what's ahead! 


Thursday, October 13, 2011


While vacationing is wonderful, I truly can't wait to get home. 
The fall colors [and temperatures] are not only a great reminder of the "cozy season" but one that i always look forward to because its also the segway into the "entertaining season". As soon as M and I get home, we will be embarking on yet another move. This time - a dining room is on top of my priority list. I want a place that our friends and family can gather to celebrate, relax, and enjoy meals. I just can't seem to decide exactly which direction I want to take. Taking hints from the table we already received as well as our fine china, and every day dishware, I created two different looks...

table, pastel dishware, chairs, chandelier, pattern fabric [kwid for lee jofa], dotted dishware

I love the sophisticated feel of this board and knowing that these colors and textures would blend in to a beautiful cozy and warm space - perfect for those long Minnesota winters.

Eternally inspired by Anna Spiro's clean and bright design tastes, I wanted to play with color and pattern in this room. I love that on the dreariest day, that olivey wallpaper would lift your spirits - and, who doesn't love a pink chair? With the fun color and pattern way on the dishware, it would be easy to add visual texture to the room by displaying it in a pretty glass armoire.

What would you choose!?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Last week, M and I splurged a little on an item we have had our eye on for quite some time. I've been waiting for the right time to introduce the newest member of our family.
She's charming, and cute, and truly has a heart of gold. She also has friends in all sorts of high places. Mantles and coffee tables are just a few of the places of rest her friends who call beautiful spaces across the globe "home"...

 Her name is, Lady.

and for a long time, I have been wanting to call her mine. I adore these Harry Allen Piggy Banks!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


sweater, pants, necklaces: j.crew / shoes: steve madden

Monday, October 10, 2011


Hi Everyone! My wedding is finally over and I can get back to putting all of those stolen moments back into blogging. It was an absolutely insane weekend - I'll share more about it later - and I'm really just so thrilled to have my life back! After spending this past month at the beach [and receiving and absolutely amazing wedding gift, thanks J!] I am all about adding some beautiful beach photography to my home...

The Christian Chaize series of photos at this beach have long been some of my favorites. I love the feeling of these photos- light, nostalgic, and colorful. Everytime I see a beach photo taken with these same characteristics and hung in an unexpected room, I fall in love with them all over again...

[via] lonny, elle decor, design crush