March 2016 Archive

Love Letters

I know I have said this a million times but I really love my daughter’s room.  It’s so peaceful and after a long day it’s a nice place for Addi to play or for her and I to spend some quiet time together.  This room is always filled with so much love and happiness which is why when my friends at Rosenberry Rooms sent me this absolutely adorable “LOVE” print I couldn’t wait to find the perfect spot for it in the nursery. I tried a few different spots, but I think I have finally settled on the small shelf above her bed.  It’s already home to her favorite monkey print and a special bank her gram and pop brought back from their last trip to Europe. Plus, I like the fact she can see it as she falls asleep at night :).
So, in honor of my launch of my new site for Inspired By…Designs (yep, it’s finally LIVE!) there is a fun little giveaway on my Instagram account right now where you can win a $100 gift card to Rosenberry Rooms.  Head over to my Intagram now to learn how to enter and win!  Good Luck!
xo Ali
Inspired By…Designs Is Now Live!

I have been anxiously awaiting writing this post, and I cannot believe the site for Inspired By…Designs has launched today! Over the past few months I have been working with the awesome team at Love-Inspired on designing a site that I am not only proud and showcases the services I offer, but also lets potential clients know a little bit about me, and I could not be happier with the results! Now that the site is up let me tell you a little about the design services I offer and how it all works.
If you know me personally or have read this blog before, one thing you know about my design philosophy is that I believe no matter what your budget is a beautiful and functional living space is never out of reach.  After taking a quick style “quiz” and picking the design package that is right for you, I will reach out to you via email or phone (whichever you prefer!), and start discussing exactly what you want the look an feel of your space to be. Along the way you will get a personalized mood board, digital mock ups of your space as well as a full product list of where you can purchase all your products online.  The best part is, you don’t have to feel pressure to purchase everything right away, that product list is yours to keep so you can purchase the furnishings and decor items at any time. 
Now that you know a little bit more about the site, I hope you head over and take a look around. If you have any questions about my design services feel free to shoot me and email, or leave a comment below.  It is a very scary and awesome feeling to have your business on display for everyone to see, but ultimately I hope you love the finished product as much as I do!  
A special THANK YOU to the whole Love-Inspired  team for helping me design the site of my dreams!
xo Ali
Hawaii Life | Part II

My outfit:  Romper || Sandals || Sunglasses
Addi’s Outfit: Shorts || Top || Bow
It’s been almost two weeks since we got back from Hawaii and every time I bring up the photos on my computer I just want to hop on a plane and go back! This was one of the only afternoons the sun was not out but, it gave us the perfect opportunity to explore the resort and spend some time on the relaxing bed swings they had all around the property. 
As a side note, this romper was so comfortable and under $30, I know it will be a go-to piece in my closet once the weather warms up a bit!

xo Ali
The Spring Edit
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While I may have woken up to a few inches of snow this morning that doesn’t change the fact that according to the calendar it is officially the second day of Spring.  There are so many things I love about this time of year, fresh flowers, leaving the house without a jacket, spending more time outside and most of all getting my home ready for the sunnier and warmer weather we have in store.  Changing your house with the change of seasons doesn’t mean anything drastic like painting or getting new furniture.  For me, it usually means simple things like a new accent piece and even a bit of Spring cleaning.  Here are three easy steps you can take to get your home ready for the change in seasons:
1. Lighter Brighter Accents: One of the biggest reasons I love neutral toned furniture and wall colors is that it makes it easy to change things up.  Spring is time to get adventurous in your home and add those bright pops of color you have been dying to try.  It also means it’s time to pack up those cozy faux fur blankets and switch them out for something a bit lighter in weight.  I’ve had my eye on this one for our living room.
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2. Fresh Flowers: This may seem kind of silly, but honestly, adding fresh flowers in a pretty vase to any room in your home will instantly get you in the Springtime mood.  I don’t know what it is about flowers but they without fail will make your home more inviting and of course they are pretty to look at!
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3. Spring Cleaning: Last but not least give your home a good Spring cleaning.  What does that entail?  Well, for me, it usually means a good closet clean out s well as getting down and dirty dusting those hard to reach areas under your bed or behind your couch.  Knowing my home is clean and tidy makes me roll up the window shades and spend the afternoon with the windows wide open.
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I’d love to hear about what you are doing to get your home ready for Spring.  Leave your comments below!  Happy Monday!

xo Ali
Hawaii Life

My Outfit: Top || Pants || Sunglasses
Addi’s Outfit: Dress || Bow
We had a wonderful week in paradise in Maui and while I am happy to be sleeping in my own bed, I very much miss the view from our room at the Andaz.  Our room was just steps from the beach and  it was a nice change from the damp dreary weather we left behind in New York (and thankfully the weather we returned to is much nicer!).  We got to spend a week swimming in the ocean, wale watching, snorkling and eating some really amazing food.  Our little munchkin was also such a trooper and was so good for her mommy and daddy on all four five hour flights…phew!  We can’t wait to bring Addi back when she is a little older and can really splash around in the waves.  Now, bring on Spring so I can wear this outfit again in the near future….Happy Monday!

xo Ali
Inspired By…Designs: My Top Five Neutral Paint Colors
One of my favorite parts of a home renovation or decor update is seeing the new paint color go up on the walls.  It’s the part of the project where I can really see how all the furniture choices are going to come together.  I have realized though, that for a lot of people (including myself!), picking a paint choice can be much easier said than done.  While we all know paint isn’t permanent, the last thing anyone wants have is the wrong color go up on the walls while you are coming down the home stretch of your home project.  So, I have rounded up my top five neutral colors that are sure to please in any space…I promise!
Grant Beige is that reliable color that can really do no wrong in my eyes.  I love this color for interiors that lend themselves to more traditional design.  This color is light enough that is keeps the space looking clean and airy, but will give a good contrast to any white trim or ceilings you have.  This beige color definitely leans towards the cooler side, so you will be safest pairing it with colors like blue and gray. 
Swiss Coffee is for those that want the feeling of white walls without actually painting the walls white.   If you want to layer grays and whites on an wall this would be a great choice for the walls that have the most uninterrupted areas.  I love this color for a bachelorette pad,  or a home that has feminine accents. 
I might be biased when it comes to Silver Drop, but I absolutely LOVE this color.  I love it so much I used it in my daughters nursery and could not be more happy with the results!  This gives your walls a little touch of gray and it allows white furniture and lighter accent colors to pop inside the room. 
If you are looking for a true gray that isn’t “blah”, look no further than Stonington Gray.  This color will give your room a blank slate for picking accent colors, so if you are someone that likes to change up your pillows, throw blankets and accent pieces from season to season this would be a great option for your walls. 
I like to think of Pale Oak as a “griege”, which is the perfect blend of beige and gray.  It’s a color you won’t get tired of year or two and it is also makes it easy to mix wood tones within a space.  This color knocked another favorite of mine Manchester Tan off the list, but I’m not that sad about it!

xo Ali