Beautiful Decks

IMG_5720 IMG_5726 IMG_5715My wonderful husband is currently in the midst of building a deck in our backyard and we are alllmost finished. I know, isn’t he handy? (Please disregard the hose running through the pictures and the gold spray paint on the grass and focus on the possibilities of the deck!) So now I have my mind on outdoor stains, paints, and patio furniture. While let’s be honest, we will likely be furnishing it with something from the “FREE” section on Craigslist, I can’t help but dream about beautiful deck and outdoor patio displays. Here are some outdoor spaces that I’m loving right now:

A wisteria-draped pergola is a favorite gathering spot for meals all summer long. | Photo: Eric Roth | thisoldhouse.comThis looks to be the size of my back patio :) definitely something I want to do soon!pattered cement fireplace, sunbrella cushions on old furniturebrick patiostriped pillows on the patio, wood planks and chairsBlack and white deckA Lee Industries Nandina daybed upholstered in Solo outdoor fabric accommodates two in "the nap zone." Pillow fabrics from Clarence House. The Dash & Albert Trimaran rug lends a breezy, beachy note. A Federal-style mirror, flanked by Riado lanterns, hangs above a Currey & Company console that serves as a bar. White tables by Emissary. Landscape design, Antonio Parrotta.jenny wolf hamptons 4Andrew Howard

I would really love one of these gazebo doo-dahs in the yard.Back Deck Ideas on a Budget  by The Everyday Home

As for the grounding palette, I’m really liking the contrast of the dark stained floor and white banisters and lattice in this last image – do you agree?

like the contrast between dark brown floor and white rails if we ever did a deck


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Persian Rugs

Lately I've been busy working on my first full-scale decorating project for a totally fabulous client with a modern loft-style apartment in Wicker Park. We are covering the place in new and vintage Persian and oriental rugs, an element that is somewhat new to my design vocabulary. I didn't realize … Read More


Our trip to France

Last weekend we returned from the most wonderful trip to Paris and the south of France to visit my little sister again who is studying abroad there. We drank so much wine, ate so much ice cream, changed diapers on park benches and on top of tiny cafe toilets, made huge messes in restaurants, rolled … Read More

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Busy Busy…

Sorry for being MIA lately. Been a little busy with this one! Hope to get back to blogging next week. Have so much to share! Have a great weekend!   … Read More

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Zara Home

We just got back from the most amazing trip to Paris and the south of France (more on that later), where we stopped into a Zara Home store. WHY do we not have these stores in the US?! They are SO amazing! Gorgeous products at Homegoods and Target-kind of prices with tons of stripes and happy colors. … Read More

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Off to France

We are off today to spend some time in Paris and the south of France and I am SO excited. You can follow along our travels on my Instagram @megopel. Au revoir! … Read More

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Blue Glass

Lately I find myself drawn to all things made with sea blue and green glass. I started work on my first few design projects (very exciting!!), and two of them incorporated the use of blue glass, but I also think my obsession may be due to the fact that I'm craving more color in my bedroom. I just … Read More

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Baby Product Love: Munchkin Inflatable Ducky Tub

Ever since Oliver graduated from bathing in the Puj tub in the sink, we've been bathing him in this Munchkin Ducky Tub in the bathtub. I'm obsessed with it and so is Oliver. Reasons I love it: 1. It makes bathtime safer for the baby! This is number one. 2. Filling the ducky tub uses way … Read More

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Lake House Closet Nursery

To maximize space at my parents' lake house in Wisconsin, my mom has decided to turn a closet which once stored suitcases and pillow cushions into a mini-nursery for her visiting grandchildren. Genius, I know. When I visit, I usually keep Oliver in the same bedroom as me, and you know how he loves … Read More


Oliver: 8 Months

My sweet little Oliver will be eight months old this weekend. He is crawling at full speed, stomping around the house with our help, picking food up from the table, and drinking from his sippy cup. His favorite foods are sweet potatoes, eggs, almond butter, and tangerines. He had his first lick of … Read More

Children's Seating - Peaches & Cake

Children’s Seating

Now that Oliver is crawling and sitting up on his own, floor space in my home has taken on a whole new meaning. He is quite content to sit on the floor at this age, but I'm keeping my eye out for toddler-friendly seating options as he grows older. Here are my 10 favorite picks for cute, colorful, … Read More

LOFT sale


My favorite store LOFT is having a HUGE sale today. 50% off all items and free shipping with the code Cyber50. They only do this once a year and the sale ends tonight so get your shopping in now! As you can tell, I am really loving eyelet this spring! Here are my top picks: Top to … Read More

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Antique Bench in John Robshaw

Ever since I came across this bench on John Robshaw's Instagram feed, I have been absolutely obsessed with it. The combination of the punchy, large-scale floral fabric on an antique piece with curved lines - it's just perfect. It just feels so exotic and I love the tension of old and new. Wouldn't … Read More