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This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a book signing  for Holly Becker’s new book Decorate at the Boston Anthropologie store. It felt like meeting a celebrity when I approached Holly at the event; I had taken her blog class when I first started this site so she was a big influence in my early days of blogging.  And my admiration for Holly has only grown after reading this book — it is packed with gorgeous interiors and great design advice.

After the book signing the fun continued when I attended a luncheon with bloggers from around Boston that gathered for the book event. I had a blast talking to all of the amazing bloggers and artists and designers in attendance.

For more highlights of the event check out Decor8.

Me and some of my favorite Boston bloggers; Julieann (the fabulous event organizer!), Stephanie, and Lindsay

I recently started using  Houzz, a community and inspiration tool for home design enthusiasts; my first post on the site is a round-up of outdoor furnishings and accessories for stylish entertaining alfresco.

Bright colors and durable fabrics combine to make a whimsical landscape for sharing a summer night outside with friends. A few of my favorite pieces are here like the painted wrought iron chairs from Anthropologie and the colorful patterned outdoor rugs from Terrain. Click over and see all of the items I’ve included in my round-up.

 

Images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

I know I’m way behind on the wave of popularity that Gossip Girl was getting when it first came out, but after much persuasion from friends and family who were adamant that I would SWOON for the preppy sets and clothes, I finally broke down and bought the first season on DVD. Lets just say, it did not disappoint. I’m flying through discs and already pre-ordering the second season for when it comes on DVD.

What surprised me though was that I was less inclined toward the preppy wares of the Waldorfs and instead am really into the Lofty, Brooklyn-vibe of the Humphrys. I love the exposed brick, the over-sized windows and doors, the stained glass, and time-worn oriental rugs that all give it an artsy edge.

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I got especially excited when I spotted the tufted blue sofa in their living room, mostly because I recognized it from one of my all-time favorite Anthropolgie spreads. anthropologie room 1

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I always loved these photos, but never thought a tufted chesterfield sofa like this would make a practical choice for any living room… but seeing how it’s used on the set to make a small, cozy living space in the big open, airy loft has me brainstorming for how I can find one on craigslist or at a flea market! (and how I can find an affordable loft space to move into!)