I want to be here…

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This week has been nuts.  We’re gearing up for a huge work event on Sunday so I’ve been crafting, glittering everything, painting… all while keeping up with the normal flow of sourcing and basically accumulating everything from paper samples to wine bottle tops and electrical tape on my desk.  My space is COVERED in stuff right now!  Ugh!

This space, however, is the complete opposite and its simplistic palette yet elegant, warm and welcoming aura floored me when I came across it today.  In the home of Sarah Gibson exists a hallway (beautifully wallpapered in Joy Cho’s line for Hygge & West) that leads to a sunny, clean and bright room, which in my mind I have presumed to be a guest room that I just want to dive into.  Couldn’t you just spend the weekend there?  It makes me want to leave my computer at home and head on over with a book and lay in bed until Sunday.  Ohhh to have a guest room like this one day… :-)  What I absolutely ADORE about this space, however, is that the wallpaper literally makes the hallway come to life.  When you look at hallways from a conventional standpoint, they are just a means of getting you from one room to another, but they don’t have to be that way.  A beautiful light fixture, a perfectly accessorized niche, statement flooring or a simple gallery wall can and will breath life into a hallway, transforming it from a means of getting from one space to another, to a spectacular space of its own that you don’t have to simply rush past when getting from point A to B.  Bravo, Sarah!

I’m off to finish my crafting extravaganza in prep for this weekend!  Be sure to stay tuned on Instagram (@onehopeweddings and @megrobins) for some exciting updates over the course of the next few days!  Wishing you a wonderful remainder to your week :-)

xoxo

Meg

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High Low: Gilt Mirror

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While scanning the pages of Domino, I was FLOORED when I landed on the above vignette.  From the herringbone wood flooring, to the original fireplace and gorgeous ceiling detail – I could not take my eyes off of it.  The focal point of the room however, is the beautiful gilt mirror with its elegantly rounded corners and perfect patina.  It adds such an incredible richness to the space that plays off of the luxurious, gold tones in the floor and the brass lighting above the book shelves.

My boyfriend and I just moved into a new little apartment (more on that later) and I’m learning first hand what a tremendous impact adding mirrors can make.  It’s amazing how such a simple addition can draw your eye up, brighten up a space and make it appear so much larger than it actually is.  You almost don’t notice that the above room is pretty tiny, with room for just two chairs and a small table.  I also couldn’t help but note that I’ve been seeing this classic French mirror EVERYWHERE these days and being that the above version was $1,300 – now reduced to $1,088 (still yikes!), I sought out to find another alternative.  Enter the French Gilt Mirror from Wisteria at a whopping $700+ less.  Success!  Adding that to my wish list ;-)

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DOMINO

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Two weekends ago, I was standing in line at the Whole Foods in Austin, TX, when I saw the latest edition of Domino.  I assumed it was just one of their special editions where they recycle content from past issues (which I would have purchased regardless), but I literally screamed when I flipped open the cover and discovered that Domino was back – for real.   I was so psychotically anxiously excited that I had to pull myself together and figure out how to formulate a comprehendible sentence to explain to my co-worker that this was just the best thing to ever happen.  Seriously.  Ever.  Design publications come and go with a feature or two that are tear outs/keepers, but I have never thrown away an issue of Domino.  They never get old, never seem stuffy or outdated… just excellent, solid, classic design and delightfully inspirational – always.

In their first formal issue back, they visited the home of Manhattan restauranteur, Ali Cayne of Haven’s Kitchen, which I have been dying to see.  The goal behind Haven’s Kitchen is to create a food community of sorts where people can sign up for classes (without the need to enroll in full blown culinary school) cook together, learn and gain an understanding of the importance of locally grown and sustainable foods.  I’m so in love with their vision (you can learn more here) and their space is literally ONE BLOCK from where I’m staying in NY…… I think a visit is in order.  In the interim, take a moment to bask in all of the beauty of Ali’s insanely gorgeous West Village townhouse and check out the full line up and feature in Domino here.

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{the most perfect floors – ever}

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{effortlessly chic gallery wall}

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{jaw dropping}

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{subway tile, open shelving, brass fixtures, the creme de la creme range and hood… and a pot filler.  is there anything wrong with this kitchen?! no you’re right, there’s not}

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{kthanks for letting me take a bath here forever}

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{two words: gilt mirrors}

Hello, New York!

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You guys!  I’m in New York right now for Bridal Market for work and I seriously can not stop smiling.  I just love it here so much.  The hustle, bustle, the crisp autumn air, the architecture… everything.  Give me a warm coffee in Union Square, some riding boots, an hour to explore on a chilly fall morning and I’m a happy girl.  I’m running around like a mad woman for the next few days as our company is the one and only wine sponsor of the Martha Stewart Weddings party this year (pinch me!!!), but I’ll be sure to check in soon.  Hope you all have a great weekend!  xoxo

image via me! (Flat Iron 2012)

San Francisco-ing

Last Wednesday, I flew up to San Francisco for a gorgeous few days of work and play.  I’m so in love with that city, it’s hard to put it into words and pictures never do it justice so I always wind up yearning to go back from the moment I hit the ground at LAX.  The architecture, the food, the history and the seemingly endless hills with panoramic views of the city from every street corner leaves me with the desire to pack my bags and find little a bay-windowed studio to call home.  Check out a few of my favorite weekend moments below.

{Quick lunch break at The Melt at Stanford.  This place was amazing!  They only serve different types of grilled cheese sandwiches and soups for dipping.  YUM.  Side note: They’re expanding from 4 to 22 locations in 2012… Proof that a simple (but great) concept and design are a winning combination}

{Platters of finger food for our Hope at Home tasting in Santa Cruz}

{View of the Golden Gate from my friend’s rooftop as it started to light up at dusk}

{Views from the top of Nob Hill}

{So very envious of this rooftop (yes, I was doing some stalking).  Great little grilling/entertaining space with a patch of grass for a very lucky city pup}

{Taking in the architecture and hills}

{My friend Megan’s adorable gallery wall in her room}

{Some wine and kitty cat snuggle time while finishing up our work day}

{On my walk from Nob Hill to Union Square}

{Gorgeous}

{San Francisco buildings are never short of character and detail}

{On our walk to Sunday brunch}

San Francisco-ing

Last Wednesday, I flew up to San Francisco for a gorgeous few days of work and play.  I’m so in love with that city, it’s hard to put it into words and pictures never do it justice so I always wind up yearning to go back from the moment I hit the ground at LAX.  The architecture, the food, the history and the seemingly endless hills with panoramic views of the city from every street corner leaves me with the desire to pack my bags and find little a bay-windowed studio to call home.  Check out a few of my favorite weekend moments below.

{Quick lunch break at The Melt at Stanford.  This place was amazing!  They only serve different types of grilled cheese sandwiches and soups for dipping.  YUM.  Side note: They’re expanding from 4 to 22 locations in 2012… Proof that a simple (but great) concept and design are a winning combination}

{Platters of finger food for our Hope at Home tasting in Santa Cruz}

{View of the Golden Gate from my friend’s rooftop as it started to light up at dusk}

{Views from the top of Nob Hill}

{So very envious of this rooftop (yes, I was doing some stalking).  Great little grilling/entertaining space with a patch of grass for a very lucky city pup}

{Taking in the architecture and hills}

{My friend Megan’s adorable gallery wall in her room}

{Some wine and kitty cat snuggle time while finishing up our work day}

{On my walk from Nob Hill to Union Square}

{Gorgeous}

{San Francisco buildings are never short of character and detail}

{On our walk to Sunday brunch}