Tuesday, November 30, 2010

birthday secrets

It's my BIRTHDAY!!!  Thank you for the phone calls, texts, emails, wall postings, blog entries, cards, gifts and endless love!  I am so blessed to have amazing, supportive people in my life.

But, I wanted to tell you a couple of great free things you can get on your birthday!

 (got a starbucks card?  register it online and you get a free drink coupon in the mail.  hello, venti)

 (are you an AMC movie card member?  if so, they send you an email good for a free large soda)

 (sign up online for coldstone's birthday club and get a free ice cream)

elves were at the berkeley penthouse last night...

(we celebrate it all)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

feels like home

So marks the end of autumn with Thanksgiving.  Heading to Las Vegas to celebrate with my family and couldn't be more excited to see everyone and just take a moment to relax, reflect & recharge.  Upon return, we'll be decorating the Berkeley Penthouse in full Christmas cheer.  Until then, have a fabulous long & well-deserved weekend.

*images courtesy of bippity boppity boo & oh joy!

delicate & fancy

I am so pleased to host my first jewelry party for my co-worker & friend Michelle at my abode in less than two weeks, Tuesday, December 7th at 7pm.  The line is Meghan Browne and it's great costume jewelry at a fraction of the price for what you might pay elsewhere.  Big chunky necklaces for $30 bucks?  So in.  Check out all the goodness and if you're in Boston and you'd like to come, let me know!  It's just in time for holiday shopping for others or for yourself for all those holiday parties.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

invent your future

I believe in human creativity.

I was totally inspired by this video on BostInnovation's website today.  I wish I had the brain for science.

Such amazing things happening right across the river, expanding passion to creation (or as I like to say as you know, turning dreams into plans).

Here are some inspiring images that came out of the lab.

 (using lasers to activate neurons in the brain)

 (animated billboard design created by the MIT Media Lab)

(an all fabric keyboard)

("Colorful Dreams" created by the Lab using an I/O brush)

(Kismet, a sociable robot, created in the late 1990s, now on display in the Lab)

(entry way to the Lab)

(The MIT Media Lab)

Monday, November 22, 2010

prethanksgiving perfection

We had SUCH a lovely party this weekend at the Berkeley Penthouse - our annual prethanksgiving party I haven't been able to shut up about!  We hosted 25 people to a sit down potluck dinner.  Everyone went all out and brought some amazing food - pumpkin pasta, candied yams, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and a pineapple surprise among other things.  Much wine was drank and there was much to be thankful for.  Our friends make all the prepping totally worth it!  There was even enough leftover for me to make turkey soup...mmmmm

 (table set!)

 (Chris, aka the fantastic oreo ball maker, wins powerball every year)

 (the fabulous hosts of the Berkeley Penthouse)

Friday, November 19, 2010

welcome weekend

I am beyond thrilled the weekend is here!  I am this much closer to my favorite holiday, thanksgiving and it's also when we open the doors of the Berkeley Penthouse for our annual prethanksgiving party, where our 25 closest friends come for a sit down potluck dinner in our apartment.  It's a lot of work and we prep right up until the end, but it's so much fun.  After that, a little r&r before heading off to Vegas for actual Thanksgiving.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and you're thinking about what you're thankful for!  Here's my list at this very second (changes all the time and in no particular order):
-my health
-my car
-my supportive family & fabulous friends
-the freedom to make choices
-crisp mornings
-red lipstick
-strange dogs I make love me
-cashmere socks
-my lack of getting embarrassed
-laughing, all the time
-Taio Cruz 
-changing of seasons
-learning to accept change

*images courtesy of shelter & bippity boppity boo

cover rooms

We're busy busy developing new shows, one of which is for HGTV.  I was able to actually use my love of great design, inspiration & ideas to pull some images I like for inspiration for some materials.  These rooms have texture, depth and life.  Love 'em.

*Images courtesy of elements of style, coco+kelley & Elle Decor

november birthdays in the office

(anyone's name you might notice?)

Thursday, November 18, 2010