Serena & Lily Fall

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Serena and Lily is always good.  Always, consistently good.  But this fall Serena and Lily have blown it out of the water.  Way out, I mean how can this table not wind up in the Waiting On Martha offices?  It’s like it was made just for me.  And I’ve been Pinterest stalking these lights for months now.  Plus these suede pillows and cozy sweatshirt throws need to make their way on to my couch.  So in closing, I’m making my Serena and Lily list and it’s a really, really long list.  truly, MKR 




pictured above…Cambridge Library Sconce  ||  Carson Bench  ||  Suede Cap Pillow Cover  ||  Suede Lumber Malachite Pillow Cover  ||  Snowfall by Jenny Prinn  ||  Montara Mirror  ||  Persimmon Savile Side Table  ||  Capiz Glove Chandelier  ||  La Jolla Baskets

At Home With Gray Malin

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One of the many things I love about this digital age we live in is connecting with people you might never have had the chance to otherwise.  Case in point, Gray Malin.  I was somewhat familiar with Gray’s Prada Marfa work so when it came to selecting art for our new (new like a year ago new) home Gray was on the short list.  

As I perused his site I immediately fell in love with the A la Montagne ski series.  The Mr. and I are big skiers and it was like Gray captured our happy place with Top of Aspen Mountain.  I emailed Gray to begin talking dimensions as I knew this was going to be a large focal point in our home, and just like that an immediate friendship was born.  So when Gray reached out to ask if I’d take part in his Inspiration Spotlight the answer was obviously yes.  Not only am I completely enamored with all of Gray’s work, but also by Gray himself.  I started with the A la Montagne, added some Texas flair, and have some llamas on the way.  Bottom line, if you’re not familiar with Gray’s work get familiar (I mean have you seen the new wrapping paper?), it’s all simply amazing.  truly, MKR

*Top of Aspen Mountain, Gray Malin  ||  Prada Marfa Limited Edition Print, Gray Malin  ||  On the coffee table:  Gold Rhino, Faux Python Tray, Malachite & Coral Tray, Ginger Jar Pitcher, Bone Dominos, Lizard Magnifying Glass, Crystal Paper Weight, Japanese Calligraphy Brushes (collected similar HERE)  

**Photography, Rustic White 

Bedroom Refresh With Crane & Canopy

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You may have seen this fun little POST a few weeks ago where I highlighted my love of all things bed.  See my bedroom, and specifically my bed, is my happy place.  Its where most nights you’ll find me cozied up with a glass of wine, my laptop, and the DVR playing.  Glamorous?  Probably not, but  its simply my space.  And I love it.  So when Crane and Canopy reached out and asked if I’d like a little refresh I was obviously game.

If you’r not familiar with Crane & Canopy’s bedding I suggest getting familiar.  All of their bedding is 400 thread count cotton sateen made from the highest of quality without the highest of prices.  I chose their classic Linden Gray as I’m a fan of simple bedding with a multitude of throw pillows and a fun throw.  And as if C&C couldn’t’ get any better a portion of all proceeds go towards “A Safe Night’s Sleep,” which benefits women and children affected by domestic violence.  Great bedding and a great cause?!  Count me in!  truly, MKR

*Bedding, Crane & Canopy c/o  ||  Moroccan Pouf, Waiting On Martha  ||  African Juju Hat, Waiting On Martha  ||  Pom Pom Herringbone Throw, Waiting On Martha  ||  Tall Vase, kate spade new york c/o  ||  Small Vase, Dwell Studio  ||  Jewelry Box, Waiting On Martha  ||  Skull trinket tray, Waylande Gregory  ||  Muse Candle, Jonathan Adler (also available in gold)  ||  Chandelier, Restoration Hardware  ||  Nightstand, Restoration Hardware  ||  Lamp,Restoration Hardware  ||  Rug, Hayneedle  

**Photography, Rustic White  ||  This post is sponsored by Crane & Canopy, a brand I love and adore.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Kitchen Confidential



One.  Rest in Grease Spoon Rest, Waiting On Martha  ||  Two.  Organic olive oil, Williams Sonoma (trust me investing in great olive oil is worth it.  THIS is also a personal favorite of mine)  ||  Three.  Berry Basket, Waiting On Martha  ||  Four.  Le Creuset Butter Crock, Williams Sonoma  ||  Five.  Lavender Plants, One Kings Lane  ||  Six.  Rolling Pin, A Sunny Afternoon  ||  Seven. Breakfast Tea, Bellocq  ||  Eight.  Apron, Williams Sonoma  ||  Nine.  Sponge Worthy Dish, Waiting On Martha  ||  Ten. Burgundy Wine Glasses, Williams Sonoma  ||  Eleven.  Olive Wood Bread Knife, Williams Sonoma  ||  Twelve.  Embroidered Scrimshaw Napkins, Thomas Paul  ||  Thirteen.  Hobnail Butter Dish, Waiting On Martha  ||  Fourteen.  Mauvile Copper Stock Pot, Williams Sonoma (oh how I LOVE copper)  ||  Fifteen.  Gingham Napkins, Pottery Barn  ||  Sixteen.  Anchor Bottle Opener, One Kings Lane (sold out, but I love THIS one)  ||  Seventeen.  Chemex Coffee Maker, Williams Sonoma  ||  Eighteen.  Salt & Pepper Shakers, One Kings Lane  


Blue & White All Over, Tory Burch Table


For me there’s nothing more classic, and coveted, than blue and white.  So when Tory Burch debuted her new hand painted table line last week, well let’s just say I know what I’ll be asking for come Christmas time.  Inspired by the 19th century English ceramics that both Tory and her mother Reva collect, the blue and white pieces can be easily mix and matched, dressed up or down, and are a must for any blue and white addicts like myself. Shop the entire line collection below, and happy entertaining Loves!  truly, MKR 

Light Bright || My Top 12 Lighting Picks

Top 12 Lighting Picks Waiting On Martha

People ask me all the time when decorating a home what will really give a space impact?  What should I splurge on?  And every time my answer is always the same.  Lighting.  Lighting can transform a space in ways no piece of furniture can.  It’s the jewelry of the home.  It’s the place your eye should immediately be drawn.  It’s what gives a space warmth, and when done right can be equal parts functionality and art.  I simply adore lighting, specifically these 12 pieces.  truly, MKR   

*01.  Dwell Studio urchin lamp (because everyone loves a good urchin)  ||  02.  Dunes & Duchess Rachel sconce ||  03.  Jonathan Adler horse table lamp  ||  04.  Highball pendant  ||  05.  Dana Gibson blue canton tea caddy lamp  ||  06.  Dwell Studio cone table lamp  ||  07.  Stray Dog Fred sconce  ||  08.  Dunes & Duchess Sailor’s Knot table lamp  ||  09.  Currey & Company Parker chandelier  ||  10.  One Kings Lane Alberta table lamp  ||  11.  Jonathan Adler Meurice chandelier  ||  12.  Birch Lane Savoy glass table lamp

How To Prepare For House Guests

This past weekend we had some of our closest friends in town from Chicago which meant all last week I ran around getting our home “guest ready”.  You see, I take the act of hosting very seriously and hosting is really all about the prep work!  Prep work I’ve got down to five easy steps - it starts with a cocktail (of course) and ends with breakfast. Five easy steps I thought I’d share with you Loves!  truly, MKR

Photography  ||  Rustic White

Ballard Designs bed head  ||  Juju Hat  ||  Caitlin Wilson Gold & White Pillows  ||  West Elm Duvet  ||  Acrylic Tray  ||  Jonathan Adler Muse candle  || Gold Vases  ||  Double old fashion glasses  ||  Gold & white small trophy bowl


No. 1 – Ready the cocktails. After planes, trains, and automobiles your guests are likely a bit exhausted from the travel so greet them with a “house” cocktail and a proper toast to kick off what will hopefully be a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Pottery Barn nightstand (old)  ||  Pier One lamp (old)  ||  Dwell Studio vase (also available in black)  ||  Jonathan Adler carafe  ||  Dauville coasters  ||  Dauville bowl


No. 2 – Prepare the guest room. This means fresh linens and towels, extra pillows, plenty of closet and drawer space, and fresh flowers on the nightstand is always an appreciated touch.

Jonathan Adler zebra  ||  Guest soaps  ||  West Elm towels hand and bath towels

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No. 3 – Create a guest room tray. As a guest there’s nothing worse than having to ask your host time and time again for items they may need or have forgotten. A fully stocked guest tray will eliminate the ask all together. Some suggested guest tray additions would be; water (sparkling and flat), a carafe, glasses, napkins, coasters, a candle, matches, Advil, magazines, and treats. I love wrapping treats such as trail mix and cookies in re-sealable packaging so if your guests don’t dig in during their stay they’ll have something to snack on at the airport.


No. 4 – Bathroom extras. The most forgotten items when traveling are toiletries. Therefore stock the bathroom with all of the necessities; toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, lotion, perfume, and soap. And may I suggest buying the small individually wrapped soaps to avoid the half-used-leftover-from-the-guests-full-of-germs-before-soap.

Luxe tray  ||  Guest toothbrushes  ||  Dauville bowl


No. 5 – Stock the fridge. It’s always best to check with your guests before arrival to make sure they don’t have any allergies or need any specific foods during their stay. Then fill your fridge with all of the standard items (milk, bread, coffee, wine, etc.) plus a few regional specialities they may not be able to get at home. For example we’ll have pimento cheese, BBQ of some sort, and homemade Southern biscuits (recipe to come!)

Williams Sonoma bread basket 

Home Sweet Dorm With Pottery Barn Teen

Dorm Room Ideas


Last week I collaborated with Pottery Barn Teen to create my dream dorm room if I were college bound again.  It was feminine, filled with gold, and would have easily carried me through my first few years of post college Chicago life as well.  This week I’m partnering with PB Teen again, but to create a space fit for a guy (cue Beyonce’s song “If I were a boy”).  Having lived with my own boy (the Mr.) through four different homes now this was by no means a reach.  

Of course my color palette consisted of bright orange and deep navy with a mix of patterns including this skull bedding (which I tried to figure out how to incorporate into my own home because I love it so much), the always classic stripes, and one contrasting throw pillow since even one throw pillow is a stretch for the boys.  Then a big trunk at the end of the bed for storage, plus a few well placed pieces of wall decor, a desk, and a comfy spot for TV watching and video games and you pretty much have all they’ll need to survive their college years.  

You can get the full look here, plus make sure to check out PB Teen’s “Design Your Own” application which is perfect for those of us who need to see our creation come to life before we press the buy button.  truly, MKR

This post was sponsored by PB Teen but the opinions and love for PB Teen is 100% my own.

Decorating With Flowers || Quirky Animal Vases

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I could live without many of life’s little luxuries, fresh flowers however would not be one of them.  Flowers bring instant joy and life to a room and they make a house feel like a home.  And where there’s fresh flowers there must be vases. Currently I’m obsessed with quirky vases, or rather vases with personality.  Vases like these white and gold animals.  I mean you can’t look at these little guys and not be happy!  They’re perfect for holding just a few bright blooms (because lets face it fresh flowers can be expensive) and they make the perfect hostess gift.  Plus when they’re not brimming with peonies or tulips on your nightstand or coffee table they’ll look fabulous on your desk full of pens and pencils.  So Loves which animal are you most fond of?  truly, MKR

Photography  ||  Haley Sheffield

Shop more vases with personality…

Home Sweet Dorm With Pottery Barn Teen

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When Pottery Barn Teen reached out and asked me to create a dream dorm room for them I jumped at the chance.  You see I loved college.  It was maybe not the best time of my life as I have a lot of life left, but it was hands down the most fun time in my life.  And any chance I get to revisit that time, those memories, the moments…well you don’t have to ask me twice.  Ironically enough when I was in college a lot of my dorm room actually consisted of Pottery Barn items, though I’m pretty sure PB teen wasn’t around yet and I’m now officially aging myself.  

Anyway, when gathering inspiration for my dorm room and perusing the PB Teen site I of course fell in love with the image above because there’s an Addy in it.  But just to be clear this wanna-be Addy is no where as cute as the real thing.  So back to the image…I was initially drawn to the soft tones and touches of gold.  I’m having a major gold moment.  However, it wouldn’t be me without a punch or two of color.  So to warm it up a notch I brought in coral paint and white paisley wall decals (perfect for dorm rooms or apartment rentals) and the flamingo print which I’m completely obsessed with and would hang in my home now.  Then to cool down the warm tones just a tad, an aqua mini fridge (the cutest thing you’ve ever seen) and this desk lamp did the trick.  Finish with metallic golds and textured whites and ivory to add depth and you have a room that feels completely like me.  And that’s the trick when living in a temporary space.  Take the time and infuse your personal style and what matters to you.  It may not be home sweet home, but it will be home sweet dorm.  

Get the full look HERE, along with so many others at PB Teen who I owe a huge thanks to for letting me take a walk back in time, go Braves!  Love In Chi-O And Mine, MKR (I had to!)

P.S.  I would be amiss by not talking about the giant pouf of a marshmallow desk chair.  I mean can you even handle it!?!

This post was sponsored by PB Teen but the opinions and love for PB Teen is 100% my own.