This is How We Live

Who doesn’t love to sneak a peek in someone’s house? That’s why I helped start the Mt. Pleasant House & Garden Tour as a fundraiser for our amazing neighborhood school, Bancroft Elementary.

This is the fifth year that we’ve held the tour and that I’ve served as co-chair, and it’s one of my favorite days. Not only is it a wonderful event, but it really brings the community together. Organized by Bancroft parents, the goal is to see some beautiful houses but also to learn something about the wonderful school that’s right in our backyard.

We show a variety of houses, including new renovations, historic charm, and the homes of long-term residents. There are seven houses on the tour, on Saturday, April 21, from 2-5 p.m., followed by a cocktail

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There’s a difference between a vacation and a family trip. A vacation is lying by the pool with a cocktail in hand and not worrying about anyone drowning, while a family trip is a small child yelling, “I need to pee!” over and over.

Don’t get me wrong – I adore our family trips more than anything, but I don’t come back from them rested, tanned and caught up on my reading. Why do my kids need so many more things when they are in the backseat of the car than when they are at home?!

My husband Chris and I have been going to Miami for years. I just love the vibe there – it’s so relaxed and beautiful. (And the amazing food, natch). I’ve always thought of Miami as such a grown-up getaway, but this time we took the kids with us. It was amazing!

Did you

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As a realtor, I run around town all day long. I need to be comfortable, but professional and fashionable. Frankly, I love my shoe game. I’ve got a robust-yet-not-offensively-large shoe wardrobe that gets me everywhere from walking to the gym to work to dinner. Here’s what I literally have in my bag today.



I got these Pierre Hardy shoes on goop. (If you don’t read Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog, you really should.) I was inspired by these Roger Vivier’s, but who is going to spend $1300 on sneakers?! Once I saw these, I knew they fit the bill. And I really do wear them everywhere.

I saw these punk rock ballet slippers in Spain at the Miu Miu store, but resisted. Then my amazing mom sent them to me. Love her!



I found these gorgeous

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This year brought a big change in our house. We now have three kids in three schools. Talk about a juggling act! Or really, it’s more like a ballet with carefully choreographed schedules.

Our youngest, Dashiell, is at Amazing Life Games, the most incredible, play-based preschool where all my kids have gone. Alice Jane is in third grade at Bancroft. We are super happy with our lovely neighborhood school. Henry is now in fifth grade and in his first year at Maret, a little private school that perfectly suits the needs of our gentle, quirky boy.

Last year, Henry applied to Maret but didn’t get in. When they called to tell us a spot had opened up, we were thrilled. It didn’t hit home until summer was winding down what that meant for our lives. I

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Mt. Pleasant is more than a hot real estate market to me; it’s my home. My husband, Chris, and I have lived here for twelve years, my two older children attend Bancroft Elementary, and we trick-or-treat on Lamont Street every Halloween. Here are some of my favorite spots in Mt. Pleasant.

Each Peach Market – I love to wander through the beautiful displays of gorgeous produce and homemade products. It’s like our own homegrown Dean & Deluca.

Beau Thai– Awesome Thai food for the whole family. 

The Zoo – We can hear the lions roar from our front porch!

Don Juan’s – We love to sit outside and nosh on some Salvadoran food. 

Bancroft Elementary – A wonderful cross-section of our neighborhood and city. I love that my kids go to a bilingual

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Remember when you’d never wear silver earrings with a gold necklace? Then all the chic girls started to mix their jewelry, and now it’s stylish and on point. Fortunately, fashion rules relaxed, and we can safely break all of those old rules.  So I got to thinking, why not do the same thing in our homes? Who says you can’t mix nickel and brass hardware? What is hardware but jewelry for our house, after all?

 

In this home, I love the way the brass and silver hardware harmonize. To ensure it looks purposeful and interesting, the owners extended the mixed metals to their accessories, like the brass mirror. (After all, we don’t want anyone to think we just forgot to update the hardware.)

Don’t be afraid to question the old rules, whether in your

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I love fashion week! I love seeing the runway shows, I love the street style photography -- it's one of my favorite times of year. And I love that fashion is finally catching up and celebrating diversity, whether it’s body, age or ethnic differences. Last week, at New York Fashion Week, plus-size models were a regular feature. Ashley Graham (she is so gorgeous!) opened (I mean, she opened!) for Christian Siriano, who has helped propel the body positive trend in fashion by including women of color and plus-sized models in his shows. 

Ashley Graham in Christian Siriano

Body shape wasn’t the only diversity on the runway. Chromat designer Becca McCharen-Tran featured Viktoria Modesta, an amputee singer-songwriter, who walked in her prosthetic leg,

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Coco Chanel famously said to take off one piece of jewelry before you leave the house each day. I’m the opposite. I look in the mirror and think, “Can I add one more thing?” And the answer is always, “Yes. Let’s do it.”

I love piling on jewelry, all different styles and metals. Each piece means something to me, and I adore vintage. My husband gave me this gorgeous bracelet that used to be a shoe buckle! And my mantra bands keep me inspired. For maximalist jewelry inspiration, check out the amazing bangles at Bourbon and Boweties.

You can make any outfit fabulous by throwing on mounds of jewelry and a great pair of shoes. Some day I’ll be an old lady in a turban, with tons of rings on, driving around in a golf cart.  Can’t you see it?

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Welcome to my blog! As you all know, I love social media. And now I have a way to share my thoughts on everything from design to fashion to my favorite restaurant. Naturally I’ll talk about real estate, too, and mostly I’ll share the things I love about this city that we call home. Enjoy!

 

 

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I had to smile when I heard the Today Show declare gray the hot new color for walls. Years ago, I started advising my clients to paint their homes gray to prepare them for sale, and I often had to fight for it. My clients were convinced gray would look cold or stark, but they ultimately fell in love with the results. And that clean, neutral look helped sell their houses.

While I'll always love a good gray, I'm ready for something new. I think the fresh look for 2017 is crisp, white walls. They create a gallery feel for your artwork and a modern backdrop so your furniture can shine. To set off all that white, I like to add some color to the ceiling. It's bold. It's unexpected. And it's fun.

In this condo, we painted the bedroom ceiling a serene

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