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December 13, 2011 / clinerose

The Captain Fairfield Inn.

The highlight of the latest issue of Rue Magazine is the feature on the boutique bed and breakfast, The Captain Fairfield Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine. Inside the walls of this traditional mansion, built in 1813, the designer Rachel Reider created an atmosphere of comfort (that you would expect from a typical New England bed and breakfast) mixed with contemporary accents and flair. The overall look is sophisticated and fun.

The Captain Fairfield Inn from Rue Magazone

This is a photo of the Rachel suite, the designers favorite room. My favorite room is the Foyer. It’s spectacular. Or is it the Dining Room? I like them all. Be sure to check out photos of the rest of the Inn here (pages 76-87).

Be sure to flip through Rue if you haven’t already. It’s one of my favorite online publications. The only catch is that I can’t upload images from the magazine (doesn’t anyone trust anyone anymore?!) so you’ll have to go to the site to see it in its entire glory.

Photo credit: Rachel Reider via The Captain Fairfield Inn

December 12, 2011 / clinerose

Ranjana Khan for The Limited.

I randomly wandered into The Limited a few days ago while I was in the mall picking up my new iPhone. I used to LOVE The Limited. It was my go-to shop for years. But lately, it’s been missing the mark. At least my mark. But out of nostalgia (and some weird sense of devotion), I decided to do a lap through the store. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed this tall glass display case filled with jaw dropping jewels from the designer Ranjana Khan. These little pretties came home with me…

 Limited Earrings

I had been looking for almost this exact thing and then I found it (which NEVER happens…and at The Limited of all places)! I was on the hunt for sassy accessories to wear to the World Lebanese Cultural Union dinner that was held Boston two weekends ago. The dress was listed as “business attire” but having spent some time in the company of Arabs, I knew that a simple black dress and a strand of pearls just wouldn’t cut it. The earrings were a big hit and I fit right in. My only complaint is that the earrings are clip on (and when you are forced to participate in folk/line dances having heavy clip-on earrings can be a serious hazard).

Photo credits: The Limited. Check out the rest of the collection here. I want this necklace for the next Lebanese function.

December 10, 2011 / clinerose

A sweet outing to Sweet.

While in Boston last weekend, David and I stopped into Sweet in Harvard Square for a sweet treat. I’ve made a personal promise to myself to try every and all cupcakes that I come across (good idea, fattie) on a never-ending search to find THE ultimate cupcake*. I knew when I saw Sweet that I owed it to myself to try it. Besides, look at the exterior. How could I ignore that storefront? It’s like a Disney princess designed it.

Sweet Harvard Square Exterior

Close up of cake drawings on window

Close up of cake drawings on window

Little boy window shopping for cupcakes  Sweet wallpaper close up

Some little kid wanted a cupcake more than I did. I feel sorry for the person who had to Windex that glass case after he wiped his hands over every square inch of it.  And how about that wallpaper? Uhh, it’s totally adorable.

Sweet Harvard Square mint green cupcakes

Sweet cupcake display

Frosting shot from Sweet

Ladies and gentlemen, you read right, that pink sign in the above photo is advertising a frosting shot. A frosting shot? That’s the most amazing thing I have ever seen. So, Sweet wins a “Best Use of Frosting” award and a “Most Delightful Decor” nomination. Congratulations.

*My vote for perfect cupcake is the Milk Chocolate Birthday cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake (thank you, Sarah). Although, I hate to admit that because their show on TLCDC Cupcakesruined their cupcakes for me for most of 2010. The show and the people on it are pretty annoying. Stick to baking, ladies.

Photo credits: Me.

December 9, 2011 / clinerose

C.Wonder Wonderful.

C.Wonder storefront in NYC

While we are on the subject of gift giving (Do you like how I posted MY Christmas wish list on David’s birthday? Classy, right?), I think C.Wonder, who just opened a flagship store in the Big Apple, would be an amazing place to find little hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. Doesn’t it look like fun? Who wants to go to NYC with me to check out it out?!

Photo credits: C.Wonder

December 8, 2011 / clinerose

Today is David’s Birthday.


Blue plaid shirt gift box with orange bow

 Let’s just pretend that there is a can of Coffee from Cafe Du Monde inside that manly gift box 😉 Happy Birthday! I love you!

Photo credits: Camille Stiles

December 7, 2011 / clinerose

I hope Santa reads my blog.

Dear Santa,
I’ve been very good this year. Despite what you might have heard. Seriously.
Here are some things that I would love to have under my tree. Wishful thinking, I know. 
Have you lost weight? 
Love, Joanna
My Christmas list

Frye shoes
$374 –

Michael kors handbag
$398 –

Kendra Scott statement necklace
$195 –

Paloma star earrings
$2,950 –

Leather gloves
$73 –

Burberry scarf
$440 –

Cole Haan. Air Morgan Pump 90
$348.00 –

$10 –
December 7, 2011 / clinerose

Warm Wishes from Albertine Press.

Warm Wishes

Over the weekend, David and I strolled through an outdoor craft market in Harvard Square where I spotted a vendor selling these pleasant holiday cards from Albertine Press. I thought the images and the messages were so simple and sweet. And many of the designs are non-denominational which is always a nice gesture this time of year. In addition to the Warm Wishes design, I love So Delightful (…but the fire is so delightful). See the rest of the designs here.

Are you sending holiday cards this year? David and I have no new “news” or updated photos to share this year so we are passing. Although, these little guys are making me reconsider.

Photo credits: Albertine Press via Etsy

December 6, 2011 / clinerose

Home Sweet Home {in Paris}

We’re back from Boston and it’s so nice to be home. Although, truth be told, I certainly wouldn’t mind coming home to this loft apartment…

Apartment in Paris Kitchen white and wood

Paris Apartment Living area and kitchen

Close up of Paris Apartment kitchen

Paris apartment kitchen view into bathroom

Paris apartment bathroom with wood and black and white

…especially since it’s in Paris.

Photo credits: Au Coin du Monde

December 5, 2011 / clinerose

Champagne Saucers.

If watching Boardwalk Empire and Ken Burn’s Prohibition has taught me anything, it’s that drinking champagne out of a saucer/coupe is way more sophisticated than a champagne flute.  It has also taught me that drinking champagne (illegally) in a fancy night club while wearing a sparkly flapper dress is way more exciting than buying a $6 bottle of Andre from 7-11 and drinking it out of a Solo cup. But hey, that’s how I roll.


Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for a great set of champagne saucers. David and I did not register for any while we were engaged and I so wish we had. We did find a set of four beautiful “saucers” at Civitan last year. The lady that sold them to us said they were from the Victorian era. They were intricately cut and had a gorgeous rose colored rim. You can see them in this photo of our bar. We were very proud of our new purchase and used them often until my mom came over one day and asked why we were drinking out of bowls. Whoops. So, I’m back in the market for champagne saucers. In addition to the fashionable saucers above, I would love to own either these and/or these.

And since it is Repeal Day, be sure to have a celebratory drink tonight. And if you’re my brother, whose birthday is also today, have two.

 Photo credits: Kate Spade.

December 2, 2011 / clinerose

Two huge decisions.

The first decision is one I have been waffling on for some time. Since our new sofa arrived, I have been pondering what color our the little tufted wood/cane chairs should be. They have been brown forever (they are from my parents house and older than I am) and need to be changed. But I love them and am willing to spend the money to reupholster them.

Wood can upholstered chairs

At first I thought the upholstery should be a print but I’m sticking with solid. Mostly because I love the tufting so much and its special enough on its own. I’ve been thinking a lot (a lot, a lot, a lot) about dark blue velvet a la Emily Henderson. And after seeing this picture I’m sold. Bright blue velvet it is.

scott himmel chicago apartment

Now, I just need to figure out what color to paint our coffee table. My original idea to paint the table gray won’t work any longer due to the gray/taupe upholstery on our sofa. Plus, the green (its current color) will be way to much to take once the blue chairs get here. I feel like my options are black or white. Back to the basics. And speaking of things that come in black and white…I have big news. BIG news. This is the second huge decision I made today and this one took me about three seconds to make up my mind.

Ring. Ring. Who is it? It’s Joanna’s new iPhone. That’s who.

AHH! This is so exciting (although I do feel a little bit like a sell out). I don’t know how I am going to wait a week for it to arrive. In the meantime, I will be accessorizing. Even though the phones only come in two colors, the case/cover options are outrageous. I love these, these and these. I love all of them. How will I choose? I wonder if they make blue velvet iPhone cases…

Photo credits: Me, Scott Himmel and Apple.