The Timeless Appeal of an English Rolled Arm Sofa


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Ask just about any designer their favorite sofa and their reply will often be  “the English rolled arm sofa”! The style just oozes sophistication! I especially love it in eclectic and vintage settings, like the room pictured above. The style has been around since the 1800s, so it’s safe to say it is timeless. Think comfy and chic!

The English rolled arm sofa is characterized by its tight back, recessed and rolled arms, deep, comfortable seat and low set, turned legs (often with casters). Lots of interpretations exist, such as two cushions vs. one, or additional back cushions.

It is time for me to purchase a new sofa. Guess what style it is going to be? Yep… the English rolled arm sofa. I’ve already made my decision, but I am planning to share some fabulous choices with you at various price points!



IKEA gets in the game with their Stocksund sofa. They have widened the seat angle to get a deeper seat and added turned legs for extra appeal.



Frame 1 of "Rose Sofa"  The Rose by the Everygirl sofa is offered by Interior Define. They have 6 showrooms throughout the country, including one here in Chicago. It’s gorgeous and they completely nailed the look. Select sofa size, fabric, and leg finish.


Carlisle Upholstered Sofa

The Carlisle by Pottery Barn offers an impressive array of choices on their English rolled arm sofa. Back cushions are standard on this sofa. They also offer buyers a choice of  two different sizes, an array of fabrics, the option of two cushions or one, and either memory foam or down wrapped cushions.



English Roll Arm Sofa

Leave it to Restoration Hardware to up the ante on this classic sofa. Like Pottery Barn, they have added back cushions for a comfy feel. It is offered in five lengths, two depths, a large selection of fabrics, and a choice of classic or down filled cushions.




 Most custom furniture companies offer their version of an English rolled arm sofa. However, George Smith offers it as their Signature sofa.

Wow! What an impressive choice of English rolled arm sofas. Can you guess which one I selected? I chose the Carlise from Pottery Barn. I like the idea of back cushions for additional comfort. The price point is also in line with what I want to spend. I decided on the Grand Sofa, 90″ in length and 45″ deep ….so comfy!  I also selected the single cushion (no sinking between cushions if someone sits in the middle). I opted for the down wrapped cushion for a luxurious feel. Lastly, I’m still undecided on the fabric. I want a fabulous ivory linen look that has a performance quality to it. Once I make a final decision on the fabric, I’m good to go! Here is a picture of the single cushion look I’m going for. Love it!!

Carlisle Upholstered Sofa

I hope I have enlightened you on the beauty and versatility of a timeless classic …. the English rolled arm sofa. Check it out for a chic option in your home!



5 Outdoor Table Settings

American Flag Enamel Plate It’s offically the Memorial Day Weekend! As Americans, we celebrate Memorial Day in honor of all the brave men and women in the U.S. Military who have served and are serving our country. Thank you for your service! It also ushers in the official beginning of summer….and with summer comes doing all things related to being outdoors. Yay! Most importantly, we can entertain outside once again. Fire up those grills and wash off the outdoor furniture. It’s finally time!

Countless retailers offer endless options for outdoor entertaining.  The photo shown above is courtesy of Pottery Barn.

When you think about having a few friends over for dinner and/or cocktails, set a table that reflects the beauty of summer. Choices abound with melamine and acrylic (nonbreakable) plates and glassware, serveware, linens, lanterns, candles, and table arrangments. Select items that reflect a particular holiday celebration or coordinate with your outdoor funiture/pillows.

Today, I am sharing some of my favorite table settings!


Celebrate the old Stars and Stripes with American flag star cork placemats.

Galvanized Metal Charger Top the placemats with durable galvanized metal chargers.

Swirl Melamine Dinner Plate, Set of 4 - Stone Place white melamine plates atop the chargers.

American Flag Enamel Plate

Give a shout out to this great country of ours with American flag salad plates on top of the white dinner plates.

Bistro Outdoor Flatware, Set of 12 - Blue Continue the red, white and blue palette with colorful blue flatware.

Wheaton Stripe Napkin, Set of 4 - Red Echo the stripes in our flag with red striped napkins.

Galvanized Metal Napkin Ring, Set of 4

Coordinate the chargers and napkin rings with galvinized rings.




Round Water Hyacinth Placemat

Lay the theme’s foundation with round hyacinth placemats.

Harbor Melamine Dinner Plate Add  brilliant blue melamine dinner plates.

Lakehouse Enamel Sailboat Salad Plate Nautical interest is provided by the sailboat enamel plates .


Shiny Hammered Flatware

Hammered flatware adds shiny appeal to the table.

Happy Hour Acrylic Goblet, Set of 4 - Clear Enhance the table setting with tapered acrylic goblets.


Paige Striped Fringe Napkins

The fringed napkins finish the nautical whimsy.


Hyannis Lantern - Silver Finish

Rope handled lanterns lend themselves well to the nautical looking table, but be careful outside, as they are glass.



Shell-Rimmed Charger

Start off the beach theme with fabulous shell chargers.

Cabana Melamine Dinner Plate, Set of 4 - Stone

Top the charger with simple white melemine plates.

Cabana Melamine Salad Plate

Add the coordinating white salad plates.

Natural Bamboo Flatware Bamboo flatware echoes the natural color in the charger.

PB Classic Acrylic Wine Glasses

Acrylic glassware quenches everyone’s thirst without the risk of breakage.

Wheaton Wide Stripe Napkin, Each - Flax

Napkins in a wide stripe pull the look together.

Starfish Napkin Ring Give a nod to the beach with starfish napkin rings.


Driftwood Pillar Holder

Center a driftwood candleholder on the table, and add a few outdoor candles to complete the beach look.



Nito Charger Plate Ground the colorful look with hand woven chargers. 

Swirl Melamine Dinner Plate Top the charger with white swirl melamine dinner plates.

Iznik Tile Outdoor Melamine Salad Plates, Set of 4, Mixed Add mixed colorful tile salad plates.


DuraClear® Tritan Red Wine Glasses, Set of 6, Multicolored Colorful Duraclear BPA free plastic glasses  ramp up the fun look.

Cotton Casual Napkin White cotton napkins don’t compete with all the other colors.


Nito Napkins Rings, Set of 4 Tie in the woven napkin rings with the woven chargers.

Malta Lantern, Bronze Finish, Small A few lanterns on your table complete the look. Again, be cautious with the glass lanterns.




Start with fiber leaf placemats.

CruzBotanicalMelDnnrPltSHS19 Top the mats with delightful botanical dinner plates.

CruzBotanicalMelSaladPltSHS19 Add the salad plates.

Greyson5pcPlacesettingF15 The organic feel of this flatware works well with the dinnerware.

AcrylicStemlessWineGlassSHS16 Acrylic stemless wine glasses work perfectly outdoors.

HelenaBlueMistLinenNapkinSHS18Dreamy blue mist napkins keep the look subtle.

Succulent Napkin Ring, Set of 4 Succulent napkin rings echo the dinnerware pattern and add a pop of fun.

ReflectionCenterpiece24inSHF19 A watertight black tray and some outdoor candles create a stunning centerpiece.


Memorial Day is upon us! It’s time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Invite a few friends and family over for some food and drinks. There have never been more options to celebrate the joys of summer with beautiful table settings! I hope I have inspired you to do just that!






10 Classic White Sneakers


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Yes ladies, white sneakers are very in right now! Remember when wearing jeans and sneakers was a fashion no no? Well, banish that thought for now. It’s exciting to have footwear that is fashionable and comfortable. Wear them with just about everything for spring and summer. Okay, maybe not a formal occasion…. but summer is more casual!

Heading out of town for Memorial Day weekend? Slip a pair of white sneakers in your suitcase. They come in especially handy if your trip requires any extensive walking.

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They are darling with a dress!

black cropped pants, a striped top, a denim jacket, white sneakers and a tan bag

Pair white sneakers with black cropped pants for a an updated look!

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Don’t forget about your white jeans too!

Image result for women white sneakers with jogger pants Adopt a more casual look by donning them with cute jogger pants!

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And best of all, wear white sneakers with all your jeans – cropped, ankle, distressed, dark or light, crop flare or skinny!

Choose from a variety of sneaker styles, height (some are platform), and fabrication. Do you prefer canvas, fabric or leather? Options are endless. I prefer the simpler designs and all white.

Today, I am sharing 10 of my favorite white sneakers!

 Superstar Sneaker, Main, color, WHITE/ WHITE / WHITE The leather/synthetic Adidas Superstar Sneakers gets high marks for both comfort and style. I am showing the white with white stripes, but also choose from a variety of colorful stripes.

saturday sneakers with leopard calf hair detail : women sneakers, right side, view zoomed I’ts all about the touch of leopard calfhair on these white sneakers.

 Esplar Sneaker, Main, color, EXTRA WHITE The Veja Espla sneakers  are named after a Brazilian NGO. And oh yeah… Meghan Markle owns some.

 Chuck Taylor<sup>®</sup> Shoreline Sneaker, Main, color, WHITE True classic sneakers, Chuck Taylor Shoreline Sneakers in white canvas finish these off with an elastic heel for easy slip on/off and stylish striping.



 Platform Slip-On Sneaker, Alternate, color, TRUE WHITE

Add a little height with Van’s slipon platform sneakers. 

PAIR Slip these Sperry’s on your feet before heading out for an afternoon on the boat.


 'Cotu' Sneaker, Main, color, WHITE CANVAS Always popular, the Superga white canvas sneakers will be a “go to” in your closet.

 'Champion' Canvas Sneaker, Main, color, Z/DNUWHITE CANVAS For simplicity, try Ked’s Champion canvas sneakers.

Cole Haan - Women's ZeroGrand Stitchlite Knit Lace-Up Oxford Sneakers When travel and comfort are of utmost importance, a lightweight fabric upper and enhanced cushioning defines this classic white sneaker by Cole Haan.

Tretorn Women's Nylite Plus Sneakers, White/White/White, 8 M US A lightweight, fabric low profile sneaker, the Tretorn Nylite Fashion Plus Sneakers   have an EcoOrthLite insole for comfort and fit.

Wow! So many choices, and I have barely scratched the surface. Head to your favorite retailer and try on several pairs. Options in style, fabrication and fit are many. You may even need more than one pair. One thing is for certain though….. Everyone should own a classic pair of white sneakers!!




A Natural Makeup Look for Summer

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It’s coming….summer that is! After shedding coats and boots and putting away my heavy sweaters, I am looking forward to everything being lighter weight. Our clothing becomes lighter in color as well as in fabric. So naturally, our makeup should also reflect this change in season.

Put away the heavy foundations, deep lip colors, and dark eye shadows. Embrace a less is more approach with makeup during the summer months.  I love the look of dewy natural looking skin done with minimal  eye makeup and lightly tinted lips when the weather warms. Heavy makeup somehow looks completely out of place during the summer months. And that doesn’t even account for how uncomfortable it can be when the heat really hits. Who likes it when their makeup is literally melting? No one!

Today, I am sharing some of my picks for a natural looking face as we head into the most glorious time of year …..Summer!


CC Creams offer a wonderful alternative to a traditional foundation. CC stands for color correction.  CC creams are sheer, tinted formulas that are designed to add a bit of cover and even out skin imperfections. They are more lightweight than foundation and provide moisture at the same time.The coverage offers a more natural look. Below are my suggestions for CC Creams.

CLINIQUE Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Main, color, LIGHT My personal favorite CC Cream is Clinique’s Moisture Surge. I have used it for years and love the level of sheer coverage it provides. Enjoy excellent moisture for dry skin as well as 30 spf. Four shades allow you to select the one that best suits your skin tone. I use the light/medium.

SUPERGOOP!<SUP>®</SUP> Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35, Main, color, LIGHT/ MEDIUM SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream also receives excellent reviews. Available in four shades, the bonus feature of this product is the skin serums included that offer anti-aging benefits.

IT Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better™ CC+Illumination™ Cream with SPF 50+ Medium 1.08 oz/ 32 mL

Another popular choice for good reason is IT Cosmetics CC Cream. It boasts 12 colors to choose from, anti-aging serum, and 50+ uva/uvb sun protection.


Try keeping your eye look lighter. Apply a natural color eyeshadow on the lid and then sweep some waterproof mascara over your lashes for eye opening definition.

CHANEL INIMITABLE WATERPROOF MASCARA Volume - Length - Curl - Separation, Main, color, 10 NOIR Chanel mascara is amazing! Why not also have it in the waterproof edition, Initmitable Waterproof Mascara?

DIOR Diorshow Waterproof Mascara, Main, color, BLACK 090 Another classic and popular with makeup artists is DIORSHOW Waterproof Mascara.

 For a budget friendly option, reach for the iconic green and pink Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara.


Finish your natural, light summer look with lip color. A sheer moisturizing lipstick with a hint of color is perfect.


Jane Iredale offers three different colors of moisturizing lip stain that adjust to the ph of your skin for an even more custom look. The bonus of this product is it also can be used on cheeks. I love the pink for a youthful natural looking lip.

CLINIQUE Almost Lipstick, Main, color, BLACK HONEY Clinique’s Almost Lipstick blends transparent pigments with your natural lip color for a sheer, satin look.

LAURA MERCIER Sheer Lip Color, Main, color, BABY LIPS Choose Laura Mercier Sheer Lip Color for its hydrating, plumping and anti-aging qualities.

Just a few well chosen products and Voila! You now have a natural looking, radiant summer face! I hope my thoughts and selections have inspired you to lighten up your look for summer. Why waste time on makeup application when sunny days and moonlight summer nights await?!



Mother’s Day Gifts

Image result for mothers day pictures I’m thinking about Mother’s Day this year in a different way.  I lost my Mom last year, so its arrival is bittersweet.  I can celebrate the joys of being a mother that I experience, yet still feel a void without my Mom. I am thankful we had so many years together.  I know many of you at our age experience the same thing. With that said, it is still important to celebrate Mother’s Day in remembrance of all the mothers who selflessly give daily to their children and others.

I’ve compiled some gift ideas for the mothers in your life. Perhaps, you can drop a hint to your spouse or children for yourself also.

KATE SPADE NEW YORK one in a million initial pendant necklace, Main, color, M- GOLD A simple intital pendant lends a personal air to this gift.  The reverse side says “one in a million”.

MICHELE Deco Sport Watch Head & Silicone Strap Watch, 34mm x 36mm, Main, color, WHITE/ SILVER Just in time for summer, surprise Mom with a beautiful white Michele watch.

DAVID YURMAN Cable Classics Bracelet with 18K Gold, 4mm, Main, color, TWO TONE

Add a classic Yurman cable bracelet to Mom’s bracelet collection.

Alternate Image A small travel jewelry case is perfect for the Mom who likes to visit.

LONGCHAMP 'Large Le Pliage Neo' Nylon Tote, Main, color, BLACK Available in a variety of colors, the Longchamps Large Le Pliage nylon tote provides a lightweight carryon for the traveling Mom.


A darling wicker crossbody bag lends summer flair to Mom’s handbag collection. This one is perfect for a day of shopping or a fun night out.


NORDSTROM Cashmere & Silk Wrap, Main, color, GREY SCONCE

A cashmere and silk wrap provides a perfect layer for a chilly evening or overzealous air conditioning. Choose from a variety of colors.

RAY-BAN Standard Original 58mm Aviator Sunglasses, Main, color, GREY/ GOLD MIRROR Customize the classic Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses with ten different glass/wire combinations and give Mom the sophisticated style she deserves.


JO MALONE LONDON<SUP>™</SUP> Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, Main, color, NO COLOR Those of you who regulary follow my blog know I am a huge fan of Jo Malone scents.  The Peony and Blush Suede Cologne ushers in the magnificent scent of spring.

Signature Homescent Collection - Grapefruit Scent her home with anything from a candle to a diffuser, offered in eight different scent collections.

Eberjey - Gisele PJ Set Select from the nine color combinations in soft stretch jersey pajamas by Eberjay. I love the contrast of black with the pale pink.


EMU Australia Womens Slippers Mayberry Sheepskin Slipper Size 7

A sheepskin slipper keeps Mom cozy and comfy around the house. Open toes offer the perfect style for summer. I’m showing the natural color here, but ten additional colors are available.

SLIP FOR BEAUTY SLEEP slip<sup>™</sup> for beauty sleep Slipsilk<sup>™</sup> Pure Silk Pillowcase, Main, color, SILVER Help Mom chase away bedhead and facial creases while she sleeps. Silver is simply one of the ten shades available in this luxurious silk pillowcase.

Slide View: 1: Paige Gemmel Eastern Animal Tea for One Set

Is Mom a tea lover? A whimsical teapot and teacup  come together in this delightful set.




BOSE<SUP>®</SUP> SoundSport<sup>®</sup> Wireless Headphones, Main, color, CITRON Bose wireless headphones bring Mom excellent sound from her daily walk in the park to a heavy duty workout at the gym.


Image result for massage picturesDon’t forget about the luxury of a pampering gift. A gift card for a visit to her favorite spa or salon is always a hit. What Mom wouldn’t love a manicure, pedicure and/or massage?

I hope my gift suggestions inspire you to treat that special Mom in your life. Treasure the time you have with your Mom, daughter or whomever it may be this Mother’s Day!




For the Love of Espadrilles

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We are being teased here in the Midwest with beautiful days mixed in with some downright cold ones.  Summer will eventually be here.  It will finally be time to break out the sandals for the season. And oh yes, the espadrilles! I have always had a thing for a great pair of espadrilles.  The classic shoe style with its iconic sole just says warm weather. They are timeless and work with just about everything in a summer wardrobe.

The one downside of these quintessential summer shoes, is that they can sometimes be uncomfortable. With finicky feet, (translated to mean planters fascitis, high arches and bunions) I am constantly on the lookout for shoes that offer style and comfort.

Espadrilles could never be considered the most comfortable footwear out there, but I am determined to continue to wear them. I did some rather extensive reading and research and found some that appear to be comfortable as well as stylish.  (I need to be clear that everyone’s definition of comfort is not the same.) I am sharing a few of my favorites today!



SAM EDELMAN Khloe Espadrille Flat, Main, color, WARM TAUPE SUEDE Soft taupe suede espadrilles ease from spring into summer. I just ordered this stylish shoe. They are also available in several other colors.

SAM EDELMAN Khloe Espadrille Flat, Main, color, MOLTEN GOLD LEATHER The pair featured above is also available as metallic espadrilles. I consider metallic a neutral as it goes with all colors and patterns.

EILEEN FISHER Lee Espadrille Flat, Main, color, BLACK WASHED LEATHER

Open sides lend a lighter feel to this summery pair of shoes.

TOMS Classic Espadrille Slip-On, Main, color, NATURAL Tom’s is always a popular brand among many. The suede upper of these smoking slipper espadrilles looks especially soft and comfy.

PAIR What says summer more than a pair of navy and white striped espadrilles with white denim?

SAINT LAURENT Logo Embroidered Espadrille, Main, color, CREAM/ BLACK

I see wearing these shoes while yachting off the Cote De Azur! Okay, I’m daydreaming. Although spendy, they are chic!

TORY BURCH Colorblock Espadrille Flat, Main, color, IVORY/ BLACK I love the colorblock styling of this tory burch shoe.


EILEEN FISHER Kai Mule, Main, color, VANILLA TUMBLED LEATHER A mule in soft leather adds a sense of chic to a casual outfit. And just think, no heel rubbing.

SUPERGA 2730 Cotropew Espadrille Platform Sneaker, Main, color, WHITE Superga sneakers have a reputation of being very comfortable. So, why not add a braided raffia platform sole?



SOLUDOS Wedge Lace-Up Espadrille Sandal, Main, color, BLACK My very favorite espadrille look includes laces around ankles. The woven back and laces allow for a custom fit for various ankle sizes while securing the shoe to the foot.

 I have these espadrilles in the linen color. Without a doubt, they are one of the most comfortable sandals I have ever owned. The stretchy bands conform to my foot perfectly and the suede sole is cushioned.


 Also by Charleston shoe company, try a comfy espadrille slide in a multitude of colors. I plan to order the black pair.


TONI PONS 'Ter' Slingback Espadrille Sandal, Main, color, NAVY LINEN Toni Pons is a well known Spanish designer of espadrilles. I love the elastic sling back and padded footbed for comfort on these mid heel wedges. I’m showing navy linen here, but choose from 5 other colors.

TONI PONS 'Caldes' Linen Wedge Sandal, Main, color, KHAKI FABRIC A stunning fabric wedge elevates any summer wardrobe.

CASLON<SUP>®</SUP> Shiloh Espadrille Sandal, Main, color, TAUPE SUEDE Soft suede and a higher wedge define this open toed sandal.

GENTLE SOULS SIGNATURE Colleen Espadrille Wedge, Main, color, BLACK SUEDE Elastic secures your ankle while a cushioned soul protects your feet in this comfy sandal.


TROTTERS Colony Wedge Slide Sandal, Main, color, NUDE LEATHER Slide into these sandals with a soft leather upper.


Ahh, just writing this post allowed my mind to drift to thoughts of summer. Do you own espadrilles? If not, you need them! If so, there is always room for one more pair!



5 of My Favorite Facial Tanners

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It’s spring break week here in the Chicago area. This means thousands of us descend on beaches and pools in warmer climates seeking the sun. A point of pride is to return with a beautiful tan as an indication we have been somewhere fabulous. We all love that sunkissed glow that results from a weeklong vacation in the tropics. With that said, warnings abound about the dangers of too much sun and the need for sunscreen. Additionally, some people just can’t or choose not to escape to some distant island for a variety of reasons. (work, time, family, money….) I am one of the two people remaining in the state of Illinois who have not left for a warmer climate this week. I’m just kidding of course, and I have been fortunate enough to escape our brutal winter on a couple of occasions this year.

As my family knows, I LOVE the sun and tanning. I know it isn’t good for my skin, but it feels amazing and I look better with a little color. The good news is, I can fake a tan!

I use a variety of self tanning body lotions, and usually the ones that build gradually. But, today I am focusing on facial tanners. I want a natural glow for my face.  I also look for a product that pulls a little bit of double duty in my skin care regimen. I use the facial tanner on both my face and the delicate decolletage area.

Below are 5 of my current favorite facial tanners!


DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE Alpha Beta<sup>®</sup> Glow Pad<sup>™</sup> for Face, Main, color, NO COLOR These glow pads are the best! This is an exfoliating self tanner with vitamin D and alpha and beta hydroxy acids. I also love the fact they come as towelettes which makes application easy.  Tuck a few packets in your suitcase when you travel.

CLARINS Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, Main, color, NO COLOR The beauty of this glow booster is that you add it to your favorite facial moisturizer. It’s job is to provide the subtle sun kissed glow you desire. Add about three drops to your moisturizer and voila! You receive all the benefits of your moisturizer and a tan at the same time.

VITA LIBERATA Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask, Main, color, NO COLOR What could be better than a nightime facial mask that both moisturizes and allows you to wake up in the morning with a natural glow? It’s variety of ingredients include Vitamins A,C, and D as well as an anti-aging formula.

 The illuminating self tan drops also work in conjunction with your skin care routine. Mix anywhere from 2 to 12 drops with your moisturizer to control the level of tan you want. Customize your color and receive the benefits this product offers with Raspberry Seed Oil, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera.


ST. TROPEZ Bronzing Water Face Mist, Main, color, NO COLOR

Ahh! A refreshing spritz is a perfect way to deliver a facial tanner. Just pump on your face, neck and decolletage. Apply makeup as usual and watch a beautiful glow develop. Spritz on over makeup anytime during your day also for a refresh and moisture up to 12 hours.


So, stop moping around wishing you were sunbathing on a beach and fake a natural glow with some of these outstanding products! Okay, I still wish I was on a beach in some exotic locale!