Hermes the App: Silk Knots

Images: Hermes/iTunes


My iPhone just got a little chicer, a little more refined......with the intro of some Hermes.

The iconic house has gone high tech, with the ultimate guide to scarf ties. Unconventional to classic, they walk the studious scarf wearer through 26 different looks.

Learn to tie six distinct knots with video guides, or use the 20 different knot cards, each with step by step instructions to create your own version.

New knots to be added each season, as well as the latest collections to shop, mais oui. Check out and download the app here.


Forty Weeks of Baby Bump Fashion: My Personal Maternity Style Guide

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I have been taking photos at home, tracking the pregnancy weekly, but this is a MUCH more stylish version. 

From nary a bump to be found, to full on forty weeks of bumpitude (also a sneak peek of my outfit for Bostinno's Fall Lookbook). 

Loving baby.....and the swing we just bought. Seriously, worth every stinking penny for a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Oh and the other thing no one tells you, or maybe I was just late to realize, you are pregnant for 10 months. Not nine. Why does the nine month myth persist? Full term is a rotund forty weeks (divided by 4, you get 10 months, right?). Ouch. 


Go Big or Go Home: Tips and Tricks for Buying & Styling Oversized Art At Home

Houzz Tour: New Traditional CA family

Melissa Mercier

Sarah Sarner Image via Photographer by Simon Watson / Interior Design by David Collins /


Domesticitie Oversized abstract painting via Nicole at Sketch 42

Pueblo St Bedroom by Laure Smith Design

Chelsea Apartment by Shagreene

Houzz Tour (from our house!)


I saw this recent houzz tour online (first two images from top) and was blown away by the stunning oversize art and dramatic placement. Getting abstract in the bathroom, why not?

When it comes to art, I am cut from the same cloth as this CA family, the bigger the better. We have a large painting in our living room right now and I would love to add some additional pieces to our collection. Rather than an accent wallpaper, or wall color, why not utilize the entire wall to hang a painting? You can easily swap it out if you change your mind on decor or buy a new sofa. Just pick it up and carry out, no need to repaint or paper.


A few things to consider before making your purchase:

-Measure your space. And then measure it again! I am a repeat offender of the incorrect measuring crime. Tall ceilings are usually necessary but not always a requirement.

-Think about lighting. Will it be near a window? Natural light is always best but not always possible. I love these battery powered lights for artwork and shelf detailing- we have them perched on top of the shelves in our office. The light we have over our living room painting is from Hudson, in the South End (last photo above). Hardwiring was an easy option here because the painting covered an outlet for a sconce that was removed. Getting an electrician in can be a pretty penny, so for me, battery is usually the way to go!

-Framing can either make or break a piece. Is the work vivid? Abstract? Less is often more when it comes to the frame. Antique, perhaps? Pick something that complements the composition and tone while meshing with your current space. My favourite local spot for all things frame is Framers Workshop in Brookline. They have great pricing, a huge selection, and will even walk you through building your own frames- much easier than it looks or sounds.

-Add the item to your homeowners or renters insurance policy, usually within 60-90 days from purchase. If it is worth investing in, it is worth protecting! I use Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers locally for insurance appraisals, but your insurance company can likely recommend someone.

-Transport! How? Will it fit? Can you package it to safely travel? Our painting is so large we could not fit it in our SUV. Or our friend's SUV. Or our other friend's SUV. Finally, like goldilocks, we found a truck that was just right (my father in laws oversize van). If that had not worked, we would have rented a van from U-Haul and moved it ourselves. Likewise, if you purchase from out of state, the gallery can often pack and ship or recommend someone reputable who can take care of this for you (for a fee).

-And most importantly, where to buy? If you read the blog with any frequency, you know I typically frequent Skinner Auctions in Boston for my art and antiques. The fine art department is stellar and they get an eclectic mix, from Warhol, to Picasso and everything in between. Is there a gallery you like? They can often work with a buyer to narrow down selections in line with their taste, that importantly, work in the home. Finally, there is another local lady doing amazing things for the art acquisition scene, Amelia Eichholz of Colour Bloc. She often shares finds on her own blog and has a way of making art infinitely approachable- from prints under 50.00 to fine art with a fine price tag. I always walk away from her site with a new idea or artist to check out.

Other places you like to look? Daydream? Let me know!