Storefront of the Week


Although a restored French commercial vehicle might not be considered your typical storefront, I can’t help but love Attridge & Cole‘s mobile coffee shop! This coffee and pastry catering company is located primarilyalthough not definitivelyin Northern Ireland, where it travels near and far to deliver quality coffee to customers. I love the vintage look of this classic Citroën van, and how with just a few quick details, like these wooden benches and hanging plants, it’s effortlessly converted into a welcoming coffee shop.





Storefront of the Week


What could be better than a Parisian chocolate shop with a beautiful storefront?  The winning combo can be found in Foucher, a family-run chocolate shop founded in Paris in 1819. I love the elegance of this storefront—subtle architectural details frame a large window with a simple word mark logo that lets the chocolate and pastry display do the talking. The great design of this storefront makes the chocolate all the more enticing!

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Storefront of the Week


Next on our lineup of storefronts is Hooper and Shaw, a creative design studio based in North Cornwall, England. I love the breezy seaside look of this studio shop—perfect for their location in Port Isaac.  The clean and contemporary elements of this storefront combined with a whimsical window display and cute chalkboard signage are great. And their shop is stocked with lovely design samples!  What’s not to love?

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Storefront of the Week


I just love the storefront of this adorable boutique bakery. Located in London’s Belgravia, Peggy Porschen Cakes specializes in contemporary cake design.  The pink storefront pairs perfectly with its pastries, and it has a great interior display as well. The outdoor seating is also a nice touch – definitely an inviting space for enjoying a cupcake!




Workshops at HOME + Diner en Blanc Table Setting



I’m so excited to announce that HOME will be hosting a series of workshops in the store starting next month!  This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while and have finally gotten organized enough to really start planning.  The goal is to create intimate, beautiful events where you can learn a new skill as well as have the opportunity to meet and chat with new (or maybe old) friends.  All while having a cocktail or two (or three).  Our first workshop will cover “interior styling” and will be taught by myself (did you know I’m an interior designer?) and my bff, Karen, who also happens to be a very talented designer.  Here is the workshop description:

Whether it’s through bookshelves, a coffee table or a fireplace mantle, arranging your home accessories and creating vignettes are the perfect way for you to share your style – not to mention your interests, family and memories. But how can you make that bookcase you snagged at a yard sale or Ikea into one that is ready for a magazine shoot? The task can sometimes be overwhelming.

 Have no fear, HOME is here to help! HOME owner and interior designer, Sary Em, is kicking off a series of workshops with this interior styling class focused on arranging your home displays. Sary, along with the help of friend and interior designer, Karen Kovolski, will be sharing their tips and tricks to edit what’s on your shelves so they’re both functional and pretty. The workshop will include a chat about curating home accessories, one-on-one direction, Q&A, and brunch fare (including cocktails, of course). HOME believes there’s no better way to learn than in a casual, friendly atmosphere, with croissants and sparkling wine! Each participant will also receive a gift to use in their own vignette.

Sounds fun, right?  Tickets are on sale now – so grab a friend and sign up!  You can purchase tickets here.

In other news, tonight is Diner en Blanc!  Unfortunately, I won’t be there, but I can’t wait to see all the photos!  In the meantime, I wanted to share some photos of a table design I did for Diner en Blanc a few weeks ago at the Philadelphia Style Best of Style party…

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Storefront Inspiration // 7.30


I’ve always been obsessed with storefronts – well before I opened HOME.  However, since becoming a shop owner, I notice and appreciate them that much more.  I’m constantly inspired by the shops that I come across (in real life and online) that make a point to make their exterior and windows as beautiful and charming as their interior.  Once a week, I’ll post a new storefront I come across – I hope I can also inspire you and maybe introduce you to a shop you’ve never heard of before!

First up is Biscuiteers – I mean, how adorable, right?  It’s a bakery in London and has been in this space since 2012 (although it looks like it’s been around for decades).  What’s not to love about this storefront.  You can’t go wrong with a black and white color palette or a striped awning.  But what I love the most is how the facade looks hand drawn.  That dog with the bone!


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Project Dresher Progress

Oh hi!  It’s been a little while since my last post (eight months to be exact).  Turns out running a business on your own is a lot of work.  Add to that full time designer and part-time instructor (did I mention I also teach at Moore?) – it’s been crazy.  But I love it…well, most of it anyways.  However, I’d love to be a more consistent blogger.  Posting new content everyday is just far too ambitious for me.  My new goal is to post once or twice a week…so this is step one…let’s see how this goes!

A project that has been keeping me busy for about a year now is Project Dresher.  They are clients that I’ve known for several years – I helped them with a few spaces in their previous home.  In December, they purchased a (new to them) home that basically needed to be gutted.  And they turned to us to help them change it into a space that felt modern and sophisticated.  Seven months later, major construction is finally complete and now we’re working on making it feel like a home.  Wanted to share some of the before and after photos so far.

The before with badly carpeted stairs and old wood railings…


And the after!  We worked with a local metal guy to design custom steel railings and look at the beautiful new wood stair.



We also closed up two openings along the wall to the right of the stair – they made that elevation way too busy and created too many openings into the kitchen and dining room.  The client really wanted a large fish tank and we decided to build one into the wall between the dining room and foyer – visible from both rooms.  I have to admit that I’m not typically a big fan of fish tanks (especially large ones), but I’m pretty happy with how this turned out.  It helped to open up the dining room a little bit and serves as wall decor for the foyer – plus my clients are happy!


The kitchen before…it was laid out poorly and, honestly, just plain ugly.


Getting rid of the corner closet and closing up the opening to it’s right allowed us to have a more continuous line of cabinetry.  Everything felt so broken up and in pieces before.  And look at that sad island!  Originally there were were cabinets on the other side of the island, but we decided to remove them so we could have a more generous island.  It also opened the kitchen to the family room which was really important to my clients since they have two young kids.




I couldn’t find any before photos of their master bath, but trust me, it was pretty bad.  We wanted this space to feel clean, fresh and modern.  The walls are a soft grayish blue, the floor is a dark gray stone looking porcelain tile and the walls are a textured white tile (hard to see the texture in these photos).  Since everything felt so cool, we wanted to bring in some warmth with the dark stained bamboo vanity – and eventually they’ll put in a wood slat shower floor.


I’m so happy with how the vanity turned out!  The wood is dark and could have made the vanity feel really heavy, but floating it helped keep it feeling light.  We brought the counter up the wall a bit so that we could install the faucets on it.  Still missing is the mirror that will pretty much take up the entire space above the vanity – framed in the same wood as the vanity.


The wall by the front door had a cut out that looked into the living room (why??) which we filled in and added this amazing sconce that is more like a piece of art!  (Available at HOME!)


And who doesn’t love wallpaper in a powder room?  I’ve seen this one used fairly often – but I still love it!  And it fit my clients’ home and style perfectly…


That’s all we got so far.  Can’t wait to show more photos as we continue working!



HOME One Year Party Recap


This past Saturday, HOME celebrated turning one!  It had been a crazy week(s) heading into it, but we had such a wonderful time that it was well worth all of the running around and sleepless nights.












I was amazed by all the help and support of my friends and family (though I shouldn’t be surprised by now!) and my lovely interns!  And a HUGE thank you to all the local businesses who were so willing and happy to donate to our raffle that benefited Philabundance.



And of course all of our customers!  Without you guys, we wouldn’t have been able to get through a year and with your help and generosity, we are able to make a nice donation to Philabundance!

I had such a lovely time chatting with old friends and meeting new ones.  The shop was packed and stayed that way most of the evening…


As with anything, this past year has brought many ups and downs for HOME.  It really has been a roller coaster ride.  But everyday, I wake up feeling so incredibly thankful for being able to call this a job.  We made it through a year, and honestly, who knows how long I’ll be here (although I hope for a very looooooooong time).  I’m just grateful that I’m fortunate enough to have this experience.  Thanks again to all that joined us and hopefully we’ll see you again at HOME soon!


Rinse Salon


Like any girl, I’m obsessed with my salon and hair stylist.  In my opinion, Joey Rose of Rinse Salon is the best!  I’ve been going to Joey long before he opened Rinse, followed him from salon to salon, for about ten years.  That’s serious dedication – but if you met Joey or visited Rinse, you’ll understand why.  And I’m not the only one who loves Rinse; they’ve gotten recognition from Philadelphia Magazine as Best of Philly, Elle Magazine named them one of the top 100 salons in the country and most recently Allure Magazine selected Joey for Best Haircut in Philly.


Rinse is located in the heart of Philadelphia, just four blocks from Rittenhouse Square.  Joey opened the salon in 2006 and has two other awesome stylists working with him – Michele and Ari.  Because the salon is so small and intimate, your stylist is with you from beginning to end.  They don’t hand you off to an assistant to wash your hair or blow dry.  I love that being with each client all the way through is important to them.  It makes me feel like they really care about my hair and whether or not I’m happy.  I look forward to every appointment and each time I leave I feel like I’ve spent time with old friends.


And guess what?  Join us this Saturday for HOME’s one year anniversary party and you’ll get a chance to win a haircut with Joey!  Amazing right?!  It’s so generous of him.  Seriously, these prizes just keep getting better and better.  You don’t want to miss this!  And remember 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales go to Philabundance.  A win win!

For more info on the event and to RSVP, go here.

Outlaw Candy


I’m so excited to tell you about this new jewelry line because it was started by a friend of mine from college, Donna Lipin.  Donna and I met freshman year – we both lived on the 15th floor of Towers (the best floor!).  I always knew Donna was a talented artist and had great style (I used to borrow clothes from her all the time!), so I shouldn’t be surprised by how much I love these leather cuffs she’s been making.  She calls her line Outlaw Candy and this is how she describes it:

I keep saying its ‘when vintage meets rock and roll’ which is kind of my personal style. I’ve always worn cuff bracelets but don’t always like the ones I find in stores. A jewelry obsession is something that runs in my family. The majority of charms are some flea markets, some have been passed down.  I always find things and don’t always know what to do with them but some fit perfectly with what I’m doing now. Not all the charms are vintage. Some are from jewelry I’ve had that’s fallen apart…so I’m giving a second life and repurposing charms either way.

Although many of her pieces use vintage elements, they feel very cool and very current…





Don’t you love them?  I love statement jewelry, so these are right up my alley.  And she’ll be setting up a pop up shop at HOME on the 9th – so be sure to stop by to check these out plus the rest of her line!  Oh, and have I mentioned that we’ll also be celebrating our one year anniversary on the 9th 🙂  For more info on the event and to RSVP, go here.