Monday Blues // 16

December 24, 2012

Holiday edition, yo! Merry Christmas Eve to those of you celebrating today!!

Aerin Lauder's home, photos by Francois Holard for Vogue

I know most of us have seen this one before, but girl gets it DONE with that bold blue on the walls.

Monday Blues // 15

December 17, 2012

Sometimes a little splash is all you need.

Love the sweet little wreaths hanging in the windows, too.

Just Love

December 14, 2012

My heart breaks for those families suffering today, for those precious children that will never ever be the same because of what they've been through and, really, for humankind. With so much love and light in this world, it's hard to prepare ourselves for these dark moments.

Hug those babes a little bit tighter. ox

Guest Post // Dream Space Series

December 13, 2012

The fine ladies over at Powell Brower Home were kind enough to ask me to talk about my dream home for their Dream Space Series. Having written a similar post nearly a year ago for Paloma, it was really interesting to see how my taste has evolved. Come check out my virtual "move." You'll find a little bit of this:

I know. Come on over!

Gift Guide // For the Neighbors

December 10, 2012

So, I hadn't planned on doing any gift guides here on BIA. (By the looks of things, I hadn't planned on mentioning the upcoming holidays at all. Minor oversight.) But there's one guide that I always want to see and never ever do.

Can a girl get gift ideas for the neighbors (that she really adores, but still doesn't know that well)??? We went the baked goods route last year, and I guess I feel like that's a winner. Food is always good, right? So for those of you that are in the same boat, this is for you . . . (and I'd love additional suggestions if anyone has a go-to!)

* potted herb DIY via the very clever Laura Parke

Monday Blues // 14

An emphatic nod to the hero of masculine glamour, Mr. David Jimenez.

Random Friday Fancies

December 7, 2012

Sorry, dudes. This week got away from me. Between dinners with old friends and shop visits with new ones, I overindulged on food, fun and drinkies. It was awesome!

Also awesome was this major Mikasa score while antiquing last weekend. Just think about the tabletop potential with me, please.

Must. Find. Gold. Flatware.

If you're following me on Instagram (@tobe_reed), you saw these other fun (and VERY reasonably priced) finds, too.

I came across these hide stunnas while visiting with my friend Jaclyn at her gorgeous shop. Decisions, decisions . . .

Aaaaaaaaaaand -- best treat of the week -- my uber talented cousin, Elizabeth, surprised us with this belated wedding gift!!!!! How ridiculous is she???

Etsy shop pending, it sounds like. Custom portraits as well as treats like these!

I told her we need a leopard print version. Will be sure to keep you all posted.

Random question from the Insta newb . . . How do you save for #latergrams? I'm apparently not cool enough to figure it out. Help!

Lastly (I hate that word), prepare yourselves for Casa de Tobe overload next week. I'm snapping some current state pictures and potential plans for the space. I'm tired of holding out on you guys.

Happy weekend! ox

So Trendy // Navajo

December 5, 2012

Either southwest inspired looks are popping up everywhere, or I'm just drawn to them all of a sudden.

pillow // earrings // cuff // sweater // tote (WANT!!!!) // salad servers // boots

Monday Blues // 13

December 3, 2012

Happy Monday, peeps! How did the weekend treat everyone? We finally got our tree up and all is looking quite festive. I need to fill in some serious holiday decor gaps (I finally purged a lot of hand-me-downs despite the extreme guilt), but that may have to wait until post holiday sales ensue . . .

Today's Monday Blues shots are kind of awesome in more ways than one. First, SeƱor Robshaw is supremely talented. I dare one of you to tell me you aren't obsessed with his fabrics. No seriously. You probably can't because I adore his fabrics and you're here so therefore you must love his fabrics. It's the law of physics or something. Well, his Manhattan apartment is beyond. You can find the whole thing in this month's Elle Decor.

John Robshaw as seen in Elle Decor

Let's not leave out his kitchen and those sic custom cabinets. I mean, please.

But wait. Then there's his office.

All Lit Up // Maxhedron

November 30, 2012

I just died.

Artist // Christina Graci

November 28, 2012

Gorgeous pieces by artist Christina Graci

images via Segreto

Type Tuesday // To and From Magazine

November 27, 2012

If you didn't catch it on twitter, instagram or any other blogs yesterday, Meg Biram and Katie of Modern Eve have teamed up to bring you the gift guide of alllllll gift guides this holiday season. I was pumped to be a part of the line-up amongst so many other creative folk (I'm making type-driven gift suggestions, of course). Definitely check it out if you need inspiration! With over 50 bloggers sharing their favorite gift ideas, you're sure to find exactly what you need. There are also some cool DIYs, free printable gift tags and a seriously chic tabletop feast for your eyes. Don't miss it!

* You can find my picks on pages 76 & 77.


* Oops. I should say, I've also started a pinboard (here) with more of my favorite gift ideas. These are literally my gift ideas, so don't expect to be overwhelmed with choices. But for what it's worth...We could all use the help from time to time, right??

Monday Blues // 12

November 26, 2012

In. Love.

The Herrera Life via Harpers Bazaar

Holiday // Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2012

Ahhh, the famed American holiday where we reflect on what we are most grateful for. I'm so blessed to have a long list, but I won't draw that out today. Though it might be quiet around here the rest of the week for the upcoming holiday, I am stupid obsessed with Instagram, so you will undoubtedly find me updating there.

And I do mean stupid obsessed. How did I go so long without playing this game?? Why didn't anyone tell me??!

cranberry sauce in the works
(here's where i admit that Eric is the cook at our house.)

getting the family china ready
(my sweet pops spent 11 years collecting the missing pieces and gifted us the set as a wedding gift!)

tabletop prep
(still unsure how I ever made money as a florist. I'm sort of terrible at flower arranging.)

*Instagram @tobe_reed

I mean, who knew what an awesome photographer I was?? ha!
Are you on Instagram? You should tell me your handle so I can stalk you.
 Gobbledy gobbledy!

Type Tuesday // Daily Dishonesty

November 20, 2012

Love these little lies from designer Lauren Hom. How fitting as we head into a holiday all about food . . .

Monday Blues // 11

November 19, 2012

Happy Monday, kids. Hope you enjoyed your weekend! Our weather was outstanding, so I made sure to play in it a little bit, but most of the weekend was spent getting used to my new iphone (#deargodfinally) and rearranging cleaning house in anticipation of guests this week. Eric and I are really excited to host Thanksgiving dinner for the first time since we've been together! Both families will be in attendance which means we'll be serving 19 and playing host/ess for a few days. I. Can't. Wait. The entire house got rearranged in the process, so stay tuned for some updates.

Naturally, this week's Monday Blues had to be a dining room!

Eric Lysdahl via House Beautiful

p.s. I get to play the Insta game now!! You can follow me @tobe_reed. Woop!

p.p.s. Huge shoutout to Lisa of Elembee for introducing me to Picmonkey. What an amazing  resource for maintaining image quality when resizing photos! Was I the only one that didn't know about this??

Work + Fashion // Tote-ally

November 16, 2012

Yo yo yo, it's Friday, people! Aren't those the best? So full of possibility with the weekend ahead . . . during which we'll be celebrating my little brother's big 3-0. THIRTY! This makes me officially old. Plus, you know, there's Fancy Coffee Friday. Haven't heard of it? Well, this is the one day each week that I give in to the Latte Factor. (I have a mini coffee maker at my desk for fiscal responsibility Monday through Thursday.) And our cafe just got their holiday allotment of peppermint, so look out half caf soy peppermint mocha goodness. Look. Out.

While we're talking work, I made a big transition into a new role this week and I'm loving every minute of it. It has me preeetty excited about the months ahead. And thinking that it might be time to upgrade the old work tote. One of these beauts from Anthro might just fit the bill.

Your suggestions are welcome.
Also, are we interested in some gift guide roundups 'round here?

Enjoy the weekend! ox

Travel // the rest of San Francisco

November 15, 2012

MAN, I'm drawing this out, aren't I? Just a few more bits of our time in San Francisco and Napa Valley...

funky buildings

"dinner" our first night in the hotel room

an amaaaaazing artist we came across in the Union Square district, Arlene Diehl.
I. wanted. them. all.

persians in Diptyque

the view from Top of the Mark

headed to Victoria's weddin'

so many gorgeous rooms in the Penthouse!
and ceilings!

reception's terrace view

wine tasting in Napa Valley

Apparently we're against taking pictures of ourselves?
 Aaaaand I'm done recapping. Promise!
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