Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sunday Steal, French

Vintage inspired, the french round upholstered chair is classic and adds a touch of elegance to any space. The cost of purchasing these chairs for a dining area can add up especially when seating six to ten people. Restoration Hardware and World Market's versions are practically identical.

Restoration Hardware French Round $299

World Market Linen Ella $180

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday Steal, Console

On a mission to find a long and thin console table for my entry hallway. My searches brought me to the unique Ananda table from Ballard Designs. With a price tag of $450, I was not quick to purchase the peice and kept searching. Eventually I stumbled upon the Mandarin Altar which is almost identical.

Ballard Designs Ananda Serving Table $449

Home Decorators Mandarin Altar Table $299

Friday, August 9, 2013

Ikea 2014

Ikea's 2014 Catalog is fresh off the press! I actually received two in the mail somehow. They may not be your first choice for quality home furnishings but I love wandering around the store on my lunch breaks or a Saturday morning. I always seem to find something unique or useful.
A few items and inspiring photos that caught my eye are below. Have a fantastic weekend!


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sunday Steals

Introducing a new weekly post, Sunday Steals! I wanted to start a series demonstrating how easy it is to save money while decorating your home. Finding a lower priced or alternate item is not as hard as you might think. And with the internet at our finger tips, taking a little more time to find what you are looking for, at a better price, is a cinch.

After spending months and months trying to find the perfect furniture and accessories for our new home, I quickly realized my budget was not as large as I thought it was. Without straying from my design intent, I started bargain hunting a bit more. Searching for similar pieces

The Orb shaped chandeliers seem to be extremely popular and I am installing a similar fixture in my dining room and foyer. All of the major home decorating stores carry a version but the three below are some of the better looking options (each available is multiple finishes).

Ballard Designs 40" Orb $1,399
Restoration Hardware 40" Orb $995
ZGallerie 35" Orb $499

I recently purchased this bamboo Zhu mirror from Pier1 for a guest bathroom. The mix of bronze and gold tones are stunning add an antique look to any space.

Wayfair Arterios Mirror $1,572
Pier1 Zhu Mirror $129

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Trendy Tile

As an Interior Designer, I would never advise a client to install something permanant in their home or place of business that is on the "trend-list." An example would be installing peacock blue kitchen cabinets because the color-of-the-year is peacock blue.

I'm going against everything I have been taught and have experienced in my career. I have purchased and plan to install chevron tile for my kitchen back splash. Yes, chevron. The trendy zig-zag pattern that you are probably tired of seeing. But in my own defense, the chevron tile is marble which is a classic material (I keep telling myself that).

Obviously the tile is not installed yet but I wanted to share some yummy photos of similar installations. I may or may not be petting my kitchen walls...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Been Missing You...

How does life get so busy with life things?

Live Love & Repeat has many updates (and excuses for why I have not been blogging)! Between my day job, getting engaged and building a house, the blog has taken a back seat. A few people have been asking about my posts and about the progress of our house. And there is no better way to keep everyone updated then to blog about it! I am excited to announce that I will be making more time to blog and back at Live Love & Repeat!

So here is a quick run down of where we are today...

Our lot faces East and does not have any other homes across the street. The trees you see on the other side of the guard rail are part of the conservation lands in our area.

The photo above shows our lot and the lots behind us which are now under construction. The three homes behind ours will be completed prior to are house, therefore we will not have any construction once we move in.

My visit last night included several mosquito bites and learning that our house is being built consuming mass amounts of Redbull. We should have a roof, doors and windows by the end of the week! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Oxford Exchange

Downtown Tampa's newest hang out. And bookstore, coffee shop, resturant, gift shop and tea house. A one of a kind space, the Oxford exchange is located across the street from the University of Tampa and was originaly built as a stable for the Plant Hotel in 1891. Over the past 120 years, the space has seen its share of uses; shops, an insurance company, dentist office, photography studio, etc. Created by Blake Casper, the new renovation started as a book store. Blake's vision and ideas grew to what the Oxford Exchange is today, housing a multitude of spaces.
As mentioned, the first floor of the building is open to the public with the resturant, book store and shop. The second floor holds the Commerce Club; a flexible business resourse, the club features private offices, conference rooms and a shared environment that can be reserved daily.

I recently attended a tour of the Oxford Exchange given by Blake himself. I could go on for hours about every interior finish used, the flooring, walls, where it all came from and how it was shipped on site. I will not bore you with all of those details but do want to point out a few elements that caught my eye.

The black and white marble floors are throughout the book store and first floor seating area. The stunning pattern stands out amoungst the adjacent wood tones.
The restuarant features a solarium and centralized water feature for an outdoor dining experience. The glass ceiling feature was brought in from Switzerland and is retractable (that's right, retractable).

Keep an eye out for the natural light that is brought into every space, including the restrooms.

Make an excuse to stop by. Grab a coffee or tea. You will not regret that you did.

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Who knew Lenny Kravitz founded Kravitz Design Inc., a commercial and residential design firm?
One of my tile represenatives recently introduced me to a tile series designed by Kravitz Design. Edgy, dramatic and impressive; seems to match Lenny perfectly. Two of the designs manufactured by Lea Ceramiche are photographed below but you can check out his firm and products here.

Lea Ceramiche has another series called Paillettes that I adore. Sophisted with a huge touch of glamour; would love to use this one day in a bathroom. Stunning.

What do you think of Lea's the floral pattern design?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year with YHL

It is 2013 and I am hoping to get back to my blog. With all the chaos from December out of the way, I am ready to get back to my schedule and find some time to spend with my readers.
Starting off the year with a fresh post from my favorite bloggers Young House Love, Sherry and John. The pair teamed up with Shades of Light to design a lighting collection that caters to the residential home. The collection is casual, playful, happy and the best part are their prices! Every fixture designed by Young House Love is under $99. Love it.
These are a few of my favorite fixtures:

Check out the full collection here.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Focal Point

I am a slacker. Blog-slacker that is. 
This past month has been jammed packed with events, work, family and friends. And I am not complaining. The holidays are amazing.

Over the past couple days I was in beautiful Chicago visiting the Focal Point lighting headquarters and showroom. Focal Point is a family owned architectural lighting company and sells one of the best luminaire products available. Before visiting their manufacturing plant and showroom I was already familiar with their products but was blown away by the process. Impressed with the start-to-finish production of each fixture; the detail and hands on attention each lamp receives is amazing. And even more amazing, each fixture has a five to ten day lead time. Unheard of in the commercial world of lighting. 

A few of my favorite products that Focal Point offers I am showing in the installation photos below.

For more information visit Focal Point.