Quick fashion post before I’m off for some holiday time! ( Wooohooo!!!) I was up packing last night and realized how many pairs of white jeans I own is insane! One of my absolute favorite things to wear in the summer, they are super easy to style -add a tee  for a casual look or a buttoned-up shirt for more of  an ¨I mean business ¨ vibe. Easy!

Café Design | White Jeans

Ideally I pair them with nude pumps  or strappy sandals (perfect for hot summer days).

Café Design | White Jeans

Café Design | White Jeans

Café Design | White Jeans

So… I gathered some inspiration just to give you a little nudge 🙂 Café Design | White Jeans

jeans | watch | shirt | sandals (similar ones)

I’m off for the rest of the week and be less active on the blog during the next couple of weeks as I’m visiting friends and family in Romania. Will miss you dearly and pop in with a post as often as I can 🙂



Color is a serious matter when decorating a home 🙂 One of the most important decisions to make is choosing a color scheme  and for some reason gray has gotten the bad rep: dull, unremarkable, depressing are all traits we tend to associate with color gray, when in fact, nothing can be further from the truth. What we call gray is an infinite number of colors: different shades in between black and white (definitely more than 50), some warmer and softer, with a yellow glow, others cooler, closer to blues or greens.

Café Design | Go Gray

{warm gray trim and walls}

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Another week, another great home tour! Happy Monday, friends! A few months back, Architectural Digest featured a Connecticut country retreat that was simply show-stopping and definitely a must-share! The home belongs to luxury accessories Edie Parker founder Brett Heyman and her husband. Purchased as a country getaway, the New York based entrepreneur and fashion designer enlisted the help of decorator Mark Cunningham in order to transform the six bedroom shingle house into the perfect family weekend home. And even though my personal taste gravitates towards smaller, cozier homes, I can’t help but LOVE this one! The interior design and architecture are sublime!

Café Design | Edie Parker Founder Country Home

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Happy Friday, friends! I hope this week has been easy on you… Instead of fabric, today I’m going to share  some of my preferred Chinoiserie decor elements that are sure to bring a delicate and exotic vibe to any interior.

¨Derived from the French word ¨chinois¨, Chinoiserie is the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian traditions, especially in the decorative arts, garden design, architecture, literature, theater and musical performances. First appearing in the 17th century, this trend was mostly popularized during the 18th century due to an increase in trade with China and the Far East.¨ (Wiki)

Though Chinoiserie has lost its general appeal and popularity, there is still great demand in interior design for Chinoiserie elements such as furniture pieces, mirrors, porcelains, wallpaper, fabric and even some rugs. Characterized by exuberant decoration, asymmetry and a focus on materials and stylized nature, decorative elements in the Chinoiserie style focus on subjects that are considered typically  Chinese, like pagodas, colorful flowers and birds or other exotic imagery. 

Café Design | Chinoiserie Style

Mark D. Sikes

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