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A Feminine Eclectic Dream Home {The Cross Design}

I’m curious: what does “feminine” decorating mean to you? To me, feminine style is comfortable, beautiful, and most of all, personal. It doesn’t all have to be about cupcakes and ruffles…although I wouldn’t turn down the cupcake! The home I have chosen to share today is unabashedly feminine, but with a healthy dose of white, eclectic worldly finds, and even a bit of industrial concrete. Let’s have a look around, shall we?

The Cross

This incredible space was designed by The Cross Design, and when I first spied it in Canadian House & Home Magazine, my jaw dropped. The eclectic mix of styles and materials is what really makes it sing to me: an antique carved wood daybed, acrylic coffee table, sparkly (!) hide rug, fluffy sheepskin, concrete shelving, and a luxurious pile of cushions in pinks, grays, taupes, and brown.The Cross1The Cross2The Cross3

There are many objects to covet here, I think what I love most of all about this space is the mood: relaxed, serene, utterly laid-back. I could envision myself contentedly whiling away an afternoon listening to music, reading, and sipping tea here. Couldn’t you? Each small detail feels so personal and thoughtful, from the gemstones scattered on the Saarinen side table, to the wooden beads casually draped atop the concrete shelf.The Cross4 The Cross5

Elsewhere in the home we find glimmering mirrored mosaic tiles, lovely little handmade finds like that concrete teacup planter above, and even a polka dot-lined kitchen cabinet. No corner of this home has been left to chance!The Cross6

Outdoors, who can resist a little Moroccan-inspired style on the patio? I love the plump cushions, tea tray, and adorable elephant…I think if this was my home I would spend a lot of time out here!The Cross7

In the bedroom, raspberry grasscloth wallpaper makes a bold statement. It adds enough oomph that the bedding can be plain white and just punched up with a few colorful accent pillows. I believe that in feng shui, pink is good luck in the bedroom, too! :)The Cross8

One of the best ways to make a plain, sterile bathroom feel personal is to swap out that boring, standard-issue medicine cabinet with a real mirror; this one is an antique, and looks absolutely stunning! The Cross9

So, what do you think? Are you a fan of feminine style? For me, with a husband and rambunctious little boy at home, I think I am craving femininity and serenity more than ever. Ha! And actually, I really do think that our surroundings have a big impact on our emotions, and the general mood of a home and the people in it, so why not try to harness some of the calm, peaceful, femme energy shown here?

I’ll see you tomorrow, my dears! And if you haven’t updated your feed yet since google reader shut down, please take a moment to follow Lolalina on Bloglovin’ or Feedly. I fear I lost many of you in the transfer!

hugs, Laura

(images: interior design by The Cross Design; first spied in Canadian House & Home Magazine)


Domino Magazine is Back!

Oh, you guys. It’s really true: Domino Magazine is BACK! Like, really back. They are not just rehashing old content like they did last year in their “special” issues; nope, they have a new editor-in-chief (it’s Michelle Adams, woot!) and will be publishing the mag quarterly with all new content. There is a brand new Domino Magazine website that looks great, and — this is new — you can now shop for practically any item featured in the magazine right on the website. For any other publication, I might think that seemed like pushy marketing, but with Domino it makes sense to me. Domino, from day one, was about the democratization of design. Giving us ordinary design-obsessed folks access to the products, and ideas, that designers use and love. Pulling back the curtain, so to speak.


As soon as I heard the news, I literally ran right out to hunt down a copy. That’s it, above! I’ve read it from cover to cover several times through now, and while a few of the pieces did not blow me away, overall it looks like it will still be a really top-notch magazine. As cheesy as it may sound, I’ve felt a little down ever since Domino shut its doors all of those years ago, and while some smaller, independent (and mostly online) mags have stepped up, the print market has continued to be sorely lacking a star. I’m sure I’m not the only one who saved every single issue of the “old” Domino…right?!

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I shared just a couple of my favorite shots from the issue — I especially loved the makeover of the office of the editor-in-chief of Lucky Magazine, Lauren McGraff’s apartment, and the cocktail party feature. But you know what I think is the funniest? The first thing my hubby said when he saw the cover was, “Oh look, the barefoot hostesses of Domino are back!” :) We always joked about how the lady on the cover always always was barefoot at home. It can’t be an accident, right? To me, it says, we are on the same level; kicking back and enjoying being at home.

Have you seen a copy of Domino yet? If so, what did you think?

(images: Domino Magazine, baby!)


Hello my lovelies, it’s been a while! I intentionally let go of blogging regularly over the summer, which I really needed to do to make room for other things. Recently, and for the first time ever, I have child care for Bixby five mornings a week. Five mornings a week! This is a HUGE change for me, because until now it’s been a real struggle squeezing in work at all possible hours, and now I actually have dedicated office hours. The point being, I am back to blogging, and boy am I ever ready! I missed you guys!

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Holly Marder - Avenue Lifestyle


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The photos I am sharing today are from the Amsterdam home of Tessa Weerdenburg of the interior design firm Nu interieur | ontwerp, and shot by Holly Marder of Avenue Lifestyle, who I also “know” as a fellow Houzz contributer. This light-filled Dutch space, designed by Tessa, is so clean, fresh, and simple, yet personal – exactly the sort of space I love love love coming across online and blogging about. :)

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What do you think of this space? Isn’t it refreshingly light and clean? Sometimes I find myself getting bored with white, but then I see a home like this and just sigh a big sigh – it’s so peaceful and calm, you couldn’t help but sink in and relax there. You can find more home tours and other loveliness on Holly’s blog, Avenue Lifestyle.

I’m going to keep it short and sweet for today, and sign off the weekend…but I will meet you back here on Monday. See you then! xo Laura

(images: Holly Marder of Avenue Lifestyle; home of designer Tessa Weerdenburg of Nu interieur | ontwerp)


We Have a Winner!


Congratulations Kristina M., comment #30! I will be emailing you shortly with the details on how to collect your prizes. Thank you so much to all who participated in our giveaway, and do stop by BHLDN if you feel like giving yourself a little treat!

xo Laura


It’s Giveaway Time from BHLDN!

Welcome to a fresh new week, my dears! I have a really great giveaway today from the lovely folks at BHLDN. Although BHLDN, a sister-company of Anthropologie, is primarily focused on the wedding/party market, in case you hadn’t noticed, many of the items in their decor section can be easily (and beautifully) used at home. Are you excited, or what? BHLDN Giveaway2BHLDN Giveaway1

See all that stuff up there? Oh. Yes. One lucky reader will get to take home a Paper Starflower Chandelier, Tracing Botany Vase, and Hobnail Chalice Votive.

To enter, leave a comment on this post describing where you would use one of the items in your home. Also:

  • Tweet the giveaway and pin it on Pinterest for up to two extra entries.
  • Giveaway runs from today through Tuesday, September 10, at midnight; winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 11.
  • This giveaway is open to US residents only…sorry international readers!

Good luck everyone!! xoxo Laura

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