Category Archives: design love

  Family holiday photo fun!


hello friends. Wanted to quickly share some fun family photos we took over the holidays. My entire family is pretty spread out, Cleveland, Seattle, Virgina, London and we don’t all get together super often so when we do, we try and snap a few group shots…and these were too fun not to share!

Where can you go in the winter, with great light, awesome cocktails and the BEST wallpaper backdrop in town? You guessed it…the Plum Kitchen! Thanks to the kind staff for letting our crew come in, grab a handful of cocktails, move the furniture around a bit and hog the pinball machine for hours, you guy are great! Thanks to my friend Katie A. for agreeing to hang with our crew and capture our silly family fun, we love the images, Thank you!


110Cheers to family photos…and while I didn’t get around to a holiday card this year (gasp!) I am proud to still have accomplished these.

  Flower Power Skin Studio

img_9572Hey CLE friends. How have you been? Long time no chat, my apologies for not writing sooner. We have so busy at our house decking the halls and trimming the tree that by the end of the day I sit down to write an literally can’t keep my eyes open. But don’t fret, I have some fun posts planned for the next few weeks of THIS YEAR!

Today I wanted to share with you about an adorable new skin studio that just opened in Lakewood called Flower Power Skin Studio. This mod-inspired spa is the creation of the very talented makeup artists and skincare expert Leia Hohenfeld. With many years of skin and makeup experience, Leia decided to join the ranks of successful small businesses owners and open her own is a serious treat for the skin.

img_9567img_9569Good thing for me Flower Power is across the street from our design studio. The other day at lunch I stopped into the spa (by appointment) to have Leia work her magic on my brows. She welcomed me in like we were old friends and spent a ton of time creating the perfect, tip top brow shape. Thanks Leia! I now have NO excuses not to have pretty, sculpted eye brows.

While I was visiting the spa Leia also let me try out some of her new organic makeup line, au Naturale. It had many great hues to choose from plus it was nice to the environment..what could be better?


The space is filled with many vintage pieces everything from the retro waiting area to the small touches like towels and display accessories..I LOVE all the details. If you like to try out new skin care studios you should for sure make an appointment to see Leia at Flower Power over the holidays or for a New Years treat. Happy busy holiday season to you…make sure to take time for yourself and your skin over the next few busy weeks. Chat more later!

  Celebrating Public Art in Ohio City’s Hingetown (11-18/19)

ka3_0374Peace & good morning CLE…happy Tuesday and happy holiday countdown to all. Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? We were just talking about the holidays at work and came to the realization that the holidays begin NEXT WEEK…so crazy! Where did 2016 go?


Speaking of 2016…one of my favorite things about this year has been the amazing push for public art throughout our city. Thanks to the incredible arts organizations throughout the city we have been super fortunate to have various national talent visit our city and sprinkle us with their art.

Have you been down to Ohio City’s Hingetown to see all of the larger-than-life murals that are on display in the neighborhood? If you have not, plan to visit this weekend for the Creative Fusion Spectacular. On Friday and Saturday there will be trolley rides, entertainment and fun for families…to officially welcome and share the new art with everyone.

ka3_0374Fingers crossed for great weather this weekend, these murals and installations (I adore the Hingetown green wall made up of various plant matters) make for bright, bold and festive family photo backdrops…I can’t wait to see many of you with them featured on your family holiday cards.


A few weekends ago I had to go see all of these works for myself and can I just say….INCREDIBLE!!! From the oversized scale of a large slice of pizza (by Mike Sobeck) to a colorful three-eyed tiger (by Michela Picchi) to the vibrant yellow & purple-people mural (by Joe Lanzilotta) and the bold happy shapes (by Erin Guido.) I am excited to celebrate these amazing works by even more amazing artists this weekend.

ka3_0446ka3_0445ka3_0456ka3_0464ka3_0426ka3_0397So, I hope to see all of you down in Hingetown this weekend as we celebrate public art at it’s best. For more details visit the Facebook weekend events page here.


Also, last but not least….hope you enjoyed how I tried my best to match my vintage coats to the is a weird obsession I have. HA Ha! Happy week, happy public art Cleveland. I look forward to seeing everyone out and about this weekend. Thanks to my friend Katie Ardner for the super fun photos…she is such a talented photographer!

  Stella & Shay Beauty Bar


The other day we took a studio field trip to a new beauty bar located on the west end of Lakewood for one of our co-workers work baby shower afternoon. So fun! This new beauty destination was full of everything sparkly (OMG their wallpaper!) shiny, pretty-pastels and pops of brightly-hued polish colors. If you haven’t visited them, you should for sure make your holiday appointments and squeeze in even little ounce of gold glittery nail polish!


I especially love all of their fancy Christian Louboutin, long-lasting colors to choose from. Check out the red polish color in the black bottle…it is supposed to look like one of the designers signature shoes. Very cool.


Besides the fancy polish brands, the ladies at Stella & Shay also carry the new-ish R+Co product line. Not only are these products gorgeous, they smell incredible and work really well on my long wavy/somewhat curly hair. They carry the entire line, stop in to explore soon.


So…just a little sneak peak at one of Lakewood’s most chic salon’s and beauty destinations. Did I mention how nice everyone is and that they have a wine and coffee bar for visitors? Seriously make your appointment today…I promise you will not be dissappointed!



  Howards Jewelry, Meet Howard contest!

Hey CLE! Hope you had an incredible fall weekend. It was so completely picturesque I couldn’t help but taking pictures at every turn. However, with that said I have to admit spent a few evenings on the laptop starting to take note of holiday present ideas and recipe collecting for the being holiday weekend feasts. We are hosting Christmas this year and I couldn’t be more excited to share our new home with family and friends. let the shopping lists, baking, wrapping and decking the halls begin!

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-10-17-20-pmTalking about holiday presents…ever heard of Howards Jewelry? This local jewelry destination has incredibly affordable pricing, sells one of a kind refurbished jewelry and has over 40 years of being in the jewelry business helping many shoppers choose their holiday selections. Make it a point to meet up with founder…Howard and pick his brain on the perfect gifts for your holiday sweetheart at this years meet & greet events…11/11 at their Maple Heights store, 11/12 in Parma Heights, 11/18 in Mayfield Heights and 11/19 at Great Lakes Mall in Mentor.

Meeting with Howard and his staff will give you the chance to get an incredible deal for pieces you love, on top of the 30-50% that is already being offered. Plus you can learn all about trends, jewelry care, and jewelry types while visiting.

redWhen you swing by any of the locations (from Nov.11-19th) and meet up with Howard (or any of his super, uber qualified staff) take a photo and be entered into contest to win a sterling silver and glass heart pendant necklace. Winner to choose their favorite color…blue, red, purple or to be chosen HERE on 11/20 (please leave your contact info in the photo comment!) 

So just to recap the how to enter to win the contest…
A. Visit any of the four HJC locations.
B. Take a photo with Howard or one of his staff members (and explore their jewelry selection as well!)
C. Submit that photo in the comments section below to be entered for a chance to win the heart pendant necklace

So I can’t wait to hear about your holiday jewelry shopping deals and adventures at Howards Jewelry. Keep me posted about all of the fun, tweet me (@iheartclev &  @hwrdsjwlcntr) your finds, gifts and any awesome treasures you might discover at this local jewelry business! Let’s kick off this holiday season in blingy style.

SPONSORED POST : I was invited to post about Howards Jewelry, “Meet Howard” event  and offer the pendant giveaway as part of their social community outreach. Thanks for supporting this local business while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!