Lauren’s picks

9 Aug 2017

My Ultimate Dream Home | The Coastal Living Idea House – Design by Mark D. Sikes


Can we please talk about the Coastal Living Idea House located in Middleton, Rhode Island?! Mark D. Sikes seriously designed my dream home. I unfortunately won’t have a chance to visit this summer but if you are planning on visiting the Newport/Middleton area, you need to get this show house on your calendar, asap!


8 Aug 2017

5 Interior Designers To Follow On Instagram


Summer has flown by in the blink of an eye. With how much traveling I do from May to September, it’s so hard to stay inspired! Thank goodness for Instagram, am I right?

What I love most about Instagram is that it always helps with my creative juices. Even if I haven’t blogged in a week or two, I love browsing content (specifically interiors) that I can save, come back to and post later. The new save feature is really my favorite thing on Instagram right now!

Today I wanted to share 5 of my favorite interior designers that I follow on Instagram. Remember this post where I shared my top 10 favorite interior designers on Pinterest? Well I love doing these roundups in the hopes I can help inspire you, too. Some of these design stars you might already know but some are new-to-me and a little under the radar! Anyways, I love them all for different reasons so let’s get to it- shall we?

Marie Flanigan Interiors



I recently discovered Marie Flanigan’s instagram the other day and got lost in her beautiful feed. Marie’s constant use of bright wants, classic neutrals and timeless design elements makes her a must-follow on Instagram in my opinion!

 Mark D. Sikes


Omg, Mark D. Sikes. My bestie who doesn’t even know he’s my bestie. I got invited to a One Kings Lane party this summer in the Hamptons where Mark was hosting and I was so so sad I couldn’t attend. I’m still waiting for the day I can meet him! His love for blue and white, stripes, manicured gardens, big white houses and classic glamour makes him a favorite. Every space he touches inspires me to be more bold with my design decisions. P.s. have you see the Coastal Living Show House he designed in Newport, Rhode Island?! I will share another blog post this week giving you a deeper tour but if you’re not following Mark already, please do. You will thank me later.

Studio McGee 


Ok, ok, I know you know that I love Studio McGee. Shae is always inspiring me with her spaces! With the launch of her new store McGee & Co., now it’s easier than ever to add the Studio McGee touch to your home. Her blog is also bookmarked in my favorites. I promise following Studio McGee will not disappoint your Instagram feed.

Leanne Ford Interiors


Leanne is another new-to-me interior designer who is a must-follow on Instagram. Her use of natural woods, brown leather and bright white materials makes her Instagram one to watch.

Nancy Serafini Interiors


Ok, how cute is Nancy Serafini?! She messaged me on Instagram the other day saying how she discovered my blog post on her Nantucket home and was thrilled to be discovered by someone new! Her note was so sweet that I of course had to include her in my round up of 5 interior designers to follow on Instagram. Although she doesn’t have the largest following (yet), Nancy has been decorating for over 40 years and I’m sure has so much knowledge she can share with us all! Take a peek at her portfolio here.


Who are some of your favorite interior designers or decorators you love to follow on Instagram?!

Xo. Lauren


*All images provided by the interior designer featured.

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1 Aug 2017

Let’s Celebrate Something | Papyrus

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Can you believe it’s August already? Summer is flying by! There has been so much to celebrate this summer. Between my 30th birthday a few weeks ago to my bestfriend’s weddings and engagement parties, this summer has been one big party!

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Because I have been entertaining at home so much this summer, I was super excited when I heard Papyrus, one of my favorite stationary brands also sold party supplies! It’s perfect timing as I invited a few city friends over to my apartment for a late birthday celebration once I returned from Cleveland.

Not only did I pick up cupcakes, champagne and pretty pink flowers, I also picked up Papyrus’ “Let’s Celebrate Something” party goods! How cute are these napkins? In case you’re not familiar, Papyrus has a whole range of party goods. From cute striped straws and cupcake toppers to birthday banners and party fans, I personally wasn’t even aware of how much cute supplies they have in stock! And let’s face it, the paper goods make party clean up so much easier. With Papyrus, you don’t have to sacrifice the cuteness! Phew!

Are you looking to throw a beautiful party this summer? Look no further than Papyrus’ party collections. From bridal showers to birthdays and more, Papyrus can be your one stop shop for all of your upcoming party needs.


*In Partnership with Papyrus. Thank you for supporting brands that support!

26 Jul 2017

It’s Official | We’re Going To France!


You guys!!! It’s official. My boyfriend and I are headed to France next month! For two weeks to be exact.

Have you been?!

After brain storming a few different destinations, we ultimately decided that we wanted to visit the South of France. Italy, Spain and Greece were all contenders but as you guys already know I’m obsessed with France. So, c’est la vie!

Once we decided on the destination, Josh wanted to see if we could squeeze Paris in as well since he’s never been. My answer (as you could probably guess) was YES. So to break up the trip from the South of France to Paris, we will be stopping for two days in Provence. God forbid we have to wine taste in one of the best wine regions in the world! So here we are with an amazing 12 day agenda to look forward to. I’m partnering with a few amazing luxury hotels and Haven in Paris. Remember our super cute Haven in Paris apartment from 2015?! I’m so so excited to team up with Haven in Paris again and cannot WAIT to show you guys the place we are staying this time around.

As you could imagine, I’ve been shopping up a storm. Since we will be traveling in the dead of summer, I’m looking to stick to basic pieces I can swap in and out all vacation long. A lot of silk camis, wrap dresses, linen pants, jean shorts, striped shirts, and accessories!


What’s your packing strategy for a long vacation? Do you try to stick to a carry on? I just don’t know if I can do it!

Here are a few of the pieces I have on my France wish list:

A new pair of sunglasses – I LOVE these Le Specs sunnies.

A Solid & Striped Suit – eyeing this Chelsea One Piece right now.

High waist jean shortsMadewell shorts are a no brainer.

Last but not least, a new sun hat! How cute is this Hatt Attack Panama hat?

P.s. I’m looking for any and all South of France recommendations! We’re starting out in Saint Tropez and then working our way up the coast. If you have any restaurant, tourist or shopping recommendations – I’m all ears!! Email me!




Images via Gal Meets Glam