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How to Find Your Style

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Our personal style is always changing and hopefully evolving, but if you feel like you don’t know what our style is, what to wear, what looks goods, then you’re normal!

The first thing I do when working with any client is ask questions.  What do you want to look like?  Where are you shopping now?  Once those questions are discussed I’ll have a good idea of what your “style image” is.  Next, it’s time to go through all clothing and accessories.  This is how to determine what is working for your body and towards your “style image” goal.

From there it’s easy to create a check list of items to buy.  The next step is the actual shopping.  Lastly, I coach my clients on how to put their outfits together.

Finding your style like everything else is a process.  My job is to make the process easy, manageable and fun!

Working together normally takes two or three, 2 hour sessions to accomplish the task of ‘finding your style’.  My current “Finding Your Style” session is going for $200 (normally $300).  This is a limited special.  To book your session, e-mail me at d.jacobsohn@zoho.com !

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My new Office

This fall i completely overhauled my office space.  everything was removed, room repainted and bought all new items.  now i have a space that reflects my style & inspires me to be creative!

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I had a small area to place desk, so went simple

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The lamps add the right amount of glam

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Simple accessories keep the top functional & stylish

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Drawers for storage are a must

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the sheepskin for comfort

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Art is important to me and where I don’t mind investing my money

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Keeping my kid’s art close brings a smile to my face

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Overall this area is functional and stylish

TOTAL COST BREAKDOWN: Desk <homeclick>$199, Lamps <target>$80, Seat <crate&Barrel>$15, Lambskin <homegoods>$19, decorative Box <homegoods> $15, Framed Art <antique store>$300

Introducing my new Living Room

After 13 years, last March I decided it was time to revamp the living room!  We were using our 13 year sofa that was all wrong.  The rug is only 10 years old, but I was ready for a new style.  Since my kids were babies I’ve used a round soft ottoman with tray on top, but now the kids are 6 and 9 time to have some sharp corners!  Our tv was in a cabinet which was outdated as well.

The Process

Cover the sofa or buy a new one….we bought a new one!

Painted the wall a new lighter creamy color.

Cover the chair or buy a new one….new one of course!

Swapped out the rug for a new style.  My old style was more traditional and now I like cozy mod.

Ditched the TV, stand and ottoman

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I wanted a more neutral and cohesive look when you walked into my living room.  The focal point is the fireplace and after I painted it, it felt so fresh and light and that’s when I made the decision to start “Project Living room”.

The old wall color was a brownish taupe that worked really well with gold tones.  Painting the walls was my first change and I went for a creamy color.  The color really lightened up the room and gave me room to play with the upholstery colors.  Before I was really stuck with golden/taupe sofa.

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Moving away from brown tones to cream tones gave me the freedom to switch to gray.  I loved going for a deeper sofa color since all the walls went so much lighter.

You can also see my old oriental rug in photo above with my old chesterfield sofa.  Below is my new chevron rug in gray and cream.

I ditched the soft round ottoman and added two square mirrored tables that I had from three years ago.  I picked them up at Target for $35.00 each.

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Before my sofa faced our fireplace but once I knew I was ready for a change, I wanted to have a chaise on my sofa and move it to the right of our fireplace.  The antique brown cabinet stores my china, candles and various decor items.

I didn’t want to have the TV in a cabinet any longer, so I talked my husband into getting a flat screen and console.

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I found this stunning mirror and silver Paltrow Console Table on Joss and Main for $450.  This console not only matches my coffee tables, but my starburst mirror that is high above my fireplace.

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Though the brown paisley chair was so cozy with the matching ottoman, it was worn out and ready for a new home.  Our new chair is in a solid light gray.  By keeping the sofa and chair print free, I had the freedom to go bold on the floor and will have fun with throw pillows and blankets.

My New Living Room!

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I accessorize with antique, new and collectables.  The mantel turned out far better than expected.  Several items are one of a kind, from various trips my father in law took.  The large jar is filled with beach finds than my boys search endlessly in the summer on several Maine beaches.  The other two tables in the room are antique finds.  The mirror and copper bowl of over sized grapes are also antiques from our family.  I’m not afraid to repaint things as you can see from the items that are hung high over the mantel.  I have several framed photographs and figurines that are put away or in other rooms, but if there’s anything I can’t say enough is ‘edit’ and ‘edit again’.  Less is more and quality is always better.

Home layers

I love a home that has a lot of layers and accessories.  The best way to achieve this is to use various collectables, art, books, pictures, flowers, candles and vaces.   I find the areas in a  room I’m drawn to feel like they were layered at different times and items were accumulated over the years of the owners’ life.  The best way to ‘fake’ it is to buy items from unexpected places, such as tag sales, thrift stores, flea markets, auction houses, on line and don’t forget to revisit your own items hiding in that attic.  Most people like two colors, but I find more the better.  I’m drawn to an eclectic arrangement of unexpected items, textures and colors.  Which ever you enjoy, a couple colors or several, try different looks and items in your space as you never know what will happen, you just might like it!

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I love how neutral these accessories are in light grays and cream and work perfectly with this beautiful blue color shown in the handmade art and books.

The Enchanted Home: accessories arranging

Mostly white & lime with splashes of color.  The twigs brings nature into this traditional space.

A wooden desk decorated with books and sculptural home accessories

                          Layers of vintage items add so much interest to this space.

Shelves in a nook with accessories
Shelving is the perfect place to display your collections.
painted shelves bring out the accessories

I love how these accessories pop on the dark colored shelving.

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Whites and creams shine when layered together and pop with a dark background!

Cute shelves to organize in the bathroom.

I love the balance between functional and decorative accessories grouped together.

All white bookshelves and accessories give this sitting area a clean aesthetic.

White on white is so chic and so in control!

Wall of Art

I enjoy being creative so I am drawn towards art work that evokes feelings, is modern with a heavy frame or mixed with traditional decor.  I love photographs mixed other eye catching art.  To me a frame is the bow on how the image is presented and enhanced.  One of my most favorite things to do is create an eclectic collection of images and art that hang together.  They don’t have to be like one another, but how they relate to each other or how you feel when you look at the pictures together.  Here are a few collections that I appreciate and admire.

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Love the different sizes and styles of grouped art.

One giant piece of work surround by various frames.
Black and white photographs that are the same size and same frames, but matted differently!
Similar color pallet, gold tones and art famed and unframed.  The the various sizes but all rectangles.
A mass of pictures that are symmetrical in style.
All this colorful art is created with white backgrounds.  Pops of color!
Framed the same!
Similar color pallet
Styles are very much the same and mostly unframed.
I tend to create photo collections that are of different styles and mixed medium.

Falling in Love with Fall

It’s the most Beautiful time of the year in New England.  I just love living in Maine during Fall.  There is nothing like the spirit and celebration of Fall that New Englander’s cherish.  It is shown through all their efforts with decorations using pumpkins, hay, mums, leaves and more.  If you haven’t seen it for yourself, now it’s time to enjoy and fall in love with New England.

Maine, The Way Life Should Be

She believed, she could, so she did!

I love this!  Every now and again I need to take the time to remind myself that it’s ok to slow down and focus and to just do it!  I do have a lot of ideas and sometime have a tendency to be all over the place, but with that said, sometimes I can get overwhelmed with trying something new or getting out of my own way!  But, a great photo and this caption is just what I needed to remind myself that we are all human, and I will continue to grow and surprise myself!  SMILE

Fall Wardrobe Essentials

This fall it’s easy to add these staple items to your current wardrobe.  I am loving the textures and color options.  Bottom line, have fun with your clothes, it will show and you’ll look fabulous.

Toss & Go Sweater

Grab that big sweater and put it on over your outfit, like you would your coat.  When you get to where your going, feel free to take it off- or not!  If you do a larger sweater, then proportion is key, as you won’t want to look like your clothes are eating you up.  Think skinny jeans, leggings or skirt and loose fitting shirt or a button up shirt.
Free People 'Pattern Party' Cardigan
Jacket that Pops
What I love about this trend is that it doesn’t matter what kind of jacket you wear, just wear one that pops with color or texture!  You can have a lot of fun with this one as a great jackets pairs well with solid clothing or jeans.  Make the jacket the focus of this outfit.
Dark Redish Accessory & Lips
Sam Edelman Handbags Sadie Satchel
Kat Von D - Star Kissed Lipstick Set
If you think you don’t look great with dark lips, then try a lip gloss instead of a lipstick.  The trick with dark lips is to use a lip liner so that the color doesn’t bleed off your lips.  I use a lighter lip liner color than my lip color.
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Printed Pant
Free People Ikat Print Skinny Jeans
If you are young, then go for any print you like, but if you are 35 and older, I suggest going with a darker print or neutral lace print.  Anything goes with this look, I like to pair printed pants with button downs, solid shirts with large jewelry, ballerina flats, booties, and waist length sweaters.
7 For All Mankind The Skinny Metallic Floral-Print Jeans
Floral Fun
Abstract floral pencil skirt
Floral is romantic but can also we graphic.  You decide how to work floral.
Daniel Rainn Floral Blouse
Shine Baby Shine

Rachel Zoe Tinsley Sequin Dolman Dress

The most fun place to shine is in the evening.  If you aren’t one to shine with an entire dress then do it with a purse, heels and with your jewelry.

Hive & Honey Pyramid Fringe Earring
  • BB Dakota Jensine Dress
It’s all about the Collar
Betsey Johnson Film Noir Glitter Lips Crystal Collar
Chandi and Lia Beaded Peterpan Collar Blouse
Very cute and I would love to see this with a skirt and knee high socks.  Do not do a pleated skirt as it is too school girl.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Mika Sweater
GLAM it GIRL!
Tinley Road Vegan Leather Shift Dress
L.A.M.B. Dotty
Sabine Fringe Vegan Leather Skirt
  • There are so many amazing looks this fall, so go for it and wear it with confidence.  You will look amazing if you love how you look!

Dark Walls

I love that this baby’s room has such dark walls, but still feels so playful with all the white and colors!!  Clever!
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How Cool is this office space, as you can see it is very small…. and painted black!
White plays such an important counterpart for balancing a dark wall.
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Awesome black and white kitchen! Contemporary and eclectic. Loving the black wall!
I really love a room that has a lot of color as does this one!  Surely isn’t for everyone, but this has a lot of rich texture, culture and a lot of stories could be told about these colorful pieces.
A lot of animal prints are used with black walls, maybe they bring out the animal in you!

I like how there is so much going on with the black, white chair, green textiles and books the you don’t even need a rug.  The wood really gives with room a warm feeling.

Painting a black wall or small room is something I have always wanted to do.  Shhhh, don’t tell my husband but I’m planning on painting my office walls black!!  Starting this Sunday when he is out of town!  Photos before and after will be added!  I hope it turns out well otherwise I will be in big trouble!!  Would you do it?

My Mantel-DYI

I picked up this wood mantel down the road at a yard sale a good six years ago for $45.00.  I adore the elderly couple who I bought it from and enjoy knowing that this was in their home as well.

We took out our cast iron wood burning stove, since I have allergies and found the wood to be messy and hard to restock and replaced it with a gas burning remote fireplace- now were talking!

Once the fireplace was installed, we started to add the buy-on’s like a stone background, fake logs, etc.  It took us a while to figure out how to incorporate the wood mantel since we had a larger opening…with some additional building, painting and molding we were able to ‘fake’ our professional looking fireplace.

I wanted a light colored mantel but didn’t want it to be flat, so found this texture paint by Valspar, called Tuscan Accents.

As you can see we had a lot going on here.  To unify everything I went with neutral color paints.

First coat came out smooth and creamy in color.

I also brought the brush they suggested to use, which was basically a long bristle brush.

The second coat is where the texture gets added.  You must make sure to get this into all your nooks so that you will have an even looking project.  As you can the paint has these bits that you have to flatten out with a plastic or metal tool.  I used the same tool that I use to remove the excess putty from a hole that I’m filling in.  I did this step in stages as you want to flatten bits before they dry, so take your time.  Once you get the texture that you desire, then your job is finished.  It is a very simple DYI project.

You can see that the Tuscan texture is very light, but gives good depth to the appearance of my mantel.

We painted our other accessories a similar color, but there isn’t any texture to the finish.

We have a light marble tile that completed our entire look.

The tile on top gives our mantel a lot of natural color and texture.  I have some panels high above that have a similar texture and coloring of our mantel.