Thursday, January 29, 2015

Welcome to Thursday on Live Simply. And if that wasn’t the lamest broadcast intro I’ve ever typed, then…I forgot where I was going with that sentence mid-way through. No matter, for today we have the work of Meghan Carter Design Inc to swiftly (fingers crossed) distract you.

A Toronto designer, lady Carter’s work caught my eye because of its supreme understated elegance–that mixed with just a drop of punchy. One drop’ll do you.

Let’s begin with this living room area, the contents of which I would happily integrate into my own. Thank you, the sofa and throw pillows. Thank you, the rustic coffee table. Thank you, the pop of gold, despite the fact that the queen of internets and designs has deemed poufs a thing of the past. Personally, I’m far from offended. 

Framed art, bright colored lamps, dusty rose sofa, rustic wood coffee table, and gold pouf.

Next, a shade of grey walls just moody enough to lend an air of melancholy into an otherwise bright, white space. 

Kitchen by Meghan Carter Design Inc.

bar area by Meghan Carter Design Inc.

Next, Meghan Carter illustrates the effectiveness of a vintage, framed map. Let’s go get one of those this weekend, k?

Framed vintage map from the work of Meghan Carter Design Inc.

While below, a wall of white wardrobe benefits from the gussied up cheetah print cushion. (Cheetah? Leopard? Cut to Google search.)

From the work of Meghan Carter Design Inc. --built-in wardrobe with bench and cheetah-print cushion.

If you’ve ever ogled a marble countertop or phone case, you’re likely, as me, to find this next Carter nothing short of freaking fantastic. Just take that thing in, would you?

Get a load of this marble shower! From Meghan Carter Design Inc.

High glamor bath from Meghan Carter Design Inc.

It bears a striking resemblance to the bathroom in that most luxurious hotel you ever stayed at, doesn’t it? 

Below, following a shower I would move into, a sitting area I would certainly read books in. 

leather reading chair, dark walls and patterned rug make this space by Meghan Carter Design Inc. super inviting.

Don’t discount the many elements at play down yonder, including: checkerboard flooring, yellow-papered entry, strategically placed gold mirror. 

Cheery entryway by Meghan Carter Design Inc. with checkerboard floor.

As for color in this bedroom, Carter offers up a headboard in the most perfect shade of durty-pink (that’s dusty and dirty).

Dream-worthy bedroom by Meghan Carter Design Inc.

And lastly, a set up that easily conjures up the image of Meryl Streep and a crew of girlfriends giggling over pie and wine–which is like, a really good thing.

The perfect dinner party spot. By Meghan Carter Design Inc.

Thanks for playing! And hey? Be good people, okay? 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

“Is it okay?” They ask me, earnestly, imploringly.

“Is what okay?”

“Is it okay not to keep it?”

“Like, since my sister gave it to me?”

“Since I’ve had it since college?”

“Since it was my now-deceased grandmother’s?”


An important read: when it's "okay" to let things go.


To be clear, there is no such thing as a complete household inventory, a list of items which you’re required to have on hand at any given time. No one now or ever is going to have the job of going from house to house, running down the checklist, inquiring as to the ownership status of things like children’s artwork, travel souvenirs, or crystal stemware.

There are literally no rules.

There is only what is right for you, and for your family.

Material belongings are no to different to food, clothing, activities, school, or summer camps; they are all entities you get to choose based off of what most aligns with your values and goals.

If healthy eating is a priority for you, you might at some point consider the fact that your neighbors send their kids to school with Lunchables–and you’ll go ahead and send your kids in with their all organic veg-fest regardless.

You won’t debate, ruminate, or worry whether other mothers are sending their kids to school with an apple or a pear. As a result, your child will grow up having had the experience of the school lunches you provided, as opposed to that of the neighbor child’s experience of Lunchables. That’s all. 

If there is one single thing you are in control of, besides your body, it is your home. Your space. You are the president and vice president and duchess supreme and that means that you get to decide what you keep and what you pass on, without worry of what things others are keeping or passing on, without fear of others finding out what you’ve kept or passed on, without doubt.


So when they ask me, “Is it okay?”

I ask them, “Is it?”

“Yeah…” they manage. 

“Then yeah.” I nod. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

It’s no secret (I mean, it shouldn’t be) that multi-tasking furniture is essential in smaller spaces, but just plain smart in any sized space. Why kill two birds with two stones? Or three stones? Why kill birds at all?

The storage ottoman or bench provides you with a place with stow various belongings, while also doubling as seating. So you can put stuff in it, and then sit on your stuff without squashing it, and you can’t say as much about any other storage containers. I don’t think. 

Not to mention the fact that they work in almost every setting: at the foot of a bed, as accent furniture in the living room, or office, etc. They can work particularly well as camouflaged toy storage in areas where advertising “CHILDREN LIVE HERE” isn’t desired, and lend themselves equally well to storing linens and extra blankets, shoes and workout gear, and whatever other weird things comprise your collection of material belongings. 

If Martha was here she’d be all, “They’re a good thing.” 

Maybe the best item for a small space--the storage ottoman.

1Kinfine Storage Bench

2. Skyline Square Storage Ottoman

3. Belham Living Dual-Lift Storage Bench

4. Safavieh Storage Ottoman

5. Inspire Q Roman Cow Hide Fabric Storage Bench

6. Skyline Himalaya Upholstered Storage Bench

7Skyline Button Tufted Storage Bench in Pewter

8. Tanisha Storage Ottoman by Safavieh

9. Threshold Storage Tufted Ottoman

10. Jeff Tribal Design Storage Bench

11. Lorraine Upholstered Storage Bench

Get ‘em! Get ‘em while they’re hot! Or don’t, whatever, it’s cool!