Wallpapered Water Closet

How long has it been since we had a good old fashioned reveal here at FTRB? You can’t remember? Me either! Well, I finally have one that I can share. It’s a small one but a reveal nonetheless. As an aside, can I just say it feels completely weird to say, “Hey, come look at… Read more »

Galle, Sri Lanka

New Year, New Look & New News

Hello, my friends! Happy belated new year! I didn’t intend to be away so long but….. I got an early Christmas gift in the form of a pre-holiday holiday to Sri Lanka. I’ve been fascinated with its history, tea culture, stunning scenery and colonial cities and architecture for ages so it was a dream to… Read more »

FTRB Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas

Good morning, friends, I’ve quite literally been all over the place the past few months and haven’t had time to fill you in on any of it here. And now Christmas is just a few days away and our house is filling up with guests so it looks like I won’t be able to properly catch up with you… Read more »

anthology fall 2015

Anthology Magazine

Good morning, friends, I wanted to let you know that the fall 2015 (and final) issue of Anthology magazine is out and it is wonderful. Truly. Remember how excited I was when it debuted five years ago? A few months ago, I was asked to contribute to the Screen Play feature so I’m very proud to be a part of this last… Read more »

Palm Beach Chic

Fall Books: Palm Beach Chic, Decorating With Carpets, How We Live, For the Love of Bags

A new crop of design books is one of the joys of fall and this year, there is an abundance of them. Here are a few of the best that I’ve had the chance to review….. Palm Beach Chic by  Jennifer Ash Rudick takes a look at the tropical style that has been enjoying so much popularity in recent years. The… Read more »

autumn bouquet

The 30-Day Declutter Challenge Report

Hello! How have you been? I’m back from Europe where I had my fill of fashion and frites and fell head over heels for a new city that I’ll tell you all about soon. But today, as promised, let me update you on my 30-Day Declutter Challenge. I got to all the areas I planned and even… Read more »


Project Simplify: Creating the Perfect Capsule Travel Wardrobe

Well this week sort of turned into fashion week here at FTRB. I guess it’s kind of fitting (no pun intended) since it’s fashion week somewhere in the world all month. London just finished, Milan is happening now and Paris is next week. Coincidentally, I’ll be in Paris while it’s going on. (The husband has meetings in Paris next week… Read more »


Project Simplify: Thoughts on Capsule Wardrobes and Capsule Travel Wardrobes

While we’re on the topic of wardrobes and closet organization, I feel like we need to discuss capsule wardrobes which has been a really hot topic the past couple of years. In the unlikely event you haven’t heard about it, it’s basically a wardrobe that is limited to X number of pieces (usually about 30 or 50 but it can vary). Everything else… Read more »


Project Simplify: the Minimalism Game and Organizing My Closet by Categories

Thank you for all of your comments and the great discussion on the last post! The more we talk about it, the more the subject of personal style fascinates me. Today let’s switch gears slightly and discuss closet organization since we have to do something with those clothes once we’ve nailed down our style, right? As I mentioned… Read more »


Project Simplify: Personal Style

Hi, friends, two posts in one week! What in the world is going on, you ask? I’m so invigorated from my decluttering challenge (it feels so good to be rid of so much stuff!) that I just want to keep the momentum going on Project Simplify! Today, I want to talk about a huge topic that has… Read more »


    Living La Belle Vie: Project Simplify

    Lately, I’ve been completely consumed with the idea of simplifying my life.  If you’re a regular reader, this may sound entirely antithetical to my love of all the pretty things. Initially it did to me too and I was embarrassed to even talk about it with anyone. But when I obsess over something in a thinking-about-it-almost-every-waking-moment kind of… Read more »


    Berlin Journal

    Berlin was so much more than I expected and two weeks later, I’m still feeling buoyed by all the great design and creativity I saw. I hadn’t been there in 26 years(!) so I did a lot of research and planning beforehand and we ended up having one of the most fun trips in recent memory…. Read more »

  • House Projects Update + Snapchat

    As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I gave myself a June 30 deadline to complete the major house projects and here we are – almost at the end of June! (How did that happen so fast?) Anyway, I’ll be traveling next week so I’m checking in with you a week early and I’m happy… Read more »

  • All The Lighting! (Done!)

    Ladies and gentlemen, the longest quest in decorating history has finally come to an end. The last of the lighting on the first floor of the house is now sorted! Yes!!! First, let’s talk about the biggest and most exciting piece….. The Arteriors Zanadoo (large) chandelier has been installed in the family room! I have loved this style… Read more »

  • Wallpapering the Butler’s Pantry

    I want to let you in on a little secret. Earlier this year, I gave myself a deadline of June 30 (first half of 2015) to finish up the major decorating projects in this house. By major, I mean things like painting, wallpapering, key pieces of furniture, lighting, etc. I kept this to myself because… Read more »

  • Sneak Peek of Project Laundry Room

      I sat down to write a post for this week and realized I never updated you on Project Laundry Room! Because I post snapshots of the house on Instagram (@FromTheRightBank) I sometimes think I blogged them when I haven’t. #scatterbrained While I still can’t fully reveal all the house projects, I can give you a few peeks so let’s go….. To recap,… Read more »

  • Reading and Watching List For Italy (+ A Wee Little Bit Of Travel Advice)

    Before traveling to another country, I always like to learn about the history of whatever location(s) I’ll be visiting, get some insights into the culture and brush up on current events. Not like I’m getting a Ph.D. or anything but just enough to help me appreciate the culture more. And for me, the most enjoyable way to do… Read more »

  • A Few Little Updates In the Living and Family Rooms

    I’ve been getting a lot of little projects knocked out around the house and it feels great! And it seems like a lot of them involve painting in some form or another. After painting the butler’s pantry I took a paintbrush to the coffee table in the living room. You may remember I painted it a dark gold/bronze a while back. That worked… Read more »

  • Orange Cabinet Update and a (Sort of) DIY Lighting for the Kitchen Office

    As you may have seen on Facebook or Instagram (@FromTheRightBank), the wet bar/butler’s pantry makeover  is coming right along. The wallpaper has come off and the orange paint has gone on….. I LOVE IT – especially how the orange looks with the brass hardware….. Once I figure out what I want to do with the walls,… Read more »

  • New York Journal

    Hi there right bankers, how have you been? I made two trips to New York the past month for some business and fun so I’m back with a ton of inspiration to share with you…. On both trips we stayed at the Standard (High Line) and had a great stay both times. Great views, nice design and good service……. Read more »

  • New Glossy Plans for the “Marbleized” Wet Bar

    It’s been a good run for what I called my boldest project to date AKA the wet bar….. This was a really fun one and it got a lot of love in the form of blog posts, pins and similar projects inspired by it. So thank you all for that! Some time last year, I ended up… Read more »

  • A New Sofa For the Living Room

    Good morning, friends, happy February and happy Groundhog Day! First things first, thank you so much for your comments and emails in response to my last post. It’s not always the easiest thing to share online so I really appreciate hearing from you and for your support. As I mentioned in that post, as a part… Read more »