Thursday, July 19, 2012

new blog address

joelledesign is switching over to wordpress.
It's all the same, just a new address and easier to use.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

fashion lookbook: craving coral clutches

Need a summer wardrobe pick-me-up?
How about sporting a coral clutch.  If you're not ready or willing to go neon, 
bright coral is a classic way to kick up an outfit's intensity.

1.  Medium Foldover + Chandra Clutch, Angel Jackson
2.  Large Toto Clutch, Carmen Woods
3.  Flamingo Feather Pouch, Anthropologie
4.  Lauren Merkin 'Louise' Jute Clutch, Nordstrom
5.  Jerome Dreyfus Leon Calfskin Flap Clutch, Saks Fifth Avenue

do-it-yourself deer doormat

I've been looking for a cool large doormat for our front door.
After not finding one I liked, it was time to make my own.
I chose a Whitetail deer, inspired by the ones we see regularly on our property.
Pretty simple. See the steps below.

Start with a basic coir mat.

Cut out a template of your design, pin it on the mat.
Spray 2 coats of exterior spray paint.

Monday, July 2, 2012

red, white + blue rooms

Patriotic colors can work for interiors without looking 
country-cutesy or like an American flag.

Crisp navy with a single red throw looks fresh in this white based bedroom.

 A red coral motif mixed with stripes in these 
two rooms updates traditional red.
Different patterns of blue on a neutral backdrop 
keeps it from getting too busy.

Navy walls look sharp with red and white contemporary furniture,
keeping this nursery fresh.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

cheers to our 9 years

Nine years ago today in Martha's Vineyard 
Pete and I were married by our dear friend, Susanna. 
How cool is that you ask?  Very!
She spent our wedding week taking polaroid photos and 
composed them into beautiful album.
This is our favorite.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

summer afternoon art

My daughter Ruby is at art camp this week and can't seem to get enough of it. 
She came home yesterday ready to paint!  
So we spent a little down time painting together.  
We were pretty happy with the result.

It now hangs proudly in our family room.

Great art classes offered at the Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Monday, June 25, 2012

avocado + white bean dip

I've been getting requests for recipes, 
so I will keep them coming as I discover great new ones.
Here's a tasty new dip - perfect for a summer app!

Avocado + White Bean Dip


  • 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 avocados
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt


In a food processor, combine beans, avocados, garlic, parsley,
vinegar, red-pepper flakes, and 6 tablespoons water. 
Season with salt. Process until smooth. 
Serve sprinkled with red-pepper flakes, if desired.