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.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

summer solstice

Today is the longest and sunniest day of the year.
Think bright bold warm colors!  The more the merrier as the season begins.

Neon Nail Polish, American Apparel

Uniform Bits Necklace, Anthropologie

Big Clunky Wallet, Congressbags at Etsy

Mark Rothko 'Orange, Red, Yellow, 1961' 

 The Farmhouse Chair, Bend

Wheelie Flight Deck, Burton 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

cool camera straps

I just got a new Nikon DSLR camera for my soon-to-be birthday.
I need to give it some style and the way to do that is with a cool strap.
Check these out.
Stardust Silver Camera Strap, Bloom Theory

Leather Camera Strap in Pearl Shimmer, Magpie Accessories UK at Etsy
Border Stripe Canvas Camera Strap, Union

This is what I keep my camera in when I'm shlepping it around without the accessories.  
It's a tough canvas bag and looks pretty too.

Large Zip, Hable Construction

Friday, June 15, 2012

bold beach towels

We spent our first week of summer vacation at the pool.
 Now I'm wanting new beach towels.
Check out these fun bright patterns!

George Beach Towel, Jonathan Adler
Marimekko Unikko Beach Towel, Crate&Barrel

Missoni Home Hugo Beach Towel, All Modern
Paul Smith Multi-Stripe Beach Towel, Saks Fifth Avenue
Bengal Beach Towel, Natori

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

white as a feather

This soft and light feathery dress by JCrew is fabulous!
I would love to see this on a bride who wanted a 
less than traditional wedding gown.
...or maybe for a fun summer event.
Embroidered Feather Dress, JCrew

How about a little feather texture for the home?
Ostrich Pillow, Calypso St. Barth

Swan Lake, White Feather Earrings, Once Upon a Feather at Etsy

It's amazing what a little feather banding can do to a classic white jacket.
Elizabeth and James Feather Hem Blazer, Bergdorf Goodman

Light coming through this pendant would be so romantic.
White Feather Lamp, Groovy Organic Style

Ralph Lauren Spring 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

bright block of color

A little color block goes a long way.
Keep it simple and strong with a slice of color to give your wardrobe a kick.
Clare Vivier's Neon-Striped Clutches, Refinery 29

Dipped Sessile Necklace, Anthropologie

the Contrast Caravan Mailbag, Madewell

The Sandybank Sandal, Madewell

Walton Overnight Bag, Flight 001

Saturday, June 9, 2012

mango shrimp rice noodles

I've made this twice in the last couple of weeks for family and friends.
It was such a hit and has been requested by many, so here it is.
I've changed it a bit from the original by adding avocado, extra lime and cilantro.