Monday, May 25, 2015

For the Home: DIY Air Freshener

Photos: Michaela Noelle Designs

DETAILSEAT Letters / Eat Cake Towel 

Recently I've been wanting one of those diffusers to diffuse essential oil in my apartment, but goodness! They are expensive. The other day I used what I had to give my apartment a nice, fresh smell. It was free, since I had all the ingredients on hand! The best :)

You'll need: a few slices of lemon, 3 drops of orange oil, a boiling pot of water, a sprinkle of cinnamon (if you want) 

Combine all ingredients and enjoy the aroma throughout the day while it simmers on your stove. It's amazing what new smells can do for your creativity! Let me know if you try this one and if you know of any other recipes, do share!

Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a relaxing, enjoyable weekend!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Best Memorial Day Sales

Today I'm popping in really quick to let you know about the best Memorial Day Sales! Below are my favorite stores with my favorite picks. These are some crazy-good deals, friends!

J.Crew: 30% off all items (even sale!) with code WEEKEND.

Lulu & Georgia: 25% off with code TAKE25.

Serena & Lily: 20% off with code ALLOUT.

Nordstrom: Half Yearly Sale. Up to 40% mark downs.

Anthropologie: 20% off sale items with code GONEFISHING.

LOFT: 40% off everything. No code needed! My favorite piece is this striped dress I got a few weeks ago.

Pottery Barn: tiered sale promotion, of up to 20% off!

Sole Society : up to 50% off sale.

GAP: 40% off with code SUMMER

BaubleBar: 20% off site wide with code MEMORIAL20


Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Finds: Nordstrom Half Yearly SALE

This Friday Finds is all about the biggest sales of the weekend! As you may know, one of my favorite stores to shop at is Nordstrom. Even though we don't have one here in West Michigan, I shop online because it's always free shipping and free returns, so it's like I'm shopping in the store! This makes the whole "I have to try it on" thing disappear, because you can return or exchange items free of charge :) What could be better?!

Nordstrom is having their Half Yearly Sale right now, right in line with Memorial Day weekend, so combined with all the other awesome deals, this is HUGE shopping weekend. Here are my favorite sale finds...some of them marked down even 40%! Just click on the images below and it'll take you straight to the products. And hurry-- the good stuff is going quick!

This Striped Maxi Dress, similar to the one I have is only $40!

A crowd favorite-- chambray! This top is easy and flowy to throw on in the fall, winter, or even spring! It's very similar to my ombre chambray top. Only $43 shipped!

This Lace Trimmed Cami is perfect for layering under sweaters in winter (like I did almost every day...ha!) or wearing in the summer by itself. It's 40% off right now!

My Leopard Belt always gets tons of compliments. It's 40% off now for the sale!

I love this Gold Cuff Bracelet of mine!! It's light and easy to wear either by itself or with a stack of other arm candy. It's currently 40% off and comes in tons of colors!

This Dooney & Burke bag has similar features to my Tory Burch bag and is 40% off! (It also comes in black)

Other sales worth noting for the upcoming Memorial Day Sale are:

- Anthropologie is having an additional 20% off sale items with code GONEFISHING. I bought this blouse!
- Serena & Lily is offering 20% off your purchase with code ALLOUT.
- Pottery Barn is offering a tiered sale promotion, of up to 20% off!
- Sole Society is having an up to 50% off sale.
Lulu & Georgia is offering 25% off through Monday. Use code TAKE25!

Lastly, don't forget to enter our $500 Nordstrom Giveaway on Instagram!! Tag a friend in your comment and whoever wins will also win $100 for the friend they tagged! Enter HERE.

I'll be back tomorrow to update you on more sales!

Happy Friday + Memorial Day Weekend!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Client Progress: Contemporary Kitchen Design

A while back I showed you a client's living room design plan here. Since we're redesigning this client's entire first floor, I thought it'd be fun to show you some more progress. The kitchen was completely torn out and redone. It's so great to see it come together (finally!) Last week, the backsplash went in and ohhh la la, it's gorgeous! It was a really fun one to design. My client wasn't sure if she wanted a detailed design behind where the stove will go, but I pushed for it, and everyone is so glad!

We did a really pretty gray/beige subway tile for the majority of the kitchen backsplash and did an inlay of small rectangular marble tiles behind the range. This detail really pulls together the gray veining in the quartz countertop and a lot of the other beige and gray details in the space.

The island is a darker walnut finish and we decided on gold hardware for just the island. The perimeter of the other white cabinets are all silver hardware. I've always been a big fan of mixing metals, so when my client asked me what I thought about this, I was so excited! 

These pretty knobs are from Anthropologie. The reason they work when mixed with other silver hardware is that they have a mother of pearl finish. This finish has a hint of gray and silver in it, tying everything together.

Two of these mercury glass lamps sit on the entry console table. Here's a pair that's similar.

It's always such a journey to see my client's homes take shape. I can't wait to show you everything soon! It's one gorgeous home.

If you are looking for design help with your home, I'd love to step in. Whether you're looking for an hour consultation to help start the ideas flowing with a second pair of eyes, you are far away and want virtual design services, or you're in the West Michigan area and want in-home design services, I'd love to hear from you. I'm currently booked through June, but am accepting new clients in July. Email me at for more information! 

Don't forget to check out Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale :)

Happy Thursday!

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