Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Crush


May your Memorial Day weekend be like this image. Breezy, casual, relaxed, and beautiful. Don't you love all the details here? The ceiling, the sconce, the slice of the room in the background...We stayed at a ski house back in February and there were wall hooks EVERYWHERE...and let me tell you, they were useful. They left such an impression on me and this image brought back the thought that hooks are our friends. Especially when they look this good.

Happy long weekend!! See you next week!






Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cotton Blossoms by Hannah Lane

Sorry to tempt you with these beautiful pieces from Nashville-based artist Hannah Lane. They are sold works but their simple beauty is worth a look for inspiration only.





Great colors paired with the uncomplicated forms of cotton blossoms.

Hannah's work can be found as part of the Nashville Artist Collective - similar to the Charleston and Capital editions. I can't stress enough what great resources these are for sourcing affordable, beautiful art!








Thursday, May 18, 2017

AO House Tour: Primary-Colored Playroom

I am thrilled to share these pictures with you today. Because I have been sitting on them for almost TWO YEARS.

If you remember my house tour from 2013 (!), I showed you what we did with one side of our basement - we turned it into a family room/baby playroom.

Well, we had a whole other side of our basement that we could still renovate. As Ana Claire outgrew the baby side (and Mac took it over) we realized Zone 2 of the basement would function very well as a "big kid" playroom.

So back in 2015, we did this to it (excuse the darkness but the space has no windows):

All photography by Crystal Downs








The before photos are absolutely nothing thrilling, but nice for effect:




We did hire a contractor to do some of the drywall work so it would actually get done before Ana Claire turned 16. But Carter Shuffler did put lots of elbow grease into it laying floors, doing baseboard and other general updates.

That little nook-turned-playhouse was my first experience with removable wallpaper - here is the link to the one I bought. It was a snap to install...and I have yet to know if it comes off easily but it has been a great addition to the space!

The signs we hung above each station were a DIY with help from my very talented friend Melissa Brody. I got the wooden signs from eBay, painted them with craft paint in various hues, and then let Melissa go to town on them with some paint pens. They are pretty much my favorite accessory in the space and will be awesome keepsakes in the future.

Let me tell you that this space functions BEAUTIFULLY for us. Perfect for when friends are over and a great place for the kids (both now that Mac is 2.5) to spend time during their day.

And even though we've had the space now for almost two years, it remains pretty much unchanged. We added a small table for art projects and that's about it.

Let me know in the comments if you are interested in any sources and I will try to dig them up!






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Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Crush


Photo by Luke White, Design by Michael Maher, via House Beautiful

My favorite thing here - beside the obvious wallpaper usage - is that mirror hung above the window. It's unexpected and draws your eye up making a tight room feel grand. Love how the headboards neatly tuck into the corners and the overall soothing symmetry of the space. 

Enjoy the weekend toasting the mothers in your life. See you next week!





Thursday, May 11, 2017

Yangtze River Dining Room

I've had this dining room plan floating around in my head for a while.

It started with Schumacher's Yangtze River fabric in Aubergine:


I'd use it for the curtains. Then I'd paired it with lime green grasscloth walls:


Then would come the perfect dining chairs to work back to the fabric. Ballard Design's 12th Street Chair in Linen Magenta for side chairs:


And Ballard's Cortina Chair in Linen Peony for the head chairs:



I'd want a very modern dining table. Something like a blonde wood waterfall situation or sleek marble, like this Atlas Dining Table from Zuo Modern:



Then I'd soften it all with a pair of powder blue lamps ...




perched atop a fancy antique sideboard like this one:


All very low-key and budget-friendly 😉








Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday Crush


Design by Summer Thornton, image via Insta

It is the gloomiest of gloomy days here. Which, I will be honest, I completely enjoy. Especially if it means a lazy day lounging around. Unfortunately that will not be my reality today but this bed would be perfect if it was. THAT BED. The wooden edge of the headboard is so delicate and is it embroidered? I also love the delicate, scalloped-edge top sheet. Very pretty.

May has started in the same whirlwind fashion as April, but hopefully this is a downward trend. I could use a little zen time soon. But we're happy, healthy, fed, clothed, loved...I'll take life's tumult - it's a gift. Maybe your weekend will have a little zen? If so, enjoy it. See you next week!






Thursday, May 4, 2017

Delicate Orange


Photo by Annie Schlechter for House Beautiful

Oh, hey. I'm back after an unintentional hiatus in April. The month was a blur...

This room is bringing all the delightful spring feels. Designed by Gary McBournie and located in Nantucket this whole home is AWASH in color, though this bedroom keeps things tailored.

Especially with a delicate use of orange. Do you agree that when we see orange spaces, the orange is usually coming at you like a freight train? It's a pretty bold hue, often used boldly. But here, it's sweet and lovely.

And I'm v into the upholstered walls with matching shower curtain with accents of light spring green. So well done.

Happy May!





Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Crush



Trying to keep it positive with warmer temperatures approaching. And this is the best way I know how - with a ridiculously gorgeous spring table setting from one of my favorite Insta accounts for spectacular monograms, @shopsaddlestitches. High on my wish list? Imari china. And this salad plate with all of my favorite colors may need to be my next pattern...I'm pretty sure it's Royal Crown Derby but anyone know the pattern name? I know I have china super sleuths out there...UPDATE: It's Kyoto Garden from Royal Crown Derby.

I have been down with a (self-diagnosed) sinus infection this week. It has been the pits. Mouth-breathing is not for me. Hoping I finally kick it in time for the weekend...see you next week!








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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pink Kilim Indoor Outdoor Rug

I'm sure many words in that title caught your attention. And I'll add to the description - Under $400.

World Market currently has a doozy of a rug - the Boho Kilim Nagar Indoor Outdoor Rug:



Who else loves a good pink rug? 🙋 And I think this one would read very, very neutral. Plus the indoor/outdoor quality coupled with the price point reads kid-friendly. Pair it with a powder blue sofa and you're in business.






Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Crush


Going into the weekend, I'm loving the CBS Sunday Morning vibe of this mirror by Justina Blakeney available at Lulu & Georgia. It's the perfect whimsical touch for a traditional space; it has the right tone and texture for a beach house; it's delightful for a child's space; etc, etc. It's good and I approve.

Any big plans for this weekend? We are laying low, thank goodness. We'll probably watch Trolls for the eleven-thousandth time. Hope it's a wonderful weekend for you and yours...see you next week!







Thursday, March 16, 2017

Color from Gil Schafer

Everything Gil Schafer (and team) touches is gold, in my opinion. Impeccable taste that shines through true American style. I love it all.

And this project - a vacation home on Lake Placid - has some captivating color usage that I thought we would all enjoy.




Photos by Eric Piasecki for Architectural Digest

That top photo has some killer blue grasscloth...and I LOVE it paired with those navy doors. So clever. And if someone told you they were going to paint your whole room red - trim and all - you might think that was crazy. But here, with the help of tall ceilings and natural light, it's stunning.









Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Crush


Photo by David A. Land, Design by Andrew Howard

Spring is trying to make its debut, so I'll help usher it in with this adorable bedroom. I paused at the spring green + marigold combo, because my mind never goes to a full citrus palette. But it really works here. And I love my favorite Leontine Linens in yellow. So very pretty. Bonus points for the shade hanger and wallpaper hanger who nailed lining up that pattern to create a seamless look. #teamwork


Speaking of teamwork, my favorite teammate is having a birthday today. Carter Shuffler is the best - friend, husband, father...you name it, he's the best at it. I am so very lucky. We will be celebrating him this weekend. Hope you have a great one...see you next week!









Thursday, March 9, 2017

Alice in Wonderland Fabric from Rifle Paper Co.

I was unaware that the creative powerhouse - Rifle Paper Co. - has a (limited) fabric line. If you are a lover of the company's signature florals, you can own them in textile fashion.

And if you happen to be a lover of their signature florals AND Alice in Wonderland, well, you are in luck:








How precious is this fabric? That parade with the lobster and turtle might be my favorite. And this is just a teensy sampling...many more patterns to be found here.

Most of the line is comprised of cotton, meaning that you can get some pillows out of it...possibly some lightweight curtains if you beef up with a liner. If you are looking to cover your favorite chair in an Alice print, your selection is limited to just a couple of heavier weight options...though the adorable signature print (first one pictured) is available.

If you happen to be a seamstress of clothes, you should go ham on the previously mentioned cotton if you have any children in your life.







Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday Crush

Image via Better Homes & Gardens

I am mesmerized by this architectural wonder...floating-ish stairs. It's v smart. And now I'm wondering why this isn't a thing. Seems easy enough to provide enough support under stairs to create an opening below them in a house where an opening would be welcome. This passageway would work wonders for connecting the first level of an otherwise segmented home.

I have a fun weekend ahead...hope you do too. See you next week!





Thursday, March 2, 2017

Matthew Carter Interiors



Grown-up house goals from Kentucky-based designer Matthew Carter...whose portfolio is worth your time today. 

His mixes are complex but feel effortless. His design is traditional but reads modern. He uses bold color in neutral ways. 







The restraint, the whimsy, the classic, the bold...it's all there, friends. And all of these spaces - from the lively to the demure - are perfectly balanced in just the right way.

If you want to see more of Mr. Carter's talent, check out his website here





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