Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Crush

Artist Kerry Steele has the most adorable set of mini sailboat abstracts in her Etsy shop right now. I always LOVE her color use and I am digging this loose watercolor style. Get all three and frame them up in thin gold frames...A+.

Happy Friday! FYI, I'll be away from the blog next week but back the week after. Talk soon!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Etsy Shop: Wheaton Whaley Designs

My Etsy wanderings recently landed me at this adorable South Carolina-based shop, Wheaton Whaley. Chock full of darling pillows and monogrammed gifts. 

That first pillow is the loveliest shade of cornflower blue - not easy to find. And let me tell you that with wedding season and summer entertaining underway, nothing makes a better gift than monogrammed cocktail napkins. Always well-received.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Gingham Settee

Mid-week musing - find yourself an old settee on Craigslist and recover it in gingham (or buffalo check) so it looks a little something like this:

Or just buy the one above on One Kings Lane...

Bonus points if you have a stunning wallpapered wall to set it against and opt for contrast welting:

Image via Traditional Home

Let's get through the rest of the week, shall we?

Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Crush

Photo by Nicole LaMotte for One Kings Lane

I need more monograms in my life. Love this collection from Kim Bachmann's wonderful home featured on One Kings Lane. Check it out here - definitely worth your time this Friday. 

Well, that was a busy week. How was yours? Do you feel like summer is just FLYING by like I do? Granted, I'm not one to hold on to this season so this is not necessarily a bad thing...mostly just the sensation that time is slipping by, which leaves one questioning all sorts of things. Hope your weekend is carefree, unworried about anything but family and friends. See you next week!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday Crush

Photo by William Waldron for Architectural Digest

Red and white and blue and fireworks. Do yourself a solid this holiday weekend and check out this home owned by Christopher Spitzmiller if you aren't familiar with's bananas. Those painted cobalt floors are everything. One room pairs these floors with purple. It's bold and classic and sensational...three things I aspire to be. 

Hope your 4th of July weekend is wonderful...I'm excited for some rest and fun with my family. See you next week!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

John Robshaw for College


Did you know John Robshaw has a collection for Target? Is this super old news that outs me as someone totally out of touch with the world? (Because I am, though I try to look like I'm not)

Well, I was cruising Target aisles this weekend and caught a glimpse of this sensational John Robshaw quilt:

This picture doesn't do the quilt's pattern justice - it's the loveliest shade of light blue with a white pattern.

Before you get too excited (like I did) appears this bedding collection is only for those of us who are college-bound and will sleep in a Twin XL for 1-4 years. Bummer.

But if you have a student bound for the great beyond, check out some of the collection:

Like most collections, I probably wouldn't match it ALL like some of these photos suggest...but picking up just the quilt or a pillow or two would really be a great addition to a space.

Check out the full collection here...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hump Day Takeaway

Image via

On this fine Wednesday, let's examine this butler's pantry and the fact that the cabinetry, walls, and molding are painted the same color. I have contemplated this in the past, but never seen it in action. And now that I have, I like it. 

The effect is great in a small (I think) pantry painted a moody gray. But I would wager that this also probably looks dynamite in a bigger kitchen make the whole kitchen feel "built-in." Now, kitchens by definition ARE built in, but the cabinets usually contrast from the walls...but what if they blended with the walls? Using a color (i.e. not white)?

I approve and I'm saving this idea for future use.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Crush

Design by Massucco Warner Miller via House of Turquoise

Summer vibes. Citrusy, cerulean loveliness combined with deft pattern usage from the genius ladies at MWM. The elements here are simple, friends...fabulous color and pattern can go a long way.

Hoping to have a nice summer weekend filled with family and friends...hope you are as well. Have a great break...see you next week!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

MCM Buffalo Check

We've talked about how much I like buffalo check many, many, many times. And I have a morsel to add to the conversation - the Jack Collection from Schoolhouse Electric (no idea they had furniture):

I am 100% into it. Mid-Century Modern, on the other hand, doesn't get my full devotion at all times, but I do appreciate it in bits and pieces. I think it can give a traditional room a slight edge. For example, that loveseat would be so at home paired with a classic sofa.

Black and white buffalo check forever.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Back from Spain...a month ago.

Oh hey. I got back from Spain...a month ago...and took unscheduled leave. Whoopsies.

Once I tune out from regular life it's a struggle to tune back in. But I'm getting there. Wanna see some pictures from my trip? Sevilla and Barcelona provided the backdrop...

I did indeed go to that adorable tapas bar I left you hanging with - see picture 2 and 3 above. It was beyond lovely. And the sangria (pitcher) was delicious. So much so that we were unable to try on the 37 rompers we picked out at Zara following lunch.

The weather was gorgeous and as you can see, my eyes were delighted with lots of stunning visuals (I toured a cava winery - see white train pic - INSANE). I had gelato almost every day. And wine. And all the fried patatas ever created. Ever. And I wanted to buy every flamenco dress I saw because I'm pretty sure the cut would be flattering, though perhaps not practical.

Travel is good for the soul, y'all. And I missed you. Happy summer...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Nos Vemos

Friends, my Friday Crush is Spain. The country. Because by the time you read this, I will be there!

Lucky, lucky me will be traveling to this marvelous corner of the Earth for work and I hope to sit in lovely tapas bars like the one above for days on end.

So deal me out for a week or so. I should be back to posting after the Memorial Day holiday.

Tapas, vino, jamon y manchego, mis amores. Talk soon!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cuddle Chair

First of all, this is called a cuddle chair.

The Mimi Cuddle Chair, to be exact:

And it's available on One Kings Lane. For a generous sum of dollars.

But the scalloped canopy is everything. And the bamboo frame with those little floral/quatrefoil situations around the bottom. And the striped periwinkle (!) Sunbrella fabric. So luxe and ridiculously fetching.

The inspiration is free...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Faux or No

I feel like I touch on this topic once a year...fake flowers. In general, I agree with the school of Say No to Faux.

But every once in a while, I spot a fake arrangement that makes me think twice. And if put in just the right spot where no one is examining it too closely, it can really look beautiful.

Like these:

Both I found on Overstock here and here.

Getting a real arrangement like these would be lots of dollar bills. And keeping it alive is trouble. And then it dies. So your ROI is pretty low.

I do have a tall spray of fake forsythia tucked into the corner of my living room and I've never thought twice about it. It's great. But those are more like "stems" than flowers.

But these arrangements here are pretty on point. Enough to make me want to use them.

What are your thoughts on this controversial topic??

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Crush

I feel pretty solid about this choice. Showering with flamingos on the daily seems like a good idea. Pink + black + white is also a classic combination. Embrace the quirkiness in life and have fun.

You are welcome for this Friday wisdom. Enjoy your weekend...see you next week!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Lavender Bedroom

Design by Maggie Currey, photo by Laurey Glenn for Southern Living

Oy. It's one of those weeks where I squeeze my eyes and fists (at the same time) and wish for a clone. Not enough hours.

But this image put me at ease amidst my frenzy. Lavender and green is high on my list of favorite combinations and I find this bedroom so incredibly lovely. I would actually never go for a geometric wallpaper like that, but it totally works with the curtain fabric.

I also like that all the pretty gets anchored with khaki sheets, tailored bedskirt, neutral rug and heavy nightstand. It's what makes the whole room feel less sweet and more sophisticated.

Bonus point for the painted trim and the fact that those curtains (Rhododendron by Carleton Varney) remind me very much of the print in my own dining room

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