Thursday, September 22, 2016

Peachy Plum Table

Photo by James Wojcik for Town and Country Magazine


Nothing gets me going for the new season like the promise of sumptuous table arranging! 

And this example is HIGH on my radar. Because peach. Mixed with plum (always a favorite), emerald green, and orange. It's so very good.

I'm also writing a note to self about hunting down a good vintage silver basket - the height and interest one can offer is lovely.

Now go take inventory of your boots. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Crush

Photo by Emily Gilbert for Luxe, who knows the designer?...

I will never ever tire of the combination of green, black, and white. I especially love a good aloe this lacquered ceiling (Benjamin Moore's Parsley Snips, FYI). 

Sidenote: I think a ceiling is a great place to take a risk. Maybe you don't want to deck your walls out in a wild wallpaper...but you want some zing. Paint your ceiling something fun. Like this. 

I am also digging the oversized, scalloped lanterns...hung in a "too many" fashion. If this was your home, and the designer said "Oh, I think we should hang three large lanterns in this teensy hallway!" would probably question them. Because three big lanterns in a small hallway doesn't make sense. But don't listen to yourself. Listen to your designer. Because designers know these things. 

I'm also into the black doors. Ok, I'm done.

Happy weekend! See you next week!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Dining Room Color Study

This home by Jeffrey Bilhuber is one of my favorites. I have blogged about it before, but I had not seen the dining room.

And it's pretty awesome:

Photos by Chi Chi UbiƱa for Cottages & Gardens

Aside from being a great mix of everything - pattern, texture, style - it's also a wonderful color study.

So many colors...and yet they all work. Why???

I think JB succeeds because the center of the space - chairs, bench, rug - are all using color tones that match in saturation. Bold orchid, bright peacock blue, and energetic apple green. The colors are all different, but this jewel range that they all fit under makes them work together. And in solids. No pattern here. Because the dimension is offered by the range of color.

Now lets fade to the back, where the colors are more muted. And patterned. And mainly white with colored backgrounds. Again, the color family is the same in saturation. So that the curtains and walls can create a cohesive unit against which the bold colors can take center stage. And the patterns are very as not to create too much noise behind the bold dining table colors.

Although this is an extreme implementation - not something you will likely try at home unless you are fearless - it offers a great blueprint for how to create a mix in a space.

Carry on.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday Crush

How fun is this?? One of my readers, Merlyn, took my coral bedroom from yesterday's post and brought it to life!!  This tickled me in so many ways. I'm always hoping that the little nuggets I give you here and there can inspire bigger things, so I LOVE seeing how Merlyn took it all the way. Those lamps are killer! Thank you, Merlyn!

Hope you have something fun on tap this weekend. This week was nuts, so I'm happy for some downtime. See you next week!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Coral Bedroom Starter Set

Can we do another make-believe bedroom pairing? Thanks for indulging me.

What about this Polka Dot Sissy Headboard:

With this coral wallpaper called Summer Nights (C-194-05) from Waterhouse Wallhangings:

And this chippendale chair in the corner:

Tremendous, right? Throw in an antelope-patterned rug for good measure. And maybe some blue/white porcelain lamps. This would all suit me just fine.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday Crush

I have been on a kick recently with the work of Suellen Gregory and colleagues out of Richmond, VA - my hometown. I LOVE her use of color and pattern (you may have seen her fab work in the latest House Beautiful) and this image feels like the perfect embodiment of late summer style. Still crisp and bright, but the warmer tones are inviting fall. I'm crazy for those skirted chairs and Mac would lose his mind over that puppy. And a striped painted floor always wins in my book.

FALL. Halle. Lujah. But it's still not quite here...I have to trudge through several more weeks of heat before I get to fully pull out my leggings and boots. We have one more beach hurrah and then life starts back up, with every minute scheduled. Good in a way. Horrible in a way. But boots. And leggings.

Enjoy your Labor Day. See you next week!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Blue Bedroom Starter Set

I pinned these things for different reasons and realized they all coalesce into the delightful beginning of a blue-hued bedroom: bed-in-a-bag. You're welcome.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Crush

Precious twin girl bedroomness by Richmond-based designer Lizzie Cox of Suellen Gregory Interior Design. The color scheme is perfect and I LOVE the painted-bed-base-upholstered-headboard combo. Sweet, simple, sophisticated.

Fall is around the corner and I'm pretty pumped. How are you feeling about it? I love the fresh start that comes with September. Until then, we'll be at the pool. Have a great weekend - see you next week!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Feathery Fern Wallpaper

Today's find is a feathery fern wallpaper awash in the most beautiful shades of rose, blush, and lilac:

Perfect for a powder room, especially when paired with a bold gold mirror:

Add dynamite sconces and a marble vanity top, and you are in business. #humpdayhelp

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Crush

I'm fairly wishy-washy when it comes to defining my own decorating style - I like many things. But today, it is THIS. Holy moly, THIS. The art, mirrors, wallpaper, colors, side's all a dream. And I want to live in it. 

Hope you have a fabulous weekend planned...see you next week!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Catalog Pick: Terrace Bunk Bed

I saw this Terrace Bunk Bed in the Land of Nod catalog:

And immediately thought of this iconic children's space:

The Land of Nod bed is your one-way ticket to creating a similar look and I LOVE it. Although I get the allure of a bunk bed for space and general child merriment, can't say I often think it's chic. But I'm into this.

The bunk bed would also look bananas painted the same color of the wall to create a built-in look.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Crush

Photo by Pieter Estersohn for Architectural Digest

Pure sunshine from designer Nick Olsen in a child's room. Yellow can be tricky, folks. I have had trouble using it in the past and find that it works well as a bold punctuation, like this bed. Although put together this space is fun and juvenile, the elements are perfectly classic. A+

It's HOT. And I am attempting a theme park run with Ana Claire tomorrow. Pray for me. Hope your weekend is wonderful...see you next week!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Art of Janet Hill

After almost seven (!) years of blogging, I tend to forget if I've written about something in the past. This is one of those occasions...I have LONG admired the work of artist Janet Hill (and maybe I've already told you this fact).

 Her work is bursting with detail, beautiful colors, and loads of whimsy. It's perfect.

She is also an exquisite interior designer, as her imagined interiors are some of the best I have encountered. I'm especially fond of her wallpaper creations.

Visit her website or her Etsy shop to see LOADS of art prints at very affordable prices. She often paints in a series so several can be put together for a lovely set.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday Crush

Photo by Megan Weaver

I have never gotten over this vignette from the recent One Room Challenge from Mimosa Lane.  Yesterday's post - with it's vibrant face art and patterns - reminded me of it and it perfectly encompasses my Friday Summer Feels. The standout art is by Hayley Mitchell and the good news is you can snag very affordable prints of similar works from her Etsy shop.

Who's ready for the Olympics? Ana Claire and I have been gearing up watching 2012 coverage of gymnastics on You Tube...always followed by a solid 10 minutes of AC attempting flips and jumps in our living room. You'll catch us between Olympics-watching and pool-swimming this weekend. Hope yours is great - see you next week!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Idea House Inspiration

Have your eyes feasted on photography from this year's Southern Living Idea House in Alabama? It had an all-star decorating cast - Mark D. Sikes, Margaret Kirkland, Ashley Gilbreath, Lauren Leiss, Amy Berry - so no wonder the whole house is ridiculously good.

Seriously, have you seen Margaret Kirkland's dining room?

That is Sally King Benedict's art...and boy did Margaret take a slew of color and pattern and pull it together beautifully.

And the jaw-dropping doesn't stop there:

Bucket loads of inspiration. This is one idea house I would definitely want to see in person! Do you have a favorite space from this particular house?

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