Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Northern Virginia Magazine

A big thank you to Northern Virginia Magazine for including me in their April issue! The feature profiles five area blogs - also including Young House Love, Pretty Handy Girl, JWS Interiors, Pure Style Home - and I'm thrilled to be in such great company.

You can read the little blurb on AO here... (seems to be a slightly different feature online).

This issue also features a craft beer trail from Northern Virginia to Richmond...double bonus.

I'm always so proud when I hear of recognition for my blog - I love writing it and knowing that others are enjoying it is such a reward. As always, thank you for reading :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wee House

I broke down and bought Ana Claire a play kitchen. I was sure my will power would hold at least until she was two, but alas, 'twas not so.

And of course going down the path of the kitchen sent me down the path of the imaginary world of play that I want to create for her as she gets older. Including a legit mini-house. So, thanks, Pinterest for showing me this gem:

The shrubbery!

This wee house is just too much to take. The painted door and the shutters - too adorable for words. Not to mention it would create a delightful focal point in a yard. I doubt our (read: Carter's) skills will be quite up to creating something like this but that doesn't mean I can't put it in my inspiration folder.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Crush

Jen Langston (design), Heather Wilson (architect), image source 

Our country jaunt has me dreaming of my own farmhouse in the mountains. Though I am not an outdoor bathroom kind of lady, the look of this one is so striking. That turquoise lantern is everything...and love all the white punctuated by metal and wood. Now, as to whether I could actually go here is another matter. But very pretty to look at.

Hope your spring is off to a fantastic start. See you next week!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Catalog Pick: Vintage Vibe Floor Tiles

I always peruse the Flor catalog because I think the concept is a good one - essentially carpet squares - but I typically don't find anything to my taste. Until the new catalog arrived...and I saw the new Vintage Vibe tiles. Hello pretty!

A great take on the classic (or trendy?) Beni Ouarain rugs:

I love to see a real-deal Moroccan rug in a room but these tiles are great for a wall-to-wall look which is hard to achieve with an area rug. And although these tiles aren't bargain bin options ($11.16 sq/ft) they are likely much easier on the wallet than a large area rug with the same look. AND, you can interchange them should your dog/husband/toddler/tipsygirlfried mess one of the squares up.

That first picture with the blue sofa is pretty fetching and my favorite use from the catalog. I am definitely bookmarking this one for myself!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Country Weekend

We escaped to the country this weekend...

Our cottage.


Carter, his girl and the Blue Ridge mountains...all this man needs. Well, besides me.


Windblown ladies.

Sunset's coming, Ana Claire.

 See it?


Property peacocks saying good morning.

 Pancake breakfast.

Signaling her approval for one of our favorite wineries.

 Let me at them horses!

 He loved AC.

 Special stop at our alma mater, the University of Virginia. Where I almost shed tears looking at this baby standing in such a magical place.

 Just two Hoos. Walking the Lawn.

Lunch on the steps of the Rotunda, courtesy of Thomas Jefferson.

As you can see, the weekend was bliss.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Crush

This week, a client alerted me to a delicious green trellis wallpaper that led me to discover that Dana Gibson has paired up with Stroheim for a whole collection of fabrics and wallpaper boasting her signature colorful Chinoiserie. And of course Beth had the full skinny on the collaboration on her blog yesterday - including an interview with Dana. This week's must-read. You'll love seeing everything in the collection, trust me!

We are off for a family weekend of R&R and I'm quite thrilled. Hope you have a fantastic weekend...see you next week!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


image via Quadrille (designer/photog, anyone?)

I do not gravitate toward yellow. Not because I don't understand its merits, but it's just never a color I want anywhere. Until I designed Ana Claire's nursery and yellow was the ONLY choice for her dresser. It was a no brainer and, thus, the first dose of true yellow was introduced to our house.

Since then, it's poppped up in a couple of projects and I'm finding that I really dig using it with earthy neutrals. Tan, taupe, brown and gold...yellow and gold is an AMAZING combo (I put gold bamboo pulls on AC's yellow dresser and I stared at it for a couple of days it was so good). Try it.

Above image features Quadrille's Sigourney wallpaper in a crazy pretty neutral paired with delectable pops of yellow and it's totally working for me.

Do you use yellow? How do you like it?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Setter

This weekend, I saw THIS fabric on Nick Olsen's instagram feed. Tell me you are not dying over this amazing chintz coupled with red piping and leopard. The stuff dreams are made of:

Thank you, Internet (and Nick Olsen), for introducing me to The Setter from Cowtan and Tout.

I'm not really into dogs (I know, I know...sorry) but I can get on board with dogs on fabric. Though it has to be a pretty great textile for me to want to use it at the risk of feeling like a poser dog lover. Because a lover of dogs, I am not. I think I already said that.

There is so much to love in this one. The combination of colors, the tight pattern, and the little black dots that emanate from one of the buds - it's all just ridiculously good and Nick's use of red piping completely puts it over the edge.

WANT. I'll be keeping my eye on this one...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Crush

My jaw dropped when I saw this china that Olivia over at Lacquered Life will be using for her Easter table. And then I fell over when she said she scored it from her parents' basement. That is most certainly a score. If you like it as much as I do, you must read this blog post in which Olivia plans out her table around this china - gorgeous ideas that are getting me ready for spring entertaining.

Have a wonderful weekend...see you Monday!

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Now these are recliners I can get behind. Or lay on.

Design by Diamond Baratta, image via

Are you generally against recliners but have had to wage the recliner battle at home? Or at least the comfy chair battle? Comfy and stylish are not mutually exclusive. A happy medium can be found. Not to say these chairs would be as comfortable as a huge, squishy recliner but they look pretty great for lounging and look pretty bomb in this room. That mirror, wall color and carpet sing with the chair upholstery. Have you ever seen such interesting chairs? Imagine when that fire is roaring...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My Sister's Foyer

I keep meaning to share these photos with you of Adriana and Chuck's (my sister and brother-in-law) foyer using this wallpaper:

I think it turned out great! They went with a classic marble and granite checkerboard floor which provides a stunning contrast against the cheerful wallpaper. And although the wallpaper is definitely flowery, I think it looks fresh and not at all girly or fussy paired with the floor and lighting.

And they created a little entry station for keys, mail, checking your hair/makeup (how I use it), etc with this demilune table and this Moroccan mirror. It really creates a wonderful welcoming entry to their home.

My sister and I have similar taste/style but on the spectrum of this style I'd say my version is a bit more amped/glitzy and her version is typically more classic/tailored. But this foyer suits both of us just fine. I would love to replicate this look if only we had a foyer. #foyerenvy

Monday, March 24, 2014

Caspari Garden Follies

My hair clogged the shower drain for the 372nd time this weekend. Since my last hairball killed the snake-thingy, we were due for a new one. So Sunday afternoon, Carter and I popped into the neighborhood hardware store that happens to have a little gift section at the front and, Y'ALL, I made quite the discovery. That I'm obsessing over.

Caspari has a new (at least to me) Chinoiserie print!

And it's EVERYTHING. I'm so in love. Say hello to Garden Follies (cue the chorus of angels):

{{Standing Ovation}}

The place cards! I can not even.

Chinoiserie lovers, is this not perfection in a plate? A PAPER plate. If you are hosting anything this spring - baby shower, bridal shower, lunch, brunch, whatever - THIS is the pattern for you. It screams spring and the color palette is beyond amazing. Red chargers. Pink candles. Green glasses. Butterflies galore. Bamboo flatware. The table-setting possibilities abound.

Way to clog the drain, dark tresses. High-five. Teamwork leads to beautiful results and you can be sure that I will be adding these items to my Caspari collection. #casparihoarder

UPDATE: This is likely obvious to many of you, but this is indeed a collaboration between the artist Harrison Howard and Caspari. I can't think of a better combination! Read more about it here...

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Crush

Photo by Tria Giovan

It's spring! Break out your chintz! Love, love the richness of this design from a Virginia home by Suzanne Rheinstein. Chintz and flowers don't have to be all crazy color and sweetness. This room shows that chintz can be moody - seems like the perfect space to move from winter to spring. So chic.

Have a great weekend as we kick off some warmer months...see you next week!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Noteworthy Exterior Revamp

Bailey McCarthy posted this exterior before and after on Instagram a while back, majorly catching my attention.

I love a well-proportioned small(er) house and this photo shows exactly the kind of potential these homes can have. 

A coat of fresh paint, some simple detail changes around the door and very light landscaping...that's all it took to quickly maximize this house's curb appeal.

You know I love an old house so I get happy when I see wonderful results like this. And if you're interested in seeing the home's interior, here's the whole house tour (it's amazing, obvi).

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Anshun by Schumacher

It's been a while since we've talked drop-dead gorgeous fabrics, so here's a stellar find to add to our ongoing conversation.

Anshun by Schumacher:

Where to start??? The colors? Deep jungle greens, peaches and rose, cerulean blues...all working magically together to create an unexpected jewel-tone palette. Yes, yes, yes. SO good.

And I of course love the birds but mostly love the little insects - butterflies and dragonflies - that seamlessly mix with the flowers.

This is crazy pretty. I would love huge big swaths of it like curtains or couch upholstery. And I would have to pair it with forest green velvet...HAVE TO. Maybe with a blue leather chair. #luxeliving

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