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








Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday Crush


Cheers to my tiny bread-lovers...they take after their mama. 

Ana Claire and Mac are all joy and light, folks. I know Sunday is about me and my attempt to be winning at motherhood, but it really boils down to these two. And their bread chomping. And those little faces that I could squeeze all day. And I do - squeeze. A lot...and they don't like it.

Hope you are celebrating the mothers in your life this weekend. Enjoy it. See you next week!





Thursday, May 5, 2016

Forbidden City Fabric

Looking for fabric for a client, I came across this gem. I will not bury the lead - it's $7.49/yard at Calico Corners.

That's insanity. It's called Forbidden City in Feather Gray.



If you like neutrals that kick it up a notch, this should be your jam. And if you use it for upholstery, I would highly suggest a contrast welt in that cinnamon tone.

My brain is hard at work thinking where I can use this...or perhaps I should just purchase and hoard. That's always an option.






Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tiny Sconce


Rebecca de Ravenel via Chinoiserie Chic

Did y'all catch this image on Chinoiserie Chic last week? If so, excuse the recycle, but I just had to point out one element. One tee-tiny element. That wee sconce.

Let's also note the imbalance of how the art and sconce are hung. I pretty much never measure when I hang things on walls and I feel good about that corner-cutting when I see arrangements like this. It might hurt your eyeballs, but it works just fine for me.

But back to that that petite pink sconce. It makes the vignette for me. It's diminutive size actually calls attention to it...and that pink shade is brilliant. I love using wall lighting - even if it's more for aesthetics than actual lighting...but you know that little thing casts a lovely soft glow when left on at night.






Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Crush


Design by Ivy & Vine

I am keeping my promise with the blue theme. I usually pick blue + gold over blue + silver, but I am into this silver-gray look paired with that fantastic wallpaper. I should know this wallpaper - it's on the tip of my tongue...who can make a positive I.D.??

I already want the weekend to slow down. They go by so fast! Mine should be equal parts fun, chores, and downtime...I'm hoping. Hope your weekend is lovely...see you next week!






Thursday, April 28, 2016

Putting the Blue in Bluemercury

Let's stay on a blue theme this week.

Loving this Bethesda, MD sunroom designed by my girl Sally Steponkus Roche and home to Bluemercury founders Marla and Berry Beck.


Photo by Gora Kosanovic for The Washington Post

The particular shade of saturated blue on the walls is the perfect anchor for all that wonderful natural light. And the chippendale chair + table combo is right up my own alley. Also loving those oversized lamps.

I know I say this every time I write about her, but Sally is so charming and delightful. Really. And her work is always tailored, elegant, and refined. She's a great DC area talent.

Sidenote: You should check out the full Washington Post article here because they have one of those awesome 3D tours of the house - you can literally use your mouse to walk through the various spaces. If you don't know what I mean, you should really try it - such a great use of technology.







Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Aqua Walls


I typically don't take my blues this cool, but my jaw dropped at this ensemble by designer Cortney Bishop. That aqua grasscloth on the walls is 100% good. Paired with the painting by Lynne Hamontree of the Charleston Artist Collective, that waterfall console, the lilac bench and those floors...it's all a watery blue dream come true.

Where do you land on pastels? I LOVE them. I could use them all day long...and I love what Cortney did here with that gray leather chair - she anchored it all so it didn't get too cute. Same with the curtain rod - simple, slightly industrial...if that had been a gold scrolly situation, this room would start to feel splenda sweet.

Balance, y'all.





Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Crush


Elizabeth Lawson Design

I think I will always, always love a black and white kitchen. And this black-on-the-bottom-white-on-top way of doing it is very modern yet oh-so classic. The brass is totally perfect. Open shelving and I would probably never get along, but it's beautifully styled in this scenario. And the rug + hardwood floor combo is on my short list. 

Spring is here and the sunshine has been a welcome change...I'm trying to embrace my open-toed shoes (but it's a struggle putting away the boots). Hope you have a great weekend - see you next week!







Thursday, April 21, 2016

Herend Forains d'Orient

Let me be clear that I have fallen in love with many a china pattern in my lifetime. Many.

But this week, I found my soulmate.

Herend's Forains d'Orient:








The Chinoiserie motif is obviously on point....but the gold borders, scalloped edge (!), polka-dot background and saturated hues are what make this pattern above and beyond anything I've seen.

Like so many things I love, these items are luxe. So instead of setting my table with various sets, I'll need to pump the brakes and narrow in on one statement piece that I can own.

[insert heart-eyes emoji]







Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Traditional Twist in Richmond

It's rare that I post photos from an entire home. But this home 100% deserves it. Because every single space is fantastically fetching.

And, bonus points, it's located in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia.

Designed by Charlotte Lucas, it's true to Virginia tradition with a striking nod to modernity.

Photos by Laurey Glenn for Southern Living







Every space nails it. The wonderful mix of color, the touches of brass and gold, the wall treatments, the floor coverings...it's all so balanced and so mixed and so everything.

And let's talk about the lighting which is phenomenal - the mustard lamp pair, the acrylic chandelier, the glass foyer pendant, the brass kitchen pendants...literally the lighting alone makes me love these interiors.

Can you tell I completely dig this house? Do you like it as much as I do?





Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday Crush


Photo by Eric Piasecki, Design by Gideon Mendelson, via House Beautiful

Now this is a gem. Those walls and that baseboard! Would you ever be so bold as to do something like this in your home? It's a risk but it certainly pays off. I'm also loving the painting (by Vittorio Masoni) and how it looks hanging against a colored, tactile backdrop. Also note the height of that baseboard...I'm a fan of hefty baseboard, even if your ceilings are low. Gives the room dimension.

This has been a whirlwind of a week...I'm ready for some downtime. Hope you have a restful 48 hours planned. See you next week!








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