Thursday, May 21, 2015

Catalog Pick: Parker Pom Pom Pillow

I love pillows with a fun texture, especially pom poms. Great in a neutral space where you aren't trying to infuse color but texture goes a long way.

And I particularly like the more "adult" look of the Parker Pom Pom Raffia Pillow from Ballard as poms can get a little too whimsical sometimes:

There is also a navy option whose photograph looks much like the black one. Don't you think the gray one would be right at home with beiges and winter whites? And that black one would do wonderful things paired with buffalo check.

Have you seen similar pom pillows around? I don't see them often and would love to check out more...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Kiki Slaughter

With a name like Kiki Slaughter, you have to be cool. And methinks this Charlottesville, VA native artist is just and chic and everything you want your girl crush to be.

Kiki can wield a paintbrush to create beautiful abstract art, but what caught my eye were her textiles used on furniture. Feast your eyes:

I would classify her wares as the epitome of cool. Yes, it's paint-splattered furniture and I love it. Especially the pieces with colored welting. And just in case you were wondering, she's cute to boot:

Kiki now lives and works in Atlanta but I'll still claim her for Virginia. #virginialove

Check out her website here...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Crush

House & Garden U.K. via Chinoiserie Chic

Eye-popping arrangement. I caught this over on my daily read Chinoiserie Chic and it was a catch-my-breath moment. THE COLORS! Candy colors against a traditional wall and sofa...if I could, I would load this sentence up with heart emojis.

We are baptizing our sweet Mac this weekend. Of course, his first soiree landed during one of my busiest weeks at work so I'm a teensy weensy bit frazzled going into this weekend. We will be hosting brunch and celebrating with our family and I just can't wait to hold my darling boy over that baptismal font. Hope you have a wonderful weekend...see you next week!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Castletown Line Coral On Sale

This fabric - Castletown Line Coral by Lee Jofa - has been in my favorites bin for some time. I just checked up on it and it's on sale, so time to share the goodness:

An exuberant floral in tones of green and peach...the colors are really what nab me here. With bold florals, I like to go big or go home. Hit up some curtains or a full upholstered sofa with it. Let it be the focus of a room and then sit back and admire your gumption for picking something so chic.

On (where I found it) - it's usually $75/yard, which is what I like to call a "pillows only" price. But it's now on sale for $24/yard! That moves it into "kinda expensive upholstery and curtains but maybe I could swing it" pricing. Though, the minimum is 5 yards. But since you're going to do something ballsy with it, you'll need that much anyway.

Go forth and save.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Lantern Planter Entry

Anyone know image source?

Today, I bring you an image that caught my eye due to the:

1) Awesome, large-scaled planters. Ferns + hydrangeas = eye-pleasing arrangement. And the heft really makes them statement pieces.

2) Beadboard porch ceiling.

3) Copper lanterns. Especially the wall-mounts with the slight pagoda nod.

4) Transom windows above a stately door.

5) Door's moldings in general.

One day, one day, I hope to have a lovely entry like this. Nothing crazy...just something classic and welcoming.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Crush

We've been exterior-focused on the house as of late. Not that we are doing anything about it...just a lot of talk of how things could be improved outside. Our petite estate does not need a fence, but if it did, isn't this one just lovely? I love it when careful detail is brought to outdoor, functional components. I would especially love this fretwork fence outlining my horse farm in Albemarle County, Virginia.

We have a packed weekend of family fun that I am very much looking forward to. I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day, be it as a child or a parent. Enjoy your weekend...see you next week!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Flower Box Online Source

The petunias went into our flower boxes this past weekend. Every time we plant those little guys I thank heaven for our flower boxes...they make SUCH a difference on the exterior of our house.

If you don't have flower boxes, have you thought about it? Because if you have, I think you should pull the trigger. And maybe your house could look like this:

Photo by Van Chaplin for Southern Living

Being the DIY couple that we are, we definitely thought about making the boxes out of wood, painting them, etc. But then Carter realized it would take eleventy million weekends to finish them AND the wood option is a bit more high maintenance than the snazzy PVC versions out there.

So we went online and found these boxes - aptly named "Charleston Window Boxes" -  and they have been fantastic. 

Scale is great and the low maintenance PVC construction means they will last the home a bit longer than wood - and you can't beat the smooth finish. And I think the investment in ready-made definitely paid off for the immediate wow factor.

We took this picture two years ago - the first Spring that we had the boxes - and the petunias kind of took over:

But I think the flower boxes and paint transformed our house overnight. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Hope you are enjoying some Spring touches around your home. If you have flower boxes, tell me what you do in the fall and winter months - I'm always looking for ideas!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Krista Ewart's Home


It's been a while since I've seen a full mag feature where every space has killed it for me. Now, that might be because my magazine reading kind of came to a (temporary?) halt in December of 2012 but I do remember back when I read magazines cover to cover, it was rare for me to love an entire home.

But I just saw this feature (online) of designer Krista Ewart's California home for House Beautiful. And I love it alllllllllllll....

Photography by Douglas Friedman for House Beautiful

The last two little girl bedrooms might be my absolute favorite. And then there is that living room and the Chinoiserie mirror moment. IT'S ALL SO GOOD.

Why has Krista Ewart not been on my radar before this moment? Did we all know about her and no one told me? I think what I love about this house is I see my own style reflected back at me - except done extraordinarily well...and it's what I want my house to be...but isn't quite because I don't have this kind of talent.

But it's an excellent home to file away and come back to over and over again for inspiration. I'll be pinning every single picture. Full home tour (with a couple more pictures) here...

Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Crush

Are  you aware that Hopewell Workshop exists? Crafting textiles with a nod to modern Americana. It's beautiful stuff, though I've found it hard to hunt down for actual purchase online. Doesn't mean we can't look - like this adorable rainbow quilt that I can't stop staring at. Sorry that it's a bit of a tease as it's sold out, but a great inspiration piece nonetheless.

Happy May! How did that happen? In preparation for summer, Ana Claire hits the pool tomorrow for her first swim lesson and although it's usually a daddy/daughter activity, Carter is otherwise engaged so I'll be hitting the pool with her. Yay, bathing suit! Hope you have some fun activities planned. Enjoy your weekend...see you next week!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Etsy Shop Indigo Home

I just came across the most delightful Etsy shop based out of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia called Indigo Home.

The owner creates monogrammed eggs....I didn't know these were a thing. Where has my monogrammed egg been all my life?

Perched on a girly vanity, these eggs are simply precious (Mother's Day gift alert). The shop specializes in custom watercolor and pen/ink illustrated gifts and I'm happy to report many of her items have a solid Chinoiserie flair.

Like these pagodas for your pets! Bowls and a treat cute:

The shop has Christmas ornaments, stationary and other sweet items...and I'm sure she creates lovely custom items by request. Check everything out here...

Shout out to Virginia talent!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Classic Cowhide Rugs

I can appreciate a good cowhide rug in a room, but they are often a little too trendy for me. But I love their textural, organic appeal.

And then I spotted these rugs and all forces combine to create the perfect hide rug - texture, pattern and a gorgeous classic, neutral quality that makes them timeless.

That top chevron/herringbone situation is out of this world! Can you imagine in your living room? So chic! And I adore the soft palette of whites, ivories, and grays. These may not be great in a high traffic area, but if you have a space where form trumps function, these are total beauties.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Crush

Photo by Francesco Lagnese for Traditional Home

Tell me this space was on your radar this week. I saw it pop up a couple of times and each time, my eyes bugged out in a good way. By Tilton Fenwich, I think the color combination is especially arresting. This, THIS, is how you do color and pattern. I can't stop staring.

I'm noticing a pattern of having nothing exciting on the weekends to tell you about. Hope that's not the case on your end...Have a great weekend and see you next week!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Affordable Linen Chair

I have wanted to replace the mismatched chairs in our living room since we moved in to this house - so at least 5 years. But buying two arm chairs will cost a pretty penny and this house has needed so many other things that we never find room for the large purchase.

Not to mention that the chairs I love are always unfriendly to a modest budget. Occasionally, I spot a retail chair that has a look I like with a price I can afford, like this adorable linen (blend) chair from World Market:

I don't think you often find chairs at retail that have a detailed silhouette like this. Arched back, tufts, rolled arms, turned're getting some style here. And the fabric is totally neutral and workable. And for $300 (which you could probably whittle down with a coupon) I think getting a pair wouldn't break the bank and you also wouldn't feel wedded to them FOREVER. Don't get me wrong - I'm usually more on the side of spend high and keep forever but sometimes that's just not in the cards...amiright?

For our budget, I find that going vintage and reupholstering will likely be the way to achieve the look I want but I do have this sweet little chair in my back pocket now. Assuming we pull the trigger on new chairs this century...not holding my breath.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Red Pagoda Lantern Under $200

Starting your week with a hot tip for an amazing red pagoda lantern that I spotted on zulily over the weekend:

And it's under $200! It's also big coming in at 32" in height. TOTAL showstopper in any room if your ceilings can handle it.

If you're a parent, you're likely a zulily shopper, but if you aren't, you can join here:

It's a flash sale site that takes my money on a daily basis - mostly with kids clothes but I occasionally spot gems like this one. Do tell me if you purchase it!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Crush

Snakes on plates! This table by Ashley Whittaker featuring Quadrille fabric stunned me on Instagram yesterday. I am a big lover of navy with lavender and the additional mix of bright spring green and SNAKES made this table completely delightful. A gorgeous morsel of eye candy to start your weekend...

Ana Claire has lately been obsessed with the concept of picnics, particularly having a picnic on the rug in her room at bedtime (stalling tactic, perhaps?) If the weather is nice this weekend, we thought we'd treat ourselves to a real picnic and make all of her dreams come true. Hope you have equally exciting plans...see you next week!

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