Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Crush


High ceiling goals. LOOK at this art by Cathy Lancaster hanging against Quadrille wallpaper at the store Blue Print in Dallas. Layer in the furniture arrangement, colors, and bold large-scale pattern and the whole look just fills up your eyeballs. In the best way possible.

Thought I would leave you with an especially good Crush, as I will be away from the blog next week. Hope your mid-July is going swimmingly and I will see you back here week after next.






Thursday, July 13, 2017

Waverly Fabrics

Every so often, I dip into a fabric search for the brand Waverly. Always affordable, I find that it usually delights me with some winners.

This time, blue and white fabrics caught my eye.



Fleuretta Bluejay - On my immediate short list to cover a pair of (imaginary) club chairs. Has a bit of a Pyne Hollyhock flair.



Monkey Jars Tide Pool - Singerie at its best. I will say, monkeys are not my jam, but I get it if they are yours. And these are adorable. Not to mention the blue/white porcelain. Are you a Chinoiserie lover with a breakfast nook that could use a window valence or some pillows? Here you go.



Williamsburg Charlotte Twill Bluebell - Really timeless. If you look closely at the petals, the fabric has a lovely blue/white stripe pattern that I would tease out elsewhere.

Any favorites?






Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday Crush


Design by Pencil and Paper Co. via Instagram

Well, HELLO. Citrus Garden by Schumacher is on these walls of perfection. Black + White + Pattern will eternally be a favorite. And that little garden stool is winning on all levels (I have a source for you here). Also, black toilet seats should be on your list. I actually have one forever in my Amazon cart that I have yet to purchase (it's been years) but I need to get on that per this photo.

We have a pretty packed summer weekend ahead...hope you are doing something fun. See you next week!










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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Paint It All

I am squirreling away ideas for a future project on Pinterest and as I was taking inventory the other day, it became obvious that I'm obsessed with the idea of painting an entire space - wall, cabinetry, moulding - the same color.





It always strikes me a so clever and chic...and easy.

Every space here feels high-end but if you break down the elements, they're all pretty simple. But what puts each space over the edge is the bold use of one color. I've written about this before, but I thought it was time for another reminder - paint it all, friends.






Friday, June 30, 2017

Party of 5


Some patriotic swimwear to kick off your holiday weekend...as well as some fun news - we're expecting! Shuffler child number 3 will join us this November. Remember when I didn't blog at all in April? #firsttrimester But it's over and I'm feeling much better!

So cheers to my growing family and a fun holiday weekend ahead with lots of pool time, friend time, and family time. See you next week!






Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Safavieh Stools

Garden stools are perpetually on my radar. Great size, highly versatile, instantly chic.

Their popularity isn't going anywhere and I just found these blue/white numbers from Safavieh that are perfectly perfect:




At under $100, I think a mismatched pair flanking a settee would be lovely and affordable. Although garden stools are a little easier to come by in retail these days, I do think finding blue and white ones is harder and these are quite pretty.

Shop these three here, here, and here.








Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Crush


This image from Chenault James Interiors' Insta has been on my radar for a good long while. The desire for a built-in kitchen breakfast nook never leaves me and I L-O-V-E the idea of taking a high-end fabric that you would NEVER allow your children to eat on and coating it to create a perfectly slick, wipeable surface. So clever and chic.

I am on a plane to Spain this weekend (heading back for work - remember I went last year?) so I'll be away from the blog next week. Enjoy doting on the dads in your life and I'll see you the week after next!







Thursday, June 15, 2017

Catch Me in the Washington Post!

Friends, I'm so excited to share that The Washington Post recently asked me to weigh in on their Splurge or Save column...and it's available today!

I got to pick a subject of my choice so, naturally, I picked Chinoiserie.



Head on over to the online edition and see my picks for worthy splurges and smart savings for some of my favorite, classic Chinoiserie items.

And for locals, pick up the print edition and check out the Local Living section.



Special thanks to Megan McDonough for reaching out and including me.






Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Crush


Photo by Victor Harshbarger, Design by Hernandez Greene

Restrained sophistication. Love the twinning of the painting and side table. And THAT LAMP. It's by Kelly Wearstler for Circa Lighting if you are interested. What I always admire about truly neutral spaces are their command of texture and dimension. The sofa, blanket, and rug all have varying textures...the lamp has dimension as does the wallpaper...and then the swirls of the table and painting take it to another level. So well done. Check out the full project here...

We are kicking off a true summer weekend...hope you have some fun plans. See you next week!  








Thursday, June 8, 2017

Katie Rosenfeld NYC

It's been a while since I've written about one of my favorite designers - Katie Rosenfeld - and, boy, do I have a doozy for you today.

Check out this maximalist New York City apartment...Katie and her client did not hold back and the results are stunning.






My personal favorite space is the bedroom featuring Les Touches with that punctuation of spring green. But every space is thrilling to look at with hearty doses of Chinoiserie and color.

Check out the full apartment here, along with some notes on the design from Katie...







Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday Crush



Eddie Ross always has the Midas touch...and this Insta peek at how his master bathroom is shaping up at his new house is pretty much everything that is right with the world. The blue/green Le Lac colorway is iconic and coupled with that tile, this will be #bathroomgoals. Can't WAIT to see this one in its final state. 

Summer has begun. We'll be hitting the pool and Ana Claire will make her dance debut in her first recital. Hope your weekend has fun plans. See you next week!







Thursday, June 1, 2017

Catalog Pick: Jacqueline Dinner Plate

Thus far, I have opted for all white when it comes to our casual dinner plates. But I have recently fallen in love with these Jacqueline dinner plates from Ballard Designs:


The scalloped edge, dots, and design are just gorgeous. Perfect for summer AND holiday time. 

And I can't stop thinking about creating a patriotic table by layering it with these plates from Juliska (that I actually own...hmmm...):


Beautiful stuff, right? Those Ballard plates are immediately at the top of my wish list.







Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Crush


May your Memorial Day weekend be like this image. Breezy, casual, relaxed, and beautiful. Don't you love all the details here? The ceiling, the sconce, the slice of the room in the background...We stayed at a ski house back in February and there were wall hooks EVERYWHERE...and let me tell you, they were useful. They left such an impression on me and this image brought back the thought that hooks are our friends. Especially when they look this good.

Happy long weekend!! See you next week!






Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cotton Blossoms by Hannah Lane

Sorry to tempt you with these beautiful pieces from Nashville-based artist Hannah Lane. They are sold works but their simple beauty is worth a look for inspiration only.





Great colors paired with the uncomplicated forms of cotton blossoms.

Hannah's work can be found as part of the Nashville Artist Collective - similar to the Charleston and Capital editions. I can't stress enough what great resources these are for sourcing affordable, beautiful art!








Thursday, May 18, 2017

AO House Tour: Primary-Colored Playroom

I am thrilled to share these pictures with you today. Because I have been sitting on them for almost TWO YEARS.

If you remember my house tour from 2013 (!), I showed you what we did with one side of our basement - we turned it into a family room/baby playroom.

Well, we had a whole other side of our basement that we could still renovate. As Ana Claire outgrew the baby side (and Mac took it over) we realized Zone 2 of the basement would function very well as a "big kid" playroom.

So back in 2015, we did this to it (excuse the darkness but the space has no windows):

All photography by Crystal Downs








The before photos are absolutely nothing thrilling, but nice for effect:




We did hire a contractor to do some of the drywall work so it would actually get done before Ana Claire turned 16. But Carter Shuffler did put lots of elbow grease into it laying floors, doing baseboard and other general updates.

That little nook-turned-playhouse was my first experience with removable wallpaper - here is the link to the one I bought. It was a snap to install...and I have yet to know if it comes off easily but it has been a great addition to the space!

The signs we hung above each station were a DIY with help from my very talented friend Melissa Brody. I got the wooden signs from eBay, painted them with craft paint in various hues, and then let Melissa go to town on them with some paint pens. They are pretty much my favorite accessory in the space and will be awesome keepsakes in the future.

Let me tell you that this space functions BEAUTIFULLY for us. Perfect for when friends are over and a great place for the kids (both now that Mac is 2.5) to spend time during their day.

And even though we've had the space now for almost two years, it remains pretty much unchanged. We added a small table for art projects and that's about it.

Let me know in the comments if you are interested in any sources and I will try to dig them up!






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