Tuesday, July 22, 2014

On Vacation


We are on a family vacation this week, during which I was planning to blog, but it appears the wi-fi is not cooperative enough for that to happen. So instead I'll leave you with a photo of Ana Claire from our family reunion yesterday...hopefully it will tide you over until I'm back in the Land of Reliable Internet.

Hope you're having a great week!

xo, D

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Crush

Photo by Kelly Stuart

Loving this bedding moment from Ali Fuge's studio apartment in House Beautiful. Crisp white contrasted with gorgeous pops of color. Works especially well as the rest of the space is pretty neutral. And you can never go wrong with a sunburst mirror...never.

Have a fantastic weekend! See you next week!



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mirrored Walls

How do we feel about mirrored walls?

I recently saw this one and it caught my eye...I think I love how rich the furniture looks contrasted against the cool, glassy wall. Makes everything sparkly and warm:

Home of Adrienne Vittadini, photo by Melanie Acevedo for Veranda

Do you think a mirrored wall works, but only in certain situations...like a bright, colorful beachy condo where the mirrored wall reflects back the gorgeous ocean?

Someone remind me of this designer, photo by Annie Schlechter for Coastal Living

Or are they simply for bathrooms where mirror is right at home with tile and other hard surfaces?

Ralph Lauren, photog name?, for Architectural Digest (let's all note the garden stool in the shower)

OR, can they be right at home in "regular" spaces like a cozy living room, entry or our original bedroom photo?
 Design by Lindsey Harper; Image by Quentin Bacon

Source?

If done well, I think a mirrored wall can work anywhere but it takes a great eye to make it look intentional and not tacky. I think all of these spaces pull it off.

So, what's your take?



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nila Ikat Fabric

What's my latest fabric find, you ask? Why, it's this delicious Nila Ikat from Beacon Hill. I can't get enough of this pattern and the color combinations.

In Peapod Coral - perfect for a shared boy/girl bedroom. Or pillows in your family den. The light blue with little accents of light and dark coral is gorgeous.


Oh my, in Indigo...break out the cigars and let's talk politics and religion while lounging in cognac leather club chairs. So saturated and handsome...would be killer if your wallet allowed for curtains.


Ahhh, and the soothing tones of Moonstone - appropriate name as I wouldn't hesitate to put this in a master bedroom. The colors are so soft and pretty and I really love light blue paired with taupey gray.

So, what do you think of my latest fabric love. Do you like it?



Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Crush

Design by T. Donovan Keller

I can totally get behind this airy Chinoiserie dining room. The lantern, the mirror, the chairs and their piped cushions, the Quadrille-skirted table, the dark furniture contrasted with white walls. I am even enjoying the mirrored wall. If I had a beach condo, this would be great inspiration for a smaller dining space.

Have a fantastic weekend...see you next week!




Thursday, July 10, 2014

Twinning

I just came across the most spectacular round-up of twin bedrooms on House Beautiful's website. I'm a nut for a room with twin beds...something about the symmetry? I don't know, but it's a slight obsession of mine.

Here are some gems:

My dream guest bedroom. The four-posters!
Design by Amanda Lindroth 


Soothing and gender neutralish. 
Design by Amanda Lindroth


Fantastic for two boys to share.
Design by Conne Newberry


Would totally dig this for my imaginary mountain house.
Design by Justine Cushing

If you love these bedrooms like I do, you'll love HB's round-up here



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Weekend with Friends

On the list of things that I cherish most, my girlfriends are quite high. These women build me up, make me laugh, give me advice, educate me and tell me when I need lipstick. They are magical creatures.

As busy lives go, we rarely get a chance to travel together but this past 4th of July weekend, we made it happen. Kids and husbands included.

My girls - Katie, Katie, Katy, Lauren, Julianne. Did you catch all the Katies? We were down two, Michele and Tyler, that we sorely missed...we are a tight group of 8. All Wahoos.

Thursday afternoon, we packed our bags and headed to the mountains of western Virginia...a tiny place called Millboro where the views are stunning. We rented a bananas beautiful house that was nestled in the most stunning of locations and just...relaxed.

We took in lots of views:







We woke to the mountain sunlight hitting our golden locks:


We ate A LOT:




We took lots of selfies:






We even made a quick visit to The Homestead which was about 30 minutes from where we were staying:




^^ How most pictures turn out ^^

We had a great time making some wonderful memories that none of us will soon forget. Here's to celebrating friendship and spending quality time with those you love.





Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn for Southern Living

Happy Fourth of July! I hope you are having a lovely summer day enjoying some patriotic fun with your loved ones. I've escaped to the mountains with my best friends, our husbands and our kids! I'm looking forward to a fun weekend ahead...I hope yours is equally as good. See you next week!




Thursday, July 3, 2014

Chinoiserie Panels

As a lover of Chinoiserie, I am no stranger to the concept of Chinoiserie panels as wallhangings. The idea of taking a gorgeous swatch of a Chinoiserie wallpaper or textile and framing it up as art...brilliant and effective.

And though I often see them and think how nice they look I found these particular panels from Lovejoy Designs (seen on House of Turquoise) to be particularly arresting:

Photos by Michael J. Lee


I LOVE the scale of the first panel and how its subtle colors of gray, green and yellow are paired against the white in the cabinetry and then picked up in the dining chairs. Incredibly stunning.

And in the second one, I can say that I haven't come across a panel quite like this one with its black and white etching-like appearance. Most panels are of the bird and branch variety so I love the uniqueness of this one and, again, the scale. 

Really lovely takes on a classic technique!




Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Luxury Chinoiserie Lighting

Have you seen the recent amazingness from lighting purveyor Coleen & Company? This is the stuff my dreams are literally made of:




It's like living in a tole Chinoiserie dream! Top to bottom: Elsie Lantern, Tole Tent Semi Flush, & Scalloped Flush Mount.

It's hard to narrow in on a favorite here but I'll go ahead and do it - the Elsie. Woah. Now that is an attractive way to light up your life. But let's not overlook the adorable tassel detail on the Tole Tent Semi or the sweet white scallop border on the Scalloped Flush....really, really beautiful stuff. Luxury lighting that I can keep dreaming about as it's certainly not within my current reach. But the inspiration is free!




Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Crush


I would like to be here this weekend. A New Orleans balcony all decked out for a summer soiree. A wrought iron porch, modern Louis chairs, a beautiful tablecloth adorned with gold chargers, silver goblets, towering candles and OF COURSE a bananas beautiful monogrammed napkin...because this table belongs to Jane Scott Hodges of Leontine Linens. You know this dinner party was amazing.

Do you have any summer entertaining on tap for this weekend? Hope this provides a little inspiration. Whatever your plans, enjoy the weekend and see you next week!



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Regina Fiesta

How can you not love a fabric called Regina Fiesta?? I l-o-v-e this happy hump day find - a completely rad fabric from Pindler:


Feels very Josef Frank, no? Now, let's discuss the wonderful color tones here - aqua, persimmon, leaf green, yellow...all dancing on a white background. So much yes.

The Twitter led me to this one...check out this tweeted image from Traditional Home:

Photo: Karyn R. Millet, Design: Taylor Borsari

Wow! Now, I can't seem to find it as wallpaper but BOY does it work as a wallcovering. I just love how this designer pulled out the colors for a child's bedroom. So lively and fun.

A+




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Catalog Pick: Palm Beach, Lanai Mirrors

Really loving the Palm Beach appeal of these new mirrors from Serena & Lily. The first is actually called the Palm Beach Mirror and the second is the Lanai Mirror. Both are obviously at home in any kind of beach house but I think they would look equally gorgeous in a casual, Chinoiserie-filled space.



Can you imagine the second mirror (Lanai) in a trellis-wallpapered powder room with some lovely sconces???

I have to hand it to Serena & Lily for being a catalog source that always offers something unique. They seem to be ahead of the trend curve and I love the global-inspired feel of so many of their items. And don't get me started on the baby stuff...so good.

Check out all mirrors here...




Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Crush

Photo by Jonny Valiant via Dering Hall and House Beautiful

Be still my chintz-loving heart. This peach and aloe green situation by Brunschwig & Fils on designer Connie Newberry's curtains is simply amazing. Love the eye treat created by this vignette. Note the bugs on the plate. Love it all.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend! See you next week...




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New Nursery Monogram Prints

My friend Crystal is at it again...this time with a dynamite vintage floral monogram nursery print in the most delightful color combinations, now available in her Etsy shop.




Sweet and adorable, yes? I'm a sucker for these florals and I love the imaginative color combinations. I signed up for one in a custom colorway for Ana Claire...which is not a reserved service for me because I'm special - she'll do it for you too!

I also love that these are square little numbers ready to hang in an IKEA Ribba frame...a perfect little keepsake gift.

Visit Crystal's shop here...




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