Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Crush

I reminded myself this week about Griffin and Wong this one. For the day when I have my grown up house and do adult things like paper walls with scenic landscapes. And this one is giving me a wintry vibe that I wish my real life was giving me. I am not into 60 degrees in January. I adore winter's Carter notes, I'm an indoor cat.

Have a fabulous weekend. See you next week!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sweet Bow Bathroom

Let's tumble down the internet rabbit hole.

The talented Sally Roche (nÊe Steponkus), pinned this sweet bathroom:

Designed by Andrew Howard - son of Phoebe Howard - and featured in House Beautiful and the blog House of Turquoise.  So many favorites there.

This sweet space immediately made me remember a Baker fabric I blogged about long ago...

And though it's a fabric, not wallpaper, let's forget that for this exercise...wouldn't the same concept for the space above look incredibly lovely for a little boy using these bow ties? A bold red vanity...swap out the sconces for something more angular...use a masculine monogram.

I just loved the thought of it all as I internet tumbled.

Sidenote: Looks like that adorable fabric is maybe discontinued? This colorway is available at the original source.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Caspari Christmas Ballet

Humor me.

I know Christmas is LONG gone but I never showed you my Christmas table. And I loved it so much that it made me sad to put it away without showing you. So here it is.

You know Caspari is my fave and they debuted this Christmas Ballet collection this year...and I had to have it:

The Nutcracker Ballet depicted in a napkin full of hot pink, red, blue and green. Be still my heart.

I paired it with my wedding china, Derby Panel Green by Royal Crown Derby:

I also used my wedding crystal for wine and light pink glass tumblers from IKEA for water.

Paper napkins served as a table runner as well as coasters. 

Hot pink poinsettias took center stage inside small glass vases (Tip: Did you know you should "sear" the stems of cut poinsettias with a lighter/flame in arrangements? My cut stems are still going strong weeks later). 

Various crystal candlesticks with Caspari taper candles in shades of red, hot pink, and light pink provided ambience.

Everything perched atop a red tablecloth (also Caspari, obvi) that is wonderful for fancy dinners because it feels more like fabric than paper.

And then, we had the Christmas mice:

I made a little trip to IKEA where I picked up a dozen mice for 99 cents each, followed by a trip to the craft store for some pink tulle for the ballerinas and some felt for the gentlemice.

After a relatively short crafting session where I just eyeballed everything and went to town with a hot glue gun, I had a small army of Christmas mice to adorn the table. The perfect finishing touch to each setting and the kids loved them.

And that's a wrap on Christmas. Thanks for playing.

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

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Coral Floral Guest Bedroom

Hi friends! Welcome to 2017!

Kicking it off with a design board I did toward the end of last year. My client Karin had a guest bedroom with two twin spindle beds...and that was about it. Unsure where to go, I steered her toward pale lilac walls, punchy coral Tilton Fenwick fabric, and scalloped bedding, all anchored with some neutrals and dimensional lighting.

Need to freshen up a room this year? Let me know and I'll hook you up with one of these snazzy boards.

Hope this year is off to a good start!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas

Joy to this world.

May your holiday be merry and oh-so bright.
Thank you for another wonderful year...see you in 2017!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Berry Christmas

I am asking myself why the combination of red and purple has never occurred to me for a Christmas tree. I've definitely used purple in Christmas decorations, but never on my tree. This image is giving me a lot to think about. Meanwhile, look at that floor!

Christmas countdown is on...I am fielding daily questions about its proximity. If you celebrate, hope the lead up is proving joyful.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Palm Menorah


That is a good-looking menorah. It literally took my breath away. It's by Michael Aram and I am a huge fan...of basically anything from that brand but specifically this.

Can you imagine how beautiful this would be lit to celebrate Hanukkah? I would never want to put it away!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday Crush

A friend/co-worker turned me onto the Instagram account of pmqfortwo đŸ‘€ - it's bananas. Holy moly, I can't stop looking at it - especially all of her Christmas posts. She love Nutcrackers just like I do. And everything is pink and sparkly and just beautiful. Do yourself a favor and peep her account or, better yet, follow it.

Busy week. Ana Claire turned FOUR. As in four YEARS. I just can't. But she did - and we celebrated it. I'm going to slow down and savor this season that is too soon coming to a close. Have a great weekend - see you next week!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Crush

Plates on a chair.

I'm starting up a new project with one of my favorite clients and she has this delicious array of multicolored salad/dessert plates handed down from her mother. They are sitting on turquoise leather atop a black/white checkerboard floor. All good things to start with.

Let me tell you...I am pretty pumped it's Christmas. Though with children born during the holiday season, this time of year is HECTIC. But I'll take it all. Great problems to have. Hope you have a wonderful weekend...see you next week!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Chinoiserie Christmas Dream

Someone has been holding out on me.

I didn't know the blog Chez V existed. And although these photos are old news from 2014, they are perfectly relevant for any Chinoiserie-lover decorating for Christmas.

This image below is from a different post I can't track down, but let me tell you, the pink poinsettia inside the blue/white porcelain is pretty much everything to me right now:

I have never had hot pink poinsettias at Christmas...but this year I WILL. I am planning a whole Christmas table around them and I couldn't be more excited about it. And then I saw this picture. And I may never have another Christmas in my life without pink poinsettias.

Aside from the pink plants, this whole Christmas situation above is amazing. The magnolia leaves, those stockings, the tree...all of it. We are getting a slow start to Christmas decorating this year, but I'm hoping to knock most of it out this weekend and will be referencing these photos as I go.

😍💕🎄 (<--Emoji in blogger. #finally)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.

May it be sumptuous and full of love and friendship...and less football than mine will be.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Crush

Well, here I am, the weekend before Thanksgiving and my table has not been planned. When it comes to entertaining, I either have it really together in advance...or it's a hot mess hours before. I can never seem to get it in between.

Regardless, I always love having guests in my home so I'm pretty pumped that Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we are set to have a full house. One thing I do know - Caspari will be on my table. It always is. And the napkins above which are PERFECT for this holiday remind me of my Thanksgiving table from last year:

All the feathers.

If you are hosting, I hope your planning comes together this weekend! See you next week!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Black Coffee Table from Nate Berkus

A truth: Nate Berkus for Target just never disappoints.

It is so refreshing to see great design at affordable price points. And while searching for a client, I chanced upon this sexy beast of a black coffee table:

Now that is a fetching piece. And the fact that it's black means you can put it pretty much anywhere. The price point under $150 is a bonus, but it's also not puny. At 34" round, it will hold its own in a space. This one is high on my radar.

If you haven't peeped the current NB collection,  I urge you to do so now.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday Crush

Wonderfully clever idea for your Thanksgiving table from Southern Living - golden pears as bud vases. The sugars in the pears keep the flowers going...and their golden hue coupled with bright flowers are a perfect, simple way to decorate your table beautifully. I might be doing this...TBD.

When you read this, I'll be in Charleston having an epic girls weekend with my besties...toasting this year when we all turned 35 and generally celebrating our incredible friendship. Have a great weekend...see you next week!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Schumacher for Kids

A couple of unrelated points here, best done in list format:

1. I peaced out on the blog last week - took a trip to Cali for work and it was lovely. I drank all the Zinfandel in Sonoma. And had some productive meetings.

2. You are generally winning if your kids get to play in a Schumacher-fabric-laden teepee.

3. I'm on a plum/burgundy clothing kick, so I want that little girl's leggings.

4. The bedroom on the bottom is incredibly legit with its color combination, brass bed, casual canopy, and stained/painted dark ceiling. The simple pillow arrangement is also catching my eye.

5. What I liked most here is the color story. Plum and citrine at the top and then plum and royal blue (peeking out from the blanket) on the bottom. I have seriously been loving plum/orchid for years and images like these keep feeding my addiction.

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