Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Crush

Jessica Risko Smith Interior Design, via Houzz & Pinterest

This is a good idea. Tassel fringe on a roman shade against a solid bottom border. Really smart because you get all the detail of the tassel, but the background border keeps it tailored and not so crazy to the eye. I need to do this somewhere.

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

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Scalamandre Jambalaya

Are you ready for a killer stripe fabric? Killer and colorful and elegant and so many more awesome things.

Scalamandre's Jambalaya (get ready for a roller coaster ride of color):

Yowza! This stuff is gorgeous. And the fabric's texture is polished and crisp (kinda feels like silk). Why am I so enthusiastic? Other than just being a fabric nut? I just made pillows in the blue colorway (second to last) and they are completely and totally lovely. I can't stop staring at them.  

And these color combos are unique, don't you think? So many colors in each fabric but they work together so beautifully to create a unified palette. 

Which is your favorite? See them all here...


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mary McDonald in Miniature

Gorgeous spaces by Mary McDonald featuring her fabrics for Schumacher:

That's a dollhouse,  y'all (did I give it away in my post title?):

So fun, right?! I love anything mini.

Mary McDonald teamed up with Martyn Lawrence Bullard to create this dollhouse for the Kaleidoscope Ball to raise money for the UCLA Mattel Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute.

Read all about it here and see Martyn's spaces up close on Schumacher's blog...

Monday, June 24, 2013

Follow this Board: Colorful Art

I have a friend named Kristen. Our husbands work together and we have loads in common - for starters we are the creative yin to our husbands' logical yang. Kristen has long worked at a Lily Pulitzer signature shop...this should give you a sense of her aesthetic. She also has an adorable baby, William.

Now, William is clearly the showstopper in this photo...but see the ART? Kristen has such a knack for artwork. Her home is full of gorgeous pieces and I have long followed her Colorful Art Pinterest board, and I thought you might want to as well.

Some of her pins:

A glimpse at her full board, chock full of inspiration:

You might want to tune into this one if colorful, modern art is your thing!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Crush

Image via Calico Corners

This shade of spring green on the bed is so refreshing paired with a minty aqua grasscloth on the walls. Don't you love it? And that curtain fabric is a Chinoiserie print by, I think, Braemore...but I don't remember the name. I love how it works with the green...though I might nix it on the bed and instead use a complimentary pattern to add some more color. Love the lamps too...they add a balancing clean and modern line.

I hope you enjoy your first taste of summer. Have a great weekend...see you next week!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tom Scheerer is Smart

I paused and reflected on this image for a long time recently:

Photo by Francesco Lagnese, via House Beautiful

Mentally remove the couch and armchair and absorb the rest of the elements in the room. If you were the designer, what seating pieces would you recommend? I would think a white twill sofa paired with a cognac leather armchair would look great, right? They would MATCH.

But that's why I'm not a decorating genius (yet). But Tom Scheerer? He definitely is. He convinced his clients that upholstered seating in an exaggerated stripe in a French-ish floral with tones of pink and red would be the obvious way to go. With the rest of this room. Let that sink in for a second...

I would love to know how this process evolved. Maybe they weren't into it at first? Or maybe they are those dream clients that just know to put their trust in TS? 

Anyway, it's a fantastic lesson in thinking outside the box. The result is gorgeous in my book. And the upholstery just SINGS in this space. It doesn't adds a layer to a casual and a bit masculine space - doesn't make it at all frilly.

Speaking of an exaggerated French-ish floral stripe...the fabric reminded me of this fabric that I've blogged about - Brookside Stripe:

It would look killer on upholstery, à la Tom Scheerer.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mud Cloth Fabric and Wallpaper

I know you've seen African mud cloth, or bògòlanfini, floating around in design recently. It's a beautiful ethnic print often with loose geometric patterns that make a gorgeous statement. Remember this chair that I blogged about?

Thanks to Spoonflower and artist Andrea Whalen who runs the shop domesticate, you can get beautiful mud cloth inspired fabric AND wallpaper for your home. Check out some of the color combinations Andrea has created using this print:

I really love the idea of using this as wallpaper!! Would be beautiful in so many scenarios.

Check out domesticate's full mud cloth collection here...

Monday, June 17, 2013

Ana Claire at 6 Months

Show and tell time...Ana Claire is six months old! We hit the milestone on June 13 and I can't believe this much time has passed. Thought it would be a good time to check in and show you the nugget.

She is a total doll, inside and out. Her cuteness is only matched by her chill personality and easy demeanor. She has made this transition into parenthood nice and smooth for us. Thanks for that, AC.

We had a great time celebrating Carter's first father's day. Ana Claire cooked him a big breakfast and doted on her daddy all day.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Crush

This is riiidddiicccuuullloouuussssssssss. Has to be one of the most jaw-dropping vignettes I've ever seen. EVER. Ashley Whittaker Design is the genius behind this image. Tell me what you DON'T LOVE about this arrangement? The curtain fabric...the blush pink lamp...the diamond lampshade...the flowers...the teeny weeny Chinoiserie vase...the gold-framed sketch...the blue+pink color scheme. THE WALLPAPER.

Images like this make me happy to be alive. 

Many thanks to Jamie's pinning prowess...I repinned this gem from her and hunted it down to AWD's Facebook page. I love the internets.

So, what's on tap for your weekend? Anything good? We'll have a packed Sunday with my nephew's baptism and big C's first Father's Day. Hope you have a lovely weekend...see you next week!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thibaut Nairobi Wallpaper

Feast your eyes on this specimen of silhouette otominess:

Hey, beautiful. It's from Thibaut - a wallpaper called Nairobi from one of its latest collections, Monterey

Y'all know I love a good silhouette print and I've oft professed my love for Mexican Otomi hello, this mixes them both. And the colors are To. Die. For.

I have my eye on that aqua version...might be just what the inside of my client's closet needs.

How would you use it??

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Cheaper Chakki

We all love Serena & Lily's chakki, right? A gorgeous ottoman/stool situation that works for a variety of uses and wonderfully pretty to look at:

S&L offers it in all sorts of delicious fabric combinations. The only bummer is it might be out of your price range at $450. But don't get sad, because I found this white chakki for $260 on Overstock:

Yes, you have to have a DIY spirit to recover that little cushion if you are aiming for the Serena & Lily aesthetic, but the sky is the limit on beautiful fabric combinations that would work well with the white stool. And the size is nice and large making it a nice tuffet in a living space for extra seating.

Be sure to send me a pic if you tackle the project!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday Crush

Photo by Michael Rodenbush, Design by Tilton Fenwick

If you followed the comments on this post, you may have seen this photo that Lisa brought to our attention that uses that delicious Congo fabric from Clarence House. This room is by Tilton Fenwick for the Housing Works' Design on a Dime more about it here. LOVE that wee chair.

I'm heading to my 10th college reunion at the University of Virginia this weekend. EEK. Where did the time go????

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

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Mirror Score

Yesterday, I found this mirror in gold for $130 and I bought it.

Design by Katie Rosenfeld, Photo by Michael Lee

That is some good design karma, y'all.

If it's not this exact mirror, then it's pretty darn close. It's going in the basement and I am all sorts of happy. Highlight of my week!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Congo by Clarence House

This little image is such a tease...

I came across this fabric, Congo, by Clarence House in this blue colorway and I can't stop staring. In my imaginary life, I'm planning to upholster a sofa with this and pair it with velvet emerald green pillows. It's going to look awesome.

Has anyone seen this fabric in use? I'm hunting for images, but haven't seen any...just this little square from the CH website. Let me know if you have inside information!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Encaustic Oysters

Sometimes I think this blog should be called "Stuff I Found on Etsy". I legit could write a whole blog just about the things I see and love on my favorite website. I am always amazed by the talent out many creative minds creating and curating gorgeous things.

Like these stunning oyster shells from Savannah, Georgia artist Julia Schaaf that would be a fetching collection for a beach house:

These works of art are encaustic. Have you ever heard of encaustic as an art medium? Me neither! Here's how Julia explains it in her shop:

"Encaustic is a wax based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment), that is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to a porous surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint. The word ‘encaustic’ comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning to burn in, referring to the process of fusing the paint.

Encaustic is as versatile as any 21st century medium. It can be polished to a high gloss, carved, scraped, layered, collaged, dipped, cast, modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with oil. It cools immediately so that there is no drying time, yet it can always be reworked.

Encaustic is also a very durable artists’ paint due to the fact that beeswax is impervious to moisture. Because of this, it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow, and it will not darken. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass."

Beautiful art that is both modern and organic, made in the South, in a creative medium. Yes.

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