Thursday, March 31, 2016

Oasis by Harrison Howard for Caspari

Two of my most absolute favorites have teamed up once again - Harrison Howard and Caspari - for a fantastic new line of paperware, perfect for ushering in beach season.

Take a look at Oasis:

Harrison's art is breathtaking and I love that Caspari knows just what to do with it. The combination is always spectacular.

I basically hoard Caspari products - it's the easiest way to dazzle guests...just break out some beautiful napkins - so I'm sure this collection will be joining my stash.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Buffalo Check Mudroom Walls

I feel great about this Scalamandre buffalo check wallpaper used in a mudroom. So great that I was willing to post a blurry picture graciously provided to the internet by Holly Mathis Interiors.

I'm all for wainscoting, but I might even prefer this with buffalo plaid all around! But it's Scalamandre so I feel the homeowner on the savings. And it does help curb the vertigo.

But this is ballsy and wonderful.

Is it Gertrude's Plaid by Scalamandre? If you know, hit me up in the comments.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Easter

One of my ALL-TIME favorite tables, designed by Jane Scott Hodges for Southern Living

If you celebrate, I am wishing you and yours a joyous Easter. 

May it be filled with friends, family and reflection. 

And may you find a seat at church and may your toddlers behave. <--that is my wish for myself

Have a beautiful weekend! See you next week!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Spring Styling with Bloomingdale's

I had a styling gig last weekend for Bloomingdale's @ Tysons Corner in Virginia that I wanted to share with y'all, especially since spring entertaining is among us and you might need some ideas.

I am here for you. So is Bloomingdale's.

I spent a whole morning styling up a table with the finery you see above that I picked up from every corner of the home department. Juliska, Kate Spade, Michael Aram, was my version of heaven.

That dope pillow above is what set it all off. I saw it propped on a display and I can't leave anything that is orchid + periwinkle alone.

From there fresh blues, my classic toile, glimmers of gold all came together for a classic yet cool, mixed-up table.

Here are some pictures of the real-life situation. First, let me tell you that styling with a prop room like this is very, very fun (I should have used way more flair available to me):

And now the table:

And a post-styling selfie for posterity (kids, your mom once did cool things, SEE):

I hunted down several of the items I used online, but I couldn't find them all (some of these links are substitutions).

Go shopping:

Dinner Plates
Salad Plates
Water Glass
Wine Glass

(For some reason, my links to the coasters, candlesticks and pitcher are not working but they are all by Michael Aram so search accordingly)

A big, bright thank you to Kelly, Bill and the team at Bloomingdale's Tysons Corner. It was an awesome way to spend the afternoon!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Catalog Pick: Nala Bench from Ballard

Quite frankly, this is the best thing in a catalog right now. This Nala Bench is what my dreams are made of.

The all-upholstered look is phenomenal and the silhouette is divine.

And what I've always loved about Ballard is that they have great fabric options for upholstery (and a COM program if I recall). They know you want fly choices for your fabrics. 10 versions of beige won't do...but if beige is your jam, they've got you covered.

Are you in love with this bench as much as I am? It's definitely on my short list for the next time I get to spend some cash on new furniture.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Shop With Me at Bloomie's!

Friends in the DMV! Join me tomorrow!

Saturday, March 19th 
Bloomingdale's @ Tysons Corner

Let's get our spring shopping on! 

I'll be on hand to help you craft those fresh looks you are desperately craving for your house at the moment. And I'll tell you all about my crazy week and why you should always use placemats.

Plus, enter to win a month's delivery of seasonal flowers to brighten your home, 
courtesy of Farmgirl Flowers.

Ever wanted to chat with me in person (read: free design advice)? Tomorrow is your chance (because I never get out of the house on the weekends). Let's fill our Big Brown Bags together.

See you there!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Safavieh Brogen Coffee Table

Friends, I stumbled upon this fantastic coffee table, the Brogen table from Safavieh.

It has crazy good, simple lines and a ridiculous price tag - $140. That's a good deal.

This table will never go out of style. Promise. So it's actually an investment piece without the investment part.

It has that bamboo leg flair without being all in on the bamboo look. It's more subtle.

And who doesn't love a glass top?? Actually, people with small children don't love glass tops, but everyone else should.

If you are a young professional decorating your first (likely small) place, BUY THIS. It will serve you well in the years to come.

It also comes in a modern-chic white top:

 Or silverish legs if that's more your jam:

Treat. Yo. Self.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday Crush

Need some Easter table inspiration? Take it from Eddie Ross...the man has PLENTY to give. I'm amazed at the sheer volume of creativity Eddie has. I feel like he posts a table like this weekly on does he find the time and endless ideas??? Even if you don't have the necessary accoutrements to make this table happen, take away this message - periwinkle and french blue paired with greens and gold are the ticket to Easter table success.

I am thrilled to be at this week's end. Hope your week was less chaotic than mine. Either way, let's all enjoy the weekend. See you next week!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Antiques for Little Ones

Photo by Sandra Michailidis for Architectural Digest

I had the flu last week. Actually, I have no idea if it was the flu but for the sake of putting a name on a knock-me-down illness, let's call it flu.

And this week has been a roller coaster of playing catch up after being in a fog for a week. The upside? I watched an entire season of Fuller House. Which is not really an upside. Because it's terrible. But I watched the entire season, so what does that say about me.

So I'm back with a soothing child's room because I'm craving calm and recovery at the moment. And this is SUCH a great example of how to use antiques/vintage for children. I love the idea of using pieces with history that can grow with a child. This little girl is going to love having that nightstand chest in her grown-up home one day.

I'm pretty tolerant of all things, but I have bad feelings toward most children's furnishings. They don't have staying power. But a room like this will grow and evolve with its mini mistress.

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