Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Crush

Trying to keep it positive with warmer temperatures approaching. And this is the best way I know how - with a ridiculously gorgeous spring table setting from one of my favorite Insta accounts for spectacular monograms, @shopsaddlestitches. High on my wish list? Imari china. And this salad plate with all of my favorite colors may need to be my next pattern...I'm pretty sure it's Royal Crown Derby but anyone know the pattern name? I know I have china super sleuths out there...UPDATE: It's Kyoto Garden from Royal Crown Derby.

I have been down with a (self-diagnosed) sinus infection this week. It has been the pits. Mouth-breathing is not for me. Hoping I finally kick it in time for the weekend...see you next week!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pink Kilim Indoor Outdoor Rug

I'm sure many words in that title caught your attention. And I'll add to the description - Under $400.

World Market currently has a doozy of a rug - the Boho Kilim Nagar Indoor Outdoor Rug:

Who else loves a good pink rug? 🙋 And I think this one would read very, very neutral. Plus the indoor/outdoor quality coupled with the price point reads kid-friendly. Pair it with a powder blue sofa and you're in business.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Crush

Going into the weekend, I'm loving the CBS Sunday Morning vibe of this mirror by Justina Blakeney available at Lulu & Georgia. It's the perfect whimsical touch for a traditional space; it has the right tone and texture for a beach house; it's delightful for a child's space; etc, etc. It's good and I approve.

Any big plans for this weekend? We are laying low, thank goodness. We'll probably watch Trolls for the eleven-thousandth time. Hope it's a wonderful weekend for you and yours...see you next week!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Color from Gil Schafer

Everything Gil Schafer (and team) touches is gold, in my opinion. Impeccable taste that shines through true American style. I love it all.

And this project - a vacation home on Lake Placid - has some captivating color usage that I thought we would all enjoy.

Photos by Eric Piasecki for Architectural Digest

That top photo has some killer blue grasscloth...and I LOVE it paired with those navy doors. So clever. And if someone told you they were going to paint your whole room red - trim and all - you might think that was crazy. But here, with the help of tall ceilings and natural light, it's stunning.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Crush

Photo by David A. Land, Design by Andrew Howard

Spring is trying to make its debut, so I'll help usher it in with this adorable bedroom. I paused at the spring green + marigold combo, because my mind never goes to a full citrus palette. But it really works here. And I love my favorite Leontine Linens in yellow. So very pretty. Bonus points for the shade hanger and wallpaper hanger who nailed lining up that pattern to create a seamless look. #teamwork

Speaking of teamwork, my favorite teammate is having a birthday today. Carter Shuffler is the best - friend, husband, name it, he's the best at it. I am so very lucky. We will be celebrating him this weekend. Hope you have a great one...see you next week!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Alice in Wonderland Fabric from Rifle Paper Co.

I was unaware that the creative powerhouse - Rifle Paper Co. - has a (limited) fabric line. If you are a lover of the company's signature florals, you can own them in textile fashion.

And if you happen to be a lover of their signature florals AND Alice in Wonderland, well, you are in luck:

How precious is this fabric? That parade with the lobster and turtle might be my favorite. And this is just a teensy sampling...many more patterns to be found here.

Most of the line is comprised of cotton, meaning that you can get some pillows out of it...possibly some lightweight curtains if you beef up with a liner. If you are looking to cover your favorite chair in an Alice print, your selection is limited to just a couple of heavier weight options...though the adorable signature print (first one pictured) is available.

If you happen to be a seamstress of clothes, you should go ham on the previously mentioned cotton if you have any children in your life.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday Crush

Image via Better Homes & Gardens

I am mesmerized by this architectural wonder...floating-ish stairs. It's v smart. And now I'm wondering why this isn't a thing. Seems easy enough to provide enough support under stairs to create an opening below them in a house where an opening would be welcome. This passageway would work wonders for connecting the first level of an otherwise segmented home.

I have a fun weekend ahead...hope you do too. See you next week!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Matthew Carter Interiors

Grown-up house goals from Kentucky-based designer Matthew Carter...whose portfolio is worth your time today. 

His mixes are complex but feel effortless. His design is traditional but reads modern. He uses bold color in neutral ways. 

The restraint, the whimsy, the classic, the's all there, friends. And all of these spaces - from the lively to the demure - are perfectly balanced in just the right way.

If you want to see more of Mr. Carter's talent, check out his website here

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Crush

These adorable cocktail napkins from Biscuit Home caught my eye this week. Wedding season is fast approaching and this would be a sweet gift coupled with some barware for your favorite couple. Can we agree that scallops make everything better?

Hope you have some fun plans for the weekend...mine will include not wearing boots. So sad. Happy weekend...see you next week!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cabbage Ware Tablesetting

Unfortunately for me, Spring has sprung with 70 degree temps in February. Hot weather is fast approaching. But ever the optimist, I will look on the bright side that fresh, bright table settings are on the horizon.

Like this one from Katie Armour's IG. That cabbage ware is richly hued and vibrantly textural. And I love the dimension of the scalloped edges. Especially paired with that block print to create my perfect color combination of green and orchidy-lavender...a dream.

This is perfect for Easter, yes? I have pined for cabbage plates for many years but have held back because storage. But if you want to start a collection this Spring check out eBay and Etsy...two good sources.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Crush

Look at this adorable Washington D.C. print from Etsy artist AmandaCBee. Perfect for District lovers and residents. Also available for Annapolis, Baltimore, and Charleston. I was introduced to this artist by a very stylish friend and have enjoyed keeping my eye on this shop - it's chock full of pretty, preppy art.

Do you have a long weekend ahead? I am committed to getting some chores done this weekend...all of those things that were on my to-do list for early 2017...should probably get going on them. Have a fab weekend - see you next week!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Catalog Pick: Cooper Dresser and Nightstand

I'll leave these here for you today:

The Cooper dresser and nightstand from Pier 1. In a rich pecan wood finish, with angular, simple lines, and delightful touches of brass. A bit of Campaign flair...but not. I am quite into them...what do you think??

Almost the weekend...


Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Crush

Photo by Justin Coit via dwell

I can't, and won't, quit the idea of an eventual mountain house for the Shufflers. And when we have said house, I imagine the kitchen to share space with a dining table that looks like this. Love the bleached floors here...and the long, cool, marble-y dining table with warm wood contrasting chairs. All set off with those green lanterns...whose color I might have picked up in those side chairs instead of black/white stripe, but, details. This is pretty. Love the moments of darkness amid all the light.

Speaking of mountains, that's where we are headed for the weekend...except instead of a snowy wonderland, we'll be frolicking in 60 degree temps 😒. I have been robbed of cold weather and snow this winter. Hope your weekend is wintry and delightful...see you next week!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Quadrille Macao Nursery by Madre

Photo by Molly Winters

Very happy to make the acquaintance of the Madre Instagram account. And this nursery. It showcases one of my all-time, all-time favorite fabrics - Macao from Quadrille. Set atop spotted wallpaper and peachy-pink baseboard (and I'll assume molding?) this nursery is incredibly fantastic. I'm also in love with the lavender trim on that crib bumper. 🙌

Meanwhile, the designing women at Madre have some charming design chops...those in Dallas may want to inquire.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday Crush

Going into the weekend, I thought this basket set should be on your radar. Because it's hot pink and delightful. I don't know what my life would be like without baskets - we have them everywhere. And I love them...perfect dose of storage, texture, empty-space-filler...all good things.

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

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Capitol Artist Collective Launch

I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the Capitol Artist Collective last night - held in Washington D.C. at the (gorgeous) home of its director, Katharine Reishman. The CapAC is the latest offshoot started by the Charleston Artist Collective, now also present in Atlanta and Nashville.

These artist collectives bring together various geographically co-located artists to promote their art through monthly themes...and the proceeds of these monthly sales go to a charity local to that collective. The art is affordable and sold directly to customers. It's a brilliant model.

The Capitol Artist Collective is bringing together artists from Central Virginia (Richmond, Charlottesville) all the way to Baltimore, with an obvious stop in D.C. The talent is rich and the works are lovely. January's theme is, appropriately, "New Beginnings" and proceeds benefit the Children's National Medical Center:

All images via Capitol Artist Collective and Artists

Local, affordable, original, gorgeous art promoting the skills of those in your community while benefiting those in need around you. Like I said, brilliant.

Check out all available works here...

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Crush

Perfectly lovely. Design by Collins Interiors. Wallpaper by Schumacher. Gray with pastels doesn't often occur to me, but it's now on my radar. And the warm wood of that chair coupled with the lucite table and soft lavender shades is divine.

The perfect way to ease into the weekend. Hope it's a good one for you. See you next week!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tufted Pistachio Velvet

Correct. Tufted, pistachio, velvet. With contrast navy trim.


Chair  /  Ottoman  /  Bench

This new collection from One Kings Lane is off-the-charts good. Also off-the-charts expensive, but, details. What is it about upholstered legs??? Why do they make such a difference???

Let's also discuss velvet, because I don't think it's used enough. Especially in lighter shades, like this one, I think it's a great choice for upholstery. Or curtains - I have blue velvet curtains and they were a splendid choice. The texture is a winner.

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!

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