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 (née 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!

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