Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday's Favorites To Follow

I first learned of Emily Johnston Larkin when I began blogging nearly 7 years ago - she's the founder and editor of Material Girls blog, one of my favorites! Emily has since created such a stunning portfolio, and it's been so much fun to follow along with her projects. On instagram she shares unpublished sneak peeks like this stunning living room below:

I've always had a love for the garden map artwork via Soicher Marin so it was so lovely to see an example of them hung in a grouping above the sectional. On my wishlist for sure!!

Oh, and I should also mention that over on Emily's Facebook page she shares fantastic before and after shots. Who doesn't love a good before & after?

Be sure to follow Emily on instagram here, and check out her extensive portfolio here. Have a wonderful first weekend of December everyone!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

5 Ideas To Steal | High Style For The Holidays

By far my favorite article in the Christmas issues of all my glossy subscriptions was found in Veranda's Nov/Dec 2016 issue. It is an excellent one, filled with so many examples of traditional holiday décor, be sure to grab a copy! The article in question highlights designer Tammy Connor, and her atelier decked out for a Christmas soiree. I found so many delightful ideas that I would love to implement in my own home, so I thought I'd share a few with you.

1. An olive wreath as an artwork frame: As in the first image above, I loved seeing one random piece of art in a grouping adorned with festive greenery. The fact that it is hung asymmetrically while two potted boxwoods flank the fireplace symmetrically really catches my eye.

2. Display small gifts for your guests: Connor presents gifts in a signature wrapping with a wax seal, alongside fig preserves which she makes every Christmas with her children. Personal and delightful! I also am loving the way she uses oranges as part of her Christmas décor, which she describes as "a mix of fine things and more natural, casual, and simple objects."

3. Create an interesting bar area on a console table: Against a Gracie wallpaper background (which can never be a bad thing!) Tammy displays artwork, bits of red through coral & pomegranates, greenery, paperwhites, and heirloom crystal & silver. Her grouping includes items at varying heights which is both practical and pretty.

4. Hang stockings containing a wish or inspiring quote for the coming year: The hand-painted Gracie wallpaper acts as a backdrop of branches to hang miniature stockings with meaningful contents. How fun would it be to pluck cards out of these and see what you may find?

5. Use fresh festive greenery in abundance: The trend for this season is by far fresh greens. Magnolia-leaf garland in a large extravagant arrangement will be long-lasting and give such a luxe look. PS. the antique dresser it's sitting on in the image above was acquired from the Bunny Mellon estate (!), talk about luxury.

There are many more stunning images from Tammy's design studio in this month's issue of Veranda, be sure to check it out if you like what you see here. And see more from Tammy's portfolio here. Have a wonderful Thursday everyone!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Designer Profile | McGrath II

Mother-daughter team McGrath II have been featured in countless shelter magazines including Domino, House Beautiful, and Traditional Home. Suzanne and Lauren joined forces in 2010, and I remember in my earliest days of blogging (that same year) I discovered their blog, Good Bones, Great Pieces. Two years later they released a book with the same title, and the rest is history! They've been a force in the design world and I love their traditional aesthetic:

The NYC brownstones that they have remodeled are something out of a storybook:

They definitely know how to style the most amazing floor-to-ceiling bookcases!

Follow McGrath II on instagram (their account is choc full of inspiration!!) and be sure to see more from their portfolio here.


Monday, November 28, 2016

House Tour | Megan Winters

I had seen a couple of these rooms in passing but never knew the house they belonged to ... a little digging and I fell upon the home of Chicago-based Megan Winters. I would describe Megan's signature style as being bold, dramatic, erring on the traditional side. As you will see in a few examples below, she loves to work with symmetry and enjoys including a major pop of color. Take a look at the lovely Green Bay home she designed below:

There are so many beautiful homes Megan has designed and shares on her website! It's all very tailored and crisp isn't it?

In other (non-related) news - we are headed out for baby Marcus' first meeting with the big guy in the red suit today. I am very curious to see how it's going to turn out, my money's on a full crying session! I'll be sure to post the results on my instagram if you are curious of the outcome :)

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