Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday's Favorite Five



Happy Friday!! TGIF ... we are tackling our first full day of daycare with Marky today and to say that I am ready for the weekend is a severe understatement! Wish us luck :) In the meantime, some pretty pictures to round out your week. Let's start with two stellar bathrooms; the one above is from the talented Amber Interiors and shows just how incredible a vintage dresser turned vanity can be.

Below, a very different vibe but just as insanely beautiful; Ken Fulk shows maximalism at it's finest. I love the combo of the marbelized paper with the dark countertops.


And the "Best Pantry Doors in the History of Pantry Doors" award goes to .... Dina Holland! The color, the brass hardware, the peekaboo windows, and the fact that it appears to be the standard width of a doorway makes you rethink everything about making standard door selections!


This blue velvet tape and tassel trimmed sofa is a dream. As is the Asian-style cabinet, lamp, and chair in the far corner. Ok, I'll basically take everything in the room please (Caroline Gidiere).


This exterior from a home in Charleston had me swooning, and I think it's the perfectly trimmed ivy that first caught my eye. Combined with the brick and black shutters it's so stately in appearance. I think my dream home might have similar exterior finishes! (photo via @peridotdecorativehomewear)


That's my favorite five for this week! Anything that has caught your eye on social media lately?


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

House Tour | Jane Scott Hodges



This historic 1869 New Orleans Greek Revival house is filled with fantastic color and pattern and every turn. Jane Scott Hodges, founder of luxury brand Leontine Linens, created a home that truly showcases how you can mix contemporary ideas with timeless sophistication. With the help of designer Gwen Driscoll, Jane pushes the envelope and tests out bold colors like the chartreuse lacquer in the double parlour & expertly mixes unexpected patterns like Kelly Wearstler's Crescent wallpaper with Schumacher's Pyne Holloyhock in the upstairs den. Let's take a look:



All the way through to the back door:




Another perfect wallpaper (Cole & Sons Gondola), and a creative corner vanity in the powder room:


And of course there is no shortage of gorgeous custom linens in this home; from the powder room to the dining table, you'll find stunning monogramming throughout:


It was this October's issue of House Beautiful that had me gasping at the mantle display and grasscloth in the dining room (Ralph Lauren Home's Ionian Sea Linen):



The kitchen is a lovely rest for the eyes, clean and contemporary with a healthy dose of Calacatta gold:







As I mentioned earlier, I'm loving the mix in the den!



(right) Kelly Wearstler's Crescent & Schumacher's Pyne Hollyhock via Quintessence






It would be my dream to have a fabric-lined linen armoire filled with goodies like this one in my ensuite:


Now, pretty please do me (and yourself) a favour and watch the video tour created by the talented duo Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence and Susanna Salk. I'm so excited every time they post a new video, because we truly get much more of a detailed view, and a sense of space and scale of the rooms well beyond what you can garner from a 2D photo! Enjoy ;)



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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Textbook Tuesday | Cathy Graham's Second Bloom



Entertaining season is upon us! With more dark hours indoors, the upcoming American Thanksgiving, and of course Christmas soon to follow - it's likely we will all have tablescapes on the brain. Second Bloom: Cathy Graham's Art of the Table is the latest release from Vendome Press which comes at a perfect time of year. Within it's beautiful pages, artist and expert hostess Cathy Graham chronicles foolproof entertaining techniques from arranging the ideal bouquet of flowers, to displaying vignettes through centerpieces, to creating handmade one-of-a-kind invitations. The best part is she takes us through with step by step instructions accompanied by pretty photography:




Oh, and of course it's also fun to get a glimpse of her stunning Upper East Side apartment too ;)




The florals and the attention to detail are so fantastic, I feel like I even learned a thing or two just from Cathy's technique of folding her embroidered napkins:




Growing up the daughter of an architect and artist in Chicago, it's quite clear that Cathy has followed in the creative footsteps of her family. The book is filled with Graham's own charming watercolor sketches and you only have to spend a moment scrolling her instagram feed to view so much talent.



A lovely natural look for a fall tablescape:


And of course this next photo has me excited for fresh greenery in the house:


Second Bloom is a beautiful and idea-filled book that is perfect inspiration for every holiday or special occasion. If you have someone on your holiday list that would enjoy a guide to the essentials of party-planning and how to create memorable gatherings, I highly recommend this book!


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Monday, October 16, 2017

High Point Market | Fall 2017


Bungalow Classic, furniture by Highland House

I can't help but admit to being a bit jealous every time High Point Market comes around - seeing all of the glorious images on social media makes me wish I could travel there. But on the other hand, thank goodness for social media (and especially the newer addition of insta stories) to help me see so much of the market I almost feel like I am there! Here's a round up of some of my favorite moments, and I'll list 5 commonalities & trends I am seeing from the current show taking place this week:

Bungalow Classic, furniture by Highland House

Bungalow Classic appears to be the Bell of the Ball this season, the new line they have created for Highland House is incredibly gorgeous, and they are right on the money with the deep green accents. All the larger furniture items are neutral which is practical and pretty. Notice the pom pom, tassel, and Buillion fringes:

Bungalow Classic, furniture by Highland House (photo via Anne Wagoner)

Another vignette with an Hermes scarf framed, always been a favorite idea of mine:

Bungalow Classic, furniture by Highland House

Bungalow Classic, furniture by Highland House (photo via Trellis Home)

Thibaut always mixes patterns well:


Mark Sikes hits it out of the park again with his fresh look for his Henredon collection. I literally had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I spotted the vintage-inspired Asian armoire:


I'm also obsessed with the entry table, not only because of the tailored tape-trimmed skirt, but because of the octagonal wood top:


Alexa Hampton is amazing, she created an Apartment showroom complete with living, dining and bedroom. She shows that green and blue play so well together, and I love this secretary desk below:

The Alexa Hampton Apartment, furniture by Hickory Chair (photo via Editor at Large)

The Alexa Hampton Apartment, furniture by Hickory Chair

As it turns out, in what may be the chicest guest room furniture arrangement of all time, paired twin beds were seen every where:

The Alexa Hampton Apartment, furniture by Hickory Chair


Suzanne Kasler, furniture by Hickory Chair (photo via Sarah Bartholomew)

I love that High Point is a chance to give artists their time to shine as well, such as favorites Kayce Hughes and William McLure:


David Phoenix for Hickory Chair, art by William McLure


There is just too much to love in every image! Are you at High Point? Any favorites? Some notes to take from the above examples:

1. Blues and greens are going strong
2. Note that solid velvet pillows are on nearly every sofa above
3. Details like fringes, tape trims, and fabric lampshades are not to be missed!
4. If you have the space for it, go for twin beds with stand out head boards in your guest room
5. Art makes the space - sometimes a whole vignette is planned around it!

If you are like me and following along from afar, be sure to check out the hashtags #hpmkt2017 and #highpointmarket to get your design fix. 


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