Friday, January 13, 2017

Before & After | Bailey McCarthy's Colorful Abode

Apparently I love every home Bailey McCarthy has lived in ... I've posted her house tours in 2011, 2014, and now her most recent project that is featured in this month's House Beautiful magazine. She quite an expert in color, and always adds traditional elements with a whimsical spin. This time around I love that Bailey has included some 'before' shots for us to appreciate how far this 2-year major renovation on this Texas home has really come.

Love the color in the dining room, and those chairs. My eye was very quickly drawn to the green moldings in the dining room (Pantone's Piquant green):

I love this next room, it went from being asymmetrical with the strange window placement to being a white-oak-panel-slathered symmetrical heaven:

Just look at those Sub-Zero refrigerator panels!!

Before the outdoor space wasn't being properly utilized. Now, Celerie Kemble's patio furnishings look impeccable underneath this glorious tree:

Everything Bailey touches turns to gold! Sometimes literally, like those gold-leaf Ann Sacks tiles in the master bathroom ;)  She just recently posted a teen bedroom project utilizing one of my most favorite wallpapers of all time, be sure to check that and more from Bailey on her website and instagram.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Winter-White Rooms To Inspire

Veranda magazine has been at the top of my must-read list this past year, every issue inspires me to no end. The first issue of 2017, focussing on winter-white interiors, is no exception. I devoured every featured space and have posted a few of my favorites to share with you below. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered my One Room Challenge white-marble slathered bathroom project amongst the glossy pages! A big thank you to ATG Stores for collaborating with me and for selecting my One Room Challenge as their feature, and to photographer Tracey Ayton for making this space look so darn good!

Now, when we say it's a 'white interiors' issue, I do want you to take note of how much more to it there is than that. Truthfully, if you look long enough at each of the designed spaces below, you with begin to notice the complexity of all the layers present that keep an overall fresh and bright look, BUT are way more than just white. There's texture: seagrass, lacquered ceilings, drapery, hits of warm metals and black anchoring every single space. There's beige, tan, brown, blue, grey and greige. Truthfully these are not all-white rooms, and that's what makes them so beautiful. But it takes some time for your eye to see that:

The amount of texture, pattern, fabric, and soft colors used proves that these top-notch designers know how to expertly trick you into thinking these are completely white palettes. Each room is the perfect balance of a fresh and bright space that remains warm and inviting. Kudos to those listed above, because truthfully that's a hard balance to accomplish!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Pantone's Greenery Loves Blue

One of my 'top 5' I posted for 2017 trends was the beautiful color combination of blue & green. Pantone has announced Greenery as the color of 2017 - I'd like to see this paired with all shades of blue. Putting this post together had me thinking of spring; this combo is so fresh and inspiring.

A touch of green and blue on my own entry table

One of my current favorite pieces at One Kings Lane

So, I think I'm officially on board with Pantone - especially when Greenery is paired with blue. Let's hope we see more of this stunningly fresh color palette this year!


Thursday, January 5, 2017

House Tour | A Manhattan Jewel Box

This 1,800 square-foot upscale Upper East Side apartment along the famed fifth avenue actually began as a hotel in the late 1920's. Dallas-based interior designer Cathy Kincaid truly brought it to its ultimate potential with the perfect mix of old and new, ornate and simple. And although this was featured in Veranda magazine a year ago, it seems we are only just catching up to the trends exhibited here: hand-painted non-repeating wallpapers, dark green tones, and oversized traditional prints to name just a few.


This apartment is a real testament of the importance of mixing antique and contemporary pieces. I also adore the application of a single oversized paisley pattern to the bedroom's walls, curtains, and upholstery. One might think this would result in 'busy-ness,' but I would argue the effect is soothing and cohesive.

Oh, and the lacquered ceilings throughout. Amazing! This is not an easy feat as they would need to be perfectly smoothed before application (every flaw shows), so I appreciate the work that went into making this home a show-stopping jewel box. And this hallway art arrangement needs to happen in my home:
What an incredible space! To see more from Cathy Kincaid's extensive portfolio you can hop here, and be sure to check out my Dissecting the Details post on La Dolce Vita blog this week looking at four elements Cathy utilizes in her bedroom designs.
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