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.

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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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Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday's Favorites To Follow



One of my favorite design firms to follow is LA/Seattle-based Massucco Warner Miller. Co-founders Julie Massucco Kleiner & Melissa Warner have truly mastered neo-traditionalism, and I am always so excited to re-visit their website and stumble upon a new inspiring project! The grasscloth-clad bathroom below recently stopped me in my tracks so I had to share it with you, along with some of my other favorites.

I just adore the combination of the dark hex tile, the wallcovering, and the tortoiseshell mirror. Shiplap up half the wall is also a very practical & pleasing choice.


Another element these ladies utilize with expert eyes; bold color! I just love the pop of these lacquered cabinets:



Of course the behind the scenes photoshoot prep is always fun to follow along with on instagram:





A recent LA project:


Oh an the little peeks at their LA design studio, what a pretty site! The black scalloped awning, and the hint of Fornasetti through the windows ... it doesn't get any more chic than that!


Be sure to follow Julie & Melissa on instagram, and get a look into their extensive portfolio on there website here. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Holiday Inspiration From Tory Burch



When it comes to tablescapes and floral arrangments, I adore everything that Tory Burch does. She is an expert entertainer in my books! I love her approach to color and all-American prep, so I thought it appropriate, on our American friends Thanksgiving Day, to share a few of my Holiday favorites from Tory.

She mentions that "[r]eal flowers make any room or table that much more beautiful." And in color palettes you'd never think to use, but they look so incredible!


Tory explains, "[f]or Thanksgiving, we use our vintage Imari china which has red and blue in it, so I like to pick up on those colors with dahlias, garden roses, hydrangeas and Ilex berry branches from the farmers market. For table centerpieces, I keep it low and flat so people can see each other and conversation flows. And tall holly branches like Ilex make a dramatic statement in hallways or entryways (and make sure to keep small childern and pets away from the berries) - via Tory Daily.


I also loved this 'not so floral' take on a centerpiece:


A fireplace in the dining room is oh so cozy chic:


Love the Tory Burch Lettuce Ware collection:



Love the tiny touch of pumpkins for this Thanksgiving table:


Hope you enjoy your day of family & feasting! And to my fellow Canadians (and Australians, and probably many others ...) we will be feasting on Christmas turkey in no time! The countdown is officially on ;)

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