Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What would sister parish do?


I am often inspired in some way by the past with aspects of my interior designs. A nod to the classics instills a home and a design with something authentic and inviting. The design firm of Parish-Hadley continue to be a source of inspiration for me. They were masters at infusing homes with traditional and modern elements. Earlier today, I was pulling together a fabric design scheme (this has always been one of my favorite aspects of design) and I realized I needed a slightly preppy, somewhat bohemian print to complement the look. Who did I turn to? The Sister Parish collection of hand silk screened designs on eco friendly fabrics. Here is a sampling of prints that embody the Parish-Hadley style that I have come to appreciate so much. Sister always believed in supporting American artisans and companies. Here is a sampling of their prints, they are available printed on fabric or wall-coverings!










Perfect!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Cottage Love #60

I can't believe I have shared sixty smaller scale homes with you over the past nine years or so!! I'm still drawn to the coziness and comfort of a cottage style home, so I'll continue to share, share, share the goodness!  Fabulous things can come in small packages. Here's a peek at this month's fave cottage! It's the summer home of blogger Will Taylor and his husband. They did a fabulous job on the revamp..see all the details on Will's site Bright Bazaar. The nautical and clean masculine details are perfect!! (it makes me want to clean my house later today!)



Friday, October 13, 2017

Shelter Loves..

Hello Friday, it's always nice to see you! It's been a busy week and I've been fighting a damn cold. I am drinking my third cup of tea today as I type this. 'Tis the back to school season I guess. With that said, I am getting excited for all of the upcoming holidays. It's a hectic but fun time of year. October is full of birthdays in my family. (including my own) and it kicks off the celebrating. I'm not a huge Halloween person, my kids complain that we don't have any scary decorations out front or around the house...tough life they have! Here's what I've got the "feels" for this week! xx

1. French dressing (as I have mentioned before). I spent some time checking out all the street fashion during the "Fashion weeks" around the globe, I think Paris was my fave. I mean, look at her!! This image further confirms that my simple hair style is OK! I do own a fat barrel iron and adore the pretty curls but more often than not I don't have the time to fuss with it all. I am more of a messy bun, loose pony kind of gal.
2. Okay, I don't want to bore you with all my sweater talk, but I can't deal with itchy clothing. This one is adorable and I promise it's not scratchy!
3. I think I need these sneaks in my life!
4. I'm kind of obsessed at seeing how interesting people live. New York - Behind Closed Doors by Polly Devlin and Ann Schlecter, shares unique peek behind twenty four dynamic New Yorker's homes.  . 
5. We are hosting Thanksgiving this year! If I can get it together, I'll even share a look at my table setting. I am drawn to interesting layered table settings. This one hosted by Jenna Bush Hager caught my eye last weekend. The beautiful menus were created by Poppy Cox Ink
6. Last year as some of you may recall I dressed as Wonder Woman for Halloween, this year I am keeping it simple and am dressing as a stylish black cat. This kitty mask will perfectly finish off my costume. 
7. No one is you!! I love this.
8. I was searching for client art pieces this week and came across the work of Joanne Ho. Her whimsical drawings and water colors draw you in with their saturated color and attention to detail. Joanne will paint commissioned pieces.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Love the look

Let's be honest, how often do you get very dressed up anymore? I am not saying I never dress up, I do from time to time. I think back to my 20's and I am sort of happy I don't have that dry cleaning bill anymore!! Granted I had some gorgeous clothing back then and always looked really chic but my life style and fashion in general has changed over the years. I do get dressed up to go out and for most of my client meetings but when working from my office or running my kids all over creation, I well, prefer looks like this! Cheers to that and to fall fashion!! This is a really simple outfit but it still looks pulled together! kiss kiss...


1//2//3//4//5//

#2 - these will be mine soon!
#3 - is the perfect size bag. I splurge on bags because I keep them for years!
#4 - These are a good price and staple.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Color Crush October : PINK


I took a summer break from my "color crush" series but I'm bringing it back!! It's no secret that I LOVE color and usually use it thoughtfully in my interior designs. I've brought back this monthly post in full force for a few reasons. First off, October is breast cancer awareness month. We all know someone who has been impacted by breast cancer or that is still fighting. If you would like to donate to research, learn more about prevention or the cause, the Susan G. Komen is a great starting point. My grandmother had it, as well as a few of my dear friends. The good news is there has been a 38% decrease in the mortality rate from 1989-2104. This is the main reason I've chosen this cheery, uplifting color as this month's crush!! The second is because it's my birthday month, and what says Happy Birthday more than pink?? Nothing! It is and will always be a favorite of mine. 

Notes on the images:

- These flowers and glasses pop this kitchen photo shoot off the page!
- Dress by: Oscar de la Renta
- How adorable is this clutch?
- Giovanna at NY fashion week in Celine pants. They also looked great on Lauren.

- This door color and knocker - gah! I am still contemplating my front door color, more on that later this week.
- I am pretty sure one of my client's would adore this bench.
- Pale pink makes a peaceful backdrop in any bedroom
- This ruffled sweater from Madewell is very flattering. 




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday inspiration - Reese Witherspoon

With homes in Nashville, L.A. and three Draper James retail locations - I'd say one of my favorite Hollywood actresses, Reese Witherspoon, is a busy lady. I'm drawn to her classic southern girl style and the Draper James store and logo design is very much up my alley too. Mark D. Sikes designed all the stores (lucky man) and is currently working on the interior of her Nashville home, that would honestly be a dream job for me. Here's a some Tuesday afternoon Reese inspiration. Keep on keeping on Reese, we're loving it! Also, looking forward to the next Big Little Lies mini-series. 





Draper James stores





Reese at home


She has since sold this one. 


Reese style








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