Designer Feature: Lisa Hilderbrand’s Charleston Project

When I saw this stunning kitchen in Traditional Home last month I had to know more. Designed by Lisa Hilderbrand of Welhil Interiors (and sister-in- law of famed Nantucket writer Elin Hilderbrand), this was a second project for the designer and client Sarah Hamlin after they moved from Connecticut to Charleston (which I’m considering right now with this winter weather.)  It’s such a compliment when I client hires you for a second home, and I loved to learn that the family brought many of the items Lisa purchased for their previous home with them!  This space is a great study in combining various styles, time periods and textures.

But first, let’s all have a moment of silence for this Lindsay Adelman chandelier in the kitchen.
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A Trip to Ramble Market

Last weekend Andrew and I made a little trip to Waltham, MA to check out Ramble Market, a new hot spot for affordable and interesting vintage and antique wares in the Boston area.  A collection of various vendors, this space-while on the smaller side-really packs a big punch with lots of interesting finds at different price points.  And since antiquing can be my favorite form of cardio (Brimfield being the marathon of the sport) I love searching out new, hidden resources not only for me but for you too!
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Parisian Style at Home & On You!

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Over the weekend I picked up a copy of How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are and dove right in, as it’s well known that anything Parisian-inspired bring me to my knees muttering “show me the way!”  This book is very tongue in cheek, some of it making me wonder if these ladies were being sarcastic or brutally honest, but I loved the take-away’s regarding style, attitude and beauty.

These are the four women who penned the book- and just by looking at them I would sign up for any style lessons they have to offer.

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The Greenbrier

I just got back last night from a little vacation to the historic Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.  I’ve been once before, but even so, when I arrived I couldn’t help but declare “Instagram GOLD!” The amazing Dorothy Draper designed spaces are just so amazing and awesome you can’t help but pull out your phone for a few- or obscene amount- of snaps.  If you missed it over on Instagram here are a few pics from my trip:

The perfect coral walls (for a similar color try Benjamin Moore’s Bird of Paradise or All A Blaze- the same color in my office) and the herringbone floor just about did me in in this room.  The old paintings look so incredible against this bold color!

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THOSE UMBRELLAS!!!

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Drama everywhere in the form of bold florals, bright colors and black and white!

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This chandelier (and ceiling) slay me- the detail work and the coral paint is just perfect with gold.

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I love this room in the lobby bar area.  Only Dorothy can do hunter green and red without it looking like a Christmas nightmare.

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A Visit To Skinner Auction House

Thinking of something to blog about every day is really hard.  And on top of a full time job it’s even harder. So I made a little goal weeks ago to do more posts about interesting places, venues and companies in Boston over the summer. I have a little more free time and really want to add some more unique content to the blog via behind the scenes tours, site visits and the like. So last week I made a date to go find out more about Boston’s famed Skinner Auction House in Back Bay. I’ve long known about it, but like you may be, assumed it was only for the fabulously wealthy in search of their next “little Monet”. But I had heard from a couple “regular folks”, that they too get some great stuff there- from furniture to art and even wine! Well, color me surprised, because I had no clue there were items in all price ranges! In an effort to become more informed I went in and learned more about the auction world… and got to try on some seriously awesome jewelry in the process.
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First of all, the Skinner catalogs that come before an auction are like coffee table books- amazing quality, fetching covers and a total guilty pleasure to peruse. I’ve been getting them for months and LOVE when they arrive!

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The team at Skinner travels the country (and world) looking at the estates and property of people all over (and also sometimes hold open call days in various cities where you can bring your things to be evaluated).  You can also reach out to them if you have an object of note you want appraised for auction. It sounds like one of the coolest jobs ever, especially when it comes to the jewelry department.  Here’s a tray of goodies that were up for auction last week:

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There is an auction preview where you can see the items in person (you can go even if you don’t plan on bidding!)  And then the day of the auction you arrive, register and get a paddle and it all happens like it does in the movies.  You raise it when you want to bid and then check out at the end with your credit card.  There IS a 23% bidders fee added on to final price of each item, so be sure to remember that and calculate it in when making your bids!

I fell HARD for these two lots- this gorgeous tassel necklace and pair of pendant charms. Love love love.

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