Current Crush: Painted Floors

Since seeing the wonderfully talented Lauren Liess’ painted ivory floors I’ve been obsessing over the look of white floorboards. I recall Lauren saying she probably would not do them again (I can imagine with four kids it would be hell to keep up) but I can’t keep myself from typing “white floors” into Pinterest.
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Lauren’s floors are Farrow & Ball Ivory Floor Paint (see more here- also, her incredible house is for sale!)

BEAUTIFUL

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I received a preview copy of Mark Sikes new book Beautiful on Friday and spent a lot of time absolutely going gaga over every page in this stunning book.  There are only a couple of designers I would hire to do my own house if I could (because doing my own house is so hard for me) and it’s Mark Sikes or Steven Gambrel, no question.  I am planning a little refresh of a couple rooms in my house and this book gave me SUCH inspiration to get moving and clarify what I want to do.

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Design Crush: Rose Uniacke

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(Dying to wear a tulle skirt with a tee shirt and total nonchalance? Try this one)

As I think about redoing aspects of my house (partly to keep Henry from killing himself, partly to streamline and edit my life of unnecessary clutter and noise) I’ve been looking for inspiration everywhere.  And I found a big dose of it in the work of British designer Rose Uniacke.  A talent for sure, with a discerning eye and a tightly edited look, she finds a way to combine rustic and clean, antiques and modern and color and uniform paleness into a fabulously chic result.

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A House Chock Full of Personality

Amanda Brooks (former creative director of Barney’s and author of I ♥ Your Style and Always Pack A Party Dress )has her England home featured in the new Arch Digest and it’s such a fun, personal, collected space that really speaks to the beauty of individual style.  I love that this space looks lived in, loved and decorated over time.  Nothing too perfect or precious, just a gorgeous celebration of this family’s particular brand of cool.  I’m so over perfection. In so many ways.  In a world ripe with Pinterest-worthy everything and Instagram-filtered reality I crave more realness from people.  This home is a nice example.

This makes me a tad obsessed with the idea of getting a striped chesterfield sofa for some reason.
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Monochromatic Marvel (and it’s a rental!)

I LOVED this House Beautiful story about Jill Weeks’ home in Charleston this month.  After devouring the pictures of the perfectly curated space I could not believe my eyes when I read it was a RENTAL!?  First of all, how does one find a rental that looks like THIS? And secondly, I love that she went all out with her decor despite only planning to live here a little over a year.  Take a peek at her masterful mix of modern and traditional decor and then see how to get the look yourself at the end!

The black and white flag just makes the exterior THAT much cooler.
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