Design Crush: Jeanette Whitson and Hague Blue!


I kind of flipped when I saw the cover of the new House Beautiful.  And the editors clearly felt the way I do about this room since they made it a fold out cover to show the entire space! The designer is self-taught Jeannette Whitson of Garden Variety Design. It’s a beautiful home with lots of traditional details that somehow feel fresh and new.


This kitchen is amazing- and making me think I should have painted the frame of my window the same color as my lower cabinets!


Where to start here? The light? The banister? The windows? The ceiling?


Best. Butlers Pantry. EVERRRRRR. Do you even SEE that sink?  And while taxidermy is not everyone’s jam, I love that it’s the mascot for her shop Garden Variety Design (you can shop yourself on 1st Dibs!)


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I have a soapstone sink JUST LIKE THIS in my basement waiting to be used in this way…..


Shall we venture outdoors? Yes, lets.

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OK, back to the blue room of my dreams….ridonculous. And the second I saw it I knew it was Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue because it’s my favorite paint color ever. It looks lighter in this photo than it really is, but it’s the most perfect navy with a dash of peacock blue ever created.  It’s so amazing it serves almost as a neutral backdrop to tones like orange, violet, tan leather, yellow….. you name it.


On top of the amazing paint job she used two of my all time favorite fabrics-Peter Dunham’s Ikat Stripe and  Michael Smith/ Jasper’s Indian Flower.  I seriously bow down to this room.

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Initially I thought it was so out there to do a sofa in the same navy as the walls but then I quickly found a few other images where designers had done the same thing!



And a few more images of Hague Blue (mostly high gloss) in use proving that it’s the most magical of colors!


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I used it in an small Beacon Hill home office paired with Osborne & Little’s Coronata Star on the ceiling….


I painted Andrew’s office similar shade and we love it- it’s a tiny space (as is the space above) and the dark color makes the walls recess instead of close in on you- so consider a dark shade like this in any of your small spaces!


Mary McDonald for Schumacher

If asked who my top designer influences were I would have to put Ms. Mary McDonald at the top. I have loved her work way before Bravo made her a reality star and was so excited to hear she was doing a fabric line with Schumacher! I am sure we will see many more collections from her (a la Kelly Wearstler). How about these drapes, y’all?

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Loving the unique large scale appliques too!

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How gorgeous do these all look together?  Such great trims too! I love me a good trim!

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Pretty crazy about this print which is very reminiscent of Gracie wallpapers ( Mary used a great light blue Gracie in her bedroom makeover on MDD if you recall).  I’ve priced that stuff out and it’s a fortune- so you can get the look with fabric at a somewhat cheaper price by making panels out of this fabric.  If you have a huge wall you could frame a panel of this, but it’s HUGE.

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This fabric to the left would be great on a chair with the stripe centered on it!  And the print at right is a large scale and would be great on a chair or as drapes.

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LOVE this marbleized print for pillows- and this applique would be so great on the back of upholstered dining chairs!

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Mary also released a collection of gorgeous rugs for Patterson, Flynn Martin.


Speaking of Mary, I was so excited to see the redo of her living room in emerald green because that’s the color I’m thinking will be the only accent color in my new living room and dining room.  Even before it was dubbed the “color of 2013” I wanted to use it.


Here it is again in the Monika Chiang store Mary did (which I think is bananas good).


Julie posted this pic of a room done by the FAB Grant K. Gibson this morning and these are the exact chairs I was thinking of doing in my dining room- white frame Louis chairs with emerald upholstery. What do you think?

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Side note: I think MDD should just be Mary and Nathan and I also am 99% sure that the three of us would be best friends if introduced.  Just sayin’

Fashion Friday: Prints Charming

So many of you (including me) have a major love affair with Quadrille’s fabric. Particularly the China Seas line. If you need a reminder of why then here you go…

(all images via Quadrille’s site)

So it was of no surprise to me that when perusing Net-A-Porter I spotted some Philip Lim pants that looks almost identical to China Seas’s Lysette Reverse print!  Not you can wear the famous patterns on your body and not just let your furniture have all the fun!

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And since we’re on the topic of coral and navy, here’s alittle sneak peek of my rental’s living room which will soon be featured on The Everygirl!

The Look for Less: Otomi Fabric

There are some patterns that I shall never tire of: Suzani, ikat and Otomi prints.  However, the price for actual handmade versions of any of these fabrics is typically VERY high. Take Otomi for example, a small throw can set you back almost $300. And if you want to make a headboard or upholster in it you’ll need multiples of them!

What I found on Spoonflower is a print exactly like the Otomi by textile designer Samarra Khaja and it’s way cheaper (you can pick the kind of fabric it’s printed on too!) So great for duvet covers, upholstering chairs and my favorite idea- custom nursery bedding!

The smaller scale…