I Want to Go to There: Londolozi

I came across this absolutely drop dread South African game reserve, Londolozi, in this month’s O Magazine and I now have a new goal in life: going HERE.  Not only is going on a safari my top top top travel wishlist item, but the design of this resort is beyond my wildest (pun intended) imagination.  I am so inspired by the interior spaces as much as I am the exterior landscape!

Stop it. Stop it right now with this bathtub scenario. A glass of wine and Ryan Gosling rubbing your shoulders and asking you how your day was and the most perfect moment the earth could conjure up will have just happened.

Modern plus rustic equals fabulous.


Drapes over a tub? Why not. This is heaven after all.

Do you think he’d rip my face off if I snuggled him and put him in bed with me?

Dig this look? Here ya go!

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The Exquisite Edelmans

Last month’s House Beautiful has a whole section which I happen to have dog-eared enthusiastically. Some pages so full of amazing ideas that I wish I could triple dog-ear it somehow.  What I found so inspiring was the CT home on Bonnie and John Edelman in Connecticut (my home state, hollllaaaa). What a completely amazing, wonderful, insanely awesome example of decorating this place is. A mix of modern, traditional, vintage, new, simple and exquisite!  And would you expect less from the couple- he, the president/CEO of Design Within Reach and she, a very talented photographer?

Zebra? Check. Horns? Check. Sunburst mirror? Check.

Sputnik, I love you.

Amazing gallery wall, obvi.

More tulip tables! Guess that’s a given when you run DWR.

Gorg. Love me an egg chair too.

GAH! I just keeled over dead. This picture is porn for me.

Gallery wall x a gazillion.

I mean, REALLY? This is the OUTDOOR kitchen and dining area? Can I hold my birthday party here for a fee?


Perfection. Absolute perfection. Can you imagine making s’mores and drinking wine here? I can. Just waiting for my invitation…. (crickets)

And how about Bonnie’s gorgeous equestrian photos? Who doesn’t love a large scale print of one of the most beautiful creatures on earth?

I Want to Go To There: Castiglion del Bosco

I wandered through 12 cities in Italy in high school on a very memorable school trip, but have yet to go back.  It’s on the top of my list to revisit that gorgeous country as an adult, particularly Tuscany.  And if I had won the mega-millions I would be sure to book myself a nice little villa at Castiglion del Bosco.  A grand estate renovated by the Ferragamo family (of the famous fashion house) it appears sprawling, lush and perfectly amazing. Of course the style of the interiors is insanely gorgeous- using a mix of natural materials like rustic wood and stone but also luxurious fabrics and furniture of a more tailored measure.  But what’s NOT to like about this kind of destination for vacation? Pasta, wine, sun, spa, golf, more wine and then for good measure, some more wine.

Yes please.

Bramasole…For Rent!

What woman hasn’t seen Under the Tuscan Sun?

Really? you haven’t?

Okay, you must. If only for the HOUSE! And thanks to Hooked on Houses, I found out that not only is Bramasole, the real star of the film (sorry Diane Lane), actually a real villa in Tuscany, but it’s available for RENT! And bonus, it’s been renovated beautifully!

I think we should have an EOS Retreat there. It’ll be all wine, sun, Pinterest, celebrity gossip and decorating classes and fashion makeovers! And wine. Wait, did I mention that already? Who’s with me?

A Southern/ Parisian Wedding

I seriously almost dropped to the floor in a seizure yesterday when one of my e-design clients (yes, we do that–A LOT, actually) emailed me that her wedding was featured in the Southern Living Weddings available now.  We knew this couple loved Parisian style since they had their first date IN Paris (seriously, how romantic is that?) and we are using that as a jumping off point for the decor of their home.  But to see THIS really solidified the look we are going for- casual Parisian elegance with a smidge of Southern goodness.  The incredibly personal event took place at Tuckahoe Plantation in Richmond, Virginia (the groom’s family homestead-I die) and was chock full of amazing details like the fact that the bride learned to letterpress to make her own invites, her ring is a family heirloom from the groom’s family, her father married them and they drove off in a turquoise Mustang that the bride and her father spent a year restoring when she was 15. I can’t make this up, people!

Without further ado…(all photos by Katie Stoops)

Note the toile… and the insane rings.

Could not love the color of the porch ceiling more.

See- the toile on the envelope liners. Simple and perfect. Especially all those stamps!

Really loving the pink stripe ties- and the varying greys int he suits on the groomsmen. Much appreciated by them I’m sure to not have to buy/rent a suit.  And it looks good to boot!

Say WHAT?!

This is where I start flipping out…

GAH! Perfection!

Toile lined gift boxes with Parisian macarons!!!

Could they BE any cuter?


Those tin cans are covered in blue toile. Oh yes they are!

I can’t wait to show you their place once it’s done! :)