Going Country.

I was at CVS the other day and spotted this cover of Country Living and had to pick it up because that room? Hello, totally right up my alley. Country Living isn’t a mag I subscribe to, but now that I’m using Texture, I’m going to be looking at it every month!  There were some great things in this issue, but mostly this house!  It’s like Chip & Joanna Gaines total dream home. :)  I think Fixer Upper has turned us all into a bit of a country fan, no?
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I die for those beams and the overall warm scheme- the layered rugs, the giant basket (which I FOUND- see my “get the look” board below) and the abundance of white, which makes everything feel so warm and lived in.

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New Trad Designers 2016

So, this feels strange to ask but I’m hoping you guys will vote for me to be one of this years New Trad “Rising Star” Designers.  I feel kind of silly entering myself, but in this world of never-ending online media, there is still something very desirable and rewarding about being in print.  And I LOVE Traditional Home- in a time when I’ve stopped getting a few shelter magazines I used to love- I started getting this one (and Veranda, another fave!)

So please go here to vote.

A few portfolio images I picked as examples of my “new traditional” work!

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Gimme Shelter.

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There used to be a time when a fresh, new shelter magazine dropped through my mail slot I would attack it with rabid fervor.  There was no talking to me, no tv, no interwebs- just a fresh, new pages full of inspiration ready to be devoured.  And then a few months ago I realized that I had a stack of unread shelter mags sitting next to my spot on the sofa for over a week. What? How did that happen? Now, to be fair I have been really busy as of late,  but that had never stopped me before. So I started thinking, why was I not consuming this material like I used to? Why am I just flipping through the pages quickly without really getting into it?  With some of my favorite publications of times past I feel like the spreads are all so, so incredibly high end it’s hard to take away any ideas that are actually possible in most people’s homes.  A paint color, an overall feel,sure- but upholstering an entire room in $200 a yard fabric? Not so much. As a designer it’s a little easier for me to tally up what costs what in rooms and it can be…well, overwhelming.  I feel like there isn’t a lot of variety offered up and sometimes I find a lot of what’s shown is SO overdone I find it not very attractive or interesting.  I love a good aspirational room, but I love it more when it’s paired with other spaces that offer up a mix of sources and price points. Perhaps it’s because that’s how I work and live- with a high/low mix.  A good splurge here and a bargain there make for a creative palette –just as I enjoy equally working with high end clients and those more budget conscious. Keeps me on my toes!

Have you felt this way at all or is it just me?
Some fashion magazines have gone this way too, but I still rarely leave a fresh InStyle on the table unread for more than 24 hours, let’s be honest!  And when it comes to tomes like Vogue, I find myself READING the articles more and bypassing the spreads. Is this what they call “getting older”???

I’d love to know your take on this- what magazines do you LOVE and which do you skip? Have you noticed any changes int he shelter magazine industry?

Inspiration: The New Domino

The spring issue of Domino is AWESOME. It saved me from losing my mind on my delayed flight back from Arizona.  There are some seriously awesome spaces in it, lots of inspiration and many reasons to go pick up a copy!

The biggest reason in my book? Lauren Liess’ new home. She’s been chronicling her reno on her blog and now we get to see the final reveal. It’s SO good. SO SO SO good.

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That ceiling???? DIE.

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This kitchen? The island? The iron racks? Yes please. With a cherry on top.

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This TV room is amazing- those shelves were made of IKEA butcher block counters. Can you say GENIUS?

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This shot wasn’t in the mag but I love it. How badly do you want to sit here and read?

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OscarPRGirl’s Colorful Cottage

I was flipping through my Elle Decor last night when I was stopped dead in my tracks by a spread on one of fashion’s most popular social media stars, OscarPRGirl, also known as Erika Bearman.  Her Southampton home, designed by none other than Miles Redd, is quite an exercise in bold doses of color mixed with a heavy dose of white.

Speaking of bold- how about this high gloss green living room?

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This entry slays me. Love the paper paired with the stripe ceiling!

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A black and white bathroom speaks to my monochromatic sensibilities.

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More my style- the kitchen with the black grouted subway tile and custom hood.

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That polka dot tablecloth is so darn cute.

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A pink and navy guest room any girl would love to stay in.

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Although this one is more my speed in turquoise and yellow…. that floor is one bold choice.

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The only space I’m not hot on is the master- it’s more the styling than anything else- those red accessories don’t work for me (and I’m 99.9% sure they were brought in for the shoot and not how the room looks everyday).  If it were me I would have added a woven seagrass bench or for something more bold a pair of white leather and chrome Barcelona ottomans at the foot of the bed.

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The master bath certainly is more bold fun. Miles doesn’t do understated.

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peaking of color, a special thanks to Jaime Meares and the Furbish Studio team for a fun feature on styling an colorful and functional entry! Check it out HERE!

 

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