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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Rug Sizing & Layering 101

One of the things that drives me the most insane as a designer are ill sized rugs.  And it’s a mistake seen SO often- even on favorite HGTV shows (not naming names- but there have been  large spaces “designed” with what looks like bathmats!)  So I wanted to do a thorough post about how to properly size a rug to your space by room.

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Wrong (even in AD!): This rug is way too small for this seating area.  None of the furniture touches it except for the coffee table. We in the “biz” call this The Dreaded Rug Island.  Everything looks like it’s alienating each other. Does the rug have cooties? Come on furniture, can’t we all be friends?

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Right:  Emily Henderson, of course, knows how to size a rug in the room below.  This one runs under all the furniture but you can also scale it down a little bit and have just the front two legs of each major piece of furniture on it too.  This anchors the room and makes everything look cohesive instead of floating in space.

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Here’s a little graphic I created showing both options.

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Fashion Friday: Red, White & Blue

I can hear Miranda Priestly now “Red, white and blue for the Fourth? Groundbreaking.” Not the most clever, but after a week with a sick baby, tons of work and now a potentially sick self- my brain and body is COOKED, y’all. I hope your holiday weekend is full of sun, fun and lots of cocktails! I just want mine to be full of a sleeping baby and anywhere I can lay horizontal.

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Opening Up My Cabinets

Life has been so incredibly frantic and crazy busy as of late (hence why this post is going up so late- currently typing from my car in between meetings!)  One things that happens to me when life gets like this is that I find myself desperate to streamline the “things” in my life.  Too much stuff taking up space physically and mentally just adds to the clutter of life.   As of late I’ve wanted to streamline my casual tableware- I currently have such a mish-mash of stuff and I hate it.

What’s hard is editing out things that have emotional significance- hand-me-downs from family, coffee mugs that remind you of times past and stuff that is too new to toss but create no joy in your life (I think I need to read Marie Kondo’s book STAT). So I’m opening up my cabinets (some more embarrassing than others) and trying to find a way to clean them up and make things simpler visually (I find that when things are tidy visually, my mind feels calmer!)

This is my “nice” cabinet- vintage glassware, items from my line with Jill Rosenwald, my wedding china (maybe used twice in 12 years) and some heirloom Herend dessert plates from my other in law.  This cabinet doesn’t bother me so much, but really I could put my nice china in storage until the day I have a formal dining room to create some more room.
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Could You Live In 400 Square Feet?

I saw this GORGEOUS Stockholm apartment on Apartment Therapy this week and thought “Now THAT is a tiny home I could be down with!”  I’ve seen so many “tiny home” shows on HGTV which really seem like a crock.  How is it possible to live in 200 square feet with someone else nevermind two children? I mean REALLY? The kids sleep under the stairs a la Harry Potter (“Junior’s bedroom doubles as the pantry and the wardrobe! It’s so convenient!”) and there is a composting toilet that also acts as a seat for the shower which is also the living room sofa.  I’d love to see a show called “Tiny Homes: Three Months Later” in which all the people have put their homes up for sale.  I love the concept of downsizing and living small, but in a realistic way.

Now this apartment would work beautifully for a couple.  It’s stunning in it’s detail- the iron framed window walls in the bedroom (I personally would have installed modern, streamlined white drapes on a ceiling track that could be pulled shut for privacybut not ruin the look) but I adore the way it keeps the space bright and light while also dividing the living spaces.

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