Latest Fave Finds

I’m on a train back from a work trip to NYC and way behind on , well, everything so here’s a quick post sharing some recent finds/purchases of mine/ for my clients that I am just loving…..

  1.  I just got this faux fur blanket for bed and it is THE BEST faux I have ever had. OBSESSED.
  2. I also got these Juliska mugs and they make me SO happy every time I make coffee in the morning. Perfect size, weight, handle, etc.
  3. I splurged on two of these Aerin frames for my house and they are like jewelry for my side tables. SO good.
  4. Sometimes it’s the little things- this spoon rest came back with me from Vermont and its adorable and functional.
  5. We are using these Bastideaux pillows on a project and I am OBSESSED with this print. OBSESSED.
  6. Kayce Hughes just did some small commissions for us, but I am loving this guy for myself :)
  7. I needed toy storage for our new family room but also wanted it to function as secondary seating.  Enter this bench from Ballard Designs– well made, offers lots of space for Legos and dinosaurs and a perfect perch for when entertaining. I’m having a custom cushion made for the top.
  8. After seeing a similar color on my trip to New York at Roman & Williams insanely good Guild shop/restaurant, I’m really wanting to paint a paneled library in a high gloss formula of Ben Moore’s Templeton Gray.
  9. I picked up a couple of these art stands, so perfect for propping up small paintings or prints on bookshelves or consoles.
  10. We ordered two of these sculptural Baker beauties for a New York City project and I cannot wait to see them in person. Breathtaking.


Antiquing: The Neoclassic Style

In the recent couple of years I have become more interested in incorporating antiques into my designs and my home.  And with that I have noticed some trends in the styles and periods I find myself most drawn to and thought I’d share some of the knowledge I’ve picked up in my antiquing travels.

The most broad term for the types of furniture and accents I find myself buying lately is Neoclassical, which is a sort of umbrella term that includes the sub-styles of Louis XVI, Directoire and Empire styles from France and the Federal and Empire styles in America during the late 18th century.  Based on the historical, classic architecture and design of Greece and Rome– these styles favor straight, rectilinear lines and pure geometric shapes (unlike the more curvy and ornate styles of the Rococo period before it).

Side note: Look Ma! My college degree is being used right now!!!!

OK, just had to call out my use of my (rusty) art history knowledge. Anyway, I love this style, especially when mixed with modern accents to really create an  interesting and tension-filled juxtaposition. Darryl Carter is the master of this look, in my opinion:

Look how that coffee table makes all the antique pieces look so fresh and modern! LOVE!

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Valentine Day Gifts

Valentines Day snuck up on me this year, and while I never make a big deal about it (much like New Years- #overrated) I do like grabbing some little gifts keeping in the theme my mom used when we were growing up– gifts must be red, pink or heart themed (This does not to apply to jewelry though, because we make the rules) :)  I’ve extended this include gifts of booze because that’s romantic right?

1. (an excuse to buy yet another striped tee) // 2. // 3. // 4. (these are SO good) // 5. // 6. // 7. (choose the heart charm to go inside!) // 8. // 9. (comes with the antiqued trophy vase!)// 10. // 11. // 12. // 13. // 14. // 15. // 16. // 17. (my fave pink champagne) // 18. // 19. // 20.

1. // 2. (Andrew wants this) // 3. // 4. (another Andrew fave- and he doesn’t have a sweet tooth!) // 5. (this is HILARIOUS)// 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. // 11. // 12. (maybe from his little lady?)// 13. (because pizza=love) // 14. // 15. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Trend Watch: Fringe Trim (Yay or Nay?)

The other day I was trying to finish up my pillow scheme for my “formal” living room and a CRAZY idea popped into my head. Should I use some brush fringe on one pair of pillows?  I nearly stopped dead in my tracks at the fact that I was even entertaining that thought. Five years ago- heck, one year ago, I would have told you brush fringe and ANY fringe really, was a design no-no and made a face.

But here we are.  Bullion and brush fringe is making a comeback. It’s kind of like shoulder pads being revamped- super  80’s and 90’s, looks good on 1% of people/rooms but most will hate that it’s back (I, for one, have a deep disdain for shoulder pads). But it’s so interesting to me how trends recycle in this way.  Things you thought you hated slowly become something you think is cool again.

I mean, I’m not mad at this room. It’s fun. It’s not something I personally would do in my current living room, but I like it in someone else’s!

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Round up: Mirrors of All Sizes

Mirrors are one of my favorite accessories.  They brighten up a space, add interest and texture in unexpected places and dimension to walls when you don’t want to use artwork.  A good mirror isn’t hard to find, but I thought I’d round up some of my favorites for you in case you needed a little nudge in the right direction.

A few tips:

  • Always check and make sure the mirror can hang in the direction you want it to– not all mirrors can be hung vertically or horizontally. Some are made to only hang one way.
  • Round mirrors add a lot of nice soft movement to rooms with lots of angles.
  • If you need a very narrow mirror for a powder room or other small space look for vintage ones on Etsy, Chairish, 1stDibs or similar. There aren’t a lot of small mirrors made these days!
  • For really tricky sizes and dimensions, go custom. Any frame shop can make you a mirror with a framing moulding of your choice! Or we like to make grasscloth wrapped mirrors from here which add texture.
  • Consider mirrors when light is an issue- when we had to close up one of the two mirrors in our dining area for our addition I placed three rectangular bistro frame style mirrors in it’s place to trick they eye and bounce light.  It worked wonders.
  • Horchow and Wisteria are having mirror sales today!

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