Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Modern Farm Table

"Furnish your room for conversation and the chairs will take care of themselves."  
~ Sibyl Colefax

Okay guys, I need some help.

I am certain that I mentioned the old, sentimental farm table we have in our kitchen.  Andrew and I had it made when we lived in Boston during our first year of marriage.  It has been a great family table and was right up my alley when I was hot and heavy for French Country.  I still appreciate that style but have moved on to more modern pastures.

However, I have been changing SO much around here, I need to be realistic. We currently have these littletiny antique side chairs that we purchased our first week in Houston.  I have decided our rustic table needs a little makeover with the addition of some mid century modern chairs.  The real question is which ones to purchase because they are all outstanding.



all coolness from Design Within Reach

Have the best day ever!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Beautiful Brownstone

"I approach houses as a historian.  You learn so much at places like Mount Vernon and Monticello."  ~ Jeffrey Bilhuber

In another life, I am certain I lived in a Manhattan brownstone.  It had a lovely window box out front with tulips in the spring.  There was a small deli on the corner and, most probably, a Starbucks within a block.  It might have looked exactly like this beauty designed by one of my favorite talents, Jeffrey Bilhuber.

This space is filled to the brim with color, pattern and art.  I am crazy for the custom sofa with the bottom cushions upholstered in Brunschwig & Fils tiger stripe velvet.

 Robin's egg and leopard entry.

 Hanging the art close together gives greater impact creating one large piece.  Etchings by Thomas Schütte.

 Another view of the well-collected living room.  The rich jewel tones mixed with treasures from travels give the home personality.

 This might be my favorite corner of the house.  I love the quiet pieces paired with the George Condo nude.  You really notice the impressive art collection in a space like this.

 The fresh kitchen with French bistro-style barstools.

 Okay, I lied.  THIS is my favorite room.  Black and cream with delicious pattern is the best!  I am dying over these lacquered walls.  

 Books and art.  Is there anything more interesting?

 The calming serenity that is the master bedroom.  The pale color scheme and canopy bed create a welcoming haven.

 The dressing room in a word - wow!

all gorgeous photographs courtesy of Architectural Digest

Have the best day ever!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Style || The Maxi Dress

"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have no memory of a springtime being more welcome than this year.  The sunshine on my face has me thinking of sandals and maxi dresses. While shorts and tanks are my typical warm temp uniform, maxi dresses are a definite second. They are easy for daytime or night and the epitome of fresh glamour.

I have put together a breezy, casual look with this lovely peach and taupe maxi.  You could easily take it to a swanky level by pairing it heels, a pair of chandeliers and a smart clutch.

Have the best day ever!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gratitude + Happy Easter

"The struggle ends when gratitude begin."  ~ Neale Donald Walsh

After I picked the girls up from school, I began to slowly and painfully iron {oh, how I hate ironing!} the pale pink drapery panels I picked up on a whim yesterday.  After three panels my eyes began to cross.  I looked up from my chore and was filled with an overwhelming gratitude for the beautiful home we have, our healthy daughters, my loving husband, the fact that my sister, nieces and nephew survived a horrific accident, that Mom will visit soon, my fun girlfriends, my awesome clients, that I have the luxury of pursuing my dream and, heck, even that I can buy drapes on a whim.  I am also grateful that you take time out of your busy day to read my little ol' blog.  Thank you.

photo by: Lisa McGough

Easter is coming in a few days.  There is a sense of renewal on this day that Jesus Christ rose again and returned to Heaven after sacrificing himself for our sins.  That is the ultimate love for which I am most grateful.  I wish you all a spectacular Easter and weekend!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Unexpected Pink Chair

"I owe my color sense to crayons."  ~ Angelo Rafael Donghia

Ahhh, the power of pink.  While furniture hunting for a client, I came across these chairs and fell hard.  Currently, I am loving a jolt of pink in a predominately neutral space.  These chairs would be amazing with our walnut trestle table.  Our dining room has slowly taken on a stuffy, formal vibe that I am not feeling.  I think the addition of six pink chairs would be a breath of fresh air, don't you?

Rich pink Platner chairs?  Yes, please...

 These ballerina pink Steen Ostergaard beauties have been my on desktop for months.  I am crazy about their shape and rare hue.

 We are a house of girls with one boy.  Luckily, Andrew is alright with pink as long as I don't go all precious with it. ;)

I love the sleek and feminine glamour of this space.  I wish I could see more...

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Have the best day ever!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Gorgeous Gramercy

"I'm not gonna take no for an answer.  So, I fully expect confrontation."  ~ Jeff Lewis

"Flipping Out" is one of the few reality shows I watch these days.  I have gotten attached to the eclectic mix of personalities and get a kick out of Jeff's snarky sense of humor.  This season has been especially good catching glimpses of the spectacular  3,730 square foot home Jeff and partner Gage recently renovated and decorated.  Prepare to drool.....

 This all-white kitchen is perfection.

 The home was built by famed architect Wallace Neff in 1937.  Mr. Neff was a popular choice for many celebrity homes of the time, most notably Pickfair.  During renovations, they were careful to keep the original integrity of the house intact.  The results are a breathtaking combination of modern day meets old Hollywood.  

The home was put back on the market in July because Jeff wants to re-establish himself as a real estate flipper.  I have a feeling the episodes featuring this beauty are limited. {sniff, sniff}

 Pale grays, chocolate and cream make this bedroom a serene retreat.

Marble for days. That tub with that view?!  I would never leave.....ever.

This is the classiest and most anally organized closet I have ever seen.

all photos via

The rooms are classically masculine with a neutral palette. This allows the graphic elements found in the flooring and wall coverings to really take center stage.  In a word - stunning.

Have the best day ever!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Weekend!

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."  ~ Lao Tzu

I absolutely love Warby Parker!  Not only is the company extremely professional with excellent communication skills {cough,cough - a few businesses could learn from them. You know who you are!}but they also give a pair of glasses to someone in need with every purchase.  I just received these beauties yesterday and have never been so eager to wear glasses.  If you are need some awesome specs for your melon, this is the place to go.

We are planning a weekend trip to Austin soon.  There are so many spectacular hotels and restaurants, I am having a difficult time choosing.  I am looking at here, here or here. And there is no way I am going and not doing some mid century retail therapy.

I love a good candle, so I am super excited about these mini packs.  This way you can try several to find your favorite scent.  Of course, you need special matches to light your French candles, so here you go.  ;)

Flowers + Peplum = Spring!  This little blouse has me dizzy with beauty. It would amazing with shorts, skinnies, cigarette pants or a pencil skirt.  Get in my wardrobe, gorgeous!

I am always on the hunt for great art.  I was introduced to Tappan Collective through Linday's incredible blog.  It is a place for emerging talents to show and sell their original pieces.  I am in need of some colorful beauty, so I will definitely be spending some time here.

Have the best weekend ever!