Thursday, July 31, 2014

Designer Crush || Peter Dunham

What I love is places that closely reveal their owners' passions. 
Peter Dunham

Did you read the interview Peter Dunham gave in the current issue of House Beautiful?  Could he be any more charming?  I just know we would become fast friends while chatting about our mutual love of textiles and good lighting.  His 550 square foot apartment is a well traveled little treasure trove. One word comes to mind while taking in this eclectic haven - joyful.  Joyful from the sun drenched pink walls to the combination of magnificent patterns.  One can't help but smile...

The designer at home.

 The lovely living room is an exciting mixture of fabrics and textiles.  I cannot get enough of his fresh Fig Leaf print.

 A close up of the beautiful vintage ottoman.

 I am a sucker for a Saarinen table.  It is gorgeous paired with rush side chairs.

Shades of blue.

The walls in the cozy bedroom are upholstered in his dreamy Bukhara fabric.

P.S. - Peter, give me a call if you want to meet for coffee. ;)

Have a beautiful day,

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Elements of a Room || Rug Pads

Nothing is in good taste unless it suits the way you live.  What's practical is beautiful and suitability always overrules fashion.
Billy Baldwin

I purchased this little antique beauty from Kristy a few months ago.  The photo does not do it justice.  The peach tones are just dreamy.  Anyway, I placed it in the entry where person after person kept slipping.  Finally, my daughter's friend busted her can trying to leave.  I knew I needed to get my act together and buy a nice rug pad before someone was seriously hurt.

I know rug pads are not glamorous but they are necessary to not only protect our floors but also the well being of our favorite people. Luckily, I was approached by the good people at Rug Pad USA. They kindly sent me a high quality, eco-friendly rug pad made especially for Persian and Oriental rugs. It is perfect!  It is thick and comfy but, more importantly, the rug doesn't budge. 

I am always sourcing rugs for clients which are quite expensive and irreplaceable.  I want to do everything I can to preserve the life of that rug.  Heads up, designers - they offer a 20% discount to the trade which is always helpful.  I also love that their products are good to the earth and made in the US which provides employment for Americans. 

Rug pad USA has generously offered a 15% discount to all readers using the code PR15.  Now, go protect your flooring!

Have a beautiful day,

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hi, Style || Packing for Miami

Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
Dalai Lama

Our Miami vacation is next month and I couldn't be more excited! I cannot wait to lounge on the beach, try the local cuisine and take in the amazing Art Deco architecture.  I have heard nothing but incredible things.  This will be our first visit to this melting pot of beauty. 

These Tory Burch sunglasses are an updated version of the Jackie O style that I love so much.

This crisp linen tank is simply perfect when paired with bold print shorts. 

I have been looking for a roomy tote for client samples.  This basic metallic beauty is great because it is deep but narrow making it easier to find things.  I also really like the length of the strap so you can wear it on your shoulder comfortably.  This will be great for walking around sightseeing while carrying every little thing for every member of the family. :|

Aren't these tropical patterned shorts the cutest?  I love the details. They are even better in person. J. Crew offers such well made dress shorts.  I still have|wear several that I purchased years ago.

A soft ballet flat is great for walking around all day exploring new places.  Did I mention the architecture? Oh, yeah....

Traveling usually gives me a touch of insomnia.  This tea is flipping fantastic for knocking you out without a fuzzy "hangover" the next morning.  I will be having sweet, inspired dreams about....did I mention the beautiful architecture?

These are my favorite pj's.  I have several pair.  The drawers are roomy and you can have them monogrammed which makes me feel fancy. 

Being in the sun all day is a real skin killer.  Even with sunscreen, I have noticed sun damage this year.  Yikes!  Your skin rejuvenates itself while sleeping, so why not help it out with a luxurious night cream and eye serum.

This adorable sleep mask is perfect for shielding my peepers from the light of the t.v. that I cannot seem to turn off at bedtime.  [#newyearsresolution]

Have the most beautiful day,

Friday, July 25, 2014

Blog Makeover + Happy Weekend!

Anyone can be cool, but awesome takes practice.
Lorraine Peterson

Life || As you can see, my little ol' blog has been transformed into a glamorous babe thanks to Kelly's outstanding talent. I love the fresh simplicity of it all.  She is working on an amazing logo for my design business as well. 

Playlist || I love an inspiring song that celebrates the unique beauty in all of us.  You go, John Legend, you go!

Shop || Even though I am soaking up every second of summer, a tiny part of me is in anticipation of fall.  I look forward to working with my clients and wearing my jeans again.  Nordstrom is having their big bang of a sale and these beauties have caught my eye for the crisp weather to come.

Eats || Bacon is a delicious treat in our house.  The smell can wake the sleepiest of children.  I am making this goodness in a sandwich right now.  A traditional BLT is perfect enough but add avocado and it is mouthwatering!

Kids || J. Crew has so many adorable pieces on sale right now.  I am ordering this and this for my sweet Ava.

Have a beautiful day,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Outdoor Inspiration

Those summer nights are callin' - stone in love.  Can't help myself from fallin' - stone in love.

I know summer blogging is S.L.O.W.  We are all so busy enjoying the sunshine that sitting inside reading blogs takes a back seat.  I thought I would share some lovely outdoor inspiration since this is where we are spending most of our days.

We bought this last summer in the black and cream stripe.  It's a start but I haven't really given my full attention to the patio.  The girls like to swim in the evenings while Andrew and I share a cocktail and some conversation.  I need to make the space a priority since the evenings in Houston are so nice. 

all beauty courtesy of Pinterest

Have an amazing day,

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Window Shopping || Small Details

Be in love with your life - every detail of it.
Jack Kerouac

Its the details that make it special.

There is nothing lovelier with a carefree summer updo than a pair of brightly colored chandeliers.

A Clare Vivier monogrammed clutch has been on my wish list for years.  They are all so chic; it is difficult to choose!

How sweet is this tray?  It would be the perfect way to serve a cold glass of lemonade by the pool.

I am a sucker for t-strap sandals.  The pink pom poms add a playful detail.

I was so tempted by these adorable embroidered shorts during my last shopping trip.  As you can see, they are still on my mind.  How cute would they be with a chambray popover?

Have the most beautiful day,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Fresh Appeal of Celerie

I always find my job exciting because designing interiors is a process of starting afresh, taking risks and giving shape to imagination.
Celerie Kemble

I have been a fan of Celerie Kemble's work for a long time.  I love the way she subtly mixes patterns creating interesting, sophisticated spaces.  So, it was no surprise that the master bedroom she designed for the Hampton Designer Showhouse stopped me in my tracks.

I have been obsessing over canopy beds lately since compiling ideas for Sofia's bedroom.  This calming retreat is such great inspiration.  The chairs upholstered in Schumacher Pyne Hollyhock are my absolute favorite. This fabric has just a touch of femininity without being too precious and mixes well with other prints.

Have the most beautiful day,

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