Saturday, September 24, 2011

Woohoo for the weekend, I am ready to let loose! This week has been incredibly long but a lot of great things have evolved...I am excited for a weekly wrap-up to share all the fun things I have been working on and hope you will find inspiration in them. I know for me the inspiration keeps coming for me...I have been glued to the latest issue of Veranda this week and seen some beautiful pieces around town.

Oh to be a part of Windsor's World which is featured in the pages of October's Veranda magazine, it would be truly be a dream come true. I mean I would been happy to have just bought a ticket to tour the 8,000 sq. ft designer home much less to live the dream of ever being in the realm of the designers that decked its halls, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathy Ireland, and Windsor Smith herself to name a is truly delicious Mr. Bullard.

From the moment I saw the office/study designed by Peter Dunham I was smitten. Here we have 2 of my favorite elements, animal and green,  boldly used  in this space...amazing!
It just so happens I received this email from a local antiques dealer this week with this image

and my Peter Dunham sample came in...really, who needs a new office area?

Working on a project is so exciting when everything finally starts to come together for a little girls room, stay tuned...

Everyone have a lovely weekend! 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sticker It Up

So I hope everyone had as lovely a weekend as I did...a little snap of fall weather, no scheduled obligations, and a little flea market therapy. Oh and let's not forget the skinny pumpkin spice latte with light whip, mmm my favorite time of the year for certain.
We all were a little creative around here including my husband and daughter who sewed together their Indian Princess vests. They then added a few patches and selected their tribe names. My daughter, flying peacock, (she came up with this on her own, her mother's daughter for certain) and my husband, growling bear. They then took a small peacock feather we had from a friend's farm cut it down to the eye and sewed it to my daughter's vest. Needless to say I was very impressed...

I am always inspired and encouraged to try something out when I see a creative idea that is whimsical yet chic at the same time. When I ran across the wall designs by artist Payton Cosell Turner featured on Elle Decor, I was completely blown away! The image below is a room with walls designed by Turner, beautiful right? Nice colors, lovely look...

well, it is entirely made out of dime store-stickers. Bananas, shamu, Dorothy, and even big wheels are the part to this whole creation. This 25 year old has made her mark, in a big way, it just so happens to be in the form of stickers and the wallpaper company she founded with her fiance' Flat Vernacular.
Now if I can figure out a way to use this idea to cover the markings my daughter (aka graffiti artist) has made on the walls in her room then all would be good in the world.

Images courtesy of Elle Decor and New York Magazine

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rich and Skinny

I think I have mentioned here how I love a rainy Saturday morning, sleeping in after a long scheduled week...what could be better? 
Well add the whole family cuddle bugging to cartoons while I catch up in the blog world, now that is just almost perfection! 
It was such a refreshing day here in NC yesterday. The temperature, low 60's, slightly overcast, and humidity noticeably absent. Welcome back Fall, you have been missed.

This week I have hosted my dear friends trunk show, Fleming Clothing, and she has the chicest prints for your little one. She is now doing trunk shows all over the United States so if you are interested in doing one in your area don't hesitate...there are more fabrics than shown online and the new ones for fall are amazing!
I also attended a fashion show this week, you can see all the looks here. It really inspired me with all the rich colors, textures, and fall looks like with the forecast we will be able to wear these items sooner than later. I can't wait to pull out my blazer (although on my wist list is the Celine one) with some skinny pants, one of my favorite looks.
So I am off to catch up on the newest House Beautiful which finally looks inspiring but I will leave you with these images of designer Meg Braff's home from a previous issue. The colors, chinoiserie wallpaper, and the wooden chandelier are spot on. It makes me reconsider my whole look.
By the way, if there is anyone out there reading this who knows how to turn my blogger from Spanish back to English, can you please send me an email with instructions?
Little fingers, little hands.

Happy Weekend!

Images courtesy of House Beautiful and
Photography by Simon Upton

Friday, September 9, 2011

A Girl's Best Friend

There are few things in this world that make me really ecstatic other than the obvious no brainer, kids, husband, pets, and time with family...the kind of joy that one experiences day in and out. 
It so happens that one of my guilty little feel good pleasures is a great pattern or print. No, not the wall kind although they do make me happy, I am speaking of a beautiful print on a fabric, wallpaper, or piece of is sometimes enough to make me squeal out loud with delight. I know this may sound silly to some but for those of you, and you know who you are, there is nothing like seeing a divine print for the first time. 
It recently came up with a client about using an existing print she has in her home in another room with a different color way? I just have to say, there are too many beautiful ones out there to limit yourself...I want to use them all! 
One such print that I have squirreled away for the perfect project is this Orchid wallpaper by
Cole and Son. It is certainly nothing new and has been around but like a fine wine ages with time. I pull it out every now and then as I do this image with the orchid paper in model/actress Molly Sims office by designer Kishani Perera
What a lovely combo, a gal's personal space with a fabulous paper on the wall, something everyone should have if at all possible.

Other color ways available

The orchid makes a nice background for a collection of black and whites in this San Francisco Designer Showhouse 

Another print that is getting some consideration for a project is this chic animal print Sabu by Rose Cumming. It is available in 4 cotton, linen, and outdoor...really what else could you ask for? I am ready to wrap myself up in Sabu and put my party shoes on!

Speaking of party shoes, it is time to put mine on to hit the town this evening with the hubs. Elation is setting in because we are home alone all weekend and fun times are on the horizon.
Check in next week for my pattern of the week and a fun home giveaway.
 Hope you all have a good one! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Two for Tuesday

Hello all my dear friends, hope Labor Day weekend treated you well. I was able to have an end of summer rendezvous at the NC coast while celebrating the wedding of my husband's college roommate. There is definitely something to be said for having a Friday wedding, we still had 3 days of lounging on the beach once the wedding festivities were over. I will say good times were had by all, and that might be an understatement.
I have this collection of twin bed images that I have collected and thought to share today. The last image I just found over on Made By Girl by Texas designer Libbie Grove. If you have a chance check out Libbie's blog to see her step by step process in creating her daughter's adorable space...I especially love the box springs wrapped in fabric, great idea!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Mary Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With Silver bells and Cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

I am always fantasizing about my yard looking like an English garden with luscious beds of flowers rolling with wild abandonment yet tame enough to put a perfect little walk of stones through it or a beautiful paved path like Stella McCartney's above. Although my yard looks nothing like any of these because for some reason my husband keeps missing the memo of my intentions and we live in the city therefore we have very little land to create my Secret Garden. 
There is a little cottage style home around the corner that I have always admired from afar with its climbing roses, white picked fence, and charming English look. They seem to have achieved this look in the city. I can't even get my jasmine to properly grow up and around my columns in the front of my home, how will I ever coerce roses to look like the ones on the gorgeous front doors below? 

Currently I am also on the hunt for a tiered table to place plants on in my screened in porch area. Last weekend after the storm we spent hours cleaning every rung, mopping the floor, and cleaning up that darn space. I love this image of a collection of pots with greens in varied heights. 

While we are at it, in my dream home, I would like a container closet like the Bunny Williams shown below. I mean really how great is this space, linens, containers, all organized? It is just the best! 

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