WALLPAPER DIARIES: ADAM’S EDEN | LEWIS & WOOD

Saint Alban | Charleston

Saint Alban | Charleston

Tom Scheerer | Maine

Tom Scheerer | Maine

My wallpaper love affair has reached new levels and I think it’s time to channel my inner school girl with a crush and start documenting the objects of my affection.
First up in the wallpaper diaries: Adam’s Eden by Lewis & Wood.

The graceful vines of this botanical paper first caught my eye installed in Charleston’s recently opened all-day café, St. Alban. Thanks to @brookekiernan for capturing such a lovely shot above and to St. Alban for giving me another excuse to decamp to Charleston.

Shortly after, I realized I had seen the same paper used in a Maine bedroom by none other than my decorating idol, Tom Scheerer. These two projects show the paper’s versatility. Slightly quirky paired with modern light fixtures and grey millwork at St. Alban, and full on cottage chic in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

Available to-the-trade only, contact me if you’d like to make this wallpaper dream come true!

BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style

Hello, Monday! I’m hoping some of you might be enjoying a snow day today. There’s nothing I love more than an excuse to light a fire, curl up with a book, and completely indulge in the life of a recluse while the snow falls.

Perhaps I was subconsciously inspired by this book everyone seems to be talking about, but this weekend I ruthlessly edited our apartment. Gone went the floor lamp I don’t even like but loyally moved from one apartment to the next, quickly joined by even more flotsam and jetsam that’s been cluttering our lives.

Starting the week off with a clean slate and letting go of all that excess is a wonderful feeling and the perfect way to close out January. Let’s hope I can keep this quality over quantity mantra going straight through February.
Next up, my closet…

ARTFULLY INSPIRED

Winslow Homer

Glitter Guide Marlien Rentmeester-bedroom

Manuel Canovas Sark Wallpaper

I wanted to title this post “Put a Bird on It” but figured an obscure Portlandia reference might be lost on the majority of readers (kind of a weird show, right?)

Anyway, I was cleaning up my iPhone camera roll last night and came across a photo of a Winslow Homer oil painting I snapped at the National Gallery a few months ago.

I was drawn to the moody, saturated colors–it’s hard to see but the duck’s eye is the most unexpected shade of Veuve Cliquot orange–a color I previously would never have thought to pair with sea greens and grays.

Ironically, I had happened to be looking at Manuel Canovas’ Sark wallpaper earlier in the day (it would be criminal if I didn’t take the opportunity to use this pun) and they are so obviously birds of a feather.

The wallpaper is even more fabulous in person and immediately reminded me of Marlien Rentmeester’s master bedroom decorated by Hillary Thomas which features the fabric version of Sark. Oh how my brain is a funny little decorating rabbit hole…

I think it goes without saying that I’m now eagerly seeking opportunities to ‘put a bird on it’.

Have a great weekend!

MARBELIZED MOMENT

Tobi Fairley | Rue

Marbelized It started with this planner by Julia Kostreva whose shop filled with products with a modern edge has quickly become a new favorite.

Then I discovered Scout & Catalogue’s hand dyed accessories inspired by the beaches of Mexico via an interview on Design Sponge.

A pair of timeless blue and white lamps fueled my fire–I’d swap out the shades for something custom to really make these showstoppers.

With three amazing products I was already ready to call this a trend, but the latest issue of Rue Magazine featuring a penthouse with a swirling sea of Black Crow Studios wallpaper (technically watercolor but I’m not going to split hairs here) designed by Tobi Fairley sealed the deal…

Marbelized is having a major moment and I’m on board!

BITS & PIECES

Blue & White FabricsJohn Robshaw fabrics at my absolute favorite showroom: John Rosselli

Oh, the Monday blues. If you’re celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a three day weekend maybe today isn’t quite as blue, but if you’re back to the grind I commiserate and offer up some fabric eye candy as consolation.

My weekend went by entirely too quickly as they always do, but was punctuated with a design presentation for some really lovely clients that I’m pretty thrilled about. More to come. (P.S I know I keep saying this and it’s annoying as hell, but cha-cha-cha changes are coming! Promise.)

In non-design related news Washingtonian recently released its list of 100 Best Restaurants and we spent some time last night culling it for new spots to try. One of our shared goals for 2015 was to be more intentional with our dining choices. Less mildly satisfying take-out and more date nights–12 to be specific.

In addition to spending a less ridiculous amount on dining out, I’m thinking the anticipation of one special night a month somewhere we’re dying to try will actually make us enjoy the meal more! I’ll let you know how the experiment goes, but in the interim I’d love to know: what’s the best restaurant–anywhere in the world–you’ve ever been to? We can all add to our lists.

Happy MLK Jr. Day!