I think I was going through some weird experimental phase with minimalism this winter. I found myself shying away from the colors and patterns I’ve always loved and questioning whether or not my choices were “sophisticated” enough. Well, don’t worry, that existential crisis is over and I’m back to bright.
A lovely reader (thanks Holly!) sent this Apartment Therapy home tour of Jessica Buckley’s Edinburgh flat my way and I think it’s a perfect example of how you can have fun with color and pattern and still create a sophisticated space–it’s not a double bind!
The blueberry grasscloth wallpaper is undeniably amazing, but if I were to play favorites it’s a tie between the adorable breakfast nook or her canopied bed. I’ll always be a cheerleader for a classic ticking stripe, and the combination of that gorgeous Manuel Canovas Roman shade, the pink walls, and Chippendale chairs just makes me giddy.
Canopying a bed is high on my list of future house goals, but I already can’t imagine the agony I’ll put myself through deciding on fabrics. Designer draama. Jessica, on the other hand, killed it with her choices!
I’m convinced that starting the week off on a colorful note is going to make this a good one. I have an installation on the calender at the end of the week that I’m basically jumping out of my skin to see come together.
And as for my PSA about color: #beigeisboring #decoratecolorfully
We greeted the first day of Spring with snow here in DC–slush is probably a more accurate description–a bit of a cruel joke, but cherry blossom season is right around the corner so I’m looking forward to brighter days ahead.
Have you seen J.Crew’s newest store in Paris? Before the launch, J.Crew hosted a preview party in this beautiful apartment which perfectly captures the fresh, clean vibe I associate with Spring.
The fireplace in the Hausmann style building is what dreams are made of. Someday I hope to install a similar marble beauty in my fantasy home. Did you catch the emerald and orchid color palette? You know how I feel about that color combination!
Of course J.Crew nailed all the details… a simple arrangement of blush ranunculus, my favorite Diptyque candle burning, and custom J’ai Crew matchbooks. So clever.
While we’re on the topic, I told myself in January I’d swear off the J.Crack but of course they’re killing it with their new arrivals. I mean this, these, and this?! I’m putty in your hands J.Crew.
Have a great weekend and happy Spring!
I’ll probably say this every time, because I’m fickle like that, but I think my latest wallpaper crush is the best one yet. Meet Galileo Glass by Eskayel.
I like to think of it as a really really chic Rorschach test. It’s a little bit boho, but surprisingly works just as well in a more buttoned up space like the Southampton study designed by Carrier and Co. shown in the first photo.
A bit of a chameleon, right? Style maven Taylor Tomasi Hill also used the paper in the entryway of her Chelsea home and if I weren’t already obsessed, her sign off is as good as a gold star in my book.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I realized this morning that I have nary a green item in my closet, but as my Pinterest boards quickly showed me, it’s certainly not a color I shy away from in interior design.
This entryway designed by NYC based interior designer, Ashley Whittaker, is my idea of perfection. Not only does it feature the number one item on my dream home wish list–hand painted chinoiserie wallpaper–there’s also a healthy dose of blue and white, a pretty amazing Greek key border around those beautiful herringbone floors and I’m spotting a peek of Le Tigre in the background.
Check, check, check!
When I’m antiquing I always keep my out for Dodie Thayer’s iconic lettuceware and thus far I’ve been unsuccessful in my hunt. Tory Burch hinted at a collaboration with the famed ceramicist in her book: Tory Burch in Color and I’ve been excited about the possibility ever since.
Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch has officially launched and it was worth the wait! I was also pleasantly surprised by the price point. Wouldn’t it be perfect for an Easter table setting? My wheels are spinning…
Further cementing Celerie Kemble among my design idols is one of her latest projects: a Dominican Republic retreat for family and friends named Playa Grande Beach Club. I mean how cool is that?!
Kemble worked on the project for ten years and employed local craftsmen, artisans, and a historic preservationist to bring her vision to life. Delicate hand cut fretwork, a color palette reminiscent of a box of Ladurée macarons, and flourishes of whimsy combine to create a retreat that just begs for sandy feet and a hell of a lot of fun!
There’s nothing I love more than an unexpected color combination and I didn’t have to look farther than my desk to find inspiration for this one: orchid and emerald.
It started with the arrival of my nude (in case you were curious, yelling: “My nude is here!” at the communal mailboxes will, in fact, incite side eyes and judgment from your neighbors) and the latest edition of Domino kept the trend going.
A China Seas fabric I’m currently obsessed with rounds things out quite nicely. Such a happy departure from the winter wonderland outside my window.
Have a great weekend!