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!

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!

RUNWAY TO ROOM

Fashion and interiors go hand in hand. When a client is having difficulty articulating their style it’s not uncommon for me to shift the conversation to fashion. Who are their favorite designers? If they could wear one label exclusively (and money was no object of course!) what would it be?

Counter intuitive? Perhaps. But you’d be surprised how re-framing the conversation draws out preferences that more often than not translate to their taste in interiors.
Prada Heels

I’ll use myself as an example. I pinned these insane Prada heels and the shot of Caroline Robert’s guest bedroom from an old issue of Lonny almost back-to-back.

You don’t have to look too far around this blog to pick up on the fact that I’m partial to a punch of vermillion and an updated take on tradition; and I’d really like to have those sandals and linens.

Lonny Magazine May/June 2011| Caroline Robert

What do you think… notice any trends between your closet & casa?

GET THE LOOK: A COLORFUL & COLLECTED BAR

Miles Redd | Domino

Get the Look: Miles Redd's Bar | DominoAn internet outage waylaid my best laid blogging plans last week but I’m back up and running and come bearing fresh inspiration!

Every year ‘Entertain More’ ends up on my resolution list and I’m embarrassed to admit it’s a repeat offender for a reason… it rarely happens. Apartment living is tough for the aesthetically inclined; rife with internal debates over when to invest and when to make-do because, after all, it is temporary.

Our kitchen makes me say a Serenity Prayer, but I’m eliminating perfection as an excuse for not entertaining in 2015, and who better to turn to for inspiration than Miles Redd?

Any old surface will do for a bar (of course, an intricately carved, marble topped, cabriole leg table à la Miles would be ideal…) as long as you accessorate with abandon.

A white ginger jar pops against pink walls–try Benjamin Moore’s Glamour Pink. A glass ice bucket, tortoise tumblers, and monogrammed cocktail napkins dress up the bar and decorative coral branches on lucite always look chic.

We used a giant clamshell c/o Kenroy Home similar to Miles’ to collect cards at our wedding, but I think I need to steal it back from my mom and incorporate it into our decor. Perhaps we’ll start serving our champagne on the half shell?

Will any of you be joining me in finding more reasons to celebrate in 2015?