As is typical in decorating projects, what was initially just a living room, dining room overhaul has since expanded to include a study for my Dad. He fell in love with this desk (in antiqued coffee finish) which led to us to converting an under utilized sitting room into a man cave. After 20+ years being outnumbered by me, my sister, and mom I think it’s well deserved, right?
I want the space to be handsome and classic, but also want to turn tradition on its head in some way which is where the antelope carpet comes in–I’m still kind of shocked (in an eeeeek I’m SO excited kind of way) that my Dad approved it!
White horizontal beadboard wainscoting runs throughout the room and the one point I’m still trying to win is painting the walls Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy. Who would have thought antelope carpet would be an easier sell?
If all goes as planned, I’m hoping to have photos to share in the New Year!
P.S help me win this one–the Hale Navy makes the room, right?
Fellow dog lovers, this one’s for you. C.Wonder’s Dog Show sweater is the sartorial soul mate to Osborne & Little’s Best in Show wallpaper (as seen in Bailey McCarthy’s amazing powder bath.)
There are only a few left, so I rounded up my own version of the Westminster dog show for you below. Not a dog person? How about something a little more exotic.
Top: Baby Peacock Mirror $289 | Middle: Peacock Mirror $899 | Bottom: Golden Medallions Mirror $279
A few months ago I found the most fantastic antique peacock mirror at an antique store in VA. It was huge and gorgeous, and of course, very much out of my price-range. In typical fashion, I haven’t stopped thinking about the one that got away or given up hope that someday a beautiful antique peacock mirror will find its way into my home.
Patience is not one of my virtues, so in case the real thing doesn’t come along I’ve hedged my bets and rounded up a few retail options. The price tags are much more reasonable than the antique, and honestly, I bet you’d have a hard time telling the difference aesthetically.
Pretty as a peacock, right?
In design, it’s often the tiniest details that take a space from good to great. Take the examples above. In each case the addition of a simple contrast tape trim with nailheads takes things to a new level.
Would these rooms still be lovely without? Of course! But it’s the details that make them memorable (at least for me) and really showcase the designer’s creativity and vision.
Now if I only had something to re-upholster….
It’s Monday, so let’s get lost in some beautiful interiors, shall we? Markham Roberts trained under legendary decorator Mark Hampton, and has since become a force in the design world in his own right.
He achieves that perfect balance of color and classicism that I find so compelling in interiors. Hopefully a book will be in his future because I honestly can’t stop ogling his portfolio.
For now, all this inspiration will be going straight to the files!