Art is one of the few splurges I truly feel guilt free about making. I’ll debate the merits of a new bag or pair of shoes for months, but if a piece of art resonates with me I’m suddenly cavalier.
Unlike clothing or accessories which inevitably need to be replaced, art lasts a lifetime. Nothing sets the tone in a room or has the ability to spark conversation quite like a great piece of art. Over the years we’ve bought a few special pieces to mark various occasions and I love having those visual reminders of milestones.
I’ve developed a long “someday” list for our growing collection and the latest addition is artist Meredith Pardue. The Savannah College of Art & Design and Parsons graduate describes her canvases as “composed of organic forms that derive from those found in nature, but ultimately the paintings are a visual record of an unplanned dialogue between myself and a blank canvas.”
I’m completely captivated by her work and use of color. Hopefully it brightens your Monday.
images via Meredith Pardue and Artsy
This week’s big win: scoring a nude from Sally King Benedict’s small works sale. To the person who snagged The Seeds Face as I was checking out – it’s on! Just kidding, but the pieces were flying fast. A testament to Sally’s talent.
File this one under things I can all but guarantee won’t be flattering on me, but I’ll probably order anyway in hopes that it’s more Olivia Palermo than marshmellow man, because wouldn’t it be amazing with a pair of these?!
This was a super interesting read about what happens when a brand strays too far from its base. Maybe a reminder to us all about trying to be something we’re not?
It’s a dog eat dog world out there, and this video is hilarious! Our golden, Brody, would be the one grabbing all the tennis ball.
So excited to add this book to my coffee table this fall. With talent like this you know it’s going to be good!
Have a great weekend!
If you’re not yet familiar with the work of NYC based interior designer, Lindsey Lane, allow me to introduce you to a favorite project I just can’t stop admiring.
Lindsey was recently named among House Beautiful‘s Next Wave designers and I can all but guarantee we’ll be hearing her name in the interior design world more frequently. This Park Avenue project from her portfolio is a personal favorite.
The orange mohair mid century dining chairs paired with Raoul Textiles drapes, turquoise lamps and large scale Christian Chaize aerial photograph make for a winning combination. The cherry red scalloped settee is without question my new furniture crush which I may need to replicate for a client’s breakfast banquette in the future.
I will never not love a lacquered library, but this particular shade of aqua is especially good. Kids bedrooms are my favorite to design and Lindsey nailed both the boys and girls rooms in this residence: canopied twin beds (I’ve loved this look since seeing Lee Kleinhelter’s in Lonny!), Hinson’s spatter wallpaper, and a perfectly pink room for a little girl to grow into.
A big congratulations to Lindsey on what I’m sure was an exciting project to work on. I’d highly recommend watching this video tour of the project for a closer look at the details. I can’t wait to see more of Lindsey’s work in the future!
After a busy fall and winter of presentations and paperwork, we’re reaching the finish line with several projects both here in Raleigh and back in DC. Eagerly anticipated custom pieces have been trickling in and I’ve been all too excited to introduce them to their new homes. Here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to:
In Raleigh, my clients heeded my call for a colorful sofa in their very first home. We love how it pairs with their beautiful chinoiserie panel and can’t wait for their custom navy swivel chairs we dressed up with some pretty trim at the hemline to finish off their living room. They’ll definitely be housewarming ready!
Another Raleigh couple welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby girl into this recently completed nursery. It’s such a sweet space and whether its new homes, or new babies it’s always so rewarding to have the opportunity to work with clients during major milestones. Looking forward to sharing professional snaps of this one soon!
Back in DC, a favorite Raoul Textiles fabric was the jumping off point for the living space of this charming row house. I love the shot of apple green against the blues and aqua. Custom Roman shades scheduled to be installed in the next few weeks and a big piece of art for above the sectional will finish off the space.
In NoVA, the bachelor pad’s powder bath got a major upgrade. It’s a teeny space but we punched it up with a new washstand sink, marble herringbone mosaic floor tile, an oblong hexagonal mirror, and an overhead double sconce with black trimmed shades. We’re selecting a few pieces of black and white photography to dress up the walls and are gearing up to kick off the kitchen reno ASAP!
I hope you enjoyed a few behind the scenes peeks at what we’ve been up to lately at LSID (albeit via iPhone photo 😉) I’m super excited about everything in the works for 2016–this funky space and many more not pictured included!
Since deciding to decorate our bedroom, I’ve been on the hunt for a rug to cover the yucky rental carpet. Since I’m bringing it with the color and pattern, I’m planning to keep things neutral (unless the Etsy gods shine upon me and I find the perfect azilal and then all bets are off!)
My adventures in internet rug stalking did bring about two discoveries that were too good not to share. Natural fiber rugs are often my floorcovering of choice and I’m always on the lookout for new and different options from my usual go-tos.
I’m super into all things scalloped at the moment so this pretty little lady was a natural (literally 😉 ) front runner. Then I happened stumble upon her twin for 75% off — #winning.
I’ve decided I need a bit more contrast and carpet coverage for our bedroom, but wanted to share because I can see these working in so many different environments.