I came across this mint green Dutch door on Pinterest and it quickly stole my heart. Your front door is the first opportunity you have to make an impression and give guests (or curious passersby) an indication of what might lie within. Black, navy, and red are always classic choices, but why not consider something a bit more unexpected?
Musings on door colors aside, I was excited to stumble upon a few photos of the interior of this Manhattan Beach home designed by Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat featured in Luxe Magazine. The powder blue kitchen with its shiplap ceiling (and one of my favorite Quadrille fabrics on the wishbone barstools!) are enough to make me want to get in touch with my inner Ina Garten.
Would you consider colored cabinetry? I’m sure I’d agonize over my color choice, but I absolutely would! The nearby banquette seems like such a cheery spot to enjoy breakfast–all the more so with a scalloped Colleen & Company lantern overhead.
Since this house seems to feature all the items on my hit list I had to include the last shot featuring my all-time favorite Bunny Williams lamp. Anyone else ready to pack up and head to Manhattan Beach?
I can’t imagine a better Monday morning mood lifter than big fluffy peonies! Over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure of assisting a client in adding the last layer of accessories into her already beautiful home in advance of a summer soiree.
We brought in decorative objects and one-of-a-kind finds, beautiful monogrammed linens, new throw pillows in some of my favorite fabrics, and refreshed a gorgeous antique bench–and of course there were the peonies!
I thought I’d share a few snaps from the beautiful event this past weekend. What’s not pictured is the amazing Pinterest worthy S’mores bar my client created for her guests to enjoy around the fire pit- the guests loved it! I’m definitely planning to take a page out of her book while we’re on the Cape for July 4th.
All in all, this was such a fun project to be involved with. Clients that appreciate the details are always a dream to work with and leave me feeling very grateful for my job.
The Washington Post has a really fun feature called House Calls where they ask local interior designers to solve design dilemmas for their readers. I was thrilled to be invited to participate and thought I’d share the before and after!
The way the feature works is the designer is provided with photos, rough dimensions, a budget, and a brief description of the homeowners goals and preferences. Working within those guidelines the designer pulls together a design plan using only retail sources to make the finished product accessible to Post readers.
You can see the before photo in the Post feature, but basically my task was to transform a townhouse basement into a dual use space for entertainment and socializing with an ocean cottage feel. I was to work with the existing paint colors and stay within a $4,000 budget.
To fully take advantage of the space I knew splitting the 20′ x 15′ room into two distinct seating would be the best solution, and initially had hoped to employ back-to-back sofas, but purchasing two new sofas would quickly eat up our already tight budget!
The solution was to use the client’s existing navy and white piped sofa paired with two upholstered poufs (which could be used as ottomans or extra seating as needed) to anchor the entertainment area and use an area rug to carve out a second seating arrangement of three small chairs around a round cocktail table.
A parsons desk acts as a bar during parties, but can also be used as a work space which still has a view of the television. A tripod floor lamp balances out the structural column in the corner and abstract art (not shown) creates a focal point behind the seating area.
To impart a coastal feel without becoming overly thematic (a huge pet peeve for this Cape Codder!) I kept the colors in shades of navy and seaglass and incorporated natural textures in the rug, cocktail table, mirror, sofa table, and floor lamp.
If you’re struggling with a similar room hopefully this will provide some floor plan inspiration!
Interior rendering by Julius Goyanko for The Washington Post
Earlier this week LOFT invited me to stop by their Georgetown store to check out their new summer collection. Full disclosure, I hadn’t shopped with LOFT in quite some time so this was a reintroduction to the brand for me as well.
I was more than pleasantly surprised to walk into a world of color and pattern! The fresh and youthful collection was definitely not the LOFT I was remembering (which, truth be told, is probably tarnished by the ghosts of interview suits past!)
If it’s been awhile for you, too, let me take you on a quick tour and share some of the bright young things that caught my eye:
Given the focus of two of my recent posts, I am definitely on a pink kick. Hot pink and navy is a favorite combination and these striped camis grabbed my attention. I’m always looking for tops to complete my lazy girl summer uniform of white jeans and gold Jacks and this one certainly fits the bill.
I love a good statement short and these might have been my favorite find. Hot pink and coral-y red is an unexpected combination that just works and the playful modern print is perfect for summer.
Fun fact: if you put a tassel on it, I will buy it. Case in point: this tassel scarf which came home with me.
These stripe shorts had the cutest drawstring closure. In the summer I’m all about easy to throw on pieces that still look polished.
Did you make friendship bracelets growing up? These bracelets are the advanced version and totally grown up appropriate. I’m especially loving the combination of lavender and lime–remembering that one for future design schemes!
Eyelet is a quintessential summer fabric. Switch up your traditional white for a shot of citron.
Our taste in interiors often mirrors our taste in fashion so I wasn’t surprised at all to find myself gravitating towards the blue and white. I especially loved the embroidery on this dress.
There’s so much cross over between fashion and interiors, and batik, shibori, and Hmong printed pillows have been huge in design this past year. If you love that trend, I’m guessing you might also love this dress.
A big thanks to LOFT for inviting me to visit- it’s definitely going to be a colorful summer! Shop my favorite bright young things featured in this post below:
A case of the flu (who gets sick in the summer?!) threw me for a loop this week, so I’ve got a back log of inspiration to share now that I’ve rejoined the land of the living. First up, this punchy invitation suite designed by Stitch Design Co. for Spoleto Festival.
There must be something in the water in Charleston, because the creatives down in the Holy City never cease to amaze me with their talent. I’ve been following the success of Stitch Design Co. for several years and draw so much inspiration from their graphic design and branding work. It’s always fresh and unexpected.
The hot pink envelopes and climbing botanicals got my wheels spinning and immediately brought this iconic wallpaper to mind which practically begs for a shot of fuchsia, don’t you think?