I know you don’t visit this blog for hard hitting news or commentary on world events, but I felt weird scheduling a post titled “Festive Finds Under $150” without first acknowledging the horrific events of the weekend as so many around the world are grieving and trying to make sense of yet another senseless act of violence.

I pulled out this old Holiday magazine from my collection as a small way of saying Vive la France. In the midst of the sadness that follows these tragedies I’m always comforted by the stories of good that inevitably emerge. It reminds me of a favorite quote:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.



Sandberg Raphael

Alex Papachristidis | One Kings Lane

Alex Papachristidis | One Kings Lane

Nick Olsen | Architectural Digest

Sandberg | Raphael

It’s been awhile since my last Wallpaper Diaries entry and I’ve got a new crush (well, maybe not so new, I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile!) that’s burning hot. Allow me to introduce you to Sandberg’s Raphael.

It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but going bold can be so worth it. Trust your decorator and promise you’ll wait for the window treatments to go up and the furniture to go in before you start to second guess (we all do it!) 😉

I love Raphael’s retro vibe, it reminds me of something you might have found in your chic Nana’s house in the 70s. I’m all about grandma chic these days, but, it’s worth noting that Raphael is equally at home in the children’s room designed by Nick Olsen (photo 4) as it is in Alex Papachristidis’ Manhattan abode (photos 2 & 3).

Commitment phobe? Test the wallpaper waters in a powder bath or small entry. If you’re looking for a little Raphael in your life, let’s chat.


St. Frank Tablesetting

The Pursuit of Style | Thanksgiving

Placemat | Napkin Ring | Candles | Tasting Spoons | Plate | Cookbook | Wine Glasses | Napkins | Tablecloths

I was looking back at my Thanksgiving posts from years past and had to laugh because apparently this week is, without fail, the week I start bemoaning the onslaught of gift guides and take up the cause for Thanksgiving. So call me predictable.

My family is joining us in Raleigh this year, and–confession time–I’ve asked if we can eat out. Normally I’d be all for a big spread, but our apartment is still (embarrassingly) in a state of disarray, and I’ve promised myself that I’ll hold off on all major purchases (like a dining table!) until we have a house.

My tablescaping will be of the virtual variety this year, but I’ve found some great pieces that would have totally made the cut in real life. Like these tortoise placemats…I would blow the entire Thanksgiving budget on these bad boys. They’re insane. The cone shell version is pretty great too– reminds me a little of Les Touches.

My favorite tablecloths and napkins are on sale (scoop ’em up–awesome deal!) and I’m especially feeling the raspberry and lilac for a non-traditional T-Day palette. For an even more playful mix add in some ikat napkins with sputnik napkin rings, or gold spattered plates (do not microwave, ha!) with your wedding china.

Because the cooking is just as much of the main event as the actual dinner, I’m looking forward to picking up a copy of newly released Garden & Gun title, The Southerner’s CookbookI think it could be an adorable hostess gift paired with this tasting spoon set, don’t you?

If you’re looking for an easy way to upgrade your tablescape, start trolling Etsy for vintage candlesticks (these and these are favorites) and top with colorful tapers.

Are you hosting this year? Any tablescape plans in the works?


Kathryn Ireland Textiles | The Pursuit of Style

You guys, I’m starting to feel a kinship with Eeyore, and am 90% certain that a rain cloud is following me around. I swear it’s been raining every day we’ve been in Raleigh. We leave, beautiful weather; we come back, the rain clouds roll right on in. North Carolinians are promising me this is abnormal, but I’m ready to start googling no-rain dances.

I made a trip back to DC at the end of last week (incidentally, it rained) to check in on projects, and got my sunshine fix at John Rosselli care of Kathryn Ireland’s gorgeous textiles. Happiness on a bolt is what she’s selling and I want all of it. A shot of color and pattern is just the way to start off the week and fight those Monday moods.

Think dry thoughts for us down here!


Lily Bunn

Lily Bunn
Lily Bunn
Lily Bunn
Lily Bunn
Lily Bunn

One Kings Lane has been killing it with the house tours lately. Honestly I find the site more inspiring than some of my shelter mags–except for you, House Beautiful, nothing but love!

I’ve posted this apartment designed by New York City based interior designer, Lilly Bunn, in the past, but it’s truly one of my all-time favorites so I was thrilled to see a few more snaps on OKL.

From the leopard carpet and moss green velvet headboard in the master, to the bergere outfitted in a Madeline Weinrib ikat in the dining room (and duh, the de Gournay), this project is perfect down to the last detail.

Sigh, #housegoals.