An 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?
I’m hoping one of you will be able to help me out here because I’ve fallen hard for a fabric but its manufacturer is a bit of a mystery. The love affair started when I picked up a “special edition” copy of Domino Small Spaces. I knew I’d be underwhelmed (and annoyed at myself for spending over $10 on a magazine) but that chair beckoned to me. Predictably, I finished the mag wanting more, but I especially wanted a source for that fabric!
I’d almost forgotten about it until it re-appeared–this time as a pillow–in Sara Ruffin Costello’s New Orleans home featured on Domaine. With my passion reignited, I thought I’d give it one last-ditch effort. Anyone know the manufacturer/name of that lovely fabric? I think we’re a match made in heaven and I’d love an introduction.
*UPDATE* The fabric has been identified! It’s “Althea” by Lee Jofa. Thanks to Susie for the hot tip!
via Domino June/July 2007
A few years ago when I was working with Hanna on the re-design of this blog I came across the above room designed by Krista Ewart. I immediately fell in love with the feminine lines of the French desk and Italian brass chair (which I’ve been hunting for ever since to no avail).
The desk quickly became the inspiration behind the header you see today (you can see more of my initial inspiration board here). I stumbled across the photo again last night and still love it as much as I did a few years ago– so rare for me–so I thought I’d share and give you the back story on my header.
P.S can we all commiserate for a minute on how much we still miss Domino?
My time in the Florida sunshine may be coming to an end, but I still have palm fronds on my mind. Florida is a treasure trove for vintage shopping and I secretly hoped I’d find a hidden gem while visiting. I’m happy to report that I did find the perfect piece I was hunting for, a vintage palm frond chandelier almost identical to the one hanging in the above (posted-to-death) kitchen from Domino. I’m over the moon with my find, and you might hate me a just a little bit to hear that it only set me back $100. Such a bargain! I have grand plans of hanging it in our entryway and am crossing my fingers that it won’t hang too low for my six-foot plus boyfriend. Pictures to follow once I have it installed!
P.S I just had to throw in this old photo of Nikki Hilton’s dining room from InStyle. I’m still loving the Martinique wallpaper made famous by the Beverly Hills Hotel. Truly Palm Beach chic!