Caitlin Wilson Design Textiles Launch

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Uber-talented, fellow blogger, Caitlin Wilson, has launched a new line of textiles, and the line is so awesome I just had to pass along the news! Inspired by her world travels, this line is fresh and colorful and comes with a very accessible price point, which I love!

My personal favorites are the Navy Fleur Chinoise and the Peacock Scallop Fabrics! Love, love, love!

From her teals, to the oranges, to the pinks, and navy blues! It's like she designed this line of fabrics with me in mind! I've recently gotten some samples, and I am planning on using the Navy Fleur Chinoise on a bench project I have up my sleeves.

The best part is that you can order fabric by the yard from her site, as well as already made pillowcases.  Hop on over and check out her site!

Not for The Faint of Heart!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Art is such a subjective matter that the only way to really talk about it is in terms of how it makes you feel....good or bad, really. I tend to be drawn to abstract art for some reason and to really strong colors. Pinks, yellows, and strong hues of blue are all up my alley. So, when I saw these two art pieces below, the colors alone stopped me on my tracks!

Then, I looked a little closer and realized what the first image was and thought well, nice but not for my home. And then I looked at the second and it took me some time to figure it out. Go ahead take a look again! It's ok. I thought, well definitely not for my home!!!! But inspite of my objection to the image itself, I can appreciate how this art made me feel. It took me out of my comfort zone and in doing so made me question why! 

How do you feel about this art?

Trade Secrets Revealed: South of Market

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A good friend recently asked me about my process for resourcing projects. The question really got me thinking, "Is it process or is it simply access to a trunk full of resources gathered over the years?" I think it's both. Knowing where to go for great pieces, certainly facilitates the process. 

So in the spirit of what this blogging thing is all about, I've decided to start pulling out resources from my trunk and share them with you. I promise to share with you my go-to shopping spots, as well as any new ones I may discover along the way.

Today, I introduce you to South of Market! This store has a fantastic line-up of unique furniture, lighting, and accessories. If you are looking for pieces that add character and gravitas to your home, this is a great place to start!

That green settee is one of my absolute favorites!

Which one do you like?

Blogger Crush

Friday, October 14, 2011

Every so often I run into a new blog that is so inspiring and addictive, that I find myself giddy with anticipation of their next post. There are a few that I found this summer, and I intend to share them with you here on this blog. Stay tuned, folks!

Today, I present you Luella & June! This blog is like my cup- of-joe every morning. Created by the dynamic duo of Bradley Agather and Alison Gross, this blog is full of tips, ideas, resources, and inspiration for all things fabulous with resources scoured from all over the web. 

While they focus primarily on fashion, they do occasionally strike the interiors note with the same stylish zest that they have for fashion.

Image via Luella & June
I will tell you that this fur vest has been on my wish list since last year. I may just have to get one this year. Check them out and tell me what you think.

Room of the Week

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This room just makes me smile for so many reasons. The style is decidedly country and subtly modern at the same time. The modern pieces in this room give it a crisp feel, yet the more country aspects of the room, such as the exposed beams and the fireplace, lend it an air of comfort and relaxation. 

I simply love it! 

Image via rickshawdesign
Doesn't this room make you just want to kick your feet up and relax?

A Blissful Seaside Master Bedroom

Friday, October 7, 2011

A good friend recently asked me to collaborate with her on redesigning the master bedroom of her seaside retreat, and I jumped at the chance.

Her inspiration for the room is this elegant and tranquil bedroom below.

Image source unknown 
The starting point was a tufted headboard that she is smitten with. The challenge is that the room should not feel too feminine as it still has to accommodate the man of the house, of course. My approach was to balance the feminine details with stronger masculine pieces such as the wing-back chairs, the stone lamps, and the more angular nightstands.

I also wanted to add details that are reminiscent of nature such as the driftwood mirror, the tree-stump stool, and the pillows (one which resembles the sand both in color and movement).

I took the process one step further and created an alternate look with a more streamlined, upholstered headboard to show her what the possibilities could be.

For this second look, I changed the lamps for a softer, warmer touch and introduced the Louise chairs. The painted wood details on the chairs make for a more laid-back look. I kept all the accessories the same.

Which is your favorite?

The look, of course, is not complete without some very fine linens to sink into, don't you think?


Look 1:
Tufted headboard: Wayfair
X benches: Ballard Designs
Nightstands: Bungalow8 at Gracious Style
Floor lamp: Layla Grace
Pillows & linens: Savannah Fine Linens
Vintage table lamps & table accessory: 1stdibs
Tree-stump side table: West Elm
Driftwood mirror: Restoration Hardware
Anderson Wing chairs: Williams Sonoma
Curtains: Potterybarn
Curtain hardware: The Curtain Rod Shop 
Rug: RugsUSA

Look 2:
Upholstered headboard: Serena & Lily
X benches: Ballard Designs
Nightstands: Bungalow8 at Gracious Style
Floor lamp: Layla Grace
Pillows & linens: Savannah Fine Linens
Blue table lamps: Potterybarn
Driftwood mirror: Restoration Hardware
Tree-stump side table: West Elm
Bronze bird antique: 1stdibs
Louise Chairs: Serena & Lily
Curtains: Potterybarn
Curtain hardware: The Curtain Rod Shop 
Rug: RugsUSA

Black on White Tuxedo

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I've had my eyes on a black on white tuxedo for some time now ever since I saw these pictures of Charlize Theron and Katie Holmes wearing one. There's something so chic about this look!

Images via Coolspotters
The challenge, of course, has been cost...coming in well over $500.  I've had my eye on a few, but they are still not quite "it".

Until this week when the Bloomingdale's fall catalog came in, and there it was in all its glory and totally affordable. So, it's mine!

Images via Bloomingdales
This line, AQUA, has so many fabulous pieces I might order much more than just the blazer. Check it out. Aren't they lovely?

Images via Bloomingdales