Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wordless Wednesday Inspiration {Serena & Lily, "Tahoe"}

Beacham Bookshelf #serenaandlily:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tuesday Ten {9.22.15}

Here are some of my favorite links I've found while stumbling around online this past week:
This gorgeous gray, textured tribal patterned fabric is a top contender for my window seat cushions.
Breton, Fog

Sounds like a perfect Fall morning to me!
Chai and Apples? The ingredients list tells me that this will make your house smell heavenly!
Not to mention, how incredibly delicious it is. I need to give this new spin on pancakes a try.
Julie's Kitchen via Anthro
I love the layered simplicity going on in this room. 
CCC shows you how to achieve it on a budget.
A Playful Master Bedroom from Rue Mag recreated for $1600

I'm working with a client on a massive remodel in her over 10K square foot home and we are drawing major inspiration from this EBuilders Model Home. 
Check out their Gallery of stunning pictures.
HH107 Exterior1HH107 Entry1
HH107 GreatRoom1HH107 Mudroom1

5. Classic Clog for Fall.
Oh, to have one of each color...
Classic Clog
You never know what you'll find. If it's on OKL you can feel safe about what your purchasing and the integrity of the vendor. Treasures GALORE.

7. S'mores Caramel Apple Recipe from Andrea at Legal Miss Sunshine.
It's Fall. You have to do a Caramel Apple. This one looks insanely good.
S'mores Caramel Apple Recipe // Legal Miss Sunshine

I love & Avenue. Cute styles at reasonable prices. They sell out quickly, though so don't hesitate or chances are they'll be gone.
Double Hooded Sweatshirt - Navy

9. Ronnie Dunn's TN Barnhouse Tour via Country Living
They should have said MRS. Ronnie Dunn's Barnhouse....I'd bet she did the decision making. It's simply stunning. 
Ronnie enlisted Nashville designer Rachel Halvorson to add a layer of refinement to the rustic home. First up: the kitchen, where an abundance of moody gray cabinetry, limestone countertops, and stainless steel appliances add luxe elements to the rough-hewn space. There, Rachel also introduced a key part of her design for the house: light fixtures that up the wow factor in each room. Starting with three 16" polished nickel pendants, she designed a custom pulley framework for them using barnwood and steel. The final product is a sleek showpiece that can hold its own above the 13-foot-long kitchen island.
In this photo: To maximize storage, one half of the island contains a series of baskets and bins; the other half has an additional work surface mounted with coasters to roll away when not in use.

10. Eddie Ross' Modern Mix Review from Architectural Digest.
Eddie is my Design Soul Sister. 
book cover

Featured on Copy Cat Chic! {Feiss Brass "HUGO" Pendant}

My SPURGE OR STEAL post about my recent 'find' is featured today on 
Copy Cat Chic
Feiss Hugo 22 1/4" Wide 4-Light Bali Brass Pendant

Head over to check out our feature and let her know what you think!
I love Reichel from CCC. She has inspired me as a designer and blogger and I'm thrilled to be featured for the 3rd time for Chic, Budget Friendly Design Finds.
THANK YOU Reichel!!!

kings peak house renovation {August to September progress}

Our new home is coming along. Its been a Summer of living through construction, but we are turning the corner on some major projects. Here are a few snapshots of some of the spaces that I've designed for this Rambler turned "Lakehouse" with a cozy, relaxed vibe for our family of 6.

When working on the design for the kitchen, I tried to utilize the space in the most functional way. Sometimes "OPEN" isn't always best. I carved out part of the kitchen for a BUTLER'S PANTRY. It will have the same WHITE OAK flooring that is throughout the main living areas. I've planked the walls and will be lining them with shelves, hooks and a functional MOM DESK to serve as a school work organizational station for all of the stuff the kids bring home.

I'm a white kitchen lover and think that they are timeless and classic. But I also love GRAY CABINETRY. This kitchen is GRAY and it is pretty dreamy. The kitchen is in the back of our home and all of the spaces off of the kitchen (Great Room, Eating Nook) will be less formal. We're really playing up the Lakehouse look in here, aiming to create a hangout for kids and their friends as well as informal spaces within the space for casual use.

And here is a pic of all of the many things that are going on in the Great Room.
Planked and Beamed Ceilings.
Built-in Cabinetry.
New Fireplace and Hearth
I can't wait to show you the rest of the details including the Quartz fireplace hearth and what will be a painted white brick fire surround.

The entry of the home will be a bit more formal in a laid back sort of way. The home has some strange architectural features that we tried to change but in the end, we realized for several reasons, we had to accept and work with them. My way of accepting is sometimes still changing just about as much as I can....and we did. Here is a shot of the stair well from the front entry. I can't wait to share before and after shots of this space. There was a closet right where we are looking. It was so weird. So happy that we opened it up and that the dated stair details are being replaced with Newel Posts that I designed to coordinate with the new fireplace details.

The stairwell was originally an eye sore. Because we had to live with the wonky positioning, I wanted to give it a facelift that would actually make it an interesting architectural feature of the house. One of the main things that I thought would up the street cred of this basement stairwell that is visible from every area of the main floor, was to choose a carpet that would give it it's own character. I selected this Hotel Grade Herringbone that is honestly, one of the coolest features of the home now.

And in the same entry area, the WHITE OAK configured in a 5" Herringbone pattern, adding a tad of formal sophistication in a timeless application.

Just off the entry will be our Library Reading Room. With 4 kids we needed to make a Formal Living Room still WORK for us. Part of my design mantra is to create FUNCTIONAL, USABLE SPACE so I tweaked the typical Living Room to accomodate more of a Library/Computer/Reading Room functionality. This massive built-in will be used daily by the kiddos but it will also feel right at home in this Library atmosphere. 2 Olive/Grayish velvet tufted swivel chairs will work double duty, swiveling between the computer built-in and a comfortable seating arrangement that will be on the opposite wall. An 8 foot window seat with cushions and pillows will round out the cozy "grab a book" feel that we are going for in this space.

In the bedrooms, I used a neutral gray cut loop diamond pattern. 

And every single window was framed, trimmed and now has sills. This is a low cost, HUGE BENEFIT design project that DIYers can do for as little as $20 a window. It brings an added level of detail and seriously elevates the whole space. Seems silly, but it's like night and day. 

So, there is my little update on our MASSIVE RENOVATION. I'll be sharing more including sources and I'll be getting to the moving in and decorating phase soon (HOPEFULLY)!
And see my Kings Peak House Design Idea Board on Pinterest for more inspirational ideas.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Malachite Monday {malachite mojo}

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wordless Wednesday Inspiration {Benjamin Moore, "Nimbus Gray"}

Image result for benjamin moore nimbus gray


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Splurge or Steal {Brass Industrial Feiss Chandelier}

Feiss Hugo 22 1/4" Wide 4-Light Bali Brass Pendant



Yes, it's the same EXACT Fiess "HUGO" chandelier. This is a HIGH END, brass. top of the line, light fixture. Feiss is known for solid materials and Restoration Hardware type quality. I LOVE the unique, industrial, vintage feel. The warm brass has depth and patina.  It reminds me of the elevator gate at my old early 1900's Philadelphia Apartment Building. 

Feiss Hugo 4 Light PendantFeiss Hugo 4 Light Pendant
Thought you might want to know about this killer deal.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Flashback Freebie Friday {Falling For Fitzgerald Printable}

friday, september 13, 2013


I would like to share a free printable with you today.
I combined just a few of my favorite things:
 Fall, Faux Bois (woodgrain), Chevron and a crisp quote from Fitzgerald.
When Fall comes around, I feel renewed. I know that is how I'm supposed to feel when Spring springs upon us...but the crisp air, the vibrant leaves and coziness of Fall speak to me.
It makes me want to play "Moondance" by Van Morrison. 
Or go to a football game in a sweater. 
Or take a long walk through the woods.

So, I love this quote...I get it.
You can 'get it' too...just right click, save image and print out for your fridge, to frame, to use as a card, etc.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wordless Wednesday Inspiration {"Wickham Gray", Benjamin Moore}

BM - Wickham Gray (HC 171) For shower room:

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Pinterest Board Spotlight {LJ Fabric Board}

I put together some of my favorite fabrics for a friend who asked me for some advice about slipcovering or reupholstering a wingback chair of hers. I loved the idea of using a black and white ticking stripe or a black and white Buffalo Check and then having interchangable pillows (florals and monogrammed linen) to swap out per season.
Ethan Allen "Parker" Chair ~in black & cream buffalo check: Ethan Allen "Parker" Chair ~in black & cream buffalo check
Ticking stripe and buffalo check. Monogram pillow.: Ticking stripe and buffalo check. Monogram pillow.
via The Forever Cottage

 Follow Amy's board LJ Fabric Board on Pinterest.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wordless Wednesday Inspiration {Benjamin Moore, Mysterious}

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tuesday Ten {9.1.15}

Here are my Top Ten "CHECK THESE OUT" links that I've stumbled upon in the past week!

15 Delicious Mason Jar Salads to Make Your Life Easier

3. Genevieve Gorder for PearTree....I am so excited about these Gen Gorder Wrapping Paper Patterns! How fun for the Holidays...and if they are as cool as I think they are going to be...maybe to frame, use as shelf paper,  or use in a million other decor applications?!

Playful & effortlessly stylish with a big dash of soul.



6. ON MY WISH/WANT LIST...big time. Gotta have it! Waiting to make my own copy cat.  Draper James is Reece Witherspoon's new lifestyle brand and I'm impressed with the fun, Southern Style that she has blossoming at Draper James. Fun sayings, lots of Monogram Options and feminine flair. There is an Old School JCrew Prep before JCrew got weird and unflattering feel, but hefty prices. Ok, I'm looking at it again...I want this bag!!!!

totes y'all vanderbilt by Draper James

7. Things You Should Make, Not Buy...says the New York Times Food Section. I mostly agree and will be trying to use these recipes more frequently to cut back on processed crapola.

8. Cate Blanchett is listing her Australian Estate and YOWZA...while her interiors read ultra Mod and actually, in my opinion, quite sterile, THE EXTERIOR IS EXQUISITE. Man, what I could do to this house.  I'd spruce the interior up to give it more of a Mid-Century Modern/ Frank Lloyd Wright vibe to go along with the exterior magnificence. But what do I know...I just know I don't have $14.75 Million.


9. Thinkin' 'bout it. Sadie Jane is a friend of mine. And she is incredibly inspiring. Fitness...errrr, thinkin' 'bout it.


10. Knock, Knock...who's there? Someone who took a fab children's idea and made it into a product with Land of Nod so all of us can seem cool to our kids.  MJ is a friend of mine....hmmm. Lots of creative and inspiring friends around here!

Lunchtime LOL Notes