7/28/2014

LOCAL LOVE: BLOG TALK @ ECLECTIC

There are two things that I really, really love about Charleston. One is beautiful coastal style that can be found just about everywhere, and two is our beaming creative community. 

So naturally, I had such a great time last week with Sidney Wanger, who opened up Eclectic, her fantastic little shop, for design + style bloggers to chat and sip some vino while perusing pretty treasures. 


Our sweet little swag bag goodies!



There's some serious chair charm going on in here, and I have a feeling we may be back to snag a few for an upcoming project.

It was so nice to meet and chat with some local lovelies. Thanks again for hosting, Sidney! 



7/23/2014

COLOR QUEUE : CITRON

I've been so excited to share this in the Color Queue! It's been awhile since anything's been posted in CQ because deadlines have been getting the best of us around here, but not to worry, the queues full and today coming down the pipeline is one of my very favorites, Citron, which can be found in our eco-chic LE PAINT line for littles (and not so littles) here.


The unexpected versatility of this bright, bold color is perhaps what I love most. We like to shoot a few of these at a time, so when this color's turn came, my first thought was something a little edgy with a youthful vibe. In fact, you'll see it come down the queue again in that style. A color this good has to be a double feature. ;)

But I was surprised to find myself pulling much more classic, sophisticated elements for this one. I think the golden tones really work well something a little more old school and when put up against some interesting, lovely patterns, textures and natural elements this vibrant hue becomes surprisingly usable.

So what do you think? Would you pair Citron with traditional elements like these? Or would you take it out to the edge?

I don't think you'd go wrong either way! 

7/22/2014

CASE STUDY: TIMELESS DESIGN [ HOLD THE TWIST ]

We hear it thrown around all the time. The phrase "timeless design" probably rears it's head in 80% of designers' bios (mine included), followed closely by "traditional with a twist." You will never hear me say that though. Sorry, but for some reason I hate using the term "[anything] with a twist" to describe, well, anything. Except maybe an old fashion with a twist of orange peel.  

Old fashioned. So timeless, and I didn't even plan that. 

Anyway.

What does timeless design really look like? And what does traditional even mean? Isn't it a sort of relative term?

I think the answer is yes. I find myself describing our work to potential clients and sprinkling in these terms as freely as Old Bay on crab legs, but this weekend at a client meeting, it dawned on me: as simple as this label is, it's often misconstrued.

Traditional doesn't mean your Grandma's porcelain doll collection (please, no), or stuffy, uninteresting spaces. And timeless doesn't mean stagnant and stuck.

I'm a visual person, and I'm guessing, since you're the type who reads design blogs, you are too. So instead of me trying to articulate this point in a million words, let's consider the following beautifully designed spaces.



What I love about these two spaces is how bold they are. And their boldness may not even be the first thing that hits you. They're done so well that their rich color and interesting elements work  so seamlessly together, that there's nothing garish or really crazy going on. 

To get down to the nuts and bolts of it, these paint colors have a timeless appeal for their interior and exterior historic use. The elements themselves have vintage appeal (many are probably genuine antiques) and chic, global textiles would be just as timely now as they would have been somewhere in the world 50+ years ago. 



This space by Nina Griscom via Architectural Digest back in February 2012 is another bold move that strikes a chord one might not always associate with traditional style because of it's saucy animal print and alluring lines, but take another look. From what I can tell, probably 80% (if not more) of that room is vintage. In other words- pretty traditional and pretty timeless if they still feel sexy after so long. 

PS- loving the loosely spaced gallery wall. It brings a certain sense of relaxedness in a room that may otherwise feel a little untouchable. 


I love this hallway in Lori Tippin's home via Tradition Home, obviously because of the chinoiserie, herringbone floors, and uh-mazing furniture, but check out those antelope antlers. They temper the femininity of the graceful gallery wall and soft blue and white with a fierce, edgy elegance that transcends any time period. Totally bad. In the best way. 


I wish this image could made the size of the others, but it gets pretty pixelated. When I started my research for this post, I pulled some pics on my iPhone and this must've been one of them, because aside from it being from Trad Home, I can't really find the source to give credit or find a bigger pic. If you know who's work this is please let me know!

But I wanted to incorporate this last space because you can see that it's decidedly more subdued than the others. And I think that sometimes when people hear terms like traditional or timeless, they think boring. What I think this space does a great job of demonstrating is how traditional, neutral design can be anything but boring. This soft color pallet is gorgeous on it's own, but I'm sure it was used mindfully to accentuate the room's very best features which are it's architectural bones. 

That stone wall and sweeping, arched window is an unmistakably gorgeous focal point and isn't overpowered by anything in the space. And the ceiling beams aren't too bad either. 

A neutral space doesn't have to be boring. 

So if you're one of those who tends to shy away from anything labeled traditional or timeless, I hope you've been able to broaden your scope a little bit to understand that timeless design really just means a space that's done so well, with such a tightly woven scheme of both old and well-designed-new, that you'll just love it for a really, really long time. 

In other words, there is no expiration on a timeless space's style. 



7/14/2014

NO CODE NEEDED!


Just kidding! Re: Evangeline pillow sale at Amen Domestics (last post), no code is needed to get the discounted price at checkout! 

Oopsies!

HBD, EVANGELINE!

My little Eva turned two this weekend! I can't believe how fast time has gone, and although it's completely bittersweet, I am so excited to see my girl grow and turn into such a funny little person.

So to celebrate...


...the Evangeline down-filled throw pillow in our Amen Domestics shop is 30% off for the rest of the week with discount code HBDEVA.

I love this pillow! When we first starting curating our Amen Domestics collection, this one jumped out at me right off the bat and it's been one of our most popular items. So grab one (or a few!), because they go quick!

Of course we did more to celebrate than run a pillow sale, but let's be honest, you want to read about a two-year-old's party about as much as you want to go to a two-year-old's birthday party.

I think this picture is all you really wanna know.


PJs, donuts, Frozen, chaos. She loved it.

Probably as much as I love the Evangeline pillow!



7/09/2014

#MCM: THOM FILICIA

It's been a crazy week y'all. We have two very unique projects going on right now that have required a lot of attention and it's my little Eva's birthday week! She's turning two and I'm running around trying to get the house in order for visiting family. 

So yesterday afternoon, I took some time off to do a really good deep clean in the kitchen. Eva was napping, I had some caffeine pumpin'; totally in the zone. And I don't know about you, but I hate doing anything in silence, so I decided to go old school and turned on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy , circa 2003, on Netflix. 

Of course this took my productivity down a bit, but who cares because I was reminded of how completely wonderful Thom Filicia is. So while this may not be Monday, I won't let a silly day of the week get in the way of professing my undying #MCM design love. 

{I just realized there's a smudge over my face in this pic, but who really needs to see me anyway.}

I'm not going to try to convince you that we're real-life BFFs, but I did get the good fortune of chatting with him at High Point last year and I have to say that what makes his work even more beautiful is that he and his entire team just seem so genuinely nice. And I think that disposition shows up in his design. 

What you'll find if you study his work is that he so aptly incorporates that unexpected in a way that doesn't jump out at you unless you really look. And I think that speaks to his genius aesthetic. 

{all pics via}

For instance, I don't think I would have really thought about the fact that there's not a mirror over this sink in the way that you'd expect. There's so much beauty, while also maintaining functionality, in this little space. 

These are some of my other favorites:



Who would expect an antique divers helmet in a dining room that (to me) feels pretty urban/glam? Or an eagle sculpture on the floor? Granted, this could have been a photo-shoot prop, but I still like the idea. Also, note the simple but interesting chair railing.

Love!



I also love the unique rug layering here (first pic). It's not something you'd second guess, but the scale is not what I generally think of when thinking of layering. But this works so well and is just enough pattern + neutral. 

And it's the seating with that last one. Yes, the sofa and chairs are pretty standard (in a good way), but I like the added interest and practicality the little bench brings. I don't know if I would have considered this, at least not in the floor-planning  stage (obviously, I am no TF;), but studying this last space encourages me to stretch myself when thinking about what works for a space, practically and aesthetically. 

Sidenote: A wall never goes to waste with Thom. Usually subtle, but look how much that texture does for a space.

So there we have it. Thom is genius. But I know you didn't need me to tell you that. 




7/07/2014

SUMMER CRUSH

I feel like things have been getting a little long-winded around here lately. Not to discount more info-heavy posts, but sometimes ya just gotta cut the chit-chat and enjoy some frivolity.

So without further explanation, here are some inanimate objects that I have a summer crush on.



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We've got some local love for Charleston artist Teil Duncan and her beautifully beachy print, a little brassy crab from one of my fav shops, High Street Market, some cherry-dipped comfort via Amen Domestics, the smells of summer by Lollia (candle called "Running Barefoot in the Grass"...duh), and a little rose-on-rosé, which I'm glad is once again chic and less "something-from-a-box-that-my-mom-drinks-in-a-coffee-mug-while-watching-Jeopardy" (sorry Mom). 

Also, I think there's a book called The Mermaid Chair, which I haven't read, but if it does exist, I think this is how such a chair would have to be described. Just seems so dreamy and mermaid-y, ya know?

Now it's your turn. What are you crushing on this summer?