Apparently I’ve had a thing with row boats these past two Fridays?! Not sure why – seeing as I’ve never actually been in one – but they do seem to be quite romantic, a la The Notebook! Here’s a few additional things I found inspirational this week:
Strolling around museums is one of my favorite ways to decompress and find inspiration. When traveling I try to see as much as possible – b/c how often are you going to be in Paris, Rome, Florence, etc? But when I’m home I typically try to stick to one exhibit to actually absorb the art. But truth be told, I usually feel in a bit of a rush to see it all. This recent NYT article, The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum, suggests slowing way down and savoring the moment – love this approach!
Just dug into this book last night and am already impressed – a definite must-read for women in business!
I feel like so many published rooms today look like tear outs from a Pottery Barn catalog. And while some their spreads are quite beautiful, they completely lack personality and substance. However, mixing different styles and periods of can be tricky, often coming across as disjointed and out of place. But when done right, it’s as if the interior design gods have placed their blessing over the space!
Such is the case found in this gorgeous Charleston home belonging to Hootie and the Blowfish frontman, Darius Rucker, designed by famed Southern interior designer Angie Hranowskysay. I absolutely adore the expertly orchestrated mix of periods and styles of furniture, paired with the colorful palette of textured neutrals and warm purples (that seems to be becoming Hranowskysay’s signature). The white walls lend themselves as the perfect backdrop for the enviable collection of art the Rucker family has amassed, from the likes of Sally King Benedict, Kate Long Stevens and Molly B. Right – just to name a few!
Are you a fan of mixing different styles and periods of furniture in your home, or do you prefer to stick with one genre?
After seeing a sneak peak of Assouline’s newest masterpiece, The Big Book of the Hamptons, I immediately added it to my cart! The Hamptons maintains a distinct aesthetic in the design world, both indoors and out. What I love most about the gardens are the relaxed/elegant/coastal vibe that almost looks as if it happened naturally – but actually takes quite a bit of hard work to achieve!
We’re heading out East next week and what to pack is already on my mind. As much as I adore traveling, packing isn’t one of my fortes and typically leads to an unnecessary dose of stress due to procrastination and packing WAY too much! I did much better on our last trip, and found that a little preparation and sticking to a strict color combo – blue, white and a pop of pink for this trip – really paid off. The Hamptons is super casual for the most part, so a pair of statement sandals, perfectly distressed cutoffs (for a steal!), bikinis and few breezy dresses & rompers (that can preform double duty from the beach to dinner) is really all I need!
I picked up Provence, 1970 a few weeks ago and am really excited to dig in! Any other reading recommendations?
For those of you who love the look of wallpaper, but don’t want to incur the permanence or cost, using wrapping paper is an ingenious solution (diy instructions can be found here)! I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to do a whole wall myself, but the back of a bookcase, or any type of glass front cabinet seems pretty feasible! Emily Hart chose Emerald Peonies by Rifle Paper Co. for the bookcase above, which accompanied by some excellent styling is pure perfection in my opinion! There are so many gorgeous wrapping papers on the market to choose from – the options are endless!
Would you try your hand at a project like this? I’m not much of a diy’er, but this doesn’t seem overly complex.
I’m kind of a huge nerd in that, if I’m reading a really good book, I’ll stay up until 2:00 AM and fall asleep with the light on – I’m usually asleep no later than 10:00 PM (guess I’m kind of nerdy in that respect too!). It’s a bad habit I’ve had since childhood, having been reprimanded on many occasions for reading at the dinner table while trying to conceal a book in my lap.
I recently tore through new-to-me author Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette in two days flat. Semple’s wit, imagination and perspective on the private school-obsessed, neurotically eco-conscious, TED-talking community in upper-crust Seattle is brilliantly hilarious! It was fabulous read, and at 330 pages I really need to get some sleep tonight!
Have you read any good books lately? I’m always on the hunt for something new!
One of my girlfriends is very in-the-know when it comes to anything beauty and recommended How to Look Expensive to me over a year ago. I’m not big into beauty books, and to be totally honest I judged the cover by the title (it sounds a bit pretentious) so I forgot about the book and moved on. But then I ran into my friend a few days ago and in addition to looking fresh-faced and perfectly put together (like she always does) she was sporting the most gorgeous blowout. After embarrassingly complimenting her somewhat profusely, I asked if she had found a new stylist – I needed her number stat! She smirked at me and said, “You never read the book did you? I blew out my hair myself.” I was astonished and a little embarrassed I hadn’t taken her recommendation the first time around!
Of course I immediately ordered the book, and let me tell you guys it’s a total game changer! Written by Andrea P. Lustig, a longtime beauty editor at Glamour, How to Look Expensive pulls back the curtain on everything hair, skin, brows, teeth and nails; providing strategies and specific product recommendations on how to achieve an easy, glamourous look that’s attainable on any budget. Chapters are divided up into four categories that women tend to mirror: the classic Park Ave look, bohemian glamour, European sophistication and hollywood hipness. The how to blow out your own hair section was worth the cost of the book alone! So if you’re anything like me, and become somewhat anxious when trying to choose one of the 250 concealers available in Sephora, I can’t recommend this book enough (even though I still think the title is pretty terrible!).
To Billy’s delight, I much prefer reading over watching TV before bed – giving him full control over the clicker! I really enjoy a casual funny read during the Summer to accompany me on the beach or by the pool (although I just finished this book last week, and loved it!). I recently devoured new-to-me author, Julia Reed’s Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns and Other Southern Treasuresover a weekend and quickly moved onto But Mama Always But Vodka in Her Sangria(and will be using her Sangria recipe this weekend!). They were both fabulous! A modern-day hostess with the mostest, Julia provides wonderful insight on entertaining with Southern charm. Her adventures in eating, cooking and libations had me laughing alone on the beach (slightly embarrassing) and I haven’t been let down by her recipes scattered throughout both books! Looking forward to cracking into Queen of the Turtle Derbythis weekend!
Have you read any of Julia Reed’s books? I’ve been having a great time trying my hand at Southern cuisine! What have you been reading this summer? I’d love to know, I’m always on the hunt for something new!