A Fresh West Coast Interpretation of East Coast Tradition

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I was flipping through the new House Beautiful last night, and fell pretty hard for this gorgeous Los Angelos cottage designed by Schuyler Samperton. I adore the fresh West Coast interpretation on the traditional East Coast Shingle Style cottage; complete with vibrant pops of colors, wallpaper galore and a relaxed sense of elegance.

What also really appealed to me was how heirloom antiques were used throughout the home. Our trip to Bordeaux afforded us the opportunity to not only stay at the Ren’s gorgeous Chateau (opposed to a hotel), but also live their day-to-day lives to a degree, including being surrounded by their gorgeous antiques. What pleasantly surprised me was that the antique furniture was actually being used (my clothes hung in a gorgeous 18th c. armoire), opposed to being shoved into a parlor room never to be touched (or seen for that matter). I’ve always been a fan of using antique furniture in a room, as it adds a level of history that typically can’t be achieved in new furniture. In addition, antiques are typically much more affordable than their brand new counterparts of similar quality – and quite often, the craftsmanship far surpasses most of what is made today.

Are you a fan of having antiques in your home?

Neutrals Done Right

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Do you prefer more neutrals in your home or color? It’s such a personal decision!

Design Crush • Darius Rucker’s Charleston Home

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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?

Currently Coveting • Neons

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While my relatively fair complexion isn’t typically complimentary to large doses of neon, my week off treated me to a little glow, and the brightly colored hues have been on the top of my wish list lately! While I’m not going to make it a regular staple in my closet or home, I think a few well placed pops would be really fun!

Happy Friday! Any fun weekend plans?

Currently Inspired By • Ice Cream Parlor hues

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Isn’t it funny how one particular hue can inspire you? Right now ice cream parlor tones by way of dusty pinks and mint greens are really intriguing me! So much so, I spent 2+ hours last night in search of more inspiration, down the rabbit hole and along a windy road – otherwise known as Pinterest. Funny thing is, pastels aren’t typically my thing, as I usually gravitate towards more jewel-tone shades. Maybe it’s that the weather has finally warmed up and everyone seems to have a slight glow from a little dose of much needed Vitamin D, making the shades so complimentary?! I think that caftan may need to make way into my closet!

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Color for the Color-phobic

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Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty previously listed herself in the above mentioned category, until she called upon Lauren and Susan McGrath to design this gorgeous, quintessential New England home. What I love most about the abode is that the “investment pieces” were done in neutral shades, while color was added in small pops with accessories. In turn the heftier price-tag items will be around for the long-run – whereas pillows, the trim on the window treatments, books, the tablecloth in the entry and even the upholstery on the dining chairs can be easily swapped out for a different color palette!

Are you a fan of including color in your home?

Get The Look • Navy & Pink

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I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this living room featured on the cover of this month’s Canadian House & Home. Of course I love the navy and pink pallet – but what most caught my eye was the perfect mix of old and new, modern and traditional, with a slight touch of global flare! As a whole, the room looks collected and personal, two of the most important characteristics to consider when designing a home!

Design Crush • Lindsey Coral Haper

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Do you have any collections? Blue and white, books, art, shells, packaged soaps, brass objects… I seem to have more than I can count!

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The Magic of White Walls

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When I design a room, paint is almost always one of the last pieces of the puzzle, as it’s all of these other items that dictate the color scheme.What’s your preference when it comes to paint? Do you prefer bright-colored walls, or more muted tones?

The Simplicity of Blue & White

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