Last week I was all about Emerald, and this week I’m completely smitten with – cabernet, cranberry, burgundy, ox blood, aubergine – the color has so many names, but I prefer to call it wine (it is one of my favorite drinks after all!). It’s one of those colors that looks great on any skin tone and perfectly compliments the warmer tones of the Fall season.
1- Anthropologie Elsa Peplum Dress // 2- Rita Konig Rives Tray // 3- OPI Miami Beet // 4- J. Crew Goodwin Tote // 5- Anthropologie Silvi Pillow // 6- Serena & Lily Plum Herringbone Throw // 7- J. Crew Scallop Trim Mini // 8- J. Crew Studded Invitation Clutch // 9- Penfield Kasson Parka via Madewell
What are some of your favorite Fall colors to wear and decorate with?
According to Pantone’s Fall 2013 Women’s Fashion Color Trends – “With the changing season, the greens from spring evolve and develop. Multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate, bringing luxury and elegance to the palette..” I couldn’t be more delighted to see one of my favorite colors show up on their list for a second year in a row, quickly becoming much more readily available to the mass market!
1- Dolce Vita Margaux Dress // 2- Furbish Greek Key Coffee Table // 3- Dannijo Magnolia Clip On Earrings // 4- Alice & Olivia Ella Hair Calf Clutch // 5- Ikea Stockholm Sofa // 6- Yellow Hammer Malachite Tray // 7- Topshop Satin Wrap Skirt // 8- Badgley Mischka Dree II Satin Pumps // 9- West Elm Elton Settee // 10- Anthropologie Malachite Wallpaper
I was flipping through the new Aug./Sept. issue of Adore Magazine yesterday and came across the Brisbane home of Tina Kent. Colorful and bright, filled with pattern and texture, the abode perfectly suits the young family that resides within its walls. I was particularly fond of what I thought was the living room, so imagine my surprise when I learned it was actually a playroom for Mrs. Kent’s two children! My childhood basement/playroom did not resemble anything of the sort, and definitely was not adorned with Amrapal Jacaranda wallpaper – I would have been in heaven hosting my tea parties in here!
I was browsing through Southern Living last night and came across the new Idea House located on the grounds of Fontanel in Nashville. The new Southern farmhouse is comprised of one main house and several outbuildings in a horseshoe configuration, reflecting the classic farmstead. The wraparound porch ties all of the buildings together seamlessly and the gable roof adds the perfect amount of charm! While not all the interior rooms are my style – some are a bit too conservative for my taste – there are several show stoppers!
Let’s start out with this AMAZING herringbone inlaid wood door – gorgeous!!! The front porch is so enchanting, I’d drink ice tea out there all day and never leave!
The custom cabinets in the kitchen are stunning painted in Sherwin Williams Pewter Green, and the shaker-style compliments farmhouse aesthetic perfectly. The lighter green (Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay) planked walls provides just the right amount of contrast, bringing depth and dimension to the space. And don’t even get me started on the schoolhouse pendants from Circa!
A complimentary hue in the same color palette (Sherwin Williams Palm Leaf) was carried into the study on both the walls and bookshelves, making the room incredibly cozy, further complemented by the cut out in the built-in’s for the sofa.
The pleated gingham table skirt on the sink makes me incredibly happy!
How do you feel about new construction based on older designs that served a specific purpose – like the classic farmstead? I think there’s a lot of really bad examples out there, but it looks like the Idea House was done well. I’d love to see it in person!
I must be having a green moment this week, but couldn’t pass up sharing this amazing lounge/powder room designed by Shelley Johnstone Paschke for the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens.
I mean, look at those painted malachite ceilings! The mural is perfectly complimented by gold trimmed moldings and brass accents, while the blue and white chinoiserie pottery bring in just enough color to ensure the room isn’t too monochromatic.
The powder room portion of the space isn’t too shabby either, I adore the Farrow & Ball Acanthus wallpaper!
Very jealous of all you Chicago folks who get to see the showhouse in person – let me know your thoughts!
Splatter paint is a huge trend in both fashion and interiors right now. The Jackson Pollack-inspired strokes would be such a fun way to jazz up a more traditional interior or festively dress for a pilgrimage to the famed artist’s studio, and would be a great DIY project to fill an empty wall. I’m particularly fond of the blue and white strokes – the multi-color neon hues are a bit too bad 80’s hair band for me!
Wallpaper // Kate Spade Saturday Let Loose Dress $180 // Blue Splatter Salad Bowl $6.50 // Biscuit Jamie Boudoir Sham $55 // Blue Splatter Tray $26 // Kate Spade Saturday Blue Splatter Pillow Cover $25 // Bunny Williams Spatter Lamp $750
My sister is moving into a Carol Gardens apartment in a few weeks and I’m working on plans for the design. We are polar opposites when it comes to color preference so the project that is totally out of my norm – mostly neutrals! Achromatic rooms can be a bit tricky to design as they can start looking sterile really fast! Layering rustic woods, shiny brass and slubby linens into the mostly white, gray, black and light blue color palette adds warmth and depth to the space. And the lovely architectural details of the old brownstone add the perfect amount of charm!
I came across this LA home on Domaine a few days ago, and it has been a great point of inspiration for the project!
Obsessed with this tile!
Do you prefer more neutrals in your home or color? It’s such a personal decision!
White walls, furniture and upholstery can go clinically sterile really fast, but such is not the case in this NYC apartment belonging to photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank. Strategically placed red and blue accessories brings the room to life, and don’t even get me started on those leopard stools!
While the dining room may not follow the featured color combo of the week, I couldn’t resist sharing it! The Ira Yeager paintings are breathtaking!
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend! See ya on Tuesday.