I love coming across a home in a magazine and thinking – yup, someone actually lives there “as is”. So many features today are excessively fancied-up by stylists, and while they may be beautiful to look at, they’re also completely impractical for most people to maintain. In turn, presenting unrealistic standards in the industry – similar to 90 lb. models walking the runway in sportswear.
I think this lovely Cape Town home belonging to interior designer Caline Williams-Wynn and her family, is a great example of placement and styling executed for the way people actually live. Well edited, graceful, lived-in and breezy are a few thoughts that come to mind – some of my favorite adjectives in decorating!
When it comes to accessories, styling and placement, I think execution should include items that serve some type of purpose. Whether it’s the set of colored glass bottles you’ve collected throughout your travels, books piled high on your coffee table that inspire you or a few stems of flowers on your bedside table that put a smile on your face when you wake up.
Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to styling in magazines?
I absolutely love decorating for the holidays! With that said, decorating for Halloween quickly followed by Thanksgiving, and then Christmas a few weeks after is way too rushed for me! It’s a timely task and I like to relish in the spirit of it, without scrambling on to the next set. So in lieu of the typical Halloween decor, I opt for a few tasteful Fall-inspired accents. I’m aiming to have them up by the beginning of October, and they’ll stay in place through Thanksgiving. Then come Black Friday weekend, I’ll start incorporating in my favorite Christmas trimmings.
Terrain has been a constant source of inspiration for me all Spring and Summer with my garden, and their Fall-inspired decor does not disappoint! I’m not sure why they don’t have a catalog, as these set designs are absolutely gorgeous!
I am determined to visit one of Terrain’s brick and mortar stores soon – can’t believe I still haven’t been!
1 – Into Autumn Wreath $68 2- Twig Lights $48 3- Lavender Herb Wreath $68 4- Dried Cardoon Flower Bunch $20 5- Pressed Flower Sachets $20 6- Dried Hanging Amaranth Bunch $28 7- Garden Tuteur $158 (small) 8- Filigree Cutout Hurricane $48 (small) 9- Sphere Hanging Basket $18 10- Geometric Fire Pit $998 11- Antique Copper Kettle $2,700 12- Low Fiberclay Urn $98
Do you enjoy decorating for the holidays? If so, what does your “decorating schedule” look like? Where are some of your favorite places to shop for holiday decorations?
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 consider browsing through the newest design catalogs as part of my weekly “homework”. Pottery Barn is one of my top resources for affordable well-made furniture and home decor, so I always make sure they’re on the top of my stack. While flipping through their most recent catalog I enjoyed seeing some of their new products coming to market, but was blown away by the set stages! I mean look at this gorgeous wine château!
Some incredible inspiration here for a chic man cave – those buttery leather bar stools are amazing!
And these dazzling double-story windows framed with reclaimed wood are what dreams are made of!
The hand-pounded platter hung above the fireplace is simply stunning, and I adore the built-in’s stacked with firewood.
And what about this gorgeous city loft?!
Pottery Barn’s stylists put together some of the BEST gallery walls around – not an easy task!
Have you checked out the new PB catalog? Any new product favorites?
Anna Spiro is hands-down one of my favorite interior designers! I love her laid-back aesthetic, bold splashes of color, and the lady can mix pillow patterns like nobody’s business! I’ve admired these images of her designs individually, but never realized they were all housed under one roof – belonging to the designer herself!
A strict color palette was carried throughout the entire home allowing different genres of art and styles of furniture to be mixed seamlessly.
I adore Mrs. Sprio’s infamous collection of ginger jars!
This view is pretty much everything!