14 May 2012

Ooops! A day late...

Sorry to be late in wishing all the lovely mommies out there a wonderful Mother's Day!!  I hope each of you got the recognition you so deserve and basked in the love of your babies - or at least got a great card and some flowers!  Speaking of flowers, aren't these gorgeous?  I love the sweet color combination.

They are almost as sweet as our precious little flower, Nola:

Have a wonderful day!



09 May 2012

Wednesday's Design Wonder: Melanie Turner

Have you checked it out yet?

Okay, so the whole issue is fabulous with all the uber hip stylistas from the design blogging world contributing to the total WOW of this digital version.  More on that another day. Because right now I am totally perseverating on Melanie Turner's design symphany on the cover.  The room is edited to perfection and the palette of cream, grey, green, and black is exquisite.  Those charcoal grey doors had me at hello and are such a stroke of brillance that I'm already contemplating what shade to buy for mi casa.  (Bonus: less time spent cleaning dirty handprints- am I bad? YES!)  That sublime palette is reinforced by a plethora of textures: linen, velvet, sisal, wood, and plaster.  The composition is deliberately artistic.  The deconstructed chandelier is a focal point from which your eye travels around the room. Up to those rustic salvaged beams that warm the ceiling and bring your eye back to that fab chandelier while bringing those tall ceilings down to earth and pointing the way to yet another work of art in the room: that spectacular abstract painting over the fireplace. I love, love, love the burst of color it provides! The repetition of the three white vases asymmetrically arranged bring your eye back to the center of the room.  Then your eye comes down to the pillows on the chairs. An unexpected surprise, the mossy green velvet pillows lend a bit of earthiness to this calming space.  The room is absolutely stunning in its utter simplicity.   


To be sure, Melanie Turner is one of my new favorite designers.   If she's yours too, head on over to her webpage here and drool away!

I love the wood stacked against the cement balustrades of the console.

The linen covered stools would never work with my messy crew, but I definitely have a case of bar stool envy - is that Freudian or what?  

The fabulous color scheme continues in the family room, divided into two zones - one for watching the tv over the fireplace, and the other for quiet chatting or reading.  I love the oversized portraits of the pups in the photo gallery - so cute!  And I'm positively drooling over those driftwood lamps!  The X pattern of the cocktail table and doors in the living room continue here on the side table.

The color scheme continues in the bedroom- with a hip, eclectic mix of Regency and Traditional styles. A perfect place to end the day in this beautifully designed home.     

My mom always said the simpler the better, and this composition proves just that!  The juxtaposition of the cement urn filled with moss against the moss green velvet drapes is just perfection!  

Ten new designers were featured in this issue; so now that I've checked out the cover story, I can't wait to see the other nine!  Oh happy day!  Want to see more?  click here: Tradhome

Daily Dose of Nola: 

Grasping practice to catch those butterflies on her mobile!!

Have an amazing day today!



07 May 2012


Good morning all!  Have you ever wondered what do you do with that white sofa?  Go teal! And go glam!  I saw these teal chairs at Z Gallerie that ignited a flurry of pinning!  So, I worked up a teal, ivory, and silver mood board for a little fun.  Here's my teal-tastic mood board.

images here

Choose one of these fab teal shades from Benjamin Moore and paint the walls, or consider just painting the doors one of these lucsious shades of teal!


Daily Dose of Nola:  Chubby-licious!

 Don't you just want to kiss those chubby cheeks?!!

Have a great day!


02 May 2012

Carter Crush

Darryl Carter is on a mission to lighten up our homes - colorwise, that is!   He recently designed this beautiful and classic kitchen, which is part of a massive renovation for a Washington D.C. couple.  Check out all the gorgeousness of this great house over at Mark D. Sikes beautiful blog here.  I love that fabulous light fixture with those black marble counters, don't you?  Carter recently released a new paint palette in his usual understated, yet stunning, hues through Benjamin Moore

Got your own Carter crush?  Head on over to his website at darrylcarter.com.

Daily dose of cuteness:  Nola!

Have a great day!