tzd trend alert: keep your eye on the ball!

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Y’all, thank you so much for all of your kind comments, texts and emails after my last post. I once read that, when life throws you a curve ball, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime to knock it out of the park. Batter up, baby, because this girl is ready!

Do you think it’s a coincidence that the ball motif is trending? Polka dots have moved into 3D, and I’m loving the sphere more than ever. Why? Because it perfectly combines classic and chic — and that means I’m all in! The only question is … where do I start? Because I love every single one of these gorgeous pieces Brooke put together. I’m not sure when or how, but those lamps are totally happening in my life.


I’m also crazy about the Carrington chandelier. It has the same feel as the (smaller) fixture I used in Twin A’s new bedroom. Psst!  I’ll be revealing his new room design very soon over on the smartstuff Social Station blog. Oh, and the vintage Phyllis Morris sunburst mirror?  No. Words.    

Of course, we can’t forget about fashion! The sunglasses are my current faves; I’ve been rocking them since last year when I visited San Francisco with Zephyr and accidentally left my old shades at home. Saks Fifth Avenue to the rescue! What. A. Shame. I’m also sporting those Bauble Bar earrings every chance I get. It’s all about knowing where to splurge and where to save, right?



Brooke thinks I can rock those pearl-embellished jeans, but — as adorable as they are — I’m not convinced they are practical enough for my life. The flats on the other hand?! Now that’s a different story. Oh, and the Tibi sweater totally reminds me of the très chic French woman I sat next to in March at Hôtel Costes.

Will anything here end up on your shopping list? Because that’s the way the ball bounces!

tzd trend alert: knots

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Time for another TZD trend alert … and I love what Brooke put together for us this time. Take it away, Brooke!


I adore when a timeless design motif is re-thought and re-invented — and the classic ‘knot’ motif is popping up in unexpected places this season. The ‘knot’ is a sophisticated classic — think Tiffany earrings and cuff links — yet can also be relaxed and casual, especially in the nautical sense. What is it about our fascination with the knot? I wonder if it is human nature’s innate desire to be intertwined with another; after all, we use the saying to tie the knot. Here’s a sampling of my favorite knots — in fashion ….

 Dress Knot Final1. // 2 . // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8.

… and in décor!

Decor Final

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To which one of these lovelies shall I forever tie myself? Traci beautifully styled her guest room dresser with this vintage Dorothy Thorpe pretzel candleholder. It’s sophisticated and timeless, which is so true to her personal style.


Ahhh, I love to meander my intertwined worlds of fashion and interior design! Until next time …


Gah! See what I mean?! I’ll take one of everything, thank you very much. Which knot is your favorite?