tz book club: the bee cottage story

May 19th, 2016

Y’all, if you don’t follow Frances Schultzher blog, Instagram, Twitter, you name it — you are missing out.

Bee Cottage Frances ShultzI first became acquainted with Frances through her House Beautiful column about Bee Cottage … although I had probably read her writing for years. She’s written for practically every major design magazine, after all. Plus, she’s a Carolina girl. Bee Cottage is Frances’ home in East Hampton, purchased in 2008 and lovingly renovated and decorated over the course of the next two years. The decorating is fantastic, of course, but Frances’ own stories make the book so much more compelling. Our home is often a metaphor for our life, right? It’s no surprise that, in the course of renovating Bee Cottage, Frances experienced much healing in her personal life.

Rooms Evolve As Lives Change Frances ShultzWill someone please remind me of these words of wisdom when my twins no longer want to share a room? The Bee Cottage Story is an easy read — I’m a fast reader, but I enjoyed it over the course of a leisurely Saturday morning — packed full of sage words … yet always shared with a great sense of humor. She’ll probably hate me for writing this, but occasionally her words reminded me of Lewis Grizzard’s columns in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Albeit in a much more style-conscious manner, because something tells me Lewis wasn’t big on interior design. Maybe it’s her Southern way of describing things? Whatever it is, I know this:  Truth speaks through humor. Or, when the truth hurts, tell a joke. You always learn from it, too … or at least I do.

Of course, you can order from Amazon and the like, but personalized copies are available on Frances’ website or you can catch one of her upcoming book signings. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll read through the book again. I hated when the House Beautiful column ended, and I can’t say goodbye to Bee Cottage just yet …

Graphics by moi. Bee Cottage photo via Frances’ website.  

tzd trend alert: knots

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?