Paris Perfect

August 9th, 2017

Have mercy! Y’all, it’s been a long time. Days are flying by faster than I can keep up with them. It’s been a wonderfully busy spring and summer filled with client projects, family life and travel (occasionally at the same time). Oh, and that pesky ACL surgery, thanks to my Ninja Warrior-style adventures. Le sigh. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you may have missed that I’ve spent the summer in France with my kiddos. The boys have been in summer camp while I’ve worked remotely, sourced for clients, shopped the fleas,  and gained priceless inspiration.

What I love the most about France is that there is beauty everywhere, both old and new.  The French celebrate beautiful things — art, architecture, gardens, fashion, and more — for absolutely no reason other than they are beautiful. That’s enough (as it should be). I’ve long been a Francophile — I minored in French in college and studied in La Rochelle one summer; my boys attend a language immersion academy and receive all their academic instruction in French — but spending time here never gets old. I’m bringing so much back to my clients, both tangible (one-of-a-kind finds and products not available in the United States) and intangible (perspective).

Here’s a peek at what has caught my eye:

Versailles Floorsold floors (and, attributable to my ACL rehab, comfy new French sneaks),

Versailles Chandelierthe most amazing light fixtures (Versailles, of course),

Gray High Gloss Parisian Doorglossy doors,

Petit Trianon Doorchalky pastels and incredible hardware,

Valentino Couture Dressesand divine craftsmanship.

See you on the other side of the pond very soon!

blushing with beauty

March 26th, 2017

Y’all, there is not much more I’m enjoying more than the blush trend. This pale pinky neutral is absolute perfection! I’ve been rocking it in my wardrobe for a while now, but I haven’t had much opportunity to use it in my design work. Of course, I’ve played with pink often — but blush has a much different vibe. I’m calling it the “new neutral,” because it plays beautifully with just about everything else. blushing beauties

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I love blush paired with linen because it stays soft — but, paired with navy or deep gray, it takes on an entirely different personality. Hello, striking and dramatic! Oh, and j’adore the yellow you see in both that to-die-for painting and the gorgeous dress. Heck, the only “problem” I see is that blush flatters everyone … and that means Brooke and I sometimes show up at the studio sporting very similar looks. Oops! #greatminds

What more can I say? Bring on the blush!