March 9, 2011

everybody’s favorite everything – sarah from matters of style


Today, I’m kicking off “everybody’s favorite everything” – a new little series in honor of my new blog design!  Given that this series is copied from inspired by a House Beautiful article from mid-2009, let me also borrow HB’s words to explain:  “Interior designers have strong opinions on everything.  Clocks, candles, glasses, cleaning supplies — these are the little things they can’t live without.”

In my version of the series, I’ve asked my favorite designers and design bloggers to share their little favorites … in hopes that you and I might just discover a new favorite of our own!  First up is the delightful Sarah – better known to some of you as MoS Charlotte from Matters of Style (and Matters of Style Marketplace).  Not only is Matters of Style a must-read, but Sarah has quickly become one of my blog besties.  She and I may or may not have an amazing adventure coming up at the end of April … but you’ll have to wait to hear more about that!  Sarah is also expecting a precious little one, and – given that she lives, oh, about a mile or so from my house – I’m hoping to get my baby fix over her way!  But enough of my ramblings – let’s get on to Sarah’s favorites!

Sarah (Charlotte, NC) from Matters of Style

Flower – Daffodil

Sofa Shape – Williams-Sonoma Home’s Bedford Sofa

Stationery – Bell’ Invito
Comfort Food – BBQ from Kyle Fletcher’s in Lowell, NC
Lamp – Circa Bedside Ring Table Lamp in Alabaster
Alarm Clock – Pottery Barn Silverplated Bamboo Clock
Everyday Dishes – Williams-Sonoma Apilco
Color – Turquoise
Coffee Table Book – I Married Adventure / Four Years in Paradise
All-Purpose Glass – Crate and Barrel’s Charlie Glasses
Soap – Dove (body), L’Occitane (hands)
Ice Cream – Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Bean
Towel – Pottery Barn Classic

Chair – Jonathan Adler Chippendale Armchair
Scented Candle or Room Fragrance – Henri Bendel Gardenia
Wallpaper – Thibaut
Sheets – Yves Delorme
Cleaning Supply – Clorox Wipes
Toothpaste – Close-Up Cinnamon Toothpaste
Vacuum – Hoover Wind Tunnel
Kitchen Gadget – All-Clad Griddle Pan
Workhouse Fabric – Valdese Weavers Jumper (for upholstery)
Pen – Pentel Energel in Blue
Artist – Herb Jackson

Car Color (exterior/interior) – white/tan
Mattress: Spring Air Arlington
Picture Frame: Michael Aram Garland


How fun was that?  As much as I love all of Sarah’s choices, I must admit the thought of good barbecue is making it hard to concentrate on design.  Is it lunch time yet?  Pass the hush puppies!!

Photos from Williams-Sonoma Home, Jonathan Adler, and Herb Jackson.


  • Cheryl
    Mar. 09, 2011
    I just saw that bamboo clock at PB on sale! Anyone whose favorite color is turquoise is a friend of mine. Great series -- always interested in personal choices, right down to the All Clad Griddle Pan and Clorox Wipes. The beauty of everyday life.
  • Sarah
    Mar. 09, 2011
    Your new blog design looks great!!! I am so honored to be featured! Can't wait to see more! xoxo
  • Sarah
    Mar. 09, 2011
    Um, I love this! Can I participate?! ;)
  • Amy Vermillion- Martineau Vermillion Interior Design
    Mar. 09, 2011
    Hey Traci, BEAUTIFUL new blog!!! Cheers! Amy
  • Luciane at
    Mar. 10, 2011
    Traci, Your blog is looking amazing!!! Congratulations to the designer and you!!! Great taste! Loving your picks today. That sofa is fabulous! Have a great day, sweetie. xo Luciane at
  • Ellen
    Mar. 10, 2011
    What fun!....good choices...smiles...
  • Amanda
    Mar. 10, 2011
    Traci~ I love it...all of it! You are so creative and chic! And her list puts mine to shame :) Drop me an email soon so I can get all my ducks in a row for NY, Kisses!
  • Marianne (Style For Living)
    Mar. 11, 2011
    Your new series is really fun! So many great choices here. Love it! xo
  • designchic
    Mar. 11, 2011
    Your new blog design is the look and the series!!
  • Naomi@DesignManifest
    Mar. 14, 2011
    Love the layout, and the sofa... and the chair!! Very curious about this amazing April adventure... Hope it works out!
  • Eddie Ross
    Mar. 14, 2011
    I hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Xo, E&J
  • Karena
    Mar. 16, 2011
    Wonderful and of course the art is fabulous!! A Special Gift on my site just in time for spring!Come Enter! xoxo Karena Art by Karena
  • Betsy
    Mar. 17, 2011
    Great feature and wonderful choices by MOS Charlotte!

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