This summer I’m planning to make a splash! Yes, the girls and I will be logging plenty of pool time. But I’m hitting the open waters at work, as well. More specifically, I’m taking on a project that will incorporate a zero entry shower. Y’all know I live for a bathroom remodel and this new-for-me design is especially exciting. I love how the incredibly utilitarian “wash room” layout can fee evaluated, even sophisticated, with the right materials. I can’t wait to show you the finished product. In the meantime, here are some spaces fueling my inspiration.
It’s summer and I’m a basket case! Or rather, I’m crazy for the new rattan collection from the Charleston-based handbag line, Beau & Ro. These textured beauties come in a host of shapes and sizes and all easily merge whimsical and chic. (Not an easy feat!) Plus, they all feature a lovely blue and white striped fabric lining. And you know I can’t pass up that color combo. Or stripes for that matter. If you see me this summer, chances are good to very good I’ll have one in tow.
Psst: You can see this stunning line in person at one of my favorite Southern shops: The Skinny Dip Charleston.
Maybe it’s because I’m a “girl mom,” but I find boy spaces especially fun and creatively fulfilling. Case in point: This sweet bathroom shared by two brothers. Bathrooms are a space that can take a heavy dose of whimsy so we went with the playful and beloved “Serendipity” wallpaper by Sister Parish. The trim and wainscoting were painted a complementary blue to ground the room, while polished nickel faucets and hardware lend just the right amount of sparkle. It’s a grown-up approved kids’ space that cleans up nicely!
Photos by Leslee Mitchell
Happy Mother’s Day everyone! This sweet occasion always puts flowers on my mind. That being the case, I thought I’d share some virtual bouquets from one of my favorite Instagram accounts—floral extraordinaire Cathy Graham (@cathybgraham—go follow her!) I’m obsessed with her stunning arrangements. No one else so effortlessly mixes chic and relaxed. See below for some of her all-time best arrangements.
Hope all you mamas out there get some time to stop and smell the roses today!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. This sweet holiday is a wonderful time to celebrate, yes, your mama and grandmama. But also all the other special women in your life. (Sisters, aunts, life-long friends, I’m looking at you!) Today, I’m sharing six easy, totally charming gifts. They’re stylish, timeless, and, best of all, products from female founded and run companies. Here’s what I’m planning to give—and maybe even get—this Mother’s Day!
1. LAKE Pajamas. Super-soft pima cotton is hard to beat. Also, available in Mommy & Me styles! $114; lakepajamas.com
2. Dixie Design Note Cards. Timeless blue and white stationery, with a touch of whimsy. From $32; dixie-design.com
3. Lizze Love Paintings. Stunning, original artwork at an equally beautiful price point. From $150; lizzyloveart.com
4.Weezie Towels. Because there is nothing more elegant than a monogrammed hand towel. $40 for pair; weezietowels.com
5. Biscuit Home Tin Plates. Classic china patterns, such as the Tobacco Leaf show here, in a picnic-ready (read shatter proof) tin. $12 each; biscuit-home.com
6. Susan Gordon Pottery Earrings. This new Leaf-and-Pod design is as delicate and striking as the rest of the Alabama artisan’s work. $48; susangordonpottery.com
Interior design is all about problem solving veiled as pretty. No room has reiterated that more than this pretty-in-pink nursery. When the homeowners found themselves expecting, a spare room above the garage became the defacto nursery. The narrow, angular space was a design challenge for sure. But where the mom-to-be saw awkward lines, I saw the opportunity for a whimsical “tented” ceiling. Luckily, the client trusted my vision and we set out to give the room softness and whimsy befitting a baby girl.
To start, we gave the drab gray walls a fresh coat of creamy white paint. Then we used two shades pink (bashful and blush, anyone?) to create the tented topper. I hand-painted a tassel detailing along the border for a chic, completely bespoke finish.
Next came classic, cozy furnishings—a custom daybed, curvy glider, and spool crib—that reinforced the room’s cocoon-like feel. To ensure the look didn’t go too precious I incorporated plenty of brass accents (they read like jewelry for the room) and sophisticated artwork, including a vintage Hermès scarf. The result is a sweet space that will age well with the little lady who lives here and is a far cry from the dark, asymmetric eyesore it once was.
Photos by Leslee Mitchell
Sneaking in an evening post to rave about the 2019 Harding Art Show. I’m just back from opening night and once again it’s a don’t-miss. Yes, Harding is my alma mater. But my love for this event is purely design driven. Each year, they present a wonderfully curated mix of artists from across the Southeast (and beyond!) There are options for every price point and style. And, let’s be honest, sipping a cocktail while you shop for art is hard to beat. Below, I’m sharing some of my favorite artists and pieces I spotted at the designer preview. Believe me, though, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The show runs now through Saturday May 4. Nashville friends, get yourself there and snag something pretty!
It’s an exciting day! One of my favorite Southern artists—the lovely Renee Bouchon—just launched a capsule collection with Honeycomb Studio Ceramics. The collaboration brings together two Atlanta makers with a stunning, limited edition series of decorative plates. Each of the fifteen pieces features a unique design hand-crafted by Renee using her “Relic” method. She is known deconstructing old paintings and reimagining them into new, collage-like works. For the Honeycomb project, she swapped out art for strips of clay to create the layered motifs adorning each hand-fired and -glazed item. (As a finishing touch, she also applied small strips of canvas at the end of the design process to truly meld the two artisans’ mediums.) The result are dreamy, nuanced accents that will feel equally at home in traditional or modern settings. With only a handful available, you better hurry to get one of your own. Just don’t beat me to ‘em!
It’s spring y’all! Sure, some folks love this season for the sunshine and chirping birds. But for me it’s really all about those pretty tablescapes. From Easter to Mother’s Day and plenty of showers and dinner parties in between, I pretty much live for an excuse to deck out my dining room table. I’ve found that whether the occasion is casual or formal, a floral place setting is always a good idea. Today I’m sharing 20 (yes, 20!) favorites. From old classics (looking at you, Lady Carlyle!) to mod designs (don’t miss Hermes’ Bleus D'ailleurs) and a few that have a spot in my own china cabinet (ahem, Tobacco Leaf), I promise there’s something for everyone. Here’s the dish!
Some people can just do it all! Enter my girl Leslee Mitchell, who is the only photographer I know equally adept at shooting movie stars and bathtubs. It was, therefore, no surprise that she hit the style-factor out of the park when she launched her Car Series. These colorful prints utilize macro-photography to make Matchbox cars feel high-art and larger than life. Believe me when I say, they’re my go to for boy rooms, play spaces, and even a den or home office that needs a jolt of personality. (They also make the sweetest, not-just-another-layette baby gift!) Cars aren’t your thing? She’s recently expanded the project to include toy trains, airplanes, and boats. (The latter are an exclusive for Serena & Lily.)
No matter what road your style is taking you, I highly recommend you hitch a ride with these happy finds!