We have a lot of whole-house renovations in the works right now. That means we’re thinking through ways to add style to every last inch of the home. One area I’m finding especially rewarding—stairwells. In particularly the railings. They’re one of those essential design elements that are easy rush with something standard. Or you can make a true statement! Intricate or unique balusters can instantly transform a passthrough area into something stunning and memorable. From metal to wood to full-on color, here are some looks that take style to new heights.
Wishing you a star-spangled holiday filled with firecrackers, popsicles, and all the rest. We are all blessed to call this beautiful, wonderful country home.
It’s almost the Fourth of July (side note: where has this summer gone?) which seems like the perfect time to share one of my current design crushes: STARS. I’ve used the classic motif in several projects of late and love how the design helps a space read both timeless and fresh. (See above, where the custom rug is a prime example!) Depending on the palette and accompanying patterns they can feel at ease in everything from a very formal home to a casual beach cottage. I promise you, it’s a style element as winning as the good ‘ole US of A. Here, a few favorites I’ve had stars in my eyes for!
As a designer, I’m often asked what makes or breaks a room? My answer: artwork! So many times, it’s the difference between a space that’s polished and one that’s flat. Enter one of my favorite Nashville artists: Lizzy Love. I’ve turned to her pieces time and again when working with clients. Her paintings are lively but not precious, colorful but not chaotic. She’s also a master at landscapes. These can be tricky. But Lizzy manages to pull off ones that are fresh. Nothing staid about them. (Hello, gorgeous brushstrokes.) Do yourself a favor and go check out her work. Bonus: If you’re not in the market for a custom piece, she also has lovely watercolors at a wonderful price point!
It’s summertime and the entertaining is easy. In honor of the first day of my favorite season, I thought I’d share my ultimate summer essential. My porch is always party ready thanks to this handsome cooler. With a deep ice chest, mounted casters (ahem, it can roll where the guests are), and a bottle opener it’s functionality is tops. Plus, it serves up a side of summer nostalgia with its sleek, retro lines. You can find a lot of great options out there, but I’m partial to the splashy colors available on Wayfair ($169 for 80 quart model). The kicky style is like a cool drink of water (or sparkling rosé!) for any outdoor space. Happy summer, y’all!
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