Inspired By: Michelle Smith’s Southern Masterpiece

Designer Michelle Smith’s Palmetto Bluff home is on the cover of the new Traditional Home and it’s STUNNING.  I absolutely loved the mix of old, traditional Southern style with a hint of a modern edge to it.

This shot in particular is incredible and very inspiring to me- the color scheme, the mix of glam and rustic elements. It works so well.

I used it as inspiration for this living room design, utilizing some similar elements and mixing in my own touch.

1. Benjamin Moore Raindance // 2. side table // 3. pillows // 4. chandelier // 5. sconces // 6. antique painting // 7. bowl // 8. bust // 9. chest // 10. sofa // 11. chair // 12. marble coffee table // 13. shell bowl // 14. chair // 15. painting // 16. vintage rug

The master suite is another room to behold… the custom Gracie scenic mural wallpaper in a the bathroom paired with the antique wood vanity is breathtaking…. and the marble tub? Wowzas.

You can see more of this house in Traditional Home or on her website (alternate shots and styling, which is always interesting to see.)

Photos by Emily Jenkins Followill for Traditional Home.



An Inspired Nursery

This nursery by Dina Bandman Interiors has been allllllllll over Instagram and Pinterest for good reason. It’s INSANELY GOOD. Like, when I saw it I audibly gasped.  The lemon wallpaper, the lucite canopy crib… I mean, it’s the stuff of dreams (and very, very large budgets).  I love it when showhouse rooms actually look like crazy, jaw dropping dream space rather than the trend of “weird and crazy for shock value”– which has been a  trend for a while.  It really makes me want to do a showhouse room!

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Design Crush: Hendricks Churchill Homes

I spent the weekend in western Connecticut at the lovely Inn at GrayBarns and saw an ad in a local design magazine for Hendricks Churchill Homes & Interiors and fell madly in love with their work and website. This husband and wife team really have a unique but classic style I adore.

I am particularly amazed by this modern yet totally English-farmhouse feeling home called “The Little Farmhouse Renovation“.

This living room is looks both influenced by Manhattan and the country in equal measure. I love the painted millwork and the color of the floors in literally perfect.

Minimalist and yet not too cold. Not exactly my personal style, but I can really appreciate the push and pull between the styles.

Those brass switchplates are making my morning.

I adore the kitchen.  Classic materials like soapstone and wood counters look fresh and modern in here.

That FAUCET! (And sink. And hardware.)

The simplicity but incredible craftsmanship of these cabinets is effortless.

This home is seriously a master class in millwork.

I’d like to sit here with a good book and cup of tea, wouldn’t you?

Such simple but thoroughly thought out and thoughtFUL spaces.

Did I mention the exterior is a gem too? #dreamhouse

Some suggestions to get this look, including

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Photography by Amanda Kirkpatrick,  amandakirkpatrickphoto.com.

The Windsor Way

At a time when a lot of design magazines leave me feeling less than enchanted, the last issue of Veranda was a home run. Especially the feature on the new Alessandra Branca designed spaces at Windsor, Florida. HEAVEN.  Such great design in such a beautiful location.  I can so see myself here in 25 years in my J.Jill leisure separates sipping wine at 3 p.m.– glorious.

Loving this combo of red, pink and blue.  Such an interesting combination done so elegantly. Loving that photograph over the sofa too!

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The Dreamiest Bedroom EVER.

Mark Sikes is a decorator’s decorator. I would hire him in a minute to do my own house without question and let him just go to town. I imagine we’d have a Chip-and Joanna reveal and I would cry and hug him and all would be right in the world.

Anyways, he’s a genius with impeccable taste.  Case in point, his bedroom in the Kips Bay Decorator’s Showhouse. I. AM. OBSESSED.

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