It’s Coming! Fall Finds for the Home.

This gorgeous tree on my street is in full bloom right now with tiny crabapples (maybe?) and it made me SO excited for fall to arrive (and P.S., I am DYING to clip some branches off for a vase in my living room but alas, not on my property!)

It has me thinking all things fall… this year, I think it’s going to be all about deep hunter and chartreuse greens and some plummy and chocolate tones too.  I err on the side of greens, mixed with natural textures and tones it’s just perfection in my opinion.  Here are some great finds from retail websites that can help “fal-lify” your interior.

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The Fall Trends I Simply Cannot Get On Board With (and Those I Can)

As a person who came of age in the late 80’s and 90’s, I am having a hilariously good time CRINGING at the recent articles I’ve seen for Fall 2018 trends.  I mean, it’s BEYOND my comprehension that these styles are considered “in” right now. And yes, I can hear myself, I sound like my own mother who probably felt the exact same way when I wore all these items in the actual 90’s. But I mean, wasn’t it bad enough that it was in style once?


I mean, just a pair of acid wash high rise jeans is offensive enough. But a whole denim tuxedo situation done in this horrific 80’s material? I simply CAN NOT.

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Trend Alert: Rattan, Wicker & Wovens

This really is not breaking news in any sort of manner, but rather a reminder that texture, especially through natural materials like rattan, wicker and wovens is an essential part of making a room feel interesting and layered.  I think a lot of people associate wicker with old lady outdoor patio furniture and rattan with boho/California style only.  But you can work these materials into any kind of room- be it modern, traditional, beachy, country or anything in between.

This new collection above by Sarah Bartholomew for Pottery Barn is chock full of woven goodness!

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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.

Fashion Friday: The Staple Trench

Just a quick Fashion Friday today as I’m not only on a family trip but also am feeling a smidge burnt out this week.  I have long been pondering a splurge/investment of a Burberry trench coat.  I’ve had other versions that have been nice but not QUITE the timeless quality of Burberry.  And the trench is something that will not only never go out of style, but is a piece that can last you a lifetime.

You can dress a trench up or down- it looks great both with jeans and a tee as well as a topper over a dress. And sleeveless versions are great for layering or wearing alone as a dress (a la Meghan Markle).

Here are some great choices in different price points: