Monday, February 20, 2017

Inspiration | Charming Hampton Cottages

While at Andrew's swim meet this weekend I picked up the Feb/March issue of Cottages & Bungalows.  There was a really beautiful bookstore located a mile from the pool and it was the perfect spot to kill a little time in between prelims and finals.  I always make a bee line to the shelter magazine section in a new bookstore - so surprising, right? ;)  I love the chance to discover a magazine or designer that is new to me.  This time it was an introduction to the work of Bernt Heiberg and William Cummings of  Heiberg Cummings Design.  Their Sag Harbor cottage is absolutely perfect.  A little Scandinavian sensibility mixed with a whole lot of classic charm.

As much as I'm a pattern layering lover, I occasionally come across a home like this and have a strong desire to simplify.  This home,  while void of pattern, is layered with warm neutral shades of ivory, sage green and flax with a little  dark gray and black in the accessories and hardware.  There are very utilitarian antiques mixed with more ornate side chairs.  And so many white candles! It's really a perfect vacation home, though I could easily live in it year round.  Here are the photos, found on the Cottages and Gardens website.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

(the colors in this shot are a little warmer in the magazine, and appear somewhat washed out online)

^^The green walls and windows remind me of my own office, a color that is soothing and refreshing at the same time.  Sadly, no sources are shared in the article.^^

^^ Adore this white bedroom and luxurious linen bedding. ^^

^^The floors in this cottage are AMAZING^^

I also loved another Hampton project, Towd Point Cottage, found in the portfolio on their website.

^^chippy farmhouse island paired with iron candle holder is a repeated theme.  But it doesn't look too country when surrounded by the simple, clean lines and practical white dishes of the kitchen.^^

^^ more black frames and old rugs to add contrast amidst all the neutrals^^

You can also buy their soy candles on etsy, which I couldn't resist doing myself. 
 I let you know what I think of the scent. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

A couple fabrics I'm loving

Happy Friday, all!  This was such a fast week!  As usual, I haven't meant to stay away as long as I have from this blog.  I do have some fun posts in the works that I hope to share soon.  And by "in the works", I'm referring to my mind.  Haha. ;) Until then, maybe I can squeeze in a few shorter posts. Today, I thought I'd blog about a couple fabrics that have been stuck in my head for awhile now.

Over the last 6 months or so, I've slowly been making a few changes in our living room.  One has been to add a bit of blue into the fabrics.  I definitely lean a bit warmer when it comes to color schemes and wanted to keep that consistent throughout the downstairs, yet I feel blue can easily be mixed in as a neutral and really freshens things up, both with textiles and accessories.  I posted a picture of a couple new pillows I added to the sofa on Instagram earlier in the week (see picture on the left). After I posted the picture, I moved the pillows.  If I don't love it immediately, I usually fiddle with it till I do.  Turns out I preferred the floral on the chairs in front of my fireplace and the small Ikat print wasn't quite me so it will need to find a new home.  I'm not the only one like this, am I?!  Anyway... I still want to add some blue to the sofa, so I went back to these photos that I have been saving and think they might work better.

The first is Mimosa Vine from Carolina Irving. 

Designer Mark Sikes, Mimosa Vine is on the sham.

Design by Mark Sikes, see it in a pillow on the banquette

On the chair in Carolina Irving's living room

Mark Sikes again, in his Hollywood Hills home, clearly it's a favorite fabric of his too.
Designer Matthew Carter, from Instagram.  Mimosa Vine on the curtains.  It looks much darker here than in some of the above pictures but they are all the Delft colorway, lighting and filters just make them appear different.  

The other fabric on my radar is Blue Stripe from Penny Morrison.  It is one of my all time favorite blue stripes.  I've had a sample sitting on my desk for a long time and it works with EVERYTHING. 

So beautiful on a chair.  Photo from Nicola Lawrence on Instagram (which is a gorgeous and inspiring feed for fabric lovers!) I think it would be so pretty on a skirted round table in an entry too.

Design by Penny Morrison and Mark Sikes, stripe on the chairs

Another Mark Sikes (he has recently updated his portfolio pictures on his website and you can spend a whole afternoon getting lost in them - so inspiring!) You can see the blue stripe peeking out on a pillow.


Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dining Room Design Plan | Scenic Wallpaper

I recently had the pleasure of creating a dining room design plan for Suzanne, a lovely client in Texas, and we both fell in love with the idea of using a scenic mural wallpaper.  Suzanne and I have worked together on several other spaces in her home, she has a wonderful eye and great style, so it is such a rewarding experience to see her put the ideas into action with her own touch.  I thought it would be fun to share to a few of the details from this project with you.

Here was the inspiration Suzanne wanted to use for her dining room.  This is from the gorgeous home of Maura Endres (instrgram link here).  Maura's mural is hand painted and so special in her home.  It adds so much character and looks amazing throughout the year.

Here is Suzanne's current dining room:

Here is a snippet of the plan I created: 
(out of respect to paying clients, I do not share all  the sources on their projects)

I gave Suzanne two options for her dining room, one would be to use a mural style wallpaper and the other would be to use a bold floral drapery that pulled the same colors and nature inspired feeling into the room but with a fabric.  I had both on the inspiration board to show how they worked with the other pieces.  We plan to keep her current dinning chairs but add slipcovers in a white washed denim fabric.  On the back wall where she currently has her china cabinet we will move a beautiful, large Trumeau mirror from her foyer (hers is a darker blue gray than the one on the above board).  We will add a taller china cupboard with simpler lines on another wall.  Other new additions will include a French inspired chandelier, a darker stained sideboard and lots of rattan and woven elements to keep it from feeling too formal, plus some blue and white pottery.  The bamboo chairs will flank the sideboard and have either a blue stripe or small print on the seat cushion.  The windows will get bamboo shades and solid linen draperies.  I also gave some options for a new dining table down the road and helped her prioritize what changes to make now and what could be finished over time.

I spent a lot of time searching for different paper options and here are a few of my favorites.  Since these are hand painted papers, it does get to be an investment to do an entire room.  For Suzanne, we will only paper above the chair rail and keep her picture molding below.  You can see that look in many of the examples below.  There are also less costly options available such as framing a couple panels (I especially love this look with scenic chinoiserie panels), using a digitally screened paper, or finding a local artist to create a mural inspired by a hand painted paper.  Anthropologie has some mural style papers and Ballard and Frontgate offer framed chinoiserie panels.

De Gournay 

De Gournay

The above three were all found at YR Mural Studio

In Tom Scheerer's Hampton cottage he had a Currier and Ives print blown up and turned into a wallpaper.

This space from designer Larry Hooke is perfect.   I don't know the wallpaper source for this one.

 Gracie Studios (one of my very favorites, especially for a colonial style home)

The above two are from Susan Harter, her colors are so gorgeous and livable 

The above two are from Paul Montgomery 

Some other sources with beautiful options are: Zuber, Brunschwig & Fils, Lee Jofa and Griffin and Wong