Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Inspiration | a picture perfect log cabin + design crush

Today I'm featuring a log cabin designed by the ever inspiring, Charleston based designer, Tammy Conner.  I was introduced to Tammy's work years ago by best friend from high school, Mindy.  Tammy and Mindy went to college together and were sorority sisters at Wake Forest.  Mindy knows me better than almost anyone in the world and when she told me I would adore Tammy's work, I knew it would be amazing.  Tammy recently updated her website and portfolio and it's worth a visit.  A long visit.  One home is more stunning than the last.  These are definitely high end designs, but they exude warmth and are wonderfully approachable.  Lots of antiques, incredible textiles, classic style, thoughtful details - all things you can incorporate at any budget and over time.  On her website she says she creates "exquisite interiors that feel gracious, uncomplicated and inviting."  A perfect description. With Autumn here and temperatures about to drop, it felt so fitting to share this one on the blog today...  Enjoy!

 ^^this home is a wonderful example of pairing the warm tones of traditional neutrals along with dusty blues and blue greens, a look I'm moving toward more in our own home^^
 ^^ A favorite Rogers and Goffigon print used on the slips^^

 ^^This room is my favorite.  That sweet print, that looks like it might be Chelsea Editions, on the throw pillows and windows is just perfect.  And I love the red lamps and pop of plaid. ^^

So, so good, right?  See more of her work here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Inspiration | Insta-stalking Gray Antiques' Kitchen

When I come across a wonderful new insta-feed it's like pure gold to me.  Finding a home full of soul, with collected antiques, charming details, character filled interiors, and classic, timeless appeal will get me every time.  When I first came across Gray Antiques and Interior's  I knew I'd found another gem.  (Link to instagram: grayantiques and link to website: grayantiques.com.)  

There are a lot of interiors at the moment that I feel look great in a 3x3 photo or as part of super cohesive Instagram feed where they've been brightened to perfection, yet they aren't homes or rooms I can imagine living in.  It's not a negative judgment to those beautiful homes, because I know the care and thoughtfulness that go into creating them - there is certainly room in the world for all styles!  It's just that I crave inspiration from homes that feel more in line with my own style and as a self-taught decorator there is such value in knowing and curating your own aesthetic.  When new clients come to me for help with their homes, I like to have a repertoire of inspiration, both old and fresh, from which to draw ideas, so I consider it part of my business to hone in and study spaces that speak to me, and I've been studying (admiring) these pics since I first saw them.

I'm currently helping a friend with her kitchen renovation, so I have kitchens on the brain all the time (Hi Matt and Katie!)  The kitchen from Gray's Antiques (recently renovated) is what first drew me in.  It's a classic off white kitchen that just looks and feels so good.  According to her insta-feed (yep, total stalker...) the walls are painted Benjamin Moore French Canvas, the off white cabinets are from National Lumber, the counters are quartz (you all know I'm a fan) they are Viatera in Minuel, antique brass hardware, and 3x6 Whisper Perla glossy white subway tile, the floors are Provincial Walnut Stain.

Here are a few more shots.  For more, check out her insta-feed...

(all photos in post from Gray Antiques, Instagram)

(ps. the post is somewhat self serving so I can pin all these images! :)  now you can too!)


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Family | Our weekend farm visit with the cousins + Apple Cider Doughnuts

It's October! I've happily welcomed back my favorite pumpkin recipes and Sunday roasts for dinner.  Throw blankets have been unpacked and midday pumpkin lattes have replaced my iced coffees.  The leaves are just beginning to change and my boys are inside by 7:00 at night because it's too dark to stay out.  After an unbearably hot summer, the return of autumn and all it brings is even more appreciated than normal. This weekend my brother and his family were in town for a quick visit so we did the quintessential fall activity and visited a farm.  Corn mazes, hayrides, fresh cider and caramel apples with plenty of space to run and play made for a fun day.  We went to Blooms and Berries Farm in Loveland, just the right amount of fun yet still charming and authentic feeling.  Here are a few pictures from our day.

^^the whole gang.  maybe the only picture we have with all of us in it!  Of course Charlie and Carter are hamming it up. :) ^^

^^And with the fresh cider we bought, I made Smitten Kitchen's Apple Cider Doughnuts.  They are the BEST cider doughnuts I've ever eaten.  I have such an aversion to frying food, so I dabbled with  many baked doughnut recipes the last couple years in the hopes to achieve doughnuts like these, but alas, frying is sometimes necessary.  I made the recipe as written but had to add quite a bit more flour to have the dough come together.  Also, I used canola oil for frying (my aversion to shortening is even bigger than my aversion to frying.  Just can't do it.  I have a degree in nutrition for goodness sakes! :)) and I used a Dutch oven instead of a deep fryer.  These will become a new October tradition for sure.  They would be just perfect to share with friends at a pumpkin carving party.^^