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Thursday
Feb042016

shopping small: three favorite online home boutiques

I love shopping small any chance I can get; sure, there are times when Amazon just can't be beat but nine times out of ten, I would much rather buy from a local or small business.  If you've been following along here for a while, you know I definitely have my favorite online home boutiques, as I tend to include items from the same shops over and over in design boards, gift guides and even sourcing for clients (because you can never have too much of a good thing).  Here are three of my favorite online home boutiques that I turn to time and time again for gifts, home accessories and entertaining; with Valentine's Day right around the corner, you'd be hard pressed NOT to find something amazing for your bestie, your momma or even yourself!

HIGH STREET MARKET

Whenever I'm in need for a gift for a friend or client this is usually the first place I stop.  The Philadelphia-based shop is chock full of beautiful vases, woven trays, serving pieces, barware, candles and small decorative accessories with a vintage, nautical feel.  I never stop by their site without buying something.  My favorite place for small but thoughtful, one-of-a-kind gift ideas at amazing price points.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Bamboo vase / Round woven serving trays / Leopard lumbar pillow / Fish bottle opener /

Framed racing boat / Iron anchor paperweight / Blue and white ginger jar / Brass fox door knocker

Marble and brass serving tray / Brass turtle shell dish / Volcano candle / Silver mint julep cup

White porcelain star vase

WAITING ON MARTHA

There is so much to love here that I had a hard time limiting it to one design board!  From bamboo picture frames, gold dipped serveware, copper measuring cups and gorgeous, vintage-inspired tortoise covered books to chalkboard nesting ramekins and petite personalized trinket dishes, I always end up finding something lovely, unique and interesting!  Here are some of my favorites:

Bamboo picture frames / Maritime soap dish / Framed sea fan / Gold pitcher / Copper measuring cups /

Gold ring dish / Designer vintage book set / Chalkboard nesting ramekins / Gold dipped spoons

Squeeze juicer / Tortoise shell bound books / Personlized petite plates

FURBISH

I read owner Jaime Meares' blog long before she ever opened her flagship boutique in Raleigh and I've loved the eclectic roundup of goodies she's offered ever since she opened up shop!  Blue and white and tortoise shell reign supreme for me (the ice bucket is one of my favorite entertaining pieces I own!) and are at the top of my list of goodies she offers.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Antigua lumbar pillow / Tortoise shell ice bucket / Blue swirl taper vases / Tortoise tray table /

Double happiness ginger jar / Mini Cabinet of Natural Curiosities / Raja blue tablecloth

Teil Duncan art / Greek key trim pillow / Blue and white bud vases

Where are some of your favorite places to shop online?

Wednesday
Feb032016

obsessed: cameron kimber

I feel like I'm on my deathbed.  The sinus infection/head congestion I've been battling the last week or so has finally gotten the upper hand and between that and a two year old energizer bunny who is stuck in the house on this rainy day, I am officially done.  Baby girl is napping, giving me a break from rainy day toddler activities and so I'm doing what any sickie would do with a little downtime: swooning over some serious design eye candy!  My obsession with Australian interior designer Cameron Kimber began when I first laid eyes on his dreamy blue and white bedroom and adjoining sitting area that's been all over blog land and Pinterest for a while.  If you haven't seen it yet, feast your eyes:

Blue and white is the perfect color combination for a bedroom; combined with bold pops of black, elegant bedding and crisp white bedding, I can totally see myself resting up (and consequently, never leaving!) this gorgeous room:

The adjoining sitting room is just as chic:

White beadboard walls, seagrass carpet and antique paintings in gilt frames are to die for in Kimber's own home, a fabulous example of how to do all-white the right way:

Green and blue have to be my second favorite color pairing - so fresh and crisp, no?

I adore everything about this little dining space - the grass cloth walls, the antique table and chairs and the oversize painting are so simple but so, so stunning:

I love a layered room - pattern, color and texture mixed with antiques are, for me, the epitome of design perfection and Kimber nails it in this bedroom niche.  Is this not amazing??

To see more of Kimber's work, visit his portfolio here.  It'll make your next rainy day!

I promise to be back with some exciting posts soon, but in the meantime, I hope you all stay well!

Thursday
Jan282016

oversize art favorites from minted

If you've been following along here for a while, you know I love me some oversize art and photographic prints.  I love them even more when they happen to be absolutely stunning AND super affordable!  Minted has become one of my favorite spots to shop for gorgeous artwork in dramatic sizes and they now offer thin, modern brass frames all the way up to 60x44 inches!  My husband teases me because I always end up gravitating toward prints of the sea or horses, but when it comes to making a dramatic impact there really aren't better subjects.  Here are a few favorites I'm loving lately; I'm kind of obsessed with the first and fifth and, of course, would want them in the largest size they come in!  I included snapshots beneath each print so you could get an idea of just how big you can order these bad boys!  Which one is your favorite?

Before the Storm

Fields of Blue (Pacific Ocean)

Crystallize

All is Quiet

Yellow Horses

End of the Storm

Wednesday
Jan272016

coastal elegance

One of the first design blogs I ever started reading way back in the day was that of designer Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors.  I fell in love with her classic, elegant style and her eye for mixing patterns and textiles immediately; every single detail is always perfectly executed, right down to the embroidered trim on throw pillows and the pinch pleats on curtain panels. In a world where design trends come and go constantly, I'm enamored with the fact that she sticks to the clean, classic look of traditional furnishings, lighting and fixtures peppered with modern touches like upholstered beds and slipcovered side tables.  And she was the first designer to ever really turn me onto cabinetry painted any other color than white!!

It's been a while since she's blogged but I noticed that her website has been updated with some stunning shots of beach front projects - the water views alone are enough to make you drool, but if you also love simple, stunning spaces that are tailored and elegant and completely void of kitschy nautical details, then you'll love each and every one of these! 

Happy Hump day!

Tuesday
Jan262016

loving lately: winter whites

My idea of starting the new year off with a "clean slate" is by swathing everything in creamy white paint and loading up on tons of texture.  With the little bit of snow we got over the weekend popping through my windows, my whole house seems whiter and brighter and I'm loving it!  The only thing left to do is to curl up with a gorgeous faux fur throw, a stack of shelter magazines and a cup of tea....but, since that is the least likely thing to happen for this momma, instead, here are a few goodies I'm loving lately that fit my wintery mood.  And on another note, have you guys checked out Ballard Designs lately?   Holy hell, they've got some amazing new items, including a stunning, affordable version of the super pricey Stark Antelope rug, a tortoise umbrella holder and the most gorgeous dining chair (see them all below).  SO GOOD!! 

Beachcomber high rectangular basket / Ruched faux fur throw / Jill double-gourd lamp set in talc /

Modern carrara marble and brass serving tray / Antelope hand tufted rug / Haynes dining chair

Diptyque Baies scented candle / Tortoise umbrella stand / Lander brass sconce

Brass fish bottle opener

How do you love to cozy up for the winter?