Kelly Christakos Stivers


thom filicia's super chic lake house

As much as I dream about living on the beach, I would seriously consider lakeside living if the house looked anything remotely like designer Thom Filicia's chic lakefront beauty in the Finger Lakes!  We've all seen his super chic, modern take on lakeside living before (he even has a book dedicated to the every last detail of the renovation of this home), but One King's Lane has some pretty amazing detail shots of vignettes I've never seen before and they're gooooooood.  Really good.  From the stunning woven wall covering throughout and the great mix of color, pattern and texture to the more modern furnishings and rustic, nautical accents, the house is so fun and fresh while at the same time complimentary of its natural surroundings.  Exactly what you'd expect for a lake house, am I right?

Woven wall covering, rough hewn ceiling beams and black painted interior doors are a beautiful compliment to the more modern furnishings in the living room:

One of many beautifully styled vignettes:

The stone fireplace looks so crisp against the white walls and beadboard ceiling:

I'm obsessed with the sisal stair runner and that rope banister - LOVE!

I love how he used outdoor lantern lights inside, and that built-in is the perfect little niche to break up wall space:

A contemporary limed oak console and an oversize out-of-focus photographic print in the hallway add interest and drama and a hint of cobalt blue walls in the dining room:

Those Klismos chairs are divine:

I love how the woven wallcovering is added to the ceiling in this sitting area.  It's such a lovely compliment to the board and batten walls and the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace:

Black and navy blue in the kitchen is moody and elegant, perfect for a lake house:

Texture abounds in the sunroom, from the log ceiling and the jute chandelier to the black paneled walls and soft, woven Roman shades.  Filicia's signature twist on classic furnishings is to upholster the sofa seat cushions in a coordinating fabric and pipe them in a bold color.  I love how it adds so much interest to this space:

Obsessed with everything in this stairway.  Everything.  Obsessed.

If you haven't already checked out Thom Filicia's sale on One King's Lane, head on over to find many of the items he used to decorate this house! 


an art print every little girl needs on her wall

I know you guys are probably over all the art posts (and if you follow me on Instagram, the pictures of Lydia's gallery wall), but I just couldn't resist telling you all about this little gem I picked up for her a few months ago!  I just had to have it, not only because the colors are absolutely perfect for her room, but also because she went through a phase last winter where she wore her purple and pink capes with matching eye masks night and day. You guys know that I like to decorate with items that have personal meaning, so when I stumbled upon this print right at the height of her caped crusades, I just had to have it!  I dressed it up by wrapping a plain white picture frame mat with some linen fabric (you can see how I did it here).  It's the perfect addition to her gallery wall and it's something she can keep up for a long time.  It's also a great gift idea; I've ordered a few for friends with little girls and they've all loved it as much as I do! 

My supergirl:


philip barlow at one kings lane

I've been a fan of South African-based artist Philip Barlow since I first stumbled upon his amazing oil paintings of hazy summer days spent by the sea, so I was ecstatic to discover that One Kings Lane is now featuring a few of his paintings!  At first glance, they look like out-of-focus photographs and it takes a little getting used to the blurriness, but that's what I happen to love most about them!  Each painting is available in two sizes, the largest at 42x30 inches, which is a great way to add a little drama to your walls!  And at less than $350, they really are a steal.  There aren't many featured, but what they do have is absolutely breathtaking:

And just to wet your whistle a little more, here are a few more from his collection entitled, "The Sea" from his portfolio.  Aren't they incredible?!

What do you think?  Are you a fan of the blurred photography and artwork that is popular now?  Would you ever hang one in your own home?


a dreamy backyard retreat

Living in the South, the weather is decent enough to be outside for basically nine months of the year and so outdoor spaces are a big part of the way most of us live down here.  It goes without saying, then, that the best outdoor spaces are those that live like extensions of the indoors with plenty of comfy seating, covered porches and separate eating areas.  This Southampton retreat by designer Juan Montoya takes my breath away with its incredibly chic landscaping (THOSE HYDRANGEAS!!!), a classic blue and white color palette, a perfect pool for swimming laps or watching the kids play, a covered eating area for impromptu summer dinners and lots of comfy, cozy seating.  Summer living just doesn't get any better than this:

The pool, the hedges, the hydrangeas, the pergola.....what more is there to say?  Absolute perfection:

Proof that shingle-style will be forever chic:

Not a bad view from the pergola-covered dining area; this would be my breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks spot, for sure...I CANNOT get enough of those hydrangeas!

Another view of the pergola-covered eating area - I love the slate flooring and the rustic lighting fixtures:

Wicker seating, beautiful greenery and a to-die-for teak coffee table are eclipsed only by the sheer size of the back porch:

Here are a few picks to create a similar look and feel with lots of navy blue, rattan, monogrammed outdoor throw pillows, a touch of gold and a forever classic Lutyens bench:

Rattan charger / Juliska Country Estate dinnerware / Lutyens bench / Monogrammed outdoor pillow

Cutout bathing suit / Sun hat / Topiary / Hanging chair / Gold flatware set / Wicker chair

Blue and white ginger jar / Oversize clam shell

Happy Monday!  Hope you're all off to a great start this week!


diy: nautical-inspired rope vase

DIY projects that are the simplest and require the least amount of time to complete are always the most satisfying and this nautically-inspired rope vase is no exception! Given all my recent posts on natural materials and texture, it's no surprise I absolutely love how this turned out!  I used a thicker rope (3/4" manila rope from Home Depot) to give it some heft and used it to cover a $3 cylindrical vase from Hobby Lobby.  It's simple, yet elegant and adds just the right nautical touch when paired with some summer flowers from the grocery store.  Perfection!

I used 11 feet of rope to cover a vase that was 4.5 inches tall and 5 inches in diameter.  A bunch of glue sticks and my trusty glue gun and I was ready to go:

Starting at the bottom, I glued about four inches of rope at a time and then pressed it onto the vase, holding it for about ten seconds before letting go.  As I started to stack the rope, I added glue to the inside of the rope and the bottom so that it would stick to the piece beneath it.   This ensured that there weren't any gaps:

It ended up that the bottom piece and the top piece were both in the back of the vase, so, even though the top piece stuck out a bit, the flowers hid it.  Here is what it looked like before and after I was done:

You know it's a great DIY when you still get excited about it days after you've finished it; I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out!

Happy weekend, friends!