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Wednesday
Oct222014

instagram inspiration: amy mcgee

The last few nights have been brutal, friends.  I seriously am dumbfounded at how my nine month old has the energy to run baby marathons every day with little nighttime sleep and less than 45-minute naps!  Last night, after another two hour stretch of trying to put the kabosh on her dance party, I took to Instagram after finding myself too wired to sleep and stumbled upon Amy McGee's feed (@amymcgee).  I'm absolutely smitten!  I have always loved having fresh flowers in the house (who doesn't?!) but her gorgeous floral arrangements take my store bought attempts at floral creations and make them look like I pulled weeds from the yard and stuck them in a vase!  Of course, I'm obsessed with the gorgeous arrangements she throws together, but I also couldn't help myself from honing in on her beautiful home in the background.  It's so light and ethereal and from what I could read from her posts, it's a tract home that she and her husband have beautifully decorated to look anything but!  Her three adorable little girls are so lucky to live in a house with such prettiness!  The little snippets have me wishing she will do a full home tour on her blog (pretty please?!).  Here are a few of her amazing floral arrangements with her beautiful home as the perfect backdrop:

How gorgeous is the combination of silvery gray walls, a jawdropping Venetian mirror, a warm wood table and, I'm guessing, white salvia in her bathroom?  Perfection:

An arrangement in a mango wood vase is a warm compliment to that amazing mirror over her fireplace:

Leopard works best in small doses and this throw is the perfect touch for fall (as well as a mini lemon tree!):

One of 14 (!) arrangements Amy created for her friend's baby shower:

Love the sneak peek of black subway tile and antique brass chandelier in her all-white kitchen:

A beautiful vignette:

All-white interiors can be flat, but a seagrass rug, a wicker basket, blue and white ginger jars spiky purple flowers add texture, interest and warmth:

I'm OBSESSED with those silver lamps:

Garden roses and a heavenly eucalyptus garland!

Another lovely creation; clearly, I need to read a few pages from her floral arranging book to up my game!

To see more of Amy's lovely creations, check out her instagram (@amymcgee) and her family blog here.

Monday
Oct202014

hamptons haven

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I got a babysitter for the FIRST TIME since Baby Girl was born so we could go out and celebrate a friend's birthday; given that Lydia is almost ten months old, you can imagine how big a deal this was for momma bear.  There are still nights when she wakes up quite a bit and I was so nervous she'd freak out because I wasn't there, but she slept the entire time we were gone!  While this was, for sure, the major highlight of the weekend, another was weeding through a knee-high stack of design mags that have been collecting dust since they were delivered to my mailbox over the last few months.  I fell in LOVE with this Hamptons haven and its unexpected color palette as well as the fact that this new construction home pays homage to the crumbling former edifice that once stood in its place.  I'm a huge fan of building new homes with modern luxuries to look like charming older houses and this one is a real gem!

I'm all about making a great first impression in the entry and this one accomplishes that feat in spades.  The gorgeous artwork and chest provide a pop of color, the brass sconces add warmth while the striped rug is a nod to the fact that this is still a beach house, after all:

I will always, ALWAYS think a blue and white color palette is king for a beach house, but in this living room cream, brown and charcoal with a pop of chartreuse is so calming and elegant.  The sisal rug and woven Roman blinds add just the right amount of texture:

If I had a beach house, I'm pretty sure we'd have permanent company so multiple seating areas are key.  Love this little niche in a bay window off the living room:

Cream and raspberry tones conjure images of my parent's dining room growing up in the 90's, complete with shiny brass fixtures, so who would have thought how much this dining room would appeal to me.  I would have gone with a seagrass rug to let the fabric on the dining chairs be the star of the show, but that fishing float chandelier had me at hello!

Planked walls, beautiful molding, a bold striped rug and a TO DIE FOR hunter green suede banquette, complete with brass nailhead trim is just perfection in the breakfast nook:

Black and white reign supreme in the kitchen - and that hood is quite a showstopper!

The breakfast room has its own sink and cleanup area, complete with an amazing soapstone farmhouse sink!  Love the collection of treasures on the open shelving above:

I could easily hole up in this upstairs sitting area and never leave.  From the built-in banquette and shelving to that divine oversize photograph, cowhide and planked walls and ceiling, it's such a warm, cozy and inviting spot to sit and read, blog or sip wine:

I love everything about this office and could totally see myself never getting any blogging done in this space. A muted striped rug and a Dutch door with a view right to the sea are fabulous:

This bedroom is the stuff that dreams are made of.  Of course, the gray/blue walls appeal to me; they are almost exactly the same color I have all over my own house, but I LOVE the reverse wainscoting, running on the top quarter of the wall instead of the bottom!  A floor-to-ceiling valance over the bed is a beautiful focal point in the room and the built-ins and seating area is so welcoming:

The tub in the master is divine, don't you think?

Haint blue floor and ceiling are a beautiful compliment to that amazing view:

To read more about this gorgeous home, check out the full article here.

Happy Monday!

Thursday
Oct162014

girl crush: meredith melling-burke

Can we take a little detour from interior design and decor and talk about style for a little bit?  Fall is my favorite time of the year to dress - lots of soft, comfy layers, riding boots, muted neutrals mixed with jewel tones, lots of navy and tan and, of course, pops of gold here and there.  Meredith Melling-Burke, a former Vogue editor who recently co-founded her own fashion consultancy, La Marque, has been all over my Pinterest page for a while now, as much for her flawless fashion sense as for the fact that she makes it look so effortless.  For a new momma with not a lot of time to devote to hair, makeup and getting dressed, that's SO KEY.

Melling-Burke is queen of taking classic staples like the perfect pair of jeans and a camel coat and elevating them with interesting pieces like a pair of gorgeous heels and a fabulous leopard clutch.  Simple but timeless and so incredibly chic.  She's a touch bohemian with the way she mixes things up, but also very glamorous. Her style reminds me a lot of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, another blondie whose style (and hubby!) I was in love with back in high school. Here are a few looks she's rocked that I absolutely love, all of which are perfect for Fall. 

These are two of my all-time favorites; a camel coat, skinny ankle jeans, black strappy sandals and a leopard bag - absolute perfection!  And a gorgeous white eyelet dress with nude sandals; throw a jean jacket over it and it's still perfect for early fall (well, maybe just here in the south, but still....):

 

Here are my picks for getting an everyday version of Melling-Burke's fabulous style:

Icon trench / Three quarter sleeve perfect shirt / Black leather Lotus bag

Blank relaxed leg straight jeans / Michael Kors Lexington Watch

JA Herkimer Crystal Prong Studs / Clare Vivier Leopard clutch

Whose style are you crushing on?  I'd love to know!

Wednesday
Oct152014

8 amazing entries

We're about to give our entryway a little love and make some easy, inexpensive changes for some serious impact (can't wait to show you!) As a result, I've been stalking my way through pinterest getting ideas and really, just satisfying my thirst for eye candy in the middle of the night when I've been up a million times and can't get back to sleep.  For me, the entry is the most important room in the house because one, it's the first room people see and two, it sets the tone of what's to come in the rest of the house. Here are eight amazing entryways that caught my eye and have me super excited to get our revamp underway!

This entry by Steven Gambrel is, hands down, my all-time favorite (and if I'm being honest, it's the inspiration behind our little entry revamp!)  The gray-blue walls and trim painted one shade darker, the blue painted doors, the oversize convex mirror and antique table are just divine.  The wicker trunk and sea sponge fingers add texture and just the right amount of a nautical touch:

Formal entries usually aren't my thing, but I just can't stop drooling over this one by Carpenter and MacNeille architects.  Another Dutch door, this one with a view to the sea, gorgeous millwork, built-in console tables and blue and white ginger jars is just perfection:

I love layered spaces, but sometimes the simpler the better.  White walls, a wood pedestal table, a round jute rug, fresh greenery and a bench is stunning in its simplicity in this entryway:

This oceanfront home by David Netto is absolutely spectacular but the entryway takes my breath away!  There is so much to love about this space despite the size (it's bigger than my first apartment!) - that fabulous black Dutch door and ceiling painted to match, the built-in bookcase with orange painted backing and beautiful molding details mixed with more modern and casual elements like a gnarled wood table and a striped dhurrie keep the ginormous space feeling fun and fresh.  The travertine floors keep the space light and airy:

Just because you don't have a lot of space in your foyer doesn't mean you can't make a dramatic impact.  This narrow entryway via Elle Decor gets serious wow factor from contrast: white board and batten walls are so crisp against a high gloss black banister and ebony floors.  Clean, classic and stunning:

It's all about symmetry (and an amazing ikat settee!) in this entryway by Timothy Whealon, between matching topiary, brass floor lamps and gorgeous millwork.  I love the idea of seating in a foyer - it's a great way to be functional while also introducing fabulous color and pattern, as well:

Planked walls, a simple console table, eye popping artwork and beautiful slate floors in this entry by designer Scott Sanders are simple but classic.  Another great example of making a big impact in a small space while still being functional:

White and bright is my go-to for entryways, but this high gloss, all black entryway featured in House and Home a few years ago makes my heart skip a beat!  Paired with checkerboard floors, nothing else is necessary  - high drama with just a few simple elements.  Perfection:

Thursday
Oct092014

pillow picks for fall - cc deux vie

I don't know about you guys, but the (somewhat) change in the seasons has me wanting to tone things down even more in my house and add some muted, tone-on-tone color.  My first thought is always to swap out some of my throw pillows for some fresh new color and pattern that's just a tad bit moodier than my regular palette of light gray/blue and khaki to slate blue, charcoal and greige.  Just a little cozier for the colder months and not so drastic that I need to change other parts of my decor. 

Etsy is my preferred place to shop for new pillow covers and I always check out CC Deux Vie first to see what she's got in the shop.  I'm never disappointed, either!  I love how unique each of her covers are; her patchwork is gorgeous and she takes simple stripes to a whole new level by sewing them on the bias and then adding contrasting trim/welting for a sophisticated, elegant and tailored feel.  Her color palette is perfect for fall right now; from jewel tones and bold black and white to creamy whites, champagne and a little leopard print for good measure.  And each one is so affordable!  Here are my favorites, each one perfect for adding a little fall color and texture:

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What are some of your favorite places to shop for new throw pillows?

I'd love to know!