glossy black doors

There is nothing more chic, elegant or welcoming, in my opinion, than a pair of gorgeous, glossy black doors, but how about on the inside of a house?  Ever since I saw this foyer in the Michigan home of designer Stephen Knollenberg, I've been completely smitten with the idea:

We have French doors in our living room that open inward to a screened-in porch out back.  In the spring and fall, I love to have them both wide open and enjoy the fresh air.  As soon as the temperatures get a little higher here, I'm painting the outside of the doors black, so that when they are open, we'll be able to enjoy their glossy gorgeousness.  Here are a few other photos I've collected as inspiration:

Thom Filicia's lake house:


Thomas O'Brien:

Windsor Smith via House Beautiful:

House Beautiful:

Peri Wolfman and Charles Gold: 

Elle Decor:

Daniel Brisset via Candadian House and Home: 


inspiration: skirted table

Lately, I've been completely obsessed with the clean, crisp look of skirted tables.  And, I have to admit, the extra storage underneath is an added bonus for me.  So, after painting the console table in my entry way four times and still not being satisfied with it, I decided to bite the bullet and make a table skirt, instead.  When I walked into Vieuxtemps in Charleston and saw this table, I was sold: 

I found this Jefferson linen fabric for 50% off at Hancock Fabrics and snatched up the rest of the bolt before the poor sales lady could say, "Can I help you?"  And now here is my skirt, in my foyer, in all her gauzy glory, waiting for some friends, in the form of lamps, pictures and gray/blue grasscloth wallpaper:

Here are a few other photos that helped feed my inspiration.  This one by Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors is, by far, my favorite:

Grant K. Gibson: 


Tom Scheerer:

Palmer Weiss:  


Tracery Interiors:

T. Keller Donovan:

Melanie Pounds:

And last, but not least...Jenny, from one of my favorite blogs, Little Green Notebook, created a simple, elegant skirt for a small table in her entryway.   


lake house effect

The kitchen of this Lake Martin, Alabama, house, designed by Tracery Interiors, has been all over blogland since it was featured a few months back in Food & Wine.  It's not hard to see why: reclaimed oak beams, open shelving and pine plank walls help make this brand-new lake house look like it's been in the family forever.  My favorite part is that striking butler's pantry with its 12-foot ceilings, tons of storage and custom rolling ladder-perfection! 

See more of Tracery Interiors portfolio here.


modern bird studios

The first time I ever saw the work of Modern Bird Studios was when Erin of Elements of Style commissioned them to do a painting of her pups, here.  I was instantly smitten.  I've always decorated my client's homes, as well as my own, with personal items that hold special meaning so I'm even more drawn to these one-of-a-kind, hand painted pieces, which are reproduced from your own photographs!  I can't think of a better gift that would be treasured for years to come-wedding photos, new baby, children, pets, you name it.  You can see more of their amazing work on their website or on facebook:

(Of course, the first two I post are of adorable puppas!!) 


designer love: kate jackson 

I first stumbled upon Kate Jackson’s work a few summers ago when her home was featured in an issue of Better Homes and Gardens. I immediately fell in love with how she blended old and new for a comfy, lived-in look.  Her effortlessly chic spaces are a fun, fresh update to New England style. 

What I love most about Kate’s design aesthetic, though, is how she masterfully incorporates personal pieces-artwork, mementos, shells, photos, souvenirs-into each space.  She’s also quite a master at finding the most fabulous artwork, accessories and furniture at Home Goods, TJMaxx and on eBay.  Kate proves that style doesn’t always have to be pricey.  See more of her work on her recently revamped website here, but in the meantime, below are some of my favorite spaces Kate designed:   




To see more of Kate's work, visit her website here.