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.   


luxe for less: tolix stools

The hubs and I roll with a fabulous group of friends that gets together pretty much every weekend, so a fair share of hosting is done at our home.  Despite the large, open family room and eating area in our new house, though, everyone still loves to congregate in the kitchen. Normally, I couldn't care less, but the lack of counter stools means everyone is all up in my grill while I'm trying to cook.  If only I could decide which ones I love, right?  Well, here it is, almost a year after moving in and I have fallen in love with these Tolix stools from Sundance-the perfect mix of rustic, industrial and modern...

The only down side is that these bad boys are a whopping $245 a pop, which happens to be way out of my price range.   Lucky for me, Overstock carries some that are pretty much identical.  And the best part is that they cost $90 for a set of TWO!  I can get the four I need for less than one of the Tolix stools.  Look how similar:      

Check them out here for different color and sizing options. 



kate's paperie

Kate's Paperie in New York has long been a favorite of mine when trying to find artwork on a budget.  Not only do they carry the most amazing stationery, calendars, invitations, ribbons, journals and gift ideas, but their gift wrap is a low-cost way to make a big impact on your walls. Each sheet is generously sized (20x28) and costs less than $5!  

The history of fish has always been a favorite of mine.  Perfect for a little boy's room or the fishing aficionado in your family: 

Vintage alphabet for a nursery...

Culinary prints...

The ubiquitous "Keep Calm" poster and vintage maps...

These floral prints would look gorgeous framed and matted... 


Check out their website for more options.