Kelly Christakos Stivers


black, white, green + lovely all over!

I fell head over heels for the fun celebration/dinner party that the talented gals over at at Confetti Pop created in honor of Rue Mag's third birthday/anniversary!  The black, white and green color combination is so fun, fresh and classic and the gold and silver accents are such a beautiful compliment.  I especially love the bold black and white table runner, which would be easily created by folding over a few yards of striped fabric by the yard!  There is so much to love about this setup and it would make an equally amazing and intimate dinner party for friends as it would a birthday party or anniversary celebration like here:

Here are my picks for getting the look for your next celebration!

gold flatware / mercury glass votives / gold charger / bread board / sugar + creamer set /

striped fabric by the yard / succulents / gold cocktail napkins / blackburn vase / wood cake stand


feelin' fall

We've got a while until cooler temps grace this part of the country, so while I crank the A/C and dream of busting out my Fall wardrobe (what I can still squeeze into, that is) I'm also chomping at the bit to add a little bit of Fall to my home.  I'm loving this Dover, Massachussetts home designed by Jill Goldberg of Hudson Interior Designs - the muted color palette lets warm wood and worn leather furnishings take center stage (not to mention a fabulous reclaimed wood ceiling!) What I love most about this house is that it reflects what I wear most in fall and winter - lots of navy, charcoal, black, cream and camel.  So refined.  I want to curl up in every space in this house, with a book, a cup of tea and a cozy blanket!

Here are my picks for creating a similar look:

Camino chandelier / Spool chair / Mirror / Patchwork pillowsRound seagrass tray /

Leather arm chair / Lydia lamp / Holbrook coffee table /

To see more of Jill's work, check out her portfolio here.


board + batten

Sometimes the most subtle architectural details can end up making the most dramatic effect.  Decorative moldings and trim, beaded board, planked walls and my personal favorite as of late - board and batten - all add another layer of interest and elegance to walls, ceilings, mantles and built-ins.  We've actually decided to install floor-to-ceiling board and batten in the nursery for baby girl.  It's such a simple, yet elegant and modern take on  traditional wainscoting and, when painted the same color as the walls, will be a beautiful, neutral backdrop for her furniture and art.  Here are a few images that got me inspired to install board and batten in the nursery in the first place:

I have always loved this Steven Gambrel-designed entryway, and while I tend to gravitate toward crisp white board and batten, the trim and battens here are painted a few shades darker than the walls and the result couldn't be more elegant:

Absolutely LOVE the grid pattern in this Hamptons home, with the beaded board and nautical chart wallpaper in the bathroom right beyond!  The mix is subtle, but stunning!

Designer Thom Filicia added a modern twist to traditional board and batten in this bathroom by adding beadboard in contrasting directions and painting them my favorite neutral color of all time, Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter:

Battens are a stylish addition to utilitarian spaces like this mud room, which can be difficult to "decorate":

Pale gray blue is a gorgeous compliment to neutral furnishings in this pass through:

White-painted battens add interest to this entryway, but recede into the background, complimenting, not competing with the painted floors:

There is so much to love in this light and airy bedroom, but the wainscoting is, by far, what brings elegance and interest to the whole room:

Soft blue walls and battens add a pop of color to this bedroom and looks so fresh with crisp white and navy bedding!

What better way to break up a long hallway than with crisp white millwork and brass pendant lanterns, like this Opal Design Group project?

Greige-painted board and batten in this entryway is not only a beautiful way to welcome guests, but it's also a little sneak peek into the architectural details throughout the rest of the home:

We're getting started this weekend, adding millwork to the nursery, so stay tuned for progress pics!


color inspiration for the nursery: navy, blush, coral + gold

Now that the cat's out of the bag about my pregnancy news, I'm so excited to share my nursery inspiration with you all!  I feel extremely behind the curve ball with the nursery design, to be honest - the only thing I've bought so far is the crib, which still sits in the box, waiting to be painted.  It's always a breeze designing and decorating for clients and friends, but when it comes to my own home, I've always had a much more difficult time making decisions.  This is exceptionally true of my nursery...

Even before I knew I was having a girl, I was in love with a color palette of blush and coral with pale blue, navy and champagne accents-soft, feminine and a little preppy with a coastal feel (no themes here!)  Most of the inspiration has come from adult spaces and weddings, especially this one.  The  peachy, pink and coral tones are such a soft compliment to the navy and white stripes and those gold Chippendale chairs are the perfect finishing touch - a fun, fresh palette for any baby girl!

The petal pink curtains and brass curtain rods in this living room designed by Melanie Turner were the first images I thought of when planning for my nursery...the whole space is light and bright, but those curtains really tie the whole room together and are so stunning!

Inspiration can be found anywhere - this simple bouquet of peonies wrapped with a navy blue and white grosgrain ribbon are great inspiration for paint color and crib bedding or trim:

More soft pink curtains in this dining room, but how about that gold lacquered ceiling?!?! The brass accents and bamboo Roman blinds add interest and texture without being overwhelming, which is exactly the feel I'm going for:

More pink curtains in this dining room featured on Lonny - can you tell what is DEFINITELY going to be making an appearance in my nursery?? Love that the walls were kept neutral so the navy blue and pink accents could take center stage:

While these rich coral walls are a bit too dark for what I want in my nursery, I've always been in love with this guest bedroom in interior designer Steven Gambrel's Southampton home.  Neutral bedding, soft pattern and nautical details ground the space.  Absolutely stunning.


Much more to come very soon - we start painting and adding architectural detailing and trim this weekend; can't wait to show you progress pics!


will wick

The other night I stumbled upon the website of San Francisco-based interior designer Will Wick and I immediately DEVOURED his entire portfolio from top to bottom! Will is somewhat of a design triple threat - he has an incredible eye for interior design, architecture as well as his own collection of organic, unique and carefully curated art and furniture pieces that shape his designs.  His style is California cool meets contemporary chic and every one of the spaces in his portfolio are gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!  Here are a few that really caught my eye:

This dining room is the epitome of casual chic - from the white-on-white color palette, the beautiful coffered ceiling and built-in bookcases to that gorgeous capiz chandelier and round dining table, California cool at its best:

I am head-over-heels in love with the layout of this kitchen - all that natural light from an entire wall of windows above white Shaker-style cabinetry (my fave), a generously-sized island, blue-painted planked ceiling and those fabulous industrial pendant lights are so stunning in all its simplicity:

Crisp white floor-to-ceiling board and batten walls are a beautiful backdrop to casual seating, distressed leather chairs and gorgeous espresso wide planked floors in a sitting area:

This entryway is a great example of less is more - a simple antique bench, a sole piece of art and a glass-paneled front door are beautiful compliments to white planked walls, a beautiful and warm spot to welcome guests (or pets):

Drooling over these herringbone tile floors and that amazing marble tub! (Not to mention the pale aqua vanity and built-in storage):

A beautiful iron canopy bed and simple linens take center stage in this all-white bedroom - the oversize ocean photographic print is the perfect accessory:

Whitewashed floors, grasscloth-backed built-ins, Klismos chairs and an eye-catching driftwood piece mounted above the fireplace are both casual and sophisticated in this living room:

While I'm usually drawn to light, bright spaces, I'm especially enamored by this wood library/study, such a beautiful contrast to the rest of the spaces I love so much by this designer.  A contemporary brass chandelier, a tufted sofa, leather seating and a zebra rug are a sophisticated, masculine touch:

There is so much to love about this outdoor dining space, from the wicker seating to that fabulous driftwood chandelier, but how about the view into that fabulous kitchen with its gorgeous subway tile backsplash?

To see more of Will Wick's design portfolio, check out his website.