Kelly Christakos Stivers


clare elsaesser

I'm FINALLY getting around to some projects around my own house and decided the gallery wall I've been coveting in my master bedroom was at the top of the list.  I want the perfect mix of photographs and art, so the first thing I did was hop over to artist Clare Elsaesser's etsy shop, Tastes Orangey, for a peek at some of her latest pieces and they are all so beautiful, I'm having a hard time just picking one (Or two...or three.)  Naturally, I'm drawn to the ones centered around the sea - both for the theme as well as the color palette - but, I happen to love them all!  I've posted some of Clare's work before, but she is always one of the first artists I come back to when sourcing whimsical, affordable art.  Here are some of my current faves (the brunette in the red and white striped bikini is in my shopping cart!):

To see more of Clare's work, check out her shop here.


kay douglass design + SOM

For me, a trip to Charleston would not be complete without stopping into South of Market on King Street, home to some of the most beautiful European antiques, industrial lighting and accessories, furnishings and some of the most amazing, enexpected pieces of art!  I've posted about this little gem before (here and here), but I can't help but post a few of their latest goods for summer.  I about died when I walked in and saw this five foot tall driftwood mirror-talk about a statement piece!  How amazing would it look in entryway or above a fireplace?

Love these willow basket pendant lights - owner and interior designer Douglass has used them in all-white kitchens for a fabulous pop of warmth and texture:

My obsession with rope-wrapped chandeliers runs deep - this jute chandelier is a nautical compliment to cobalt blue wingbacks and striped pillows:

LOVE these vintage metal lockers and oversize industrial pendant light:

The bold black botanical charts looked fabulous in see-through frames, and I can't tell which I like more - the square burlap pendant lights or the mounted vintage boat oars - both great ideas for unique art (and great use of wall space!):

Vintage lantern lighting is everywhere in the your mouth watering yet?

Just like her shop, Douglass' penchant for adding bold pops of color and rustic accents to her clean, sophisticated spaces create such a refreshing, casual and classic feel.  Here are a few of my favorites spaces as published in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles:

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To see more goodies in her shop, check out her website here.  Happy Monday!



Interior designer Jeffrey Alan Marks and his partner Ross Cassidy were two of my favorites on Million Dollar Decorators - Jeffrey's cockiness and self-confidence were hilarious, but every space he touched turned to gold, so rock on, JAM!  His style is equal parts classic California casual meets East Coast chic -  from a masculine Crossfit changing room/bathroom, complete with timeless subway tile, black and white accents and an amazing Waterworks shower drain (!?) to a shingle-style Nantucket beach house decorated entirely from retail catalogs, I always look forward to seeing his projects featured on the show.  So naturally, I was thrilled to discover his first design book, The Meaning of Home, is due out this September, which features a number of Marks' projects and the design process behind each.  Reserve your copy here, and in the meantime, check out some of his breezy, tailored spaces where attention to detail reign supreme:

Have a wonderful weekend!


summer goodies from mark + graham

Mark + Graham is my number one go-to for fabulous monogrammed goods and their spring/summer line is chock full of goodies with a nautical twist for decorating your home, hosting the perfect summer party, hostess gifts and much, much more.  Here are some of my favorites:

I can't tell which I love more - the "anchors away" acrylic serving tray or the brass anchor bottle opener, but I want them both!

This hand-blown ice bucket is not a new item, but it's definitely one of my favorites.  It's one of my favorite wedding gift or birthday ideas!

These tumblers and double old fashioneds look like glass, but are actually acrylic, perfect for outdoor entertaining and I LOVE their sleek monogramming.  Pair them with navy or red striped napkins for extra punch at your next get together:

And speaking of stripes, how fabulous would these pillows be on white adirondack chairs on a covered or screened in porch?

Love this canvas tote, perfect for running errands or a day on the beach, as well as this leather and canvas cosmetic bag, with its black and white striped interior:

These candy-colored beach towels are large enough for two!

Blue and coral are two of my favorite colors for summer and these lightweight throws in both shades are like candy...I can't pick just one! 

 To see more of their collection, check out their website here.


coastal modern in montauk

I'm not usually one to fawn over super sparse, uber modern spaces (I like to fill up each and every crevice of my home with my "stuff") but I am OBSESSED with this Montauk lake house!  A main house, a three-bedroom guest house, a BARN, and a 50-foot lap pool, situated amongst some of the most beautifully manicured acreage....I could happily spend the entire summer here and NEVER leave.  Architect Robert Young combined modern design with local favorites like cedar shake shingles and crisp white wood trim outside, and whitewashed pine board walls, exposed structural trusses, planked ceilings and gray-painted floors inside. Blurring the lines between indoors and out with walls of glass that make you feel like you're living outside, the all-white interiors are a crisp complement to the amazing water views from everywhere you look in the house!

A barn for surf boards...genius!

How charming is this side entrance?

Those ceilings!  Kill me now....

Indoor dining can easily be moved outdoors with that amazing wall of glass doors:

Perfect spot to watch the sunset:

Hard to say which is more breathtaking - those gorgeous ceilings or that view!

Black slate floors, subway tile and planked walls and ceilings... I love you:

I love the outdoors as much as the indoors:

To see more of architect Robert Young's work, check out his portfolio here