Kelly Christakos Stivers


brooks + falotico

I stumbled upon New Canaan, Connecticut-based architectural firm Brooks and Falotico one night earlier this week and immediately spent quite a bit of time simultaneously flipping through their portfolio and drooling all over my keyboard!  I love their East Coast style and am especially drawn to their shingle-style and board and batten homes along the water that are chock full of beautiful architectural details like thick moldings, transom windows and built-ins, mixed with classic New England details like hanging lanterns and glass-front cabinetry. To see more of their work, check out their portfolio - here are a few of my favorites:

LOVE the wall of built-ins and the gray-striped rug in this fabulous living room:

I DIE for these Chisholm Hall lanterns and an amazing floor-to-ceiling plate rack!

Yummy cedar shake shingles mixed with black shutters, a crisp white wrap-around porch and lantern lighting:

All-white is so elegant in this master bath. Love the mirror, lighting and floor-to-ceiling tile:

So much to love in such a small space - walls of windows, slate floor, transom lighting and those gorgeous high gloss black painted double doors:

White cabinetry will never go out of style - especially when paired with hanging lanterns and soapstone countertops:

Love this fabulous beadboard-backed coffered ceiling, white paneled fireplace and gorgeous grasscloth wallpaper:

Love this cozy little corner in architect Louise Brooks covered patio - slate floors, shutters, a Lutyens bench and potted boxwoods are right up my alley:

Another view of that fabulous plate rack:

That stove!  Hello, gorgeous...

What girl wouldn't covet this closet/dressing room?

Images 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 Brooks + Falotico

Images 4, 8, 10, 14, 15 Lynn Morgan Design

Images 6, 12, 16 New England Home

Have a wonderful weekend!


brazilian black

When we built our house three years ago, I found it really helpful to focus on contrast whenever I got overwhelmed by all the decisions and choices I had to make.  Pale gray walls against super dark hardwood floors, white subway tile against black granite countertops, antique bronze cup pulls against crisp white Shaker-style cabinetry all contribute to the balanced, comfy cozy feel I was so desperately striving for.  My favorite combination, however, is probably the Brazilian black slate flooring and white beadboard run horizontally for an unexpected twist in our master bathroom-the slate is a deep, dark navy and looks so fresh against the beadboard.  Here's a little peek:

I also put this in my laundry room - it's super durable and its deep, dark navy hue hides dirt pretty well - but I also think it adds a gorgeous touch to kitchens, living areas and porches, as well!  Here are a few spaces that are even more inspiring, thanks to this beautiful material:

Miles Redd

Marguerite Rodgers



Brooks + Falotico

Thomas Smythe

Phoebe Howard via Atlanta Homes + Gardens

Calvert Wright via Elle Decor


Christopher Architects


grasscloth in the kitchen

I love grasscloth for a myriad reasons - it adds warmth, texture and tons of character to any space but, above all else, I love it because it's just so darn pretty! I'm not sure how practical it may be to hang it in a kitchen (I'm a messy cook and find it hard enough to keep white subway tile clean!), but when I saw how amazing it looked in this Connecticut home, it stopped me in my tracks!  Paired with glassfront cabinetry, crisp white beadboard and that stunning, gray and cream hand-painted floor - perfection!

Here are  my picks for creating a similar look at home:


rug / monogrammed wine glasses / Victorian faucet / grasscloth wallpaper / Rohl farmhouse sink

Would you hang grasscloth wallpaper in the kitchen?


inspired: spring window boxes

My "outdoor inspiration" folder on Pinterest is chock full of gardening and lanscaping inspiration that has me giddy with excitement to get my planting on! (Once the weather stays warm enough, of course.) In the meantime, I've been poring over my pictures from past trips to Charleston a lot lately, especially all my shots of gorgeous window boxes spilling over with petunias, ivy, lantana, liriope, asparagus fern, sweet potato vine, you name it.  Window boxes are such a a great way to add a ton of charm and curb appeal-both of which Charleston is famous for-but they are also a great (and easy!) option for those who are short on gardening space.  I've posted a few of these beauties before, but the rest were just too pretty not to share on this beautiful spring morning! 


monograms by no. four eleven

I love a beautiful monogram-nothing adds more charm or personality to your home.  Having lived in the South the last ten years, I have seen my fair share of monogrammed goods in friend's homes and boutiques, but, I have to say, none can compare to the gorgeous heirloom-quality monograms that are created every day at No. Four Eleven, a Savannah-based home goods and gift boutique.  They design some of the most beautiful and intricate custom monograms I've ever seen and then digitize them so they can be used on pillows, towels, napkins, throw blankets, stationery, furniture-perfect for weddings, parties and "just because" (my favorite reason!)  Here are a couple of my favorites from their shop:

Love the emerald green and navy color combo, but the sheer size of the monogram is what truly catches my eye on these throw pillows:

Beautiful hemstitch linen napkins are almost too pretty to use, but would be a gorgeous addition to a spring table setting:

Gray and cream - yum:

These navy blue and fuschia cocktail napkins are right up my alley - such a chic color combination:

Beautiful detailing on this monogram:

How AMAZING are these monogrammed chairs?  The yellow embroidery looks so fresh against pale gray linen:

Burlap and aqua look so fresh on bedding:

The only thing better than a monogrammed pillow is a monogrammed pillow with contrast banding!

A recently introduced collection of vintage monograms is so incredibly fabulous, that I am pretty sure this is the next purchase I will be making for my home.  Check out how beautiful:

To see more monograms, as well as other accessories, linens and gift ideas, check out their website and their blog.  Have a wonderful weekend!