Monday, August 22, 2016

Sarah Bartholomew's Classic Georgian Home

The September issue of Southern Living magazine features a tour of Nashville designer Sarah Bartholomew's gorgeous traditional Georgian home, and I am positively in love! A self-taught classicist, Sarah trained her discerning eye at the library, where she would pore over design and architecture books, learning every detail by heart. Her favorite designers include Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley, Oscar de la Renta, Hubert de Givenchy, Bunny Williams, John Rosselli, Tom Scheerer, and Bruce Budd.

Five years ago, Sarah and her husband Bo purchased this home sight unseen after learning it was about to hit the market. The well-proportioned home's good bones were exactly what she was looking for to fulfill her vision. After renovating the kitchen and baths, Sarah decorated the home to suit family life (she has four children!) without skimping on glamour.

Photography by Laurey W. Glenn, styling by Elly Poston.

Pierre Frey's Toile de Nantes makes a striking first impression in the entryway. The leopard stair runner and Chinoiserie porcelain are the perfect complement. 

The William Kent-inspired console was found at an antiques mall. Sarah added white paint and a marble top.

The skirted antique Louis XVI chair and Pierre Frey wallpaper were ideas Sarah gleaned from her favorite book, The Givency Style.

The formal living room is a serene medley of blue and white. 

Artwork by Nashville artist Kayce Hughes fills the home.

A Chinoiserie highboy is a nod to Albert Hadley.

Sarah outlined the grasscloth walls with green fabric trim to provide definition and complement the dining room's green accents and de Gournay hand painted panels. 

Touches of blue provide a pop of color in the classic white kitchen.

The banquette features Chippendale dining chairs and a Saarinen tulip base table, designed to save space.

Les Touches by Brunschwig & Fils is a classic print that dates back to 1965.

Chou Chou by Sister Parish provides a gender-neutral backdrop in the children's bathroom.

The powder room is tucked off the entry and features Lyford Trellis by Quadrille.

The ultra chic laundry room features Quadrille's Climbing Hydrangea wallpaper. 

To see more of this gorgeous home, please visit Southern Living. You can read my previous features of Sarah's work here and here. And to learn more about Sarah Bartholomew, please visit her website and follow her on Instagram.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Palm Beach Inspired Art by Annechovie

If you are not familiar with the work of Anne Harwell McElhaney, otherwise known as "Annechovie," you are in for a treat! Anne is a fellow interior design enthusiast, lover of color, needlepointer, and Florida resident. She illustrated the book Elements of Style, and her work was featured on the set of the film "It's Complicated."

Anne sells all sorts of goodies in her Etsy store including matchbooks with monograms and ginger jars, Chinoiserie travel mugs, chic guest towels, notecards, and pillows. And she recently completed a fabulous new series of artwork inspired by Palm Beach that I cannot wait to share...

"My inspiration comes from living in Florida, love of the ocean, pools and outdoor living. I am also very inspired by photos I've collected via Pinterest, blogs and Instagram and the retro Palm Beachy-vibe I love so much. I like seeing a photo that sparks my imagination and taking certain elements from it, adding others and re-interpreting it for myself. There's a certain simplicity in the kitschy-retro vibe of the 50's, 60's and 70's in Florida that I find refreshing," said Anne.

Anne's work includes ceramics, watercolors, gouaches, collages, acrylics, decorative painting, and murals, and she designs china for the retail market. Her needlepoint collection can be found here. Anne also commissions pet, family, and residential portraits along with interior illustrations. For additional information and purchases, please visit the Annechovie Etsy store and website... You may use code GLAMPAD for 15% off!! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Carleton Varney Designs a Palm Beach Masterpiece

Legendary designer Carleton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper & Company, is known for his bold use of color and and whimsy, and his latest Palm Beach project is no exception.  "Las Olas" serves as a tropical escape for its owners who enjoy the season in Palm Beach and hosting lavish parties. Carleton blended local elements from the South Florida area with his client's treasures collected from world travel. The result is a perfect mix of classic antiques with a generous dose of whimsical fun.

Absolute tropical perfection! Las Olas has been submitted for the 2016 International Design & Architecture Awards. If you love this home as much as I do, please take a moment to submit your vote for Dorothy Draper & Co. in the Residential £20 Million Plus category. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

An Elegant and Historic Napa Valley Getaway

For tech entrepreneur Trevor Traina and his wife Alexis Swanson Traina, a historic Napa Valley home provides an ideal respite from city life in San Francisco. The Victorian-style Oakville home was built in the 1860s by H.W. Crabb, a Napa Valley pioneer who founded the To Kalon winery.

The home is full of heirlooms and antiques selected by Trevor’s mother, Dede Wilsey (tour her gorgeous San Francisco home here).  “We have a number of family portraits, of my grandparents and my mother, and pieces of furniture I grew up with in various houses,” he said. The result is an inviting and eclectic mix full of warmth and charm.

Photography by Douglas Friedman for DuJour.

The parlor features chinoiserie-style decor and 18th-century wallpaper.

The secretary in the formal parlor belonged to Trevor’s mother.

Latticework covers the walls of the living room, and wicker furnishings and overstuffed linen sofas provide a cozy spot to unwind.

“It reminds me of that great comment by Marella Agnelli”—made after the socialite toured Sid and Mercedes Bass’ apartment in New York—“when she said, ‘It will take her another lifetime to understand wicker!’ There’s nothing more WASP-y than lattice and wicker. And the thing is, we come from wicker,” said Trevor. 

The butler’s pantry, adjacent to the kitchen, provides ample storage for multiple sets of china, glassware, flatware, and linens.

The dining room houses Trevor’s great-grandmother’s Federal-period dining table and sideboard.

The first-floor guest suite.

Antique bamboo cabinets filled with French and Chinese porcelain.

The pool and vineyards on the Traina's six-acre property.

To see more of this beautiful home, please visit DuJour.  You can tour the San Francisco home of Dede Wilsey, Trevor's mother here, and the Newport, Rhode Island home of his grandparents here.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Cheeky Needlepoint

This spring, I had the privilege of meeting needlepoint designer Jessica Chaney of Lycette Designs, who has since become a dear friend. Jessica and I both live in South Florida, and I was fortunate to have her teach me how to needlepoint, which I wrote about here. Needlepoint has quickly become my favorite hobby. I am positively addicted, and Jessica is a self-proclaimed "needlepoint enabler"... In addition to her needlepoint design, Jessica is on a mission to bring the needlepoint community together through various channels including Instagram and her blog where she highlights needlepointers of interest in her "Women on Point" series.

One of my favorite things to needlepoint is what Jessica has coined "cheeky needlepoint" (search #cheekyneedlepoint on Instagram.)  Historically, needlepoint has had a rather prim and proper reputation, yet a touch of #cheekyneedlepoint can add humor to your decor with a dash of irreverent whimsey.  Today I am thrilled to have Jessica guest post her favorite examples of #cheekyneedlepoint!

By Jessica Chaney, Lycette Designs:

Canvas by Stitch-Its.

It is no secret that needlepoint is a staple of classic interior design. Esteemed interior designers such as Mario Buatta, Anthony Baratta, and Holly Holden (amongst many others) incorporate needlepoint in their classic, elegant rooms.  Traditionally, needlepoint is found on bell pulls, brick covers, pillows and ottomans. The subject matter usually consists of geometric, floral, or animal designs. However, sometimes playful and sassy needlepoint pops in, like Mario Buatta’s cheeky “Not Tonight” needlepoint pillow below.

A “Not Tonight” Needlepoint pillow in a bedroom Mario Buatta designed. A similar canvas can be found through Stitch-Its

“They (needlepoint pillows) last for years and give any room in which they’re used a warmth and individuality you just don’t get from plain old pillows.” 
~Mario Buatta  
From Holly Holden's book The Pretty and Proper Living Room.

I refer to sassy and playful needlepoint sayings as “cheeky needlepoint.” I have always been a fan of cheeky needlepoint, and knew when I founded Lycette that I would incorporate cheeky sayings in my catalogue of designs. To me, cheeky needlepoint is an elegant way to integrate sassy wit in your living space. Think Mario Buatta meets Oscar Wilde. Colorful, Cheeky, Classic.

  Always china over Dixie Plates, available here

A cheeky take on the classic Serenity Prayer, available here.

The Queen runs the roost, available here

Cheeky needlepoint is always sassy, but never trashy! When feathering your nest with cheeky needlepoint stick to witty sayings, and avoid anything too vulgar or profane. Cheeky needlepoint is meant to spark conversations, not shock visitors into awkward silence. However, if you must curse do so in cursive!  

Lycette’s “ladylike” cursing in cursive! Available here.

Cheeky needlepoint is not just adored by interior designers, but also socialites such as C.Z. Guest and Bunny Mellon. Here is C.Z. Guest’s collection of cheeky needlepoint, purchased by the gents of Madcap Cottage.

Past and present fans of cheeky needlepoint include Mario Buatta, C.Z. Guest, Elsie de Wolfe, Jennifer Boles from “The Peak of Chic,” and KK Strand. If you want to incorporate cheeky needlepoint in your home, you’d be in the best of company!

Cheeky needlepoint is for everyone, including the baby! Image via The Needlework Finisher. 

Wise words, via The Classic Baby.

For all the introverts, available here.

Cheeky needlepoint doesn't just include sayings. Check out Babs Horners' (coauthor of Sophistication is Overrated) humorous spin on a family crest! 

If you would like to needlepoint your own cheeky needlepoint, please check out the designers below!
If you would rather purchase cheeky needlepoint completed (I won’t tell) check out Tory Burch, Jonathan Adler, and Furbish Studio.

Tory Burch, available for purchase here

Thank you so much Jessica for this wonderful post!! Do you have a cheeky saying you would like to see on needlepoint? Jessica would love to make it happen! Leave your cheeky needlepoint idea in the comment section below... The winner will collaborate with Jessica on a canvas that they will receive, and it will be integrated into the Lycette line! Please keep submissions PG-13. We also want to see cheeky needlepoint in your home, so don't forget to use hashtag #cheekyneedlepoint and tag @lycettdesigns when posting your witty needlepoint designs to Instagram.
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