Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Palm Beach Inspired Nursery

Recently I stumbled upon this beautiful Palm Beach inspired nursery by Sara Bachman via Project Nursery, and I couldn't wait to share! Sarah was inspired by the Hollywood Regency style of West Palm Beach in addition to the palm leaf prints at the Greenbrier Hotel. She started this project knowing she wanted to use Thibaut's Tanzania as a backdrop, and from there she added coral and gold with green palm accents, and even a touch of flamingo. The results are stunning!...

Tommy Bahama Swaying Palms fabric makes a perfect accent.

The Dorothy Draper-inspired changing table is actually an Ikea hack! 

The chandelier is from Pottery Barn Kids.

This is the same Jenny Lind crib I used in my nursery, but in black!

The jute rug is from World Market

The Starburst mirror is from Home Depot!

I love every single detail! Click here to see more of this beautiful nursery. Want to see more Palm Beach Chic nurseries? This coral Chinoiserie nursery by Luxe Report Designs is one of my favorites, along with the vintage Miami Beach meets the Beverly Hills Hotel, also by Luxe Report Designs. And I designed a blue and white Palm Beach Regency nursery for my son.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ashley Whittaker Decorates a Sunny Westchester Home

Ashley Whittaker is absolutely one of my favorite designers, and I was thrilled to see her latest work featured in the November issue of House Beautiful. The home was designed to serve as a family gathering place, full of personality and life, and the result feels collected and welcoming. "It should be as comfortable when you're having three people over for lunch as it is when you're hosting 50 people for cocktails. And my client does both very often," said Whittaker.

Whittaker sets off floral curtains in Lee Jofa's Bryanston with lush velvet on the sofa. Madeline Weinrib's Luce ikat updates a Gustavian chair, and the rug is from Stark. 

In the family room, a custom two-sided sofa defines separate seating areas. Genius! 

The Phillip Jeffries Manila Hemp wallcovering perfectly matches the beautiful Dodie Thayer lettuce wear place settings, and Shyam Ahuja's crewelwork on Hickory chair seating provides a citrusy punch. I love the pendant by the Urban Electric Co. with lampshades in Loom Decor's Labyrinth. 

de Gournay's Jardinieres Citrus Trees provided the launching pallet for the dining room.

Stout Double Gourd lamps by Christopher Spitzmiller complement the green accents in the Clarence House Babur upholstery and curtains in the library. 

Tibet Print wallpaper by Clarence House adds whimsy in the bar along with a mirrored star pendant. The fabulous paper was selected by the husband, whose "involvement in the project began and ended there," said Whittaker. Wise choice! 

Whittaker used Cole & Son's Palace Maze wallpaper in a powder room. The sink is by Waterworks, and two Galerie des Lampes sconces with shades in Sister Parish Design's Dots flank the Moorea gold-leaf mirror from Mecox.

Phillip Jeffries' Star Dusk silk lines the walls in the beautiful marble master bath. The bench and fittings are by Waterworks.

In the master bedroom, Whittaker lined the canopy in Bassett McNab's Interlachen Scroll and papered the walls with Brunschwig & Fils' Malabar Coast. 

To see more of this home, the November issue is currently on newsstands or visit House Beautiful online. You can also read an interview about Ashley Whittaker's design inspiration here. And I have previously featured Whittaker's work on my blog here and here.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Kate Spade's New Home Collection

Kate Spade just launched a fabulous new home collection that embodies the brand's femininity, whimsy, and wit offering flirty furniture, lighting, rugs, and other staples. The line’s inspiration, said Kate Spade New York president and creative director Deborah Lloyd, is “interesting people leading interesting lives. I imagine these pieces in the homes of Karlie Kloss, Iris Apfel, Audrey Hepburn...”

Do you see the signature gold Kate Spade bow at the bottom of this chic Georgia Chest?  

I'm in love with the painterly dots and clean lines of the Downing Desk in the style of Tommi Parzinger. You can read the story behind it here.

How adorable is the Pavilion Dot Cylinder Table Lamp?

And the Dickinson Large Pendant is so glamorous with its stunning starburst design and clusters of pearls and crystals.
Also from the lighting collection is this Ellery Sconce with a fabulous gold bow. I'm obsessed!

Click here to view the entire Kate Spade Home Collection. Kate Spade has done a wonderful job with the website, which also includes fun decorating tips as pictured above. And since this is Fashion Friday, here are a few pieces from Kate Spade's clothing line that I adore... Don't you just love it when fashion and decor so perfectly collide?!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

PKL The Cellar

Last month, I wrote about the incredible work of Parker Kennedy Living... I am such a HUGE fan! I am also a huge fan of @PKLTHECELLAR - the Instagram account Parker Kennedy Living's founder Lance Jackson created with Paige Minear from The Pink Clutch.  Each Thursday Lance and Paige host a weekly Flash Sale/Pop-Up Shop via Instagram and Shopify with all of the vintage accessories and items they have handpicked utilizing their expert treasure hunting skills. Here is sampling of what you will find at a typical sale, along with a Q&A I conducted with the dynamic duo! 

What fuels your passion for Palm Beach style and bold colors? 

Paige:  I am a Floridian and grew up in the sea of pink, turquoise, and lime green.  My heart is drawn to any and all things that elicit that same feeling I had as a child surrounded with palm trees, bright colors, and bamboo.  Luckily for me my husband grew up in Jupiter, Florida so he is more than happy to embrace Palm Beach style in our home.  For us it is the next best thing to living in a cottage on the beach!

Lance:  It is fresh and evokes a luxury lifestyle.

What inspired you to pursue a future in interior design?

Paige: I actually have a back ground in fashion and worked in retail.  My favorite day was floor moves with the visual team that would arrive ready to make over the space.  I view our home as that same visual space that I can dress up any way that suits me or the season. Lance is the design talent and definitely my go to for hard decisions!  He inspires me daily to go big and never go home!

Lance: I always had a love of architecture and it spilled over into interior design with color texture and style.

Which designers inspired you and continue to inspire you the most?

Paige: I am constantly inspired by so many things and find inspiration in everything around me.  I have always loved Bunny Williams and Charlotte Moss.  Most of my design icons are in the fashion world, but I am blessed to get to spend so much time with a designer who inspires every aspect of my life... Lance Jackson!

Lance:  David Hicks, Billy Baldwin, Sister Parish, Mario Buatta, and Mary McDonald.

How did the two of you meet and begin working together?

Paige: Lance and I met at Scott's Antique Market a few years ago and our relationship took off quickly when he and David moved very close to us.  We are truly twins separated at birth and can finish each other sentences.  Best friends appear in your life when you need them most, and he and David have been incredible to my family on more occasions than I can count.  We are lucky to have them as such dear friends!  Lance and I have always loved shopping together, and our collections outgrew our storage.  It was a choice to either stop collecting or start selling... clearly we chose the smarter option and started selling!

Lance:  We met at Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta and become instant friends when we realized we lived so close to one another. We both have an addiction to shopping for vintage and wanted bring our vintage finds to social media for flash sales.

When did you decide to create PLK The Cellar? 

Paige: Lance and I had many conversations about whether or not to open The Cellar and the timing for quite a while wasn't right.  He was swamped and my husband traveled weekly.  Last spring we just threw caution to the wind and went for it and clearly our decision paid off.  Neither of us expected The Cellar to be the success it was so quickly.  We have adapted when we needed to and will continue to do so to be able to provide our customers with amazing pieces.  We buy what we love and it seems to work perfectly!

Lance:  Late last Spring – early summer.

How do you find such amazing pieces?

Paige: The hunt is the best part!  We scour and drive to shop in the best places we can find.  There are plenty of times we walk away from pieces but the sheer fact that we shop so much means we find some incredible things.  My favorite thing is hearing Lance gasp when he finds something he knows we have to buy!

Lance:  We travel all over the south in dives to find the best stuff.

What are the most popular items you sell?

Paige: We sell a ton of blue and white and we also sell a good bit of fun Chinoiserie pieces for decorating and bar carts.  Our monkeys and elephants are the quickest pieces to go for sure!

Lance: Blue and white vintage porcelains, pineapples, and anything with monkeys.

This monkey is the "one that got away" for me... I missed him by seconds! I'm obsessed with the tobacco leaf pattern on his bowl. 

Any advice for shopping PKL The Cellar? Things move fast!! 

Paige: I would say comment quickly and then you can always pass to the next in line if you change your mind during the sale.  Things do sell so quickly and the customer who posts first wins, of course.  Plan for the day, eat your Wheaties and have your caffeine ready to go.  (That is always my plan!  xo) And then just enjoy the fabulous things we list!  We love sale day... it's an adrenaline rush for sure.

Lance: I would suggest to comment sold ASAP when you see something you like and then comment later with your email address for us to bill you.

Anything else you would like to share?

Paige: We love to hear from our customers and to see our finds in their homes.  Post your pictures on Instagram and tag us.  It is so fun seeing things gifted and styled!

Sales goes live each Thursday at 10 a.m. EST via Instagram page @PKLTHECELLAR and Shopify. In preparation, I will be eating my Wheaties for sure! 

Friday, October 16, 2015

C.Z. Guest's Collection of Dodie Thayer Lettuce Ware at Sotheby's

Tomorrow, Sotheby's will be auctioning the inviable collection of Cornelia Guest's Dodie Thayer lettuce ware, acquired by her mother C.Z. Guest. Beginning in the 1960's this whimsical, handmade pottery became a staple amongst Palm Beach society ladies, including Mrs. Guest. Here is a glimpse of the auction's treasures...

You can find a list of the lots included in tomorrow's auction here along with additional Dodie Thayer pieces from the collection of Mary Sayles Booker Braga to be auctioned October 19-20. And it appears Sotheby's has partnered with eBay for bidders who cannot attend the auction... I will take a tureen, please!

C.Z. Guest's collection of Dodie Thayer lettuce ware, via The Wall Street Journal.

In 2012, Sotheby's sold Brook Astor's 218-piece set for $74.5K, and with the overwhelmingly successful release of the Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch collection earlier this year, I predict a tremendous amount of interest in tomorrow's auction. In March, I wrote about Dodie Thayer's coveted lettuce ware and her partnership with Tory Burch. I purchased the plates and serving bowls, and absolutely love them! Now I just need that tureen!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Design Crush: Sarah Bartholomew Designs

One of my favorite Instagram accounts belongs to Sarah Bartholomew Designs, an incredibly chic and talented interior designer based in Nashville. Sarah is known for her sophisticated, timeless, all-American style. The classic beauty also happens to be a muse and model for Mark D. Sikes and his new MDS Stripes collection, which I plan to write about soon. And her fabulous Pinterest account was named one of the 10 must-follow southern Pinterest accounts by Domino Magazine. She is a true style icon!

Sarah Bartholomew Designs will be launching a website in a few months, which I cannot wait to feature. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite images I have pulled from her Instagram account...

This is one of my absolute favorite entryways. It is just stunning! Sarah and I clearly share a passion for Pierre Frey's Toile de Nantes, leopard carpets, and blue and white Chinoiserie! Image via Amy Berry.

Sarah's elegant formal living room... perfection! Image via Amy Berry.

Ahhh... La Cornue! 

Now that is a glamorous laundry room! I'm loving the Quadrille Climbing Hydrangea wallpaper.

More perfection in the powder room.

I'm in love with Chou Chou by Sister Parish. I hope to see more of this lovely bathroom on Sarah's website! 

Quadrille's Lyford Trellis and Leontine Linens = a winning combination! 

Artwork by Kayce Hughes.

Les Touches by Brunschwig & Fils gets me every time! 

Sarah's fireplace decorated for Christmas. So elegant and beautiful! 

As featured in Better Homes & Gardens.

Sarah Bartholomew with Mark D. Sikes in a gown he personally designed for her.

If you don't already follow Sarah Bartholomew Designs on Instagram, you will want to do so ASAP. And I cannot wait to feature her work again as soon as her website is live!
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