Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August Musings 2016

Welcome to my Monthly Musings. I thought it would be fun to start a monthly post recapping highlights, random thoughts, and news of interest. I also love hearing from you, so please comment below with feedback and suggestions!

Image by Slim Aarons


First, Jessica from Lycette Designs and I would like to announce the winner from the Cheeky Needlepoint contest we launched earlier this month... There were so many good ones from which to choose! It was a tough decision, but everyone loved Meg Hosler's "I may not be a good example, but I'm an excellent warning!" Here were our top five #cheekyneedlepoint favorites:
  • Meg Holser, "I may not be a good example, but I am an excellent warning!"  
  • PreppyPuppy, "The bigger the hair, the closer to God." 
  • Marie, "Too Fabulous for Your Negativity!" 
  • Bibbylady, "Blondes prefer gentlemen."  
  • JeanScottKnight, "Don't Mistake Endurance for Hospitality." 
Congratulations, Meg! Jessica will reach out to work with you in creating this fun new canvas!


Who else is feeling overwhelmed by Snapchat and now the new Instagram Stories? I do have a Snapchat account (theglampad) but I have no idea how to use it and honestly, zero desire to do so. Maybe I'll jump on the Instagram Stories bandwagon eventually. I do love Instagram for daily inspiration and for meeting incredibly talented people. Here is an article questioning if Instagram Stories can compete with Snapchat. What do you think? 

On a related note, I have been mourning the old Pinterest due to the irritating changes they implemented this spring. A new algorithm forces loads of advertising through your feed and hides the content of the accounts you actually have chosen to follow. You can read more (and rant) here.  I really, really, REALLY miss the old Pinterest. However, I am still active, and you can follow me here.


Speaking of Pinterest, I have been on the lookout for easy and delicious One Dish dinners... I found this one, which looks yummy. My 14-month-old son keeps me so busy these days, and I have found it difficult to keep up with cooking. We tried Green Chef, and while the food was delicious - and all organic! -  the recipes were just too time consuming. Does anyone have any super-easy recipes to share or super-speedy home delivery options? 

Image via Mad Men

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Historic Palm Beach Oceanfront for Sale

I always love scouring the Palm Beach real estate listings, and I found a really beautiful one to share today... Built in 1924, this lovely home offers breathtaking ocean views, two original fireplaces, original hard wood floors, and some pretty fabulous blue and white decor. But what I love most is its intriguing history....

It is rumored that the elevator was built by the home's second owners - the Luden family - for their dear friend, President Franklin D. Roosevelt. And the home contains a closet with false panel and hooks (which appears to be a coat closet)... It leads downstairs to a hidden basement, which stored liquor during Prohibition.  Today, it is used as a 3,000-bottle wine cellar. Oh, if these walls could talk!












This home is perfection! You can view a three-minute video with additional history and pictures here, and click here for the real estate listing.

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.
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