Monday, October 31, 2016

October Musings

Happy Halloween! The holidays are now upon us, are you ready? This time of year I always wish I could wiggle my nose like Samantha from Bewitched and poof... everything would magically be in its place!

Image via Lycette Designs

Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday, and I am already thinking about tablescapes. Last year I featured 30 Blue and White Tablescapes for Thanksgiving, and the post is inspiring me again for this year's theme. 

Image via LB Originals

And speaking of tablescapes, my friend Laurie Byrne of LB Originals always sets the most beautiful table, and I was excited to learn about her new pop up boxes! Now we can all bring a little of Laurie's signature style into our homes with her carefully curated place settings and accessories designed to complement your own pieces. 

I have also started working on our holiday cards. We had our annual family portrait taken last weekend, and I should have the proofs soon. I have selected the most beautiful cards from Dixie Design Collective, my newest sponsor, and I simply could not be more excited. I chose the "Blue Toile Crest" designed by Gina Langford, whose work has been featured in Town & Country! You can read more about Dixie here.

Holiday cards from Dixie Design Collective

Thanks to my favorite fashion blogger, Teggy French, I purchased these fabulous crystal-embellished tartan plaid pumps from Nordstrom... They are adorable, and priced under $100. Such a deal! I will be wearing these all holiday season. (They also come in red plaid and black and white.)

But what I really want this year for Christmas is the Lilly Pulitzer Island Car from the 2016 Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts. I'll take the pink one please, Santa! 

Friday, October 28, 2016

What will $1.6M Buy You in Michigan?

My friend Dean Farris sent me a link to a 1929 historic home for sale in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and I am ready to pack my bags and head up north! I have been pouring over each and every single one of the images, and I have watched the virtual tour more times than I care to admit. This is truly one of the most beautiful homes I have seen.

With the birth of the automobile in the early 1900s, Grosse Pointe became a preferred suburb for business executives in addition to a retreat for wealthy Detroiters, and many of the spectacular mansions remain beautifully preserved.  Today we will tour one of Grosse Pointe's most significant estates... a Georgian beauty designed by Raymond Carey and featured in the Buildings of Detroit. Featuring seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and 8,630 square feet, this home was exquisitely renovated and decorated to perfection by the late designer, Daniel Clancy. And the architectural details are a prime example of why I am passionate about old homes... it is next to impossible to replicate this workmanship today.


They truly don't make them like they used to! This home is simply stunning, and I could move right in without changing one thing. Click here to see the listing, and you will want to take the virtual tour, I promise. Priced at $1.6M, this home is an absolute steal.  

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

At Home with Mark D. Sikes

One Kings Lane just published a tour of designer Mark D. Sikes' incredible California home, of which I can never get enough. Located in the Hollywood Hills, it is described as "East Coast pedigree meets California cool" with a masterful mix chinoiserie and canvas, sisal and silk, all commingling to create a sense of ease and elegance. “I guess it’s traditional,” says Mark. “But living here, there’s a connection to the outdoors that infuses a casualness into it.” Photography by Joe Schmelzer for One Kings Lane...

Beautiful by Mark D. Sikes

So beautiful! And speaking of "Beautiful" have you purchased Mark's new book? It is an absolute must have. In addition, Mark has created a fabulous clothing line, MDS Stripes, a line of rugs for Merida, furniture with Henredon, and a fabric collection for Schumacher. With the holidays approaching, you won't want to miss his fabulous line of wrapping paper. And his blog is one of my daily reads.

For more pictures and to read more about Mark's home, please visit One Kings Lane. There is also a specially curated sale so you can bring Mark  D. Sikes' signature style into your own home!
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