Monday, March 28, 2016

Hey girl hey!

Nothing like Charlotte Smith to make your Monday a little brighter. 

My super stylish and witty friend was featured on The Real Raleigh last week. Charlotte's house is a  treasure chest. Every piece comes with a story.  Her effortless style is truly authentic, just like her. 

She recently opened up a store in Raleigh, Union Camp Collective. While Charlotte's style is impossible to replicate, she has something for everyone! 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

BEFORE AND AFTER: White Painted Brick and My Favorite Exterior Colors

We moved back in July and since that time we have not made a lot of changes to our new house. I stalked this house for a year and half before we ended up going under contract. I knew that the first thing I wanted to do was paint it white. 

In my defense, I do love brick. Just very specific types of brick. Usually located in historic neighborhoods I cannot afford. This is the second house we painted and I do not regret it for a second. 



We painted our brick and siding Benjamin Moore 'White Dove'.  

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Art: Catherine Booker Jones

After seeing Patricia Altschul's grand entry I started my own collection of vintage silhouettes. I needed something to hunt and I cannot fit another ginger jar in this house. 

My friend, Rachel introduced me to  Catherine Booker Jones. I was immediately drawn to the urn groupings. They remind me of silhouettes and will stand the test of time. If you are local, Anne Wagoner Interiors is hosting Catherine on August 12th. 

Hello, it's me.

This is my first blog post of 2016. I was pretty sure the blog was dead, until we started talking about starting a renovation. I ended up quitting my job unexpectedly when William was born. 2015 was all about being a Mom, while it was the best year of my life I was not very inspired.   In the past couple months I have started taking on clients and finally decorating our house. I do not know what it is, but I am feeling like it is 2010 and I just discovered design blogs. Everything feels exciting and fresh.

With all of this newfound excitement comes mania. Anyone who loves design probably knows the feeling.  I cannot shut my brain off. I move things around our house on a daily basis.  I make lists and lists of things to do. I make imaginary mood boards. Luckily, I have been able to get out some of my craziness on clients. There is still a lot left, so here I am.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  Sara Ruffin Costello's New Orleans home is one of  my favorites. Everything feels so effortless. I feel like life would be easier with 14 ft. ceilings. 
Things of note- 
This mantle. 

This jumpsuit. 

I love this idea of covering your bathroom in tons of art. Such an intimate space calls for intimate objects. 

Mantle # 2. 

Lattice work inspired by Furlow. 
You can shop her OKL sale here

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Real Raleigh

I recently had the pleasure of spending my day with Team Furbish and the very talented Anna Routh
I let them into my very bare house and shared some of my favorite things about Raleigh. 
This new series is one of my favorites. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Our Kitchen on Domaine Home

I am feeling a little nostalgic this morning. I am thrilled to be sharing our former kitchen on my favorite home decor site Domaine Home. This was such a special place and we had so many memories.  I am not going to lie, remembering functioning appliances might be what is making me feel weepy. 
All photos by the magic lens of Anna Routh

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Feeling the Fringe


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

PSA: New favorite candle

My friend Jessica gave me this Bougie candle as a housewarming gift and I am addicted. I love some expensive candles. No really, if someone offered me a Range Rover or 2,800 $30 candles... I am taking the candles. Little luxuries people. I am always trying new ones and this is the best one I have found in a long, long time. 

And it doesn't hurt when you are done you can use it to store things. Who knew q-tips could look so good. 
Ever wondered how to clean out your old candles?
1)Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 
2) Cover a baking sheet in tin foil. 
3) Stick your candle in upside down. 
4) Leave in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until the wick drops. 
(I highly recommend keeping an eye on it and scooping it out pretty quickly after the wick drops)
5) Let it cool and then wash it out with soapy water. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Instant Gratification: Curb Appeal

We have been in our house for a little over a month now. I feel like we have been doing tons of work, but not really seeing the results. Air conditioners and cutting down trees really have a way of sucking all of the fun out of a new house. 

The list of projects for this house is a mile long and it can feel pretty overwhelming. The first thing on my list is working on the curb appeal.  At this point, we just really need some instant gratification.  I have gone back and forth about painting the brick. Our old house was a no brainer. The new house has been a different story. I do not hate the brick at all and there is no going back. 

I think we have finally decided we are going to paint it. I am a sucker for a classic black and white house.