6/18/2017

Wallpaper Partay

Wallpapes oh wallpapes, how we love you so. There are so many ways with which we can use these perfect rolls of paper, each serving a very different aesthetic and purpose from the rest.

Take for instance the concept of singularly using a pattern of paper on only one wall in a room (Aka accent wall-papering). You'll get an entirely different look than you would covering all four walls with the same pattern.

Or how about running rolls up a wall and onto the ceiling? Often underused, this method invites a room to have the major attention is deserves. Kid you not, it also makes you want to spend all the more time in this space.

There's the favorite feature of running them papes in a dining room from the top of the ceiling to just above the chair rail. Or doing your due diligence in a powder room, giving it all the color, and covering every inch of those walls with pattern that makes you want to hug such a place of powdering.

All of the above concepts are equally turn-down-for-what legit, but none of these tickle our fancy like the method we love most: shelfie wallpapering.

Give us a shelf, well thought out patterns, and the wonderful workings Denise, Greenville's OG wallpaper install queen. And swish swish bish, it's on. For this is the tactic that makes your styled items look their very best, while also pulling the entire room in. Those dog figurines? Look way more exciting behind wallpaper happenings. How's it for the antique books that have been in your family for eons? Looking like dimes against a special print. No barenaked bookcases here, ya mean.

Shelf wallpapering works stellar in the open shelving of a kitchen, or the built ins of your living room. Try it in your wet bar or on a bookshelf in the kid's playroom. When in doubt, wallpaper it out homies. Stacks on stacks, rolls on rolls. We believe in adding all the colors and patterns to a shelving backdrop; because lbh, it's the bow of a bookshelf, and a dang grand finale.

Shop some of our favorite papers on Pinterest or at the bottom on the post.







6/11/2017

Hippity Hop Living Room


Hippity hop, don't stop. When we started working on this project, our clients, in the midst of a renovation, got hit with a 1-2 punch in the health department. Needless to say, it was scary stuff and disarray on the homefront. Creating a happy space was number one on our agenda, and when this dear client professed her love for all things bunny, visions of Hunt Slonem flashed in my head . We knew it had to be the jumping off point for this space.

Like most of our spaces, this one was all about balance. Old with new. Tradition with funk. Bright colors with neutrals. Small prints among large prints. Pieces with sentiment mixed with new pieces that pull our design concept together... etc, etc, etc.

The client had a very traditional collection of rabbit oil paintings and although she still loves them, they needed to be balanced with some bright hues and funk to match her now oh-so-colorful style. Enter Hunt and off we went. Doing our thing with color and pattern.

We brought in one of our favorite Bassett sofas with greek key arm details in a masculine stripe to balance some of the more feminine patterns in the space. Recovering chairs that were in the living room before, we brought in a mix of huge orange buffalo check, small prints, some florals... and you can't ignore the base layer of pattern with that blue leopard print situation.

Accessories and art were where this one really came together. That calm Kiah Bellows landscape over the mantle draws you in while it partners with the much-more-bold Kim Hassold floral.

Overall, this bright happy space is what it's all about: creating spaces that people can enjoy time in, spaces that act as a haven from some of the not-so-fun realities of life, and spaces that reflect their passions, loves, and personalities.

Shop the look on Pinterest or at the bottom of the post!

Peace,
AL












 







6/04/2017

Not My Mother's House



Yo yo fellow design pals! Caroline here. Dropping in to tell you a little story about my own personal design journey, and how I discovered that design is so very specific to each person; that following your own gut is often the best thing....



"Who inspires you most?"
"What person would you most like to be like when you grow up?"
"Who is your hero?"

All questions that trace the memories of my younger years in elementary school. Fill in the blanks that never strayed from my constant, forever answer: my mother.

Now, at 27, I still live by my "What Would Sheryl Do", mentality. I make my best decisions by following W.W.S.D. Call me a fangirl of the woman who raised me, but I kind of think Sheryl hung the dang moon. For example...

Sheryl keeps her house spotless and prepares a meal via Ina Garten on weeknights?
Oh, well fork, I should do that too. 

Sheryl has a subscription to "The Atlantic" and learns enormous amounts of what's going on in the world by reading every night before bed?
Here's my credit card, hit me with a subscription. 

Sheryl wakes up early and uses not only a Nespresso maker but also froths her own coconut milk?
Why am I not yet doing this?!

In short, I kind of want to be my mother.

She's my best friend, the easiest person I know, and owns a deep wisdom about what to do in both the oh-so-great, and shittiest of situations. I respect her in all fields, among all things. My family jokes about this, but we're all deep in a never-ending funnel of bonging the Kool-Aid. Mom's a badass and we love it.

There is one part of my life, though, that I've found won't quite fit into the "strive to be like your mother" picture. It's a jagged, rough puzzle piece with frayed cardboard edges that won't fit the puzzle. For years, I've been trying to make it lay in its place.

Enter 2015, when my husband and I got surprise IUD (gasp!) pregnant and bought our first home. Holding our homeowner keys at closing my immediate thought was: I must make this home look like the house I grew up in.

So I called my mom, and began ordering all of the W.W.S.D. neutral pieces. Chairs, sofa, coffee table, lamps. They all spoke soft, calming vibes as I remembered my mom has always told me she chose her designs to create a calm home, a place of tranquility. The woman loved to add color in accessories and art, but she mostly needed calm colors, neutrals, and the soothing choices only she could make. Growing up, our family was struck with medical chaos time and time again, and home for my mom needed to be very, very relaxing. A place of safety.

And this is where I made the mistake. I never thought about why she chose to decorate the way that she did, I just thought that mimicking her taste would be the best for my home, and my family. But as the updated traditional pieces flowed in, something didn't feel quite right. I was living in a space I thought would bring me ease and tranquility, but likewise I was craving adding my very favorite colors, blue and green, into the mix. I too tried introducing color with art and pillows, but that still wasn't cutting it. It didn't feel like me.

I wanted the patterns, the bold choices, the turquoise geometric coffee table that says "Check me out. I'm awesome. Bring it". And all while I'm feeling these feelings, as luck would have it, I meet my tried and true gal, Amanda Louise.

AL introduced me to the idea of keeping my neutral pieces, but placing them throughout our house, instead of all in one room. She was the first to show me that a bold cheetah pattern could live next to a blue couch, and that said blue couch didn't have to be a scary unknown, but the ideal item I'd always aimed to own.

It was a big leap, going from what I've always known, to what I've always wanted. But damn, I'm so glad that I did.

May we always go with our guts, and design the homes we live in to an I-want-it-that-way T.

-Caroline

5/31/2017

In Sight: Recent Works by my Gals, Glory Day Loflin, Kiah Ann Bellows, and Dorothy Shain


Guys! This Friday night might end up being the best night ever. Three of my favorite artists/people are going to be in the same place with their work and you should come see it! 

This collaborative show of three artists: Glory Day Loflin, Kiah Ann Bellows, and Dorothy Shain, is so special to me. These three ladies, after attending the Penland School of Craft created this show to explore the southern landscape of South Carolina through drawing, painting and collage. SO Friday night is basically a trifecta of my favorite things: these artists, my state, and the art that these women create. 

These ladies are amazing. Young thangs huslin' everyday to make all the art, and they are getting it done. I so admire each one of them for their individual techniques, skill and general vibes. 

If you are in Greenville or anywhere near Greenville, GCCA in the village is the Friday night hopping place to be. All the cool kids will be there, promise. I'll be staring at a painting with my jaw dropped somewhere. 

Be there, or be square. 















5/25/2017

Wedding Season Gift Guide


Ah, wedding season, how we love you so. With May almost behind us, and June straight ahead, here's a taste of what we're bridal buying this summer season. Sure these items may not be on your gals registry, but if we had a dolla for every registry visited where the goods are either sold out or what's left is a lil slim pickins, we'd be rolling in cash money. Also, who doesn't like to be surprised with a little something they haven't seen before - and when you've got engagement parties here, and kitchen showers there, it follows suit to be prepared for the matrimonies ahead. Hint, have some salt and pepper lemon shakers in yee old gift arsenal. Can I get a yellow, zesty, amen! Here are the out of the ordinary, not your everyday Herend registry gifts we're giving this wedding seaz:

Geranium Striped Pot Print - to hang in the home and make the vibes all kinds of happy

Vintage Blue and White Plate Set -  for when you don't want to use your China, and having fresh pieces to serve with is the bomb diggity

Fido Figurine - for the dog lover, because dog figurines are semi everything

The Love and Lemons Cookbook - for those making farmer's market finds into delicious vegetarian meals

Palm Stemless Wine Glass - prescribing that 5pm beverage on the beach to be all the more fancy

Breville Citrus Press - since we believe in citrus, always, in everything

B&O Play Speaker - to have constant jams of Khalid

Pineapple Knives Set - given that summer nights call for Gouda, Gouda, and more... Gouda

Capri Blue Candle - the scent of the century in the color of our every season

Jardiniere Pillow - for lounging post honeymoon

Rosé All Day Book - a tribute to Frose, and it's reigning power as queen

Lemon Salt and Pepper Shakers - Citrus. In. All. Things.

Yellow Dinner Napkins -  to make guests feel ever more valued, pull out the big stops and up the napkin game

Millifiori Jug - a favorite of all favorites, a piece that makes a tabletop 

The Art of the Cheese Plate - cheeseboard making: a craft we can all appreciate and perfect

Lemon Recipe Book -  very into the idea of sharing recipes with a bride, and handwriting them in here

Jonathan Adler Barware Set - all the more to make a merry martini with

Sundial Place Mat - the championed place mat for any summer setting

SUP Doormat - for the real rad home

Yesteryear Bowls - beautiful bowls to style on a shelf, or spread around your home with delicious treats


Shop our post below or for the big picture, check out our Pinny board here!




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5/21/2017

ORC Round Up: Spring Favorites Edition

The One Room Challenge: my bi-annual Super Bowl week where I literally take in just about every room I can manage to get to, click through, and absorb. There is so much wisdom and creative brilliance going on out there, right past the 4 walls of my office space and across state lines. So many designers crafting exquisite things. From the West coast to the East, I'm appreciative the ORC puts everyone, sponsored or not, on a regimented timeline, finale, and of course, ORC platform so that I can spend time awing at the other spaces. All designers can be so different, and to see the finales of fellow creatives is a treat. Below, we've shared our absolute 10 favorites. All so wonderful and mindful. Now two step and get to clicking!

Every year, I have a favorite. An ultimate, to which I raise my torch and think: damn, cheers, that is one bad mofo of a room. This year, there were so many good spaces. I'm talking well thought out, so smart what you did with that space, that cranny of a nook, that tier of a shelf, good, solid, rooms. Yet, when you give me a yellow dining room highlighted with placements of green and blue, and then throw customs candle sconces, the kind dreams are made of, I come running. That's why Dabito from Old Brand New is the king of the ORC castle in my eyes this time around. It's pretty much the room of my everything. You've got to see it to believe it.


I'll give one massive high-five to Mallory from Style Your Senses for this powerhouse of a nursery. I mean, I could not be more into the gingham meets floral feel. So lovely, unique, and happy. // Photo by Laura Sumrak


And then, like a gift falling from the sky, Holly from The English Room dropped this beautiful masterpiece on us all. Intro her master bedroom. The colors combined here give us just the right fix. // Photo by ea decker photography


This Grand Rapid Interiors kitchen from Abby Manchesky Interiors will make your jaw drop. I especially loved reading about Abby's note on understanding that good design changes how you live and feel in your home, a fact that I find could not be more true. // Photo by Ashley Avila


This personality filled nursery from Kate Smith Interiors and the custom dresser/changing table thats about one itty bitty all sorts of happy. 


Have any of us really lived until we've seen this particular pallet paradise from Shay of IBB Design? Idk, you tell me.


A shared bedroom for and by the daughters of Domicile 37. Wall. Paper. Party. Yo.

Sky-high tiles that line the walls of this perfectly put together kitchen by Jana Bek Design. The fixtures, chairs, artwork, all the pairings. Just so good. Photo by Marta Perez


Lovely use of both bold and light colors brought to us by J and J Design Group. // Photo by John Woodcock

Green with envy dining room from Maggie at Maggie Overby Studios. I'm just so impressed with the impact made here, and the use of jewel tones.

5/11/2017

One Room Challenge Reveal: Spring 2017: Color Happy Living Room




Y'all! It's here! One Room Challenge reveal day and I couldn't be happier. Other than the fact that I'm jonesing to make my way through all the details of every dang space in this thing, it's time to take a big deep breath! We made it through the finish line. This is the closest I will ever get to the feeling of a marathon. I know that fo sho. 

My girl Caroline, who's the right hand lady of ALI, moved into her families new home six weeks ago. With the perfecto timing of this thing amping up, we knew we had to conquer one of her spaces for the ORC. 

Enter the beigest living room in all the land. We knew we could cure it with a does of color, pattern and of course a ridiculous amount of artwork, so that we did. 

Remember this before? Not a lot going on. Except Totes the Dood who missed our model call and had to hit the salon on final photo day, when we shot our reveal photos with Courtney Malone Photography. She is the bomb-diggity and we owe her many thanks for capturing our space! 


If you missed it, check our progress throughout the last six week and see how all this color and pattern showed up and did it's thang. 


Check our Pinterest board for links to similar items! 



This whole thing wouldn't happen without the lovely Linda from Calling it Home who started this shindig and the fabulous friends at House Beautiful as media sponsors. 

Of course, please check out all of the wonderful, fantastic, rad, people who helped make all of this happen. I can't even believe that so many beautiful peeps were down to collab with us on this crazy fast-paced race of a room; it absolutely would not be the same without them. 




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Thanks so so much for following along! Now, go get cozy and check all the other amazing spaces in the ORC Link up