Monday, August 30, 2010

Room to Grow

Leighton and Benton started school today. I took this picture of them (matching outfits of course!) on our front porch this morning. 

Leighton is officially a "big boy" in Pre-K, and little brother Benton is not far behind - soon he'll graduate from the crib into Leighton's hand-me-down bed. 

I bought a queen-size iron four poster bed from Stephanie Anne's moving sale last year, and I've been gathering accessories for the walls - vintage fishing lures (which I had framed in a shadow box) and four old tole trays with different breeds of hunting dogs.

So my big dilemma is bedding. I want the room to work for him when he's four, but I also want it to work when he's 14. (Although clearly I will redecorate before he gets that old... sorry Stroud!) What I don't want is something with a theme, like sports or cowboy - I am looking for fabric for the duvet, pillows and bedskirt that's timeless, neutral and masculine. These pictures are my inspiration. Which one do you like best?


Phoebe Howard

Southern Living

Friday, August 27, 2010

Ikat Fever

I love how these graphic global prints add the perfect punch to something plain. Look how this soft Ikat print gives this antique chair a breath of fresh air.

The fabric on this chair is from Bermingham & Co, one of the best sources for Ikat prints and sold through Brunschwig & Fils. Look at all of the different colors and patterns to choose from! 

Bermingham Ikat prints at Brunschwig & Fils, Deliciously Determined blog

I tend to lean toward softer, more neutral colors; and I'd love to use this less traditional Ikat print from Lee Jofa when I redecorate our family room. It's soft, simple and a little unexpected.

Ikat Drops Aqua, Lee Jofa

Home and fashion trends often go hand-in-hand. I spotted this clutch from Madeline Weinrib in one of my magazines last month. I tore the page out and am saving for my Christmas list. Wouldn't it be perfect at night both with jeans or a simple black cocktail dress? There are so many fun prints to choose from. Which one is your favorite? 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Louis Louis!

I love French antiques. And my favorite period is Louis Philippe (1830-1848) - the simple, rounded lines really appeal to me, and best of all, the pieces mix with just about every interior. The commodes (which are usually made of dark wood and finished with a marble top) and the silver or gold-leafed mirrors are the period's most popular among collectors.  

Traditional Home

I personally love homes that are a mix of old and new. These pieces are made for those who shy away from antiques. They are simple enough to sit next to an Eames chair but have enough presence to give a home a sense of history.

I bought this Louis Philippe commode at Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta last year. It's in my foyer and is the daily resting place for mail, my husband's "stuff" and the occasional Hot Wheels car. I love how it mixes with the more modern Murano glass lamp and segmented mirror.  

Joni Webb (of one of my daily reads Cote de Texas) published this photo on her blog of a living room in Houston. This beautiful gold Louis Philippe mirror creates a beautiful focal point in the room. 

Cote de Texas blog

This English reproduction chest and Staffordshire dog in my formal living room were a bit stodgy until I topped it with this silver Louis Philippe mirror that I scored at Round Top in Texas. I made Stroud hang it the night I got home and it transformed the room instantly. 

I've got a wonderful Louis Philippe commode with a wood top (harder to come by) in stock at my booth inside Dallas' Antique Row. Pictures of it will be posted soon!