Still hunting for the holidays? These white lacquer boxes adorned with gilt antlers are the perfect gift. They're sophisticated decor for the Christmas season, but understated enough to display atop an antique chest or cocktail table year-round.
Nothing stops me in my tracks like a room finished in hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper. Dining rooms, powder baths, bedrooms - the material be used anywhere and is completely customizable, right down to the shade of tail feathers on the birds. Celebrities love the look, too. Here is a view inside of Aerin Lauder's dressing room...
And Tory Burch's entry, wrapped in a beautiful Gracie paper.
Be warned - wallpapering an entire room is PRICEY. I've actually never bid it myself, but you can probably buy a new car for what it would cost. A good trick to get the look more affordably is to frame a panel or two.
La Dolce Vita
The scenes - which usually depict flowers and birds - work in both traditional and modern interiors.
I just ordered a pretty pair of light blue Chinoiserie wallpaper panels and framed them for the shop. You can't tell by the photo, but each panel is HUGE - 8 feet tall by 36 inches wide. They would be so pretty hung in a dining room, an entry hall or on flanking the sides of a bed.
My latest obsession is surprisingly not home-related....it's the beautiful creations of Lauren Kate Design, a handcrafted jewelry line designed by Dallas girl Stacy Mullikin.
This past spring, Stacy's sweet family of four grew to a party of six with the birth of her identical twin daughters, Lauren and Kate. The girls are genetically identical, but each has a unique personality. This inspired Stacy to create Lauren Kate Design, a collection centered around beautiful stones and delicate, handmade wire-wrapped chains. The materials are stunning. But what I love best about the line is that - like the twins - no two pieces are exactly alike.
This quatrefoil chain is one of my favorites.
You also can design your own piece. Stacy will work with you to mix and match chains with your favorite stone or pendant.
Dallasites are in luck - Lauren Kate Design is showing at this week's Magnolia Market, benefitting Camp John Marc. I haven't been to this event but there are some AMAZING vendors involved. And it's the perfect opportunity to holiday shop while supporting a wonderful cause!
I had some free time this morning and took a field trip to the new Laura Lee Clark showroom in Dallas. The space stocks a well-curated collection of antique and modern, as well as Visual Comfort Lighting and Niermann Weeks. I could have packed everything up and moved it to Harvard, but what really stopped me in my tracks were these Katherine Rally Textiles.
The company is named after its owners Aspenites Katherine and Rally Dupps. When the economy hit the dust a few years ago, they packed up their two young kids and moved to Bali, where they were inspired them to create their own line of batiks.
Rally draws patterns from his imagination by hand. A crafstman then creates a metal stamp from his sketches. At the workshop, the stamp is dipped in molten wax and applies to raw fabric by hand.
I can't decide which one of the bright whimsical prints is my favorite. They would make some amazing pillows to punch up a basic sofa. Can't wait to show this line to clients!
Halloween was tons of fun over here on Harvard - my boys were Star Wars characters AGAIN. As I was ordering the plastic goods online, it occurred to me that my days of choosing cute costumes for the boys are history.
Like when my mom made two-year-old Leighton this Mickey Mouse costume. His favorite song that year was "Hot Dog" from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Just last month he went to a concert for his favorite band, Mumford & Sons.
I guess I have to accept that my little boy is growing up! So obviously to cope, I decided Leighton's bedroom needed a makeover. I found the iron bed YEARS ago from Dallas shop Stephanie Anne, and then recovered the headboard in a navy stripe from Pindler & Pindler. The bedskirt was custom made in the same fabric. The rest of the bedding is made by Pine Cone Hill. The bulletin board was in my childhood room and simply repainted blue, and the vintage Highland Park pennant is a Round Top find.
This painted industrial bin was brought home from Scott's Antique Show in Atlanta. I brightened up the top in "Starburst" by Peter Dunham Textiles. This is my absolute favorite print for a boys' room - check out all of the color options here!
These are called "Deluxe Euro Shams" - the same height as a regular Euro, but twice the width. The fabric is "Sawyer" from the Kerry Joyce Collection, mitered trim is Samuel & Sons.
Every room needs a good antique. This pine chest stores Leighton's clothes and serves as a good resting place for all of his little treasures. I collected the antique ice fishing lures and framed them in a shadow box.
I know it's a pretty grown-up room for an eight-year-old, but I'm hoping it's a room that he can grow into and won't have to be re-decorated. Or at least that's what I'm telling Stroud! :)
I'm overdue to share photos from our remodel, so over the next few weeks I'll show you bits and pieces. First stop, the office. This space was our former "playroom", which was actually a long bedroom that spanned the upstairs front of our home. We cut the space in half and created a larger bedroom for Leighton and a much-needed work space for me.
The bookcases are backed in grasscloth, and filled with some of my favorite reads, family photos and antique creamware.
The mirror is a recent Round Top treasure - it's vintage gold LaBarge that's been covered in a light blue paint. Little bits of the original gold finish still peek through.
It's a pretty complement against the airy light blue print from Hines that frames the windows.
I refinished my old brown desk from Weir's in white lacquer, and made the bulletin board myself by hot-gluing four corkboards together and covering them in linen. The glass lamp is from Currey & Company and the chair is Ballard Designs.
The hidden printer drawer is definitely a perk...
As is the gift wrap drawer....I obviously spend too much time on Pinterest, can you tell?!
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to shop this year's Celebrate Art show!
This was the first year to move the show out of my home, and our new location near the Katy Trail worked out great. The space was transformed when the artists moved their pretty canvases inside.
And Friday night was quite a party! Artists Lizzie Bailey, Emily Ozier (EMYO), me, Nicole Groth and Mary Houston snapped this pic before the crowd poured in. I am so proud of all of the artists who participated this year...their work literally flew off the easels.
I somehow managed to make it home without a painting for myself this year....but I had a good reason. I have been saving my money for a set of framed botanicals handmade by Becky Davis. I first saw Becky's work in Garden & Gun magazine, which happens to be about the only glossy read Stroud and I can agree upon.
Becky is a true hunter and gatherer - she literally cruises through marshes in South Carolina low country in her canoe, plucking indigenous plants for her beautifully framed botanicals. She braves wasps and dodges alligators, just to find the perfect water lily or lotus to transform into a work of art.
The botanicals look gorgeous framed alone or grouped together. This display is from Phoebe Howard's shop Max & Company in Atlanta.
Needless to say, some of Becky's botanicals have been on the wish list for quite some time. This summer, I finally pulled the trigger. I opened up an account with Becky, and put in an order for a set of four big-leaf hydrangeas. Becky watched her hydrangea bushes for a few weeks, and plucked the blooms at just the right time. She matted them and framed them in antiqued silver leaf frames. Honestly, the pictures don't do them justice - they are almost three-dimensional.
They are currently living in my upstairs hallway. I am in love!