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Thursday
Jan272011

inspiration: skirted table

Lately, I've been completely obsessed with the clean, crisp look of skirted tables.  And, I have to admit, the extra storage underneath is an added bonus for me.  So, after painting the console table in my entry way four times and still not being satisfied with it, I decided to bite the bullet and make a table skirt, instead.  When I walked into Vieuxtemps in Charleston and saw this table, I was sold: 

I found this Jefferson linen fabric for 50% off at Hancock Fabrics and snatched up the rest of the bolt before the poor sales lady could say, "Can I help you?"  And now here is my skirt, in my foyer, in all her gauzy glory, waiting for some friends, in the form of lamps, pictures and gray/blue grasscloth wallpaper:

Here are a few other photos that helped feed my inspiration.  This one by Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors is, by far, my favorite:

Grant K. Gibson: 

   

Tom Scheerer:

Palmer Weiss:  

 

Tracery Interiors:

T. Keller Donovan:

Melanie Pounds:

And last, but not least...Jenny, from one of my favorite blogs, Little Green Notebook, created a simple, elegant skirt for a small table in her entryway.   

Wednesday
Jan192011

lake house effect

The kitchen of this Lake Martin, Alabama, house, designed by Tracery Interiors, has been all over blogland since it was featured a few months back in Food & Wine.  It's not hard to see why: reclaimed oak beams, open shelving and pine plank walls help make this brand-new lake house look like it's been in the family forever.  My favorite part is that striking butler's pantry with its 12-foot ceilings, tons of storage and custom rolling ladder-perfection! 

See more of Tracery Interiors portfolio here.

Tuesday
Jan182011

modern bird studios

The first time I ever saw the work of Modern Bird Studios was when Erin of Elements of Style commissioned them to do a painting of her pups, here.  I was instantly smitten.  I've always decorated my client's homes, as well as my own, with personal items that hold special meaning so I'm even more drawn to these one-of-a-kind, hand painted pieces, which are reproduced from your own photographs!  I can't think of a better gift that would be treasured for years to come-wedding photos, new baby, children, pets, you name it.  You can see more of their amazing work on their website or on facebook:

(Of course, the first two I post are of adorable puppas!!) 

Tuesday
Jan182011

designer love: kate jackson 

I first stumbled upon Kate Jackson’s work a few summers ago when her home was featured in an issue of Better Homes and Gardens. I immediately fell in love with how she blended old and new for a comfy, lived-in look.  Her effortlessly chic spaces are a fun, fresh update to New England style. 

What I love most about Kate’s design aesthetic, though, is how she masterfully incorporates personal pieces-artwork, mementos, shells, photos, souvenirs-into each space.  She’s also quite a master at finding the most fabulous artwork, accessories and furniture at Home Goods, TJMaxx and on eBay.  Kate proves that style doesn’t always have to be pricey.  See more of her work on her recently revamped website here, but in the meantime, below are some of my favorite spaces Kate designed:   

    

 

  

To see more of Kate's work, visit her website here.   

Monday
Jan172011

luxe for less: tolix stools

The hubs and I roll with a fabulous group of friends that gets together pretty much every weekend, so a fair share of hosting is done at our home.  Despite the large, open family room and eating area in our new house, though, everyone still loves to congregate in the kitchen. Normally, I couldn't care less, but the lack of counter stools means everyone is all up in my grill while I'm trying to cook.  If only I could decide which ones I love, right?  Well, here it is, almost a year after moving in and I have fallen in love with these Tolix stools from Sundance-the perfect mix of rustic, industrial and modern...

The only down side is that these bad boys are a whopping $245 a pop, which happens to be way out of my price range.   Lucky for me, Overstock carries some that are pretty much identical.  And the best part is that they cost $90 for a set of TWO!  I can get the four I need for less than one of the Tolix stools.  Look how similar:      

Check them out here for different color and sizing options.