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Thursday
Feb242011

holly farrell

I'm always drawn to artwork that is unique and unexpected, and, despite leaning towards a more masculine design aesthetic, lately I've been drawn to pieces that are both vintage and feminine.  These gorgeous oil paintings by the extremely talented Holly Farrell are no exception.  Her work has been all over blogland for a while now, but for those of you who haven't heard of her, here is a peek of her work:

Her cookbooks and children's books are my favorite...

  

...but her shoes come in at a very close second...

Aren't they amazing?

 I wouldn't mind any one of these, either...

To see more of Holly's work, check out her website here.   

Monday
Feb212011

luxe for less: pivot mirrors

The 70 degree weather this weekend is part of what totally makes living in the south so worthwhile!  The hubby and I spent ours cleaning up the front and side yard and re-sealing our deck.  Not exactly "fun", but it had to get done and I'm relieved to cross one more thing off my seemingly endless to-do list!

I finally had the chance to sit and flip through my latest magazines this weekend, too.   One trend that seems here to stay is pivot mirrors in bathrooms:

  Phoebe Howard via Coastal Living

Mark Cunningham via Elle Decor

Jacques Grange 

Randall Ridless

When building our new home, we had to work within allowances and it was a challenge to decide where we would splurge and where we would cut back.  One thing I knew I wanted in all the bathrooms was pivot mirrors.  I had my eye on the Dillon pivot mirror by Restoration Hardware for a while...

...but I needed them to be at least 24x32 inches, and at $375 a piece, four of these would have thrown me well over my allowance.  So, after an extensive internet search, I found this one by Signature Hardware.  Here it is in our guest bath... 

The best part?  I snagged them for $130 a piece!  I actually like the bevelled edge more than I thought and the company was so easy to work with and had all four of them to me within two days of my order. There are also a ton of options to choose from.  If you're looking for pivot mirrors, I highly recommend Signature Hardware.  Check out their website here.

Thursday
Feb172011

designer love: mabley handler

No one does East Coast Chic better than Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler, the dynamic interior design duo based in swanky Southampton, New York.  Boasting a portfolio of sophisticated beach houses, each striking space is fresh, fun and elegant-all proof that you can have a beach-inspired home without going overboard with shells, wicker and pastels. 

The blue/gray grasscloth in this master bedroom is exactly what I'm looking to hang in my foyer.  It's so soothing; perfect for creating a relaxing retreat:

They are masters at making neutrals look so effortlessly elegant and chic:

 

 

...while, on the other hand, they are also pretty good at infusing pops of color, like this gorgeous coral:

 

Quintessential Hamptons grounds...

These and many more drool-worthy spaces can be found here

Wednesday
Feb162011

south of market

Charleston is one of my favorite places to visit on the East coast-the views and atmosphere are just breathtaking, and the food, architecture, historic homes and, of course, the shopping, is amazing.  Every time we go, I can hardly wait to stop by South of Market on King Street, to see all the new goodies they have in store, and they never disappoint.  Known for its eclectic and rustic mix of furniture, accessories, art and decorative objects, I always walk through there, salivating.  Thankfully, the sales lady working on my recent visit was gracious enough to let me take photos.  Here are some of the beautiful pieces on display...

This green chair would look gorgeous in an entry:

...alongside this industrial console table:

Books, bowls and serving pieces sit beautifully on industrial shelving: 

 

Interesting and one-of-a-kind decorative objects took center stage:

 

Loved these oyster prints...

Reclaimed shutters get new life as mirrors:

An interesting way to hang fabric samples:

 

These pressed botanicals and linen settee were breathtaking...

Mirrors and vintage maps galore...

Check out their website here and their blog here, and definitely stop by to say hello the next time you're in Charleston!

Wednesday
Feb162011

DIY: burlap-covered vases

Flipping through the March issue of Coastal Living, I fell in love with these bleached burlap-covered vases from Aero Home:

I got to thinking how easy it would be to make similar ones myself instead of paying upwards of $50 for the ones featured above.  This project cost me $0 because I had all the items I needed on hand already, but burlap costs next to nothing and you can find glass vases at TJMaxx for less than $5, so all-in-all, this is a really inexpensive project.  Take a look at how mine came out.  As candleholders: 

 ...or for flowers (rather, in my case, ornamental grass):

All you need is burlap, a cylindrical glass vase, hem tape and some crazy glue. When measuring your burlap, be sure to add an additional two inches to the total length, to allow for a one-inch hem at the top and the bottom.  Fold your bottom hem one inch and iron.

Repeat at the top. 

Lay your hem tape inside the hem and press in place with your iron.

Lay your vase against one end... and gently roll the vase along the rest of the burlap.  (I used a large paperclip to keep the top half of the fabric in place)...

Using the crazy glue very sparingly, glue along the edges of the fabric and press in place:

And you're done!  Happy crafting!