27 January 2014

COLOR.

I hate to be one who wishes away time, but friends, I am so over this winter. I mean, it doesn't really help that this is our first winter back from Charleston, and 'cold' to us meant high 40s and partly cloudy. So here we are, the end of January, and this week marks our third cold spell of negative temperatures. Yes, like... -8 degrees, with a windchill of -20. In Kentucky. Somehow still known as 'the south.' That, to me, is just insane.

But, complaining never really did anyone any good, so let's focus on the positive: spring (I hope) is just around the corner. So, to get through this last month or so of bitter temps, blustery winds, and snow-mounded streets and sidewalks, I'm conjuring thoughts of streaming warm sunshine, walks in the green-grassed park, and color--lots of spring-like color.











So, here's to hoping you find these color pops just as inspiring!

HAPPY MONDAY.



10 January 2014

MORTON JAMES BOUTIQUE | HANNAH MAPLE STUDIO.

Friends. Readers. Fellow interior and wardrobe aficionados. I finally have a recent project for you to behold. Admittedly, I've had these photos for a while (thanks to the ever-amazing, photographic genius Tiffany from Offbeat and Inspired), but I guess I was waiting for the new year to roll around before debuting them.

Anyhow, I was commissioned by the owners of Morton James  to create an interior that would house their amazing wardrobe offerings and match their biz mantra: a well-curated men's and women's clothing boutique offering sophisticated, edgy apparel that's both style and quality driven. 

The project was a dream. The owners were a dream. And the photos are a dream.

























So there you have it! Morton James...my most recently installed project...and even a little photo of me in the mix :)

And now you have some homework:

GET to this boutique. Their goods are amazing. Seriously, Halie and Julia (the savvy style gurus behind MJ) have the most impeccable taste.

Follow Morton James on instagram...you certainly won't be sorry.

And, take a peek at my good friend and photographer's style-laden blog: Offbeat and Inspired. That, too, you won't regret!

Happy Friday.
HAPPY WEEKEND.


07 January 2014

FRIGID.

As promised, winter has officially been brutal. Just the other day, my Maple and I found ourselves driving through the December countryside, amazed at the 60 degree sunshine, and how those so-called farmers almanacs were way wrong about this predicted 'terrible' winter. 

This morning it was -4 degrees, with a windchill of -21. 

WHAT. Terrible.

This southern sunshine gal thought she missed winter. In fact...I do not. What I'm currently missing is my seaside Charleston...and those anything but brutal winters that came with us living there.

So, as my frozen fingers work away placing orders, doing biz things, and keeping clients and their homes happy...I can't help but want to be anywhere warm and toasty...but here.







So, here's to you, fellow polar vortex victims. I know many of you have it much worse than us Kentuckians! Sending super warm thoughts your way! 



31 December 2013

SCENES FROM OUR COTTAGE.

2013. I can't even believe that it's over. What a whirlwind of a year it was...filled with amazing, unfathomable happenings and blessings. I have this tendency to wish time away. I'm always, always looking forward to the future: planning, dreaming, trying to make my life happen (the curse of the creatives, it seems). I'm forever trying to change things. And this house. Can we talk about this house? It's in a constant state of disarray. Living in a construction zone can be chaotic, at best.

So as 2014 commences, I want to start anew...with the old. Appreciate what I have. Be grateful for everything in my life...yes, even the moments of limbo/chaos/confusion/what have you. Because isn't that where we find true happiness? Relishing in our 'haves' instead of furiously seeking our 'have-nots'?
And yes, my house is still chaotic. Don't let me fool you. Who knows when this reno will boast serene surroundings...but at least it's on its way. But today I decided I would appreciate what I have...and the way things are...and start really living in this house...and enjoying it. So here are some scenes to prove that I am doing just that:















So, there you have it: objects, furnishings, updates, vignettes, works-in-progress...and things that make me happy...in and around my house :)

Happy New Years Eve, my dear friends!!! I hope you spend every moment rejoicing over the moments of 2013, and relishing each and every new minute of 2014! I hope your New Years is nothing but extremely blessed!

HAPPIEST 2014.






19 December 2013

VACATION.

My Maple turned 30 last week, and we were fortunate enough to celebrate such a momentous occasion at our favorite house in the world, and with a handful of our dearest, most amazing friends. It was the trip of a lifetime, and it could not have been any more perfect. And perhaps the highlight of the entire occasion?  Bahamian 80's Day. Yes--for Corey's birthday--we surprised him by appearing for breakfast decked out in 80s garb. And then we hit the beach in...you guessed it...80s swimsuits. And then we had an 80s outfit change for lunch. And of course the night cap was our 80s dinner attire. It was nothing short of amazing. And if TSA had ransacked my suitcase they would've have been wildly confused by its contents. But it was hilarious, and perfect...and, as Maple so eloquently put it...the very best day of his life. Success!
































Do you spy the unfathomable interiors work of the Tom Scheerer? He decorated the club at Lyford Cay in Nassau, and each time I visit I find new and noteworthy design elements to drool over.

And, do you spy some amazing 80s attire? If you look closely enough, you may just catch the glimmer of some relatively famous gold shorts...

HAPPY THURSDAY.