26 June 2013


Surely you've seen/heard/read about the mother-daughter style duo of Judy and Jane Aldridge. They're pretty highly revered within the blog + fashion world, and daughter Jane has made quite a name for herself via her Sea of Shoes personal fashion blog:

And yes, Jane is beautiful and has an incredible sense of style, and is well on her way to making it big in this cut-throat industry, but let's pay some homage to mom Judy, who inevitably played a significant role in the development of Jane's amazingly 'collected' sense of style:

Isn't her personal style unreal? It's so effortless. So chic. So out of the ordinary.
And, as if my wardrobe doesn't aspire to be Judy, 
just check out her meticulously-contrived and collected interior:

The epitome of 'well-collected.' 
And, just like her wardrobe: effortless, chic...and bold.

Amazing, right? 
Thanks to those Aldridges for all the style inspiration.

(images via The Coveteur and Atlantis Home)


21 June 2013


It's Friday...and it's been a heck of a week. All sorts of happenings have been had. Lots of those happenings were good--including a site visit that gave me a peek into the install of a client's breakfast nook wallpaper:

We're all just a tad excited with the way this area of the house is evolving :) These clients are young, daring, and modern...and their new, sprawling home situated on a gorgeous Kentucky horse farm is anything but that. It's super formal and traditional, so we've been busy melding their unconventional style with the home's traditional architectural (see the mass of arched spans and corinthian columns just beyond the light fixture?).

Hope your week's been just as exciting!
Cheers to wallpaper...for making my week nothing short of amazing.


17 June 2013


So, if you've been following along with the daily craze that is my life, you most likely know that my Maple and I are busy renovating a little historic 'cottage,' as we call it. Well, countertops are getting installed tomorrow, and I can't even begin to tell you how antsy I am with anticipation! After nearly four months of attempting to be patient, we'll finally finally have a working kitchen. With new cabinetry, and counters. I am pinching myself.

But, aside from working on the cottage, we've also been renovating my design studio. And she was in bad shape. She's a little A-frame rectangle of a space...with tons of potential...in an amazing locale...she just needed a lot of help to realize what a hidden gem she could be. So, we started by ripping out the dingy paneled ceiling, to expose those original rafters:

Looks daunting...but she's on her way to coming along. The next step is to spray some insulation between the rafters, and get those beams and rafters painted. Then the walls will get a gleaming new coat of fresh, white paint--which has been a huge debate, but I want it super clean and open since the natural light is really lacking. Then will come the fun part--the lighting install!

And, in terms of design inspiration, here's a few images I just can't get out of my head: 

A simple, yet extremely well-designed facade. Street cred is uber-important, in my book. Passerby's need to know you're a design studio, and you're good at what you do!

 Doors and windows are a simply way to amp up any facade. And again, I'm craving some major curb appeal, as my little studio is currently lacking in that department. To the point that I'm reluctant to even put up a sign. And this architectural doorway is absolute perfection!

Well-planned organization and storage is an absolute must, so I'm lining the entire back wall with a shelving system, then containing it with a wall of gray linen drapery. Easy access to samples and paperwork, yet totally concealable when we want a cleaner environment to work and create within. 

And I mentioned the natural light is really lacking. I have one measly window, and a solid metal door (that's of course seen better days). Simple, effective solution? A dutch door, I think! 

And, for the interior: white slipcovers, warm woods, and a hint of brass...

Warm white walls, and a gray-washed A-frame ceiling will provide the perfect, neutral, uncluttered backdrop for all the design-doings we have going on.

I'm thinking antique mirrors will go a really long way in reflecting the natural light...

And I'm just dying for the installation of a bold, geometric floor to happen! 

And so that's my studio--very much in the works, but coming along. July 1 is the finish deadline, as I have an exciting new addition to welcome into my studio space! ... An intern... :) So fingers crossed all goes according to plan. Can't wait to share the finished space with you!

So, until next time...


06 June 2013


Yes, I've been bad on the blogging front again. But, for good reason (or, so I think). So here's some of those 'why's', and a bit of what I've been up to lately:

I hopped a flight down to inspiration-filled Austin...
(I die over this front stoop tile!)

...for a girl's trip.
(yes, we have lots of good stories to tell, and a few pirate tattoos to show).

Austin, of course, is amazing...and I came home incredibly refreshed and inspired, especially by beckoning restaurant patios such as this...

...and so many other well-designed patios, businesses, food trucks, and things in general.

I ate my weight in tacos...

And brought home a shipment full of antique and vintage goodies.
(Keep your eyes peeled, people...as these goods will soon be for sale.)

And, in the meantime, a client's very boring brown bathroom went from this
(that's the unpainted paneling we installed)

...to this.
I am happy. They are happy. We are all dang happy.

And, this show-stopper was installed.
Good lighting makes all the difference in the world. Especially in a looming entryway.
The contractor thinks the dark blue /gray canopy looks like a hole in the ceiling.
But he's a guy. And I think it's perfection.

Furnishings are being delivered, so now comes the fun part: making them our own. 
And creating the perfect backdrop for such loveliness with amazing wallpaper.
...it's coming along...

So there you have it...
my lately.

Hope yours has been perfection, as well!

04 June 2013


Lorenzo Castillo. A man of sheer brilliance. A Spaniard with an incredible, artistic sensibility of style, sophistication, proportion, scale, and visual interest. His ability to elegantly yet casually mix aesthetics is unreal. His spaces always look so collected, so uncontrived, yet so well-planned. A refined Kelly Wearstler, if you will, with his bold use of patterns, ornate furnishings, and sculptural elements. And this is why I will forever revere Mr. Castillo as an absolute icon within the design industry:

...And I had to stop myself...

Seriously, his designs are brilliant. All of his rooms have a way of drawing you in, keeping you inspired, without overwhelming your senses. They're warm, they're grounded in classicism, yet they push the boundaries in so many intriguing, unorthodox ways. That balance is quite a feat...a mastery, if you ask me.

So...Lorenzo Castillo. Amazing, right?

And with that, HAPPY TUESDAY.