30 October 2013


My Emmie got married.
She is beautiful. He is beautiful. And the entire occasion was truly just beautiful.

(And I couldn't be any happier for the two of them, except that they forgot to include me in their suitcases as they jaunted off to one of Kelly Wearstler's insanely designed locales.)

Anyway, the entire weekend was nothing but tasteful, elegant...and superbly chic. Not to mention so incredibly fun--a truly joyous celebration of the newly-combined Mr. and Mrs. Ward.

And now for some scenes from the weekend:

Elegant. Simple. But insanely chic.
In the world of pinterest overload and outlandishly competitive weddings, this entire occasion was perfectly refreshing.

So cheers to the newlyweds!
If you're reading this it means you had better get back to honeymooning :)


28 October 2013


Friends, remember I told you of my incredibly talented composer of a brother-in-law? Remember how my Maple and I accompanied them to Sundance last January, because the documentary he scored was being featured? Remember how that documentary (Blood Brother) swept all of the major Sundance awards for its category?

Well, get VERY excited, because Blood Brother is screening in downtown Lexington (at the Kentucky Theater) on the night of November 21st!

People--this is big. You HAVE to see this film. It's incredible...such an amazing reminder that there is in fact inherent good in this world...and selfless people with resolute compassion who deeply, deeply care. It will rock your world. I mean, it was the only film at 2013 Sundance to receive a standing ovation after every single showing. If that doesn't say something, I don't know what will!

So, Lexington--go reserve your tickets! 

November 21.

I will see you there :)

23 October 2013


October, and all of its perfection, is my very favorite month. I relish that moment in time when balmy summer weather so feverishly dissipates into crisp, sunshine filled days...dotted with the vibrant colorings of swirling autumn leaves. Suddenly it's boots weather...and scarf weather...and jacket weather...and drink-coffee-on-a-stroll-through-the-park-weather...and I seriously love it. So here you are, my ode to October, and all of its inspirational glory:

Happy Wednesday.

21 October 2013


My Maple and I travel a decent amount, but rarely do we ever really take a vacation. I'm talking serious unplugging--no email, no instagram...not even pinterest. I hate to admit it, but I'm quite attached to my phone. Mostly because I feel like in a service-based industry, I have to be. It's sort of my job to be.

So: enter in our anniversary weekend. Our five year anniversary, to be exact. We had a wedding in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday, the 18th (our actual anni), so the Mr. and I decided to take advantage of the short hour-away distance and book a little 'staycation' in our own state for the entire weekend. And it was nothing short of perfection. No email. Nope...no instagram (can you believe it?). And no pinterest. Only good friends. Great art and inspiration. Unbelievably delicious food. Amazing site-seeing. And spending ample amounts of uninterrupted, much-needed, one-on-one time with my handsome Maple in this bustling, art and inspiration-infused city.

Anyway, here's a little photo diary of our amazing little river city rendezvous:

Can you guess where we stayed? 
And can you believe this is Kentucky, my friends?
So proud of our state, and just how quickly it's popping up on the map as an art and design and food (and..ahem...bourbon) destination.

Now...back to work.

16 October 2013


An exciting thing is happening on the local Lexington scene, my friends. And, that exciting thing goes by the name Morton James--an amazing boutique filled with amazing wardrobe goods (men's and women's, I might add). We at Hannah Maple Studio were lucky enough to be involved with the design of the interior, and couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome. We may be biased, but we think it's just what we all were collaborating towards: a refined, rustic, industrial space that's gender neutral, and also warm and welcoming...and still southern. There were so many talented minds involved, and we are just so honored to have played a part in the concept. Here's a bit of a sneak peek...but you must go check it out in person! Seriously, the clothes could not be more amazing. Morton James opens to the public this Friday, October 18th!

Chelsea, my talented design assistant, and moi...relishing the outcome at Morton James' 
opening soiree Monday evening.

Sneaky sneaky...peeky peeky!

And the uber-talented Tiffany behind Off Beat and Inspired (a must read), photographing the finished space this morning.

And of course my dapper dude, who is also my rock, and really made all of this possible with his unfathomable love, support, and patience..because you know I am not the easiest wife to have :)

He is amazing. And isn't he just so dang handsome?! 

And...of course...the tastemakers behind the amazing goods at Morton James. Halie, the owner (on the right), and Julia, the manager (on the left). And don't you know they just have the most impeccable, sophisticated, southern taste in clothing! Now available to you, Lexington :)

So there you have it. Go and get you some Morton James!
Starting this Friday at 10 a.m.
You are sure to be obsessed.

11 October 2013


I wish I had more time to blog. I really do. It's something I'm working on, but haste makes waste, and when I do blog, I want it to be relevant content to my business and your likes...content that you super enjoy. So, with that said, it's Friday! And, if that isn't exciting enough, I have an amazing coffee table book to introduce to all of you: Beyond Chic, a drool-worthy, photo-laden documentation of great fashion designers and the interiors they live and work within. It's seriously good for the design-obsessed soul (and fashion, for that matter), not to mention for the top of your coffee table!

And...those images just speak for themselves. Truly, the epitome of chic. An inside-look into the fashion industry leaders who we are all so enamored with and intrigued by. Their home--their refuge--their sources of inspiration--and therefore a slice of who they are, what they aspire toward, and what brings them peace and happiness in their busy worlds. The worlds of Monolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Georgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Missoni...and so many more. Truly--the great fashion designers--and their 'beyond chic' dwellings!

 Go and check it out, dear readers.

And happy Friday!