A Fall Play In Neutrals

I find myself being drawn to a whole lotta neutrals lately. Whether in interiors or fashion, I’m craving patterns and textures right now!  I thought I’d indulge it a little today. 

So while the season to entertain, savor a delicious meal and gather around with friends and family is upon us, here’s my take on creating a beautiful, layered Fall table. One that's textured and interesting, and fun to create!  I think it would make for the perfect setting in a garden - imagine a a backdrop of lush greens.  I’m calling her “Neutral Dreams”. Enjoy!

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  1. Start with a modern, textured table cloth like this linen tablecloth . by the Vallentine Project

  2. Add on a wood charger topped with a white dinner plate.

  3. Bordered napkins (love these papaya napkins from Serena & Lily), cinched with black wire napkin rings

  4. Some bamboo flatware - keeping it relaxed

  5. The absolute coolest - brass lassi cups! I might be obsessed with these. I came across some INCREDIBLE antique tumblers when searching online. And on my next visit to India, I’m not coming back without a set!)

  6. Small terracotta butter dishes placed on lush green leaves from the garden. One for each guest.

  7. Speckled ceramic salt cellars with brass spoons

  8. And a couple small baskets of breadsticks

    Now for the centerpiece,

  9. Take an antique glazed pot and give it a burst of parrot tulips! A simple yet charming centerpiece. Love the patina the pot adds to the table. (search for “glazed french pottery” online or on Etsy and you’ll see a bunch)


And we’re ready for a delicious meal & some conversation around the table!

Photo Credits: Alamy (tulips), 123Rf.com (breadsticks)

Loving Me Some Mid-Century Modern

Lately I’ve been on the hunt for some clean mid-century modern furniture for a client’s home and came across some fantastic inspiration while at it! Lauren Conrad’s bright, airy Pacific Palisades home caught my attention with it’s clean lines & Cali casual vibe. All that natural light pouring into the living room, and the neutral palette plays it up beautifully! I thought I'd break down and share what I love about this space & how you can get a similar look.

A few aspects I'm loving -
- the warmth and texture - a mix of woods, leather, brass, wovens & plants, against the all-white backdrop looks amazing and really warms up the room
- the delineated windows against the white walls - gorgeous
- a mix of vintage & mid-century modern elements. Like the antique brass coffee table ( a personal favorite she’s carried through different homes) with those incredible (teakwood?) lounge chairs - love their structure
- the mid-century modern rocker (adorable) seems to be having a moment - I’ve seen it show up in many a magazine pages this year!
- that big, beautiful oversized mirror above the fireplace

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Here's some suggestions to get this look

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1. planter 2. round brass mirror 3. rocking chair 4. white fringe pillow 5. paint - Benjamin Moore - Super White 6. tan leather sofa 7. brass vase (this one at Wayfair for much, much less, would look just as great), 8. woven bw striped pillow (love this shop The Little Market - fair trade, supports co-ops), or Etsy  9. wink pillow 10. wall sconce 11rug 12. lounge chairs 13. garden stool 14. bw striped pillow 15.fringe throw 16. gold leaf coffee table 17. mongolian faux fur pillow 18. fiddle leaf fig tree 19. woven baskets 20. ace tray 21. hydrangeas in a vase 22. coffee table books - Tim Walker’s Storyteller would be an incredible browse, MAD creativity on every page.

Thoughts, questions? Comment away!

A Timeless Classic

Schumacher's Pyne Hollyhock is a bit of a legend in the design world. A timeless classic that instantly resonated with people when it first burst on to the scene in the 60s, and to this day graces the windows, walls & furniture of so many beautiful homes! 

I recently saw it featured on the cover of Schumacher's winter issue of The Bulletin (pic below) - and was floored by the simple warmth of the space and it's pairing with the striped chairs. Stop-in-your-tracks gorgeous.

Schumacher did a feature on Pyne Hollyhock & Nancy Pyne, whose home it was first introduced in. Famed designer Albert Hadley sourced this floral chintz for her home from England. Chintz wasn't in fashion at the time, but for Pyne it was love at first sight -  "My friends and family said "No, no no!" But I said "Yes - I like it."  

It was cool to read the origin story of this gorgeous pattern & I enjoyed reading about Mrs. Pyne herself!  Including her maxims for a well-lived life. My favorite - "You've got to never think about yourself, never, and you've got to think about other people".   Clearly, she's a lady with great style AND a force to reckon with.

Because of it’s popularity, the Pyne Hollyhock is an excellent study in how a pattern as exquisite as this can be applied in different ways in a home. Let's explore!

 

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Nancy Pyne in her home at Cherryfields, 1987

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... in her current home.  Style that endures.

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In it's original color, charcoal.

 
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Traditional glam. Love this mix of elements. A small sunburst mirror, leopard pillows & that exquisite Hollyhock headboard.

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Powder room envy!!  

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This pup is clearly living her best life

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One of my favorite applications - crisp Louis XVI chairs

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On a throw pillow,  a nice pairing with the bottle green

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And finally, this dreaaaaaaamy bedroom (designed by Erin Gates Design) that has my name written all over it!  Modern elegance. I love how the swirly marble lilac pillow (modern) complements the grisaille wallpaper (a classic). 

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Photo Credits: F. SchumacherThe Glam Pad, Laura Design Co,  Schumacher Instagram - 1, 2

Weekend Project Success

As you guys know, I'm really into Bungalow 5's Jacqui nightstand at the moment. It's clean lines and gorgeous turned legs -  a great example of  traditional design that feels fresh and current.

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But they're priiiiiicey people! and would definitely bust our budget. So I decided to look for something with a similar style and feel, and that would look good in our bedroom.

I checked out  sites like Chairish & design + gallery which have quality vintage & designer pieces, but I wasn't finding anything that felt like a good fit.  And then, just as if they were in my destiny.....

... I stumbled upon this FANTASTIC pair of ming nightstands right here at a local antique shop!  Clean lines, a beautiful carved base & in great shape. And they were a pair (rarer than you'd imagine!).  Sometimes you walk into a place and come upon a real treasure & you just gotta go for it!  But me being me, I still gave it a day's worth of thought  & whipped 'em up the next day.

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I considered having them professionally rejuvenated / refinished, but honestly they were in very good condition so I decided to give 'em a go!  They needed some love to smooth out the surface and fill in a spot or two, which I felt  I'd be able to manage. 

The following weekend I bought white spray paint and ordered 6 polished brass ring pulls. Sanding, priming and a few coats of spray paint later....ta-da!

 

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I left the insides of the drawers a rich stained oak that they already were.  It makes for a nice contrast and gives the stands a little edge.

I'm THRILLED with how they've turned out you guys!  They look great in our bedroom and lend it such a charm.

I used Rust-oleum's white primer and gloss white spray print, and Minwax's semi-gloss polycrylic to seal it off.   All great choices & I'd definitely recommend them for any spray paint job you have coming up. I prefer semi-gloss for an understated look (especially with polished hardware). High-gloss if you're going glam or ultra-modern.  

 For someone who's not a major DIY-er, my DIY confidence is soaring right now! :P