Friday, July 29, 2011

My Beach Week

Happy Friday & Happy vacation to me!

Today is the day...I am officially off to Bethany Beach (after a couple family brunches and one Manchester United vs. Barcelona soccer game this weekend)!

As I've started to pack...I've begun longing for a nice adult carry-on! I am so over my wheeled suitcases and opened Lands End totes! These are not easy breezy practical.

I really want a classic, preppy, kick ass durable weekender bag like this one from Filson!

And since Ryan literally hates every single pair of sunglasses I own...maybe I'll pick up these super cute Tory Burch sunglasses...they are the perfect combination of classic wayfayers and feminine cat-eyes :)

Either way I'll be visiting my favorite beach antique store, Beach Plum, and reporting back throughout the week.
Ciao for now...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Favorite Boys Rooms

My girlfriend at work is moving into a new house, and is looking for cool design/inspiration for her two super cute sons rooms.

When it comes to kids rooms I always like to think in themes...but not over-the-top kids themes...more like is this a preppy room or a rustic room? Is it going to have nautical accents or wildlife accents? Or maybe an old book theme...seriously it can be anything! But the overall feel should be more whimsical than real.

Two of my favorite color combinations for kids rooms lately are navy and kelly green...and gray and orange. I think a great way to bring in the whimsical elements is by painting stripes...either on the walls or the ceiling. If you are going with a rustic theme...what about putting barn wood on the ceiling instead of tongue and groove wood?

The key is you don't have to buy kids decor to make it kid-friendly. Quite the contrary--you can find graphic rugs, beautiful curtains and great textured fabric anywhere. Plus, if you stick with ageless pieces they will be able to grow with your kid, or one day move to the guest room.

Check out some of my favorite Boys rooms below:


Here are some of my favorite adult fabrics that can easily be used in a kids room

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kyle MacLachlans House

Kyle MacLachlan's LA home is the complete opposite of his SATC character Trey McDougal's 5th Avenue pre-war stunner...but I love it all the same.

How beautiful is the exterior of this English Countryside Manor?? I can't believe this sits in LA...I could totally sit out in the garden every day enjoying a cup of coffee, and reading The New York Times...ahh that could be a good life!

Check out more details on Casa Sugar

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Anne Turner Carroll Interiors

The other day I spent way too much time on decor pad (the pinterest before there was pinterest) looking at photos and was loving everything from Alabama-based designer Anne Turner I decided to check out her website.

I absolutely adore her work. You can immediately see her background both at Cottage Living and Southern Living magazines working its way into all of her interiors. I love the relaxed yet beautiful choices of wall color, fabrics, textures, etc.

I am definitely more drawn toward Southern designers than any other aesthetic! And all of my favorites seem to have studied at Auburn University?? :)