Interior Treats :: Me, Oh, Mama

After a week in Greenville, S.C. as part of my US of A tour, I decided to luxuriate in a bath full of bubbles bubbly or both…with my I-Pad charged and several hours of quiet, it was the perfect time to catch up. As a visual warrior in search of all things beautiful, I decided to start on Instagram. If you follow Instagram then you know the first images you are hit with are recommendations based on “People You Follow.” Uh-oh. Of course, I may have posted a few, and if I share one more sunset I think my followers are going to think I’m a nature photographer and not a Design Blogger. I watch the sky so much for the perfect moment that I tripped twice last week, once spilling out everything in my purse (it’s actually a large tote) to the stares of everyone passing by, yes I felt that people were being a little “judgy.” Why wouldn’t I have 2 cameras, 20 tubes of lipstick (A girl has to have choices right?) an extra pair of Kate Spade flats, numerous notebooks, pens from just about every hotel I’ve ever stayed at, a DVD player (don’t ask), the Frozen CD, a deck of Old Maid (I have an eight year old), a crossword puzzle book, and the latest copy of W Magazine & Veranda (for a coffee break if  I ever have time to take one), a hospital sized first-aid kit (perfect for small operations), and 7 pairs of sunglasses…and the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong I did have several men stop and help, one of whom mentioned that he hoped my husband “Cut up the credit card.” Why would Mr. B. do that? He wants to stay married right? I was going to post the sidewalk spillage on Instagram, but frankly the sunset might be a little more interesting, but certainly not as amusing.

So off I went to explore, and see what some of my favorite IG’ers had to offer. Then I stumbled onto O&D Interiors, a recommendation from Instagram. Hat tip to the genius’s over there. It was a feast for my eyes, because this dynamic duo can design. My mission is to share the latest and greatest with my followers. So share I will, in fact I have a feeling that some people will thank me. Alot. I really don’t know much about Nicole Davis & Becki Owens (yet), but their work certainly speaks for itself. They also have a blog meohmymama.blogspot.com. They were kind enough to give me permission this morning to share the photos off IG. P.S. Jeanne Chung (Cozy. Stylish. Chic) you wondered why I was up until 3AM…well this is why. I think you’ll agree that it was so worth it. On a side note: I do want to mention that we have our next “Tastemaker” in the pipeline, Jane Goetz, this talented “Tastemaker” hails from Atlanta, and had a project being photographed that she wanted to include. I have little doubt that it’s going to be worth the wait…after that several of my favorites from Greenville, S.C.

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Photo/ Ashlee Raubach-Designers/ O & D Interiors

These stunning doors give a little hint of the graphic drama to follow in the dining room…

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Photo/ Ashlee Raubach- Designers/ O & D Interiors

The marbled fabric on the drapes and shade are simply stunning…

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 Designers/ O & D Interiors

The vaulted ceiling & the soothing colour palette give impact to this stylish space…

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 Photo/ Ashlee Raubach- Designers/ O & D Interiors

 This bathroom is proof that white is still hot…

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 Designers/ O & D Interiors

 Encased in Carrera …

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 Designers/ O & D Interiors

I love the graphic play of the wallpaper with the veining on the counter-top.

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Designers/ O & D Interiors

The design on the wrought iron staircase adds architectural detail…

As always don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook for more design inspiration. P.S. I did want to clarify something from my last post. Although, I will be Design Blogger first and foremost, I will still have my hand in the design pie, we are the in process of setting up a unique service that offers remote design only. We will no longer be working with clients in person. Also, we are setting up a store that will offer art pieces to complete gallery walls from some of my favorite artists…More information about all that later. I hope you enjoyed this Interior Treat™.

Until next time,

Be Inspired. Be Amazing.

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The Artful Home :: Paint Spatters

This week I finally said it, out loud. I am a Design Blogger who used to be a Designer. There are no more blurred lines. I’ve always been a big supporter of people following their dreams, only I never took my own advice. So today, I found myself clarifying what I really do for a living. I was asked by a brand that I’ve been dying to work with, (a dream come true moment when they reached out to me)…then the question came- the ONE that I’ve always dreaded. “We’d love to work with you, but we wondered are you a blogger or a designer?”  Honestly, I was hesitant to let go of what I put my heart and soul into for the past 12 years. But, it was time to say it out loud. I AM A DESIGN BLOGGER. Because this is what I love to do. Let’s face it, as we get older following your dreams becomes really, really important, and so I am. Tick tock.

I’m also a writer. It keeps me up at night, putting together blog posts and finishing touches on the book that is in the pipeline. I am  a career blogger, a road warrior of the written word. I get to write about what I love-which is design, 24/7, my dream.

I decided to celebrate my revelation by going to one of my favorite eatery’s in Greenville, S. C. (where I am this week). While I was contemplating the menu choices (seriously is everything in the South, smothered, covered, country-fried, or sugar coated?) and wondering if I should get the field green salad with a country fried pie on the side, patrons of this well-heeled establishment were headed over to Anthropologie across the street. Visiting this “purveyor of the fabulous” wasn’t in the cards for me because a quick look around becomes an extended visit that usually ends with a few bags full of housewares, and maybe a top or two. Combine that with the knowledge that Mr. B. is going to question me about spending a few hundred dollars just window shopping (he has perfected the art of interrogation), and the risk may not be worth the reward (seriously I do go to Anthro to window shop). Who doesn’t get positively giddy looking at the store vignettes? Yes, I gave into my Anthro cravings, and it was worth the trip.

This lifestyle store puts a fair share of creative muscle into their displays, rivaling that of my beloved ABC Home in NYC. The former is an emporium that leaves you with the feeling that you just went through an attic full of great estate finds. I walked out with tons of pics, a bag full of goodies, and a little inspiration sparked by a paint splattered chair. So if a Jackson Pollock original isn’t a possibility you can still introduce this artistic aesthetic into your home through affordable paint splattered furniture, walls or accessories adding visual appeal from high-end to rustic interiors. Some of my favourite paint spatter pieces have been rugs and walls…but some of the furniture offerings are positively mind-blowing, and if you are a proficient DIY’er  get a bucket of paint, and let the creative juices flow.

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 via theaceofspaceblog.com

The chair that has inspired so many ideas found in Anthropologie.

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 via Yazy Jo

This has to be one of my favorite chairs of all time, it can be dressed up or dressed down…

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 via Lonny Magazine

The fabric on this slip-covered console is actually manufactured…but oh the possibilities…

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 via yohomepage.com

Spattered in blue, a wall-covering from Hinson & Co.

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via Elle Decor

This splattered or spattered mural is in the home of the artist couple Lili Nalovi & Jesko Willert…

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 Photo/ Angie Hranowsky

This paint spattered shade is from an interior designed by last weeks “Tastemaker,” the fabulous Angie Hranowsky…

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 via casasugar.com

Or just a little bit…take your pick.

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 via Elle Decor

I’m not sure what I love more the walls or the drool-worthy console…

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 Designer/ Kelly Werstler

Who doesn’t love the eclectic glamour of Kelly’s spaces? And that rug…

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via Elle Decor

This is the home of Sarah Jessica Parker, the paint spattered fabric from Hinson & Co. adds to the fresh, eclectic vibe of this room in her Hampton’s home…

I hope you are inspired to think outside the proverbial box!

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Be Inspired. Be Amazing.

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Just As Good On The Inside…(Indoor/Outdoor Furniture)

Summer is here!!! With the scorching heat of the southern sun- comes the pool and neighborhood kids running rampant through our home (Yes, we are the house). Apparently, kids come to our door in flocks because we have great snacks, and as of last week we bought a machine that makes custom sodas. Which was a mistake, a very Big one. Finding children standing at your front door with bottles to fill is something that I am going to change with drapery. That’s Right. We have a foyer that would benefit from drapery which would cover the expansive opening, and in a perfect world could be drawn blocking us from the world. Initially, Mr  B. was vehemently opposed, but as the summer progresses he is totally on board. In fact, if I knew this earlier, I would have paid the kids in the neighborhood top dollar to show up at our door just to get the drapery I always wanted (scheming is not outside the realm of possibilities to get a little privacy). Which brings me to another new purchase, the indoor/outdoor chairs which have replaced the creamy white slipcovered ones that used to be a part of our breakfast-room. I have watched them become a human napkin, a trampoline, and my favorite-removing the slipcovers and using them to transform your tiny self into a ghost. Creative, but a deal breaker.

So last week, the Fashionista and I found the perfect replacement. Virtually child proof with modern lines, they can absolutely be hosed off (Note to self: make sure there aren’t any pint sized lurkers first).  Plus, they can be brought outside for extra seating on the deck. So while I am trying to “summer proof” our house, (successfully I might add) I wanted to share some indoor/outdoor chairs that I had considered as worthy contenders. As luck would have it, I have “second and third guessed” my decision. Yes, I have seen others since that I love more. But that is all part of being a fickle soul.

Gone are the days when it didn’t matter if the furniture was weather proof or not, as long as it could be moved from the inside to the outside, and back without alot of effort. As in the case of my mother’s beloved Heywood Wakefield dining set. It certainly withstood the test of time, both inside and out. I remember having to move the set from the kitchen to the back lawn for evening dining (if it was a sunny day). In her defense we had two months of summer a year, so I’m sure catching what little we had of summer was the deciding factor. Granted, my forward thinking mother was probably ahead of her time and I am happy to report that she actually has outdoor furniture now. The Heywood-Wakefield dining room set was sadly replaced when we all left for college, unfortunate because today it would be so “au courant.” Had it been passed to me, I can assure you we would not be carrying it to the great outdoors every evening.

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 via reeenesdesign.com

This updated version of a farmhouse chair would be perfect indoors or out…

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 via indulgy.com

Oh the possibilities…

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via hautelook.com

I can imagine these surrounding a formal table inside with a sparkly chandelier, or moved patio-side gracing candlelit tables…

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via inmod.com

These were my second runner-up, there was such a sculptural quality, virtually art for the home…

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via luxeyard.com

Pantone’s “Colour of the Year,” Radiant Orchid, translated into an indoor/outdoor chair...

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via gilthome.com

This has to be the most stunning example of an indoor/outdoor chair…if you use these in a project I would love to see a picture!

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via theinspiredroom.net

The iconic Tolix Chair, successfully blended with other styles and textures. Hard to believe, but the very first Tolix chair was manufactured in 1934, and it’s still relevant today.

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via theaceofspaceblog.com/Vicki Bolick

My house, with the new chairs from Ballard Design. I looked everywhere, even chairs at triple the cost, but I loved the clean lines, and the synthetic rattan would survive close inspection by even the most discerning eye. Paired with some custom pillows from John Robshaw, and my work in this room is finished. I love the light here, and our view overlooking a large pond is the perfect spot to enjoy a cuppa.

I hope you are inspired to think outside the proverbial design box, and look at some standout offerings of indoor/outdoor furniture…until next time.

Be Inspired. Be Amazing.

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