My Top Ten Most Pinned Images :: Fan Favorites

This is too good not to share. Although, I did pinky promise not to reveal his real name…I met with a designer (it has to do with architectural plans) over the weekend. SO enter, a big burly, former football player who oozed testosterone. He is even on a hockey team. We talked about design, the industry, blogs, and after looking at some of his spectacular designs, we started talking kitchens. Then he showed me a kitchen he just finished (this dude has some mad skills)…complete with rhinestone encrusted drawer pulls. Okay, he just looks tough. Then I thought cool, I could totally use another BFF, you know the guys who will totally be your plus one, and your significant others will never, ever have to worry. I started thinking about events that I had to attend and how much fun that would be to bring him along as my plus one.  Then he shared with me that he always wanted to be a fashion designer. I was dying. We are totally separated at birth (sans the physical stature). I have found my other “husband.” Plus he was funny (bonus). I was thinking cocktail events, he could totally hang out with me at industry functions. He was the answer to every female designers prayers.  Then I asked him, in front of my husband, in front of his assistant, “Hey do you want to go to an industry event with me next week.” All eyes have now turned to me. His face turned red, I mean Farrow & Ball-“Eating Room Red.” My husband looked like I had totally jumped headfirst into a pit of snakes. Me-“Hey if your busy, I totally understand. I have my friend Tom I can take.” – The silence was uncomfortable, painfully. My husband had “the” look on his face, the same one he had when I asked one of his former bosses wives if she was pregnant (she wasn’t). The designer- “My wife might have a problem with that. Did you think I wasn’t straight?” SAY what? Can I get a drink over here please? “Well…yes…” The sound of that ear-splitting laugh was deafening, hey I did mention he had a sense of humor right? The moral of this story-never assume. Anything.

So while I was out committing social “faux pas,” I received an e-mail from a follower who asked me what some of my favourite Pinterest Pins are. Well, there are many, but then I thought why not let the fans decide based on Re-pins. So here they are my “My Top Ten Repins.” Some surprised me, and others I couldn’t agree with more…and here are the results.

 The Ace's Top 10 Most Pinned Images

 Drum roll please…


 From the Belair Hotel in California, my followers loved this image because of the wallpaper, and quite frankly I saw the writing on the wall too..


 via Domino Magazine

Was it the gilt ceiling paint, or the blue and green color scheme? Or both? Coming in at #2 this dining space made my followers green with envy.



Evidently, people love Hermes saddles….or at least the horse.


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 One thing I know for sure is this- people really connect with horses. So do I. In fact, I have an entire Pinboard devoted to our equine friends-titled “Equestriana.” 


Photo/ Courtesy Vicki Gladle

This was one that surprised me, an image of a design I did for a teenage client. There were other elements in the room that were not photographed and I suppose as designers we always have regrets. Although, I would like to thank all those who where inspired enough to pin it.



Basements are challenging to design, but not so with this space. It resonated with hundreds of people.



From the graphic patterned floor to the orchid colored ceiling painted. What’s not to love?



This bathroom inspired many to hit the Repin button, from the stand alone tub, wooden shelves and painted brick walls. 



Rustic design is going through an evolution, but this interior will always have that timeless quality, which is obviously appealing to many.

repins10Designer/ Steven Gambrel

I think everything Steven Gambrel does is stunning, and apparently so so hundreds of others…

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Until next time,


Why I Forgive Restoration Hardware…

Over the 4th we packed the car full of swim toys, new luggage (I retired my well-worn set after it survived the injustices of being relegated to cargo on too many occasions to count), and picnic baskets. Regarding the luggage- I just transfer the contents of one un-packed suitcase into my new leather Bric’s set (a gift), add a few more clean pieces and Voila! If I were a lifestyle or fashion blogger you can bet I would go into great detail along with info-graphics showing you the “how-to’s” of my unique packing system.  By summer’s end, all I’ll have to do is store away the suitcase, no unpacking required.

The Fashionista and I are in the midst of a whirlwind of non-stop travel, most is personal travel with a touch of business mixed in (when I can). Back from Charlotte off to NY on Friday. Even through the hectic pace of the summer, I have actually managed to get work done, if you’re a Mom you know what I mean. Yes, I have used the little snippets of free time to hide myself in the closet (thank goodness the internet reaches the clothing catacombs of our house), the mosquito infested garden (dousing myself with every Citronella product known to mankind), and in the garage sitting on a large bucket of paint. The list goes on and on. So this weekend, with the help of my sister I was able to grab several hours of pure uninterrupted “me” time. I headed off to a mini-shopping mecca in the”tony” South Park area of Charlotte. While sitting inside the culinary paradise of Dean & DeLuca, sipping tea and sampling sugary delectable’s non-stop (another form of working out “hand-mouth, hand-mouth”),  I decided to take a leisurely walk, of which I was under a strict moratorium of window shopping only (imposed by the hubby). Hmm…there is Restoration Hardware. I peeked in. Then I took one step, and another until both feet were firmly planted on the other-side of the door threshold. It’s been years since I actually have done more than look through a window. Why? Because they changed quite a few years ago, and I was never sure how I felt about the new “RH Look.” I’m not a fan of change, and it was such a dramatic departure from their signature look of 5 or 6 years ago (or more) that I moved on. As a design blogger, I feel responsible to bring inspirational interiors, product, and even stores you can’t live without to the masses.

So from time to time, there were little nudges in the form of catalogs, well photographed and curated. Still, no. Then “the stack” came in the mail. If you are in the design field or a preferred customer, you’ll know precisely what I mean. It was heavy, I mean it was “flair up the old hernia heavy.” A stack of admittedly design heaven, that left  you wondering if you should bring it from the mail box into the house using a hand-truck. Don’t get me wrong, I understood the thought process. One large mailing would save money, and trees and cut back on trips to the mailbox. I’m sure they gave it a lot of thought, and since I don’t run a mail room the size of North America, who am I to judge? There were social media dissertations on the size of the mailing, and then there was the “calm” after the “storm.” On Saturday, I forgave them, because after I walked into the store and actually looked around I was impressed. Very impressed. I would even go out on a limb, and apologize for literally judging this book by it’s cover. They have won me back. The store in Charlotte was the equivalent of walking through a show-house, a very livable one. I mean that in the nicest way possible. It was “lord of the manor” perfect.  If I take out my camera on a day when I have a few hours of quiet, then you know I have been duly impressed. Which is my point, the few hours I had of peace and quiet were spent taking pictures and asking questions. The staff were very accommodating and nice, a huge shout there. Taken with my trusty i-Phone, I wanted to share the excitement, and hopefully give you some inspiration, because this company has certainly set the bar. So hopefully Restoration Hardware you forgive me for ever doubting you. You have won me over in a really big way.


Photo/ Vicki

Endless possibilities as far as the eye can see…


 Photo/ Vicki

I love map gallery walls, and honestly no one does it better. The heavy pewter-ware creates the perfect table-setting atop the trestle table. Simple is better, and less is more.


 Photo/ Vicki

Large pillars, upholstered benches, floating shelving and a quadrefoil mirror and you have the perfect entryway.


 Photo/ Vicki

A closer look at the fabulous tables-cape. Cooked goose anyone?


 Photo/ Vicki

I took this photo to highlight the gorgeous chandelier. This piece is large and “in charge” whether over a table or hanging over a bed. What doesn’t look better under glass?


Photo/ Vicki

 I love groupings on tabletops, and of course stacking books gives a collection more importance wouldn’t you agree?


 Photo/ Vicki

Which gives me an idea, even though this showcases various tablesettings, why not put silverware in urns on the table? This would allow your guests to help themselves from a unique display.


 Photo/ Vicki

Artful living…



This photo is actually from my archives, and I took it when I was in NYC in the Flatiron District, and happened by Restoration Hardware. I loved them all, and thankfully I didn’t have to chose one (how hard would that be?).

Who isn’t inspired by the vignettes in this lifestyle store? Frankly, I was glad that I took a moment to look around, and next year when I get the delivery catalogs full of visual luxe, I’ll definitely be hoarding the stack..

P.S. We will hopefully be posting another “Tastemaker” this Friday, many of our designers are photographing new work and want it to be included. But, we have the line up in place. Good things will come to those who wait.

A Master-bath Update: My Kohler product is beginning to arrive, and soon I’ll be taking you on a renovation journey of our Masterbath, complete with a vanity I designed with Kohler. I can’t wait to show you all the fabulous product from their luxury line that they provided us for our renovation. Thanks also to the team over at Sharp Communications in NYC, specifically Josh Schoenfelder, and Kate Harrington! Over the next two months Casa B. will be under construction, all I have left is make a decision about the tile. So MANY choices…

As always.

Be Inspired. Be Amazed.


AB(eye)-C(andy) Home

It’s Friday and all I want is for the sun to shine, which would give me the perfect excuse to be outside. After all it’s Easter weekend and I have numerous eggs to hide for the Fashionista (we are having an egg hunt of epic proportions). Quite frankly, this is not a tradition I carried over from my childhood, (and I feel a little cheated), but we did have Easter baskets overflowing with neon green basket grass, Cadbury eggs and bright yellow “Peeps” mixed in with Jelly Beans (the spicy ones from Brachs). Years later it is an Easter Egg hunt with florescent coloured orbs filled with Skittles & any other candy small enough to “make the cut.” When I was growing up, my mother even included a new tooth brush in our baskets along with toothpaste, a reminder that we were just one dentist appointment away from cavities. Needless to say that is one tradition that will not be carried on through this generation.

So, when I was in NYC last month for business, I bought the most festive Easter basket for the Fashionista at FAO Swartz, and it sat under my seat on the plane all the way back to Atlanta, yes, what we won’t do for our children. In fact, the basket came with me everywhere that day, a shopping companion of sorts. With a few hours to spare before my flight I made it to ABC Furnishings, Kate Spade, & FAO (I am the queen of power shopping). If you haven’t been into ABC Home, you are in for a treat because it’s floor after glorious floor of visual eye-candy. What started out as a mission to bring back a few gifts for my family, became a full fledged photo shoot. If you weren’t aware, bloggers will absolutely re-style vignettes in any store, anytime, anywhere, to get the best picture. (I am guilty). I’ll move chairs, couches & tables (even people, children & small dogs) out of my way, in order to get the best photo. With a little polite schussing, I was able to capture just a little slice of design heaven…known as ABC Home. The major theme throughout was white paired with layers and layers of glorious texture.



Throughout the store there was the perfect blend of styles, (my favorite) modern mixed with old world…



The patina on the wall rivaled that of the a centuries old Italian villa, although it was artfully achieved- it was equally as breath-taking. 



There is little that warms up white more than layers of texture…



The coffee table with the blown glass legs was simply stunning…


I would love to spend an afternoon with the visual display department (they are total genius’s), the vignettes along with some of the sculptural elements captures your full attention as you enter the loft like space…



Even a designer needs validation, so when I saw the pendant light, we have three of the exact ones hanging over the island in our kitchen, I knew I made the right decision. The foxed mirrors were stunning, although I think any mirror “foxed”  is worth a double take.



The perfect spot to rest my weary head…



This armoire was tucked away in a corner, but for me it was love at first sight, I’m not sure what the translation of the script would be, but perhaps a love letter?


Check out the legs on this glass table, also a trend that is emerging is pairing chairs and individual benches at a dining table…I love the look and quite frankly it’s are much more practical than long settee’s (because when one person needs to get up everyone will have to follow suit). If you are going to mix up seating at the table this is going to give you the most unique and functional seating arrangement. I’m a big believer that if it doesn’t make sense don’t do it!

I hope you enjoyed a brief tour of one floor of ABC Home, I’ll share more floors in the coming weeks. Yes, there are lots more floors in this home goods emporium.

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Until next time. Be Inspired & Be Amazing!