A Brand New Year :: 2015

Well…we are just hours away from a brand New Year. At Casa B. it’s going to be low key…just family. Maybe we’ll stay up and watch the ball drop, or turn in early and be ready for a brand new day and a brand new year. After all it’s not the night that is the most important it’s what you do with the rest of the year. It was a great year professionally, lots of opportunities came my way. I traveled, met some incredible people in the industry, but mostly I was able to follow my passion-which is writing about design. It was bittersweet as I cleaned up my office this week, and put away client files, permanently. I made a hard decision to pursue another side of design, but I have no regrets. I ended on a very grandiose note, the last client I worked with was the largest project of my career, well into the six figures. But, it also meant a lot of time away from my family, personal sacrifices, late nights and early mornings. So while I was able to pay for a basement “build-out” at Casa B. and several very nice vacations with the proceeds, I realized that making less money and being happy was high on my list. Will I ever design again? Maybe. “Never… say… never.” But, the chance to watch my daughter grow and be there for all her important milestones is irreplaceable. Family first, always.

So as a full-time design writer & entrepreneur, there are many opportunities on the horizon, a book, an online shop in 2015 (to satisfy my entrepreneurial spirit), and more…it’s going to be a really great 2015. Watching the blog grow 3000% from 2,000 readers to 60,000 per month in one year was incredible, and humbling. Who said Blogging is becoming obsolete? The proof is in the numbers. Leave it to the doers & the dreamers.

Yes, there were  interviews with incredible talent, trips with fellow bloggers and top taste-makers, all life changing experiences in the whirlwind of 2014. I could go on, but instead we’ll be rolling out a video recap in a few weeks, pictures truly speak a thousand words.Where do we go from here? I’m excited to take the blog to another level, as a design, entertaining & lifestyle blog (I’ll leave fashion to the experts). Always expanding and growing to bring the “best of the best” to my readers. I’ll be collaborating with other writers and people in the industry, we’ll be rolling out some video interviews, and traveling farther to broaden our reach, and finding fresh new talent.

The days are long and the years get shorter, so make the most of every minute. I am. I was interviewed a few weeks ago and a reporter asked me “What would I do with time if I had more of it?” What a great question. I stumbled through an answer because I simply didn’t have one. But, I think I do now, “climb more mountains” both literally & figuratively. So yesterday I did…climb a mountain. It was worth every step on a steep slope to get the top…so here’s to climbing more mountains in 2015. The view is going to be incredible.

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 Yesterday at the top…just the beginning.

Happy New Year to all, it was truly a really great 2014.

Until next time,

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZED.

 

Haute Hotels – L’Auberge DelMar

It’s travel season once again, fall markets are coming up, and in my case, a much needed trip to California before all the madness begins. I’m sneaking in some girl time, shopping, beach walking and sight seeing (and more shopping). “Work hard, play hard,” is motto for the week. Part of girl time includes enjoying a little “wine-time.” I was whisked (immediately from the airport) off to a fabulous location in the tony little town of DelMar a little north of it’s posh sister LaJolla. Of course forget the wine, because when I stepped through the door of the L’Auberge DelMar Hotel DelMar I entered (unbeknownst to me) the “liveable luxury” world of a design icon (I’m saving the “who” for the next paragraph). I knew little about this little jewel in Southern California, but you can bet I did my homework after. The hotel was an unexpected treat after a very long day of travel, it was a mixture of European, American and Eastern design, all stylishly interpreted into a form of “Cali-Chic.” Greens, creams, and blue sky greeted you at the doorway whose expanse opened up to million dollar views of the Pacific. So who designed this gorgeous slice of design pie?  None other than Barclay Butera. In fact, I had just purchased his book “Living On The Coast” last week, so I suppose it was fitting that I happened to walk right into one of this designs. It was fresh, glamorous and to quote my friend Anya, who is my partner-in-(constant)-crime on this trip “He did a lovely job mixing cozy with luxury. If you’re not familiar with Barclay’s work I could sum it up in two words “livable luxury.” In this case, from the intimate setting groups to his use of velvets and stylish shapes. Unfortunately, I didn’t have an opportunity to look at the rooms upstairs, but I did have a look through their website www.hotellaubergedelmar.com As we toasted our good luck with a promise of a fabuous girls trip yet to be, I soaked in the stunning vistas, and when I had a moment I snuck off to snap some photos for the viewing pleasure of my readers…so I hope you enjoy and my apologies for a short post, but I’m on vacation…

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 Photo credit/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

A room with an incredible view and furnishings…

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 Photo credit/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

The seating groups were stylish and cozy, in fact I think I just might like sectionals again…

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 Photo credit/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

I loved this statement piece, it’s twin was on the opposite side. Neptune would be proud. Barclay used a similar console in the 2006 House & Garden Showhouse in the Hamptons. How is that for a great memory?

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 Photo credit/ Casa Sugar

Organic shapes and plump pillows paired with traditional elements…

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Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

A glass of wine, incredible views and I’m ready for a little vacation…

For more on Barclay Butera’s incredible coastal style pick up his latest book full of inspiration at your local bookstores..

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“A home should be elegant and glamourous. But always comfortable and inviting.”- Barclay Butera

As always.

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZING.

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Until next time.

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Coastal Living :: On Land, Inspired By The Sea…

We just got back from our last vacation of the summer, and like most migratory Atlantan’s we went to the beach. Yes, I braved getting sand in my shoes, and salt water in my hair just to get a little R&R. In all honesty, I love the sea…some little known facts about “The Ace,” I am a coast guard certified Sailor, I can drive a boat up to 48,’ (at least that’s the largest I’ve ever driven), I can snorkel for hours-at least until someone yells “dinner,” I can paddle-board, windsurf, and at times enjoy simply floating on the water on a rubber dingy. I grew up surrounded by water, and snow. The best of both worlds really. So on to Seaside, Florida. A much touted master-planned community by Andres Duwany, who also designed the community I live in. Although, it’s fairly close and only a six hour drive, I never like to vacation where you see the same people, and Atlantan’s flock there in droves. Not a bad thing, but it certainly causes you to make sure that every hair is in place (at least underneath a fashionable straw fedora), lipstick is on, and your shoes come from Burch, Choo or Spade (sounds like a coastal law firm). As someone who likes to travel incognito, and wear snorkel flippers pretty much everywhere, it becomes a bit of a challenge.  So after much coaxing from Mr. B., we went. I found it charming, and not quite as frenetic as I imagined. The first thing I did? Visit the shoppes, snap a few for my readers, and find a secluded area of the beach where The Fashionista and I could snorkel uninterrupted by the crowds until chow time.

I know much has been written about Seaside- so I don’t want to go down that same path to coastal chic. Over the past month I have been saving some pictures of interiors that are fresh, and less published (hopefully). Now that we are looking at a vacation property on the beach, I have been looking at inspiration everywhere, and wanted to share some of my very favorites, and a few that I captured on vacation…Now for the announcement- since Summer is all but over, we’ll be posting three times a week starting next week, and in September we will be bringing you “The Ace” five days a week! Including a new section “Entertaining with The Ace,” which will focus on dining, tables-capes & restaurants we visit…I look forward to bringing you tons of inspiration from the world of dining, and share some entertaining tips from some amazing talent…so check back often.

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 Design/ RR Interiors

This design is for the Lark Hotel. Of which, should be on everyone’s bucket list. The perfect example of how not to look like a hotel, and more like a coastal retreat. The pattern mix is simply refreshing.

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Designer/ Miles Redd

Stripes for miles in a sea of blue. The palm relief that is repeated on the wall is design genius at it’s finest.

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Photo/ Vicki Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

I love wall treatments, and a simple “1×2″ board repeated on a wall is classic. From Pizitz.

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Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-theaceofspaceblog.com

From Pizitz at Seaside. I thought these vignettes were the antithesis of the simple charm found in this coastal town…

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Designer/ Jamie Moore

The architectural detail in this space is utilized to perfection, and the furnishings are the perfect accompaniment…

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Photo/ Vicki Bolick-theaceofspaceblog.com

Who doesn’t love a quiet corner? Photographed at Pizitz in Seaside, Florida

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Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-theaceofspaceblog.com

Whoever styled the shelves in this store has a seriously talented “design eye.” As we all know bookshelf styling is an artform.

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This dining space is from the Utah Parade of Homes, although Utah is not a coastal space, this dining room pays homage to seaside style from the natural grass rug to the Capiz shell chandelier.

Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter for more design inspiration…Starting next week we will be starting our bathroom renovation. We partnered with Kohler so it’s going to be an exciting design collaboration (with a lot of fabulous products including a custom designed dual vanity). I’ll be sharing pictures of the progress along the way.

As always,

Be Inspired. Be Amazing.

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