The Great Wall of China :: “Plate-scaping”

Who doesn’t like a great wall-scape, and having one is as hot as a pair of leather Culottes in the world of fashion. In fact, some of the big box retailers sell perfect groupings of collected wall art leaving you to figure out the hard part, how to get them to look exactly the same on your wall. Because if you’re like me, you’ll eye-ball everything and hammer away putting more holes in the wall than a piece of moon rock. If you look behind any picture in our house, you’ll see evidence of my wavering eye. I don’t feel the least bit shy about revealing this because Mr. B. rarely reads my blog. So when I was in California recently, I took a side trip to the Viceroy Hotel and if you love Kelly Werstler (like I do) then it’s a must if you are ever in Santa Monica. I’ll do a whole post about it one day; it’s that good. The one thing that caught my eye, (and I had to see in person) was the plate wall, Kelly had created the mother of all plate displays. It made me want to cover every wall in my home with a grouping of plates to rival her stunning presentation of the porcelain kind. So I did a little research for my readers and found some incredibly inspired combinations. If I had more of my grandmothers flow blue china, you can bet they would be gracing the walls of Casa B. right now, mixed in with a little Hermes,’ hand-thrown and otherwise eclectic group of serving-ware. In fact, look at the work of the most notable designers of our time and you may find that they have done at least one (which is reassuring). I would do anything in the name of design if it looked great and I could incorporate some personal items and a plate wall would give me the perfect opportunity to do so. It’s that over-powering nesting instinct that takes over as you get older-the desire to bring in more of your life and less of the meaningless.

I am always on the hunt for the inspired, and whether you’re a designer or someone in search of the unique and different this idea is for you. As always, my mission is to help others create a stylish, lived-in space with a mix of high and low end. Although, I’m not a DIY’er, I think that there are opportunities to use your creativity, by even incorporating some plates painted with your children’s artwork. The Fashionista painted some canvas’s over the summer that seriously rival some of the artwork I’ve seen offered by artists. At least to this momma’s eye. So here are some plate combinations that I think are truly wall worthy…


Clockwise (L) to (R) Main Image-via, kellywerstler,,,, All proving that an upscale and curated look can be achieved by using plate groupings…and here are a few more that I absolutely thought you should see…



This vertical display visually extends the height of the room, and truly acts as an art display…



I call this the “turtle configuration” and is perfectly symmetrical unified by the similar tones of the plates.


Image/ Viceroy Hotel

The plate presentation by Kelly Werstler that began my obsession…(

I hope you are inspired to try something different when wall-scaping!

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The Comeback Kid Series:: Olive Green & Orange (Together Again)…

Well, if you read my last post then you know that we were having a design battle with Polka Dots, and after living with them (THE DOTS) on my daughter’s bed for two days, she decided they had to go. Well…they now reside in a closet, and neither Mr. B. or myself have shed a tear. In fact, it took all my self-control not to do “the happy dance” on the street in front of our house. So now that we have solved another design dilemma, we are on to the next. Because as most battles go there is always going to be another, and our house is no exception. Yes, we took it to a tile and stone showroom. Why? Because we are totally gutting our master-bath in the next month. So when Mr. B. came home early one day (this never happens) and surprised me with “Hey, you want to go and pick out tile?” I knew that another battle Royale on the design horizon. I’ll save that entire story for next week including the ending because it deserves its own post. Plus, I have been dying to showcase all the gorgeous products that Kohler gave us including a custom designed dual vanity (that is simply jaw-droppingly gorgeous).

The design saga continues next week. So what is the subject of this weeks “Comeback Kid?” It’s a color, or two. Yes, a resurgence of the 60′s inspired color scheme, “olive green & orange.” A totally hip throwback to an era where we saw the world of June Cleaver morph into the Brady Bunch complete with short skirts and go-go boots. Where the Beatle’s were the shaggy-haired cause of teenage angst, proportions the world had not yet seen…Yes, it was an era of free love, box-shaped box-shaped PVC dresses and an emergence of unexpected color pairings. One of which is olive green and orange. It’s cool or hip, classic, or mid-century modern, and I think we are going to see more of this “Comeback” trend in 2015. Of course, one of my favorites is from my go-to paint company. I think I’d like this palette with Martini Olive “shaken and not stirred.”



One of my favorite color pairings is from Benjamin Moore, as accent walls or pillows…


 via retco renovation

Orange leather, and green velvet…a brilliant combo. With the charcoal walls it all works so well together. What makes it successful besides the designer behind it? It’s the fact that they found a fabric that ties it all in together…


 If anyone knows the photo credit to this room or the designer please let me know. I rarely include photos without either, but it truly defines 60′s design with a more current twist. Complete with a green and orange color scheme.



This first thing I noticed were the twin chinoserie tables, of course the second was the green chairs. This room design gives new meaning to “traditional with a twist.”


Designer/ Ann Lowengart

Now this makes me fall in love with green & orange. This designer added just the right amount of contrast with orange artwork…and who doesn’t love a little leopard? As my readers are my witness, this talent is going to be the subject of  “The Ace Around Town.” I just haven’t asked yet…


Designer/ Ann Lowengart

Pattern in scrumptious layer upon layer. Then throw in a little green and orange and POP!


via BH&G

This vibrant green wallpaper makes a large impact in a small space…add a little orange punch and you have a successful pairing.



This looks like a study in art instead of an actual home. It takes olive green and orange to another sophisticated level. I love the curated feel of these spaces (they actually looked lived in).

I hope you are inspired to get out of neutral and fast forward to color. Starting today we are now posting five days a week, and we’ll be back this week with the wildly successful series “The Ace Around Town-Southern Tastemakers.” Next up is Julie Couch, and you won’t want to miss it.

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Kid Spaces & Resting Places

I am back from California, and with my internal clock still somewhere between the West and East coast, I’m barely able to function. Well maybe enough to write a blog post, that never changes. Traveling was just what I needed to revitalize, reinvigorate, and renew. If you have a family, you know that trying to coordinate a trip is something of epic proportions, it’s not much different than working for a world leader (speaking from experience) right down to what goes into the lunch pail while your gone. So by the time my feet hit the sand I was ready to throw off the Hermes scarf, my Tory Burch shoes and run carefree down the Pacific coastline. Ah….the taste of freedom. From drinks at the L’Auberge hotel in DelMar to an afternoon strolling through the tony shops of LaJolla this girl had sensory overload. In fact, not many pictures on this trip because sometimes you just want to turn it all off, and just enjoy the scenery. Which I did.

So upon my return, I’m faced with a complete master-bath renovation, the deck and my office (still)…Thanks to Kohler, I have everything covered except the tile. Which is going to be fabulous. Another change is the Fashionista’s room. While I was unplugging in California she decided she wanted new bedding. Not just any bedding, but something “colorful” for a big girl space. Insert tears here. Wait…she didn’t want the pastel purples and pinks anymore? No. She wanted polka dots. The equivalent of having a twister board as a duvet cover. As a designer turned blogger, I made a complete 360° and went right back into “Designer Mommy” mode. So yesterday, with just a few hours of sleep, we went to seven stores…that’s right. My pint-sized fashion forward tot wasn’t slowing down until she found the perfect dot. I tried floral patterns; Pottery Barn stylized prints and Dwell Studio kids. Forget it. I tried to sway her decision with ice cream, promises of trips to Disney World, and never having to do another chore until she was eighteen. No. The girl wanted Polka Dots. Even Mr. B. had a reaction. When he walked into her room, I heard “Good god!” Enough said. Yes, I gave up my dream of a perfectly coordinated space and let her make a design decision. I was proud of her, and in all honesty I was glad that she is growing up into a young girl with a sense of who she is. As she told me after multiple stores, and looking at all things not polka dot, “It’s just not me.” I am raising a girl who knows what she wants, and I’ll gladly live with Polka Dots (yes I say this as I’m cringing).

Which brings up a point. Designing children’s spaces can be challenging, and as someone who has designed many- I can tell you this- it doesn’t have to be perfectly designed, and kids have an opinion if you let them in on the process. They have “likes” and “dislikes.” If the room is perfectly staged and styled then it’s not livable. While the room may look perfect in a magazine, it’s been manipulated to appeal to the adult eye not your child. Rooms are made to function, and it’s possible to make them pretty too. These are some of my favorite children’s rooms, full of ideas and inspiration.



I love the soothing tones of lavender, and the canopy of striped wallpaper running down the pitched ceiling. How clever is the cornice that fits perfectly into the structural lines of the roof? The drapery has always been one of my favourite designs.



This room has the right amount of elegance mixed with child-like whimsy. I love the fact that it tells the story of who lives here…and with a few changes this room can take this little girl into her teenage years and beyond. How perfect is the wall grouping?



Yes, vintage charm with a modern flair. I positively love the old world pattern stenciled on the wall paired with a modern floral mural. While this room is more rectangular the layout utilizes the space perfectly, function first with a stylish punch.



 I bookmarked this room because it says “little girl” without being overpowering. It’s soft, girly and chic.



The wallpaper is the perfect backdrop for this British inspired boys room. Proving you don’t have to wrap a room in wallpaper to make an impact…


 Designed by Farima Alavi

Do you want to play? This is bunk-room perfection. The simple furring strips running vertically down the wall adds architectural detail, and a simple pallette of blue and white is a telling sign that boys live here.



I LOVE THIS ROOM. The ice chest style of this bed allows for ample storage, and this space also integrates the interests of the child it was designed for. 


 Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-Designer Jimmy Stanton

Jimmy is a “Design-elebrity” right here in the ATL. His work has been published many times over, and for good reason. As you can see from this boys space at Foxhall, this room has all the elements that define great design.



This room incorporates modern day cowboy with teenage chic from the plaid bedding to the cow hide pattern on the headboard. Genius.


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