mirror, mirror, all over the wall

via Le Seur Interiors blog

I love a mirrored accent wall.  Especially antique mirror.  Especially square tiles like the one above.

Mirrors make a room look and feel bigger.  Bigger mirror = “bigger” room.  Mirrored backsplashes are great for tiny kitchens because they make it seem a little bigger.  And in most cases, a mirrored backsplash is less expensive than a tile backsplash.

When in doubt, just cover your walls with mirrors!

Tracery Interiors

Todd Alexander Romano

Thomas O’Brien via Domino

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 Ann Sacks’ mirrored subway tiles

Miles Redd

Bunny Williams

Celerie Kemble via Lonny

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 Celerie Kemble via Lonny

Domino

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Kelly Wearstler via Lonny

 Love the details on these mirrored panels:

 Lonny

 

Thomas O’Brien

 Tracery Interiors

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ikat, you kat, we kat

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source: Chattafabulous via House Beautiful

source: Design My Way

I have been seeing ikat everywhere lately.  I’m not sure how I feel about it. It used to be mostly just in fabrics in decorating, kind of like an interior designer’s secret weapon.  Now you can find ikat prints on just about anything – clothing, dinnerware, ipad covers… I have a pair of JCrew ikat shorts that are one of my favorite pieces of clothing.  They no longer carry them so I don’t have a picture, but trust me, they’re cute!!

Anyways, I did a little shopping browsing last weekend and ikat prints were popping up everywhere in all different forms.

I spotted this super cute ikat tie on JCrew’s website.  It’s called the Selvedge Stripe Ikat tie… Would make a great father’s day present!

Ann Taylor LOFT is ALL about the ikat right now…

Ruffle Neck ikat dress

Ikat print Linen Shift dress

and the matching Marisa Ikat pants. LOFT also has ikat shorts in a few different colors.

Ikat picture frames? Yes, please.  These colorful ones are from the Well Appointed House

Or this frame from Textile Republic.  Which comes in lots of other color combinations.

Target has a lot of ikat scarves right now.  Like this Red Ikat Pareo.

I’ve always loved this ikat dinnerware from C Wonder.  Also comes in Chocolate Brown, Coral, and Navy.

Winifred Settee from Anthropologie

Mallory pointed out this green ikat Dhurrie Rug from Shades of Light because she knew I would love it.  It has two of my favorite things: ikat + green = love.

I also discovered these affordable ikat silk pillows on Pinterest.  They’re from a site called Sheherazade Home.  I’ve never heard of it or ordered from them, but they sure are pretty in the pictures!  And great prices too.

Bengal Bizarre

I have been seeing this fabric all over pinterest, the internet, and at ADAC and I love it so much I had to share!  It is one of Kelly Wearstler‘s fabrics from her latest collection, Groundworks, for Lee Jofa.  It is called “Bengal Bizarre” and it comes in nine colorways… Feast your eyes…

source:  Pink Pagoda, Simplified Bee, VT Interiors, Decor Pad, Roost Home, Breakfast at Toast, The Designer’s Attic, McKenzie Pages

Slipcovering

I have always loved the look of a good white slipcover. A slipcover adds a casual laid back look to a piece of furniture. Most people see slipcovers as just a sheet that is thrown over an upholstered piece of furniture.  Oh no. They can be so much more.  This post was inspired by this picture from yesterday’s post on cabins:

How cute are those blue slipcovers on those Louis XVI style chairs with the TIES?!?!?  These chairs prove that a slipcover doesn’t have to be a white sheet on a club chair. You can get creative with slipcovers. Ideally, you would want to have them custom made for a piece of furniture, but there are lots of decent slipcovers out there from Pottery Barn, Ballard Design, even Target.

Hands down, the BEST thing about a slipcover? You can put them in the washing machine (or take them to a dry cleaner)! Therefore, they will last longer. Just another reason to make the investment to have them custom made.

 

 I’m IN LOVE with the slipcovers on the chairs below.  Louis XVI chairs with scalloped skirts?  Yes, please!

Cote de Texas

 

Miles Redd

 

Country Living

 

The Little Green Notebook

 

 Albert Hadley via House Beautiful

 

Dransfield & Ross via Elle Decor

 

A Petite Cottage

 

 

Jim Westcott via Elle Decor

 

 HGTV

 

McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier

 

 Melanie Turner

 

 via Pink Postcard

 

via Pink Wallpaper

 

via Roses & Rust

 

These might actually be my favorite… HOW CUTE.

 

Loving the buttons:

 

And last but not least…

Suzanne Kasler designed the unique slipcovers above.  I love them.  They’re so creative with their shape and contrast green piping and ties.  And they really add a casual feel to the otherwise formal dining room.

  

Cabin Fever

Lately I’ve been dreaming of a rustic cabin.  And its making me want to make an escape to somewhere charming in the woods like this…

Just a little shack… nothing too over the top… :)

Maybe its that unfinished wood.  Maybe its the stone fireplaces.  Maybe its the wooden beams across the vaulted ceiling.  Or maybe its this hot weather that is rapidly approaching… Whatever it is, these pictures make me want to go somewhere cozy!

If anyone has a cabin they want to let me borrow for a long weekend, please feel free to leave a comment :)

sources: Suzanne Kasler, Garden & Gun, A Life’s Design, Elle Decor, Mark D. Sikes

Atlanta’s Decorator Showhouse

On Thursday, I got to go to the Atlanta Symphony‘s Decorator Showhouse.   Unfortunately, they wouldn’t let me take pictures :(

And unfortunately, the show house will be over by the time you read this.  But I would encourage anyone in Atlanta to go next year because I really enjoyed it!  It was neat to see other Atlanta designers work.  And there were LOTS of designers featured in this house!  Since I didn’t get any pictures, I scoured the internet and found a few that might give you an idea of how chic it was.  These pictures don’t do it justice though.

Foyer by Melanie Turner of Melanie Turner Interiors.  I’ve always admired her work.  That is a stuffed South American Rhea bird on the table… an unexpected element.  I loved the black and white floors in the foyer.  And the gallery wall up the stairs.  Those horizontal striped silk curtains were soooooo tall!  And gorgeous.

Library by William Murphy of Essary & Murphy Inc.

Living room by Stan Topol

“Family dining room” by Womack Interiors

I LOVED these French doors!!!

Kitchen by Design Galleria.  I’m obsessed with the light fixtures — there were two of these big lanterns over the two kitchen islands.  And I am so loving brass hardware right now!

Master bedroom by Barbara Westbrook.  It was a dark room but I like a lot of things about it.  The embroidered edges on the curtains, that fabulous Clarence House fabric (I think) on the bench, the iron four poster bed with upholstered headboard and footboard, and the artwork…

Guest bedroom by Courtney Giles

“Young man’s bedroom” by Caroline McLean Tolleson.  This room was adorable for a little boy.  I wish I had more/better pictures.

And one of my favorites — the back stairwell by Kelly Crago Hansen.  The walls were upholstered in a linen fabric with a subtle print.  And the artwork was just FABULOUS.

sources: Design Galleria, AJC Homefinder, Martine Louise, From the Right Bank

Cha Cha Charleston!

This past weekend I drove to the beautiful Charleston, South Carolina to visit one of my best friends from college.  I always forget how pretty Charleston is.  I kept telling Eleanor Anne how lucky she was to live in such a gorgeous place.  Atlanta is fine, but it is definitely not Charleston!

Next time you’re in Charleston, I highly recommend eating at Cru Cafe.  It’s in a cute house and their food is delicious!

 

Me and my freeends at Cru Cafe

 

My friend Sarah enjoying a Pain Killer at Home Team on Sullivan’s Island :)

 

I wasn’t even in Charleston for 48 hours so I didn’t get to take many pictures, but here ya go!

 

 

I also recommend the rooftop bar at Vendue. 

 

Obviously, I am NOT a professional photographer :)

 

I hope everyone enjoyed the full moon on Saturday night. 

I can’t wait to go back to Charleston!

 

Green Thumb Envy

My roommate has planted a vegetable garden in our backyard and it is growing like crazy!  I am so impressed with her patience and green thumb!  I can’t wait to eat tomatoes and cucumbers from it.  She’s growing all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  I’ve taken progress pictures so I’ll share them when the first tomato sprouts.  From the looks of it, that could be any day now!  Way to go, Mary Claire :)

I’m jealous that I can’t grow a beautiful flowers in our backyard and front yard.  Like I’ve said before, I can’t even keep an orchid alive for more than a couple of weeks.  One day I’ll just pay a landscaper to make my yard look like one of these…

Designer Robin Belle’s gazebo via House Beautiful

 

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

I love vines growing on houses.  My mom is growing a vine on our house in Chattanooga and it looks great!  Maybe I will inherit her green thumb :)

 

Everything Fab 

 

 French Essence

 

 Desde My Ventana

 

Bella Pollen’s English country house

 

 Verdigris Vie

 

Greige

 

House & Home 

 

 Martha Stewart

 

Jill Sharp Brinson’s gazebo via House Beautiful 

 

Martha Stewart 

 

 

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I love a cute window box!

 

And last but not least… Elizabeth Locke’s farmhouse:

via Architectural Digest

Yep, my yard will look just like Elizabeth Locke’s farmhouse.  

Does anyone want to refer a good landscaper?