Monday
Apr212014

Tile Time

We just got the word from our contractor that our bathroom and kitchen tile is all set to be installed tomorrow. OMG...FINALLY! This is what we've been working with for the past few weeks...

 

It's gross-looking and hard to imagine where we're headed...but put your thinking hat on and picture the following...

In the kitchen we've got the most beautiful slate tile from one of my best friends who owns a slate quarry {how convenient!}. We're laying a herringbone pattern with a light gray grout. And the backsplash will be a simple beveled white subway tile with dark grout. In the master bath we're laying a white penny tile floor with a black border and the tub will be surrounded with white subway tile and dark grout {Are you sensing a theme here?}. The half bath has the most beautiful 2 inch cararra hex tile. This is my dream tile- I can't wait to see this bath all pulled together! The guest bath will be super fresh and clean with white subway in the tub surround and mint green ceramic on the floor. 

I'll be posting some pics on Instagram...follow along with me @here! xx

#projecthouseonthehill

Tuesday
Apr152014

A Collected Eclectic Budget-Friendly Guest Room

One of the rooms I typically like to evolve naturally in a new home is the guest room. However, with guests scheduled to arrive in the next couple of weeks {before the house is even totally finished!} and a full house of friends arriving at the end of next month, I've been putting the pressure on myself to get the room in order.

Lindsey of Sadie & Stella did a little feature on our old guest room @here...

There were a lot of things I liked happening here, however only the dresser, chair and a few accessories ended up making the trip home to Virginia after the move. I think I've got the perfect spot elsewhere in the house for the dresser, so I've been pretty much working with a leather chair and a whole lot of crickets for the past few weeks! 

The headboard seemed like a nautral place to start. After much deliberation I made a bid last night on this guy...I had all these nervous feelings after my bid was accepted. What to do with a black leather headboard?? I always sort of feel like black leather trends more modern than my style, but after spying these two rooms I knew I could make it work...

Super modern headboards, but with mixed textures and vintage accents, these rooms are feeling more collected eclectic than anything else, no? And then I started looking at more pics, and realized what an opportunity I had to pull together the chicest color scheme with my new headboard and old MCM leather chair {Cognac + Black}...

So. Good. Right?? I've got a pair of black velvet curtains that we've used in 2 houses now that'll fit the window perfectly. Here's how I think it can all come together...

 

Throw in some crazy vintage brass accents and thrifted art and call it a day, yes? 

Can't wait to pull this room together and share some more progress shots of the house ASAP! xx

#projecthouseonthehill

Wednesday
Apr092014

I'm Ready For My Closeup

Sorry for the radio silience over in these parts. The truth is I've taken on a bit more than I can chew at the moment and I'm trying to stay afloat.

But don't think I'm complaining one bit! My tiny life is beyond my wildest dreams at this point. I'm renovating the house of my dreams {only 1 month to go!!}, my husband's entreprenurial venture {@here} has more than just taken off, it's exploaded, Rare & Worthy's sales are greater and more consistent than they've ever been, I've got retail development projects swirling around in my head, and my partnership with PoshBrands has provided me with the most amazing opportunities! 

Speaking of...this evening, I'm jetting down to Tampa to shoot a pilot episode for a new tv show! Mum's the word right now...but let's just say it's for a {major} cable channel and it'll focus on some of the more outrageous design work we do at PoshTots

Who would have thought I'd be adding actress to my resume??

I'll be back next week with lots of fun updates xx

Thursday
Apr032014

Pulling Together the Dining Room

I've had a deep love for peacock mirrors for some time now...

I put together a Style Board @here featuring one. The look is also very much in line with the whole Spanish Revival vibe I talked about @here too. 

Anyway, I finally pulled the trigger tonight and purchased this beauty for our new dining room...No, it's not antique, but it is affordable @$150...that's 50% off the original price! Purchase yours @here

I figure now is as good of a time as ever to share some thoughts on how I see the dining room coming together. This beauty will hang over the fireplace {you can peep it @here}. I pulled an antique French Empire chandelier out of an Estate here in Richmond a couple of months ago that is absolutely jaw-dropping, and that'll be a main focal point. I also purchased this ceiling medallion to hang with it...

Good, right? And the ceiling walls will be painted a dark aubergine color...something like this...

We'll be using our Mid Century parson's style dining table and 70's Mod Tucroma chairs that I talked about in this post...

Our bar cart will live in one corner...

And a TBD lacquered modern china cabinet will live in the other {something with fretwork detailing, like this maybe}?...

For the rug, I think something washed out-looking in a light palette and of course pooling, silk drapes and brass curtain hardware! 

What do you think...dramatic enough for an intimate dinner party?? I sure hope so! xx

#projecthouseonthehill

Wednesday
Apr022014

Memory Books

A singular obsession? Power in numbers? Either way you slice it, matchbooks are the coolest.

I wish I could go back and collect one from each of my most favorite restaurants and bars from around the world. Tiny, well-designed memory books.

No other souvenirs needed from now on : )...........Unless we're talking {carats}...if so, then keep talking.