Dress Your Doorway

We have a large opening in between our dining and living rooms sort of like the one above. I'm pretty sure pocket doors must have lived there at one time, but to fulfill on the desire for "open floor plans," they were most likely removed during an earlier renovation.

Throughout our loving restoration of the old place, I've tried to pay attention to the details and give our home a little love. All of the original moulding was removed, so this Spring we're going to be adding a bunch of it all around the house. Until then, I am liking this idea of treating a big, gaping doorway sort of like a window. Dressing it up with curtains and nice hardware is a great way to add some personality and warmth. You can see above how it would work on both sides of the doorway also. Loving the ebonized floors and subtly patterned lamp shades too...note to self: always more details to be considered.   



Sorry to leave you all hanging since our trip to Tulum...oh, and what a trip it was! Rustic, Simple, Beautiful. I would recommend Tulum to anyone who is aiming to recharge and refocus. And it doesn't hurt that the food is to die for, the people are warm and welcoming and there's some serious eye candy to be seen everywhere you look. 

I packed a small carry on bag with only two pairs of shoes, a few shirts, dresses, one pair of shorts and pants, and one sweather to wear at night. I think my biggest splurge was packing three bikini's...but we did spend 95% of our time on the, you know.

Because I only brought a few key pieces, I needed my vacation wardrobe to really work for me. I stuck to a palette of whites and neutrals with one colorful scarf to take me from the beach on into the nighttime. I can't tell you how refreshing it was to dress like this and ever since I've been back home, I've sort of been adopting the look in my everyday life too...

There's something that's timelessly cool and polished about simplicity. Not to mention, it's a no-brainer investment and allows you to showcase key pieces like an amazing shoe or piece of jewelry {which are always the pieces that I get most excited about wearing anyway}.

I guess the same rule applies to room decorating too. If you want to make a timelessly cool choice, be simple. Whether you love color or love the absence of it, simplicity is key, no?


Tomorrow...Tulum dinner time tomorrow, I'll be on the beach in Tulum.

My husband and I booked a (super affordable!) last minute trip right before Christmas. Sometimes it's best to escape the perils of reality in the most dramatic of ways. Since it snowed in Richmond for the first time this winter last night, I'm taking this as a sign we're doing the right thing here. I'll be totally unplugged (literally...there's no electricity in our room at night!) until next week. Here's to dramatic escapes in whatever capacity they may happen : )


Natural Neutral Warmth

The absense of color. The abundance of coziness. The biggest struggle for me.

My own home is filled with color and pattern. That's how I feel the most comfortable and creative. Yet my clients always seem to be looking for a calm space. I walk into their homes and it's basically a neutral box- white walls and creamy beige furniture. I never think of this as a lack of decisiveness, I see it as a very conscious decision. They struggle to make it interesting, and that's where I come in, right?

Here are some spaces I find interestingly natural, neutral and warm...



Stepping Up My Pillow Game

You guys know I'm pillow obsessed, right? Well I started designing my own pillows a few months ago and selling them in my shops on One Kings Lane and Chairish. Since I'm more than halfway sold through, I figure it's time to start making a bigger investment and designing some more one of a kind pieces! I want to start using more ethnic textiles, and this morning I bought about six yards of this awesome Hmong Batik hand-printed textile from Thailand...

Love the idea of mixing this with a simple blue pinstripe on the back and a poppy contrast welt trim- I think magenta would be perfect! Anyway, I'm on the hunt for awesome textiles- please do let me know if you have any amazing secret sources or any special pillow requests!