Monday, August 30, 2010

For The Love of Birds

I have always had an attraction to bird inspired fabrics and wallpaper. Why not give your rooms something to sing about?


{Marcus Lawett}

{wall stickers via Rockett St. George}

{Brunschwig and Fils}

{Urban Outfitters}

{House Beautiful}

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Back to the Books

Today is the first day back to school  and in celebration I am sharing images of books that inspire me. On Monday, my daughter and I spent the day in Charlotte back-to-school shopping. Her favorite stop, Anthropologie, was styled to the rafters with book art. J. Crew also had some neat displays with the books shelved backwards. I love the instant character and charm shelves of books bring to a room. I have presented my favorite book images today that evoke Old School Charm and scream warmth and character.

{j. crew}

{Book Surfing}

{Anthropologie Window via Apartment Therapy}

{book art at Anthropologie via Apartment Therapy}

{image via Habitually Chic}

{Carter Smith via House and Garden}

{Carter Smith via House and Garden}

{Francois Halard}

{M Design Interiors}

{image via the Style Files}

{Southern Accents}

{Home and Garden Magazine}

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Nod to the Simple Boxwood

With the start of school this Wednesday comes the promise of fall! Fall is my favorite time of year and  a great time to plant bushes and trees. I love living in the South and experiencing the changes of the seasons. I am craving the cool fall breezes and changing colors of the leaves. I look forward to spending time in the garden and replanting the urns that grace my front door. I have selected some of my favorite images of boxwood to share with you today. The simple boxwood adds style without even trying. They look great in containers, window boxes and simply smashing in an English garden. I hope to one day to have a boxwood parterre.

{Amanda Nisbet}

{Emily Jenkins Followill Photography}

{Emily Jenkins Followill Photography}

{Emily Jenkins Followill Photography}

{Country Living}

{photographer Mel Yates}

{Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles}

{Country Living}

{Paul Bangay}

{Paul Gervais}

{Paul Gervais}

{Paul Gervais}

From the latest Elle Decor, this  quatrefoil pool is from the Hollywood home of Megan Mullally otherwise known as Karen Walker on Will & Grace.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Over the Moon for Suzanne Kasler

I came home from the Hickory Chair warehouse yesterday over the moon for Suzanne Kasler. The sale alone had my adrenaline pumping beyond measure but it was seeing her Hickory Chair collection in person that sent me over the moon. Pieces gathered from the Hickory Chair showroom floor decked in graphic prints. Oh my!

When I returned home still energized from from little shopping spree, I pulled out my Kasler inspiration file and came across these lovely images of Suzanne at work in her Atlanta offices. Just a day late to be included in my designers and the desk post so I thought I would post as this addendum. They first appeared in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine, one of my very favorite resources.

{all images via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles}

Friday, August 20, 2010

Designers and the Desk

Wouldn't it be fun to peek inside your favorite designer's office? This collection of images represents a wide range of styles and spaces. Some images are of designer's real work spaces and others are spaces they created for others. As I am sure it is with all the images we gather from shelter magazines, some of these spaces are functional, living, breathing, working spaces while others are mere symbols of an office presented to the public eye. I adore Jenna Lyons space. The inspiration collage speaks to me. Which space most appeals to you?

{Jenna Lyons}

{Charlotte Moss}

{Phoebe Howard}

{Amanda Nisbet}

{Alessandra Branca}

{Kelly Wearstler}

{Stan Dixon}

{Darryl Carter}

{John Salandino}

{Steven Gambrel}

{Ina Graten}

{Bunny Williams}

{Bunny Williams}

 I love how Bunny Williams has arranged her fabric samples by color. Special thanks to Heather of Habitually Chic for sharing these images from her recent visit to Bunny Williams offices.