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Sunday, October 25, 2009

We love our designers…

Flipping through Atlanta Home and Lifestyle’s October issue was such a treat – so many of the wonderful designers we work with at the shop were featured in the issue. Linda Beth Loughlin had a great write-up on her city and mountain dwellings. We helped her select some great, neutral bedding with custom monogrammed pillows, shown below:

The coverlet is a Peacock Alley textured, ivory cotton that blends beautifully with the Reed Family hand-embroidered sheets. However, the star of the show is the pair of monogrammed boudoir pillows that were done at the shop.

Linens have taken a new center-stage in the design arena. No longer committed to basic white sheeting, many designers are “mixing it up” with lots of colors and textures. One of the most well-known designers of our time, Kelly Werstler, recently launched a collection for Sferra Brothers that incorporates her aesthetic into the most important element of bedroom design – linens. I particularly love her scale pillows (while the picture doesn’t do justice to the multi-metallic yumminess) and the diamond motif cashmere throws:

When beginning your design process (whether working alone or with a designer) I find the best start is to flip through magazines (or blogs, of course) and print/tear out anything that grabs your attention. From there your style will slowly become apparent. A few photos that recently grabbed my attention:

Oh, too have such a serene, yet inspirational place to work...It's the perfect home office filled with light and gorgeous color - all girl!

If I had a kitchen like this I might actually start cooking regularly and pass up on all the take-out. I love large tables in the kitchen that make great conversation spots and allow for the cook to socialize while preparing dinner.

After looking at my three new inspirational bedrooms I am thinking I need to introduce green into my bedroom. I have never had green in there but clearly it's appealing to my senses right now:

And, our love of design doesn’t end at the home. We had a FABULOUS time with Ashley and her baubles at the Honeybee Collection trunk show this week. She’s going to be introducing yet another line of rockin’ rocks in November. Because we can’t resist temptation we will certainly have another show before Christmas!

Pictures via Sferra, Atlanta Home & Lifestlyes, Betterhome and Gardens, Elle Decor,

Monday, October 19, 2009

Season of Change

House Beautiful just published an article on "rooms that you will never get tired of." Being a chronic re-arranger I had my doubts. Although the bedrooms above by Alessandra Branch and Joe Nahem certainly have staying power – I can't say that I wouldn't need a change after a period of time. Fall always brings out my desire to change things up and redecorate. Does fall do this to you too? Maybe you have a bedroom that is already “timeless” and “tireless?” Either way, you may enjoy the below tips to simply seasonalize your bedroom into a cozy haven for the fall/winter season:

Break out the duvet -

Pull that down comforter out of storage and add a new cover for a fresh and snugly vibe. I love the simplicity of the white banded duvet (shown below), but I also think duvets are a great way to bring in some color and pattern for your bed. John Robshaw has a cornucopia (okay, this word is a stretch but it is fall) of patterns and styles that are sure to delight.
I love a plushy white duvet and look at these pretty, rich pillows and throw. Not to mention the FABULOUS headboard!

Batik print duvets by John Robshaw - such great colors. The patterns easily mix with different textures. I love pairing metallics with these prints.

Toss in some textured pillows -
One of my favorite sources for accent pillows is Judy Ross. These pillows are hand embroidered
with wool which results in wonderful texture. Add one or two of these to your bed or reading chair for a modern, but cozy feel.

Throw in a lush blanket -
Sferra makes luxe throws that range in price from reasonable to splurge-worthy. A great basic
is the Celine throw, which is made of 100% combed cotton and has a great herringbone pattern. My favorite is the paprika throw. Sferra also makes a great 100% cashmere throw that will certainly motivate you to snuggle up in your reading chair and finish your latest book club read.
Speaking of Book Club…..

Stack some stylish books -
Nothing says cozy like books. Pretty hardbacks add personality and warmth to your room. Jan Showers has a new book out called Glamorous Rooms and one could read through Vogue Living a thousand times without getting bored.
Get your glow on -
No, I’m not talking about an airbrush tan – I’m talking about your lighting. Nothing is more luminous and inviting for cold nights as the flicker of a flame. If you don’t have the luxury of a bedroom fireplace then you can add some glow and mood with scented candles. Two of my favorite scents for crisp, fall weather are Saijo Persimmon and Cardamon Fig, both by Voluspa.

And, speaking of changes….stay tuned for some changes that are taking place at the shop!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Southern Accents – and accenting with the Showers ladies

I remember the excitement I used to have the moment my new issue of Southern Accents magazine arrived. The pages were filled with such beautiful rooms and inspiration. Admittedly, I cancelled my subscription a couple of years ago because I just didn’t get that rush anymore. It doesn’t make me any less sad, however, that the magazine just published its last issue (September/October). I’m a home magazine junkie and knowing that there is less supply out there makes me anxious!

Of course I had to buy this last issue to see if I could get one last fix. There was a nice little write-up about Dallas-based designer, Jan Showers, whom I’ve followed for years. She has a knack for flawlessly combining traditional and modern with a twist of glamour as shown below:

Jan also has a line of furniture and accessories - one of my favorite pieces is this rock crystal lamp – ahhh gorgeous! Wouldn’t a pair of these lamps look amazing on bedside tables with these luxurious silk linens?
Gramercy carries these linens by Chez M'Lain and I can’t say enough wonderful things about the luxurious washable silk coverlets – yes, washable silk. Each one is bespoke and you can choose from a large variety of colors and patterns. I think they look amazing folded up at the bottom of a bed (as you would a duvet) but you probably won't be able to resist snuggling up in it every night!

Jan’s daughter, Elizabeth, inherited her mother’s eye for design but expresses her creativity through a line of jewelry in her namesake – Elizabeth Showers. You can imagine my delight when I received the latest email update from Honeybee Collection and learned it is now carrying some of Elizabeth’s jewelry. Gramercy will host another trunk show later this fall for all you ladies who are as jewelry obsessed as the Gramercy Girls! Two pieces that will certainly be on my wish list:

Pictures via Jan Showers, Chez M'Lain, Honeybee Collection


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