Simply Beautiful

I have to admit that I am not a Royal follower per se but today's royal wedding had me almost in tears. It was so beautiful, a true return to lovely with me coveting every detail ~ that beautifully simple Grace Kelly~esque dress, her lovely sister bridesmaid, the flowers and the long awaited kiss.

Thank you Kate and William for inspiring us with old fashioned loveliness!

{Grace Kelly and her lovely Lilly-of-the-valley bouquet}

{Grace Kelly}
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Must Read New Blog


I first discovered the work of Penelope Bianchi after reading an enchanting post from Brooke of Velvet & Linen about a special evening for Lars Bolander hosted by Penelope at her enchanting home. I actually had tattered pages of her home and garden stashed away in my inspiration files but didn't have the opportunity to appreciate her casual elegance until the post arrived from Brooke.

As UnDecorated becomes the new buzz word, Penelope has been living this Style for years. Her philosophy is simple and something I try to live by myself. Here are a few quotes from her new website that speak to me:

"Penelope believes in honoring a timeless aesthetic where interiors never go out of style and the quality of pieces will withstand the test of time."

 “A house should feel personally collected, and not decorated”.

"One’s house is a most special place and should be a reflection of the people who live there; and a comfortable refuge from the world."

I am excited that Bianchi is sharing her philosophy on living with me and the world through her new blog. I loved her first two posts about baby ducklings first arriving in her garden pond and celebrating Easter with family and friends at a former lemon tree farm turned family home. Please join me in welcoming her to the blogsphere and visit her blog here.
Bianchi's home via House Beautiful

Bianchi's garden

Bianchi's garden via House Beautiful

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Patina Style

I know you have probably heard but thought I would share my enthusiasm for Patina Style, the new book from Brooke & Steve Giannetti. Velvet and Linen is one of my favorite morning reads. I share Brooke's love of antiques, appreciation for nature and the garden. I look forward to perusing the pages of their lovely new book. I do mean "lovely". Just look at that stunning cover {above} and the table of contents {below}.

The book is not yet released but can be pre-ordered from Amazon.

Brooke's simple statement about their new book has me drooling in anticipation:

"Patina Style celebrates the beauty that the passage of time brings to the things in your life. The antique and imperfect, the slightly worn combined with natural materials and a subtle color palette create a look that is both timeless and fresh."

Brooke and Steve ~ Best wishes on much success with your first book. I placed my order today.

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Lofty Business


I think I mentioned the other day that I was going on a loft tour in downtown Winston Salem. Winston Salem is known as The City of Arts and Innovation and has a very strong arts community. The North Carolina School of the Arts is located in downtown Winston Salem, and we even have our own, pretty impressive, film festival called RiverRun. Our community embraces the arts and has really come together of late, the past ten years, to create a cool, livable downtown. I have heard all about the new "loft" community downtown but had not seen it in person until two weeks ago. I am not sure if I am ready to fully embrace loft living for myself as I really like to be surrounded by a big patch of grass but there are many things that I swoon for like the huge expansive metal windows that flood the interiors with natural light and the factory-worn materials~exposed brick, old beams and well, those wide plank floors really do-it for me.

I wish I could claim this loft as part of the Winston Salem community but I can't. It is in the King Plow Art Center in Atlanta and is a former plow factory from the 1800's. It belongs to professional photographer Rob Brinson and his talented wife, Jill Sharp Brinson, the creative director for Ballard Designs, and an incredible stylist and designer that I adore.

The above image is one of my favorites from Rob Brinson's portfolio. Visit his website here to see more.

The above image from House Beautiful is one of my all-time-favorite interiors and showcases the incredible talents of Jill Sharp Brinson. Visit her website here.

It makes sense to me now...the Brinson home that I fell in love with from the pages of House Beautiful features huge metal windows and other loft-like aesthetics. Now, I see these incredible images of Brinson's loft studio and learned the couple lived in the loft studio for six years prior to renovating their current home featured in HB. I read where Rob said that the loft studio reflects more of his style and their home more of Jill's style. All I have to say is there is a lot of style represented in this artsy duo...enough where I think I should pencil them into my fantasy dinner party.

King Plow Art Center in Atlanta

Rob Brinson first purchased this loft 23 years ago, before industrial was cool and downtown loft-living was in Vogue. Now, it is squarely located in the arts-centric Westside District of Atlanta. I have high aspirations for Winston Salem's loft community {below}. Come on...You can do it!

{Winston Salem Monthly Magazine}

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A Lovely Script

I'm pretty sure I don't get to go back to Paris this summer, but if i did, I would definitely stay at this dreamy new  hotel,  Le Pavillon des Lettres, in the 8th arrondissement. Featuring 26 unique rooms designed by interior designer Didier Benderli, Le Pavillion des Lettres celebrates French and international poets and authors. Each of the rooms is designed to reflect the spirit of a poet, a writer or celebrated literary genius and features a favorite passage from their work stenciled on the walls. To inspire sweet dreams, the guiding spirit of these wall-worthy passages is imaginary of the night, dreams and poetry. Should this Paris crib inspire you to create your own work of literary genius, you're in luck, as each room is equipped with an iPad. {and rain-forest shower heads}

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A Bedtime Story

{via here}

I couldn't wait to share this with you ~ so simple, so compelling!

I think I would add a pair of these french industrial lights from 1st Dibs.

French Industrial Lights from 1st Dibs

a pair of rewired iron french industrial farm lights. these have the most fantastic reflection when illuminated due to the silver panel behind glass in inside the shades.

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Off The Wall Charisma

 I love this image featured in the new TradHome...the work of Suysel dePedro Cunningham and Anne Maxwell Foster, the young duo that makes up Tilton Fenwick, one of twenty hot new design firms featured in the debut issue. This modern yet traditional room is from Cunningham's 19th century farmhouse in Woodstock, New York where the design team first worked together to hone their interior design aesthetic. This spring they opened a home furnishings boutique and design studio in the Flatiron District of Manhattan.

This artfully layered, modern farmhouse bedroom made me think maybe I am liking wallpaper a little more lately so I followed the link to get the details. I have to admit that's one thing I really like about online don't have to flip back to the resources page with your magnifying just click!

Anyhoo...the wallpaper is from Farrow & Ball.

 Ringold by Farrow & Ball

I like this close up {from TradHome} in the lower left hand corner. It shows a fabric that I ADORE, Indian Flower by Micheal S. Smith for Jasper, in a colorway that I have never seen. I really like Tilton Fenwick's playful use of pattern and color.

I have noticed a lot more layering of graphic patterns and colors of late with some great looking new wallpapers making their debut. Here's a few I find innovative or interesting...

Galbraith & Paul Textiles now offers wallpaper in their fabulous block printed patterns.

Diamond in Mushroom from Galbraith & Paul

New wallpapers from Galbraith & Paul

As I was doing a little research for this post, I learned that Lori Weitzner makes magnetic linen wallpaper...what a great product! As I flipped through the Weitzner Limited website I was captivated by the innovative designs and beautiful papers. Here are a few of my favorites...

I am in love with this simply elegant paper!

and this one too!

One of the most interesting new design products I have seen come on the market recently is Dwell Studio's new line of customizable wallpaper. DwellStudio lets you chose from their iconic patterns and icons and select color, scale and size. Their website also boosts that their new wallpaper line allows you to easily apply and remove their wallpaper with no damage to walls...great for renters, dorm rooms and updating children's rooms as they grow.

If you like the look of nailhead detail as much as I do you'll love the new rivets-on-grasscloth wallpapers from Phillip Jeffries Ltd..

Interior design by Kirsten Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford of Kristen Kelli, LLC featured in House Beautiful.

Look closely at the image has a bronze nailhead pattern.
Finally, it was love at first sight, when I first discovered this metallic graascloth from Crezana!

What do you think of the latest wallpaper trends?


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