Yours In Good Taste

Sorry for the lack of posts. With the busy time of the season and family visits, there is just not enough hours in the day (I am sure you feel the same!). I am so grateful to all of my fantastic followers for coming back day after day. I am finally ready for a relaxing, revitalizing, and reinspiring break. I will be in Dallas and in Florida posting all sorts of design fun on Instagram and on Twitter. Be sure to follow and check back here periodically for posts. Until then, I will wish you a timeless, chic, and perfectly tablescaped holiday.

More to come in the new year on the talent behind this beautifully created letterpress card by Kelly Bains Paper.

The Potted Boxwood Christmas Card by Kelly Bains Paper

 

Charge It

As dinner parties begin, dressing the table is always a production. More often than not, I am seeing less of the traditional table cloth and more of the natural appeal of the dining table itself shine through. Most of these bare back tablescapes are using the oversized ambience of chargers to create a marvelous place setting. Chargers are often disregarded as a needless necessity, but more recently have blossomed into a table staple.

So don’t worry about over served guests and an expensive table cloth (a stainful combination). Here are just a few tangible choices that make it easy to charge it!

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Oscar de la renta marbelized charger

Oscar De La Renta makes the most unique and exquisite chargers, like this green and white wonder.

Aerin Gold and Marble Clay Chargers via NM

AERIN strikes again with her fabulous taste in gold and clay marble chargers available at Neiman Marcus.

Constellation Charger by Raynaud via William Wayne NYC

A playful and refined constellation charger by Raynard from William Wayne NYCBones Chargers OKL

A timeless and intriguing bone charger on super sale for One Kings Lane.

 

Delft Charger va Juliska

This Juliska delft blue charger is a necessary indulgence for any passionate pursuer of blue and white.

Glass charger via Annie Glass

This hand blown charger from Annie Glass is elegant, luxurious, and luminous for a candle light dinner party.

Rattan Round Charger by Caspari

A rattan charger from Caspari is an approachable and universally pleasing choice for any table.

Stainless Steel charger crate and barrel

 

Crate & Barrel stainless steel chargers are versatile for a contemporary dinner or traditional place setting.

Markham’s Montana Magic

The holidays sometimes don’t feel very relaxing. With time off to spend with the family, we should be resting and renewing ourselves for the new year. Instead, the holidays can be stressful and overwhelming with packages to purchase and dinners to serve. Often times it is nice to just get away, yet it can also be equally as nice to stay home.

If you are fortunate enough to get away, there is nothing quite like the mountains for Christmas. Last year, I stumbled upon this Montana mountain retreat designed by the always talented Markham Roberts for one of Tennessee’s highly regarded families. The home is unfussy, yet holds immense character in the details of the design. It is slightly rustic, with a fresh and casually refined ambience. Basically, it is everything one would expect from Markham in the mountains.

Just a little Mountain Monday…

Photos by Bjorn Wallander for Elle Decor.

Markham Roberts Montanta 8

The varied and rustic texture of the room pair perfectly with the beautifully upholstered sofas in Pierre Frey fabric (Hello Pantone 2015 Marsala).

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An inviting den with crimson coloring brings a breadth of warmth to the large mountain home. I very much enjoy that the photo is by Roberts himself.

Markham Roberts Montanta 5

A kitchen worthy of a mountain home. Simple, unfussy, and naturally chic.

Markham Roberts Montanta Stairs

Uncomplicated layering of texture and great use of lines. The scones on the interior columns add an inviting element and sophistication.

Markham Roberts Montanta 4

A picture window is the focal point in this master bedroom full of light and rich faux chinchilla fur.

Markham Roberts Montanta 3

A peaceful and understated bathroom. How divine is that waterworks tub?!

Markham Roberts Montanta 2

Bunks are always a mountain home staple. I love the exposed wood that gives the feeling of sleeping in a cabin.

Dallas In The Light

Everything is bigger in Texas. I am sure you have heard it, and perhaps even scoffed at it. However, the longer I live here in Dallas, the more I find it to be true. Dallas does little things in big ways, and often with great style. I am always reminded about how awe inspiring the city can be whenever the holidays roll around. Dallas celebrates Christmas in such a way that it is hard to compete. I am not talking about how many lights and blow-up santas one can fit in a yard, but how to tastefully convey the spirit of Christmas with maximum impact (and…well…. LOTS of LIGHTS).

The lights in Dallas are something to see. There is No Branch Left Behind when it comes to the decor of the landscape and exterior. The lights are vibrant, spirited, and abundant. I wanted to share these pictures I took in order to remind you during this often “hectic” time of year, that there truly is beauty to appreciate down to every last strand.

Have a great weekend!

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In Your Skin

Snakes and crocodiles! Many people hate them. My mother can’t even look at a snake on a television screen. While they can both be quite deadly and very terrifying, they also have a luxurious and fabulous appeal in a home. Texture is something I am constantly noticing and admiring. It is necessary for the composition of a room. Usually, a textured item is needed when something feels lacking.  What a better way to add texture than with an accent of snakeskin or crocodile. Both are refined, sleek, and full of panache.

Surely these rooms will make your skin crawl.

 

corcodile chest via Elle Decor

How incredible is the texture of this crocodile covered dresser! It really stands out paired with the bold framed mirror. Photo source: Elle Decor

crocodile wall above fireplace via House Beautiful

A wall of crocodile. The perfect solution and ideal contrast for any mantle. Photo source: House Beautiful 

dramatic crocodile walls

Dramatic, sultry, and full of fabulous texture. The dark coloring makes the skin pattern very appealing.

Crocodile Rug in worldy apartment in India via Elle Decor

A gator rug would be an easy conversation starter in this light and airy room. Photo source: Elle Decor

orange crocodile backs splash via Freshome

A backsplash that really adds a splash of color and punch of texture.

Ruthie Sommers Powder Room via Lonny

A favorite work of Ruthie Sommers. This powder room has every element of masculine coloring, feminine hardware, and distinguished appeal. Photo source: Lonny

Snakeskin cushions via Veranda

Snakeskin chair cushions add another element of pattern and surprise to this dining area. Photo source: Veranda

Snakeskin tub via AD

Rub-a-dub-dub, a snake on a tub . Not for everyone, but surely an eye-catching design element. Photo source: AD

Texture Perfected via Apartment Therapy

A crocodile side table allows for extra texture in this very dark colored vignette.  Photo source: Apartment Therapy