Stunning At Every Turn

I recently posted a photo of a Dallas home on my instagram feed that did not do the house justice. It is a beautiful white brick home, set back on a very popular street. This home is also featured in the recent issue of Veranda magazine (run- don’t walk to get it!).  It is designed by Cathy Kincaid and restored beautifully by my favorite architect Wilson Fuqua. I have never seen an architect understand the great balance and perfect execution of chic and charm quite like Wilson Fuqua. I found some photos of the home on Mr. Fuqua’s website and I just had to share his unbelievable restoration and Cathy Kincaid’s stunning design of this inviting and totally chic home. Happy Weekend! XO

Photos via www.wilsonfuqua.com

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Isn’t this courtyard enterance beyond charming?

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Beautiful boxwood landscape surrounds this home. I really love the chic California privacy of this residence.

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An amazing sun room. The ideal blend of fabrics and light.

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Everything is timeless without looking stale or dated. Cathy Kincaid is really a master at that!

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This is the dining room of my blue and white dreams.

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Her choice of fabrics throughout the home really speak to the architecture.

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Cathy really understands the art of an inviting bedroom. She creates a personal and calming oasis, with a punch of personality.

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The architectural details of this room make for the perfect palette to decorate.

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Really beautiful shutter color and lush topiary borders.

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WOW.

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I love the infusion of brick texture as well as classic cabinetry. Perfection at every turn.

Old World California Charm

I love a home that combines timeless style and fresh curb appeal to create a truly glorious and charming oasis. That is exactly what designer Lauren King and Oscar Shamamian (from the amazing architectural firm Ferguson & Shamamian) have created in L.A..  From the front of the home where large potted boxwood greet you, to the inside where the color, pattern, and texture all melt together, it really is a truly beautiful home that will last the test of time.

Happy Monday! XO

Photos by Miguel Flores-Vianna from last month’s issue of AD.

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This is my dream… The soft shutters, the beautiful boxwood, and the welcoming tone.

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Rich materials contrast with the sun-filled light.

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Clean and simple kitchen lines.

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Really stunning molding works throughout this entire home.

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The grounds are beautiful.

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This room would look good 100 years ago and will still look good 100 years from now.

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I adore the blue painted ceiling.

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Feeling Foxy

Great design can work everywhere, but it is much easier to do with great architecture. I am always in awe of the beautiful detail that truly exceptional architects can create to make a house a home with just the bare bones (see how I made that rhyme lol). I found some work by The Fox Group that is based in Salt Lake City. They create beautiful spaces with the perfect amount of detail as well as sleek and clean lines.

Just see below at some of their phenomenal work. I have to say, their kitchens are just dreamy, and they definitely understand the art of the staircase!

All photos from The Fox Group Construction

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A magnificent home that is beautifully landscaped.

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I love this kitchen and the fixtures!

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I mean, who doesn’t adore a checkerboard entry! The molding is stunning too!The Fox Group via their website.

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Really, they do a phenomenal job with  molding throughout their homes.

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Well appointed custom built-ins.

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Another beautiful checkerboard floor entry. TIMELESS!!!

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Minus the chair fabric, I really love the detail of this kitchen.

Pink Perfect

I love pink. I shamefully admit during a portion of the 5h grade I pretended that I didn’t like the color. Obviously, that was only to seem cool (I mean I was still playing with Barbies). Today, I am posting to prove that pink is an even cooler color than it ever was. It is known that pink is the color of breast cancer awareness. While it isn’t February, it is the day before a best friend of one of my best friends (someone who I have traveled with and come to know) is undergoing a double mastectomy. While it may not seem like a huge deal to many people, the big deal is that she is 29 and she doesn’t have breast cancer. BUT- she recently tested positive for the BRCA2 gene,  which means she has an extremely high risk of getting breast or ovarian cancer in her lifetime.

While it may seem extreme to some, I find it to be very brave and admirable. Lesley has an amazing travel blog called The Road Les Traveled. She explores the world for all of her followers to see, and it is comforting to know she can keep doing that without having to worry about the evil of cancer putting an end to her travel plans.

What can you do? Wear pink today! Support Lesley Murphy as she undergoes this life changing procedure tomorrow. Support all the women who have faced breast cancer and support all the women who are fighting the battle as we speak. Tag your photos- #LesleysBreasties #LesNipsBRCAintheBud #BreastCancerAwareness #FightLikeAGirl

Here are some pretty pink rooms to brighten this very pink day.

Bedroom by Suzanne Kassler

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One of my favorite bedrooms via Domaine Home

Ben Pentreath design via AD

Ben Pentreath design.

Lee Radziwill Apartment via AD

Nothing is quite as romantic as Lee Radziwill’s home. Via Vogue

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Pink Chinoiserie

Miles Redd knows Pink

Miles Redd masterpiece!

De Gournay knows best.

 Pink dining room via Mario Buratta

Mario Buatta shines with pink and green.

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Beautifully pink via Traditional Home.

David Hicks makes another timeless classic with pink.

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Beautiful pink dining room via Veranda.

Timothy Corrigan Apartment via AD

Timothy Corrigan pink dining room via AD

Kerry Spears

E- Design has definitely become more of a trend recently, yet it is hard for some people to grasp the concept. Often our lives are so busy, that we don’t have time to have constant meetings and walk-throughs. Also, designers that have to constantly be on the move can have trouble developing a strong base. It is really a win-win for everyone involved.

Recently I came across designer Kerry Spears. Her design is a chic and effortless combination of modern traditional. As Kerry explains it, “I work the same way and give as much attention as I do with my clients in person, only everything is done online, over the phone, FaceTime and email. I work with my clients on every detail and create a turn-key e-design service. My plan is to create a design service for individuals that like my style, but don’t want to pay to have me fly in for meetings and installations.”

With a mindset like that, why wouldn’t you turn to e-design? See my interview with Kerry, as well as a beautiful project she designed below.

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How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?

Transitional. I love traditional interiors, however, I have a thing for bright, modern fabrics. I like to keep things fresh by using classic design trends so that the rooms can last for decades, but add a splash of modern flair to keep it current. The contrast between traditional and contemporary is what makes transitional interiors so visually interesting to me.

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What are your design pet peeves?

When curtain panels don’t touch the floor. In my opinion, there should be a slight break in the bottom of the fabric. I also cringe when I see art hung incorrectly. As my mother-in-law would say, “don’t fall victim to high hanging”

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Best advice you ever received about design/decor?

If you love it, use it! There’s always a way to incorporate a favorite family heirloom or some crazy modern piece of art. After all, your home should be a reflection of you and describe your life story.

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Who inspires you?

I have such a design crush on Katie Ridder. I love the way she elegantly uses loud, bright colors and bold patterns in both fabrics and wallpaper. She takes stepping outside the box to a whole new level. I am also currently obsessed with Mark Sikes. He is more traditional and refined in his interiors, and uses a softer color palette. He also has a way of filling every space and detail, without making a room feel overcrowded. If you blend their styles, I think I am somewhere in the middle.

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What is on your nightstand?

A wedding photo, my favorite scented candle, a stack of design books (what designer doesn’t) and usually 2-3 toys that my dog brought me.

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Potted Boxwood is?

Potted boxwood is timeless chic.