Spring Shower

Last Friday night called for showers in Dallas, but the most beautiful one happened on Saturday in honor of a wonderful and dear friend, Caroline. The setting was my favorite restaurant, Le Bilboquet, a restaurant I have frequented with her many a time. The side terrace with a boxwood wall and bistro chairs make for the ideal backdrop for any event. Beautiful flower arrangements in some of my favorite blue and white pots framed the tables. Gorgeous blue and white monogrammed napkins were my gift to the bride, and they tie in perfectly to go with the bride’s future china pattern.

Favors included votive size candles that were placed next to place cards created by my self-taught and incredibly talented friend, Margaret Moore. Her writing is incredible!! Overall, it was the ideal setting for a shower full of Rosé, french fries, good friends, and lots of laughter (and even a few tears)!

Enjoy these pictures of the festive and fun bridal shower!

Venue: Le Bilboquet

Napkins: Preppy Paper Girl

Place Cards: Moore Ink. 

Flowers: Cebolla

Favors: Diptique Candles

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Le Bilboquet provided the perfect backdrop for an even more perfect luncheon.

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Gorgeous monogrammed napkins by Laurie Byrne of Preppy Paper Girl @lboriginals.

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Cebolla Fine Flowers did the outstanding arrangements in my own blue and white vases.

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My very close friend Margaret Moore did the place card calligraphy. She is self taught and VERY talented!

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This beautiful cake was completed by Frosted Art Bakery. The fresh flowers made for the perfect spring touch. Also- the cake was SO yummy!

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Votive Diptique candles made for really sweet, simple,  and useful favors.

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I love how we split up the blue and white vases high and low. The more arrangements you have, the more you get a lush garden ambience- which was what I was going for!

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The gift table.

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Dixon Rye

I love Atlanta. People often say it is like Dallas with more trees. They also have such a pulse on design. I mean think of all the greats there- Suzanne Kasler is based there, Phoebe Howard has a store there, plus Danielle Rollins is quite the tastemaking guru, Parker Kennedy Living resides there, and my favorite monogram queen, Laurie Byrne is there as well. It is also home to the always chic design of Bradley Odom.

Bradley recently opened a new home store in the area called Dixon Rye. He has such an eye for collected, chicly effortless, and dimensional design. There is something so refreshing about his style. It is like a breath of fresh air with a hint of something woodsy. Maybe it is just his ability to combine texture with a clean palette and classic lines. Whatever it is, it surely makes Dixon Rye a place I am desperately ready to frequent.

I had the opportunity to send him a few questions about Dixon Rye. Feast yourself on the beautiful images of his store and his wonderful vision for making Dixon Rye a design destination.

For design work of Bradley Odom, founder and curator of Dixon Rye, please click here.

Photos courtesy of Domino Media Group

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How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?

Dark and moody—masculine colors with over the top texture. At Dixon Rye we talk a lot about identifying the hero of a room and letting it be a hero. For me personally, the hero is usually something leather or a cool architectural find.

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What hopes do you have for Dixon Rye?

I always say that first and foremost we are a creative brand. We are a retail shop and we offer design services but a creative process informs every decision we make. It’s an atmosphere where lasting relationships are formed, consumers are educated about where things are made. It is always a question of how products are made, who made them and why that matters. We pay special attention to all details from the music we play, the packaging, and of course, the friendly experts you engage with. We’ll continue to grow our DR Collection and our online presence.

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Shot of an interior project designed by Bradley Odom.

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What are your design pet peeves?

Not considering scale and volume of a space or an individual piece, especially lamps! We like to ensure that lamps are the appropriate size in relationship to the table and room. Sounds simple but it’s something I notice and it stands out like a sore thumb to me.

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Best advice you ever received about design/decor?

One of my former professors once said, “A good idea is just that, a good idea, until you actually spend time working out the details and ensuring it actually works.”

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Who inspires you?

I love the work of Billy Baldwin. He was one of the greats that never missed an opportunity to add an interesting detail to an otherwise basic piece of furniture—and we’re both Sagittarius. Recently, I’ve been inspired by Meyer-Davis. Their ability to mix materials is awe-inspiring.

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What is on your nightstand?

Books! Sounds so expected, but I love being surrounded by inspiration. I also have a favorite piece of art that my Mom gifted me which leans on the wall off of my nightstand, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say my iPhone.

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Potted boxwood is?

SOUTHERN CHIC REALNESS!

A Blue & White Holiday

There is nothing more I love than tasteful holiday decor. This past weekend my good friend Sara in Atlanta visited the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine Holiday House. I knew this house was going to be phenomenal, especially since I follow the incredible Danielle Rollins on Instagram and was able to see her constant progress on the den she designed with Bill Ingram. I asked sweet Sara to send me pictures of this incredible home, and I was not disappointed.

Lance Jackson and David Ecton of Parker Kennedy Living designed a brilliant back porch on this home that is graciously adorned with blue and white porcelain pots filled with potted boxwoods and chic red ribbon design. My friend was only able to snap a few pictures, but the ones she did take were worth sharing.

Enjoy these potted boxwoods perfected. Happy Monday!

An outdoor mantle at the Atlanta Holiday House by Parker Kennedy Living

The stunning fireplace of magnolia leaf garland, lemons, and chic blue and white porcelain. An incredible display.

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I adore the combination of blue and white pattern. How divine!

Potted Boxwoods in blue and white pots designed by Parker Kennedy Living

My favorite display of boxwoods in blue and white porcelain pots. The macau dining chairs in white are so effective against the blue.

More of the outdoor area designed by Parker Kennedy Living

Honestly, could this be a more picturesque porch?!  Any side table that stands upon blue and white ginger jars is going to be a favorite.

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Cheers to David and Lance at Parker Kennedy Living! This back patio is not only ideal for the holidays, but would be timeless year round.

 

Tablescapes of Thanks

It is hard to believe that next week is Thanksgiving week, although the bitterly cold Dallas weather is certainly helping it feel like winter is here to stay. The weather also may have prompted me to get an early start on my Christmas decorating. I used to loathe those who skipped Thanksgiving and went straight to Christmas, yet I find myself yearning to get a head start on the decoration process (true confession- my tree is up. Yes- I’m full of shame).

In my opinion, decorating for Thanksgiving has always been a dressed-down version of Halloween. Same pumpkins, sans the spook and spiders. I believe the best way to decorate for Thanksgiving is to deck the table. Today, I want to share some inspiring tablescapes that you can keep in mind when you start to map out your turkey-day soiree.

While the food and the company count the most, the table, like the home, makes for a beautiful backdrop.

 

A more modern Thanksgiving tablescape via Curbly

I love how this runner is accompanied by mini pumpkins and flowers. Also, I think the purple against the greenery is a rich color combination. Photo source: Curbly

A planters boc of Thanksgiving decor via Babble

A planters box full of Fall florals. Notice how they mixed the wide candles with tapers. Photo source: Babble

A stunning tablescape by Donna Karan via House Beautiful

Donna Karan does everything serene and chic, including this tablescape. Photo source: House Beautiful 

Golden pumpkins via Better Homes and Gardens

You can’t go wrong with the glitz of gold pumpkins. They reflect beautifully against candle light. Photo source: Better Homes and Gardens

How lovely is the dried corn on this tablescape via restoration house interiors

I just had to share the clever dried corn and timeless table setting. How lovely. Photo source: Restoration House Interiors

Love the antlers mixed in via Pinterest

Votives are always a great way to add ambience and can be scattered about the table. I adore the use of antlers and the green pumpkins as well. Photo source: Pinterest

Outdoor Thanksgiving tablescape via The Sweet Occasion

I wish it was warm enough for a pretty autumn outdoor Thanksgiving. I love the wild and more natural look of the flower arrangement. Photo source: The Sweet Occasion

Phenomenal tablescape of Mark D Sikes via Lonny

I didn’t even have to look up this picture to know where it was taken and who decorated it. You can’t mistake that Gracie wallpaper in the home of Mark D. Sikes and Michael Griffin. How chic! This wallpaper is now in their master bedroom. Photo source: Lonny

Place cards via Georgia and Pond interiors

I am in love with these place cards. So simple, fun, and seasonal. Photo source: Georgia and Pond Interiors

Gold tapers take the table up a notch

A rustic table with accents of gold and white floral filled pumpkins. Photo source: Pinterest

Pretty pink pumpkins bring a femine touch

A fun and feminine approach to a thanksgiving tablescape. Would be great for a friendsgiving or girls gathering!

A coastal and light colored setting fo Thanksgiving

A coastal thanksgiving tablescape. Notice how they put the white pumpkins in these white bowls and plates. Simple and effective.

super simplistic tablescape via apartment therapy

Rows of candles and a straw wreath provide a warmth and ambience without a fuss of decorations. Photo source: Apartment Therapy

A sweet tablescape for thanksgiving

Natural mats, blue plates with small  floral stuffed pumpkins make for a colorful fall palette. Photo source: Pinterest

Thanksgiving tablescape via Country Living

An aerial view of a box planter filled with candles, pumpkins, and florals. The personality this brings to the table is abundant. Photo source: Country Living

White pumpkins via Studio ten

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An Armani One-Liner

Yesterday, my year-old pug puppy decided it would be a fabulous idea to jump on my vanity and remove my Armani eye-liner for an afternoon snack. The rest of the day called for a vet visit, a home-cooked Whole Foods dog dinner, and constant drooling (and not the kind you have over Gracie wallpaper).

I think it is only fitting that I showcase the very sleek and contemporary Milan residence of the fashion, makeup, and furniture king. Armani has a gift of timeless dressing, incredible coverup (seriously- it is the best!), and sharp lines. The only thing Armani lacks is an ingredient list for it’s make-up products. I can live with that, as long as Emmie lives. Today I am going to show you how Giorgio Armani lives, which is as flawless as his foundation and as smooth as his silk.

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Armani Library via Vogue UK

A stellar galley library in Armani’s Milan home. Photo source: Vogue UK

Den of Armani via Nuevo Estilo

Sleek wood walls in this library in the home. Photo source: Nuevo Estilo

Armani Dining Room via Nuevo Estilo

A checkerboard rug and contemporary high-back chairs in the dining area. Photo source: Nuevo Estilo

Armani Hallway via NYT

An airy hallway with simple details. Photo source: New York Times

Amani's Hallway via Nuevo Estilo

A close-up of the hallway and the black panthers. A home that is minimalist in one sense, and intricate in another. Photo source: Nuevo Estilo

Living Room of Armani via Nuevo Estilo

A comfortable and contrasting living area. Photo source: Nuevo Estilo

Armani Living Area via Neuvo Estilo

High ceilings and warm simplicity. Photo source: Nuevo Estilo

Armani's Milan House via Nuevo Estilo

The exterior of the Milan residence. Photo source: Nuevo Estilo