Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Southern Charm


If you like this blog, then you probably watch Southern Charm on Bravo.  It's basically my perfect reality show.  Light on the dark drama that the Real Housewives sometimes throw our way (ahem, New Jersey) and heavy on chintz and, well, charm.

And there is Patricia Altschul, who is the other person I pretend to be in my head when I'm not pretending to be Britney Spears.  (I kind of feel uncomfortable with that entire sentence).


So last night was the season finale of Southern Charm (tear), and I had two mini-freak outs.

First, as I was fully absorbed in the Katherine/T-Rav drama, I happened to notice out of the corner of my eye a figure in the shadows. It was my four-year-old standing three feet away from my side of the bed, smiling and quietly staring at me at 11:30 PM. AH!! How long had he been there? Why didn't he announce his presence?  Why is he awake?  So alarming.

Second, this.

Yep, that's Mario Buatta.  The Prince of Chintz hanging out in Patricia Altschul's kitchen offering his two-cents on the Southern Charm kids' shenanigans like it's a regular old Tuesday afternoon.   I died.

I knew the minute I saw her bright apple-green walls with all of the chintz and check fabric that Mr. Buatta had a hand in the decor, but I definitely didn't expect him to actually appear on the show!  It was just a hilarious collision of two unlikely worlds that actually made perfect sense.  We've entered into a new era Of reality TV y'all.

Patricia, her caftans, the fabulous chintz seating, the butlers and cocktails, they are the true stars of the show.  She's clearly having fun with it, too.  So in honor of the season finale, I had to post the grand "Buattafied" Charleston mansion, generously shared with us by the fabulous Miss Patricia.

If you want a great read, definitely check out the accompanying article in Architectural Digest.

Here are so more, less glossy photos, from the Bravo web site, which I actually prefer.

Which room is your favorite? I could never choose.

Now I'm off to mourn the end of my favorite TV show until it returns for a new season.  Let's hope this show only serves to encourage more fabulous people with legendary interior designers to enter the Reality TV world.  Bravo, take note.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Suze's Pretties

This weekend I took the boys to Dallas for quick trip to surprise The Suze for her birthday! I was able to snap a few pics for y'all in between eating Bubba's fried chicken and mashed potatoes (I seriously are it 4 times and was only there two days). 

She had her sofas recovered and had them redo the arms to make them more tuxedo-like rather than the over-sized arms that were so popular when she bought them in the 90s. They are so pretty and perfect in the new space. 

Here's another view as we were watching About Bruce, Part 1 together as a family. My dad was the first to notice that Bruce had blue hydrangeas just like we do. Ha! 

I would have taken a better angle if I'd known I was going to share this one on the blog. She did a great job styling the shelves! 

The boys on the newly slipcovered chair! I kept throwing a sheet over it just in case some stealthy peanut butter hands made their way over to this beautiful blank canvas. 

I loved the giant robin's eggs on this chest. Sorry for the crushed up cheerio powder filter my iPhone was giving that day. 

She's still working on her entry, but I loved that Edward insisted that his dinosaur live on the silver tray while we were there. He's my little high brow baby. I can already tell he's going to like nice things when he grows up. 

Mom got out all of her pretty things for family to come over, which Edward immediately noticed. 

I gave my mom some peonies for her birthday and everyday they got bigger and bigger like a pretty, slow-moving firework. 

Wish I could have stayed longer! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

HBD to The Suze & A Pretty Dallas House

A very Happy Birthday to The Suze, my beautiful Mama who inspired this blog and all things blue and white! I picked up our favorite peachy pink roses because I knew she would want me to get myself flowers for her birthday (Of course, she has some flowers and sussies coming her way, I just stumbled on these at the grocery store). That's the kind of wonderful mom she is, one who genuinely delights in her children indulging in her favorite flower. 

If I were in Dallas to celebrate with her I would probably make her walk down to this house, which is for sale nearby.

Checking out local real estate is one of our favorite things to do together.  This house pretty much looks like it's made for me (or The Suze). I love Kansas City, but it would be amazing to live down the street from my family (free babysitting and steak!).

So Mama, for your birthday we'll take a virtual tour through this house together and I won't tell anybody that you insisted on driving.

For more on this lovely, lovely listing check it out over on Ebby Halliday