Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Trad Home Pretties

I'm a little behind on my reading, and while I'm catching up, I had to share these images from the Spring 2015 Trad Home (the cool, online little sister to Traditional Home).  They featured 10 rising stars of design, which had me taking notes!

My real-life notes:

Chenault James is an awesome name.  So awesome, it must give her magical powers to read my mind and create the bedroom of my dreams.  Kind of awkward that it was for someone else, but I'll let it slide since we all get to see it.

I would make this bathroom my room that no one is allowed to go in.  It looks so quiet and peaceful.  What a lovely place to start and end the day.

Adorable little boys' bedroom!! It's hard to do classic and whimsical at the same time.  This is perfect!

  • Formula for my perfect bedroom = Leontine Linens + Spitzmiller lamp + pleated lampshade sconces + soothing color palette + a little floral + a few things that make you happy.  
Elle Clymer and Stephanie Woodmansee of Henry & Co Design nailed it in the bedroom below.

  • Ok to do the pool/water pic in the bathroom that you've been wanting to do forever.  Just do this whole bathroom.  
I love so many things about this bathroom by Jen Going - the mix of glass tile and marble, the shell mirrors and the incredibly relaxing pool photograph above the bathtub.

  • Petition the City of Leawood to allow white fences in front of our homes, butcher block half of our island, marble and millwork everything, find somebody to draw me a bath 

I would totally walk-stalk* this house belonging to designer Kristin Paton

*where you pretend to go for a walk for exercise, but really you are just checking in on your favorite houses.

Well done, Trad Home.

To see more pretties, check out the Spring 2015 issue here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Mission Hills French Chateau

Y'all know I love to peruse real estate listings as a way to decompress.  I'm usually checking out Dallas real estate for decorating ideas, but I thought today I'd give a little love to Kansas City, which is truly more beautiful than most people might realize.

This gorgeous Mission Hills French Provincial caught my eye.  Sadly, it's slightly out of my price range, but a girl can dream.

Such a soothing neutral palette, that I would never be able to pull off because I'd have to mess it up with some color.  I love it though and appreciate it's elegance.  And the landscaping alone is worth half of the purchase price.  They have me at pink flowers.

Visit the listing here at ReeceNichols.com

For those of y'all who've never had the pleasure of visiting Kansas City,  Mission Hills is one of the more gorgeous places to drive around and house stalk.  The homes and properties are really remarkable and I often find myself taking a few detours and long, scenic routes when I'm driving through the neighborhood.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Travelin' Light (not at all)

Hello hello! Where have I been? Apparently, in the land of the really lucky.  

In the last month, I've been to Napa, Dallas, and then Sea Island, Georgia. It's been an amazing few weeks, and I feel rejuvenated and inspired.  I'll spare you an entire travel recap, but here are a few highlights. 

Even God wants to eat at The French Laundry

Yes. I ate at The French Laundry.  

{Mic drop} 

I'm out.  

Just kidding.  Y'all know I need talk about this for a minute.  It was the most amazing, mind-blowing  food experience I've ever had.  It's hard to even describe.  It was just perfection.  I'm not doing a very good job talking about it.  This is basically how I felt after every course: 

I'm a big Thomas Keller fan, so when I spotted him peeking in the dining room, I almost jumped out of my chair and asked him to marry me. But then I realized it would never work out because I like to be the boss in my kitchen.  Also, I was celebrating a wedding anniversary with my husband and after such an awesome date that wouldn't be a very nice thing to do. 

I loved this clever little detail on the sconces in the dining room

Kip and I really just relaxed this Napa trip something we never get to do with our wild little munchkins. 

From Dallas, I flew to Sea Island with my family so they could help me on the plane with my kids. Let me tell you, Mary Poppins couldn't even have helped me with the epic meltdown The Honey Bear had the last hour of the flight. He finally passed out on the landing.  

But this is what greeted me later that evening and suddenly it was all worth it. 

The kids and I had A LOT of time together. A lot. It didn't leave me any time to walk around and take pictures of all of my favorite houses. Every time I came across something pretty, my first thought was "my blog friends would love this!" I have definitely missed blogging regularly! 

This is the entrance to the Spa at the Cloister. It's also what I imagine the pearly gates of Heaven will look like. 

I loved these planters outside our friend's house on the beach. So much height and drama. 

Sunrise. Yep. I used to set an alarm so I wouldn't sleep the day away when I went to the beach. Haaaaa! But as hard as it is to get up early with the kids, it's actually my favorite time with them. 

This is about as deep as we went in the ocean thanks to the shark situation in North Carolina. 

This little guy. Bubbles bring him more joy than anything.

We've had a great Summer so far, but I've missed the blog! 


Monday, June 15, 2015

Boy Room Inspiration

First, thank you all so much for your advice on Edward's big boy room!  The general consensus was to take my cues from him.  If he wants a dark blue room, a dark blue room he shall have.  He even picked the color.  I know! I narrowed it down for him and when I couldn't decide, I had him choose, multiple times, and it was always the same.  You'll have to wait and see what he chose, but I'll tell you it's not subtle.  Eek! I promise to share pics when it's finished.

I know one commenter wanted to know where the chinoiserie pillows came from.  I bought them from my sister who ordered them on Etsy.  I believe from the shop Elegant Touch.  They are Schumacher Nanjing print in porcelain, front and back.  I LOVE them.  They are very well made, too!

Ok, enough about me, let's look at some other adorable boy room inspiration, shall we?

Ashley Whittaker knows how to do a boy room, doesn't she?  I love everything she does though! 

via Nell Hill's Blog

More Ashley Whittaker 

Oh hey Ashley Whittaker again (and Leontine Linens, sigh) 

via here

So many cute boy nurseries, but this one can translate easily to a big boy room. via here

Alessandra Branca in Southern Accents (still miss you, SA) 

Ana Cordeiro via here

From Houzz.com (where I'll be bringing you another idea book soon).

                         Traditional Kids by Wilmington Interior Designers & Decorators Liz Carroll Interiors

                               Tropical Kids by Garden Grove Photographers V.I.Photography & Design

                                                                              Contemporary Kids

                                                Beach Style Kids by Biddeford Photographers Irvin Serrano

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Boy's Room Advice from the Experts

Of course, y'all are the experts and I'm the one needing advice. I've started working on Edward's big boy room and am suddenly at a standstill. Get ready for some quality iPhone pics (they're really bad, but the first one is pretty accurate lighting-wise.) 

That's it. That's all I have. The dresser is much prettier than the picture shows. 

This is the scene on his walls right now. 

Edward is begging for dark blue walls. He's four so he doesn't really get to make design decisions yet, but he seems to have an appreciation for pretty spaces so I want his room to be a place he loves.* 

It needs more layers, curtains and some bookshelves. The sweet boy asked for a picture of his family for his room.  My heart almost burst out of my chest. 

Now the white walls are fine, but a bit drab and dirty gray looking with the way the light is in the room.  Dark blue is really hard to pull off. I don't think it's a realistic option in here. Am I right? Any color ideas jumping out at you? Suggestions? Or do I just hang pictures and call it a day. 

Also, this children's book is one of my new faves to "read" with Edward. 

There are no words, but the most beautiful pictures. It tells the sweetest story that gave me goosebumps in the end.  Get it for your coffee table, even if you don't have children.  

* Y'all will find this funny. When Edward is really, really mad at me (usually because I've told him he can't jump on the furniture or eat candy for breakfast) he will say something like "... And I don't like my blue dresser! I don't want my new blue dresser anymore! I'm going to throw it in the trash."  This is also the kid that knows my favorite flower so I can take the decorating insults :)