Mary Mcdonald

I love the way Mary Mcdonald 
can do these incredible interiors that are sleek and sexy, 
Modern yet Pretty, Bold and Bright....
I love them all!  She does not have a fear of color - and she knows how to use it.


Inspiration of the Week

Here it is......

Mary McDonald

I am more than thrilled that Bravo's 
Million Dollar Decorator is back this year.

I love Mary's style and humor and 
her ability to use the color black..

Check out her line of lighting

Have a Fabulous Week!


Small Business Saturday

Don't forget to 


Here are a few of my favorite stops 

Stanley Antiquesthe shops at 5807Pink
Davis JewelryFraicheThe Shoe Box
ReynoldsGalleryKim Faison AntiquesVfortheHome
Paper on the AvenueRick's Framing
Busy Beesand GeorgeKenny BallMireabelle Antiques

is where I will be Saturday ......

Where will you be?


Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and yours 
a wonderful day!



sometimes less isn't more

one of my architectural icons is mies van der rohe, whom you most likely know from his design of the  barcelona chair and pavilion. he is also famous for saying "less is more," an adage applicable to anything from  fashion accessories to makeup. despite his legendary status in the design world, i have to admit that i don't always think this is true.
a rendering of a barcelona chair i did in my first year of grad school...

last week i crossed over the james into manchester, a richmond borough with an industrial history and some really cool buildings. i went in search of some fluted columns from caravati's, an architectural salvage warehouse which i had shockingly never been to before. it was AWESOME. good thing i went after getting some other work done because i was there for nearly 2 hrs just soaking it all in, afraid i would miss something. amidst the smell and dust of old wood porches and mantels and mouldings, i had a revelation. as i turned a corner and saw the seemingly infinite collection of salvaged porch pedestals, it struck me how different my perception of these dirty weathered pedestals was just as a result of the sheer number and arrangement of them. this is where i had my moment:

there is something striking about the juxtaposition of simple forms here-the lines of the pedestals and circular tubes- that literally stopped me in my tracks. the late afternoon sun pouring through the windows didn't hurt either. and this got me thinking how much punch you can get from something as simple as an old wooden pedestal just by putting  a whole freaking bunch of them together. here are more visuals from caravati's that i'm talking about:
rusty air registers with cool graphic patterns

sun streaming through a narrow path of storm doors

wrought iron fence posts

so then i started thinking about the different things we collect in our lives, valuable or not, and the different reasons we have for holding onto them. (blame it on the psychology degree i have...) when i was in fifth or sixth grade my grandmother began giving me little antique boxes- wood, ceramic, hand-painted, simple- all very different from the next, because she explained it was nice to start a collection that you can watch grow over time. i used to always re-arrange them on a shelf in my room, trying to put my favorite in the front and center. sadly, i haven't seen my little boxes since my parents moved to richmond during my freshman year of college, but i'll find them one of these days. in the mean time, you can see how many designers and celebs have their own collections that are personally meaningful or just plain enviable. sometimes more really is more. 

mini round silver frames for family pics, kate and jack spade via the selby

unknown antler collection

no need for a sign at this bicycle shop in germany

simple clipboard art is graphic cool

who knew there are so many variations on the bowtie

artistic hat storage

khloe kardashian's louboutin collection

matchbooks, phoebe howard

art gallery, nate berkus

model ships, phoebe howard

so, what have you been collecting? and besides khloe's closet, what do you want to start?




Glass Chandeliers by Robert Kaindl Glass Artist

Vintage Venini Polyhedral

Murano Glass


Going with all that is Topaz.
 You can't go wrong with any of these 
beautiful chandeliers! 



November is all about shades of yellow and orange. 
The leaves on the trees have changed and 
pumpkins are still in full force. 
With all the warm colors associated with November, it makes perfect sense that official birthstone of this autumnal month is

Gem stone colors are gorgeous and bold!

Looks amazing in accent pillows....

The perfect no color color for lighting....

Bunny Williams

Barry Dixon

Tyler highlighted her love for all things orange last month, check out her post here.


Inspiration of the Week

Aerin Lauder just launched a new line of make-up

Check out a few fabulous rooms from one of her fabulous homes.....

I LOVE the light fixture....


 Just a little handwritten note from a close family friend....

 Check out her FABULOUS rug...LOVE!!!!!!!!!!

 You can't have too much of Michael Devine!
Check out Aerin's Website ...www.aerin.com



Red, White and Blue

I took my daughter to vote Tuesday.

 I don't care whether you are a 
Republican, Democrat, Independent, Tea Party member
or none of the above
 it does make you feel EXTREMELY patriotic walking into the polling centers.  
How amazing it is that we live in a country where we have the right to vote.....






the r months

you know what they say about the months with an “r”... it’s time for oysters, baby! it might not be the r in the name of the month that makes them so tasty but the colder, rainy days definitely work their magic. i LOVE a good oyster. my mouth is watering just think about a freshly steamed oyster where you can still taste the salt water. and just because we don’t live at the beach doesn’t mean we can’t have oysters year around, or in our homes. have you ever seen oysterwood? it’s gorgeous. but oysterstick is just plain cool. oysters grow and mature attached to wood sticks that have to be recycled after so many years and leave us with this uniquely marked wood. so even if you don’t like oysters and none of your friends are hosting an oyster roast this fall, you might just want to get yourself some oysterstick!

i saw this in a palm beach antique store last year and thought it was so cool


oyster watercolor

oysterstick mirror

bowens island- the BEST local oysters in charleston

oyster shell chandeliers


a building made out of oysters

late 19th cent oysterwood dresser

lots of shells


happy thursday everyone!