Category Archives: Favorite Designers

Is it Love or an HGTV Crush?

Cover Blog Pic“I think I need subway tiles and a farm sink in my kitchen.”

“I definitely need some word art.”

“Mid-century modern would look so great in a bedroom. Or maybe a bohemian look with a Moroccan wedding blanket.”

“Ooohh, look at those French cafe chairs.”

The more we see something, the more we think we like it, and the harder it gets to discern what our TRUE loves are… Is the farm kitchen REALLY my style, or do I just like it because I’ve seen it on Fixer Upper? 

How can we tell if we are truly “in love” or just having an “HGTV crush?”

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Designer Barbara Westbrook | Shaped by Jesus & Antiques

Barbara Westbrook Gracious Rooms
Interior Designer Barbara Westbrook grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and in the heart of the Bible Belt. She remembers accompanying her mother to Mrs. Jackson’s Antiques Shop as much as attending services at church, “You could say I grew up shaped by Jesus and antiques.”

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Jackie O’s Interior Designer is Coming to Jacksonville

From Architectural Digest 2014

From Architectural Digest 2014

Jackie O’s interior designer, Richard Keith Langham, is coming to Jacksonville. What an opportunity we have to hear from the man that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis chose to be her designer. 

“I hope life gives you back all the nice things that you put into it for other people,” Mrs. Onassis wrote to Langham on the back of a postcard of the Louvre in Paris.

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Details Draw Us In with Alexa Hampton

Alexa Hampton will be coming to Jacksonville. I am very honored to have this blog post first published by The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital in anticipation of this year’s Art & Antiques Show- a dynamic event with the goal to preserve the healthy lives of our children. 

-from Architectural Digest "Classical meets contemporary in the family room of the recently renovated Manhattan apartment of interior decorator Alexa Hampton. The desk is from her collection for Hickory Chair, and she also designed the cocktail table (made by Frederick P. Victoria & Son) and the Jansen-style club chair."

-from Architectural Digest
“Classical meets contemporary in the family room of the recently renovated Manhattan apartment of interior decorator Alexa Hampton. The desk is from her collection for Hickory Chair, and she also designed the cocktail table (made by Frederick P. Victoria & Son) and the Jansen-style club chair.”

Details draw us in as the ultimate luxury in design.

That is the sentiment in Alexa Hampton’s newest book, Decorating in Detail. Alexa Hampton will be speaking at The Women’s Board 2015 Art & Antiques Show on December 4th at 10AM and signing her book after her lecture. Continue reading

Window Dressing

Notice where Mrs. Bunny Williams hung her drapery; ceiling to floor panels bring your eye up and add a touch of luxury.  ~from Architectural Digest

Notice where Mrs. Bunny Williams hung her drapery; ceiling to floor panels bring your eye up and add a touch of luxury. ~from Architectural Digest

Window metaphors and references are endless.   Our eyes are windows to our souls, God is said to open one when a door closes, and the law of window cleaning claims that “it’s on the other side.”

Despite our love of window analogies, often times the windows in our homes get neglected or poorly dressed.  I have been quite guilty of this, too. Continue reading

I Will Wear Pink Lip Gloss Everyday

A Suzanne Kasler designed room in Veranda. [photo from Veranda Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015]

A Suzanne Kasler designed room in Veranda. [photo from Veranda Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015] The contrast between the glamorous pink chair and the weathered wooden table is genius.

“I will wear pink lip gloss everyday.”

I proudly proclaimed this as my resolution on New Year’s Eve when I was seventeen years old. Why that is the only resolution I remember is beyond me, but it is.

How embarrassing.

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