Category Archives: Home Decor

Kicking Off the Month of May

Kicking Off May

May is a busy month: from the Kentucky Derby to Jacksonville’s THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, there is something to every weekend.

May is getting off to a busy start, especially here in the South.

Between the NFL Draft Thursday night, Tee-ing Off Downtown to kick off the week of The Players Championship golf tournament on Friday, and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, there’s hardly a moment to spare.

It’s important to take a moment, relax, and enjoy this fabulous weather we are having.  You wouldn’t want to get sick and have to miss work next Friday. But, then again I hear, the best medicine is served cold along the greens of TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra.

We recently painted part of our patio Dark Forest Green and I love the new backdrop to outside gatherings.

We recently painted part of our patio Black Forest Green and I love the new backdrop to outside gatherings.

Fill two-thirds of your  glass with your favorite beer, add    one-third C of Ginger Ale, and top it off with a touch of Gin and a squeeze of lemon.

Fill two-thirds of your glass with your favorite beer, add one-third C of Ginger Ale, and top it off with a touch of Gin and a squeeze of lemon. [Beer Cocktail, Jacksonville]

If you aren’t going down to your local NFL stadium for the DRAFT PARTY, this is a great night to make a “Beer Cocktail.”  Grab your partner’s favorite local brew, for Matt it is Jacksonville’s Intuition’s People’s Pale Ale, your favorite Gin, ginger ale, and a lemon or two. It’s quick, festive, and a fun way to celebrate the Draft… even if you don’t like football.

GINgerale Shandy

Combine…
2/3 C – Chilled Local Brew
1/3 C – Ginger Ale
Top it off with a touch of Gin and the squeeze of a lemon.

If beer isn’t your thing… there is always champagne!

Now, sit back and enjoy the evening.

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Sadie on the Outside Setup for May

The patio walls are painted BLACK FOREST GREEN by Benjamin Moore.

Rugs from AT HOME, Poufs from TARGET, Ice Bucket from EMILY McCARTHY, & Tray from DESIGN ELEMENTS in Jacksonville, Florida.

Take the “inside”— outside. Rugs from AT HOME, Poufs from TARGET, Ice Bucket from EMILY McCARTHY, & Tray from DESIGN ELEMENTS in Jacksonville, Florida.

A Mix of Chic, Tradition, and a Baby

Elegant Pink and Gold Nursery

“I never wanted a nursery to look too babyish… A baby doesn’t know that it’s in a room just for them. I wanted it to be interesting.” -Coco Rocha, supermodel, Vogue

It was so reassuring to read those words in print because ALL the nurseries I have designed in my head have been “baby theme” free.  That baby will not know that Ariel is swimming “under the sea” on the wall next to the crib, nor will they understand that the mobile of Micro Machines is supposed to soothe them to sleep.

But, do you know who would have to look at “The Little Mermaid” everyday? Or will have to watch small cars float around in mid-air?

The mom.  Continue reading

Turning a Corner in Charleston

Battery Park in Charleston, South Carolina.

Battery Park in Charleston, South Carolina.

In a few steps, you can turn down a corner and escape.

That’s my favorite part of Charleston.

Scores of moving lines have been written about her beauty, seduction, and endurance; all of them true. She is a Holy City that entrances you with her streets of cobblestone and her walls of ivy. But, the best quality is her balance between busy and quiet.

Sometimes in life we need to just take a few steps, and turn a corner.

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An Attractive Couple & Goblet Pleats

 

Master Bedroom

There is nothing quite so beautiful as a glamorous couple.

Seeing the cut of a well-made suit, or the look of a blue and white stripe of a man’s shirt  next to an alluring woman dressed in femininity and confidence is an attractive scene. There’s a chemistry created between the two contrasting powers. It can be electric and seducing. Continue reading

Friday Favorite: Black and White

Miles Redd's room always have a touch of allure. He often uses art by Franz Kline.

Miles Redd’s room always have a touch of allure. He often uses art by Franz Kline.

I love the color black, and not just because it’s slimming.

I’ve known for a long time that my preferred styles are odes to the past with a few glamorous, contemporary bursts. In studying my favorite rooms and designers, I kept noticing that most of the spaces balanced the traditional pieces with a punch of modern art; specifically black and white abstract expressionism. Continue reading

A Southern Mirror

The Federalist mirror above the bed gives this room character and interest. ~from Domainehome

The Federalist mirror above the bed gives this room character and interest. ~from Domainehome

It has been said that the South is more real than other parts of the country. It’s because the South has lived through more.

We’ve dined on our region’s delicacies like grits, dumplings, and gravy, but we’ve also eaten our fair share of crow. We are continuing to evolve and change from our dark, lean Post-Antebellum years, and we’ve still got a long way to go…  but there is something wonderful about the pluralism of a past.  The merging of the high and the low gives us, and our homes, character. Continue reading

The Rules of Breaking Rules

Designed by Katie Dickerson, this room uses fabric designed by Dorothy Draper and follows the rules of scale and balance. ~photo by Michael J. Lee

Designed by Katie Dickerson, this room uses fabric designed by Dorothy Draper and follows the rules of scale and balance.       ~photo by Michael J. Lee

My mother never stops teaching.  While this has caused more than a few fights during my teenage years (and in my twenties… and last week), I am forever grateful that her chosen career in education never stopped when the bell rang at the end of the day. Continue reading