Friday, June 28, 2013

June 28, 2013

Design Inspiration: Steven Gambrel

Based in the heart of the West Village is another favorite designer of mine, Steven Gambrel. Steven Gambrel is the founder and president of S.R. Gambrel. Inc.,  an influential design firm specializing in both residential and commercial commissions, as well as custom products and furnishings.  Steven founded the firm in 1996, only three years after earning  a degree in architecture from UVA. Here are some of my favorite designs of his. I hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!!

Vintage Steve Gambrel 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Happy One Year Anniversary Joey!

This is a day late, but I was not near a computer yesterday to post this and thought better late than never! Joey we made it one year! Thank you for letting me win every fight and for always giving me crazy love! I love you and am so blessed to have you as my husband, you really are my better half! 

First Dance to "Crazy Love" by Van Morrison

Print I found on Etsy! 

Hail to the Redskins! 

Photo I took at the Bay that we used on our save the date postcards!

 The Ultimate Beach House: Something's Gotta Give

I am sorry I have been MIA this past week. I was on vacation with my family in Bethany Beach, DE and am having serious Monday blues this morning and missing the beach and my family already. 
  I do not think I am alone in my obsession with the beach house from the movie Something's Gotta Give. I think every beach house since this movie has gotten some kind of inspiration from this look. The production design was done by Jon Hutman, who also worked on The Holiday. The set decoration for this film was done by Beth Rubino who also did Its Complicated, another favorite movie house of mine!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Flag Day!!

Next to Christmas and St. Patrick's Day the Fourth of July is probably my favorite holiday. It is right in the middle of summer (my happy time) and it is always celebrated with family and friends, good food, games, fireworks, cake walks and of course a parade! 

I know it is not here yet, and I am not wishing away the summer, but Flag Day always starts to get me in the patriotic mood! I start thinking about different ways to incorporate the flag into my house decor, a different place or way to hang a flag, what to use for the table settings and how to decorate my cake for the cake walk! 

When we were little my mom would dress us up for the Fairhaven Fourth of July Parade as either suffragettes, the actual flag (just the flag wrapped around our body) or the statue of Liberty (which made the local paper!). I will have to dig up these old photos and will share on the actual 4th of July! In the meantime here are some flag images to get you inspired!  

Francois Halard 

Fedex Field- September 11, 2011

My brother Pat and the kids at Summer Winds

Rappfest View

Annual Booze Cruise on the Potomac

Richard Phibbs

Flag Wall

A Hinckley with a flag on the back- it does not get much better! 

Abstract flag painting


I like when flags are casually hung like this one.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"Life is a great big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can." -Danny Kaye

I love this quote and I thought it was appropriate for this week since I am currently working on a variety of side projects from wedding planning to home staging to helping a client finish decorating her living room and dining room. Sometimes I think I am spreading myself too thin but this line encourages me to keep dabbling in all kinds of things! 

For those of you who do not know who Danny Kaye is, he was a celebrated American actor, singer, dancer and comedian who plays Phil Davis in the beloved musical film White Christmas! If you have never seen White Christmas, I highly encourage you to see it at some point this next Christmas season. It is a Christmas classic that everyone should see at some point in their life!

Yesterday I made the trip to Home Goods and World Market to try and find some pieces for a client's home. I was trying to focus on lamps, accent chairs, and stools but my wandering eye got the best of me and I could not help but take some photos of a few other items. 

Home Goods Finds!

Perhaps a desk chair

Good chair for a corner reading area

Dining Room Chairs

Pillows like this always come in handy and can offset more colorful fabrics.

Love this casual almost rustic painting

Console table option

Hollywood Glam vanity stool

Love this stool/table option

World Market Finds!

Some colorful towels 

Soaps and bath products

More towels

Lots of candles

Nautical Lanterns


Love this raw silk pillow with the velour one, their textures complement one another well.

Wooden Accent Table 

Can't get enough of the Director's Chair

Fun for dining room or even desk area

Love this settee piece

Little stool on the left on sale for $50!

Rattan Chair

Cool industrial stool

Desk Chair Option

Eclectic wooden screen- good for rooms that do not have windows

Little mulberry chair on sale

Love this beachy wicker chair

Bold cozy chair

I cannot wait to have the space to have one of these desks.

Outdoor Seating 

World Market now even sells Strawberry Abita!