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Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Since moving in February I've been in major need of some pillow therapy. I had a hard time choosing where I wanted to go with my new color scheme. Thus, I was stuck with a cast-off orange throw and pretty, but bland, pillow covers I'd whipped up on a whim a few months back. Nothing horribly offensive, but not great either. 

 I picked up some KWID Bengal Bazaar fabric and a Barbara Barry for Kravet chinoisierie fabric a few weeks ago, but realized I had a bit of a problem on my hands...exactly who would make these pillows? Because I sure wasn't going to put my rudimentary sewing skills to work butchering $170/yard fabric!

 So after soliciting some recommendations on the blog, I got an email from someone who has turned out to be a great blog buddy- Kimber in Alabama (her email is She has a sewing workroom, can make anything you could possibly want, turns it around fast, and best of all, her prices are entirely reasonable. I paid $28 for each self-welted pillow cover with an invisible zipper. As soon as I got these beauties in the mail on Friday, I started plotting what I'm going to have her make next! 

I'm loving how these pillows are adding some much-needed zip to my sofa. Kimber also provided the lovely down inserts. It was so nice not to have to track those down separately.

 Of course, I got home from running errands yesterday and noticed the pillows had gotten the most important seal of approval...this guy doesn't sleep just anywhere.

I'd highly recommend Kimber ( for your next sewing project- she can do pillows, duvet covers, shams, drapes, roman shades- you name it. As someone with extremely limited time these days, it was such a relief to pop my fabric in the mail and have the pillows sent right back to me. No dropping off, no buying supplies and notions, no tracking down the right sized inserts- it was truly such an easy experience. And Kimber is super-friendly and responsive to all of my crazy emails! Thanks, Kimber!

And just to clarify- I paid full price for Kimber's services and was not compensated in any way for this blog post. I just wanted to recommend someone who did a fantastic job for me!

Friday, May 27, 2011

New on MoS Marketplace: Vintage Tole Pagoda Chandelier and more!

We have just listed this amazing vintage tole pagoda chandelier on MoS Marketplace!  It is located in Atlanta- to see details, click here

House Beautiful

Just in time for Father's Day, we also have this adorable little Spanish bullfighter dish/ tray.  It would be perfect for holding a pair of cufflinks!

And if you are looking for a gift for your weekend host, this porpoise bottle opener would be perfect! 

In the Abstract...

The other day I was dropping off a carload of baby clothes at Goodwill and decided I would run inside to see if they had any good furniture or accessories.  The furniture was the typical honey oak you would expect to find at Goodwill, and the accessories were a bit dusty and outdated (in a bad 1980's way, not a good 1960's way).  But in the corner, abstract painting on canvas caught my eye.  The corals and greens in particular seemed like they could work somewhere in my house.  I had been on the hunt for something abstract since attending Miles Redd's lecture, where he discussed how adding an abstract piece to an otherwise traditional room keeps the room feeling fresh and young.

It was $3.99, so I picked it up!

I tried using the painting several places before settling on my family room wall.  The colors are perfect in that room, and I love how it makes the room feel more modern and up-to-date.

Of course it's not a valuable piece of art, but I think the colors and the style are a fun addition to my traditional room.

Do you have any abstract art in your home?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Price Reduced on Pair of Danish Modern Chairs!

We have just lowered the price of the pair fabulous Danish Modern chairs to $475!!  This is an unbelievable price for vintage Danish Modern chairs in such fantastic condition- similar pairs sell on ebay for over $2,000!  Click here for more details!

Oops, She Did it Again!

Good news for the British high street...the Duchess of Cambridge is back from her honeymoon and ready to resume her place in the royal-yet-accesable style stakes. When I first saw the dress she wore to meet the Obamas, it was love at first sight. Finally, a "bandage" dress that doesn't look like it belongs on Kim Karsahian!

But alas, apparently I was not alone- Kate's "Shola" dress from Reiss was so instantly in demand that it crashed the Reiss website on Tuesday...

And as of last night, still no dice...the Reiss website still looked like this...

Maybe I'll make a pass by the Reiss store in Georgetown this weekend, though I won't hold my breath that I'll find the Shola! It's safe to say that Kate managed to out glam the First Lady of Fashion, Michelle Obama, who seemed a bit prom-ish in her floral dress and pink bolero. Sleek and sophisticated wins every time, I guess!

PS Will someone give Kate a cheeseburger, though?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Planning for the Beach!

I couldn't be more excited for our annual family beach trip next week.  We've been going every year with all my extended family (about 30 of us) since before I was born.  Now it's even more special since a lot of us have families of our own.  We are going to one of the islands on the NC coast.  It's definitely not a fancy beach, but it's beautiful, pristine, quiet, and not overrun with hotels and mobs of people. 

Since my maternity beach outfits aren't cute enough to blog about, I put together some fun looks for the beach.  A pregnant lady can dream, right?  Be sure to click on the pictures for larger images! 

Pinky Chic
K. Jacques Sandals (my favorite!)
Essie Pinking up the Pieces

Not-So-Basic Black
Aldo Bracelets

Red Red They Call Me Red

Can't wait to report back next week when I am happily relaxing with family at the beach!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Kips Bay Show House...and a DC Visit from John Robshaw

I had the opportunity to pop into the Kips Bay Showhouse this weekend during a quick trip to New York- and wow, was it ever worth the price of admission! I'm going to have to do this every year. Of course we've all seen a zillion Kips Bay photos on blogs and in newspapers, but nothing compares to seeing the entire house in its sprawling glory and taking in all the little accents in a room that get lost in photos. Here are a few details I just loved:

Agate drawer pulls

 Amanda Nisbet's now-infamous bedroom

 The flippin' outrageous mirror in Amanda Nisbet's now-infamous bedroom

 Quartz obslisks and a huge quartz specimen decorating a fireplace

 A completely freaky (wolf?) know I love taxidermy but even I was totally skeeved by this.

The room that housed said rug- unfortunately I didn't get a photo of the (real) human skeleton that was positioned at the doorway of the room. You can't see the artwork over the fireplace too well, but I initially said to myself "how creepy, it's a child's drawing of a machine gun." Then I read the list of items in the room and realized it was a Basquiat....whoops.

 I just LOVED the mod child's room and this chair with vintage Lilly fabric on the front- the fabric had been quilted ever so subtly, a great detail that I am filing away for future use.

 This pic doesn't do it justice but the two-tiered agate table in Celerie Kemble's library was BEYOND.

 As was the malachite chair.

I loved the vines on the facade of the townhouse.

In other news, before I forget- John Robshaw is coming to the Corcoran Gallery of Art this Wednesday to present "Textiles and Travels: The Work of John Robshaw." It's at 7pm and tix are only $12. These Corcoran lectures are such a great way to get a peek into the insight of notable designers and they get some fantastic names coming through. 

I would be there in a heartbeat, but (humblebrag of the day) I'm tied up seeing this guy in concert on Wednesday!

Just listed on MoS Marketplace- 15 yds of Duralee Fabric

I purchased this fabulous Duralee fabric (see it on the Duralee site here) to use for two club chairs in my living room...then got it home and realized that it's a bit much with my leopard rug! Whoops. My loss is your gain. I have an 8 yard piece and a 6 yard piece. Click HERE for our listing and email us at to purchase.

 I am selling the cocoa colorway (above), but here it is in the grey colorway for inspiration!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Finally! Applique Monogram Bedding from Pottery Barn

As I was flipping through the latest Pottery Barn catalog over the weekend, my heart skipped a beat when I saw a tiny inset picture with their Hemstitch Bedding.  It had a gorgeous applique monogram that I could have sworn was from Leontine.  Obviously Leontine sets the gold standard for applique monograms, as the monograms are hand-made and sewn on linens of the highest quality.  But for some of us, the price point (which I do think is well-deserved due to their quality and craftsmanship) makes them a bit out of reach. 

If you blink you might miss the Pottery Barn applique bedding, as it is hard to find on the website and very small in the catalog.  It comes in blue and sandalwood (beige) and in two different applique monogram styles, one of which is rounded

and the diamond style, which is definitely my favorite!
Check them out here.   

Of course, it's hard to match the beauty of Leontine monograms.  Here are a few of our favorites:

Of course we would all love a home full of Leontine, but if that's not in the cards right now, the Pottery Barn version does seem to give you the look for less!  I haven't seen it in person and would love to hear a review from someone who has!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Daphne's Details Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to the lovely EMF- she's the winner of our fab monogram tote giveaway from Daphne's Details! Please shoot us an email at so that we can put you in touch with Daphne!

EMF said...
I like the acrylic tray!

Thank you to Daphne's Details for yet another great giveaway!

Historic Preservation v. Real Life- how do you balance them?

The other evening I took a lovely evening tour of Tudor Place in Georgetown thanks to a Wake Forest alumni group. Though I've walked by Tudor Place a zillion times (the entrance is on 31st St. between Q & R, though the property encompasses the entire block), I never really knew what was behind all that fence and foliage. It got me thinking quite a bit about how historic homes fit into the context of modern life. Some are preserved and enjoyed as a period home- as Tudor Place is- free of the cold marble bathrooms and flat screen TV's that would accompany a modern reservation. And others, as you will see below- remain lived in- but with limitations.

For 179 years, Tudor Place enjoyed the benefit of being owned and occupied by a single family. It was built by Thomas Peter (son of the first mayor of Georgetown), and his wife Martha Custis, the granddaughter of Martha Washington (incidentally, the original 8.5 acre lot was purchased with Martha's $8,000 legacy from George Washington). The house was completed in 1816, and for six generations, the home stayed in the family. It was updated with gas, then electricity, and some modern conveniences, but step into the house and the last thing you think is 21st century. The house is a nice reflection of the many generations that lived there, but at the same time, the main emphasis is on the mid 19th century. These pictures from the website don't do it justice (I couldn't take pictures inside).

Following the death of Armistad Peter 3rd, the home came under the stewardship of the Tudor Place Foundation and opened to the public in 1988. The home boasts a stunning array of antique furniture, silver, and china, much of which came directly from the estate of Martha Washington. I love how stepping into Tudor Place, I felt like I was stepping into a well-preserved, but real, family home.

My tour of Tudor Place reminded me of this interesting article I read in the Washington Post back in January about Fairfield, a historic 8,400 home on 38 acres for sale near Berryville, Virginia. You can see the listing here. The home, which was built by George Washington's cousin and at one point owned by Robert E. Lee's aunt, saw visitors such as George & Martha Washington and Robert E. Lee. It's currently on the market for $3.9 million, but is having trouble attarcting a buyer. Part of the complication is that it would come with restrictions on the deed, prohibiting the next owner from making changes to the home and the land. The current owners are seeking a "preservation minded buyer."

Like Tudor Place, Fairfield had also remained in the same family for many generations; since before the Civil War, in fact. But unlike Tudor Place, Fairfield is currently inhabited...and not the beneficiary of a huge preservation trust to keep things on the up and up. To be honest, the living looks a bit on the primitive side due to the astronomical cost of upkeep, and the owners' interest in preservation. The kitchen needs a complete overhaul.

Meanwhile, the bedrooms remind me of so many Bed & Breakfasts; a bit old fashioned, a bit shabby, and charmingly quaint; perfect for a quiet weekend away from the hustle and bustle of life, but not necessarily where you want to wake up every single day.

Granted, the living room is quite fantastic...and how many homes come with colonial graffiti? Very cool.

Reading this article back in January, and then seeing Tudor Place the other night, sharpened this preservation dilemma to me. How do homes so steeped in the lore of the American past exist as real homes in the American present? Certainly someone wanting to spend $3.8 million on a 38 acre estate doesn't want antiquated amenities and squeaky floorboards, and who can blame them? For that much money, I'd better be getting a marble bathroom and Wolf range! Yet as someone with ties to UVA and W&L, I have a special appreciation for the giants that have shaped American history, and it seems a shame to do anything that would diminish our links to this past.

Clearly I don't have the answer- not every home a Washington or a Lee slept in can come under the control of a historic preservation trust and operate as a museum. And simply because a home has history doesn't mean it shouldn't be lived in under modern standards. Historic homes have tremendous upkeep costs- that is the reason the current owners of Fairfield are selling. The average 19th century home doesn't have a foundation to support it like Tudor Place. And if someone is willing to foot the $80,000 repair bill for a leaky roof, shouldn't they darn well be able to add a few modern conveniences to the rest of their house?

It's a tough call, for sure- one that perhaps a historic preservationist could tell us more about. What do you think?

If you're still reading, thanks for bearing with this uncharacteristically long Friday post. And visit Tudor Place- it's open daily 10-4 and Sunday 12-4. In addition to the home itself, the gardens are simply breathtaking. 
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