Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In the Good Old Summer Time

I've collected seashells for many years. Hard core, head down, ignore my family and friends and wander off for hours alone by the waters edge, kind of collecting. 

California, Mexico, Florida, Louisiana, The Outer Banks, Massachusetts, Connecticut and even a few lakes, rivers and streams. There always a souvenir that finds its way back home. 











I try to edit myself sometimes because it starts to look a little nuts. But that just makes me sad because I love to look at these and remember the epic day of shelling with my best friend on remote Portsmouth Island in the Outer Banks. 
Or the day my boys built a fire on the beach at sunset on Cape San Blas. 
Or the first year of our marriage living in New England and seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time. 
Or a day in Sanibel when there were so many shells you could hear them tumble in the surf.
Or finding big perfect sand dollars on the dunes on Shell Island and packing them so carefully so they would make the trip home. 
Or the early morning in Monterey we scooped up shells and sea glass with the colander from the rental house in the freezing Pacific. 
Or the time my husband jumped from a perfectly good boat into the clear blue water where we'd just seen a shark to retrieve a big perfect whelk shell for me on our 25th anniversary on Anna Maria Island. Now that's true love.
So, it's time to practice what I preach and live with what I love.  I love seashells.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

LS Slipcovers ~ The Details


Now that you've seen what LS Slipcovers has done for my home, I want to share some very special one of a kind pieces that were created by the talented team at LS Slipcovers and Bedding.

These images are part of a portfolio shoot I did for Laura this past spring. This petite wingback chair is one of a pair.  What a sweetie! It's just a bit smaller than a traditional wingback; the perfect ladies chair. 
The slip cover is made of flax tissue linen with an exposed top ruffled skirt with a 3" puddle and my favorite little detail...pink French knotted edging all stitched by hand. So beautiful and delicate, a gorgeous and unique detail. A blog reader commented recently that Laura's work is that of an artist.  I couldn't agree more and am pleased to share more of her art with you. 




Laura also offers hand-tufted french mattress style floor cushions. These are 18x18x3 but she can also make them to your custom specifications.  Perfect for floor lounging or piled around a coffee table. 



And this little Danish dream of a chair is the Ballerina covered in a gauzy linen slip with a calla lily skirt. Hand French knotted edging and ballet ties on the chair legs. This is the work of designer Laura KM of the LS Slipcovers team of makers. 




LS Slipcovers and Bedding is located in Houston, Texas. However, you're in luck if you're out of town and would like to upgrade to a more custom slip for select pieces from Ikea, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware as Laura is now offering Ready to Wear slips for some of their popular models. Laura also loves to travel so be sure to check with her as she just might be headed to your area. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

White Slipcovers ~ A Room Tour

Earlier this summer our new custom slipcovers from LS Slipcovers and Bedding of Houston were installed and lemme tell ya, these two sofas have made me a happy girl. And if I'm happy, then everyone's happy, right momma's? 



It's exactly what I've envisioned since moving into this house. So light and fresh.

But it wasn't always this way.  Let me introduce you to what's lurking under those fabulous new white slips.  15 year old sofa's from Storehouse.  Built like Mack trucks and just as dirty and road weary. They're my decorators dirty little secret.  But when Laura saw them, she knew they could be renewed and were worth saving. And I trusted her, and she was right!



The fabric we chose is a white brushed cotton twill that has the feel of an old soft sheet, but has plenty of body so that it's not a rumpled mess. For the style of my slips Laura recommended a waterfall skirt and double top stitch edging which suited the furniture and my own personal fresh cottage style without the fussiness. This fabric was also thick enough to hide the pattern and color of the original upholstery without the need for an under slip. 
The sofa's back cushions were attached and Laura cut them free and recovered them as separate cushions.  I had the seat cushions plumped up by adding a down wrap to the foam cushion insert. They're firm with the perfect amount of "ahhh" when you sit on them. 

And details, let's not forget it's all in the details. Since the backs of my sofa's are visible we added these beautiful mother of pearl buttons.  

It's been a while since I photographed this room, so I've pulled together a little room tour to share with you while it's all clean and pretty. 












If you'd like to read more about how the process of working with Laura went on this project read here.  Or, you can visit LS Slipcovers and Bedding  for more complete details. 
I recently styled and photographed some of the beautiful work Laura and her team create and will share that with you soon.  
Thank you Laura and especially Jeanie for all your hard work. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Break

A solid month of summer has passed and it appears I took an unintended blogging vacation. I do have lots to catch you up on. The new slip covers are finished and I'm looking forward to sharing those with you.  There's always new work and collaborations.

And family life.  We just returned from a 10 day, 8 state road trip to North Carolina and Tennessee to visit dear family friends and enjoyed some much needed time away in the great outdoors. I get so much inspiration from nature and I love summer styling more than any other season. 

Before we left for vacation I pulled together some of my favorite summer styling elements to come home to; vintage bottles, coral and flea market art mixed with succulents in zinc pots. 






The light blue from the painting, the reflection of light from the bottles and the texture from the coral are the perfect feel of summer to me. It's my version of a little zen garden that gets moved around, added to and loved on all summer long.  A small space is all that's needed to bring a little summer inside. Hope you're enjoying your summer break!


Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Vintage Round Top is Hiring

My friends, Paige and Smoot Hull of The Vintage Round Top asked me to share their "Help Wanted" ad with my readers. If you've got what it takes to join this creative dynamo team, tell them I sent you!


Who we are:
Fast growing home décor, antique and lodging business with international reach and exposure. Our company has been featured in numerous local, regional, national and international publications. We offer multiple opportunities for you to use your creative, administrative and design skills. This job requires someone who wants to flourish by working directly with the owners of the company! 

This job is currently part-time, but has the possibility of full-time employment in the future. Hourly salary is DOE. This job requires employee to travel to our Cypress office. 

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and abilities:
• Degree or practical experience in Digital Media, Visual Communication Technology, Graphic Design, Social Media Integration, Communications, and/or equivalent.

• Assist with the development and/or enhancement of the company's website and social media platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and company blog.

• Knowledge of product photography. It is not limited to product shooting, but will also be involved in planning, designing sets, and editing product shots.

• Must be organized and posses good administrative skills. This is a fast pace environment so effective multi-tasking is required. 

• Experience in event promotion and coordination, especially within the design or hospitality field. 

• Develop and write copy and provide graphics for packaging, website, advertising material, product descriptions and information, etc. Must have strong writing and proof-reading skills

•Additionally, the candidate will assist in the following areas: merchandise development, email marketing, e-commerce management and creative content execution.

Must be proficient in:
Microsoft Word
Photoshop
All Social Media and Creative Communication Platforms

Must submit resume with relevant experience and salary history to be considered for this job.

Compensation: Salary DOE. Must submit salary history with resume.

Part Time

Paige Hull
paige31663@aol.com



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lady Things

I've spent a couple of days behind the camera this week shooting and styling for a special client. If it's appropriate for the shoot, I sometimes use sentimental items as props. This  image is full of them. Aunt Louise's sparkly clutch. Granny Wilson's glasses and my sweet Rachel's pearl bracelet.  What a bunch of girly girls they were. 
This shoot had me wishing for a dressing room all my own.  Don't you love being a girl?