November 9, 2011

Celerie Kemble

Last night I went to a book signing and little talk given by Celerie Kemble. She was fantastic, I adore her style and approach to design. Her rooms are so layered, they have so much character. She talked about how she likes to use her clients' 'beloveds'. Things they collect, things that are special to them. I loved that. It's so true, there is so much more to a pretty room than the right drapery fabric and correct scaled sofa. What makes it have personality? Comfort? What makes it interesting? I can't wait to dig through her new book in the car on the way to New Orleans tomorrow!

November 3, 2011

Presmer Python

Check out our friend Annsley's line of 'fine skins and furnishings'...python everything! She has the most beautiful purses, clutches, bracelets, trays and pillows all made of real python. They are amazing. And the colors! Get your clutches in time for all of those holiday parties! I love the 'plum Maria' gorg. Congrats Annsley!

AND my super talented sister Kate did all of the photography! I'm obsessed!
November 2, 2011

Decorating Out of Town

I have been working with the sweetest client up in in the Pacific North West...far away from Houston! I just shipped up her drapes and roman shades last week...look at the results! Pretty pretty! I had never made drapes for anyone out of town before...but it was a huge success!

We're moving on to the living room and dining room now..I'll keep you posted!

November 1, 2011


Happy November! I'm so excited it's November. This whole pregnancy I have kept telling myself, 'just make it till November'. And it's finally here! I have a very busy month; I'm in Courtney & Justin's wedding in a couple of weeks, have that super fun apartment installation, (and a bunch of other fun smaller installations, everyone needs their house fixed up before the holidays!) baby shower, guests in town from Dubai, San Francisco and Colorado, and Thanksgiving! I'm hoping I'll be so busy I won't have time to notice how big I am, how suddenly my maternity clothes are not even fitting, how I can't get my boots on or off by myself, or even think twice when like the 6th person asks me dead seriously if I'm having twins.

How glamorous is this space? I am drooling over it all. I suddenly want my whole house antique brass, marble and white.

It reminds me of BHLND. Yesterday I finally had 5 mins to spare before yoga (yes, I'm still waddling into yoga class..and only because there is another girl still going 4 wks further along than me, she's totally my inspiration...she's promised me that everyone she knows who exercised like us delivers early...I'm holding her to that.) and popped into their one and only Houston flagship store. Only one word: glamorous. I left SO inspired. I drooled over every detail.

White lacquered paneled walls? With those whimsical sconce lights filling this little hallway?

I loved all of the French influences. Plastered walls, huge antique mirrors.

And marble. Tons of marble. Sparkly things look so good on honed marble.

Not only were there antiques, but also mid century pieces too. Sofas, chairs, credenzas. It was such a clever mix. I loved the Oushak rugs thrown around too, it felt so cozy. Each room had a surprise, you kept wanting to explore more.

The 'party' room was pretty fun. That marble table/island was to die for. With those simple stools, perfection.

This little back changing room was my favorite. That orange mohair sofa was gorgeous. They also had some chic chairs upholstered in an olive fabric with a navy blue mohair seat cushion, I loved the contrast.

Every detail is so wonderful! The drapery fabric is this heavy cotton 'lace' that is almost like crochet. It was gorgeous.

If you're in Houston you need to check it out. I would love to be planning my wedding again to use BHLDN as a resource! So many sweet ideas! When I can fit in normal clothes I'll definitely be celebrating by shopping for a party dress there, for no occasion in particular...just because!


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