Thursday
Feb112016

Shop the R&W Look: February 2016

I loved OKL's feature on Heidi Merrick's cool California home @here.

Such a fantastic mix of aged wood, ethnic textiles and worldly accents. Love the look? Shop some of our favorite R&W finds...

Brown & Pink Turkish Kilim Cushion

Purple & Pink Turkish Kilim Cushion

Midcentury Ceramic Horse Bust Sculpture

1970's Plaster Ram's Head Sculpture

Wooden Thebes Stool

Mirrored Fireplace Bellows

Monday
Feb082016

Baby Girl's Nursery Reveal

Last weekend our friends hosted the most epic "baby shower" for us and I feel like I'm still recovering from it! It wasn't a typical baby shower of course- there was a bartender serving up stiff drinks (and mocktails), the most amazing food, and no detail spared. Everyone (including the gentlemen) wore pink and I wore a pair of 6 inch Louboutins $$$ with a $6 Forever 21 dress and flower crown. A good time was had by all and I'm still blown away by how generous and thoughtful everyone was!

I've been waiting to shoot baby girl's nursery until most of the finishing touches were in and I'd love to share with you all her new home in only 6 weeks time!

The concept for the room was what I like to call "colorfully feminine." I wanted her to have a neutral backdrop and solid foundational pieces that would be stylish enough to grow with her. Of course a mix of old and new, sweet and spicy, I put my all into this room for baby girl...

walls // rug // curtains // settee // crib // cloud mobile

glider // pillow fabric // throw // picture ledges

storage bin

closet base // closet shelves // animal storage bins // pink deer // dog knit doll // pink ostrich // balloon rabbit piggy bank

crib sheet // crib skirt

stuffed rhino // coat rack // diaper pail // changing pad cover

I've tried to include sources for everything that isn't vintage or from Homegoods (AMAZING source for baskets and storage essentials FYI).

I love that we were able to create a space that feels really custom but on a budget. My advice to anyone putting together a nursery is to start early, identify the major pieces you'll need (crib, glider, etc.) and don't be afraid to pull the trigger on something once it goes on sale. I don't think I paid full price for anything in this room...I scoured the internet until I could find exactly what I wanted on sale or free shipping, etc.

Putting together a mood board was also essential for me. If you just go out on Pinterest you will be absolutely overwhelmed by ideas. Sure, create a pinboard where you keep your inspiration, but don't be afraid to delete things from it as your tastes evolve and take note of the common things you're liking in all of your inspirational images. Also be realistic about your space- are you planning on living in your home for more than 5 years? Will this room always be a nursery even as you have more children or does it need to grow with your little one? Where do you want to spend your money- do "investment" pieces really make sense for a child?

I've had so much fun pulling together this nursery for my little girl, but I've also been so lucky to get to work with my friend who is due the same week as I am on her little boy's nursery as well! It's been interesting to see how similar ideas translate between the two rooms and how others just do not work!

This room faces East so it gets beautiful morning light. One of my absolute favorite things to do is sit quitely in here right after I get up and take some time to think about how much our lives are about to change next month. I've got a full heart for sure and cannot believe how amazing it is to be anything or anyone at all really : )

 

Monday
Jan252016

Rustic + Modern Baths

It's not even been a month yet since our house was published (@here) and already I'm ready to move and start over again! I might be able to convince my husband to go along with my crazy plans if it weren't for the fact that our baby girl is due to arrive in less than two months now.

I think realistically we'll wait another year or so to pull the trigger on our new digs, but until then a girl can dream, right?

We were fortunate to be able to gut all the bathrooms in our current house, and when rebuilding them, I tried to stay pretty clean and classically refined- subway and penny tile, pedestal sinks, industrial sort of lighting; simple and easy, universally appealing.

I have a vision of a rustic modern master bathroom for the next house...

Think warm brass fixtures with reclaimed wood cabinets, floating sinks and frameless mirrors, reclaimed iron paned shower doors, modern carerra herringbone floors with worn kilim rugs...the perfect mix...! What do you think, too masculine? Maybe I'd throw some soft pink walls in there and call it a day.  

Tuesday
Jan122016

Lucite + Brass for Less

I have admired for sometime Jonathan Adler's entire Jacques Collection @here.

Jacques Cocktail Table $1,450

If you're like me, then you probably love the look but not the price. Enter my new obsession...

Maci Acrylic Coffee Table $799

I love the slimmer leg and more subtle brass feet of the Maci table actually a bit more than the Jacques table. And at nearly half the price, it just makes sense. Unsure of how to style a lucite + brass piece with more neutral, traditional furnishings...I think something like this would be killer in any home...(all pieces from big box stores)...

rug // sofa // chair // ottoman // wood side table // brass stool // gold side table //

floor lamp // table lamp // mirror // wall panels

 

Wednesday
Jan062016

Our House in RHOME Magazine

I am so delighted and honored to share a recent feature in Richmond magazine's RHOME 10th anniversary issue. You can find it in print on newsstands all over Richmond, and online @here.

It's been a dream of mine ever since we moved into our little project house to have it photographed and featured in print, so this is a really big deal for me personally. Professionally, I'm so proud of what we've accomplished here as well. I think it's the perfect representation of my brand of collected cool, and I look forward to growing and evolving my style here.

Thank you to everyone involved and to everyone who has encouraged me through the years...I'm so grateful for you!

Now on to the good stuff...