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...

Monday
Jan042016

New Sentiments for a New Year

My husband and I spent some time after Christmas through New Years with his family in Asheville, NC. On our drive back to Richmond, we talked about 2016. This is a big year for us...maybe the biggest of our lives. In March we become parents to a human being, a daughter.

We're lucky that even though we are very different people with different visions of ideal success and how to achieve it, we always see eye to eye on the importance of living a passionate life. We talked about how to raise a child with passion and enthusiasm vs. one who is just going through the motions.

I'm of the belief that if she comes from us then she'll be perfect in every way...duh. But I think in reality, being a parent is all about leading by example. Which is both easy and hard, but also scary to be watched so closely. 

So I'd like to spend this year cultivating an enthusiasm for life to inspire another one's life. It's a big task, and it's one I'll spend the rest of my life doing, but I think it's important to remember now more than ever.

Cheers to 2016...my entry into motherhood...the most important thing I'll ever do.

Friday
Dec182015

Shop the R&W Look: Asian Mix

I did a local magazine interview a couple of months ago, and the interviewer asked specifically about the "Asian influence" in my home. I took a quick mental inventory and realized that you can find a little mix of Asian flair in almost every room in my house! I realized that this love probably stems from my home growing up- my parents were VERY into the whole '80's black lacquer furniture that was Thomasville's take on "Asian" as well as ginger jars from stores like Homegoods, etc. Please understand, this is not me mocking their look or the style, I think my Mom had it right well before many other high end designers did! I feel like I took her love a step further in seeking out the authentic and truly rare and mixing it in with my other loves.

You'll find antique Korean tanu chests mixed in with brass fretwork shelves and reproduction furniture from the '70's made by American of Martinsville and Dixie. In order for it not to look so contrived or "theme-y" I think it's always important to display your Asian pieces with lots of different styles. You'll see both in my home and the inspiration pics below, these pieces look right at home alongside French Provincial chairs, Danish Midcentury rosewood pieces, modern lighting and contemporary upholstery.

When trying to get the look in your own home, I think it's important to look for pieces with versatility and interesting lines. If it's a reproduction piece- could it be lacquered a poppy color? If it's an antique, can it actually be useful to you in your home? This will help it from looking less like a museum piece and more like a cool way to use something really old. For example, in our dining room I have a tansu cabinet from the 1860's that serves as part sideboard, part bar cabinet, part blanket chest- and it works because we need it to- duh!

So, here are some of my favorite pieces available for sale in our Chairish shop right now along with some inspiration for your peepers...

 

Pair of Antique Korean Elm Tansu Chests

Late 1800's Chinese Writing Console

Hand-Carved Chinese-Style Altar Bench

Bamboo Ming-Style Side Chairs

American of Martinsville Gray Ming-Style Desk

Pair of Dixie Shangri La Hutches

Monday
Nov302015

November Vibes

Feels appropriate to share some November vibes at the end of the month...it's sort of the gateway to the holidays, no? November is all about reflecting back on the past year and sharing all the highlights. Let warm colors shine agains a cool backdrop. Mix natural woods with lacquered finishes; the coziness of an upholstered screen with the cool modernity of a concrete lamp. Show your home how thankful you are for it by treating yourself to fresh flowers every once in a while in November.