Is summer officially over? Please say it isn't so. Thankfully according to the Farmer's Almanac it isn't over quite yet because the fall equinox doesn't occur until September 22.
For most of us though, Labor Day ceremoniously marks the end of summer so I'm including a few pictures of a southern-style Labor Day party we designed over the weekend hosted by my cousins Shane and Suzanne Pavitt who are vintners and winemakers in Calistoga. Guests dined on pulled pork sandwiches, watermelon salad, root beer-baked beans and a variety of other delicious southern specialties all effortlessly whipped together by our hostess Suzanne.
Check out this awesome multifunctional space designed by Cortney Bishop. To me, this looks and feels like a California home but in actuality it's part of the Flats at Mixon residential development in North Charleston, South Carolina. To see more images of the development click here.
If like me, you're a sucker for peonies, and if you live near Trader Joe's, you're in luck. Trader Joe's bi-annually stocks peonies at crazy discounted prices. Single stems that would normally retail in a traditional florist shop for $10 each are now sold in clusters of five for $6.99. But the window of opportunity doesn't last long: I think about a week or two. So if you seek a sweet indulgence, act quickly. And Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
During the Sochi Winter Olympics, I learned a new snowboarding term called a yard sale. A yard sale describes a snowboarder who, while wiping out, loses their board, gloves, goggles or whatever else was once attached to them but is now strewn haphazardly all over the slope -- leaving the scene looking like, you've got it, a yard sale.
Stay with me here, the design tie-in is coming. In 2012, interior designer Tim Clarke gave an interview to Apartment Therapy sharing his design process which reminded me somewhat of a knowledge yard sale. Practically giving it away and filled with interesting tidbits, Clarke shared with readers how and why he does what he does to create calm, coastal spaces. Kind of wonderful when you consider it. Some of this information is also available in his book, Coastal Modern but this Apartment Therapy post provides the Cliffs Notes version.
For those of you familiar with Coastal Modern and wanting to see additional images never included in the book, visit Tim Clarke's houzz page.
And let me know if this was helpful in the comments section!
Found on the website of the newly launched interior design magazine Milieu, I love these white painted wooden beads from Back Row Antiques. For Southern Californians, you can also find them at Gum Tree in Hermosa Beach.
My design partner Karin and I recently worked on a Craftsman-style home in Redondo Beach, California. Below are a few pictures of the space. Our client is creative and loves celebrating the changing seasons by switching out colors and accessories so she asked for a Great Room in a neutral palette. The fabrics and wood tones in calm gray, beige and black allow her to change things up when she's ready.
The dining room above and below.
Below is the family room where we mixed sand-toned upholstery and fabrics with darker toned wood and wrought iron.
Below is a detail shot of a sofa pillow in Raoul Textiles' Jaipur India. The drapery fabric is from Southern California-based Le Gracieux. We learned a ton about custom-printed linen during this gig.
The bedroom below belongs to an adorable young girl who was very much hands-on during the design process. She wanted to incorporate bright colors like turquoise and coral so we keep most of the linear surfaces off-white and added contrast color with accents pieces. The hanging chair is from Serena and Lily.
Below is a detail of the bedside table from Ikea. The ceramic elephant lamp and drawer knobs are from Cost Plus World Market.