Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a shirt from Elie Tahari, skirt from Ann Taylor, and shoes from C. Wonder.
Happy Tuesday!! Today is a day that I woke up and hit the ground running. It was hair washing day— which does not sound like a big deal to most people but it is to me. Believe it or not I have EXTREMELY curly hair that takes 30 minutes to blow dry to tame the beast. Thank God I only have to wash my hair and dry the fool out of it every 4 days. Then I was off to Dallas to pick up a rug in my trusty Volvo so it could be delivered before a company arrives at my client’s house at 4:00. I could get the delivery done at 2:30 only if the rug was already in Fort Worth. I scurried around Dallas for an hour getting tile samples for a Thursday appointment and looking for a replacement drapery fabric that the mill decided not to make after we ordered it 3 months ago. We just got word this morning that they dropped that color out of the line. After my 2:30 I was off to the lake for a 3:45 delivery of a piece we have been waiting forever for ( I think they had to grow the tree... cut it down for the wood...and then make the console!) On the way back from Dallas another client said she was ready to get started on her kitchen and breakfast room as early as tomorrow. They loved the latest bid and the contractor can start immediately. Oh boy—- sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day to do all I want to do!!!!!
My article today comes from the March/April issue of Southern Home. Designer Kelly Proxmire of Bethesda , Maryland were able to purchase the home two doors down that they had always admired. I loved reading her philosophy on decorating her own home—- many collections that she has acquired over the years while traveling and her collection of antiques. She could have been describing me.... this is exactly how I decorate my own home. Her taste level is magnificent — I could move in to this well loved home tomorrow! Enjoy this beautiful house and have a super day!!
Kelley says there are many ways to treat a blue and white scheme. Here is it mixed with cheerful yellow. I love how she framed a mirror over the sofa and hung an oil painting on it. The symmetry ion the room is wonderful with the pair of lamps and the pair of antique small mirrors above. The draperies slightly puddle on the floor.... which I often do. I have always described it to my drapery man to puddle the draperies like a ball gown gracefully touching the floor.
Kelly does a lot of show houses ... and this pair of dogs have appeared in 24 show houses!!!! The etchings surrounding the antique Federal mirror are of cities she has visited around the world. Gorgeous buffet and collection of blue and white porcelain.
The Mark Hampton dining table from the 1960s looks just as fresh today ! I love the sassy leopard-print carpet and the blue and yellow. Kelly added pops of coral to the dining room to compliment the painting she has hanging in the bay window.
have never bought jasperware like she has collected on the wall in the dining room. She continues to add to the collection all the time— the wall just gets fuller. How lucky that she has been able to find pairs of jasperware [pieces to keep the symmetry going.
What a stately portrait of Kelly”s husband’s grandfather! I treasure the portraits that I have of my ancestors. The Italian antique chest is exquisite .
This sunroom is fantastic. Kelly raised the dropped ceiling and discovered the top of a palladium window—- how fabulous is that??!! I love the headboard walls and the irregularity of the ceiling. This adds such interest to the room. The blu fabric on the sofa is an ultra suede that is super durable. The tape trim on the lounge chairs is gorgeous. The slate floors add just one more wonderful element.
Love, love, love the painted floors!!! So happy!!!! The blue, yellow, and touches of black continue in the kitchen. She says the room gets little use...... boy I would live to cook and eat in this kitchen!!!!!!! I love the little trays hung above the backsplash and the plates on the upper brackets.
This small terrace off the kitchen is beyond lovely.
Fabulous screened in porch full of happy blue and green. So fresh!
The patio off the screened porch looks onto the sculptured garden. What a magical spot!
This bedroom makes my heart sing big!!!!!!! I adore the angles of the ceiling and the soft wall color. The print used on the bed and canopy is gorgeous.
Oh how I love and collect Herend . I love how she has displayed small pieces on the brackets in front of the prints. Fabulous custom lampshades.
Beautiful moment with this loveseat tucked in the corner. I love the small painting perfectly placed above the loveseat and the small lucite table that seems to float.
"Effortless Elegance" article featured in March/April Issue of Southern Home
Text: Lydia Somerville
Designer: Kelley Proxmire
Photographers: Kip Dawson (foyer, dining room, sunroom, porch, master bedroom), Kevin Allen (living room), Angie Seckinger (exterior), and Geoffrey Hodgdon (kitchen)
For dinner last night we had grilled salmon and spinach salad- easy and delicious!
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