Editor's note: Today I am wearing a blouse from Banana Republic, shorts from Theory, and shoes from Manolo Blahnik.
Happy Tuesday! We are about to say farewell to summer of 2018. Next Tuesday we will have Labor Day in the rearview window and be on our way to fall. Today is my last day of having Riley home until October. Is was great having her in the office yesterday for many reasons.... but especially because she got to proof the Christmas card! Yes... I have them ordered and am very proud of myself!! My sweet mother took the picture of us... so there were quite a few that were not in the running because photography is not her strong suite. But we got a winner so all is good!!! It is always a relief when that is ordered. So much gets squeezed into the weeks of November and December that I try to get a jump start on getting those done. I went through all of my presents that I have been buying all year to write it all down and see who I still need to buy for. I am determined to be organized and not stressed this year—- we shall see........ Mackenzie is an incredible artist so I am having her do custom artwork for my pads I give at Christmas this year. I am really excited about that as well. We are busy designing custom tile and carpeting for my new job— I think this house is going to be fabulous! But that is really how I feel about all of the jobs I design.
Today’s article comes out of Southern Home. It is on a home built in Alys Beach where the Louisiana family decided to build after vacationing along the Northwest coast of Florida for over 40 years. Designer Leah Richardson worked with this couple after moving to New Orleans post Katrina. Gary Justiss— who is one of the original eight architects commissioned by Alys Beach to create the new community—- was selected to design the home. What a breath of fresh air in every way and a very sophisticated beach house. Enjoy on our last week of summer and have a super day!
The design of the outside reminds me of a home in Greece. So simple and elegant.
This wall is so cool!!! This is a collection of antique rice scoops filled with succulents on the screened porch. I have a new thing I want to collect now!!!
Once again... this feels more like Greece than Florida. The swimming pool is in the courtyard. A small pool with a big impact !!
Another view of the screened in porch and the wall of rice scoops. The double sided fireplace opens onto the courtyard as well.
This is a reclaimed antique window turned into a fabulous mirror. I love this!!!!! The HUGE river root below creates an interesting base for the console.
The earliest inspiration for the house came from a picture of a French Country kitchen that the homeowner held onto for over 20 years. The Old-World details combined with contemporary touches creates such a cool room. This continuous living space goes on for 50 feet!!! The large sectional extends all the way from the fireplace to the back of the dining area.
Beautiful simplicity in the bookshelves on either side if the fireplace. The rough-hewn cedar beams add a fabulous touch.
The farm table was custom designed by a Louisiana woodworker. The contemporary chairs add a twist to the Old-World stone backsplash.
The upstairs seating area infuses a bit of blue. I love the striped sofa!
The painting above the bed in this guest room is by the local 30A artist Roll’en day. What a fabulous explosion of color!!!!!
Beautiful arched opening above thee tub in the master bath. The travertine is so soothing.
The ceiling in this master is incredible!!!! It is made of picky cypress—- the grain and color are wonderful in the same room with the contemporary bed frame and aubergine wall. The piece of art over the bed makes me smile. This home would make me smile every time I came to visit!!!
"Let the Good Times Roll" article featured in Southern Home September/October 2018 Issue
Text by Eleanor Nesmith
Photo by Colleen Duffley
Interior design by Leah Richardson
This quote made me giggle because Magnolia Home on TV has made people think that this is possible.
IT REALLY IS NOT!
My dinner last night was bacon wrapped filet from Roy Pope and steamed brussel sprouts.
Love this song!