Editor’s note: Today I am in a blouse from Ann Taylor, skirt from Banana Republic, belt Hobbs (from London!), and Manolo Blahnik shoes.
Happy Friday! I truly cannot believe that it is Friday already! This week has flown by like the wind. Mackenzie is on her bachelorette party so I am solo today. Lacie Rue and I are holding down the fort while Mackenzie gets celebrated by her bridesmaids. Such fun!!!!! I get to go to the second annual Kentucky Derby party tomorrow hosted by one of my best friends. I ordered a fascinator that was quite dramatic and sassy that I don’t think is going to be her eon time. Mother found another hat yesterday for me and some flowers to add for Plan B. Last year’s party was alot of fun…I am looking forward to this one! The hats last year were quote lavish! I have some birthday money and gift cards that I cashed in to go shopping for a piece of jewelry at Neiman’s on Saturday. It will be a big day! Jewelry shopping is always so fun! My job in Arlington got packed and wrapped up for the beginning of construction to begin next week. I think we will make all of our deadlines for my job in Fort Worth that is having company next week…so it was a fruitful week. I love it when things go as scheduled! I spent over 2 hours in the Kravet/Lee Jofa showroom on Wednesday working on several jobs. I fund an incredible cocktail table for my Fort Worth job that was marked down to a crazy amount to move off the floor. I was in the right place at the right time! Some pillows were also marked down…they will be flying to NYC to Riley’s new apartment! She was thrilled!
The article today is so much fun. In the April issue of House beautiful, Designer Matthew Bees helps a family of 4 who moved from New York City to Charleston decorate an 1850s Greek Revival house utilizing the wife’s favorite color—- orange. But he was not allowed to call it orange... she preferred “kumquat and aubergine.” Bees ended up calling it “pumpkin pie.” The goal was to have a “fun house” where nothing “should be so serious or precious that it could not be enjoyed.” Bees created a palette that is full of life and visual impact. Sone I am a color girl.... it floats my boat!!!
Enjoy this explosion of color on this first Friday of May. Have a super weekend!!!
The precious entrance of the house. I adore all of the molding around the front door and the typical shutters . This architecture is all over Charleston..... so amazing!
What drama in the master bedroom enveloping the room in Benjamin Moore’s Bittersweet Chocolate. The wife got her pop of “kumquat” with the trim and the lampshades . I love the mixture of the sassy lampshades with the antique pieces and the blue and white. I have always had a thing for garden stools..... and I love the one at the end of the bed sitting with the tiny table.
Oh wow! Who could be in a bad mood in this room!!! The shape of the drapery cornices is awesome.....and the “pumpkin pie” silk taffeta from Kravet is perfection for the wife’s love of the color. I love the pair of skirted tables in the Robert Allen Ikat . The print on the little chairs adds extra pow to the room. I could so live in this room!!!
The office has the “pumpkin pie” on the walls.... which really makes the blue velvet sofa pop. The mirror is a family heirloom. Bees auctioned off or donated 85% of the families processions. Talk about starting with a clean slate!
This antique American Empire console made the cut to stay. Did you know that American antiques are often more valuable that European ones of the same era/ it is because fewer were made. I am a proud owner of many American antiques that I inherited from my grandmother on my father’s side.
Another “kumquat and aubergine” moment with this Ralph Lauren vintage chairs covered in a Robert Allen faux suede. Another garden stool... love it!
Another view of the office . I love the doors and windows painted in the same color as the walls. The ceiling height is amazing!
A banquette moment in the family room. How I love banquettes!
How darling is this daughter’s room!!! She gets the touch of “pumpkin pie” on the ceiling. The striped walls are so sassy!!!! I adore the bed tucked into the niche.... so cozy!!! Bees draping the edge of the wall in the middle of the bed is wonderful.... another take on a canopy.
A cozy corner in the master bedroom. Bees and the wife had a blast buying artwork together.
I LOVE that Bees framed the kid’s artwork in the family room. I used to display my twin’s artwork in the huge dining room window facing the street. I had a neighbor once ring my doorbell to thank me for sharing their art. Riley— my arty one—- has many pieces framed all over our home. This project that took 6 years to complete is a symphony of color and beautiful rooms. Job well done!!!!!
“How This Designer Pulled Off an Orange and Purple Color Scheme” article featured in House Beautiful May 2019 Issue
Dinner last night was Bison burger with steamed cauliflower and zucchini.
Neil Diamond is so talented!