Editor’s note: My outfit today is a dress from Rag and Bone and shoes from J.Crew.
Happy Wednesday! Boy what a change in the weather!!! 104 on Monday and in the 80s yesterday and today with rain. It is supposed to be a pretty weekend.....I am so happy. I can remember many a Labor Day weekend that got rained out. Summer is really coming to a close......always makes me sad. Do you know that we only have 17 more weekends before Christmas!!!! That is frightening !!!!! Better start gearing up!!!! I buy Christmas presents all year and store them under the bed. I need to do my inventory to see what I have purchased and what I still need.
I was SO HAPPY that I canceled my installation on Monday at my job in Arlington. The closet people descended on the house like a swarm of locust and had pieces spread out all over the entire family room and master. We would have been having territorial fights if I had been trying to place furniture. They are in the way for my wallpaper man to finish the master bath..... of course the part he has left is by the lady’s closet. Oh well... I will play nice with others and let them finish so my artist can do his thing in peace. The dining room is supposed to start tomorrow. I am hoping it will be complete before my clients get back from Hawaii on the 3rd.
I have missed my Dallas days......I have not been for 2 weeks. It will not be fun to run around in the rain ( and will make for a bad hair day!) but I have some real needs to take care of. The fabric that I selected for two chairs in my Fort Worth job turned out to be so expensive (bad KAY for not checking the price before I presented!)— the husband almost had a coronary when he got the quote. So back to the drawing board today!
I have a second large install in my Preston Hollow house tomorrow... still missing some pieces because of fabric delays. But tomorrow the master will be almost finished and the family room shaping up!
Today’s article comes from the new Traditional Home and covers the 2018 Southern Style Now Designer Showhouse in Charleston. I absolutely adore the architecture in Charleston ....and even though I did not love all of the rooms in this Showhouse (sorry!).
I did find many to be stunning. Here are the ones that I would spend time sitting or gazing in the room to take all of the details in. Enjoy and have a super “hump” day!!!
The front porch was designed by Charlotte Lucas. I love that she turned the porch into a room with her seating areas and rug. The pinks, blues, and orange are so vibrant and immediately inviting.
The parlor ( don’t you love that word!) is very typically Southern and traditional.....until you get to the wall color. The Benjamin Moore “Chartreuse” color changes everything. It truly makes the room stand out and say “Hello!!!” I love the tiny “useless chair” next to the bench in front of the fireplace. Little things like this always add attitude to a room. Matthew Carter from Lexington, Kentucky achieved this room.
There is a lot happening in this entry and staircase designed by Coral Harper. I am still recovering from putting my twins through private school and colleges...... but I am a jealous wreck that she could afford to use Gracie in the room she designed! I have never been able to do a Showhouse ...hoping to someday....and when I do—-I will be using Gracie wallpaper!!!!! I love the tight and unmatched collection of art on the wall as well.
MA Allen “took cues from icons such as Colefax and Fowler, Billy Baldwin, William Haines , and Frances Elkins” when designing the dining room. Gracie appears in the dining room as well ( I am sure they were thrilled!) and sets the tone for the room. The modern art on the wall— which is a huge juxtaposition — is by Louis St. Lewis and Nate Sheaffer. The three-tiered chandelier by Kelly Wearstler also adds a bit of modern to the room. The chairs are vintage Maison Jansen. This room would certainly be a lively room for a dinner party.
This is the ladies drawing room done by Mallory Mathison Glenn. Benjamin Moore’s “Claret” sets the sumptuous tone for the room....and who doesn’t look good in a room this color??? I adore the draperies with the smaller print inserted in the pleats... and the soft upholstery colors. I would certainly want to hang out in this room for many reasons.
The cool dormer room——I love weird ceilings like this!!!!—— was done designed by Angie Hranowsky who said she used “sexy sass.”the Rose Cumming pink leopard print is fabulous going up the walls!!!!! The rich texture of the abaca rug adds another layer to the room. All in all...I would truly have loved to have seen this Showhouse!
“Design Ideas from Our Charleston Showhouse” article featured in Traditional Home September 2019 Issue
Written by Sally Finder Weepie and Clara Haneberg with Tara Larson
My dinner last night was bacon wrapped filet and asparagus.
A toe tapper song for sure!