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thank you & you & you…

Looking back I can’t believe it’s been an entire year since I shared with you some of the things and people for which I’m most thankful.

This year has flown by, to say the least!  And so many fabulous things have happened.  So I thought I’d share a few of this year’s blessings.  Thinking about all these trials and triumps bring such joy to my heart.

 Lots of new beautiful babies!

I met baby girl, Posey, and lots of sweet baby boys; Evan, Max, Woods, and Pierce.

Mark and I celebrated our 5th wedding annivery in October.

We moved our offices to a new space at 2535 Franklin Pike in Nashville.

I attened High Point Market in October.

 We welcomed Kristi Popernack, our office manager, to the team.

I turned 34 in November.

We designed and completed a gorgeous show house for my friend, Alli and her family.

And last but not least, we prepared to open our retail showroom.  We officially open Friday, December 9.  But we are celebrating with our clients, family, and friends on Thursday night.

So please join us

Thursday, December 8th

530-730pm

for hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails!

More details to follow, but mark you calendar.

We’d LOVE to have you!

Grand Opening Party!

December 8 from 5oopm-730pm!

All these gorgeous images are from Miles Redd Interiors.  The very talented Redd will be speaking at this year’s Antique and Garden Show.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

xo, jc

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something ’bout a southern girl

Last week on a walk in my neighborhood I saw something off to the side of the street that stopped me in my tracks.  I couldn’t help but stand still and stare at an abundant patch of my favorite wildflower, Queen Anne’s Lace.

It’s simplicity and delicate blooms are so inspiring to me.  It made me think about how many styles of design I’m drawn to.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a sleek, modern space as much as the next girl, but I am after all a southern girl.

So I also really love a well-placed ruffle.

bedding by matteo
bedding by matteo

And I love the carefree feel of sheer fabrics with just enough detail.

Honestly, who’s not drawn to sweet baby bedding?

baby bedding by bella note

Or a pillowcase dress for your mini-me?

There are just some things like monograms and white linen I will never tire of!  I think it must have something to do with being raised in the South and experiencing so many long, hot summers.

I’m looking forward to having my own little people to dress in bows (her) or monograms (him and her.)  Mark thinks I may actually monogram our child’s forehead if he or she sits still long enough!  I promise I wouldn’t do that, but I may have a little table like this in the nursery…

table skirt by pom pom at home

Or a mirror like this.

oly studio

And for “grown-up” rooms that need a little softness, what about a pair of these?

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And another easy addition that makes BIG impact, a very feminine chandelier…

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oly studio

Or something a little simpler but with the same cool vibe.

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I mean, it is fun to lighten up a room… especially if you take that suggestion literally.
Doesn’t this whimsical floor lamp feel so fresh?

floor lamp by stray dog

So the moral of this design story is that it’s ok to add something completely feminine and youthful to an otherwise “serious” space.  Variety really is the spice of life especially when it comes to decorating and design.

wallcovering by anthropologie
wallcovering by anthropologie

No one wants their home to look like a furniture showroom!  We want our homes to look like “us.”  We want our friends and family to feel comfortable and right at home when they visit.

So, try not to overthink or put a label on your style.

pillow by west elm

As I tell myself when I get overwhelmed or concerned that something isn’t quite good enough or I compare myself or my work to someone else, I remind myself of one thing:

shower curtain by anthropologie

I only know how to be me.  Same goes for you.

So as the saying goes, “You just do you.”

And here’s to doing it well!

wallcovering by anthropologie

xo, jc

pink decorating

think pink

pink decorating

Pink it´s my new obsession

Pink it´s not even a question

Pink on the lips of your lover, ´cause

Pink is the love you discover

Pink as the bing on your cherry

Pink ´cause you are so very

Pink it´s the color of passion

`Cause today it just goes with the fashion

-Aerosmith

It’s true.  It seems everywhere I look there are beautiful soft shades of pink!  Maybe it’s because a dear friend of mine is about to have a new baby girl, and I’m getting to help create a sweet nursery for her.

Or maybe it’s the summer heat that makes me long for cool and light, pastel hues.

Or maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic and love that the color is overtly and unapologetically “girly.”

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And even though I’d never consider myself a “pink person,” when I decorated a room at the Junior League show house five years ago, that’s exactly the color I chose for a “young lady’s bedroom.”  And it is so lady-like, isn’t it?

julie couch interiors

julie couch interiors

And I will honestly say after five years, I still love this room.  The walls are painted Romance by Sherwin Williams.  The color reminds me of a delicate peach rose.

However, if you love the look of this room for your house, but you’re space is not show house proportions, I’d recommend asking the paint store to mix the color at 1/2 tint for a less intense version of the same hue.

stephen shubel

So from head to toe I’m definitely feeling it.  Even my favorite summer nail polish is perfectly pink, Essie’s Fiji.  It’s opaque enough that you notice it but subtle enough to be feminine and pretty.  That’s also why I like wall colors to be present but polite.

You never want a paint color that makes your room scream at you, “Hey you! I’m red, and I’m loud…”

You get the idea.

phoebe howard

krista ewart

Other pink paints I am loving now are Sherwin Williams Possibly Pink,

Benjamin Moore’s Bridal Pink,

and Farrow and Ball’s Pink Ground.

jonathan berger

via country living

windsor smith

pink bedroom
via country living

via country living

Your favorite shade of pink may be warm and sweet like my Mimi’s strawberry cake or zesty and cool like raspberry sorbet, but either way it’s absolutely yummy!

xo, jc

Example of Trina Turk pillows via decor pad

kid-friendly decor

I was lucky enough to take a much needed day off this week and spend it with my sister, Molly and my precious nephew, Jack.  He turned 3 in June, and when he says, “Ann Juweee,” which is his version of Aunt Julie, it makes my heart melt!  I don’t have any babies of my own, but the design of many of the spaces I work on revolve around these small, messy, sticky little people.

Jack

So, the million dollar question is, “How do I make my home beautiful and practical for children?”

It’s easier than you think!

Here are a half dozen ways to spruce things up without having to lock any doors or install any gates.

1.First, let’s select a coffee table.  Some moms I know like the ease of cleaning glass, but a larger number tire quickly of the tiny hand prints that are ever present on the surface.  So, there are two great options.  You could use a rustic wood table, preferably with matte polyurethane to enhance the toughness of the top.  Try Meridian http://www.merridian.com/ in Nashville (and a few other cities,) or Nadeau which has numerous locations.  http://furniturewithasoul.com/ .

If you’re any place else, look for a store that sells reclaimed wood pieces or Indonesian furniture.  It’s often times chunky and has easy to maintain finishes.

Table by Noir Trading

If you want something truly spectacular, look at the perfect patina on the tables from Woodstock Vintage Lumber.  Better yet, have them customize to your specific shape or size.  http://www.woodstockvintagelumber.com

Showroom at Woodstock Vintage Lumber

Another option is a super cool basket that acts like a table but provides much needed storage.  I just saw this particular piece at market this past weekend and loved it.  It’s got great texture and cool, natural hooks to keep it closed and Thomas and Dora under wraps! 

2. Sea grass, jute, or indoor/ outdoor rugs.  Although I’m hesitant to type the ladder, there are some good finds that can actually be taken outside and cleaned with a garden hose!  But enter with caution if you choose this route, there are many more not so good-lookin’ examples of indoor/ outdoor designs.  Seagrass or jute are always my go-to for homes with children or without.  Think texture, texture, texture!  They look clean and simple, and animal crackers vacuum right up.  However, they are not as great with spills, especially if that spill is spaghetti o’s or another bright red saucy food.  To avoid permanent damage, you can find blends that have wool woven in with the natural fibers which makes them easier to clean.  I talked with Fibe-Con, a company that cleans and protects upholstery and drapery.  They have a treatment that even protects seagrass and sisal rugs from stains.  It costs about a dollar per square foot, and after the rug is treated it can be cleaned much more easily.

Indoor/ Outdoor rug by Ballard Designs

3. On to upholstery, probably the scariest topic to moms everywhere!  Never fear, Sunbrella is here!  Seriously, it’s evolved from very outdoor, black floral motifs to some pretty fabulous velvets.  Yes, you read that right.  Velvet!  Not to mention all the other very stylish patterns and textures now available through numerous manufacturers.

Trina Turk Sunbrella pillows via decor pad

In fact, last summer, I attended a seminar with the legendary (and very nice!) Joe Ruggerrio.  He shared his new line of stylish Sunbrella fabrics and furnishings offered through Miles Talbott furniture.  The Ruggerio designs are definitely worth checking out!

Joe Ruggerio for Miles Talbott

4.  Ok, it’s true.  I adore white bedding.  And contrary to what you may think, white is the easiest to take care of.  As long as it’s washable, you’re safe.  Go for a white mattelasse or white duvet cover.  They look crisp and clean, and apple juice washes right out.  You just can’t go wrong with classic white.  And you can choose a more grown up silk in your favorite color for some beautiful bolsters.

Bedding by Matteo

5. Paint.   There is a difference.  Porter Paints offers environmentally gentle Pure Performance, with low VOCs.  It’s washable!  Sherwin Williams has a comparable product called Duration Home that also enables you to wash away miniature finger prints.

6.  And finally, what you can never get enough of, STORAGE!  Of course, the basket coffee table mentioned above is fantastic, but if you’re wanting a more traditional table, what about using these useful and great looking containers for all things plastic?

Baskets by Aidan Gray

What are your best ideas for kid-friendly spaces?  Please share!

I’d love to hear you ideas!

xo, jc