Design Roundup: Pink and Gold

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I’ve been seeing pink + gold a lot lately, actually a lot the past few years.  I think it works, in interiors especially because you can dress up a traditional space that has gold accents with pops of pink and make the space feel eclectic/ edgy/ fun/ current.

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It’s a new trend, with the influence of Lilly Pulitzer in fashion women probably got a little bolder with the use of color in their homes.  Using pink was certainly was the norm for Dorothy Draper who along with Elsie de Wolfe was one of the greatest decorators of the twentieth century.

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I’m at the point in my Master’s (in Interior Design) where I’m writing my thesis proposal, and I’m choosing to do a historical research thesis as opposed to a design project.  I love learning about history, especially the history of architecture, interiors and the decorative arts.  Wouldn’t it be fun to spend the next year and a half studying how and when pink came into popularity in the home?  Maybe.

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I love these photos because they are against (mostly) a white background, so the pink + gold really don’t overwhelm.  They are just very… pleasing to the eye.

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This image below of a kitchen that Celerie Kemble did is what sparked my interest in doing a pink + gold blog post.  Those pendants are some kind of amazing…  (They look pink right? Photos read differently on different computers so who knows they could be brown/ gold/ bronze/ whatever in real life.  For the purposes of this post, they are pink.)

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Have a great Monday, all!  Be sure to check out my latest posts on The DC Ladies and my Tumblr.


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I’m not sure what to even call this Design Roundup… Pools and Pagodas? Idyllic water scenes?  Here are a few photos making me happy this week.

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Have a great week!


Design Roundup: Shingled Houses

“Shingle Style” houses, according to A Field Guide to American Houses, is a Victorian style home built between 1880-1910 featuring “Wall cladding and roofing of continuous wood shingles… shingled walls without interruption at corners (no corner boards); asymmetrical facade with irregular, steeply pitched roof line; roofs usually have intersecting cross gables and multi-level eaves; commonly with extensive porches…” (McAlester p. 373).

I don’t want to dissect all the houses below architecturally, but most of them appear to be new construction, and while they have singles on them, they aren’t traditional shingle style according to McAlester’s definition, or I guess even shingle style revival.  The second one appears to be Federal Style, as for the other three, I’m trying to figure out what you would call their architectural style.  I’m still learning.  Any architecturally savvy people want to weigh in? #NotAnArchitect.  Point is, they are houses with shingles applied to them, and I like them.

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More pictures to awe over of shingled houses on Houzz.

Happy Monday!

Design Roundup: Target Threshold

I’m conflicted in posting this, because I love Target as much as the next girl, but I’ve come to realize lately that while their product (Target brand) is super, super cute, it’s crap.  I’ve experienced their clothes having a lifespan of about 2 years- and I don’t even put most of my clothes in the dryer.  As for home decor, I don’t have much of it so I can’t speak to the quality.  I can’t image their furniture lasting more than 3-4 years.  I could write a whole post on this because it’s something that’s been on my mind lately; buying quality over quantity, supporting local boutiques as opposed to the big chains.  But that’s another post for another day.   

That being said, if you are on a budget, why not buy some pieces from their super (can I say cute again) cute home line, Threshold until you have more money to buy some decor of more substance.

(Oh, and sorry for the lack of a ‘Best Of’ post last week, I was down and out with a migraine from Thursday till yesterday).


24″ Industrial Counterstool with Wood TopStarburst Mirror12 Piece Roped Vasaio Floral Dinnerware SetFloral Bath TowelsFaux Shell Inlay Square Accent Table – Cream/ Gold/ Square Beader Mirror/  Outdoor Fabric PoufCriss Cross Fleece Rug – Cream


Design Roundup: Peacock Blue(ish) Walls

I love Peacock Blue, to different people they think of different colors… what comes to mind for me is a deep blue-green.  Here are a few of my favorites I’ve run across the world wide web this week.  I am all in favor of choosing very saturated, bold colors.  As Dorothy Draper said, “I don’t want to see any gravy!” (More on the fabulous Dorothy Draper here and here).

As always, if a photo is yours please let me know and I will link to it’s original source!  I link to where I found it and if I’m able to track down the original source I do credit it.  (One of my professors has made me paranoid about crediting images and as a designer I would never want to take credit for someone else’s work).







Till next week!  Catch more of my writing on The DC Ladies.  Have a great one, y’all!

Design Roundup: Ceiling Medallions & Plaster work

A chandelier wouldn’t be complete without a ceiling medallion or plaster work that compliments it.  Really, truly…. it would look unfinished.  You can get them as cheap as $5 on, so no excuses people!













Have a great week!

PS- If you are the original owner of any of these photos, please let me know and I will change the image source.  I link to where I found them, which is just about always Tumblr.  You can check out my Tumblr here:

Design Roundup

Hey there!  Been a while.  Just finished my finals today so I’m ready to rejoin society.  Here’s what I’m loving in the design world this week:

Wait. When did Domino Magazine go back into print?  How did I miss this?  Did this happen like two years ago and I’ve been living under a rock?  Doing a happy dance right now!





I love this beautiful living room in their current issue- it belongs to NYC restaurateur Ali Cayne.  I love the drapes hung nice and high- a common mistake people make is hanging their drapes too low.



I’ve written before about my love for Nancy Meyers set design.  I ran across a set of photos from The Holiday- who wouldn’t want to live in that charming English cottage.  Long set of photos so bear with me: (All images via)


I don’t remember this bedroom?  Time to rewatch the movie I guess.


But, I mean… that bathtub. C’mon.





Does anyone know if this is a real place?  Who wants to go visit?



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That’s about it for this week.  I hope everyone has a great last week before Christmas!

Design Roundup: Mary McDonald

Man, it has been a week.  9 grad school credits + a full-time job + an active social life (one of these is a lie) is a lot to juggle.  This post was supposed to go up Monday, and a Best Of post today, but alas, this is all you are getting for the week.

I was having a bit of Mary McDonald nostalgia this week when one of her designs popped up on my Tumblr dashboard, so I thought it would be fun to do a MM Design Roundup, here goes!


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Mary McDonald is probably the only designer I would give complete control to decorate my house.  Her look is so tailored, classy and sometimes unexpected.  Bravo, when is Million Dollar Decorators coming back?  I need more Mary McDonald in my life.

Here’s why I love Mary McDonald:

Her office.  What woman wouldn’t want this as their office?  I mean those blue walls, the tufted chairs, the desk, c’mon.


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These chinoiserie linen panels for Schumacher.  In the words of Rachel Zoe, “I die.  Bananas.”


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Which brings me to this dining room.  I’m not sure if the same panels as above are in this dining room, but how wonderful is this dining room?


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She has a line of rugs for Patterson, Flynn & Martin.  Not that I would ever be able to own one, but a girl can dream.

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Ok people, she had this sisal rug painted.  She loves painting floors- it’s definitely a bold move and she can always pull it off.  There is pretty much nothing I don’t love about this room.


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Her book, The Allure of Style has been on my Amazon wish list for a while now.  I honestly don’t know why I don’t have it yet (other than it being $40).


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Want to know more about the fabulous Mary McDonald?  Check out her article from Domino Magazine, or this interview on One Kings Lane, or just drool over a Pinterest search.

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TGIM!  (Today is my Friday).  Here’s this week’s design roundup:

The Spring 2014 Pantone Color Report is out!


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Petrified wood furniture… seems like everyone is selling it nowadays…


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Shades of blue/ teal/ and beautiful drapery:

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The blue walls and blue velvet couch in Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment:


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That’s all for this week!  Find me on Tumblr for more.