Thursday
May212015

porter hovey's favorite heirloom

I loved this sweet piece on Refinery29 featuring tastemakers and their favorite heirloom. My favorite, of course, was Porter Hovey with her mother's framed Hermès scarf (and not just because she's a fellow Kansas Citian). Its peach, coral and pale green color palette is perfect. Their mother, who picked the scarf up in Paris on her honeymoon, thought it pretty enough to be a work of art. And If I were to ever find a scarf as beautiful, I'd certainly follow suit. I remember obsessing over this same framed scarf in Porter and Hollister's book, Heirloom Modern. Actually, the entire book inspired my former apartment. Porter and Hollister have the most stellar taste. If you have a moment, visit the Hovey's design site here!

Tuesday
May192015

grayson perry's dream house

The British are strange but I like it. Above are artist Grayson Perry’s drawings for a “secular chapel” celebrating the quintessential Essex woman. His aim was to create "a small, fabregé egg of a building" (which I love). The chapel-house is part of the Living Architecture project, a program which builds quirky modern houses to be rented out on holidays. I’ll be studying hand rendering in design school next semester and have thus become enamored with architectural drawings of all kinds – I thought Perry’s renderings were fantastic. Certainly not perfect, but whimsical and imaginative. See the finished “chapel” here

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Tuesday
May122015

gucci westman + t magazine

I've long admired Gucci Westman's talent and sense of style (her House & Garden feature is one of my all-time favorites). So when I rediscovered this T Magazine piece on her home earlier today, I had to republish. I love the idea of framing dried flowers, epecially if the blooms hold significance. Wouldn't it be sweet to frame a few flowers from your wedding bouquet? :) Also, how amazing is that Colefax and Fowler wallpaper in the bedroom? Granny Chic at its absolute finest.

(photos by Kava Gorna for T Magazine)

Thursday
May072015

jackie + caroline

When I was little, I wanted to do everything my mom did. I would always be sneaking into her makeup bag and painting my cheeks with eyeshadow or trapsing the house in her shoes. I wanted to be just like her. These sweet photos of Jackie with baby caroline remind me of growing up. Jackie has been on my mind recently as I’ve been reading Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story by Barbara Leaming. It would be a great gift for your mother if you haven’t already picked something up! Another highly recommended Jackie pick: Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy. It's surreal to hear her candidly talk about Camelot. As for me? My mom could care less about the Kennedy's, so I will be giving her a Lulu Lemon gift card :)      

(Photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt)  

Wednesday
May062015

truman capote + the paris review

"Truman Capote lives in a big yellow house in Brooklyn Heights, which he has recently restored with the taste and elegance that is generally characteristic of his undertakings. As I entered he was head and shoulders inside a newly arrived crate containing a wooden lion.

“There!” he cried as he tugged it out to a fine birth amid a welter of sawdust and shavings. “Did you ever see anything so splendid? Well, that’s that. I saw him and I bought him. Now he’s all mine.”

“He’s large,” I said. “Where are you going to put him?”

“Why, in the fireplace, of course,” said Capote. “Now come along into the parlor while I get someone to clear away this mess.”

The parlor is Victorian in character and contains Capote’s most intimate collection of art objects and personal treasures, which, for all their orderly arrangement on polished tables and bamboo bookcases, somehow remind you of the contents of a very astute little boy’s pockets. There is, for instance, a golden Easter egg brought back from Russia, an iron dog, somewhat the worse for wear, a Fabergé pillbox, some marbles, blue ceramic fruit, paperweights, Battersea boxes, picture postcards, and old photographs. In short everything that might seem useful or handy in a day’s adventuring around the world..."

Excerpt from a 1955 interview with Capote as published in The Paris Review. Read the interview in full here. 

(photo of Capote's home via)