While my husband and I agree that we have some hideous light fixtures in our house, I'm not so sure this vintage red chandelier from Jayson Garden & Home would win the committee vote. But I love it.
Friday, February 18
Monday, February 14
These were the first words we heard from Kurtis of Tybee Island Social Club on Sunday morning. We were on the island for the weekend, and I had read that their coffee bar had opened. It will, but it's not quite there yet. Instead of pointing us in the direction of Chu's Convenience Store to get our caffeine fix, Kurtis went inside and made us a couple of cups to go. He had us at hello. We were back for a fabulous lunch and a wine tasting and never wanted to leave. When we came back for our second and third times, we got to meet Sarah, a beauty who is just as charming as Kurtis, and the eye behind the well-appointed space that would make India Hicks envious. We will hurry back.
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Monday, February 7
I am on the hunt for a long, green dress for a St. Patrick's Day p-rade. Since most will be wearing fancy with sequins and lace, I thought I would turn things up a notch with a vintage 70's Halston a la Rachel Zoe, stolen from eBay for pennies on the dollar. Dream on - my $15 bargain sold for $455 tonight. Oh my.
Help me - where can I find vintage on the cheap?
Posted by Amy Branch at 9:22 PM
So here's me struggling over Blogger 101 and Photoshop for Dummies, and then I stumble upon a blog so beautiful as this. Bri Emery, all I can say is "wow." Via Wit + Delight, another lovely site.
Be sure to check out this article on Bri Emery in design*sponge here.
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Wednesday, February 2
My little sister's post reminded me that now that it's February, it's time to start thinking about Valentime's Day. I'm not quite ready for pink and red hearts, but after listening to this little ditty by Nanci Griffith, I'm one step closer. Enjoy.
Posted by Amy Branch at 7:18 AM
When we visited my in-laws in Pennsylvania this past weekend, my sweet little three-year-old great (or is it grand?) niece couldn't stop talking about fairy princesses - Snow White, Cinderella, and all of those new ones that I am secretly proud I can't name.. Wouldn't this Laurel Denise print be a perfect gift for her? And perhaps one for moi to help me get over that I am someone's great aunt. Gulp.
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Tuesday, February 1
L.L. Bean's Signature Collection catalogue arrived in the mail yesterday (along with the lovely J.Crew - yum). I was about to throw it away, but then decided to give it a look see. While you'll find your standard Freeport, Maine fare, there are also a few lovelies tucked inside that could be great additions to a wardrobe.
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Wednesday, January 26
Jane Mount was a classmate of mine at Davidson, and I am so happy to see her artwork get a lot of press. I have been admiring her Ideal Bookshelf series for a while (and was just reminded of it on Matchbook). Maybe someday I could get her to do one on my Chip Kidd collection....
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I haven't visited Laura Vinroot Poole's store, Capitol, in more than five years, so when I saw this wonderful installation by French botanist Patrick Blanc that she commissioned featured in the latest issue of Garden & Gun, it made me think that it might be time to haul my cookies to the Queen City for a look see. Oh, my - check out Capitol's website for another breathtaking photo of this piece.
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Monday, January 24
Now that I've found this treasure, I just need someone to hurry up and have a birthday. I am a big fan of using kraft paper to wrap presents - especially during Christmas when I try my best to avoid using any red or green paper. Such the contrarian, I know. When I was in Lowe's today, you can only imagine my excitement when I came across this green masking paper in the paint aisle. A roll will only set you back $5, and, unlike traditional kraft paper, which is so thick that it requires glue or other strong adhesive to keep the edges together, this masking paper is the ideal weight for wrapping presents - any 'ole tape will do the trick. And the sage color is perfect for my post-December 25th projects.
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After visiting Ann Mashburn's store in Atlanta's West Side district right before Christmas, I rushed home to do what my husband has been begging me to do. No, not that - edit my closet. Throw out anything that wasn't a navy skirt or a crisp white shirt or French ballerina flats. Re-examine all of the pieces that I thought looked great in the Target dressing room and give away anything that wasn't well-tailored. Think of it as my rubber bracelet for 2011 - What Would Ann Keep? In the interest of full disclosure, even with a week off for snow and ice, I haven't gotten around to the editing part. But thanks to my fabu sister, Lisa, and a little birthday gift cerce to Ann's fabulous shop, dressing the part of a French girl this spring just got a little easier.
(Photo: via http://www.unabashedlyprep.com/)
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Happy Birthday to my cute mom who turns 63 today! I thought I would post this fitting card from Rifle Paper Company. To borrow words from my husband - she is the ringmaster of our family - the one who makes sure we all are working together. We all love you, Mom! Happy Birthday!
Photo Source: Rifle Paper Company - via Katie Armour
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Saturday, January 22
I may miss the bright lights of a big city, but I am finding out that there are definitely benefits to living in a small town. Flash back to the night before the Rodarte for Target launch in late 2009. The fashionistas predicted that both online and bricks and mortar stores would sell out of this stock in seconds flat, so this nut job set her alarm for six a.m. on the Saturday of the launch, thinking I would strike from my keyboard while all of NYC was just crawling into bed. Not so much. So, I took a chance and drove to my local Target. Since it was already ten a.m., I was not optimistic. After walking around the store several times, with no signs of Rodarte to be found, I asked a lady in red if the line had already sold out. "RO-WHO?," she responded. Once I explained what I was looking for, she told me that indeed there were several racks of fancy clothes in the back that had yet to be rolled out. "Do you want to take a look?" Did I ever. She went into the stockroom and rolled out racks of black bow dresses, bright pink tulle skirts, French sailor striped tops, and kimono-print raincoats. I think I just may like it here.
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I saw these Jane Tran felt flower hair pins in the January 2011 issue of InStyle. Think they are adorable, but in my hair? Not so much. I'm thinking of pulling a few of the red and bright pink flowers together and fashioning them into curtain tie backs. Until I win the lottery and can use Elsa Peretti's silver bone cuffs to hold those curtains back, these will do the trick just nicely.
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Wednesday, January 19
No, not that one. When I got married in 2009, I moved from my apartment in Atlanta into my husband's house in Gainesville. We both wished that we could have picked a new house together and started from scratch. But times being what they were/are, there was no way to sell it, so we had no choice but to stay put. Slowly (but surely!), I have added what I affectionately call "Royal Tenenbaum" elements around the house. I haven't been able to get him agree to pink walls or zebra wallpaper - yet - but I've been able to sneak in a few sconces, some requisite antlers, a trophy (that I didn't win), a couple of flea market paintings, and even a Cameroon juju hat. So far so good. Fingers crossed.
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When I visited my little sister's apartment, I saw Sibella Court's book Etcetera on her coffee table. I was reminded of an old episode of Man Shops Globe: Australia that featured the fabulous Sibella Court's studio and shop called The Society. She has an amazing eye. And I think even Keith might have a little crush. Click here to watch a snipet of the episode.
Isn't this a fresh way to display a collection of silver? I saw this on The Selby's spread on Kate and Andy Spade's apartment and thought it was a great look. I also love the simple graphics on the book and spent more time than I care to admit figuring out that it was an art monograph by Hans Richter. See mom and dad? That art history degree DOES come in handy after all.
Tuesday, January 18
Geek Love because I thought the cover was spectacular. I loved the orange and purple color combination, the font, pretty much everything about it. Next on the list was Donna Tartt's The Secret History - an acetate jacket folded over images of ancient sculpture? Sold. I am almost embarrassed to admit that it took me about five years (or more) to realize that I was slowly amassing a collection of books with great covers designed by the same person - Chip Kidd. Once I connected the dots, I would regularly visit bookstores and walk through the new release sections to see if I could pick out covers designed by the Chipster. Identifying Kidd covers became a kind of
obsession game not only for me, but also for other members the family. I still get calls from my mom (usually in the middle of a meeting) while she is pouring through racks of used books at the Salvation Army to find one Chip Kidd. I'll see her cell number come up and, fearing the worst, pick it up. "Do you already have a copy of Let Nothing You Dismay?" My answer is always "no." While the game has lost some of its intrigue with the launch of goodisdead.com, Chip Kidd's website along with his Greatest Hits Volume One book, to this day I can still be found in new release section of any bookstore, looking at the back flap of a book cover for the name of the designer.
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Monday, January 17
Right before Christmas, the New York Times featured these fabulous "Wicked Step Scissors" (their name, not mine) from Sublime Stitching in a gift guide. I thought these would make for hilarious stocking stuffers for my two stepsons (or maybe just for me). But by the time I wandered on over to the site, they were gone, gone, gone. Finally they are back in stock - a perfect gift for next year.
Forget the dresses and the hair - how about this great commercial?
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mom's wedding dress from 1967, but since a dry cleaning mishap left it in shreds, all we had left was the beading from the collar and sleeves. The fabulous Bonnie and Chris from Pollen Flowers in Atlanta wrapped a piece of the beading around my bouquet and gave me a little bit of my mom as I walked down the aisle. Love.
Photo: Jody Fausett
Photo: Jody Fausett
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Davidson College, my alma mater. I had heard that Steve M. had recently married a Davidson graduate - what a great shout out.
Photo from http://www.marctetro.com/
Photo from http://www.marctetro.com/
Design*Sponge post about the vintage Marimekko curtains by her desk. I loved her apartment because it was tidy, but not perfect - fashion magazines and books stacked on shelves and the radiator, dresses falling out of her closet - and it certainly had personality. While some may say that Carrie and Big's aspirational, whitewashed apartment represents her newish married life with Big, I'm not convinced. I miss our girl.
(photo from http://www.sensationalcolor.com/)
(photo from http://www.sensationalcolor.com/)
Sunday, January 16
Saturday, January 15
In my household, we have been working with the boys to switch from saying "I want this" to "I like this." BUT, since they will never read this blog, let me shamelessly say - ME LIKEY this Kelly Double Tour bracelet from Hermes. While I may never have a Kelly bag, maybe I can have a little piece of Grace for my wrist.
Photo via http://www.acontinuouslean.com/
Rue and Lonny. And I was thrilled when my husband gifted me with a subscription to Anthology for Christmas. My first issue arrived yesterday!