Friday Happy Hour: Charleston Historic

There is something about southern architecture that captures my heart.  Leave it to Traditional Home to bring some of Charleston’s best to life in this month’s issue.  I just love this one built for socialite Cornelia “Daisy” Breaux Simonds.  “The flamboyant New Orleans beauty married Charleston bank president Andrew Simonds Jr. in 1885, and about 10 years later the couple built a magnificent home on South Battery with panoramic views of the harbor.”  It was recently redone and is just so lovely….

All photos from Traditional Home.

Friday Happy Hour: Rancic’s Chicago Home

Who’s happy?  I’m guessing this couple is.  Bill and Giuliana Rancic just remodeled a 1880s brownstone in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.  Like my hubby and I, the couple once lived there part-time.  It’s absolutely beautiful what they did with the place.  Take a look….

All photos from Traditional Home.

Friday Happy Hour: Low country home

Have you seen Traditional Home’s June’s edition?  I adore this feature low country home in South Carolina.  It has great attention to architectural detail (love the trim work and the beautiful windows), a lovely soft but sophisticated color palette and a classic, but casual set of furnishings.  Love.

All photos from Traditional Home.

Friday Happy Hour: Traditional Contemporary

Hey, Traditional:  Meet Contemporary!  I have to say this article in the latest issue of Traditional Home really caught my eye.  States the author, “Traditionalists tend to crave comfort; those with a contemporary bend often speak of clean design.  Those looks are not mutually exclusive, and together can often create an exciting energy”.  Enough said.  I can’t agree more.

Friday Happy Hour: Bradshaw Orwell Interiors

I’ve been finally catching up on my design magazines and recently encountered this amazing North Carolina house in Traditional Home.  Designed by Bradshaw Orrell Interiors, this clean and airy space captured my attention.  I love the thoughtful moulding and trim, the Visual Comfort Bryant sconces that I also used in a clients bathroom and the silk drapery that add the subtle color.  Beautiful.

Paint Ponder: Stem Green

With kids heading back to school, it might be a good time to for a kids makeover.  A fun color to try?  Benjamin Moore’s Stem Green 2029-40.  It works great in a bedroom, playroom or even a bath.  Fresh, fun and clean.  Where are you going to try it?

{1} Traditional Home {2} House Beautiful {3} Pinterest {4} Decoist

Friday Happy Hour: Hampton Showhouse

Who wouldn’t want to live in the Hamptons?  For the majority of us you can’t, we might as well peek, right?  Here’s a look at some of my favorite rooms in the Hampton Designer Showhouse captured by Traditional Home.  As you recall, I adored the last one, but this might, dare I say, be even better….

{1} Well done on the layered pattern in the sun room    {2} A well textured bedroom  {3} Love the tile border in the master bath {4} Sisal wallpaper and eye dripping chandelier make the dining room.

Friday Happy Hour: De-clutter

English designer William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”.  That 1880 wisdom still applies today.  And so, with the middle of summer upon us, perhaps we should step back and de-clutter.  Here are some great tips from Traditional Home that should get you headed in the right direction.

{1} Arrange a Bookcase – group like books together by color and size and sprinkle in favorite items {2} Love your Linens – organize your linen closet into a fresh smelling place you love to open {3} Style a Coffee Table – or better put, shop your own home for items such as vases and trays that you can use to style your own  {4} Make over a mantel – rework your mantel pieces in a symmetrical or asymmetrical design by layering small objects with larger ones.