Chock full of color, chintz and chinoiserie, Meg Braff's The Decorated Home: Living with Style and Joy is now available on bookshelves everywhere. Throughout the book's extensive chapters, Meg takes us readers on a personal journey of design discovery armed with the tool kit of a professional's point of view. Southern born & bred, Meg founded her eponymous design firm in 1994 and is currently based on the East Coast.


"Throughout these pages, I will walk you through how to incorporate bold color without hesitation, mix and match intriguing patterns and textures that sing together, and layer each room with finishing touches that feel purposeful and full of personality."
-Meg Braff, The Decorated Home: Living with Style and Joy


In the wake of today's subdued design color palettes, the pages of The Decorated Home highlight Meg's expert ability of selecting finishes and fixtures influenced through varying hues. Yes, her rooms can often be saturated in bright shades, but Meg's talents lie in her acute editing process, a strategy she shares to creating spaces that inspire timelessness, not just satisfying trends. Meg's detailed design advice coupled with 200 photographs from her portfolio, provide an abundance of essential knowledge ready to be applied to any room within your home and serves to ignite the senses when crafting & customizing your interiors. I highly recommend adding The Decorated Home to your design library.


"In the end, when you start your day amid the furnishings and accessories that bring you joy, you walk out the door a happier person. In this book, I hope to inspire you to do just that."
-Meg Braff, The Decorated Home: Living with Style and Joy


News to Note.....  Meg is taking in part in ADAC In Bloom event happening 7/19 and she will be at Dixon Rye, located on Atlanta's Westside neighborhood, for a in-store book signing 7/19, 5pm-7pm.

*I have Rizzoli to thank for extending me a copy to preview.


Ice Cream Inspiration.....  Are you tempted by creamy vanilla and butterscotch flavors or the darker shades of charcoal ice cream, which just happens to be all the rage this summer. Check out more from Little Damage.


Atlanta's annual Fourth of July tradition, the AJC Peachtree Road Race, kicks off tomorrow morning at 7:30am. The coveted prize for participating is the T-Shirt, awarded as you cross the finish line in Midtown's Piedmont Park. The five design finalists are included above -- keep a look-out tomorrow for the winning T! See previous year's designs from my posts herehere, and here.

*FYI, there is already a weather Red Alert in place due to the forecasted high heat and humidity. Race organizers are advising runners/walkers to start hydrating now and slow their pace on the 6.2 mile course.



  • Purchase the citrus orange pool float featured on the cover of Real Simplehere


  • Model Nadejda Sacova appears in and on the cover of Elle Spain

  • Sunset magazine highlights 'The West Best's Summer Escapes' -- read more here

Truth be told, I actually prefer staying in town over the holiday weekends.....  The streets empty out, providing the perfect opportunity to easily take in events happening in Atlanta's pocket neighborhoods.

So, if you should find yourself in Atlanta over the next couple of days or headed here for a vay-cay in the near future, these are some of my recommendations to experience local flavor & feel.....


STAY:

My neighbors are the proprietors of this Airbnb.....  I've been inside and it is very well appointed. The location puts you on one of the most charming streets in Inman Park and a stone's throw from the BeltLine, Krog Street Market and the shops & restaurants of Atlanta's oldest neighborhood



HAPPENINGS:

  • Tonight 7-10pm : Whitespace gallery's latest opening reception -- Luminous Animals featuring Zeitgeist Artists / *Image above from participating artist, Karen Seapker
  • Saturday 7/1 & Sunday 7/2, 10am-4pm -- Turkish Bazaar pop-up at Balance Design in Candler Park (written previously about here)
  • Friday, Saturdays & Sundays 6-10ishpm -- Market, a Thai pop-up in Candler Park that is receiving rave reviews (FYI, it's BYOB)
  • Sunday 9-11am -- Emerald City Bagels sets up a street-side table in Cabbagetown, selling their super tasty NY style bagels and an assortment of homemade cream cheese spreads for schmearing



INSIDE SCOOP:

  • Get your coffee from Aurora (you'll find me in there daily savoring an almond milk cappuccino) in Little Five Points and then walk the shops of the neighborhood
  • I won't wait for breakfast, and most breakfast spots around town are covered up if you're not there when they open the doors.....  Rather, order a breakfast sammie from the Deli at Candler Park Market (over the phone or in person + they use Emerald City Bagels) and enjoy at their outside tables or down the street in a picturesque spot of the park
  • Depending on what sort of dining scene your desiring, most of the restaurants in Inman Park don't take reservations, which can lead to an hour or more wait particularly on the weekends..... With the exception of one of my longtime favorites, Sotto Sotto -- there's a subtle sophistication to this charming neighborhood eatery with a menu that will satisfy the most discerning culinary palates
  • Definitely put seeing Ponce City Market on your list, but skip their food hall and walk a little further down the BeltLine to 8Arm.....  Open for breakfast through dinner, with an outside bar fashioned out of a shipping container, 8Arm offers delicious baked goods & coffee with a scaled down menu that favors in season ingredients
  • Varuni Napoli at Krog Street Market is a must get-to for more casual fare. Grab a stool, order a glass of wine and witness authentic pizza making at its finest! 
  • Locals only gift giving -- Code Goods.....  Founded by my oldest Atlanta friend (former triplex housemate circa 1998) Rob Glancy. Rob originally started out featuring ATL zip codes hand sewn onto hats, but now is also offering t-shirts as well

Fourth of July Fashion must-haves from Ann Mashburn.....  Ann and her husband Sid Mashburn are proprietors of their eponymous clothing retail boutiques, based here in Atlanta with additional locations in select cities around the country. Never trendy, always timeless, the pair sketch & produce their own pieces as well as hand select quintessential styles from favorite labels.

The stripe boat neck tees & Tretorn tennies, and let's face it, the Red White & Blue color scheme, look like they've been torn straight out of Kate Schelter's Classic Style -- read more from my previous post here.

And I can't get enough of Rebecca de Ravenel's Les Bonbons earrings (read my previous post here).....  She recently offered through her Instagram, Red & White Stripe and Blue & White Stripe Les Bonbons earrings, but not surprisingly, they sold out in a heart beat!

*Shopping links below.....


Festive Fourth Flavor with a selection of Red, White & Blue finds from Atlanta based Dear Keaton. Dear Keaton founders, Christie Shepard and Chris Hutcheson, source the globe for distinctive decor accents and fashion accessories. The pair interpret their signature style through a curated mix of artisan wares inspired by the relaxed vibe of resort living.

*Shopping links below.....


Just in time for the Fourth.....  Red White & Blue from The Maryn, a curated home decor & lifestyle brand founded by Michelle Adams. You might already be familiar with Michelle from her wildly successful previous work with today's go-to shelter magazines - cofounder of Lonny, creator of TRADhome and previous EIC of domino. In 2014, Michelle departed the publishing world & New York City for her roots in Ann Arbor, Michigan (tour her home here) and credits the shores of Lake Michigan, Sausalito, Montauk, and the south of France as inspirations for The Maryn's signature style.

*Shopping links below.....




Pickup a copy of Bohemian Home magazine.....  I've written a piece for the issue on San Francisco based interior designer Ashley Redmond and the eclectic style of her home (her kitchen below), fittingly referred to as the 'Tiny Treehouse', due to its quaint size and mountain view locale.

*Ashley's Tips to Creating Boho Style Include:

  • Start with a neutral foundation, then layer (and inter-change) pops of color, bright textiles and interesting accessories
  • Incorporate a mix of eye-catching sculptural lighting -- chandeliers, wall sconces, tables lamps, etc.....
  • Bring the outdoors in with greenery -- potted plants, foraged finds, fresh cut flowers
  • Mix design elements -- wood, rattan, metals, fabrics, etc.....  for a unique multi-textural appeal



Nearly 3 years ago, I wrote a post pointing out how at the time Crosby, Stills & Nash were out on a summer tour.....  While separately, Judy Collins was performing around the country as well. If you're a fan of all that music, you know that Stephen Stills (of CSN) and Judy Collins have a storied history together -- the photo above is very telling -- and Stephen wrote Suite: Judy Blue Eyes for Judy, a song that defines an era.




Did I send out some sort of cosmic energy to the universe when I wrote my post in 2014? Because the pair have partnered up and currently on tour together.....  They are coming to Atlanta on 8/9 and playing Atlanta Symphony Hall.

*I highly recommend seeing these two legends if you haven't had the chance......  We saw CSN perform at Chastain Park and Judy Collins at Ferst Center. I grew up in Ridgefield, CT and Judy lives in the area. When I was younger, I'll never forget seeing her while out to dinner with my parents at the Elms Inn (when it was owned by the Scala family) and Judy was there on the same night.




It's no secret that I am a fan of Kate Schelter (pictured below).....  I've written numerous previous posts (herehere, & here) of her seemingly endless range of style-setting expertise matched by her artistic endeavors. Part 'It Girl', part 'Girl Next Door', with a warm & witty smile making fast friends with everyone, Kate's refined eye appreciates both tailored taste and accessible ease with a dash of humor mixed in. It's within this mindset that Kate extends to her successful and broad scope of work for commercial clients & private commissions. Already enjoying a chock full roster, Kate now adds author to her résumé, having recently published her premier hardcover book exploring the fine & familiar, Classic Style: Hand It Down, Dress It Up, Wear It Out.

I knew Kate's illustrations included in the book would be wonderful -- imagery of defining details from the 70s/80s East Coast traditions (think LL Bean's blue & white fisherman sweater, Tretorns that you never laced & weathered boarding school Ts, among a trove of others).....  But, it's Kate's text that has really exceeded my expectations. For anyone carving out a life as a 'creative', arguably, it's the harder road, but with the unknown outcome comes tremendous excitement and interesting twists & turns around every corner. Kate's own trailblazing journey is an inspiring must read for anyone needing the reminder, or perhaps validation, to trust your gut and keep going!


"Tap into your passions, your motivations, and your biggest fears. The jitters are love in disguise, reminding you that you're getting closer to what you want. Face it. Go toward it. Do it."



*I reached out to Kate for a little deeper insight into her process for writing Classic Style.....  read our Q&A below.....



Classic Style: Hand It Down, Dress It Up, Wear It Out brings together two great facets of your career — Fashion and Artistic Illustration..… Could you expand on moving beyond your client commissions that have already enjoyed blending these 2 passions, into why you made the decision to create a custom book of your personal inspiration?

My new book Classic Style is an illustrated memoir—very personal connection to all the writing and artwork, and I hope that people recognize their own memories in the illustrations, since they are classic and universal. I use the same muscle as a stylist that I do as a painter: my gut. I simply paint what I love.



'Hand It Down, Dress It Up, Wear It Out'..…  How did this phrase/concept develop for you?  Is it a principal that you have always incorporated in your life & closet?

As I was writing the book these were three different chapter headings and my editor and I noticed how they played nicely together and were directional: down, up, out. It was a happy accident and it’s also absolutely true to my own experience with style! I wanted the subtitle to communicate something personal, imperfect, and well-loved.



What was your process for selecting the content of the book and where is your inspiration rooted?

I would write and write until I didn’t know where to go, and then I’d paint and paint until I didn’t know where to go. Back and forth, I just created for 5 months, periodically sending everything to my editor, who’s acute insight helped shape the structure for the book. Certain artwork had a clear placement in the book and other pieces were moved around until the final draft. I wanted everything to be just right. So I painted and wrote simultaneously, taking turns and moving back and forth as inspiration and improvisation hit me.



Who are your icons that epitomize Classic Style and why?

Classic Style is a love letter to my family, whom is my largest icon, because it’s personal and has a pure imprint on my life and my style. I also love Grace Kelly, Ali McGraw (in Lovestory), Jane Berkin. Gilda Radner had great style too.



Will you be visiting cities on a book tour?

Yes: New York, Los Angeles, Newport, Cape Cod, Matha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, The Hamptons and Montauk. I’d love to come to Charleston. There’s Classic Style all across the USA!


*Image Patrick Cline