Fall Y'all

Thursday, October 19, 2017

First and foremost photo credit to LuAnn Hunt, Sweet Briar graduate class of 1990, for capturing one of the most lovely drives through Sweet Briar College. If I were to continue following that gravel road I would come up to the barn - more formerly known as the Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center.

So, a selection of Fall wardrobe staples from J Crew and J Crew Factory.....  And because Halloween is just around the corner, don't get me started on (too late) Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups!

On The Market

Monday, October 16, 2017

A couple of photos posted last month on the Instagram feed of creative extraordinaire Danielle Rollins, revealed the finished interiors of a client project she was having photographed by Sarah Dorio. Danielle mentioned that the home was poised to hit the market, as her client/homeowner had recently relocated to Birmingham, AL. Listed last week and channeling sophisticated storybook style charm, the 6 bed/6 bath home is nestled among the trees within the Chastain Park neighborhood. Eye-catching architectural details include the design of the master bedroom cantilevered over a natural creek organically flowing through the picturesque property. More info here.

Atlanta based Danielle Rollins continues to set the bar high in her expanding list of artistic achievements. In addition to establishing herself as a go-to resource for lively & lovely entertaining, Danielle also extends her talents to interior design, landscape & flower design, and her latest smashingly successful endeavor is the launch of a seasonal women's clothing line.

*A sampling of the interior listing's photos paired with Danielle's Instagram images included below.....

*Update : McAlpine

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

So, my previous posts covering news from McAlpine design firm partners Bobby McAlpine and Susan Ferrier included:

  • 5.15.2014 >> The pair had recently released Art of the House: Reflections on Design. My post highlighted Susan's interior design work for Atlanta based Mary Prillaman, owner of MacRae and Holland & Company. Mary was already familiar with McAlpine, having partnered with the firm in featuring a custom designed line of decor offered through MacRae. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles featured Mary's home in and on the cover of their March 2013 issue.

  • 8.22.2015 >> I noted a trend from Hinkley Lighting.....  Cleverly shooting their campaign ads in designers homes - this ad (pictured above) was shot in Mary's Prillaman's dining room, designed by Susan Ferrier.


  • 9.26.2017 >> McAlpine releases Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine.....  From publisher Rizzoli - "Continuing the story from his best selling first book, Bobby McAlpine picks up where he left off delving into the heart’s longing for home and breaking the rules of traditional architecture, harvesting what is true to tell your own story."

  • 11.9.2017 >> Atlanta home furnishings store Dixon Rye, will host Bobby McAlpine and Susan Ferrier for a book signing of Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine, 6-8pm. More info on the book tour here.

October Covers

Sunday, October 1, 2017

  • Read more here from Garden & Gun's cover story, 'The South's 10 Best Food Towns'

  • Vogue Russia features on the cover sought-after model Kris Grikaite photographed with ballet dancer & model Kirill Sokolovski

  • Better Homes & Gardens provides all the decorating details to throw a 'Day of the Dead' themed party

Dear Keaton Q&A

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

I recently reached out to Atlanta based Christie Shepard (left) and Chris Hutcheson (right), founders of Dear Keaton, an online boutique offering home decor & lifestyle needs inspired by getaway destinations, for a closer look into their business beginnings, style philosophy and personal views on upcoming market trends. Our Q&A below paired with a selection of Dear Keaton's worldly artisan finds that caught my eye, all currently available online....

What was the spark that led you both to found Dear Keaton and how did you settle on/any significance with the name? 

We both love to travel and believe that beach days are the best days. When starting our business, our goal was to create a truly unique online marketplace offering a beautiful mix of products that bring a relaxed, resort feel to the everyday. Hence our tagline, Resort Living - Everyday.

The name Dear Keaton is a nostalgic nod to the past, when travelers shared the sights, sounds and senses of distant locales with loved ones back home with a quick handwritten note. A simple “wish you were here” that would momentarily transport the reader to another place. Dear Keaton is our postcard to our customers, sharing our latest global finds.

Camellia Hemp Round Rug

As a brand, how would describe the overall style that Dear Keaton represents?

Dear Keaton is an online boutique promoting resort living everyday. We have curated an unique mix of globally sourced products ranging from resort wear, home furnishings, decor, lighting, rugs and jewelry - all channeling a vibe of far off get-aways. Dear Keaton is a place for those who have traveling spirits or simply dream of wondrous destinations. 

Bandhini Turkish Block Print Pillow Cover / Bandol Turkish Block Print Pillow Cover / Laheriya Turkish Lumbar Pillow Cover

How do you believe Dear Keaton sets itself apart from other online retailers? 

Rather than trying to appeal to a mass customer, or be everything to everyone like so many online stores are, we aim to offer a product mix with a focused aesthetic. It is also very important for us to bring personal touches into the modern online world - like including a handwritten card with each order and sending thank you notes to repeat customers.

Our product mix ranges from rattan furniture, indoor/outdoor rugs, hand block printed pillows, African baskets, Turkish towels, kaftans and straw hats. We currently offer over 2000 products with new additions being introduced each week - a unique mix of luxury home decor brands and global wares. Approximately half of our products are artisan made, sustainable and fair trade. Discovery is in the DNA of Dear Keaton -  we love sharing with our audience the artisan stories and skills required to make their goods. The beauty of offering artisan made goods is it allows customers to be curious about other cultures while supporting artisan makers and their communities, as well as preserving heritage crafts. Partnering with artisan brands is something we really pride ourselves on. 

Jumbo Jute Macrame Tassel Wall Hanging

Could you share a little insight into where you source your decor and fashion pieces?  Are any of your offerings exclusive/custom designed for Dear Keaton?  Have you developed relationships with individual artisans, etc…..

We are always on the lookout for new sources for unique items, whether it is through our travels, going to markets or even through social media connections. During our journey, we have cultivated relationships with artisan partners who value the fair trade and fair wage guidelines. We especially seek out those with programs which allow women in poverty stricken areas to support their families and teach them skills to grow sustainable businesses.

To further support these types of partnerships, Dear Keaton plans to create exclusive Dear Keaton products with these artisan makers and global manufacturers. Feedback from our growing customer base has shown a demand for unique global goods with a story. The future definitely includes Dear Keaton designed home decor and resort wear.

Blue Valentina Hand Loomed Kaftan / Metallic Silver Seagrass Belly Basket

What trends do you see on the horizon within the home furnishings/fashion market?  Color palette, specific pieces, etc……

We love the re-emerging look of textural wall coverings, textiles, rugs and furniture. Grasscloth, rattan, wicker, Moroccan textiles, and African baskets are all strong sellers for us.

Blue is still strong color in interiors and fashion and we are seeing it lean towards purple with lavender and plum shadings. Matte black is emerging in accessories, paint and tabletop. Chartreuse and fresh shades of yellow are making an appearance in both home and fashion accessories. Floral prints are back in a big way - we are really excited to be adding floral print table linens and decorative throw pillows from a gorgeous new line based in Australia to the site this fall.

Retro Rattan High Back Chair / Hammered Brass Accent Table / Split Woven Pillow with Tassels

Is there any upcoming Dear Keaton news you would like to share? 

We recently worked with Yemaya Resort and Spa on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua to furnish newly renovated Casitas for their guests.  We can’t wait to reveal the Dear Keaton styled spaces later this year - a  mix of rattan furniture, block print pillows, textural hemp rugs and hand woven baskets highlight the natural beauty of the casitas and their tropical surroundings.

Bradley Grey Tweed Large Dresser / Garland Grey Ceramic Lamp

'Out East'

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Open windows to take in the salty sea air.....  Fragrant blooms spilling over trellises and mossy stone paths.....  Keep a copy close by of Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons and throughout the year revel in instant access at your fingertips to the effortless ease that defines coastal summer living. A companion piece of sorts to her 2015 published Palm Beach Chic (read my review here), author Jennifer Ash Rudick sets her sights in this newly released hardcover book on the cluster of villages & hamlets that collectively comprise a locale positioned out on the South Fork of Long Island's east end, simply referred to as the Hamptons. Surrounded by water, residents enjoy the calm shores of the Peconic Bay on one side and the white capped waves of the Atlantic Ocean on the other.

Jennifer's introduction to the area began in the mid-1980s, with a stay at a family friend's East Hampton home. As time has passed, she has developed an intimate familiarity with the east end, coupled with an understanding & appreciation for the range of architecture - cottage to contemporary - represented throughout the landscape. From this framework, Jennifer treats us readers to "her" tour of the Hamptons.....  A highly personalized view into the defining homes & gardens and the signature styles of the owners that occupy them.

"When something is personal and practical, more often than not it will also be beautiful and its appeal will stand the test of time. Like their owners, each of these houses exudes a depth of understanding mixed with design intuition."
--Jennifer Ash Rudick

Jennifer turned to photographer Tria Giovan to capture over 30 select homes and gardens that grace the pages of Out East, shedding light onto a treasure trove of design inspiration from some of today's top talents. Including my favorites Edwina von GalDavid Netto, Daniel Romualdez and Tom Scheerer. I highly recommend adding Out East to your design library. Images featured below.....

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

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