Less Is (Most Definitely) More...

photos via Anne-Claire Rohe via the NYT

I loved this piece in T Magazine about designer Elizabeth Suzann's small collection of clean-lined, sculptural basics... I'm especially smitten with this quote from the article:

“Our brand isn’t about minimalism, although I do love minimal aesthetics,” she says. “It’s about not cluttering your life with things you won’t use.”

Truth be told, I'm a little smitten with the whole Elizabeth Suzann situation: the gorgeous, moody lookbook; the small studio in Nashville where each item is sewn by hand; the 20th-century artist muses (Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois) that inspire her designs; the desire to create lasting things so women will be compelled to buy fewer (but better) things -- all of it.

Well played Elizabeth. Well played.


Some Scenes...

The past few weeks have been a blur of client installs, quick road trips, projects, new kittens, swimming with the the girlies, pool-side dinners, accidents and mishaps (i.e.those previously mentioned stitches)... Summer has flown by. I can't believe we're in the last few weeks, tying things up before a last hurrah trip to Florida for shell foraging and turtle spotting and just general lazing about. 

I'm trying, amid the blur, to really soak in my girlies. Turns out the flying by actually isn't a cliche; it happens. Yesterday the girls were babes and now they are fully-formed little creatures, voicing surprisingly articulate observations (frequently), helping around that house (occasionally), and causing me to marvel at every turn (always). They are truly the most amazing people. I pinch myself every day that I get to walk through this world with them.

I'm trying to savor them... trying not to let the blur take over. I have to stay on my game friends. This is the good stuff.


Loving: All Stitched Up Edition

A mishap involving some plant watering, a slippery patio, and a serious lack of grace landed me at the emergency room Sunday afternoon getting three stitches in my shin. Good times.

Surprisingly, in addition to the pain (actually not that bad) and the humiliation (worse than the pain), I felt a bit of the bad assery, as I've gone four decades without a single stitch, and now I feel like I have an official battle wound. Of course my battle is aiding wilting plants trying to survive the punishing Texas heat, but it's a battle nonetheless...

So in honor of my stitches I'm going to love on some knots again (this is becoming a bit of a trend for me -- the knots, not the stitches...hopefully -- witness here and here).

Let's start with Liz Robb's insanely lovely fiber art above (via Remodelista). Her instagram has become one of my faves. Just full of goodness...

Then there's the matter of Electric Feather's insanely chic knotty Infinite Halter Top.

And my beautiful and talented friend Amy Nordstrom's Lattice Cuff. I wear that bad boy nearly every. single. day.

Also a bit enamored of Callahan's lovely crochet dresses...

and a still life of sculptural knotted accessories, both via Lisa Says Gah (a favorite new online shop and blog)...Obsessed. Full stop.

And last but not least, my go-to summer weekend tote in all it's rope-tastic, macrame goodness...


Foodie Perfection

My obsession with everything happening in Bon Appétit continues... Adam Rapport is still just killing it in every way. I'm especially smitten with the spread on L’Arpège chef Alain Passard in the July issue. The photos by Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriot, the art direction, all of it. Total perfection. Full stop.

Well played BA.


Axel is On To Something...

bottom two images via garance dore...

Ok,ok Axel Vervoordt is on to a lot of things (the man is a genius), but this one thing that he's on to particularly resonated with me this week...

Etre heureux en rendant heureux 
(or  finding happiness through creating happiness)

The  adage is apparently Axel's favorite, as it expresses his design firm's commitment to "inspire artists and audiences through discovering and transmitting the beautiful, with a deep respect for everything that is authentic."

"Discovering and transmitting the beautiful" might be the best. description. ever. for the practice of design. And doing it to create happiness in other people? Well, that's pretty much the ultimate goal... I mean what else is there?

Thanks for the reminder Axel.


Pinterest As Self Discovery (Or Holy Sh*& I'm Digging Green)

image via jonas ingerstedt

image via mix and chic

image via habitually chic

image via turbulences

image via sight unseen

image via c home

image via my domaine

image via mark d sikes

When a client comes to us without a clear sense of what they love, we get them on the Pinterest, stat. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

Don't focus solely on interiors, we instruct them, just pin images that make you happy. We also encourage them not to curate or to go back and look at their boards right away. Just pin, pin, pin, and we'll be able to figure it out.

It's interesting to see what bubbles up -- The self-proclaimed minimalist who's pinned the hell out of tables teaming with accessories; the glam obsessed who's earmarked sparse, earthy images. It's the ultimate exercise in self-discovery, sussing out latent aesthetic leanings. It's my favorite game; and it almost always works.

So, it should be no surprise that a spin through my own Pinterest yesterday revealed a previously unknown predilection toward green. Those images above are but a smattering... Emerald, moss, loden, forest, sage -- they were all there. Over and over.

Now, I have never had anything but kind words for green. I'm a fan. Heck, at one point my breakfast and guest rooms were swathed in the fair hue. But of late, green has not been my jam. I'm not working it into my house, I'm not working it into client's houses (save a pair of killer kelly green vintage Parsons console tables that belonged to the wife of a Dallas Cowboy from the 1960s...clearly I had to use those bad boys). It's just not in my head space.

Or so I thought.

Pinterest has proved otherwise. I'm apparently feeling the green friends. And, truth be told, I'm a little bit scared. Who knows what will happen next...(Bottle green master bedroom anyone?) Stay tuned.


A Simplified Summer

image via the line...

"Hot as hell" and "summer in Texas" might as well be interchangeable, so you'd think my go-to summer uniform would be one of those barely-there sundresses below... And yet, my daily get up veers decidedly more in the direction of that dress over jeans action above.

See, in my line of work, a typical day can involve a fancy client meeting (add a blazer and some wedges), a muddy site visit (ditch the blazer and swap the wedges for some rubber flip flops that I can rinse off), and some serious schlepping and hauling (keep the flip flops, sweat my ass off, and hope for the best). It's pretty much foolproof friends.

Inspired by a Q&A over on the Anaise blog in which designer Mary Chan of Studio Bartleby shares her summer essentials (rose water and tea tree oil, cotton dresses, sandals, straw hat, sparkling water, orange juice, pesto), I thought I'd go beyond the dress over jeans and share a few other things that are currently helping me get me through the hot as hell, ahem summer in Texas.

Herewith the survival kit...

cherries. holy kombucha. dr. hauschka clarifying day oil. milky chance. a big stack of turkish beach towels (they dry fast, and we spend a lot of time in the pool). lime topo chico. elta md uv clear spf. my library card. toasted sesame seeds. air conditioning(!)

(Did I mention it's as hot as hell?)

What's on your list?



Adam Silverman's drool-worthy custom vases for Chateau Marmont...

Summer dress perfection from Horses Atelier (but really, everything they do is perfection).

Jenni Kayne's book stack goodness (and that little smattering of pottery isn't half bad either).

Brook Morgan's gorgeous Bent Not Broken at Nomad Collective.

OPENHOUSE magazine via You Have Been Here Sometime. A magazine exploring the intersection of design, art, and food and the spaces where the design/art/food action gets created by interesting, inspiring people... Ummm, yes please.


New Necklaces Over On Vee Caravan

Hope you are having a lovely Father's Day friends.

If, after the celebrating of your hubby and/or pops, you happen to be in the mood for a bit of retail therapy this fine weekend, I have new batch of tassel necklaces, a smattering of beaded tassel bracelets, and a few new black ceramic and brass bead necklaces available over on Vee Caravan.


From Inspiration to Reality (Or 1530 Main -- The Joule Hotel's New Publication)

One of the best parts of working at a multi-disciplinary design studio is getting to toggle between such varied creative projects and do a little left brain/right brain switch-a-roo. While my days are largely filled with interiors endeavors, I also jump in on event design (a whole other animal) and some of our branding projects.

Friends, I looove the branding stuff. Love. It. I also happen to love magazines -- reading them, looking at them, re-reading them, making them. (I especially enjoy the making them situation.) So the fact that one of our most kick-ass branding clients, The Joule Hotel (a new website it also in the works), asked us to help them create a publication for their guests, well, was pretty much nirvana.

The result, 1530 Main, is pictured above, from brainstorming session to birthed piece. It was collaboration at its best. Can't wait for issue two.