Reese Renovates

Reese 1So Reese Witherspoon and her husband just purchased a home in Nashville this past July, and it looks like they’re going to be doing a lot of work. The early twentieth century federal revival home, located in the Oak Hills Neighborhood of Nashville, needs some serious TLC. Reese, are you in the market for a preservation consultant? Because I would be happy to help you with this project – just let me know. As you all know I am a big fan of Reese’s home in Ojai, California so I cannot wait to see what she does with an historic southern home. How about that wood paneled library – can’t wait until she gets that fireplace up and running again. These photos are courtesy of Zillow. Reese 7 Reese 3 Reese 4 Reese 5Reese 6Reese 2

Provence Parfait

Petite BastideLa Petite Bastide. Located near the Luberon mountains in Provence, France. Anybody feel like a vacation to Provence? Mom, I know you would totally go with me … The farmhouse has been carefully restored and added on to by its owners over the years, who enjoy time away from their home in Marseille to tend to the vines and fruit trees on this estate. When they purchased the property, the house had to be completely gutted – the only things in good enough shape to keep were the exterior walls and the roof! With the new construction on the interior and the newly built extension, the owners Michele and Bruno Viard used traditional building methods and materials – as well as paint colors – so the new construction blends seamlessly with the older structure. Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 10.58.13 AMPetite Bastide 5 Petite Bastide 8In addition to using traditional methods and building materials, the Viard’s scoured local antique stores for discarded architectural elements to use within the home, like this stone sink. Having to gut the farmhouse gave the owners the ability to open up the floor plan and increase the size of window openings, which lend themselves to a brighter more modern interior. Petite Bastide 9 Petite Bastide 10 Petite Bastide 6 Petite Bastide 7 Petite Bastide 2 Who wants to take a trip to Provence with me? The best part of La Petite Bastide is that it is available for rent! Click here to be redirected to La Petite Bastide’s website.

Setting a Table on a Budget

Sometimes you are hosting a family holiday, or a dinner party, and you just don’t seem to have everything you need. You really want to spend money on food (think beef tenderloin) but your tabletop is in need of some accessorizing. Enter World Market. I am always happily surprised at World Market when it comes to tabletop. Whether its napkins, placemats, chargers, or glassware, they always seem to have what I’m looking for … at a good price. Today, some of my current World Market tabletop favorites.

Schumacher Celebrates

schumacher 2I’m not a fashion maven, so when the NY Times Style Magazine arrived this weekend I was thrilled to find an article on Schumacher, one of my favorite fabric houses. As most of you know, I covered two slipper chairs in my living room in Schumacher’s Pyne Hollyhock Chintz, a fabric that I had lusted after for a very long time, and since then and the success of that fabric, I have found myself being just as inclined to explore what Schumacher has to offer as I am with Quadrille. Schumacher 3This weekend’s article was about the arrival of Dara Caponigro as Creative Director, and some of the historic fabrics that Schumacher will be pulling from the archives to reissue this fall in time for the fabric house’s 125th anniversary. I couldn’t be more excited for the reissue of the fabrics in the photos above. Dorothy Draper’s Manor Rose, and Josef Frank’s Citrus Garden. schumacherFinally Indian Arbre, seen here as the wallpaper in this bathroom, layered on top of Valkryie Flame Stitch. Schumacher has a long history and played an important role in the availability of upholstery fabric to both upper and middle class Americans. Their fabric archives are one of the largest of its kind, and I look forward to seeing more and more reissued historic fabrics as they celebrate their 125 years. For the full T Magazine article click here.

Photos via T Magazine

Goin’ to California in My Mind

I have had California on the brain a lot recently. The current issue of Town & Country has been dubbed the L.A. issue, my cousin Serena just moved back to NYC from L.A., and my friend Chassity is spending this weekend in the city of angels. Needless to say I feel like my mind is being invaded by Los Angelenos. What many of you may not know is that I moonlighted as a Los Angeleno in my formative years. When I was four, my family moved to L.A. for four years for my father’s work (he produces tv commercials), and we lived there until I was eight. I remember trips to the beach in Santa Monica, shopping at the Brentwood country mart, and the time Michael Keaton opened the door for me at Baskin Robbins and my 6 year old self looked up at him and said “thanks Batman.” While I loved growing up in Connecticut from eight years on, lately I have been craving some California time. Some L.A. time to be specific. Tower 3You all know that I am a sucker for old Hollywood glamour, and nothing says glamour like the Sunset Tower Hotel. A very chic and very exclusive apartment building during Hollywood’s golden era, this building has housed everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Mae West. What I wouldn’t give to spend a night in this building – think of all the stories it could tell! Here are  some photos of the chic terrace at the hotel and the Tower Bar which is always a veritable who’s who of Hollywood on a given evening. Charge it please! Terrace 3 Terrace 1 Tower 1 Terrace 2 Tower 2