I have found my favorite kitchen designers. And it is not surprising that they are in the UK. deVOL is located in Leicestershire and they operate the business out of Cotes Mill, a 16th cenutry water mill. Founded by two graduates of Loughborough University in 1989, deVOL employs around fifty staff, the majority of whom are local craftsmen as well as design graduates from the local university. Their website is just full of photos to put in your kitchen boards on Pinterest. This particular kitchen is located in a country manor house in Wymeswold, which is on the northern border of Leicestershire. The combination of dark wood countertops, white cabinetry, limestone floors and the blue Falcon stove is perfection. And this kitchen is only the tip of the iceberg. I highly recommend visiting www.devolkitchens.co.uk . Happy pinning!
Last week I went up to Connecticut to collect some things from my family, and being up in the cold for only a few days gave me a real chill. It was just too cold. I am so thrilled to be back in the palmetto state. Today, in order to completely rid myself of the chill, I want to surround myself with tropical greenery, just like Tom Scheerer did at the Lyford Cay Club above. However, I am going to do it with wallpaper and fabric. Below are some of my favorite fabrics and wallpapers featuring lush, tropical greenery. Happy Monday!
Opened my computer this morning to find up to 20% off your favorite bedroom furniture collections at West Elm. One of my favorite West Elm furniture collections, the Mid-Century collection, has bedroom items priced at 20% off. I love the clean lines of the pieces, and the different color options. And let’s be honest, the whole collection leaves you feeling like you have snagged a great vintage furniture find. Click on the photo to be re-routed to West Elm.
If you follow me on Pinterest, and I wish you would(!) you will notice I’ve been pinning into the “Style” and “Closet Cravings” boards lately. Spring has sprung, and I’m ready for a wardrobe change. That is why this book, Beyond Chic, is so well, chic. It is a book of photographs of the home’s of some of the world’s most famous fashion designers. Looking through this book, one can satisfy their appetite for historic preservation, architecture, interiors, and fashion. Below is just a teaser of some of the interiors in the book, but I highly recommend you go out and purchase a copy for yourself. Beyond Chic: Great Fashion Designers at home is available at Barnes and Noble here, and Amazon here.
Stefano Pilati, ParisManolo Blahnik, BathKevin Carrigan, BellportLaudomia Pucci, FlorenceAzzedine Alaia, ParisNicole Farhi, LondonReed Krakoff, New York
Reading my paper on the porch yesterday, I came upon an article in the NY Times travel section, entitled, “On a Caribbean Rum Trail,” about traveling the Caribbean tasting rum. I don’t know whether it was that article, or the breeze blowing through the palmetto tree outside my window as I woke up, but I am feeling the tug of the tropics this morning. It is funny because I get this feeling more often now that I live in Charleston, then I did when I lived in New York or Philadelphia or Boston. I think it is because Charleston is in fact quite tropical, and in those moments before you open your eyes in the morning, and you hear the rustle of the palmetto fronds, you could be on vacation. That is why many of these photos below were used as inspiration for the decor of our guest room at Church Street.
Photos via Tom Scheerer Decorates, available here; Island Life by India Hicks & David Flint Wood, available here; and Island Style by Jim Kemp, available here. Photos at Jamaica Inn were taken by Olivia, Jamaica Inn website here.