Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lunch In The Garden


Welcome to the unofficial start of summer! Here in North Carolina, we saw an absolutely gorgeous Memorial Day weekend. The Great Outdoors beckoned each and every day and while this ginger kid has to take it easy in the sun, lunch al fresco under the shade of magnolia trees is always the perfect compromise. 


 


 
 




Make your outdoor entertaining trousseau just as fabulous as your indoor options! So many brands have started producing top notch melamine dinnerware and serving pieces, allowing endless possibilities for your next outdoor party. But don't forget that your indoor entertaining pieces can pull double duty. Take the indoors outside with items like this tablecloth, the placemats, napkins and flatware. Use what you have! But know that you can fill in the gaps with dinnerware that is not only beautiful but also practical.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Luck of the Irish in Your Living Room

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/interiors-entertaining/advice/g2230/mario-grauso-and-serkan-sarier-manhattan-home-0912/?slide=1

There's a reason why velvet upholstery has made a major comeback lately. Generally speaking, velvet is quite durable, looks polished and feels cozy all the while offering undeniable glamor. While the thought may initially seem counter intuitive, anchoring your room with a green velvet sofa is actually one of the most classic decor styles around. You can let the green pop by decorating your room with rich neutrals or you can play up color by running with the rainbow. So in honor of St. Patrick's Day, here are my favorite uses of green sofas plus a few shopable options. Happy decorating with green!
 
http://www.peppermintbliss.com/

http://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/the-fig-house-lounge-before-after/ 

http://bit.ly/18BTyHO

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/rochelle-sofa/s216798
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00276956/
via Ikea

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tennesse Livin'


One of my best friends lives in Tennessee- about eight hours away from here. (Sad!) But she recently bought a new ottoman for its great size and good bones...although not so much for the fabric. With a new baby and inside pets, she- like many people- was hesitant to get too invested in fabric but she- like many people- wanted to enjoy her home! The ottoman fabric had to coordinate with her scrolly blue/grey rug and newly upholstered cozy couch. Her family also inherited two chairs that were going to need some updating, although the ottoman definitely took priority.

Some design projects come together so effortlessly and this happened to be one of them! Knowing this globetrotting, adventurous family, I knew this room had to be cool. I chose the Jiri stripe in birch for the ottoman and made that the room's statement piece. The woven, dark neutral chair fabric would contrast and still coordinate with the ivory couch all while hiding any messiness from pets and kids. The rest of the upholstery would be perked up with patterns and color found in the three different throw pillows- the new color introduced being a seafoam green.

I created the e-design board, hit send and held my breath. Luckily, my friend flipped for it! Even her husband was immediately on board- that's how you really know a design concept is a success! Now the family is motivated to get this project going and make their living room family friendly and fresh. Hopefully I'll get to see this sweet space in person sometime. Anyone recommend the summertime in Tennessee??

Monday, February 23, 2015

Red Carpet Round Up: The 87th Annual Academy Awards


I am 100% a diamonds girl so you know that if my Best Dressed from the Oscars is an actress wearing a gown entirely made of pearls, it MUST be good! Presenter Lupita Nyong'o stole the show once again this year when she arrived last night in this custom Calvin Klein Collection column. Her look was head to toe perfection! The dress was made of 6000 pearls and every single one was in the exact right place. A huge round of applause to Francisco Costa and his CK team! 

Unfortunately, there were very few other Red Carpet moments as striking as hers. I didn't feel that any other looks really knocked it out of the park although there were certainly some fabulous frocks on display. Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston and Julianne Moore got the beaded nude hues memo although each of their interpretations were very different. Washington brought a dose of the unexpected with a Miu Miu peplum paired with a straight, beaded skirt. Nominee Aniston got it right when it counted with her slit-up-to-there Versace number. The tailoring on her gown was perfection. And Moore, also a nominee, went all out glam in custom sequined Chanel. Had the second row of embellishments not played up the dress's drop waist, I would have chosen her for Best Dressed of the night. (I mean, hellooooo, it's Chanel!)


 


We also saw beading from the darker side of the spectrum. Naomi Watts rocked fashion's current cut-out trend with this Armani Prive  gunmetal gray and black beaded dress. Nominee Laura Dern very nearly achieved medieval goddess status in Alberta Ferretti. Her stylist should have simplified her look by removing the necklace and leaving the bag with her publicist though.
 

 And I PROMISE I looked for color on the Red Carpet!! Presenter Dakota Johnson looked lovely in this red Saint Laurent. The one silver beaded strap saved this dress from snoozeville...and I might have a soft spot for a ponytail during a formal event. 


Who were your favorites of the night? Now I'm going to go do 50 sit-ups and push-ups. These ladies obviously aren't hibernating beneath the frigidity of the East Coast's polar vortex!

all images via Instyle.com and WhoWhatWear.com

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Pinch of Spice


In the shadow of today's cool celadon greens, neutral "greiges" and stark white walls hides the warm, welcoming shades of your spice rack. They are unassuming and under appreciated and yet provide those in your household the biggest hug and most hospitality. Call them coral, paprika, brick or terra cotta, they work in a variety of situations and seasons. In the summer, they feel fresh and vibrant. In the winter, they instantly heat up your tabletop or windows. And as far as your own clothing goes, earrings with a coral burst give you an instant glow or a clutch in a burnt orange livens up the dullest day. But spice can be strong so a little goes a long way. Keep your spices in check by toning it down with pale blushes, sandy creams or, yes, even pool blues...bordering on celadon.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Red Carpet Roundup: The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Last night's Red Carpet finally presented us with some achievable creativity and color to beat the band! If the Globes were all about metallic hues, then the SAG Awards flipped the script and brought a rainbow of pizzazz and even pattern.


"Game of Thrones" actress Natalie Dormer wins my Best Dressed of the night in her beautifully painted Naeem Khan gown. I'm such a sucker for a painterly print but everything about this dress was right on her. Those gorgeous purples, corals and pale pinks looked lovely with her complexion and hair. I couldn't tell if this gown was actually white or pale gray but regardless, her look was sweet and demure and a nice change in pace from gowns we've seen of late.

In a close second to Dormer's painted print comes "The Theory of Everything" star Felicity Jones in her sugary sweet pink Balenciaga. If you haven't seen her film yet, you will fall in love with her after you see her performance. She delivered in her role as Jane Hawking and she also delivered us some high fashion last night. Selecting Best Dressed was a tough decision because she is such perfection. Keeping with the sweet vibe were Reese Witherspoon in Giorgio Armani and Kiera Knightley in Erdem. Witherspoon's figure looked amazing in her asymmetrical white gown. I love that it had a bit of a cap sleeve. Knightly redeemed herself from the Chanel catastrophe at the Globes with this gorgeous tiered eyelet gown. Loved everything about her look last night! 





We also saw a lot of contrasting bodice gowns where the tops of the dresses had some sort of embellishment and fabric differentiation from the skirt. Sarah Hyland rocked the look in Vera Wang with gorgeous stones sewn in to the top of her daring plunged top. She always looks so fresh and like she is having so much fun. Natasha Lyonne did it with metallic embroidery and a heavy black skirt in this Proenza Schouler number. If she didn't have so much attitude, I might not like this dress as much...



Finally, we saw more pattern and even a respectable risk on the Red Carpet. I love Rashida Jones's Emanuel Ungaro dress with the contrasting blue piping. I actually feel like this dress is something people would throw on here to go to the beach. Maybe it was a little casual for a Red Carpet event but I still thought she looked fabulous in it. "Orange is the New Black" star and SAG Award winner Uzo Aduba looked AMAZING in her Angel Sanchez gown. The color and the fabric are so interesting. With her very simple hair and makeup, it was the perfect amount of complexity. Loved this risk!



Who were your favorites from last night? I can't wait to hear whose look you loved!

all images via Vogue.com

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Perfectly Punchy Playroom


If you're lucky enough to have space in your house for a playroom, then you know this type of room can be both a blessing and a curse. Having one room to contain all of your kids' stuff is awesome. It's usually the one and only anything-goes place in a house where children can let their imaginations run wild. But the playroom can still really stress parents out- it's almost always a mess, it's cluttered and we all know who really cleans up six days out of seven. Yet the endless possibilities and the creativity that this space is supposed to envelope made me and my client really excited and inspired. What a fun project to take on as one of my first outside of the film industry! 

Here is a look at what the clients already had in the room. It was long and skinny, very orange, had huge windows and got tons of hot afternoon sunlight...




 
The homeowners have three super cool kids under the age of six- two boys and one girl. They wanted a room that was all about the children but was still a space the whole family could enjoy. It is right off the kitchen on the house's main floor so it had to flow with the rest of the home. Storage was important as well as having a huge couch to build forts on, flip over and eventually collapse on to watch a movie. My client was considering a chalkboard wall but wasn't really sure how to combine all of these wish list items to create one cohesive space. So we got together and came up with a design scheme...


 Please ignore wonky "blind" lines! 

As you will see, we pretty much started from scratch in this room. The carpet was removed and hardwood floors installed. I really loved the valances that were already up but unfortunately the color scheme wasn't quite right for this space. However we did leave their green couch, which I could have had reupholstered, but since the youngest child is still only two, I felt like recovering the couch/getting a new one in a few years was a better use of their budget. The biggest and most exciting change was the addition of the chalkboard wall. As you will see, the kids can not only write on it but since the chalkboard is also magnetic, they can also display their artwork on the wall and easily switch out as they create new pieces! We also had the television installed in the center of the chalkboard wall so that the black tv wouldn't stick out like a sore thumb anywhere else in the room. The results are nothing short of fun AND functional!

  





We are all so thrilled with the results in here! The kids are loooooooving the chalkboard wall but I am not ashamed to admit that I learned the hard way about magnetic paint fumes. In fact, the metallic smell from the magnetic paint was so intense, the family almost had to spend the night away from the house. It was horrible; however, the results were amazing and I'm so glad they didn't give up. We also had a goal of setting up a dressing room somewhere in the playroom but we have yet to find the perfect size and shaped drapery rod. Finally, we purchased the ceiling fixture from Ikea you see in the concept artwork but the room gets so hot in the summertime that the family couldn't part with the fan. All of those bumps in the road aside, the children have a fun place to play and store all of their toys. Their mom can be one room over cooking while all three kids are entertained on the other side of the wall. I am so glad we opted to use poufs covered in indoor/outdoor fabric at the play table instead of wooden chairs because the kids use them not only as seats but also as bumper cars and building blocks. The tall bookshelves give them tons of storage and the collapsible green fabric bins corral the teeniest toys. On a personal note, I love seeing the colorful pendants hanging on the chalkboard wall. They make the wall feel like a big celebration of kid art! And no playroom is complete without a little Dr. Seuss reference- we just HAD to have the Oh, The Places You'll Go decal!! 

The best part of the transformation has been that the entire family of five has been using the room to cuddle up and watch movies or get together and play. Turns out that playrooms can be just as fun for parents as for their kids!

If you have any questions about the space, please don't hesitate to comment below or send me an email- lsuggsinteriors@gmail.com. Thanks for stopping by today!