Monday, October 31, 2011

Pony Up

This Veranda cover = obsession.

I want to take horseback riding lessons anyway so maybe that's my problem.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Wild Household

Stark Antelope Rug via

Ever since the Haute Indoor Couture and Life of Style blogs featured antelope print rugs, I have been obsessed with these little beauties. Growing up in a house full of duck decoys and mounted antlers (my poor mother) turned me into not only a vegetarian but also a lover of rustic decor.

Apparently, in the design world, these snazzy little rugs are old news, but to me, a fledgling decorator, these are a delightful new discovery.

via House Beautiful

via Peak of Chic

via Perch

via Nickhaus

via Elle Decor

via unknown

Imagine my delight today when Gilt Groupe had Stark antelope rugs on sale today! I'm happy to report that I am now the proud owner of a 4' x 6' Stark antelope wool rug to be delivered in December. Can't wait to see it in person and then completely redecorate my entire freakin' house.

Maybe I should start with one of these a la House Beautiful...

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Monday, October 24, 2011


Sam Edelman flats via World of Joy

Y'all, I've been slack. And I know it. I'm sorry about that.

You should know that I am diligently attempting to create a mind-blowing presentation about how to update a wardrobe for fall and would love for you to chime in. How do you make the transition? In the South, we've only recently begun to experience chillier temps. I started wearing more jackets and jeans but the flats are still in (on) tow.

Maybe a killer pair of slippers would be appropo for this time of year? Methinks yes...

Leopard Stubbs & Wooten via unknown

Velvet French Soles via Shopbop

Would you wear these?

Do you have another favorite fall trend?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Panning for Gold in the Mountains

A glimpse into the set-up at K2

Did you ever go mining in the mountains as a kid? My sis and I sure did- we hit every gem mining company in Boone and Blowing Rock one summer panning for gold, emeralds, amethysts, anything we could sift into our jewelry-lovin', little hands! Eighteen years later, I still search for gems in the mountains but now they tend to come in the shapes of tables, chairs, rugs and lamps...

I'm here to tell you officially that there's gold in them thar' hills!

Allow me to introduce my latest gem- K2 Studio in Asheville, NC. Located in the heart of downtown, you can't miss out on this rustic meets modern home decor store. Seeing as how Asheville is quite granola and most pieces are more artisan than mod, I was blown away by this diamond in the rough.

One of my favorite pieces had to be this aluminum storage ottoman. I love its versatility- one minute your stashing your pillows and blankets. The next, your hosting Bunco and this little piece is the "low" table!

Aluminum storage ottoman, K2 Studio

I also wanted to take this modern yet rustic leather chaise with me. Its scale is perfect for my house and I could really picture that leather wearing in so beautifully in the years to come. Can't you picture those chrome arms next to that cool ottoman? Just sayin...

Leather chaise, K2 Studio

And since we're talking about shiny things, let me just say every coastal house needs a little driftwood accent. I'll take mine in silver.

Cool coastal accents in the mountains at K2

They also had a great collection of beautiful wooden tables.

And items that would make very special gifts...Santaaaaa...

Feather and glass ornaments

Gold pagodas with white ceramic birdies

K2 Studio also offered a large selection of lighting, including these super cool corrugated cardboard chandeliers. I swear, I had no idea they were cardboard until I got up close and saw their awesome prices and rigid edges.

Clover shaped corrugated cardboard chandelier

And finally, the most amazing sculpture...

Driftwood pony

I was so taken with this store and have been anxious to write a post about it. I still dream about that leather chaise and should mention that their staff was extremely helpful that day. Can't wait to go visit again and hopefully add a few pieces to my own home.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Pandora's Box

via Bourbon & Pearls

How do you feel about a clear clutch? (Clancy's Clumsy Clear Clutch is Clearly Clandestine- say that five times fast!)

via Sketch42

At first thought, I was anti-clear bag. I just don't want people seeing all my shtuff, you know. However, Charlotte Olympia's Pandora Clutch comes with changeable inserts. So not only do you get to change up your bag colors and pattern, you also have a safe spot to keep all of your items confidential.

via Mash Moom

Or if you have stylish little travel bags you want to show off, leave out Charlotte's and use your own.

via Eclectic Jewelry & Fashion

If you're still questioning this purchase, keep in mind that it's cool enough for Olivia P...

via Upscale Hype

Then it's good enough for me...and you!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall In Love With Fall

via Fashiongonerogue

I adore this photo.

Fall's cornerstone of color, merlot, is aptly featured front and centered with this beautiful, toggled knit. But I love those burgundy tones paired with bold, autumnal oranges. In fact I've always wanted a pair of orange leather gloves to go with my own merlot-colored Marc Jacobs jacket circa 2001. (Thanks, Santa Claus.) Somehow, I come across a pair every year and talk myself out of buying them each time.


via Polyvore

Maybe this year will be the year I bite the orange bullet?

I also love the bold cuff worn on top of those opera length gloves.


And do I even need to mention those Miu Miu booties?


Girrrrrrl, don't even get me STARTED!

i <3 fall

Sunday, October 9, 2011

They Say It's Your Birthday!!

Happy Birthday Beince!!!

via Mom

Best wishes to my little sister on her birthday! I'm so glad I got to celebrate with her and my mom last weekend AND I got to see her rock out at her first half-marathon two weeks before that! She's pretty much the bomb.

Love you, sis!