Made Women

0 comment Thursday, October 30, 2014 |

One of the fun things about blogging is being able to share real, unstaged interiors that have great style. Homes seen in magazines are enhanced by a team of paid stylists who are hired to make the space look impeccable. In addition, professional photographers take and edit photos until perfection is achieved. It takes great creativity, resourcefulness and personal flair to create beautiful interiors on a budget that meet the needs of everyday life.
Katherine Weeks, a jewelry designer in Charlotte, North Carolina, has what it takes to make a space look beautiful, inviting and unique. On a limited budget, she pulled together her lovely family home. Kat is a mother to three adorable boys and co-owner of the incredibly chic jewelry line, Turq Jewelry.
{dosty necklace}
Kat's home certainly has a Southern flair but it lacks any of the stuffy feel often associated with this style of decorating. She used soft neutrals with pops of aqua and yellow to create a jewel box of a home.

The walls of the entire first floor are painted in Farrow and Ball's Lime White which creates a unified, light filled backdrop for the space.

In her family room, Katherine upholstered french chairs she found at Scott Antique Market in Atlanta with a colorful Jim Thompson fabric that she snatched up while visiting the Jim Thompson House in Thailand. Her Alan Campbell zig-zag pillows add a fresh, modern flair to the otherwise traditional space. Above the sofa in the same room, she paired a convex bulls-eye mirror with softly colored bird-egg prints.

The first floor powder room wallpapered in a pretty beige and white wallpaper.

Family photographs in circular brass frames, antique books, and a porcelain chinoiserie figurine create a personal and stylish table-top.

Kat's well appointed bookshelves in her living room, showcase her collection of classic majolica pottery.

Below are more images of Kat's pretty living room. She found her aqua checked draperies on sale at Lewis and Sheron in Atlanta.

The settee is in upholstered in a tobacco and cream colored animal print.

Katherine's master bedroom is painted in Farrow and Ball's Pale Powder and her furnishings are varied shades of white. This little nook looks like a serene place to have morning coffee and read, although with three little ones underfoot, I bet she rarely has time to do so!
A white painted breakfront with blue inner shelves double functions as a bookshelf and dresser for extra storage.

A collection of white milk glass plates above a painted Swedish style cabinet.

When I asked Kat about her favorite sources for budget friendly finds, she said that she loves to scour Scott market in Atlanta for antiques. Lewis and Sheron is her favorite place to find ready-made drapes that are well made. And in Charlotte, she regularly visits Post & Gray to peruse their ever changing inventory of interesting and fresh furnishings, lighting and accessories. I look forward to seeing how her home evolves over time!

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0 comment Wednesday, October 29, 2014 |
Christmas has come early in our home this year. I received this lovely illustration of our home in the mail from the incredibly talented, Patricia van Essche of PVE . I think it captures the classic charm of our new abode perfectly. Our holiday cards are doubling this year as change of address cards so this pretty picture will be the perfect header. In addition, I will be framing the original so that I can pull it out each year to hang during the holidays.
Creating your own cards with a drawing like this one is a personal and economical option for holiday cards. If you haven't yet purchased your cards and are looking for a creative alternative to the traditional store bought card or are looking for a special gift for that hard to shop for someone, I highly recommend you contact the incredibly talented and thoughtful Patricia!

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0 comment Tuesday, October 28, 2014 |


I would find myself feeling just as at home in these Derek Lam ensembles as I would in these fresh blue and white interiors.
{victoria hagan}

{david jiminez}

{meg braff}

(phoebe howard's max and co}
{top 3 images via style.com}

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0 comment Monday, October 27, 2014 |
Lands End has recently come out with fresh new new line of casual, modern apparel and accessories called, Canvas. The company is branding the line as a "new chapter in a storied brand." The collection offers fresh, modern apparel and accessories that are still in keeping with the company's timeless, all- American aesthetic. I am impressed with the photography and styling as well as the line's budget friendly price point. Be sure to check out for yourself here.


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0 comment Saturday, October 25, 2014 |
There is nothing like a new issue of Lonny Magazine to brighten a dreary winter day. Check it out to find loads of pretty places and affordable inspiration. I'm obsessed!
{image from rubie green ad in lonny magazine}

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0 comment Friday, October 24, 2014 |

My friend Betsy, a talented Nashville designer, recently sent me a picture of her newly constructed inspiration board for her home office. Covered in a gorgeous Pierre Frey hound's tooth fabric as well as loads of gorgeous pictures, the result isquite impressive.
I have an overabundance of pictures and tear sheets that I have shuffled away into a multitude of notebooks over the years, justifying their hidden location with the fact that I have yet to have space in my home for a large personal office. But Betsy, along with the following mood boards have persuaded me to create a tangible board of my own even if it must be hung on the back of my closet door!
While there are many images that one may find inspiring there are most likely a select few that fully reflect your own personal style and taste. In the coming weeks I will be sharing some of the images that are most "me" and that will find their way upon my own personal board.
reed krakoff via vogue.com
phillip lim via vogue.com
michael kors via vogue.com
yves saint laurent photographed by ivan terestchenko
sofia coppola via french vogue
adam lippes
tory burch
nate berkus via elle decor
via canadian house and home
thomas o'brien
ruthie sommers via house beautiful
reed krakoff via domino
jason wu via huffington post

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0 comment Thursday, October 23, 2014 |


This past summer, I took an enchanting trip to the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. This jewel of a museum is tucked back in a residential area near Dupont Circle, away from the hustle and bustle of the Smithsonian. The museum was founded by Duncan Phillips who , with his family accumulated an extraordinary collection of modern art. In 1921 the doors to the Phillips Collection opened and our nation's first modern art museum was born.

The collection is housed in Duncan Phillips´┐Ż 1897 beautiful Georgian Revival home and two architecturally similar adjacent building. As you walk through the spaces you certainly still feel as though you are walking through someone's home. As Duncan Phillips once wrote of the museum, "there is a sense of art lived with, worked with and loved."

The Museum's best know work is Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party." It truly is sensational in person, as the light and colors leap off the canvas from across the room. The painting captures an idlyllic scene of Renoir's friends enjoying food, drink and lively conversation on a balcony over looking the Seine River. To learn more about Renoir's famous work take a look at "Who's Who in the Boating Party" on the museum's website.

Another captivating work housed in the museum is this sculpture by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Giacometti's sculptures are known for their exaggerated forms and intense gazes.

The museum has a significant collection of works by Edgar Degas. I have always loved Degas' subject matter of dance and Parisian life as well as his use of color and graceful forms. The "Dancers at the Bar" painting (see top image) is anchored visually above a mantle in a beautiful well lit sitting room within the museum adding to the intimate atmosphere.

In one of the museum's secondary buildings you can find several paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, an American abstract expressionist painter. While the painting looks like a watercolor, Frankenthaler utilized a technique called "soak staining" in which oil paints are diluted in turpentine so that the color soaks into the canvas.

In 1960 Phillips created a chapel-like Rothko Room to house four paintings by the American abstract painter and printmaker. The room was moved to a new location within the museum in 2006 but remains unchanged from its original size and style.

The Phillips collection includes several works by Piet Mondrian a dutch painter who is known for his "grid" paintings and his use of primary colors.

This piece was created by Gene Davis, an American Painter known for his painting of vertical stripes of color done in acrylic on large canvases. This photograph does not do the painting justice, as many of the stripes seem to jump off the canvas because of their placement amidst the other colors. When sitting in front of the painting you feel a rhythm and repetition within the work.
The museum contains nearly 3,000 works and includes many other wonderful pieces by famous artists such as C├ęzanne, O'Keeffe, Matisse, Gauguin, Picasso, and Van Gogh. Gallery talks are offered with admission but do require advance reservations. If you live in the D.C. area or are planning a trip anytime soon, make sure you put the Phillips Collection on the top of your sightseeing list. I cannot recommend it enough!

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