DECOR • INSPIRATION FOR A NEW HOME

I am constantly on the lookout for new decor inspiration, but since we are days away from moving into our new home, I have been gathering photos left and right. This interior project from SWOON was just what I wanted to see. It immediately made its way to the top of the stack. The space feels full and textural, but still weightless. I love the wallpapered alcove in the dining room, the inclusion of sculpture and mobiles, and how the color palette runs throughout the entire house.

ART • ANTOINETTE POISSON + JOHN DERIAN

Parisian atelier Antoinette Poisson has teamed up with John Derian Co. to create some pretty exceptional goods. Known for their hand blocked and painted papers (think Indienne florals and striking geometric motifs) Derian will be bringing the trio’s original prints, papers, textiles and printed pillows to his Manhattan home furnishings shop later this June. Ive got my fingers crossed for online availability. Click through for a sneak peek.

ARTICLE • At Home with Michelle Smith

“Interior design was always part of the plan for Michelle Smith—the native Southerner jokes that she grew up in a Home Depot because her mom was always renovating houses—but she kicked off her career as a lawyer. “I thought design was going to be something I did later in life,” she says. In 2009, when she was practicing law in New York City, she found the perfect challenge: a two-bedroom apartment in a 1930s building whose previous tenant hadn’t fixed anything in 60 years. She bought it and quickly realized she enjoyed renovating more than reviewing court documents.

Smith opened her own boutique design firm, Studio MRS, in 2012 and has worked on numerous projects since then, including the home and showroom of fashion world luminary Prabal Gurung, and her Sag Harbor weekend home, but this airy 1,500-square-foot Union Square apartment can be seen as her thesis. It’s like the decor version of Smith’s clean, chic personal style, down to her commitment to neutrals and perfectly imperfect vintage accents”

- One Kings Lane / Photography by Lesley Unruh / Styling by Philippa Brathwaite

ACQUISITION • MIA CARAMEROS

I was first introduced to Mia Carameros and her work through the most thoughtful reach-out email. After one glimpse of her site I knew I had to have a piece of her work, small or large. After a few back-and-forth emails, I made the decision to commission a set of botanicals for our new home. A hand letterer, calligrapher, and formally trained artist, she has such a range for someone so fresh out of school. Though the pieces are not quite finished yet (I may have to throw in an abstract), I was too excited not to share this artist. Thank you Mia! I can’ wait to see them!

STYLE • NEW FROM LOEFFLER RANDALL

Loeffler Randall introduces her pre-fall collection. My favorites?  These beauties and the Fay Cut-Out Oxford. They remind me of my go-to summer shoes. I have been so drawn to a cut out lately.

DECOR • ORION BLANKET

How fabulous is this quilt? I came across it while searching for some leather pieces for Nelson on Tanner Goods. I love that one side is white and the other is dark navy.

DECOR • SWEET SHEETS

Though I have never really cared for hearts, there is something extremely sweet about seeing them on a bedding set.  Take D.Porthault’s Coeurs for example. I am itching for them, and not just because the amazing Rita Konig has them, but because they remind me of the sheets of my childhood. Happy memories mixed with a little sophistication.

With D.Porthault still on the wish list,  I entertained this equally adorable set by Biscuit Home. Their bedding has been on my mind for a while now, and with a new guest room to decorate in Louisville I decided to spring for them!

STYLE • LEATHER + CANVAS

I spotted these sandals on Pinterest and I am just so tempted. They remind me of something I would pack for that impromptu trip to France or the Italian Riviera…old world materials meet modern construction. The leather and canvas combination is simple, but terribly sophisticated. Steven Alan always carries the best shoes and accessories.

MATOUK BEDDING GIVEAWAY

I truly believe a comfortable bedroom can change your whole outlook on life. It is the start of my world on most days, as I often choose to write my blog posts or do some work atop my freshly made bed. I love to see my two cavaliers still snoozy on the duvet, happy little faces turned toward the sunshine that is starting to pour in the room. Even if I am already working a deadline, or know it will be a crazy day, I feel a little more restful and confident because that bed feels and looks like my happy place. I am rooted there, in my bedroom, to comfort, calm and quality. That wonderful feeling is in large part, to Matouk.

I am so excited to finally share this partnership and incredible giveaway with you all. It combines two things I am terribly interested in, dogs and linens. Styling the room and and getting the puppies to pose for pictures filled our Easter weekend with some happy family time as I brought Nelson upstairs to help me keep the two in place for as long as we could.

Being able to bring Matouk to my readers makes me feel like everything is starting to come full circle in a pinch-me sort of way. I started this blog as a casual way to share what I loved about design, and here I am getting to offer one of my all-time favorite brands to you personally. A lucky someone will get the most incredible package on their front door step in a few short weeks. I love the feeling that this blog helped it get there.

Bedding has always been one of my favorite aspects of home decor, considered in the mix of paint colors and fabric samples when starting on a room. If you took a peak at my linen closet, you could easily see that Matouk has played a large part in that. They are truly my favorite linen company. Their bedding has been a part of most all of my life phases since college. I got my first set, a bright fun pattern, for my first real (and tiny) apartment.  Then there was the classic white set that we put on our registry for our wedding. For our first home, there was the set I saved for to make the guest room feel as comfortable and welcoming as I could. And now, as we head off to Louisville, Kentucky, I will have a set to bring with me, c/o Matouk. As sappy as that sounds, I find so much comfort in that kind gesture right now. I know it will bring so much happiness to our new home. I also know the winner will feel the same when their set arrives.

Matouk has decided to kindly give away the same Butterfield sheets that Wallace and Henrietta are pictured with above (pillowcases, fitted sheet, and flat sheet!) to one of my Instagram followers.  If you’d like to enter to win them, the rules are as follows

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Follow @matouklinens and @gadabout on instagram

Upload a picture of your own pet on your bed

Use the hashtag #Matouksbestfriend

Whoever gets the most likes on Instagram will win the set of sheets in their color choice.

I cannot wait to see all the entries! Best to all who enter!

MATOUK LINENS IN BUTTERFIELD AND STARLIGHT  •  PAINTINGS BY SALLY KING BENEDICT  •  FRANK GRIFFITH  •  FRAN WILLIAMS
4 LITTLE THINGS

A total highlight of this spring was getting to partner with Matouk Linens for a little product styling with the pups and a truly amazing (and generous) giveaway! Though I can not release anything until tomorrow, there will be a little snipit on Instagram later today! 

Sleepy Jones really takes the cake . Their products (and marketing) are quirky, sophisticated and classic. I love all of their new arrivals 

I am thrilled for the release of “One Man’s Folly” by Julia Reed. I have not been this excited for a design book since Tom Scheerer Decorates. I cannot wait to get my copy!

Like last year, Nelson, Henrietta, Wallace and I spent yesterday with the Brock’s and friends for Easter Sunday. We all had the best time and ran the gamut on Easter fare (Bloody’s, Southsides, Deviled Eggs…)  Olivia and Walker are the perfect hosts and the puppies always love to get together. Follow or check out instagram for Olivia’s lovely place setting and details from the day. I hope you all had a lovely holiday with friends or family!

POMEGRANATE TABLE RUNNER

SPRING SOCIAL CALENDAR

I am always eager for the month of May but this one takes the cake. It will be our last May in Charleston and I am determined to make the most of it. On top of our local social events (noted above) this year we get to make the trip to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby and the Oaks races!

I have had so much fun finding an outfit (and fascinator) for this weekend that I decided to share it with you! Though it is void of color – there is still something terribly fun about this Tibi dress (25% off today!). The fit and flare, mesh stripes, incredible texture and oh how I love a drop waste. Classic but a touch creative. And the shoes… well the shoes were a splurge (similar here) but so far, very well worth it. Though it will be a total repeat, I will be pairing them with this little red number for The Oaks races the day before so double the wear time. I have loved breaking them in. They are honestly the most comfortable heels I have ever worn. I cannot wait to take them for a spin around the track (and then quietly take them off and trade them out for some flats).  Only a week or so left to wait!

I hope you all have some fun events planned for May! It can’t get here soon enough for me! PS. If you are making the trip up to Kentucky this year, do let me know!

Oh and remember! Today is the last day for SHOPBOP’s incredible 25% off everything sale!