ACQUISITION • LEATHER BUCKET BAG

On a recent Kaufmann Mercantile order I got a little “what the hell” and threw this leather bucket bag in with the rest of my goodies. I actually need a knock around bag and seeing as though I love getting packages in the mail (weird obsession – they could be empty, and I would still love it), It was the easiest way to get a bigger box to open. But when I pulled it out I knew it was mine to keep. The leather is amazingly soft and it has the perfect cell phone pocket big enough for my iPhone 6 plus. I haven’t stopped using it.

JEWELS • OAK LEAVES RING

New York-based designer Peter Hofmeister got his start designing for Ralph Lauren. What began as a side project, eventually became a gorgeous line of distinctive handmade pieces, under the name of Dara Artisans. My favorite is this Brass Oak Leaves ring. It might make my christmas list this year!

FEATURE • A SOUTHERN THANKSGIVING IN GLITTER GUIDE

Last weekend I spent the day shooting my upcoming thanksgiving table for a Glitter Guide feature! I am so excited for it to finally be live! Nelson and I are hosting thanksgiving this year so this was the perfect opportunity for me to get organized and excited!  Because it is our first time hosting a formal meal on Leland Road (we just finished the dining room) I wanted to bring some thoughtfulness to the table by setting some silver accents and serving pieces that have been handed down to me by my mother, Allison, and my grandmother, Charlotte. Coupled with our casual wedding china, Country Estate by Juliska, and some fresh linens by Matouk and Bellalino, the table started to look just as personal as the pieces used to set it. I am so pleased with the way it all turned out! Check out the full feature here! I hope you enjoy it!

ARTICLE • At Home with Michelle Smith

From the portfolio to the branding, Michelle Smith of Studio MRS has had my attention from the start. I always got terribly excited if I caught a glimpse of a new project online. But her most recent work on her personal apartment, featured by One Kings Lane, really got me to girl crush level. I took notes on the blue velvet chairs, the great use of space, and the mix in of mid-century pieces with traditional accents.

STYLE • THE PERFECT LEATHER CROSSBODY

I don’t think I have seen a more perfect cross body bag. It was no surprise that it was crafted by A.P.C. The python-embossed bottom and suede front pocket add just the right amount of interest, while the structured shaper and clean lines keep it classic.

DECOR • GEOMETRIC FORMS

Ever since I saw these geometric forms by Maitland Smith on pinterest I have been on the hunt for something similar. And just when I thought I would give up, this concrete model set by Achinson Home showed up. Not a perfect match, but for the price its got good visual interest.

DECOR • SOANE BRITAIN

As the house projects gets further and further along, and larger goals are checked off the lust, my attention starts to shift over to accents pieces. Whenever I need a bit of inspiration, I click over to Soane, a British company that caught my eye about a year ago. They have such a neat take on interiors. I have yet to find a company to rival them. They push the envelope in such a way that most products seem to have an energy about them. I most appreciate their chairs, lampshades and mirrors for their ability to mix classic with quirk.

WEB • BUDDY EDITIONS

Dear friend Katie Armour created something so terribly clever. Her new website, Buddy Editions, is an online art gallery that sells exclusive (you can’t find them anywhere else!), limited-edition art prints by emerging artists around the globe. I would have already snatched up some of Mia Carameros botanicals had I not luckily discover her work over the summer and commissioned a few originals of my own! Such good stuff!

WINTER EDIT ONE

I woke up this morning to snow on the ground and got inspired to post! Happy Monday everyone!

The perfect horn box by Mintwood Home  •  I added “Leaf” by Catherine Jones to my collection  •  If I could have any flats for the season it would be these Laurence Dacade Gertrude Bows. There are so many good additions to Net-a-Porter this week •  A hand engraved name ring by Jane Pope in on my Christmas list. I just have to decide what to engrave! So many options!  •  Ordered this felt appliqué tree skirt from Serena and Lily! I hope it works!  •  Pointed toes and pony hair dots are a yes in my book •  this Beyonce tee is still the best  •  If dots aren’t your thing, maybe these pony flats will do the trick  •  This is the perfect pale pink top. Its not shocking it’s made by Equipment  •  Truffle has released a black and (limited editionrose gold  collection. I think I need both.   •  Ok, I did it, I got on the double pearl stud train and I like it. I found mine at Max & Chloe

ELIZOEBETH JENSEN + LULU & GEORGIA GIVEAWAY

Collaborating with brands I admire has always been one of my favorite things about blogging. Though I have only participated in a handful of stylings and giveaways, I love the idea of keeping things genuine and personal.  Because I am not, nor do I want to be a professional blogger, I am relieved of the pressure to put up filler content. If I am not inspired enough to do it, I don’t post. Because of this, the products you find on my site tend to really resonate with me on a personal level. They are companies I love, support and champion. They are brands I own. They are products that are truly worth the 2-4 hours of photoshopping it takes to create one of my collages. So any giveaway I bring to the blog comes from a genuine love of the brand and their story.

That could not be more true about the giveaway and discount offer I have for you today from Elizoebeth Jensen and Lulu & Georgia!

Elizoebeth Jensen reached out to me in April of 2013 for logo and branding work. If you visit her website, and see how far her brand has come, this seems like it happened in a blink of an eye. I cannot believe how beautiful everything is. At that time her jewelry line only existed on paper, but just listening to her present herself and tell her brand story, I knew this girl was going places. I am so thrilled to have been right about that. Nothing makes me happier than to see brands I work with succeed.

That Elizoebeth decided to team up with Lulu & Georgia for this collaboration is also no surprise. A product of two fabulous personailties (I love their bio), Lulu & Georgia, is a destination for color, texture and pattern. They have such a great collection of home goods and I often choose them when selecting pieces for my posts (This print is up next). I also have a few of their pillows and trinkets placed around our house! They are perfect match for Elizoebeth’s Neo-trad pieces.

 These two brands decided to collaborate earlier this summer on a styling venture that would highlight a few choice products from their respective collections. The result is a beautiful visual story that I am thrilled to be able to share.  Best of luck in the giveaway!

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Lulu and Georgia has generously offered to give away their Horned Antelope Jewelry Holder

Elizoebeth Jensen will give away the 14k Beaded Ring (as styled on the piece)

AS PART OF THE GIVEAWAY, LULU & GEORGIA AND ELIZOEBETH JENSEN ARE OFFERING A 15% SITE WIDE SAVINGS, SIMPLY ENTER ‘GADABOUT15′ AT CHECKOUT. OFFER GOOD THRU DURATION OF POST.

 
TO WIN THE GIVEAWAY 

1. Follow Lulu & Georgia @luluandgeorgia / Elizoebeth Jensen @elizoebethjensen  /  GADABOUT @gadabout on Instagram

2. Comment on this Post: Pick and share your favorite Lulu & Georgia and Elizoebeth Jensen product from their websites in the comments on this blog post. PS. Don’t forget to confirm you followed on Instagram

The winner will be chosen at random Tuesday, Sept. 9 from the comments below.

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

Lulu & Georgia’s horned Antelope jewelry holder with Elizoebeth Jenson’s Rings Collection and Bezel Collection • Lulu & Georgia’s Lucky Wishbone ring holder  with Elizoebeth Jensen’s Petite HeartBar, and Personalized Collections.

CREDITS

Lulu & Georgia - www.luluandgeorgia.com • Elizoebeth Jensen Jewelry - www.elizoebethjensen.com  •  Katie Neuman – styling and photography (http://www.katieneumanphotography.com), @owlandtwine 

POINTS OF VIEW

Even though we have only been in the house since June, I still feel like I have been working on it since we signed the papers. The minute I knew it was ours, and maybe even a little before that, I was flipping through my favorite interior design books. Most of the books above now have dog-ears and creased spines from paging through them so many times. A rarity, as so many of us look through once or twice and inevitably settle it neatly in a stack.

A mix of traditional and modern design, each designer has helped me solve a problem in some way or another. May it be considering a new seating arrangement, editing an area down, or getting color inspiration, it is much easier to learn from those with great taste.

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STEVEN SILLS DECORATION  /   VICTORIA HAGAN INTERIOR PORTRAITS   /   COHLER ON DESIGN   /   TOM SCHEERER DECORATES FROM VENDOME PRESS  /   BUNNY WILLIAMS POINT OF VIEW   /   THE GREAT AMERICAN HOUSE   /   AMERICAN MODERN   /   FOLLY OF GRANDEUR   /   ONE MAN’S FOLLY

TO PRE-ORDER: MARKAM ROBERTS “DECORATING THE WAY I SEE IT” FROM VENDOME PRESS.