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Wednesday
Aug122015

croghan's jewel box 

Last week, I visited Charleston for the first time. The city is as beautiful and charming as everyone says it is. Palm trees lining the streets, balmy weather, stunning architecture befitting a modern day Scarlett O’Hara... I hope to go again next year.

The city’s stately homes and overall essence aside, one of my favorite things about Charleston is Croghan’s Jewel Box. It’s a little slip of a jewelry store packed to the brim with baubles and gems both old and new, including lines such as Elizabeth and James and Temple St. Clair. At the back of the store, there is a wooden case loaded with the best antique jewelry I’ve ever seen. You'll just have to take my word for it. Croghan’s also has a lovely private label (these earrings, designed and fabricated at the store, are at the top of my wish list).

The photos above have been scanned in from the store's press booklet, styled and produced by Gray and Co. I'm particularly fond of these images as I collect gold antique bangles. My inner Veruca Salt wants everything!

Tuesday
Jul282015

chez lisa curran

This summer, I had the privilege of interning with Lisa Curran, a talented Kansas City interior designer who focuses on high-end interiors. I’ve known Lisa for over ten years – she is the reason why I chose to enter the world of interior design. Her beautiful residence, shown above, is like my secret garden. It’s a jewel box brimming with French antiques, vintage design books, blue and white vases filled with blooms, art in gilt frames. Working out of her home office was an absolute treat.

A former ballerina, Nelson-Atkins docent and trained artist (she studied fashion illustration in Paris!), her taste level is off the charts incredible. While high-end interiors are specialty, her clients often look to her for etiquette and fashion advice. This summer, for example, she designed a gorgeous Jackie Kennedy Onassis-inspired gown for a client. She frequently assists her clients in throwing the most beautiful parties, picks out birthday gifts, chooses their art.

And I swear to you: Lisa glows. Her positivity draws people to her like moths to a flame. She returns her showroom samples tied with a pale pink ribbon. She bakes her electrician cookies. Everything Lisa touches, everyone she meets, is better for it.

These photos of Lisa’s home are from a Kansas City Spaces article published earlier this year. Written by the fabulous Patricia O'Dell of Mrs. Blandings, it’s a lovely piece. I encourage you to read it here.

Thank you, Lisa, for a beautiful summer. You are a wonderful mentor and close friend. I’m so grateful for you!

Monday
Apr272015

Sister Parish in Vogue

Sister Parish, doyenne of decorating, was interviewed for an article on current home trends in the June 1974 issue of Vogue. Swathed in leopard and floral fabric and outfitted in pearls, what she tells Vogue could be very well be published today. In ’74, she felt a resurgence of 18th century French and English furniture, and a return to both florals and unique, hand-made, high-quality items. She’ll mix them with modern elements, but traditional pieces will remain the bones of her rooms. It’s so fun to uncover these small pieces of history from titans of design. Though over forty years old, I think her advice and style will always remain relevant. Then again, I’ll always agree with her school of design.           

(Photo by Horst P. Horst)

Thursday
Apr102014

a lovely being + etsy



Sometimes, I go a little overboard when I go antiqueing. And by a little, I mean a lot. I'd like to blame it on Kansas City for being such a thrifting goldmine, but the truth is that I've been doing this for years! My little studio apartment is practically bursting at the seams with vintage goods and so I've decided to start an Etsy shop to pass these treasures onto you. Above are a few choice offerings from Macau trực tuyến Baccarata lovely being boutique. Each item listed on the site was hand-selected simply because I was drawn to it. I had a lot of fun with styling and setting up the store front, and I can only hope that you take a peek. I'll be adding more pieces (lord knows my apartment needs it) in the next few weeks. If you'd like, drop a line - I'd love to hear what you think! 

above: vintage dalmation figurine, yellow and cream striped vintage vase, vintage needlepoint accent pillow, pair of heavy brass vintage pelican bookends, vintage basketweave ceramic pitcher, painted malachite and brass jewelry box  

Wednesday
Apr172013

charmed, I'm sure

Much like the signet rings we discussed last week, I’ve always wanted a pretty gold charm bracelet. Something I could slowly add beautiful little pieces to over the years to signify important events in my life or simply things I love.

I think my charm bracelet lust started when I was about five or six... I remember sitting with my grandmother in her beautiful dressing room as she showed me the gold bracelet that had once been her mother’s. The charms, most of which were added during the ‘40s and ‘50s, were so delicate and intricate: a gold envelope that one could “open” to find a tiny love letter, a gentlemen’s pocket watch, a (possibly working?) compass. It was almost like a visual memoir of her life! Of course at the time, I thought of it as a fun toy :)

Though I’ve always loved charm bracelets, it was the Annais Vogel charms pictured above that really got my wheels spinning on the subject. Aren’t they gorgeous? Ms. Vogel received her first Victorian charm at the age of eight and has been hooked on them ever since. From my understanding, all of her goods are vintage and one-of-a-kind. Swoon.   

Anyway, I’d love to get my own bracelet started at some point this year. Maybe on my 25th birthday in July… that seems like a nice, rounded time to begin one (says my OCD-self). Do you have a charm bracelet? If so, where do you find charms? I'd be so curious to hear what you have to say! x

(one of Annais Vogel's charm bracelts. obsessed!)