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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

sweet somethings

This weekend we had an early dose of spring here in the Carolinas. 70+ degrees in February is such a treat. We tried to savor every moment before the sun went down. I love when neighborhoods come to life with signs of spring in the air. Warm weather is good for the soul.

Recently I decided to take some time each week to do something that makes my creative soul happy, even if it's simply buying some pretty flowers at the grocery store, like these lavender lovelies...

...Or, working on moodboards (a fav way for me to gain some inspiration). I did this Valentine-inspired one for COCOCO. Who can resist these three sweet somethings...Roses, Chocolates + Chesterfields...

How yummy is that chocolate leather + all that tufted goodness? 


I just wanted to take a moment to share a few things I'm loving lately...

Chocolate + cherries. {Image via thefirstyearblog ... link over to get the recipe for Cherry Cake + Chocolate Ganache.}

Pink velvet. {Image via the stripe : the Quirk Hotel, Richmond}

Graphic details. {Image via londondesignjournal}

Chic styles, especially in blush + burgundy. {Image via instagram isabellath}

Cozy spaces. {Image via instagram brittnimehlhoff}

Prop Styling. {Photo by Kenton Robertson for Belle Meade Signature. Styling by moi.}

❤️C R A Y O N  H E A R T S❤️
{I crafted these for Smartstuff. See my post here.}

...What are you loving lately?

Wishing you + yours a Happy Valentine's Day!!!



Friday, February 3, 2017

la - la - luscious interiors

I told you we were working on something really fun! 
...and now here it is, just in time for the weekend... the big reveal!

My set decorator sister Pam has pulled together a stunning + oh-so-captivating post, with loads of brilliant thoughts + insights into the cinematic enchantment + allure of La La LandSo...Get ready for some La-La-Luscious Ideas + Inspiration.

Read on, scroll down...
I promise you won't be disappointed. Here's Pam's take on La La Land, from set design to real-life interiors...

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If you're a film enthusiast like me, you can't help but be swept up into the excitement and buzz of the official award season. The Golden Globes kicked off the La La Land craze.  Now the frenzy continues with the film’s fourteen Oscar nominations. After seeing the film, I am happily twirling my way onto the bandwagon. Seriously, I cannot wait until spring, so I can slip into a colorful, flouncy dress and dance into the sunset.

Inspiration from the Set Design of La La Land
 {Emma Stone’s canary yellow dress looks stunning against the backdrop of a purple-blue haze. 
Image via The New York Times.}

Inspiration from the Set Design of La La Land
{Production Designer David Wasco + Set Decorator Sandy Reynolds-Wasco created Hollywood dream sets, Image via Forbes.}

Before re-locating to the Midwest, I worked as a Set Decorator, both in New York and LA. Seeing La La Land reminded me of what I love most about the film industry: the magic of each person, cast + crew, doing their part to create the bigger picture.  There's something intoxicating about the movies, isn’t there? And, there is something about those dreamers, those artistic souls who are drawn to the creative chaos.

“Here’s to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here's to the hearts that ache
Here’s to the mess we make.” 
Lyrics from Audition 
(The Fools Who Dream)
La La Land

Emma Stone on set of La La Land
{Image via Vogue}

Set Design for La La Land
{Image via The New York Times}

I remember working on the Universal Studios lot, soon after moving to Los Angeles. I was riding in one of those golf carts, running set errands and I had to call my Mom. I was “Living The Dream,” as we called it behind the scenes (“LTD” for short). Of course, we mostly used the term jokingly, while doing something glamorous, like mopping the stage floor.

The other aspect I enjoyed about film decorating was “breaking down the script,” set by set. This is when I’d read through the script with a fine-tooth-comb, in order to get to know the characters and to start dreaming about the world(s) we would create for each character.

As a decorator, I was thoroughly inspired by all of the visual eye candy of La La Land. Here are a couple of cues from the big screen to ignite a little Hollywood magic into your world:

Magic Hour Lighting

You know what they say, “It’s all about the lighting.” Cinematographers call the best time to shoot “magic hour.” It's the period shortly after sunrise or before sunset, when the sky has softer hues than when the sun is shining high in the sky. This film found its' color palette in twilight skies. 

On the Set of La La Land
{Image via Cosmopolitan}

You can create this same subdued sunset effect on your walls with an ombre wallpaper (or d-i-y the look with paint. Find a great how-to here).

Ombre Walls with Ombre Wallpaper
{Image via Murals Wallpaper}

Or, you can live the La La dream just by using the "magic hour" filter by A Color Story. Get the app for your smart phone and have some fun editing your images and creating some magic of your own. Here's a fun post by A Beautiful Mess with more info and images for inspiration. Print and frame a magic hour- edited photo of your own or post one on instagram to live that La La vibe.

A Starry Night Sky = Drama

La La Land also used the beauty + twinkle of starlight with abandon on their magical sets. 

Starry Night on the Set of La La Land
{Image via Casa Vogue}

You can replicate the look too. Try painting a ceiling in your favorite hue of deep blue, or even black. And make sure to light it up with a twinkling light fixture for instant romance.

Modern Light Fixture and Deep Blue Painted Ceiling

Modern Light Fixture Statement and Painted Black Ceiling
{Via My Domaine. Photo by 47 Park Avenue.}

Pay Homage to Classic Hollywood Graphics

I loved how the production design team of David and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco used bold graphics + hints of art deco to pay homage to classic Hollywood glamour.  
Set Design for La La Land
{Image via Architectural Digest
A great article for more behind the scenes scoop.}

Get the look. Adorn a wall with a large scale, vintage cinema poster like the one of Ingrid Bergman, used above Mia’s bed.

Graphic Hollywood Movie Prints : Audrey French Poster
{Image via sfgirlbybay}

A while back, I laid my eyes on this Audrey Hepburn poster from the French version of Funny Face. I’ve been searching for an actual vintage French poster and have yet to find one within my budget. To find similar replicas, you can go to amazon or etsy. Or, find an array of Hollywood inspired art here.

Enlarge a vintage advertisement or postcard to create playful wall decor. You can easily create your own work of art through Shutterfly.

Ryan Gosling on the Set of La La Land
{Image via Forbes}

Graphic Vintage Fruit Advertisement Poster
{Image via pinterest.  Fruit crate label photo by Paul Malon on Flickr.}

Technicolor Jazzes Up A Neutral World

In the first act of La La Land, you’ll notice a distinct difference between Mia’s colorful world and the sparse, colorless world of Sebastian.  That is until they meet, of course.  Mia puts the color inside of his world (I hear a John Mayer song).

Emma Stone on the Set of La La Land{Image via The Guardian}

You can color your interiors with splashes of vibrancy, with a statement chair in a rich tone or colorful pillows, like this example of an essentially neutral space enhanced with black-and-white and a few vivid pops of color.

Colorful Hollywood Glam Interior Design
{Image via pinterest.  Jonathan Adler, an amazing source for all things technicolor and dreamy!}

When in Doubt, Just Add Stripes 

I completely fell for the striped sofa in Mia’s original L.A. apartment set.  Stripes are classic and once again, give a nod to old Hollywood.

Striped Sofa from the Set of La La Land
{Image via  Vogue}

Audrey Hepburn Black and White Hollywood Photo : Striped Sofa
{Image via pinterest. Find the original Photographer's archive here, scroll to Leading Ladies to find Audrey}

Black and White Striped Sofa and Gallery Wall Inspiration
{Image via pinterest/thirlby tumbler}

Black and White Rug and Teal Sofa Interior Design
{Image via theROOMedit}

How about you, which look do you want to emulate in your home?  Isn't it amazing how much inspiration can be found in one extraordinary creative collaboration.  Don't you think life should be a little more like the movies?  I mean the good stuff: more magic hours, more romance, more heartfelt moments + more dancing under the stars.  If you haven't seen La La Land yet, promise me you will before Oscar night!  



{Here we are in real-life #MagicHour in LA}

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


hi friends.

I've been busy working on some collaborations and can't wait to share one I'm working on with my twin sister Pam Stasney. We have been scheming for years about how we can meld our worlds and work on some projects we decided to seize the day and just make it happen. I'm completely obsessing about a post she's pulling together and am crazy eager to reveal all the inspiration + ideas to you (soon, I promise).

Until then, I wanted to just give you a few thoughts and let you know what's been inspiring me lately. Honestly I feel like I need to make more time to invest in experiences that lead to inspiration. I need to take myself on an "artist date" and reflect, explore, and soak in all the creativity that surrounds. I wrote a post awhile back about our "cinema selves." ... and right now I'm feeling the need to tap into that, to become that vision of myself.

I'm dreaming of it. And as the saying goes, If we can dream it, we can become it. Right?

And let me tell you, putting dreams into action is lots of hard work. Ultimately one of my goals for this year is to work smarter. I haven't quite figured it out yet. So if you have any tips, feel free to chime in. I am wide open.

Here are a few pretty pictures that have me feeling motivated to create, simplify, organize + believe in the power of dreams...

{image via La La Lovely}

{image via pinterest, Oh My Dear Blog}
{Image via pinterest, Bauble Bar}
{Image via Sincerely Jules}

I am dreaming of an organized office space. fresh + simple styles for my home + fashion. 
...and finding new coolness on instagram...

{image via Studio 125 Mpls}

Plus, of course, doing a little crafting. 
My latest creation: 
❤️ C R A Y O N  H E A R T S ❤️
(blog post here)  ...

So, tell me, what's moving + motivating you lately?

C'mon, spill. I need some inspiration! 



Thursday, December 1, 2016

a fresh take on holiday decor

Happy December!

It's so funny, at first the flood of holiday posts seemed premature... but now I'm feeling behind...and like I better catch up before I miss it.  Oh the peer pressure of social media and all us design-y bloggers. Don't get me wrong, I love the holiday inspiration + festive entertaining ideas...but seriously, it can be a little overwhelming. Am I the only one? We are surrounded by "Marthas" these days. It's a good thing. :) 

So much creativity + so many ideas! 
But here's the real deal...

You need to be you.  

And I need to be me. 

We need to find our own design voice. I just read an interview with Meg Ryan in Architectural Digest, and loved her comment, "...with decorating I am in control; it's a chance for me to bring my vision into the world." Love her! ...and love that thought.

My holiday decorating is not over-the-top ornate, and I'm okay with that. In fact, I kinda dig that it's not. Just call me a rule breaker. 

Fresh + simple is my design language, for the holidays + for always. 
Yes, I have managed to actually adorn that naked tree, but I loved capturing the beauty of its utter simplicity.
I would call my style a mix of Scandi minimalism + boho vibes. 

Here are two recent finds on instagram which are my current inspiration...

{image via AHomeFor DesignCrafts}
{image via Karla Venegas-Quiz}

I also wanted to share a few hints for a fresh take on holiday design:

1. Keep the color palette simple. Of course, I have to stray from tradition (surprise, surprise). My colors this year: white + pink, with hints of aqua + mint.

2. Bring in elements of nature. Fresh pine is a timeless cue that the holidays are upon us. I also love using pinecones + branches to add organic shapes + textures.

3. Don't be afraid to keep some decorations in the box. The past several years, I've freed myself of the obligation of putting it all out and it's liberating. Don't be afraid to re-invent some items with a fresh coat of paint (Oh the colors my pinecones have been!).

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Keep an eye out for my instagram to see more as the holiday decorating continues. I also did want to share a recent holiday DIY that I did with SmartStuff4Kids. I made these sweet + simple sand art terrariums for the holidays {photos by Rex Yau @crobarcreative} ...

Aren't they the cutest? See my DIY video here...and the blog post here.

I am in love with bottle-brush trees for the holidays. Some of these were from my personal collection (Thanks @targetstyle)...others I sourced via Etsy (my go-to source for all things hand-made). 

Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more of my latest inspirations.

So, tell me, what's your holiday design voice? I'd love to hear from you.



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

mood boards + fall feels

Happy Fall ya'll!

With Thanksgiving just two days away, I know everything will turn all holiday soon. So before the white snow-inspired decor hits your home and mine, I want to take a moment to appreciate all the beauty that is fall.

I'm always + forever a lover of collecting fall leaves to appreciate their beautiful shapes + colors just a little longer. And I love adding layers to my interior like my favorite white hide rug + lots of luxe throws.

I've also been bringing in fresh branches to add a little fall to the inside too.
How about you? (Or have you already begun the holiday transformation?)

I've been doing my best to take in all the amazing fall colors before they blow away...

...{Image via Instagram + Susan Andrea}...

Isn't this image just stunning? Such an incredible capture of nature painted pink. I confess, I've been perusing Instagram on the regular...

...and slightly obsessing over nude suede (since my boots above just bit the dust). 
My favorite inspiration so far ...

 ... {image via pinterest + hello fashion blog}...
I'm still on the look-out, so let me know if you know of a good source.

My mood boards + design concepts have also been inspired by fall ...

This one is a fresh mix of pale tones + organic elements, plus some cozy textures, like my DIY juju hats and lush pom-pom throw. I wanted to blend the warmth of brass with cool white, and mix in some soft shades of blush + coral

The next design concept is inspired by moody vibes + salted caramel dreams.
There's just something about a caramel leather sofa, Am I right? I added some hints of deep navy + metallic hues to classic + timeless neutrals...and mixed in some cocktail inspo just for fun.  

...{Images on Moodboards via pinterest}...

When it comes to designing interior spaces, every design project starts with the inspiration. Perhaps a color palette, a piece of art, or a favorite find.

My moody moodboard was initially inspired by my infatuation for a specific leather at COCOCO ... what do you think? Pure cool, right? {It's actually Pure Saddle, on the Arden + English Arm Sofas}

I usually don't have any luck finding just one image that summarizes the look I want to achieve. I tend to pull from many different sources + of course from within my own crazy design-obsessed mind. Anyone else with me?

To start any interior project, I like to create an Inspiration board...A one-page overview that visually sums up the goal for the space.  It's an evolution of creation.  It starts with One idea and as the layers are added becomes something totally new.

Mood boards + virtual designs are great tools to formulate the essence of the look + vibe you want to create. These visual collages help define + direct the essential pieces needed to make the design you're dreaming of come to life.

My advice to clients is always to start with the elements you love and build from there.

Tell me... what projects are you working on and dreaming of? 

I'll just be over here dreaming of some salted caramel something...

{image via InspiredTaste}

Happy Thanksgiving !!! 
I'm so grateful you stopped by.