It all started with a visit last fall to my newfound favorite destination for textile inspiration and indulgence, Well Made Home. Melanie Mount & Kelly Willrich, friends and former Pottery Barn executives, founded the full service custom furniture and home furnishings workshop to make exquisite, handpicked artisanal fabrics more accessible to the public. With hundreds of vibrantly colored and beautifully patterned textiles to drool over, you can see how they were the catalyst for my guest bedroom makeover. Without a specific idea in mind, I was instantly drawn to interior designer Schuyler Samperton‘s floral Caledonia in a bold indigo and vibrant mandarin orange. Without hesitation, Melanie and Kelly suggested upholstering a new bed frame – I could even help design the shape of the headboard. Fabulous idea! And what about contrasting the patterned bed against another complimentary pattern, like in the form of wallpaper? Textile wallpaper. Wait, that’s a possibility? I learned quickly that anything is conceivable at Well Made Home. And since I’m one to never take “no” for an answer, it was “yes, yes yes!”
Mother Nature constantly surprises us in the most phenomenal ways. How else can a hue as spectacular as robin’s egg blue originate from the ever so humble red cabbage?! I first started naturally dyeing eggs a few years ago and have made them every Easter since. It’s also an incredibly fun project to do with kids as the color transformation always pleasantly surprises them. Head over to HonestlyYUM to peep the full tutorial (see what I did there?), and while you’re there, check out our new makeover!
It’s been a gloriously warm week in Northern California. The cherry blossoms and pear trees that line the streets in our neighborhood have reached their blooming peak and I’m on pins and needles, anticipating the arrival of spring. And because along with spring comes a closet full of soft pastels, happy florals and an abundance of ruffles – all of which make up No. 6‘s latest collection. Everything feels so easy and optimistic, how can I possibly resist printed overalls, flirty frilled dresses, and extra wide leg trousers in the pinkest of pinks? I did just recently make room in my closet . . .
Oh my, YES. I’m obsessed with these illustrations by artist Stephanie Deangelis. Honestly, any of these could be potentially be the album cover to this period of my life (see very last illustration “Sunday Scaries”). It ME! From the soft color palette to the beautiful, womanly figures to the subtle inclusion of certain pop culture and fashion trends, Stephanie’s ladies are just too good.
About once a year, I manage to muster up enough courage to purge my closet. The most recent catalyst was the desire to simplify, simplify, simplify. An entire weekend and four trash bags later, I was left with my favorite wardrobe staples – timeless pieces that I could mix and match in a multitude of ways. This is how I’m loving to dress these days and exactly why I loveKhaite. In addition to the beloved denim and knit sweaters upon which her label was built, designer Catherine Holstein’s pre-fall collection is all about classic, investment pieces that still feel individual and offbeat. High waisted wide leg pants, cropped wool jackets, tomboyish tweed suits, waist defining blazer dresses (my favorite!), and crisp poplin button downs are making that closet purge feel 110% worth it.