Color Study
Earth Tones

Earth Tones

  Today’s post is such a tease! You see, yesterday I visited Joslyn Taylor’s earthy, California-chic home in Dallas. It wasn’t the first time but I was swept away by it’s informal glamour none the less. You may know Joslyn from her blog, Simple Lovely… well, check back before long because I’ll be sharing more about...
With Cream and Honey, Please

With Cream and Honey, Please

This past weekend was busy (our church hosted it’s annual Greek Festival) and today looks like it will be no different. In short, I’ll probably need a hot one of these by the end of the day to help me unwind and prepare for another whirlwind week!   What about you? How was your weekend?...
Shifting Seasons

Shifting Seasons

If I was recently afraid that Fall wouldn’t arrive, my fears have been unquestionably calmed. This weekend, the air turned suddenly chill and the typically overbearing sun disappeared all together above a thick cloud cover. It’s been more than cool… it’s been cold!! This vignette from a corner of our living room  felt particularly Fall-ish. Louis...
Speckled Leaves

Speckled Leaves

Color seems a little scarce these days. Most outdoor greenery in my corner of the world is either shriveled up or lacking in vibrance and, of course, none of the leaves have begun to change colors (thank you, two-season Texas). As a former resident of the Southeastern United States, I’m still sore over the lack...
Layers of Paint & Corrosion

Layers of Paint & Corrosion

Got to race off to another full day of design work, folks! So this post is going to be brief. It’s Monday and I already feel like I’m running behind… Now, how did that happen? Hope you’re week is off to a more relaxed start.   As usual, here’s a collection of pieces inspired by...
Rainy, Dreary

Rainy, Dreary

The weather over the weekend shifted suddenly from what was cool and breezy to rainy and dreary. Not the most welcome change considering that we’ve all been enduring regular 100 degree + temperatures with the one hope that Fall would be here soon and finally we would have some pleasant weather. But then, of course,...
Pastels for Fall

Pastels for Fall

Continuing with last week’s focus on fashion, today’s Color Study highlights the feminine palette of a favorite blouse from my closet. The colors, although mostly pastel, are slightly muted and a tad earthy. Combined with the antiqued bronze buttons and muddy moss green border, it’s a fantastic color combination for this upcoming Fall. Now, I...
Summer Roses

Summer Roses

Happy Labor Day to all my readers in the States! Isn’t this nice… an extra day all to ourselves. So far, I’ve spent time with family, consumed a few ice-cold beverages, caught up on some overdue work (not too much though), and today I plan on keeping it low-key with my puppy and my honey....
Color Study... Ep. 17

Color Study… Ep. 17

Today, my Color Study column gets a bit of a facelift and reimagined direction. Over the past several weeks, I’d lost a lot of interest in the series despite the fact that I still really loved the idea. After some review, though, I decided to simplify things by narrowing my focus down to one photo...
Color Study... Ep. 16

Color Study… Ep. 16

  I mentioned my recent performance with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth at The Modern Museum last week. Today’s Color Study is a quick examination of a few of the simple yet sophisticated materials I observed throughout the museum lobby space. This particular color scheme isn’t very summery but it feels perfectly timed. Summer vacations are coming...
Color Study... Ep. 15

Color Study… Ep. 15

This weekend David and I had the incredible honor of participating in the opening of a new sanctuary building at our home parish, St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. It was the culmination of many years of planning and saving and many months of even more working and sweating. To see the final reward of...
Color Study, Ep. 14

Color Study, Ep. 14

On Friday, I assisted my friend Denise of Denise McGaha Interiors in hostessing an open house party for a couple clients. It was a beautiful evening full of happy faces, delicious food, and generous compliments. Along with Denise and her handy side-woman, Sarah, we catered the entire event! It was a valuable lesson in entertaining,...
Color Study... Ep. 13

Color Study… Ep. 13

Yesterday afternoon David and I took a walk around the neighborhood with Ives. It was shortly after a brief summer shower and all the colors were popping! This color scheme feels perfect right now… fresh, vibrant, slightly beach-y, and definitely on the cool side. Great start for the week!
Color Study... Ep. 12

Color Study… Ep. 12

This past weekend really started to feel like Summer. I know, I know… Summer doesn’t actually begin until June 21st, but let me tell you, it might as well be here already! Perhaps it was our more relaxed schedule finally catching up with us or maybe it was simply the color of the clothes I...
Color Study... Ep. 11

Color Study… Ep. 11

Loving the warm hues of ivory, red, and tan on my front porch these days. In my last Color Study episode, I mentioned a special project coming up. It’s still in the works so you’ll have to keep you curiosity at bay for just a little while longer.  In the meantime, here is another behind-the-scenes...
Color Study... Ep. 10

Color Study… Ep. 10

The end of last week and the beginning of this one have been a pleasant blur. My parents came into town on Friday and between preparations for their visit and their actual stay, I’ve had little time for blogging. Our days were spent browsing local shops, enjoying Fort Worth dining, sharing time with our new...
Color Study... Ep. 9 - Remembering Albert Hadley

Color Study… Ep. 9 – Remembering Albert Hadley

This past Friday, the design community lost one of their great masters and my “great-aunt” Betty, known by my family as Ms. Hadley, lost her dearest brother. For those who aren’t familiar with him, Albert Hadley was a Tennessee native, talented design partner of Sister Parish, preeminent American decorator and icon in his own right,...
Color Study... Ep. 8

Color Study… Ep. 8

Spring time is well on it’s way to peaking here in Texas! I missed the blooming trees that Tennessee so spectacularly produces but regardless, I’m enjoying the fresh breeze, mild temperatures, and relentlessly chirping birds – they seriously never stop. A few colors that have seemed especially prevalent are the ivory and white-washed hues as...
Color Study... Ep. 7

Color Study… Ep. 7

My week has been a beautiful mix of flowers, turtlenecks, and vintage jewelry… three of my favorite things!! The subsequent color scheme couldn’t have been more lovely either. Blush pink, mustard yellow, and emerald green feel incredibly fresh and unique together, not to mention the perfect color recipe for this in-between season we’re in. What...
Color Study... Ep. 6

Color Study… Ep. 6

In preparing for these Color Study posts, one may find me wandering around the house snapping photos of random colorful items. David commented on the strangeness of this yesterday. The fun thing about this process, though, is that I often discover interesting pairings that I wouldn’t have considered before. For instance, this raspberry tufted chair...
Color Study... Ep. 5

Color Study… Ep. 5

A special delivery arrived at my front door last week (more on that later) and it came in the most beautiful jewel-toned hues. It just so happens that the colors include all of my favorites… all of them, really! So naturally, today’s Color Study post was inspired by that. My Design*Sponge hardcover book has been...
Color Study... Ep. 4

Color Study… Ep. 4

This has been my winter wardrobe for the past couple weeks… my thick wool coat in the prettiest shade of blue-green teal, my black faux crocodile leather satchel, and a spot of black and white animal print on my feet. It’s simple, classic, and unfussy, which is exactly what I love! The spotted pattern on...
Color Study... Ep. 3

Color Study… Ep. 3

Autumn has fully arrived and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve started carrying my camera with me almost every where for the chance that I might come across a brilliantly colored tree to photograph. I love this time of the year for it’s color, so it seemed fitting to include a scattering of golden leaves in...
Color Study... Ep. 2

Color Study… Ep. 2

You wouldn’t believe the album of photos from my trip to Arizona! Everywhere I turned, I noticed something new and fascinating to capture. Color was an interesting subject to study in the desert. Most everything is dry and dusty which makes for a very muted color palette. But then you have the sky which can...
Color Study... Ep. 1

Color Study… Ep. 1

Cognac, Chartreuse, & Smokey Blue I have been noticing the growing appearance of the color Cognac these days… not brown, not tan, not orange – Cognac, a very distinct, warm shade combining a touch of all three I just listed. It is a beautiful neutral for the Fall season and I am especially inspired by...