Far From a Blank Canvas

Isabel Lopez Quesada’s Villa via Architectural Digest
We are always astounded by the incredible talent of amazing artists. And you probably already know that we absolutely love artists and anywhere you can buy original art online
Peter Dunham via Architectural Digest
While some pieces are meant to be merely accessories in an otherwise fabulous room,
Larisa Ilieva Artist
Some paintings simply can’t help but steal the show. (Wow!)
Splendid Willow
We love how some pieces define the color scheme in a room,
Casa Vogue
while others blend beautifully in, whispering to be seen.
Karina Knight Artist
Some rooms scream for traditional art.
Jessika Gorenson
Whether large, statement pieces or groups of smaller artifacts,
LA Showhouse

there’s no doubt that the infusion of an unexpected piece of art can completely change the look of a room.

Mary Ann Wakeley Artist
We think this painting would do that job quite nicely!

savvy home
Pops of yellow make a sunny statement, bursting with life,
Ron Peploe Artist
and can’t help but get noticed.
Metropolitan Home
But, for the ultimate “can’t-look-away” piece, nothing tops the wow factor of bold black and white.
Kaley Rhodes Artist
Could you look away from this?
House of Windsor
I guess, when you get right down to it, every element in a room is a work of art and makes every day beautiful.
Xiaoyang Galas Artist
We love that every sunrise is a brand new, blank canvas. How are you going to paint your day?


Silver, Sort Of

Brooke Slezak Photographer via Southern Accents
Ahhhh, mint juleps. There’s simply nothing like them to remind us that Southern summer is quickly approaching. And it comes as no surprise to me that Mom put this photo first. She always wanted a summer wedding on the lawn with mint juleps in monogrammed silver julep cups. Unfortunately, I got married in December and juleps didn’t seem quite appropriate. We had snowtinis instead. 
Erica George Dines Photography
Speaking of weddings… I know you are all probably so over talking about the royal one, but, confession time: I just watched it. I know, I know. The wedding of the century, and I waited days to tune in. But Will and I had to clean out the garage on Friday (How do two people accumulate so much stuff?) and then we went straight to the beach.

Kim Zimmerman Interiors
So now I have watched it, and I must say that I’m not generally a super emotional person, but even I teared up a little when Kate walked down the aisle. I know there were critics out there, but I thought she was absolutely stunning. Inside that 24-inch waist, she must have nerves of steel. Or silver. Which is what this post is supposed to be about. Isn’t silver just lovely, by the way? We think so.

Ruthie Sommers Interior
NY Social Diary

Slim Paley

Flowers in silver just like Slim’s are one of our favorite things. We use our champagne buckets, pitchers, julep cups, etc. to house our favorite blooms all year round. 

The Zhush

A few friends and I are starting a new book club, and we’ve decided to forgo the lunch thing in favor of something a little more civilized, a little more British, if you will. We think tea will be a nice way to spice it up. So I guess now I’m going to have to make crumpets. I doubt you can buy those around here.

Toby West Design

This photo makes me want to have a hunt party. We may not have crumpets, but I bet my husband can shoot things just as well as Prince William. And, as one who has just cleaned out the garage and closets, I am certain he has as many hunting outfits — and boots. I have too many pairs of shoes? Please.

Viva Amore
On to more palatable topics, Mom and I are hosting a bridesmaid’s luncheon this weekend where guests will dine on things they didn’t shoot. Yes, there will be peonies there.
Peter Dunham Design
And silver vases.

Jose Solis Betancourt and Paul Sherrill Design

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s anniversary is only six months away, and, after that wedding, he may not be able to afford to buy her jewelry. We think silver would do nicely.


Tabletop Tuesday: Rooms to Inspire in the City

New York, LA, Paris, London, Jakarta… Okay, so we live in North Carolina, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t appreciate — and adopt — elements of big-city style. Annie Kelly and photographer Tim Street-Porter have compiled some of the most beautiful and tasteful projects from big name designers such as Muriel Brandolini, Peter Dunham, Jonathan Adler, and Mary McDonald in their gorgeous book Rooms to Inspire in the City. Special tips on tight spaces, especially bathrooms and kitchens, make this book essential for those in the city, but universal design concepts make it a great find for anyone with fabulous taste. Thanks to Stylebeat for sharing the sample photos from this book:

Design Chic

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