Top Ten: Table Lamps

Phoebe Howard
La Maison Gray

Phoebe Howard Design

Phoebe Howard Design
Jennifer Backstein Interiors

Emily Henderson Design
Massucco Warner Miller Design
Lucy and Company 
Melanie Turner Design
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Ballard Design

The perfect table lamp makes any space more beautiful.  Hoping your weekend is the same!


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APD Architects
So many elements combine to make a beautiful entrance hall.
Hudson Interiors
The lighting, the rugs, the art…

Lee Ann Thornton
Those little entrance hall nooks are some of our favorite spots in the house. 

Julie Nightingale Design
They’re warm, cozy and even a little bit unexpected
Phoebe Howard Design
Sometimes, though, those tiny nooks that can be so eye-catching, charming and welcoming, can be a little difficult to decorate.
Mark Finlay Architect

That’s why we are such fans of benches in the entrance hall.

Elle Decor

Benches are that perfect, versatile piece that work pretty much anywhere.

McGill Design Group
For a feeling of openness and light, a bench sans arms keeps the view open and unencumbered.

Timothy Whealon Design
When space allows, by far our favorite piece in an entrance hall is an upholstered bench with a back. Suddenly, the entrance hall becomes a destination, a place for resting, not just passing through.

Classic Casual Home
A piece with an open back is still inviting but occupies less visual space.

Phoebe Howard Design
We’re big fans of symmetry — and a pair of benches in a pair of windows. So it goes without saying that this is an entrance hall we would choose!

Joy Tribout Design

What do you have in your entrance hall?

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Coral Dreaming

Giannetti Home
Nothing says “beach chic” like a fabulous piece of coral.
Phoebe Howard
Interspersed in a bookcase, as a table centerpiece or as an accessory,
Kara Mann Design
beautiful coral is an interior design staple.
Of course, we’re not into destroying precious natural resources, so we’re huge fans of faux pieces.
Most of the time, you can’t even tell the difference between resin and the real thing!
A pretty bowl of shells makes such a great statement in a beach house.
We love the pop of white against a gray background.
A full bookcase display of coral is so chic. We plan on doing something similar in Beaufort


Our blue background is firmly in place in our Beaufort bookcase.
A collection of sea treasures can be casually coastal, 
Daniel Romualdez Architect
pair perfectly with other natural elements,
or look fantastic combined with dressier elements. We love a pop of coral anywhere!
We hope you all had a beautiful Easter weekend and are enjoying a luxurious day off!


Things We Love: Glass top Coffee Tables

Jan Showers
A great coffee table is about so much more than just a place to set your coffee.
Phoebe Howard
One of the most important focal points in any room, when guests are gathered for a visit, the coffee table is one of the things in the room most continuously in view.
Tobi Fairley
A glass-top table is our hands-down favorite for a variety of reasons.
Dana Lyon Designer
A glass-top table feels light and airy, which you know we can’t get enough of. 
It’s super practical because you can actually set your coffee on it and then just wipe the ring away! Or the Crayola glass crayons… You know, whatever. 
If you have a funky, fun, fabulous rug on your floor, a glass-top coffee table doesn’t cover that up.
Phoebe Howard Design
Any accessories coordinate beautifully, so if you have something great to display, then knock yourself out.
Ginger Barber Design
But, a glass-top table is also the perfect vehicle for a super-simple stack of books. 
Lonny Magazine
Either way, the look is crisp and clean. 
Katie Rosenfeld Design
From funky and modern to tailored and undeniably classic, a gorgeous, glass-top table can work in any room.
Barrie Benson Design
These rams are good karma. They’re the mascot for our UNC Tarheels, who we’ll be cheering on today as they play the ECU Pirates. Go Heels!
Wherever you are today, we hope your team wins too! (Unless, of course, your team is ECU…)


Things We Love: Bobbin Chairs

Phoebe Howard
Spindle, spool, bobbin… Whatever you call these fabulous chairs, originally conceived in the early 18th century, we love that designers are putting their contemporary spin on this old favorite. In spots where a club chair is too solid but a french chair is too formal and a plain wooden frame seems a little ordinary, a spindle chair is a breath of fresh air.
Phoebe Howard
I’m partial to white, off-white or distressed finishes, myself.
Massucco, Miller and Warner
I love a dark piece to anchor a room, but, when it comes to these chairs, I think the roundness of the spools calls for the softness of the lighter shades.
Phoebe Howard
Mom is more a fan of the darker shades.
VT Interiors
That is a shocking revelation as I truly believe she would live in a house of all gleaming, shiny white if possible.
Miguel Flores Photography
The true, dark black is her favorite shade of spindle chair.
Vallone Design
I’ll have to admit that it does work well with a darker patterned fabric…
Caitlin Creer Interiors
But, ahhhh, aren’t those just stunning?
Christina Murphy Design
No matter what the color, we both agree that we love the style of these unique chairs.
Inspiring Interiors
What do you think about this look? Is it timeless or a passing trend?


MondayMusings:Historic Shore Decor


If you follow our blog, you might know that we have been on the hunt for a beach house the past couple of months. As it turns out, it hasn’t been as easy as we thought! On the bright side, we have a new potential contender. The best part? It’s a historic home! We know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but we are huge fans of the charm that accompanies a place with a little age on it. (And those little plaques on the front doors!) Mixing coastal style with classic charm can be tricky, but we think we’re up to the challenge! This living room has loads of inspiration.

The house has an entrance “parlor.” If you’re picturing velvet-covered Victorian furniture, you’re right on the money. Pull down the sheers and bring on the light! This round table has a welcoming appeal and the upholstered furniture is much more the look we’re trying to achieve. Plus, a classic chandelier combines the old with the new.
Liz Williams Designer

Sitting porch? Yes, please! Coffee and crosswords are even better with a water view.

Anne Decker Architect
If there’s one drawback to a home that hasn’t been renovated since the ’60s it’s — you guessed it — the kitchen. But, we figure we can grin, bear it, and count our blessings that it wasn’t last renovated in 1907! 
Elle Deocr
Mom wants a bull in the kitchen. I’m on board.
A formal dining room is great in a formal house, but we’re wanting fresh off the grill, (and out of the ocean!) lots of friends, and no dress code. This farm table, chairs and these great light fixtures are a fabulous combo.

This art is coastal, chic and just a touch refined.
pretty stuff
A built-in china cabinet doesn’t have to display the good stuff. We much prefer the eclectic coastal look of this set up.
Jason Bell Design via House Beautiful
An antique french bed painted white is light enough to be beachy but still fits the age of the home.
One of the most important considerations I always have is where my desk is going to go! One of the winning points in our latest obsession is that it has a perfect spot for a desk in the corner of my bedroom, in a window overlooking the water. Just think of all the blogging I could do! 🙂
We love a look like this for baby Will’s room. It’s masculine, Hemingway-esque and could carry him for years. His new baby hammock would look great in there for now. Yes, baby hammock. Sometimes there comes a point in life when you and your husband look at each realize it at the same time: No matter what that d*&! sleep book says he’s never, ever going to sleep in that crib.
Phoebe Howard Design
We just love twin beds. They probably aren’t the most practical for guests — but we love the sailboats over the headboard!

Life of Polarn Per
Bathrooms can be tricky when you’re looking to maintain a level of certain historical integrity and make it look up to date. Mosaic tile and pedestal sinks are such a classic choice.
So what do you think? Are you more of a new house person or do you like a bit of a fixer upper?
Happy Monday, friends!


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