Monday Musings: Carolina Blue

Sandra Morgan Design
If you aren’t from North Carolina, this may not mean much to you, but Saturday night was the Mount Everest of basketball games, the much-anticipated Tobacco Road rivalry of UNC vs. Duke. In our family, we bleed blue — that lovely shade of Carolina blue, that is, not Duke blue. Ew.
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As you might have guessed Carolina won. Handily. Otherwise, this post wouldn’t be happening.
Lee Ann Thornton Design
Truth be told, Duke beat us at home in the last match up, and we had been so far ahead that, exhausted as I was, I turned the game off and went to sleep only to find that Duke had pulled it out with a buzzer shot. Annoying.
Sandra Morgan Interiors
As such, this time, I was a wreck even when we were up by twenty, because I knew our potential to fall apart. But we didn’t. And we ended the season with a win against Duke, winner of the ACC season and a favorite for top seed come tournament time. Woo hoo!

Nathan Egan Interiors
I’ll have to say, though, that I found myself feeling a little sad for the Duke players, losing on their court on senior night to their biggest rival.
Cathy Kincaid Interiors
This can only mean one thing: Motherhood has made me soft.
Suzanne Kasler Design
I actually remember sitting in the Dean Dome crying — for like and hour — after a loss to Duke in college. Trust me, I wasn’t the only one shedding tears.
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At any rate, we hope you enjoy these gorgeous images of what has to be our favorite color, for more reasons than one.

Have a wonderful Monday, friends!


Staid Symmetry

Stephen Knollenburg

Dice. Stilettos. Desserts. Some things in life are simply better in pairs.

Thomas O’Brien Interiors

We aren’t sticklers for symmetry. But when the right pair of sofas…

Suzanne Kasler Design
Or sister staircases…

Or matching mirrors comes together, it’s magic!
Ken Gemes Interiors

There’s something about symmetry that automatically makes a room look tailored and clutter free.

Summerour and Associates
Perhaps it’s the clutter that sometimes comes along with the joy and celebration (and gift wrapping!) of the holidays, or, more likely, the baby paraphernalia now gracing every room, but we are loving the predictability and cleanliness or every item having a mate.
Phoebe Howard Design

If you can find chairs as gorgeous as these, you simply must take two.

And a walk through the garden becomes much more relaxing when everything is in its place.
Symmetry at its finest. There are so many ways to go with architecture, but, for us, perfect symmetry is–well–perfect.


The Cherry on Top


We thought this beautiful Monday was the perfect time to celebrate the second official day of Spring. There are so many things to celebrate, after all: warmer weather, longer days, open windows, sundresses! But among our favorite of favorite Spring things is the opportunity to savor all the blooming outside — and bring it in. One of our favorite ways to bring in the Spring is by cutting cherry blossoms and putting them everywhere. They’re so beautiful in any room and, even if you aren’t a great flower arranger, just plunking them in a vase looks artful and decorative. Very chic. They’re sort of the icing on our Spring cake… or the cherry on top… Even if the weather isn’t quite Spring-y where you are, we hope these photos give you some warmer weather inspiration. 

a dreamer’s den
Dominique Vorillon
dress, design and decor
Homes and Gardens

Suzanne Kasler’s atelier
All the Rest

Simply Seductive
Suzanne Tucker
Jon Jenson Photography

Happy Spring, everyone! 


Tabletop Tuesday: Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors

suzanne kasler

With a design aesthetic that’s always chic and never stuffy or overdone, Suzanne Kasler is one of our favorite designers. (Plus, it doesn’t hurt that she’s a Southerner!) Her book, Inspired Interiors showcases a Georgian mansion, a Tennessee farmhouse and a Florida beach house, offering a wealth of ideas and, well, inspiration, no matter what project you’re tackling. Here is a glimpse inside at some of the beautiful rooms Kasler features in her book.
Tabletop Tuesday: Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors

Tabletop Tuesday: Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors

Tabletop Tuesday: Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors

Tabletop Tuesday Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors

Natural Fiber Blinds

Bamboo Blinds

If you want to keep the glare out of a room but aren’t a fan of vinyl’s smell or plantation shutters’ price, natural fiber blinds are a great way to keep the sun out and the style in.

In this room, featured in Coastal Living, the bamboo shade coordinates with the sisal rug and adds a “pop” of color and interest to the window in a room that really doesn’t have the space for curtains, rods or cornices. You can achieve the same look with this Tropical Rustic Bamboo Roman Shade.

Bamboo Shades
This is another example of a room with tiny windows and no space for curtain rods. Adding bamboo shades like these gives the room a finished look. You can find a similar shade to this one, featured in Traditional Home, in the Mandelhi Bamboo Roman Shade.

Wood Blinds
Kitchens are one of our favorite spots for natural fiber window coverings. Because they tend to be bright, light, airy spaces, with few deep, dark colors to ground them, the shades add depth and warmth to what can become too clean of a space to be welcoming.

Plus, they roll almost all the way up, so they don’t block the sun that you want from streaming through. The room above, featured in Southern Accents and designed by Suzanne Kasler, has blinds similar to these Radiance Imperial Matchstick Rollups Shades.

matchstick blinds

The room below, designed by Barbara Berry and photographed for Architectural Digestis another example of a similar shade used in
a kitchen.

matchstick blinds

This bright, cheerful living room, photographed in Traditional Home blends several different shades of wood, and bamboo blinds on the French doors and windows tie the shades of wood and yellow accessories nicely. These Laguna Bamboo Roll-Up Blinds offer a similar color tone and a super-fun texture.

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