Chic Chat: Marika Meyer

 

Good morning, chic readers! We have such a treat for you today! Not only is one of our favorite (and nicest!!) designer friends, Marika Meyer, here for a super fun chic chat, but she is also offering a discount on some of her most popular handmade pillows exclusively to Design Chic readers for the next 72 hours. (Details at the end of the post!) They are absolutely stunning and the beyond perfect way to give your home a facelift for fall. The collection is created for mixing and matching, layering and, of course, loving! You can’t wrong with any combination. Read on to learn more about this talented designer’s inspirations, biggest accomplishments and much, much more! Click here to see a favorite house tour of Marika’s that we shared in February.

1. How did you get started as a designer?

Design and the visual arts have always been an integral part of my life. As a child I was enrolled in drawing and painting by age 4 and fell in love with art as a form of expression. My grandmother, Marika Aires was also a decorator in Washington and had a keen eye for design and the arts and was one of my biggest creative role models.

2.Where do you get your inspiration?

There is an opportunity to find inspiration everywhere, if you take the time to slow down and notice things. But, hands down, I must say that my inspiration comes from my family, whether that be our history of appreciation for antiquities, or specific family heirlooms.

3.Do you have a favorite project to date? Or a favorite type of project that tends to be your favorite?

A project recently completed on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is definitely a new favorite, for so many reasons. First, I was able to work with a client who I have known for many years, and we have worked on many homes together. Second, it was a start to finish project, from a totally blank canvas, raw piece of land, to the completed home. I love being able to help our clients throughout the entire process. And, lastly, the location was absolutely stunning with uninterrupted water views!

4.What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?

As a designer one of the biggest challenges I find is helping clients navigate the design process and understand that beautiful spaces don’t have to come with a six figure price tag. Like pairing a plain white t-shirt from H&M with a Chanel bag, it’s understanding how and where to spend to make the biggest impact. One of the most rewarding parts of that challenge is giving clients the satisfaction of having a curated and collected look that seamlessly marries high and low pieces.

5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?

Creating our own product line of textiles and rugs was a huge accomplishment. I have always been “creative” and being able to use all of my artistic skills in conjunction with interiors is the culmination of my passions.

6. Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?

Elsie de Wolfe. She was a trailblazer for women and the design world. She bucked Victorian tradition and embraced a new style of design, in both her interiors and her wardrobe. In the truest sense of classic design, her interiors would be just as fresh today (hello, cheetah pillows?!) as they were in the early twentieth century.

Go-to paint color? 

Benjamin Moore Iceberg

Ebooks or hardbacks?

Hardbacks

M&Ms or Skittles?

M&Ms

Coffee or tea?

Tea

Which pillow is your favorite?  We love them all, but oh, the Elliot…

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Marika Meyer game room with abstract art
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MARika Meyer bathroom design
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We love getting to know more about our favorite designers and hope you do too! 

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Don’t forget: For the next 72 hours use the code DesignChic818 to receive 15% OFF any of these stunning, handmade Marika Meyer pillows!

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Creating a Holiday-Ready Guest Room with John Robshaw

Dasani Duvet cover sham and bedding John Robshaw
Dasati Duvet Set

 

Good morning, chic readers! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas already this year–and we couldn’t love it any more. I found out today that there is less time than usual between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I absolutely had to get on my holiday shopping stat. (Plus, all the music and movies and twinkle lights have begun and are getting to me!)

 

Dasati Duvet Set John Robshaw bedding
Hand Stitched White Coverlet

 

One of our favorite things is gathering all the family together for Thanksgiving and Christmas and, to that end, we are creating a guest-ready bedroom so our visitors can rest in style. 

 

Torana Indigo Bolster pillows John Robshaw
Torana Indigo Bolster

 

We are love, love, loving this gorgeous John Robshaw bedding that is nothing short of guest-perfect. (Okay, let’s be real: It’s us perfect, too, and we’ll be stealing it back stat!) The coverlet is soft to the touch and oh-so-cozy, the comforter inside this duvet is soft, fluffy and gorgeous, and the fabrics are absolutely to-die-for. 

 

 John Robshaw pillows
Pabala Indigo Decorative Pillow

 

As with everything in design, it’s the details that make these textiles not just beautiful but extraordinary. Hand block painting, hand block stitching and the finest down and feathers available set these linens apart and are one of the facets of John Robshaw’s vision for his spectacular brand. 

 

John Robshaw Dasati shams
Dasati Shams

 

We could barely resist climbing into this bed ourselves once we had made it. 

 

Anketi White sheets from John Robshaw
Anketi White Sheets

 

But, well, we couldn’t bear to wrinkle the softest, most luxurious sheets. The detail is simple, elegant and so inviting. 

 

Cabatti Bedding

 

Now we feel like our guest room is ready to go for anyone who wants to join us for the holiday season!

 

 John Robshaw duvet cover and pillows
Elephant Family Bolster

 

But the great thing about John Robshaw’s Collection is that the colors, patterns, style and variety mean there is the perfect selection for every space. His degree in fine art from Pratt and expertise in block printing are evident in every beautiful item.

 

 John Robshaw duvet cover and pillows
Makasa Bedding

 

We are so partial to these stunning indigos.

 

 John Robshaw duvet cover and pillows
Sakuna Sheets

 

And we love how pieces from John Robshaw ‘s collection can be mixed and matched to create a completely custom look. 

 

 John Robshaw duvet cover and pillows
Sutta Duvet Set

 

They are never fussy, never overdone, but these linens are pure luxury all the way. 

 

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The only problem now is that your guests might want to stay a little too long… ‘Tis the season, right?

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Luscious textiles make the perfect gift!

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Coastal Chic Makeover with Serena & Lily

Good morning, chic readers! It’s here, it’s here! Serena & Lily’s Friends and Family 20% off sale. You could say we are a tiny bit excited…. We love all that is Serena & Lily (We know you do too!) and, there is no better time than their annual sale for a quick coastal spruce, right?

Serena & Lily makeover

Whether you live at the coast, have a beach house or are simply looking to add a little bit more of that coastal vibe into your house (vacation all the the time, anyone?) Serena & Lily is the one-stop shop for all that is fabulously coastal without being kitschy. If you’re looking to add a little beach to your life, check out what we did! 

Serena & Lily in the Bedroom:

 

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

 You know how sometimes you move somewhere and you get like 90% finished with everything and you just run out of steam? There’s no doubt that decorating can be a total joy. But it’s also a creative process and it can just burn you out. We were sort of like that with this guest room in our Beaufort house. We loved this gorgeous shell console and had the beginnings of a nice guest bedroom. We just needed to add in a few coastal touches!

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

One of our favorite looks is a bed with no footboard–and something fun at the end. A chaise, a pair of chairs and a bench are all nice choices. For us, nothing could top this stunning Shore Bench from Serena & Lily.

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

It’s perfect for a guest room in particular because it gives guests a place to sit to read, watch TV or simply put on their shoes. Isn’t it the perfect touch? Just add a Monaco throw in a beachy color, a couple Sarasota pillows and voila! Your guests will never want to leave!

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover before

(Before)

This little area in the guest bedroom was particularly troubling. It needed a console, desk or table that fit the space and a lot of pizazz!

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

After looking at consoles and tables and chests and desks, we decided to go with something a little bit different… a bar cart! In this case, the South Seas Bar Cart from Serena and Lily. We love using pieces we love in ways that are a little bit unexpected. Here, styled with favorite books and accessories, this bar cart becomes perfect for a bedroom. (And, hey, you can always roll it out for a party!) We love a little height and, for a space that can’t have a lamp, this vase works well.

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

 But we think this Artichoke Table Lamp takes the cart to a whole new level! A previously neglected chimney wall becomes a focal point–with plenty of coastal flair! Plus, we love adding extra light wherever we can.

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

Bedding is paramount, of course. In a guest room and especially a guest room on the coast, we love keeping things light and bright. The detail on the Savoy Embroidered Duvet Cover and Shams adds interest while maintaining that relaxing, airy feel. These linens are positively luscious! (Read: Our guests will never want to leave!)

Serena & Lily in the Kitchen:

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

(Before)

Of all the rooms in this remodel, the kitchen was by far the biggest transformation. With seven layers of linoleum, no island, no windows and 1960s appliances, it needed some help. We loved the remodel, but it needed a little something. 

It’s amazing how just one tiny element can completely change the look of a room–and add so much coastal chic style! The Riviera Counter Stool in natural is just that extra touch that made this kitchen feel like, well, a day at the beach! The stools added much-needed warmth, perfect for spring. We can see flip flops and sandy towels in this kitchen’s future!

Serena & Lily in the Bathroom:

 

Serena & Lily  bathroom makeover

(Before)

My son’s bathroom upstairs was another case of major renovation and salvation. Converted from a closed-in upstairs porch to a bright, sunny spot for a little boy was so much fun.

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

Nothing says “coastal” quite like teak. This darling Teak Step Stool is pretty and practical, making it easy to reach the sink. Rope baskets are the ultimate in coastal touches. The large one makes a perfect dirty clothes hamper! 

Serena & Lily in “Blogging Central”:

Serena & Lily  bedroom makeover

This converted laundry and storage room is actually one of the most-used spaces in the house. Little Will does art and homework there and these chaises with lucite trays are perfect for working. The Brahms’s Mount Herringbone Throws at the end of the chaises are absolutely stunning, give a finished look and feel–and were one of the first things we ever bought for the house. That just goes to show that, when you get your “before” right, with gorgeous pieces from Serena & Lily, you don’t even need an “after!”

If you are looking to add a hint of coastal style to your space, Serena & Lily’s 20% off sale is not to be missed! Let us know what you pick–and we’d love to see how you use Serena & Lily in your coastal home makeover!

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Creating a Beautiful Bedroom with Arhaus

*Sponsored by Arhaus

Arhaus bedroom

Good morning, chic friends! We don’t know about you, but we are so enjoying the beginning of this crisp, fall weather. We love being able to curl up by a fire and draw closer to home–and it automatically makes us think of the upcoming holidays and spending time with family and friends. 

Arhaus bedroom

Every year, we try to begin thinking about the holiday season as early as possible so that, when it gets here, we have time to savor the special moments, not rush around constantly trying to get our homes in order and buy all those last-minute gifts. 

Arhaus bedroom

After a long, fun summer of visitors, it was time to start thinking about sprucing the guest bedroom–and our friends at Arhaus had everything we needed for a fall makeover that will last well into the holidays. Arhaus’s skilled curators travel the globe looking for the best hand-crafted, unique, high-quality items to complement your home’s chic decor.

Arhaus bedroom

These stunning linen drapes, for example, completely transformed this guest room. The original drapes were beginning to fade and looked a little tired after four years on the wall. We were instantly taken with the thick fabric, quality liner and well-sewn hook pockets in these curtains. The hooks were customized to the drapes, and it was the easiest drapery hanging we’ve ever done. We didn’t even get poked, prodded and cut by drapery hooks! 

Arhaus bedroom

We love the relaxed look of these linen beauties. They gave a fresh new look to the entire space!

Arhaus bedroom

Speaking of linen, our holiday guests will be lounging in pure luxury. These linen sheets and pillowcases are crisp and perfectly made. We would consider these heirloom linens, the kind that can be passed down from generation to generation. The quality is that superior. It’s something we rarely see these days. 

Arhaus bedroom

These gorgeous Arhaus baskets are not only pretty. They’re functional too! The sturdy leather handles and superior weave of these baskets are ideal for transporting items. And, sometimes, if you’re like us, you have a few items that need to be tucked away before the guests arrive. A great set of baskets is perfect for that–or for storing supplies guests need like extra towels, books or magazines. 

Arhaus bedroom

Nothing says, “welcome,” quite like a sweet vase of flowers. We love the shape of this vase–and it’s a reminder of Arhaus’s commitment to ethically sourced, recycled, environmentally friendly choices. From glass to wood to copper and stone, Arhaus is committed to reducing its carbon footprint–and never sources wood from endangered rainforests. 

Arhaus bedroom

We love the pattern of these pretty, comfy pillows. They’re perfect for a bedroom, couch or chaise–and they can be yours! Check out the details below to win these pretty pillows–and a $200 Arhaus gift card!

Check out more pieces from Arhaus to decorate your home this Fall! Shop today!

  • To enter to win my 2 throw pillows and a $200 gift card to Arhaus,  visit Arhaus  here and comment back on this post with one item you’d love to have. Arhaus employees and their family members are not eligible.

Check out some of our other favorite products from Arhaus below and on our Pinterest Board!

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