Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One Room Challenge Week Three


Welcome to Week Three of the One Room Challenge, created by Linda of Calling it Home. I am thrilled to be one of the 20 participants, listed above! We are each redoing one room in six weeks and posting updates every Wednesday. Click here if you missed Week One, and here for Week Two.

I have selected my home office to transform, using Lilly Pulitzer's personal desk as my inspiration. This week, I focused on my bookcase. I have been dreading this project, as bookcase styling is one of my greatest design challenges. Part of my problem is that I have too many books! And, I am limited on storage space, so I need my bookcase to be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Let's take a look at some of my inspirational images...

via Shelter




Minnie Mortimer's bookcase





Now that I have distracted you with pretty pictures, let's take a quick look at what my bookcase looked like at the beginning of this challenge...


Yikes! What I did here was literally take my books and clutter out of their boxes and stuff them on the shelves. Not pretty, but moving isn't pretty, and I was desperate to get rid of the boxes!

Here is what my bookcase looks like today... I am pleased that I was able to put this together using only items I already possessed, via a week-long scavenger hunt around our home. However, I'm still not 100 percent pleased with the results, so please consider this as still a work in progress...


Any words of advice on bookcase styling? Now don't forget to head over to see what the other ORC participants are up to... And stay tuned for updates from the Linking Participants tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Banana Leaf in Lady Gaga's NYC Apartment!

I've said it many times, but I'll say it again... the best thing about blogging is the friends you make along the way, from all over the world! Yesterday, my blogger friend Zsófia Szigeti in Budapest sent me a link to this video featuring Lady Gaga's gorgeous Manhattan apartment, featuring The Original Martinique banana leaf wallpaper. Previously inhabited by Liza Minnelli and Tony Bennett, this apartment exudes Old Hollywood Glamour... 

Click here to watch the tour! 

Now back to Zsófia... My Hungarian friend reached out to me last month to let me know about her anteroom, which she had recently papered in Carleton Varney's Brazillance wallpaper, thanks to this post I wrote on the two beautiful banana leaf wallpapers. 


Zsófia's anteroom in progress....

You can read more about "Brazillance in Budapest" here... click the "translate" button on the upper right hand corner to read in English.  Thank you again,  Zsófia! And click here if you are interested in learning about the difference between Carleton Varney's Brazillance wallpaper, made famous by The Greenbrier Hotel, and the Original Martinique, which was made famous by the Beverly Hills Hotel

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lilly Pulitzer Sale via Rue La La!

Lilly lovers... Rue La La is featuring a Lilly Pulitzer gifts sale! Can you guess which "Lucky Charms" storage solution I purchased for my One Room Challenge? Hurry over to Rue La La ASAP... this sale is only open for three days, and quantities are limited!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Palm Beach Chic with Sail to Sable

The April issue of Matchbook Magazine is out, and I am smitten with the Palm Beach Chic apartment of Jennifer Stocker, founder of Sail to Sable. Located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, the apartment provides a tropical escape amongst the city's chaos.

Jennifer, who formerly worked for Condé Nast, was inspired by her travels to destinations such as Nevis, Bermuda, and Palm Beach when she created the preppy chic fashion line Sail to Sable, described as "a lifestyle brand connected to the sun and sand." And her apartment is a direct reflection of that brand... Let's take a look inside!

"Just because we are in an apartment building in New York doesn't mean we can't have bright colors, shells, starfish, and lots of printed fabric. I love Quadrille fabric and shopping at Worlds Away for all of my furniture pieces," said Jennifer. 







Such an adorable apartment! Click here to read the full feature in Matchbook, and here to view the fabulous new line from Sail to Sable.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

One Room Challenge Week Two

Welcome to Week Two of the One Room Challenge, created and hosted by Linda at Calling it Home.  If you missed my Week One post, you can click here to catch up.  I must say, I was blown away by the talent demonstrated last week by the other 19 participants in this ORC, and I am thrilled and honored to be along for the ride as we each transform one room in six weeks!
ORC Graphics by Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda 

For this challenge, I am decorating my home office, inspired by Lilly Pulitzer's antique wicker and bentwood desk that I purchased at her estate auction in February, from her very own home office!  I love to think of the personal correspondence and business savvy that the Queen of Palm Beach Chic herself created at this desk... and given the condition, there was a lot of inspiration going on here, because it was definitely in need of a fresh coat of paint and some minor repairs. I debated on whether or not to restore the desk, as each of those chips and missing pieces held a special story and place in history, but the paint was really really chippy, and I just couldn't live with it on a daily basis. So last week, Lilly's desk received a minor face lift, and she is now resting comfortably in her new home! 


As a side note, I must share a fun story. When we took the drawers out of this desk to repaint, I found the following items stuffed in the back... 




It was surreal to find Lilly's Palm Beach return home address stamp, along with her "FAXED" stamp, a broken piece of gold molding, paperclip, organizer, hairband, and fabric sample... does anyone know the name of this Braemore pattern? And last but not least... a disposable camera with eight pictures taken! The second I found this camera, I hopped in the car, sped over to Wallgreens, and waited anxiously for one hour processing... Unfortunately, there were no terribly exciting images other than Lilly's carport (as the camera was appropriately labeled)... If I had to guess, the pictures may have been taken for documentation purposes, as said carport appeared to be damaged. But still, I have pictures of Lilly's carport!! And her car in front! And that is pretty exciting to me. 

Now back to my room... Did you know that Lilly Pulitzer has partnered with Garnet Hill to offer an exclusive line of affordably priced bedding and accessories? I fell in love with the "Lucky Charm" pattern, which coordinated perfectly with all of the existing colors I had going in to my ORC. Click here to view the collection which is currently on sale! I purchased sheets to use for a DIY bulletin board and coordinating chair pillow. More to come soon! 



Lilly Pulitzer bulletin board DIY coming soon! And clearly, I have not started organizing my bookcase yet. 

I love how this Lilly Pulitzer fabric ties in my existing Stark rug, silk drapes, and Chinese porcelain. 

We also brought up the vintage elephant console I purchased for $230 at an estate sale... It was already lacquered white, and I think I will keep the color as-is. Thoughts?


Above the console, I will hang the "Three Wise Monkeys" giclees I purchased yesterday from Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda's Etsy Shop


These whimsical monkeys are so Palm Beach Chic. Monkeys have been affiliated with Palm Beach ever since legendary Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner's pet spider monkey, Johnnie Brown, became so well known in society that the monkey ran for Mayor!  Lilly loved monkeys as well... This was evident at her estate sale, where the following monkeys went on auction. 


You can view the entire inventory of Lilly's estate auction here

I also found the perfect desk chair, thanks to the Luxe Girls at Luxe Report Designs. This is a bargain version of the $400 Louis Ghost Chair by Phillipe Starck... I'll provide a full report as soon as it arrives! 


Casper Dining Armchair in Clear, available for $99 (including free shipping!) 

That's it for this week! Now please head over to see what the other 19 ORC participants are up to! And make sure you click back over to Calling it Home tomorrow to check out the 80+ fabulous ORC Linking Participants... The talent is amazing!! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Decorating with Blue and White Outdoors

Today is the April Blue and White Bash at The Pink Pagoda, and I've decided to take the party alfresco. If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I recently scored some massive blue and white planters and vases via my ongoing South Florida thrifting adventures. I plan on using them on our patio, which I will begin to focus on decorating after the One Room Challenge. For inspiration, I have collected the following images depicting lovely blue and white porcelain outdoors. I am also eagerly following Paige at The Pink Clutch, who is decorating her patio in blue and white for the One Room Challenge Linking Event. Let's take a look at some blue and white alfresco inspiration...

Mary McDonald 

Veranda Magazine

Mary McDonald


Cathy Kincaid 





Mary McDonald

Vogue Australia 


Mary McDonald

Carolyne Roehm 

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Carolyne Roehm 

Mary McDonald 


Mary McDonald 

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Aerin Lauder


What are your thoughts on blue and white outdoors? Please stay tuned for some blue and white Palm Beach Chic via the One Room Challenge, and as I continue to infuse blue and white throughout out home! Now head on over to The Pink Pagoda's Blue and White Bash, and be prepared to be overwhelmed with amazing blue and white goodness!
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