Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday Morning Indulgence: Honey!!

Honey: [huhn-ee] noun, a sweet, viscid fluid produced by bees from the nectar collected from flowers, and stored in nests or hives as food. Southern noun of direct address for any name you would like to substitute for an individual...

It's honey season!  David and I have been enjoying the intoxicating wafts of honeysuckle breeze that floats by us on evenings on the patio, inspiring me to fill the house with bouquets of this amazing elixir of goodness. We've been eating a lot of natural foods lately and honey has been a lifeline when that sweet craving hits (PS- David's allergies have been next to no problem at all this season thanks to local honey). And just this week, I discovered a deliciously aromatic bee candle at my beloved TJ Maxx that makes me happy in my studio. Honey, you are making this Monday morning quite delicious. Je t'aime!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Sisterly Collaboration

A few weekends ago, my uber posh sister, Savannah threw one of the year's best dinner parties for her husband's 26th birthday and  I was thrilled to be all up in the middle of it. The evening was absolutely perfect- full of ambiance galore, their great friends, and a savory seven course dinner prepared by my mastermind sis herself. She wanted to add to the sophisticated feel to the evening with formal invitations, menus, and place cards.  We brainstormed back and forth on how to incorporate a manly feel to her "Good Year" party theme (Anyone seen that reminiscent movie with Russell Crowe? Oh, so amazing!). Using a bold slate grey, a crisp layout, & clean, yet whimsical icons, we were able to successfully tie the two ideas together and these were the final results! To see her fabulous party pics, check out her blog here. Hats off, Nan! You pulled off an amazing event once again! 

Update ** This party (and invites!) were recently featured on The Sweetest Occasion blog. Check it out!! **

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday Morning Indulgence: Poolside Granitas

Just a few days ago I was in Baton Rouge sipping watermelon granitas by the pool with one of my very favorite people in the whole world. I spent the most wonderful week Louisianan style- soaking up Laura time with girly lunches, a Mexican dinner date, a baby shower, and chasing around her two fabulous little girls. We wrapped up the week with a very perfect morning of soaking up the sun and like true Southern girls, we faithfully toted our watermelon beverages to the pool in our long stemmed glassware. This Monday, it's back to work, but I'll indulge us all with a poolside treat to create and take along when the pool calls this week...  

Watermelon Basil Granitas: (Adapted from this recipe)

  • Enough watermelon, seeded and scooped into big chunks that will fit in a blender
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon raw (turbinado) sugar
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons white rum
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon basil, chopped
  1. Toss watermelon chunks, sugar, lime juice and rum in a blender. Pulverize the watermelon (to pulverize sounds like more fun than to purée, right?).
  2. Add the basil and blend until the basil is chopped into large flecks.
  3. Pour mixture into a bowl and use the ice crush feature to crush a blender full of ice 
  4. Add crushed ice to granita & freeze while donning swimwear.
  5. Pour into impractical, frivolous glassware. 
  6. Tote to pool!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Color Crush: Orchid Purples

I've been hunting up some new color palates and orchid purple is my next color challenge!  It's not a color that I naturally gravitate towards, but darling, is it ever so hot and spicy! Mixed with chartreuse, hot pinks, fiery oranges, and fuschias, this palate is sure to wake up any boring rut in which you find yourself. Stay tuned for some small paintings in these dashing hues- I can't wait to get them started!

Image credits: (Images far left and far right) Adore Home Online Magazine April Issue
Middle Image: Wear Color

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Morning Indulgence: California Dreamin'

It's been a few years since I've been able to soak up the California rays and feast on an In-and-Out burger, but today, I am whole-heartedly wishing I was there on this dreary Monday morning. The weather is nasty outside, but I'm mentally on the beach with my mai tai wishing you a very happy Monday morning.

Image credits: Main Image |  Outfit One-Striped Floppy HatScalloped white bikini | Outfit Two-
Chroma Hat & orange scalloped bikini  | In-n-Out Burger

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Broad Street Art Walk

We were excited to head back to the Broad Street Art Walk this Friday!  It's one of my favorite places to be in the whole world. The energy in the new arts' district is intoxicating and we love being all up in the middle of the action. We joined over 60 artists in showing our paintings and enjoyed the perfect spring evening chatting with friends that stopped by and meeting new ones. Thanks a million to all who came out to support- it was a splendid evening!

 David's table showcasing some of my favorite pieces he has done recently. He's been busy in the studio lately cranking out some phenomenal commission pieces. The latest one is up- check it out!

 My brother's girlfriend came on out to support and took part in the interactive printmaking station that Memphis College of Art was gracious enough to set up. 

 I worked up some small paintings for the show. Our recent trip to Colorado inspired some field and prairie themes...

This is an example of a mockup for a commission piece that I am working on currently. I used it as an example for the show. (More info on Custom Work here)

Acrylic on gallery wrapped 16 x 20 canvas 

Acrylic on gallery wrapped 16 x 20 canvas 

Acrylic on gallery wrapped 16 x 20 canvas  

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Art Show Accompaniments!

David & I are showing a bit of art tomorrow night, Friday, April 13th, 5-10 pm on Broad Street during their Spring Art Walk! David will be featuring some new prints and I will have some small paintings for sale. Our fabulous musician friend Myla Smith will be playing music near us, and...drum roll, please- Memphis College of Art will be setting up a print making station for smaller humans, but I will be sneaking over to make a print for myself. I just can't resist a chance to play with ink!! It's going to be a great night- come on out and check it out! 

While I've got art showings on my mind, I thought I'd put together a little art show attender guide for kicks. We know you're there for some wine and cheese while you browse the pretties, these are two of my favorites. Artists all around would like you to bring your pocketbooks to pick up a piece as it strikes your fancy... I love sporting a great pair of comfy wedges when walking around at events like the Art Walk and with stripes all the rage, what better pair to sport! One last item you need to accompany your art walking: an empty piece of wall space in mind for that perfect piece of art you might pick up along the way. Happy art walking!!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday Morning Indulgence- Every Day Hotel Luxe!

Monday morning indulgence is being featured on Lindsey's blog today (Remember that gorgeous Raspberry Crave post she whipped together for us last week? )

 I'm guest posting today on her blog on every day hotel luxury for your bedroom !

Friday, April 6, 2012

Memphis Designer Lauren Hulet: Effortless Room Styling with Layers

Today's post features another guest post: Memphis home stager and designer, Lauren Hulet  We have worked together on some custom art work for some of her clients and have quickly become good friends. She is a  lady of impeccable style and an eye that can spot a "diamond in the rough" consignment find a mile away. The first time I saw her home, I was incredibly envious of her effortlessly chic look. Her colors are so fresh with an air of whimsy. I could park it in her beautiful great room for a long morning coffee every day if she'd let me! So, without further ado, may I present Ms. Huelt! 

Hello! I’m so excited to be guest posting today! I wanted to share some (hopefully) helpful no-sweat ideas on how to successfully style your home. I thought I would use my home as an example. By going step-by-step and keeping it simple, you will get a fabulous result! This is the room you will be intimately getting to know: my great room.

First: Start with the style of your home and use that as the base(or first layer) for building your décor. Is your home mid-century? Is it a Craftsman style? By answering this question you will know how to enhance its natural design. My home is a mid-century style (built in 1956), so I steer clear of adding any structural elements that wouldn’t compliment this style. For example, when installing built-ins in my great room, I stuck with clean lines and a basic design…nothing too ornate.

Second: Invest in timeless, neutral foundations (or your second layer) that will withstand changing trends in color and style. For example, I chose a grey/beige wall color, cream couch, and an oatmeal carpet color. I went with a crisp white trim for all of the moldings and baseboards.

These neutrals allow me to interchange accessories as color trends come and go without breaking the budget on the bigger pieces. 

Third: Have a good mix of key furniture pieces that include antique and new (your third layer).  Try to have a piece in each room that reflects the time period of your home. The console at the back of the room was an antique thrift store find that I painted to give a new life!

Myside chair was a mid-century family piece that I updated by re-staining the wood and 

Fourth: Choose accent colors and try to place them throughout the house to create a sense of continuity. Use sites like pinterest to discover different color combinations and find your color style.  One of the color palates I like to pull from:

This is your final layer, so use accessories like pillows, drapery, art etc to express your color personality. These items are much easier to change out with trends (or your changing tastes) than big pieces. Create interest by layering different prints with similar color schemes to keep it from looking sloppy.


Make sure to balance your accessories using different textures and colors and combinations of old and new. Thrift stores and estate sales are great places to find old but fabulous pieces to add character to the room. Make sure to keep your color palate in mind when choosing accessories. These are the touches that will tie the entire room together.

Last thoughts: Don’t forget the detail of using a continuous color palate throughout your house. This is the final step in creating a pulled-together and perfectly styled look for your entire home.
Stick with the layering process and you will be well on your way to styling your home! Remember, start with your home’s basic style, layer with large, key pieces that are timeless, create a second layer of both antique and new, and create a final layer or color through accessories! 

{In love with Lauren's style as much as I am? Contact her for a consult! or... follow her on Pinterest!!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday Morning Indulgence. Rasperry Crave

Today's Monday Morning Indulgence is a lovely guest post from my long time friend, Lindsey. Lindsey runs a blog, The Savvy Speechie where she dishes on her favorite fashion/interior/beauty finds. I've always been a fan of her stunningly effortless look and crazy confident demeanor. I am stoked to have her post today. I hope you indulge on this delicious color palette this fine Monday Morning! - H 

Oh, hello, little morning fruit. It’s me, Lindsey.  Lately, I’ve had this mini love affair with raspberries. Raspberries, you say? Yes. The love started a few weeks ago, by chance, when I needed  a  handful for a recipe.  And I’ve been obsessed ever since. There’s just something about raspberries-in their pint size tin, plump, blushing a deep rose. A bit more grown-up than pink, their color reminds me of a certain richness.  I feel a bit more womanly buying them. Someone who has a coy little secret.  Mmm..  those little boogers make me salivate. Quite the indulgence, indeed. And I’m not just swooning  over the berries themselves, it’s ALL things raspberry, my friend. Take a looksie at some of my faves (pictured above):

Anthropologie’s Gerbera Flats     |     Anthropologie’s Natalie One Piece

Coco Kelly featured raspberry drawing room palette.

Raspberry and Pear? Who knew fruits could look so chic??

Oh, Benetint from Benefit Cosmetics, you are the perfect lip and cheek stain!

The Sewing Book, found at Urban Outfitters.  Makes me dream about all the crafty-ness!

See what I mean? The next time you are at the store, grab a pint of those delicious berries- and one for me, too!