January 29th, 2015
You’ve finally found the bookshelf of your dreams and all seems right in the world – until you realize said bookshelf is empty. Standing tall in your library or living room with nothing to showcase but the price tag and perhaps a shipping kernel or two. And, your bookshelf is only a million accessory combinations away from being perfect. Where do you start? Let these three simple tips get you going, and if all else fails, we’ve got your back.
Step #1: Symmetry
Start by using larger accessories to anchor the shelf and add a sense of rhythm, seen above with a plaster urn and matching planters. Keeping a symmetrical pattern at eye level will make more “organic” styling look purposeful instead of chaotic.
Step #2: Cohesive Variety
Collect art and objects that differ in shape but share the same tonal values or subject matter. We curated a collage behind the shelf to make it appear larger and add visual interest. All of the frames have at least a hint of gold and capture art with mostly negative space. If you find there’s an item that looks like the black sheep of the collection, group multiples of a similar object close by to bring it all together, like we did with small marble votives on the top and middle shelves.
Step #3: Odd One Out
Grouping accessories can be tough. How much is too much? As a general rule of thumb, choosing an odd number (like three or five) keeps groups from looking excessive. Bonus points if these items differ in height, as seen below with the geometric sculptures we placed next to a simple marsh painting.
The key mantra to a well-curated shelf is “less is more”. When in doubt, subtract the accessories by half and play with what you have left. If you find yourself stumped, give us a shout in the comments below or contact us directly. We’d be happy to help you out!
April 18th, 2014
Local Savannah creative and long-time friend Libbie Summers has done it again. With years of experience both in the kitchen and on set, complimented by her award-winning food blog Salted and Styled, there’s no question as to whether Libbie was ready to tackle her second book release: Sweet & Vicious. A slight departure from The Whole Hog Cookbook (less pig and more pink), Sweet & Vicious is all about exploring new taste sensations in the realm of baking. However, still evident throughout its fuchsia “dipped” pages are some incredible stories from Libbie’s adventures in the world of sweet and savory concoctions.
To celebrate the recent release of Sweet & Vicious, Libbie knew we could capture the spirit of the book just as we had for The Whole Hog Cookbook. When she found the newly-renovated Whitman off of Forsyth Park, we loved the challenge of complimenting the historic architecture with bright and poppy decor. The result was a family-friendly, playful book signing party that left even the adults feeling like kids again. Here are some of our favorite shots of the event, captured by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures:
Grab your copy of Sweet & Vicious here!
March 26th, 2014
When it came time for the Mercers to finish out their home’s full renovation, Caroline knew she wanted a dedicated space for both her and her youngest daughter Louise to spend time together. The last round of design work gave the oldest daughter, Margaret, a hip bedroom of her own with an adjacent playroom for hanging out after school with friends. As round two came to fruition, it was time for the youngest to have a perfect place for crafts, homework, and an after school escape. The mother and daughter team envisioned a feminine, creative space where they could bond over glitter and popcorn, with the one requirement to infuse the color pink. The result is a Lady Library; a girly yet sophisticated study for both work and play.
Apart from a place to lounge and hang, we designed a streamlined desk surface that seamlessly extends from one of the flanking, open etageres. This allows for a craft-worthy table surface with enough room leftover to house a computer and hidden drawers below for when homework time strikes. Opposite, a fully custom cabinetry system with minimal leather pulls to house bulky storage bins along with narrow pull-out drawers; perfect for large sheets of colored paper.
Check out our creative process below as well as the sources you need to get the look:
1. Nailhead Sofa – Bunny Williams / 2. Varese Fabric – Designers Guild / 3. Chenonceau Wallpaper – Schumacher / 4. Harlow Nesting Tables – Madegoods / 5. Fineas Table Lamp – Robert Abbey / 6. Calvin Chair – Arteriors Homes / 7. Jacques Cocktail Table – Jonathan Adler
January 15th, 2014
With such great response to one of our recent Instagram posts that revealed parts of Rye’s playroom, we thought it would be nice to spread the love and source a few fun decor elements to help your kid’s rumble room have the same look. One thing we always stress to our clients (and personal style) is longevity. Even if you’re designing for a child, use classic design elements on more permanent pieces (such as wallpaper) that will last long past their teen years or transition to a new use. While you can easily get the look by sourcing our favorite online stores, don’t be afraid to browse your local thrift shop for rattan furniture or quirky art; these pieces are not as “dear” and can withstand the rigors of a playroom. See below our original Instagram photo as well as a few things you can grab to duplicate Rye’s digs:
1. Display your little one’s latest creation or favorite toys with this simple bookcase from Anthropologie. The low shelf allows books and baubles to be within arm’s reach.
2. The Grove Garden wallpaper from Osborne and Little has soft, metallic hues that work for both a boy and girl. When the kids are old enough to have a space of their own, this timeless pattern makes a great guest room backdrop.
3. Add some whimsy to your playroom with these fun nature prints from Land of Nod. When they’re not watching your children learn and grow, they make for great story time inspiration.
4. Your baby bookworm will love picking books from this grinning whale bookend. With a hollowed metal construction, he’s heavy enough to hold a collection of literary classics for your little scholar.
5. Keep toys out of sight with a large canvas basket from Anthropologie. The built-in handles allow them to be easily moved for cleaning and storing.
6. Lay a rug down over your existing flooring to provide a softer surface to rumble and tumble. The raised gold bars in this Land of Nod rug have an open loop, making it ideal for small kids and pets alike.
7. Learning gets a chic re-do with this brass-colored chalkboard globe from Pottery Barn Kids. Use the round surface for mathematics or practice your geography by drawing shapes together.