The cooler weather has arrived and we are here for it! Here’s a roundup of beautiful spaces to inspire you in this new season, so grab a cozy blanket and a hot cup of coffee (or a pumpkin spice latte—‘tis the season).
Cool off this Summer: 10 Backyard Pools to Inspire
These hot summer days sure have us dreaming of afternoons spent by one of these beautiful backyard pools. We’ve rounded up some inspiration to help you turn your backyard into a little vacation spot of your own–no travel required!…
Work Meets Play: 11 Inspiring Home Offices
While we are all spending a little more time at home—and some of us working there, too—we thought we could use some home office inspiration. Here are 11 spaces we wouldn’t mind stepping into every morning.
Interior Design Pam Nolen | Photography Rett Peek…
The Real Meaning of Christmas (Decorating)
Part of a series: Living the Good Life with Chris Olsen
‘Tis the season for seasonal decorating advice. You’ll find it online and in print, and also be able to cadge ideas from displays at the neighbors or in stores. The advice—and design—boils down to two simple principles: use something that represents Christmas, and create fun or a sense of wonder with your display. I’d like to add another idea along with those two. Make your Christmas display mean something to you. Almost every one of us will have a box, or numerous boxes, which contain Christmas elements that have history with us, that may have been handed down through the family, that hold a bit of sentiment. Who cares if they’re beginning to tarnish, or that they might be a bit timeworn, chipped or dented? It’s the fact that they hold real personal meaning to you that gives them strength. Use what you’ve been saving, and place it alongside your new additions for seasonal decorating, and make the display work for you.
Mimi’s Molasses Sugar Cookies from Jill Lawrence
Designer Jill Lawrence, whose home is featured in our December issue, shares one of her family’s beloved holiday cookie recipes with us—along with a few fond memories of the treat’s namesake.
Like many Southern ladies, my grandmother was a HUGE influence on my life. I learned to read, bake, swim, over-dress for every occasion (she would often pick up my mother and, later on, me from school in her fur coat and heels), manners, the proper use of every kind of obscure silver flatware (grapefruit spoon, anyone?), and to live life to the absolute fullest. She was my everything, and catching the scent of these cookies around the holidays brings me right back to her. My entire family will tell you that there are two scents associated with our beloved Mimi: Chanel and Molasses Sugar Cookies. It describes her perfectly. Here’s the recipe for her famous sugar cookies.
Plan for Spontaneity by Chris H. Olsen
Part of a series: Living the Good Life with Chris Olsen
The best parties are the ones that seem spontaneous, right? Fun is had when party-goers get to enjoy what seems to have been just laid out, casual and not stodgy. Well, all that informality takes work. It’s not just chemistry, but also a bit of an alchemist at work. I’ll show you some photos of my annual Halloween party from last year, which will accompany my ideas for you to throw your own event that will get remembered. I’m about to give you some counter-intuitive advice: If you want your party to be talked about long after you throw it, you need to plan, plan, and then plan some more.
Principles of Design
September has somehow snuck upon us already! Let’s look at how the elements of design work together to create the principles of balance, unity, variety, pattern, rhythm, contrast and emphasis.
This living space styled by Wesley Hall is a perfect example of balance. The navy-blue walls offset the neutral upholstery but, in a way that coordinates with the other accessories in the room. We love the smooth lines of the pair of blue chairs that mirror the angular sunburst pictures. It is always fun to select a patterned fabric for a side chair or rug, and that also maintains the balance of the solid and patterned textiles….
Fall for All by Chris Olsen
Can you tell there’s a change about? You’ve probably noticed that the light has evolved in the last couple of weeks, becoming less potent, but also more golden. The air has also stilled a bit. Except when hurricanes come ashore, that is. The scents borne on breezes have also taken on a bit of an edge. Fall approaches. And aren’t we glad? No sense waiting for crisp mornings and forests of turning foliage to give you official permission to create a bit of change in your seasonal décor, however. Select a couple of surfaces you want to use for fall bounty, start now, and add elements as the season progresses.
Elements of Design
It’s August, and you know what that means…school is back in session! I thought this would be a perfect time to review the elements and principles of design regarding current trends. This month we will learn about the elements of design and shift into the principles of design in September. Just as an artist uses brushes, paints, and pencils, an interior designer utilizes the more abstract “tools” of line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space….
How They Decorated
From socialites to artists, How They Decorated: Inspiration From Great Women of the Twentieth Century, takes you on a tour of the homes of the most noteworthy style icons of the 1900s.
“The book is presented in four sections that describe the aesthetic approaches that the ladies took in decorating their abodes: The Fashionably Chic, The Unconventional Eye, In the Grand Manner, and Legacy Style.”…