Cottage Love #53 – Pastel Perfection

With unexpected color choices, a curated mix of vintage, inherited and modern elements and a nod to mid-century design with a traditional twist, Charlotte Lucas designed a beautiful but approachable home for her family. Charlotte’s unpredictable style speaks to me.  She credits her former employer and design maven Barrie Benson with shaping her sensibility and her approach to  shopping: “I’ve learned that if I find something I really love, I should buy it now and worry about how I’m going to use it later,” she says. I’m guilty of this very same habit. In fact, sometimes one fabulous piece can be the impetus for an entire design. Charlotte’s work is beautiful. I predict we’ll be seeing quite a bit more of her. Enjoy! Read more about Charlotte’s
home and find sources here
I’m in love with her daughter’s bedroom and day bed! (channel tufting is a current favorite) 

Beauty Buzz

Hello, Hello!  Ugh, Do you all feel as yuck as I do this time of year?  I’ve had a cold for what feels like forever now and my work out schedule has been almost non-existent. I need to get back on track. It’s high time for a bit of pampering this week to help beat the winter blues. Here’s the run down on the shared shots.

1. I have a little museum date with a boy on Saturday afternoon and am also meeting up with various friends over the weekend. I want to buy a new gloss with a hint of pink to fluff up my lips before then. I may try this plumping Buxom in peach sorbet. I’m loving the look of that model’s lips. Lucky lady.
2. I also have a trim and a highlight tomorrow. I’m showing the stylist Sienna’s layered locks and color.
3. Ahh, got to love the top knot, both messy and chic versions work for me. My assistant whipped my hair up in about two seconds last week.. Now I need to figure out how to perfect it like she did. I always prefer my hair when someone else style’s it.
4. What I wouldn’t do for a spot like these to primp and prime in the a.m. On my wish list? A vanity with a gorgeous over sized mirror above it.

Inspired – Ruthie Sommers

There’s no doubt that Ruthie Sommers is one of my favorite designers, so when fresh, new images of her work pop up in a magazine I’m a happy girl. Here’s a recent article in Veranda magazine of Ruthie’s advice on being a decorator/interior designer. Her design details are feminine, unexpected, colorful and perfectly executed! 

 All images by Francesco Lagnese via Veranda magazine

Designer Digs – Elie Saab

I love catching a sneak peek inside of designer’s homes. They usually don’t disappoint. I was viewing Elie Saab’s Spring couture collection and had remembered his beautiful homes …they are as stunning as his elegant fashions. So here’s a look into the Lebanese born, Parisian designer’s Parisian and Lebanon digs.. they both mix elegant with masculine, old with new.  The interplay of modern and classical architectural details are gorgeous. Both interiors were designed by Chakib Richani.
Elie and Claudine Saab’s Parisian home
I’ve been on a crystal chandelier kick lately..right now, I’m in search of the perfect fit for my dining room!
and in Beirut, Lebanon
one of my favorite looks from his Spring collection.
For more designer’s homes be sure to check out this month’s issue of Lonny, it’s loaded with inspiring images! Happy Birthday Lonny!