The kitchens and baths in the September issue of At HomeÂ remind me that functional spaces can and should be just as stylish as other parts of the house. There is nothing wrong with an industrial, modern look in these kind of spaces, but it just doesn’t speak to my whimsical, romantic side. For example, showers often have a modern, streamlined feel; where getting clean is all about clean lines. That’s why, aesthetically speaking, I prefer a tub. Old-world and comforting, they are romantic, relaxed, and I can’t get enough. Who doesn’t love a good soak? And why not do it in style? For this month’s column, I’ve selected the top tubs, and these stylish spas do not disappoint.
There’s nothing more cozy in the fall than curling up with a magazine and a cup of coffee near a warm fire. Toss in a cashmere throw and I’m in heaven. My autumn days in Little Rock were often spent keeping warm like this, but when I moved to Texas, things changed. It just doesn’t seem to get cold here. People warned me of a “cold front” around Halloween– a weak 65 degrees. But what about my fireplace? I still love the chic look of a well-adorned mantel, and the fact that my chimney will probably never be used has not deterred me. I am still holding out hope that I might have a roaring fire come Christmas time, but in the meantime I’m seeking inspiration for my fireplace– both functional and stylishly non-functional.
When I first set out to write this post, I was in the entertaining mood. After all, December seems to be the month most popular for soirees. Although I’m no party planner, I do know a stylish tablescape when I see one (and a good cocktail, but that’s beside the point…). Naturally, I had my sights set on rounding up some photos of fabulous table settings. After a little while I started to notice a theme in the pictures I was finding– they were all green! Fitting, considering Pantone’s recent announcement for 2013. So, whether you’re celebrating the holidays or just enjoying the company of a few friends, these verdant tabletops should certainly inspire you to “go green” this year! Give a green table a festive touch with unconventional gold accents a la Kelly Wearstler for Vogue.com. Miles Redd brightens up the table with a shocking dose of chartreuse with that centerpiece. Those mint green walls are the perfect background. Emerald never looked so good. I love that a traditional tablesetting can get an instant upgrade with a vibrant tablecloth and pretty plants. Via Carolyne Rhoeme. Tony Duquette, king of “more is more” stays to true to his signature sensibility with this malachite and coral arrangement featured in Lonny. Bronson Van Wyck (party planner extraordinaire and Arkansas native) gave his table the jade touch for House Beautiful. Nathan Turner set his coffee table for a Moroccan-style feast, using lush green fabric as a table cloth and accented with vibrant flowers. How do you plan to set your table this year?
A little over a year ago, I made one of the better purchases of my life: a Cire Trudon candle bust of Marie Antoinette at Chris Clement’s store in Little Rock. I don’t dare light the candle — instead, La Dauphine gracefully watches over my vanity. I love the way she adds instant elegance to the space, and at the same time a slightly quirky touch. Inspired by my fabulous Marie, I am super into the idea of collecting antique busts right now. Grouped together on a mantel or even as a dramatic statement in a courtyard, busts bring an air of sophistication to a space. Here I’ve rounded up all of my favorites — ranging from perfectly polished to delightfully whimsical. Enjoy!