Introducing Cece Fourchy! The 20-something design aficionado/blogger is now also a columnist on the At Home in Arkansas blog! Cece’s quintessentially Southern style will be showcased in her monthly blog posts, including her favorite decorating tips and trends. We’re so happy to have her on the team, and we think you’ll love her flair for accessible style.
The May issue of At Home in Arkansas is all about renovation. It’s so inspiring to see the dramatic transformations of these gorgeous homes, and I couldn’t help but think about what I could do to revamp my little house. While I would love to gut my kitchen and replace my 1980s stove with a Viking range, as a 20-something just starting out that’s not exactly an option. So, it struck me: instead of transforming the structure of a space, why not transform the function?
While I have the occasional guest come to stay, my guest room doesn’t serve a great purpose. So why not go old school and turn it into a library/study?? And yes, half of my interest is to be able to say “I shall retire to the study now” in an English accent.
I browsed my photo files and uncovered some great shots for inspiration on my project.
This workspace from Lonny looks both cozy and productive. A good desk is essential.
I love the fireplace and the little sofas. A perfect place to curl up with a good book. (from Habitually Chic)
Oscar de la Renta’s beachside library comes complete with a ladder and plenty of volumes to browse. (from Vogue)
Feeling comfortable enough to wear metallic pink spandex? Comfortable enough to be my kind of study! (from The Selby)
An antique day bed, fresh flowers and good lighting: the perfect reading nook.
This photo from Elle Decor is sophisticated but still inviting. Perfect combo! Do you think my eight-foot ceilings could handle that chandelier?
Rachel Ashwell would be proud of this little set-up, feminine and serene. I can definitely see myself spending plenty of time in here.
Despite its rustic aura, the dining room in our Fall Fashion Stylebook set a beautiful stage for this formal Alice + Olivia look from B. Barnett in Little Rock. The elongated table lends an elegant feel that made the room a perfect space for this shot.
The table in this dining room (below) has the same effect. The long shape adds a bit of formality, but the rough wood texture keeps it from feeling too stuffy or precious.
These benches (below) are a more casual alternative to tall-back leather seating, and we love the stripped wood chest at the far end of the space.
A foyer should set the stage for the rest of your decor. In this home, nothing could be a better indicator of the fun, rustic rooms to follow than a worn red bench with Southwest-style patterned pillows (below). The wood wall hanging and stucco walls frame the Armenta jewelry from Roberson’s Fine Jewelry in Little Rock beautifully.
Here’s another entryway with a punch of color and pattern, on the pillows, seat cushion and the rug. The painted wood wall hanging has impact but doesn’t go overboard.
In this space, wood wraps the ceiling, walls and the staircase for a more dramatic effect, so that not much color is needed, except, perhaps, for a patterned rug.
Everyone needs a soft chair to cozy up in. The casual vibe of this turquoise and gold jewelry from Wilkerson Jewelers in Stuttgart (below) fits right in with this comfy print armchair.
The fashionista who owns this jewelry would no doubt also love a cowgirl-chic bedroom (below), with its gorgeous animal-hide upholstered chaise and warm red and brown tones.
And, of course, who could turn down a fireplace in the bedroom?
Going bold in home design is an admirable 2012 resolution for someone accustomed to neutral interiors, but Cece Fourchy of Mississippi Maven is taking on the challenge! Considering her round-up of color saturated rooms, we say she’s got a bright future ahead of her.
January is all about resolutions. While everyone else is promising themselves to work out more, eat less and spend less, all Iâm thinking about is decorating (are you surprised?). In 2012 Iâm resolving to go bold with dÃ©cor. Donât get me wrongâI love my neutral boudoir, my creamy sofa, my subdued powder room. But this year, Iâm going to throw some serious color in the mix. A turquoise screen? Sure! A purple breakfast nook? Why not?! This monthâs issue of At Home in Arkansas is about âA Fresh Startâ and what better way to freshen things up than a bright coat of paint or a fabulous fabric? I understand it may be hard to envision glowing greens and striking reds on a gloomy January day, so here are some photos to get you inspired. Enjoy!
Katie Ridder knows what Iâm talking about: that green! Those flowers! Iâm absolutely in love with this powder room.
When Lonny featured the home of Ruthie Sommers a few months ago, I couldnât have been happier. So much inspiration for my bold resolution! Her cozy library has saturated red walls and fun colorful furniture.
I canât get enough of this scene from ELLE DÃ©cor. An easy way to give any room a dose of color, the turquoise lacquer screen is a show-stopper.
Leave it to David Hicks to make a pink canopy bed ultra-sophisticated. And those chartreuse chairs? Iâll take two, please.
gives this bathroom a vibrant look with red toile wallpaper and a fresh coat of paint on the tub. The rubber duck is clearly a must.
How could I talk about bold colors in 2012 without mentioning Tangerine Tango? In tune with Pantoneâs color selection, Aerin Lauderâs living room is tres chic with orange walls and a leopard print sofa.
Iâve not always been a huge fan of purple, but this fabulous dining nook from House Beautiful has me convinced. Wouldnât you love to have French pressed coffee and a croissant in here every morning?
What are your decorating resolutions for 2012??
Executing color palettes with pinks or reds might be intimidating, but the designers who choreographed these spaces weren’t phased a bit. Let’s have a little tour, shall we?
First up: a trio of dining spaces, from formal to vintage to casual. The combination of pink checkered Robert Allen silk draperies with Benjamin Moore’s Golden Honey on the walls gives this space a look that’s formal but not stodgy. In fact, we think it’s quite, well, happy.
Jerusalem Greer (aka Jolly Goode Gal) gave her cottage-style home vintage appeal with red walls, contrasted with white molding and wainscoting (love!), and aqua blue accents. Distressed white mismatched chairs give it a relaxed feel. We surmise a lot of crafting happens at this dining room table.
Coral red is the main attraction in this breakfast room designed by Tobi Fairley. Just a swipe of paint on the chairs, nowhere else, and look at the impact the color has. Without looking twice, you’d think the whole room had been painted red. So effective!
We couldn’t pass up mentioning this little kitchen we first saw in House Beautiful. What we wouldn’t do for that pink fridge. Seriously.
Windsor Smith is the mastermind behind this bubblegum pink room. The thick white molding andÂ coffered ceilings offset the pink walls, and we love that Windsor didn’t shy away from using pink in the fabric and accessories. The various textures keep it this side of “too sweet.”
This homeowner’s favorite color is red, so the trick was to incorporate it into a peaceful bedroom. The solution: Benjamin Moore’s Burnt Red on the walls enhances floral Bergamo fabric on the chairs and headboard, while everything else is neutral and clean-lined.
Sherwin-Williams’ Loveable was the color of choice for this Conway homeowner, who worked with Becky Charton of Tablesetters Inc. to give her master closet a feminine, fun vibe.
And what little girl wouldn’t die to have her very own attic hideaway/playroom? Instead of going with a theme, designer Kevin Walsh of Bear-Hill Interiors opted for stronger colors and and a mix of classic and modern furnishings (French daybed, meet lucite side table).
This bedroom and the above playroom belong to the same little girl! Matching fabric and wallpaper by Thibaut cued the pops of pink of both spaces. The trick to tying everything together was pulling colors from that pattern.
Go big or go home! Pink stripes, pink houndstooth, pink paisley, oh my! But, it all just works somehow.
Once again, leave it to Tobi Fairley to up the color ante (have you checked out her tip-filled blog series, Color Confidential?). Cole & Son wallpaper sets the tone for a mauve and pink palette, which energizes tried-and-true furniture styles and accessories in this darling little girl’s space.
Bohemian? Parisian chic? Rock ‘n’ roll? This space, designed by Kevin Walsh of Bear-Hill Interiors, takes on many identities, but one thing’s certain: it’s brought to life by pink, both on the half-canopy and on the pink and metallic wallcovering from Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little. (Don’t you just wish you had a disco ball in your own room?)
It’s a virtual pink paradise! … Made so by a custom-made Charles H. Beckley bed upholstered in Butterfly by Lori Weitzner for Sahco Hesslein and walls with a Muriel Brandolini cotton.
How’s that for a Valentine’s Day-inspired room roundup?
My goodness, Cece Fourchy is KILLING us with her fabulous posts lately! Whoever thinks wallpaper is outdated should think again. Cece’s roundup of her favorite wallpapered rooms will have you papering every wall in the house. And maybe even the ceiling too.
As you may know from last monthâs column, my decorating resolution for 2012 is to âgo bold.” Bright colors, whimsical finds, vibrant artâI love it all. I havenât had a hard time keeping my vibrant promise, and the next saturated step on my bold agenda is wallpaper. Weâre not talking classic Laura Ashley florals or subdued toiles. I want the kind of wallpaper that truly makes a room: colorful, patterned, and daring. For this monthâs post, Iâve gathered some seriously inspiring rooms with wallpapers that make a statement. Iâve never thought about wallpapering every room in my house, but these fabulous photos may have me singing a different tuneâ¦
When I spotted this shot of It girl Chloe Sevignyâs apartment in an old issue of House & Garden, my jaw dropped. That trellis print! It also doesnât hurt that the bicycle matches perfectly.
Miles Redd takes a cue from Margot Tenenbaum with this red zebra in his powder room, featured in ELLE DÃ©cor.
Steven Gambrel gave wall covering a new spin with an array of botanical prints in this bathroom. I love how it has the feel of a collage without losing an ounce of sophistication.
Aerin Lauder, possibly the chicest gal on the planet, repeats the black and ivory print of her walls with a ruffled bed skirt. The luxe fur throw and oversized monograms are the perfect finishing touches.
This apartment featured in Vogue is one of my all-time favorites. The modern art on the walls may not be actual wallpaper, but it serves as a perfectly colorful backdrop in this stunning room. Donât you love the lush fabrics and mixed patterns of the furniture?
A classic statement for a home in New Orleans, this wallpaper featured in Lonny could not be more chic. I imagine it in my (imaginary) enormous mansionâs foyer, accented with a glittering crystal chandelier.
Betsy Burnham brings her eye for mixing patterns to her office with this striking red floral motif. She accents it perfectly with every detail. Wouldnât you love coming to work in this space?
Today we bring you guest blogger Cece Fourchy. The recent college grad spends her days assisting customers at Little Rock’s Yves Delorme, and her nights blogging her little heart out (check out her blog, Mississippi Maven). With our Color issue in mind, she eagerly pulled together a few of her favorite looks, not in overtly bright shades but in graphic black and white.
Having just moved in to my first house post-college, I wanted to make sure the decorating was more grown-up and sophisticated (although the fact that the outside is painted purple initially threw me off). I toyed with a lot of different ideas and inspiration, but eventually I turned to a color scheme that is both classic and contemporary: black and white. I scoured the web and all my old magazines to come up with different ideas, and here are a few of my favorites:
I have always loved this photo of Jenna Lyons’s bath tubÂ (in the middle of her bedroom no less!)Â from an old issue of Domino. I think the floors and all the light play down the intensity of her black walls.
This Parisian apartment is the perfect blend of classic and contemporary styles. I love the juxtaposition of all the more modern, black furniture, and the gorgeous white walls. (from French by Design)
This may be my favorite picture. While the black and white elements are the focus, the lamps, frame, and flowers are the perfect additions. (ELLE decor)
Eddie Ross, you’ve done it again! Lonny Magazine showcased his awesome farm house a few months ago. This shelf adds so much to his bathroom but still looks really clean. I love it!
Of course, since I am making the transition from student to young professional, I’m a bit limited in choices for redecoration! But these accessories will definitely give me my fix without breaking the bank.
Fabric: Rubie Green, Silhouette: Etsy, Chest: Wisteria, “C” pillow: Jonathan Adler, Mansard Rug: Jonathan Adler, Crown Pillow: Shopfurbish.com.
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