Friday, April 30, 2010

Let's Talk Shop ~ Sandra Morgan Interiors

Recently, I was in Greenwich, CT and stopped into SM Home, to see what new things had come in for Spring. To my delight, Laird Morgan (daughter of founder and owner, Sandra Morgan) was there and showed me some of their newest acquisitions.

The shop is always evolving, as vignettes are created and moved around. When you first walk in, here is some of what you will see:

This fabulous new painting from artist, Cathy Lancaster, would look great in an any style home. ( A certain NY Giants quarterback recently purchased one of her works while in Memphis!) The lime green ginger jars are a fun update for Spring. Diane James flowers make it look as if you have fresh flowers all year long.

I love this bamboo inspired wall paper (in a dining room or powder bath) as a backdrop to the soothing painting and robin's egg blue porcelain.

In one downstairs room, you'll see more traditional blue and white mixed in with contemporary and antique accents.

In yet another room, shades of turquoise and lime take center stage.

If I had to pick one favorite new item, it's the Oomph side table.

YOU can customize the table color (think lacquer blue, white, hot pink) and the inset (raffia, zebra print, snakeskin or colored glass). Call or email SM Home for pricing.

Here you can see it's proportions.

If you're in Greenwich, Friday, May 7th or Saturday, May 8th stop in to see a special showing and sale of Vintage and Antique bags ~ just in time for Mother's Day.

Don't forget if you just need a second set of eyes for a consultation on paint colors, furniture placement, etc...Sandy is available by the hour.

What are you updating your home with to make it feel like Spring?
xo, Elizabeth

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Run for the Roses

There is a darling couple in my town who host the most wonderful Kentucky Derby party each year. The hostess grew up in Kentucky and brought her Southern charm and hospitality to the East Coast. The mint juleps are flowing, there is some friendly wagering and Derby hats are encouraged.

Photo by Rick Schmitt

I picked up these Derby inspired napkins for them while in Dallas at one of my favorite shops, Madison.

I'll pair them with a couple of mint julep cups ~ just to add to their growing collection.

If you want to get into the spirit of the 136th Kentucky Derby, (which is Saturday, May 1st @ 4:30pm) make the official drink, the mint julep, for you and your friends.

Start with the proper cup from here (inexpensive version) or here (the real deal). Whichever one you choose, it also makes a beautiful container for small floral arrangements.

Here's the original recipe:
Early Times Mint Julep
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Early Times Kentucky Whisky
  • Silver Julep Cups
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Which horse are you cheering for? My money's on: Lookin At Lucky!
xo, Elizabeth

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Black and White....and Boy All Over

Designing a room that can grow with a little boy can be a challenge. Eventually the stuffed animals get stuffed away and the legos and electric guitars take their place.

Using black and white as a base for my son, Carter, enables me to introduce ANY color into the room as an accent. Note, the world map, the watercolors above the bed (by our neighbor in Charlotte, thanks MC!) and the lego creations.

Carter's bedding is from Leontine Linens. This could be considered a splurge as their custom bedding is an investment. However, after 6 years and many times through the washing machine and dryer, they have held up beautifully. An example of "price per wear", in my opinion --- my husband would just call it "rationalization"! But, they worked when he was 2 and they work now at 8. I plan on them being on the bed when he goes to college! (We still love the Super Hero sheets from Pottery Barn Kids underneath! And they're marked down right now!!).

The more your child creates, the more storage you have to create. This lucite shelf from Container Store was perfect for keeping the lego masterpieces out of reach of a certain little brother, while not calling attention to itself.

Desk and chair from Pottery Barn kids, give Carter a place to write or create art. Personalized, zebra print notebook from Dabney Lee at Home. Eiffel tower drawing and USA spaceship - by Carter.

Poufs aren't just for girls, thanks to John Derian.
Sweet dreams, Carter!

xo, Elizabeth (aka Mom)
ps: What's your favorite item or design element in your child's room?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hot Stuff!

My friend, Beth, hosted a fantastic Mexican inspired dinner last weekend. With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, I thought I'd share her very clever party favor idea. Party favors should be fun, not overly expensive and tie into the theme of your party. These did just that!

Hot Tamales, Tabasco & Dentyne Fire, all wrapped together with "Mexican" colored ribbon.

The dinner was great, the mango margaritas magnificent....and the party favor was indeed Hot Stuff!

Muchas gracias for the wonderful evening! It was muy caliente!!
xo, Elizabeth

ps: Have you been to a great party lately or received a party favor idea you can share?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Wonder kid Designer ~ Sam Allen

Flipping through this month's Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, I came across a mind blowing talent. 17 year old Sam Allen, that's right...17, is already mixing it up in the design world. He's heading off to FIT in the fall to study interior design, but it looks like he's already got an "A+" on his first solo project.

Check out this room he created, one of three rooms above a garage, for 3 sisters. The orange and hot pink pop against the chocolate brown walls. White trim and accents keep it fresh. Who wouldn't love making music and hanging out in here? You can see the full article and all the rooms here.

Sam's Sources:
Good Luck, Sam ~ I'd say you have a bright future ahead!

What color palette would you use to decorate a play space for your children?
xo, Elizabeth

    Friday, April 23, 2010

    Picture This....

    If you received our family holiday card a couple of years ago, this was the image you may remember.

    This was taken at Georgica Beach in East Hampton, NY by the most wonderful photographer, Bentley Waters. Bentley is not only beyond talented ~ she has a warmth and relaxed nature that puts even the most camera shy children (or adults) at ease.

    From newborn to teens ~ families ~ and everything in between, she has an amazing artistic eye. And, since a picture is worth a thousand words...take a look.

    She, too, is a mother of 2 young boys and after years of city life made the move to the suburbs. Her clients are all over the country and she'll be available in various locations this summer, so I wanted to be sure and let you know where/how to find her.

    New York City/ Westchester: June/July
    Hamptons: last 2 weeks of August (possibly longer)
    Westport: throughout the summer
    Chicgao/San Francisco/L.A./Houston by appt

    Check out her website, for a full view of her amazing photography.

    Spring Special: 1 hour shoot, weekdays in May ~ $550 ~ online gallery of approx. 35 images, plus 1 8x10.
    Gotta run....see you at the beach, Bentley!

    xo, Elizabeth

    Thursday, April 22, 2010

    Bedtime Stories

    Mr. UPS man brought me a special treat today....Susanna Salk's new book, Room for Children.

    It's full of inspirational ideas for children's bedrooms and play spaces. Here are a few of my favorites!

    Love the Chinese lanterns ~ a simple, yet powerful take on a mobile. What baby wouldn't be dazzled with those?

    What a soothing room for a little boy or girl. Note the teddy bear is wearing the child's personalized sweater ~ this is what I do with the ones my sons have outgrown.

    Just imagine the tea parties in this room!

    A whimisical take on the patriotic~the oversize flag and drum light fixture make it "pop".

    You spend nearly as much time in your child's room as they do....make it a place for you to make the most of every moment you're together. 

    Sleep tight....don't let the bed bugs bite!                                                              
     xo, Elizabeth        



    Wednesday, April 21, 2010

    Hey, Cupcake!

    These darling updates on your average cupcake caught my eye. 
    My online pick for cupcakes is Georgetown Cupcake. Opened in 2008 by sisters Katherine Kallinis & Sophie LaMontagne, it has garnered national recognition. If you're lucky enough (Emily, that means you) to live in D.C., get them fresh out of the oven. Otherwise, let your fingers do the ordering.

    What could be sweeter?

    xo, Elizabeth

    Tuesday, April 20, 2010

    Pretty Pink Glasses...yes, please!

    I just unwrapped these pretty pink glasses. 
    Originally from the 1930s, they had faded from their glory days until discovered by the best flea market shopper I know!

    After seeing them, I just knew I could give them a proper home ~ so Eddie and Jaithan agreed to send them my way. However, before they arrived at my doorstep, they had a stop to make.

    Do you remember Bloomingdale's BIG WINDOW CHALLENGE? Well, there they are, perched on a lovely, gold tray resting on the coffee table! Can't you just imagine sipping Sauvignon Blanc out of them?

    Here's how I might use them this Spring~
    High/Low mix ~ Francis I silver, white hem-stitched napkins and Marie Daage porcelain atop burlap.

    With a touch of french macaroons ~ thinking ahead toward Paris!

    The Raynaud "Transat" pink tea cup and saucer (now discontinued)is part of a collection my friends had given me over the years. 

    Tulip  Tip If you collect something....let your friends and family know. It's great to give a gift that you know the recipient will cherish.

    Change it up slightly, by layering white hemstitched linens...and don't forget the champagne! The hubbie recommends Wine Library for delivery of bubbly to your doorstep.

    Mimosa, anyone?

    For a more casual look, use rattan chargers and melamine plates. Bamboo flatware from Mariposa.

    Breakfast is served!

    For more inspiration on tablescapes and entertaining, check out Joe Nye's new book, Flair.

    Now, who should we raise a glass to? Hmmmmmm, I know.....Happy Birthday, Eddie! Here's to you!
    xo, Elizabeth
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