Cool-bookshelf junkies are the only ones who get how satisfying a really great bookshelf is. Totally one of them – to a weird level, they are basically my kink. I recently spotted this serious inspo at a restaurant – heaven. GIMME ALL THE BOOKS
For the most part I like kitchens clean, white, grey, stainless steel and bare. It’s chic looking and also the most functional. Plus I need lots of surface space to mess up recipes. So countertop-wise, I have essentials – coffee maker, knife block, mail tray, stove utensils, cutting board, and kitchen aid mixer (yes, very essential. Plus it’s heavy as sh*t and annoying to move). But that doesn’t mean you can’t add some personal touches and decor to the kitchen space. If you have shelves, do ’em up with photos, pretty dishes or cookbooks. If you have space between the cabinets and ceilings, put cool vases or bowls up there. They won’t be in the way and they’ll give the room a decorated feel. My favorite place to add my little happy makers is the kitchen window. Succulents, obviously. But if I’m out of them, I also like lemons for a fun color pop. Makes standing in front of the sink happier, which is good because that usually means you’re doing or ignoring dishes, both of which suck. I need something fun to look at – I don’t roll up the shade that often because my view is our outdoor a/c unit that’s in the driveway and a really sad looking former garden that I swore I’d fix up when we moved in…oops. Gorgeous, I know. The only junk I like on the counter are the cooking ingredients I use frequently – olive oil, salt, pepper. They need to be easily accessible in my opinion. You can make it look more organized by putting them on a great tray or round wooden cheese board like I have. I’ve tried to achieve a look that is decorated and inviting, yet minimal and open. The kitchen should be a place where people can and want to hang out.
Side note – the wooden cheese board and salt holder are from crate and barrel. Also, I put my dish soap in an olive oil container (that you can buy literally anywhere) because it’s cuter than a plastic bottle that says “Dawn”. Speaking of olive oil, if you live in Texas or happen to drive through, stop at Weikel’s Bakery in La Grange and buy their parmesan basil olive oil. It’s bomb. They also have other amazing things like kolaches and seasoned pasta noodles and Texas themed key chains with your name on them. If you’re lucky.
I wanted the bed in master bedroom to feel like a cloud and look like a piece of dollhouse furniture. It’s the only room I can make unapologetically dainty and feminine. But still, I didn’t want to take it too far, it’s my husband’s room too after all, so I tried to keep the palette extremely neutral with whites and earthy tones. I researched expensive beds I could try and copy for months and months, until I found this perfect knock-off (for lack of a better word) of exactly what I envisioned on Joss & Main. I’m usually afraid to order big things off the internet, but it did not disappoint. The upholstery is relaxed and soothing, and the trim is the perfect color contrast. Totally hit the jackpot. I wanted to go more uniform than eclectic with my bedding, so I chose this classic, neutral euro sham and duvet pattern. Then all I had to do was add a million unnecessary pillows (can’t help it), and a throw blanket for the foot, and I had myself a grown up bed! It’s a bit of a diversion from the style of the rest of my house, but it feels calm and soothing and very serene, which is exactly what I need in a bedroom. And the bed is so dollhouse.
Side note – Bedding is from Pottery Barn. Throw blanket is West Elm. And the mattress is a Casper – one of those less expensive ones you hear ads for all the time on podcasts and the radio. AWESOME choice. Recommend. It’s really comfortable, way cheaper than most mattresses, and you order it online so you don’t have to deal with those aggressive mattress store employees. Is it me or are they pushier than car salesmen? Woof.
My sister and I visited the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta last year, and it was incredible. Starting as a graffiti artist in the early 1980s, Basquiat parlayed his letters and symbols into art that blends language and image. The childlike simplicity of the images blended with the lyrical elements is interesting and somewhat haunting, given that his work is largely comprised of a social commentary, attacks on power structures, and suggestive dichotomies, such as wealth vs. poverty and integration vs. segregation. One of my favorites, which I have in my living room, is one of his earliest works Cadillac Moon, 1981. I love how spare and linear it is. To me it feels like he’s bringing the outside in[to the world of fine art] with his unfinished lines, quirky symbols and primitive language. He is undoubtedly interesting, whether it’s your taste in art or not. The exhibit of his work felt like a fascinating peek into the short life of a revolutionary artist. To me it is abstract genius – de Kooning meets street graffiti or something. It realky stuck with me and is definitely worth seeing if you get the opportunity.
Side note – Um, fun fact – did you know he dated Madonna ?? Yep, in like 1983 or something, just before her career took off. Bizarre 🤔