Dara Ettinger Jewelry

So I have found a new jewelry designer crush...Dara Ettinger! She has the coolest statement pieces at reasonable price points. What girl out there DOESN'T love that?!?! Dara trained at the Parson School of Design in NYC before working with a plethora of talented designers, such as Micheal Kors, Ralph Lauren and Cynthia Steffe - just to name a few. What I adore about her line is that she uses a lot of natural stones in her creations!

I just picked up a fabulous pair earrings myself from shopbop - you can also find her jewelry at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Henri Bendal and Anthropologie -- as well as her own website!!!

These are Dara's Hatty Earrings! I am on a blue "kick" right now and just could not stop myself from obsessing on these lapis blue earrings with a druzy dangle!

Here are some more fun pics of her jewelry - definitely stop by or go online to one of the stores she is featured in above and grab yourself a statement piece while they are hot AND in stock!

Does she not have some of the coolest pieces!?!?! Hurry and check shopbop soon, her pieces are selling super fast!


Smith Lake Project

Recently I completed a project in my home state of Alabama for a client that has a cottage on Smith Lake. If you have not been to Smith Lake, you are definitely missing out. It is one of the cleanest and prettiest lakes I have been to!

My clients wanted to take a somewhat different approach to the typical "lake house" look of darker tones. I decided to use white and neutrals to lighten up the feel of their home. We decided to use some her own pieces that she has collected over the years and then I added a mix of some newer furniture and accessories to brighten it up!

I loved being able to help my clients find that balance of warmth and harmony so that every time they walk into their lake house -- the feel at home!

Here are a few pictures:

I went with a slip-covered white pottery barn sofa and chair for both living areas. It is a great way to use a mixture of accent colors around any room! I fell in love with these Suzani pillows that I found at Highpoint market and knew they would add the right amount of color to the living room. My client loves the look of natural bamboo - so I used several different pieces of bamboo furniture throughout the lake house. I used this fabulous bamboo coffee table from Kenian Imports that really adds a tortoise shell feel that mirrors the ACTUAL tortoise shells we placed on the adjacent dining room wall!

I just adore this round dining table from France. Could you just die over the buffalo check skirted seat cushions??? I found this FAB iron pendant at Scott's Market that helps tone down the dressiness of this french table and chairs. My client loves creamware and so I thought it would be a great accent over the reclaimed wood wall. I had fun mixing the creamware with the roe deer antlers and tortoise shells!!!!

 Here is another view of the main living area...don't you just love ALL that natural light. The whole backside of the lake house is nothing but these brilliant huge floor-to-ceiling windows!!! I used the same buffalo check for the living room draperies as well. The two linen armchairs are just so comfortable from Gabby!!! 

My client purchased this very COOL fish from a fabulous North Alabama artist, Sloane Bibb. He is uber-talented! It is hard to see from the picture, but the fish is made out of mostly metal pieces from cars and different objects. Very "lake house chic" if I do say so myself!
This is another small seating area located downstairs by a large guest bedroom. I love the blue & white pillows we picked up from Brooks and Collier, in Huntsville, Alabama!

This is the large downstairs guest bedroom. We used several old maps that my client has collected as wall art. All of the bedding is an ivory linen from Callisto Home. This is actually one big room with a seating area as seen above!

The next two pictures are of the master bedroom:

My client wanted her room to be as neutral as possible. So we used these great beige embroidered pillows from Callisto Home and framed some 19th C. botanicals to go over the bed. I love the french pedestal tables on each side of the bed!

This is the third bedroom on the second floor. My client wanted to keep everything as natural and neutral as possible, with pops of color here and there. That is why I chose sea grass rugs throughout the cottage. Over the bed there are six framed 19thC. french writing papers. The glass on glass frames are stunning!

I want to thank Olivia Reed Photography for these great images!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of this fun Smith Lake cottage!


Blue & White

Lately I have been “cheesing” on some blue and white chinoiserie style rooms! It is so classic that you can never go wrong with this color palette. Not only is it timeless, it is so easy to mix in updated and contemporary pieces with this scheme as well.

Here are a few pictures that show this more modern version of Blue & White:

What I adore about this room is that she added a contemporary leather ottoman AND the clear glass lamps that flank each end of the sofa. This room is NOT at all over the top with the "blue & white theme" either.

This dining room is a great example of an updated "blue & white theme". The geometric rug makes the dining room just POP! These Chippendale dining chairs are all the rage right now!!!!!

This vignette is just gorgeous! The use of an armless love seat and industrial style table makes all the difference in the world. I love all the different patterned blue and white pillows that were used.

This room is a PERFECT example of how the use of blue & white does not have to be "stuffy" at all! The gold library lights and the all white accessories in the cabinet are fabulous.

This room was done by Suzanne Kassler for Hickory Chair. The bold navy strip that runs from the bed all the way to the bench is so structural and fantastic!

While this bedroom doesn't jump out at you like the other rooms with the navy...this pale blue and white bedroom is heavenly! I adore the white embroidered bedding and the blue X-benches in front of the bed. 

You can NEVER go wrong with a collection of blue & white pieces on your wall!
This FAB chevron blanket from zhush.com can make any room pop!

I love Lucite...this monogrammed chinoiserie tray is a great gift for any friend!

Last but not least, here are some beautiful blue and white pillows...this is a great way to ease into this fun style!



Cotswold Marketplace

I am not sure if everyone has heard of Cotswold Marketplace -- it is a great shop here in Charlotte and I just absolutely ADORE all the ladies that work there. I have been furnishing my house with items from this store ever since we moved from Birmingham. If you have not been, I HIGHLY recommend stopping by Cotswold to see all their fantastic vendors with great accessories, furniture and all kinds of goodies! As luck would have it, they had a spot open just recently and I could not help but snatch it up! While you are there, feel free to check out all of my little goodies I just set up. 

Just to give you an idea of all the great vendors these ladies have procured, here is Cotswold Marketplace's website and information:
200 North Sharon Amity Road
Charlotte, NC
Hours: Mon-Sat 10-5

Here are a few pictures of my space I just recently opened last week ... Enjoy!


cocina blanca

Happy Monday!
Lately I have been obsessing over white kitchens. Totally obsessing! I know white kitchens can seem very traditional and boring but I have been spying on some great up-to-date and contemporary versions that I want to share with you all!

These shaker cabinets and simple hardware are just fresh and clean. The veined marble counter tops add an extra dimension. My favorite part is the hint of green, which makes all the difference between a stark white kitchen and kitchen with personality, don't you think?


 This kitchen is the BOMB! I am crushing over the marble subway tile and THOSE pendant lights. These, along with the nail head trimmed bar stools, really give the stark white kitchen some depth and a modern twist.

 Here are another few of my favorite white kitchens with a little more pizazz...


Open shelving with organized dishes and glasses is a great way to incorporate some personal touches in a white kitchen. Of course I am partial to the blue and white theme they have going on above. The gilt chandelier is too yummy for words!

While there is not a lot of "color" going on in this kitchen, the geometric cabinetry and hood design provide a great focal point!

What can I say, the pops of yellow and orange make this kitchen SO fun! I would love to cook a meal in this kitchen right now.

Yellow, yellow, yellow...it just adds an extra dimension to this kitchen along with some grey undertones. The pendants and yellow bar stools are to DIE for!

So much great natural light in this kitchen along with some subtle hints of blue make it very inviting!

These lantern pendants in a brushed copper are amazing!

Another fun and lively open shelve concept!

Great bar stools and pops of color are stunning in this open and bright kitchen!

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