Friday, May 30, 2014

Introducing WhiteSconce.com

My business partner Marika and I are thrilled to participate in the launch of a brand new online consignment store...whitesconce.com


White Sconce


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Meet Brand & Vaughn, the stylish Chicago-based designers behind our featured Brand & Vaughn collection. Whether brass, glass, pink, or orange, their fun and elegant accessories will spruce up your space and brighten your day. Check out our interview with them to find out more about their design inspiration and why they love White Sconce. 

White Sconce is an online curated consignment website for those who delight in home decor and interior design. (Hello! Sign me up!)

They have sourced countless personal collections of antiques, art, modern furnishings and objects'd art to bring a truly unique offering to the online marketplace....we LOVE that!




 We established Brand & Vaughn because we have a delightful addiction for lovely home accessories.... Mademoiselle M and I came together through our mutual love of an elegant home, garden, and of course...a great soiree! We want to extend that love to others through our creative partnership. Our "finds" will hopefully bring "joie de vivre" to anyone who appreciates a similar aesthetic!







Some of our recent finds....




Happy Friday! XO Emily

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May Musings...


I went on a little Spring refreshing rampage in my bathroom...(well in truth.. within many spaces throughout my maison- as part of my "Spring" into action). I decided to create a succulent garden in my bathroom on a wonderful tiered antique wooden stand that I found awhile ago.



The succulents were all purchased at Home Depot. I had the mini vases and terra cotta pots already in my collection. I added rocks and shells and moss that I had in my "prop" closet... a fun little Mother's Day present to myself!



For awhile I have thought that I want to look at WATER in my bathroom on the large wall above the tub...not just in my bathtub...so last Sunday morning I hung this large canvas on the wall and went to town...in about an hour I felt that this image would do the trick...not  quite museum worthy...lol...but bathroom worthy... at least until I find something I like better! I have a tendency to paint quickly...too much time invested in one piece makes me muck it up!


Speaking of art projects...on my way to the gym last week I found a canvas alongside a dumpster that was in great shape- I just didn't like the painting...so I took it back to my outdoor Art Studio (that I have now changed into a little outdoor folly- more on that in another post)...and in about 20 minutes took it from a totally red colored print of an ugly rose to this...


I plan on leaving it up in the newly designed space to pay homage to it's Art Studio past....plus since I am leaving the easel I might just still use this corner for artistic purposes...

Today I went on a quick antiquing mission...and I found a set of  six wonderful vintage soup bowls..


I plan on doing a lot of chilled soups this Summer and these wonderful bowls are just perfect!!


I also found a pretty but scrappy bamboo styled magazine rack that I gilded the right shade of gold that will now sit on my bath ledge with copies of my favorite design mag...


I didn't purchase this but I thought this French darling was faboo...a tray and a vase in one...can't you just picture it on a lovely tea table with peonies in the vase and yummy treats on the tray? LOVELY!!


Best issue I have read in awhile...this month's issue of Traveler...relays a lot of great info about new hotels and features my favorite city Charleston...great reference for future travel plans....



 In my line of work I often get to work with professional make-up artists who sometimes pass on the best "trade secrets"...here's one...this product works like nothing I have ever seen...keeps everyone "matte" and fresh...even under camera lighting...for a full day's shoot. If anyone needs to fight shine...check this out!!



Finally...here's a typical morning in life of my pooch...can I just say...she works on her tan more than I do!



Happy May Daze Everyone! It's such a busy month! Hope to be back soon with shots of how I have refreshed the garden this year... XO Emily

Friday, April 11, 2014

Road Trippin...

Sometimes I like to go off the grid (meaning my grid)...it relaxes me to get in the car with friends or family and head off to see the wonderful landscape of this fine country....I like to discover new haunts and hideaways whenever I can get the time...

Most of the time within our hectic lives we have to fly everywhere due to schedules and such...but my favorite kind of vacation is when we have the luxury of driving somewhere...listening to books on tape, playing car games and stopping wherever and whenever we want along the way...

It helps that I could also could be a long haul trucker...I can log 15 hours straight driving without getting tired. Luckily I have a husband and children who are game...

and who knows what you might see...(on the streets of New Orleans one afternoon...CREEPY!!)

We  also found our way to Memphis and to A.Schwab (Est. 1876)...a classic soda fountain made my day...love those!!




The famous Beale Street was alive and kickin'...not exactly my scene but worth a look for a minute.



Of course, Elvis memorabilia was everywhere...


My husband is a barbecue "foodie"...and had to make a stop at  Charles Vergo's famous "Rendezvous"...and since I am almost a "veggie" he did that on his own with one of the kids.


Then we wandered through a bit of Arkansas and a lot of Mississippi before landing in Louisiana...

We stayed in New Orleans and explored the French Quarter, Magazine St.,Tulane University and the surrounding "parishes"..aka "counties. I have been to New Orleans many times but not since Katrina hit...nice to see so much improvement!


The sites and sounds and sometimes smells of NOLA are always interesting...here is what caught my eye and camera lens this trip....




Can you see my obsession with these French urns? Faboo!!



My favorite thing about New Orleans' French Quarter is the courtyards...such gems behind every building...

My family knows I am obsessed with gas lanterns...I "ooh and ahh" every time I run across them...this shop had artisans making copper gas lanterns in the courtyard and I had to stop!

 
Talk about the "Big Easy" ...in a local art gallery...


This was one of my favorite images from the trip...the patina...and all the texture in this vignette makes me swoon...yes...I'm weird! I get excited by things like this...

more texture...


On one street we happened upon a photo shoot...lovely, no?


On the way home I stopped at a few wonderful antique shops in small towns in Mississippi and Louisiana...I could have stopped at a dozen but I knew the limits of my husband and children...


I found some wonderful treasures though...



 
 


I hope you enjoyed our little adventure...and you head out this weekend...for a little adventure somewhere yourself!

                               XO Emily
 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Best Dressed at the Oscars...

This was the first year in many that I watched the Oscars quietly with just the family....
it was a nice change of pace. We still filled out the ballots and this year the Oscar went to
 
"ME"...yes...finally I beat my husband!
 
Even though Joan Rivers and her crew will analyze all the frocks tonight on Fashion Police on "E"...I had to give a nod to my faves....and here they are...
 
 
Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen
 

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture


Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace


and of course this stunner....

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada
 
 
and best couple....
 
 Matthew McConaughey in Dolce Gabbana  and Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena

                                            Happy Monday! XO Emily
                         

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Fashionastions...

 
 
It's March 1st...and it is snowing significantly AGAIN...hmmm...I am beginning to think this is the Winter that will never end...

So what does any aesthetic girl do when she is bored with the weather??...Well after having moved and merchandised as many spaces around my maison as possible...I look to music and of course...fashion to "make merry" on a cold Winter afternoon.

Here are some looks that define my style lately...things that I either wear regularly or would love to wear...



This could be me...completely my vibe...makes me smile just looking at it...



Something about a fur vest... faux is fine... ( have a couple that I love) with crocheted shorts...simply fabulous...I would rock tights under the shorts...and would prefer a crocheted skirt...but love the yummy factor of the whole ensemble...thoughts?



I love a classic overcoat...especially with a military nod...



Alexander McQueen is always the fashion house that inspires me most...here is a Fall 2014 ensemble that I just love...



Classic but fun... I like this for Spring...if it ever gets here. I would love to find a great pair of low heeled black pointed toe- comfortable- heels!! These seem perfect...


SOOO me (except the gloves are ridiculous)...


So casual and cozy...LOVE!


I would love a suit like this for Spring...with the jewelry too! Marni 2014. Fab!


My Winter uniform...


I just bought a dress like this recently...looking forward to wearing it at an upcoming soiree!

 (Merci': Angelstyle, BlueUnderwear, DeathbyEloqution, DustJacketAttic, HelloFashionBlog, Linxpiration,Lizzie62, ss-Sugar, TaryncoxtheWife)


Any "fashionastions" on your mind lately?
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