Design duo Katie Ridder, interior designer, and Peter Pennoyer, architect, decided to build their own dream home after years of making their clients' dreams come true. A House in The Country, published by Vendome Press, tells the story of this home- from conception, to design, to decoration to landscaping accompanied by beautiful photographs by Eric Piasecki. This Greek Revival inspired home in Millbrook, NY is vibrant and spirited evident in all the color and fabric selections. Yet it still maintains its classic form. The gardens are equally as beautiful. The couple share anecdotes throughout the book of the process and challenges they had to overcome. My favorite part of the book- getting such unique design inspiration.
Nothing like pretty things on a Thursday! This shirt with rainbow colored hearts is so adorable on!! It's in my closet as I type and can't wait to wear it. I had the opportunity to flip thru the Coveteur book and it is full of amazing inspired photographs of designers' homes. A must for my Christmas list for sure. A shiny gold wishbone is the perfect topper to a stack of pretty coffee table books. This leopard bench is a classic and is guaranteed to look anywhere in your home. Get two and put them under a console, or in front of a bed. Tres chic! Pins for your jackets, shirts or clutches to change things up a bit (flamingo pin | pineapple pin | lips pin | rainbow pin ). Aren't these so fun! It would be seriously difficult not to get all four and wear them together. This cozy black poncho seems like something I would not take off all fall and this dresser (it also comes in black) is not only beautiful and elegant but so practical. The pulls are really pretty and the gold and grey color combination is one of my favorites. The cute pink clutch is only $34 and is a great way to dress up your fall date nights.
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[ The Coveteur book | gold wishbone | leopard bench | flamingo pin | pineapple pin | lips pin | rainbow pin | heart shirt | black poncho | pink clutch | grey and gold dresser ]
I met Heather Hilliard and her sweet husband during my trip to the Ranch some weeks ago. We hiked, ate and exercised together for an entire week! Sometime between eating our delicious salads and dying of heat exhaustion throughout our hikes she told me she was an interior designer. And since I love interior design I asked and asked away about her style, her training and was just dying to see her work. But it wasn't until I got back home that I really understood her level (we had no internet access in this place). Heather is AMAZING and a real heavy hitter in the world of design. She worked for The Wiseman Group, an AD100 design firm, before starting her now very successful interior design firm. What a dream it would be to have her design your home! She has flawless taste, sources the most beautiful pieces and is the sweetest lady ever. Her portfolio is full of beautiful homes you must see. It's so hard to pick a favorite. Here are a few of my favorites-
I have always been intrigued by odd shaped furniture and the designers behind the pieces. These designers always seem to think outside the box and to be ahead of their time somehow. Pierre Paulin, a midcentury icon, is one of these artists and am excited to share some photos of his book: Pierre Paulin: Life and Work by Nadine Descendre published by Vendome Press. Paulin was a modernist and traditionalist who was successful at designing anything and everything- from fans, razors and fondue pots to the private quarters of French Presidents like Pompidou and Mitterand. The innovation he is best known for was to wrap his designed furniture in colorful stretch fabric to soften and conceal all the inner materials, like wood and steel, that gave them shape and form.