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Bar Cart Series ... No. 17 Mackenzie Horan

There is nothing better than a Friday, unless it is a Friday on vacation!  We have absolutely loved our time away this fall break, the lake is incredible!  We end our days exhausted and sun soaked sitting by the fire pit laughing until bed time.  Truly such a fabulous week and such quality time with my littles.


Designer Spotlight ... Margaret Kirkland

A few weeks ago I shared with you my lovely day touring the Southern Living Idea House in Mt. Laurel, Alabama.  The house is incredible and my favorite room was that of the darling and talented Atlanta designer Margaret Kirkland.  I met Margaret a few years ago when she designed a bedroom for the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays showhouse and I adored her immediately.  Those blue lacquer walls were everything! Her love for traditional design mixed with fabulous color inspires me and speaks to my heart.  Defined by Southern Living Magazine as the "lively traditionalist" Margaret says "I just want to bring out the pretty in spaces".  As you peruse her work you would agree she has definitely met her goal.  


Lake House Perfection ...

We are off on Fall Break and are at the lake with friends for the week relaxing and enjoying the amazing house and scenery.  I am a girl who loves any day spent on the water ... lake, beach, truly doesn't matter. When I was little my father had a boat and we spent many weekends boating while he and his friends spent the day skiing.  There is nothing more relaxing to me than a day spent near the water.


Front Porch Dressed For Fall

It is definitely fall every single place I look.  The pumpkins are out at the store, the fall drinks are flowing at the local Starbucks and the amazing fall clothes are stocked and ready to be purchased and worn at all my favorite stores.  It is still quite hot here in Atlanta, so  I needed to get inspired for the season.  It was time to bring fall to the Minear house!

I wanted new pots for the front steps since the urns I have are amazing but don't really hold much in the way of dirt and plants.  They are perfect for topiairies, but if you want anything more they just don't work.  I moved them to the deck and hunted for a larger pot.  I spotted these amazing planters at my local At Home and loved the brown for fall.  The size is perfect and the color is clearly ideal for our home!

One trip to the local nursery and these babies were filled and ready to usher in the cooler weather we are promised by the weekend.  I love the size of the new planter, I can mix so many different plants to make an amazing presentation.  Since I am not the best of gardener (read, black thumb lives here) I relied on the expertise of the Hubs to help me get the right dirt and good plants for our very sunny stoop.  He loves it when I need his "help".

I love Cinderella pumpkins and the market had an amazing selection of them!  They were not as pricey as normal which is good since my neighborhood squirrels like to visit.  I will be shooing them away on a daily basis I am sure.  I loaded up my cart and was excited to get them home!

Since this pumpkin was as close to pink as I could find it definitely make it into the cart!  Isn't he darling?

I absolutely love fall and the incredible colors ...

I really needed a new fall wreath and I searched high and low and just didn't find anything I really liked.  A few years back I bought some leaf swags and made a wreath with a grapevine base.  It lasted a few years but last year it was faded and just ready to be passed on.  I searched At Home for another swag and found these which I knew would be perfect for my project.

I grabbed three of them and proceeded to tie them onto an evergreen wreath I had.  I was all ready to add a bow and then when I hung the wreath I realized it was perfect just the way it was ...

Sometimes when you can't find what you need it is best to create it for yourself!!  Don't you agree?

I absolutely love the front steps, I have walked out each morning to sit here with my coffee and take in all the season has to offer.  I can't wait for crisp mornings and all the fires we will build to end the days.  The front porch is ready to welcome the new season.

Happy Monday lovies ... here's to cooler weather on its way!


TPC Closet

About ten days ago I launched a new Instagram account so that you can shop all of the amazing things I find when I am antiquing ... introducing The Pink Clutch Closet.


Bar Cart Series .. No. 16 Sequins & Lipstick

Happy Friday Lovies ... you know this is my favorite day of the week!!  This one is extra fabulous for us because the littles have fall break next week so we are off on a fun fall vacay!!  Even more reason to celebrate with a fabulous bar set up, right?


First Day of Fall with Keurig

Happy first day of fall ... the most beautiful time of the year in my humble opinion!  I went all out and created a coffee bar for the family this morning.  We have been falling in love with our new Keurig since it arrived a week ago and this was the perfect day to have a little soiree in its honor!


Green Perfection ...

A while back I posted the fabulous photo below on Instagram. Since my first post of the day is always an "Inspiration du Jour" I am always looking for fabulous photos to post to inspire you as the day begins.  I loved my choice that day and I was excited to share it. 


Vacation Home Anyone?

Did you see that Jackie Kennedy's childhood vacation home is for sale?

The East Hampton home and 11 acre sprawling estate, known as Lasata, is up for sale for a cool 50 million.  Of course the home is incredible and the grounds are stunning.  Not that I expected anything less from the Bouviers.  While you are looking through the fabulous photos you can just picture Jackie and her sister Lee running through the halls and all tucked in after an amazing summer day.


Fall Pairings for the Prep

Yes, I am preppy.  I am always two steps from my pearl earrings, and yes I do keep a pair of them in my purse.  I love a monogram and plaid for days and if it comes with a collar and a ruffle I will chose it every single time.  And if it is available in gingham it is definitely hanging in my closet or is monogrammed and folded in my bureau.


Bar Cart Series ... No. 15 Summer Ann

It's the best day of the week ... Fri-YAY!!!  So excited for the weekend this week, maybe more than normal.  I absolutely love a weekend of possibilities!!  Plus ... I am super excited about today's bar cart.  Summer from Girls in Madras is sharing her bar cart with us today and I just adore Summer!  I connected with her immediately after we met, we have so many things in common.  I just adore her classic preppy style and her home is so similar to mine in the way she mixes old and new.  And I mean ... she is just as cute as a button.  

I found Summer on Instagram and since then have become a loyal reader of her darling blog Girls In Madras.  Summer has the most darling posts and her pictures are stunning.  She has me dreaming of apple picking in cute seersucker dresses with adorable boots and a fabulous basket.  I must make that happen this year, I may have to go without kids to make that little dream come true!  If you are even half as classic and preppy as I am you will love her blog and all of her fashion picks. #pinkyswear

In my humble opinion Summer sets a perfect bar cart!  Flowers, fun decorative pieces added in and all of her favorite drinks ready to create a drink for her besties.  As I look at her cart I can spy five things I own ... including the darling dalmation.  I told you ... we have very similar styles.  And the monogrammed hand towel ... yep, have one of those too!

And the best part of all, more about Summer ...

First of all, tell me about Summer and Girls in Madras. How did the journey to the blog begin?

Well, I suppose we could start with my name! A lot of people are surprised when I tell them that Summer is actually my grandmother’s maiden name. My family tends to use last names as first names, so I feel lucky I ended up with a name that’s consistent with my personality and style. I’m the first in my family to be born outside of the eastern seaboard. As much as I love the Midwest, I’m a Virginian at heart.

Before the blog, I worked as a contributing writer for two local magazines, specializing in culture, art, and style. I’ve always had a special fondness for classic coastal styles, from Nantucket to Palm Beach. My fashion editorial experience was a big nudge toward blogging, but my passion for interiors, which I rediscovered while decorating my first “big girl” apartment, was the final nudge.

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Finding inspiration in the most unlikely places. Fun fact: The idea to name my blog Girls in Madras came to me while I was standing in line at my go-to lunch spot. A woman called out to me from across the room, “Hey girl in madras! Where’d you get your skirt?” I couldn’t get “girl in madras” out of my head all day, so I just went for it!

I love that you are old school prep (me too!) ... what is your favorite thing about your style?

I think my favorite thing about having a classic style is that when I look at old photos of myself, I think Wow! I forgot I had that! a lot more than Eek! Wish I’d never worn that in public. I like to think of my style as a potential source of inspiration for future generations of my family. Johnathan Adler says “if your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it,” which, to me, completely encapsulates the preppy ethos. I also love finding new and inventive ways to style timeless pieces, whether it’s a planting a set of old canes next to a modern console or spicing up a classic trench with bright accessories.

What is your idea of the perfect day?

Ah, I love this! My perfect day would begin with a brunch of crepes and mimosas with my besties. From there, I’d head to the art museum and wander semi-aimlessly through the artworks, getting lost in the shapes, colors, textures, and stories. Then, I’d spend the rest of the day at the flea, hunting for watercolors and blue and white.

You have just been gifted $100, what do you do with it?

I’d have a gather a few friends for “flamingle” party and stock my bar cart with flamingo party favors, cookies, and d├ęcor. It’s been on my entertaining bucket list for some time now!
I love that your home is a mix of things you have inherited and newer pieces? What are your two favorite things that have been handed down to you?

Thank you! And yes, it’s truly a hodgepodge of eras in here! I love a house that evokes a sense of personal history and family history. The one piece I have that really ties the generations together is my grandmother’s pagoda-topped china cabinet, which is what sparked my obsession with all things chinoiserie. I keep a few heirlooms on display in there, as well some newer pieces. Another item I adore is my grandmother’s Persian rug, which contrasts nicely with my modern lacquered console.

Coffee or tea?


Favorite cocktail to order?

A classic gin gimlet.

Tell me about your vintage art collection.

It started with a 1940s vintage watercolor of Mexican houses that I bought at a San Francisco flea. I was drawn to the colors and the inlaid wood frame—I knew I’d find the perfect place for it one day. It’s now the centerpiece of my bar cart watercolor gallery, surrounded by a mix of originals and prints. And my latest addition to my vintage painting family is an impressionistic Bermuda sailing scene by mid century artist Alfred Birdsey!

What inspires you?

I get a lot of inspiration from museums, flea markets, photography books, and my travels.

If I spotted you on a random Saturday what would you be doing and what would you be wearing?

I’d probably be standing in line at the farmer’s market, wearing a cotton sundress, sandals, and carrying a straw tote.

What is your favorite way to unwind?

Well, nothing beats a glass of wine, a cheese plate, and a Gilmore Girls marathon! 

Five must haves.

A potted palm tree, a good pair of leather riding boots, a nice set of monogrammed napkins, a cashmere travel wrap, and ginger jars.

Favorite quote.

“I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right.” –Dorothy Draper

Isn't she just fabulous?  I truly love her style and how she decorates her space.  She and I share a very similar thought when styling our home.  I truly believe our home is special to us because of so many of the pieces we have inherited from our families.  I look around and see so many things that mean so much to me because either my family gave it to us or his family gifted it to me.  I love using the Hubs grandmother's monogrammed silver mixed with plates I have found at an antique store and topping it off with fabulous new monogrammed napkins.  For me it just makes it so much more. 

You will adore Summer as much as I do ... and no thank you necessary!!  Follow her on Instagram and sign up to receive her blog.  I just read this week's post and I can tell you I am a firm believer in everything she suggested, especially the last two weeks!  

Thank you precious girl for saying yes to this feature!!  I know we will continue to grow our friendship and I can't wait to collaborate in the future!

Happy Friday ... pop the champs an hour early!!


Random Thoughts ... #091516

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It has been a good week, I am actually feeling better (finally) so that always makes for a good week. But the good think, for you, is that a whole lot of down town means I discovered all kinds of happy on the internet.  I know Lawyer is super thankful I am spending less time shopping online resting and more time tidying up after our crew!!  (holla ...)


Southern Living 2016 Idea House

I had the immense pleasure of accompanying ADAC Atlanta for a private tour of the 2016 Southern Living Idea House last month.  I love a showhouse and this one was well worth the two hour trip to see every single moment of it.  As you will see in a moment with the many photos I took I loved so many things about the home.  Truly it is one I could see myself purchasing to enjoy as our forever home. (she says in a whisper to not upset her current forever home!)

The home located in Mt. Laurel, Alabama was special to the magazine since it is part of the 50th year celebration.  Each of the five young designers was hand selected for the project and given inspiration photos from the last fifty years of the magazine.  They chose one photo for the inspiration for their room and then the photo was shown along with their completed spaces in the magazine.  I loved perusing the showhouse in the special issue and seeing the original inspiration photos and the elements each designer used in their current design.  I am pretty sure I read each page of the issue three times taking it all in.  If you don't have access to the issue you can read it online here.

I have not added in the original inspiration photos but they are included in the article referenced above and are a must see. 

The dream team for home included Architect Bill Ingram and designers Mark D. SikesMargaret Kirkland, Lauren Liess, Amy Berry and Ashley Gilbreath. These young designers were chosen for their different takes on design and style.  I love how they came together to create an incredible southern home. I so wish I could have taken each of you on the tour of the home.  It was an absolute treat I can promise you and the best way to spend a sunny Tuesday.  You must take the video tour of the home here and hear all of the designers share their take on their spaces. My favorite part is Bill Ingram talking about how southerners feel about their homes.  He hit it on the head ... we do everything here; entertain, live and collect from everywhere to create a true home.

Architect Bill Ingram shared his thoughts with me about choosing the perfect location for the home ...

"When we met at Mt. Laurel for the first time to look at the right location for the house we went over a full survey of the town and looked at about three possibilities for a house site. Then we all agreed on one lot to look at first and decided immediately upon walking it that we had found the perfect spot; an elevated corner lot facing a nature preserve and walking trail. I knew that a house there would stand a bit on its own among the other houses as this house would be unique in Mt. Laurel. Also the corner site would allow us a wraparound front porch and lots of light! All the magic ingredients were coming into play there along with a close street presence and side alley tucked away for a driveway, enhancing the town's walk able nature.

After that I conjured up the plan we have with light filled rooms overlooking the preserve and the street as well as a more private courtyard to the side. We made very few changes after that. The plan is a familiar center hall plan, but with a few twists in that the living room on the left runs the full depth of the main part and serves also as the entry point for the master suite. The dining room, kitchen & family room side on the right flows beautifully front to back as well as opening across the wide center hall to the living room. Distinct rooms all flowing together enabled each designer to control the vision for their own spaces and connect to all the others. Proportion is everything here with 11' ceilings and tall windows & doorways and appropriately scaled moldings.

I think that while the house was designed specifically for this unique place it would fit wonderfully in a wide open pastoral setting, along a lake or even on a mountain ridge as the porch naturally draws you to the outside."

Without any more chat from me, I give you the incredible showhouse!

Foyer designed by Ashley Gilbreath ... 

Living Room by Mark D. Sikes ... 

Clearly I loved the living room by the number of photos I took and I whittled them down for you today.  The room was so welcoming and warm and truly just gorgeous.  I was surprised I connected with such a neutral room and it got my brain thinking about how amazing this room would be in my one day beach house.

Mark chose a living room photo from 1986 ...

His Inspiration: “The 1986 living room was gorgeously neutral,” says Sikes. “There were stacks of books, layered rugs, striped sofas, even a bit of rattan. That mix of finishes and textures gave it an elegance that’s still relevant.”

His New Take: “I wanted to maintain that room’s timelessness and maximize the space to seat as many people as possible,” he says, “and also include an organic nature.” The room’s many finishes—raffia, rush, wicker, and linen— give the right casual and elemental touch.

Master Bedroom designed by Lauren Liess ... 

Dining Room designed by Margaret Kirkland ...

The dining room was nothing short of spectacular and I have saved most of my photos from a separate post on the darling Margaret Kirkland.  I love how feminine it was yet so stunning.  She did not leave one detail untouched.

Margaret chose a dining room photo from the March 1989 issue ...

Her Inspiration: “I fell for the dramatic drapery and the deep orange color on the walls in the dining room from March 1989. Looking through more old issues, I saw that this color and wallpaper were used a lot,” she says.

Her New Take: The red orange from 1989 was reimagined as deep coral that’s more suitable for 2016. “I went all out with two wallcoverings and great, chinoiserie curved pelmets and draperies, which feel so fresh now amid the more familiar curtain and rod treatments,” she says.

Kitchen, Family Room and Powder Room designed by Bill Ingram ...

Bill's kitchen was stunning!!  The green drew me in and made me want to stay forever.  the walls are glorious and the details in the kitchen were everything.  Two sinks, an incredible island and all the Thermador appliances made it a kitchen to lust after.

Bill chose a kitchen from June 1975 and made it his own for 2016 ...

It’s clear that Ingram took some green inspiration from the June 1975 kitchen with its wallpapered ceiling and stenciled cabinets. He just magnified it, selecting the same shade for the Wellborn cabinetry, walls, and ceiling. “The dark green adds a cozy warmth,” says Ingram. A butcher-block-topped island is another thing that Ingram likes from the 1970s kitchen. “I typically use two different materials for countertops,” he says.

Heading up the stairs ... 

There were three bedrooms upstairs along with a playroom ~

Bedroom Number 1 designed by Southern Living ... 

Bedroom 3 designed by Ashley Gilbreath ... 

All of Ashley's spaces were amazing.  The entry, the halls and then this bedroom all made me feel so welcome and relaxed.  I absolutely loved her use of the incredible elements in the foyer ... that standing basket against the wall was brilliant!  

Ashley chose a January 1976 photo to inspire her spaces ... 

Her Inspiraiton: The references between Gilbreath’s foyer, bedroom, and upstairs landing and the January 1976 bedroom are clear. “We took a lot of the built-in cabinetry and mustard yellow hues into account,” she says.

Her Take: “We made it accessible for today, using mustard just as an accent,” she says. “The bed coverlet speaks to that era’s style. Rather than having elaborate millwork for built-ins, we got creative with curtains.”

Bedroom 4 designed by Amy Berry ... 

And the playroom or the Pajama Lounge as designer Amy Berry refers to it ... 

I adored this space.  I love how inviting it was and how I could just picture slumber parties and girly soirees in the space.  I love the walls and ceiling wrapped in fabric, they were divine.  All of the blue and white accents made it feel less neutral to me since I am not a neutral girl.  However, this the second neutral room I fell in love with at the house. 

Amy chose an amazing inspiration photo from October 1974 ...

Her Inspiration: “There’s something so cozy and warm about the bedroom from the October 1974 issue,” says Berry. “Like in the photo, I covered all of our walls and ceilings with fabric—especially the pitch of the roof. That’s what instantly finishes a room.”

Her Take: She used only one tonal, animal-print pattern (a fabric actually), rather than multiple prints throughout her pajama lounge. “This makes the banquettes seem to disappear into the wall and the room appear bigger,” says Berry.

Since I was a guest of ADAC for the day I was very interested to chat with the designers in attendance as to what ADAC means to them.  Since I am not a designer I don't use the amazing designer center amenities ADAC provides.  I am lucky to attend many a function in the incredible building and I am always inspired when I leave after walking past so many incredible showrooms. Bill Ingram shared with me his how having two offices has helped grow his business.  

"I use my small office in ADAC when I'm in Atlanta serving my clients there or when I just need to get away, easy for me as I have an Atlanta residence as well. Being in ADAC is a tremendous help for me with resources as they are all right there in the building! I continue, as I always have, to concentrate on my residential architecture clients and follow them along through interiors and gardens whether personally or with their favorite decorators. Having an office in Mountain Brook village in Birmingham and the ADAC Atlanta office gives me two great locations to work from and the Atlanta office is also especially useful as an access point for my out of state clients when I need to fly around the country."

I also shared my tour with many designers including Eric Ross and his wife Ruthann.  On the way home Eric and I were chatting via phone about ADAC and what an asset it is to the Atlanta design community. He was so eloquent when sharing his thoughts ... 

"ADAC is an amazing resource for designers. Being from Nashville, it’s a real effort to get to Atlanta to source for jobs. But, since I started regularly attending ADAC functions and coupling that time with the opportunity to shop the many fabric and wall covering showrooms, I have increased the profitability of my business. Before making time for sourcing my projects at ADAC, I would just use the typical fabrics available to me in my standard fabric library, which is abundant. But, there is no way to personally house all the products shown and available at ADAC. These items cost more, which increase my margins, which in the end adds to my bottom line. Seriously, my business has change for the better because of ADAC."

The house is truly magical and perfect in every single way.  You must take the tours online and read the articles I have referenced if you were not able to see the home in person.  I truly count it as one of my favorite showhouses I have toured to date.  It is amazing!

Thank you ADAC for letting me join in on the adventure.  It is one I will not soon forget!  

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