Flower Power

Monday always comes too fast, especially after a weekend of constant partying (nothing wild, just a couple of kiddos’ birthdays as well as my own) so while I’m easing into my Monday, I am delighted to write about another beautiful project signed by Ashley Whittaker.

It’s on the cover of House Beautiful’s March issue and for good reason. It’s everything we love about spring – beautiful florals, birds and chinoiserie, vibrant hues – bold and soft alike. The house is a weekend home in Darien, Connecticut, which Whittaker outfitted for comfort and joy.

ashley living room

The entire design was inspired by the living room’s de Gournay wallpaper. A work of art in and off itself, the exquisite paper was the jumping-off point for the entire color story – the Prussian blue of the connecting library, the baby-blues of the breakfast nook, the lavender and celadon of the bedroom and adjoining sitting area.



living room corner

ashley breakfast nook


ashley master sitting room

ashley master

Every hue used in the home finds an echo within the beautiful floral pattern of the living room walls. My only complaint is that we don’t get to see more of this project – there’s a butler’s pantry in a rich pomegranate, a dining room with lacquered aubergine walls as well as that Prussian blue library, maybe even exterior shots that we can only imagine being as beautiful as the rest…

So, just like Whittaker used the beautiful de Gournay paper to inspire her color choices, I’m going to use this lovely home to inspire a few spring-like selections of my own.


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Have a lovely week, my dears!



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  1. February 12, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    Happy Birthday Eva! I love this home–it is so cheerful and beautiful. Your picks are lovely too!

    • Eva Contreras
      February 12, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth! The new issue of HB is so good!! 🙂

  2. Diana Bier
    February 12, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    Oh my goodness, Eva! What a happy and colorful home, elegant and scrumptious all at the same time! Can’t wait for my HB to come in the mail.
    After so much gray decor the past few years, HB has been showcasing lots of beautiful color and pattern, which I just adore.
    And Happy Birthday!

    • Eva Contreras
      February 13, 2018 / 8:59 am

      Thank you so much, Diana! I feel the same way about the return of color… HB’s Spring issue (and this home in particular) is uplifting! xo

  3. February 13, 2018 / 6:41 am

    I love that sunroom photo, so well done!

    • Eva Contreras
      February 13, 2018 / 9:00 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Denise!!! xo

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