Fall is setting in at last and after a stormy Sunday, we woke up to a chilly, rainy, crazy Monday morning. I had a different post prepared for today but decided at the last minute to distract myself from the cold weather outside with a sunny California abode. The beautiful  home of L.A designer Kendall Conrad.

Kendall Conrad is a model and talented entrepreneur famous for her eponymous luxury leather accessories brand that makes anything from handbags and footwear, to jewelry and accessories. With a look that encompasses clean lines, leather, brass and suede with minimal embellishments, her pieces are destined to become family heirlooms. Her products are timeless, the kind that mothers, daughters, even granddaughters could equally appreciate and enjoy. Not to mention that every piece is sustainably made in California.


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I’ve been meaning to show you this home for a while now. Back in July, House Beautiful wrote an article about New Wave interior designer Sarah Bartholomew and I was intrigued by her stunning room pictured below. It had so many of my favorite design elements, like the Olof Rudbeck bird prints, myrtle topiaries, delicate stripes and the lush upholstery. With a clean classic, look that I love and fun accents (like that leaf green painted rattan chair), the room just spoke to me on so many levels. So when Southern Living featured the entire home in its September issue, I was more than happy to take a peek! It is beyond beautiful!


House Beautiful New Wave Interior Designer-Sarah Bartholomew 

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Happy Tuesday, friends! A miracle happened the other night. For the first time since becoming a mom (4 happy years ago), I was able to watch through an entire award show (red carpet arrivals included) without major interruptions!!! Yayy!! (And it was a good one this year). Although I loved the overall atmosphere and the sea of gorgeous gowns, I felt slightly disappointed by this year’s lack of love for House of Cards. Ahh, well…

With respect to the dresses, the word best describing the red carpet looks is variety. Different shapes, colors, lengths and styles, we saw it all and as usual, some people got it right while others, not so much. Here’s the list of my favorite  gowns starting with what could easily be the best dressed celeb of the 2016 Emmys: Regina King wearing Elizabeth Kennedy. Delicate and minimal accessories make this gown stand out on its own. With a dress like that, not much else is needed.


Regina King in Elizabeth Kennedy 

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One of the great architects of our days, Bobby McAlpine has been changing the landscape of North American residential architecture one house at a time. With more than 30 years of experience in the field and over 500 houses designed,  McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and its interior design counterpart McAlpine, Booth and Ferrier (now McAlpine) have 40 architects and employees with offices in Montgomery, Nashville, Atlanta and New York. Naturally, many things have been written about this awesome architect and I’ve selected a few of my favorite excerpts from interviews and stories in Garden & Gun, Flower and Southern Living Magazine.

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