Friday, August 28, 2015

Drink Anyone?

I was recently asked by a client to create a bar for her husband as a surprise. I love any excuse to involve alcohol so I was totally game. The client has a paneled study already tricked out with gorgeous art by famed John Carroll Doyle. I channeled my inner Garden and Gun Goddess and ran with it....and threw in The Southerner's Handbook for good measure. 
Imagine my sheer delight when I discovered Pottery Barn's new bar ware and accessory collection by Ken Fulk. I may or may not have run out at 8:50 pm on a school night to buy the very last retriever ice bucket. Yes, it is an ice bucket. Considering they have two retrievers, this was a major priority. Homework, Schomwork

 I scored this cart at fave shop, Maran Home and love the rustic vibe, gray wood and of course, the fact that is on oversized casters. 
 I stocked the bar and added some fun touches and tools... and a perfect "bar" lamp that I found in the garage. 
Oh, I think I'll have a drink.

Monday, August 24, 2015


It's a year of first… 
First camping (glamping if you will…) here.
 and now...


Jackson, Lindley and I went on a mission trip for 9 days in this country that now has my heart. We went with 56 others from Life Point Church and served with Amigos for Christ in Chinandega, Nicaragua. 

Please bear with me while I do several post about the country and experience. Just think if it was 1970 I would invite you over for a casserole, jello mold and slide show of our trip. (You can thank me later and handle a few pics!) 

 What a beautiful country… And while the landscape took my breath away it was the people that stole my heart…


 Cuando he dicho sonrisa y mi c├ímara, que habla un lenguaje universal.
(When I said smile and had my camera, we spoke a universal language)



And now for my favorite sonrisas….

 See why I am so totally in love??? 

I'll share more later (yippee!) Still processing...

Happy Week and don't forget to SONRISA!


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Simply Simple...

Like I have said before,  you know we love a porch. It's a part of our below the Mason Dixon chemical makeup. Genetics.

So of course I was thrilled when one of my clients asked me to give her porch some much needed love.
 I truly started with a blank slate…

 Shopping included hitting all my faves for outdoor pillows and accessories.
Layer 1: I added an outdoor natural stripe rug (Home goods), a metal stool (TJ Maxx), and pillows (Pottery Barn & Pier 1) This is where so many people stop BUT treat the space like a room and accessorize !
 Layer 2: A Turkish towel (HG) makes for the perfect blanket when the nights turn chilly! (IF EVER) The cream tray was a whopping $7.99 (TJ's) and breaks up the monotony of the wood. 2 lanterns are better then 1 (HG) … I like to buy lanterns in pairs simply because they are easier to use as a pair down the road if you switch things up.
 A real live plant is always the perfect accessory.

For a few stops around town and a vision I think the porch is welcoming, comfortable and just what the client was looking for! Remember when you are doing outdoor spaces, it is nice to keep the colors and style seamless with what is happening on the inside. This porch reads simple, natural and warm and is very cohesive with the style of the house.
Want your own eclectic outdoor space ready for fall? 
 Here are a few steals and must haves…
This teak colored  set is less then $500 here.
Yes Pottery Barn Indoor/ Outdoor Kilm! …not on sale (boohoo) but still…
 Get here.

Toss in some pillows…

  and here.

A Turkish throw (FYI - my new favorite thing in the whole wide world)… 

And voila you have layer 1 complete! Now go accessorize or call us to do it for you. 
Happy porch living!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Yes Ma'am to a Little Glam

I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Georgia to finish off a room I have never set foot in (until 2 days ago). The client asked me to help her create a feminine sitting room off of her bedroom in her gorgeous (my words) French home outside of Atlanta. 

The room was almost empty and it needed to be transformed into a retreat. After some long-distance collaboration, I had all of the large pieces, drapes and lighting shipped down to the client. I gave her specific instructions on where to place everything and via email/photos we were able to create a haven. 

When it came time to accessorize, I started gathering up pieces... everything from frames, books, boxes, art and pretty things to complete the space. I offered to ship them down and help her navigate placing the finishing touches. She wasn't quite sure she could do it and it needed "the Hooper touch", what's a girl (with two out of three kids at camp) to do? I packed up the truck and moved to Beverly headed South. Oh, and I tried not to act shocked that it looked exactly like it did in my head. Whew.

A home decor collage from February 2015 featuring skirted chair, tufted linen chair and drawer furniture. Browse and shop related looks.
Each surface was layered with family photos, books...
 ...and pretty details to complete this serene space. 

 The color palette was texture, texture, texture -- with hints of gray, smokey blues, charcoal and gold. These mirrored Bungalow 5 tables are quite glamorous with marble lamps.

 I scored this vintage 60's brass screen at a shop in High Point and the bone table is a perfect perch for a martini. I could just fall out. 
 I love the shape of this shagreen coffee table atop the washed gray Oushak Oriental.
 I added wall sculptures for some texture, silk striped drapes and "pops" of smokey teal for some color. 
 The client was thrilled and I was quite sad to leave this beautiful home, hostess and space.

 bye bye birdie....

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