Weekend Trip: Historic Williamsburg

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I told you guys last Friday that I was packing my bags for Williamsburg and jetted off Friday evening for a short weekend trip. If you were following along on Instagram, you’ve already seen an eyeful, but today I have all different photos to share from my trip!

It was my first time to Williamsburg and I was spoiled!  We got the royal treatment from the wonderful people of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Benjamin Moore.  They brought just five bloggers out to Williamsburg to get a front row seat in their collaboration. When I signed up with these two notable brands for the trip, I had no clue what I was in for, but my expectations of the town were blown out of the water! They had a perfect itinerary planned so that we were able to get the most of Williamsburg (which meant eating a lot!!!!).

We started the weekend Friday night checking into the Williamsburg Lodge, then walked across the street to a cocktails and an appetizer tasting menu at the Taste Studio.  This was a wonderful, interactive event space where chefs from some of the best restaurants in town showcased small bites with paired drinks.  I highly highly recommend this experience.  It might have been my favorite of the weekend. Chef Travis’ Bourbon Pumpkin Ice cream (topped with pumpkin brittle) was the most indulgent thing I’ve tasted in…. who knows how long.

Dinner followed at the Golden Horseshoe where we had a chance to sit and chat with everyone in the group and I absolutely loved getting to know the Benjamin Moore team better – what a fascinating job!  One of the men who sat with us, Carl, is responsible for creating and naming the colors… how awesome is that?

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(The butler’s pantry at the palace painted Governor’s Gold)

 

Up bright an early on Saturday, we met for breakfast and had a chance run in with Patrick Henry.  I just love the touristy stuff like that! After breakfast, the group toured the colonial town and our minds were blown. [Read more…]

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Colors of My Fall

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The shift from summer into fall is always a little bitter-sweet.  We love summer (right?!) but fall is just so fabulous. You guys know that fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, but I don’t like to jump all in.  Especially this year, because the fall seems to be coming pretty early.

I have several methods for the seasonal transitions, but it always starts with a color scheme.  Some of my favorite summer colors – sea green and rich berry hues – look so beautiful when toned down into a duller version for the cooler weather.

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In my fall decor (and fashion!) palette, I’ve dulled down green, pink, and fuchsia and added in some rustic grey and brown.  I love the addition of worn brass (instead of gold) for fall as well. I gathered some of the decor I’ve started to collect for this fall and photoed it all together above.  Doesn’t it work well together?

You can tell this was also the direction I followed for the fall Grandiflora collection! The colors that I worked with Hillary Butler on for this piece is derived from the same summer into fall palette and the worn whitewashed woods I used for this piece mirrors (haha) the same dull grey/brown as we have in our color scheme. When it comes to fashion, I am loving this coat right now which is a great example of using light pink into fall!

Of course, to design into the fall Grandiflora season, I had to come up with my palette almost a year ago (no kidding), so I am happy that these colors are still pretty on-point months later!  That is always a big challenge when it comes to designing into the future!

How do you guys feel about the palette?  Do you have any favorite colors that you’re loving for the summer-fall transition?

Grandiflora Summer

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I’ve been feverishly working behind the scenes on an amazing new line for Grandiflora Fall 2014, but in the meantime, I have a couple of fun updates coming along here and there for a little summer flair.  I am just obsessed with this marigold color mixed with levels of hot pint.  While hot pink normally isn’t my thing, I like what the yellow does to it – making it look like a perfect summer sunset.

While I was traveling last month, I had just the smallest quantity of these gorgeous summer rugs made for you guys.  These are handwoven in 100% cotton and small in size (2′ x 3′), perfect for bathrooms, in front of the kitchen sink, or anywhere your little heart desires.

I hope you love them as much as I do!

 

A bohemian choice

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I’m a big fan of the boho influence in everything from interiors to fashion.  Although I definitely take more of a classic approach, there is always a little boho thrown in there.

That aspect is what initially attracted me to both of these rooms.  A mix of cool and comfortable furniture, beautifully colored rugs, and a fair bit of natural elements keeps them cohesive, but there is one very big difference.

Where does your preference lie when it comes to these two boho spaces?  Dark? or Light?

 

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Fall’s Perfect Purples

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This weekend, I bought a beautiful succulent with just a tinge of amethyst on the tips.  It got me thinking about how I’ve seen purple everywhere this season and how many different iterations there are (all that I love).  Although I’ve completed designing my holiday collection for Grandiflora (which I’m ECSTATIC to show you) I’ve already moved to designing my spring collection as well and I’m using a ton of different levels of purple.  I’m really obsessed with all things plum, amethyst, eggplant, wine, and violet at the moment.

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What are your thoughts?  People usually have such strong feelings about purple – one way or the other way.  What’s your way?