Archive for March, 2011

That’s Amore

Today’s list of To Do’s are piling on top of each other.  I do love that my business is growing, however, for today, it leaves little time for a blog post.  I wanted to share a kitchen I saw in Elle Decor that had me dreaming of baking bread or making a pizza.  I’d surely be singing, “When the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie, that’s amore” by Dean Martin.

Isn’t that wood fire pizza oven insane?  I don’t think that would pass code in California – bummer.  Kitchen of Designer Edwina Hunt.

March 16, 2011 at 7:46 AM 3 comments

Awesome Vintage Sofa

I’ve been on the hunt for unique pieces for a few clients and the other day, I came across this fabulous vintage floral armless sofa –

It’s so fresh and vibrant and it may just be the fun piece to get my client’s office going.

I really love the crewel detailing –

To update it a bit, I may take the upholstery off of the legs and lacquer them white and then I would pull out the apricot coloring and make a large lumbar pillow to go across it.

Here were the other items that I suggested for the room….

Two hex garden stools as the coffee table

But change out the shade to a cream one with an apricot or green ribbon along the base of the shade.

This pale blue geometric rug would go nicely with the soft colors of the sofa

Sorry for the small picture, but it would be this bookshelf.

I’m still on the hunt for a unique desk.  I can’t wait to show you pictures as the office comes together.  If you are interested in specific items in this post, e-mail me and I can tell you the sources.  I don’t list sources out of respect to my clients.

March 15, 2011 at 7:51 AM 5 comments

Itty Bitty Bikini Time

Graham and I are heading to Hawaii at the end of this month for a short vacation with his family.  We have both been dreaming of sunshine, sand, mai tais and fresh fish for a while now; it’s what gets us through our work days.  Something I have NOT been dreaming about is having my grotesquely pale skin withstand the harsh elements of florescent lighting and a cramped dressing room to procure a bathing suite that will give me the courage to walk around the beach feeling over exposed.  Good Lord, I don’t want to try on a new bathing suit, but I need one.

Here are some contenders that I can look at from the comfort of my computer.  Dare I actually step foot in any of them?

Okay, so I didn’t just have a child, I’m not twelve and under or fifty and older…why is this one piece so appealing to me?  I love the ruffles.  Do I venture back into the one piece land prematurely?

I also love this one piece – but imagine the tan lines.  Plus, it’s running $218, I wouldn’t even spend that much on a cocktail dress.  Although, if it was flattering, I think I’d fork over the cash and live with the Miss America pagent tan lines.

Loving this onesy.  But it would take me all day just to figure out how to put it on…

What in the what?!

Adorable!  Plus, I could sing the itty bitty micro mini polka dot bikini song all day – that wouldn’t get annoying, would it?

This one may be just the ticket.  I promise there won’t be any before and after bikini shots of me.  De nada.

Counting down the days to be sitting beach side.  Which suit would you pack?

Top four suites available at Anthropologie, bottom suit is J. Crew.  Happy Monday!!

March 14, 2011 at 5:33 AM 6 comments

Happy Friday!!

Happy Friday everyone!!  I can’t wait for my weekend to begin.  I will be attending a fabulous soiree for two of my very best friends’ 30th birthdays.  Let the festivities begin…

Happy birthday, Jill and Katy!!

Also, my brother was written up today in the New York Times (the article got bumped last week)!!  Read the article here or log on to the New York Times and type in “Imwalle” to the search criteria.  It’s an awesome article and it really showcases what a stellar and dedicated teacher and writer he is!  My whole life I have looked up to him and it’s nice to see his students do as well.  His book is also off the hook good.

In news around the house, I had a very fun package arrive from One Kings Lane.  It’s actually my first purchase from them.  A little colorful John Robshaw Jaggery pouf

I love the vibrant color of it.

I would really love to pair this pouf with indigo, like this fabric…

But I am sold, along with the support of all those fabulous comments, that Le Touche will be going on the faux bamboo chairs…

Luckily, I love the John Robshaw pouf so much so when we eventually move to a larger apartment, I’m sure it’ll find its perfect spot.

Happy Friday!!  What will you be up to?

March 11, 2011 at 6:30 AM 7 comments

Featured Artist: Irene Wood

For the third artist I would like to feature in my Artist Series, I didn’t have to look very far.  I’m very lucky to be surrounded by talented people in my life.  Irene Wood has the kind of talent, personality and beauty that makes you want to hate her but you just can’t help but love her.  This woman is a talent machine and she’s the nicest, most supportive friend you could ask for.

Irene and I were roommates at Whitman College, where she was an art major.  After graduating and moving into the realm of full time artist, she focused on recurring forms in nature.  Irene likes to play with dichotomies in her pieces, combining Asian and western influences, traditional and modern, and the microscopic with the macroscopic.  These juxtapositions form unique, beautiful pieces; to me, they bring a sense of serenity evoked from time spent in nature.

I love her use of colors and geometric shapes.  This is her latest piece, which I adore, entitled “Above or Below, I Float” –

Not only are her paintings stunning, she is as well –

Sorry men, her heart is claimed to her perfect match.  I can’t wait for their wedding in two weeks!!

For more information on Irene, or to purchase one of her paintings, visit her website: here.

If you are a Bay Area blogger come on out for an event that my friend and blogger, Elisabeth of Mission: Closet, is hosting tonight at Kate Spade Grant Avenue store.  Check out more info on her blog, here.

March 10, 2011 at 5:30 AM 2 comments

The Lyons Strut

So I’m not the only one in love with the watermelon Strut table…check out Mrs. Jenna Lyon’s office table…

Isn’t she purdy?  And by “she” I was referring to the table, but all the ladies are purdy as well.  You may recall I used the Blu Dot strut table for an e-design client last June, click here to see the e-design.

I also have the console strut table and I admire it every day.  The hallway is styled, I’m just waiting for my pendant light to arrive before I give the big reveal.  I can’t wait to show you!

March 9, 2011 at 5:28 AM 5 comments

Writing Desk Round Up

My Aunt was looking for a pair of writing desks to use as bedside tables for her bedroom.  Her home is gorgeous – truly, one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen.  Think of the homes in “Somethings Gotta Give” or “It’s Complicated”…only better.

Here is the round up I sent her way for potential writing desks…

And even though she requested writing desks, I did throw in this dresser because it is so beautiful.

Which one would you pick?

March 8, 2011 at 5:45 AM 10 comments

Thrift Store Score

Last week, I was reading an interview of Kelly from High Street Market on Matchbook Mag and she was talking about the thrill of the hunt and how you never know what you’ll find when walking into an estate sale or flea market.  The article inspired me to check out my local thrift shops.

While there, I came upon about three yards of Brunswig and Fils Les Touches fabric for $12.50.  I held my breath the entire time I bought the fabric and I felt as though I was doing something mischievous because it was such a steal of a deal.  It retails for about 90% more than what I paid for it.

Les Touches is a very hot designer fabric – you may have spotted it in some of your favorite decor magazines.

Tommy Smythe used Les Touches on a pair of wing chairs and he can do no wrong in my eyes.

The red Les Touches ottoman adds a great touch of whimsy to the room – designed by Megg Braff via Renovation Style

Now where to put the beauty…

As the seat cushions of my faux bamboo chairs?

Pillows for my sofa?

Or as a custom headboard?  Pressure is on!  I could have done a much better job ‘styling’ the fabric for all of you to give you a better idea of what it would look like but I was just so excited to get this post out there.  What do you think?

March 7, 2011 at 5:29 AM 11 comments

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!!  TGIF

Last weekend, I sold a beloved side table to make room for my campaign dressers.  I’m so pleased because I sold it to a blogger and she sent over pictures of the dresser in its new home…

Love it!  I’m thrilled  the side table is in a happy home with such fab styling!  Check out the buyers blog, here.

After I bought my side table, about a year ago, I was pleased to see that Jenny from Little Green Notebook had used a similar one for Joe Goddard’s home from the blog, A Cup of Joe.  Those are another two of my favorite bloggers, so if you have time this weekend, check them out as well.

Happy Friday, everyone!  I hope you have some fantastic weekend plans ahead!!  What will you be doing?

March 4, 2011 at 5:41 AM 1 comment

Featured Artist: Julia Lynn

Often times, I ask myself, why my cousin Julia Lynn lives on the other side of the country.  If only she lived close to me; she has a keen artist eye, she is stylish to boot, a raucous good time and she can help me perfect my faux Southern accent.  Since she works with and is close friends with one of my favorite designers, Angie Hranowsky, I’ll talk to the hubby about us moving to Charleston to be close to her.

Julia’s photography needs no introduction, but indulge me for a second here.  She has an incredible gift to capture the mood and the moment in her photos, whether it is an abandoned home and the history left behind or a vibrant person and the life story in her eyes.  She can also work with light in a way that magnifies the beauty of a special place, whether it be a murky swamp or a colorful family home.  I’m honored to share her photography with you today.

I was lucky enough to score an interview…

When did you first realize you had a passion for photography?

In college, when travelling and living in Italy.

What is your favorite subject to shoot – people, interiors, nature?

I started out shooting mostly people and I love photographing them. However, I started photographing interiors at the urge of my very good friend and interior designer, Angie Hranowsky.  Since then, we’ve shot tons of interiors together, and now they are some of my favorite things to shoot.

Has there been a favorite person that you took a picture of for your portrait series, why?

I have several people who rank high in my “favorites” category, more because of the experience of the shoot, than the end result.  Although, I do believe when you have a good experience photographing someone, it often shows in the work.  My current favorite is Addie Wright, she is a real gem and lives in the small rural community of Edisto Island, about an hour outside of Charleston:

I photographed Addie while working on the Palmetto Portraits Project.

(More information about the project can be viewed here:

What part of the photography process do you enjoy the most?

I actually quite enjoy “the hunt”  – finding the locations, the people, concepting….  I also love when I come across something fantastic I didn’t know about before and there also happens to be great light at the same time!  This old piano is a perfect example of that.  I was in Bath County, where my parents have a cabin, out looking for “old things and places” to photograph with my dad.  We stumbled upon this awesome piano in an abandoned mess hall of an old summer camp.  The light was perfect too and I just knew I had a shot I would love (it was shot with film too, so unlike digital I didn’t get to “see” the photograph right away).

For those who are just starting out in photography, do you have any basic tips?

Study light and how it falls on everything; objects, people, buildings, the land. Also, study the light at different times of day and see how it can transform an object or place by the way the light falls.  And – save a lot of money!

Do you have a personal favorite piece?

That’s tough, it changes.  Often pieces have sentimental value to me because of when or where I took the photograph, or who I was with.  However, those aren’t necessarily the best ones, but since they hold a place in my heart, they might be my favorite…

Can you please send us pictures of your home?  When your mom talks about your home, I’m always convinced I’ll want to move right in.

Yep, it’s official.  Graham and I are moving to Charleston and we’ll be living in your house!  It is gorgeous!  Some of Julia’s favorite finds are her coffee table (vintage Paul McCobb) and Saarinen tables, both of which she found on e-bay and her dining table and chairs, which she found in Atlanta at 20th Century Antiques on Highland Avenue.  It does help to be close with Angie Hranowsky, who helped her pick out the awesome zebra wallpaper (Rose Cummings), the fabric on the dining room chairs, the Damien Hicks Fiorentina pillows on her sofa and the crib is from Angie.  One of my favorite elements is the print of the Virginia Peony above her sofa, which she sells online here.

Not only is she crazy talented, she’s also a wife, mother of two and gorgeous.

Thank you, Julia for the interview!!  As a gift to all of my readers, she is offering a 15% discount on her prints!  E-mail her at for more information and mention Kate Collins.

Go check out Julia’s extensive portfolio, here.

March 3, 2011 at 9:11 AM 9 comments

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