luxe + lillies

luxe + lillies: May 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


This season I have been loving the color blocking look! Maybe its because the sun has nary shown its pretty face, and these bright color combinations are just too positive to pass up on! Personally, its all about the pink, orange, and cerulean blue for me - what is your favorite combination?

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Monday, May 30, 2011


Memorial Day is that first taste of a summer weekend... and finally provides us with a little extra time to get outside and enjoy the company of family and friends. What better way to spend the day than having a fabulous picnic. Having a gorgeous little picnic basket really sets the tone for a day on the lawn...

Pick up some yummy goodies at your local bakery or cheese shop and invite a few friends...

Pop open the champagne, and take some time to truly enjoy yourself this Memorial Day!
Wishing you all the best...

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Thursday, May 26, 2011


I apologize for the lack of posting this week. 

But, I'm sending up my white flag. 
This week has felt years long and i just need some time to myself to refresh my thoughts,
I'll be back next week!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


We have gone between redecorating, buying a place, renting a bigger place, and back to redecorating more times than I would like to mention over the past few months. Today I woke up bright and early at 7:15 in what M likes to call "my cleaning mood" and was ready to make some changes...
Working mostly, or entirely with what we've already got, I'm ready to add in a new sofa and work on the overall feel of the apartment. Originally styled very boldly, I'm ready to quiet things down a little bit. I'm dying for a white sofa, but that's just out of the question thankyou pets! ...

Despite the bold color, I plan to highlight the soft glamor of the gorgeous silk curtains that already exist against the white shelving and expansive windows...

On the blank wall that will be behind the new sofa... I'm going to highlight some of our favorite memories with a frame collage on some thin, free floating shelves...

and finally, work in a new ottoman or coffee table to give more space to set a few things down, and highlight some of our favorite books and greenery. 

The main objective being to simply make the space feel bigger. Any of you living large in a small space with tips?


Monday, May 23, 2011


I love to share art that has a personal sense of meaning to me, and the illustrations below couldn't be more personal. My talented younger brother came to me last week with this adorable illustration of myself and my little dog trinket. He also did one of my sister, and a few others from inspiration...

They were too cute not to share. You can check out his Etsy shop, and request a commission of yourself for $50!

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Thursday, May 19, 2011


Getting married come October means we're going to have to find a home for many new items we collect over the next few months. Since I have elected not to do a traditional registry dishset [think jonathan adler combined with kate spade], as well as a menagerie of great glassware and table linens, it would be great to have a place to display these items rather than keeping them behind closed cupboards.
I've seen quite a few of these around and think it would be the perfect piece to add a bit of character and charm...

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Monday, May 16, 2011


Since Blogger was down on Friday, I am bringing last weeks installment of "My Interior Life" to you today! Many of you probably already know the handsome and charming english chap Will over at Bright Bazaar, but if you aren't yet familiar, be sure to visit him and get lost in the endless pages of bright and happy rooms!

My Life:
I've always loved...Bright colours. Even when I was a kid my trainers were the brightest on the block!

I wish I'd designed...The Oswold sofa.

My guilty pleasure is...Marmite on toast with lashings of butter. Ultimate comfort food.

 My favorite smells are...Cherry blossoms, freshly baked cakes and coffee.

The best gifts are...Ones given with love and thought.

The greatest lesson in life...Treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself.

My Inspiration:

I like to personalize things by...Mixing in new pieces with old, along with unique things I have made myself. I recently made an owl cushion, which now sits on my sofa alongside pillows from H&M and Zara Home, and a vintage design I picked up at a flea a few months ago. I love how it is a mix of high street, vintage and a one off.

The designer I admire most is...Jonathan Adler - seriously, his work is so, so good.

My favorite place in the world is...Being in the English countryside. I grew up in a tiny village in the country, so it will always be special to me even though I love living in the city now.

Happiness itself is...not a destination, it is a state of mind.

My proudest professional achievement...Seeing my styling work in magazines across the world.

My Home:
My Home a renovated warehouse in London that used to be a factory making uniforms during the World Wars.

I collect...Owls!

I prefer brightly coloured walls because...I think they make for a great backdrop for both art and furniture alike.

I covet...vintage glassware.

My 3 essential cooking ingredients are...Garlic, chili and basil.

My only interiors rule is...Don't be afraid of colour, and remember it doesn't have to be bright: Pastel shades work wonders just as well as the brightest hue in the book.

 Thanks Will!


Thursday, May 12, 2011


In honor of choosing the Luxury Monograms giveaway winner, I thought I would indulge a little more into the preppy and pretty world of monograms. I am someone who firmly believes that monograms have their place, and specific ones to be exact. Like on a pair of Stubbs & Wootton's.

or on crisp white bedding...

or in beautiful and feminine personal space - like this vanity, likewise in a mans dark wood and old world closet...

but, where I love to see them the most, is on entertaining pieces. Any great napkin can be slightly formalized with a monogram...

and this is where Luxury Monograms absolutely gets it right! Their entertaining pieces come in an array of gorgeous colors, great patterns, and you can choose from a wide variety of threads and monogram styles.. if you haven't already visited their website- do so! You will fall in love!


Lily from Gold & Gray is the winner! I will email you this afternoon!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011


This spring I am completely crushing on Tangerine. Its that perfect warm, deep, yet bright orange.  It all started with a few Hermes boxes, and now you can find me buying oranges at the grocery store just for a little countertop color....