Thursday, March 29, 2012

Let there be GORG LIGHTS!

Hi S&C!

So often times the power (pun intended) of an interesting piece of lighting can be overlooked and dismissed. Instead of going the routine route for a pendant or chandelier think outside the box next time and take the road less traveled - look for a piece that doubles as a work of art! Be bold and make a statement with an over the top, eye catching light feature that will leave your house guests talking. The hunt for a unique, one of a kind piece can be a bit tedious but its certainly worth the time investment. Use Ebay, Etsy or your local antique store as your vintage resource! 

And hey, chandy's are not reserved for formal dinning rooms alone - think bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms (replace that unattractive overhead fan!) or even laundry rooms. 

See the daring lighting below for inspiration!
Naeem Khan's Home 
Source Unknown
Elle Decor 
Meg Adams
Lonny Magazine 

Tish Key 
Ruthie Sommers 
dining rooms - faux bamboo chairs black iron pendant trestl dining table white wood paneling  Large pendant lantern lighting and faux bamboo
Found on DecorPad 
Anne Coyle 
Betsy Johnson's Home 
Miles Redd

Wendy Schwartz 
Wendy Schwartz 
Celerie Kemble
If we were in the market for a new chandy we'd be tempted by this little number at Circa Lighting or this 'Sputnik' mid-century modern pendant from Ebay (and only $10k...a girl can dream right??).

Until next time readers!


- c h a p t e r s 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Top Your Table

Hey S&C Readers!

Today's blog entry was inspired by Miss S&C herself. Kelly just celebrated a birthday (HBD Kelly!) so in honor of her bday we're talking parties and tabletop decor. 
Kelly and I instantly fell in love with the tabletop (see below) created by Kelley Moore (Seattle based lifestyle & design expert) for the Rue Magazine premier issue launch party back in December 2010. We promised each other that we'd make sure our 30TH BIRTHDAYS (one year to GO and its GOODBYE 20's!!) included a fabulous dinner atop a beautifully decorated table (all in an effort to soften the blow of turning the 'dirty thirty'). Kelley Moore has created a masterpiece tabletop with fresh flowers, inspiring china (parties are great excuses to break out the good stuff), red AND white wine glasses to deliver on all guest preferences and the soft glow of candlelight (so much better than harsh overhead lighting). We love how she personalized the table with photos of the guests versus the standard name tag...brilliant and just so cool! 

When setting a great table get creative and have fun with it...mix new and vintage, patterned and solid - gone are the days where everything has to 'match'. Can't find that perfect table cloth?....use a pretty scarf or gift wrapping paper as a runner...there are no rules!  

We're leaving you with photos of inspiring tabletop for your next dinner party. And btw - if you're not familiar with Rue Magazine, you need to be. It will soon become 'your pathway to stylish living' (Rue's mission). 
 Kelley More Rue Magazine Launch Party 

Well hello ghost chairs....we love you. 
Kelley More Rue Magazine Launch Party 
Lonny Magazine 
Eddie Ross
Interior Designer Miles Red for House Beautiful 

Interior Designer Phoebe Howard for House Beautiful 
Kelly Wearstler for SFERRA Confetti
Kelly Wearstler for Sferra 
pink ombre cake eddie ross
Whatever you NOT forget dessert. This gorgeous little cake is by Eddie Ross (recipe below). 
We're salivating. 

Wising you a very HAPPY Birth'month' Kelly! Don't we get an entire month....the answer is 'yes'. We look forward to celebrating with you this weekend!!

We're out, 

- c h a p t e r s

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Spring has sprung at my house! I am loving all the fabulous looking colors and smells going on right now.  Oh and our garden is full of crisp lettuce and other vegetables.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

p a r s o n

Good Morning S&C Fans, 

We have a very busy day ahead of us so we're here for a quick HELLO and post about the forever versatile and timeless Parson's form furniture. Think of a Parson's piece like your 'go-to' little black dress (a stretch I know....but fashion can translate into interiors) - you can dress it up or down with accessories for completely different looks/feels and it can be used (worn!) in pretty much any setting.The Parsons table was designed by Jean-Michel Frank while working at Parson's Paris School of Art & Design then known as the Paris Atelier. The tables striking design has made them popular as dining tables, side tables, coffee tables, bookcases and occasional tables. 

See how the always inventive Nick Olsen and Grant K. Gibson dressed their Parson tables (genius)!

Find a variety of Parson's tables at West Elm! 

See you next week!! 


-c h a p t e r s
Nick Olsen's Apartment 
Grant K. Gibson
Source Unknown
 Joan Crawford's Home (1977) Architectural Digest
 Joan Crawford's Home (1977) Architectural Digest
Our very own Parsons shelves

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

st patrick's day soiree

images: green flower arrangement: martha stewart, sage canyon flip drink: the daily meal, green m&m bowl: pinterest, st patrick's day invitation: paper fox design, striped paper straws: shop sweet lulu, swizzle sticks: martha stewart, guiness: snippet and ink, green velvet cupcake: love from the oven, place setting: twig and thistle, Irish lamb stew: martha stewart, green vegetable stir-fry: colourful palate.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

deck your tech

SXSW is in full swing here in Austin.  The interactive portion started this past weekend with all things techie, which got me to thinking of pretty iphone cases.  That is about the size of my technology. Check out all the beauty cases at society 6.

Friday, March 9, 2012

blue + white

Hey, hey S&C Readers!

We've always had a thing for blue and white porcelain (vases, urns, pots, name it!) but it was so often a challenge to find reasonably priced, visually appealing pieces as most B&W could only be found in antique stores, specialty home furnishing stores and cost a kings ransom. But, to our delight we've noticed (particularly in the last few months) that main stream retailers are catching on to the undeniable appeal and versatility for B&W. Now, we hate to call this a 'trend' as B&W has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years (a huge thanks to the Ming Dynasty) and we think its here to stay but its nice to have affordable resources (see below) that achieve the same look/feel as an authentic, antique piece only with a MUCH smaller price tag. Score! 

Check out the photos below as they serve as proof to the notion that B&W really can work with ANY color decor and style of furnishings. We've also spotted B&W at Homegoods, TJ's...happy hunting. 

See ya'll next week!

- c h a p t e r s 

1. Bud vases, Wisteria
2. Jar, Amazon
4. Jars Wisteria 
5. Jar, Overstock

A little glimpse of our own blue + white love!
Eddie Ross

Veranda Magazine 

Katie Rosenfeld

Mary McDonald 

Markham Roberts

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

fort worth magazine sneak peek

Not the best photos but gives you an idea of what I worked on last week.  I was so excited to be asked back to fw magazine to style their spring fashion spread, 12 pages in all!!  It was a great few days and we got some super fun spring shots.  Stay tuned for fwtx's APRIL issue!