I wore this outfit on the flight to Charleston with d’Orsay flats and loved the combination of a cozy fall sweater with white jeans. While we were in Charleston, we popped into Hampden Clothing, an insanely chic boutique on King Street that carries designers like A.L.C., Tibi, and Theory. We had gotten an opportunity to chat with the owner, Stacy Smallwood, at a cocktail party the night before and I was super impressed with her business savvy and sense of style. Her shop definitely did not disappoint — if you’re in Charleston or just looking for a fun new spot to shop online, Hampden gets two thumbs up. That’s where I picked out these Loeffler Randall booties, which make this look more appropriate for New York weather (though I’d kill to be back in Charleston…).
The One Room Challenge has been such a blast and has totally reinvigorated my love of decorating. I’ve said it a thousand times before but I dream of the day I have a real house to paint and renovate and make my own. In addition to collecting hundreds of decorating ideas on my Pinterest boards, I like to think that my blog will act as a little black book full of resources when I do have more rooms to furnish. If you have more resources you think I should know about, please leave a comment below!
I’ve written about High Fashion Home before but for my newer readers, HFH is a huge home retailer in Houston that carries designers like Bernhardt, Jonathan Adler, Made Goods, Trina Turk, and Worlds Away. Here are just a few of their products that I’m loving at the moment:
Are those chairs not the chicest things you’ve ever laid eyes on? Don’t miss out on their selection of affordable ginger jars either! There are so many beautiful products to choose from. I hope one day I’ll have the chance to visit the store in person (anyone reading from Houston?!) but in the mean time I’ll be shopping from the pages of their perfectly styled online catalog.
*This post is sponsored by High Fashion Home, a brand I genuinely enjoy. Thank you for supporting the brand partnerships that make Design Darling possible!
It’s the second to last week of the One Room Challenge and I’m so excited to tie up loose ends and share the full big reveal next week! (Here are updates from weeks one, two, three, and four in case you’re playing catch-up!) This week we hung the entire gallery wall behind the TV and the space looks SO much better already. It had been feeling a little bare in there but hanging the artwork made all the difference in the world — suddenly there’s color, life, personality, and we feel like we’re really in the home stretch.
Ahhh!!! What do you think? Will and Mike love it, which makes me so so so happy. It still feels like their space but 1,000 times more grown up and polished. Here are a few sources if you’re interested in the pieces we used:
Will and I are both big Slim Aarons fans and splurged on these oversized framed prints that we know we will hold onto forever. They wound up being much bigger than either of us expected (we were initially going for a slightly cluttered, more eclectic gallery look) but they absolutely make the space. It just reinforces my belief that if you buy only what you truly love, you’ll always find a way to make it work!
Will and Mike agree that this bar cart is one of their favorite pieces in the room. It’s just so sleek! Getting rid of the big bulky bar made a real difference in brightening up the space and the mirrored finish is perfect for reflecting what little light they do get. Now I just need to hide all those wires…!
Hanging a gallery wall around the TV was probably the best decision we could have made. It makes the TV less of an eyesore and makes the whole space feel more intentional. Will’s mom found the antique crest in Texas and you’d think it was made for the little space between the dresser and the chair. Right next to it is a portrait of Townes van Zandt that Will found on Etsy and that we framed in mirrored glass to pick up on the bar cart. I love that the art assortment is a mix of 1960s cool, antique gems, and pieces that Will already owned that just needed to find new home. There’s definitely a collegiate/preppy/old-meets-new thing going on and I’m kind of obsessed.
Don’t you love the Shaken Not Stirred print propped up on the bar cart? It’s a photo of actor Roger Moore, who played James Bond in the 1970s. I really can’t wait to see how we’ll use and reuse all the pieces in many more spaces to come and truthfully I’m a little sad that the One Room Challenge comes to an end next week. It’s definitely been a challenge (I’m sure Will won’t miss the late night furniture assembly) but it’s also held us accountable for decorating on a deadline and it’s been really exciting to see the space transform in such a short amount of time. I’m thinking we should host a little holiday party to toast to the new look! Don’t forget to check back next week and scope out what the other One Room Challenge participants are up to here:
In my opinion, there’s nothing more fun to shop for than a new pair of shoes. (You’re bound to find something that fits and a great pair makes you feel like you can take on the world!) Here are twelve pairs that I’d love to have magically appear in my closet overnight…
If you’re planning to be in New York this holiday season, do yourself a favor and swing by the new Polo flagship store on 55th and 5th. There are three floors of men’s and women’s clothing and shoes as well as an adorable little coffee shop. My cousin and I visited the store a few weeks ago and did a little damage with her employee discount. I couldn’t resist this hot pink sweater, which is easily the softest, comfiest, coziest thing I’ve ever put on my body. I’m already saving my pennies to purchase it in other colors…
The lovely people at Tieks sent me these ballet flats in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Not only are Tieks flats supremely comfortable, they roll up into themselves so I can toss them in my bag when I’m wearing heels out and might want to change into flats for my walk home. But most important is their mission to educate women about early detection for breast cancer, a cause that’s near and dear to so many of us. Did you know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? But that early detection in the localized stage puts the five-year survival rate at over 95%? It’s been estimated that if every woman over the age of 50 had her yearly mammogram, breast cancer deaths in that age group would drop by 25% or more. Here is a list of more ways you can increase your chances of early detection, including clinical breast exams and self-exams for women in their 20s and 30s (like so many Design Darling readers!). Thank you Tieks for educating women about early detection — I’m proud to help spread the message!