design darling pillows

Have you had a moment to peek at this week’s new arrivals in the boutique? If not, let me draw your attention to the newest Design Darling pillows in three color-coordinated combinations (cobalt + navy = so hot right now). Or how about a hot pink recipe binder in time for Thanksgiving prep? This one’s for the California girls. And last but most certainly not least, everyone needs a bright green miniature windowsill planter. Check out these and more right here and shop to your little heart’s content. One for you, two for me…


It’s week four of the one room challenge and I’m a leeeettle overwhelmed at how much has to happen in the next two weeks to be ready for the big reveal. Let’s start with what’s happened in the first four weeks in case you need a refresher.

Week one: before pictures

Week two: new sofa, new rug, book tower

Week three: new armchairs and pillows, new dresser for TV

And here we are in week four. This week was a bit lacking in progress since I was in Charleston all weekend but, with a couple late nights (Will, you are the ultimate good sport!), we managed to assemble the new bar cart, decide on a coffee table, and move in new lamps. I hope you dig it as much as we do!

Week three:

one room challenge week three

Week four:

vintage chesterfield sofa

We are both obsessed with this bar cart. It’s actually a two piece tray table from West Elm that’s available as a mirrored tray top and matching X leg base. We saw it in their Chelsea store in the city and instantly knew it was perfect for Will and Mike’s space. I had a 15% off coupon (and may or may not have used my long-expired student ID for an extra discount… shhh) so it wound up being a pretty good deal. I think it looks like it could be a $1,000+ piece from Ralph Lauren so I was pretty pleased! Both the scale and shape are to die for.

Week one:

one room challenge week 1 bar cart

Week four:

west elm mirrored bar cart tray table

As you’ll recall, the coffee table has been quite the subject of debate since we started this challenge and I wish I had a more exciting conclusion. But we were having a really hard time finding something that was JUST right for this room so we decided to save money on this one and order this plain white option from Target. Is it our favorite piece in the room? No. But the price was right and it’s brighter than what was there originally… so we’re going to go with it and accept that it’s one of the few pieces in the room that we’ll probably have to replace in a couple years. Truthfully I think we’re both excited to just have this crossed off our to do list so we can move on to the fun stuff.

design darling one room challenge

Speaking of fun stuff, how killer are these Jana Bek brushstroke lamps? I’ve been following Jana on Instagram for about a year now and I just adore her bright and colorful style. I knew we had to work her hand painted lamps into this space and luckily Will loved them as much as I do. (You’ll be able to shop them at Design Darling soon!) Jana describes them as an “instant heirloom” and I just love that mentality. And of course you can’t go wrong with navy and white.

west elm malone campaign dresser

So next week I’m hoping we’ll have made some major progress on the gallery wall. All the art pieces have been arriving one by one and I am so excited to see how it all comes together. Between pieces Will already owned and works that we’ve purchased together, I know it’s the start of a collection that we both really love and intend to stare at for many years to come. Art is really the icing on the cake in any space and I’m so excited to gussy up these off-white walls and turn them into something special.

Peep my fellow challengers’ spaces below — and let me know which spaces are your favorites so far!

Abby M. Interiors             

Because It’s Awesome

Bijou & Boheme

Chinoiserie Chic

The Decorista

Design Chic

The Design Daredevil

Design Darling

Design Indulgence

Design Manifest

House of Turquoise

Jana Bek Design

Jill Sorensen

Maddie G. Designs

Mimosa Lane

A Piece of Toast 

The Pink Pagoda

Stone Textile

Waiting on Martha

The Zhush

Trademarked by Calling it Home


This weekend was such a blast. Thanks to my friend Chassity of Look Linger Love and the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau, a bunch of blogger friends  — Amy, Amy, Carly, Caroline, Grace, Jamie, Mary — and I were flown down to the Holy City to soak in beautiful architecture, delicious food, and wonderful company. It was such a treat to spend three days in a new-to-me city with some of my favorite people on earth. I already can’t wait to go back!

charleston walking tour

A walking tour through the historic district with Bulldog Tours

dallas wardrobe

Pit stops for outfit pictures were necessary (I wore this top, these shorts, this bag, and these shoes)

look linger love home

The most exquisite lunch at Chassity’s home

explore charleston

Piled onto Chassity’s porch swing!

croghan jewelry charleston

Dinner and drinks at the Croghan family’s gorgeous home

#explorecharleston blogger trip

Clearly telling a very captivating tale (wearing this dress [sold out, also love this and this] and these earrings)

look linger love design darling mills house charleston

Sunday brunch at our hotel, the Mills House (wearing this sweater — only $59 with code TGIFALL)

mackenzie horan amy stone

Then Amy, Carly, Grace, and I headed home, which went something like this: two hour delay, freezing in the airport (doing things like this to pass the time…), sitting next to a screaming baby on the flight, and full-blown winter in New York when we finally landed. I know I speak for all four of us when I say we would have rather rerouted the flight back to sunny Charleston. Many thanks to Chassity and Molly and Julia of Charleston CVB for an unforgettable weekend in your beautiful city!!!

*Photos by Gray Benko, lots more on my Instagram!


You know when a new company launches and you say to yourself, why didn’t I think of that? Or, worse, when a new company launches and you say to yourself, wait, I wanted to do that, why didn’t I follow through? That’s pretty much the case with Piol, a website that lets you design your own dress using custom measurements and color palettes tailored to your complexion, eye, and hair color. I remember wondering why this service didn’t exist in high school when it felt like everyone was choosing from the same ten designers for homecoming and prom. Of course it’s even more useful now with holiday parties coming up and friends sending out save-the-dates for 2015 weddings!

piol design your own dress

henri bendel carlisle tote

piol create your own dress

piol green dressPiol dress ℅  //  Tom Ford lipstick in Flamingo  //  Elizoebeth Jensen monogrammed necklace ℅  //  Three Jane map necklace ℅  //  Essie nail polish in Fiesta  //  Gold link bracelet (similar)  //  Henri Bendel Carlyle tote ℅  //  Alice + Olivia heels (available here in black, on sale in metallic, similar styles in navy)

Given the opportunity to create my own design, I chose the draped empire waist dress with a scoop neck in a color that’s just outside my comfort zone and absolutely perfect for the upcoming holiday season. The dress covers my arms (making it easier to wear year-round) and nips in at my natural waist (flattering a part of my body that I’m more comfortable drawing attention to). The dresses are definitely investment pieces but they would be perfect for special occasions like graduations and wedding events. (How cool would it be to let your bridesmaids design their own dresses?!) Play around with the design tool and let me know what you come up with!

*Photos by Bekka Palmer. This post is sponsored by Piol. Thank you for supporting the brand partnerships that make Design Darling possible!


Goal no. 18 on my 101 in 1001 list is to invest in grown-up luggage. With trips to Charleston (I leave today!), upstate Connecticut, Saint Martin (just booked!), and hopefully Europe on the horizon, you can tell where my head’s at. How many times have you packed in a giant tote bag for a weekend trip? Or hauled a duffel bag with a broken strap through airport security? I think it’s high time to invest in a nice suitcase that will hold up on weekend getaways and international expeditions alike for many years to come.

atlantic pacific airport travel style

Perhaps a chic leather duffel bag that will only get better with age?

loewe spring summer 2011 luggage copy

Or a matching set in a couple different sizes for longer trips?louis vuitton luggage

one  //  two  //  three

A few of the lines that seem like they’re worth investing in are Bric’s, Globe-Trotter, and Steamline Luggage. (If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a bargain, this is it.) I would love to know who makes your favorite luggage, when you invested in a new set, and how it’s held up over time. I’m so excited to share all my upcoming travels with you on the blog and on Instagram (keep an eye on my ever-evolving travel guide for packing lists and new favorites!). Shop a few of my favorite splurge-worthy pieces below and comment on your own luggage below so we can all weigh our options!