0 Comments Monday, November 17, 2014 | @ 9:13 PM

You are most likely already familiar with Christopher Sptizmiller's beautiful lamps. They have been around for more than a decade, and in that time have become classic pieces of our design era. Sptizmiller's most popular style, the gourd lamp, has inspired a myriad of knock-off's, none of which compare to the remarkable workmanship of Sptizmiller's orginals. We continue to be enamored with these luxurious and timeless pieces and are always watching to see what new styles this talented ceramic artist will create.

In a world filled with mass-produced, mediocre goods, Spitzmiller's couture-like approach, creating one-of-a-kind pieces at a slow and meticulous pace, is edifying and inspiring. His artistic process is one that gives the utmost attention to detail and maintains the highest standard of perfection. Sptizmiller and his staff of six artisans create no more than 60 hand thrown lamps each month, at least two of which we are pining away to own!

Each lamp is drenched in a vibrant glaze that give the lamps an luminous, dewy look when lit. The ceramic forms are placed upon gorgeous gilt bases and adorned with beautiful custom hardware.

The end result...? Perfection.

Spiztmiller's designs are staples in designer Todd Ramano's uber-chic shops. We spy a pair of the new Villa lamps designed by Charlotte Moss for Spitzmiller's collection flanking the sofa in Romano's LA shop below!

A few years ago, Spitzmiller teamed up with the talented ceramic artist Clare Potter to create the most gorgeous pieces that we are sure will become the heirlooms of tomorrow. Spitzmiller hand throws the lamps and vases, creating a perfect canvas on which Potter works her magic, adorning them with intricate ceramic botanicals and other natural elements.

These gorgeous pieces of art are at the top of our "most wanted" list. A girl can always dream can't she?

pics: New York Social Diary, All the Best, Elle Decor


0 Comments Sunday, November 16, 2014 | @ 10:25 AM

I do love a pretty chandelier. In fact, I am a little obsessed with them. A chandelier creates a special atmosphere in a room and can take any room from ho-hum to one-of-a-kind. I believe you can have very little furniture in a space, but when you add a unique lighting fixture to a room, it can look very complete. Whether your style is traditional, modern or somewhere in between, adding a great chandelier to your home can make all the difference.

This coral chandelier from Mecox Gardens would be perfect in a beach or pool house.

(courtesy Elle Decor, October 2005)
I find the beautiful Charles X opaline chandelier that sits in David Netto's New York kitchen inspiring. Netto is known for mixing the modern and traditional beautifully, and this room is no exception. The antique chandelier is perfection above the modern Alvar Aalto table and chairs.

(image courtesy of Elle Decor. Photographer, Roger Davies)
This glamorous image is from the Hamptons home of stylish couple Chris Cuomo and Christina Greeven Cuomo. The Jenny Chandelier from Oly Studio is one of my all-time favorites. It is on my list "to buy" if and when I own a beach home. Here designer, Emma Jane Pilkington, pairs it perfectly with a mirrored table from Mecox Gardens.

(image courtesy of House and Garden, November 2007)
Style icon Gwyneth Paltrow and rocker Chris Martin's home in the Hamptons has been featured many times before but I could not create a post on great chandeliers without posting this image. This dining room would not be the same without this Tord Boontje blossom chandelier.
(Image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens, April 2009. Photographer Reed Davis)
The chandelier in this room is a little hard to see but is a great example of how you can use a chandelier can make a big difference in your own home. It is a photo of the dining room of my friend Ashley. It, too, is an Oly Studio chandelier. This room is inviting and family-friendly but the chandelier certainly takes the style up a notch.
(Top image Interior design by Peter Dunham. Image courtesy of Harper's Bazaar, September 2008)


0 Comments Friday, November 14, 2014 | @ 11:37 PM

Every February in Nashville, the Antiques and Garden show is a bright spot for our community. Betsy has taken on the challenge of co-chairing this big event with another one of our dear friends. The show is comprised of 150 antique and horticulture dealers from across the globe. In addition, the show has a history of hosting the top tastemakers in the design industry. Martha Stewart, Michael Smith, Bunny Williams and Colin Cowie have all made appearances...just to name a few. This year promises to be one of the best with Charlotte Moss kicking off our lecture series. We promise to keep you well informed regarding the details of the show....Stay Tuned!
Just check out the lineup!!!


0 Comments Thursday, November 13, 2014 | @ 12:49 PM

Who's there? It's me! I am back and loving these magnificent mahogany internal doors.

The doors inside the home are often forgotten and neglected, but given the chance, they can be powerful design elements.
Why not add nail head trim to give plain doors architectural interest?
Or adorn your most special doors with some beautiful new hardware?

Take a page out of the playbook of legend, Albert Hadley and add a shiny coat of black lacquer to a set of doors.

It will make quite a statement.

White doors are classics. A fresh coat of paint, finely milled encasement, and well chosen hardware can take a door from non-descript to unforgettably elegant.

{images: 1,4,8,9 via gil schafer; 2- via tory burch; 3- via house beautiful, design by miles redd; 5 & 7 via habitually chic; 6- via elle decor}


0 Comments Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | @ 2:01 AM

And a little help from this guy! My times have changed! The world seems to be at a faster pace than it was 25 years ago when our friend Richard Simmons was all the rage. Gone are the days of leg warmers and wristbands...at least for the moment.
These days the time seems to fly and we squeeze in our workouts as quick as possible! We want to encourage you to get out and move...it's not so easy on cold dreary days but consider this your motivation and STAY HEALTHY!

Gisele Bundchen

Christy Turlington

Elle McPherson

Jennifer Aniston

Kate Hudson
You do need to take the plunge and order Tracy Anderson's workout videos...GUESS WHAT? They really work. Check out some of her adoring clients.
Gwyneth Paltow, Tracy Anderson and Madonna
We both love to go for long jogs and crank our music as loud as the volume control will allow but regardless the number of songs you have downloaded, we all get tired of the same old tunes. Here is a great playlist to help you get moving. We would love for you to share some of your favorites with us!
Grab your shuffle and GO!

Elevation - U2Rolling in the Deep - AdeleStronger - Kayne WestAmnesia - MozellaCreep - Scala and Kolacny BrothersA-Punk - Vampire WeekendHere with Me - DidoBrass Monkey - Beastie BoysGlory Days - Bruce SpringsteenBonkers - Dizee RascalSouth Side - Moby and Gwen StefaniForget You - Cee Lo GreenIn the Summertime - Mungo Jerry


0 Comments Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | @ 6:49 AM
Whether or not you live in a newly constructed home with an open floor plan or large great room or you live in an older home with a quirky layout, chances are you have a room that poses a decorating challenge. Our living room is sizeable but long and narrow and has has three asymmetrical doorways which makes arranging furniture quite difficult. Unlike many, our living room is a room that gets a significant amount of use. It is adjacent to our family room so family activities often spill over into this high traffic area.

In my mind, a furniture plan is the most important part of the decorating process. It determines how the room will function and how well the space will be utilized. In creating a floor plan, one must ask oneself: what will be done in this particular room? Will there be books read? Parties hosted? Games played? Work done? What do I want the focal point of the room to be? How does traffic flow? How do the adjoining rooms relate to this room?

Generally speaking, large rooms don't usually don't always require one large seating area. After all, how often do you have more than 50 people in your home at one time? And when you do have a big blow out, don't people usually break into smaller groups for more intimate conversations anyways?

When I first tried to lay out our living room, I felt enslaved to the fireplace. Afterall, it is the most obvious focalpoint for the room. But because of the awkward placement of a doorway on the opposing wall, cenetering my furniture around the fireplace did not utilize the room well.

After thinking out loud with some design minded friends, and trying to find a less obvious furniture plan, I decided to and divide the room into two smaller seating areas. I did this by pushing the seating out to the ends of the room, creating smaller, more intimate spaces.

Pulling the furniture out, however, left a large empty space in the middle of the room in front of the fireplace. The solution, I have decided will be a large, skirted table in the center of the room to divide two smaller spaces but to give the fireplace the special attention it deserves. I promise to post pictures when the room is complete.

Do you have a room that poses a challenge when it comes to a floor plan? Is there a creative solution you had not considered until now?
{images: 1- via things that inspire; 2- via jeffrey bilhuber; 3- via house beautiful; 4- via jeffrey bilhuber; 5- via a bloomsbury life blog; 6- markham roberts via house beautiful; 7- via elle decor; 8- albert hadley via house beautiful}


0 Comments Monday, November 10, 2014 | @ 3:13 PM

Those who know me well know that I am a huge Gwyneth Paltrow fan. She is a dedicated mother, has great style, speaks the most beautiful, fluent Spanish, and best of all she is married to Cold Play's cool-cat Chris Martin (sigh). I have seen all her movies and faithfully watched her NPR Spain: On the Road Again series with legendary chef Mario Batali.
When I heard Gwyneth was coming to Nashville to film the independent film, Love Don't Let Me Down with Tim McGraw, I was thrilled. Of course while she was in town, my dear friend reported two face to face sightings and I never once got even a glimpse.
While filming, Gywneth and her family needed a place to call home. In record speed, Atlanta based photostylist and producer, Annette Joseph, transformed a loft in the chic, urban Gulch area into a beautiful and comfortable modern living space.

The living and dining room furniture were sourced at budget friendly places such as Mitchell Gold, Overstock.com and Hobby Lobby.

The dreamy bathroom was outfitted with a gorgeous free standing tub. I can only imagine how much fun her children had taking bubble baths in this space. Ceramic "Marble-like" tiles gave the space a spa-like feel for a fraction of the cost of real marble.

The master bedroom is clean and modern with a winged Yates bed from Mitchell Gold that takes center stage. Apple and Moses shared purple bunk beds from Posh Tots. The chalk-board accent wall is a great kid-friendly addition to the room.
The kitchen is my most favorite space in the loft and it is where I imagine Gywneth spending most of her time. It has a great sleek industrial look, perfect for an extended stay.
Given that this entire space was built out and furnished in just 10 days, I think Joseph did an amazing job. Now that the filming is over and Gwyneth has moved on, I wonder what lucky Nashvillian has moved in? If you are reading, I would love to come for dinner!
Too see more Gwyneth's Nashville nest and to get more great budget friendly ideas for modern living spaces, check out her news letter at GOOP.