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Gotta pick the right sofa because everyone likes to #netflixandchill.

 

Better Things + Aelfie

I’ve always liked Pamela Adlon since the days of Marcy Runkle (of Californication,) but now I worship her. Based loosely on her own life and experiences, she plays Sam, a single parent to 3 girls, each amazing in their own rite. There are truly hilarious moments, raw moments, incredible longing and sad moments. There is unconditional love and samples of the sacrifice that parenthood brings, especially the difficulty of being a single parent. But then there are more hilarious moments that keep you battling through and rooting for Sam and her girls. Better Things is brilliant and we can’t help but wonder where does show creator and actress Pamela Adlon go from here… to the moon? Pile a lot of pillows on the suitably bold & fun Alfie sofa, grab a blanket and watch this magic. Bonus – Sam’s categorically LA Spanish casa is pretty great looking, especially the art.

Find BETTER THINGS on Hulu.

Ozark + Kathy

Ooh, we love a crime drama. This one features Jason Bateman in a serious role as a family man/Accountant who has found himself desperately trapped in a life-or-death deal when his partner messes over a client who happens to be a latin gangster. The family runs off to rebuild in the foggy landscape on the banks of “Magic Dragon” Lake in the Ozarks, an idyllic vacation community where you’d least expect the kind of crime that led them there. It doesn’t take long for the family to find their foothold among the local flavor and before you know it, you’ve got a captivating series. Sink in to Moss Studio’s skirted Kathy sofa (one of my long time faves) and see if Bateman and family make it another day. Bonus here too – You are sure to love the architectural detail of the lakeside midcentury where they find residence!

Find OZARK on Netflix.

Big Mouth + Monroe

An animated series by Nick Kroll that is a hilarious and raunchy look at puberty and the changes we go through in early teen years from a male and female perspective. It’s a coming of age series, complete with hormone monsters and in our house, we’ve watched twice through already.

Find BIG MOUTH on Netflix.

 

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We’re Motor’n

 

Ever since staying at the Ace in Palm Springs a few years ago, which by the way was a super experience, I want to go back to another motor lodge turned boutique better version of itself. Here are some spots on my list.

The Saguaro, Palm Springs

The Drifter Motel and Swim Club, New Orleans

Casa Morada, Islamorada, Florida Keys

Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco

Thunderbird Hotel, Marfa
During Betsy’s honeymoon trek back across the USA, she ate at the restaurant here, Capri. It was a delicious dinner with creative mezcal cocktails and they brought out a huge lovely blue and white ceramic bowlful of water for the pups.

 

 

 

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Good Design in 2017

As we’re adjusting to writing an “8” in the date, I want to take a quick glance in the rear view and think about some of the spaces that were on repeat on my Pinterest feed.

Without question the first room that comes to mind is Brian Paquette’s design. If you’re not familiar with Brian’s work, now you are and you’re welcome. From the Apparatus chandelier to that Wisteria chair that I’ve loved for so long to those handsome barstools.

We already wanted to remodel a ranch right? and now Jennifer at the Ranch Uncommon has made us mad for it after her sunny California ranch made the cover of Country Living. I’m ready to blow out the walls and coat it in Decorator’s White any minute now.

 

Vibrant green library, color blocked books, modern twist on tradition. North Carolina shooting star designer Charlotte Lucas, is serving tradition with a twist. P.S. now we like our Beni Ourain carpets with a tad bit of color.

Michelle Adams’ move out of NYC and in to a home of her own in Michigan tops my personal list of best spaces easily. The entire house is full of moments that make you say, I want my place to look like that. Michelle’s home is youthful yet sophisticated with a little edge.

You’re in the jungle baby, well technically the jungalow. Justina Blakeney’s cobalt blue shower and really the whole bathroom gave us a break from a white subway tiled world.

Former fashion editor Jessica de Ruiter’s modern rustic home shows up in my internet realm consistently. De Ruiter and her husband Jed, who is a designer at Commune,form a dream team of sorts that created a modern and sensibly stylish home in SoCal. If you want to see a lot of honey toned wood and white walls harmonize, this is a must see.

William McLure’s whole spot I think is noteworthy and maybe his intro to the (my) world was in 2016 but I don’t think we’ve covered him here yet and so its undoubtedly worth a mention. McLure said in a little designer interview, that you should always splurge on art and antiques for your home, he practices what he preaches.

Any kitchen swirling around in the blogosphere with blue cabinets. And we aren’t talking navy any more, it’s all about the varying grey/blue or pacific blue tones these days. This has been happening for a couple of years now but the trend is really picking up speed in 2017.

 

 

 

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Mi Favorito

There are always so many images to love out there right?

I told Betsy today in the middle of text rant about a house that I wanted to buy here in this little town and remodel and live my Emily Henderson vintage modern #bestlife in. I didn’t win the mad dash to purchase it in this burgeoning real estate market and thus what results is yet another unimaginative renovation.

What I really want to talk to you about is my disdain for unimaginative renovations happening right here in this small quaint town of Southern Pines. I dream of spelling out for you the design failures of local renovators who have watched HGTV for a few months and said, yep I got this. They pat themselves on the back when they put the finishing touches on the reclaimed barn door and paint the kitchen island navy blue, they bill themselves as designers who can do that to your house too. But there’s too much pressure to maintain the positive voice, so you’re not going to get any specifics from me anytime soon, unless you corner me at a party and I’ve had at least two drinks and then you’ll probably get it out of me.

Let’s begin by rubbing salt in the modern #bestlife wound with this sunlit modern master bedroom, hey Coco take note on how large that bedroom is.

 

 

I’m enamored with built-in record storage,

 

Kristen Panitch you complete me

I often daydream about learning how to embroider and sew. Maybe 2018 is my year?

 

One of these days I’m going to hang a cluster of hats, I’ve known that this was the right course of action for sometime.

 

 

 

 

Sometimes it’s important to return to some classics like Carolina Irving’s apartment,

So I did this quick bedroom design at a holiday event at the Weymouth House and I needed more green so I finally got the memo and just cut some branches and put them in a vase and it worked like a charm.

 

 

 

 

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Suzanis in Small Doses

We talk about textiles from around the world a lot and sometimes I feel like a broken record but we talk about them because they are prevalent, beautiful and they make for a collected and unique space. They are everywhere and you probably either have some in your home now, purposefully or not, or you have something in your space that has been influenced by or is a copy of a cultural pattern from the other side of the globe.

I was thinking about all of the different suzani applications because we got these beautiful suzani pillows in our shop and I quickly realized, like with anything you can overuse something until it becomes a theme or just kind of well…tacky.

So let’s talk about restraint in design and dosages,

From a home in Malibu, I bring you restraint. It’s a beautiful, hand-embroidered silk piece, let it command the attention it deserves.

Hopefully I don’t need to explain. There seems to have been a terrible accident here, a collision of textiles.

Yes.

Aaaah nope.

Luckily, there are way more good examples than bad to help light your way.

 

 

 

 

The table drape,

 

Most of all though, framed in a modern acrylic frame

 

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Jenna Lyons New SoHo Loft

Do you guys remember Jenna Lyon’s Brooklyn living room from 2008. We’ve referenced here on this blog ten if not a hundred times and from what I’m reading online today, it’s on the most pinned interiors in Pinterest history. It looked like this:

 

Well, in new news…. her 2017 SoHo loft is every bit as Parisian and pinnable. I fully expect to see it copied en masse moving forward. Feast your eyes below and read all about it (and get more pics) at NYT.

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