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Steph’s Favorite Things { Spring 2020 }

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Wellllllllll since we’re all at home (pretty much indefinitely? …#gulp) – might as well embrace it, right?  I doubt Shakespeare was talking about the Coronavirus when he said this but –

So, in the spirit of being home, I thought I’d rock out some of my most recently coveted favorite things.  Might as well cultivate the most beautiful, comforting environments we can, right?  Whilst we’re all staring at our 4 walls and such.

To start, this is one of my favorite prints from my favorite textile designer, Carolina Irving.  Cordoba in Raspberry / Aubergine makes me SO HAPPY every time I look at it.  I think most people probably reserve a print this loud for a pillow or a small dose of something, but I love to see it on a larger piece of furniture, like this settee.

Speaking of… I’m currently having a 100-year old carved settee recovered in this fabric from Peter Dunham.  It’s for our wedding…… which *hopefully* will still take place sometime in 2020.

This rug has long since been sold and I still cannot stop thinking about it.  Never have I ever seen a more perfect rug in that tart hue. #rugsaremydrugs

This is Amber Lewis’ new kitchen, and you know what my favorite part is???  The stone ledge.  Love the utility of it.  Also appreciate the tiled hood (it’s just prettier than a stainless steel one, amiright?)… and while we’re talking details, also love the inset cabinets, the ceilings, and obviously the Clé handmade terra cotta field tile which I cannot stop using.

Speaking of, about to use the Tea Ceremony colorway of Clé’s Zellige in a master bath remodel in Crested Butte and I CANNOT WAIT to see it.

How beautiful is this vintage oushak from Jayson Home?

And this Temoayan Blanket from L’Aviva Home?  Give me all the texture.

Never, ever can ever get enough green glass.  It’s reproduced so frequently now (and not very well – no offense to my homies at Homegoods) – so whenever I see authentic vintage demijohns or wine jugs, I snatch them right up and make sick lamps.

If this isn’t the cutest outfit I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is.

These drapes from the Four Seasons in Santa Barbara make me happier than a pig in shit.

I have a super soft spot for light blue cabinetry… (and that hood… plaster?  And that range.)  PS not sure whose work this is so if you know, please holla so I can credit properly!

More beauties from Carolina Irving Textiles…. note the itsy bitsy blue contrast piping!  All in the details.

Hey.  While yer home and just in case y’all need to spice up the baby making during #isolationstation.

This one is equally hot.  QUARANTINE JUST GOT A LITTLE MORE FUN CAMPERS.  Maybe I’ll get this for my honeymoon.  When we get to go on it.  In 2022.

Until then, I’ll just keep slammin rosé on the sofa sans my brazziere.

WHAT ARE THESE AND WHERE DO I GET THEM????  Do we think the City Market in Gunny would stock em this Spring?  …#snort.  Hey.  A girl can hope.

I love the idea of doing shirred fabric behind glass doors.  Especially in a bedroom.  I also saw this in Estee Stanley’s office a few years ago – she had these HUGE French vintage-looking vitrines with fabric behind the glass doors.  Pretty sure I soiled my drawers right then & there.

Catchpole & Rye has some of the most BEAUTIFUL PLUMBING FIXTURES.

 

Those guys and Waterworks.  They are budget busters but holy testicle Tuesday, they are works of art.  I had to screen shot this from a video from the last time I was at Waterworks in Denver but holy smokes, it’s my all-time fave.  The Étoile widespread faucet in unlacquered brass and it is aged to heavenly perfection.  PS, you know who’s gonna hate me while we’re building / renovating a house someday and then love it when it’s over??  …his name rhymes with Dris Criscoll.

Also love this Killi Stripe Orange fabric from Penny Morrison, available to the trade through Hollywood at Home.  AKA my favorite place on earth.

All I ever wanted were the Muriel Sconces from Oly in my bathroom someday.  Or over a fireplace.

OBSESSED with this itsy bitsy range from Big Chill Appliances in a kitchen by House of Jade Interiors.

I MEAN….

Could we please talk about the new marigold colorway of this Carolina Irving stripe?  I know, I’m wigging out this post over her.

Remember the time I was walking around Cherry Creek in Denver and LITERALLY STOPPED IN MY TRACKS when I saw this dinnerware in a store window?  It’s the Oriente Italiano collection From Richard Ginori and I don’t know if I have ever seen anything so beautiful.  I was so proud of myself when I registered for Chrissy Teigen dinnerware from Target that was PERFECT and so reasonably priced (and after I put it on our registry, it was promptly discontinued for no apparent reason and now I still can’t even find it on eBay)… anyhow.  I’m into simple luxury and I would say 364 days a year, I think doing things like registering for fancy plates & such is nonsense and stuff our Grammies did.  Um but that was until I saw these.

I mean.  How could anyone ever choose just one color?!  It’d be like being forced to choose a favorite child.

Currently burning in our house and legit the best-smelling candle in the universe.  I would carry NEST’s Sicilian Tangerine (and Grapefruit, for that matter) in my store but they have like a 200-count minimum to order and, well.  Ain’t nobody coming to the store for awhile.  Anyhow.  Not essential for now but whenever things slow down, put this on your list.

Did you know Gucci makes pink wallpaper with herons on it?  Just sayin.

And that Cole & Son makes this Fornasetti stunning wallcovering with blue leaves and orange (kumquats?) on it?

Or, omg.  This oldie but goodie from Farrow & Ball – their Wisteria in this lilac colorway?  It’s BP 2209, FYI.

Surely I’ve posted this 19,587x – dating back to so long ago that I don’t even know the source – but this is probably the most perfect tile I have ever seen.

Why did I not buy this when I had the chance?

Perhaps the prettiest flush mount I have ever seen, from RW Guild.

Dying to use this somewhere…. (like my future kitchen).  Ken Mason Maroc 1 Mari 9B.  Speaking of…. I should also put together a post of the kitchen I would do.  Cuz that’d be fun.

One of the most beautiful Bolivian Frasadas I have ever seen (this one is sold).  But I have used these to recover dining chairs, dining benches, and am about to do a custom ottoman with one.

Errbuddy’s a little gun shy about big purchases right now – myself included – but these beautiful hurricanes (Arrow Stripe Etched Glass) from Jamali Garden have a palatable price point and put out such a beautiful glow.

I’m pretty over blue & white hmong batik but CERTAINLY NOT OVER THIS COLOR OF IT.  From Kishani Perera’s shop, Rummage, awhile back.

Also another shouldah-couldah-wouldah rug I didn’t buy.  Antique Khotan. #idiot

Just another case for dusty baby blue built-ins.  With that rug above in there?  I die. 1,000x.

Put em all together and whadda ya got?  These fab kicks that I cannot find the source for.

PS.  If anyone is on the hunt for a simple & casual dining side chair, I LOVE the Balboas from Serena & Lily.  The price is kind of annoying for a chair that isn’t fully upholstered, but they do usually have pretty good sales going.  Cushion comes in different fabrics, so dontchoo moms with spaghetti slinging toddlers get all fussy with me just yet for pitching something impractical.  They have Perennials!!!  (Also super easy to recover in whatever you want later).

New from Schuyler Samperton (who happens to be our office building’s owner’s bestie – who knew?)  DYING to use this somewhere.

We all know how fun it is to make your kitchen island look like a separate, special piece of furniture…. but what about the sink cabinet?!  If you have a love of antiques, this is a really stunning and unique way to incorporate them into your kitchen.

Love these Sita Marble Bowls from Annie Selke.  Quite certain lemons would JYEST look prettier in here.

Speaking of lemons….

Could we please all stop for a sec and marvel at the detail work here?

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{ via tasha b davis interiors – who does beautiful detail work when it comes to cabinetry & countertops }

….I meaaaaaan, if I didn’t already have a wedding dress………. and if I was a little less of a traditionalist, this one from Naeem Khan by way of Green Wedding Shoes would do the trick.

Howsabout these lamps from Paul Schneider Ceramics???

Speaking of pottery… ever since our kitchen shelf fell and shattered every single piece of dishware on it (including my Michelle Luu custom mugs – *tear) I’ve been begging her to make me some more.  So talented but she just does it on the side, so mama’s gotta wait till the wind is right and catch her on the right day someday.

This dresser makes me so happy.

And this one.

These lamps too – shades are covered in a Fermoie fabric via Hollywood at Home.

Um…. has anyone ever done this?  The bravest I’ve gotten is trying to scratch the surface of figuring out why I’m never not running 10 minutes late.  Is it that I think my time is more important than other peoples’?  (*cringe* – I hope not!) – though it really is an ass hole thing to do.  Being late.  Regardless…. whatever your hiccups are (and we all have them) – they’re all worth a little reflection.

This range, that white brick.  Everything.  By Summer Thornton, my hero.  PS I once sent her firm my resumé when I lived in Chicago and had no business sending her my resumé at that point in time (though it was before she was an actual BFD) – and they actually sent me the kindest reply.  I mean, it was a no – but still.  It was kind and it left an impression.

I would like to wear this all day, every day.

Or the Sissy sweater in Ivory from St. Roche.

OR these thermals from Mate the Label.  Which look perfect for #quarantine #isolationstation.

Hey man.  I’ll also take these sweatpants too while we’re throwing sh*t in the invisicart.

That said… if I could have 1 person dress me till the end of time, it would be Ulla Johnson.

If this isn’t the happiest pantry there ever was (and doesn’t make a case for painting something pale pink next week), I don’t know what does.

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And if this doesn’t make a case for panel-ready appliances………

In other news… this is a bedroom I finished last year in Charleston (it’s a little rumply b/c my client sent this snap to me on a Saturday morning… but it’s as life should be, right?  A little undone…) – anyhow – I keep looking at that custom suzani bench I had made for her and thinking how bomb it would be to make a whole coffee table out of it. #swoon

Dying over this Candy Brick tile from Ken Mason.  Grove Brickworks (that Ann Sacks carried forever) just changed their formula to more of a true “brick” (like one you’d walk on – little more harsh / matte and in colors that aren’t as pretty as before) so this is a fab alternative.

If you haven’t looked at Leanne Marshall’s bridal collection yet, then you haven’t lived.  It is the dreamiest thing I have ever seen.

Same with Pallas Collective’s Neome.  If I had seen this dress before I bought mine, it would’ve been a tough call.

This is a chair I have used in 3 or 4 houses – always with a different fabric on the upholstery, and once I’ve used the one with black strings.  (This one is in a house in Santa Monica)… It is the most fantastic piece of furniture (and SO COMFORTABLE).  Once life & my little shop gets up & running again and I move some other inventory, I’ll put a pair of these in there.

So beautiful.  I’m just going to sit over here and stare at it and look forward to the day when we can travel again.  Or, you know.  Leave the house.  This image is from Condé Nast Traveler’s Insta and if you’re into travel, you should probably follow them.

Is this what my hair is gonna look like by the time this quarantine is over from not heat styling it???  Hey.  A girl can dream.

Hope you guys are hanging in.  What do you plan on knocking out during this quarantine???  Besides barfing all my favorite things on you – and catching up on work – I’m going to use this time to pare down… to clean out closests and drawers and to minimize just the inordinate amount of crap we have… so we can breathe.  I also think this is a great time to be creative.  Running your own biz and not hiring full-time help (*COUGH* that’s my fault) tends to reaaaaallly bog you down with stuff that isn’t fun (like accounting and admin noise), so this is an amazing time for me to catch up on all the good juju.  Update my CAD skills.  Seek out new vendors.  Heavens – pick my French back up (!!!!)  I took a long walk outside to get some fresh air today and put my headphones in and blew through the whole Amélie Soundtrack and it took me straight back to 2002 when I was el-fluent-o, and then it took me back to every time I was in Paris, and how enchanting it is.  Le sigh.  So, this terrifying global pandemic does have a silver lining called, we all get to slow down a little and reconnect with the things we love, and the things that make us who we are.

xoxo,

 

{ Currently Loving } Fall 2019

I wish there was a scratch & sniff on that picture above cuz MAN – is there anything better than Fall?!  I personally think Pumpkin Spice Lattes taste like old socks but I DO otherwise get real goofy this time of year… and by goofy I mean almost achingly nostalgic (…I just felt Chris Driscoll’s eyes roll into the back of his head – HAAAAAA).  But it’s true, yo: the Fall always feels like where things come full circle, and it seems to be where all of my sweet, in-slow-motion memories of growing up come flooding back and make a vivid resurgence. To the tune of the St. Elmo’s Fire Theme Song, obviously.

 

Have truer words ever been spoken? Pretty sure I post this quote every year as part of an annual nerd-out post about Fall.

It reminds me of high school volleyball season – squeaky shoes on the gym floor and the sound of whistles and the smell of Ball Gym… and the dynasty that is Burris Volleyball.

It reminds me of the big maple tree in the yard in the front yard of the little red house where I grew up.  Of watching Felicity and wondering if she was ever really gonna end up with Ben.  Of waiting with baited breath, then watching my high school crush round the corner in the hallway the first day of school each year – also in super slow mo – and then dying on the inside when he smiled at me.

Fall reminds me of college bus rides back from away games that were seemingly never-ending, and the fact that we were all always cozied up in our little seats with pillows and blankets and seemed to have Legends of the Fall, A League of Their Own and Sleepless in Seattle on a permanent loop on the bus’ VHS.

I smell bonfires and wet leaves underfoot and feel a chill in the air – which, we’re def feeling here in Crested Butte (cuz it snowed up on the mountain last night). PS Travel Crested Butte has the most beautiful pics, always.

GRACIOUS IT IS GLORIOUS!  That was a medium-sized tangent… scuzzi!!  (But if you really wanna go to crazy town, these posts from when Covet Living was just a baby are ALL. ABOUT. FALL)…

Fall Faves 2016 | I Dream of Fall 2014 | 7 Fall Looks to Love 2013Fantastic Fall 2011Ode to Fall 2010

Moving along… HERE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS I’M LOVING THIS SEASON:

THIS is one of my favorite autumn candles – put this guy in yer pipe this Fall & smoke it!  A huge shipment of these are arriving to my shop today and you better believe I’m lighting them all up at once.  You can also buy them here.

WHAT IS THIS FABULOUS OUTFIT AND WHERE DO I GET ONE?

These Ulla Johnson Carin booties are a start.

How fabulous is this rug?  I snapped it up for a client’s office and I’ve been cursing myself ever since that I didn’t keep it for my personal collection.  JUST KIDDIN SUZ!

I do have this one on its way to the shop though and I’m LOVING the sage + tangerine + chocolate hues!

ALSO – could we please discuss this rug I just picked up. I’d love to say “COMING SOON TO THE SHOP!” but I actually don’t know if I’ll be able to sell it (every 5th one or so, I keep… #whoops).  It will, however, look really pretty to sleep on when I’m living under a bridge in a few years because #rugsaremydrugs and when I see a super unique one, my credit card accidentally swipes itself. It’s crazy.

Can we also discuss that Amber Interiors did a wall mount wicker dining banquette? WALL MOUNT WICKER!  I am dead every time I see this.

Perfection. (source unknown)

The only thing it’s missing is THIS:

Would you like for me to make some pillows out of you?  Cuz I will.

SWEET BABY JESUS IS THERE ANYTHING MORE PERFECT THAN A NATAN MOSS LAMP?? I’d put it on my registry if I wasn’t afraid of getting judged until the end of time (they retail for about $1500 each). Oh wait, I put a copper Kitchen Aid Mixer on there, so that ship has sailed (DID YOU KNOW THEY CAN SHRED CHICKEN? #notjustforcookies). Natan Moss Lamps are available through Hollywood at Home.

There are no words.  Except that Ulla Johnson is a damn genius.

I think I’ve posted this short rib truffled gnocchi 75x and haven’t made it yet.  THIS IS THE YEAR PEOPLE.

I think this is Ted Baker from last season and I can’t find it for sale anymore, but I can still dream about it.

If there is a perfect guest room, this might be it. Photo by Luke White.

Same for the perfect Lacanche range.  (via)

I am literally DEAD over these platters by Ingrid Wens Ceramics.

Have you seen Anne Hathaway’s country house in the new Arch Digest?  Pam of Studio Shamshiri is the master behind it (she was one of the founders of Commune) and I think it’s so brilliant. Check out the whole thing here.

WHO KNEW THEY MADE A TILE THAT LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE FALL? I get a little tickle in my shorts every time I see a cement tile that isn’t the same black & white pattern that’s circumnavigated the Pinterestphere 875,000x in the last 5 years. Tulipier by Cement Tile Shop.

J’aime beaucoup le bijoux.

J’aime beaucoup aussi having brassy cabinet door fronts.

AMEN. Last night (Chris is out of town), I came home from work, made myself a delicious bowl of ravioli and plopped down on the sofa with a glass of sauv blanc, and then embarked on a Felicity binge, which I do almost every Fall. And it was divine.

The show came out the same year I went to college, so it takes me straight on back to 1999.

Was here last weekend to do a little wedding biz… this picture by Studio Castillo envelops how it feels to be in San Diego, almost to a T.  It was heaven.  We were in Wilmington for Labor Day weekend a few weeks back and one of Chris’ college buddies was telling me about how he went there for a small stretch of time after a breakup and that the only word he could use to describe it was “rejuvenating.” (*Cough* – sounds familiar)… but that’s exactly what it is, that place.

There may not be anything more charming than a pleated / shirred lampshade.  Thinking about starting to stock these…

These little pleated sconces in a laundry room by uber talented San Diego Designer Amy Meier also kill me.

HOW SWEET ARE THESE MUFFINS?

Brass + Mint Green = good times… (though not sure about that “+” hack around the shower trim). Or was that intentional? If it was, I strike the “hack” comment from the record.

Amber Lewis nailing it for – I dunno – the 75th time this week?

I would buy this, except it’s from one of those wild goose chase Tumblr posts. But we can all marvel at it – and then maybe find its doppelgänger at Forever21.

The lines on this chaise lounge slay me.  I would like to curl up with a nubby blanket and some popcorn and a fat glass of red wine and watch Dead Poet’s Society here… and maybe while burning a pumpkin spice candle.

I don’t think I have ever loved any piece of clothing I’ve ever seen more than this one.  Maybe second only to my wedding dress, which, if I didn’t have it, I might break with tradition and do this green guy.

So I’m not getting married in a green dress, but I sure as sh*t am doing this green bar.

Look at this little Moroccan buddy!

The kind of entry that (mountain rustic) dreams are made of.  (Source unknown)

I love this and I have no idea where I saw it… oh right, Jayne’s closet in 1987.  I LOVE IT STILL!

Um, Clé just started doing Victoria Larson’s fern textile print on cement tiles.  I die.

OBSESSED with this wallcovering from Wallshoppe!  I just got a sample of the removable version, just in case I wanna slap it somewhere in the office or – oh – I dunno… our bedroom?  Did I say that out loud? It’s labeled as “tan” but it’s actually more khaki with a green tint to it which is PERFECT.

You know what I actually really wanna do? I wanna wallpaper some panels – or a folding screen. I just saw this one that I may grab:

I mean, what if I also slapped these in our house before he comes home?  “I dunno babe – some vendor just delivered them by accident.. guess we have to keep them. #whoops”

Where does this lead to?  Probably heaven.  By Lowe Hardware.

I love Pratt & Larson for their myriad of colors, textures, and how the glaze pools in the corners.  This bathroom is by Emily Henderson.

The cutest Smurfmobile I’ve ever seen.  And I think the seats are wicker which means my brain just exploded. (Source unknown).

How stunning are these?  I think they might be artifacts in a museum somewhere or something, because they’re labeled: “MURRLE BENNETT & Co 1896-1916 Art Nouveau Earrings.”

Very into the scarf thing that’s happening this year.  (source unknown)

THESE ARE THE MOST DELICIOUS CHICKEN TENDERS!  My friend made them the other day and I wanted to steal them off the kids’ plates when I was done with mine.

Mommy likes.

I have a thing for handmade, salt glazed pottery.  Why is it so elusive?? Ever since Karrie & I bought the most beautiful mugs that Michelle Luu made for us (shown here, in my grubby little hand, and on Karrie’s shelf)… Um, our open shelf in the kitchen with ALL of our every day (and favorite) dishware fell a few weeks ago and every single piece shattered.  Michelle was lovely enough to tell me she’d make more, but (she’s doing the mom thang now) and her Etsy shop has been on vacation mode for YEARS.

I also do love Freckled Pottery, but she’s also tricky to pin down.  Because I have a wee retail storefront now, I’ve started also curating (in addition to vintage rugs, pillows and some custom furniture) really lovely home accessories… the kind that are harder to find, some handmade, etc.  Things like these… stay tuned!

I love this Lady Pin.  Little pricey at close to $45 after you ship it, but really rad.  I also just got a lecture from a stylist about how I’m murdering my hair by heat styling it all the time, and putting it up in ponytails, so this seems like it would be a little easier on the locks, yes?

What does this mean for you??  My favorite time-wasters are: blogging (heeeey), moviefest-ing (this means a double or triple feature in PJ’s), or meandering through antique stores on Saturday mornings.

I was binge-watching Season 3 of This Is Us last night, and she had a tweed/plaid coat on in one of them and I immediately took to scouring the interwebs for it.  Crested Butte – the little Colorado mountain town where we live – is a little more shall we say – utilitarian?  So I might get laughed off the street if I went traipsing down Elk Ave in that (don’t even get me started on heels – haven’t worn them in years) – but I could put this in the arsenal for an east coast trip, or just whenever I’m feeling like scaring the locals to death.  LOLOLOL

Speaking of fancy… I literally will probably be barefoot for most of our wedding (which they strictly say is prohibited in the Darlington House bible of rules, but whatevs)… but I guess I do need a pair of kicks to walk down the aisle in.  I’m not doing heels, and I know these are a little like, 2000 SJP chic, but I love them still.  Photo by Rachel Elaine Photography.

This should all be in a separate wedding post but HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THESE INVITES?  I have had this pic saved for probably 10 years, and Linda + Harriet no longer do calligraphy… (I begged to no avail)… so looking to do something similar.  In the world of, “Does it really matter?” – ehh probably not, but it’s REALLY FUN.

Hello Fall and nostalgia, all wrapped into one cozy sweater.

Hello shagreen scales – do you see the little mother of pearl detail in there too?  People have so much talent.

Sunnies are the bomb.  Source unknown, which I know makes you want to punch me in the face.

That’s all I got for now!  Well… that’s a lie.  I have GOBS of fun wedding stuff to spitball – but will save it for next time!  Have a great weekend!

xoxo,