Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Milo Baughman Chairs

If you have been following this blog for awhile, you may have noticed my aesthetic is seemingly always evolving.  When I first started delving in to design, I favored a more traditional look.  However, I have watched myself move towards a more eclectic, contemporary palette in the last few years.  Studying the Bauhaus and designers like Eileen Gray, Mies van der Rohe, and Corbusier in school have also opened my eyes to the beauty and simplicity of clean, midcentury modern and flavorful Art Deco, which when mixed with traditional pieces can really make a space come alive.  I have been drooling over the clean, modern furniture created by Milo Baughman for a while now, and felt it was high time to devote a post to him. His 951 chrome chairs are a favorite of mine:

Milo was born in 1923 in Kansas but was raised in California.  Although he began designed spaces and furniture from a very young age, the defining collaboration in his career began in 1953 when he started working with the North Carolina manufacturer Thayer Coggin.  This partnership lasted five decades and produced many of Milo's enduring classics, like the cantilevered 989-103 chair and bronze-legged sofa:   

I love his club chair with upholstered arms. The deep seat is so luxurious:

Dominique of Comfy Cozy Couture upholstered a pair in this gorgeous leopard print and they are the perfect statement piece in her office.  Delicious, no?!

I am always hunting Craigs List, Etsy, and E-Bay for good Milo Baughman finds.  Obviously, most of them aren't authentic but are styled after his design. 

This beauty is only $395 and has been upholstered in David Hicks Fiorentina fabric (one of my all-time faves):

This club chair pair is claiming to be original, so the price is a bit higher at $2,395 for the pair. I love the white piping + gray velvet:

At only $195, this baby is begging to be reupholstered in something amazing:

So what do you guys think?  Are you a fan of midcentury design, with it's clean lines and simplicity?  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The View Through My Lens: 23

Happy Tuesday my sweets!  How is the week going?  Yesterday marked Sam and I's one month anniversary, so that means we are only 42 days away from lasting longer than Kim K's last marriage (woop!).  Did you have a Happy Easter?  We stayed in Houston and kept it low key.  I was lucky enough to get picture updates of my adorable niece in Oklahoma on her 1st Easter throughout the day, though!  How precious is she with my dad?  He's loving being a grandpa for the first time:

Sam and I bought her that Easter outfit for Christmas.  We couldn't resist, especially with those adorable bunny slippers.  The weather in H town lately has been absolutely beautiful,   and I loved sporting my new Gold and Gray beaded necklace last Friday:

Lily Gray is the fab talent behind Gold and Gray jewelry, a bohemian-inspired jewelry line based in LA.  I have a feeling I'll be wearing this piece all summer.  I was also pleasantly surprised to receive these fun leopard Guess mules in the mail:

I wore them to dinner this weekend and love the lucite strap.  In true guy fashion, Sam said, "Aren't you going to take the plastic off before you wear those?"  I had to explain to him that they were actually part of the shoe design.  Ha!  The new Local Foods in Houston is open (located at Kirby and Westheimer, where Taco Milagro used to be), and designer Aaron Rambo did an amazing job with the interiors (the egg salad sandwich is to die for, too).  I love these retro chairs:

 We also made a quick trip to Ikea this past weekend.  I typically avoid Ikea like the plague, not because I don't think they have some fab pieces, but because the store layout generally stresses me out. Nonetheless, I faced my Ikea fear and I'm glad I did- because I spotted these chic yellow shelving units:

I think they may be my favorite thing I've ever seen made by Ikea. I don't need any more shelves, but I was seriously tempted to scoop a few of these beauties up.  
Yesterday I presented some fab wallpaper options to my #briargrovebeauty client, and had to snap a pic.  We will be pairing one of these prints with a Sputnik chandelier + mod console in their entryway:

So stay tuned to see which one we went with! ;)  

Any big plans for the week?  I am heading up to Dallas this weekend to meet up with some blogger friends who are in town for the Reward Style conference.  I can't wait.  I hope this week flies by!  

Friday, April 18, 2014

Current Wishlist: Pink + Gold + Champagne

TGIF!  Did you guys have a good week?!  I think I finally got settled back in to normal life after the wedding/honeymoon this week.  I am enjoying my new classes and revving up on some design projects, so the creative juices are flowing.  If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably see how much pink our home is infused with (browse for #cacerescasa on Insta to see snapshots of our space).  We are working to make our house less "me" and more "us," so that means some of the pink will undoubtedly have to go.  Nonetheless, I plan to make up for this in my wardrobe, like with this Calypso St. Barth maxi skirt.  Here are a few more things currently on my wishlist...

Shop This Board:

Tori Praver Bikini Top $110/Tori Praver Bikini Bottoms $100/Kelly Wearstler Ivory Serpent Pillow $395/Impact Coffee Table Book $60/Bravo Silk Maxi Skirt $395/Pink Sunburst Stud Earrings $16/Jonathan Adler Baxter Sofa $3,295/Society Social Beverly Ottoman $350/Bauble Bar Diana Drop Earrings $28/FC Lady Tote $345/

How fun is this Tori Pravery frilly swimsuit?  And you know I have a thing for tufted sofas.  I think Sam and I are going to bite the bullet and purchase the Kravet Malibu sectional soon.  We are in desperate need of a sofa upgrade.  

Any fun plans for the weekend?!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Bridesmaids' Gifts

Wedding Wednesday is back...!  I know what you are thinking- "Sam, you're being pathetic... you already had your wedding.  Give it up."  And, you're right.  I will give it up, I promise, but I do want to share a few things with you now that the festivities are over.   First up is a few fun details from the Bridesmaid's Brunch!  Since our wedding was on a Friday, we did the Bridesmaid's the day before at the Austin W Hotel's restaurant, Trace.  The restaurant design is so fab already, so in terms of decor we really didn't need to do anything.   For the invitations and menu, I worked with Momental Designs.  Momental designed the watercolor map we included in our invitation suite, as well as several other items for the wedding, so I already knew they were fabulous artists!  I wanted the invites to have a soft feel with floral watercolor accents.  Here is what they created:

Then, our calligrapher, Moya Minns of MMInk, added in the wording for us with her beautiful calligraphy.  The gold accents added on the invite were fab and went perfectly with the bridesmaids' robes:

Moya also did a beautiful job on the menu calligraphy:

Wendee, the Austin florist extraordinare behind Wendee Sawran, created a gorgeous centerpiece for the brunch.  Here is an instagram snap I took of it:

I love how free-flowing and textured it is.  She completely nailed it!  At the shower, I gave each bridesmaid a watercolored notecard set with their name underneath in Moya's calligraphy.  Momental Designs created each girl's painting based off of photos I sent their team. The girls loved the surprise!  Here is the painting of my maid-of-honor, Carol, on her notecard set:

And here is Lindsay's painting.  Each notecard set came in a box tied with white ribbon and a watercolor tag:

Along with the notecard sets, I gave each girl a monogrammed silk robe.  I found a great Etsy shop, May Silk, that I purchased the robes from, and then I had them monogrammed here in Houston.  Here's Carol and Lindsay in their robes on wedding day!

One other fun thing we did at the bridesmaids brunch was a charm pull.  Have you guys ever heard of this tradition?  I believe it is mainly a Southern thing, but I could be wrong.  The way it works is that each bridesmaid pulls a string from the cake that has a charm on the end of it.  Each charm has a fortune to it, and once the bridesmaid pulls it, her fortune is read.   Here's my bridesmaid Taylor (who just had her second baby 2 months ago!  doesn't she look amazing?) pulling her charm:

It was such a fun brunch and gave all us girls time to spend together before the rehearsal dinner and wedding.  I gave a short toast before we ate, telling the girls how much each of them meant to me.  Well, my mom has a way with words and gave a follow up speech that was much better than mine, and we all ended up in tears.  It was such a sweet moment!

Thanks for letting me indulge in a little more wedding goodness.  I hope you liked the bridesmaid gifts!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Project: Briargrove Beauty

Happy Tuesday!  I guess this is the week to introduce new projects, because today I have the beginnings of a gorgeous home I am helping with in the Briargrove area of Houston.  The stylish young couple just welcomed their first baby, and are wanting to update the design of their home to better reflect their new family of 3.  Their space is already stunningly gorgeous (and was shared here on Cote de Texas), so we are really just updating things here and there.  First up, is their entryway.  Here are a few pictures of how it looks currently:

It is adjacent to their dining room:

The space has a neutral French country feel to it, and the couple would like to add a more modern, youthful aesthetic.  I love the idea of adding a fun wallpaper and contemporary light fixture, like this hexagon pendant (the wallpaper is gorgeous too)...

A fun wallpaper + artwork would add a lot...
And adding a more contemporary entry table, like a lacquer white console with drawers:

In terms of wallpaper, I love Quadrille's Bali Island in Light Aqua for the walls:

Designer Lindsey Coral Harper recently used this paper in a darker blue colorway in a client's bedroom (published in House Beautiful):

Here's the wallpaper paired with a few other entry furniture and accessory options:

Another wallpaper I love for this space would be Cole and Son's Hummingbirds.  Bailey recently used the fabric on a client's dining chairs:

My client loves the Hicks pendant light, so bringing it in as the lighting for the entry would also be fun!

We also have the living room, breakfast nook, and master bedroom to update!  I'll be sure to share details + progress as we go along.  I'm so thrilled to be working with this adorable family.

Monday, April 14, 2014

New Project: Cakewalk Style Shop

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Mine was so refreshing.  I did a lot of resting up, working on homework and projects, and just relaxing.  Sometimes those are the best weekends. Today I am excited to share with you a fun new project I am working on.  You may have seen me post about Cakewalk Style Shop before (here and here), a chic women's clothing and accessories store here in Houston.  One of the co-founders, Jennifer Grigsby, is loosely related to me and is kind enough to style me from time to time.  She has impeccable style and encourages me to take fashion risks- like this Tibi lace top + Vince leather shorts combination:

Something I would never pick out for myself- but when she suggested it, I tried it on and loved it!  Her Cakewalk business partner, Gina Cartwright, is the genius behind Charmed Circle jewelry. About a month ago, they moved their store to a gorgeous new location off of Westheimer and Kirby, directly next to Matt Camron Rugs.  How adorable is the exterior of their store?!

Even better, the interior of the store is filled with gorgeous duds from Joie, Haute Hippie, DVF, Tibi, and more.  Gina and Jennifer have already styled their new space beautifully, complete with a floral antique settee and stunning chandeliers.  In their last store, Cakewalk worked with design firm Munger Interiors to create a beautiful space for their customers.  

Although the main retail space design of their new store is for the most part completed, they have a few areas they are wanting my help with, as well as their personal office spaces in the back of the store.  The first spot is Gina's Charmed Circle display wall.  While we want to keep the focus on the jewels, the white walls combined with the white cabinetry and shelving is a bit "blah."  I thought adding a wallpaper to the wall that would add a sense of texture and "focal point" while not overpowering the merchandise would be perfect.

I brought a few samples for the girls to look over and their favorite was Schumacher's Metropolitan Fret.  The paper is designed with tiny glass beads that give it a shimmery, metallic-like texture:

Now, for the back office spaces.  Gina's office has large windows on two of her walls.  Unfortunately, during the afternoon, she is nearly blinded by the sun shining in!  The space is an older building, and replacing the glazed windows with regular ones isn't an option right now.  We are after a functional and beautiful covering that will allow them to work without sunglasses on!

I am loving the thought of doing a cornice board above the window with short flowing drapery on each side.  Then, to keep the unwanted sun out, have bamboo blinds installed.  I love the idea of doing a tape-trimmed cornice:

And lastly, we need to find some good storage solutions for the girl's offices.  They need to have a space to pack and ship online orders, store additional merchandise, work on their computers, and store office supplies.  With little space to do this, we have our work cut out for us!

We also plan to wallpaper Jen's office.  Since she spends a lot of time working on her computer, she wants to be surrounded by a "happy" environment!  Of course when she said "happy," my first thought was Quadrille.  She loved Paradise Background in Turquoise:

I think it will look gorgeous and fun with her pink upholstered Knoll office chairs.  I can't wait to share progress with you guys and of course, the final result!  
If you live in Houston, be sure to go visit their store at 3201 Westheimer, or shop online here.