Friday, May 27, 2016

Nursery Design Reveal

TGIF!  Today I am thrilled to share the completed nursery design I created with my friend Traci for her new baby boy, Carson.  Traci has hired me in the past to help with a few other spaces in her Oklahoma City home back when I lived in Houston, so when she contacted me about helping with her nursery, I couldn't have been more excited!   She and her husband Matt deserve a lot of credit, though, because this nursery design was 100% implemented by them.  I worked from New York to lay out the floor plan in CAD and put together ideas and design boards for them, but they did all the leg work of pulling it together and making it look beautiful in their home.



See the full reveal after the jump!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Honoring the Greats: Nika Zupanc

I've featured 5 male designers in my "Honoring the Greats" series thus far, so today I am thrilled to be sharing the work of one talented lady- Nika Zupanc.  Nika is a renowned Slovenian-based interior and furniture designer that first came on to the design scene with the launch of her Lolita Lamp at Milan Design Week 2009.  Since then, she's effectively broken in to the boy's club of contemporary furniture design.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What to Pack for Memorial Day Weekend

Although I just came back from Jamaica and am thoroughly relaxed, I am looking forward to the 3-day holiday weekend.   I'm heading back to Oklahoma to see my family and my adorable niece and nephew for Memorial Day, but most of our time will be spent outside by the pool.  Here's what's on my packing list:

I'm a sucker for a good Target bikini.  I personally can't seem to justify the more expensive options like Agent Provocateur or Marysia because every summer I want a new look and it doesn't make sense to splurge on a swimsuit.  However, I am open to spending on cute, versatile summer pieces I can wear season after season like this loose Splendid number and Anthropologie's denim dress.  A cute beach tote seems to be the "it" beach accessory this year, as well as sun hats with cheeky sayings.

Shop My Packing List:



Monday, May 23, 2016

A 300 Sq Ft Apartment in the Lower East Side

Over the past 10 months of residing in New York,  I've become fascinated with watching design-conscious apartment dwellers take a small space and turn it in to a place they can call home.  As I struggle to arrange and then rearrange my own 100 sq-ft bedroom and make it a space I feel good about,  I love reading stories and seeing "before" and "after" photographs of small-space transitions.  One stylish New York apartment I recently came across is shared by two best friends from Austin-  Dustin O'Neal and Valerie Nguyen.  They both moved to New York after graduating from the University of Texas and chose to settle in to a small, 300 sq-ft Lower East Side apartment.  The space has 2 bedrooms and 1 tiny kitchen that they share.   As you can see from the photos, the apartment is TINY, yet every inch has been carefully considered and designed with an effortless, Austin-Texas vibe:


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sam Loves: 11

Happy Wednesday!  I arrived home late late late last night in New York from Jamaica and I'm not ready to face the real world yet.   The Jamaican weather was perfect.  It was sunny every day until about 3 pm, and then it would rain a bit, just in time for us to go back to our room and take a nap before dinner.  By sunset, it was always back to clear skies and tropical weather.  I went with my best friend from college, and it was the perfect chance for us to catch up while also celebrating her new masters degree (she graduated earlier this month).  With clear blue waters still on my mind, I'm inspired by all things seafoam and coastal right now:



From top to bottom, left to right:

Monday, May 16, 2016

Highlights from the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse 2016

Last Thursday evening I toured this year's Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse.  The buzz among the design industry is that this year's showhouse is one of the best that's been seen in many years, so I was eager to walk through and take a peek myself.   The Kips Bay Showhouse is one of THE  most important events of the design world and can really catapult a new designer's career. Each designer was given 6 weeks to transform their room, which began essentially as a white box.  Although every room was remarkable, I have included only a few of my favorite spaces in this post because I don't want to picture overload (and also I'm still in Jamaica and want to get back to lying by the pool)!



The hallways leading up the staircases were designed by Kati Curtis, and I love that she chose a classic de Gournay wallpaper to line the walls paired with lacquered cobalt woodwork:


Alex Papachristidis's Dining Room:



{a bar cart displaying all the essentials}

Suzanne Kasler's Living Room (one of my favorite rooms!):


Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday's Worthy Links



Happy Friday!  Today I am heading to Jamaica and the minute I step foot in Montego Bay can't come soon enough.  But first, a few noteworthy links...

- There's nothing I love more than a peek in to an interior designer's office.  Here are Four Swoon-Worthy work spaces from Atlanta design gurus.

-  The 44th Annual Kips Bay Showhouse officially opened yesterday in New York and I keep hearing it's incredible this year.  The show house will be open through June 9th so if you're in the area, you have to stop by!  Tickets are $35 each and benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.  Heather featured one of the bedrooms in up-close detail yesterday, as well!


-WTF is up with the new Instagram logo?  I'm all for progress and change, but not when it looks like an acid trip gone wrong.

-Speaking of WTF moments, don't even get me started on this.  My blood is boiling.

-But back to prettier things.  Like this stylish rustic retreat.

-I love a good Church Lady and last week's SNL cold opening had me in tears.

-I'm a sucker for good quotes, and I loved this one.  You dig?

-What's one thing you need to stop hating yourself for?

-Completely obsessed with all things Halogen.  The price point is great, too!


Happy weekend!

XOXO,

Sam


{image via The Washington Post, room designed by Phillip Thomas for Kips Bay Showhouse}
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