Monday, August 19, 2013

My Go-To's

After seeing interior designer Maggie of Bellisimo and Bella share her "go-to's" when it comes to decor and design on her blog, I loved the idea and thought I'd share my favorites with you, too!  Every designer has a repertoire of their go-to design elements, and here's a short list of mine:

Shaker-style cabinetry...

It's simple, yet so fresh and chic!  Clean square lines with flat, center panels.  Of course, I love them painted in a white shade with white marble or quartzite countertops.

I'm a big believer that the elements you shouldn't ever skimp on are lighting or drapes.  You can always tell when it was done on the cheap.  So if you are going to "splurge" on one thing, have a reputable workroom make your drapes.  Silk or silk taffeta with a 4-6" puddle are my go-to...

For lighting, my go-to is always Circa Lighting.  They carry beautiful chandeliers, pendants, table lamps, and floor lamps.  We used the small country chandelier in the Richmond townhome I recently revealed:

Abstract paintings are my go-to for artwork.  I have had a lot of luck finding pieces on Etsy or commissioning artists on Etsy.  One of my favorites is Elena's Art Studio:

She does beautiful work at great prices.  Another favorite artist is Kate Mullin.  She does still life, abstract, landscapes, and more:

I also love to routinely browse Segreto Finishes art gallery to see what's new!

{Kirsten McLean painting installed in Sally Wheat's home}

Here are my go-to gray paint colors + trim color:

For classic sisals, my go-to is Pottery Barn.  They have a wide array of choices, and they even have a special Stark collection that resembles the Stark Natura Diamond Rug:

You can see it looks very similar to the Stark Natura carpet we often see in designer interiors (one of my favorites, too!):

So, any go-to's of your own you'd like to share?


  1. Love this post! Always interesting to see what people's go tos are. I have mine. I will tell you, our paint colors are spot on with one another! Go figure!

  2. I love love that you shared some of your go-tos! I'm completely in love with both kitchens, and I'm with you on the Pottery Barn sisal rugs!

  3. I love your style, this is all gorgeous. Those kitchens are perfect...and I love your gray paint colors, gray is my favorite!


  4. Hi Sam, thank you for having my painting here!

  5. The torcheres on the mantel are gorgeous.

  6. So gorgeous! I love the chairs in the last photograph! The white + blue color combo is perfection!

    --Sayeh, The Office Stylist

  7. I'm glad to know about your fave grey because I have some grey painting coming up. These are fab recommendations. Thanks!

  8. totally stunning of course! Although a neutral color palette...still really makes a statement! so posh!


  9. what a fun post! Love those painting resources. It is always hard to find good art!


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