Well It Was Fun While It Lasted

I am now an official UGA Alumni! That feels so weird so type out.. I have had the craziest past week having packed up my house, graduating on Friday, driving twelve hours with my dad to Dallas, interviewing all day Monday, and finally flying back to Austin late last night. I now literally have twenty-hours hours here at home to unpack and repack before I am off to Dallas again in the morning for one last interview, then flying out that night for my trip! My life is a joke.

I always seem to have so many different things going on at once, but I honestly like it that way! It keeps me busy and entertained, and not thinking about the fact that I will not be returning to Athens in the fall. I owe so much to that city – The University of Georgia and the people I have met there who have become my family have completely changed me.

During my last few days, I walked through my neighborhood and through north campus one last time to soak it all in:

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Going to miss these beautiful trees

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There is something so unique about this place. I haven’t decided if it’s the southern charm, the historic buildings, huge magnolia trees, the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, or the fact that I figured out the person that I want to be while studying here. Athens will always hold a special place in my heart and I will miss it everyday.

Now Graduation:

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We’re famous!

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We could almost pass as French

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Doin It Big

After I graduate in only two short weeks, I will be traveling for a couple of weeks with my family and then another three weeks with a few of my closest friends. This trip is trip has been in the works for quite sometime, and something that I have wanted to do since I was in high school. Because I was not able to do a full semester abroad since the design program is so specific to UGA, this trip will be that much more special. We have finally decided on our final itinerary (!) and I have to say it’s pretty legit. We each picked cities that we have always wanted to visit, so we are literally traveling all around:

 

1. Israel – with my fam!

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2. London – for a family get together with our cousins who live  there

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3. Prague – peace out Gblums

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4. Amsterdam – with all my friends!!

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5. Munich

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6. Lucerne

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7. Interlaken

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8. Avignon

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9. Nice/Monaco

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10. Barcelona

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11. Ibiza

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I know these travels and experiences will be beyond amazing. The people, food and cultures I will be exposed to will not only influence me as a person, but also as a designer. I will sadly not be blogging during this trip, but no worries – I will be documenting EVERYTHING and will post as soon as I return!

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Hot Hot Hot

A few weeks ago while staying at my friend’s home in Atlanta, I rediscovered my love for RED. She doesn’t live in any old shack though… her family resides at The St. Regis in the heart of Buckhead. I absolutely love going to stay for weekend not only because I feel like I am a part of her family, but because I always admire the beautiful interiors they change seasonally in the public areas of the hotel. And the killer pool isn’t too bad.

 

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Doesn’t the bright red pop in contrast to the tan cement?! The perfect color for this area in my opinion. I also applaud the scale of the different aspects around the pool: the lanterns, awnings, fireplace, and staircase for example.

 

Here are some of my other red inspirations:

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Hello Lover

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Gold Fine Twig Ruby Ring by Alex Monroe

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Prague – I’ll see you so soon!

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Turnin’ Up The Heat

While stalking Steven Gambrel on Instagram, I came across his fireplace design for a recent project:

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Gorgeous isn’t it? I love how he manipulated simple moldings to come up with something unique. And the gold edges don’t hurt either.

I personally believe fireplaces should exit in most, if not all, of living rooms – it makes the space comfortable and homey. Some of my favorite memories are making s’mores and relaxing near the fire on our big cozy couch. There is really nothing better.

 

Here are some good looking mantles to spice up your day:

 

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0ed6670a85013f35d663cb244af35c2eMary McDonald

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Had to include this mid-construction photo – the paneled walls are just too good

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David Collins

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David Collins as well

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Kelly Wearstler

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What’s up Nina Garcia

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It’s Official

The flowers on campus have finally come into bloom and I couldn’t be more excited! The bright colors I see around Athens, I have also noticed on the spring runways and new, fresh interiors – I can’t seem to get enough of the purples, pinks, yellows and blues:

 

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Giambattista Valli

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Design by Jamie Drake

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Stella McCartney

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via House & Home Best Decorating spring issue

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Daniele Michetti

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Design by David Jimenez, Hollywood Regency Palm Springs

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Designer Crush

While on a field trip to ADAC last Thursday, our class stopped by Westbrook Interiors to talk with Barbara Westbrook about the design industry since we will be joining the real world soon!

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She took us through an entire residential project and explained her design process. Each design firm differs in how they do business, so it was interesting to see her specific perspective. Her office itself was so charming, I wish I could show you the interiors!

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Here are some of my favorites of her spaces:

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One aspect of Mrs. Westbrook ‘s designs that I greatly admire is her ability to adapt to her clients’ desires. No two projects in her portfolio are the same – she literally takes what her clients tell her and transforms it into reality, while still being in good taste.

She is also coming out with a book soon by Rizzoli so be on the lookout!

Check of Approval

It has become a sort of ‘trend’ for designers to collaborate with fabric, furniture or lighting manufacturers to actually conceptualize and design their own line for the brand, which I think is fantastic. What makes an  interior designer unique is their specific view or perspective and how they translate it to reality. When a designer has the opportunity to create a line from their own ideas and taste, it is also an opportunity for the public (aka me) to incorporate this style into their home. No two collections are the same – each designer draws inspiration from completely different situations. One of my favorite lines was Mary McDonald for Schumacher last year, which coincidentally was Schumacher’s best selling line of all time.

Atlanta’s Schumacher representative, Karen, comes to the F&I program at UGA once a year to present these new fabrics to SIDA (Student Interior Design Association). She showed and explained the fabrics, wall coverings and trims just as she would to design firms in Atlanta. This included the fabric content, weave, fibers, colorfastness, performance specifications and possible end uses of each fabric.

This time she came with Timothy Corrigan‘s new collection. I was actually lucky enough to meet him at ADAC if you remember from my old post! He is an incredibly talented designer based out of LA, who also recently released his new book about his chateau in France. I guess you could say he’s having a pretty good year.

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Some of the fabrics Karen presented:

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Presents from the goody bag!

Luck o’ the Irish

Happy St. Patty’s Day!! I am so sorry for the lack of posts recently… I have had a hard couple of weeks, having traveled to Nashville, New Orleans, Atlanta, Jamaica and Savannah. So yes, I live a rough life. But it’s now back in Athens for my last month and a half of college (noooo), so I will definitely be living it up – not like I had an excuse for the past four years.

To get y’all in the Irish mood, I have selected some fun green home accessories to make your day just that much better. I personally love the color green and frequently try to incorporate it into my designs (Emerald was 2013’s Pantone Color of the Year!).

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Because green is the color of nature, it symbolizes growth, harmony and freshness. It comes in various shades, each triggering a different emotion or feeling. Dark green is associated with ambition, aqua with emotional healing and protection, and olive green is the traditional color of peace. Enjoy the green!

 

Malachite-Inspired Picture Frame by Jonathan Adler :

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Love it? Click here

Small Jade Rectangular Box by AERIN

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Obsessed? Make your way here

Moroccan Leather Pouf by Serena & Lily

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Lust at first sight? Click here

Manta Tray by Z Gallerie

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Must have? Buy it here

Lauren Lamp Table by Ralph Lauren

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Light up your life? Head here

Arrow Avocado Embroidered Pillow by COCOCOZY

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Seem comfy? Go here

Agate Bookends by West Elm

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Got to have it? Sum it up here

Have an amazing day! I know I did…

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Pardi Hardi

Happy Fat Tuesday y’all!! I just got back from NOLA yesterday after spending a long five days partying it up at Mardi Gras. I have been once before freshman year, so I had to make it back one more time before I officially entered the real world. Ugh.

I absolutely love everything about New Orleans – especially the food and the music. No other city I have visited offers such a rich, vibrant culture. Here are some pics into my crazy weekend:

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My friend Rachel trying to catch some beads

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Shelby and Sam!

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As seen at the parades. Too cute.

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The colors are amazingggggg

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An artist on the dance floor at Blue Nile on Frenchman Street. Definitely my favorite memories from the weekend happened here…

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The houses on St. Charles were so charming

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The King of Mardi Gras… Hugh Laurie

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Parades after Dark. Beads for miles.