Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Michelle Workman - What's in Your Bag?

 "What's in Your Bag" guest is Michelle Workman of Michelle Workman Interiors.  One of Los Angeles most sought after interior designers; Michelle has a celebrity client roster that includes names like John Travolta and Kirstie Alley and more.  A couple of years ago, Michelle traded in the bright lights of Hollywood living and moved her family to Chatanooga Tennessee.  She and her husband wanted to raise their boys in simpler lifestyle, so they chose the south.  If you want to learn more about Michelle, visit her website and check out her television show, Glamour Goes South, which is about her move from LA and current life in Chatanooga.  I think you will find the show quite entertaining.  Michelle has risen the latter of fame in the design world but hasn't let it go to her head, she has managed to on to her "girl next door" personality.  She is always the first cheerleader when someone needs a pep talk or a big smile.  Genuine, kind, amazingly stylish and known for her vintage fashion style...

Let's go find out what's in this cool chic's bag!  I cannot wait to see...

1.  Do you go to the beach or the pool?  If the beach, what's your favorite beach? 
I love the beach, and used to go to various beaches in Malibu all summer long, sadly I no longer live close enough to one to go regularly, but I have started to explore some of the southern east coast beaches and I like the Atlantic side of Florida so far… but mostly I lounge by my pool at home during the summers, now.

2. What's your favorite beach /pool bag? 

I have a great woven reed bag with bright red leather straps that I love toting everything in.

3.  What necessities do you put in your bag?  
 I like to have my phone, crossword puzzles, and of course a few snacks. 

A book, coconut oil, a towel, sunglasses and a big floppy hat.

4. What's your favorite sunscreen? 

Coconut oil - nontoxic, and the smell is divine and reminds me of my childhood! 

5.  What's Your Favorite bathing suit? 

I hate trying on suits, so in May I order suits from a bunch of different places and try them on at home, then I pick the best one, this years winner is a red ribbed suit with a low V neckline from Lands End

Land's End Costal Spirit Swimsuit

6. Do You Have a Favorite Coverup? 

I have a vintage (of course) 1970’s Morrocan style caftan that I absolutely adore.  While you can’t get that one anymore, here is one that has a similar hippy boho kind of feel (from Roberta Roller Rabbit)

7. Do You Have a Favorite Hat? 

I have a big straw hat a lot like this one
Eric Javits

8. What Sunglasses Did You Choose for Summer 2015: 

Call me a traditionalist, but I love a good pair of Prada sunglasses!  This year my favorite style are these:

Prada Sunglasses

9. What book is in your bag?
I am a viracous reader, which means I go through at least a book a week (when I don’t have any time) and 2-3 whilst on vacation. I favor History and Science Fiction… go figure.

10. Favorite beach/pool shoes? 

Havaianas are a favorite of mine! I have four different colors (I always get the slim strap), and they aren’t just poolside, I wear them everywhere all summer long! 

Havaianas Slim Strap

11. Favorite drink on the beach or by the pool?
A lemon drop martini is my usual drink of choice, but I recently discovered real Mojitos in Spain and while I had never liked them when I tried them in the US, I loved the way they made them in Spain, and I am going to try and duplicate them!

12. Favorite summer activity. 

I love sitting by the pool, watching my boys splash and play while I soak in the sun and read, I can hear the bees buzzing and the birds chirping and my body just 

Thank you so much Michelle for participating in "What's In Your Bag" today!

Please pop over to Michelle's website and see her amazing work and watch an episode of Glamour Goes South.  Be careful though, You'll get hooked!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Kathe Fraga - Artist

I recenlty discovered artist Kathe Fraga.  I found one of her paintings on instagram when scrolling through popular posts and immediately popped over to her news feed.   I was delighted to find more of her beautiful work.  Her paintings have a timeworn look and resemble aged decorative fresco panels like you would see in old Parisian mansions.  Leaves,vines and flowers intertwined with birds creating a modern day version of chinoiserie.  Each painting is layered and distressed on canvas with a lacquered finish or frescoed on panels.  

Kathe's website says her art is inspired by:
"the beauty and romance of old: vintage silky kimonos, hand-worked embroidery, lacquered little boxes, blocked wallpaper and panels form years ago, distressed with age, revealing a soft lovliness'll see layered colors peeking out behind one another - pinks, blues, lavenders - speckles of gold, a wisp of glitter.  Look for a small shy heart.  A nestle of lovebirds.  A French phrase.  Each piece meant to be seen as a part of a larger scene that's been hidden away...until now"

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Julia Buckingham's New Collection for Global Views

Photo Courtesy of Julia Buckingham ID
The mirrors in this foyer by Julia Buckingham have haunted me ever since I first saw them in her portfolio.  I knew better than to ask Julia about them she because she typically uses antiques or custom, "one of a kind" pieces in her projects which is why her work is so interesting.  I thought the mirrors were stunning.  They look like the starburst mirrors that were created from antique religious objects.  Very unique. 

I was thrilled to learn that Julia was including a similar mirror in her new collection for Global Views.  

This Pendant Mirror is part of the much anticipated Julia Buckingham Collection for Global Views Colleciton which debuted in Dallas this week at the Dallas Market.  The Chicago based interior designer, has turned the design world on ear with the initial 62 piece offerings from the collection.  The complete collection will be shown in the Global Views Showroom during the High Point Market in October.   Known for her 'Modernique" Style, Julia has a gift at marrying furniture from different periods, styles and aesthetics together to create interesting rooms.  She is a designer,collector and a shop owner who scowers the world for interesting finds. Now with the release of this collection we all benefit from her keene eye.

Here's what Julia has to say about her inspiration for the collection: 

“My collection [for Global Views] is inspired by all those wonderful items that I’ve found over the years, with the look and feel that it was a lifetime in the making,” explained Buckingham. “I am thrilled to be a part of the Global Views family as they are uniquely positioned to bring my collection to life.”   ---- Julia Buckingham

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

10 Questions For the SisterHood of The World Blog Awards!

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room, announced that she had been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Blog Awards (SOWBA) by Sarah Sarna a few days ago.  Holly then tagged me along with nine other bloggers as her list of 10 nominees.  Thank you Holly for nominating me!  Here is the list of questions Holly asked me to answer!

The perfect paint color?

Boy!  That is a hard question for me to answer!  I love so many paint colors!  I think one of my favorite colors is Benjamin Moore Antiguan Sky 2040-60.  It reminds me of the ocean.  I have used it in many projects because it is soothing and creates a relaxed atmosphere.

 If you could have any job besides the one you have right now,
 what would it be? 

I would like to be a painter and plan to one day soon
 resume my art classes.  If I don't do that could I please be the person who names the OPI colors resume my art classes.  If I don't do that could I please be the person who names the OPI colors, pretty please.

  If you could pick any designer, living or dead, to decorate your house, who would it be?

Photo Credit: Architectural Digest Interior Design by Miles Redd

I think about this quite a bit.  It would be a treat to have someone design a house for me. The experience of working with a designer allows you to get to know a designer personally.  I have so many fabulous designer friends, it is really hard to pick just one so I'll pick someone I don't know personally.  I would love to work with Miles Redd.  He designs exquisite, colorful, interiors, which I can relate to because we share the common bond of being southern.

 Dream trip?

I have recently added these two islands to my bucket list....

Song Saa Private Islands in Cambodia. This place is amazing.  I have a friend who was a guest of this island and her stories made me green with envy!

The Maldives and stay on the water in one of these huts!

 Best meal of your life?

Restaurant Gary Danko

My husband and I ate at Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco on our 5th Anniversary which was 15 years ago and it was one of my favorite meals ever!

 Pick an all time favorite movie and an all time favorite
 book that you think we should all watch and read?

I know it is cliche' but my all time favorite movie is Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.  We have watched it hundreds of times.  My husband and I recite lines from the movie all the time.  I loved the music, the campy storyline, and the beautiful Ilsa.

.  My favorite book is Memoirs of a Geisha.  I love to read but it becomes increasingly harder to find the time to read for pleasure.  I just finished Dear Carolina by Kristy Harvey and loved it!  i would recommend both!

 Best gift you have ever received? 

My engagement ring, which belonged to my husband's paternal grandmother.  It was made in 1920 and is platinum filigree. I still love it and would choose it if I were ring shopping today.  It is very sentimental.
I'm currently at my beach house and don't have my ring with me but these rings are similar in style to my ringis very similar to my ring.

 Favorite wallpaper ever? 

Design by Nate Berkus

I love and adore Martinique Banana Leaf from the famous Beverly Hills Hotel. It's a classic and iconic.  I keep trying to use it in a project but so far no takers.  I will have it in my own house one day even if it is in my closet.  It makes me happy!

 If you could rewind twenty years and give yourself
 one piece of advice, what would it be?

"Buy the Best First and You only Cry Once"   It took me many years to succumb to this, but it's true.   

 Chicest Hotel that you have visited or seen? 

I loved my recent visit to the Soho House Berlin.  It is a very chic hotel with cool, artsy vibe.  The hotel decor is geared towards artists, designers and people who appreciate interesting design.  I loved the spa there as well which uses Cowshed products.  My room had a beautiful stand alone cast iron French Bateau tub in lacquered steel finish.

I also think The Viceroy Hotel in Anguilla is tres` chic

 Piece of art that you most covet? 

My children's portraits are probably my most prized, but one of my favorite new acquisitions is a table runner from a dinner party at artist Mark Boomershine's house.  He gave it to me after the party. I had it framed in lucite and used it in the Traditional Home Show House Breakfast room which you will see in the October issue.  It spans 8ft long and 4ft wide.  It's a cool piece of art that reminds me of one of the best dinner parties I have ever attended.  If you didn't read my post about that party and love creative dinner parties, please pop over and read it now.  It was an amazing party!

Thank you,Holly for nominating me.  I now nominate....

My Questions I would like you Ladies to answer are....
( I borrowed most of these)

1. If you could have any job besides the one you have right now, what would it be?
2. If you had one day completely alone how would you fill your time?

3. What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
4. What is one vacation spot on your bucket list?
5. What is your favorite little luxury?
6. What is your favorite summertime drink?
7. If you could pick any designer, living or dead, to decorate your house, who would it be?
8. If you could rewind twenty years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
9. What is your favorite family tradition?
10.  What is your most prized possession besides your family? (Think Materiallly Here Ladies)

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Tiff Manuel on Fashion Friday Favorites!

Do you ever surf around online and suddenly get stopped in your tracks by a new find?  Well, that happened to me this morning on instagram.  I discovered Tiff Manuel!  Wowza!  I love her fabulous line!  There are pocketbooks, clutches, totes, pool bags, necklaces, tassels, clothes and art! To learn more about Tiff pop over to her website.   But before you pop over check out some of my favorites, then pop over and see more!

Laptop pouches

Do you LOVE Tiff Manuel as much as I do?  I'm trying to figure out what I want the most because I could order one from every category!  If you see something you want let me know because I think we are going to buy some for Studio 202!  

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