We are on our way back from 5 days in Atlanta.  While not totally springtime there it was a welcomed relief from the Arctic winter we have been experiencing in New England this year.  If you have been following me on Instagram you will have seen our trip began with the gorgeous, big, family wedding of my darling cousin.  Her gown and bridal look rivaled Kate Middleton and for the reception…lets just say, chandeliers capped with giant Spanish moss domes and 80’s cover band!  I must have danced until almost midnight, heels, 6 1/2 months pregnant and all.  It was a blast.  Plus my date was crazy handsome and an amazing dancer.  Makes me realize we need to go to more black-tie events, he looked so good.

(All photos via my iPhone)

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Me and my gorgeous date.BlackTiePregnant

Atlanta is also home store mecca with a plethora of amazing home goods and decor shops.  While I didn’t get to go into all of the ones I love, I did pop into two of my favorites.  The first being the chain World Market.  For some reason, World Market has not made its way up to Boston, but you can order online, so I popped into test drive some patio furniture I have been eying online.  I love this store!  Their price point is a little like Ikea and Target, but as the name suggest they designs pull more from around the world.  India, Africa, Asia, with the staples here and there.

It is an amazing go to for cheep summer jewelry and scarves.  Love love love it.

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And they have the best food and wine section.  I love these mini champagne bottles.  Makes me want to drink one with a straw like a model backstage at a Parisian fashion show.

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Oh and can’t forget the selection of gummies.  :)

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Probably my most favorite home store in Atlanta is BD Jeffries.  They carry some of the most luxe gifts, decor and furniture perfectly displayed and curated.  The store is practically a 3D version of a magazine editorial and always offers amazing inspiration.  Rich and layered, the iPhone photos do not do it justice.  One walk through there and I am psyched to move onto the fun decorating part of my home renovation.  I want EVERYTHING…although I only got some stationary and two throw pillows.

Coffee table and book (hi my hand)

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Crazy amazing stool.BDJeffriesAtlanta-13

Fabulous throw pillows.

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This vignette was soooooo great.  The photo does not do it justice.  Mirror, table, stools.BDJeffriesAtlanta-9

I was worried my living room was getting too gray and boring.  This vignette had me not as afraid of all grey or natural wood.  As long as it is layered with texture.BDJeffriesAtlanta-8

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I LOVE the feet on this little stool.

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And this side table/stool was like a piece of sculpture.BDJeffriesAtlanta-5 BDJeffriesAtlanta-4

I liked how they turned this little sofa table credenza into a desk space.  Gives me some ideas.BDJeffriesAtlanta-3

And this tie-dye pillow was so lovely.  Wish it came in grey/black.BDJeffriesAtlanta-2

Yesterday, in the studio we shot a fabulous photo shoot for Jill Rosenwald’s spring line.  The shoot was styled by the chic and talented Erin Gates Design of Elements of Style and her rock star assistant, Lindsay.  I also had the aid of an awesome assistant, Maggie Emerson.  Villanova University, where I spent my undergraduate years, held a take a student to work day, and I was paired with Maggie.  Maggie will be graduating in May and entering the big bad world, but it is not all bad.  Some days you get to create fabulously, fun photo shoots.    So, guest blogging here today we have Maggie, talking about her day in the studio with me.

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“As a Villanova University senior with 5 months until the dreaded graduation, I jump at any opportunity to venture into the professional world.  I am lucky enough to share my Alma Mater with Sarah Winchester, with whom I was matched up for ‘Nova’s “Take a [wild]’Cat to Work Day,” and so yesterday I came into Boston to help out at the studio, where we did a shoot for Jill Rosenwald styled by Erin Gates.  I had an amazing time watching everything get put together, styled, put back together, changed some more and then shot.  It was a totally valuable experience which made me actually excited about my future (as a college senior, this is near impossible) and reaffirmed my beliefs that I am on the right path for myself.  Of course I Instragramed my way through the whole thing, and here are some scenes from the set.”

Photos by Maggie Emerson

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Also. check out Maggie’s photos from her semester abroad in Paris, her blog here..  They are wonderful.

We finally upgraded from the tiny, little love seat in which I brought to Boston, to this big, gorgeous, new, full size sofa!  After 6 – 8 weeks it was delivered today, and just in time.  With more than six new inches of snow on the ground this morning and temperatures predicted to be -5˚F this weekend, I don’t think I will be leaving the comfort of my living room much over the next couple of days.

Brand new with tags still attached.  It is the Oslo sleeper sofa from Boston Interiors, and I love it!  (Not to mention the price was amazing.)

Gramercy Home – shop tour

September 3, 2010

Gramercy Home, I cannot describe how much I adore this shop: amazing linens and bedding, gorgeous table settings and glassware,  inspiring bedroom and living room vignettes, and the most beautiful hostess gifts that will make you the hit of any party.  The shop truly lives up its namesake and iconic Manhattan neighborhood, Gramercy Park, while infusing elegant southern charm and spirit.  Every time I am back in Atlanta I make a point to pop in and see what goodies they have in store, and a few weeks ago I was in for a little photo shoot.  Here is a little blog window-shopping.

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The Perfect Robe

My obsessions with Gramercy Home all started with a robe.  Not just any robe, the perfect white, waffle robe with my initials monogrammed in white.  Now robes are not necessarily the most glamorous of garments, but the perfect white robe, well, that is a rare treasure.  This one met all the criteria: crisp, clean, soft and comfortable.

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Inspired Shopping

All the goodies that lie within the shop seem to further emulate that perfect white robe feel.

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Linens

They change their bed linen designs every six weeks and are always plush and cool.  I just love this Liberty of London peacock print.

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And this nautical bedroom mixed with an eclectic  Indian print and pops of orange is it to die.

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Table Settings

Great table setting designs and ideas.

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Lamps and Lighting

They even carry lamps by Jill Rosenwald which can be ordered in custom colors and designs.  Jill’s studio is in that same Boston studio space as Elements of Style, Jessica Sutton Graphic Design and New Brahmin and is a ceramic wonderland.  (All these amazingly creative entrepreneurial woman in one place…there must be something in the water.)

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Goodies Galore

My mother always taught me to have a ready supply of hostess gifts and goodies in the house.  You never know when you may get invited somewhere and a good southern girl never shows up empty handed.  I stock up at Gramercy regularly.  Here are some of my favorites.

Bud vases, frames and little ceramic jars

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Monogrammed tea towels and french soaps

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Don’t forget the baby. Gramercy has a full baby and nursery section.  The knitted animals are just too cute.

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Definitely make a point to stop by if you are in the Atlanta area and tell them I said hi.  Even the map how to get there is adorable.

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I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

I am beyond flattered to have my home and photographs featured in Stuff Magazine and Elements of Style, both penned by Erin T. Gates. Erin is an extremely talented interior designer and writer and the fact that her blog often served as inspiration while I was decorating my new home in Boston, makes her feature all the more flattering.  Plus, I got to shoot all the photographs for the pieces.




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I am of course psyched the cover of the issue is super cool.  I just love the lime green and brown colors.



Click through for all the photographs in the article and blog post, and a big welcome to new readers who found me though Elements of Style.

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