Wednesday, October 1, 2014

let's talk...

...paint. I can't believe I'm being so indecisive about our color schemes in our new house. I usually have such a clear idea of what I want, but I'm struggling. Trying to remember that I can always change it. But the reality is that I have little patience and like for things to be perfect the first time. So there's that. This is where my thought process is...

What we do know is that we like gray. But should it be a warm gray or a cool gray ...light or dark? I don't know! All I know is that gray is hard. It picks up tones. I don't want our home to look to cool, but I don't want it to be beige either. I can't decide how light or dark to go and if I want more of a green gray or a blue gray. Green gray is so earthy and warm. Blue Gray is soothing and southern. Light gray is open, crisp, and airy. Darker grays are welcoming and cozy. You see my struggle? So naturally, I've been scouring Pinterest like a mad woman. Here are some inspiration photos and colors I've been considering.

 Repose Gray is not purple. It's not blue. It's not green. It's just gray and I really love it.

And then there's Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, which reminds me a lot of Repose Gray (above). We used to have this in our condo in a half tint and I loved it. It's not too cool, not too warm, which is exactly what I'm after. This color is weighing heavy in my mind, probably because it's familiar. 

Sherwin Williams Dovetail is a gorgeous gray/brown. Definitely on the dark end of the spectrum, but I love how rich it is and even though it's dark, it's warm and inviting. I feel like it would have to be paired with this much white to have such a crisp effect. I wouldn't use this color in big spaces, but I think it would be lovely in the powder bath.

Leaning towards the lighter, cooler end of things is Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray. After doing some research on this color, it seems to be a green-blue shade in bright light and a soft gray in dimmer lighting.

Perhaps a big front runner is Benjamin Moore Moonshine. It's got that slight earthy tone I really love.

And then there's Benjamin Moore Horizon. A true gray that's super soft and subtle. Uh! You feel my pain? They are all beautiful!

Oy. And BM Abalone.

And BM Balboa Mist. See, between the last I go going all beige on us.

I'm calling it quits. The options are endless and I've only nicked the surface of two paint brands! My brain can't take this.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

hello + horchow mega sale + what i love

I've been busy building an ark in Charleston. Not really, but I probably should. It has rained and rained. And yes, we are still having 14 hour work + commute days between Beaufort and Charleston. Our home closing is still set for October 15th and I literally could not be more excited to not have my days spread so thin. Oh, and excited about the house, but that's a given. It's so funny how you pin and pin and pin home design ideas, but when it comes time to actually put those ideas to action, you completely lose sight of any decision-making bone in your body. At least that's how I feel right now.

Can't even decide on paint colors. I love white and super light gray walls, but I'm also majorly crushing on richer, earthy grays. I think I just need to get in the house before I will be able to make any decisions whatsoever.

One thing I do know is that Horchow is having an amazing sale and I'd hate for any of you decor-obsessed ladies to miss out on the deals. Horchow is one of my favorite places to shop online for home decor. This company is owned by Neiman Marcus, so you'll see a lot of the same products at both stores. They are having an amazing sale right now where you can save 20-40% off certain items. I, of course, went straight to the items that are 40% off and this is what I found.... (note, most of these items are sold at Neiman Marcus for full price right now, so grab them on sale while you can!).

This beautiful lamp is 40% off (Discount ends tonight!). Don't get me wrong, it's still a pretty penny. But it makes such a statement and would be a great investment. I'm obsessed with the blue + gold and the texture.
This pendant is so beautiful.

This roll arm sofa... yep, also 40% off. These deals, y'all. So, so good.

Ah! And this white + gold abstract. I would love to put this behind my dining room sideboard.

Here are a few more of my absolute favorites, but you should go ahead and shop the entire 40% off sale here. Don't forget, it ends at midnight!

Friday, September 26, 2014

beachin' it

Heading to Edisto for a girls weekend! Time to celebrate one of my best friend's bachelorette party.
See you Monday!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

current favorites

1. Cle de Peau Beaute Eye Color Quad in "Baby Universe": This is by far the most beautiful set of eye shadows I own. The colors are incredibly unique (I don't have anything else like it.) and would flatter any skin tone. What I love most about this set is the lighter colors are perfect for day, but it's easy to turn any eye look into a more dramatic one with the two darker colors included in the palette. The pigments are rich and the texture of these shadows is unreal! Saying they are "silky" just doesn't do it justice. I also love the quad in "Silver Eclipse" if you like cooler tones. Side note: The beautiful compact case is sold separately.

2. This myrtle wreath is perfect. I don't know the source, but I may take a stab at a DIY version.

3. Horchow Geometric Pendant Light: I don't own this, but I've been eyeing it like crazy. Love the mix of metal and fabric and I bet it creates the most beautiful glow on walls.

4. Want to know about the best curling rod ever? Seriously ever. The Sultra The Bombshell 1" Curling Rod.

5. Brandon and I switched to silk pillowcases because of the many benefits they offer. We each have a restoreSILK pillow case in "Whisper White." Now he wants silk sheets, I kid you not. We'll stick with cotton sheets, but this pillow case is amazing. It's made of 100% mulberry silk and I absolutely cannot wait to lay my head on it every night.

6. This leather moto jacket is gorgeous. Enough said. The reviews are stellar and the price isn't half bad considering it's real leather.

Holy City Chic is coming.... soon! Sorry for the delay. I'm apparently not as tech-savvy as I thought. The website will be

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

spotted: fall styles

I randomly stumbled into Old Navy last weekend looking for a utility vest and became distracted by some great pieces. They didn't end up having the vest, so I hurried home in hopes that it would be available online (wasn't. ugh!). Thought I'd share some of the great items I spotted in the store. If you're looking for fall styles at inexpensive prices, I'd highly recommend starting with these!


Oh, and I've got to give honorable mention to these loafers!