I came, I styled, I collapsed. The photo shoot of my loft took place yesterday. After a whirlwind decorate-my-ass off weekend, it was a delightful day and I cannot wait to see the photos! I worked with Courtney Apple, who is so fantastic. My sister, Megan, helped style the shoot and the three of us noshed on cupcakes and Prosecco while we worked. Not a bad day, right? Of course by the end of it I felt like I had run a marathon and slightly regretted that last glass of sparkling wine. (I needed it to get through the headshot portions of the shoot. Sober Naomi = awkward, cheeky, deer-in-headlights photos)
I’d like to give 4 big thank yous to: My Mama, for arriving hours early to help me sweep, mop and dust my neglected areas; My Man, for hanging, drilling, spraying and encouraging me to get it done; my Sister, Meg, for being the best assisternt ever and always being my design sounding board; and Courtney for shooting the space with ease and being so very patient with me.
It’s back to the paying design jobs now. While I catch up on work, I’d like you guys to enjoy some of Courtney’s photos…
And speaking of Caitlin Wilson- I insist that every one of you go check out her website that launched yesterday. Pure pillow and fabric bliss, I tell you!
(Hint, her pillows will make an appearance in my loft!)
Good Morning Loves! Are you feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed? It was a long full weekend for me and I am in desperate need of coffee.
I kicked off the weekend by checking out Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment’s Design Show House. Then it was on to drinks with a friend, home cooked meals, more drinks, a food truck, and an engagement party with delicious Greek Food. (Can you tell how I Like to spend my weekends?) My sister and I tried to do DesignPhiladelphia’s viaduct tour, but it ended up being pretty lame, so we just wandered around the museum area by ourselves. I will never tire of the garden of the Rodin Museum or the view from atop the Art Museum steps!
But back to the Design Show House, I must say I was impressed. Two hip-hurrays for Philadelphia designers. My favorite room was no surprise to me- it was the dining room by Mona Ross Berman. (You may have caught her beach house design recently featured in House Beautiful that I blogged about here.) Her happy, preppy, colorful aesthetic was evident again in this dining room. The picture doesn’t do it justice, but I loved so many details; the Schumacher wallpaper, simple white drapes with just the perfect orangey coral trim, Moroccan style ottomans covered in a punchy Kravet print and the host chairs in China Seas.
I also enjoyed the reception room- particularly the pairing of the Asian art against the green walls- by designer Hannah Dee.
I was swooning over this sofa designed by HobNob design. Pretty sure that’s a Robert Allen fabric. The solarium by Designsource featured gorgeous suzani textiles, large drifttwood and a cozy linen covered ottoman cube-table. Unfortunately, there are no pictures that captured the serenity of this space.
My BIG complaint with the show house is that they wouldn’t allow photographs to be taken, but also didn’t get good pictures of the house published, or offer a catalog to take home. There were so many great details that I wanted to remember, that will simply be lost. Had the Center for Enrichment put together a color brochure of the spaces, I certainly would have paid a little something to take the memories home. Boo for you Chestnut Hill, BOO for you. For those of you who missed it, the Show House is now over. Wish I could share with you all of the beautiful rooms, but I suspect they are being dismantled as I type.
I really dream of designing a room in a show house! Have you ever been to one? What did you think?