Seeing A Pattern

tsg-wallpaper-christy-ford From tiny powder rooms to airy entryways, cozy guest quarters to expansive living spaces, a thoughtfully selected (and expertly installed) wallpaper can enhance a room in so many ways. As the above bedroom in TSG co-founder Christy Ford’s house shows, a pretty pattern in a timeless palette applied from floor to ceiling can transform a space into what feels like a meticulously wrapped present.

tsg-wallpaper-ToddRichesin_062012-254_WEB A collection of intaglios in a gilded frame, an ornate chest with intricate gold details, and gold-and-blue wallpaper in a period pattern come together to make the above bedroom by Knoxville-based Todd Richesin Interiors feel utterly luxurious. The crisp linens provide the perfect contrast, letting the sumptuous accents speak for themselves while simultaneously making a bold statement.

tsg-wallpaper-Charlotte-Lucas-15 The geometric wallpaper in this dining area by Charlotte’s Charlotte Lucas Interior Design is a strong, chic choice that plays wonderfully against the modern furnishings while also adding warmth.

tsg-wallpaper-2 For those who hesitate to stray from paint, grasscloth is a solid choice. As this living room by Houston-based Caroline + Morgan Interiors shows, it adds an elegant textural element without infusing a room with yet another pattern.

tsg-wallpaper-avreawagner-powder-bath Dallas’s Avrea Wagner employs a bold olive and grey damask in this pretty powder room, perfectly completing the look with a simple and sleek marble-topped sink and monogrammed towels.

tsg-wallpaper-5 A cozy corner becomes a charming spot in which to sit and catch up on correspondence thanks to warm hues and chinoiserie wallpaper in the Santa Ynez space by Amy Weaver Design Group (left), while a blush-and-metallic paper catches the light and provides a warm welcome to those entering the foyer designed by Richmond-based Katheryn Robertson.

tsg-wallpaper-bardes-indian-hill Small, repetitive patterns, like the one used in the above stairwell by Chicago’s Bardes Interiors, can make a space feel delightfully quaint and inviting, while also providing a non-intrusive background on which to hang art.

tsg-wallpaper-1 While the word “wallpaper” may conjure more traditional patterns, it can also be quite abstract, as in the watercolor-like version used in the above powder room by Upscale Construction in San Francisco. The way one uses wallpaper can buck the usual image of it as well, as proven by the whimsical papered panels on the blue door by Charlotte Lucas.

Oct
13
2014

Friday Favorites: Kelly Wynne + Giveaway

tsg-KellyWynne We love products that are a true reflection of their makers, and Austin-based designer Kelly Wynne Ferguson’s handbag line is just that. Her Texas roots, her background in visual arts and graphic design, her passion for dressing up, and her effervescent personality are evident in the colors, textures, and special design elements employed throughout her collections, and the value she places on personal relationships and her commitment to quality are clear in the handbags themselves, which are manufactured in the United States under Ferguson’s watchful eye.

tsg-kelly-wynn-collage-2 Dubbed the “Accessories Queen” by her friends long before her line even launched, Ferguson, an Austin native who at the time was working as a graphic artist at a PR firm in Dallas, began her journey to becoming a handbag designer by reaching out to fashion industry insiders seeking information and advice that she now describes as “invaluable.” After building her network of advisors, Ferguson channeled her love of stylish accessories and her design talents into her debut collection, which she launched just over a year ago in her hometown.

To say it’s been a successful year would be an understatement. Kelly Wynne bags can now be found in specialty boutiques across the country, including Alice Blue of TSG Chattanooga, CoatTails of TSG Jackson, and Valentine’s Too of TSG Austin (as well as online); she was named a 2014 “Rising Star” at Austin Fashion Week; and her new evening bag collection, AfterGLOW, was featured in the September issue of Southern Living magazine. “The results have been gratifying beyond my wildest dreams,” Ferguson says.

To help TSG readers get their accessories closet ready for fall, we’re partnering with Kelly Wynne for a back-to-school bag giveaway. Details on how to enter are below, but first, we asked the busy designer and entrepreneur to share some of her current inspirations and obsessions:

5 Favorites from Kelly Wynne

Favorite sources of inspiration: I find inspiration in many different ways, but mostly in my every day life – running errands, mingling with friends, traveling, painting, and more. I look for luxe patterns in nature and interiors that catch my eye. I am able to work from these natural patterns and develop my own, putting the Kelly Wynne twist on a new design.
Favorite fall fashion trends: Metallics! The Metallic Straight Up collection includes all the fabulous metal tones, including rose gold, gold, bronze and copper! My favorite fall fashion color is rust. I have learned that it can work as a pop of color or a neutral, which is the best fashion “color” of all.
Favorite Austin hidden gem: I would have to say my favorite hidden gem is a food truck on South Congress called Mighty Cone. The owner, Hudson’s On The Bend (one of my all time favorite Austin restaurants), started this food truck years ago, and I have grown up eating multiple crunchy chicken cones!
Favorite place to travel: Nantucket. It’s the most beautiful, peaceful island and the weather is phenomenal! It’s a nice escape.
Favorite memory since launching your handbag line: Seeing one of my own designs in public for the first time! It was so surreal!

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED…

Here’s how you can enter to win a “Pop The Champagne Shoulder” in leopard print calf hair (featured above):
1. Follow Kelly Wynne & TSG on instagram here and here.
2. Share the above image and tag it #wynneabag on instagram.

One winner will be chosen on Friday, October 17, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST. Open to U.S. residents only.

Oct
10
2014

Words We Love / 29

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Oct
9
2014

Red Haute

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We tend to draw inspiration from the outdoors, so when the leaves started changing with the arrival of fall, it was only a matter of time before we began drifting toward the warmer end of the color spectrum, eventually landing at the richest of reds. In fashion, the color isn’t just pretty, it’s powerful. Every bit as versatile as basic black, the bordeaux Lanvin embellished dress, available from Marissa Colections in Naples, is also wonderfully bold. For those who prefer smaller doses of crimson, a vintage Georgian heart pendant, also from Marissa Collections, is more than enough to quicken the pulse, while a CARVEN burgundy pony skin handbag, available from Cece shoes in New Orleans, is a standout accessory that also happens to go with everything.

tsg-warm-reds-1 Whether used in statement pieces, such as a hand-painted leather screen with nailhead detailing available from from Digs in Nashville, or found in unexpected places, like the edges of vintage books available from Boxwood Interiors in Houston, red can convey timeless luxury and reverence. One need look no further than the set of eight gothic revival oak chairs, comprising two armchairs and six side chairs, available from Leslie Hindman’s October 14 Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts Auction, to see why the color, like a fine wine, only gets better with age when used in the proper context.

“DESIGNERS WANT ME TO DRESS LIKE SPRING, IN BILLOWING THINGS. I DON’T FEEL LIKE SPRING. I FEEL LIKE A WARM RED AUTUMN.”
—MARILYN MONROE

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The rich hues in Jacques Barraband’s Oiseau de paradis rouge, an original watercolor study for Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et des rolliers signed by the artist, available from Leslie Hindman’s Fine Natural History and Historical Prints Auction, make our hearts take flight.

tsg-warm-reds-2 For men, now is the perfect time to swap out the standard blue blazer for Ledbury’s Red Bennett Sport Coat. Paired with dark jeans or trousers and a white shirt, the beautifully tailored silk and linen blend jacket instantly creates a sharp and sophisticated fall look. Ladies looking to brighten up their black-and-white uniforms should invest in a red carryall a la Kelly Wynne’s jewel-toned duffle.

tsg-warm-reds-5 Gentlemen will look cool—yet cozy—in crimson in a button-up Maurizio Baldassari sweater, available from Dallas’s Pockets Menswear; guys in the Atlanta area can find similarly stylish attire at Miller Brothers, which is not afraid to mix handsome clothes with classic cars, as proven by the presence of a cherry red Jaguar at a recent Miller Brothers event. 

tsg-warm-reds-accents Whatever the palette, red accents can warm up any room. Austin-based full-service custom home builder Chupik’s project (top) incorporates red books and crimson-inflected art to enliven and draw the eye up in an otherwise neutral-hued space; Stedman House in Charlottesville demonstrates how red lamps and a pillow with red details can add a burst of energy and excitement to a black, white, and grey corner; Atlanta’s Bungalow Classic offers an embellished pillow perfect for spicing up any armchair.

tsg-warm-reds-8 Open to so many interpretations, Robin Cheers’s “These Clouds Won’t Last Forever,” which measures 24″ x 30″ and is available from Gardner Colby Gallery in Naples, radiates warmth while inviting the observer to imagine what the subject is thinking.

tsg-warm-reds-9 Impeccably curated yet undeniably inviting, Jan Roden’s bookshelf is a visual feast set against a red backdrop.

Oct
8
2014

Scouted: “Jennie” Portrait

SCOUTED_jennie-portrait-nancy-bass Charlottesville-based artist Nancy Bass combines two of our favorite things: animals and abstract art. This contemporary oil portrait—which is inspired by a real-life model raised by the artist and her husband on their farm in Southern Albemarle, Virginia—exudes personality and will be a perfectly adorable addition to your art collection. Measuring 6” x 6,” the painting would look great in a series or standing alone; either way, we can’t get enough of Jennie’s precious face.

Nancy Bass  // Charlottesville, VA  // nancy@nancybassartist.com

Oct
7
2014

Woman of the Cloth

Up Close & Personal with Susan Hull Walker of ibu

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Who: Susan Hull Walker
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Occupation: Founder and designer, ibu

 

FOLLOWING A THREAD
Susan Hull Walker has been drawn to texts and seeking out what they reveal about their storytellers since she was a teenager. At age sixteen, she took her first job at a bookstore; later, she studied World Religions at Harvard Divinity School; she then served as chaplain in a women’s psychiatric hospital in San Francisco, and as a minister in Maine and Charleston. After eighteen years dedicated to the ministry, what Walker describes as “a rather irrational but insistent interest in Fiber Arts” led her back to school, and in 2013, her passions and professions converged in the form of ibu, a line of hand-woven, spun, and dyed tunics, caftans, wraps, skirts, shawls, and home goods created by women artisans all over the world.

Clearly, Walker has always followed her heart when it comes to careers. “I want to make sure I am living my life, and not anybody else’s idea of my life,” she explains. “That’s the least I can do with this gift of days: to weave my own whole cloth from all that I’ve been given, the rich and difficult both. Essential to that is following a thread that runs through the center of my being. I never know exactly where it is leading, but only that I must follow its tug and not borrow anybody else’s enthusiasms. The hardest part is catching hold of that thread and trusting it. It’s that tug that demanded that I find oxygen for my creative life—working with my hands, feeding my visual, tactile curiosity.”

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Although Walker’s thread pulled her from the church, in her new pursuit she found similarities to what had drawn her to her previous career. “I realized that the sacred texts for which I had longed in my previous work—ones springing from the minds and imaginations of women—are written with thread in the textiles I love,” Walker says. “When I started, I didn’t know that textiles are the written language of women throughout history, recording their stories, daily life, and significant passages, even when they could not read or write. I ended up right where I needed to be, and I couldn’t get enough of it, immersing myself in the hidden text in textiles, traveling far and wide to collect, and becoming a weaver myself. The thread led me to my joy.”

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The beautiful textiles may have lit the spark, but the hidden stories found within—and the women behind them—are what fuel Walker’s inner fire. “ibu began with this fascination with textiles, and then bloomed when I met the inspiring women who still carry the knowledge of natural dyes, hand-looming, the subversive stitch. They are real women of the cloth, as, ironically, I was once called in my ministerial robes,” Walker says. “I want to find a market for their exquisite creations so that they can rise into financial self-sufficiency. The thread looped back around and began to weave in my lifelong passion for women’s issues. As a result, artisans are sending their daughters to school, building houses for their families, and becoming leaders in their communities. And they are making our life more gorgeous! So, ibu, you see, works both ways. It means, on the islands of Indonesia, a woman of respect. All of us are ibu material. All of us are finding that thread that makes us strong in our own lives.”

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“With ibu, I wanted to start more than a business. ibu is a movement of women both here and around the world, joining one another as we rise into our own self-created lives. I’m thrilled when women can earn a good living doing what is native to them, and in the process save their cultural language in cloth. And saving us so that we don’t all end up in a global heap of fast clothes and t-shirts, scrubbed of all our diversity. Horrors.”
—Susan Hull Walker

 

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The next phase of ibu’s evolution entails creating a space, building awareness of the unique handcrafted wares, and forging bonds between women throughout the world by making not just the products but the stories found within them accessible to people separated by oceans and continents. “We’re opening an ibu showroom in Charleston this fall for the movement to have a home, showcasing luxurious women’s garments and home decor all made by the hands and imaginations of women, and elevating the artisans through salons and trunk shows,” Walker says. “I believe that women are the world’s great hope. I am completely invested not in helping these artisans, for they are equally helping us, but in all of us belonging to one another, rising into our joy. It is exciting. That gets me out of the bed with a little jump every day.”

To learn more about Susan Hull Walker, read her Q&A with TSG Charleston,  visit the ibu website, and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Oct
6
2014