Be Our Guest

tsg-guest-bedroomsSpring brings so many lovely things: warmer weather, birds in the trees, flowers in the garden, and friends from afar who know that this is the perfect time for a visit. In addition to creating the ideal itinerary to show off our favorite local spots (need help creating one for your city? We’ve got you covered!), we love any opportunity to reevaluate our guest rooms to make sure the place we’ve set aside for visitors is as comfortable and welcoming as possible. Whether you look at it as an exercise in maximizing space or a chance to experiment with your taste, you have to admit there’s just something so satisfying about creating the perfect enclave for a friend.

tsg-guest-rooms-1When it comes to a guest room (or any room, for that matter), you cannot go wrong with neutrals. Far from feeling stark or sterile, neutrals create a calming palette anyone can appreciate. Who wouldn’t feel spoiled in the top room by Triangle Interiors? Between the luxurious linens and the fabulous yet functional leather and lucite bench we might never leave. The neutral nook by Wiseman and Gale is equally inviting; we’d love to cozy up under the camel throw. Tyson Geary’s room (bottom, right) is full of wonderful touches. The gray gingham accent pillows and blanket add a homey touch without sparing sophistication, and the stool is both a quaint and thoughtful addition.

tsg-neutral-3A salon grouping of framed antique art adds warmth and interest without straying too far from the neutral vibe, and offers guests an opportunity to play guess-the-ancestor (no need to tell them you’re not related). As shown in the room by Nest & Cot (top, right, captured by TSG: Houston photographer Megan Thompson Lovoi), a few simple elements thoughtfully placed on a dresser can go a long way in saying “welcome to your home away from home.” And a single pale pink bloom is a sweet addition to the neutral beauty designed by Sarah Hamlin Hastings Interiors that will make any guest feel extra special.

tsg-guest-room-wallpaper-2A guest room is the perfect place to experiment with wallpaper – there’s something about it that is just so inviting. We love the cheery pink and orange print in MMR Interiorss room. Nelson Barnum’s plaid guest quarters are anything but stodgy. And the paisley print in the room featured below, right is perfectly complemented by crisp monogrammed pillows by Leontine Linens.

tsg-guest-rooms-wallpaperLavender isn’t just pretty, it goes with everything. We love the floral wall covering paired with a simple white sconce in the room by Sandra Morgan Interiors. The pattern in the Suellen Gregory-designed room makes the space feel done while leaving the sleeping area free of added fuss.



Of course, a guest room doesn’t have to be an actual room. Bright and cheery nooks can easily function as places for guests to rest. While not queen-sized, Jeannette Whitson of Garden Variety’s trundle daybed is fit for a queen. Orrick and Company’s little sleeping space, complete with footed green glass side table and trusty stuffed companion, is a cozy place to rest your head. And who wouldn’t be thrilled to sleep in a pool house as utterly charming as Todd Richesin Interiors’s version? We’d definitely stay an extra night.

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Not-So-Traditional Thanksgiving


Traditions have their place, and we’re all about the comfort the comes with continuing the family rituals that have been shared from generation to generation. That said, we think switching it up is just as important! Here are 3 ways for you to do exactly that this Thanksgiving.


#1: Keep it casual. There’s an assumption that on Thanksgiving, you have to use your nicest china, silver, and crystal. All the things you got for your wedding or that have been passed down to you from the older generations. It’s almost as if there’s an obligation to use it, especially since in today’s world there aren’t many opportunities to be fancy.

But who cares about all that. Free yourself to go casual! Who says you can’t use your formal things on a random Tuesday night?

- Use your everyday white china, the casual utensil, and simple canvas napkins.

- Instead of a fancy tablecloth, use your favorite scarf as a runner, raw burlap, or even brown craft paper.

- Don’t spend money on flowers. A long twig, wheat, feathers, and ferns all picked from your yard take on new meaning when artfully arranged at the table.


#2: The simplicity of potted plants placed down a long table is utterly chic, and a no fail way to create atmosphere. Above, Atlanta based interior designer Barbara Westbrook uses autumnal plants and rosemary bushes. The rustic table, casually upholstered chairs, and dark, plum colored room make for a moody, atmospheric Thanksgiving look.


#3: Mix in fun patterned china plates and ornate silverware. Pictured first is a fun scene that Naples event planning experts from 50Fifty styled for Naples Illustrated. The colorful peacock plate anchors the cornucopia of fresh fruit, creating a delightful more-is-more feel. Below is a table setting suggestion from Norfolk’s Table Seven. The toile plate, simple linen napkin, and wheat/lavender detail has a lovely, old-fashioned feel to it.


Renaissance Revival



It’s no news that designers have embraced a medieval aesthetic. After last season’s baroque explosion, this season comes with lavish embellishments, dramatic capes and royal silhouettes. The climax of this ornate trend was Dolce & Gabanna’s byzantine collections, seen above on the left. However Sarah Burton’s collection for Alexander McQueen is just as lavish, complete with cage-like jewels that cover the entire face.

The point is that it feels like this trend is bigger than just a runway seasonal choice. Collecting furnishings and antiques from these ancient era’s is quite popular, and mixing these old pieces into decor is common practice. In terms of the look, think old needlepoint tapestries, mosaics, embellished everything, brocade fabrics, velvets and damasks. The Byzantine inspired jewel seems to be everywhere as well, characterized by iconographic motifs, roman crosses and many intaglio-clad pieces.

Note the emphasis on regal designs and opulence traditionally fit for royalty back in the middle ages. We’re just not purists over here: we see this all as sort of going together. The royal, crown wearing motifs tie in with the tapestry fetish, which seems to coincide with the brocade dresses and byzantine jewelry theme. Our focus is on the home, and the ways that people are embracing ancient finds in their space.


Tapestry’s have always been considered lavish, belonging only to royalty during the middle ages. They would drape them over their bed to keep warm. Now, these incredibly rare, gorgeous pieces of history are hung on walls or used to upholster furniture. Buy this 18th Century Flemish tapestry and pair of 19th century tapestry covered chairs

from Garden Variety//Nashville, TN // 615.509.2145 // 1st Dibbs



Barbara Westbrook loves to layer in a bit of Byzantine glamour into her decor, as seen in the hanging tapestry, pillows on the bed, first above. And how about this lush, violet velvet tufted bench? Opulent in the best of ways.

Westbrook Interiors // Atlanta, GA // 404 355 9430


The color combination of gold, deep red and cobalt blue seen in this pillow and tapestry is so authentic to the Baroque periods of fashion. They’re sure to add a timelessness to any space. The gifted curators at Trouvé  seem to pick only that which has historical meaning enough to really make your space special.

Trouvé // Scottsdale, AZ // 602.778.9777


Also found in Phoenix: this incredible antique leather chair and wooden chest, apart of a growing collection available for purchase via the vibrant interior design showroom of Wiseman and Gale.


It’s so easy to get a handle of what is chic from simply looking at the different stationery coming out of Arzberger Stationers. Case in point: this hand cut monogrammed card, that has just a touch of Gothic edge, we couldn’t help but include it here.

Arzberger Stationers // Charlotte, NC // (704) 376-6795

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The classic styles of the past have been popular within the TSG network for quite sometime. The best example being Elizabeth Locke, pictured top right. Her designs are always based on ancient cameos, coins or relics, and this Byzantine inspired charm is no exception. Pictured top left is an instagram from TSG CVille’s editor Heather, who is shown trying on the gorgeous rings from Ana Cavalheiro Fine Jewelry.

Of course, if your price-point is not quite, shall we say, at that high a level, never fear, we’ve got vintage finds! Check out Phoenix’s Vintage by Misty’s robust Etsy store, featuring fun clip-ons like the ones above.


Dolce & Gobanna’s Fall 2013 line.


The heels here, as fun as they are, won’t give you as much joy as owning this richly upholstered pillow that you can pass down to your kids. The rare find is naturally from Hunt Country, VA, a hub of great taste and fine breading:

Firefox Gallery & Antiques // 540.687.5241 // Current Featured Items


3 Great Living Rooms



Rooms that solve multiple purposes take some intention in laying out. We’ve rounded up some favorite living rooms that incorporate practical needs such as eating areas, storage and work surfaces. The aesthetics are diverse, there’s something for everyone. Modern, traditional, eclectic living rooms from the TSG network.

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This amazing loft-syle apartment comes from Bardes Interiors out of Chicago, IL. Cindy had fun using an updated Chinoiserie chic aesthetic. Oriental rugs mix with ornate chandeliers for a fun, contemporary take on city living.

Bardes Interiors // 847.441.1115 // Portfolio




The prince of mid-century modern design with an emphasis on sustainable decor is Matt Garcia Design in Austin, TX. The living room of the second space exemplifies how nice it is when furniture breathes. The vastness of the room is really felt. In the first image, built-in shelves become part of the decor in this sustainable cabin.

Matt Garcia Design // 210.861.0978



Pops of color against a neutral background distinguish these two living rooms from Weaver Design Group in San Francisco, CA. By keeping the upholstery mostly beige and tailored, bright orange accent colors add drama.

Weaver Design Group // 415.829.2594 //



In Bloom: Chintz is Back


It’s no secret that chintz is making a comeback. The headline of The Wall Street Journal’s article on interior trends reads “Designers Say: More Chintz, Less ‘Cool’.” Our very own Tammy Connor (see the exclusive TSG tour of her house here! ) was quoted in the piece saying,

“I’m not a huge floral person, but chintz is making a comeback, reinterpreted and tweaked—printed on linen not glazed cotton, with fewer colors, say, three instead of 10.”


(Above, TSG favorite Charlotte Moss’s former sitting room, done in a Bennison chintz on the walls and chair. The multiple layers of leaning framed artwork, stacked books, pretty china plates, and family photographs including one in the tortoise shell frame of her husband mingle together in a cozy, chintz aesthetic that is oh-so-inviting.)

In fact, Architectural Digest just announced that a number of fabric houses are expecting a revival of the traditional floral chintz following the release of Rizolli’s Mario Buatta: 50 Years of American Interior Decoration, set to hit shelves in October. But florals are really popping up everywhere, especially in fashion. The colors are bright and the patterns are whimsical. We haven’t gone full on retro ’80s prep. Instead, the chintz and florals being used now are done so sparingly, to create dimension. Long gone are the days when an entire room was done in head-to-toe chintz. But it’s certainly fun to look back at some of those fabulous rooms.


“Have you noticed chintz is back? The cotton floral fabric that is very English, Southern, uptown and preppy is cool again. Actually I’ve always thought it was cool, not something I want to live with everyday, but I do love it, and I’m especially loving it now!” – Mark D. Sikes from his post CHINTZ IS COOL.


Jay Jeffers and Kelly Hohla are San Francisco-based designers dedicated to creating livable, well-edited decor. Above, Jeffers Design Group takes a sophisticated, toned down use of a floral fabric printed on linen, instead of glazed chintz. There is still an old-fashioned and feminine feel to this bedroom.

Jeffers Design Group // 415.921.8880

“Enough with the plain. I think people want pretty, and I predict a surge in demand for classic fabrics like Colefax and Fowler’s Bowood.”             — Leta Austin Foster

Above, pictured right are two interiors from Mark Simmons Interiors. Mark is a Nashville-based interior designer who has worked for the past 26 years, which means he started his career during the height of the chintz craze. His spaces are warm and quite English, with the charm that comes with not trying too hard to be edgy.

Mark Simmons Interiors // 615.269.6360 // mark[at]


Pictured above left, two paintings by TSG artist Lauren Bruce Wodicka. Her work is in oil, working in thick, painterly strokes. Her blooms are particularly gestural and evoke the work of Matisse or Pissarro.

Lauren Bruce Wodika // 703.772.0929 // LAUREN[at]LAURENBRUCESTUDIO.COM


(Above is an interior from Mario Buatta, the “Prince of Chintz” himself who chose some almost-black-egglplant laquered paint for the walls. Talk about drama, and, in this case, the chintz almost feels edgy.)

Natori “Porcelain” series. Available via Sol Lingerie in Denver, CO.

Sol Lingerie // 800.466.1356


Absolutely gorgeous blooms from New Orleans-based Dunn & Sonnier.

Dunn & Sonnier // 504.524.3235 // ssonnier[at]


(Above right is Charlotte Moss’s current sitting room, which seems to make it’s way in many a post, including this one on Utterly British Decor. The blue and white chintz used was was custom printed by Braquenie and the wallpaper is Brunswig and Fils. The black and white (possibly Avedon) photographs feel particularly fresh within this setting; just the right mix. For more of the classic Moss mix, check out her blog Tete-a-Tete)

The girls at Capitol in Charlotte, NC are nicknamed the “floral brigade,” showing off Oscar de la Renta’s current collection. We are addicted to their blog, it’s what keeps us in the know about fashion. How great is that Christopher Kane skirt and Nina Ricci dress?

Capitol // 704.366.0388 // inquiries[at]


Such a darling Herend vase and plate.

The Registry // 615.595.2323 // gifts[at]


Old fashioned and old school, in the very best sense, Mark Phelps has always used chintz in his designs.

Mark Phelps Interiors // 704.333.5010 // mark[at]


The Perfect Petal in Denver does not shy away from color, something that is really refreshing in the age of succulents, ferns and gardeners who only take green blooms seriously!

The Perfect Petal // 303.480.0966 // weddings[at]

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Tammy Connor’s Southern Elegance


For interior designer Tammy Connor, it’s all about the details. Based in Birmingham, AL, it’s been a pleasure witnessing this fresh talent take off in the past few years with a steady stream of attention from shelter magazines and decor blogs. Last year, we featured her Georgian restoration project that was published in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle, showcasing her ability to create elegant and inviting spaces.

(Portrait of Tammy by Jean Allsopp)


Tammy’s knack for composition, scale and styling is what sets her apart. She combines the artfully collected look with an ability to edit that allows for tailored tablescapes and arranged art that doesn’t feel too cluttered. Above, a recent project showcases a grand entryway centered around a collection of antique curiosities, flowers, precious boxes and stacked books. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, and there’s nothing overtly matchy-matchy about the grouping.

Her inspiration comes from a respect for rare antiques and beautiful wares that she believes should be slowly collected over time for display in your space. This is exemplified best in her own space, a 1926 Tudor Revival.hollywoodtudor

“As I look around my home, it is the items that were collected over time or have special meaning to me that turn my house into a home. antique pieces that have been collected while traveling are most inspiring.”


In Connor’s living room, artfully arranged shelves contain her collection of vellum antique books found during frequent trips to Italy. And the creamware and brown and white transferware pieces came from a shopping trip to England. “They remind me of fond memories,” says Tammy Connor. We find the styling of this bookshelf so appealing: it’s a perfect example of the beauty and drama created from collecting objects or wares that are in the same color family. The beiges, creams and golds of the books create a soothing aesthetic and have a timeless appeal.


“I Take a relaxed approach to formal spaces. I try to produce interiors that beckon you to have a seat and stay awhile.”


Tammy’s thoughts on her daughter’s nursery: “It’s the most peaceful room in my home and an example of a space with handcrafted items collected over time. Many of the stuffed animals in her shelves were mine as a child. I purchased the light fixture at a market in France, and the crosses hanging over her bed were handmade by my friends at my baby shower. And while it took some encouragement for my girlfriends to craft pieces I planned to hang in my house, the special friendships behind this collection will be forever timeless for me.”

“The attempt is to create a timeless, classic interior infused with southern elegance. Combining custom pieces with clean-lined antiques creates a blended, unpredictable look.”


“Nature often inspires color schemes that I incorporate into interiors. For example, when I was last in Charleston I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful blooming magnolia trees and their sophisticated color palette of evergreen, cinnamon and crisp ivory.”


Tammy Connor Interior Design // 205.871.9797 // INFO@TAMMYCONNORID.COM

In addition to the portrait of Tammy, the photography of the book shelf detail, office, table top with tortoise shell, and nursery by Jean Allsopp; All other images courtesy of Tammy Connor Interior Design; Quotes via All the Best and Tobi Fairley.