Thursday, June 27, 2013

Rikshaw Design boho Trunk Show

So excited tonight and Saturday, I am hosting a Rikshaw Design boho trunk show with my sweet friend Lynley.  She got the big box of samples delivered yesterday and said everything is amazing.  I have been making jewelry for this show tonight,  my show in North Carolina on the 10th and then my samples for the Atlanta Gift Show, so it has been a little busy in my factory.   For my local peeps, come by if you are in town!

See you soon!
xoxo, kp

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Beautiful Bookshelves

Not only do I think filling up bookshelves are an amazing way to show your decorating skills, but if you are a serious reader like myself, you need a place to keep your library of books!  I keep all the books that I have read and they are in every room of my home.  The best bookshelf styling is when you add personal mementos and pictures in with the books, telling a story.  

Via Simplified Bee

via Houzz


My amazing friend Carolyn's bookshelves...


Heather Clawson's personal bookshelf via Habitually Chic

via CaioNewportBeach

Bookshelves from The Wooden Thumb via Traditional Home



via Houzz

I die over the pink backgrounds...
via Turquoise LA Interior Design

a perfect way to fill a wide 2nd floor landing


via Desire to Inspire

India Hicks' bookshelf styling is well documented in her lifestyle books..

Lee Radziwill's Paris Apartment

via Chinoiserie Chic

My own bookshelves...

and not to leave out Martha Stewart.

Since my apartment is crammed with books, I have vowed not to buy any more books for a while, except coffee table books for stacking my tvs on.  I am all about my Kindle!
xoxo, kp

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Beautiful Day Release

So today is the day that all Elin Hildebrand fans have been waiting for all year..the release of her new book, Beautiful Day.  She only publishes one book a year, so once you have read them all, it seems like it takes forever for a new one to come on the market.  A few months ago, she blew through town on her way down to the Keys and did a quick book reading at Books and Books in Coral Gables.  Unfortunately, they did not promote it enough and only a few die hards showed up, but it was great because we all got to chat with her.  She told us about the book and all sorts of tidbits.  She is signing books at Mitchell's Book Corner from 10-12 today and at the Hampshire House/Cheers in Boston tonight from 6-8pm. So jealous of my Boston friends who are in town and can go!

Set on Nantucket like all of her books, this story is about two families and a wedding taking place.  The Mother of the Bride had passed and left a big book of notes and letters for the family she left behind.  A big part of the book is about her daughter's wedding, about which she had many thoughts and opinions.  Elin read several of these letters at her reading and they were so descriptive and heart warming.  I can't wait to read this book.

My other favorite Elin Hildebrand books are:

Silver Girl

The Castaways

and of course, Blue Bistro.  All great beach reads.  After you have read them, if you have not visited Nantucket, you will be booking your flight asap.

Happy Reading!
xoxo, kp

Monday, June 24, 2013

Toile De Jouy

Toile de Jouy 

Definition:  an 18th century French scenic pattern usually printed on cotton, linen or silk in one color on a light ground; broadly :a similar printed fabric 

Origin:  French, literally, cloth of Jouy, from Jouy-en-Josas, France.  First known use: circa 1920.

Basic examples of Toile de Jouy "toile"are below:

Most toile designs tell a story, lots of people and animals..

New York City Toile as painted by Paige Smith in the dressing room of the New York Lilly Pulitzer store.

The Lilly Pulitzer Philadelphia store...

One company called Town Toiles has come out with custom toiles for a few popular vacation spots.  They have products available on their website..very cute.  Nantucket is the green and pink above and Boston is the blue one below.

Toile became very popular around 2000 and it became a little over done in my opinion.  There are some beautiful examples of toile out are a few...

I have been on the hunt for a blue and white toile for my bedroom but all the ones I find are cream and blue.  This one just popped up the other day and it might be what I end up with..Scalamandre Ouistiti-it would definitely work with my plan.

I might hit up some fabric stores on my road trip in a couple of weeks, you never know what you can find off the beaten path!

xoxo, kp

Friday, June 21, 2013

Stalking Lilly Pulitzer

Today is the first official day of Summer! is National Wear Your Lilly Day.  I am failing on that end since I am channeling Jackie Kennedy today in my black short sleeve t-shirt, white jeans and sandals.

I have been following on Instagram Lilly Pulitzer and Paige Smith, my favorite Lilly print designer as they document their photo shoot here in Miami.  They are staying at a Miami Beach hotel and I am really not above a little stalking.   Some people would go stalking for a movie star sighting..I would embarrass myself for a Lilly Pulitzer spying mission.

My countdown is dwindling for my big trip...17 days till I get on the road!
Very excited and scared at the same time.
Will keep you posted...
xoxo, kp

Thursday, June 20, 2013

June Fashion Finds

Dying that summer is finally here.  I have moved all my wintery things to the back of my closet, except for long sleeve shirts because my office is like an igloo.  There are so many cute things out there for are a few picks to get started....

Rikshaw Designs Ditsy Camp Shirt $90

Talbots Silk Duponi Pleated Skirt $159 (comes in many colors)

S & K Large Summer Tote $48

Banana Republic Palm Print Patio Skirt $88

Stuart Weitzman Flapper Toe Sandals $185

Lilly Pulitzer Sarasota Tunic $148

Virginia Johnson for J. Crew Tote $148

Gap Embroidered Split Neck Dress $49.99
I just got this and love it...

L.L. Bean Seaside Beach Towel $29.50

Gap Boyfriend Roll-up shorts $39.95

J Crew Cashmere Tee $148

Mimosa Lane The Shop Pink Rhombus Pouch $40

Sail to Sable Nautical Navy Tunic $198

and in case you missed my new favorite tote...

I am already plotting my outfits for the 5 long days I will be selling my wares at the Atlanta Gift Show. I am dying for a Rikshaw tunic and my friend Lynley and I are hosting a trunk show for them next week, so I will get to pick one out to add to my tunic collection.  Tunics and white jeans, my summer uniform..not much changes from year to year!
xoxo, kp