Design Obsession: Pam Pierce Design

Sometimes, you just find something so beautiful, you HAVE to know more. That was the case with the simple, classic design of the Christmas decor I found on Pinterest one day. This led me to the designer, Pamela Pierce.

I’ve been intently studying her portfolio and trying to glean what lessons I can. While each photo screams “MONEY” to even the most casual observer (any one of these homes are clearly worth many millions), I can’t help but be inspired.

My source for the entire post is the Pierce Design & Associates website found here, Do yourself a favor and view the entire gallery starting with the first photo.

What struck me most is her simplicity in accessorizing; whether the interior is romantic and feminine with ruffled slipcovers and billowing curtains or whether it is masculine and rustic, the accessories are few and far between. Where someone else might use several trinkets, she uses one large piece.

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Lovely patina and texture galore. Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 7.36.04 PMThe rumpled linen upholstery, chippy antique table, and simple floral arrangement are sweet.

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 7.33.50 PMSee the skirted chair? Her upholstery is often skirted like this. You’ll have to visit the gallery to see the romantic, dramatic rooms that feature more like this.

The contrast of the somewhat industrial island with the warm stone and wood, the exchange of traditional upper cabinets for perfect windows, and the clean-lined open shelving all win my heart.

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 7.33.00 PMThis traditional dining room feels unfussy and organic in every way. Notice the lack of a chandelier in favor of candle and natural light.

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 7.31.50 PMThis arguably more streamlined and modern residence looks warm and cozy . The brass reason lamp behind the richly-hued armchair (plum? chocolate?), natural wood, chunky planter, and textured linens beg you to sit down and rest. I find that the unfussy bed’s fluffy loft ensure that it doesn’t appear lacking in anything. Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 7.29.35 PM

Though the palette and choices are traditional, the layout of the room and scale of the items are anything but ordinary. I admire that risk and vision. I also adore what I’ll call her “soft” symmetry. For instance, though she does have two cream pieces of upholstery with wooden side tables on opposing side of the fireplace, there’s nothing identical about the arrangements. Instead, she marries them with color and texture.

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 7.30.25 PMThere are too many lovely elements to name in this picture. But the three that caught my eye immediately were the black muntins and stiles, the reclaimed wood head jambs, and the fresh greenery as a focal point. Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 7.32.17 PMAnd finally, this loveliness. The soft stripes, lamp shades, lack of an area rug, the simple pendant, tone-on-tone walls and trim, and the oxidation on the antique mirror.

Here’s the link for you one more time. Enjoy!

Fall Around Here

Friends, I am yearning for Autumn to arrive. It has been a long, sometimes difficult Spring and Summer (whose lessons I wouldn’t trade for the world), but good things are in store, Lord willing, in this season.

Before Mr. S came along, this summer-loving “brown” girl couldn’t stand Fall. It meant the end of summer, no more of that sunblock smell (the best perfume there is), and the beginning of Tennessee winters. You may laugh if you’re from the North and think our winters are mild, but my Southern California roots couldn’t disagree with you more. Over 15 years in Tennessee and I still don’t like the cold.

My fair-skinned, blue-eyed man, though, LOVES a crisp chill in the air. He enjoys jeans, jackets, blankets, bonfires, s’mores, hot chocolate, and homemade pumpkin anything. Somehow, his adoration of the season has totally changed my mind.

Sorry for the dark pictures. In low light, my iPhone just doesn’t cut it.

IMG_4308.JPGI resisted going full-out Fall until mid September, but caved today and picked up these pretty little pumpkins. IMG_4310.JPGI swung by Mom and Dad’s on the way home to lop off some Japanese Maple and Magnolia branches for my little wooden “toolbox.”IMG_4306.JPGI nestled the pumpkins into the foliage. I love the slight tinge of purple just being revealed in a few of the maple leaves and the lovely rust on the underside of the magnolia leaves.

Magnolias are truly a favorite of mine. I adore driving by Vanderbilt’s campus downtown and admiring the majestic, giant ones lining the streets. IMG_4312.JPGIMG_4314.JPGIMG_4316.JPG

IMG_4196.JPGIMG_4318.JPGIMG_4304.JPGLooking forward to scarves, boots, plaid, cozy sweaters, knit throws, nature walks, cooler afternoon runs, apple cider, and all that loveliness.

Birch Branches

Birch Branches“Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.” Ralph Waldo EmersonDSC_0219 “Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.” ― Robert Frost