PaperCity Design Awards

What a spring it has been!  Busy and blessed sound like the best ways to describe both home and work life right now.  Our family grew by 2 in February when our twins, Billy and Lucy, were born (follow me on Instagram to see them grow), one of my favorite houses I've ever decorated graced the glossy pages of House Beautiful this month, and now PaperCity's annual Design Awards selected a master bedroom I did in Palm Beach as one of the winners in the Best Bedroom category!  It's been an amazing couple of months.  


This master bedroom sits on the second floor of a historic 1940's John Volk home in Palm Beach overlooking lush vegetation on two sides.  The room design began with a botanical print by Manuel Canovas that was used on the curtains and bedskirt and brings the greens seen all around into this beautiful room.  A pale green grasscloth was used on the walls and ceiling, a custom green and cream wool trellis patterned rug was placed on top of the wood floors for softness, and the hints of purple in the botanical print were pulled out and used on the antique Napoleon III chaise from Schorr and Dobinsky and the custom made iron bed.  


This corner desk area was created for the wife to have a spot to write a note or dabble on her laptop.  The desk was a vintage Dixie Highway find that was custom painted by a local artisan.  The tole lamp was a whimsical vintage find, also from Dixie Highway, and its mate actually resides on my office desk here in Houston!  The chair is from Celerie's collection for Henredon.  


Congratulations to all of the design award winners and for a very fun first ever #TXDesignWeek here in Houston!  The winners will all be published in PaperCity's October issue this fall! 


xo, L

Cocktails with Clint - Orange Fashioned

My husband Clint is an amazing cook and also makes a mean cocktail.  I thought it would be fun to have him document some of his concoctions and share them with you.  We're having a fall inspired dinner party Wednesday night for some close friends before we all run off to our respective family get togethers and I'm certain Clint will be making a few of these for our friends.  Cheers!


To those of us born as late Gen Y’ers and the even the off-putting millennials, few drinks are more familiar as staples of Grandfather's right hand than the Old Fashioned. A simple drink with  history dating back to the late 1800’s. For a great many of us, the words “Old Fashioned” remind us more of Don Draper than our first pick of $13 drinks at the latest top 100 place in town.

Old Fashioned, cigarette & ghastly attitude. Mix well, pour into a suit and you have the great Don Draper.

Old Fashioned, cigarette & ghastly attitude. Mix well, pour into a suit and you have the great Don Draper.

Now I was blessed to have a taste for whiskey long before it became the hot new drink on the shelf (Thanks John Patrick – my late grandfather). I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting making my own old fashioned at home with different bitters, bourbons, potions and so on. One I came up with last Christmas infuses more orange into the drink. Citrus fruits such as lime, lemons, oranges and grapefruit are at their juiciest during the winter months. So when I had a surplus of clementines last December, I decided to experiment a little.

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"Orange Fashioned"

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 clementine
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 shot fresh orange juice
  • 2 shots of bourbon or rye

So here we go. Most bartenders and traditionalists will disagree with many of these methods as being un-traditional. I whole heartily agree, and simultaneously don’t care. It tastes good! That’s what counts. First take the clementine and cut it horizontally into thirds. Keep the middle section thin as it’s exclusively for garnish and you want to save the juice of the two ends. 

Squeeze the juice of the two clementine ends into a shaker and toss in the rinds, one sugar cube, two dashes of orange bitters and two of angostura bitters. Muddle the sugar and rinds to incorporate all the different flavors.

When the sugar is mostly dissolved, add in 1 shot of orange juice and 2 parts of the good stuff. Fill the shaker with ice and give it a good shake for 3 seconds. I like to use a large square ice cube in the final glass to keep it chilled and minimalize watering down the dink. Finally, add the center piece of the clementine to the glass.

And that’s it, an Orange Fashioned. Not as boozy as the classic version, but a nice balance of sweetness, tartness and whiskeyness. Shut up, it’s a real word. Enjoy. 


xo, L & C

2016 Theta Charity Antiques Show

Fall is always full of so many great events around town, and one of my favorites is finally here... the Theta Charity Antiques Show.  This show means a lot to me personally since I am a Theta and have always loved the charities that our fraternity sponsors and this is our local alumni chapter's huge fundraiser for the year raising around $200,000 annually.  As a designer, I love having a world class antiques show in my hometown every fall!  Every year one of my clients ends up with a great addition to their home from the show.  

The show kicks off this Thursday evening from 7-10pm with the Preview Party which is always a well attended, very fun and festive affair.  

My sister-in-law, Amy, was my date last year... we had a ball!  Cocktails, great food, mingling with friends and browsing through all of the great dealers.

My sister-in-law, Amy, was my date last year... we had a ball!  Cocktails, great food, mingling with friends and browsing through all of the great dealers.


Here are a few of my favorite finds from last year's show...

Loved the art at returning exhibitor Jodi Klotz's booth

Loved the art at returning exhibitor Jodi Klotz's booth

I wished I had a client for this pair of quirky wooden carousel pieces turned console tables

I wished I had a client for this pair of quirky wooden carousel pieces turned console tables

Look at the inlay detail on this center hall table!  

Look at the inlay detail on this center hall table!  


The show continues Friday through Sunday, November 11th - 13th and includes some great lectures and a fun feature that was started last year dubbed the Designer Walks.  I got to be the guinea pig last year and do the first ever walk, and just had a blast doing it!  You can sign up to walk the show with a designer and experience the show from their perspective and expertise.  Sometimes I find my clients and friends feel lost at a large show and don't often see some of the hidden gems and miss opportunities to learn and this feature is a fun way to see the show.  So grab a friend and sign up, there are still some spots left!  They even added Art Walks this year for those interested in the great art the show has to offer.

My designer walk badge from last year

My designer walk badge from last year


Hope to see some of you Thursday night! 

xo, L

Happy Halloween!

Halloween seems to be one of those holidays you either really love or really hate.  As a kid, of course, I loved Halloween and getting dressed up.  In my teens and twenties I really didn't like it at all - possibly because I stressed too much over having a clever costume and when I couldn't come up with a good idea or simply didn't have time to mess with it, I dubbed the day silly and irritating.  But now that I'm in my thirties and have a little one, I must say I love it again!  We have a giant cobweb on our house, spider garland and pumpkins arounds the house, and a Jack-O-Lantern that Byrdie (my two year old) loves to help her dada light up every evening and even gave it a hug last night.  A nasty cough and cold hit her this past week and took us out of some of the Halloween festivities I was looking forward to taking her to, but tonight is our neighborhood Halloween block party, and despite a lingering cough, I think we will be fine to do some trick-or-treating.  This year she's a poodle skirt girl (see my Instagram for proof) at request of my husband and brought to fruition by my very talented mom, and I'm sure she's going to love romping around with her friends and gathering up sweets.  We will walk down with some friends with a cooler of beer and after we have some fun cocktails planned and a rosemary and garlic pork roast with roasted beets and potatoes on the menu for a fall inspired dinner party (thanks to my husband, the cook in the house).  


Check out my "For Love of Fall" board on Pinterest for more ideas

Check out my "For Love of Fall" board on Pinterest for more ideas

While Clint never follows recipes, this is very close to what he's doing for our entree this evening.

While Clint never follows recipes, this is very close to what he's doing for our entree this evening.

Fall Classic Cocktail Recipe - there will be a few of these made this evening!

Fall Classic Cocktail Recipe - there will be a few of these made this evening!

A little black and white bathroom I designed

A little black and white bathroom I designed

I may need to try out this recipe on some friends!

I may need to try out this recipe on some friends!

I posted this festive scheme this morning to Instagram.  I could see this making a beautiful den or library with the tobacco stained chintz as curtains with the gauzy sheers behind, orange velvet club chairs, striped silk pillows, black lacquered walls, a sisal rug, and lots of brass and wood accents.  

I posted this festive scheme this morning to Instagram.  I could see this making a beautiful den or library with the tobacco stained chintz as curtains with the gauzy sheers behind, orange velvet club chairs, striped silk pillows, black lacquered walls, a sisal rug, and lots of brass and wood accents.  


xo, L