Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Suze is in town!

And she brought some gorgeous fabric samples that she's considering for her entirely new downstairs.   Yep, they are in the final stages of a major house renovation that took all summer! Now the fun starts.  I'll be back with more later! 

P.S. She noticed I'm going back to my roots with my decor choices lately.  She's right.  Basically, if something is not in the color palette above (or blue and white porcelain), I'm not buying it.  So expect more inspiration of this sort. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Girls Weekend in Charleston and Savannah

Helloo friends! I just returned from a much needed girls' trip to Savannah to celebrate my bestie's bachelorette weekend.  I'll spare you a complete rundown of our antics, but I included a few highlights at the end of the post.

I flew into Charleston the first night to get in some bestie time and drive to Savannah with her.  I just love that city so much.  While the future bride and groom were waiting for their house just outside of Charleston to be ready, the bride was working in a gorgeous fine china shop called Vieuxtemps

Next time I go to Charleston that will be one of my first stops.  It was closed when I arrived, but just looking through the windows, I could tell it was my kind of place.  Today was her last day and I know she's sad to leave.  I would be too!

I also visited with her future in-laws that evening in their gorgeous home on King St. 

Funny aside: A bird flew into the house right as we walked in and there was much debate over whether or not it was actually a bat.  We spent the first 10 minutes hiding and screaming and laughing.  It was great and the creature eventually found it's way out of the house unharmed. 

It was a great weekend and I cannot wait to go back and visit again!

Savannah Bachelorette Party Highlights: 

We had an amazing delicious dinner at The Olde Pink House, tasted some honey at Savannah Bee Company, and did a bicycle pub crawl with Savannah Slow Ride that was one of the silliest things I've ever done (so silly that we ended up scarfing down pizza and missing our Saturday night dinner). 

We dined in this pretty room.  KI loved the wall color, which was much more sage than you see here.  Loved the atmosphere! The food was excellent as well.

The bride tasting honey at Savannah Bee Company.  I want that mirror behind the bar for my house.

We also did a Hearse Ghost Tour the first night.  It was semi-interesting.  I'd heard great things about it and thought it would be a fun thing to do, especially because The Bride loves all things haunted.  It might have just been our driver, but it seemed a bit like when Edward is telling me a story he made up.  Apparently, Peg Leg-Ron is the driver to get.  Ours was Captain Kirk.  Maybe he was having an off day.  It was still a pretty funny way for a small group to see historic Savannah.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Seagrass Heaven

Hello friends! I'm traveling (without kids!) so I'm posting from my phone, but wanted to quickly share a somewhat unstyled snapshot (it's cleaner than usual) of our new seagrass rug that arrived for our family room. 

Our old rug was a gorgeous Heriz persian rug that was just a tad small for the room. It also ended up being too much color for me. It was great with white walls and a neutral sofa. 

But then I had to go put furniture on it and decorate with the only colors I really like, blue, white, turquoise, gray and pale greenish bluish grayish. Wouldn't you know, it just didn't work. 

It's now in our dining room, but is also for sale if anyone's interested. 

* Ok here's a really unstyled before pic that was meant for my family's eyes only. But anyone with small children knows that most of the time our house looks like this (ok worse, way worse). Just keeping it real. 

And now let's look at the same room (kind of cleaned up) with the new rug again. 

It is sooo much better. So much calmer.  I'm sure y'all saw that coming a mile away (thanks for being such sweet readers and commenters and not being all, "Girl, have ya lost your mind?") 

Lesson learned. 

I've got to stop being enchanted by shiny things and fun color combos and start thinking about what I really love. That's a whole post in and of itself :) 

P.S. I'd really LOVE a beautifully monogrammed throw blanket to drape over the leather chair. I'm thinking ivory with a sagey blue or gray monogram. Any recommendations? (Besides Leontine, which is always my favorite option). Y'all never lead me astray. 

P.P.S. The new seagrass rug is from Ballard. $379 for a 10x14. (I know. Unreal.) I ordered it from the catalog (over the phone like it's 1995) because it said it was sold out online. So far great quality, color and smells heavenly! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Morning y'all!

So my friend Amanda from Dixie Delights tagged me in a post quite awhile back and I'm finally getting around to responding.  Amanda is the cutest. She's such an amazing mom and someone I hope to cross paths with in real life someday so, of course, I'm happy to oblige.  I love reading these questionnaires on other blogs.  I usually find I have something in common with the person answering the questions and that just feels nice sometimes.    Hope y'all find we have something in common!

1. Are you named after someone?

Yes! My mom's bestie roommate from college.  She's such a sweet, wonderful person that I'm honored to be named after her.

The Suze and Jennifer - both too cute!
I have a hard time believing their third roommate could yell at them for decorating their room at the Kappa house like a jungle.  Look at how sweet and angelic they are!

2.  When was the last time you cried?

Oh probably, 10 minutes ago.  Just kidding.  I think it was the other night when I was reading On The Night You Were Born to Edward.  The first page gets me every time.

(crying now)

3. Do you have kiddos?

Y'all know I have two boys, Edward IV (top) and Christopher the Honey Bear (below).

I'll be honest, I'm in love with them.  They've moved me to actually love things like worms and dinosaurs, lizards and destruction.  (oops, I just cried)

4. If you were another person would you be a friend of yourself?

Oh for sure, except I might get annoyed with my constant need to talk things out and dish out advice (although my best friends do the same thing and I love it).  But I'm usually on time and always up for champagne and general silliness.

5. Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Lots of things other people might consider guilty pleasures.  I feel no shame though.  Britney, Real Housewives, The Kardashians.  Just pleasures.  I do love a good social media scandal, like when someone over-shares something on Facebook or Twitter.  That's something I feel kind of guilty delighting in.  It's just so humorous and fascinating when people take to the Internets to air their grievances. 

6. Do you like handwriting?

Oh yes.  I'm always checking out and judging people's handwriting.  Mine's not terrible, but not beautiful.  It's a little bit high school girl.  Handwriting was one of those weirdly important social things in high school.  Maybe it was just my school.  The Suze has really great handwriting! A combination of school teacher, former calligraphist, chronic list-maker.

As seen in this Suzeday Files pic below.  It's funny to see her pics floating around pinterest. 

7. What's your favorite cereal?

Lucky Charms

8. What's the first thing you notice about people?

Their energy. Are they mostly positive or mostly negative.

9. What's the color of your eyes?


10.  Scary movie or happy endings?

Happy for sure.  I hate to be scared.  I'm such a baby.  I like to either feel good or really cool when I leave a movie.  A good script is second only to gorgeous set decoration.

 Ya, you know what I'm talkin' about.

11.  Favorite TV Shows

Not gonna lie, Bachelor in Paradise was my favorite show of the summer.  I also love House of Cards, Homeland and any Housewives (see how I just slipped that in there).  Kip and I just got back into 24.  When we first started dating in law school, one of the few things we did together outside of studying was watch 24.  So it's weird to watch it now in a totally different life place.  It sort of takes you back.  It also has some good sets.

from my sofa

12. Summer or Winter?

Summer.  Except Winter has Christmas, which is my favorite.

13.  Hugs or Kisses?

Kisses from my kids and Kip.  Hugs from everyone else, except not all the time.  Sometimes it's too much for me.  This is a new post-kids thing. 

14. Do you have any special talent?

Apparently, right now I'm really good at coming up with wedding hashtags.  I'm also really good at sitting down and psychoanalyzing people's lives with them over a glass of champagne. 

15. Where were you born?

Denver, CO.  I know, random.

16. What are your hobbies?

Blogging, Birthday Parties, Estate Saling, Consignment Shopping, doing lunch without kids, taking one million pictures of my kids, eating good food, making good food, telling people what to do.

17. Do you have any pets?

Yes, our poor dog Reagan who convinces everyone that she gets no attention.  Shes the sweetest little girl ever.  She's a yellow lab with a curly tail.

18. Favorite movie?

White Christmas.  Always makes me happy.

If I could own one piece of movie history, this costume would be it.  Even just the fan.

19.  What color is your car?

White. Very Midwestern and practical of me.  Doesn't get too dirty. 

20. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A great mom.  And maybe a creator of something else besides children.  I have a lot of ideas, but not a lot of artistic skills (this is where my ability to tell people what to do comes in handy).  I also hope to do more giving.  I know it sounds pageanty, but it really is a good feeling to bring someone a little light in their dark day.  That might be my greatest goal. 

*It took me SIX WEEKS to write this post.  And I just watched my 1 year old put a tennis ball in the printer.  A regular printer.  Remind of this next time I mention my printer's broken and I have no idea why. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Happy Weekend Y'all!

Hello friends! I've been playing around with pretty things.  Much like when Edward perfectly lines up his dinosaurs or Christopher empties the contents of my kitchen cabinets, sometimes it's nice to have a tangible display of things you enjoy looking at.  I believe in the olden days people would use a push pin to post things like this on a bulletin board.  Ha! Can you imagine?  Pinning things to boards in real life! Anyway, it's really helped me focus on how I want my home to look.  I get easily distracted by fun color combinations or cool rooms and it has lead me away from what I actually want to live with.  This year, I'm determined to make a change.  I'll have more on that next week. 

Until then, have a very lovely weekend!

Enjoy these linkies!*

The wallpaer pictured above is called Emporer's Garden by GP&J Baker and it's divine. 

They call it Miracle Filler Treatment, but it's the best leave-in detangler ever 

I fell in love with Babor products when I was in Sea Island.  This skin cleansing set is my favorite.  

Joan Rivers is such an inspiration to me.  She worked hard and stayed sharp.  I could never push the envelope like she did, but I hope I always try to embrace the hilarious and absurd like she did.  Even her funeral plans sound amazing.  #RIPJoan

I love this little chair from the Tilton Fenwick for Target collection 

If your kid doesn't have a nap mat yet, you must get them a Little Bean Nap Mat

I've become a salad eater.  It's weird.  But I crave them.  This salad was really great.

Pair it with Gwyneth Paltrow's Apple Cider Dijon Vinaigrette from It's All Good, my obsession (the dressing and the book)

I need walls this color in my house.  What color is it??

Stenciled Wall done right (those are not my walls, I repinned it on my phone and it took the description with it)

*FYI, I don't do affiliate links here at Belclaire House. (I have a few from Amazon in past posts, but no more) I know, I'm probably missing out on millions of dollars, but that's a risk I'm willing to take to preserve the journalistic integrity of this blogger of serious things.  I will, however, always shamelessly promote my friends.  That's just what I do, but they only have to pay me in wine and advice. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Pretty Blue and White Fabric

This pretty linen, Magnolia in China Blue, is from Lauren Liess' Textiles collection and it's making me want to redo my whole house. 

* Kip just rolled over in his office desk chair or stopped breathing (or maybe he's not reading this?).  Don't worry, Mister, I only want to redo some things.  I should probably call the office and have someone check on him.  And now I just cracked myself up thinking about my husband trying to climb out the window of his office to escape his wife's crazy ruminations about decor that land in his inbox every day.   

Anyway, back to the pretty blue and white magnolias.  Maybe, I just order a swatch.  For now. 

via Lauren Liess Pure Style Home

I really like how Naomi from Design Manifest used the fabric in her client's bedroom pictured below.  I can't wait to see the end result!

It might ultimately be a little bolder than I want for my bedroom (oh ya, I've decided it's time to pay attention to that sad place where clean laundry goes to die - the lead time for clothes to make it off of the sofa by my bed and into my closet is about 2 weeks+, it's bad).

I also like Lauren Liess' Wild Chicory in Denim.


I like a lot of things though.  As soon as I narrow some down I will consult the experts (y'all).  It may be sometime in 2015 ... 

Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Ok y'all! I'm going to try to get back to the business (or hobby) of blogging.  I had visions of coming back to an awesome blog redesign, but post-August-me just laughs at silly old pre-August-me for thinking I would get anything accomplished with my two kids needing 24/7 attention.  My house is a disaster, I actually think I forgot how to write and I have 5,000+ blog posts to catch up on. 

BUT I wouldn't change a thing.  I know that the days when my kids want to spend every waking moment with me will get fewer and fewer as the years go on.  I knew this might even be the last summer where we really had nothing on the agenda.  I chose to just go with it and I'm happy I did.  We had fun, we had discipline issues, we were silly, and we cried - sometimes all within a span of 10 minutes. 

SO what is the first thing this mama does when one kid is in school and the other is sleeping? Why style up my coffee table with some pretty things and look at it for 5 minutes.  Is that weird? 

So for my first blog post back, I thought I'd share with you my moment of zen. 

Obviously, no my one-year-old could destroy this in a matter of seconds.   

My mom and sister gave these sweet Herend animals to the boys for their birthdays.  Each is personalized with the boys' initials and birthday.  Over the summer, my sister worked at Madison, my favorite store in Dallas, and it really upped her gift-giving game. 

I've been getting a little crafty over the month of August.  I'm considering having a sale of some of the things I've made (like the above tray).  More on that later. 

Ok, one more time before I take it all down ...

I'm so happy to be back! I hope to find a way to blog every day, but for now it might only be a couple of times a week.  I've missed you all terribly, and I have soo much I want to share.  I'm finally feeling inspired once again.  I hope you had a fabulous summer!