Friday Favorites 01.20.17

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It has been a whirlwind week after being away in Atlanta last weekend. Quick weekend trips are tough in that you’re going, going, going and don’t have a chance to rest and recharge before the work week. On the other hand, design-based trips such as our visit to Atlanta help me to feel re-energized and inspired about design. As a result, it’s been a fruitful week, but I am ready for a weekend at home! Here is what is on my radar this week…

Design: We found some really great new things at Atlanta’s AmericasMart January Market. I frequent High Point, have been to Las Vegas Market, and NY Now, but had never been to the market in Atlanta. It was fun because they have so many categories in one place– furniture, accessories, tabletop, and even fashion. Our team found some things we are excited to use in future projects. One of my favorite finds was Michelle Nussbaumer‘s beautiful fabric collection for Design Legacy.

Style: While in Atlanta, we tried to pop into Ann Mashburn, but it was closed on Sunday. Luckily, we have one here in Houston. I’ll need to visit soon because it looks like they’ve just received a batch of chic new things such as this pretty Trumpet Sleeve top.

Watch: It seems everyone is talking about Victoria on PBS’s Masterpiece, the new period television show about Queen Victoria’s early reign. I can’t wait to catch up this weekend! Have you watched it? What are your thoughts?

Eat: One of my intentions for the new year is to make healthier choices all around. That may mean actually making it to pilates more often, having one less glass of wine, skipping dessert, or homing in on things with more nutritional benefits such as these 5 Heart-Healthy Foods.

Read: At Market, I stumbled upon a bookseller who had the most beautiful book on the Kennedys that I have ever seen. The Kennedys with Photographs by Mark Shaw is filled with beautiful, iconic photography. With the inauguration today, it feels quite timely.

Beauty: One of the girls in my office is very passionate about skincare and often talked about Tata Harper, a boutique, mostly organic skincare line. I recently ordered the Tata Harper Discovery Kit and have been loving the products! My skin feels amazing and I feel like it’s glowing and looks more awake than usual. I love sharing new discoveries and this is one that I’d highly recommend!

Shop: While perusing the internet a couple of nights ago, I noticed J.Crew’s Collection has some chic, updated classics such as this chic pajama-inspired wool flannel jumpsuit and a cropped tuxedo jacket in Italian wool. I love a feminine take on menswear– super chic!

What are you loving this week? Have a wonderful weekend!


In Bloom: Vladimir Kanevsky

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I love fresh flowers at home. They instantly add beauty and joy to any space. Clients are always so excited when we fill their homes with fresh flowers on installation and photoshoot days. I encourage them to treat themselves to fresh flowers each week, even if they are just from the grocery store. They are one of life’s simplest and loveliest pleasures. As much as I enjoy fresh flowers, I recently stopped in my tracks upon discovering the work of sculptor Vladimir Kanevsky. Vladimir’s muse is nature herself, particular the beautiful flowers that inspire so many of us. Using porcelain and tole, Vladimir sculpts the most exquisite creations. The details are so accurate and his sculptures, while stunning, maintain a natural, organic quality which make them extremely life-like.

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{Hollyhock and Hyacinth in the Home of Oscar and Annette de la Renta}

I have seen his delicate sculptures at Hollyhock on La Cienega in West Hollywood and remember thinking they were beautiful, but it has been such a treat to find Vladimir on Instagram and learn more about the delicate beauty he creates day in and day out. His clientele includes the late Oscar de la Renta, Carolyne Roehm, Hollyhock proprietor Suzanne Rheinstein, Deeda Blair, and Charlotte Moss. Style icon Carolyne Roehm has said “Vladimir has achieved perfection. His porcelain flowers bring all the beauty and glory of the original without the limited shelf life.” In a world where things can feel uncertain, isn’t it wonderful to come across something that is simply beautiful and inspiring?

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{Porcelain and Tole Lilacs on Irina Abramovich’s Table}

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{Detail of a Vladimir Kanevsky Sculpture in the Home of Carolyne Rohm}

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{Hollyhocks in Various Colors and Sizes}

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{Lily of the Valley and Lilac}

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{Hollyhock and Morning Glory in Antique Blue and White Vases}


Bohemian Beauty: Sea Pre-Fall 2017


The Pre-Fall 2017 collections took place last week and one of the big standouts for me is the new collection from boutique line, Sea. Designers Sean Monahan and Monica Paolini’s Pre-Fall 2017 collection includes feminine pieces executed with a cool vintage vibe. Victorian-inspired silhouettes, bell sleeves, and feminine ruffles and silhouettes reign supreme, but the most special detail is the use of timeless eyelet. It has such a classic quality, but feels thoroughly modern in this collection. Typically thought of as a summer fabric, it feels fresh and appropriate for any season in this chic collection.







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The Style Files: Kevin Walsh


Kevin Walsh is the talented interior designer and proprietor of the design firm and design store, Bear Hill Interiors in Little Rock, Arkansas. Over the years, we have gotten to know each other on trips to High Point and through social media. In fact, Kevin is one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. Kevin has beautiful taste and an impeccable eye for style. I love seeing glimpses into the beautiful home he shares with his partner Brett and their two dogs, Ruby and Roxy as well as sneak peeks of his latest projects, whether they are completed or in progress. Kevin’s work a fresh, pretty, tailored spin on traditional interiors, has been featured extensively in magazines including Luxe, Southern Living, HGTV, and At Home in Arkansas. Just last summer, Kevin received the distinction of being named one of Trad Home’s 10 New Trads of 2016. Kevin is one of the kindest people in the design industry. Enjoy!Snip20170116_8

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Kevin Walsh: Tailored, collected, and a little bit understated.


PC: Has living in Little Rock influenced your aesthetic in any way?

KW: Absolutely! I am surrounded by Arkansas’s natural beauty everyday and face it– southerners know a thing or two about beautiful homes, architecture, and how to make you feel warm and welcome.


PC: What does your home say about you?

KW: I have a penchant for being pretty tidy. I love fresh flowers, lots of books, and original art. I also have two dogs that rule the roost and have total access to every piece of upholstery.

Style Files Kevin Walsh Instagram{Kevin’s Sweet Dogs, Ruby and Roxy at Home in their Chic Living Room via his Instagram Account, @kevinbearhill}

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

KW: Books, travel, Instagram (obsessed!) and numerous dealers across the country including 214Modern in High Point.


PC: Who are your personal style icons?

KW: For interiors– Bruce Budd, Albert Hadley, Jan Showers, Windsor Smith, Timothy Whealon…this list could go on forever! For fashion– Michael Bastian, Maxim Lundh, Johannes Huebl.

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{Bruce Budd}

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

KW: A great sense of humor.


PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

KW: Haribo Gummy Bears

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PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

KW: My partner, Brett Pitts. He is extremely supportive and encouraging– and is a straight shooter!


PC: What is your idea of “living la dolce vita”?

KW: A sunny day spent at home working in the garden with music in the background and amazing aromas coming from the kitchen.


PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

KW: I recently photographed a home here in Little Rock for Southern Home magazine slated for next December. I recently joined Southern Living, Coastal Living, and Sunset‘s exclusive group of interior designers. I am currently working on a beautiful home on the May Rive in Bluffton, South Carolina a well as a classical home here in Little Rock with architect C. Brandon Ingram. I am also working with At Home in Arkansas magazine on a series of entertaining features.




Go-To Outfit: Jeans, blue and white stripe button down, navy blazers, and Alden Loafers without socks

Style Mantra: Less is more

Scent: Currently loving Maison Louis Marie Candle No. 4 Bois de Balincourt

Piece of Jewelry: Rolex Submariner

Color I Never Tire Of: Blue

Flower: Peony

Indispensable Design Element: Great Architecture

Era for Design: 1920’s

Dream Project: I would love to design a small, beautiful French bistro here in Little Rock

Fabric/Textile: Hand-Printed Textiles

Hostess Gift: Fresh Flowers

Meal: Fried chicken, fried okra, homegrown tomatoes, and lady peas prepared by Brett Pitts

Drink: Jean Charles Boisset Brut Rose

3 Things I Love About My City: People, landscape, and my beautiful neighborhood


Weekend Destination: Lake House in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Lake Hamilton

Hotel: Le Meurice in Paris

City: New York and Paris

Museum: The Met in New York

Artist: Ellsworth Kelly

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: “Pause” by Pitbull

Actor: Eddie Redmayne, Kevin Spacey, Viola Davis, Kate Winslet, Judy Dench

Prized Possession: Untitled Painting by Ray Parker, 1960

Risk Worth Taking: Pursuing a career path that speaks to your heart

Greatest Extravagance: Travel

Go-To Color Palette: Blue with anything

Rule to Break: White jeans are good year round!

Movie Set Design: It’s Complicated

I can never have too many… Cashmere Sweaters



Atlanta Style

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I spent this weekend in Atlanta. I spoke on a panel at the AmericasMart and explored the market with Devon from my Paloma Contreras Design team. We had a wonderful turnout for the panel (thank you to everyone who came!) which I felt had a lot of great insight and takeaways. In addition, we found some exciting new things for some projects we are working on and also had a chance to visit some fantastic Atlanta stores including Bungalow Classic, Mrs. Howard, Robert Brown’s Townhouse, and Dixon Rye. It was a very fun and successful trip.

The best part was spending time with my friend Suzanne Kasler at her beautiful home in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. Suzanne has been one of my favorite interior designers and biggest design inspirations for as long as I can remember. I have learned so much from her unparalleled ability to mix fine antiques and modern pieces as well as her knack for creating perfectly layered spaces that span various styles. So much of what I have learned from Suzanne has informed my own style, so seeing her beautiful home in person was absolutely wonderful. The regency-style house has been editorialized in Architectural Digest and One Kings Lane, but it is even more stunning in person. There are exquisite details everywhere you look and it is evident that each room is filled with things that are special and meaningful to Suzanne and her husband, John. When I think of Atlanta style, I always think of Suzanne and the chic, timeless interiors she has designed. For more of Suzanne’s style, visit the “Be Inspired” section of her website for her seasonal inspirations and favorite things.

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{Photography by Pieter Estersohn for Architectural Digest}