In the past year, Odi et Amo has quickly become a daily read and one of my favorite blogs. It is written by my fellow Houstonian, Averill, an attorney with a killer sense of style. She has a very keen eye for design and frequently shares her inspiration and personal projects with her readers. Something tells me Averill’s list will be sensible with a flair for fabulous details!
1. Electricity. At the risk of taking this assignment a bit too literally, I had to include electricity in this list. Besides, as in-house counsel for a major power company, it’s also what pays my bills.
2. Olivia, my two-year old miniature dachshund.
3. Cute flats. I’ve never been particularly good at walking in heels, but fortunately there are a ton of adorable flats available now for when I need to be on my feet all day or when I don’t need to be 6’4" (I’m six feet in flat feet). Right now, I’m lusting after this adorable striped pair from Pretty Ballerinas.
4. London. Samuel Johnson said that "when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life" and I can’t help but agree. Dave and I are planning another trip to London this coming May and I can’t wait.
7. Bubble baths. Another of my favorite spots for reading and relaxing. Nothing beats a bubble bath after a hard day (or a hard day’s night). My all-time favorite bath product is Fresh’s Sake Bath. It’s like bliss in a bottle.
8. Color. Those of you who read my blog are well aware of my ongoing love affair with bold, rich colors, especially on walls. I love how a simple coat of paint can elevate an entire room into the extraordinary. My own home currently boasts a navy dining room, aubergine study and a deep teal "man room" and I’m still on the look out for how I can bring even more color into the house!
9. Personal stationery. Maybe it’s because I’m Southern, but I do love me some monograms. Personal stationery is one of those little luxuries I wouldn’t want to do without (and it also makes a wonderful gift!). Right now, my favorite sources are iomoi and Dabney Lee at Home.
10. Chinoiserie. My very stylish grandmother was a huge fan of Chinese art and antiques and she passed her love of Chinoiserie on to me. Just about every room in my house has some Chinoiserie touches and I love the sense of history and the sophistication that they give to my new home and otherwise fairly contemporary style.
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