Greetings from Paris! We are having a wonderful time and have already found some amazing things on our Huff Harrington antiques sourcing trip. Be sure to follow along on Instagram where I have been sharing lots of inspiration and behind-the-scenes moments from my trip! Meanwhile, here is a bit of what we are loving in our office back home. A bientot!
Style: I have been noticing more and more tie sleeves on blouses and sweaters lately. I love a special, feminine detail, so this is right up my alley. I am so over off-the-shoulder tops which have had a major moment over the past year or two. Tie sleeves certainly feel current, I just hope they don’t turn into a full fledged trend. I packed this tie-sleeve cashmere sweater for my Paris trip. I am also loving the black ribbons on this ivory cashmere sweater. This sweater (available in four colors!) and this sweatshirt will give you the look for under $80!
Design: Traditional Home is hosting a decorators showhouse in Dallas which just opened last weekend! If you will be in Dallas over the next month, be sure to check it out. I have a few friends participating in the inaugural Dallas Showhouse including Amy Berry, Denise McGaha, Kara Simpson Cox, and Traci Zeller whose bedroom was inspired by Parisian couture and includes several thoughtful details found during Tracy’s travels to Paris including a beautiful grouping of plaster mirrors, framed vintage lace samplers used by the salespeople who call on famous Parisian couture houses, and a Philip Jeffries wall covering whose texture mimics that of a bouclé Chanel jacket.
Read: There are so many wonderful new books out this season! One of the books I was most looking forward to and have thoroughly enjoyed reading is “A Place to Call Home” by Gil Schafer, which was just released on Tuesday. Not only is Gil one of my favorite architects, but I recently met him at a party in New York and he could not have been kinder or more charming. If you enjoy classical architecture as much as I do, this book is a must!
Watch: I am completely obsessed with Outlander on Starz and eagerly anticipated the return of the season, which has been on for three weeks now. The premise of a 1940s nurse who travels back through time to another country to meet her true love in the 1700s sounds completely far-fetched on paper, but it is amazing! The scenery, the costumes (particularly while they are in Paris in season 2), and the love story are all beautiful. If you haven’t watched it, do yourself a favor and binge-watch the first two seasons. You will be hooked!
Eat: When I get back home, I need to try to make an effort to cook more. It will be difficult because I am in the middle of a crazy travel schedule that will only see me home for a handful of days in between trips, but it always makes me feel better to know what is going into my food. Because we are often so busy with work, I find it easy to fall into a rut of making the same things week after week, so I was happy to come across this list of “Seven Low-Carb Side Dishes Foodies Love“. I can’t wait to try some of them when I get back home. In the meantime, I’ll continue eating my way through Paris!
Shop: One of my favorite places to shop in Houston is A Bientot. Ideally located on River Oaks Boulevard, I know that I can always find a thoughtful gift for just about anyone– birthday, baby, hostess, for him, or for me! Proprietress Betty Newton has culled all of the best accessories of the moment and has filled her shop with chic clothing, shoes, and handbags as well. The best part? They just launched an online boutique, so you can enjoy their fabulous wares even if you don’t live in Houston or have plans to visit anytime soon. This chic, monogrammed beaded clutch, solid brass Matisse-inspired earrings, and bold monogrammed tiger velvet pillow are currently on the top of my list of must-have items.