The Kentucky Derby is just days away, and this year it falls on Cinco de Mayo. I had the chance to go to the Derby on Cinco de Mayo five years ago, and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. My favorite part was seeing a mix of the traditional hats with festive sombreros. This lamp by Folly does a good job of mixing traditional with whimsical, with its colorful miniature jockeys. Now all I need is a mint julep and a winning ticket!
If you were going to the Kentucky Derby this year, would you go with a traditional hat or a sombrero? Tell us in the comments below.
Other animals have been challenging birds’ supremacy in design for a while now, and though creatures like horses have been making strides, birds are still ever-present. Maybe it’s because there are so many kinds of birds and they all signify different things. Owls were a noticeable stand-out for a while. Could hummingbirds be next? According to Yahoo!, searches on hummingbirds are spiking this week, perhaps due to the return of warmer weather. If you’re looking to incorporate them into your decor, this stunning Alexander McQueen rug (below) would be my first choice, but Hummingbird Dinner Plates and this Hummingbirds and Succulent Blossoms Art Print are also delightful.
Prefer to watch them outside rather than bringing them into your home? Then I suggest colorful feeders from J Schatz. Watching the tiny birds flit near these mod feeders would be a perfect way to usher in the spring. Beat that, horses!
Okay, before we dive into the stunning interior design work and jaw-dropping thrifting skills of Mr. Goodwill Hunting (aka Rashon Carraway), I have to comment on his killer wardrobe.
So sophisticated! So suave! (And handsome, too, yes?) Rashon told me, “My dress definitely influences my interior design style. I believe most people can have a comfortable space if they create a home that directly resembles their wardrobe.” Let’s take a look at his living room, shall we?
One of my favorite aspects of the blog Mr. Goodwill Hunting is that Rashon not only shares the treasures he finds for his clients, he also shares decor updates and design ideas from his own home. His love of interior design and repurposed decor is instantly evident in his living room. What a stunning space. What was once an outdated, striped sofa, Rashon reupholstered for a fresh, contemporary look. And while Rashon says his living room is “in process”, I think it looks magnificent as is.
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Making an appearance at the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is definitely on my bucket list. In the past, I’ve been intrigued by the chic sundresses and extravagant hats that are standard Derby attire, more than the famous horses and jockeys. But after I was assigned this post, I started coming across so many intriguing designs featuring horses, equestrian gear and horseshoes that I have officially switched my focus. These stunning creatures can definitely turn a pretty room into a heart-stopping space, like in this dining room.
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Whether you’re a horse-racing aficionado, ride and care for horses as a hobby or simply enjoy their tranquil appearance and demeanor from a distance, these designer spaces are sure to spark a new love interest in the gentle beasts. Feel free to sip on a Derby-worthy mint julep as you browse my favorite pics. (By the way, my money’s on Midnight Interlude.)
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In honor of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, we selected this unusual punch ladle for this week’s “What the…?”
This silver punch ladle in the form of a riding crop and cap that’s for sale at 1stdibs dates back to the late 19th century when fox hunting was at its peak of popularity in Europe. I think it would make the most amazing hostess gift at a Derby party. Perfect for ladling mint juleps from a community bowl.
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When I was a kid, we visited relatives in Kentucky. I remember the horses. But it was my recent travels to the Bluegrass State that introduced me to three delights appreciated in that commonwealth: hot browns, Kentucky lemonade (with Maker’s Mark) and M.A. Hadley clayware. In fact, I can think of no better way to enjoy hot browns and spiked lemonade than served on a Hadley plate and in a Hadley julep cup.
Fortunately, I can order a set directly from the Hadley Pottery Company. (Until now, this delightful stoneware was only available through a limited number of retailers.)
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I’ve always considered myself something of an expert in small living spaces. After all, I lived in Manhattan for five years. But the members of the small house movement have put me to shame with their 100-square foot havens.
Tough economic times are putting them in the news lately. I saw a post on Strollerderby today, and it references a recent CNN profile of two different home owners. If you check them out you’ll read a lot about how these people give up space in order to save money or even to make a political statement. The element I think they both miss is that these homes are beautiful. The architecture, both the modern and the traditional, is lovely and on such a small scale every single detail shines.
Check out this sweet bungalow. It’s a mere 250 square feet.
You can get a tour of two interiors courtesy of CNN.
I love the cozy space, the rigorous organization, the elegant efficiency. Some day, admittedly after my son is grown, I could see myself happily ensconced in my own perfect 250 square feet.
If you decide to downsize, Small Space, Big Style has what you need to make it work.