Welcome to Hadley Court, my interior design blog celebrating gracious living, timeless design and family traditions. I am so glad you’re here. People often ask me where the name HADLEY COURT comes from. It’s the name of my family’s ancestral summer home in Arkansas, where I spent every summer from the time I was a little girl through my teens.
The next holiday on the calendar is an important one! Mother’s Day is to celebrate the amazing women in our lives that deserve to be pampered and spoiled every day. One of our favorite ways to celebrate such a wonderful holiday is through a classy, fun, and a well-thought out Mother’s Day brunch.
From a spring inspired tabletop to a curated menu-based meal, we rolled out the best brunch ideas for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13th. Keep reading to get some inspiration and to get started on creating the best brunch of the year!
Mother’s Day is the perfect spring holiday. For your upcoming brunch, tie the season and the holiday together with seasonal colors, cocktails, and fun bites like fresh fruit and simple snacks. Some of our favorite bites like these? Melon-balled fruit, fruit-based cocktails, mini quiches, and small danishes. Not only are these dishes simple and delicious, they go perfectly with seasonal colors such as yellow, lush green, light pink, and soft peach.
To take things to the next level, curate your Mother’s Day brunch to become a true event. First, be sure to adorn the table with things that are fitting to your guests’s style. If they love to use fine china, use those in the place settings along with classic floral centerpieces like hydrangeas. If they are women of simplicity, have the place settings consist of a decorative name card and just one of their favorite flowers. When it comes to the menu, simply serve their favorite dishes.
Mother’s day is for pampering and appreciating the women who raised us! One of the best ways to spoil them is with a breakfast-in-bed-style brunch. The key to executing this theme perfectly is to make the decor classy and the setting very comfortable. Once you’ve set the table with classic farm style dishes and vintage crystal goblets, you can then encourage your guests to dress up in their finest pajamas and host the brunch on the outside sofas for a cozier feel.
We love a tablescape filled with charcuterie and other smorgasbord dishes. It makes for such a simple yet appetizing layout. Add simple and fresh cocktails like sangria, mimosas, or white wine options and your guests are sure to love the simply chic effort put into the brunch. Instead of individual place settings, use quality butcher blocks and other bold serving boards along with stainless steel flatware and serving ware.
One of the best things about brunch is that it’s traditionally held outdoors. With this, you’re able to include almost any type of decor. Our favorite outdoor table top idea includes nature-inspired settings and decor. We recommend sticking to a subtle design with linens and plates, a unique color of flatware, and pops of color in your centerpieces and glassware. Utilizing wooden plates paired with colors such as blues, greens, and soft pinks are sure to bring the whole look together in a natural and fresh way.
Mother’s Day Done Right
By now, we hope that you’ve harnessed some great inspiration and ideas for your upcoming Mother’s Day brunch. When in doubt, think back to who you’ll be creating the brunch for and what you really want them to enjoy on that day. If you’ve held a Mother’s Day brunch before, we’d love to know your favorite decor and tabletop ideas in the comments below!
We’ve all been there: disappointed. The images on the real-estate site were nowhere near to scale the actual size of the space they were calling to be “light and airy.” No worries, where the camera’s lenses failed you, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve to make your space go from small to large. Go big or go home with these 6 design tricks.
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There’s nothing like a classic design to brighten your days and offer a little depth. Much like a trim is to the floor, crown molding allows for the eyes to drift from corner to corner. One can say it “elevates” as space….figuratively and literally!
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You know how they tell you NOT to wear stripes because they make you look bigger? There’s a reason for it….and it’s true! Stripes are lines that the eyes use as a point of reference for a beginning to an end (no matter where they lead). In a small space, they elongate every surface on that which they are placed. Whether using them on a wall or on the floor — via a striped rug for example — stripes are the way to go in tight space
Create a Distraction:
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Noise can be created in more ways than just sound. In a small space, it’s about being as muted as possible. That doesn’t imply that the room need be sparse, it’s referring more to the balance between color and pattern. Creating a distraction in a corner, via artwork, or collectibles offer a solution that draws eyes to that corner of the room. Because the attention is fixed in one area, the rest of the space (via the peripheral vision) will appear larger than it is. Mind tricks!
A Longer Shelf Life:
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Wallspace should be maximized! Shelves are a no-brainer. If you’re going to stack, we suggest you carefully choose how many shelves and how much space in between. The power of three is always a good rule, leaving about a foot or so in between each to get some wall space in the background offers the best visual appeal and allows for more surface area! Note: the shelves should be kept as neat as possible, a cluttered shelf is as good as no shelf.
Reflect on This:
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Much how a target shifts your eyes to wherever they’re placed, rounded mirrors have the same effect. Use one of these circular beauties to enhance your wall space and add depth due to its reflective quality!
There is nothing like a little gold to really add style to a room. It’s become a leading decor color in the past five years and it’s not hard to see why. It just has a way of making any space feel bright and glam. As we searched around for some beautiful ways to adorn a gold bathroom with fixtures, we also found a few neat ways to decorate with subtle gold accents.
Scrollthrough to see all of our favorite ways to add some glamorous gold to your bathroom!
Sink & Mirror Hardware
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Including gold fixtures in your design plans is a great way to add a pop to an otherwise neutral space. Adding gold sconces, mirrors, and bathroom hardware makes these fixtures stand out. You can even trickle it into the rest of your bathroom decor, like your cabinet hardware and towel racks.
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We’re loving the look of gold plumbing, it’s grand and a bit unexpected! Gold plumbing and shower trim stands out against an all-marble shower. Or, let the tile highlight the gold as seen in this patterned tile bathroom.
A Pop in Wallpaper Details
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Think you can’t use wallpaper in a bathroom? Think again. We can’t get enough of gold wallpaper details to tie in gold bathroom decor and fixtures. Wallpaper with gold accents throughout makes a bold statement.
Hanging Hardware & Storage
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If you have any areas of your bathroom that are unfilled, adding gold storage fixtures can solve that problem perfectly. Including gold in this part of your bathroom is a great way to incorporate the color in a subtle and useful way. We always love a multi-faceted design idea, especially in gold!
Glamorous Gold Bathrooms
In the end, our goal was to show you our favorite ways to incorporate gold bathroom fixtures but we can’t think of a way gold wouldn’t work in any space of your home. Gold as a metal plays well with many other metals, so feel free to experiment and try something new.
Are you feeling the gold hardware trend for bathrooms? Let us know in the comments below.
One of the most prestigious, internationally recognized 46th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House officially opened to the public on Tuesday, May 1st at 110 East 76th Street, revealing the creativity and design expertise of twenty-two of the nation’s most acclaimed interior designers and architects.
For the next month, an estimated 15,000 people are expected to tour the completed Show House, which serves as the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s premier fundraiser. We’re excited to share that this year, the show house took a more daring approach, pushing the boundaries that are associated with period styles, and most definitely, transcending beyond the realm of trends, this year, designers seemed to pull out the big guns, nodding to the past, with a vision towards the future.
Here are our top 5:
Mark Sikes: Sleeping Beauty
Mark D Sikes, Courtesy of BFA
Mark D. Sikes creates a beautiful boudoir fit for a princess at the 2018 Kips Bay Show House.
A custom hand-painted Gracie scene is the perfect backdrop for this bedroom that features Mark’s new fabric collection with Schumacher. Antiques from James Sansum that once belonged to C.Z. Guest and Bunny Mellon are mixed with 18th-century European treasures from Carlton Hobbs. Mark’s room is not only beautiful, it’s comfortable, inviting, the ideal place to rest, to read a book, write a note, or even have a drink.
Delicate Porcelain flowers by Valdimir Kanevsky sit adjacent to modern art by Kit Reuther, Blue and White Ikat’s mingle with chinoiserie, dhurries from England dance with gilt, batiks flirt with bullion’s, and stripes play along side of layers and layers of trims and embroideries.
Bunny Williams: “GILDED KNOTS” – ROOM# 7
Courtesy of Emily Andrews, NYT
“Imagine that you have a very comfortable Living Room in a Tree House, where you can look at the sky through gilded leaves and watch a spider make a giant cobweb.”
B.A Torrey: The After-Party
B.A. Torrey, Courtesy of Emily Andrews for NYT
Walking into B. A. Torrey’s room — “The Afterparty” — is a design cocktail intended to pique the senses. You don’t just look, but touch and feel in this 70s-inspired homage to playful decadence and indulgence. Luxurious textures fill the room, making for a highly tactile environment. From the cerused oak of the custom millwork, brass of the stools and coffee table, crystal of the lamps, plush velvet and mohair of the upholstery, shimmery black and gold wheat inspired fabric of the Hermes throw pillows, and chunky honed stone of the fireplace and bar counter, this room is made to touch.
The hushed, private feel of this late-night sanctuary is replete with wrap-around bar, smoking terrace, deep sectional seating and fireplace, and intended for the most discerning night owls. Dark gold-foil cork wall covering absorbs sound and creates a shimmering effect, while the gold-foiled ceiling adds glamour and visual height.
Alexa Hampton: Olympia Folly
Alexa Hampton. Courtesy of Emily Andrews, NYT
Alexa Hampton comments, “Born out of my ever enthusiastic and growing neo-classicist tic, I have been dreaming of campaign tents. This has led me to my first ever collaboration with De Gournay, in the creation of the draped interior of a Greco-Roman tent straight out of my decorator’s imagination – and mapped onto paper by my now-two-time Kips Bay collaborator: the artist Chuck Fischer. “
With its surrounding backdrop of soft hanging textiles, an idealized view of Greek temples emerges in the background, framed by Aleppo pines and Cypress trees. In the foreground are discarded Roman helmets and a propped up shield.
Nods to Empire building are sprinkled throughout, as are the Classics of the classics: temple fronts and a Klismos chair.
Phillip Mitchell: The Drawing Room
Phillip Mitchell, Courtesy of BFA
The Drawing Room is inspired by the history of family and the love of collections. The Drawing Room is curated diversity within a space. Mitchell shares, “These hand-treated commissions make the design even more meaningful. I focus on curating timelessness and I do this in The Drawing Room by selecting pieces from different design periods, diversifying materials, layering styles and building a story for the room to tell.”
The Drawing Room is about where the most pleasant memories in ones mind lives, forever present.
Using black and white in the bathroom isn’t a novel idea, but these beautiful black and white bathrooms take the classic color pairing and truly modernizes it. Whether you’re craving a minimalist look or want to go all out with this trend, we’ve got several black and white bathroom ideas to inspire you.
One of the most risqué ideas in the design world is back walls, ceiling, and flooring. If done correctly, a room with black being the majority color can allow some incredible design and decor additions. If done wrong, it can seem like an uninviting black hole. One of our favorite ways to make this concept work? Adding just as much white to the bathroom to give a solid balance between the two colors. With this base, you can start to add pops of color through decor or fixtures such as piping, hardware, and linens.
If the majority of your bathroom is white or another lighter color, adding black through subtle accent pieces and hardware is a great way to keep things beautifully minimalistic! Our favorite part about keeping it simple is that you can add some pretty vibrant decor pieces throughout the rest of the bathroom. It’s an uncomplicated look and sometimes, less is more.
Leading off of our last point, black and white bathrooms are perfect for the true decorist! This base color scheme allows you to keep things simple with small gold accents, 2 – 3 plants, or subtle wooden wall hangings. It also allows you to throw in louder pieces such as colorful bouquets, statement wall art, or patterned linens.
If you’re wanting your bathroom to speak a little louder for itself, we recommend considering all of the maximalist decor ideas! Since a black and white color scheme can require a true effort in balance, it’s important to find the best ways to do so. Instead of relying on simple black and white decor, think about including black in the large pieces. Painting your cabinetry the perfect shade of black will give the bathroom a bold and stylish feel.
In the End…
Black and white bathrooms can act as such a monumental space in your home. Whether you love simplicity or deep and colorful dimensions, the black and white color scheme is yours to work with! Really, it’s a timeless look we adore.
What color schemes are you loving lately? Share in the comment section below!
Now that spring is here, we’ve got travel on the mind. And we love to stay organized while traveling. Here, we’re sharing our secrets to organized travel, so you can enjoy more time on your vacation and less looking for your essential items.
Our Secrets to Organized Travel
Keeping The Small Stuff Contained
One of the best traveling tips we can give is how to keep the smaller things from going loose on your travels. And for that, we love cable organizers. Take a quick Google and you’ll find plenty of options, but right now we’re loving this cheeky set.
Small containers like the HAL Silicone Cosmetic Containers are great for storing both cosmetics and multiple small items safely and securely. Their size also allows you to fit as many as you want into your suitcase and/or toiletry bag. Things these small containers can hold: liquid cosmetics, bobby pins, hair ties, earphones, sewing supplies, camera SD cards, batteries.
Secure & Spacious Toiletry Bags
When it comes to packing your toiletries, it’s best to keep away from your shoes and clothing. Invest in a spacious and water-resistant toiletry bag to keep things from being ruined by a spill! We particularly love the Bric’s Life Pelle Tri-fold Traveler, which features a supple leather exterior and mesh as well as clear pockets within. You can also hang the bag for easy access to your toiletries!
Leather Packing Cubes
Instead of worrying about slovenly folding clothing and accessories in your suitcase, look to packing cubes for a more organized packing system. With a four pack of the Dwellbee Canvas and Leather Packing Cubes, you’re able to separate your pants, accessories, delicates, and tops accordingly. It actually frees up space in your luggage and makes unpacking when you reach your destination a total cinch!
A Travel Wallet
It’s important to keep documents and cards safe while traveling. Which is why we prefer a dedicated travel wallet like the Smythson Travel Wallet. The slots are clearly labeled with space for your boarding pass, tickets, passport, and miscellaneous items like room keys. It comes in a gorgeous blue and red shade, too.
Subway tile is such a classic yet versatile tile. There are so many ways to use subway tile, we had to share some of our favorites. This type of tile gives such a modern look to the home and allows for more flexibility than you might think. After some serious subway tile searching, we’re sharing the best ways to utilize the tile and how to make it workin any size space. Keep reading to see our favorite ways to use subway tile into your home.
5 Ways to Use Subway Tile in Your Home
Basing your bathroom design with a classic tile like subway can lead to great things. The opportunities are within the laying possibilities. Different ways to lay the tile can include a herringbone, diagonal, straight, or basketweave design. We also love stackbond, cross hatch and a classic offset pattern.
One of the number one spots that subway tile is being included in is small sections throughout the living room, most popularly the fireplace. It may seem like subway tile could only work in more modern spaces like the bathroom or kitchen, but we can’t wait to see how it’s used in spaces like the bedroom, office, or living room. It has the ability to give any cozy space the perfect dose of modernism!
Whether it’s used for backsplash or throughout the entire kitchen, this tile can fill a large or small space and has such a perfect presence. While you’re likely to see it placed in an offset layout, we love a herringbone pattern for an eclectic take on the classic look.
If you have any areas of your home that are just “missing something” subway tile almost always saves the day. It’s common to see white or black subway tile as it’s a timeless style that speaks for itself, but if you’re looking to add a little more vibrancy to a room, choosing a subway tile of color is always the perfect way to go, especially in a bathroom or kitchen.
Update any corner with a little bit of subway tile. It will instantly spruce up that small space. Once you’ve laid the tile, include something personal like your new vintage collection of vases or kitchenware to create a beautiful vignette. There’s nothing like personality within a home, something that subway tile complements beautifully!
Our Lasting Faith in Subway Tile
Subway tile is known for being classic and versatile. You can take it from the kitchen to the living room, you can lay it in the smallest nook of your house or make it fill an entire accent wall. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to design, color, and spacial placement.
Is your mind racing with subway tile ideas? We’d love to know what creative ideas you come up with, leave a comment below.
As seen on: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/leslie-hendrix-wood-designer-always-returns-to-these-sources
We are BEYOND to have our fearless leader, Leslie Hendrix Wood, featured on the national design authority that is: Architectural Digest! A true pinch us moment! Designing is as much about a community as it is about creating beautiful spaces. We are a network of creatives working for the same cause: optimizing our lives via the homes we dwell in. Take a look as we dive into some of our favorite brands: Century Furniture, Currey & Company, Bernhardt Furniture Company, Kravet and Scott Group Studio and why!
Courtesy of Bernardt
Bernhardt Furniture is the workhorse I depend upon for many of my designs. My clients like Bernhardt because they deliver a high quality product at a reasonable price point. There is more at work there than just a great product. The people I work with are delightful and make the designers’ job much easier.
A light from the Bunny Williams Collection, Currey & Co
Currey & Company
The first source I turn to for lighting is Currey & Company. There is much more to lighting than people realize. Lighting can make or break a design. The breadth of their product line is such that I can always find lighting for both my traditional and modern projects.
Kravet Inc. is every designer’s dream. Kravet truly is one stop shopping for every design need from fabric, trim, carpeting, drapery hardware and wallcoverings. Kravet Inc. owns Kravet, Lee Jofa, Groundworks, GP & J Baker, and Brunschwig & Fils — all high-end fabric houses that specialize in style, luxury and exceptional design. Kravet Inc. also offers CuratedKravet offering unique, handpicked accessories from around the globe.
I rely on Century for my upholstery needs. Century is a family-owned business who takes pride in their work. My clients appreciate quality craftsmanship and I know I can always rely on Century to deliver that level of craftsmanship expected.
The Scott Group Studio
I have worked with several custom rug manufacturers and The Scott Group Studio surpasses them all in service and quality. Working with them is a designer’s delight. They can turn a simple sketch into a fabulous piece of art using luxury fibers that my clients expect.
Bathrooms. You love to love them and hate to clean them but one this is more sure: they are here to stay. Revamp your bathroom this spring with a few easy tips that could go a long way without breaking the bank. Clean up in style!
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Use tiles in fun innovative ways to turn your bathroom from blasé to beautiful. Tiles on the floor are nothing of the next world, but opting for a subway tile (in color is even more easier to clean) is a way to add a little panache to your bathroom.
Courtesy of Ideal Homes/ Ripples
Revamping your bathroom does not mean breaking the bank. A simple way to offer a refreshing face-lift, is by incorporating bold accents. Choosing your target areas is key when deciding what’s going to pop in the room. Try main focal points such as the sink or the toilet. Less is more. And this is quite the easy one!
Courtesy of House Beautiful, Reed Davis
Lighting is key. When you don’t want to invest in a contractor to knock some walls down, or a whole new color palette for a bathroom, try making a change from the top-down (except you only need to change the top). Opt for an elegant chandelier that will act more like jewelry in the space than a lighting fixture. When placed above the bath, it makes for a Queen Elizabeth moment sure to impress all your guests!
Have you ever noticed that the most stylish people always have a “uniform”? A look that is associated with them because often it’s simple. The same can occur in your home. Going the monochromatic route is easy when shopping for accessories to enhance your space. It’s a very sophisticated route that ensure your taste level for a bathroom. Not to mention, it’s super easy to clean (or at least spot the dirt!)
Courtesy of Elle Deco
Wall-coverings can be overbearing for some people. Try having an accent wall in your bathroom (especially where the sink/mirrors are positioned to set a theme to a room without having to be matchy-matchy. This one wall used in this bathroom calls for a jungle vibe, and the accents that complement are done in a subtle, chic way. Go bananas!
Bathrooms with personalities. For the thrill-seekers and treasure gatherers, this is the space for you. Ever had items that just sit in your basement or storage space and you have ZERO clue why you ever bought it in the first place? Now you can! Incorporate these treasures throughout your bathroom to bring it to life. A piece of art, or a giant penguin will suffice.
Courtesy of Emily Henderson
Ever thought of a freestanding bathroom? What about a bedroom/bath? This might be a bit farfetched but open floor plans are in this season….and this takes it to the next level! Having a bath that’s close to a bed makes for quite the experience! If this idea is a bit much, switching over to a freestanding bath is a chic way to add personality to your bathroom!
Easter is quickly approaching and we are feeling inspired with spring decor ideas. Of course, this holiday wouldn’t be the same without a little bit of Easter egg decorating! If you’re thinking of cheesy stickers and little white crayons, think again. These Easter egg decorating ideas are delightfully modern and sophisticated. Keep reading to see some of our favorite Easter egg decorating ideas that are decidedly grownup.
When you think of spring, you think of flowers. Adding a hint of floral foliage is the perfect way to give life to Easter eggs. We love how this unexpected idea adds interest to any tablescape, mantle surface, or shelving area. The next time you’re at the market, treat yourself to a spring bouquet and put the smaller part of the bushel to work. Slowly crack off the top half of the egg and carefully fill it with the smaller stems!
While the white crayon was meant for children’s Easter egg decorating, we still love its creative design capabilities. Upgrade to a fine-tip white marker pen and a small Easter themed stamp. We recommend drawing and stamping on naturally colored eggs so the white doesn’t get stained on a dyed egg. Use the paint marker to draw on the small carvings of the stamp as well. From here, the overall design is completely up to you. Keep things whimsical, creative, and fun!
Elevate your Easter egg decorating with some elegant calligraphy. Scribing a name or Easter inspired verbiage to the egg is such a perfectly minimalistic way to decorate your Easter eggs, making it an easy addition to any part of your home. This acts perfectly as a placeholder for an Easter brunch or at the foyer of your home. Keep it simple and be sure to display it once you’re done!
It’s always fun to add a little bit of personality to your Easter eggs! From magical unicorns to whimsical, sleepy eggs, these little gems are cute and simple. Try this with permanent marker or a paint pen. It’s an adorable and unexpected Easter egg idea.
From simply adding florals to giving each egg its own persona, the Easter egg decorating possibilities are endless. Break out your best crafting tools and get creative to give a festive atmosphere to your home!
Do you have a plan for Easter egg decorating this year? We would love to know your artistic ideas.