WAITING ON MARTHA
A blog dedicated to helping you create a beautiful day every day

The “X Bench” Style It Challenge

February 6, 2015

Decorating with blue & white, Waiting on Martha. Rustic White PhotographyDecorating with blue & white, Waiting on Martha. Rustic White Photography Decorating with blue & white, Waiting on Martha. Rustic White PhotographyDecorating with blue & white, Waiting on Martha. Rustic White Photography Decorating with blue & white, Waiting on Martha. Rustic White PhotographyDecorating with blue & white, Waiting on Martha. Rustic White Photography Decorating with blue & white, Waiting on Martha. Rustic White Photography Decorating with blue & white, Waiting on Martha. Rustic White Photography 

Late last year I was asked by one of my favorite designers, Julianne Taylor, to participate in a little “X Bench Style It Challenge.”  The rules were simple; 5 bloggers/designers would customize her most popular TBH X Bench and style it in any room, and in any way they see fit.  The customized X Benches and room reveals would then go up on One Kings Lane’s site for two weeks where individuals would be able to see how each blogger/designer styled the bench in their home and could buy one (or two or three) of the benches for themselves.  And at the end of the two weeks a winner would be crowned and awarded a Room Refresh courtesy of TBH and OKL.  So now that you know the rules, let me tell you a little bit more about my X Benches. 

When it came to designing my benches I’m not one to really play it safe so I knew I wanted to do something a bit more on the bold side.  I had been eyeing Cotton & Quill’s foo dog fabric for some time now, and if you’ve ever seen a peek into my home you’d know I have a thing for foo dogs and anything blue.  While it may seem like a somewhat wilder choice in fabrics, don’t let a print ever scare you.  Mixing prints and patterns is one of my absolute favorite ways to decorate.  When done right it adds interest and a personal touch to any room, and if you’re scared of mixing it up just follow my golden rule; mix within the same color family.  And just remember these benches will be a staple in your home for years to come but that doesn’t mean you have to live with your fabric choice forever.  You can always have them re-upholstered and let them evolve with you and your decorating choices.

Another reason I adore benches in general is because of how versatile they are.  A good bench can be used as an extra seat, a foot rest, or an end table and these benches in particular are the absolute perfect size.  Not too big, not too small.  In fact I’ve moved them into several different spaces within my home and while you see them styled here in my living room I think they may end up actually living in the entry way.  How perfect would they be for a seat to throw on your heels before going out or to drop your bag and everything else you need on a daily basis?  Who knows though, that’s why I love decorating, it’s always changing.  

So tell me, are you feeling our bold benches?  Happy Friday Loves!  Truly, MKR

Photography, Rustic White  

SHOP THE STORY / CLICK LEFT & RIGHT ARROWS TO EXPLORE

 

…AS SHOWN…X Benches, Taylor Burke Home  |  Rug, Loloi  |  Sofa, Custom (similar HERE)  |  Sofa Pillows, Lacefield  |  Top of Aspen Moutnain Photo, Gray Malin  |  Fiddle Fig Sea Grass Basket, World Market  |  Blue & White Plates, collected (similar HERE)  |  Console Table, Bobo Intriguing Objects  |  Ghost Chairs, All Modern c/o  |  Trina Turk Ghost Chair Pillows, Bloomingdales  |  Large Size Brass Starbursts, WOM  |  Foo Dog Lamps, Barbara Cosgrove  |  Coffee Table, Restoration Hardware  |  Extra Large Bone Dominos, WOM  |  Muse Bowl, Jonathan Adler  |  Faux Python Tray, WOM  |  Japanese Calligraphy Brushes, collected (similar HERE)  |  Gold Rhino, WOM  |  Paper Weight, West Elm   |  Books;  The Hermes Scarf, Louis Vuitton 100 Legendary Trunks, The Louis Vuitton Cup, The Joy of Decorating, Jasper Conran County, The French Dog, The NYC Dog, Daniel My French Cooking, Vogue Living Houses & Gardens, The Big Book of Chic, Preppy, Allegra Hicks An Eye For Design

*This story was in collaboration with One Kings Lane, Taylor Burke Home and Cotton and Quill.  Brands I LOVE, adore, and count as friends.  Opinions, styling, and design are 100% my own.

Home Is In The Air

February 5, 2015

Airwick7 Airwick10 Airwick12Airwick5 Airwick11Airwick-13Airwick6 Airwick9

Recently I was asked to share what makes my house a home.  Is it the people I share it with?  My cozy corner where I curl up with a good book?  The weekly fresh flowers on my coffee table?  Cookies baking in the oven each Sunday?  The cozy blanket I wrap myself in each night?  Or the fragrance I’m greeted with when I walk in the door?  The truth is it’s all of those simple pleasures and so much more, that make my house my home. 

I may have captured my feelings in pictures while Air Wick ® captured theirs perfectly in video, and now we want to know what home means to you?  Simply post a photo of something that helps make your house a home on Instagram, Twitter, or the Air Wick US Facebook page and tag it with both #HomeIsInTheAir #Sweeps.  You’ll then be entered for a chance to win $500 towards a room makeover, and new Life Scents™ fragrances.  It’s that easy.  

Because “…your home isn’t just four walls, it’s the sum of everything you put into it.  It’s what’s there, in the air, when you’ve made your house a home.” So tell me loves, what do your four walls mean to you?  Truly, MKR

Photography, Kathryn McCrary  |  This story is in collaboration with Air Wick ® a brand I love and adore.  Opinions and images are 100% my own.   NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of all fifty US States and D.C. Eighteen years and older. EndsFebruary 13, 2015 at 8 p.m. EST. To enter and for official rules, including odds and prize descriptions, visit terms. Void where prohibited.

 

The Beauty Of A Girl Gang

February 4, 2015

Coffee Talk, Waiting on Martha. Kathryn McCrary Photography Coffee Talk, Waiting on Martha. Kathryn McCrary Photography Coffee Talk, Waiting on Martha. Kathryn McCrary Photography Coffee Talk, Waiting on Martha. Kathryn McCrary Photography

There’s nothing like good coffee (or wine I don’t discriminate) and great girl talk.  Recently I found myself spending some time at Buckhead’s newest coffee shop, Corso Coffee, and in a two hour long conversation with a good friend and creative cohort of mine.  We chatted about work, husbands, family, travel, work, and even more work.  I stress the work part because as a creative entrepreneur I think there are few things as important as having someone, or even better yet a core group of someones, who understand you and what you’re working towards on a daily basis.  In fact last time I was in NYC my boss lady friend Roxy told me they have an entire group of women entrepreneurs who gather once a month to drink wine, chat and simply support each other, (which by the way Roxy I’m stealing your idea and forming my own creative girl gang).  The life of an entrepreneur is not an easy one and having people who understand it all is an absolute must.  And I’d even be so bold to say that it will play a very big part in if you succeed or fail.  So tell me do you have a go-to person or persons you can always confide in?  Truly, MKR 

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary  |  Location, Corso Coffee Buckhead

shopthestory

 

 

…AS PICTURED…Jacket, J.Crew (on major sale)  |  Jeans, Paige c/o  |  Tee, Piperlime  |  Shoes, Balenciaga (so light and comfortable, worth the splurge)  |  Panama Hat, J.Crew  |  Sunnies, Ray Ban  |  Bag, Celine (similar, less expensive version HERE)  |  Luggage,Nordstrom  |  Luggage Tag, Waiting On Martha  |  Tassel Necklaces, similar HERE  |  Cuff,Hermes (less expensive version HERE)  |  Ring, Julie Vos

 

Design by Veda House. Development by Brandi Bernoskie
Copyright © Waiting on Martha /