Jumpers, jumpsuits, coveralls, whatever you call them, I just can’t get enough.
Christine Young of Young Frankk consistently designs the most beautiful and easy to wear jewelry that becomes more refined and striking with every season. I haven’t always considered myself a jewelry person, but it was Young Frankk, based in Richmond, Virginia, that helped to change my mind. The Dawn studs from a previous season are still a favorite that I reach for often, so I can’t wait to get my hands on a few things from the Fall/Winter collection. It features fresh and intriguing shapes that are never overdone, bringing that subtle considered edge to any look. The organic curves in her designs are delicate yet effortlessly make a bold statement. I’m especially drawn to the Circle Earrings, Mini Trine Necklace, and Orb Cuff in sterling silver. This is without a doubt my favorite Young Frankk collection yet.
Photography// Christine Young | Styling// Lucia Zolea | Model// Natalia Castellar
My philosophy when it comes to getting dressed during the summer is, “the easier, the better.” I’ve always been a fan of one-pieces, particularly the comfort and ease of a black dress. In my case, loose fitting and lately more of a midi length. It’s my signature, what I feel most confident in, and the one thing I don’t think I can have too many of. I’ve been reaching for this beautiful woven cotton number by UZI again and again these last several months. I wear it all the time–to church, art shows, the grocery store, on vacation, anywhere. The dress is functional thanks to its pockets and breathable shape but not without interest in the form of the loveliest draped neckline. This setting from a recent trip (more on that soon!) made it hard not to snap a few photos of one of my favorite pieces in action. Another I added to my closet this season is the Twist Tee Dress by Objects Without Meaning, purchased via Garmentory for a steal. Temperatures won’t start cooling down here for a long while but I’m looking forward to wearing the versatile and always polished black dresses I’ve been collecting well into the fall season.
We’ve slowly been chipping away at the list of things that might make the house more efficient and conducive to fellowship. I’ve not opened up my home to others in a while and it’s been weighing heavily on my heart. My hope is that these small changes not only make us feel more at home but our friends and family as well. If you follow along on Instagram you may have already seen these updates, but I thought it would be nice to do a post anyway. If nothing else it got me to pick up my camera, which doesn’t happen nearly enough these days.
The biggest new feature of the room is certainly the blue velvet ottoman we bought after I sold a couple of my collages. We’ve wanted a chase for our couch or ottoman for years but it never worked out until now. David has some vein issues that cause a lot of pain in his legs, so having a place for him to put his feet up is a big help. I tend to go for lighter neutrals when it comes to furniture, but I’m in love with this bold, rich hue. The ottoman is quite large for the space and nearly always covered in dog hair, but after living with it for several weeks, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
We also finally had these chairs reupholstered in the prettiest light gray fabric. David and I found the pair at a government surplus warehouse in South Carolina for barely any money at all. I spent an afternoon cleaning up the wood ages ago and then they sat for years just begging to have their hideous and institutional teal fabric and tufting removed. I’m very happy with how they turned out! Our former coffee table fits perfectly between them and is a great spot to display treasures or be a landing area for glasses and plates. Just having these two extra seats in the room makes it immensely more usable.
Other items I’ve added in: this brass incense holder, a patterned pillow and a few pieces of pottery I saved from our yardsale pile, and simple curtains and rods. As much as I appreciate a minimalist approach to design and color (my sister can tell you my wardrobe color palette certainly proves that), I’ve found that it just doesn’t work in my home. And I’m okay with that. I’ve got a few more plans for this room, but I love where it’s at right now.
Now that the new season is here I’m looking forward to getting out and having some fun despite the triple digit temperatures we’re already having. Here are a few pretty things to go along with my plans for a well-spent summer.
// A blanket for picnics in the shade and jazz in the park.
// I didn’t go swimming once last year so my goal is to correct that this summer. I’d love to sport this swimsuit for dips in the pool and hopefully a trip to the beach.
// David and some friends started a chess club at our bookstore and it’s been fun to watch everyone play. I’m interested in learning how, with a beautiful and minimal chess set, of course.
// The perfect summer tee.
// A good book for lazy days and nights.
// Versatile and comfortable woven shoes for those hot days I don’t want to think too hard about what to wear.
// Statement earrings to elevate all the easy summer dresses I’ve been wearing.
// I’ve always been convinced I’m not a hat person, but this beauty from Brookes Boswell has me changing my tune.
// The moisturizer to end all moisturizers. This one has been doing wonders for my skin (I use it as both a moisturizer and a cleanser) and I plan to keep it in my small but powerful arsenal for a subtle summer glow.
Perfect, every bit of it. I need a vacation now.
I’ve always been intrigued by a physical move–a chance to take the same objects and give them new life in a new space, to reinvent. The cool, limited color palette, earthy ceramics, and unique art speak volumes to me. He’s created such intriguing and cozy layers throughout the space that I’m scheming up ways to reimagine my own. Brian’s collection of ceramic wares from some of my favorite artists, like Morgan Peck, Ben Medansky, and Bari Ziperstein, gets me every time. If ever there were a time to have house envy, this would be it. Though his interior design work tends to be more clean and put together than my home, I find his aesthetic incredibly relatable and dripping with personality, even here in a new build. Refined and elegant without being cold and unattainable. I can’t wait to see what Brian does next.
I recently discovered the evocative work of Sadie Culberson, a wedding and portrait photographer based in Asheville, North Carolina. Culberson’s visual storytelling through artfully captured portraits, candid moments, and landscapes resonates with me in the most familiar and grand way. I feel a beautiful intimacy in these images–a soothing gracefulness mixed with a sense of splendor.
All is living, shifting art that takes my breath away. Nothing starves for attention or is too flashy, but quaint and rhythmic. This where I see beauty. –Sadie Culberson Studios
She has certainly made a follower out of me. Find more of her stirring images here.
all photos by Sadie Culberson Studios