MWH Interview On Hanover Avenue!

MWH Interview On Hanover Avenue!

When we were approached by Hanover Avenue to be a part of their designer series, we were totally flattered. To be included in a series among the likes of Lauren Liess, Parker Kennedy Living, Eddie Ross and Dana Gibson...talk about a dream. We also have a total crush on their founder and designer, Anne Tollett. She set out to teach others what really goes into designing a beautiful space – rooms that look like they’ve effortlessly evolved over time – and to provide people with the tools to do it themselves, the result is Hanover Avenue

Heloise got to sit down with Anne at the Hanover Avenue offices in Richmond a few weeks to ago to chat all about design and what went into decorating her DC apartment. Click here to take a look at the entire feature and shop the look!

 

Home Tour Feature!

Home Tour Feature!

Earlier this month our founder, Heloise McKee, had her home tour featured over on The Everygirl!
Just in case you missed it, we wanted to share a few of our favorite images from the photoshoot with Abby Jiu here on the blog! Make sure you check out the full feature here as well. 
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A Chic & Sophisticated Memphis Home

 

We hope y'all are ready for this, because it's REALLY good. Memphis native Meade Carlisle is giving us an exclusive look inside her seriously chic home. When you have an accomplished interior designer for a mother, I guess you're bound to pick up lots of tips and tricks along the way.  But when it comes to style and an eye for design, that's something you're born with and this home proves that Meade has the vision. We could not be more excited to share this feature with you and hope you love every detail as much as we do.

Tell us which room is your favorite in the comments below! 

 

Q: How would you describe your style at home?

Mid-century modern!

Q: What's your favorite piece in your home?

My dining room chairs. They were originally in my grandfather's jewelry store in Memphis. The snow leopard fabric I reupholstered them in makes for an interesting edge. It's fun to have items in your home that tell a story!

Q: What's the one decor item that you can't live without?

I can't live without unusual containers for flowers. I love adding fresh flowers to rooms for a pop of color! 

Q: Where is your favorite spot to relax?

My favorite spot is relaxing on the sectional sofa in our den. It was the first piece of furniture my husband and I bought together when we lived in Washington, DC. We can both lounge in opposite directions while watching TV - it is perfect! 

Q: What's your advice to others trying to decorate their home?

Buy things that speak to you. Just because something is currently in style doesn't mean you have to follow the trend.
Be open to where you shop. Sometimes you can find hidden treasures in the most unlikely places! 

Q: What did you splurge on for your home?

Artwork - I think artwork is so important for homes. It gives a home originality and interest. The quietest of rooms can be brought to life with a striking painting or sculpture. 

Q: If you could add any Mintwood Home item to your space, what would it be?

I adore anything leopard and the leopard wool micro hooked rug would be the perfect addition to my walk-in closet!

Q: What's your go-to home decor resource for inspiration and guidance?

Being educated about the past is essential. My mom has done design since she was my age and has an amazing collection of old design books. I enjoy looking through them for inspiration! I especially admire the work of the famous Albert Hadley. His designs were so simple and sophisticated. Truly his work stands the test of time!
I also get inspiration from period films and TV shows like Mad Men - I wouldn't mind some of Betty Francis's fabulous wardrobe either!

 

 Photo Credit:

Lauren Pigford // Amie Vanderford

Artist Credit (two paintings in bedroom):

Nate Renner

 

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Home Tour: Dria Murphy's West Village Studio

We couldn't think of a better person (and home!) to kick off our Home Tour features with than Dria Murphy, the Style and Communications Director at Keep. A true force to be reckoned with in the fashion and technology industry, Dria's NYC studio apartment exudes style and charm.  It's effortless, comfortable and while small, every piece serves a purpose. It's the kind of space that makes you want to stay for awhile, nothing is overdone or overly trendy, it just feels like home.

 

We sat down with Dria a few weeks ago in her West Village neighborhood for a little Q and A about how she put her space together and what she learned along the way.

Q: How would you describe your style at home?

I wanted to keep most of the décor shades of white to give the space as much depth as possible. Yellow is one of my favorite colors so I wanted to bring it in as a fun accent. I am a very organized person and hate clutter so I made sure everything had a place and it didn’t feel overwhelming. 

 

Clearly I am fashion-obsessed and love shopping! (Working at a shopping focused company doesn’t help!) Since my apartment is a small space I was very conscious of not making it feel like an extended closet. I really wanted to use the high ceilings to my advantage. This is where the custom closet came in. I looked at several armoires but didn’t find any that filled the space in an efficient way. I designed a custom closet so I could store parts of my off-season wardrobe high up. I also used my handbags and accessories as part of my décor to save space. I display my Chanel and Balenciaga on my shelf to use the space efficiently. I set up my jewelry all over my desk and organize it depending on my mood. (I definitely store shoes in my oven, thanks for the tip SJP!)

 

Q: What's your favorite spot/room in your home?

Well since I live in a studio, I don't have many spots to choose from. I would have to say the space as a whole because it's all mine. Being able to live alone in my favorite area of Manhattan makes up for the small space. I love having my own apartment to come home to. New York City is so social and busy, that is what I love about it, but being able to retreat to my own space (even small) allows for alone time I need to recharge. 

Q: What did you splurge on for your home?

Putting in a custom closet was definitely a splurge but I look at it as more of necessity. 

 

Q: What's your least favorite piece in your home?

I'm not in love with my coffee table. It came from my old apartment and totally works but I am definitely on the look out for something new that makes more of a statement! 

Q: What's your favorite piece in your home?

My headboard is one of my favorite pieces in my apartment because I feel like it brings that part of the room together and definitely adds to the cozy vibe. I also got it on sale, which makes everything better, right?

 

Q: Speaking of your bed, what's under it?

Clothes and more clothes! This is where I store a lot of my off season clothing. So right now it consists of bathing suits, sun dresses and sandals! 

 

Q: What's your advice to others trying to decorate a small space?

Organization! I think being organized in a small space is essential otherwise it looks messy and even smaller. You have to be creative in a small space because your décor choices have to serve a function too!
 

Q: What's the one home decor item you cannot live without?

My Candles. I have Diptque and Cire Trvdon scattered throughout the apartment because not only do they smell amazing, they look gorg!

 

Q: If You Could add any Mintwood Home item to your space, what would it be?

That is such a tough one! Can I say everything? I think the Chelsea Bar Cart would look chic in front of my fireplace for entertaining and would give my living room space a different feel. I also would love the Gold Bamboo Etagere next to my bed. I think breaking up all the white furniture could change up the space! 

 

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Styling & Design by Casey DeBois for Homepolish and Dria Murphy  //  
Photos by Claire Esparros for Homepolish