Thursday, April 1, 2021

April Book Club: Designer Melanie Turner's New Book - Inviting Interiors


"Any traditional design elements, such as the sparkling crystal chandelier and scenic wallpaper, are juxtaposed with contemporary touches.  Amethyst-crystal lamps and dining chairs upholstered in a similar color liven things up.  Even the formal drapery cornices, based on an antique design, feel fresh with their simple tape outlines."

For the month of April we will be featuring a curated selection of new books from the worlds of architecture and design to inspire us to live beautifully.  Already well-known for her Atlanta-based design studio and her boutique store Melanie Turner Home in Big Sky, Montana, and Rosemary Beach, Florida, designer Melanie Turner has released her first book Inviting Interiors: A Fresh Take On Beautiful Rooms showcasing her versatile style across a range of both contemporary and classic designs.  Turner has been awarded a Kitchen of the Year citation by Architectural Digest, and has been recognized three times as ADAC'S Southeastern Residential Designer of the Year. 

Here's your sneak peak...enjoy!

"The living room's neutral palette creates a dreamlike effect; beyond the barely there pink and icy blue accent colors on fabrics and artwork, there is little to disrupt the quiet vibe.  
The velvet clad sectional was arranged to make the most of the corner unit's unique floor plan and take in the sweeping views."

"Even utilitarian spaces can be designed with nurturing characteristics.  The lack of upper cabinetry afforded space for a window, allowing sunlight to stream through.  The pale-wood finishes imbue the room with spa-like tranquility."

"The tiger-print sofa was based on an iconic piece that once belonged to style maven Lee Radziwill.  Its selection set the tone for the rest of home which is filled with colorful and glamorous details."

"With no hard edges or any kind of trim delineating the wall and the ceiling, the lustrous plasterwork creates an enveloping and soothing environment, allowing one's attention to focus on the furnishings, such as the shaggy armchair, which has an artful, sculptural sensibility, and the bold yet ethereal painting, which enhances a sense of calm."

"When I first began working with these clients, I promised to keep their favorite art, rugs, and furniture, all of which was reupholstered.  The walls were originally a deep red color, which actually distracted attention away form their collection of paintings.  I chose to design the new palette around their artwork and use colors from certain pieces as accents, deploying them sparingly but judiciously on pillows, curtain trim, and the occasional armchair.  Two large chandeliers were added to give this soaring space a more human scale."

"On the most basic level, this book is about my love for creating beauty.  Whether my clients' desire is for a home that is cool and calm or eclectic and colorful, one thing never wavers: everybody wants a place that best reflect his or her self."

To Purchase Click Here

My sincere thanks to Jill, Lizzie, and Mallory of Jill Cohen Associates: Where Beautiful Books Begin for the privilege, congratulations on another outstanding book.  

Congratulations to Melanie Turner on your new book, the first of many I am sure. 

Thank you also to Rizzoli New York for providing this magnificent book for review. 

[All quotes courtesy of Melanie Turner] beautifully
xx Rié

Friday, March 26, 2021

Weekend Chic: AERIN Springtime Entertaining



In Spring it was common for my mom to place a table underneath a large tree in the garden and our family would gather for a lunch or early dinner she had prepared.  She loved for us to take the time to "gather" and share moments of our lives, have a conversation regarding hopes and dreams...When we were young she would put crayons or colored pencils and paper on the table during dessert, which was always fruit based, (whether a galette, or berries with ice cream) and have us draw Happy Easter or Spring cards to send to our grandparents, give to our teachers, or leave at the neighbors' doorstep.  Living Beautifully for me is making purposeful memories with our family and friends, no matter how small the gathering.  In my husband's family, during dessert a family member or friend who couldn't make it would receive a phone call and the phone would be passed to each person to say hello and send their love or congratulations, whatever the occasion called for.  My husband, our son, and I have been recipients of this long distance gathering and it meant so much to be far away and yet still be close.   

AERIN has introduced a new beautiful line for your Spring or Easter table... with lovely fresh touches to make your gathering (and memories) special.  

To purchase any of the items shown, click here.
All photography from the line: Springtime Entertaining | AERIN LLC

... live beautifully
xx Rié

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Charlotte Moss and House Beautiful's Robert Rufino Video: How To Arrange Flowers Like An Expert


Living Beautifully - The Art of Arranging Flowers  

In celebration of her forthcoming book Charlotte Moss: Flowerswhich will be released April 6th, we are showcasing just a few stunning bouquets from the renowned interior designer and tastemaker's website.  As a preview of her book, she joined House Beautiful's Style Director Robert Rufino to create a glorious flower arrangement, and the link for this beautiful video can be found at the end of this post.  

A perfect calling card for Spring... Enjoy!

To Watch Charlotte Moss' How To Arrange Flowers Like An Expert: click here

House Beautiful Style Director: Robert Rufino
House Beautiful Digital Director: Hadley Keller
Photography from Charlotte Moss | Site:

... live beautifully

xx Rié

Sunday, March 21, 2021

On The Coffee Table: MILIEU Spring


Spring has arrived after a long winter.  For me, I was in much need of some inspiration...One of my favorite sources is MILIEU Magazine; with famed designers Pamela Pierce and Shannon Bowers as Founder/Editor in Chief and Editor at Large respectively, you can imagine how gorgeous it is.  With our new series, On The Coffee Table, we want to showcase products and publications that highlight living beautifully across design, architecture, travel, cuisine, and lifestyle, and it only makes sense to start with MILIEU which brings all of these elements to life.  It really is the Best in Show; here's a sneak peak...Enjoy!

To Subscribe to MILIEU: click here
Cover photography by Simon Brown
Produced by Katrin Cargill
Flowers by Harald Altmaier Floral Design

... live beautifully
xx Rié

Friday, March 19, 2021

You're Invited: Spring is Here, Join us on Portobello Design Instagram


Step into Spring with Garden Inspiration 


Isn't this so lovely!  This is the Old Parsonage and Potager in Dorset by @mccormickcharlie
Photography from the ever-talented @clivenichols
Both are #onetofollow
Happy Friday friends!

See March 15th's Post

Utterly charming children's playhouse, furnished with living room and sleeping quarters...sounds like it could be a great vacation rental. 😉💕  Happy Monday dear friends!
Architecture by @kentatearchitect
Both of these are #onetofollow

See February 22nd's Post

Isn't @katrinsgarten country house garden gorgeous.   
This view is exactly what I was craving after days of an ice storm. 💙  I hope this finds you all doing well and I would love to catch up and hear how you're doing and what has inspired you lately.  
 🌿  Spring is on its way. 🌿

See January 18th's Post

The beauty of Florence, Italy is showcased at this gorgeous former 15th century monastery @belmondvillasanmichele isn't it dreamy 🌞🌳🌳

Join us on Instagram for a lovely Spring...

... live beautifully
xx Rié

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

My Fall Inspiration Go-To Instagram Account: Sarah Patrick @Sarahkjp

The smell of crisp air ... long walks chatting all the way ...

Hometown bicycle rides to see the changing leaves ...

wrapped in blankets for just five minutes more

after watching the harvest moon rise ... 


These are a few of my favorite things for Fall.

The personal blog and photographic Instagram account of New Englander Sarah Patrick @sarahkjp, (which includes photos of her husband Kiel James @KJP, baby Harry, and Golden Retriever Bennie who has his own Instagram account @puffinandbenny) is my go to account for all things Fall inspiration ...  


For our family October begins the holiday season with our son's Birthday and the first fallen leaf.   Sarah brings inspiration with what to wear for fall, pumpkins, firelight, recipes, gatherings and places to travel.  

Each and every photo is an inspiration board.  I thought you would like to see her lovely account.  I know it will inspire you as well.  She is #onetofollow ... Enjoy! 

As always I hope to inspire you to

. . . live beautifully


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