interior design

Over the Top by Kamie Kahlo

This boy's room is just right for me!

This Fall I can't help but think of design in every sense. What clothes to wear (of course! dying for something vintage), what foods to eat (I'm into pies right now), what to drink (definitely switching to Cabs) and what interiors to redo (it's a stylist prerogative after all.)

Alta Moda presents a very stylized palette of furniture that is somewhat over-the-top. I call it design on crack. Don't get me wrong I am most certainly a maximalist. This kind of excessive indulgence feels so right this time of year. I’m over the moon about the repetitive structure, the need to drape and the sculptural quality of these shots. It’s playful with a dash of grown-up!

Meadow Interview by Kamie Kahlo

If this little pictorial doesn't finally convince you that our feature boutque Meadow is the prettiest thing in town, maybe this will; Meadow has graciously donated an amazing exclusive piece of jewelry from Frida Loves Jewels to one of our lucky Fashionista Club members! Join our club for a chance to win or play it safe and give Shelley a visit. There's always something adorable at Meadow and it won't break your Prada wallet!

Here's my interview with Meadow owner Shelley Hall :

AS: I used to be in the clothes buying business and it is no small task. I also know that finding pieces for great prices is that much harder. How do you do it?

Meadow: I worked in a few small boutiques over the years, my experience watching others making buying decisions was at least a foundation for how to start. I really try and stay within a range of cost for the items I buy. Its essentially working from a budget and not being tempted by more expensive lines. The real challenge is finding cute stuff that is still affordable, the Internet allows me to see the newest items from the companies I buy from.

AS: You have quite a selection from housewares to furniture, from apothecary to clothing. What is your passion?

Meadow: Some days I think I should have gotten into interior design, I love decorating and making a space feel more inviting. But it's definitely satisfying selling clothing too because it makes people feel better "shopping therapy!" If I were to open another store I think I would want to expand the Home Decor and include more antiques, my other passion.

AS: You don't have to convince me to come to your boutique. A couple blocks up a hill and a few blocks west of the main drag, now's your chance to convince others to come. What's unique about your store? (As if I didn't know.)

Meadow: Word of mouth has been my best sales pitch. I hope that everyone who comes in feels welcome and finds something cute and affordable to buy, If they tell even one person I have another potential customer. With the economy the way it is I think people are excited to discover how affordable my store is, its hard to come by these days especially in smaller boutiques. I have been lucky with the press I have already gotten in the first few months- Seattle Magazine May 2010, Daily Candy, and NW Source.

AS: Wow! Being so new that's great! They must have sensed your store, sort of like in "Twilight". Which brings me to my next question, I love your store's name, "Meadow." What does it mean to you?

Meadow: Its really funny you mentioned Twilight. I have actually never seen the show and don't particularly like anything about vampires. I have had many people ask me about the name and where it came from, the simplest response is that I really wanted to use a single word that evoked only positive associations and incorporated something natural. I have tried to create an atmosphere that is inviting and pretty, so I'm hoping my name conveys that.

AS: Indeed it does! Okay, now for a silly question. (These are really the one's that let us get to know you.) Your store and you are all about sweetness and light. What is your favorite treat and why?

Meadow: If you mean edible treats? I would say my very favorite thing is Cadbury Mini Eggs- only available at Easter so cute and pastel and so good!

Just like you my dear!

Bachelor and Bachelorette by Kamie Kahlo

Image Courtesy of Habachy Designs, Photography by James Klotz

Photography by Kamie Kahlo

While scouring for inspiration, I came across this beautiful design studio located in Atlanta, Georgia named HABACHY. What a pleasant surprise to see my mirror staring back at me while clicking through their residential portfolio! It sort of looked like the masculine to my feminine, the bachelor to my bachelorette. It reminded me of the photos that I had taken in October to showcase my lace "Mickey" ears. It reminded me that even across the country two people could have similar ideas and make them their own. Seek inspiration and do your own thing!

Today's AdelitaStyle Self Portrait by Kamie Kahlo

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Here I am in my little jewel box! I was asked to submit photos of this room to a great staging and design blog! How exciting!! Take a look at my submissions to OPENHOUSE STAGING. This work in progress required a lot of bravery. I started with the notion that I wanted a Tiffany Blue room, and really what girl doesn't, but the actual blue from the coveted box ended up looking like a bathroom, a very old bathroom. So back to my swatch book and there it was... BENJAMIN MOORE'S Mexicali Turquoise! When D started painting, my stomach ached. Was it too bold? Eeek! But once I layed out my cheetah rug, positioned the EBAY "Dorothy Draper" chest of drawers, my vintage dining table and those gorg bright orange upholstered chairs, I knew there was no turning back. I hung my collection of antlers, Lil Star's tattered black pointe shoes and that great oval mirror from who knows where. The silver chandelier from HOME DEPOT and garage sale gold sconces had to go, D took them outside and painted them glossy black. And the latest touch, I drew Cinderella and Alice silhouettes to hang beside the mirror. I am on the phone here asking for advise on how to unsew my black Chinoiserie curtains with colorful dragons, I will need a bigger pocket to fit the fat drapery pole that I resurrected from my boutique. It's all coming together. All this planning takes patience and a great outfit. I am wearing a VERONICA M dress, REPORT wedges, my gold hoopy, dangely earrings from FOREVER21 and a favorite TANO bag.