Here are the stories that caught our eye and tugged at our hearts this week…
Remembering Bill Cunningham
The fashion world experienced a heartfelt loss with the passing of Bill Cunningham, the irreplaceable cycling photographer in a blue coat who propelled street photography. Cunningham photographed fashion’s brightest stars (Anna Wintour, the late fashion daredevil Isabella Blow, Oscar de la Renta) as well as the everyday well-dressed, always with the most impeccable eye. He will always have a place in the style world’s heart.
Tour a Glam 100-Year Old Cottage
Interior designer Alison Stearns at first walked away from the old Tudor-style cottage she now calls home. But it stayed in her mind, and she eventually gave in to its charms: the quiet tree-lined street it stood on; the stone-and-brick facade and architecture; the rooms suffused with soft, gorgeous natural light throughout. After a full renovation, the home now accommodates family life beautifully and brims with touches of midcentury and glam—from paintings by Hunt Slonem to a Sputnik-style pendant and lots of Lucite.
Immerse Yourself in Nancy Lancaster’s Gardens
The legacy of legendary designer Nancy Lancaster, who owned the British decorating firm Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, lives on—as does her famous love for gardening. Gardenista, a sister website to Remodelista, has embarked on a remarkable journey with couple Annabelle and David, who recently moved into a 1920s home modernized by the late Lancaster and are in the midst of restoring the grounds to their original glory. Overflowing with laburnums, nettles, and philadelphuses (one of Lancaster’s favorites), the garden is as romantic as ever.
Ready for the 4th
If you’re playing host to July 4th celebrations this year and still in need of some inspo, look no further than this roundup of red, white, and blue party ideas. From hors d’oeuvres topped with printable flags to star-spangled candles to pineapples punched up with paint and sparklers, these stylish and inventive ideas are sure to raise lots of patriotic cheer.
Follow This Chic Texan Blogger and Pinner!
We had an amazing week pinning with the ever-stylish blogger Caroline Harper Knapp of House of Harper, who showed us all she’s excited about this summer on our Outdoor Oasis Pinterest board—lots of blue and white, breezy alfresco spaces, and no shortage of poolside fun (those pink flamingo floats are here to stay!). Simple and seriously stylish, her summer take is perfectly on point with all that we’re craving this season.