Holly Hollingsworth Phillips is a residential interior designer and co-owner of The English Room based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Holly’s style is elegant, eclectic and colorful. She has completed homes all over the east coast that have ranged from super modern to very traditional while keeping it true to her style. She loves overseeing the design process from beginning to end. Her love of color, pattern and layering of old and new can be seen in all her work. She has been featured in Southern Accents, Southern Living, Charlotte Magazine, Charlotte Urban Home, Southpark Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens Windows and Walls.

Holly takes a look on Taigan and picks her favorite finds – a gathering of creative from caftans to cocktails.

Swoon! This necklace is divine. I am taken by the combination of tribal with diamond. What a mix!

 

“Over jeweled and underdressed” is my motto. Layer the luxury and the bigger the bauble the better.

A killer cuff never leaves my wrist as a wardrobe staple. I have a weakness for so many things but, turquoise is at top the list.

This caftan transports me to Jaipur with it’s chic simplicity.

I always keep a spare clutch in my purse in case of an emergency drinks party. The neon is so au courant.

A good buttery and oaky chardonnay completes me. Enough said.

Rocker chic in white fur is very Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous. Does it get any better?

Lafco House candles are the best for smell and ambiance . They last for ages and leave you with a gorgeous makeup brush holder when they are finished.

I adore pieces that feel old and modern at the same time. These plates certainly accomplish that!

Who needs wine glasses when you could have handmade colorful tumblers from Alabama? I just love the South.

No cocktail is complete without a proper monogrammed linen cocktail napkin. We must all have our standards.

Pimento cheese is a staple in every Southern household and Callie’s is so very good. Try it with her signature biscuits for serious decadence.

A perfect French sweet straight from the Big Easy, these pretty pastel delectables do not disappoint.

Every room needs a pop of black as a design rule and as an added bonus a round table makes for the best dinner parties.


Shed a little light on the party with this modern wooden carved drum pendant light.

 

When you need to lounge by the fire or pull up an extra seat, this graphic ottoman fills the bill while looking swank.

New pillows are the easiest and most effective way to revamp your interiors. My weakness for skulls and orange drew me to this cashmere lovely immediately.

Leopard Love! No room is complete without a touch of animal print and calf hair is a bonus.

Rodin Face Oil is da bomb. It takes my tired, dry skin to subtle and glowing overnight.

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” - George Bernard Shaw

My passion is design. I have always been attracted to design because it is the act of creating something from nothing. Whether it’s designing a website or sketching up a new swimsuit line; this passion to create becomes a deeply satisfying physical act and an emotional energy that sustains me. Everyday I look for inspiration in the world and design allows me to transform inspiration.

From a young age, I’ve always loved sinking my teeth into a project with a creative team and seeing ideas blossom. Before attending design school I wanted to start my own brand. I never had a clear vision of what that brand would be until I embarked on my first adventure to Asia.

Tridente International was born far from the beach – at the base of Mount Everest. Traveling to Nepal was not only a life-long dream, but a soul-searching journey that I was hoping would help reset my internal compass. I flew to the most dangerous airport in the world (Lukla) from Kathmandu and began my trek. I woke up with the sun for weeks and walked deep into the Everest region. Surrounded by the Himalayas I reflected on my life and journey of self discovery.

The higher I climbed the colder it became. This alien landscape was exhilarating, but after many days I started dreaming of the beach. I began sketching my brand wrapped in a sub-zero weather sleeping bag with a headlamp on.

After brainstorming for several cold nights, I arrived at the name “Tridente”. The trident is the symbol of Poseidon, and its connection with the beach and ocean is a part of ancient Greek heritage. Choosing this identity would also give me a vehicle to explore my ethnicity. After traversing mudslides, dodging rogue yaks and a 27 hour jeep ride on dirt roads I arrived back in Kathmandu and began Tridente. My trekking adventure had evolved into an entrepreneurial odyssey.

I decided to begin with high-end beach paddles. Paddleball is the unofficial sport of summer in Greece and the activity captures the essence of the Mediterranean lifestyle. After months of corresponding via email with manufacturers around the globe, I found a factory that could produce the high quality paddles. The samples I received, thanks to FedEx, were incredible. To see an idea become reality solidified my energy and dedication.

Tridente was born from a love of all things classic, an appreciation of simple design and things well made. My aim is to create durable, well-crafted products that can be enjoyed for a life-time. Building a brand takes time and I know Tridente can evolve at its own pace if I follow these guidelines.

Ultimately, I envision Tridente International becoming a leading purveyor of quality beach gear. Combining my passion for design, fitness, and travel, I see Tridente flourishing as a business that provides products that make a statement. Most importantly, I see it as a brand that promotes a lifestyle of wellness, friendship, and environmental awareness.

 

We have long been fans of Leontine Linens and its visionary founder Jane Scott Hodges. Now, with LINENS: For Every Room and Occasion, she has produced a book as gorgeous as her wares, but also as useful. She shows you how to mix old and new and freshen with pattern, how monograms can take a table top or bedroom to the next level, how to store and care for linen treasures. Her talented friends weigh in too: Charlotte Moss wrote the intro; Nathan Turner creates a swell tablescape, fashion designers Badgley and Mischka invite us in to their handsome country house bedroom. Many more designers—devotees all—weigh in, but it is Hodges’s own passion for her subject that carries the day. LINENS is a for keeps book—one that will make you want to start your own linen traditions, for keeps too. In honor of its publication, we asked the stylish, Scott, who is also an on-the-go wife and mom to a son and daughter, to shop Taigan. Below are her picks and comments:
This gorgeous little compact by Chantecaille is the perfect cheat sheet to The Fresh Face for Spring.
Calm NYC’s pink caftan screams Rum and Tonic in the Garden on a lazy summer Saturday.
Any ensemble would get a quick dash of Flash from this divine mauve teardrop venetian glass intaglio pendant by Elizabeth Locke.
The New Flower fingertip towel in a sunny shade of lemon is a happy update to the powder room for Spring and Summer.
I love the deep saturated color of these antique ox blood jars. The pair adds perfect balance to a side table or book shelf.
These wipeable placemats are instant carefree chic for your family dinner table in a classic Imari pattern.
My go-to hostess gift is a beautifully wrapped box of pristinely pastel macaroons from Sucre in New Orleans. Each one is a bite (or two) of absolute divinity!
I cannot leave the house without my JC Cuff. I would love another to rotate in my wardrobe. This is THE Statement piece that works with everything from with jeans to a ball gown!
I’m always trying to keep my teenagers in line! Maybe this book would help…
ALWAYS, ALWAYS a CS lamp to light the room. I love the deep claret color and the elegant lean shape of the Sophie lamp.
If I considered this activity, the Kiwi Longboard skateboard would be my choice of wheels!
These hand-loomed Tunisian towels add a touch of sophistication to your next beach outing or picnic. They are even chic enough to be used as a shawl!
A crisp white shirt is a necessity as a season opener and this one is KILLER.
If you have to write it down so you don’t forget, you might as well do it in a stylish notebook.

A Guide to Marrakech.

Travel April 7th, 2014 — by:

As a travel consultant, for me personally there’s not really a line between a business trip and a leisure trip. I always mix the two. And encourage my business clients to do the same. Whether in the form of luxurious accommodation, or flying in early / staying after the business bit to explore. A recent business trip took me to Marrakech, a city I’d long wanted to see. So I took the opportunity to fly in several days before my meetings kicked off. I hired a private guide to get the lay of the land my first day, visited the sights then indulged in a traditional hammam (ok, 2 traditional hammams..), took a cooking class, mastered the souks, bought a rug, sat in the corner of the old square for half a day just to take photographs, and ate my weight in tagine. I’m sure the week of work would have been productive without my mini-vacation on the front end, but I sure was more inspired, relaxed, with not a bit of jetlag to speak of. So if you have the ability, definitely mix some leisure into your next business trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are my best recommendations when visiting the sexy city of Marrakech, and I do recommend visiting the sexy city of Marrakech at least once! One thing worth noting is that there are 3 distinct areas to Marrakech – the traditional medina, the more cosmo new town, and then the outskirts. I recommend mixing your stay – spend a few nights in the medina, then head out to one of the opulent hotels on the fringes of town. This will give you a complete flavor for the place.

Stay

Riad Tamila + Selman

Tamila is a traditional riad tucked deep within the medina. I love it because it’s quiet, and as authentic as it gets. Plus the food served there is the best I’d eaten in all of Marrakech.

Selman’s horse stables and villas with private pools sold me.

My Top 5 Must-Do List

  1. Arrange for a private guide, You do not want to tackle the souks without insider knowledge to the best vendors/where & what to eat.
  2. It’s touristy as all get-out, but ride a camel.
  3. Take an organic cooking class with a local tribe in the Atlas Mountains.
  4. Throw modesty to the wind and indulge in a traditional hammam.
  5. If you buy only one thing, make it a rug.

When it comes to dressing for a day in the medina, comfortable shoes and sunglasses are musts. Opt for maxi dresses with a little covering the shoulder or linen pants with a comfortable tissue tee. Go low on the jewelry, and definitely bring a great cross-body bag. Marrakech is a casual city, you’ll stand-out if you’re decked-out. You’ll have more flexibility with your modern wardrobe at the newer resorts on the outskirts of town, but out of respect for the culture, go for more conservative choices when in the traditional medina.

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Rockstar Biker Twill Skinny Pants by Beige | $161.70

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Tissue Tee by Claridge + King | $34

3

Slip Cinch Belt by Wiley Brothers | $120

4

Coral Cuff by Christina Jervey | $330

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Sunglasses by AJ Morgan | $18

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Anna Cross-Body Bag by Waltzing Matilda | $195

Happy Travels!

-Lila

*This is me & Aziz, the owner of the rug shop where I found the absolute perfect rug for my home.

Lila Fox is owner of New Orleans-based Constant Tourist Travel, a travel consultancy catering to the discerning traveler worldwide. For more information about planning your trip to Morocco contact Lila at lila@smartflyer.com.

Destination Round Hill

Travel March 31st, 2014 — by:

 

“Home is where the heart is” and while my home is Nashville (Tennessee) there will always be a special place in my heart for Round Hill (Jamaica, W.I.).

After more than 40 visits to Round Hill since 1983, I am going back for the first time in 7 years. I am going back in time, literally and figuratively (as WIFI and Verizon are sketchy there, at best).

I am already dreaming about  “Chubby’s” banana pancakes, and the smell of the bonfire that roars on the beach each Monday night; and I can’t wait to go to sleep to music by Harry Bellafonte or Bob Marley or the local tree frogs. I am hoping that the afternoon games of Outburst or Taboo with new friends and fellow “bar flies” at the beach bar still take place. And I know that the sunset will still be the best on earth!

Round Hill is where I frequently saw Ralph and Rikki Lauren, tanned and toned, he, always dressed in a black speedo and “wife-beater” and she, in a black one piece. I remember watching Sigourney Weaver come out of the ocean on the small beach, looking as beautiful as ever, after a rigorous swim. And it feels like yesterday that I was sitting next to Meredith Vieira just after she learned that she had been chosen as the co-anchor of the TODAY show on NBC!!! I wonder WHO will be there next week?

So, as I pack (or more typically, over-pack) my bags, I know that my Taigan favorites will be just “what the doctor ordered” for the perfect holiday, along with Stewart’s Round Hill Special, made with Appleton rum, of course!!!


Elizabeth’s Beach Tote.
Canvas Tote, Turkish-T Towel, Leather Sandal, Lightweight Wrap, Pearl Lariat, Sun Protection Primer

 See more of what’s in Elizabeth’s Bag.

Southern born and raised, it was a mutual love and passion for the rich culture and unique characters that call the South home that brought Whitney Long and Cheri Leavy together to create “the virtual front porch of the South.” With The Southern Coterie, Whitney and Cheri hatched a plan to create an online space about the people, places and things that inspire them. From country music to comfort food, fashion to football, they quickly realized a common denominator among their interests—the South. Recognizing the need for a platform where southern voices could be heard and creatives could connect, the social network of the South was born. Whether searching for the hottest restaurant opening, finding the perfect spot for a seaside wedding, or sharing grandma’s famous pimento cheese recipe, The Southern Coterie is the virtual version of a traditional front porch—a gathering place to learn, share and communicate. 

Whitney and Cheri shop Taigan for great summer & southern finds.

Whitney’s Picks
In our house, summer is the BEST time of the year! With four children, the school year is a time of structure, schedules, homework, tests and activities. Once the bell has rung on last day, routine and rules that apply during the school year are put aside (for the most part) and we officially kick off summer. We hide the datebook, put away the backpacks, play all day, go to sleep late and wake up late… fun!

Poolside or beachside is where you will most often find my active bunch. We are blessed to live at the beach so it becomes our playground during the long, glorious days of summer. The saddest part is how fast summer flies by!

Turkish-T Beach Towels
Pretty and practical for the pool or beach.

Classic ribbon belts are a Southern summer staple.

Beach Poncho
Look chic and be comfy while lounging poolside.

A mom of four needs a Beach Tote, not a beach bag.

For the beach bag, read Julia Reed’s Book while sipping sangria.

 Turquoise and Gold Cuff against tan skin – great combo and accessory that works with summer wardrobes!

 Stylish Shades
Great shape for protection from the sun in a fun color for summer.

Crisp Gingham Shirt for the hubby. Perfect for the 4th of July or a backyard BBQ.

Boys Polos in Summer Colors
For the above mentioned hubby’s three sons, color coordinate them all for a great photo op (I see Christmas card potential!)

Nine Holes Anywhere
Backyard fun for the long summer days.

Bonfires at the beach or lakeside.

Let their imaginations run wild in the summer with this Teepee. Great for an afternoon game or reading and rest.

When it’s too hot to go outside, and you know what I mean if you live in the deep South, bring summer inside with these fun Silk Ikat Pillows in vibrant colors.

For long, lazy weekends start the day with a Bloody Mary.

Fun napkin for a sunset cocktail.

Gelato
Hot, Southern summer… a sweet way to cool off.

Cheri’s Picks
Cheri thought it would be fun to curate a collection of her favorite Southern finds from Taigan shops. Most of the items were made in the South and a few were found in hip Southern shops. In her typical “people person” way, she spotlights some of the personalities behind the brands she selected.

 

I always tell my Thomasville friends Margaret and Putt Weatherbee, the purveyors of Schermer Pecans, that the ultimate dessert is a glass of red wine and two of their chocolate covered pecans, ok maybe three.

I recently attended the oh-so-fabulous Thomasville Antiques Show and one day for lunch I enjoyed the Taste of Thomasville Cheese Platter (Thomasville Tomme, Asher Blue and Green Hill) with Blackberry Patch strawberry fig preserves, pecans, honey and a glass of a spicy Syrah. My kind of lunch plus the pimento cheese is to die for!

I enjoyed meeting Molly at The Southern C Summit in Nashville. Her designs are very chic especially this piece, The Love Knot Chain Necklace, that can be worn numerous ways.

 

I have admired Anne-Marie Varnell’s ability to vet the latest trends and find the up and coming designers for her shop, Cicada.   Hotty Toddy, have you ever seen an Ole Miss Rebel Belle that wasn’t well dressed? She knows how to wardrobe and keeps me happy with Great Blazers and the latest Rag & Bone bootie.

This Old Try tee is too much fun, “To Dixie with Love.” Old Try has a great story. The husband and wife artisans have created a company based on creating items that connect us to home, the South.

I love my “Cheri and Vance Leavy” Notepad from Lettered Olive and I leave it out on a desk in a hallway. My husband is scared to use it because he knows it is special and suspects it is part of the desk decor. Use it- I can get another!

I love the small version Cocktail Ham Biscuits from Callie’s Charleston Biscuits. I have called Carrie and her team in a panic to ship me a few dozen the week of a cocktail party so I can have some last minute ease and still appear homemade. People gobble this Southern party staple up!

These Peter Nappi Carina Booties in camel are perfect to transition into spring! I love the craftsmanship of any leathergood from Peter Nappi.

I adore this Palm Beachy Lacquer Bar Cart from my favorite bon vivant Jonathan Savage’s shop. Let’s take it poolside for a party and serve Southern Living Honeysuckle Watermelon Cocktails from it this spring. 

I either use a beautiful linen cocktail napkin or a a paper one with a funny on it. This is the best of both worlds with these hand Embroidered Linen Cocktail Napkins with whimsical images and jokes. LOVE!

Eighth generation from the Golden Isles of Georgia, I proudly use shells in my decor. I love this authentic Mussel Shell Lamp – so chic.

What’s not to love about Jules Reid? She is a southern belle that creates a fun bohemian line for us beach bound gals and she gives 10% of all her profits to single mother charities through JR GIVES. This could be my go to Cover Up this spring and summer.

Gena just gave me a copy of her Latest Cookbook and we have enjoyed several recipes already such as the Pecan Horseradish Stuffed Trout and the Hearts of Palm Salad. Her recipes are always successful and she has such a good updated spin on traditional Southern cuisine.