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.
I love beautiful things…and TAIGAN is a distillery of the most wonderful home furnishings, menswear and quirky objects. When shopping for myself, my design clients or even my store, I hone in on form, quality and material……cherry-picking the best items one at a time!
Spring is the proverbial ‘new beginning’ – and for my partner Billy and me that prompts wardrobe re-thinking (especially after cold-weather sluggishness), house evaluation in daylight (thanks to savings time), and even re-merchandising REVIVAL (our home furnishings store) after winter sales have emptied the showrooms a bit.
In the season’s brighter days, elements sometimes appear worn, sleepy, or just tiredly boring!
Instead of starting from scratch every time, items are cherry-picked for replacement….keeping the best of the past while looking boldly into the warm days ahead.
What a great resource TAIGAN proves when seeking these great components to make our lives fresher for the new season! From TAIGAN’s ever-changing chattel, I’ve cherry-picked a “favorites collection” to crash into existing wardrobes, interiors, terraces, and even client design projects.
Spring forward on TAIGAN.
Rodney’s 20 Favorite Things
FAVORITE ITEM No. 1: Quirky Florist Stands
How oddly primitive FOUND’s French metal florist stands seem in all turn-of-the-last-century angles. While I’d fill each branch with flowers, greens, or petit bouquet for festive parties, I adore the simple, hauntingly sculptural quality. To be honest, I lust after every curatorial find at FOUND!
FAVORITE ITEM No. 2: Boot Leather Bag
What guy (or gal) doesn’t covet an authentic, hand-crafted carry-all made of well-oiled boot leather? When reading WALTZING MATILDA’s description, I started salivating over the artisanal leather-strapped bag — knowing that it’ll look even better after 30+ years of wear when my nephew inherits the piece. Cool.
FAVORITE ITEM No. 3: Buttoned Pocket Square
Stylistas are a different lot than fashionistas. We tend to gather, collect, and wear great core pieces — making them our own with the odd shoe, the turned-and-frayed cuff, or the perfect kerchief. ARMSTRONG & WILSON’s collection of fantastic linen pocket squares serves this purpose beautifully! And who can resist each square’s name? Shot of Whiskey, In the Wild, and Egg White!
FAVORITE ITEM No. 4: “Out of Africa” Cowhide Cuff
The best warm day style seems always to nod to colonial Africa! MOLLY JANE DESIGNS’ natural agate slab (edged in metallic band) adorns an adjustable zebra-printed hair-on cowhide cuff. It’s a perfect gift for the women in my life – whether the hand-made accessory is crashed against a classic white-blouse-and-jeans or layered with linens and cottons in a sort of “summer safari” update.
FAVORITE ITEM No. 5: Breezy Cotton Scarf
With summer’s heat paring down wardrobe options, this little “Malibu” cotton scarf from KRICKETTE is perfect to kick a simple jean-and-jacket into high style. What could be more perfect for men or women than a simple white scarf? (I love how it’s tipped in khaki!)
FAVORITE ITEM No. 6: Suede Driving Moccasins
100% CAPRI has must-have basic wardrobe components — always with a twist of luxury and color! I have dozens of ever-comfortable moccasins in suede, glazed, pebble-grain, and even alligator leather. This creamy tan suede “Moccasino” is perfect for my mono-chromatic summer whites!
FAVORITE ITEM No. 7: Satyr Drinks Table
Every well-dressed home should have a perch for drinks within reach of every seat! (Think: Martinis. Cellphones. Petite espresso cups). IRIS & COMPANY’s mirror-topped hand-finished “Satyr” table is a perfect attendant to sofa, chair, and even bathtub! And it is wonderful to know it’s made-to-order in America. Gorgeous!
FAVORITE ITEM No. 8: Antique Painted Armoire
How much storage can be had in AND GEORGE’s antique French Provencal armoire, circa 1800? Although large antique casegoods have been lately abandoned as a homes’ electronics storage, I embrace them for clothing, household linens, and myriad other items that need to be secreted away.
FAVORITE ITEM No. 9: Art of the House
I have been waiting with baited breath (along with legions of other design hounds) for the Spring 2014 arrival of Bobby McAlpine and Susan Ferrier’s book, Art of the House: Reflections on Design. This highly-anticipated follow-up to McAlpine’s first book poetically reflects upon the alchemy of architecture, interiors, art and color in which this design duo excels. You’ll be able to get your own copy from REVIVAL on Taigan in April!
FAVORITE ITEM No. 10: Antique Lead Roof Finial
Architectural fragments are a personal design favorite often re-imagined as sculpture, tables, and even lighting into my store’s chattel or my design firm’s interiors. AND GEORGE’s lead roof ornament is particularly gorgeous — perfect to create a still-life atop an entry chest or on an outside dining terrace.
FAVORITE ITEM No. 11: Gathered Mercury Glass
MAISON & Co.’s collection of 19th century French mercury glass bottle is intoxicating. Coated on the bottle inside with silver nitrate, these bottles can fill an entrance hall sideboard, scatter among quirky library shelves, or march along your party table with a bit of rustic-but-shiny glamour. How about a single overblown white peony in each bottle for a bit of spring garden?
FAVORITE ITEM No. 12: Antique Alligator Card Case
Antique English men’s furnishings are vestigial reminders of my days working for Ralph Lauren Menswear…..dapper accessories crafted of alligator and sterling silver. PETER ELLIOTT’s alligator card case is a sweet find that can double as a wallet!
FAVORITE ITEM No. 13: Antique Sunburst Mirror
A little giltwood flash is a favorite design gesture — even if crashed against a rustic wall, industrial loft, or unexpected spot. AND GEORGE’s antique Italian sunburst mirror would be especially perfect layered atop another grander mirror.
FAVORITE ITEM No. 14: Shapely Antique Fauteuil
Having an antique and home furnishings store of my own, I am continually drawn to pieces that work from cabin to castle. FOUND’s antique French oak chair fits the bill perfectly — especially wearing its fresh Belgian linen and nailhead. This 19th century chair mixes as easily with traditional Continental casegoods as it does with contemporary upholstery.
FAVORITE ITEM No. 15: Belgian Linen Napkins
I have stacks of humble Belgian linen napkins within reach of my home’s tables and counters. HUDDLESON LINENS’ gorgeous natural flax-coloured linen napkin is just begging to come to my house!
HINT: The more the linen napkins are used, the more luxurious they look!
FAVORITE ITEM No. 16: “Willy Guhl” Swiss Vessel
The mid-2oth century Swiss charm of Willie Guhl’s “Handkerchief” planters, circa 1950, are a sculptural favorite in my store and design studio. I am so excited to find another vintage one at IRIS & CO! Even empty, these vessels are beautiful.
FAVORITE ITEM No. 17 : Cast Serpent Andirons
MAISON & CO.’s cast iron “Serpent” andirons are just plain fun.
FAVORITE ITEM No. 18: “To Halston, Love Billy”
If you don’t know who Billy Baldwin was, you’re missing a key part of American mid-20th century interior design. Oh, how I covet owning any of Baldwin’s books, but to have one personally signed in 1972 to legendary American fashion designer Halston is an amazing treasure! NICK HARVILL LIBRARIES is the TAIGAN go-to source for out-of-print and rare books.
FAVORITE ITEM No. 19: Hand-Sculpted Porcelain Flora
The delicate hand-sculpted porcelain flowers found at FAR 4 are breathtakingly wonderful. I especially want the white matte porcelain dahlias and poppies to perch atop books and boxes for Spring!
FAVORITE ITEM No. 20: Diptyque Baies Grand Candle
Of course, my TAIGAN FAVORITES list would be incomplete without something from my own REVIVAL! For more than a decade, my store has proffered the lush French candles and parfum d’ambiance from DIPTYQUE. Baies is our best-seller, commingling essential oils of black currant and Bulgarian rose.
Nothing is better than finishing my day with the heady fragrance of Paris hanging in the air.
ABOUT Rodney Simmons
With a career rooted in retail and buying, Rodney Simmons’ journey has taken him through the New York fashion business for nearly 10 years into home furnishings and luxury gifts.Working as Director of Retail Development for JJ. Farmer, Montreal, and then more recently as a Director of Presentation for Polo Ralph Lauren Menswear, NY, Rodney has immersed himself with the best talents in fashion, interiors and presentation.
A culmination of that sojourn can be experienced at R E V I V A L, an antiques and luxury gift store located in Chattanooga’s Warehouse Row.
“It’s more than an antique gallery. We have uncommon goods encompassing centuries of beauty, ranging from a 14th century carved wooden Gothic sculpture to mid-20th century modern chairs,” expresses Rodney. “Some people are intimidated by living with antiques. It’s wonderful to show our clients how to crash the ancient with the modern.”
Indeed, alongside R E V I V A L’s antiquities, Rodney and his partner Billy Woodall carefully discipline the mix of upholstery, casegoods, lighting, and an assemblage of today’s finest luxury gifts:
- Simon Pearce hand-blown glass
- Diptyque candles and parfum d’ambiance
- Match hand-burnished Italian pewter
- Cire Trudon candles
- Juliska glass hand-crafted glass and ceramics
- Astier de Villatte hand-made terracotta
When opening its new store at Warehouse Row, R E V I V A L was noted by Garden & Gun magazine as among “the best new shops in the South,” May 2010. Even noted architect and interior designer Bobby McAlpine [McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and McAlpine Booth & Ferrier] noted in the pages of Architectural Digest that “The savviest, prettiest, loveliest design store in America is
R E V I V A L in Chattanooga, Tennessee. You might as well back your truck up to it,” January 2013.
Most recently, R E V I V A L has evolved a separate design form, Revival Interiors – visit www.revivalinteriors.net.
Since 2008, Jeremy Blume and Rob Forrester have co-developed Bearings, a digital lifestyle guide that tells the stories of those who are making culture more intriguing, enriching and rewarding. In 2012, their team launched the Bearings Shop which offers their original, hand-drawn illustrations – each letterpress print, screen print and wood engraving crafted in America.
The Bearings Collection
Our 20 items represent a variety of personal styles, but are all anchored in the Bearings ethos of quality, meaning, adventure and enrichment.
We like to travel light and just carry the essentials. This Sterling Money Clip from Corzine and Co forces you to choose only what you need. Plus, front pocket storage is safer.
Fly-fishing is a favorite pastime, but we don’t like bulky, traditional gear-vests. A small bag with flies, tippet, tools and a snack is all that’s needed for a day on the water, and Hardy is a godfather in the sport.
Charlie Trotter Meat & Game Book
Every outdoorsman needs to know how to properly prepare his take. Trotter is a renown chef, which helps ensure the finished product is feast worthy.
Charleston Bloody Mary
There’s nothing like a cold bloody mary on a sunny morning, but gone are the days of having to settle for bad generic mixes. Better ingredients make better drinks.
Adirondack Chair & Ottoman
The ideal chair for the lake or back porch, the Adirondack provides a generous recline, while still allowing you to take in the view. And James Broyhill II comes from a strong heritage in woodworking.
Work Style Wrought Steel Fire Pit
Winter or summer, beach, lake, ranch or backyard, a fire pit draws people together to share stories and build memories; an important part of the Bearings ethos.
Billy Pate Bonefish Reel
The story behind these reels is inspiring, which makes the product that much more special.
Oyster Signature Series Bamboo Fly Rod
The pinnacle for every fly-fisherman is a hand-made bamboo rod. They are an investment, but it will be a functional piece that you can pass down for generations.
Whiskey Shaving Set
A little bit of luxury in your own bathroom – you don’t know how good a shave can feel until you’ve lathered up with a brush.
The French know their wines, so it’s no surprise that they also make some of the best corkscrews. Beautiful and functional, Laguiole are the choice of oenophiles and sommeliers the world over.
Shark Tooth Cruiser Skateboard
Nashville’s skateboard shop will give you a well-crafted way to get around in vintage style and it supports mentoring urban youth.
We bought our first pair of Peter Nappi boots when the brand launched in 2011 and have literally worn them around the world. The italian craftsmanship is superb.
Olympic Salami Trio
Charcuterie is always great to have around the home for unexpected guests or to enjoy with wine while cooking dinner with your significant other.
With summer approaching, a quality pair of sunglasses is essential. Persol – an Italian maker since 1917 – has been one of our favorites for years.
Collecting vintage books is like owning pieces of history. In this case, it’s a glimpse into the styles of motorcycles that cruised the roads before 1961.
Beyond being useful in winter, the hefty Filson Mackinaw can be a canvas for your nights on the beach or a throw for a cool summer evening in the mountains. It’s a staple for your trunk regardless of season.
Olive Wood Cutting Board
This cutting board is handsome enough to leave out on the counter, durable enough to be a kitchen workhorse and the wood is soft enough to not dull a good knife.