Thursday, May 26, 2011

Then & Now: Mackenzie from Mackenzie Pages

My BFF Mackenzie of Mackenzie Pages will be sharing her then and now visions for you today!!

Hello Semi-Designed Life Readers! I am so excited to be guest posting today!

When Lauren approached me with her idea for a guest post, my décor style, “Then & Now”, I had to laugh. After all, most of my décor style has grown with Lauren herself. We were roommates in college and have been the best of friends ever since, and I can’t remember any decorating decisions that I’ve made in the last 6 or 7 years where I didn’t consult Lauren.

Four years ago, I was preparing to move into a house with Lauren. We were both really into Shabby Chic. Rachel Ashwell was one of my major design inspirations of that period. I loved all things French and Shabby Chic. Weathered furniture, White Slipcovers, and flowery prints were my obsession.

Representations of my décor style circa 2007:

Our Friends will probably kill me for releasing these photos, but here are pictures of our house circa 2007.

My taste in Décor has come a long way in four years. I am now much more comfortable with color and prints. I like mixing color palettes like tangerine and Kelly green, or citron and turquoise. The styles that inspire me are Hollywood Regency and 1960’s Palm Beach. I am mad over vintage 1960’s furniture and beautiful Mid-Century Modern Homes. Really, my taste has just matured. I strive for a classic home with unexpected touches.

I am inspired by the likes of :

Meg Braff via

Meg Braff via
Meg Braff
Palmer Weiss
Lee Kleinhelter 

I thought the best way to represent my evolving style would be to design a living room that I would have decorated then vs. the one I would decorate now.

Let’s start with my proverbial Living Room circa 2007

A white slipcovered sofa.
And the matching slipcovered chair.
A tufted linen ottoman to serve as my coffee table. 

An ornate crystal chandelier.

Two French grey side tables flanking the sofa.

A flax linen Louis XVI Chair

Crystal Lamps with Simple White Shades

And a French Needlepoint Rug.

My Sofa Pillows would have been Simple. Shabby Chic Floral Prints and French Grain Sack or Burlap Pillows. 

Let’s Move on to Today.

We’ll keep the base furniture, because let’s be realistic, that’s usually what happens. So We’ll start with the White Couch and Chair.

But I’ll add a Chinese Chippendale side chair instead of the Louis XVI chair.

Ballard Designs

With the cushion covered in this fabric…


And I’ll replace the Lucite lamps with these fabulous beaded chandelier lamps from 1st Dibs.


I’ll recover the white slipcovered chair in this Quadrille Fabric.

Quadrille Aga Pistachio Green on Tint

And use this Quadrille Fabric as wallcovering.
 I’ll have throw pillows made with Celerie Kemble’s Hot House flowers in Verdance.

 And replace the needlepoint rug with an Orange Madeline Weinrib rug.

Madeline Weinrib Rug

And use these stools from Z gallerie as side tables.

Z Gallerie
 And add this faux bamboo coffee table.

Circa Who
I still love a good neutral base, with color brought in by accent pieces, rugs, and fabrics.

Thank you again Lauren, for including me among your Guest Bloggers!


  1. ooh I'll have to check out her blog! we have similar styles :)

  2. Lovely ideas! Keep updating us more on this!


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