The Love List: House of Blues

From Jess Graves, the voice behind <a href=""></a>

I recently moved, and it’s got me buying all kinds of stuff.

0315_lovelist_pendantlight_cck_oneuseonlyThe house was built in the 1920s, so I’m trying to fill it with really special items, like Flags of Origin’s 1 ceramic pendant light, which was slip-cast by local ceramicist Courtney Hamill of Honeycomb StudioFlags of Origin x Honeycomb Studio ceramic pendant light, $1,050, 

0315_lovelist_podtable_cck_oneuseonlyI’m decorating with 50 shades of, uh, blue, so the turquoise faux shagreen 2 pod tables from Pieces Faux shagreen pod tables, $1,800/pair, Pieces, 3234 Roswell Road,

0315_lovelist_artwork_courtesy_oneuseonlyand 3 original work from painter Sally King Benedict make perfect bedfellows in the main area of the house. Sally King Benedict Blue Panel 24, price upon request,

0315_lovelist_lamp_courtesy_oneuseonlySpeaking of the bed, two Jana Bek Design 4 hand-painted brushstroke lamps would look real nice flanking it. I could go full Martha-on-crack and have them painted to coordinate with the linens. Jana Bek Design hand-painted brushstroke lamp, $425,

0315_lovelist_pillow_cck_oneuseonlyTo toss on the sofa, I’m thinking Huff Harrington’s luxe Belgian linen 5 pillow, embellished with intertwining cowhide and leather appliqués. Huff Harrington Home “Martha” pillow, $325, 102 West Paces Ferry Road,

0315_lovelist_candle_courtesy_oneuseonlyFor the bathroom, always a 6 candleDiptyque limited-edition “Rosafolia” candle, $65, Buckhead Atlanta,

0315_lovelist_crossstitch_cck_oneuseonlyplus a cheeky, gentle 7 reminder“Drink your juice, Shelby” cross-stitch, $60, Etsy, 619-577-0883

0315_lovelist_book_cck_oneuseonlyFor inspiration, I’m looking to local designer Barbara Westbrook’s new 8 book, Gracious Rooms—Pinterest be damned. Gracious Homes by Barbara Westbrook, $50 (Rizzoli), Bungalow Classic, Westside Urban Market,

0315_lovelist_knife_courtesy_oneuseonlyAs I slowly turn into my mother, I spend more time in the kitchen, the heart of the (even local, artisanal, millennial) home. Athens-based Heartwood Forge, well, forges handsome 9 chefs knives by hand for cutting pesticide-free produce and cheese from humanely raised cows. Heartwood Forge seven- to eight-inch chefs knife, $540, 

0315_lovelist_apron_cck_oneuseonlyThey’d be perfectly accessorized with a 10 waxed-canvas apron . . . and probably a neck beard (not pictured). Sturdy Brothers “Charles” apron, $150,

Artwork: Blue Panel 24 by Sally King Benedict; pendant light, pillow, table, cross-stitch, book, and apron: Caroline C. Kilgore; candle: courtesy of Diptyque; lamp: courtesy of Jana Bek Design; knife: courtesy of Heartwood Forge

This article originally appeared in our March 2015 issue.