Summer Lovin’

(And yes that ridiculously lame title is all I got for you on this one)

Ever since I finally got up the nerve to start Quin B Studio, I have been trying to figure out how I would describe myself as a designer. “Random” doesn’t sound like it would inspire a lot of confidence in potential clients, but “Eclectic” sounds like a cat lady- but that might just be me. I have been really inspired by honing in on designers that I really admire and who I think I share a sensibility with, and somehow looking at their work has helped me figure out my own styles likes/dislikes and perspective.

One of the people on that ever-so-exclusive list is new-to-me Chicago designer, Summer Thornton.

Chick is super talented, her work always looks so fresh to me. Plus she is a babe, and I like pretty people.

The Chicago connection doesn’t hurt either.

We seem to share a love of velvet…

…a little drama, though I detest the word…
…Gold + Animal print……wallpaper+velvet tuftedness yums……Bold, I usually am afeared of super dark spaces like this one, but I think all the textures warm it up for me……normally not a neutral girl, and kind of can’t swallow the furry fuzzy pillows, but loving the serene taupey gray…

…This is just rad.I don’t even know that it would occur to me to upholster a wingback chair with blue plaid and then plop it at the end of a big ol’ dining room, and that makes me kind of sad because I love it and wish it would have occurred to me.
Probs her most famous space…Chick is not afraid of pattern, and I cosign almost all of her furniture choices. This room feels attainable, too. Not like in the junky ikea trip way, like in the smart choices way.

The bones were obviously in the space, and I think she took architectural elements that are more traditional and made them seem young and fresh.I know there isn’t a headboard, and that might be a nono to some people, and I don’t think the addition of one would hurt the space…But I love it. I love the gold wallpaper inset into the mouldings, I love the lamps. I love the bedding.

There are a few things here that look verrryyy familiar to me, but you guys are just going to have to wait and see!

So, my faithful readers who I turn to for all of life’s quandaries…how would you describe my style? What about Summers? What about your own taste?


  1. Melanie July 22, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Her work is amazing!!! What an eye she has…

  2. Liz July 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Those velvety floral patterns remind of a certain set of chairs and ottomans. Her interiors are so chic and cool! But still feel home-y and comfortable. I don’t know how to describe Miss Bailey Q – boho, vintage glam, you give care to the details which make all of your rooms wonderful. I think I need to see more Clifford to make my final decision…!!!

  3. Kristen July 22, 2010 at 11:20 am

    oh my gosh, you are hilarious! Haha, you called her a babe. That is cracking me up.

  4. Ashley July 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Your blog is beautiful!

  5. dayka @ life+style July 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    i love summer’s work!

  6. Cat@perpetualperfection July 22, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Whimsical and wonderful is what I call you. Urban edge with a traditional twist. Most definitely NOT “random.”

  7. my favorite and my best July 23, 2010 at 8:21 am

    you could just tell potential clients that your style is awesome.
    cuz it is.
    so is summers. there is a lot here i love. and a lot i just like. and it all seems attainable.

  8. The Zhush July 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    You had me at Summer…completely smitten!

  9. ashlina July 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    what a gorgeous post! love it.

  10. Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi July 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I love so much of these rooms! The blue sofa, those gilded side chairs, the tufted headboard, the moroccan-style sidetable. I like that it’s glam and dramatic, a little bit classic and a little bit ethnic. Beautiful.

    When I think of you the words “vibrant” and “colorful” come to mind. I know that’s not exactly a style, but, hey you can’t expect too much from a girl like me.

  11. hello lover July 24, 2010 at 2:31 am

    I am new here – so I dont yet know your style – but I’ll be sticking around a while to learn.

    I am also from Chicago and also absolutely adore Summer’s designs – I’ve been obsessed for about two years now since I first saw her home – I would have to say her design is eclectic just because it is a mix of different styles – but I agree that when I think of eclectic I often think of an awful mix of crazy things – not the lovely combinations she comes up with. Looking forward to checking out the rest of your blog!

  12. Jess LC July 24, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Hi Bailey! I had such a blast at your house last night! Incredible. I was telling my boyfriend all about it this morning. As Crystal mentioned, if you are ever looking for a house sitter…

    I just popped on the blog to check it out and I noticed this post. I love Summer Thornton too! In fact, I think that headshot is perhaps from my blog? I recognized my header :).

    Have a great day!

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