Posted 30 August 2015 at 9:22 PM | Comments (0)
Oh my, I love the drama! This is Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s New York City apartment, completely customized by by Don Stewart of Desiderata Design and featured in Architectural Digest. Dark colors, rustic textures, and oversized proportions are front and center in this dramatic, but unexpectedly moody, design.
My absolute favorite part of this apartment is the kitchen. Everything, everything surprised me here, from the rhythmic cabinetry to the textured backsplash, and from the open shelving on the kitchen island to the flat geometric pendant lights. And those gold stools! They look like trumpet buttons in motion! This whole room is just perfectly musical. Plus, the departure from the all-white kitchen trend is so very refreshing. Take note, people.
Posted 5 August 2015 at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)
Posted 4 August 2015 at 10:58 PM | Comments (0)
I was just reminiscing about the ‘90s, the era of my youth. Specifically, I was trying to remember textile design trends and decided that the most popular of the decade was probably plaid. Am I right? Grunge plaid, lumberjack plaid, camping plaid. Man, we were so much more rugged back then. (In contrast, 2015 feels so polished. It makes me want to grab 2015 and mess up her hair a little.)
And then I started thinking about how great plaid wallpaper could be. In the right space—perhaps something a little mountain-cabin inspired?—it would be so nostalgic. I could listen to Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream and Nirvana’s In Utero all day in a plaid wallpapered room, hopefully draped across something better than flattened beanbag chair.
What would be really great is a plaid entryway, to welcome guests into your home with a bold and fearless representation of your youth. Add a practical but rugged hall tree, a rounded ceiling pendant to contrast all the straight lines, textured pillows that are fabulously mismatched, and lastly, a gold-framed art piece to avoid going too far into mountain-cabin theme and keep things chicly grounded.
It’s enough to make me want to put on a pair of Doc Martens.
Posted 3 August 2015 at 11:11 PM | Comments (0)
Bohemia always rises again in the fashion world, and to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t ready for its return this time around. I had been enjoying the mod, the minimalism, and the normcore of recent seasons; they felt fresh to me. For the new Bohemia, it felt too soon.
Then, last spring, I bought a pair of black flared jeans and a rust-colored peasant blouse and never wanted to take them off. I came around. Really came around. I have now spent the entire summer in sweeping, glamorous, printed maxi dresses and am already planning my Bohemian purchases for the fall.
All how to accessorize all of those new purchases? With a pair of teardrop earrings. Time to put away my minimalist studs and go all out with my Bohemian look. For fall 2015, my favorites are beaded.
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Posted 2 August 2015 at 8:04 PM | Comments (0)
Tobi Fairley is one of my favorite designers to watch. Her brazenly bold, feminine interiors are certainly not for everyone, but they almost always stir up giddy feelings in me. Even when I disagree with one of her design choices, I still want to roll around in them. Roll around, put my feet in the air, and giggle. I wonder how she would feel knowing she has that affect on people.
This very blue kitchen and family room she designed capitalizes on those giddiest of feelings, especially the feelings that are connected to my love of blue, which are connected to my love of anything that feels like an ocean, which this room certainly does. Cue rolling around and giggling.
*Images from HGTV.com.
Posted 5 July 2015 at 6:00 PM | Comments (0)
My mother wasn’t always the master baker she is now. When I was a kid, her go-to dessert was made with only two store-bought ingredients: graham crackers and instant vanilla pudding. She would layer them in a large baking dish, refrigerate overnight, and voilá, the tastiest cake for my six-year-old palette.
It occurred to me that I could probably recreate her recipe with whipped cream instead of pudding, and with a festive Fourth of July berry design.
It worked brilliantly. Three layers of graham crackers with three layers of whipped cream, and then blueberries and strawberries for an American flag design. After settling overnight, the cake was perfectly moist and soft and delicious. We polished it off with our BBQ crew in minutes.
Posted 9 September 2014 at 10:27 PM | Comments (2)
David Collins is the designer responsible for this visual feast. “The Apartment” is the penthouse suite at London’s Connaught Hotel, and it is dripping with sumptuousness. Every detail in this suite is exquisite and still it has incredible personality.
For a more detailed look, click the image below.
Posted 20 August 2014 at 3:33 PM | Comments (0)
I am rarely a proponent of the Little Black Dress. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the concept, but I love color too much. Yet lately, as designers continue to gravitate toward neutral colors and simpler silhouettes, my devotion to color is gently waning.
Pieces that have especially caught my eye are this black Osman jumpsuit from the spring 2014 runway, and this black dress that Karlie Kloss wore to the Vogue Foundation Gala on July 11. Both are a kind of simple LBD but with an eye-catching dose of asymmetry.
Posted 13 August 2014 at 3:04 PM | Comments (0)
In our Chicago condo, we had installed a faux-marble tile in our bathroom. We were doing a quick renovation to sell, and I honestly thought that, with our budget, we would end up with the same 4×4″ white tiles that everyone else had. A trip to the local tile store proved differently. The shop owner showed us a faux, gray and white marble from American Standard that was cheaper than the white squares and looked much richer.
Once installed, the faux marble looked so good that even our realtor thought it was real. We had to correct her when we noticed the listing read: “marble tile in bathroom.” Surprisingly, the faux marble won everyone over, even me.
Which is why I am not at all surprised that I love this marble wallpaper from Ferm Living.