Anthropologie’s Adira Beaded Hoops

Posted 31 August 2015 at 9:44 PM | Comments (0)

Earlier this month I mentioned looking for a pair of beaded, teardrop-hoop earrings. Well, I found them. The perfect pair was at Anthropologie.com and on sale for $29.99, plus 30% off all sale items.

Anthropologie Adira Beaded Hoops

Behold, the Adira Beaded Hoops. I can’t wait for them to arrive in my mailbox.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s Nolita Loft

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.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Dining Room

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Kitchen

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Living Room

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Piano Sitting Area

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Bedroom

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Bathroom

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.

Skinny Neckties at Chloé Pre-Fall 2015

Posted 5 August 2015 at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)

Chloé presented one of my favorite pre-fall collections. I really want to replicate the skinny necktie look and just need to figure out how I am going to do it. With ribbon? Or sew my own? I only have a couple of blouses that this would work for, but I am determined.

Skinny Neckties at Chloe Pre-Fall 2015

Skinny Neckties at Chloe Pre-Fall 2015

Skinny Neckties at Chloe Pre-Fall 2015

*Images from Style.com.

A Chic, Mountain-Cabin Inspired Entryway

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.

Chic, Mountain-Cabin Inspired Entryway with Plaid Wallpaper

Teardrop Earrings

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.

Teardrop Earrings

Click the image for details.

Crestwood Kitchen in Blues and Aquas

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.

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen and Family Room

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen and Family Room

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen and Family Room Sofa

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen Breakfast Bar

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen Breakfast Bar

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen Stove

*Images from HGTV.com.

Fourth of July No-Bake Graham Cracker Cake

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.

Fourth of July No-Bake Graham Cracker Cake

Fourth of July No-Bake Graham Cracker Cake

The Apartment at the Connaught Hotel

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.

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Purple Door

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Entryway

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Living Area

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Living Area

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Dining Area

For a more detailed look, click the image below.

connaughthotellondonapartmentpenthouselarge

An LBD with Asymmetry

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.

Osman Spring 2014 Runway Black Jumpsuit with Cutout

Karlie Kloss July 11, 2014 Vogue Foundation Gala Little Black Dress

Ferm Living’s Marble Wallpaper

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.

Ferm Living Marble Wallpaper