Net-a-Porter’s Pretty Pantsuits

Posted 25 January 2013 at 5:36 PM | Comments (0)

I am in love with this fashion shoot from Net-a-Porter’s 23 January 2013 issue.

Pantsuits can seem stuffy or conservative at times. The lesson to take away from this shoot is that, if the hair and shoes are kept architectural, pantsuits can be fiercely cool.

Net-A-Porter 23 January 2013 Tailor Made: Just Cavalli Floral Pantsuit

Net-A-Porter 23 January 2013 Tailor Made: Alexander McQueen Tomboy Tux

Net-A-Porter 23 January 2013 Tailor Made: 3.1 Phillip Lim Soft Stripe Pantsuit

Net-A-Porter 23 January 2013 Tailor Made: Calvin Klein Collection Blue Suit

Net-A-Porter 23 January 2013 Tailor Made: The Row Purple Tunic Suit

Laid-Back Texas Modernism in Austin Hillside House

Posted 24 January 2013 at 9:32 PM | Comments (2)

I have never been a big fan of homes swathed in yellow-based, beigey neutrals. If color had a smell, I have always imagined that yellowy-beiges would probably smell like old, like mothballs. When flipping through magazines, I actually scrunch up my nose at those houses.

So it’s anyone’s guess why this home appeals to me so much.

Austin Hillside House, Texas Modernism by Lake | Flato Architects: Exterior

Austin Hillside House, Texas Modernism by Lake | Flato Architects: Living/Dining Room

Austin Hillside House, Texas Modernism by Lake | Flato Architects: Living Room

Austin Hillside House, Texas Modernism by Lake | Flato Architects: Kitchen

Austin Hillside House, Texas Modernism by Lake | Flato Architects: Master Suite

Austin Hillside House, Texas Modernism by Lake | Flato Architects: Lower Level Exterior

My attraction to modernism and light must be influencing my feelings about this house, causing the yellow tones in the wood to smell less like mothballs and more like butter. Because I want this house. I do. I want it about one-quarter of the current size and with a bright color somewhere, or everywhere, but I want it.

*Images from Architectural Digest.

A Mediterranean Journey Concert Poster

Posted 23 January 2013 at 8:42 PM | Comments (4)

A friend asked me to design an e-mail inviting her friends and colleagues to a personal concert. When she said that the concert was Mediterranean-themed, ranging from Greek folk tunes to gypsy music, I knew immediately that I wanted the image to draw inspiration from Picasso’s vibrant 1952 painting, Mediterranean Landscape:

Mediterranean Landscape by Pablo Picasso 1952

So here’s my design, rendered entirely in Photoshop:

Mediterranean Concert Poster Design by Mojan Sami, Inspired by Picasso

I knew the design had to be bold and colorful—after all, it was only going to be sent via e-mail—but I also wanted it to infuse it with a sort of storybook romance, transporting the viewer to a different time and place. We’re all really happy with how it turned out.

*Names and details have been changed.

Jack White Poster

Posted 22 January 2013 at 1:39 PM | Comments (3)

I just bought this Jack White concert poster from one of my favorite designer/illustrators, Tom Whalen.

Tom Whalen's Jack White Jackson, TN Concert Poster

To some, it may be odd buying a concert poster for a show I didn’t even attend, but I am so smitten with this design. I would regret it if I couldn’t look at it every day.

So now this Jack White poster is part of my collection of unframed art back in the U.S., all accented with light blue hues, waiting to be hung in some unknown home of the future, anxious to inspire my creative work every day.

Colorful Birmingham Foyer Makeover

Posted 21 January 2013 at 3:46 PM | Comments (2)

At first, this plain-white foyer in the Birmingham home of Rachel Hardage Barrett didn’t look so bad to me:

Rachel Hardage Barrett's Birmingham Foyer, Before Remodel

And then I saw the makeover by designer Tobi Fairley:

Turquoise, Navy, and White Foyer with a Pop of Fuchsia

Turquoise, Navy, and White Foyer with a Pop of Fuchsia

Turquoise, Navy, and White Foyer with a Pop of Fucshia

Turquoise, Navy, and White Foyer with a Pop of Fucshia

Turquoise, Navy, and White Foyer with a Pop of Fucshia

Hard to believe it’s the same room, isn’t it? It must feel great to come home to this kind of transformation!

I love the cohesive, statement-making color palette of light blue, white, and navy, with a pop of fuchsia to keep the room youthful and warm. (The walls are painted Benjamin Moore’s Marlboro Blue.)

The metal lantern was sprayed with navy paint in the same color as the doors—a trick I must remember when designing my own cohesive space—and also matched to the pleated table skirt.

Notice the other custom details, like the 3-inch band of blue outlining the ceiling, the navy tape trim on the white settee, and the matching rug border. Everything works so well together! And nothing looks like it came from HomeGoods… even if it might have. I am inspired!

*Images from Southern Living.

Queen of the Jungle

Posted 20 January 2013 at 8:27 PM | Comments (2)

Melody Ehsani’s flawless Queen of the Jungle necklace has been seen on celebs Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lauryn Hill, Estelle, and now… me!

Melody Ehsani Queen of the Jungle Necklace

Happiness exploded when I opened the package and saw the necklace, along with the super-cute Always On Time Bracelet.

Melody Ehsani Boxed Jewelry

I am never taking off this necklace. You can bury me in it. Love you, Mel—you are the queen of the jewelry jungle! x