‘70s-Inspired Pink Bedroom

Posted 14 February 2017 at 7:53 PM | Comments (0)

Happy Valentine’s Day! I just saw this appropriately pink room in Domino and couldn’t resist posting, not just because it’s pink, but because it’s the same pink as my mother’s 1970s bedroom. The difference is that her bedroom is not exactly “‘70s-inspired”… it’s just ‘70s.

Caroline Lee's '70s-Inspired Pink Bedroom Designed by Anne Sage

Caroline Lee's '70s-Inspired Pink Bedroom Designed by Anne Sage

If I could just convince my mother to get rid of her unreasonably large furnishings, we could simplify her bedroom enough to be cool. The compelling art, sculptural plant, and second seat are all the accessories that were needed to make this room special.

For the full article, click here.

Hayden Panettiere’s Nashville Home

Posted 22 September 2015 at 8:17 PM | Comments (0)

I adore the edgy, eclectic mix of patterns and textures in Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko’s Nashville home. There’s a little of everything—something modern, something traditional; something playful, something moody—and the effect is splendid.

Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Home Entryway Designed by Benjamin Vandiver

Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Home Living Room Designed by Benjamin Vandiver

Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Home Dining Room Designed by Benjamin Vandiver

Designed by Benjamin Vandiver, I really like how these three particular rooms possess somber, dark colors next to luxurious, gilded shine. The combination is so striking and serves as a reminder that, in contemporary décor, it’s opposites that attract.

For the full article in Domino, click here.

Brilliant Use of Wallpaper in Dallas Condo

Posted 13 September 2015 at 1:11 PM | Comments (0)

What an interesting bedroom. From this angle, it almost looks neutral:

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

But turn your head, and kapow!

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

This bedroom is just one exciting part of a 3-story, Dallas, Texas condo designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25. Even though my insides are on a massive swoon-fest, I am so humbled by the level of sophistication here that I bow down to the designer in quiet restraint (instead of throwing myself at her feet and squealing, like I really want to do).

Seriously: respect.

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

This next photo might be my favorite surprise in this room. It’s a tasteful glimpse of spotted wallpaper behind equally tasteful shelving. And I know the wallpaper well—Tanzania by Thibaut—as I have eyed it many, many times and could probably draw it from memory by now. (My obsession with this wallpaper: not so tasteful.)

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Lastly, I’d like to share this photo of one of the bathrooms in the same Dallas home, because, well, you’ll see. I can’t not share this one:

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For more photos of this exciting home featured in Domino, click here.

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.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Posted 4 July 2014 at 6:45 PM | Comments (0)

These images from the June 2014 issue of Lonny really blow me away. They have a kind of rustic-outdoors thing going, but with elegance. And the combination of cognac-colored furnishings with azure accents is pretty magnificent.

The Lake Room at Lake Austin Spa Resort, Lonny Magazine June 2014

The Blue Room at Lake Austin Spa Resort, Lonny Magazine June 2014

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From Lonny: “In keeping with the restful mood, interiors feel residential rather than commercial, with period antiques, designer fabrics, and artwork curated in collaboration with Dallas designer Julio Quiñones. ‘Someone once told me that it felt like visiting an old aunt’s lake house—and that’s exactly what we were going for,’ says McAdams.”

Anna Kendrick on the Cover of Elle

Posted 2 July 2014 at 4:50 PM | Comments (0)

Yowza. Anna Kendrick, who is everyone’s favorite celebrity on social media, killed it in this poolside photo for the July 2014 cover of Elle. Smart, hilarious, and gorgeous? You bet.

Anna Kendrick on the July 2014 Cover of Elle

Matt Carollo’s One-Bedroom Chicago Apartment

Posted 1 June 2014 at 8:59 PM | Comments (0)

I can’t stop staring at Matt Carollo’s one-bedroom rental in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. I finally figured out why it’s so arresting, apart from the layers upon layers of beautiful antiques: it’s the warm golds set against a backdrop of cool, charcoal gray—what a color combination! It’s like intermittent rays of sunlight emanating through thick, dark clouds, where you truly need one to appreciate the other.

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room Sofa and Gallery Wall

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room Console Vignette

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room Houndstooth Armchair

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room Gold Skull and Brass Trophies

The kitchen is painted in the same charcoal gray, Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe, to match the living room. I really like how Carollo painted the interior back wall of the weathered cabinet to create a seamless transition with the room’s décor.

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Kitchen Refrigerator

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Kitchen Cabinet

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Neutral China

Carollo, an assistant buyer, is only twenty-five years old but his aesthetic is incredibly mature. Look at how the only white-walled area of his apartment (remember—a rental) blends so well with the other rooms. Clearly, he knows what he likes! I’m older than him yet nowhere near as confident in my choices.

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Dining Room

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Spray-Painted Lamps

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Oil Painting and Bar Cart

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Sharpie Zebra Drawing

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Black Painted Doors

Lastly, there’s the bedroom, painted in Benjamin Moore’s Chalkboard Paint (not coincidentally, the same color Jenna Lyons used in her Brooklyn brownstone). Carollo is very, very good at combining the sleek and the aged. Lonny magazine described his sensibility as “dignitary meets magpie,” and I can see it in every inch.

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Bed

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Nightstand

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Chartreuse Tufted Side Chair

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Antique Butcher's Hooks

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Antique Phone on French Salon Chair

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Ikat Bed Pillow

*All images from the June 2014 issue of Lonny magazine.

Storing Blueberries

Posted 1 January 2014 at 7:37 PM | Comments (0)

Happy New Year! I know I haven’t been posting consistently since moving stateside; American life has been much busier than I predicted it would be. I’ll kick off 2014 with a simple food post, something I don’t do very often around here.

Healthy and Delicious Breakfast Starter: Raw Blueberries and Walnuts

Since moving back to the Pacific Northwest, my favorite way to start the day is with raw blueberries and walnuts. Some foods just go together, and this is a delicious example. But I’m always stumped when it comes to storing berries, so I’ve had to look it up.

According to the July 2013 issue of Better Homes and Gardens:

“The best way to store berries is in a single layer, loosely covered, in the refrigerator. If you have fresh berries that won’t get eaten in a couple of days, freezing is best. Freeze in a single layer on a baking pan, then transfer to freezer containers or plastic freezer bags and seal. Berries will keep in the freezer for up to a year.”

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen’s Living Room

Posted 10 November 2013 at 8:25 PM | Comments (0)

I know better than to worship movie stars, but I admit I have a soft spot for this cute couple. Their newly remodeled living room was featured in the November issue of Lonny, and it only drove home how cute they really are.

The room is a beautiful marriage of Midcentury minimalism and L.A. bohemia. I’m partial to the vintage chair vignettes in every corner and especially—especially—the teal velvet sofa. As you may have already guessed.

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen's Remodeled L.A. Living Room

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen's Remodeled L.A. Living Room

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen's Remodeled L.A. Living Room

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen's Remodeled L.A. Living Room

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen's Remodeled L.A. Living Room

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen's Remodeled L.A. Living Room

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen's Remodeled L.A. Living Room

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen's Remodeled L.A. Living Room

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen's Remodeled L.A. Living Room

Skincare in Your 50s

Posted 8 November 2013 at 7:45 PM | Comments (0)

Funny that I claimed I “never post on beauty,” yet here I am, day three, posting about skincare. It’s the last section in the skincare series I swiped from the May 2013 issue of Lucky magazine and it’s just too good not to share.

So for those of you in your 50s and beyond, read on.

ADD AS MUCH MOISTURE AS YOU CAN IN YOUR 50S & BEYOND

As oil production drops off, your skin’s protective barrier starts to weaken, making it less able to hold moisture, so build hydration into every step of your routine.

Switch to a creamy cleanser, and use face oils, hydrating serums and lotions or balms that sink right in. Together, they’ll strengthen the lipid barrier so your skin feels smoother and calmer.

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser, $10

You may need a more moisturizing form of topical retinoid like Renova. If you’re still super-dry, layer on a ceramide moisturizer before the retinoid. “They’re terrifically hydrating, lightweight and anti-inflammatory,” says Brandt. “If you apply a ceramide cream before your retinoid, you’ll get less irritation, and it won’t interfere with the treatment.”

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM, $14

Crepiness starts to be a problem because of lost collagen. A first step might be a lift-and-tighten peptide cream smoothed in with a Clarisonic Opal—the sonic waves help the cream sink in and create a temporary plumping effect that lasts for hours. Dermatologists have more drastic—and more lasting—solutions: Thermage, Fraxel and Ulthera treatments kick up collagen production for long-term repair. Over three months, skin gets firmer and smoother.

Philosophy Full of Promise Treatment Duo for Uplifting Days and Volumizing Nights, $75