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0 comment Saturday, October 25, 2014 |

I am off on a quick trip to New York City in the morning and I can't wait. The weather will be cold but there will be plenty of inspiring sights and shopping to keep me going. I look forward to sharing with you when I return!


0 comment Friday, October 24, 2014 |

I have wallpaper on the brain as I continue to work on my home. If I could, I would paper or upholster a good portion of this house! One of my favorite sources for wallpaper is Farrow and Ball. These beautiful English papers come in many different colorways allowing each pattern to have many different looks. If I had to choose a favorite F & B paper is would be this gloriously classic Silvergate damask.
I love tradition with a twist, so personally I prefer this paper in a fun, bold color way or mixed in with more contemporary furnishings. Russian textile designer Olya Thompson's Brooklyn Brownstone features Farrow and Ball's Silvergate in a ravishing blue. It is a perfect backdrop in her richly textured home.

Another stylish woman, designer Jane Whitfield, who operates as the right hand woman to Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, also chose Silvergate to adorn a soft, pretty bedroom in her home located in a west village of Versailles.

The paper in a graphic chocolate and white with co-ordinating chocolate trim.
Miles Redd uses the wallpaper in this contemporary study. In true Redd style, this room is a great mix of old and new.
Here is a more traditional use of the Silvergate in the master bedroom of Country Living's 2008 House of the Year. The soft but bold pattern pairs nicely with pretty pale bedding.
{images: 1 via farrow and ball; 2- photographed by francois halard, vogue january 2010; 3- via telegraph; 4- via farrow and ball; 5- photographed by simon upton for elle decor; 6- via country living}


0 comment Wednesday, October 22, 2014 |

Tory Burch has certainly come a long way since she launched her eponymous line five years ago. She has grown her small brand into a fashion empire that includes 18 free standing stores, and an amazing retail website. In addition, she has won numerous fashion and design awards.
Burch describes her style as, "classic with an eclectic edge," making they styles of the 50's 60's and 70's fresh and modern again. Her clothing and accessories also have a global feel that make them relevant to today's woman. In the past few months, Burch, and her distinctive style have received a lot well deserved positive press.

Burch was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal. The article explains how the designer has managed to keep her young brand growing during turbulent economic times. While the article's content was interesting from a business standpoint, it was this photograph that caught my attention. Having seen her Manhattan apartment featured in Vogue years ago, I was intrigued to see Burch in her light and fresh blue and white beach home.
Elle magazine featured photos of Burch's newly redecorated kitchen and breakfast area in their September issue. I love the unlikely mix of mint green, blue and white, and turquoise in her kitchen. I am extremely envious of her green lacquered kitchen floors.
Her sitting area is furnished with Knoll's Saarinen table and Tulip Chairs, and the space is covered in China Seas blue Abre Matisse Reverse.

The September issue of House Beautiful featured an article showcasing Tory's fashionably dressed table. Again, Burch chose a blue and white, turquoise and green color pallette. The Porthault table linens, bamboo flatware and turquoise pottery make a lovely ensemble. The potted herbs on the table are from New York's ZeZe.

Tory Burch was recently profiled on 1st Dibs' Style Compass series. Be sure to read the online article to learn more about Burch's fashionable upbringing and current design inspirtations.

As if all that recognition weren't enough to prove Burch's prominent place in the fashion and design world, this past Thursday, Tory Burch debuted her Spring/Summer 2010 line in a morning party presentation. The collection received rave reviews, a difficult feat to achieve amongst hard-nosed fashion critics. (I was pleased to hear that her signature T logo was seldom seen amidst the new collection.) I look forward to seeing these beautiful, wearable pieces in stores this spring!
{images 1- via tory burch; 2- photographed by brian harkin for the wall street journal; 3 and 4- photographed by paul costello for elle; 5- photographed by aimee herring for house beautiful; 6- via 1st dibs; 7- via}


0 comment Monday, October 20, 2014 |

One of the many highlights of the Antiques and Garden Show was the lecture given by designer Charlotte Moss. After only a few sentences, we were again reminded why she is one of our favorite designers. With her quick wit and straight forward manner of speaking, she is a woman we can really appreciate. She centered most of her thoughts around the topic of "decorating", but her lecture was far from a formulaic "how to" speech. Instead, Charlotte gave us an intimate, inside view in her intricately detailed scrapbooks, which reveal so much about the breathtaking spaces that she creates.
photo courtesy of Charlotte Moss
The lecture began with a visual feast of photographs from Moss' extensive travels. She has carefully and beautifully documented those unique things that caught her eye or spoke to her heart on various trips around the world. From the Potage in Versailles, to the door knobs in Italy she sees beyond the obvious beauty of a place to the often overlooked small treasures many miss on first glance. "Seeing" was a major theme that ran throughout the lecture. Charlotte shared a favorite quote that we found most moving from Rohald Dahl, which says: "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
photo courtesy of Charlotte Moss
Her travel to destinations both near and far gave us the travel bug and reminded us the importance of documenting the beauty we have the privilege to see. It is time to get out those scissors and glue sticks to start some long over due scrap-booking. When one woman asked Charlotte how she stays on top of her impeccably detailed scrapbooks, she candidly answered, "staff." We loved her pithy response! Too bad there isn't any "staff" around here.
Gloria Vanderbilt- Vogue 1966
From travel, Moss moved on to the women of grace and charm that have inspired her own way of living. Her list included included her Mother, a true Southern home-maker, Gloria Vanderbilt who represented the epitome of style when Moss was a young married woman, Elsie de Wolfe the first American interior decorator, Fleur Cowles who edited the short lived but dazzling, Flair magazine, and writer and fashion designer Pauline de Rothschild, just to name a few. Her candid admiration for these women re-emphasized the importance of camaraderie and history in the design process, and in all of life for that matter.
Elsie de Wolfe's Villa Trainon at Versailles
Fleur Cowles in Vanity Fair
Pauline de Rothschild
Finally she challenged us all to take more risks. "Why Not?" she asked? Why not float your bed in the middle of the room? Why not display that framed photograph on an easel in the living room to give it more importance? After all, what do we have to lose?


0 comment Sunday, October 19, 2014 |
If you haven't noticed yet, I am a big fan of stripes. They are handsome, timeless and add a dramatic punch to an interior. Since I don't often gravitate towards florals, I often turn to stripes to add depth, interest and texture to a room. Lately, I have been taking note of rooms with horizontal stripes. Vertical stripes are much more traditional and tailored. Rooms with vertical stripes tend to look elongated and tall, so for spaces with lower ceilings, they are best. Horizontal stripes, on the other hand, gives a space a more relaxed and casual air and are often associated with more contemporary or transitional interiors. Horizontal stripes make a space feel open and wide so they are great to use in narrow hallways and small rooms.
One can see how small narrow spaces benefit greatly from the use of horizontal stripes, in the picture of the butler's pantry above and the entry hall below. In the top image, Paula Caravelli uses a bold chocolate and off white stripe to tie her butler's pantry into her contemporary, dark brown dining room.
This hall would feel claustrophobic without the horizontally striped Osborne and Little wallpaper. I love the juxtaposition of the more contemporary wallpaper with the traditional antique furniture. Sara Gilbane opens up this small entry way with a single horizontal stripe using a custom embroidered Holland and Sherry Fabric. It's simply gorgeous!
The bold striped walls take center stage in this contemporary beach house living room designed by Mary McDonald.
Miled Redd uses horizontal stripes in this more subtle seaside living room. The stripes serve to widen the small sitting are and bring a contemporary, nautical feel to the space.
I came across this fabulous water-stained blue striped Larsen wallpaper on a recent trip to ADAC. It would make a gorgeous, modern statement in a small powder room.
This cozy but quite formal sitting area can be found in the famous London antique store, Guinevere. I included this image to show that horizontal stripes can be used beautifully in a traditional manner as well.
This entryway, by Amanda Nisbet, is simple yet stunning. Without the horizontal stripes the space would fall flat.
So tell me are you a fan? Is there a nook in your home that is calling to be striped sideways?
{images: 1- via elle decor photographed by simon upton; 2- via house to home uk; 3- via sara gilbane interiors; 4- via hygge nook; 5- via alicia b.designs 6- author's own; 7- via all the best; 8- via la dolce vita}


0 comment Friday, October 17, 2014 |
West Elm has recently given their ever popular Parson's Table a makeover with a chic dose of rattan. Its clean lines, chic woven texture, and unmatchable versatility has won me over.

Doesn't it remind you of the console that graced one of the most popular covers of Elle Decor?


0 comment Thursday, October 16, 2014 |
I am dying over the Peter Lindberg photos in the July 2010 issue of Vogue featuring Ewan McGregor and Natalia Vodianova. Styled by the amazing Grace Coddington, the images depict a 1950's domestic drama and give us a first editorial look at the fall collections. The results are a stunning! I for one am welcoming the lady-like glamour coming our way. To see more click here or pick up the new issue of Vogue.