Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Unexpected Pink Chair

"I owe my color sense to crayons."  ~ Angelo Rafael Donghia

Ahhh, the power of pink.  While furniture hunting for a client, I came across these chairs and fell hard.  Currently, I am loving a jolt of pink in a predominately neutral space.  These chairs would be amazing with our walnut trestle table.  Our dining room has slowly taken on a stuffy, formal vibe that I am not feeling.  I think the addition of six pink chairs would be a breath of fresh air, don't you?

Rich pink Platner chairs?  Yes, please...

 These ballerina pink Steen Ostergaard beauties have been my on desktop for months.  I am crazy about their shape and rare hue.

 We are a house of girls with one boy.  Luckily, Andrew is alright with pink as long as I don't go all precious with it. ;)

I love the sleek and feminine glamour of this space.  I wish I could see more...

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Have the best day ever!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Gorgeous Gramercy

"I'm not gonna take no for an answer.  So, I fully expect confrontation."  ~ Jeff Lewis

"Flipping Out" is one of the few reality shows I watch these days.  I have gotten attached to the eclectic mix of personalities and get a kick out of Jeff's snarky sense of humor.  This season has been especially good catching glimpses of the spectacular  3,730 square foot home Jeff and partner Gage recently renovated and decorated.  Prepare to drool.....

 This all-white kitchen is perfection.

 The home was built by famed architect Wallace Neff in 1937.  Mr. Neff was a popular choice for many celebrity homes of the time, most notably Pickfair.  During renovations, they were careful to keep the original integrity of the house intact.  The results are a breathtaking combination of modern day meets old Hollywood.  

The home was put back on the market in July because Jeff wants to re-establish himself as a real estate flipper.  I have a feeling the episodes featuring this beauty are limited. {sniff, sniff}

 Pale grays, chocolate and cream make this bedroom a serene retreat.

Marble for days. That tub with that view?!  I would never leave.....ever.

This is the classiest and most anally organized closet I have ever seen.

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The rooms are classically masculine with a neutral palette. This allows the graphic elements found in the flooring and wall coverings to really take center stage.  In a word - stunning.

Have the best day ever!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Weekend!

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."  ~ Lao Tzu

I absolutely love Warby Parker!  Not only is the company extremely professional with excellent communication skills {cough,cough - a few businesses could learn from them. You know who you are!}but they also give a pair of glasses to someone in need with every purchase.  I just received these beauties yesterday and have never been so eager to wear glasses.  If you are need some awesome specs for your melon, this is the place to go.

We are planning a weekend trip to Austin soon.  There are so many spectacular hotels and restaurants, I am having a difficult time choosing.  I am looking at here, here or here. And there is no way I am going and not doing some mid century retail therapy.

I love a good candle, so I am super excited about these mini packs.  This way you can try several to find your favorite scent.  Of course, you need special matches to light your French candles, so here you go.  ;)

Flowers + Peplum = Spring!  This little blouse has me dizzy with beauty. It would amazing with shorts, skinnies, cigarette pants or a pencil skirt.  Get in my wardrobe, gorgeous!

I am always on the hunt for great art.  I was introduced to Tappan Collective through Linday's incredible blog.  It is a place for emerging talents to show and sell their original pieces.  I am in need of some colorful beauty, so I will definitely be spending some time here.

Have the best weekend ever!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pillow Talk

"Good dressing is largely a question of details and accessories."  ~ Elsie de Wolfe

I love adding new accessories to my home with each new season.  A few simple changes can make your space feel fresh and new.  Pillows are an easy way to do this and there are so many juicy options out there.  My sofa and I had a chat and he would certainly appreciate a few of these plush goodies.  The real challenge is narrowing it down to just a few. 

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Have the best day ever!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Learning and Growing

"The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work."  ~ Steve Jobs

The profession of interior design is generally competitive.  I have never completely understood this because the work is a physical realization of ideas provided by the designer.  They are thoughts come to life which is what makes this job so exciting.  

Yesterday, a woman followed me on Instagram and then proceeded to take the photos of my home (my work) and use them as her own - one by one.  This pissed me off for a moment, but I had to step back and realize I cannot have it both ways.  Social media has become a useful bridge for business as it creates a way for us to show our projects to many.  Be inspired by another's work but don't blatantly steal it.  We are all in this creative world together.  There is plenty of room for everyone.  Why can't we just support, encourage and admire the hard work of each other?

I mentioned that I am reading Paul Arden's great book which is filled with simple yet powerful reminders for business and life in general.  I loved this page, in particular, as it pertains to the creative professional.

Paul writes, 

"Do not covet your ideas.  Give away everything you know, and more will come back to you."

"...The problem with hoarding is you end up living off your reserves.  Eventually you'll become stale.  If you give away everything you have, you are left with nothing.  This forces you to look, to be aware, to replenish.  Somehow the more you give away, the more comes back to you..."

Have the best day ever!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Style || Vacation Essentials

"Let's get lost..."

We have begun our annual summer schedule shuffle where we move activities|dates around to accommodate for an awesome family vacation.  Last year, we ended up spending two amazing weeks in Florida anchored by our usual trip back home.  It was an exhausting blast. It has, however, increased our expectations for this year.

The girls are getting older which means we can venture beyond DisneyWorld. {No Cinderella this year? What the...?!?}  We threw around the idea of having a sightseeing trip to Boston - our favorite city.  The reality is it doesn't really feel like a true relaxing getaway without sand in your suit and red on your cheeks.  Here a few essentials to put you in the mood for a warm weather escape.  Ahhh.....can you hear those waves?

Have the best day ever!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Happy Weekend!

"I never look back darling, it distracts me from the now."  ~ Edna Mode

Hello, friends.  Do you have any exciting plans for this weekend?  I don't have anything specific planned which is fine by me.  Two days to linger on the patio with a cocktail and good book sounds perfect.

I recently stumbled across this amazing Austin-based company that makes the most delicate jewelry.  It was difficult to choose just one piece to purchase.  They are perfectly simple for every day wear yet edgy enough for evening.  I finally decided on this sweet little beauty.  You are welcome.

I am always looking for new organization|cleaning ideas.  Max Kater's tips for spring cleaning were exactly what I needed.  It is such a daunting task.  I am up for anything that can make it easier. P.S. Those metal faux bamboo chairs are beyond.

As I have mentioned before, I am finishing the living room.  I have narrowed down my lust for mid-century design to two Milo Baughman swivel chairs. I have been stalking 1stdibs and eBay daily with little luck but a ton of patience.  I did, however, just purchase this beautiful book to a) feed my book and chair addiction and b) expose me to more gorgeous design making my hunt that much more difficult.

I purchased one of these for the bedroom office area yesterday.  I think it will add some drama to the space. It is certainly beautiful and I LOVE all things zebra, however, I am not sure how I will feel walking on a cowhide.  The idea creeps me out.  

Nothing celebrates the warmer temps and long, lingering days like a refreshing cocktail and  nothing is as refreshing than a cocktail with fresh cucumber.  Yum!  I can't wait to have the girls over and try this delicious {and dangerous} springtime elixir.

Have the best weekend ever!