Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Parisian Glam Pad

The urge for good design is the same as the urge to go on living.
Harry Bertoa

I am not normally drawn to bold tones like eggplant and orange.  However, the home of architect|designer, Sig Bergamin and architect Murilo Lomas caught my eye. The Parisian apartment is glamorous, masculine and eclectic.  Sig explains they only visit the home in cooler months, so they wanted to create a space that is comfy yet refined.  What drew me in wasn't the color palette, but the interesting mix of textures, patterns and sparkle. The spectacular combination of mid century modern, French antiques and unexpected art always, always makes me weak.  Take a look at the goodness for yourself.


My favorite corner of the apartment is this 1970's brass console with tons of nudes hanging above.  Can it get any better?

My dream Platner armchairs paired with these orange Pierre Paulin chairs are majorly cool.

Sig used mirrors throughout to expand the small space.

Adventurous art chillin' with a traditional 1940's desk.

all beauty via Elle Decor


Have a beautiful day,
 xL

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Beginnings

If your dreams don't scare you, they are not big enough.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

My business website if finally done!  Roll out the marching band and bang that drum loud!  My daughter and I sat in the office for hours upon hours this weekend knocking it out. [thank you, Bels.  I couldn't have done it without you!]  It was starting to take on that dreaded feel of taxes - something I know needs to be done, but don't want to give it the time.  Now that it is complete, I feel like I could do anything.  Don't you love that feeling of strength you get from tackling something major in your life?

You have already seen most of this project through the blog or interview.  I feel this is a nice beginning from which to build.  I will slowly but surely add other projects as they are completed. 

Okay, so I am exhausted.  I am going to put on my Superwoman cape, enjoy a bagel from Panera and work on some blog posts for this week.  See you tomorrow! ;)

P.S. - Logo created by my talented friend, Kelly.  Thank you so much for your vision.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Happy Weekend!

Don't save something for a special occasion.  Every day of your life is a special occasion.
Thomas S. Monson




Art || I love finding new, unique art.  I recently purchased this amazing print from Lumitrix.  They have some really beautiful pieces.  I have to pace myself, but also have my eye on this, this and that.

Kicks || As you can tell, I have a weakness for shoes. I have been wanting some cool high tops and these are the coolest.  How sick would these be with skinny jeans?  They will definitely find a place on my Christmas wishlist.

Blogs || I really enjoyed watching Ally's appearance on HLN.  Her design style is crazy good and we share an affinity for leopard chairs.

Beauty || Glow, glow, glow.  You can never go wrong with light reflecting makeup.  Whenever I am asked what makeup I use, I always wearing VS Luminous Angel collection.  It softens fine lines and gives a healthy radiance.  Now, who doesn't want that?!

Comfort ||  It has been feeling like fall this week which has me thinking of my favorite sweater weather dish.  I can't get enough of Panera's Turkey Chili, {yum!} but just found out they aren't carrying it this year.  I was bummed for a half a minute until I remembered I live in 2014 where I can find anything I want on the internet.  This copycat recipe looks delicious and will be cooking on our stove momentarily. 


Have a gorgeous weekend,
L x

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September Favorites

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
F. Scott Fitzgerald







Target just blows my mind.  It never fails that I run in for a loaf of bread and leave with at least $100 worth of stuff.  They are masters of marketing and product.  I've gotten better at walking away but when it comes to Nate Berkus, I crumble.  I have LOVED everything he has designed for them including this adorable accent stool.  They are a match made in retail heaven.

I told you a few weeks ago, I am on the hunt for some new moto boots.  These are too good to pass up.  I am already coordinating outfits in my head!

With all the candle lighting going on up in here, you need some fancy matches.  I recently bought a handful of these tortoise ones from Furbish to take me all the way through winter.  So chic!

This chair is the epitome of comfortable glamour.  I am mad for the soft, feminine lines and deep, deep incline - perfect for watching football [not really] or E! News [really].  Add a touch of brass and it's instantly taken to a whole other level.  

Pencil skirts have become my go-to for business situations.  They are simple, comfy and always look pulled together.  This crimson color is a lovely for fall|winter and would be perfect for work as well as holiday fun.

Lulu Frost knows how to design a show stopping piece of jewelry.  These beauties [on sale] are great for casual or dressy attire.  We are going on a little vacay soon and I think they would like to come along.

Pendant lighting is my obsession right now.  Whether it be over an island or kitchen table, they add a touch of simple masculinity to a space.  I have my eye of these to reside in our kitchen.  Now...how to justify another lighting change...



Have a beautiful day,
L x

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hi, Style || Carine Roitfeld

Let the others have the beauty.  I've got the charisma.
Carine Roitfeld


I have started watching documentaries while sweating it out on the treadmill.  I should share them with you because I have found some fascinating ones.  I just finished Mademoiselle C.  Carine Roitfeld was the editor of French Vogue for ten years.  This film follows her journey as she and her team launched her magazine, CR Fashion Book.  I should tell you that about 90% is in French.  Even though I could not understand most of what was said, I was completely captivated by this creative labor of love.  I am obsessed with her effortlessly chic personal and interior style, but what struck me most was her kind, supportive nature.  Even through this highly stressful process, she remained an encouraging team player.  She is a highly successful person with many people willing to do so much for her project because she was ever respectful and motivating.  Powerful lesson - you can be a woman at the top of your game and still be a nice human.  






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Have a very chic day,
L x

Monday, September 22, 2014

Live the life you Dream about Interview

Be in love with your life.  Every minute of it.
Jack Kerouac

This summer, Sarah asked me to take part in the Style Profile for her lovely blog, Live the life you Dream about.  I was super flattered to be included with so many talented people.  I first met Sarah on Instagram which seems to be the way I am meeting most interior designer friends these days.  This is why I love IG.  Even on your busiest days, you can take five minutes to be inspired and meet super creative people.

As I mentioned like fifty times, [boring, I know] I am getting my website together for LMC Interiors. Some of the photos from my portfolio are published in this interview.  If you have a minute, please check it out.  It's kind of a big deal. ;)  If you haven't visited Sarah's site, I know you will be impressed and start following her immediately.  Her posts are smart, informative and stylish.


LMC Interiors || photo cred: Laurie Perez Photography


Have a beautiful day,
 L 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy Weekend!

Why fit in when you where born to stand out?
Dr. Seuss


Another week has gone by crazy fast.  What is going on?!  It is still lower 90's|100% humidity here but my Midwest heart keeps telling me it should be sweater weather already.  :| this is my unamused face.  In between client work, I did manage to book a little fall getaway for the family and begin the process of something big in my life which I'll tell you about another time.  You don't  have time to hear about that.  You have an awesome weekend to enjoy! :)



Details || Oooh, I LOVE leopard and I love phone covers!  I just purchased this little beauty [which is on sale, btw] yesterday.  I also had my eye on this one.  So chic!

Fashion || Who can resist a sale?  Anthropologie is having a pretty good one.  I am all over this, that and this.

Playlist || I tire of music pretty quickly which is why I am pretty pissed at the Cloud for loading my playlist with every single impulse purchase I have ever made.  I really need to figure out how to break up with this bossy feature.  In the meantime, I will be enjoying this little ditty from the amazing Meghan Trainor.

Inspired || Jenna Lyons is just so beautiful and inspiring.  I love everything about her personal and decorating style.  She also has a healthy philosophy on beauty which is refreshing in our society of perfectionism.  I was over the moon to read about her routine and take in these stunning photos. Ahhh, all that fantastic art!

Yum || We are all about Pumpkin Spice everything in our home during fall.  The best is a bagel with Philly pumpkin spice cream cheese.  SO good!  If you haven't tried it, run to the grocery.  I just found this treasure trove of recipes including this yummy treat and thought I would share. You are welcome!

In closing, let me hop up on my soapbox for a sec.  I want to address the recent Porter interview with Martha Stewart.  I want to begin by saying Martha was the beginning of homemaking, cooking and decorating for me.  In my eyes, she was the epitome of home perfection. I first started watching her show in 2000 when my first daughter was born.  Isabela and I would cuddle in, she with her breast milk, me with my mint tea.  It was our comforting morning ritual.  It is so disappointing for me to read the ridiculous and negative opinions Martha shared about Gwyneth Paltrow and Blake Lively. As a successful female entrepreneur herself, one would think she would be encouraging of others. There is more than enough room in this world for everyone to shine.  I guess I didn't get the memo - are we limited to having only one career per lifetime? Must we stay in our chosen lane and not grow, learn and reach for new goals?  When women succeed, they inspire other women to do the same. Also: 1) Speaking of yourself in third person is tacky and egotistical.  2) Openly showing how threatened you are by other strong business-minded women just shows sad insecurities.


Have a beautiful weekend,
Lisa

 

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