Thursday, October 27, 2011

Be Prepared





















If you live anywhere near Philadelphia you may want to grab some variation of these today.

1. Hunter Boots: Check
2. Scalamandre Zebra Umbrella: No...would love it, but will have to stick with my drugstore option

Stay dry! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fortuny Fever




The buzz has been all over the web regarding the launch of L’Objet's to die for Fortuny inspired tableware. I had the pleasure of seeing the products first hand while at Bergdorf Goodman last week (and I could kick myself for not taking any pictures) and let me tell you....G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. I have been a huge fan of Fortuny ever since I was in college for interior design way back when. The fabrics are timeless, elegant, luxurious, sumptuous....I could go on. 


Although the focus has been on Bergdorf's I noticed that others are being inspired by Fortuny, including the people over at West Elm. Check out their new Stella Quilt - love the soft colors and the delicate pleating. I could handle being immersed in Fortuny or Fortuny-inspired bedding....

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Get The Look

I have been really into the slipcover look these days. Not the slipcovers that you can buy to fit any sofa - you know the kind where you tie it and it does not look any better than before you bought the slipcover? I am loving the boxy look of the slipcovers shown in the top image from Veranda, especially the stitching around the edges. It is so fresh, clean, relaxed look and chic. Both Crate and Barrel and Viva Terra have similar looks that I am sure are a fraction of the price of the chairs shown in Veranda (unfortunately I did not jot down who they are by). 


Friday, October 21, 2011

Totally Terrific Tableware
























I cannot resist tableware...I absolutely love it. It all started way back while in college I worked for a high-end tableware and home accessories store. After that, I was hooked. Unfortunately I was told I cannot bring anymore into our house due to lack of storage. However, these pieces are impossible to resist and I may just have to find
a way to sneak them in...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Things on my mind...

Image: J. Crew

I feel like I am back in high school when I would pour over the J.Crew catalog and create list upon list of what I wanted. I find myself doing it again! I cannot get over how fabulous their current collection is. These are only a few of the things that I would love to get. Can we please talk about those peacock-colored pants? To die for...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Baffled

Image: Elle Decor

The first time I saw this handset was on Gwyneth Paltrow's list of "Twelve Things She Can't Live Without" in Elle Decor, and I was a little baffled then. I totally get the reason for using a hands-free piece for one's cell phone, but this seems so bulky and cumbersome. No thanks. I will look for something a little smaller and that will fit in anything from a tote to a clutch, or just continue to use the headphones that came with my iPhone. I really did not think that anyone would buy into this, YET as I was eating lunch at BG Restaurant yesterday I was surprised to see a woman actually using one. Still baffled...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Heading on up...


Heading into New York today for a meeting, a little inspiration and meeting a dear friend for lunch at none other than BG at Bergdorf Goodman designed by Kelly Wearstler. While there I will be sure to check out her clothing line in person. Looking forward to my day. Have a great Monday...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Things on my mind...



It is supposed to be pretty nice this coming Sunday and I think that is a perfect day for a drive, a picnic and maybe a little pumpkin picking (I am finally coming to terms with summer being over). Here are just a few things that would round it out: J.Crew Excursion Jacket, Frye Boots (I need a new pair!), a Pendleton throw (love!), a fabulous picnic basket to store yummy goodies, a vintage Jeep Wagoneer (totally timeless), and I would top it off with a wool cap



Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Look For Less


The leather New Safari Camp Chairs by Ralph Lauren that were used in the House and Home Showhome (Canada) are totally amazing, but the price - $4485 - not really in this girl's budget. However, here are a couple options that give the look for less: Lewis Drake and Associates' Martin Safari Camp Chair at for $695 or Urban Outfitters' Leather Butterfly Chair at only $199.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Color Combo Love...




I am not usually one to gravitate toward purple - although those who know me may beg to differ with my purple purse and pale lavender scarf that I walk around with all the time - BUT combine it with dark or navy blue and what do you get? Gorgeous! I am loving those dark blue walls in the dining room and how the millwork and the walls are all the same color...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Shade To Black





I am having a bit of a lighting crisis at home these days, especially in my studio. I have one task lamp on my desk, but it does not give off enough light for me to work on my design work at night. So I have lamps on the brain these days. A. is out of town right now and when he gets back we are going to go lamp shopping some - he likes to give his opinion (and manage the budget :) ) - but I have been doing some research on my own. In my "research" lamps with black shades have been really catching my eye. Black shades seem to add a bit of drama, elegance, and sophistication. I used to be a white or ivory shade kind of girl, but I think I am starting to sing a different tune...

Friday, October 7, 2011

Hey...It's Friday!

Image: Kate Spade

In case you lost track of the days like I did...it's Friday! I could not be happier...it has been a long week and I am ready to get the weekend started. Have a wonderful weekend...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Remembering a Visionary



The world lost a great man yesterday who changed how we work on computers, listen to music, talk on the phone and watch movies. As I am sure you have already heard since the news spread quickly last night, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple passed away yesterday. His passion, inspiration and genius will be missed.

"Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobs
(excerpt from Steve Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford University, 2005)


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Seeing Red




Received the newest West Elm catalog yesterday and they have some pretty cool things going on in their assortment. One of which is the 'Dipped Side Table." It comes in lacquer white and red; the latter made me start thinking all those other fabulous red pieces that are out there. Sadly Ikea stopped making the 'Kulla' lamp in red, but thanks to the internet there are tons of pictures of it out there. I kick myself for having not gotten it when it was still available...