June 27, 2012

Not the concrete jungle

 Since the start of summer, the weather's been some combo of hot, sticky, rainy, lukewarm, humid here in the city. And while I sometimes miss being in Connecticut with a backyard and a pool, being in New York is infinitely more exciting. 
Recently, I stumbled upon the Nashville based landscape design firm of Page | Duke and since then I've been wishing I had a backyard that looked this good all summer long. The look is very lush, but tailored and every garden is set against a stunning home. I'd gladly move in!

June 22, 2012

Later alligators...I'm out for the weekend.
Henry Clarke

June 19, 2012

Pagoda in my pad

I recently snagged the above vintage pagoda cabinet for my living room as a "hold all" for all my odds and ends. My original plan was to have two shorter chest of drawers flanking the hallway to the bedroom which I could fill with all the stuff you don't want to see out. That idea went south when I saw how heavy it made that side of the room. So it was back to the drawing board.
So now this wall (which faces the windows) is going to be graced with said pagoda piece and I'm excited! See the sad boring wall before I moved in below...
I have since hung my sconces and two faux tortoise chairs sit under them extra seating. 

Pagoda cabinets seem to be all over the place. The other day while walking in the west village I spotted one in a store window, painted matte black. Hmm...so many ways it could go...

My piece is off white trimmed with green and the inside is lined in green linen. Since the top of the doors have clear glass I might need to cover it up and contain the clutter inside. I think I might silver paper the inside of the glass or use some China Seas, Java Java fabric to make panels.

Mirroring could be nice too, except given its placement I would always be staring at what is essentially a full length mirror. So many ways this could go?!? I'll just have to wait and see.

June 17, 2012

Outfit Inspiration

Over the weekend I spotted this dress while shopping at Barneys.

Makes for a nice "urban nautical" inspired outfit...

 Hello summer!

June 15, 2012

Double Take

I have always loved this shot of Catherine Deneuve from 1966's November Vogue. The tunic is super chic and I thought it looked familiar and then I realized it was almost identical to this tunic I spotted on 1stdibs a few years ago. What a difference to see it in color with the turquoise beading. The tunic was made by I. Magnin and I don't really have the faintest idea where this would fit into my wardrobe, as it's meant for a high fashion "lady of leisure" who can lounge in style (ala Talitha Getty).

Coincidentally, these Ankasa pillows (now on One Kings Lane) have the same kind of vibe. Not necessarily more "practical" but just as glam and you don't have to be a lady of leisure to enjoy!


I think I need to take a vacation, like really get away. The last time I actually did was in...2009. So it's long overdue. I've been working overtime with the move and my business (and my blog?) and I passed maxed out like back in March. I know so whiny, it's bad. If I could go anywhere it would probably be best to go somewhere relaxing with no cell phone reception/internet but I am not exactly up on the "isolation cabin" type destinations. In the mean time maybe I'll head to the beach.  Anything to get some sun!

all photos via Pinterest

June 10, 2012

Electric Kool-Aid

Penelope Tree

Tory Burch, InStyle

June 8, 2012

Coffee Black and Egg White

Sometimes its best to keep it simple.
Ashley Olsen

Elin Kling

Alexa Chung


June 5, 2012

Design under the influence

Sometimes a room can influence an outfit or vice versa.  

Stockholm Style

Peter Dunham

Mary McDonald

Sometimes its serendipity and the same mix of colors and patterns can work just as well in a room as on a person. What do you think? Do your fashion choices influence your interior choices or are they polar opposites.

June 4, 2012

Catching Up

Hello neglected little blog of mine. Is it really June already? Things have been moving full steam ahead now that I am settled in and blogging has taken a backseat. Things on the horizon are randomly exciting and the website will be launching soon so on the same wavelength, let me share some of the really good randomness going on in my head.

 LOVE this sofa from Furbish and if I had a place for it, I would snap it up in a heartbeat.
 I ordered this Sabre flatware on One Kings Lane a while back and highly recommend it.
 I really want to find a spot to use this splatter wallpaper in my apartment...might be too "loud" for the hallway but that might be a good thing. Alternatively if I had a blank wall in my bathroom it would go in there...A-SAP.

  While trolling 1stdibs...I came across two unexpectedly cool (at least not what you always seen on 1stdibs) ideas. One is this console table which is painted in a chevron pattern and the second is the hot pink floral print. Both ideas worth exploring down the road.

Since this post should have been called "I like pattern en masse" I ordered some of these David Hicks equse candle covers for some sconces I am about to install. 

 And then while taking a momentary break to do some "pinning". I came across some rainbow-rific shots which are a reminder that grouping everyday items (vegetables, fruit or books) into a rainbow configuration is a great way to mix things up. Not revolutionary but a randomly happy idea for sure.
Windsor Smith
Later Alligators!