November 27, 2012


My last post on "embracing" burgundy might have been a little boring. What's not boring... the latest designs from Animas Code on your feet. So many colors, patterns and textures, like velvet, tweed and tartan embroidered with designs like skulls, crowns and tassels.

They also have dapper styles for the guy in your life, to wear with his tux perhaps? 

 To insure you're the only girl or guy on the street with your kicks, they even have a custom design feature. 

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas are SHOES!

November 26, 2012

Bring on Burgundy

Happy holidays! Is it really time to say that yet?
With the holidays around the corner, my mind is a sea of green and red. I like the classic Christmas color combo of red and green but color wise, red on its own has never been my favorite.
While I love coral and salmon and poppy, colors like cranberry and burgundy make me think of dried blood. Lately with navy and charcoal grey as constants in my winter wardrobe, burgundy seems like a nice compliment that is festive too (while not quite in a reindeer sweater kind of way).

Who What Wear

Atlantic Pacific

Growing up, my mom always tried to dress me in crushed velvet burgundy ensembles that I thought were the worst thing ever. As in headband/hair bow, christmas-y smocked dress and one year an ankle length crushed velvet bordering on ball skirt with a blouse embroidered with cranberries. YUCK. But I guess I was spared, as my brother (circa age three) worn some sort of burgundy velvet "short pants"...which is totally worse...and unfortunetly there are lots of photos of this somewhere.


 Now if I can stick to burgundy in the form of J. Brand corduroy jeans or some Gucci circa Tom Ford, I could probably avoid looking like a giant bruise. 

Vogue Russia

 While I don't think I'll be painting the town red anytime soon and go on a burgundy buying spree, it certainly wouldn't hurt to have these Manolos in my closet or on my feet. They will certainly coordinate with my holiday decor I am currently filling my apartment with! Happy Holidays!

all other photos via pinterest

November 22, 2012

November 21, 2012

Rounding things out

Elle Decor
With the holidays right around the corner I need to finish off my apartment with a proper table for a bunch of people to sit and eat at. 

Mary McDonald
  I'm leaning towards is a round table, either skirted or not. My mom has a round tilt top table that has been passed down through her family that would make sense to use. 
Domino Magazine
 The problem is apartment is just big enough that this should work fine, but just small enough that, the table is probably going to have to sit front and center. While I thought dinner guests wouldn't really mind balancing a plate on their lap or on a smaller table, everyone from my parents to my most casual of friends ask "when are you finally getting a table?" I guess I should solve my problem before somebody spills red wine or if I plan on having Christmas (or at least part of it) at my apartment this year.
Schuyler Samperton

The easiest solution is to place the table in front of the sofa, in lieu of a cocktail table. I didn't even realize that was a "thing" until I started stalking images of round tables smack in the middle of a living room. I guess this makes it more of a tea table? Maybe too frou-frou. 

Reese Witherspoon in Elle Decor

Deborah Needleman,
 Another option is placing it on one side of the sofa like an end table.  I do like the way books fill the space and I don't have a bookcase in the living room, but I sure do have books, so stacking them high seems appealing!

Blair Voltz Clarke, Lonny mag

Diana Bergeron 

Ivanka Trump, House & Garden
If all else fails I can stick it in a corner, skirt it in something graphic, and make it into a chic bar. That would certainly round things out nicely. 

November 20, 2012

Let there be light

November seems to be flying by with Thanksgiving around the corner. Between the loosing power for a week and the clocks going back an hour, all of a sudden its so dark. 
Lots of overhead lighting is a necessary evil, as it tends to be less than flattering but effective when it comes to lighting up your home. While you can fill your living room with lamps and sconces or a pretty chandelier, you don't really want to cook in a space lit by just sconces or lots of lamps, same goes for primping in the bathroom. 

When I moved in my apartment had flush mount lighting in both the kitchen and bathroom that were nice but rather sterile. I have always loved the tole ceiling lights from Charles Edwards wanted a similar look in my apartment, yet the price was a little off putting. 

 Tory Burch has a green and silver Charles Edwards pendant in her glossy green kitchen.

 The Charles Edwards website has lots of options in many different color ways and if I ever took the plunge, I have my heart set on the 'Silk Tole Shade' in navy. 

Most of these looks feature the pendant front and center above a kitchen island or dining table but they also look great anchoring a room, lined up in a long hallway or in a really chic dressing room.
Gil Schafer
House Beautiful
Luckily I was able to work the look into both my bathroom and the kitchen by reusing shades I had made for an old pair of lamps. The shades I have are 20 inch white drum shades painted sky blue inside.

The bathroom above and the kitchen below.

I took them to my lighting guys and had them make two shade pendants. For the bathroom, I wanted to make sure it would be bright enough, so it's wired for higher wattage. Both pieces are finished off with glass ball finials. 

So far so good as the light is super crisp. Its a great way to repurpose what you have to get what you want for a small amount of money. Bring on 4:30 in the afternoon sunsets!

November 9, 2012

Million Dollar Decorator

Do you watch Million Dollar Decorators on Bravo? Some think it is over the top but I can't get enough of the cast of characters and its great that they each have distinctly different design aesthetics. I especially love Kathryn Ireland's comfortable, layered style (that never looks granny) and her fabrics. My favorites being from the 'Summers in France' collection. Kathryn was recently featured on Refinery29 at home in Santa Monica. Check it out and check out Million Dollar Decorators Tuesday at 9pm.

Kathryn's first client was her friend Steve Martin who came over for dinner and liked what he saw!

Love her colorful pistachio colored Aga. Sure beats a wall of stainless steel. 

Apparently, Lindsey Lohan saw Kathryn's bedroom and asked her to design a very similar bedroom in her home. I would too... considering how cozy it looks!

What do you think? Would you pack your bags and move right in?

all photos via Refinery29