Archive for February, 2009

Fashioning Interiors: Spring Tops from Tobi

February 27, 2009

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Last week I had such a blast—and got such a terrific response—with my Outfit to Room pairings that I thought I’d celebrate Friday (!) with more of the same! These sweet tanks and jackets from Tobi have got me itching for Spring’s arrival. What a perfect shade of pink! And bright colors seem infinitely more accessible when done in simple shapes, be it the deep v-neck of a slim tunic or the clean angles of a boxy chair.

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If Jo and Emily are right—and they always are—then stripes are the key to je ne sais quoi French style. Think of this bold yet playful top as your passport to life as a terminally chic Parisian girl!

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This is exactly the sort of top I wish I could get away with. I adore the flowy lines, the floral print, but it just wouldn’t work on my build. Fortunately an embroidered counterpane and a vibrant painting look smashing no matter what the shape of the homeowner!

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Many a spring evening finds me in an outfit just like this one; I firmly believe that a fabulous leather jacket completes even the simplest outfit. And the same goes for a leather chair—the warm cognac hide takes this neutral space from mundane to magnificent!

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Wayward stripes relieve the sharp angles of the blazer and the headboard, while the flirty ruffles of the dress and the pillow shams add feminine flair. In the outfit and in the room, it’s the perfect mix of girly and masculine!

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James Perse is my go-to label for comfy weekend basics. The subtle check of this button down has me dreaming of a rustic holiday in the mountains. Think wildflowers in bloom, babbling brooks, hot mugs of coffee on chilly mountain mornings. Yes, please!

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Rose and coral usually make me think, ‘1985 called. It wants its color scheme back.’ But when done right the combination can feel really fresh and fun. Here, ethnic patterns and pops of brighter hues prevent things from looking like my dentist’s office.

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Yellow and grey is having such a moment, and this interpretation from Twenty8Twelve is the best yet. The ruched collar—reflected in the trim on those fabulous floor pillows!—is such a fun and funky detail.

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And speaking of collars, I can’t get over this gorgeous piece from Ella Moss. The gauzy white bodice provides a light and airy counterpoint to the intricate beaded trim. Like the breezy linens and antique artwork of the bedroom, it projects a carefree elegance day or night!

All fashion images courtesy of Tobi. Interiors credits: 1. Marie Claire Maison 2. Source Unknown 3. This Is Glamorous 4. Decorology 5. Domino 6. Alec Hemer 7. Homes and Gardens 8. Marie Claire Maison 9. Domino

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Fashioning Interiors: Spring Tops from Tobi

February 27, 2009

city sage outfit to room fashion4.jpg

Last week I had such a blast—and got such a terrific response—with my Outfit to Room pairings that I thought I’d celebrate Friday (!) with more of the same! These sweet tanks and jackets from Tobi have got me itching for Spring’s arrival. What a perfect shade of pink! And bright colors seem infinitely more accessible when done in simple shapes, be it the deep v-neck of a slim tunic or the clean angles of a boxy chair.

city sage outfit to room fashion.jpg

If Jo and Emily are right—and they always are—then stripes are the key to je ne sais quoi French style. Think of this bold yet playful top as your passport to life as a terminally chic Parisian girl!

rooms outfit city sage fashion10.jpg

This is exactly the sort of top I wish I could get away with. I adore the flowy lines, the floral print, but it just wouldn’t work on my build. Fortunately an embroidered counterpane and a vibrant painting look smashing no matter what the shape of the homeowner!

city sage outfit to room fashion2.jpg

Many a spring evening finds me in an outfit just like this one; I firmly believe that a fabulous leather jacket completes even the simplest outfit. And the same goes for a leather chair—the warm cognac hide takes this neutral space from mundane to magnificent!

city sage outfit to room fashion3.jpg

Wayward stripes relieve the sharp angles of the blazer and the headboard, while the flirty ruffles of the dress and the pillow shams add feminine flair. In the outfit and in the room, it’s the perfect mix of girly and masculine!

rooms outfit city sage fashion7.jpg

James Perse is my go-to label for comfy weekend basics. The subtle check of this button down has me dreaming of a rustic holiday in the mountains. Think wildflowers in bloom, babbling brooks, hot mugs of coffee on chilly mountain mornings. Yes, please!

city sage outfit to room fashion9.jpg

Rose and coral usually make me think, ‘1985 called. It wants its color scheme back.’ But when done right the combination can feel really fresh and fun. Here, ethnic patterns and pops of brighter hues prevent things from looking like my dentist’s office.

city sage outfit to room fashion8.jpg

Yellow and grey is having such a moment, and this interpretation from Twenty8Twelve is the best yet. The ruched collar—reflected in the trim on those fabulous floor pillows!—is such a fun and funky detail.

city sage outfit to room fashion7.jpg

And speaking of collars, I can’t get over this gorgeous piece from Ella Moss. The gauzy white bodice provides a light and airy counterpoint to the intricate beaded trim. Like the breezy linens and antique artwork of the bedroom, it projects a carefree elegance day or night!

All fashion images courtesy of Tobi. Interiors credits: 1. Marie Claire Maison 2. Source Unknown 3. This Is Glamorous 4. Decorology 5. Domino 6. Alec Hemer 7. Homes and Gardens 8. Marie Claire Maison 9. Domino

It’s Bedtime!

February 26, 2009

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I’ll tell you a secret: my bedroom is a total embarrassment, the last bastion of ugly in my house. I can’t convince myself to spend time and money on it when I’m only in there to sleep. But every girl deserves a room of her own, and this grey and yellow space sends my decorating impulse into overdrive. The luxe velvet, the sexy lamps, and that stunning bolster pillow? Swoon!

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I adore the ladylike charm of this oversized floral wallpaper, especially in contrast with the flashy mirrored tulip table. And don’t you love how the curly fern embroidery adds an exotic touch to an otherwise traditional headboard?

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A folding screen is a brilliant opportunity to inject a hit of pattern without the cost and permanence of papering all four walls. A vintage wallpaper retailer—like Secondhand Rose—makes a terrific resource for covering your own screen. Find super-easy instructions here!

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Subtly striped textiles offer a quiet alternative to the bold prints in previous images. I really appreciate this restrained approach to dressing a four poster bed. Not only does it look more contemporary, it’s more economical too, as you would need significantly less fabric than you would for a full canopy.

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I would never go this girly in my own bedroom (the huz might have a thing or two to say about the palette!) but isn’t this a sweet, cozy boudoir? The variety of materials—the fuzzy mohair throw, the organic glass lamp, and of course those drool-worthy pillows—elevates coral to a whole new level of sophistication.

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Of course it’s not just about color and pattern; texture plays a key role in creating a relaxing retreat. The cool, neutral hues of this space form a soothing backdrop to a woven wicker headboard, a gauzy net drape, and a plush fur throw—a beautiful testament to the power of layering!

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What a smashing mix of styles! A tailored headboard meets playful pillows and a shimmery pailette-trimmed counterpane. A sleek, low nightstand provides deep storage and reins in the sumptuous details of the bed. And how fab are those butterflies in the far left of the pic?

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Of course for all my talk about color, pattern and texture, I still love this serene and simple setting the best. A fluffy duvet and a few well chosen cushions let the room’s architectural elements do most of the talking, and the whole space seems to whisper, ‘Won’t you come to bed?”

All images courtesy of Homes and Gardens Magazine.

It’s Bedtime!

February 26, 2009

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I’ll tell you a secret: my bedroom is a total embarrassment, the last bastion of ugly in my house. I can’t convince myself to spend time and money on it when I’m only in there to sleep. But every girl deserves a room of her own, and this grey and yellow space sends my decorating impulse into overdrive. The luxe velvet, the sexy lamps, and that stunning bolster pillow? Swoon!

main-15.jpg

I adore the ladylike charm of this oversized floral wallpaper, especially in contrast with the flashy mirrored tulip table. And don’t you love how the curly fern embroidery adds an exotic touch to an otherwise traditional headboard?

main-17.jpg

A folding screen is a brilliant opportunity to inject a hit of pattern without the cost and permanence of papering all four walls. A vintage wallpaper retailer—like Secondhand Rose—makes a terrific resource for covering your own screen. Find super-easy instructions here!

main-3.jpg

Subtly striped textiles offer a quiet alternative to the bold prints in previous images. I really appreciate this restrained approach to dressing a four poster bed. Not only does it look more contemporary, it’s more economical too, as you would need significantly less fabric than you would for a full canopy.

main-4.jpg

I would never go this girly in my own bedroom (the huz might have a thing or two to say about the palette!) but isn’t this a sweet, cozy boudoir? The variety of materials—the fuzzy mohair throw, the organic glass lamp, and of course those drool-worthy pillows—elevates coral to a whole new level of sophistication.

main-1.jpg

Of course it’s not just about color and pattern; texture plays a key role in creating a relaxing retreat. The cool, neutral hues of this space form a soothing backdrop to a woven wicker headboard, a gauzy net drape, and a plush fur throw—a beautiful testament to the power of layering!

main-2.jpg

What a smashing mix of styles! A tailored headboard meets playful pillows and a shimmery pailette-trimmed counterpane. A sleek, low nightstand provides deep storage and reins in the sumptuous details of the bed. And how fab are those butterflies in the far left of the pic?

main-20.jpg

Of course for all my talk about color, pattern and texture, I still love this serene and simple setting the best. A fluffy duvet and a few well chosen cushions let the room’s architectural elements do most of the talking, and the whole space seems to whisper, ‘Won’t you come to bed?”

All images courtesy of Homes and Gardens Magazine.

Lusting After: Lorick Spring 2009

February 25, 2009

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The Look: World’s most perfect dress, via Lorick’s Spring 2009 Collection The Occasion: Afternoon garden wedding at which you don’t mind upstaging the bride
The Look: Sweet slouchy tank, drapey wide-leg denim The Occasion: Evening stroll along the Coney Island boardwalk circa 1946

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The Look: Shrunken military vest, cropped trouser The Occasion: Hostile–yet painfully chic–corporate takeover
The Look: Shoulder flounce, nipped-in waist The Occasion: Ceremony for your induction into the ‘Ladies who Lunch’ Hall of Fame

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The Look: Silk shell, butt-kicking booties The Occasion: First day of work as intrepid girl reporter who don’t take no guff
The Look: Lavender and lace The Occasion: Book signing for the bestselling memoir of your tortured youth

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The Look: Breezy linen The Occasion: A morning of antiquing and a rousing game of polo
The Look: Fluid micropleats, narrow belt The Occasion: Your starring role in a community theatre production of ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’

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The Look: Textured short-suit The Occasion: Defending your PhD dissertation on the sociopolitical significance of the cowl neck
The Look: Insouciantly tied scarf The Occasion: First date with a much younger fella or a much older gent, or both in the same day

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The Look: Kelly green bodysuit The Occasion: Your weekly trapeze lesson
The Look: Panel waist miniskirt The Occasion: Transplanting your prize-winning rhododendrons, rubber boots optional

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The Look: Madcap pattern, comically large hat The Occasion: Yacht party off the coast of Amalfi
The Look: Scandalous triangle top, retro bikini bottom The Occasion: Any time, any where

All images courtesy of Lorick, Spring 2009

Tried + True at You Can Call Me Chris

February 24, 2009

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Do you have a best girl who you love to dish with? The one who knows exactly what you’re going to say before you even open your mouth? The one you would have planned matching outfits with had you known each other in grade school? I’ve been fortunate to encounter several such wonderful ladies in blogland—and one of them is Chris Williams. She writes the fabulous blog ‘You Can Call Me Chris‘ and also makes the most ingenius paper creations under the label Christina Williams Designs.

Chris asked me to share my Tried + True beauty products today and I happily gabbed away! In true gal pal form she already uses some of them herself, but perhaps they’ll be new to you? Pop over and check it out here!

Image Credit: Ellen von Unwerth

Tried + True at You Can Call Me Chris

February 24, 2009

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Do you have a best girl who you love to dish with? The one who knows exactly what you’re going to say before you even open your mouth? The one you would have planned matching outfits with had you known each other in grade school? I’ve been fortunate to encounter several such wonderful ladies in blogland—and one of them is Chris Williams. She writes the fabulous blog ‘You Can Call Me Chris‘ and also makes the most ingenius paper creations under the label Christina Williams Designs.

Chris asked me to share my Tried + True beauty products today and I happily gabbed away! In true gal pal form she already uses some of them herself, but perhaps they’ll be new to you? Pop over and check it out here!

Image Credit: Ellen von Unwerth

Shopping Trip: Ottomans

February 24, 2009

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As promised, here’s a round-up of my top picks for ottomans. This was a tough post to put together—you wouldn’t believe how many lovelies are out there. Choosing my favourites was difficult indeed! I would happily welcome any of these into my home…

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Button up! Traditional doesn’t have to mean boring; midnight blue velvet shakes up a straightforward cushion top. Handy castors make this oversized round ottoman pretty and practical, while sleek metal legs render white leather even more glamorous. Pistachio linen and spindly legs channel Victorian kitsch, and if I didn’t already have a tufted couch then this sexy limed oak piece would be in my shopping cart for sure. And doesn’t this nubby oatmeal number remind you of a very stylish marshmallow?

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Perhaps you’d like your ottoman to have a little more personality? Stick with conventional shapes but push the envelope with funky colors, fresh patterns, and fabulous detailing.

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I don’t know if this zebra ottoman is black with white stripes or white with black stripes, but I do know that it’s absolutely gorgeous! Bright, punchy flowers summon springtime, and a chartreuse chain print lends preppy appeal to a familiar shape. A studded, patent leather bench gets an R-rating, creamy vanilla leather updates an ancient animal foot motif, and smoky grey velvet begs, ‘Put your feet up!’

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Or maybe you’d like to walk on the wild side? Cozy caramel cowhide injects a ‘home on the range’ vibe, while the jumbo knit of these floor cushions offers irresistible texture. Handloomed dhurrie, woven wool kilim, and organic cotton Suzani all suggest a flair for the exotic. Finally, I can’t help but recall Little Miss Muffet and her tuffet when I see this outrageous orange pouf, though there was nothing in the nursery rhyme about tangerine vinyl!

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Image Credits: 1. Domino 2. Domino 3. Living Etc.

Absolutely Loving: Oversized Ottomans

February 23, 2009

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I’m not a huge fan of coffee tables; something about them seems so contrived, and I always bang my shins on their edges. But I need a surface for my dinner plate while I watch Big Love and Flight of the Conchords (yes, I am uncouth and eat in front of the TV) and it is nice to have a place to put your feet up. Perhaps a big ol’ ottoman is in my future?

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This one looks so stately and regal; I adore the tufted leather, and the turned feet. The purple number below strikes a sweet feminine note. Plus the fun thing about an ottoman is it gives you an excuse to start collecting nifty trays!

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I also love the idea of using an ottoman as an opportunity to bring some pattern into my space. The image below is one of my all time favourite Domino vignettes, due in large part to the panache of the damask. Look how they’ve repeated it in the pillows!

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And speaking of pillows, this room as a whole is not quite my style, but check out that gorgeous suzani ottoman! It would pair perfectly with my brand new cushions , provided I was able to track it down in the right colors.

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Another smashing example—is it just me or does a close inspection suggest that this fuchsia ottoman is actually upholstered in alligator textured leather? What a perfect way to inject even more personality into a room already brimming with it!

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One aspect that worries me about introducing an ottoman into my own space is the risk of going overkill on soft furnishings; we already have a tufted couch and a long, low daybed. I don’t want the room to feel ‘padded’ if you know what I mean. I think the key is finding a piece that feels structured and a bit airy like the one below.

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Alternatively I could play up the low, loungey vibe that I’m already veering towards with a giant pouf! This one is especially sumptuous and louche. Decisions, decisions! Stay tuned for a shopping trip with some of my favourite ottomans!

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P.S. I’ve misplaced the source on a few of these images—if you recognize them please let me know so I can give proper credit!

Image Credits: 1. Ellen Silverman 2. Source Unknown 3. Living Etc. 4.Domino 5. Anna Williams 6. Source unknown 7. Source Unknown 8. Decorology

Where I Blog…

February 22, 2009

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Last week I was tagged by the charming gals at Mondo Cherry to share with you my blogging space. Like a cat, I have a few spots around the house where I like curl up, but lately I’m loving this little corner of my living room. The biggest attraction—other than the warm sunlight that pools on the sofa in the afternoon—is my brand new pair of suzani pillows.

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I first saw these babies at ABC Carpet and Home over a year ago, and I only recently worked up the courage to phone and see if they were still available. It was worth having them shipped from New York; they’ve transformed the space so much! Now if only I could get around to hanging those prints you see loitering on the floor in the top photo…

I’m supposed to tag five people to share their space, but I’m always very shy about that so if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged! Where’s your favourite spot to work in your house?