I get asked all the time what my style is. You can say it many different ways....a refined mix of classic, modern and vintage elements; Classic with modern sensibilities; Tailored yet comfortable and approachable etc. I am inspired and influenced by so many different things. I am working on a website and sent these inspiration images to my friend who is helping me design it. I am hoping this gives her a little peak into some of the interiors, styles and looks that I love.
January 28, 2011
I have had pregnancy style on the brain lately as I have just completed the first trimester of my first pregnancy. That's right...I am officially pregnant! This might explain the sporadic blog posts over the past couple months because, frankly, I have felt like total crap. I'm told I will be emerging from this fog soon and I couldn't be more happy about it. So, look forward to more consistent and diverse blog posts soon. I started this blog as a creative outlet to express what has currently caught my eye in design, travel, fashion or just what is generally going on in my life. It won't turn into a mommy blog, but there will definitely be more content related to the topic. Thank you all of your support! xx
January 26, 2011
My stylish and adorable friend Katie Armour has teamed up with Jane Lilly Warren and Fallon Fogerty to launch the new online magazine Matchbook. If you haven't seen it yet, you must! They have an all-star line up of taste-makers from various fields giving their tips, tricks and advice on how to lead a charmed life. All in all it is chock full of beautiful images, insightful interviews and fresh content. Congrats ladies!
Image via Matchbook Magazine.
January 25, 2011
We had a wonderful weekend in Healdsburg. Friday was about relaxing at the hotel and getting spa treatments. Then we met up with friends for a decadent dinner at Cyrus. We started with the caviar and champagne service (I know, sounds ridiculous but it was such a treat) and then had a 6 course meal. It was really fun, but I think I am still in a food coma. The next morning we had BLT's for lunch at Ravenous and then hit up a winery in Russian River. Lynmar has the best outdoor patio where you can sip your wine and gaze out at the vineyards. It was unseasonably warm and sunny out and we took advantage and lounged outside for about an hour at Lynmar. All in all, the perfect little relaxing weekend.
January 21, 2011
I am heading *here* this weekend. Healdsburg is one of my favorite areas in California wine country. It a lot less touristy than other parts and they have cute stores, great antiquing and amazing restaurants. Check, check and check! Oh, and Hotel Healdsburg also has a wonderful spa where, I must admit, I have already made a couple appointments. I am so looking forward to a little down time with the hubby. I hope you all enjoy your weekend.
Images via Hotel Healdsburg.
January 19, 2011
I really love this Wood and Iron "X" Back Bookcase from Wisteria. It's sleek and I like the industrial look and combination of materials.
I adore this Mid-Century Modern Console Table as well. The gentle curves and simplicity of the design is lovely. I really think this piece could blend seamlessly into most interiors.
The Handsome Cabriole Leg Chair is another easy piece. I like the natural wood and cabriole legs coupled with the more masculine suit-like pin stripe fabric.
Who doesn't need this Diamond Patterned Ceramic Stool? It could serve as the perfect little side table or some extra seating in a pinch. Plus, it would add some great texture to a room. It's a classic.
January 18, 2011
January 14, 2011
While perusing my favorite blog the other day, Remodelista, I came across a post they did about Virginia Johnson. I bought one of her adorable kelly green scarves with a rose pattern on it about two years ago and have loved it ever since. I had no idea that she had expanded her line from scarves to clothing, prints, bedding, totes, decorative pillows and rugs. Everything she makes is adorable (I have my eye on the totes...they would be perfect for fabric shopping!) but I particularly like the hand screened fine art prints. The colors are great and how cute is that little turtle!?
I am in the market for some 70's bell bottom inspired jeans. I can't quite decide if I want a pair with a high waist, trouser details or something more true to the original that tapers at the knee with a big flare at the cuff. I really like the look and it is a welcomed break from all the skinnies we've been wearing for years now. Are you all feelin' the flare these days, and if so, what style are you leaning towards?
Image #1 and #2 via The Sartorialist.
January 13, 2011
I love the Gilt Home Curated by Design series. It's so much fun to see what other designers are drawn towards and what they are feeling is relevant right now. This week the series is curated by Brad Ford. I am always drawn to organic shapes and textures, so Brad's picks are right up my alley. There are some good deals to be had, so make sure you check out the sale *here*.
January 12, 2011
I think I'm a bit tardy to the party on this one, but have you guys seen Adore Home Magazine? If not, you should definitely check it out. It is a great online mag out of Australia. They feature a wonderful round up of stylish goods and their layouts are well edited, colorful and fun. I am so excited about all of the new inspiration hitting the web these days in the form of online magazines!
January 11, 2011
I woke up a bit under the weather today with a sinus headache and a scratchy throat, so I plan on taking it easy. Nothing can cheer me up like Lulu de Kwiatkowski's living room that was featured in Lonny Magazine awhile back. Besides being light, bright and cheery, I love how personalized the space is. Family photos are blown up and used as art on the walls in this room as well as throughout the house. Isn't the underwater photo of her husband and child adorable?
Image via Lonny Magazine.
January 10, 2011
Happy Monday all! I don't know about you but I am having a really hard time getting going this morning. I came across this image in my inspiration files and thought it was an appropriate one to start the week. The materials used...stone, wood, leather, iron, linen and wicker...are earthy and the color scheme is really tranquil. I love the arched windows and exposed beams. The whole room has a calm and relaxing vibe to it, and the view doesn't hurt either!
Image credit unknown.
January 7, 2011
I just love this barn designed by Erin Martin in Napa. The rustic chic western decor is, well, just plain cool...an EMD specialty. It was designed and decorated with entertaining in mind. How lovely would it be to rent this space out and have a huge party there with all of your friends? If you do, don't forget to invite me!
Hopefully I will see some of you tonight at the blogger cocktail/meet-up in SF. If you care to join, there is more info about it *here*. Have a wonderful weekend!
Images via Erin Martin Design & Remodelista.
January 6, 2011
As I was sourcing some lighting for a project, I came across this image from Carrie and Big's apartment in the Sex and the City movie. Isn't it great!? I love pieces that blend seamlessly in traditional as well as modern interiors. This 9-globe bubble pendant is from Lindsey Adelman Studio. It comes in a variety of finishes and glass options. It's so versatile and unexpected. I would personally put it over a round hallway table (a la Carrie and Big) or over a dining table. I'm in love.
Image #1 via Elle Decor.
January 5, 2011
I have long been a big fan of ALC. They do basic with a twist better than any brand, and I love the quality of their craftsmanship and materials. The ALC Resort 2011 collection is filled with some gorgeous pieces that would easily incorporate into any wardrobe. The collection is characterized by beautiful draping, lots of layers and sumptuous sheer fabrics. Here are a couple looks that I can't get enough of...
Images via ALC.
January 4, 2011
Well, the holiday break is over and it is onward and upward into 2011. I came across the beautiful image in the upper left hand corner sometime ago and I instantly fell in love with it. I love the natural elements and colors with the pop of gold and glimmer of crystal. Everything in this image also has a lovely texture whether it be faceted, engraved, inlaid or the soft surface of the hydrangea petal. I have several weddings to go to early in the year, so of course I am already figuring out what I want to wear. I am always drawn to colors you find in nature and I love the little extra details that a ruffle or pleat can add to an outfit. Above are a few picks that I think will make for an adorable wedding ensemble. I have a pair of nude pumps and I'm thinking I will add a little fur jacket/stole for the wedding back east in February...brrr.
Stacking Rings- Monica Vivander
Silk Ruffle Dress- Tibi
Pleated Clutch- Club Monaco
Image via unknown.