Thursday, November 29, 2007

December Domino!

So I'm completely obsessed with this rebellious little magazine shop on 44th and 3rd that always puts magazines out way too early! When I worked for Domino, this newsstand often had the issues out before we even received them in our office! Haha. Anyway, I won't spoil the issue for you, but thought I'd show you the $35 faux snake tray from the gift guide! It's 12"x 19" and would be great on an entry console to catch keys, loose mail and curled up dog leashes :)

The tray reminded me of furniture designer Laura Yaggy's python "Duncan" end table from the December 2005 issue! I love how it adds pattern and texture to the room and mixes SO well with reds, however I prefer the $35 price tag on the tray ;)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Small-space wallpapering

Photo: Kim Cornelison for Country Home, May 2007

Hello once again! I'm finally back from my week long Thanksgiving vacation and ready for some blogging ;) I wanted to show you the hallway above as it's such a great example of using bold wallpaper in small spaces! Hallways and bathrooms are the perfect places to use busy patterns such as this Farrow & Ball print.

I'm also loving the pair of ceramic busts! The patterned wallpaper really makes them pop. For similar busts, try searching eBay for "vintage bust pair." The $10 pair below popped up on my first search.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's some centerpiece ideas from Domino

And of course some from Martha ;)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

I Heart Dovecote

It has always been a dream of mine to own a store one day, so through the years I've paid close attention to stores that inspire me. Although I've never had a chance to check it out in person, I've been "watching" Dovecote for years through their website and magazine articles, and have enjoyed seeing the many style changes that it has gone through. Store owner Sarah Kaplan started her career as a buyer for Neiman Marcus' European Sportswear and eventually did the buying for Barney's Private Label Collection. She now uses her well-trained eye to do the buying for her Westport, CT store by traveling to Paris and the south of France six times a year, finding the best antiques from Bagues to Napoleon III. (Click here to see the treasures she has recently brought back from France!) The store also carries hard-to-find lines ranging from Laduree candles to David Hicks fabrics and wallpapers! Fans of Dovecote include Martha Stewart, Paul Newman and Harry Connick Jr. to name a few. Check out some pics of this fab store :)
As expected, Sarah's own home is pretty spectacular as well! Here it is, featured in the January 2006 issue of Celebrity Living.
Finally, Sarah also participated in the 2006 Hamptons Cottages and Gardens idea house, designing the gorgeous room below!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Happy weekend!

Photo: Bjorn Wallander for O at Home, Winter 2007

Happy weekend all! Hopefully you can make it to a flea market while the weather is still nice. This weekend we're celebrating my dad's 50th birthday in the city (yea!) so I'll have to flea market vicariously through all of you ;)

I thought I'd show you the images above and below from the home of Kirsten Hollister as they illustrate the power of mixing old and new. Kirsten's upholstered bench and knock-off Eero Saarinen table are both from ikea, (as is the chandelier, I would assume) and her art and accessories are all flea market finds! The chalk board is such a genius idea. Kirsten found a vintage mirror and broke the glass out, flipped the backing around, and spray painted the backing with chalk board paint! So anyway, be creative and happy weekend :)

Photo: Bjorn Wallander for O at Home, Winter 2007

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Neutrals {sometimes the best color is no color}

Photo: Helen Norman for Country Home, May 2007 (side note: I'm obsessed with this library! Click on the photo to see how amazing it really is.)

Photo: Simon Upton for Domino, June 2006

Photo: David Loftus for Island Life

Photo: Helen Norman for Country Home, May 2007

Haynes-Roberts library

Dara Caponigro's Manhattan apartment, as seen in September 2006 Veranda. Dara is currently the Style Director at Domino and is known for her love of neutral colors. Photo: Laura Resen

At home with Tory Burch

Oh how I love Tory Burch! I found this old Vogue article in an inspiration binder the other night and thought I'd share it with you :) Tory's Manhattan apartment was designed by Daniel Romualdez and boasts lacquered walls, gorgeous fabrics and pattern pattern pattern! (as you would expect from Tory Burch;) Photos: Francois HalardThis is my favorite room in her home. The orange and white chevron topped cabinet is genius. I'm also a huge fan of her signature orange lacquer jewelry box, which is still available in stores!

Check out the Madeleine Castaing fabric on the sofa and arm chair! So very David Hicks and Tory herself ;) You can see this French decorators home in this New York Times article.
Such amazing flooring and Gracie wallpaper!
Finally, Tory's New York store for which she collaborated with David Mann of MR Architecture & Decor.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Meet the new Kate Spade!

Ok, so I realize this is slightly old news, BUT I just found out that Banana Republic's EVP of Product Design and Development, Deborah Lloyd, was named Creative Director and Co-president of Kate Spade! What a perfect fit! She will oversee all creative aspects of the Kate Spade and Jack Spade Brands, including product design, merchandising, creative services and public relations. Prior to Banana Republic, Loyd worked as VP of design for Burberry London for 5 years.

The image at left from Lloyd's BR Fall 2004 collection shows such a strong resemblance to the Kate Spade aesthetic. So as sad as I am to see Kate and Andy leave, I'm excited to see what Deborah will bring to the table. It's rumored that she will launch Kate Spade jewelry in Fall 2009 as well as an apparel collection in Spring 2010! For more info, check out the articles on Dexigner and Fabsugar.

Lloyd's office at BR can be seen in the September 2005 issue of Domino. She feels that "ugly things" kill creativity (so she moved her ugly fax machine elsewhere) and likes to write notes and speeches on Smythson's classic blue blocks of paper. (Click on the image to enlarge. Photo: Hugh Stewart)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Jackie Style

Photo: Robert Knudsen as seen in Jackie Style

During my trip to Boston a few weeks ago, I visited the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum where I learned all about Jackie's dressing room in the White House! If you look closely, you can see many famous family photos, as well as inaugural shots thumbtacked to the bulletin board. (click the image to enlarge) I was also pleased to see the leopard print throw! (Surprise, surprise.) For a similar throw, try The Pink Monogram. I was rather shocked to find the gorgeous chaise below at TARGET of all places! (yes, I'm serious.)
Check out the photo below! Jackie commissioned French artist Pierre-Marie Rudelle to create the painted trompe l' oeil doors in her White House dressing room. She described the items depicted on the doors as "my favorite things," which included her watercolor painting of the White House, daisies given to her by her sister, a portrait of Caroline Kennedy as an infant and more memorabilia from her life.
Inside of these doors is where Jackie stored her legendary wardrobe! Check out some of her most famous looks below.

Photo left: Corbis/SYGMA, as seen in Jackie Style. Right: Tory Burch "Kennedy Coat" available via ebay.
Photo left: Archive Photos, London Daily Express as seen in Jackie Style. Right: Coach Tattersall Coat.

Photo: Ron Galella as seen in Jackie Style.

Photo: John F. Kennedy Library, Boston as seen in Jackie Style.

Photo: Ron Galella as seen in Jackie Style.


If I had a bajillion dollars, this would be my wish list from Tory Burch. (A girl can dream;) But since I don't, I'm happy to see that Banana Republic has totally stepped it up this season! This is probably their most impressive holiday collection to date.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Autumn Flea Marketing

Every weekend I love to search for vintage treasures at the Chelsea flea market here in the city. However last weekend I rented a car with 4 of my friends and headed to the popular Elephant's Trunk market in Connecticut! Founded in 1976, the market features hundreds of vendors offering bargain antiques amidst the colorful backdrop of an autumn New England hillside.

Below are two goodies I scored at Elephant's Trunk! The frame at left was a mere $10, in which I placed a scrap of fabric that I love from an old skirt I don't wear! The painting at right is an original watercolor, matted in linen and framed for $40! Not too shabby ;)As you know, I'm a huge fan of gallery walls so I thought I'd share my own with you! Almost everything on this wall is a flea market find, costing anywhere from $2 to the painting I just bought for $40! The look is laid back and eclectic and reminds me of how much fun I had searching for each piece. For those of you interested in vintage fashion, be sure to check out the Shabby Chic store in Soho. Store owner Rachel Ashwell (who popularized the term "shabby chic") has spent the last ten years collecting and restoring vintage prom dresses from the '40s and '50s, which are now on display and available to purchase until December 31st at her Wooster street store. Photo: Edmund Barr, Country Home May 2005