Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fall has arrived at Rubie Green!

WOW, am I ever excited for the big reveal! We've created 6 new prints and have a boatload of A M A Z I N G photography thanks to our good friend Patrick Cline ;) We're also working on our very first lookbook, which we're hoping to launch next week so stay tuned, as well as a line of bedding which is currently in production (wahoo!) and scheduled to debut in winter 2009. In the meantime, please enjoy a few sneak peeks and inspiration stories from our latest collection.

Unlike our spring photography, this collection was shot entirely in New York City in some of our favorite hangout spots! I like to go running in Central Park every morning, so most of these shots were conceptualized along the way.

Our insanely beautiful model is actually my good friend Mandi Tumblison, who I've known since middle school. We were on the same field hockey team, and even took our very first interior design class together! Mandi's look is absolutely timeless, and my hope is that she will be discovered by an agency (hint, hint;) We were rather worried our crew was going to fall in the water here, as we had some heavy equipment on the boat and not the most talented rower... (ME!) It was also blazing hot that day, and I made poor Mandi row around in a trench coat! Good times.

This is one of my new prints called Indian Lake, and it was actually drawn by my little sister Megan while we were flying back from Italy this summer! She drew it on hour 5 of our looong flight, and I immediately loved how sketchy it was and knew it had to be thrown into a half drop print! Megan is ridiculously talented (she also designed my 'Megan' pineapple print!) and I hope to be lucky enough to hire her when she graduates :) The name 'Indian Lake' comes from our family's summer getaway spot in Michigan where my grandparents own a small cottage and a boat :)

Another favorite spot in the city is the Union Square farmers market! Autumn is the best time to visit because as you can see, it's full of the richest colors and tastiest treats. It's nearly impossible to get off the subway and not pick something up along the way.

(Like really Patrick? You're amazing!)

How cool is this! We didn't do any styling here- I just saw it and screamed "SIT!" and voila :)

Finally we have one of my favorite prints ever! Those of you who frequent my blog probably know that I have a slight obsession with leopard prints, and a theory that they can be paired with anything. So I decided that such a classic print should be given a classic name, like Jackie. Mrs. Kennedy was also a fan of leopard, as seen in her White House dressing room below.

Photo: Robert Knudsen as seen in Jackie Style
Be sure to check out the Rubie Green site to see all of our new prints, and I'll let you all know when the lookbook is completed! I'll also be posting more inspiration stories so you know where the designs came from, but for now it's time for bed. :)

Diane Bergeron showroom opening!

Photo: Peter Throsby
I couldn't be more excited to share these photos with you from Diane Bergeron's newly opened showroom! Diane is one of my two Rubie Green reps in Australia, and she also carries brands such as Madeline Weinrib, Of the Young and the Restless, Carolina Irving and John Robshaw to name a few. Her showroom is in Melbourne and she offers her clients full design services for both residential and commercial projects. Congrats Diane! It looks incredible :)

Kate Spade on Facebook

As if we all need another reason to spend more time on facebook, Kate Spade has recently added a company profile! The page features ad campaign photos, sale alerts, collection imagery and more. Here's some of my favorites from the Fall '08 campaign, which make me excited to be living in New York City :)

Rubie Shoes

Quite a few of you have emailed asking where I bought my shoes, so I thought I'd let you know that they're comfy and decently priced and available here and here ;)

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Lion Door Knocker Williams-Sonoma Home

Hunter Boots Restoration Hardware, Lattice Pot Mecox Gardens, Mossy Lion Smith & Hawken, Antique Jumbo Key Jason Home & Garden, Lion Door Knocker Williams Sonoma Home, Maddox Knob Restoration Hardware, Greek Key Doormat Williams-Sonoma, Black Urn (sized to hold flowers or pencils etc.) Jayson Home & Garden, English Ivy Globe Topiaries Smith & Hawken.
Knock-Knock Ballet Flats by Lilly Pulitzer (These are so cute in person! It's tough to see in this photo, but they have little lions head door-knockers on them:)

Photo: Paul Costello for Living Room fall 2002

Christina Holmes for Rubie Green

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Williams-Sonoma Home at Columbus Circle!

As you are probably all well-aware, I have a small obsession with Williams-Sonoma Home, so I'm thrilled to share my photos with you from their recent press preview! The incredibly talented and gracious Williams-Sonoma Home team flew in from San Francisco to oversee the opening of their newest location at The Shops at Columbus Circle. They gave their wide-eyed guests a tour of the store, which features imported fumed-wood flooring, thick grasscloth wallpaper, (which is available to purchase!) white wainscoting and built-in bookshelves designed to mirror a classic home rather than a retail store environment. Here is what I found... (click on each photo to see its full beauty;)

Leopard print and paisley!

The check-out desk is reminiscent of the J.K. Florence reception room!

Leopard and plaid...mmmm

The store was designed by architect Howard Backen, and occupies the mezzanine level of the flagship Williams-Sonoma store.

What a cute idea for towel display! I always see beautiful Asian horse statues at the flea market, but I've never been into their serious vibe, so it's fun to see a new take on the look that tones it down and also makes it functional!

And there you have it! As usual, I'm inspired to completely redecorate. For those of you who need a bit of help in the decorating department, the retail stores provide complimentary design services in your own home to help you maximize your space and find a spot for all your favorite WS Home treasures ;)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Associated Press, Calypso Home + MA Belle!

A couple months ago I was asked to participate in an interview with the Associated Press for a blogger series they're creating for their lifestyles department! The goal was to meet home design bloggers and figure out what they look for when shopping for their own homes. I was asked to select a favorite interiors store in the city, (which was so hard- I love so many!) so we contacted Calypso Home and they were thrilled to be on board. Although I'm terrible on camera, I'm incredibly flattered to be a part of this series and excited to show you why I love Calypso Home! Please excuse my dorkiness and note that I smile a lot more often in real life ;)

Happy birthday MA Belle!

So today is officially the one year birthday of MA Belle and I wanted to take a moment to say Thank you to all of my incredible readers. To be honest, I created this blog one year ago because my boyfriend had just broken up with me and my dog was put to sleep on the same day, (can you imagine?!) so I decided rather than spending the day crying I would sit down and create something fun. Clearly I had no idea at the time what an amazing experience this would turn out to be. Thanks to readers like you, I've made new friends all around the globe who inspire me on a daily basis. I cannot thank you all enough :)