We’re Interpreting Style

I decided to start doing monthly installments of the post “interpreting style,” for those of you who haven’t read that post, click here. Every 4 weeks or so I’m going to put together a postbased on the original due to popular demand (and by popular demand I mean I heard someone say the word “style” last week.) The reason I decided to do this is because I feel like this type of post best represents what this blog is all about; design, style and observations.
So let’s begin the challenge of finding the homes of these stylish people;

Here’s a woman who looks cool and laid back. I love her round sunglasses and the colorpalette. She looks like a modern yoko ono only instead of being a bad influence on theBeatles she has no influence on the Beatles. This is where she lives:

This living space feels stripped and exposed in a good way with the concrete floor, thefireplace and the exposed brick wall. This room has the same message as the modern yoko, “I exude style minimally.”

 

The first thing we see about this woman is that it doesn’t seem like she’s wearing a bra. The second thing we know is that she likes to wear multiple earrings in each ear. The third thing we know is she’s pure chic. She’s wearing just a t shirt, sunglasses with her hair pulled and looks like she could be attending a fashion show for Celine. When she does head back home, this is probably where she will end up:

This feels fresh, simple, uplifting, natural and crisp. I love this space. This is a good exampleof editing at its best; knowing when to stop. The bra-less woman and this interior have restraint but not severity in common.

 

This woman is about textures, shapes and being naturally amazing. Let’s guess which room she belongs to:

Close, but no. This dining room is sophisticated and has edge with all the brass but itdoesn’t belong to her, it belongs to her:

Ah yes, the glamorous, goth-like, boho, lady like, sleek woman. She’s bold and delicate, like the dining room with high gloss black walls and a crystal chandelier.

So the woman in the killer leather jacket lives here:

This bedroom is perfection, it’s designed by Nam Dang Mitchell. It has a masculine feel with sturdy grounding furniture pieces. I love the form of the two arm sconce (Serge Mouille). This is a really good combination.

 

 

Who do we think is waiting behind this door?

Not her,

This woman is waiting for a sandwich….

No no not her, she’s behind these doors:

These are amazing brass and steel doors; Doesn’t get much better than this.

So who is waiting behind that burnt orange door?

She’s relaxed and a little boho. I love that necklace and the earth tones of this outfit. Although I do feel like it may be a challenge for her to see anything.

Where has this woman escaped from? Maybe she’s running away from Tim Allen in ‘Jungle 2 Jungle.’

I think that’s a safe assumption.

This is where she’ll find refuge from Tim Allen. It’s peaceful, full of nature and light.

Hmm… she seems interesting. I wonder where she lives…

She lives in a fantasy ti pee in the corner of her brownstone apartment in Brooklyn; very native.

Oops, I forgot I don’t want to know where she spends her time, moving on.

 

Wow.. this woman looks incredible and she also looks very angry, she probably hasn’t sniffed a carbohydrate in ten years.

 

This kitchen is by Jean Louis Deniot, one of my favorite french designers. This is a prefect kitchen for someone who’s goal is to not eat.

I love this jacket with the leather arms, shows the importance of detail. She pulls off that gray wool hat really well. I like this Annie Hall feel that’s going on here…..

 

This space by Sally Wheat is so perfect. It’s an effortless mix of styles and feels classic. The floor lamp, the graffiti painting, the wood panels on the wall all equal classic edge.
The perfect way to end a perfect post…….. ok, a nearly perfect post……. a great post? How about, a perfect way to end a mediocre post? Sounds accurate.

Feel free to leave suggestions of rooms or people you would like me to pair up (again I’m just trying to encourage you to leave comments 🙂

How To Get That Look

So you flip through a magazine and see tons of pictures of rooms you love. So you fold the tip of the page in hopes of someday creating something just as special in your own home. Two years later that page is still folded and your hopes have some what lessened. How do we translate those beautiful rooms into our every day lives so we can really enjoy it? “That’s a good question Chana, I’m glad you asked. I thought this was going to be just another post of gorgeous rooms and George Clooney…”
Look who is full of surprises…
When trying to recreate something you’re inspired by, the key is not to get stuck on the individual pieces but the feelings of the space and aim for something similar.
So let’s start with this area:

This is a dining room that feels earthy and light with a little touch of tribal edge. Let’s get the look:

This is earthy, natural with some tribal punch. The woods I used here are darker than the woods in the picture above, but the feel for the room is the same. The dining table is fromCB2, the cowhide is from IKEA and so is that plant. The black and white print is from Crate&Barrel. Once you know the feeling you’re looking for, it’s much easier to find piecesat affordable prices and put them together. When first looking at the first picture, it may seem unattainable, but it’s not. Recognize the vibe of the space, and slowly build up with pieces that are in your price range.

 

 

This is a bohemian minimalist look taken from Vogue. The chairs aren’t matching, the flowers and vases are different shapes and textures. It feels bohemian because every piece looks like it was collected and thought about over time. Although the room feels free spirited, it’s not all over the place. Let’s get the look:

So this is the bohemian, clean look. The space needed to feel collected and eccentric but with simple lines. I added the black curtains for the warmth and the depth. The console and red chair are from West Elm, the lamp and dining table are from IKEA. Does this feel bohemian minimal to you? (Please feel free to leave comments at the end.)

Almost everyone I speak to can use a small work space in their apartments/homes. A space for the computer, laptop, mail and other gadgets. It’s not hard to make it look stylish either, let’s get the look:

The table is from IKEA and the chair is from Overstock, you’d be surprised at the stylish affordable things you can find there. The wall accessories are CB2. This look has the cozy, intimate feeling that we liked from the picture above but has a little more “downtown” to it which I think works. If you want to stick to the airier version, you can just switch out the black cowhide, that will change everything:

You see? It changes everything….

This vignette is a beautiful example of the ‘Palm Springs retro’ thing. It’s basically the same as mid century but with a lot more cactus and desert. I love the shaggy rug, the funky shaped chair and iron base table. Everything works well together and doesn’t feel exaggerated. Let’s get the look:

Welcome to Palm Springs baby. I’ll admit if I would of put a picture of palm trees or lots of sand it would be more convincing but I wanted to focus on the furniture choices. The rug is from IKEA, console and lamp, West Elm. I like this interpretation because it feels authentic and clean. Sticking to a neutral color palette was key, how does this feel to you?
You can leave your comments at the bottom. My posts are not generating a ton of comments so I’m trying to be encouraging.

Designers and George Clooney, Naturally

There are designers that I like, there are designers I don’t mind and then there are designers that I LOVE. I want to share those designers with you so you can be a better person with a fuller life because that’s what design does for a person. 🙂  There are actors that I don’t mind, will tolerate or that I LOVE. One of those actors is George Clooney. I’m fluttering my eyelashes, can you tell? So with every designer I love, there’s an angle of George Clooney that I love, and today I will be sharing all those designers and angles with you.
You’re welcome..

Designers- John Rawlins & Athena Calderone
These two designers created what we know today as Rawlins Calderone Design. With Johns past experience of working for Tucci and Athenas knowledge from NYs Parsons,these two are sooo good. I love the grittiness of it all and I love how youthful all their work feels.

 

Love all the cool tones, feels so masculine and sexy.

This is a duplex penthouse in NYC. It has an awesome vibe, it’s sophisticated and laid back. The colors are muted but still really strong and it reminds me of this George:

This is a rugged, laid back George. This was the time George and I were sharing a laugh.

Designer- Robert Stilin
Robert Stilin has built a reputation for himself as a versatile designer with beautifully classic work. The baseline of his work is always sturdy, well made neutral pieces with layers of modern shapes. I think the reason I love him most is because everything he does feels easy and comfortable which ultimately what you want for your home.

The light fixture on top of the table and chairs…. take a minute.

Even though there’s a sculpture made of wire, this seating arrangement still feels classic.

Great vignette, it’s simple and to the point.

Like Robert Stilin, George has this classic american style that is always current, never stale.It’s just too good.

Designer- Steven Volpe
Steven Volpe Designs has a unique way of creating spaces that feel lived in and thought out. His style is spacious and modern with perfect craftsmanship. His spaces also always feel airy and light and I love that. I also appreciate how he doesn’t shy away from being grand and luxurious.

How good is this? Every color and shape compliment each other.




This is so sleek and severe- perfect.

Meet sleek George Clooney. This was the first time he and I met eyes. His eyes were saying “Where have you been all my life..” My eyes were answering, “On a couch, watching all your movies, eating ice cream.”

Designer- Waldo Fernandez
Waldo studied architecture and design at UCLA which was followed by a job as a set designer.  (that’s a really good turn of events) With a showroom he started in 1974 and a celebrity client list, it’s impossible to look away from his work. For me a big pull towards his work is his mix of colors and patterns. He really inspires me.

A curved brown sectional couch at its best.

 

 

This room is bright and grounded. I love the rug which was an amazing choice. This room is humble but grabs all of your attention.

This George grabs all of your attention. This is a good choice for George when I finally introduce him to all my friends and family. It’s a big step, don’t want to rush into anything.

Designer- Nate Berkus
Nate’s style is sophisticated without being intimidating. I love how he puts things together. I fell in love with his work because it has a 70’s retro feel to it which is my favorite.

Even those beige shoes look good.

 

 

How perfect are these?? Theyre perfection but still feel approachable and humble. Like him:

George, don’t look at me like that… I’m just not ready for you to meet my family, relax. (Do you believe this guy?)

Designers- Daniel Suduca & Thierry Merillou
These two paired up and create amazingly interesting galleries of their collections and that’s what I love about them.

 

I have no words, I absolutely love this space. It really makes my heart stop, I may need a doctor.

Yes, he seems more than qualified. I feel better now, let’s run away together.

P.S. To my husband, I am very happy with you and am madly in love with you.
P.S.S. I didn’t make supper tonight, I was caught up writing this post.
P.S.S.S. Don’t look at the credit card bill for a little while….
Love you, mean it.

New Year New You

The new year is a time to reflect on the past year and think about what we could have done better and what we can improve on in the new year. It’s a time full of hope and possibilities; that will probably turn into disappointment because the year changed but it didn’t change who we are. So I put together a list of tips that you can use at home. Where to invest, how to create a mood and what to embrace. Be prepared for a resourceful, information packed, blow your mind type of post. If you would like to take a quick snooze before you start, I advise that you do.

TIP ONE: Invest In A Good Sofa
A great sofa does so much for a home. It invites people to sit and relax. It connects people together. It’s a place to bond after a long day, watch a movie or tv. It’s something we use all the time in the home and is totally worth the investment.

This is s space designed by Nate Berkus (his collection for Target was the worst thing for me. My husband has officially banned me from that store. I have never found more reason to go buy febreze and bananas) The sofa is a tuxedo sofa designed by Milo Baughman. It’s classic in form, comfortable because of the depth so so stylish. I love a good tuxedo.

Here’s a leather tuxedo, a little more traditional and masculine.

The sectional… hold on one second I just dropped dead. The sectional is a perfect piece for a living room. There’s enough seating for family and guests so you don’t need to pretend to be comfortable sitting on the floor. “Sit on the couch, I love sitting on the floor. I choose the floor over the couch even when you’re not here.” It’s inviting and so versatile.

So this is a combination of my two favorite things, sectionals and velvet. Love it! (I said thatin a really high pitched voice) This space is designed by Jessica Helgerson.

Yea, this is is the mamma bear of sectional sofas and I need her lovin.

TIP TWO: Dress Up Your Walls
Choosing a piece of art or photograph for your home can be very overwhelming. You’re saying “This piece completely represents me and my style,” and that can seem like a bigcommitment. What you need to keep in mind is that it’s not permanent, if you don’t like it after one week you can always take it down and change it for something else. Once you start playing around, you’ll find what you’re looking for. The hard part is always starting.

This gallery wall is really simple and striking. I love the abstract figures and the creativity behind it. Gorgeous.


This canvas relays the message very well.

I love a gallery wall that incorporates objects as well. It feels so lived in and personal. The big black and white picture gives a great vintage vibe.

TIP THREE: Make Time to Sit And Eat
Everyone always seems to be so busy. Whether we’re doing something or not, we’re talking about it or taking a picture of it. It’s nice to incorporate a time to sit, eat and talk. Even if it’s once a week, just sit down and listen to all the complaints from your family.

Speaking of vintage vibes, this seating nook really does that with the small framed black and whites. I love the retro feel. The rounded leather bench is a perfect choice forinteraction.



Gorgeous color combination… I absolutely love it. The woods, golds and deep purple is killer together. I would talk and eat here all day, (more eating than talking but who’s keeping track?)

This is great for large families because of the ample amount of seating. This is the type of area that is constantly in use. There’s so much warmth here, I love it.

Sitting down with family or friends and talking face to face instead of screen to screen issomething we should all take on this new year. Ten minutes go by and I’ve already “liked”something on facebook and instagram. Sometimes I’m even “liking” pictures I’ve put up myself. (Insert embarrassed emoticon here.)

TIP FOUR: First Impressions Count
This year pay more attention to your entry way, even if it’s a wall. Take advantage and create an area for a drop zone and something personal. These are the moments that stick with people and make your house your home.

This is the entry way in designer Angie Hranowskys home. There’s not a lot going on but when walking in the person feels so much. The beautiful large scale photo of the shell, the marble wall and the geometric wall divider. Angie is sending a message through shapes and forms. And the message is “my home is better than your home, deal with it.”

This is an entrance vignette done by Daniel Romualdez. I love the glamorous attitude it has. It is simple and just pure design.

How awesome is this?  I would use profanity now but my mother is my only follower and I’m too vulnerable to lose her right now. I feel so adventurous just looking at this entry way, imagine walking through it. It’s rustic, abstract, bold and perfect. This is the entry way of Trina Turks’ home.

TIP FIVE: Embrace Leather
Leather edges up any room and makes it look cooler. It gives you the freedom to mix patterns and eras and helps keep a space gender neutral.

So there’s a lot of leather here but it’s an example of different ways to use leather: poufs and armchairs. A great thing about leather poufs is that they’re indestructible. There’s no amount of wine, water, dirt or kicking around that can harm it.

Hides are really useful tools for adding grittiness to a room. This room already feels light and airy; imagine it without the grounding of the hide. Anyone can add a hide to a room;it’s the easiest and cheapest way to start.

Look what the hide does for this room. Designers like Kelly Wearstler and Miles Redd haven’t decorated a space without leather, it’s the secret weapon for a cool space. Remember that a little goes a long way.

This is another masterpiece done by Daniel Romualdez (crush of the moment). Do you seewhat the leather chairs do for the space? It adds so much edginess.

TIP SIX: Black Is The New Black
I don’t believe it went anywhere, but for those of you who thought color is all the rage, it’s time to let black into your life.

This is a girl who is embracing black and rocking it.

What’s better than two gorgeous girls together? Two gorgeous girls together wearing black. (You saw that one coming)

 

A black backdrop for a gallery wall is so striking. From the picture above you can see it really elevates the room. (Btw notice the hide on the floor…works every time.)

Another black backdrop. Take my advice, choose a wall to paint black now so in a month when your neighbors start doing it, you can smirk and nod your head at them, all condescending.

Working black with boho is so cool. Kate Moss is doing it here and so can you. Just buy yourself a wool hat from Zara and pair it with anything black.

I hope you enjoyed the tips. Watch out 2013, I’m going to kick your ass! If 2013 knows anything, it’s not threatened by me. It knows it’s in for a year of sweatpants, ice cream, mood swings, anxiety about bed bugs, fear of new things, fear of old things, Fox’s NewGirl, (I’m not getting anything for that shout out. I still don’t have consistent followers) fear of having conversations with acquaintances and a lot of “I can’t go out tonight, I have nothing to wear.”

Here’s to a brighter, bigger, better, year. 

5 Reasons to Love Kelly Wearstler

Everyone knows who I’m talking about. If you don’t, it’s time to step out from under the rock you’ve been living and start to see the light. Kelly Wearstler is an interior designer turned designer, with her own ready-to-wear collection. She’s collaborated with The Rug Company and Bergdorf Goodman and Lee Jofa and is soon to launch a signature line of wallpaper and trims with the brand. She has published four books based on her talents and inspirations: Modern Glamour: The Art of Unexpected Style, Domicilium Decoratus, and Rhapsody. She has been very busy. So now that we’re all intimidated and full of self hatred, let’s begin.

Reason One: She Knows How To Mix
Kelly has an unmistakable style with every space having a sense of adventure. She mixes furniture pieces from different periods, with different stones and woods. Kelly layers pattern over pattern like a master.

 

There’s the floor, the console and then the walls. It all 100 percent works. Genius.

 

How does she layer three completely different patterns and textures and make them each shine without outshining each other? Maybe if I knew I would be able to land myself a job, just a thought.

We get it Kelly, you’re so beautiful and so talented. Let’s keep moving.

Reason Two: She Has Conquered It All
Kelly has worked with the Rug Company to design her own line of 8 rugs which are all more gorgeous than the next.

 

Her line of fabrics with Lee Jofa; UH-MAZING.

Her boutique in Bergdorf Goodman.

Reason Three: She’s Designed The Best Hotels
The Avalon in Beverly Hills and the Viceroy Hotels and Resorts set the bar for hip, glamorous and modern hotels. Kelly mixes roman heads with shag rugs with vintage Italian style pieces.

 

The Avalon in Beverly Hills. I would be the person leaving with a chair literally falling out of my hand luggage. “What, this? That’s my turquoise leather chair. You didn’t see me come in with it? I’m pretty sure I came in with this chair.”

 

A room in the Viceroy Hotel, Miami.

 

Imagine checking in next to that half head. My husband would not be able to take his hands off that thing and as a result would be asked to leave. That wouldn’t be surprising after I tried sneaking out with a chair in my bag. Obviously my husband and I are very classy people.
 
Reason Four: She Has an Incredible Collection
If her interiors make you want to come back to earth again as Kelly Wearstler herself, then her collection will only do you more harm.

 

 

Her collection does such a great job bringing her aesthetic from interiors to the ready-to-wear. Even her manikins have attitude, almost as much as I do before my first coffee.

Reason Five: She Creates Amazing Residences
Obviously anyone would live in any one of the homes Kelly has designed. They are so outrageously over the top without actually being too much; an ability Kelly has mastered. I would even be happy to live outside on the corner of these homes, anyone with me on that?

 

 

 

This is a home she did in Malibu. I love how the space feels appropriate for being on the coast and not being “coastal.”

Could this foyer be any better?

This is a home in Bel-Air.

 

After writing this post am I hoping Kelly (people who work for Kelly) reads this post and falls in love with me and so begins our journey together, don’t judge me.
All of the pictures can be found on Kelly’s blog: myvibemylife.com

The Perfect Gift Guide

It’s the first week of December, time to start purchasing or start thinking about purchasing gifts for all the people in your life. It really does pay off to have little or no people in you lifethis time of year. It’s always hard to find the perfect something for a friend, husband, nieces and nephews, and because I have some time on my hands (an abundance of it) I decided to help you out with my own personalized gift guide.

For The Hard To Please

This mug is kind of perfect for the person who thinks nothing and no one is good enough.Find it over here.

 

There’s no one these shoes can’t please. When I look at this pair of gorgeous shoes I start playing the song “Ow I feel good….” in my head. Buy them here.

This leather arm chair is so insanely gorgeous. Perfect for anyone, any room any house. Buy it here.

For The Easily Excited

For someone who is easily excited about life in general, they will be exploding with joy to receive a gift every few hours of the day. They’ll get excited every single time. Before you try it, realize this will be an exhausting day for you.

For The Cool Kids

 

Most cool people have a complicated Nikon or Canon camera. This hot cup is even a good gift for someone who is thinking of buying one of these cameras. Although someonesatisfied with this hot cup over an actual Nikon camera isn’t cool anymore. Click here to buy one.

Love this brass pen or pencil holder. It will immediately chic up any office desk. Over here.

Is there anything cooler than a rose gold plated retro bike? Not really. Over here.

For The Nostalgic

 

These lined notebooks are a good way to keep the past alive. Purchase them here.

I would love this as a gift. I miss sitting down and talking on an actual phone and having an actual conversation. The truth is I never did that and I’m quite a fan of “don’t ruin this text marathon we’re doing right now by calling me.” Click here.

For The Person You Don’t Like

So this is a fox hat made of felt and comes with a stand. Ummm, I personally don’t know and have never met someone who likes to wear a felt fox hat or would they want to display such a purchase. Maybe I’m just hanging out with the wrong people. So if you don’t like someone but need to buy them something for the holiday season maybe this item, which purpose is still a mystery to me, is a good choice. Dare to buy it here.

Gift card to the dollar store. Make sure not to be around when they open this gift; it wont be pretty.

I’m assuming you wouldn’t want the person you like to drink espresso out of these coffee pots. I guess it’s cute for someone who likes holding a tiny coffee pot attached to a branch first thing in the morning. If I was handed that to make my coffee, I would take it and use it to bang the person who handed it to me on the head. Find this gem here.

For The Husbands

This is a really practical gift for the husband. After this there wont be any excuse for balls of shirts in the corner of the room. You can find it here.

This is perfect to give to any husband. It’s direct instructions for them to follow. I don’t think they know how to communicate any other way. They’re over here.

For The Moms

This is a perfect way for a mom to send her kids off to school in the morning. Perfect for the moms not so perfect for the kids. You can find them here.

“Overworked/ Underpaid” Every mother should drink out of this mug in the morning. Find it here.

I love this Rebecca Minkoff diaper bag. It’s large and roomy, but it’s cool enough to be used as a regular bag. It’s over here.

For The Kids

These are really cute for kids, they can draw or write away while you’re preparing supper. Even though the kids will probably be too busy calling your name ninety times to notice the place mat. Buy them here.

 

You wouldn’t be able to stay mad at your kid for long when they’re wearing this sweater….uhh, maybe that’s debatable. You can find it here at Zara.

For the Bohemians

 A gorgeous organic jewelry holder. I love this, find it here.

This clutch is perfect for a free spirited woman. The gems and colors with the fringe make it so pretty. Buy it over here.

I love this bangle, it’s such a statement. It’s also a good color combination, I think this is the bangle Cleopatra would of worn had she been around in the sixties. It’s over here.

I just want to personally apologize to all the boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives andparents out there. I just made a blog post dedicated to how and where the people in your life should spend money. Happy Holidays and good luck with that.

A Color Scheme From Disney

When designing a room the first thing to consider is the color scheme. The colors are the starting point of a room and help create the feeling and message of a space. Limit your color choices to 8,  otherwise it wont really be a color scheme, just a bunch of different colors. Start off by choosing the neutrals and work your way into color. When I look for inspiration I turn to the past. I look for new ways to interpret what has inspired me. In this case, I’m turning way back to Disney classics like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Tarzan. FYI I think Rosie O’donells best role was playing thebaby gorilla in Tarzan. So for those of you who feel uninspired, let’s start with my all time favorite:

The Little Mermaid

At first glance this is Ariel talking about how she’s falling in love with a man she saw through a hole in a boat, a true depiction of reality. But at a closer look, this is a really soft& feminine color palette. You start with the blues and lilacs which are soft cool tones and add the warmer textures. This is how I would translate the picture above into a color palette:

 

So I’ve used five colors, the lilac pink, maroon red, lavender blue, a baby blue and aqua green. These colors set the tone for this soft, feminine and sophisticated palette. The chandelier, the plant, the paintings incorporate the colors and bring them together. It feels organic and delicate, and I like how the red and green feel against the soft cool colors. Thiswould be really pretty for a dinette in a kitchen with natural light. So if anyone ever comes over to you and asks for a color palette inspired by the little mermaid, have confidence in knowing you can make it happen 🙂

Looking back Ursula got a lot of slack because she was the “sea witch” and wanted to trick Ariel into being her slave for life, yadda yadda yadda… From her perspective Ariel was a 16 year old princess who  spent her time talking to a Jamaican crab and combing her hair with a fork. Doesn’t sound like someone I would spend my time with.
Ursula had her own den, she had powers and she was rocking the flipped mohawk way before Pink or Miley Cyrus.

This color palette is dark, deep and sensual. Here’s my interpretation:

I chose purples and black with some grey. This is mysterious and dark like Ursula.The plants remind me of Ursula’s eel side kicks so I added them, they also look really good. This color palette would be suited well for a dining room where there’s intimate dinners and some drinking. It would also be a good match for a master bedroom.

Aladdin

Jasmine with her pet tiger Raja and her father, the sultan; such a cute little man. Butultimately jasmine wanted a man unlike her father- homeless barely dressed and best friends with a monkey.

This would be a place for the modern day jasmine. The palette has a lot of blues with white and gold. This feels elegant and young. Instead of going all out with the expected, I used some restraint. I like the softness from the colors and textures mixed with the toughness of the gold and tiger. (I couldn’t leave the tiger out.) This palette would be good for a home office or a teenager’s bedroom because it would transition well into adult hood.

Beauty and the Beast

So I’m sure this has happened to many of us. We go on a horse ride, end up trapped in a castle with a beast and fall in love with him over a snow fight. I can’t tell you how many people I know with stories like that. The thing to do after falling in love is attend a ball in acastle and invite no one else- obviously.

Beauty and the beast is romantic, dark and traditional.

This feels regal and rich, by adding the Rothko there’s a darkness that reminds me of the castle. The colors are blue, deep red and gold. I love the mix of pieces, the chairs are very ornate and detailed while the Saarinen table is pure and simple. The candlesticks give a nod to the past and the chandelier is more present. This is a good palette for a more grand dining area, one that’s used once a year for Thanksgiving.

The Lion King

How good was this movie? It was so touching and funny and entertaining, I fell in love withSimba. I don’t know how that would work but I did have a crush on a cartoon lion cub for a while.

I used a soft natural color palette. This feels tribal and earthy but it’s not in your face, it’smore of a feeling. The peacock mirror is glamorous and still feels undone because of the mat finish. I love this palette because it’s so versatile. You can use this in a nursery or a den;it would work perfectly in both.

Tarzan

Ah yes, the swinging, undressed man. This palette is light and natural. It feels exotic and exciting. There’s a man getting around using a rope miles high in the air, of course it feels exciting.

This palette uses mostly natural colors, the tan leather chair, banana leaf wallpaper, wood side table. This would be so cool for a library. Do people still have libraries? So if you don’t have a library (I don’t even have a shelf dedicated to books) you can use this palette in a living room. It would definitely work well.

If you weren’t inspired when you started reading the post, I hope you’re inspired now. Good weekend to all.

The Mini LIfe

It’s really important for a child to have their own space where they feel comfortable to spend their time. I’m starting to design my baby’s room (she’s just 10 months now but it’s never too early) and the process got me thinking about childrens’ rooms in general. You want to give them a space to imagine, read, play and relax. If we make them feel like they have their own space maybe they’ll spend less time in our space….. there’s always dreaming 🙂
So here are some tips to create a fun and functional room for the little ones:

TIP 1: Find Fun Ways to Display Their Art

This display looks clean, simple and sophisticated so it doesn’t need to be limited to the “kid zone.” It also allows for an easy way to add or take away pictures/art for a quick change up. This is definitely a better alternative to putting the art work on your fridge until it’s socially acceptable to slip it in the garbage.

A gallery wall of your kids art is also a perfect show case for their talents. It makes them feel special to know that their work is framed and hung up for all of “mommy and daddys” friends to see. It can motivate them to try harder the next time the teacher says “lets get out our paint brushes.”

This is really cute because it also incorporates the chalk board wall. I know it’s being done everywhere, but when something’s good it’s good.

This is a good option if you don’t want to commit to an entire wall of finger painting.Choose one or two pieces that you like and incorporate it with other things.

TIP 2: Don’t Underestimate the Power of Light

This is so cute and whimsical. It’s perfect for a kids room and they’re a good option if your child is afraid of the dark. You can find the lights at this uniquely funky website- fancy.

So these sweet lights are from Ikea. This is a really cute idea for a girls room or nursery. The wall mural of the tall grass adds a lot to the lights but they’re cute even without it.

So not only is this light cute, functional and completely adorable; it can also be used to keep your child company when you need some “mommy time.” It’s a win-win. Another treasure I found at fancy.

Awwww, how cute is this lamp? It’s by Jonathon Adler and you can find it over here. Every time I look at this lamp I tilt my head and say ‘aw.’ I really need to stop looking at this lamp because my neck is starting to hurt.


TIP 3: Make a Reading Nook

So this is probably in the ‘theatrical’ reading nook category so don’t be so quick to raise your expectations of reading nooks. This is a gorgeous little spot though for you and your children. I love those palm leaves, so cute.

This is more of a reading room. I love how it feels like a shabby chic library for little kids. Who wouldn’t want to spend their time reading in here? (Or playing interactive games onan ipad)

This is really cozy and really attainable for most rooms. Find a little corner or any floorspace, put some pillows down with a stack of books and tell your kids “it’s a reading nook. Just sit on the pillows and start reading….. open up the book and turn the pages. No it’s not an ipad, you’re going to need to use both your index finger and your thumb. I saw it on pinterest, please let this happen for me.”

TIP 4: Surround Them With Good Thoughts and Education

I love this idea. These are good words to live by for an adult and it’s perfect for a child to read that every day. Kids are so sensitive to their surroundings and what they’re told. This is a really good message.

If your child hates geography class, you should try this. They can get to know the world in a casual setting plus it looks great.

Good use of color and words. This is a more mature color word poster. I didn’t know what color indigo was til last year.

This is another great way to mix educational and stylish.


TIP 5: Let Their Imaginations Run Wild


This has got to be the coolest kids space in the world. I think this passes for the coolest space for adults. I love the walls of chalk, the striped carpet, the orange lounge chairs. This is a perfect space for the kids to be themselves and keep busy for hours (or minutes if we’re being realistic.)

So this is pretty awesome. This is something you can do with your daughter that you would both enjoy. Each cube is a different room… really fun.

This room is so vibrant. All the toys, the big scale pictures, bean bags. Children or babieswould have a really good time in this room.

This is really fun. You also don’t need a room for this just a doorway and who doesn’t love a good puppet show? (Don’t answer that question, not the point of the picture.)

So those are my tips, hope you enjoyed them. I would like to thank ‘you,’ whoever you are, for reading my blog. If you want maybe you can tell your friends about my blog or tweet it or pin it or like it. Totally up to you… your call, don’t want to make this awkward.

The Design Evaluation

Most people know what they like and definitely know what they don’t like but it’s hard for them to put it into words. A lot of the time when you ask someone to describe their style, they’ll say “Well.. I love the way blue looks with black but then I also really love how blue looks with white, it’s so calming. But I could totally see myself in a room full of pink. I don’t know, I like so many things….” You’re standing there asking yourself if you’re still having this conversation. Didn’t they know it was more of a rhetorical question, like when you ask someone how they’re doing or if they need help.
So I decided to put together a survey for you to answer that will help narrow down your style and make it a lot easier to stay clear of bad decisions while shopping for the perfect something for your home. Try to remember your answers so you know who you are at the end.

Your dream destination vacation would be:
a. anywhere with a gorgeous beach
b. penthouse in the big city
c. museum-filled trip to paris
d. boutique hotel in the mountains
e. motorcycling in london

Your favorite color palette is:
a. all neutrals with hints of color
b. black, white and patterns
c. burgundy, plum and navy
d. white, beige and a lot of wood
e. blue, green and gray

Your favorite home accessories are:
a. pillows, lots of pillows
b. art/fashion books and mirrors
c. one of a kind finds from vintage stores or flea markets
d. souvenirs from travels and family pictures
e. less is more with accessories

You’re hosting a dinner party, it would be:
a. intimate with candles and wine
b. in a restaurant with close friends
c. a bbq on the beach with guitar playing
d. time to bring out the china
e. take out food with tequilla shots

If you could be friends with one celebrity it would be:
a. Jennifer Aniston
b. Blake Lively
c. Zooey Deschanel
d. Julia Roberts
e. Cameron Diaz

Your walls are covered with:
a. black and white photographs
b. large art works
c. nature prints in vintage frames
d. beveled mirrors and portraits
e. windows and sunlight

Flowers found in your vase:
a. tulips
b. hydrangeas
c. babys breath
d. white roses
e. orchids

If you could only wear one color what would it be:
a. white
b. black
c. yellow
d. blue
e. grey

Mostly A’s:

You

 

Your home

You’re effortless chic. You are laid back and unpretentious. Your home is warm, inviting and feels lived in. You like using mainly neutrals and adding interest with different textures. The less you try the better. Think of yourself as a toned down, sober, healthy version of Kate Moss.

Mostly B’s:

You
Your home

You’re Edgy Glam. Your home is more severe with less frills and flowers and more chrome finishes. You like things to be clean lined with high impact. You’re the person who should be wearing spikes. (If you fall in another category and are wearing spikes, slowly remove them.)

Mostly C’s:

You
Your home

You’re Vintage Feminine. You like things to be low maintenance and feel free spirited. Your home is a collection of unique finds and soft touches. Anything vintage or retro is a friend to you. You like the girlie side of vintage rather than the quirky side.

Mostly D’s:

You
Your home

You’re Simple Elegance. Your home is full of souvenirs from around the world and memories of all your experiences. Your style is timeless and has a global feel. If you have a fear of new things, move along. You are not in this category.

 Mostly E’s:

You
Your home

You’re Sporty Minimal. Your home is light, spacious and uncluttered. You like the furniture to shine rather than the accessories. You’re adventurous, spontaneous and your home tells that story.

I hope you can all use this new knowledge wisely.
Let me know ‘who you are.’

How to create balance

Balance in a home is everything. I believe balance is the foundation and everything comes after that. Every object or furniture piece needs to have it’s moment. For example hanging a picture on the wall.  If you hang a picture too high the wall will feel “top heavy.” You don’t want to hang it too low because it will start to resemble a pear shape. You want it right in the middle, at eye level so you can comfortably experience the picture. Balance is a lot about symmetry but it’s also about knowing the sweet spot for things to shine.
I would say the fastest and most effective way to achieve balance would be to place an Olsen twin on either side of an object.

I really think I’m on to something here.

This is a pretty classic and traditional use of symmetry. It’s simple- place a lamp on either side of the console table. It’s the color combination of the black&white with the yellow that makes it interesting. Plus the fact that there’s a giant cockatoo leaning on the wall, whatever.

By placing every picture above the chair, it’s using repetition to create a sense of balance. The table on a slant adds a more casual feel.

An easy way for balance is placing two chairs facing each other. In this space, the chairs are a tan against all that gorgeous violet-blue. It wouldn’t work if there was only one chair, the balance comes from there being two.

What? You said more olsen twins? Sure I have more olsen for you.

“What do the Olsen twins have to do with balance in a room?” I’m still trying to push my idea of placing them in homes for balance. I know they have a lot on their plate, so I’m going to need some support to make this happen.

 

A chair on each side of the table anchors this vignette. The chandelier is in a good spot, if it were hanging from the middle it would feel typical. This feels unexpected and works withthe flowers in middle of the table.

Perfection. This feels so balanced because of all the symmetry. The mix of simple and 70’s really works and the harmony of the two make it feel so calming.

This is a beautiful, daring room. This is proof that mixing patterns work SO well when doneto the right scale. (I didn’t mean for the word ‘so’ to be that big, I just wanted a little emphasis. There was no shouting involved when writing this.) It also proves that balance is a must for a peaceful space. The pair of leopard stools with that drapery and photo hanging right in the middle is executed just right.

I hope you all have a well deserved well balanced weekend. I’m actually hoping to go out this weekend. I’m a little nervous because it’s been a while. Things have probably changed, like is it acceptable to do the robot on the dance floor?
Am I allowed to look excited to be out?
If I wear sunglasses inside the club and trip, will people still think I’m cool because I’m wearing sunglasses?
How much skin do I need to show, is a three quarter sleeve enough?
If I cover my mouth while I yawn will people still notice I’m yawning?
When people say ‘Geek chic,’ are they referring to sexy reading glasses or a sweatshirt with a unicorn? Because i have both…
Any thoughts or feedback would be great..