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..

5 Reasons I Love Emily Henderson

So we all know Emily Henderson. She’s the host of the show ‘Secrets from a Stylist.’ She’s blonde, funny and rocks the flair bottom jeans like no other. She first came into our lives while competing on HGTV’s ‘Design Star’ (there hasn’t been a better season yet.) I love her designs and style and I just want to shout it from the front of a boat with my arms spread-Leonardo DiCaprio style. So I came up with my five top reasons for being in love with Emily.




REASON ONE: She is so talented.
She really stood out for me in her seasons’ finale of the glass house challenge. The challenge was to create a space from, you guessed it, a glass box. Really intimidating. I get overwhelmed thinking about how to design a small studio apartment with actual walls- this was glass. Do you know how hard it is to make four glass walls and a roof look warm?Neither do I but Emily does:

 

At first glance you dont even realise its a glass box, you just see all this amazing-ness.

REASON TWO: She has the best style.
Everything she touches has a certain signature look, trademark Em. (Sometimes I shorten her name to Em so its easier for me to pretend we’re good friends.) She has the perfect balance of old and new, she does vintage like no one else. She’s like this mix of thrifty,boho, modern, 70s glam.
This is a picture of her home office:

Beautiful blue- which has also sort of become a signature color for her. I love this office. I would get a job just for this office.

Emily’s guest room.

This lamp. I still don’t know how she even got this lamp into her house being married. My husband would of stopped it at the door like customs. ‘Do you have anything you want to declare? What’s in the bag? No no no no no..’ So not only do I love the lamp I love that its in her living room for her and her husband to see.

REASON THREE: She is really pretty.

See, I told you she’s really pretty.

REASON FOUR: She has the best tv show.
The best part about her show, Secrets from a Stylist, is the process Emily uses. She brings all her clients into her design studio where she then gives them a design diagnostic. (Emily knows how to make the word diagnostic sound cool.)
She has door knobs, belts, platters, scarves in all different styles and has the client choose which one speaks to them. They are then given three words to sum up their style. Thespaces she designs on her show always turn out perfect, always dead on with meeting the needs of the client. If you’re not already watching the show shame on you it’s brilliant. Watch it. No I’m not getting paid for this endorsement it’s just that good.
Here are some pictures from her show:

A dining room she did, ‘Mantique Minimalism.’

 

‘Exotic Contemporary Comfort.’ This was one of my favorites. I tried doing my own version of that abstract blue painting behind the couch, but it looked more like the aftermath of bad stomach problems.

 

‘Untamed Modern Funk.’ This one felt close to home. My mother loves tribal and funky things but my house did not look like this growing up. I’m pretty sure my mother took more of a literal approach to it, we just had elephants and giraffes actually move in with us.

 

‘Mad Men Bohemian.’ Another one of my favorites.

REASON FIVE: She’s really funny.
The truth is I can’t know this for sure because I’ve never actually met Emily. From what Iwatch, read and follow about her (I promise I’m not this weird stalker who walks around with binoculars) she is really funny. She’s laid back, really easy going on her show and always ends off with something funny. Her blog is so good. She has a great style of  writing, the best tips and gorgeous pictures. All the pictures from this post are from her blog. Click here.

Im starting to regret this post a little. I may have lost my one and only follower to Emily Henderson. Times are tough.

Fitting Elin Kling in your Home

I’ve been seeing Elin Kling everywhere. She’s a Swedish model turned fashion blogger and she recently launched a collection for GUESS by Marciano in New York. She is always killing it with what she wears. She’s gorgeous and super trendy so I thought it would be fun to match interiors to her outfits. She’s all about the outfits and I’m all about the rooms.
So here’s her by her launch party from last Thursday:

This get up is classic & really fresh. The look is tailored but feels effortless and easy going. She let the silhouette speak for itself and decided against accessories which I agree with. Elin would fit beautifully in this dining area:

This space has classic and iconic pieces with the Saarinen tulip table, tulip stools and chair. The mirror on the wall is more traditional but the space feels really effortless and laid back. The mismatched chairs make it inviting and nonjudgmental. The light fixture does the same to this space as the chevron pattern does to Elins jacket which is add the perfect amount of edge to something classic.

Elin looks like a groupie who lost her gang and ended up in the middle of the desert- and I LOVE it. I love the cut off shorts and her hat. She completely embodies a free spirit. If she ever finds her way home, this is probably where she would end up:

This space is really open and a big contributor to that is the floor to ceiling windows. Contrary to what it looks like outside (freezing cold) the living room has so much warmth to it. The coffee table and chair feel really natural and the throw adds some animal instinct. The space is minimal and feels free just like lost Elin in the desert.

If you cut her hair, switch the heels for high tops she would be Justin Bieber. I think this isawesome. I love how she turned boyish into chic, it totally suits her. She would sleep perfectly in this room:

The bed is low, easy to roll in and out off and with a life as busy as Elins that’s important. The chair and storage/side table are school boy all the way. The large prints on the wall are hanging from paper clips instead of in frames which add to the boyish charm. It’s simple and essential.

This outfit rocks. If I didn’t know better I would think Elin is about to walk down the aisle towards Lenny Kravitz. Usually this color combination of cream and white feels feminine and delicate but she really mixed it up. She would look great sitting over here:

The black and white prints are all abstract and mysterious leaning towards the rock and roll aspect. The light fixture is not too big but the shape gives it interest and roughens things up slightly like Elins top.

 

 

This is gooood. She looks laid back and relaxed. The boots and bag are a little bohemian, the aviators pick up some vintage while the white tee and jeans are the classics. It’s a really good mix, all these little touches add up to one too cool for school moment on a brownstone step. She would look just as good sitting in one of these chairs:

 

This space is a gorgeous in my dreams kind of mix. The cowhide is a perfect contrast to the mirrored coffee table. The patent black and white chairs are a touch of glamor without being in your face. Those platner chairs are staple pieces and the nude upholstery adds to the simplicity of them. The pillows play well into the bohemian side of things and it feels too cool for school as well.

I don’t know a lot people who look this good when they’re confused but I’m not complaining. That black knit falls perfectly with the right amount of slouch. And who needs a hair elastic when you can just hold your hair up like that in the wind? This kitchen & dining area would be a perfect backdrop:

 

I’m usually not a big fan of red, in any hue or tone but this burgundy is breathtaking. The light washed woods and whites are a cool compliment to the deep burgundy and black. This dining area feels light and also mysterious.

 

This is a new version of Olivia Newton John in Greese. This look is confident and cool and because it’s monochromatic in black it’s very strong. The shape of the leather jacket compliments that strength & gives it a little softness. This vignette would be perfect for her:

 

The black and gold combination is always amazing. The painting in the background is a great way to offset the straight lines of the bag and lamp. Olivia had John Travolta next to her bed but this will have to do for the side of Elins bed…

 

I don’t know what she was in middle of doing but she really doesn’t need to finish it because she looks great like this. I love the black with white high tops.
She looks like she’s channeling a Matrix vibe. It feels a little futuristic like this nook:

I know I just said ‘futuristic’ and then showed a picture with Cherner table and chairs, but it works. The legs of the table and chairs are so simply tapered they look like they’re floating. The chandelier and the shelved photo frames feel modern and forward thinking. This space belongs to Elin when she wears that black draped trench coat. They both took pieces from the past and brought them to the future.

Over all I think Elin would probably fit in almost any interior, but I’m confident I chose right 🙂 What do you think..
Btw all the pictures of Elin can be found on her blog. Click here.

I Spy Angie Hranowsky

I just came across Angie Hranowsky, Graphic and Interior designer. I know she has been discovered years ago and I’m a little late but I’m happy I’m here. She is everything I aspire to be, I love all of her interiors. Angie lives in Charleston, South Carolina where she spotted an open layout house for sale and turned it into this gorgeous space.

This is the living room. So beautiful, the color palette is perfect with the neutral warm colors mixed in with purples.

 

 

Angie put in a gallery wall that goes all the way from the living area to the dining area. It’s a collection of art from all her years. I absolutely love how this is done.

The home has a really cozy feeling, I think choosing a zebra hide that is brown and white instead of black and white was a good decision for warmth.

 

Look at the details of the living room, everything feels so effortless. The way the tulips fall is beautiful in a very natural way.

This den has a great mix of warmth and retro. The geometric room divider is strong and simple and the curves in the den balance beautifully. I love this den, I want this den.

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better I see this kitchen. I mean I’m in love. Those lucite bar stools from the 70s are killing me. Love those floating shelves over Ann Sacks tile. That’s a great use of a small wall space. Those two pictures in her kitchen are silhouettes of her two children- I know so cute.

Yes somebody sleeps here and it’s not you; it’s Angie. Glamorous canopy bed, great Suzani blanket and perfect color combination.

And this is her entry way. She probably can’t keep people from coming in with a view like this.
Her style is effortless, relaxed and modern. The pieces from one room to the next all connect with each other and tell a story. Love this home, Love her work.

 

The 90’s

Being 25 years old, the 90s is a decade I relate to a lot and I’m feeling nostalgic so I’m going to share that with you. The style back then resonated a lot with me. I liked the simplicity of it all. A lot of denim and black, a lot of menswear for the ladies and a lot of emphasis on comfort.
My mother was a big part of shaping what i call my style today. This is how I remember my mother when I was growing up:

She always wore round sunglasses and for a while wore a beret like the one above. She wore a lot of black jackets paired with floral maxi skirts. I remember watching her walk around hoping one day I would be as beautiful and popular as her.
My mother was and still is a beautiful stylish amazing woman. ( i love you ma.)

Another thing i was exposed to growing up was beautiful ladies:

Who didn’t know these gorgeous ladies. They ruled the fashion magazines. Nothing was cooler than ripped jeans and a plain white tee.

Except for cut off jeans and a black undershirt.


I was completely enamored by these two girls, I spent my childhood, adolescent and some of my adult life collecting pictures books movies and clothing of these billionaires. After I saw this movie I only wore my baseball cap backwards.

This is where I would go most weekends. Now if I want to watch a movie all I need to do is lift my index finger and tap a button. Sometimes I barely manage that.

The Jetsons.. this cartoon was set in the future. It’s been 20 years and I’m still waiting for my bubble car and cool white hair-do.

So who remembers this sound:

That was internet before DSL.

Text messaging in the 90’s.

Interiors were kind of a mix of traditional and casual. The forms of furniture pieces were much more feminine.

A picture of the apartment from ‘Mad About You’.
Using wicker indoors was very trendy then, wicker usually being something you put outside. A lot of natural colors were also used, browns and beige.

For those of you who recognize this landing it’s from the movie ‘Home Alone’. I practically grew up on that movie. Most homes in the 90s looked something like this, a lot of strong ‘feature’ colors and all that wallpaper. Everyone had wallpaper, I do wish more people would use wallpaper now.

This armchair reminds me a lot of my childhood; skirted, cushioned couches were everywhere which added to the comfort and femininity of the style then. Our obsession with the modern form hadn’t developed so strongly yet. This is actually a shot from the movie ‘You’ve Got Mail.’ I’m starting to get this strange feeling that I should stop writing this happy, nostalgic post about the 90’s and call a therapist because it turns out I watched way too many movies back then!

Why I needed to own a bunch of these trolls is beyond me.

I’m the only girl in my family with six brothers. There was definitely the good to that, I got whatever I wanted and never had to share. But there was also the bad. I had to spend my childhood taking  undeserved abuse. This is a picture from my baby album:

 

Yes, the 90’s were a special time. Good moments.