House Tour: A Caribbean Paradise …

Monday, May 12, 2014

 I have to sadly admit that someone stole my dream … yes this home is everything I’ve dreamed of and more. St John has a very special place in my heart, I’ve been visiting the island for over 10 years now and have always wanted to own a home cliff side overlooking the other islands… designers Randy Kemper & Tony Ingrao beat me to it, take a look at their beautiful Caribbean home. Images via Architectural Digest

Trending Thursday: Wood Paneling …

Thursday, May 1, 2014

I’ve been noticing wood paneling in a lot of commercial interior spaces and lately they are also prominent in homes. I’m not referring to painted panels that were trendy in the 60’s or 70’s and quite a few houses still have them … I like the unfinished, reclaimed or textured wood panels that act like accent walls, they truly warm up a space and bring a whole lot of character to the interior. I sifted through images on Pinterest and here are my favorite ones … enjoy!

 

Travel Tuesday: Ruschmeyer’s Montauk …

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

This low-key and quaint boutique hotel on the East coast is reminiscent of a summer camp offering activities like bicycling, bingo, paddle boarding, yoga and more. The cabin inspired rooms circle around a central lawn called the “Magic Garden” , at night it turns into a hang-out spot for night revelers who gather around the picnic tables and heat lamps. The rooms offer a comfortable bed with a hammock to lounge in without foregoing modern day amenities such as Wifi and air conditioning. For those of you who want to relive your summer camp days, this is the spot. Images Ruschmeyer’s  

Travel Tuesday: Ace Hotel Downtown LA …

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I’m simply obsessed with  Commune design, there isn’t a single project that doesn’t blow me away. A few months ago I featured the amazing American Trade Hotel in Panama City and this time they’ve done it again with the Ace Hotel Downtown LA. Located in the historic United Artist Building which has a heavy Spanish Gothic influence, Commune design stripped down the interior of the building and discovered a “modernist, brutalist concrete structure”. They recreated the hotel from there by mixing LA’s mishmash Gothic style and the work of local LA modernists.The result is an eclectic hotel pulsating with an industrial, vintage and trendy vibe …. Take a look!!!

 

 

House Tour: A Manhattan loft full of character …

Monday, April 21, 2014

This home is exactly what I would have imagined for Coldplay’s guitarist Jonny Buckland … it’s young, fun and dark at the same time. Love the kitchen island made of mahogany wood and the herringbone patterned hardwood floors. The furniture is modern and timeless with pieces like Eames chairs in the master bedroom and the Hans Wegner hoop chair in the living room. There’s “a touch of rock-and-roll spirit” to this family home. Images via Elle Decor

Trending Thursday: Easter Table Setting …

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I like Easter table settings because they’re fresh and creative. I was browsing through pictures on Pinterest and found a few that I thought were really cool and different … Tulips is a must when I think of Easter table as well as some sort of bunny figurine. My personal favorite color palette is Robin blue with pink, orange or yellow tulips … I also think that using an actual egg as place card holder  is quirky and fun … take a look at my inspirational pics!!! Images via Pinterest.

Cocktails. In glass, Bottles.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

photo: Tasting Table

photo: Tasting Table

An article by Karen Palmer on Tasting Table highlights the next wave in the world of cocktails… the bottled cocktail. I’ve had a few myself and it’s a clever way to reinvent the art of the drink, a “fresh+twist” you could say…. They feature some cool bars that are incorporating this new style of presentation in drinking : There’s Celeste in Chicago – bottling the Chelsea Cocktail ,  Wallflower, in New York City is making a Calvados & Sherry cocktail called the Adam & Eve,  Empellion Taqueria also in NYC, is making  their version of the Paloma with a touch of Perrier.

And you thought it was going to be a quiet weekend…

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Trending Thursday: Ode to Lavender …

Thursday, April 10, 2014

 

Lavender is one of my favorite plants … love the beautiful purple toned color and fragrance. There is something calming and soothing about it and today I’m taking inspiration from this plant for my selection of images and products …

 Here are a few items you can add as accents to bring this calming feeling to your home. I like the powdery pastel version of this color.

Mali Lavender Pillow $250.00 
 
 
Chateau Armchair Lavender $389.00
 
 
Seaweed Print Set of 4 $65.00
 
 
 
Magic Carpet 4′ X 6′ $99.00
 
 
 

Travel Tuesday: Thompson Chicago …

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

This week we’re back to the east coast at the Thompson Hotel in Chicago … I’ve lived on the east coast for almost 15 years and I still haven’t visited the windy city. The British designer Tara Bernerd wanted guests to feel like ” a winter’s coat being lifted off your shoulders”as they walked into the hotel. The designer achieves this feeling by keeping the bedrooms spacious, embracing the city’s skyline with floor to ceiling windows and using a mix palette of contemporary and vintage. The result is something sophisticated that is still raw and edgy! Images via

Trending Thursday: Pastels for Spring …

Thursday, April 3, 2014

This is the perfect time to bring out the pastels … with Easter round the corner these powdery hues are great for this time of year. The fashion runways also featured a lot of pastels for Spring 2014 … my personal favorite is lilac like the outfit below by Prabal Gurung. The challenge I find in using pastels is that it can appear childlike, girly or unsophisticated even … Below are a few images of what I feel are successful use of the colors. Images via Pinterest

Shown: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Taylor