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

Travel Tuesday: Luxury Bush Camp …

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The one adventure I can never get tired of is going on safari … I’ve been on a couple and I cannot wait for the next one. The sense of adventure and thrill is beyond words not to mention the spectacular sunsets over the majestic wild. Today we’re off to Chinzombo camp part of Norman Carr Safaris located along the Luangwa river in Zambia. The camp was recently renovated to provide a sense of luxury and sophistication while maintaining traditional Zambian building elements. The result is a camp that appears to be floating over the lush and tranquil landscape with spacious villas offering both indoor and outdoors spaces to relax and absorb the sounds and sights of the surrounding bush. Via

House Tour: Federico de Vera’s Railway Depot …

Monday, March 31, 2014

 I’m always excited when I come by projects such as this one, an old railway depot gets turned into a tasteful home in upstate New York. I feel like old buildings have a soul and tearing them down just doesn’t agree with me, I always feel something can be done to salvage them. Federico de Vera, a jewelry designer and art collector rescues this building and adorns it with his eclectic style, the result is an ‘enchanting transformation’ … take a look!!! via Elle Decor

Travel Tuesday: Rosewood London …

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

 I get giddy and excited when I come by hotels like these … the ability to maintain the integrity of an old building while making it functional and modern at the same time is a real challenge. Designer Tony Chi has respected this neoclassical landmark building built in 1914, located on London’s High Holborn, by preserving its Edwardian heritage and including it as part of the hotel’s design. Love the modern, monochromatic look used in the guest bedrooms and the opulent dining and bar area … take a look. Images via