Monthly archive September, 2010

Running Out of Space?

Staircases are traditionally meant for one function, to carry you to the next level. While they can be a beautiful centerpiece to a space and an architectural statement in a home, they are still intended for a singular purpose. If you are like me, however, you may have realized that much of that precious square...

Still Loving…

…Paul Smith! And the beautiful environment he chose to set his Spring 2011 collection to on the runway. I loved creating last week’s post about his work and have found myself referencing it in thought several times since then. In this case, it only makes sense that I share a few interior scenes that I...

Farewell Summer!

The past few days have been rather busy with the new job, house work, occasional social outings, and…a leaking roof in my apartment!!! Not exactly the seasonal greeting I was expecting from Autumn. But this morning I walked out of our building into crisp 60 degree weather with a slight breeze. It was so refreshing...

I’ll Be In My Office

First week of the new job down and I already feel like I’ve been there for months. I work with incredibly helpful and friendly folks and I am learning all sorts of new skills and systems. Up for work early in the morning and home in the evening with the rest of the job-holding world...

Larger Than Life

This week has had an unintentionally underlying theme of design principles and craftsmanship. I can’t think of a better way to end that kind of a week than with a feature on the larger than life textile & costume designer, Nick Cave, who exemplifies all of the above. I am still learning about Nick’s design...

The Thonet Legacy

An undeniable classic, the Thonet bentwood cafe chair has been around for well over a hundred years and still holds the same charm and elegance today as it did in 1855 when the #14 chair was first produced. Michael Thonet and his sons were known for their innovative method of steaming and bending wood into...

Bringing the Runway Home

This always happens during the season of Fall and Spring Fashion Week…just when I should be gearing up for autumn dressing and cooler weather, I become giddy over all the new collections showing on the runways for the next season, in this case Spring! It is totally confusing and a big distraction, to say the...

Distant Splendors

Yesterday’s vibrantly colored theme has put me in the mood for something rich and slightly exotic. Texture, color, and rhythm…again with the elements and principles of design! These Moroccan inspired rooms further inspired me to do more research into the traditional Moroccan wedding blanket, something that I just recently discovered. It is a gorgeous textile,...

Color Chameleon

Hello dear blog-following friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and made the most of every moment…(well almost every moment). I am up bright and early this morning to begin my new job and retail adventure. In my new position, I will be selling finer furniture (and hopefully lots of it) to fellow...

Ready for Rue?

Hopefully you said, “YES of course! And where can I find it?”.  And answering that, I would send you HERE to read the premier issue of what is sure to be a trend setter in online shelter and lifestyle magazines along with the likes of Lonny and Domino Magazine. (yes, I said it…Rue is just...

Designer Spotlight: Nate Berkus

Have you heard the news? The latest and greatest of TV and design…Mr. Nate Berkus himself now has his very own show for all to see!!! (Find the Episode Guide HERE). I have always been a huge fan of Nate’s modern yet warm and inviting style and so I couldn’t wait for the premiere of...

Familiar Rhythms

It doesn’t take much to excite my interest…my husband can attest to that. I officially have one of the worst attention spans EVER. Walk me into a favorite shop stocked with bright colors and shiny objects and I’m gone! But many times, that some thing that catches my eye and sparks a glint of interest...

Mini-Spirals

Spiral staircases have recently become a daily encounter for me. In a way, they have are both my design inspiration as well as my daily workout routine. So, the other day when I was browsing through my interior design inspiration archives (you would not believe how many images I have collected!) and found a few...

Finding Kitty

This week launched the beginning of New York Fashion Week for the Spring 2011 season, which means crowds of savvy industry participants and interested guests will descend on the area in their finest Fall apparel. And what is the first thing that comes to mind when considering this upcoming Fall season?…Return of classic feminine. And...

Study Hall

Stylish storage takes craft. It’s not easy to make your favorite reads easily accessible along with your prized nick-knacks and cherished snapshots without creating an overwhelming collection of clutter. And how do you avoid this dilemma, you ask? A mix of editing, prioritizing, mixing, and highlighting. These folks have got it figured out and I’m...

Feelin’ Like Loafers: Back to School & the Non-Student

September is a month that will forever symbolize two things to me: the encroaching cool weather and the return to school. Of course, my life has changed dramatically since my graduation from college this past Spring, so school is no longer a part of my transition into Fall. And I am very glad to say...

Brimming with Brinson Love

Would you like to know my favorite section of Target to browse? Clothing…no. Shoes…(hmm), no. Home decor…again, no. It’s the stationery aisle!!! I just love passing my eyes over all the lovely greeting cards, wedding kits, and special event announcements, each piece bringing a colorful collection of graphics and finely honed style together onto a...

Lost….& Found!

Here is what I started with: The prettiest bedroom complete with warehouse style windows, an exotic print, feminine frills, and vintage touches. Love at first sight! But source unknown. So, several google image searches later, I finally gave up on finding its origin. And then, without even trying, what should I stumble upon through Design...

Nature Likes to Play, Too!

September is upon us and today officially celebrates Summer’s last hoorah before the crispy cool mornings and early dusk evenings set in. So what better way to commemorate the end of Summer than with a vibrant collection of foliage captured during a late summer visit to Fort Worth’s Botanic Gardens! If you can imagine a...

Pucker-Up

More lips and less eyes…this is a look that I’ve been seeing all over the place. Runways, streets, magazines. And my favorite color picks right now, you ask? Baby girl pink… Persimmon orange… And occasionally some nude… I especially love the look of a matte texture. For a girl on a budget, my current go-to...

It’s Toast!

I just found the coolest clothing company based out of the UK, Toast. For those Anthropologie lovers out there, you’re going to adore Toast! I was especially inspired by their Fall 2010 Lookbook. So, here’s a peak into the enchanting world they’ve created for this upcoming season. And here’s the item that I would like to put...

Jewelry Do-Over

Continuing with this morning’s feature. Remember this post? It’s been a while! Finally, after all the chaos of this Spring and Summer, I found the opportunity to apply some of those simplifying and organizing tips to my jewelry shelf. I still have many more ideas to develop in this area, like reframing all my favorite...

A Collection of Baubles

Today I’m inspired by the everyday art of personal jewelry display. I think you can learn a lot about a person through the means by which they choose to arrange their baubles (or anything, really)…one prize piece carefully laid out, a box of neatly arranged favorites, or a scattered dish of everything irresistible. This not...