Wednesday, October 22, 2014

lovely linens for less

I was in New York City over the weekend and have lots to post about. While I was there I had the chance to shop with the amazing Eddie Ross and his partner, Jaithan. My husband and I enjoyed great food, beautiful art, and wonderful shopping.
On Sunday we popped into the home floor at Bergdorf Goodman and they were having a fabulous sale. For those of you who are lovers of Porthault Linens, you can find wonderful pillow shams, napkins, and travel cases at greatly discounted prices. I picked up two of these boudoir shams that were originally priced at $150 for $30 a piece. If you are in the area you you should stop by to scoop up some of these great deals.

FYI: If you are unfamiliar with the D. Porthault brand, it is an extremely high-end line of linens known for their colorful hand-printed patterns. These linens, first printed in 1925, are an extension of the company's long history of dressing the beds of the social elite such as the Kennedys and the Windsors. Ever-popular today among top interior designers and socialites alike, the brand continues to set the standard for fine linens worldwide. (Their Tigre print was featured in the Sex and the City movie!)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

fifth wall

When it comes to giving ceilings in the home a special treatment there are generally two camps: those that love it and those that don't. To be honest, I am not one that usually goes for the look unless a subtle contrasting paint color is used and even then only in certain rooms and spaces. Unless a ceiling is vaulted, a fussy ceiling often brings the height of the room down. That said, I have amassed a collection of images some of which might just cause me to change my tune.
Reed Krakoff used a high gloss lacquer in the living room of his New York apartment. I love that the ceiling is still white which give the space an airy feel, but the glossy finish adds glamour and dimension to the modern space.

J. Crew's President Jenna Lyons, used bold yellow stripe to add a handsome, fun flair to her son Beckett's nursery. I think a child's room is the perfect place for this sort of ceiling treatment.

John Willey used a pale green and graphic trim to tie this bedroom's palette and structure together.

Kelly Wearstler took this room to the next level by covering all five walls in this trellis paper. It definitely makes a bold, graphic punch but it may be a bit much for me. What do you think?
Steven Gambrel used a yellow lacquer in this striking, modern study. The glossiness of the paint reflects light which helps to balance out the dark color palette of the room. I am really loving this lacquered look, how about you?
Bunny Williams used intricate wood work to add dimension to the fifth wall of this dining room. A dining space is a great place for ceiling treatments as so much of the activity in the room remains at eye-level. An interesting ceiling draws the eye up-ward. That said, this look is a bit much for my taste.

David Netto used paint to give this dining space architectural interest. Instead of coffering the ceiling with wood trim, he just painted "coffers" in a geometrical grid.

The raw wood planks applied to this kitchen ceiling definitely add an element of warmth to the architecturally clean space.

Suzanne Kasler knocks it out of the park in this beautiful entry with a wallpapered ceiling. It helps that the ceilings are quite high and there is plenty of natural light.
Do tell, are you a fan of decorating the fifth wall? Do you have a ceiling in your home to which you have applied a special treatment?
{images: 1- via courtney giles; 2- via; 3- via habitually chic; 4- via house beautiful; 5- via kelly wearstler; 7- via steven gambrel; 8 - via bunny williams; 9- via david netto; 10- source unkown, sorry!; 11- via suzanne kasler}

Sunday, October 19, 2014

teen dream

Have you seen the little girl's room former Domino Editor, Tori Mellott, decorated Teen Vogue's J.C. Penny bedding launch? We have to be honest, we are not sure about the floral coverlet but the rest of the space is fun, colorful, and best of all affordable!
Using pieces such as a parson's desk from West Elm, a bulletin board from Pottery Barn, and and a neon-yellow spray painted chair that was originally black, from Wisteria, Mellot pulled together a playful and functional desk space for this young student.
Girls of all ages need their pretty place and Mellot created one for this young girl using a lucite console from CB2 and a silver garden stool (sorry! you can't see it) from Wisteria.
Doesn't this space almost make you want to be a teenager again? ...almost?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

made good, indeed

I just can't get enough of the elegant and eye-catching furniture and accessories from Made Good. Aren't their pieces fabulous?

Friday, October 17, 2014

white at night

It has been a hot and steamy summer thus far and unfortunately things don't cool off much at night. These crisp, cool, white bedrooms seem the perfect remedy for our muggy nights...

{images: 1- via habitually chic; 2- via david netto; 3- thomas o'brien via patricia gray; 4- via domino magazine via right bank; 5- via brabourne farm; 6- via mary mcdonald; 7- david hicks via patricia gray}

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

And the Oscar goes to....

The Oscar Nominations for 2011 have been announced! The best costume nominees were all well worth the nod. Johnny Depp has never looked so good...well maybe he has but he always looks great. We were a bit suprised that Natalie Portmans' Rodarte designed swan attire was not included but are certain she will have a great night regardless! We are particularly partial to Tilda Swintons' wardrobe in I am Love, CLASSIC. The craftsmen that work tirelessly on these ensembles are truly some of the most talented in the business. Take a look at the nominees...
Alice in Wonderland

I am Love

The King's Speech

The Tempest

True Grit

Be sure to tune into the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27, 2011!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

the whimsical world of rosie flo

Yesterday my Sunshine turned five. When searching for the perfect present to give her, I knew it needed to be something charming and creative as she embodies both of these qualities. When I stumbled across Rosie Flo coloring books at our local toy store, I knew I had found what I was looking for.
The world of Rosie Flo was created by English artist, Roz Streetan. The books are filled with stylish collections of pre-drawn dresses and costumes that are waiting to be completed with creative characters from your child's imagination. As Freeman explains, "The Rosie Flo colouring books evolved through hours of sitting and drawing with my daughters when they were small. . . . Dresses were the most popular items demanded of me and Sophie (now 12) would then do the faces, arms and legs. . . . Sasha (now 8) became obsessed with simply colouring-in.... I was fascinated with how they both maintained such prolonged interest with this way of drawing and felt there must be other like minded girls around."
The quality of the books is outstanding, with thick card-stock pages that aren't prone to bleeding or tearing. We started with the basic book, and it has proved to be Lilly's most favorite gift. Once she has finished with this one I am sure we will be going back for the others in the series including the garden, animal, and kitchen editions. These books are the perfect present for the little lady in your life!