1. These Gucci loafers. They are everywhere now but I really want them!
I have fall fashion on my mind. I have a few basics......some on the pricier side.....that I am wanting to add to my wardrobe.
1. These Gucci loafers. They are everywhere now but I really want them!
2. Speaking of Gucci......this belt! I am not a huge belt wearer but this one is so good!
3. I always love leopard but I am really wanting a leopard coat this year. I haven't seen this one in person so I am not 100% sure because faux fur can be really bad. I may look like a crazy old woman wearing this coat but I LOVE it! If it ends up not being good I am go for something a little more subtle like this one.
4. A gold link chain link necklace is a classic. But for a much more affordable price I might go with this one.
5. A new bag is always nice for fall. I don't really need one but since I love my Louis Vuitton neverful and use it all of the time. A Goyard tote had been on my wishlist for a while but I don't really like how they don't stand up on their own. If you put it down on the floor they just slump over. I just remembered another French brand that I saw in Paris a few years ago......Fauré Le Page. I like the look of Goyard a little better but these totes are much more structured. The only problem is they can only be bought in the store or on sites like TheRealReal.
Happy Fall Shopping!
Styling a room with the final detail is what really finishes a space. These finishing touches such as styling a coffee table is a final step really worth taking to make your space special. A lot of people get hung up on styling a coffee table and while there are some guidelines you can follow there is also a lot of playing with objects to see what feels right. The best styling occurs when you use special objects and unique items that you already own. It really gives a space a personal touch.
Here are some rooms with great coffee table styling.
This is my favorite way to style a coffee table and typically what my coffee table looks like. I start with stacks of books all at similar but slightly varying heights. On top of the books I like to put a small tray or a box or different objects that currently have my attention. Shells, a cool paperweight, a vintage item I came across. Like above, I also love to have a vase of fresh flower to add some life and some height. An orchid or another potted plant also works and lasts longer.
An ottoman stacked with books and topped with more "objet" including a Chinese bowl.
Another favorite way to style a coffee table is with a tray to corral items. This particularly works great if you have kids or need to clear the table off regularly. You can lift the tray and place it to the side while the table needs to be cleared. The tray also keeps the table looking a bit neater. In this room the hurricane adds height and there is also a stack of books to create interest.
A bit simpler styling here. One stack of books with a vase of beautiful flowers.
Also a simple but effective look. A stack of books topped with a few objects and a cool textural bowl. This look is monochromatic and fits the room perfectly.
For a more elegant room, simple styling with a stack of white books, a small box and a potted orchid. Keeps the rooms looking neat, yet personal.
Here are some ideas below for styling your coffee table.
For a more modern look start with a clean white lacquer tray. Add a stack of books....you can keep it clean by using black and white books. Add a cool vintage brass animal object and a great smelling candle.
For a fuller, more layered look, start with a great rattan tray to add tons of texture, place a few stacks of books around, top the books with a pair of vintage Staffordshire dogs, a vase of fresh hydrangeas and a beautiful inlay box.
Simple, stylish ways to style a coffee table.
In the June issue of Veranda, a beautiful 19th century Connecticut farmhouse by Timothy Whealon was featured. I keep going back to it and looking at the photos. It is so dreamy and soothing.
I love the tonal exterior and the absence of flower in the front of the house. The masses of green landscaping are set off so beautifully against the white house.
Vegetable garden to die for! I mean....can it be any more idyllic. I can imagine myself in the morning dressing in all white and strolling outside to my perfect garden with my dog sitting obediently by my side......but in my life I would still be wearing my pajamas, getting annoyed at the bugs and heat and then having my muddy dogs jump on me and dig up whatever I was about to harvest in the garden. Instead I will fantasize about how perfect my life would be if only I lived in this house!
After my morning gardening I would come in and sit down here with a cup of coffee and hand write letters to friends. I will also hand letter the place cards for the dinner party I will be having tonight.
Then I might move in front of the fireplace with a cup of tea and the morning paper.
After that I would take my dog for a leisurely walk before lunch to work up an appetite. And of course my dog is always freshly groomed so that my antique wool runner is never stained from dirty dog prints! His leash and collar are stowed away in the antique Chinese trunk in the foyer.
When we return from our walk I would go into the kitchen and have a fresh salad from the veggies I picked that morning with a side of French cheese. Maybe a glass of wine as well.
After lunch I would set the dining room table for that's nights intimate dinner party I would be having with a few good friends. The flowers on the table would be fresh from the garden, of course.
I would then move to the window seat for my afternoon cup of tea.
Before getting ready for dinner I would go out and look around the garden to see what other flowers are blooming and would make good arrangements in the house for this evening. They would all be placed in the most perfect containers that I choose from my stash that is neatly organized in the built-in cabinetry of my flower arranging room.
Then I would head up to my bedroom to change and get ready for the arrival of my dinner party guests.
Now that I am ready, I would head outside with a tray of cocktails to greet my friends. We would take a stroll around the garden before heading inside for the roast that I have been cooking in the oven all day. I might grab some basil or rosemary as a fresh garnish from my potting bench as we walk inside for dinner.
I will then go to bed and wonder how I am going to do this all again tomorrow. What a life!
But seriously....is this not the most gorgeous house. Exactly what a Connecticut country house should be.
I love magazines. I have subscriptions to all the major interior design publications. Even though you can find most things online and on Pinterest I still really love flipping through the pages of a magazine.
But I hate having magazines laying around. I am not a whole issue saver. I usually read the magazine front to back and then quickly go back through and tear out pages of ideas, products or homes that I love.
I have piles of magazine tear sheets that I used to organize in binders but in the past couple of years they have just been stored in a big basket.
I love going through them every once in a while and coming across things that I forgot about. I recently came across this house from Coastal Living designed by Jenny Keenan, a South Carolina based designer. While the whole house is gorgeous there are a few vignettes that I really love. Since it is a beach house it is perfect for summer. I would love to be in this house on the ocean right now!
The scenic De Gournay wallpaper would be enough but mixed with the painted floors, wicher peacock chairs and the blue upholstered chairs this dining nook is perfect. I also love the skirted table in the distance.
Perfect mix of gilt, marble topped console with wicker and shells against a stark white background.
All of the bedrooms have their own personality. They also all have such a great mix of furnishings and fabrics.
Perfect beach house bathroom-white tile, marble and mixed metals.
I just love this whole vignette. Ikat, block prints, rope, shells, acrylic, antique hand colored prints, blue and white......love!
Love this adorable blue painted stair runner.
See more of this house at Coastal Living.
1. Loving all of the items in Sarah Bartholomew's new collections for Pottery Barn.
2. H&M and GP&J Baker teamed up and used some of Baker's print to create some new pieces for H&M. They are coming out next week!
3. I am always looking for new good wallpaper and this week I remembered about Meg Braff's selections. I ordered a few samples and can't wait until they arrive!
4. Speaking of wallpaper. Wallpapered ceilings are on my radar for a couple of places. I created a new pinterest board for inspiration!
5. Another addition to my love of wicker and rattan is this drinks dispenser I found on Pottery Barn. So chic for a party!
I am working on a couple of bathroom designs right now and have been really surprised at how much you can buy on Amazon! I thought it might be fun to put together a powder design with items you can purchase all from Amazon.
First up is the Kohler Kathryn series toilet and pedestal sink. Great classic style.
Two great faucets......the Rohl in chrome on top (great quality and a little bit more budget friendly) or the Perrin & Rohe in polished nickel below.
Classic marble 1" hexagon tile for the floor. Won't ever go out of style.
To add some personality- a great wallpaper. A powder room or other small space is the perfect place to add some color or personality to your home. These are all from York or Waverly and I am really impressed at how they have upped their game and have some really great patterns.
To add an extra detail a monogrammed hand towel.
Love this one! Such a stylish monogram.
And a cute lucite towel ring to hold the hand towel.
A great rattan mirror to add some texture.
The perfect finishing touches....a great bottle of French soap. My favorite soap that lasts forever and looks great on the sink and a fabulous smelling Dyptique candle.
An adorable powder room with personality all ordered through one site. So easy!
It's mid July and I still haven't done any good summer shopping! So typical.....and I wonder why I can never find a good bathing suit. They are all sold out. I am really good and ordering shoes and bags, though!! I ordered a really cute pair of leopard slides from Anthro the other day that I am excited to get.
1. I have also ordered a pair of Birkenstocks! I am still not 100% sure what I think. I know everyone has them now but every time I put them on my feet I feel like a clown. I love them on other people, though. This pair arrived last week.
2. I have been looking for wallpaper for a few projects. One of those projects is my house in the Adirondacks. A few of the bedrooms are ready to be painted or wallpapered. I think I landed on my choice for one of those rooms. This great paper by Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa:
3. I went to the city last week and wanted a book to read on my way home on the train. I popped into a book store in Grand Central and picked this up from their best seller section. Not a bad read. Twists and turns but nothing scary that keeps you awake at night.
4. Speaking of books....a great interior design coffee table style book that I got a few months ago is Gil Schafer's book. I have looked through it a few times in the last few weeks for inspiration.
5. Up at the lake we have a "party raft" off of our dock. Initially when it was put in the water my husband was horrified at the big plastic blow up ruining the view, but it is so much fun. Much to his horror we also have two inflatable swans that we float on. I recently came across this giant peacock party raft and really want one! If you are going to have an ugly floating party raft you might as well make it interesting. We might have a giant floating bird raft next year! ;)
A few months ago on Pinterest, I came across some photos of the UK based design firm, Ham Interiors. I was immediately drawn to their aesthetic and started perusing their amazing portfolio on their website.
I love their how their style is classic English mixed with the modern sensibilities of clean lined Belgian design. I really love their whole portfolio. Take a look below at some of my favorites!
Yes to everything here! The floor, the sink, the brass and the bird art!
I am in love with this arsenic green color that they seem to use in several projects. It is a great accent color in their many, very neutral spaces.
I love this kitchen. The large stone floor tiles, the gray island, the bleached pine cabinet, the lanterns. All of it is perfect!
To see more of their portfolio, visit the Ham Interiors website.
I love using rattan (or wicker) in homes. Most people think of using rattan outdoors or on a porch but a touch of rattan inside is a good thing!
This skirted table from Soane is favorite. It's traditional yet updated and also kind of funky. I also love it here with the oversized rattan mirror
Here is the same console against a great blue wallpaper and a rattan pendant.
The use of a rattan woven basket brings a great amount of warmth to this stark, clean space.
This space by Bunny Williams (I think!) uses these two great wicker hurricane vases on this skirted console. Great texture and also a bit of a casual flair.
For this dark, cozy space, designer Mark D. Sikes chose a rattan coffee table and layered it with tons of accessories. This space look perfect to take a nap or read a book.
For just a touch of rattan, a great mirror works. Like this sunburst mirror above from World Market.
If you are a little bit more bold you can use this console from Grandinroad by Iris Arpfel. I wish I had a place for it or a client who would go for it!
A pair of these on a dining room table for a sideboard....even a kitchen island or a coffee table.
This great plate holder
This house tour by designer Megan Rice Yager was posted on One Kings Lane a few years back. I recently came across it again and love it just as much as I did then! There is literally nothing I would change in this house. Such a great mix.
The extra wide front door panted blue and the painted porch are so inviting and are really show how special the interior of this house is going to be!
This room is perfection! The bamboo lantern, ginger jar lamp, green silk drapes, coffee table....I could keep going. Such a great mix.
Oversized oil painting looks great in this corner over the bar car. I love how houses that have these layers of color and pattern create a space where even children's toys don't look out of place. At least the cute wooden children's toys ;-)
That Waterstone faucet is my favorite and combined with the marble sink and the casement windows that end at the counter create a dream kitchen. I also love the taupe/green shade that the cabinets are painted. Different from a white kitchen but also not super trendy.
I'm not sure what room this is but I am in love with this bamboo trellis wallpaper combined with the ginger jars.
Walls upholstered in Scalamandre fabric and trimmed out with passementerie combine perfectly with the Spitzmiller lamp.
I am not usually a lover of orange but combined with the green walls and the modern art this is such a great library space.
This combination right here! Leopard carpet, green and blue with the greek key trim and the woven blind.
Here is a larger shot of the room above. Colefax & Fowler bowood for the headboard and canopy.
This is the daughter's bedroom with Rose Cummings leopard wallpaper.
Another Rose Cummings wallpaper carried up onto the ceiling in this room under the eaves. Perfection!