Inspired by The Graduate

This week I watched The Graduate for the first time. I know, I am like several decades late to the party, but for some reason I never thought it would be a movie I’d like. I was WRONG! I loved the film and I worship Anne Bancroft in this movie- in both attitude and appearance! So fierce! So sexy! So borderline crazy! My kinda woman! Her style is so sleek and chic in this film (and of course I adore her penchant for animal prints.)

Some items that remind me of Mrs. Robinson’s style. I happen to think she would have loved graphic DVF wrap dresses :) Keys to this look: smokey eye and nude lip, lots of animal prints, sleek simple silhouettes and basic colors (black, white red, tan).  And of course some lovely underthings!


I was taking note of the interiors and accents in the movie- like that fabulous black and white stripe awning at the Robinson’s house.  I had to try to create a retro chic patio based on it!

I also think that Katharine Ross who played Elaine int he movie is one of the most beautiful women ever to exist! I love her bohemian beauty (nd I love the top of that wedding dress!)

A Bright Sunshiney Day

In two weeks I am headed to St. Maarten (with a trip over to St. Barth’s scheduled) with my husband’s family and I CANNOT WAIT. You do not know how badly I need a vacation! While I ponder warm sun on my face and the sound of waves crashing in my ears, I put together a fabulously glam patio look to dress up any outdoor space (cannot get enough of those Z.Gallerie pavilions!)

J Crew bikini bathing suit
40 GBP – net-a-porter.com

J crew bathing suit
40 GBP – net-a-porter.com

Arcadia 42 Round Pedestal Table
$999 – crateandbarrel.com

Regatta Mesh Chaise Lounge
$899 – crateandbarrel.com

IKEA PS SANDSKÄR
$35 – ikea.com

Set of 4 Stacking Blue Acrylic Wine Glasses
$9.95 – crateandbarrel.com

Garden, Patio | Crate&Barrel
crateandbarrel.com

Box Planter – Grandin Road
$99 – grandinroad.com

How Does Your Garden Grow

I saw this awesomely creative garden/potting room from the Shippan Designer Showhouse on Stacy Kustel’s blog and had to share. Designer Victoria Lyon and Robin Horton of Urban Gardens crafted such a  charming, relaxed space for those with a green thumb.  From the greenery wall to the birds on the wall it makes me wish I had a garden to tend to!

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This room reminds me that I am still dying to see the new Anthropologie gardening outpost Terrain in PA!

Hello killer signage….

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These zinc tags remind me of the room above! They would actually be great as gift tags too this holiday season!

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They also sell vertical garden wall containers to create a green wall like the one at the showhouse!

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I love these various terrariums! I want some in my house!

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How about these gorgeous lights?

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And there is no more perfect post than this with which to wish my mom, the ultimate gardener (remember her gardens I showed you here?) a very, very happy 60th birthday! Love you!!!

Attack of the Giant Foo Dogs!

I was in Target today looking for shower caddies (thrilling stuff) and wandered into the garden/patio section as I continue to dream up how to pimp out my new outdoor space with views of the Prudential Tower.  I turned down an aisle and had to steady myself when I saw THESE. Ginormous patio foo dogs!!!!! Like three feet tall! You know how I love me some foo dogs, and these were the biggest ones I’ve ever seen. I did not load them into my cart and skip to the checkout because I couldn’t tell if they were cheesy (not stone, but that faux resin stone) and at this scale perhaps too much foo? Plus eighty bones is a lot to part with for a giant foo dog made of plastic.

But I really wanted to get them simply because they exist. It seems like these might be something I’ll see on clearance in a week.

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Porches, Patios and Our Biggest Giveaway Yet!

I am so excited to share that Well Appointed House asked us to partner with them on this A-MAZ-ING giveaway!  Spring is here and people are sprucing up their outdoor spaces and I can think of no better accent than this black lacquer Lutyens bench (valued at $350)…which you can win if you pop over to the Well Appointed House blog and enter! I absolutely love the shape and styling of this piece (would enter to win one myself if I could- would look darling on my new patio) and can fit in with any decor style. Winner will be announced on Monday so you have plenty of time to enter!

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Speaking of porches and patios, I was sitting on a big’ ol southern style wraparound porch last weekend in Sea Island, swaying back and forth on a porch swing and made an executive decisions that I need one in my life.  Obviously this will not be happening on my little patio in the city, but it’s going to be a MUST in my next home. It got me thinking about outdoor spaces and how much fun you can have decorating them. Just look:

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I love it when people treat porches like indoor rooms- the gallery wall below is FABULOUS, and those built ins? Bananas.

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Curtains on a porch? YES PLEASE.  you can find them ready made at a variety of places, but also can have some custom made with the incredible selection of outdoor fabrics available these days!

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Modern takes on outdoor decor:

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This sun room isn’t really outdoor, but I love the decor and mix of textures!

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These are so nap-worthy.

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This lush greenery is jaw-dropping. I wish my thumb were green enough to make this a reality some day, but I can barely keep an orchid alive.

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Ready to get your jealous on? This backyard shed was turned into a big bath house for the owner. This is soooooo going on my birthday list this year.

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How about this patio bathtub? I would never ever get out. Ever.

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One of the COOLEST “outdoor spaces” I’ve seen- a huge retractable skylight in a top floor apartment! I can;t even comprehend the awesomeness of this.

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My new obsession are these outdoor rugs by Fab Habitat made from polypropylene but styled like traditional rugs and SO affordable!

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