Trend Alert: Statement Roman Shades

Did you guys happen to check out the new Lonny? One of my most favorite designers ever Angie Hranowsky has a project featured and I happened to notice two rooms with serious statement roman shades in them- almost painterly!



She actually uses them a lot, and I found a bunch of other examples of roman shades that are a focal point in rooms.  They are especially great in small rooms that have very little space for art- instead serving AS the art instead!  What do you think? Do you like this look?











Fashion Friday: Painterly Inspiration

This week I received a delightful surprise in the mail from Kelly Wearstler– one of her new scarves from her collection!  Between the divine packaging and GORGEOUS product (I’m wearing it right this second) I was so impressed and in LOVE! But really, what else do you expect from the goddess of design? But painterly patterns are showing up in many collections and areas of design!

Some more from her collection

A look from Kelly’s ready to wear line in which a painterly stripe top comes into play

Kelly painting her fabrics

A funky dress in a looser pattern (and displayed in a hella cool way!)

On the spring 2012 runway of Donna Karan this pattern was still prevalent! So we know it’s still be hot next year, which is great if you see a piece now on sale!

Looks from the retail world in dresses by Chico’s and Tibi

Like everything else in fashion, this translates into the home as well, especially in Jim Thompson’s No. 9 line.

And fabrics by Amanda Nisbet

Hot Stuff.

I am totally feeling hot pink right now- especially today! Could there be a happier color more full of energy? Watch for it spring 2011!

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I had done this collection a few days ago and then Gwynnie went and supported my hot pink trend by rocking earrings and nail polish in the color last night at the Grammy’s ( and looked amazing, I might add)! Holler.

Preppy Interiors Through the Years

Carrying on from yesterday’s post I was inspired to research the “preppy” aesthetic in interiors, both current and of yesteryear.  It’s fabulous to see the trends and items that weave themselves from the past into modern versions of rooms and homes.  Here are some great images of designers that specialize in this look, which has many trademarks such as a mix of antiques and newer items, bold prints, classic details, animal prints, rich color, gilded details and luxurious upholstery.

Dorothy Draper and her masterful  Greenbrier Hotel:

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Sister Parish, designer to Jackie O:

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Miles Redd, who does modern glam preppy like no one else!


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Bunny Williams:

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Charlotte Moss:

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Markham Roberts:

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Palmer Weiss:

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Kemble Interiors (Celerie Kemble and her mother, Palm Beach fixture Mimi McMakin):

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Aerin Lauder’s home is a fabulous example of the preppy look:


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Badgley Mischka’s country house is equestrian preppy chic:

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A fabulous dorm room (yes, dorm room) of a student a Drew University:


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Here are some of my picks for adding a little old school preppy flair to your home:


1) Leopard carpet

2) Chesterfield Sofa

3) Pendelton Blanket




7) Faux Bamboo Chair

8) Bullseye Mirror

Blonde Ambition

I used to be of the school of thought that the darker wood furniture and floors were, the better. Oh how far I’ve come. Especially with warm summer breezes gracing the northeast, I am adoring all things light colored! Blonde, pickled, whitewashed, untreated wood is the hotness right now and I can’t seem to get enough!  It can look modern, delicate, rustic or sleek depending on it’s implementation.

Some images to light the fire in your brain:

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Furniture retailers everywhere are showcasing the lighter side of wood- Crate and Barrel has a few items that fit the bill that when paired with colorful, modern finished and metals look very Scandinavian:

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Restoration Hardware shows a much more Belgian/rustic take on the light wood trend- in fact, 75% of their furniture falls into this category now!



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VivaTerra, a fabulous eco-friendly site has some gorgeous examples as well:

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I also found some modern takes on the trend on Tonic Home:

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