Inspired By: Duck Egg Blue + Red

I have long had a complicated relationship with red.  Maybe it’s having grown up in the 80’s when “cranberry” was all the rage in home decor and fashion and it sort of scarred me for life.  But recently I’ve been coming around a little, especially when red is paired with turquoise-y blues.  So when I saw famed designer Sheila Bridges’ home the other day I, surprisingly, fell in love!  And as I studied these pictures I recalled my JP condo from 6-7 years ago and that in the guest room I actually TRIED this exact scheme (duck egg blue walls and a red and white toile duvet) and had really liked it.  I had totally forgotten about that room.  It’s making we want to create a space in this color scheme for a client!

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Design Crush: Gil Schafer

I’ve been buying lots of design books I’ve been eyeing for years lately. I want more of my downtime to be analog, and books are the best accessories in a home, I think.  So really, it’s win/win. One can never have enough books (unless they are cheesy paperback chick-lit or spy thrillers in which case I believe they breed while we are sleeping and/or preparing to move).  One I recently picked up is architect Gil Schafer’s The Great American HouseI’ve flipped through it before at my parents house, but this time I really dug in and my appreciation and awestruck admiration for his work grew tenfold.

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Many of his projects have been published in the big glossies, so you may recognize a home or two when flipping through– but what is so wonderful about his work is that it looks so old, so full of the detail and craft of yesteryear, that you may have just assumed it WAS an old home.  Here are two examples- one int he north and one in the south that really exemplify his work:

This Duchess County New York home is seriously dreamy.

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So grand and yet perfectly at home in the country.

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Fashion Friday: Stylish Weatherproof Boots (And A Giveaway!)

Our weather has been crazy here lately– snowy one day, rainy the next and then yesterday near 60! As I was running around the city on our shoot, I cursed myself for yet again wearing leather soled shoes on the damp and puddle-filled sidewalks. I didn’t want to wear wellies or winter boots and I still wanted to look nice….so what’s a girl to do?
Well, I found a slew of weatherproof boots that also are totally chic and stylish– some you may even have to look twice at they looks so convincingly NOT like “winter/rain boots”! Click the images for links to these beauties!

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Also, in celebration of my lighting collection release (announced yesterday) I’m giving away a pair of any of the lamps from my collection! All you have to do is help me spread the word– either share my post yesterday (easy share buttons at the bottom) on Facebook or Instagram your favorite pic from the collection and tag me @elementstyle and use the hasgtag #elementsbyeg #eglampgiveaway. Then comment here with which lamp you want! I’ll pick a winner on Monday! Be sure to leave your e-mail in the comments (no one sees it but me!)

Happy Weekend!

Golden Globes 2017 Red Carpet Review

I’ll admit up front that I watched very little of the red carpet as I had Henry to contend with and a terrible cold (and hungover husband from a quick trip to Chicago this weekend to celebrate some friends). So I did not see some of these on camera and may have missed some, but from what I did see and the photos this morning I can say this. NOT IMPRESSED. There wasn’t a single look that had me wowed. No clear winner for best dressed for sure. But some that I did like a lot, and lots that I did not.

Overall, I have to say that Lily Collins looked gorgeous– even though the dress independent of her was not my favorite (too frilly, too much detail), it looked INSANE on her.  The top (front and back) is gorgeous and the unexpected red lip and big bun was working for her.  It was interesting, and I like interesting.
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Henry’s First Birthday!

I decided to take a break from gift guide craziness (it’ll be back on Wednesday- Under $100) to reflect a little on a big event that happened last month as Henry turned ONE on November 13th!  I realized I had not blogged about this huge milestone and wanted to briefly wade into mommyland and talk a little bit about the big guy as he changes from a baby into a little boy. :)

Of course, we celebrated– with a party on his birthday with close friends and family at our house.  While I went overboard with the cake ( an otomi-inspired masterpiece from Oakleaf Cakes that basically was the price of a wedding cake) I kept things pretty low-key otherwise.  Some cute Etsy decorations and adorable party hat, seriously yummy food and drinks, but not all Pinterest-perfect and themed down to every last detail.
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