Some things on my radar right now:
I must be on a hell of a traditional/modern kick right now because I feel so drawn to spaces that incorporate both well. And nowhere do they do that better than is Paris. I somehow missed this spread on the hotel Marquis Faubourg St. Honore in Domino and just added it to my “I Must Go There” list. I adore the looks of this charming place- plus they have Hermes toiletries and offer turn-down macrons? Let’s leave now, mmmmkay?
I spent a nice day this weekend wandering through the Museum of Fine Art here in Boston (a must of you are visiting) and kept saying to Andrew how some of the gilt frames on the old works were nearly as stunning as the paintings. I kept imagining what it would be like to have some of the massive, amazing old portraits in your home. Which leads me here- to showcasing modern interiors utilizing old, antique portraits in them. There is something so wonderful about the juxtaposition of the very old and very traditional withing a more modern setting. I think in 2014 you’ll see people incorporate more traditional items into design, be it a small item or a large sofa. What do you think of this look?
I know in a good portion of the country the weather is dipping into historically low temperatures, and so I thought a little sunshine and bright color would do us all a lot of good. Don’t get me wrong, I am not going to be all “it’s after Christmas, therefore let’s talk about spring non-stop”…..oh no! We have a WAYS to go before the s-word is on our tongues. I mean, I saw shorts and bikinis on the “new arrivals” racks at Bloomie’s and nearly had a fit. But when we face below zero temperatures we need a little hope, am I right? And what’s happier than the beach, dining outside and bunches of block prints? Not much! It’s a great time to introduce a new EOS sponsor Pomegranate, Inc too.
How badly do you want to be here right now?
A summery table.
I adore a good block print- I’ve used this paper in a powder room and it’s lovely.
Caftans and tunics in a bohemian print are my FAVORITE thing to wear in the summer (India Hicks looks pretty stunning in this one!)
AHHHHHHHH….. yes please.
So let’s so a little daydreaming about setting a summer table with these awesome block print napkins (I adore the anchor ones and actually got my mom the oven mitts for her new beach house for Christmas!)
Their raffia placemats with inset border are a favorite of mine. But they also have these pom pom trimmed ones and print as well. If tablecloths are more your thing, there is a BEVY in similar prints to the napkins above too!
Kitchen prep with oven mitts and aprons.
These pillows and quilts are SO adorable in little ones rooms.
I mean, come on! The little anchor tunic? I know a few little ladies who would be just DARLING in this!
Back to the frigid temperatures for now….unless you live somewhere warm already, then LUCKY YOU (can I come visit?)
Here in America I think we idolize the French for their style- there are so many books on how to get that perfectly disheveled, cool and luminous look that French women seem to have naturally. I do know two things though- 1) there ARE hot messes in France, not every girl looks perfect 2) it doesn’t come naturally, they work at it. The commandments of French style and beauty seems to be to invest in the best basics and wear them often, spend time and money on your skin so you have to wear less makeup (I plan to embody this for 2014), don’t try to make everything perfect, leave a little bit off (slightly messy hair with a Chanel jacket or short, unpolished nails with a gorgeous silk blouse) and of course, when in doubt, simple is best. I think attitude is important too in French style. In my jaunts to Paris I always am amazed at how much less STRESSED everyone seems. No one storms around with to go Starbucks cups, they sit and savor their coffees and espressos in cafes like civilized people! Stress makes us look haggard (remember Cameron Diaz’s rant in The Holiday?) and the French really seem to embrace a balance in life. Not in the “kumbaya” way but in the “I’ll have some wine and cheese and then walk two miles home through the city ” way.
So here’s some French style eye candy- fashion and a few interiors too- that make me absolutely swoon. Simplicity, lots of black, a mix of new and old and a heap of coolness and relaxed enjoyment. I want THIS to be my look in 2014.