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A Designer Disappointment

April 3rd, 2014

My dad sent me this article from the New York Times yesterday and to say it disappointed me is an understatement. Take a read and then lets discuss….

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You see Thompson, CT is a very near and dear town to me.  It abuts the town my parents’ home is in and is the town in which I married my husband (at the Lord Thompson Manor , which was so amazing that two of our friends married there after us!).  There is a gorgeous, albeit small, main street where some truly stunning historic homes stand and this, my friends, is where we pick up on our story.

As a designer- interior, architectural or the like-we are taught to not only love homes but live, sleep, eat and breathe them.  They are the medium in which we express our artistic talents and the canvas upon which we make our mark. To find out that a designer, never mind an incredibly FAMOUS designer, would treat a historic home with such disdain, such negligence, disgusts me.  He is incredibly successful and has the means to restore this property to it’s historic glory, but if that doesn’t interest him he should simply sell it to someone who does want to.  To hang onto it and let it rot just because “he can” and thinks “no one should be able to tell him otherwise” is repulsive and against everything a designer should stand for. To allow it to fall into ruin, have it affect an entire town and specifically his neighbor’s property values all while becoming an eyesore in a totally charming town is quite possibly the most unflattering display of ego I’ve ever heard of in this business. To allow it to be demolished is thumbing his nose at history AND his own industry. And finally, to threaten to “sell it to a funeral parlor” just to piss off the neighbors proves this man is frankly, a total asshole.  Who would trust their home to a designer so cavalier, rude and self-centered with no appreciation for architecture or other people?

I for one have signed the petition to save this gorgeous piece of history from demolition and send Mr. Buatta a message- GET OVER YOURSELF. I hope you will too and share this story with others.  It’s yet another example of the fact that money can’t buy you everything, least of all CLASS.

 

NYC Finds- Design, Destination & Dress

April 2nd, 2014

New York based designer Blair Harris designed this fantastic Brooklyn townhouse and I love the rustic meets modern edge it has. Especially this kitchen.
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Oh, This Old Thing…

April 1st, 2014

There are renovations, and then there are renovations. Many of you know how complicated and stressful a normal home renovations is so can you imagine doing one on a 1750′s decrepit French chateau? Such is the tale of the abandoned Chateau de Gudanes.  An Australian couple fought to buy this massive, gorgeous old home with 94 rooms and are in the process of bringing it back to life and cataloging the process on a blog.  It’s pretty fascinating, no?  Can you imagine doing this??? A labor of love indeed.

Check out some of the “before” shots.  The potential is mind-blowing and the details (even those in decay) are so beautiful.
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Go See: The Grand Budapest Hotel

March 31st, 2014

Yesterday was rainy and grey (what’s new in New England) so Andrew and I went to the movies to see Wes Anderson’s newest film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The Royal Tenenbaums is one of my top 10 favorite movies and truly is what made me fall head over heels for Wes’s amazing work- the sets, the dry humor mixed with serious moments, the incredible cameos.  But since then I haven’t been quite as charmed by his newer films like Moonrise Kingdom (I know, I know- so many people loved it- and it had it’s moments- but it’s not one I want to watch over and over).

This film however, was AWESOME. Seriously, AWESOME.

It’s hysterically funny, a visual feat for the eyes and a truly and thoroughly fun escape from the world. Of course, in true Wes Anderson style, the sets, costumes and details are all amazing. I cannot even fathom how wild it would be to have a brain as creative as his. Magical.  Here are some still from the film to help convince you to go see it.
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I love how much pink Wes uses.

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The COLORS!!!

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The sets could not be more breathtaking.

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Spring Staple: White Blazer + Destroyed Denim

March 28th, 2014

I picked up a crisp white Theory blazer at TJ Maxx the other day for a song and I’ve been surprised how much I want to wear it as we get closer to summer weather. It really is the perfect staple for spring- worn over a summer dress in place of a denim jacket or dressed down with jeans. My favorite way to wear it is the whole dressed up/ dressed down look of pairing it with distressed jeans, sexy heels and a slouchy tee. Perfect for when you want to look cool but not like you’re trying too hard. Ad a funky statement necklace or big earrings for even more edge. These ladies wear it well:
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Here are two ways to get the look- one more expensive (those Valentino heels make me want to cry they are so perfect) and one more affordable (also obsessed with those polka dot heels).

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HIGH: blazer $330 // t-shirt $40 // jeans $200 // heels $1,245

LOW: blazer $175 (plus 25%off) // t-shirt $18.82 // jeans $34 // heels $138

HAPPY WEEKEND!!!!