Nooks and Crannies: Tiny, Cozy Spaces to Get You Through Winter

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The crappiest part of winter is upon us, and if you live in a cold climate I bet you feel a little like me.  You just want to be cozy.  Nothing sounds better to me right now then a hot cup of coffee (or glass of wine) snuggled up by a fire with some good reading material.  Creating built in reading nooks, window seats or even daybeds is such a fabulous way to add charm to your home and create extra enjoyable space within very small square footage.

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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Fashion Friday: Uniform Dressing in Black & Leopard

Obviously it’s known that I love leopard. And I know some people really don’t. But it is a time-tested way to add punch to otherwise simple outfits. Comboined with solid black in small or large doses, it always looks chic, playful and yet timeless. I would kill for this whole outfit, for example.  And you could picture it on Jackie O or Jenna Lyons in equal measure, right?
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Design Crush: Furlow Gatewood

I posted this picture on Monday regarding what I think will be “in” for this year.  But I wanted to go beyond this picture into the designer behind it and my new obsession (probably so late to the game on this one) Furlow Gatewood.  I received the new book by the staff of Veranda for Xmas (get it) and I fell madly in love with it- particularly Mr. Gatewood’s home, which I had seen before but never really paused to examine.  But when I did– my mind was blown and I had to know more. So I ordered his book (coming any day now!) and dug into the interwebs to see more.

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Mr. Gatewood is besties with Bunny Williams and has worked with her antiques dealer husband John Rosselli for decades.  You may recognize this shot of the entrance to his home from Bunny’s last book– this image stopped me in my tracks (he also raises peacocks, because he is THAT cool.)

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Predicting Home Trends for 2017

I thought I’d take a stab at predicting what we’re going to be seeing more of in 2017 in the design world.  Of course, the best look for a home is the one YOU love, so buck the trends as you see fit– but if you are looking for some inspiration for change, here it is!

SOFT COLOR PALETTES

2017 is setting up to be a very uncertain year, so I think people are going to crave peace and comfort in their homes– which means less jarring color and more soft, pastel tones and grey-ed down colors.  I’m thinking of going this route in my own living room (if I ever get around to doing it). I am not one who thinks the Pantone Color of the Year is correct (acid green? WHY?)
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One Kings Lane (Mark Cunningham)

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