Good Things Come in Small Packages

I always look forward to the House Beautiful Small Spaces issue as it always gives creative inspiration on how to live in a smaller footprint smartly- or just be more organized and crafty with design! This year I was pretty blown away by one space in particular, a 700 square foot apartment on Park Avenue in NYC owned by designer Amir Khamneipur.  No doubt the renovation of this space cost a fortune as it’s all very, very high end (I can’t even imagine per square foot costs)- but there is such genius in the layout and overall design concept that certainly could be translated into a more modest budget.
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Fashion Friday: A Shorts Story

I have a love/ hate relationship with shorts. Wait, that’s a lie. I have a  hate/hate relationship with shorts.  I have a very hard time finding a pair that I think look good on me anymore.  I always feel exposed, pale and kind of uneasy in them. Lindsey said yesterday she found a cute pair but they were “standing only” shorts, which nearly made me spew coffee out my nose because I can relate. I refuse to drive in shorts because I feel gross sitting in shorts for some reason- it’s like, an actual phobia of mine now. But when it gets really hot it’s nice to have a couple pairs that work for me as maxi dresses and the like just aren’t functional for being up and down and sideways with a little one all day.

The key to shorts is finding the right length and fit in the hips/waist.  I tend to size up so that they don’t pinch and have ample room in the leg, which is  a bit more flattering. I like a 3-4″ inseam at this point in my life, especially when paired with sandals with a touch of lift to lengthen the leg (also, wearing nude toned shoes helps lengthen the leg visually as well!)  Wearing a tailored, fancier pair (with a print or embroidery) with wedges and a long sleeve top (sweater or button down) can work great for nicer occasions too!

Here are a few pairs I like:

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Monochromatic Marvel (and it’s a rental!)

I LOVED this House Beautiful story about Jill Weeks’ home in Charleston this month.  After devouring the pictures of the perfectly curated space I could not believe my eyes when I read it was a RENTAL!?  First of all, how does one find a rental that looks like THIS? And secondly, I love that she went all out with her decor despite only planning to live here a little over a year.  Take a peek at her masterful mix of modern and traditional decor and then see how to get the look yourself at the end!

The black and white flag just makes the exterior THAT much cooler.
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Rug Sizing & Layering 101

One of the things that drives me the most insane as a designer are ill sized rugs.  And it’s a mistake seen SO often- even on favorite HGTV shows (not naming names- but there have been  large spaces “designed” with what looks like bathmats!)  So I wanted to do a thorough post about how to properly size a rug to your space by room.

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Wrong (even in AD!): This rug is way too small for this seating area.  None of the furniture touches it except for the coffee table. We in the “biz” call this The Dreaded Rug Island.  Everything looks like it’s alienating each other. Does the rug have cooties? Come on furniture, can’t we all be friends?

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Right:  Emily Henderson, of course, knows how to size a rug in the room below.  This one runs under all the furniture but you can also scale it down a little bit and have just the front two legs of each major piece of furniture on it too.  This anchors the room and makes everything look cohesive instead of floating in space.

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Here’s a little graphic I created showing both options.

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Fashion Friday: Red, White & Blue

I can hear Miranda Priestly now “Red, white and blue for the Fourth? Groundbreaking.” Not the most clever, but after a week with a sick baby, tons of work and now a potentially sick self- my brain and body is COOKED, y’all. I hope your holiday weekend is full of sun, fun and lots of cocktails! I just want mine to be full of a sleeping baby and anywhere I can lay horizontal.

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