Two Great Etsy Shops!

Etsy is overwhelming to search through, so I always am happy to share great vendors when I find them. I have not worked with either of these, but I love the look of their work!
This first one, Liven Up Designs, creates custom grasscloth and fabric wrapped tables, custom daybeds, x- benches and more! Being in the industry and knowing the cost of producing such goods, these prices are great!

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A pair of grasscloth wrapped nightstands and fabric upholstered parson’s table.
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Fashion Friday: Shopping for Now & Later with Ron Herman

This time of year is a little tricky for shopping- all the new fall stuff is coming out but it’s still sweat-your-mascara-off hot.  So while welcoming Ron Herman back as an EOS sponsor, I thought I’d pull together my favorites on the site for both seasons (and in between!) They have a California-cool selection for men and women with both basics and whimsical choices.   Plus, they are offering EOS readers 20% off their purchase with the code elementsofstyle20!   Happy shopping!
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Why Is High Fashion So Ugly?

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(Like, what is this giant corduroy suit? No, really… it looks like she spent a debaucherous evening with a very large, kindly elderly gentleman who gave her this to wear for her walk of shame home.)

This weekend I was flipping through the Wall Street Journal’s fall fashion magazine, and as I have found myself doing lately whenever I browse high fashion spreads, I was left completely baffled and shaking my head.  Why is it that editorial fashion is so painfully ugly right now?  Of course, there are all sorts of people with various style desires, but I can’t help but feel that in the past year or two there is a prevalence of straight up hideous, ridiculous fashion on the runways and only a small percentage of wearable, beautiful looks.  Fashion can be art, and there are designers that are known for producing items strictly to be appreciated in that sense, but when mainstream designers start making things that just seem unwearable, and fashion magazines fill their pages with those looks, I feel frustrated!  I want to see things real people can wear- even if unattainable price-wise, the inspiration is the most important part and something we can all use to guide us in creating our own versions of those high fashion looks.  Flattering cuts, interesting patterns, colors, layers and textures, pretty dresses!  But this stuff below? No thank you.

Which Nancy Meyers Kitchen Would You Choose?

Nancy Meyers is as known for her set decoration as she is her movies- I mean, the sets kind of MAKE the movies for me- they are like another character! In this month’s Tradtional Home I spotted a sneak peek of the set design of her new film, The Intern, and the kitchen may be one of her best yet!  She based the Brooklyn townhome of Anne Hathaway’s character on Jenna Lyons’ previous and furiously blogged home.  But this kitchen looks better than Jenna’s for sure!

The Intern, Jules' house, Brooklyn NY  (Warner Bros.)
The Intern, Jules’ house, Brooklyn NY (Warner Bros.)
The Intern, Jules' house, Brooklyn NY  (Warner Bros.)
The Intern, Jules’ house, Brooklyn NY (Warner Bros.)

Fall’s Unexpected Color

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I noticed an amazing chartreuse velvet pillow in the Pottery Barn fall catalog and wanted to use it in a project- but I went to order it yesterday and it was the only color sold out!  I never would have expected it since this color is totally polarizing and not exactly a common favorite.  But I do see it popping up here and there in fall spreads and think it’s going to be a popular accent color for fall decorating!

Here are some finishes and textures that work well with chartreuse in any space-

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1. Tortoise accents- glasses, frames, trays- you name it!

2. Modern black and brass fixtures.

3. A palette inspired by nature- while this is a bold color, it is a natural one!

4. The crisp shade looks amazing with wood finishes, from limed oak to rich walnut.

5. Brass looks AMAZING with this palette!

6. Add it in in small doses, like this small scale pattern.

7. It also could not look better with zebra!

8. Leather + chartreuse= YUM.

9.  Modern art in black and white.

10. Greys and chartreuse mix well.