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The New Domino

October 7th, 2013

When I heard Domino was coming back as a quarterly magazine with all new content and a KILLER online presence I nearly peed my pants with excitement.  Nothing has ever compared to Domino and after perusing the first new issue, I can, with confidence tell you it’s back and just as good as it was.  With Domino veteran (and former Lonny editor-in-chief) at the helm the same vibe and aesthetic we all loved  in the original Domino is alive and well… maybe a tad more grown-up, but it has been four years and we all grow with time, right?

The feature that really nailed it for me was of the West Village townhouse owned by Haven’s Kitchen guru Ali Cayne.  Every inch of the place is just KILLER, and in a similar palette to my own home- lots of black, white, grey and wood. Of course seeing it is making me completely PANIC about the state of my own home which I’m shooting for my book this week…. but I have to just breathe and believe. But back to the good stuff- here is Ali’s place (and check out the extra content available only online):

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This reminds me a little of Jenna Lyon’s home.  Love the chandelier, floor, mirror and gallery wall…I just wish that rug were bigger or layered over a solid neutral larger rug.

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Some pretty details inside and out.

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Ali and I are kindred spirits in our love of black and white (and striped shirts).

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SHUT. IT. DOWN. That grey trim? That tile?

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I can;t even with that range and hood. I would probably sell an organ for one of those. And I absolutely adore the wood shelves with brass brackets juxtaposed against the tile. It’s seriously perfect.

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I mean, PERFECT. PERFECT!

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I once had a black accent wall behind my bed and I do love the look. Plus that light fixture? Yeah.

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Most perfect bathroom ever. That tub. The brass fittings. That little rug. Not to mention her CLOSET. It makes want to bang my head onto my computer screen in jealousy.

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A sleek and gorgeous office space.

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Built in heaven (earmarking this for my master suite addition starting next year) and a kid’s space that even an adult can love.

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Domino is now shopable, and has it’s own online shop for furniture, accessories and the like.  But here are some items to help you get this look as well:

Congrats Michelle and team- incredible job and we are all so thrilled to have you back!

 

Fashion Friday: Fall Staple-Leopard Coat

October 4th, 2013

Yes, I know. Me and leopard. Yada yada yada. But I have proof that this print is so IN (it always is, but..) in the form of countless magazine features in the past month saying it’s the print for fall ( & forever, duh). Not to mention my most fashionable client and catwalk-worthy photo stylist friend were chatting on set last week about NEEDING a leopard coat for fall. Yes’ ma’am. It’s not just me!

I have  leopard flats, heels, booties, blouses, pants even (and stairs, of course)– but I do not own a fun faux-fur leopard coat. It’s a travesty, really. So I am on the HUNT, y’all.

I found this one and styled it for day and night. This would be my staple day look every day if I could.  These Citizen skinnies have the perfect ankle width- not skin tight/ cut off your circulation but not loose either.  And those Coach flats add a touch of ladylike preppiness (and I must have them in my closet for fall). Paired with a big gold chain necklace, the FAB Tippi sweater (I have in three colors) and some classic studs you are all SET for daytime. (P.S. you can monogram the clutch too…)

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Another fall/winter staple will be a black jumpsuit, and this Tory Burch one looks pretty fierce (also LOVE this one and this one).  Paired with the MOST insane shoes I have seen this season (seriously, GAH) and a Diana Vreeland approved statement horn pendant you’re good to go to just about any event.

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Need some inspiration to wear one? Look no further….

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Happy weekend, my favorite people. xoxo

Fall Craftiness: Hydrangea Wreath

October 3rd, 2013

My mom sent me a text the other day with this picture saying “Pretty, right?”.  I responded that the hydrangea wreath was, yes, completely gorgeous (especially against her shingled house). Turns out that crafty little Mom of mine made it. I’m not entirely, suprised seeing as she has the green thumb of all green thumbs (recall her gardens HERE).  But this is something so perfect for this time of year- pre-holiday wreath and not all full of Thanksgiving kitsch!

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So here’s how you can make one. Cut (or buy) some of those lovely purpley-green hydrangeas out right now and hang them upside down to dry for a few days. Then gather the supplies below:

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Cut the stems very short on the hydrangeas.  Wrap the wreath form in the burlap ribbon, securing the ends with a T-pin. The begin pinning the dried hydrangeas onto the form using a T-pin through the short stem of each bloom. Continue until wreath is covered on front and sides (leave the back exposed- hence the burlap ribbon- so it lays flat on the door or wall you are hanging it on).  Spray the flowers with hairspray to reduce petals falling and keeping everything secure. Voila!

All in the Family: The New Beach House

October 2nd, 2013

Over the weekend I took quick trip down to Connecticut to not only pick up some amazing side tables I had made for the shoot we’re doing of my house next week, but also to see the progress on my parent’s new beach house my Dad and his firm designed. To my amazement, it’s almost complete save for a few details and landscaping.  Look how adorable!

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Right down the street are a couple cute little lobster places with spectacular, quintessential New England coast views. I am pretty darn excited to have this place to escape to.

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I have the task of helping them decorate this beauty.  We already ordered these great Arteriors stools and some bold marine blue Windsor chairs from Ethan Allen as well as end chairs from Williams Sonoma.  We’re working on a much bigger table, rug and lighting.

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I’m thinking a stripey dhurrie like this one from Serena & Lily- but maybe bringing in aqua, the other color in the scheme we’ve been playing with.

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The kitchen is impossibly bright with gorgeous soapstone counters with white veining. Mom and I were joking that she might need to wear sunglasses while doing dishes.

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The view from the sink and the vaulted ceiling in the living room.

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The colors we’re working with, like this Mally Skok fabric and Sanderson’s Ooti in Indigo.

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The inside of their TV cabinet built in is painted Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic, one of my favorite colors and we’re thinking of adding in some throw pillows in Studio Bon’s Fuzz print to the seagrass Pottery Barn wingsbacks that flank it.

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View from the dining/kitchen area to the living room.

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The front door leads to the entry hall, at the end my Dad installed an old beautiful window we found at Brinfield five years ago and it looks so cool (behind it is a bar area and the pantry and laundry spaces).  To the right is the study, which Dad designed with wood trim and built ins to give it a more “old sea-captain’s house” feel.

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We’re thinking of using this vintage paper my parents have stock of in their barn somewhere in here- either under the chair rail or above.

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I’m loving these Thomas Paul pillows for the chairs in there too!

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The first floor bath has Nantucket beadboard made of PVC wrapping all the way into the shower and a sheet of glass, half milky half clear that swings over the window for privacy and to keep water out but lets the light in.

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The first floor has a guest room (aka my room).  I already did a little board showing some ideas for this space- these will be adjusted but it’s a jumping off point!

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Pottery Barn headboard // Stanley side tables // Stanley dresser // India Hicks for HSN skirt & shams // John Robshaw bedding // Jaipur rug // Teil Duncan art // West Elm lamps

Here’s the master bedroom (their bath not quite done yet) and the second floor guest bath, which I love.

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The glass subway is the prettiest shade of grey-green.  The Circa sconces are nautical and fun.

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A cool big antique anchor my mom and I found at an antique store and the pretty stone wall at the back of the lot overlooking the harbor.

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I’ll be keeping you guys abreast on decorating progress!!!

Sponsor Update: Laura U

October 1st, 2013

I am so lucky to have so many wonderful companies that believe in what I do so much that they decide to sponsor this blog. Laura U is one of them. Laura Umansky is the designer and owner of the designer firm and shop and I wanted to share a few of her projects and shop items I am loving.

How whimsical and great is the use of the ostrich wallpaper (we used this in a project too!) The sofa is a totally unique color and it really works well with the neutral palette creating a focus.

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Love the palette of this room too- the dusty coral with all that white and hints of tan and brown.

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This wall installation of a cluster of varying sizes of juju hats is awesome and something I haven’t seen before.

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Another yummy palette- similar to above.  A great look that shows off the natural woodwork of the space.

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We’ve used this Kravet fabric for drapes before too and it looks SO GOOD here! Such a great scale on this print!

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An incredibly fun Moroccan themed den- the lighting, the built ins (!!!!), the cabinetry……those BEAMS!

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ADORE this child’s room- that cobalt door is kind of everything, especially when paired with the bright colored accents.  And this bathroom wallpaper is one I have been DYING to use, so nice to see it in play!

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A great bath, especially that floor.

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An awesome little outdoor scheme. That umbrella and chairs? Perfect!

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Laura U’s shop is a little boutique of curated goods- from refurbished vintage finds to Voluspa candles and accessories- a couple finds:

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