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Suprise Source: Soft Surroundings

July 9th, 2014

I am not one to hoard sources for a good deal or great finds. I remember finding an amazing long black Dolce & Gabana gown at Filene’s Basement (RIP) in 2002 marked down from $1,900 to $99.  When complimented on it while wearing it I would blurts out “Oh My God! Filene’s Basement! Like 95% off! You need to go!” instead of just mysteriously saying “thank you”. As a designer you’re supposed to keep your sources rather secretive, but I have a really hard time doing that too. Whenever I find something good I want to share it and spread the wealth.  And sometimes that just means finding out a catalog you typically recycle actually has some really great home stuff! I got a Soft Surroundings catalog the other day- yes, the one full of comfy clothes and jammies for mature ladies- and found all of this great home stuff! Woah!

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Some great chairs…

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An incredible chest and gilt mirror…

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A very cool rope wrapped chair and cane back barstool…

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A wood chest and peacock mirror…

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Boston Finally Has A Room & Board!

July 8th, 2014

I was beyond excited to hear that Room & Board was finally opening a Boston store! I have long sourced items from them for clients but never had a place to go see the stuff in person. I got a private tour of the MASSIVE six-story Mass Ave store a couple weeks ago and thought I’d share some snaps:

The exterior fits in perfectly with the neighborhood. I love the way they re-designed this old brick building!
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We walked right into THIS navy velvet beauty!

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The space is designed so it feels like you are walking through twenty of your very stylish friends homes, complete with fireplaces.

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A dose of neutrals (this Galbraith & Paul drum shade pendant was to die for).

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Get the Look: A Modern/ Traditional Dining Room

July 7th, 2014

I had torn out this picture from a past issue of House & Home of Maxime Vandal and Richard Ouellette’s home (the duo behind the design firm Les Ensembeliers) a couple months ago.  I came across it again yesterday and still marvel at the blend of simplicity and bold statements.  I adore the use of oversize art and the use of a modern patterned fabric on vintage chairs. I think a space like this is one that anyone can easily make a reality in their own home, so I went about re-creating this look for you!

The Inspiration:
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1. A HUGE abstract print from Z. Gallerie fills a large blank wall.

2. A large white drum pendant can be dressed up to look like the one in the picture by applying leather tape trim (see #5) to the top and bottom edges with a hot glue gun!

3. Simple back tab drapes looks crisp and simple flanking a window, and no need for rings!

4. A clean lined pedestal table.

5. Faux leather tape trim.

6. An arrangement of orange and coral flowers (like these orange tulips) really pop against the navy and blue art.

7. My favorite brass rods from West Elm are back in stock.

8. Look on Etsy for sets of vintage chairs with interesting backs, like this set!

9. Navy printed zebra burlap is modern yet country and only $6 a yard!

10. Keep the walls a creamy white, like Ralph Lauren’s Tibetan Jasmine (the white all their stores are painted, apparently!). Painting the floors white as well make for a particularly fetching backdrop to the wood chairs and tables.  If a white floor is not in the cards I’d stick with a light colored, neutral rug like this one.

Currently Obssessed: Little Market

July 3rd, 2014

I find that when it comes to dishware and glassware I have always played it safe. I’ve said it before, a major wedding registry regret of mine was not going bold with a classic, colorful china pattern.  While there is something clean and easy about all white dishes and simple clear glass stemware and bar ware- I am deathly bored by it.  Which is why I am still plotting to get myself these dinner plates once my renovation is done and have fallen in LOVE with these beautiful glasses from The Little Market (Lauren Conrad’s shop).  Handmade in Mexico and PERFECT for summer, they have gorgeous patterns (I prefer the more vine-like one) that would spice up any dinnerware set.

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Taking Another Look At Toile

July 2nd, 2014

I’ve been looking for slightly less expensive wallpapers for my laundry room ever since I calculated out the cost of using the Katie Ridder one I had previously posted about.  Recently we got a sample of a grey toile from the new Folie collection by Cole & Sons in a grey colorway and I fell in love! With toile! Me!?

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Versaille Toile by Cole & Sons

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I’m going to re-use this Jonathan Adler Parker flushmount in brass we had in Andrew’s office (now our master bathroom) and I think the modern fixture paired with the traditional toile will look pretty rad and a little less Little Women.

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It got me thinking about modern day toile and so I went on a search for some fabulous examples of how to make this pattern work in today’s interiors:

Mix it with animal hide and modern touches like this light fixture and bold, saturated headboard.

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Combine it with graphic, geometrics for a refreshing mix.

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Choose to use the print but in a BOLD color. Also note the modern, contrasting floor.

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