A perfect juxtaposition of fabrics, where casual linen meets elegant black velvet. This chair is the perfect thing to snuggle into on a chilly autumn afternoon. Pair it with a crackling fire and a good book.
Total glamour. What Zac Posen does for women’s bodies can suck all the air out of a room. On a balcony over Lincoln Center he sent his icons floating, gliding, and slinking down the runway with Etta James’s “Sunday Kind of Love” echoing off the pillars reminding us glamour is still alive and oh, man…
That’s it, I’m going to Morocco. I’m not sure when, but it’s definitely happening. What pushed me over the edge? (Not like it was difficult…) The photos of this beautiful home and gardens in Marrakech. The home was originally owned by Jacques Majorelle, a watercolor artist, and was also under the ownership of Yves Saint Laurent from 1980 until his death in 2008. Many say that the garden was Majorelle’s greatest artistic achievement, it’s crowning glory being the bold blue color painted on the house’s exterior. It reminds me of Frida Kahlo’s home, “La Casa Azul” in Coyoacán, Mexico.
Remember when laundry rooms were strictly a utilitarian space? Most people had a washer, and a drier, and maybe a sink, and the room could live anywhere in your house from an upstairs closet to a musky basement (I’m having flashbacks to a few scenes in Home Alone). But recently laundry rooms have crossed over, as more and more people are realizing utility can also be well designed and decorated. Take a look at some of these well designed spaces.
Ok, seriously how cool are these? Tiny fireplaces that are the perfect size for a small bedroom or studio apartment. They are all very romantic, and I especially like the ones with the iron insets. In New York this would be perfect.
Looking for a fun way to light things up? These rope lights from Atelier688 on Etsy.com would be an unexpected way to do it. Use a few as pendants over your kitchen counter, or tie them up for a DIY chandelier. There are so many ways I can think of using these. The ropes come in two different sizes, 1.5” and 2”. Atelier688 out of Toronto, Canada.
Continuing in my current obsession with everything green, my newest crush is on this majestic tree: the fiddle leaf fig. I don’t think there is any space in my current apartment for one of these (as you can see they can get quite big and I’ve already quite a few big plants), but someday I would love to have one. They are so bohemian!
I’ve had these pictures saved in my computer for some time now, and I always seem to come back to them for inspiration. The photos are of a fine art salon in San Francisco, California called the Lost Art Salon. I love the big windows, the weaving together of paintings from different decades of the 1900’s, the layering of carpets, and the modest and eclectic sitting area. In my dream world, my apartment could look a little like this!
I don’t think I’m the only one who has way too many kitchen utensils sitting on my counter. The question is, what is the best way to store all those wooden spoons, rolling pins, ladles and whisks? This is a fun idea, especially if you like the look of antiques or worn in items. This collection of trophies and champagne buckets is very charming, and while any one of them might look a bit out of place, together they really make a statement. LOVE! Below are some other fun ideas for collecting your cooking clutter.
My summer reading this year was My Life in France by Julia Child. Oh, what a wonderful book! It chronicles her years spent in France from her first day off the boat, through the successful publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and the subsequent PBS show The French Chef. Her life was so full of love, travel, fun, and a constant thirst for knowledge, culinary and otherwise. She is my new role model. Put this book on your reading list!
So I wanted to post the photo of her kitchen in the Smithsonian Institution, perhaps for sentimental value, but also because there is a lot one can learn from this kitchen. A life centered around food yielded a home centered around the kitchen. It reminds me a lot of growing up, where the kitchen was definitely the heart of our home.
I love the butcher block counters, the old gas range, the plethora of copper pots, and collection of knick knacks. I personally own a collection of antique salt and pepper shakers that I would love to display! This photo gives me the guts to do it. I know I’m not the first blog to pay homage to her (I’ve seen the movie), but I just want to say Thanks Julia!
Although I originally fell in love with the headpieces from Moorea Seal, after wandering over to her website, Moorea-Seal.com, I now worship everything this hip 25 year old designer from Seattle, WA is creating. Moorea is a jewelry designer, freelance graphic designer and illustrator. Her website is full of beautiful things I want to buy. Check out some of my favorites from her Etsy site below.