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Neutral Accents

In Decorating, Fashion on April 12, 2010 at 7:45 am

Lately, I’ve been really into neutral fashion accessories, especially shoes and purses. So it got me thinking about neutral accents for the home. I usually post on bright and colorful interiors, but boho-luxe can be done in earth tones also-the trick is to vary the textures of the accessories. Here I’ve compared a few accessories for the home to their closet counterpart.

I love Moroccan Poufs-they add such a fun layer to a room. This particular one in Neutral with Olive Stitching is a great accent. The leather adds an element of edge and masculinity-just like your trusty leather bomber jacket.

This striped wool pillow adds a soft touch to any room. These would look so great on a leather sofa. the wool although soft, still adds an interesting texture-this would be like a great scarf in your wardrobe.

I love these African baskets. The patterns are so intricate that they add enough pop to a room even without color.  Think of the basket as a great Bottega handbag.

Boxes are also very versatile accessories. I love anything in horn. I liken the horn boxes to a great pair of glossy neutral strappy sandals that go with everything.

These agate trays are like the jewelry of the room. A wonderful neutral with the slightest hint of color and smooth texture.

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Inspired By: J Crew Fall 2010

In Decorating, Fashion on April 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm

If J. Crew’s Fall preview is any indication of what fall will look like-than we can expect an earthy palette of rust, olive, and camel with a shot of peacock blue. The colors go beautifully together. I love the subtly of the colors juxtaposed with the luxury of the fabrics. As usual fashion translates to home. Here are some pieces inspired by J Crew Fall 2010.

J. Crew Fall 2010 Preview

Photo by Habitually Chic (visit here for her amazing coverage)

A Garden Stool in Peacock Blue looks great next to an upholstered chair or tucked under a side table.

They are so versatile and add some interest to a room.

An olive colored vase would look great with beautiful purple flowers. Heath Ceramics could have written the book on earthy, natural colors.

I love objects made from natural elements-this onyx urn really picks up the rusts and browns.

These Cashmere throws are the perfect soft touch to any room. The colors keep with the subtle palette.

This decorative box adds another shot of blue and also picks up the glimmer from all the sequins uses in J. Crew Fall 2010.

Friday Favorites

In art, Decorating, Fashion on April 9, 2010 at 7:45 am

Oh, Fridays-how I love you. This week flew by and I hope our sunny weather continues into the weekend. Here are my picks for Friday Favorites-things that have inspired or captivated me or things I simply can’t get out of my mind. Hope you enjoy…

Art by Brice Marden. I love the brushstrokes, colors and squiggles. Sotheby’s has 2 of his paintings available in an upcoming auction.

Isabel Marant’s Flana Jeweled Linen Jacket. If it wasn’t sold out on Net A Porter-I seriously would consider the purchase!

The subtle scent of Jasmine is permeating the air outside my apartment-a true sign Spring is here.

Rita Konig‘s Bar Set Up-I love a well set up bar. Rita’s is a great inspiration.

Christopher Spitzmiller‘s Louisa Lamp in Linen Glaze. Perhaps a lamp to go anywhere, with any style.

And my absolute favorite-The Commune Shop Tent.  I secretly want to live here. Check out my post on Boho Chic Outdoor Spaces featuring Commune Design here.

One Kings Lane Presents Tastemaker Tag Sales

In Decorating on April 8, 2010 at 7:45 am

If you haven’t already heard, One Kings Lane is hosting its very first Tastemaker Tag Sale this Saturday, featuring one of my favorite designers-Nathan Turner. Every Saturday, a different tastemaker will curate  an exciting, eclectic mix of  vintage finds; one-off samples; décor and furniture from their own  branded line.  The lovely Andrea Stanford, Design and Style Editor of C Magazine (my favorite publication) and newly appointed Design Ambassador for OKL emailed me a preview of some of the great items Nathan handpicked for the debut event-expect a wide selection of textiles, antiques and vintage finds.  The sale begins this Saturday at 8 am.  The line up for future tag sales is fantastic-you won’t be disappointed.

The wonderful and talented Nathan Turner featured on the OKL Tag Sale Invitation

Vintage Map of Africa. $469

How amazing would this be in a boy’s room!

Silk Ikat Pillow $149

My favorite accessory in one of my favorite patterns.

Industrial Light Fixture $479

I love Industrial lighting-these would look fantastic in a living room or as interesting bedside lights.

Nathan Turner for Elite Leather Pouf $999

Poufs look great in front of a fireplace, or tucked under a side table to be pulled out for impromptu seating.

Piles of Pillows

In Decorating on April 6, 2010 at 7:45 am

Pillows are hands down my favorite accessory. They truly transform a room from boring to beautiful and really finish a space. I like a heavy mix of pillows-full of great patterns and colors. The best thing about pillows is they can be changed without a lot of hassle. Try changing them  seasonally to instantly update a home from a Winter/Fall feel to a Spring/ Summer feel.  In my opinion, the more pillows the better. Here are some great examples of piles of pillows.

Photographer, Calliope’s Living Room from Elle Decor

Source Unknown-I probably would introduce a different color-a little too much blue, but great pillows

And how did I miss this beautiful example of a Moroccan Wedding Blanket? (click here)

Source Unknown-a really good pile of pillows here.

Amanda Peet’s Living Room by Nathan Turner for Domino

Molly Sims’ Office by Kishani Perera-perhaps my new (to me) favorite room.

I love the piles of everything going on here.

Moroccan Wedding Blankets

In boho luxe, Decorating on April 5, 2010 at 7:45 am

Moroccan Wedding Blankets have often been blogged about, and for good reasons they are simply gorgeous.  The blankets or handira are hand-loomed from sheep’s wool and cotton in small villages throughout Morocco.  Prospective brides and relatives sew by hand each sequin. The blankets are said to protect the user from the evil eye.

A Suite at the Parker Palm Springs by Jonathan Adler

Kate Hudson’s bedroom designed by Roman Williams

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A beautiful example from L’Aviva Home

Maryam from My Marakesh also sells beautiful wedding blankets through her blog.

Come On In

In Decorating on April 1, 2010 at 7:45 am

It’s true what they say-you never have a second chance to make a first impression. There is no exception to these words of wisdom when it comes to the front entry of a house-whether the exterior or interior, a great entry speaks volumes about what’s more to come. It is an often  underrated area to express creativity or individualism. I am loving these cheerful examples…

The entrance to a hotel room in Sayulita, Mexico

Nothing says “Welcome” better than a pathway of hearts

The Honeymoon Suite at Melonos Lindos in Greece

What a cheerful, beautiful place to spend as newlyweds.

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I love the simplicity and chicness of this entrance. the symmetry is offset by the unexpected, but interesting pink door.

Miles Redd’s Famous Blue Door

If the other front doors seem country or beach, Redd’s door is definitely town.