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Spotlight: Casamidy

In boho chic, casamidy, Interiors, kelly wearstler, Travel on March 10, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Symi Copper Lanterns

Casamidy is well known in the design industry for there amazing lanterns, leather items, and iron  furniture. They are located in Mexico and do quite a lot of business with California designers. What I didn’t know, is they also do interior design and have four rental properties in Mexico( in my favorite town of Sayulita) and Paris. The interiors are amazing and are exemplary of my favorite style-effortless, lived-in, eclectic and just plain cool. How great would it be to stay in one of these amazing spaces? Take a look….

Casa Almidi in San Migue de Allende

Hotel DHallwyll in Paris

Villa Olivia in Sayulita

Their website has many many more images of their products and design services, but what I love most are the images of local artisans that create the pieces-what a nice way to recognize the skill and talent behind the company.


Artful Arranging-Bookshelves

In bookshelves, eduardo garza, inspiration, Interiors, lili diallo, mecox gardens on February 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Bookshelf Styled by Lili Diallo

One of My Absolute Favorite Photos.

One of the harder tasks as a designer is to curate a beautiful bookshelf. There is a fine line between a cluttered bookshelf and a decorated bookshelf. There needs to be the right mix of books and decorative items. There also needs to be the right balance of heavy objects and airy objects. Here are some fail-safe items and tips to help you get started.

Eduardo Garza creates beautiful sculptures using natural elements such as stone, minerals, eggshell, and wood. I love this piece of rock crystal on a gold base. This would look fantastic on a stack of books or used as a bookend.

I love adding boxes to bookshelves.  I love this bone box-it is perfect in so many situations. I also really love malachite and lapiz.

An interesting sculpture also adds visual interest-I really like animal sculptures, abstracts, or busts.


TIP 1 – The basic rule is the rule of thirds, one third books, one third accessories, and one third empty space.

TIP 2 – Work from left to right on the first shelf and right to left on the next. This will help achieve balance.

TIP 3 – If you have high books on the left side of one shelf, you don’t want the same type of books and space on the next shelf.

TIP 4 – There is no reason to line up books like a library. Try lying a pile of books on their side and use them as a bookend or to lift up an accessory.

TIP 5 – When choosing accessories think color and texture. Some colors will better enhance your books or the room as a whole.Textures (horn, shagreen, shell, metals, etc) create interest. Also, break up collections and scatter them around the bookshelves. Also, use items that are meaningful to you.

TIP 6 – Be sure to include free space. You’ll need a place to rest the eyes. If you crowd a bookcase it’s going to look messy.

TIP 7– Take breaks. Step away from the project and return to it after some time to gather a new perspective on the space.

Outfits Inspiring Rooms

In Fashion, hermes, inspiration, Interiors, Olivia Palmero on February 3, 2010 at 8:00 am

I always love features that compare an outfit to a room. I came across this picture of Olivia Palermo and it reminded me of these rooms. I love the combination of black, neutral, brown, with a hint of blue. Olivia is gorgeous in this picture and her outfit is fabulous…so are the rooms.

The Hermes throw is the exact color as her purse. Then there is the additon of the cream walls and all the other black in the room.

Katie Lee’s apartment

Inspiration Boards

In Fashion, inspiration, Interiors on February 1, 2010 at 8:00 am

My Inspiration Board-A Work in Progress

Neo-Trad’s Inspirtation Board

(if only mine could be this pretty)

Kate from The Neotraditionalist inspired me to redo my inspiration board with her beautiful board which she blogs about here. I love knowing what inspires people at any given moment. I am constantly tearing out pictures from magazines, collecting postcards or cards, or printing something from a blog or website that inspires me for different reasons. It can be as small a detail as a certain font or a certain page layout or the content or image captures my eye-my reasons for clipping something are completely arbitrary. If I like it I want to constantly see it and be reminded of it. There are many websites that highlight great inspiration boards-my favorite are Tory Burch‘s. They are always so colorful and relevant to her collections.

Tory's Southwest Inspiration

StyleCurator City Guide-Los Angeles Edition

In C Magazine, city guide, inspiration, Interiors on January 31, 2010 at 6:22 pm

A “Black Book” of resources is perhaps the best secret weapon of any designer or girl in the know.  I decided to compile a brief list of some of my favorite spots around Los Angeles and share them with you.

Favorite Florist-Hoot and Heart

Image Property of Hoot and Heart

Hoot and Heart is owned by brother and sister team-Laura and Blake. Both are extremely talented at not only floral design, but event planning and styling. Their small store on Montana is filled with the most beautiful art (by Blake), vessels and objets (many also designed by the duo), and of course, drop-dead gorgeous flowers. I’m so lucky that I live so close to the store-it is so inspiring to pop in and see what’s going on in the creative world that is Hoot and Heart.

Hoot and Heart

1016 Montana Ave

Santa Monica, Ca

Favorite Stationery Store-Sugar Paper

Sugar Paper has two locations-Century City and the Brentwood Country Mart-one of my favorite shopping destinations. I’ve never been disappointed with any purchase I’ve made. The cards are tasteful and classy. Their letter press services are top-notch and just walking into the stores is inspiring and pretty.

Sugar Paper

25 26th St

Santa Monica, Ca

Favorite Magazine Stand-Robertson Magazine and Bookstore

When I used to be an assistant, I would drive all over Los Angeles running errands. A lot of the time I would find myself near this magazine stand and would notice that every so often they would have a certain magazine (C Magazine-my fave!) a day or two earlier then the other stands I would frequent. They  have a decent selection of foreign print magazines as well.

Robertson Magazine and Books

1414 South Robertson Boulevard,

Los Angeles, Ca
(310) 858-1804

Favorite Store for Bedding-Ralph Lauren, Williams-Sonoma Home, John Robshaw

Williams Sonoma Home Cashmere Throws

I had to split the bedding into a few categories-I chose Ralph Lauren Home and Williams-Sonoma Home because they both have classic sheeting, all the bedding essentials, and great bedding accessories-cashmere throws, pillows, etc. They are like one-stop shops for the basics and they aren’t too expensive. I love John Robshaw textiles-yo can get them at Anthropologie and Calypso Home in Brentwood or online

Ralph Lauren

444 N Rodeo Dr

Beverly Hills, Ca

Williams-Sonoma Home

8772 Beverly Blvd

West Hollywood, Ca

Favorite All Around Design Store-Mecox Gardens

Mecox Gardens

Hands Down the best LA source for decorating. They carry a wide range of products-from furniture to accessories to coffee table books at all price points! I can always count on Dave and Kris to help me find what I’m looking for. The store is a treasure trove and I always find something for everyone-whether they are modern or traditional.

Mecox Gardens

919 N La Cienega

West Hollywood, Ca

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Love This Room

In boho chic, french industrial, ikat, inspiration, Interiors on January 29, 2010 at 8:00 am

I found this image in Met Home and I instantly fell in love with it. The room encompasses so many of my favorite things-ethnic textiles, Moroccan rugs, lots of texture, French lighting (Serge Mouille), rock crystal, a mix of periods and styles. The list goes on. This room truly captures the essence of the boho, ecclectic style I write about often.

The designer is Lisa Becker. She is based out of Chicago, but I can’t find any more information on her. I would love to see her portfolio because  if her other work is anything like her own living room-I’m a huge fan!

PS-She also graduated from UCSB-just like me.

Insects and Elephants

In domino, inspiration, Interiors on January 26, 2010 at 8:00 am

It all started with this image of stylist, Olga Naiman’s apartment via Design Sponge.  I instantly was drawn to the collection of displayed treasures. I love elephants and insects and it’s fun to see them used unexpectedly in interiors.  Here are some of my favorites.

Designed by Monique Keegan

The image above looks like a scientist’s desk

I love the elephant tucked into the corner

Jade Jagger's London Flat

A Domino Favorite-The Ceramic Elephant Side Table

Love the simplicity of the framed walking twig

Again, I love the simplicity here.

Saarinen Tulip Table-A Design Classic

In domino, inspiration, Interiors, saarinen on January 25, 2010 at 8:00 am

One of my best girlfriends recently told me that she and her husband were considering investing in a Saarinen tulip table. I quickly said great idea, and I can’t wait until I can also invest in such a classic. It was designed more than 50 years ago by Eero Saarinen and has remained a design icon since-frequently popping up in decor magazines and all over the blogosphere. Said friend didn’t know what chairs to pair the table with and I said I have about a dozen images of the table in my inspiration file. The best thing about the table is its versality-it can go super modern or can stay somewhat traditional depending on the chairs. So here you go…

Paired with Bertoia Chairs-it has a mid-century/Palm Springs feel.

There are so many things I love about this room, but the focus is the table. Here it is paired with the Tulip Chairs which again keep it modern, but the rest of the furnishings add an almost vintage touch.

The Tulip Table and Bentwood Chairs are like Peanut Butter and Jelly-they just go well together. I love the contrast of the dark chairs with the white table.

Here is the table with Czech chairs-also a great combination. The chairs add so much interest while complimenting the table.

I think this is my favorite combo. The Saarinen again paired with bentwood chairs. Again, I love the wood juxtaposed with the sleek table.

Here the table is paired with more traditional Klismos/Ram’s Head Chairs. A beautiful pairing as well.

The Saarinen is such a classic that pretty much anything goes. KGT-I hope one or all of the images inspires you!

PS-DWR is having its annual Knoll Sale-15% off which makes it an even better reason to invest in a Saarinen.

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Saturday Favorites

In Classic Fashion, inspiration, Interiors, photography, The Sartorialist on January 23, 2010 at 5:25 pm

It’s been a relaxing Saturday browsing blogs and stores-here are my favorite finds today-

Photo by The Sartorialist

I love Lapo Elkann-Fiat heir and Italian man about town. He’s got serious style and the confidence to pull it off. I love this shot taken by The Sartorialist.

The Perfect Trench

After a week’s worth of rain, I decided I need to upgrade my trench coat to a long lasting, classic trench. I love this one by boy by band of outsiders. Available  here.

Maison Martin Margiela

Belgian designer, Martin Margiela, has left the fashion world to start designing interiors. Above is an image of his concept storeand below an image of the suite he decorated for Les Source de Caudalie in Bordeaux.

A Suite designed by Maison Martin Margiela

Learn more about Martin’s new venture here

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