Designing the Life: A Blog by Uma Stewart and Friends

Fashion Editorial: Avant Garde in Antewrp

48bc1bb2c6c0b33a2e493f2930fafa67 I was perusing Vogue.com when my eye caught this beautiful fashion editorial from October 2014. It was photographed, of course, by Mario Testino. I seem to gravitate to his images like a moth to a flame. The mix of colors and patterns is deft and artful, the backdrops full of urban lush. Modeled by Vanessa Axente with Michiel Huisman, the whole shoot is captivating.

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Color Palette: Caramel with Grey and Black

novemberWhether in wood, leather, or wool, caramel is a standout color conjuring the best of fall. Think cozy interiors, warm wood tones, piles of leaves, a good leather bag, great desserts, and the perfect sweater. The more modern and sophisticated cousin of fall’s typical rust hues, caramel pairs well with grey or black! November’s inspiration images feature caramel at its best. The spin is urban and architectural. Enjoy!

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Restaurant Tour: Hispania London

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Some of the best design inspiration for me and my clients comes from hotels and restaurants we love. I am currently in LOVE with the images of Hispania London. The interiors are done by a master: Lorenzo Castillo. From the bannisters to the tile floors to the color palette, this space makes a truly unique statement, and is filled with ideas that can be translated to a residential space. Take a look!

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Sneak Peek: My NEW Line of Pillows and Textiles

IMG_2194 copyToday is the first day I am sharing here a BRAND NEW line of pillows and textiles that I have designed! In a few weeks we will be launching a webstore for our couture pillows and designer fabric by the yard. We will also be contacting select retailers and showrooms to carry our line. Above is a little sneak peek at some of the patterns! Each one is designed to retain a hand drawn or hand painted look. The fabrics are all hand screen printed in the Northeast. We have taken the time to focus on each detail to get it right…for you! I am very excited about the results of all our labor.

pillow pile upHere is a look at some of the pillows. Each one is stitched in the same custom work room I use for my interior design projects. We designed them to feature a crisp edge that always looks smart and at attention when placed on your sofa or chair.

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My entire team can tell you that I obsessed for months over the perfect styling and placement for an exposed zipper. I put it vertical on the back and to the side. I really wanted to convey a bit of a rocker vibe that also felt elevated. My workroom does a perfectly beautiful job on stitching each one into every pillow.

back zipper detailThe zipper itself is antiqued brass with our own custom leather pull and antiqued signature charm. These pieces are pure jewelry for the sofa, and I can tell you, everyone who has seen the zipper detail in person has fallen in mad love. The charms and zippers have also been sourced in the US.

DSC_1245 copyOver the next week or so I am going to be sharing images from our lookbook and details about how we designed each pattern in our debut collection. The lookbook tells 3 stories. One is the tale of the grunge girl songwriter. The next is the story of the glam rock girl the day before she hosts the ultimate soiree. Finally, we have the musings of a stylish indie nomad… I hope your interest is piqued! Stay tuned!

Would you like more information on our fabrics and pillows? Would you like to pre-order? Send a quick email to orders@umastewart.com and we will send you details and pricing.

Cooked Three Ways: Baked Cheese

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This delicious Warm Fennel and Parmesan Dip is another take on baked cheese, but heavy on vegetable content, which is always a good thing. This can be done with roasted peppers as well.

roasted camambert with figs-5I’m very excited about the recipes on the food blog Multiculti Kitchen. And I was especially excited to come across this Baked Camembert with Honey Roasted Figs there. A perfect way to dress up the “cheesy appetizer” for a special gathering.

Do you have any favorite baked cheese recipes?