Street style shots from the Fall 2014 Fashion Weeks featured a plethora of furry looks that seemed to be spring appropriate in feeling. Considering that the cold temperatures seem to be sticking around, I like these looks for staying warm while still feeling a bit sprightly. Faux options abound for a look without the price tag as well.
Handbags with a spot of color seem to be quite on target with this look. I especially love the yellow cross-body/clutch above.
You don’t have to go for colored fur. You can also keep the furs neutral and add color with key pieces, like a bag, skirt, shoes, or jewelry.
I like that these looks here feature pumps or open-toed shoes to further signal a seasonal change. I have recently acquired a 50′s era vintage faux fur stole that I have been wearing with black jeans and white blouse. I can’t wait to add some fun pumps and jewelry to the mix! How about you? Will you try some fur for spring?
Over the last few weeks I have been orchestrating a few updates to my space. Tackling decorating my new home has proven to be quite daunting. Even for me. Well, especially for me, because doing my own home seems like I am making such a major statement regarding my design work. I want to get it all just right!
I decided to start by addressing the foundations: walls, doors, floor coverings, lighting, etc. And most importantly, doorknobs! I am so excited about these black crystal knobs with brass escutcheons I found here. They are a simple way to elevate the interior mood here.
Back up and you can see some new doors, which still need to be adjusted, painted…and knobbed! Eventually I will be replacing all the doors in the house. Here you can also see the lovely light fixture I added to the inner foyer. I’m still considering what to do with the walls.
I mentioned last week that I was poring over white paint selections. Really it was a task of observing which shades looked best in the light of the house–morning, noon, and night. Here are the swatches on the writing desk my mom has given me.
I got this lovely new Persian carpet for my master bedroom. Thank you eBay. This is the first element of the design and I am eventually going to be building the rest of the room around it. Really looking forward to that.
The carpet in this pic was a little gift I got for myself when we went under contract on the new house. It was such a deal on Overstock that I could not resist! It anchors my living room. I was considering other design elements for the adjacent spaces: wallpaper, art, fabrics. All possible future projects.
It will take some time to work my way through the house and get everything in order. But each small step along the way is very exciting!
I don’t usually gravitate to Danish mid-century, however I found this image above very lovely and instructive in thinking through my own dining room design. I am doing gallery walls there to showcase my small pieces of art and I love how this dining area keeps the furniture clean and simple to let the artwork shine. I’m looking forward to sharing the completed dining room pics with you, but in the meantime here are some pieces to consider if you too love this look.
1. You will want to start going your collection of small works if you plan to do a gallery wall. Or if you do not yet have a collection, get started on Etsy. They have great drawings and photographs, as well as paintings. This detailed tree, ferris wheel, and male nude echo the look we see in this photo.
2. Room and Board has the perfect table. If I were putting this together for a client, I would probably have the table refinished in a glossier black to get the perfect look.
3. Go vintage for the chairs. There are tons of Danish mid-century sets available on eBay, 1st Dibs, and Chairish, where I found these.
4. Traditional carpets are on an upswing. They add a feeling of depth and history to a room. I particularly love them paired with contemporary furniture and white walls. Restoration Hardware is a good resource when you want to keep the color palette more minimal.
Links: 1A / 1B / 1C / 2 / 3 / 4
I was poring over white paint colors this weekend for my own house. I have an eclectic collection of furniture and art, and an unusual color palette for my living room, so the perfect white will bring all those things together. Still, my head started to hurt a bit from staring at my swatches to see how they looked at different times of day.
Finally I took a Pinterest break and found myself pinning a plethora of white inspiration. I started to see some relationships. The pair above works together so beautifully with the desk mimicking the water and the matching golden and white hues.
Off-whites tend to work when you want a more bohemian look. This pair of images picks up the golden hues we saw in the first pair, but shows what happens when you have busier patterns and less brightness in the whites.
I just love how these two images work together. Perhaps counter-intuitive to pair a street style shot with an interior peppered with Indian-inspired pattern and imagery. But they just work, no? The pinkish blue light, and the way her outfit hearkens khadi (Indian cotton) and looser silhouettes. Her perfect pop of color. Even the shape of her bag and the geometry of the street walk works. These shades of white are soft and dreamy, and they layer white with off white to create a feeling of depth.
This image of Tangiers features a cool blue-white sky with all that white stucco juxtaposed against the dark window openings in graphic shapes. This outfit and front hall vignette echo the cool palette, the simplicity versus sophistication in style, and the snap of black present in the first image. If you want this look go for whites with blue undertones.
I do think I’ve narrowed down the white paint options to one perfect color. I’m going with something closer to the white architecture in Udaipur from the first image. What white tones speak to you?!
Photo links: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
I have been pinning a spate of interiors featuring hard edge geometric paintings. They remind me of the work of Ellsworth Kelly and a little bit of Matisse’s cutouts.
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I like the way this style of artwork adds some crispness to busier spaces with a plethora of photos and pillows. The simplicity of the clean-edged shapes adds a strong visual focus to the room, and helps draw the lines of the furniture into stronger relief as well.
Let me know if you’ve spotted other similar images. I’d love to add them to my Pinterest collection!