Interior Inspirations: Squeaky Clean Lined

Hi all! Perhaps you have guessed that I picked up the bug from my little one and have been hiding under the covers at home? It’s true. I’m not feeling up to par. I have quite the case of laryngitis to top it off. But I’ve worked up the energy for some Interior Inspiration.

In between all the coughing and the napping, I’ve been working on a project that involves two full bath designs. So I’ve got them on my mind. This modern look from Shon Parker Design is quite riveting right? I just love how the long curtain panels maintain the lines, yet add softness to the look.

Transform your bath into a real room by adding some fabric, a beautiful light fixture, and a piece of furniture. Even a small bathroom could house a little table like the one seen here. Keep this in mind, and start making your spring makeover plans now!

Spring Style: Channeling Dries Van Noten


Believe it or not, it is time to get some spring style on. I’m combing back through the Spring 2013 fashion shows and plotting my style directions. Here are some pages from my style notebook on the Dries Van Noten show. Hands down, my favorite looks for the upcoming season, these layered, laid-back chic looks require an artful mixing of pattern and color.

If you do not plan to invest in any Dries Van Noten this season, here are some key pieces I am looking at for nabbing the look on my own terms:

1. Checked blouse by Madewell. Black and white means this pattern can layer with many different colors and patterns. It’ll also be a great transitional piece as we shift seasons.

2. Plaid peasant blouse by Madewell. The silk fabric will layer nicely and the colors seem to channel the earthy feel of the show.

3. I love this tweed front tee from J Crew for layering over either of the above two plaid blouses.

4. The purple blooms on this tank by Rory Beca seemed to capture the style of florals in the Van Noten looks above. It would look great with the window pane pants and blazer, below.

5. Dress by L’Agence. This dress features loose blooms contrasted with stripes along the neckline and accenting the sleeves. Here is one piece that mixes the patterns for you. Add the blazer and pointy toe pumps and you will be projecting the cool you see on the runway.

6. These round frame sunnies from Robert La Roche have the look down. I need them!

7. Blazer by Topshop. What we need for the spring are toppers that look like housecoats. The colarles style of this blazer, plus the jacquard print, mark it as perfect for the job.

8. Window Pane Pants by Tibi. These pants have the right cut. Pleated, yet slim, and a tad cropped will look fab with the heels.

I’m still on the hunt for a tulle skirt that fits the bill. My closet full of pointy toe heels will be coming in handy this spring! If you need to add to your shoe wardrobe to pull off this look check out these, these, and these!

Local Celebs: Avenue Salvage

Have any of you local readers noticed the new shop on Millburn Avenue called Avenue Salvage? If you haven’t stopped by, you must. Here is a treasure trove of great objects and interesting furniture. The tiny store front has great accessories, and a garage in back houses older pieces. Even if you like things that are shiny and new, adding unique vintage pieces is key to giving your house depth. Avenue Salvage owner Rick Dolansky has a great eye for good pieces. Here’s what he had to say about his new business.

US:  What made you start Avenue Salvage?

RD: Well, I have my cleaning business, Time to Clean, for 15 years now and I eventually got involved with realtor clean outs and over time I found nice pieces that I didn’t want to throw away. They might have had some problems like a wobbly leg or a crack and I would fix it. I wanted a place where I could do that on a larger scale instead of just one piece at a time. Continue reading

The Dreamboard: Colored Rocks

Happy Monday! My color craving continues this week as far as new inspiration is concerned. The teal and tomato red colors mixed with other bold colors speaks of a summery version of jewel tones. There is such great depth of color here, yet the tones have a livable quality that does not seem overwhelming. Always what I look for when deviating from neutrals.

Have a great week everyone!

Interior Inspirations: Simply Ornate

Happy Sunday everyone! I have to apologize for being lax with the posting. Things have been so busy, and my little one has been sick and needing lots of snuggling time with Mama this weekend. Of course, I always have a moment for some Interior Inspiration.¬†Today it is this little snippet. I love how the pieces are very ornate, yet the whole feeling has a simplicity–actually a bit of a humble vibe rather than over the top.

When I work with clients and design areas like this people will sometimes ask, but why? There may be no exact function, but if you have the luxury of some extra wall space, the right thing to do design-wise is to create a focal point. Don’t be overly practical, and, instead of why, ask…why not?!