House Tour: An Impeccable Madrid Home

ne1Ever since I saw this house on Nuevo Estilo’s site, I’ve been returning to it, amazed at the level of interest and off-handedness accomplished simultaneously. Look at those pale herringbone floors! They make a lovely ground for collected furnishings and art.

ne2This sitting area is so simple, yet so riveting. This is a good example of how oversized photography is definitely a welcome trend. See below how this living area relates to the Saarinen table in an open floor plan.


ne5ne7Art pieces make this thoroughly modern kitchen feel original and unique.

ne8Totally in LOVE with this bedroom! Again, this space is casual yet beautifully orchestrated all at once. So inspiring! See the entire space here on Nuevo Estilo.

Photos via Nuevo Estilo.

Most Wanted: Fall Pieces to Dress Up or Down

fall wanted list I’ve finally started my list of things I want to wear this fall. It’s not long, but it’s very versatile. Here are 16 pieces I want, and some thoughts on how I’d wear them. On the dressier side:

1. This black blazer from Madewell had to be on my list. It can be thrown over everything to keep you warm and chic. I love the idea of wearing with sequins to give a party piece a work appropriate feeling.

2. A sequined skirt in a slim shape would give that something special to a great tee and cozy sweater.

3. I’m seriously coveting this Philip Lim top. It’s the best of both worlds in a sweatshirt with panels that read as a silky blouse. I’d dress it up with pleated pants.

4. Lovely pleated pants can look so of-the-moment when they have the right silhouette. This pair by French Connection is well near perfect.

5. A foiled dress can stand out on its own or be dressed down by tossing a sweater over top, giving it the feel of a skirt.

6. A gorgeous two-tone pump will give any outfit a polished, well-dressed feel.

7. This faux fur coat from DKNY is a wow. It would be the perfect statement piece to pull on before heading to a party, and it can also work great with jeans and a tee.

8. A skirt in this light color feels oh so elegant, and would go with everything, including tall boots to keep you cozy in the cold.

fall wanted list2On the more casual side, the list goes like this:

1. This chunky knit sweater will likely be the piece I’d wear the most through the fall and winter. It works great with casual and dressier pieces, and paired with soft jersey pants will be heavenly on the weekends.

2. Ahh. Super nice sweats that can be dressed up or down. A trend I love. For my more casual work days these could be worn with  a dressier top and heels.

3. A parka, especially with Native American print, seems to be the must have item for the fall. The neutral colors on this one from Zara will keep it classic for years to come.

4. The tie-waist on this leather skirt from Reiss takes a classic piece to a new fun place. I would wear this with a white tee and the parka tossed over in the early fall.

5. I love this flannel shirtdress from Madewell. Add tights and boots and you have the most comfortable look for casual brunches and shopping on Saturday.

6. Classic oxfords without the laces is the relaxed footwear look of the season. This pair from Madewell even has that already worn in look.

7. This blouse from French Connection has a blue and white print reminiscent of blue porcelain. I love wearing pieces that showcase an affinity for my interior design world.

8. Last but not least, a pair of slim cut boy jeans will work with everything and keep a fresh denim look in my rotation.

What is on your list this season?!

Cooked Three Ways: Cauliflower

cauliflower recipe1 This month I’ve been in the mood for one of my favorite veggies: cauliflower! It’s earthy flavor can go in so many directions, but I always like it best roasted or pureed in soups. Here are a few recipes that are on my list. Take your pick! First up is Spicy Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Cilantro-Garlic Yogurt. Such a nice side dish or salad dinner partner.

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One of my favorite food blogs of late, Will Cook for Friends, has this lovely looking soup in their recipe archive: Cauliflower and Fennel Soup with PistachiosA great recipe to enjoy as the chill seems to be setting in early this year.

cauliflower recipe3Rice paired with cauliflower is one of our favorite ways to do a one-dish meal for dinner. With Roasted Cauliflower, Sage, and Almond Risotto you have the most sophisticated version tuned up with fall flavor. Enjoy!

House Tour: Curated Chic in London

©HenryBourneDesigner Fay Toogood resides in London, and her home, as featured here, was originally published in the New York Times Magazine. The house has a “less is more” quality yet the feel is still luxurious. Tough to do! Let’s look and learn. ©HenryBourne ©HenryBourne 1-by-henry-bourne-nytimes©HenryBourne©HenryBourne©HenryBourne©HenryBourneThis space makes me think about how the way in which I decorate my own home is different from what I create for clients. My personal look is more raw, and I collect and display items that inspire me to keep on creating. These treasured pieces become the substance. Now, here is a space that has that quality of being the space of a creative who surrounds herself with objects that ignite the imagination. The whole thing is tremendously beautiful and aspirational to me as I continue to pull my home together and edit my belongings. Hope you loved it too!

Images via Dustjacket Attic.

Fashion Editorial: From Vogue Mexico September 2014

Alexandra-Martynova-by-Greg-Swales-for-Vogue-Mexico-September-2014-2Fall fashion season is upon us early this year on the East Coast. The weather has been relatively cool. I even cracked out the over-the-knee-boots yesterday. I’m not ready to shop. Definitely not one of those who has her fall wardrobe planned in August. I just got my 6 year old son all geared up for back to school. Now it’s my turn and I’m starting with pure inspiration. I love this editorial I found here, from Vogue Mexico. The architecture, the clothes. Enjoy!

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