Saturday, October 31, 2009

Love


I love my family, and my lifelines................

Georgetown in fall

My favorite time of year - crisp air and beautiful leaves. This image of the Georgetown C&O canal near my office. Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, October 30, 2009

happy [bold red] weekend

I know red is not a traditional Halloween color but it happens to be the weekend of a big game for the Georgia Bulldogs. No I did not go to University of Georgia and I haven't even been to the state but many of my friends are devout fans and it has rubbed off a bit. One of their team colors is red--so I thought some eye candy in the color would possibly bring them luck!

(via annie leibovitz via captivate moi, unknown and arent & pyke)
p.s. If you are craving some orange and black--you can get your fix with my fashioning interiors guest post on Plush Palate from earlier this week!

St Regis Bar

My new favorite place to hang out in DC is the bar at the newly renovated St. Regis hotel! Recently renovated by Sills Huniford, the space is truly amazing. The historic hotel has been beautifully renovated but updated with modern furnishings and light fixtures that are easily reversable so no fears of the space 'dating'.They have some creative cocktails and probably the best sangria I've ever had (the fruit is strained out so you don't get those nasty bits in your teeth!)But it's the atmosphere that truly gets me, especially at night. Ebony paneling, an antique ceiling and tall windows.We had our local dc design bloggers happy hour here a few weeks ago and now I'm hooked! If you're ever in dc check out the hotel!

creepy curiosity.





Amazing, right?

Have a spooky Halloween.


photos by Ruven Afanador -- thank you, coco + kelley

a few of our favorite things.




Joslyn over at Simple Lovely asked us to share our favorites. Here's a little peek, but check out her blog sometime today to see ten things we love.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

designer crush {madeline stuart}

How is that it was only until just recently that I discovered the work of Madeline Stuart? When I saw the Jackson Hole home she designed in the latest Elle Decor I was instantly in love, as she found the perfect balance between the rustic and natural elements associated with rocky mountain living and the elegant refinement I crave. When I pursued her portfolio I was not disappointed and was especially in love with this home:


It is livable and laid back while also being luxurious! She also happens to feature the work of one of my favorite artists (over the mantle), Ashley Collins. Yes, I truly have a new designer crush.

firmdale hotels.











Love the family / couple collaborations. Tim and Kit Kemp, Firmdale owners just recently opened a new hotel in New York. They design all the hotel interiors combining color and texture creating a unique look and style.

How fun would it be to spend a few days exploring all five London locations?

park & cube.



Inspiration in the nails.

j1studio.





Experimental furniture design. Simple, modular love.
pinched from black.white.yellow.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

bold + glamorous

I was going through back issues of Canadian House and Home and was reminded of my love of this space that was featured in a recent issue. This glamorous dwelling is only 500 sq feet but the colors and textures sure make a bold statement!
Which (as I can't help myself from doing) made me think that a similar look would do the same for my closet--when incorporated all in to one sequined adorned dress or when each color and style element is pulled out individually.

Lights

Warm............



Cold............



Ball Lights.....
Design: Michael Anastassiades

say "ahh."



Everyone knows we've got a big ol' letterpress crush on Studio on Fire. This piece really shows how amazing they are at what they do.

my morning cup.






If I had my way, I'd have my morning cup here tomorrow.
(Earl grey, no cream or sugar please).
via Beefy, our fave Uncle.

kozo.




Kozo lamps on Etsy - industrial has never looked so cute.

via design break.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Michael Smith Lecture

I had the pleasure tonight to attend a lecture given by Michael Smith (seen on the left, with Ali Wentworth speaking to his right) at the Corcoran Gallery of Art here in Washington, DC. Michael is a very talented and now very FAMOUS interior designer thanks to the coverage of his work in the private quarters for the Obamas at the White House (which he would not talk about). However, no stranger to publicity, he had his first project published at the tender age of 24 in a major publication! Images shown are from his website of one of my favorite projects he has completed, a townhouse in Eaton Square. Michael showed a great deal of images: both published and unpublished, older and recent as well as a brief rundown of his many product lines. While talking about the bedroom shown above, probably one of my top favorite published bedroom images, Michael mentioned his philosophy of a bedroom as 'a crib' or a cozy retreat. He is a fan of patterned walls and beds nestled against the wall.Michael quickly broke down his design philosphy in a very clever way and you can see examples of this throughout all his work: the mixture of 2 ideas (often opposing) that bring out the best features of both. Whether it be mostly modern with an antique painting thrown in or English country with a few pieces from Marrakesh, this tension is where the interest lies in his work- the true definition of an eclectic interior! He believes the discord "brings you into the moment by its contrast". At the same time, Michael is concerned with balance. He never wants a room to be 'too simple, too fancy, too cluttered', etc. In a very formal dining room he'll throw in a sisal rug in contrast to a patterned or scenic wallpaper.
Another of the mainstays of his work is investing in quality, classic pieces. He mentioned in his own homes (as he is always moving) keeping the same couches for decades and uphostering them when they get a bit shabby. I noticed throughout many of his own houses that he showed the same pieces kept showing up. If you love something, you will always make it work: Stay away from the overly trendy and never start from scratch!Michael said that being an interior designer is one of the most personal and private fields you can ever go into. You get to know your clients very intimately and you should never betray their trust, hence the 'don't ask don't tell' policy on the White House! He did however mention that his work there was to 'highlight the best of America' and not neccesarily the traditions of the White House.
Some of the most interesting things he talked about were during the Q&A which was cohosted by his hilarious friend Ali Wentworth, actress and wife of George Stephanopoulos (whose house was recently in Elle Decor magazine). He mentioned his use of layering numerous smaller carpets in a large room. The reason? Not for the 'look' per say, but more because he felt it was hard to find rugs he liked in appropriate sizes!
Michael easily (and often) admited to being proudly high maintenance. He said "I'm not the easiest decorator to have" because he wants to challenge his clients to be invested in their houses. He wants them to think about their choices and for their spaces to be true reflections of not just Michael's taste, but their own lives. He claims all of his projects are incredibly individualistic and won't ever take on a client who merely wants a copy of one of his previous jobs.
I hope you all enjoyed these little tidbits I gleamed from the lecture; it was an entertaining and charming way to spend a rainy evening! All quotes are in italics.

winter whites

Ok, yes it is after labor day but no matter what time of the year white is always in style. I think that I actually put more white pieces in to my closet than I took out when I did the seasonal wardrobe switch. So with snow in the weather forecast for the rest of the week I thought it would be appropriate to have a little ode to winter white!


(via suzanne kaster,, david jimenez, elie saab, kara mann, martha stewart via {this is glamorous}, elie saab, nuevo estilo)