Friday, October 31, 2014

Boo! Happy Halloween

While I am not one of those adults who still lives for Halloween, I do love a carved pumpkin, and I love a little cutie all dressed up. So go on and have a blast. Get spooked. Be safe. Happy Halloween. We'll talk about design on Monday. Xo.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Five Things: Colorful Kitchen Stuffs From MoMa

I love shopping the MoMa store and I am loving some of their New Houseware Items that are chock full of color and style. Click on through, and feel free to add to the list!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gio Ponti's Superleggera Chair

Gio Ponti is one of the great architects and designers of the 20th century. Much of his furniture is super Italian in its lush and sensual shapes. But one if his most iconic chairs is the most simple and elegant ever: The Superleggera. Designed in 1957, the Superleggera, which translates to "super light",  is just that. You can find vintage versions on sites like 1st dibs, and Cassina, the original manufacturer is making them new and they're available in endless colors.

And PS, the picture of the little boy lifting the chair with one finger was part of the original advertising campaign. Fantastico! Xo.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Beauty Just Because: The Rigaud Cypres Candle

The scent of a burning Rigaud Cypres candle will forever be my touchstone to the holiday season. In the late 80s, I was all about over-the-top pattern mixing, English chintz, and the wafting scent of a Rigaud Cypres-scented candle. For me, the scent reeks of New England style and old England posh (yes, I know its French). Super lux. Super elegant. Super. Xo.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

The Matisse cut-out show at MoMa is about as thrilling as it gets. For me, Matisse's colors are to joy what Rothko's colors are to melancholy. And while I always thought I leaned more towards the sads, these Matisse cut-outs gave me a lift that I still haven't come down from. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Thoughts & Tip: Time To Bring The Outside In

Without a doubt, Fall is my favorite time of year. Best. season. ever. It's the time to start bringing the outside in. Apples and gourds and branches and pine cones. For me, these are all the decorating you need for the start of the holiday season. There's really no way you can go wrong. No arranging, just dump a bag of apples in a big pretty bowl and put it out. Go for a walk, gather up some pine cones and put them on a nice wood tray on your coffee table. While you're out, breath in that fresh clean autumnal air and rejoice. Unless you live on the coast where seasons don't exist. Then, I don't know what to tell you other than to buy a scented candle that smells like fall and try to trick yourself into the change. Xo.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Five Things: Getting Art On The Walls

After posting the other day about how to use posters as an art alternative, it got me thinking about other ways to get art up on the walls. So, here we have it: Five ways for everyone to be surrounded by beauty. And remember the number one rule: A painting DOESN'T have to match the color of the couch! Art is art. It stands alone. Let your color themes be echoed in the little touches around the room. Let you art just be.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Beauty Just Because: Bredahl Storage System From Muuto

This OTO 100 Storage System by Pil Bredahl for Muuto is wonderful and kind of hysterical. Done in black or white, the fiberglass pieces can be taken apart and rearranged to fit your space. When not in use, the tubes can lie on their side, fitting neatly inside each other. Great idea for a kid's room. Great idea for a modern, uncluttered living space. Great. Xo.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Toughts & Tips: Throw Pillows

I have a lot a feelings about throw pillows. They can be a confusing, sometimes overrated, and yet integral part of living room decor. A good throw pillow should do two things:

1. It should act as a unifier for color, theme and balance in a room.

2. It should aid in making your snuggle time more snuggly.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Beauty Just Because: Glasitalia Furniture At ABC Home

These are some great looking new pieces at ABC Home designed by Piero Lissonifrom for Glasitalia. Thermo-welded glass, and nothing else. I love the smokey color of the bookshelf ($5295), and the spliced coffee tables ($4595, more pics after the jump). Also, in the right space, there are colored versions (pink! green! Yellow! Orange!) that are nothing but joy. Super fragile joy, so file under: No Kids Allowed. Sorry kids. It's not my fault you're all klutzes.  Xo.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Stores: USM Modular Furniture

I have recently become completely infatuated with the USM Haller Modular Home Furniture Collection. I've known about and liked the company for years, but having mostly seen it as office furniture, I left my opinions about it at the office room door.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Five Things: A Good Basic Bed

When it comes to the bedroom, a proper bed and headboard make all the difference. What's sadder than a room with nothing but the boxspring and mattress on a frame and nothing else? It inherently looks... incomplete. Here are five great looking, Great priced beds that fit into any space, without adding too much footprint, but giving enough drama and glamor to make your bedroom a sanctuary. As it should be:

Friday, October 3, 2014

Thoughts & Tips: How To Do A Framed Poster Right

Ask almost any design fanatic and they'll tell you that framed posters as art is for teenagers with rockstar crushes and Just Hang In There sentiments. But in lieu of not having actual art to put up, adults tend to just leave the walls (GASP!) bare. There has to be a happy medium, people. Posters can work. And when it comes to hanging them on walls, I am a total size-queen.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Five Things: Steel & Chrome Stools

Bar and counter stools, like dining chairs, can be a hard thing to find. For me, it's because in order to make them comfortable, they inherently lose any sense of chic. I think big, padded "tall chair" stools feel so...suburban for lack of a better word.  Here are 5 swoon-worthy options (in no particular order) done in steel and chrome, which I think would make any house proud:

Monday, September 29, 2014

Beauty Just Because: The Omi Fields Sculpture Park

I love an outdoor sculpture garden almost as much as anything. Visiting Storm King is like a spiritual re-awaking for me. So, imagine my surprise when I was hanging with my bestie upstate and she told me about another walking wonder: The Fields Sculpture Park At Omi International Arts Center.