Sometimes all it takes is a neutral. Here are some of mine.
For neutrals see my Style Board
Sparkle and Fade Bomber jacket
This week I got out! I went out into the world to see what was around the corner. Sometimes it’s hard to leave our normal footprint and steer away from the trends, but what makes our lives better is a broader perspective. The only way to be inspired by the Art, Fashion and Furniture around you is to go searching for it. Unless you just ordered something insane off the internet, it’s probably not going to come knocking at your door, so get out! Leave your town, city, island and see the how people are living, what they are wearing, what they’re sitting on, what they’re looking at. What’s in your town is certain to be different from someone else’s. It’s how we’re wired. We’re all different.
About 40 minutes outside my footprint, I found this really inspiring funky, retro set up. I felt like I had been sent to my house growing up, but with a vintage mod twist. The only thing missing is the scenic beach wallpaper.
To add any of these pieces to your life, visit Copper Fox Antiques.
Scenic Wallpaper by Better Wallpaper.
Don’t under estimate the magic of the clutch. All of the shows from Milan’s fashion week have gotten me excited about accessories. Here’s an inspirational image that is power packed with fun accessories, but the one I love is the punch of the clutch. Here are some other fun clutches to amp up your dull outfit. It’s an easy fix.
fashion image via Marie Claire Magazine
Jen Stark is an artist of many mediums, but the pieces which catch my eye the most are her sculptural works. As a Miami native, her environment has influenced the brilliance of her artwork giving it a natural movement with boundaries, but not limitations.
” I definitely think environment and upbringing can affect art-making. Growing up in Miami I experienced so many different cultures and their colorful energy probably rubbed off on me. Also in Miami, plants are green and thriving year-round, and I was always surrounded by an abundance of them. I think my interest in nature sparked my love of accumulation, layers and microscopic patterning. Because it seems that many people can become stagnant in Miami I decided to go to Baltimore for college, even though I had never visited, or even been in real snow before. I guess the cold weather and fear of crime rate sort of forced me to become creative in the studio, focus on my ideas and let loose the vibrancy! Also, I attribute the start of the paper sculptures…”
oh yeah…this is how I feel about the fact that it’s Monday.
Jonathan Queen via Miller Gallery
One of my guilty pleasures is to read design books and mags before lights out. I love it! I escape into the beautiful world of design before my dreams. It’s the best! It’s like a holiday every night. So last night, I was reading So Chic and I found what Fashion Designer Ralph Rucci said interesting and directly applicable to everyday life in the world of Design. Actually, I found many things interesting about his outlook, but you’ll have to get the book to find out. The one thing I like to translate across the board is the notion of using fine things. They were created to be enjoyed.
“There is a conception in the country about luxurious things, that we have to save them for a time that’s right. But an object is only luxurious if you allow it to be, if you use it. When you live with beautiful things, you stimulate your mind, you enjoy life a little bit more.”
So tonight when you’re preparing for an event, bring out the best. If you’re have a weekend in, find a reason to use your silver or china. Break out your 20-year-old scotch or 10-year-old burgundy and use the beautiful tumblers like they were made for you. Burn the candle that smells so yummy, but it’s too nice to use. Wear the earrings you’ve been dying to wear. Pull out your grandfathers ornate trunk or watch and wear it. Enjoy it!
Check out this line Two out of New York.
With two boys on the run, I am always in need of pieces that are comfortable and chic. The activities are endless around my house, so I need clothing for a flexible lifestyle, but still desire a creative elegant look. Two’s designs are beautifully crafted in Brooklyn and combine an Indian and European influence. I love the chic effortless style. I think her line gives a romance to everyday life.
For more pieces visit Two.
I was looking for some style treats and I found this 2010 photo from one of my favorite photographers/fashion bloggers, Scott Schuman. I’m definitely in the market for this look this Spring. I love color, but sometimes a little color statement is good with a more neutral palette.
Here’s where you can get it.
Men. Airedale’s got it down. images via The Airedale
Another way to throw in some color is with stylish nails. Here are some fun colors for spring.
Try a bright shoe with a neutral tapered pant.
I’m in need of an Art fix and I’m sharing it with all of you. I just haven’t had enough Fine Art pieces in my life lately, so I went on a hunt for some pieces that move me. Here are some works that I’m enjoying at the moment.
When I was searching for pieces, I was specifically searching for figurative works. For some reason in figurative pieces, the emotion translated from artist to canvas touches me in way far different from other genres. If the eyes are exposed, they strike me as windows into the artist emotional state and the movement of the figures body is a direct reflection or a piece of their personality at that moment in time. This is why so many artist wear their emotions on their sleeve, because they have literally dipped a brush and stroked their soul out for the world to see.
A few pics of my street style in Philly.
When I travel I have some must haves. The list includes; My Fendi Spy Bag, Michael Kors watch, leather coat and cardigan(layers, layers, layers), skinny jeans, frye boots and my iphone (all pics taken with iphone) All of these items can be mixed and matched for different looks. For me, these are essential to traveling/walking the city and make my site seeing that much more enjoyable.
Tory Burch Pink blouse
Current/Elliot faded skinny jeans
Sometimes your furniture just gets tired and so do you of ‘it’! An easy trick to make it new again is to throw a sheepskin on it. Nothing makes a home cozy like a little fur. Whether you like the real thing or are with PETA here some solutions for you.
This photo from Chao Camp: Our house does an excellent job cozying up a dining space. I think this idea is brilliant as the sheepskin floor rug is getting overworked these days.
Apartment therapy did a piece on Domino’s, Before & After of Julianne Moore as a designer. The photo above displays a chair, which alone, would be a little raw with the other materials in the space. The sheepskin softens the look and makes the room more inviting.
Wicker is going to outlive us all. We all have a tired piece of wicker laying around. Here is a loveseat with new life.
Here is another rug option I love. Lodi Hand Tufted Wool Rug
One of my very amazing readers asked about framing, as it pertains to furniture and decorating. One of my rules to framing is, frame to the artwork and not to the room. Buy and frame pieces that you love, and place them wherever you want. It doesn’t have to match, it just has to fit between the molding. If you like your rooms to match for a little more cohesive flow, then match your furniture to your artwork, not the other way around. Don’t buy a piece of artwork or a frame because it matches your upholstery. The work will be ‘out’ the second the fabric is. Think of them as individuals mingling. Treat them like your wardrobe. Mix and match separates for a more vibrant look. Framing is as personal as the pieces which are in them. What I love, not everyone else will, so stick to your guns. You are the one living with it. I like to rotate art around the house and dedicate one space to a gallery look. Some works are meant to stand alone and don’t need a frame. Be mindful of works with a finished canvas, chances are it looks better without a frame.
Here are a couple groupings.
I like to mix mediums. Photography, painting, prints and collages can work together.
I have so many ideas going through my head that I’m wondering what you all want to see today. Art? Fashion? Furniture? Something totally different?
I took a trip couple of days ago to my old stomping ground, Philadelphia. It got me thinking about all of the things I love about the city, namely the parks and rooftop gardens. There is something so romantic about gardens and disappearing in them. Whether you are walking though a busy square or sitting high above all the commotion in a roof retreat, the idea of the beautiful greenery and lush trees in an urban jungle is refreshing. It gives a fresh perspective and helps clear ones thoughts. Here are a couple outdoor spaces I think are functional and fun. Use your imagination with outdoor space. Add color and use every inch of your space.
One garden design idea that I learned from living in Philadelphia is to choose annuals wisely. Every summer I now plant two different types of sweet potato vines, the purple or ‘blackie’ and the lime green or emerald lace. These vines grow rapidly and give a thick lush feeling quickly. I like to combine the different shaped leaves to give texture and interest. I also put in a pop of red or purple with either a geraniums or petunias. For more gardening tips and ideas visit Petals in Prose.
Furniture ideas for your garden oasis. Good for city or suburban modern patio.
Happy Valentines Day!
If you’re popping out of town this weekend for a V-Day getaway, here are a few treats you still have time to pick up before your trip. Or…a couple things she may enjoy if you’re searching for a little something for her. I love having a little something new and special to remind me of occasions. If an outfit isn’t in your future, maybe little jewel, perfume or lip gloss is. I always keep a tube of the lipstick I wore on my wedding day and every time I put it on, the taste reminds me the way I felt at that moment. Taste and smell is an easy keepsake.
Rachel Zoe Vanessa Maxi Skirt, A.L.C. Francesca Crew Sweater, Michael Kors Gossford Lace-Up Shoe Muslin Python, “Leighelena “”Jigsaw”” Turquoise-Color Wide Bracelet”, ASOS PERFECT Platform Court Shoe, Buta Flare Pant in Black – designed by Feel The Piece, Kendra Scott Taj Necklace (Pink Agate), Black Buckle Backpack, MARIO MATTEO Capes, ASOS PETITE Exclusive Leather Dress, Lamixx Open Back Sweater in Heather Charcoal, Champagne -Atelier 36, Godiva
So the Grammys got me thinking about all the conceptual installation art out there and how much I love it! Nothing gets me more pumped than a piece of sculpture I can immerse myself in. There is something about walking through, under or around a piece of Art. Really being involved in it can evoke a tangible emotion. Many of these pieces are hard to translate to your home, but when I’m with them in person, I feel a sense of empowerment, which I take home with me. Teresita Fernandez is an artist who was asked a couple of months ago to be on the U.S. Commission for Fine Arts and hopefully will have a direct impact on sculpture in the States.
“Many of my works refer to specific features in the landscape or nature. I am continuously challenged not by the idea of representing or re-creating say, fire or smoke or water, but rather how with sculptural three dimensional elements I can recreate the behavior or fleeting, subtle presence of these references”
via Interview with John Lekay, Heyoka Magazine
Other inspiring installation works.
I’ve been inspired by this beautiful log home I saw in Garden & Gun. After seeing it, I wondered what our Old Girl Has in store for us. The Malone’s of Georgia have a beautiful cabin that they have made their own. Our House has a lot of potential, but being almost 200 years old, needs a little TLC. We have this really amazing space in our basement. It’s an old tavern that used to be a speak-easy for our town during prohibition. The history in the room is spectacular and the charm unimaginable. It has everything from the original beams and stones to the iron kettle rod in the fireplace. I can’t wait to see how our’s will transform.
Malone home photos via Garden & Gun magazine
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