I’m not a fashion designer or a seamstress. Pillows are my specialty and that’s about it. I do enjoy scanning Pinterest and looking at images of pattern making and transformative fashion. I find something extremely inspiring in looking at the way designers can manipulate textiles and transform silhouettes through folds and layers of material. Here’s a taste of a recent Pinterest board that I’ve been building. Enjoy.
Have you noticed recently that certain materials are at the height of trend in interiors? Such finishes like brass, marble, white walls, and natural woods are at the forefront. Many times I read blogs and magazines that comment and write features on how these are so ‘of the moment’, which is true. However, stepping back I believe it’s something else much larger that’s driving the trends. It’s conceptual, not material. It’s a mood.
All these materials and finishes have in common, a birthplace imbedded with historical and classical references. Think about how brass resonates with the warmth and look of gold finishes. At this time using gold on furniture and hardware or plumbing is economically inappropriate, but using it’s visual close cousin is not. The white walls reference the natural state of plaster. Marble, Greco Roman architecture. And naturally finished woods span across many cultures, as wood is such a huge natural resource.
In this era of super fast evolving technology we’re creating living and work spaces that ground us. I personally appreciate these materials and am probably jumping deep into the bandwagon, but I really hope whatever comes next still respects classical references. It’s an age old theory that history repeats itself and why wouldn’t we repeat historical decorative and architectural elements that work!
Wow it’s been such a long time since I’ve checked in on the progress of my apartment! To no surprise that means I haven’t been really doing much. Between life at work and friends I’ve been very busy with putting my energy towards other things. I did manage to, but never wrote about: 1. painted my bedroom an off white color called Bone China, 2. hung the large Chinoiserie screen my mother gave me up behind our bed, and 3. mounted those ceramic birds I bought at Brimfield [here] on the wall in my bedroom. This all happened a few months ago, just this weekend I photographed the progress!
They’re looking pretty sophisticated, aren’t they! On the left side (my side of the bed) I have the dressing table, which doubles as a night stand and on Jack’s side, which is the view you see from the living room I chose to display pictures and artwork related to our wedding and honeymoon. The top oval image is a photograph of me on my wedding day, the octagonal framed piece is a Sailor’s Valentine created by a friend, Lynda Susan Hennigan as wedding gift, the gold frame an old photograph of Venice (where we spent part of our honeymoon) given to us by my mother, and below that is a wedding card given to us by my godmother Gail that is cut out card, also of Venice, and lastly the framed black and white photo on the table is of us on our wedding day. Although these are all sentimental and very personal, I think they’re conceptual enough that they display nicely in the bedroom. Sadly, our night stand is starting to sway to the left, I have no idea why or how, fingers crossed it doesn’t collapse someday! Moving on. . .
For the month of July I am setting goals and focusing on moving closer to accomplishing them. It amazes me how many projects I accomplish on a weekly basis at work, but how little gets done at home.
To Do List:
1. Porter Chair
2. Kitchen tiles
3. Coat Closet
4. Wallpaper dressing room
On the top of my to do list is to get going on my Porter chair – I bought that about 9 months ago. The latest updates I’ve made to it include puling the existing fabric off, sanding down the horrid spray paint finish and starting to paint the under layer a dark navy. The inspiration for the final design came from the Instagram account of Erica Cook (ecmothdesign) of Moth Design. She posted this couch months ago and there it was my answer to my dream chair. Dark velvet with gold leaf finish. In the time between I’ve settled on two different choices from Kravet. One 100% cotton velvet that is slightly warmer in tone and is about $20 more yard than the other that is a poly blend.
In this extended time I’ve learned how to gold leaf. With one at home and two at work projects under my belt, I’m ready to get to working on my chair. So I guess the time hasn’t been completely wasted.
On another note, I really would like to have my kitchen to finish before September. I was going to try to accomplish the tiling this long weekend with my father, but he was unavailable.
Another project that’s been creeping along is the coat closet at the end of the book shelves. Jack cut all the pieces last fall, but we have yet to construct the final unit. I’m hoping that I can convince him to finish the project this month, then finally I can show that very messy corner in the living room that’s I’ve been hiding all along.
Lastly, I want to wallpaper my dressing room. It’s a tiny space and I’m sure it will take no time to finish. Just need to do it! Stay tuned…
I can’t tell you how many of you love the winter addition post [here], but its enough that I have to create a new addition for summer! I find New York summer attire to range across the board from really well put together, crisp and tailored, to some gals that look down right inappropriate. The one thing that is so interesting though, is that even with everyone’s different style or look, you can always tell a tourist from a true New Yorker in what they’re wearing. Here are the key details, and if you’re visiting the city they should help you to camouflage into the crowds of New Yorkers. First tip for every season though, try to walk at the same pace!
- New Yorkers always wear layers. Even in the hottest heat. When its really hot, they opt for sheer layers. Something that I don’t entirely find appropriate but for some reason it goes and no one really cares. That’s because it’s New York, and ‘anything goes’. The on trend items this season, white denim, sheer blouses, the well tailored oversized blazer in blush or neutral tones.
- A New Yorker will always have a carry on. What do I mean? Whether you’re a lady or gentleman chances are 9 times out of 10, you will be carrying a handbag, duffle bag, messenger, backpack or a man purse. In New York, bags are our vehicles, they tote our necessities like wallets and phones but they also hold our books for the train commute, our makeup bag for touch ups, our sunglasses, umbrella for maybe rainy days, our lunch if we’re trying to spend less and often times, our change of shoes. Even on the most simple days, ladies will not leave home without a small cross-body or clutch.
- New Yorkers accessorize. You’ll often see people with a scarf, a pin on their jacket, oversized jewelry or a hat. In New York, fashion is upfront and much of fashion is about expressing yourself. An easy way to do that, is through accessories. These accessories can also be apparent because of my first two points. What sets New Yorkers from out-of-towners though, is that these accessories are also often investment pieces. Women sometimes own handbags that cost more than cars. Many man wear Rolex watches. In the summer, this is no different. The most common accessories that are pulled out in the summertime are the latest hats on trend and the latest sunglasses. Right now, large, colorful polarized lenses are in but if you’d like to always be in style, get yourself a pair of Rayban aviators or Wayfarers.
- Real Shoes. New Yorkers wear real shoes, they do NOT wear flip flops or Crocs on the street unless they’re on their way out of the nail salon or work in the medical profession. Instead, opt for a nice pair of sandals or ballet flats. The streets of New York are dirty and you would not believe how filthy your feet can get when you wear flip flops. It’s truly disgusting.
- New Yorkers are well groomed (for the most part). It is a common expectation in the work place to have manicured nails and hair. Right now, bold colors like tomato red, neon brights and orange tones are the hottest trend in nail colors, however the new neutral is any shade of gray.