Today, I am conjuring up sweet treats for my girls for Valentine’s Day on Monday. When I came across these adorable trinkets and gadgets from Anthropologie, I thought I would share them with you in time for you to point and click or run to your nearest store in time…
1. Candy colored office accessories to brighten the day! Get the $12 Pencil Set
and $15 Pinwheel Push Pins
2. In a playroom, nursery or wherever, the cutest poof: See the $168 Mushroom Poof.
3. This is on my list for the girls– $17 Just Being Audrey
4. I don’t have a boy, but if I did and he were still little (or even not so little): $35 The Little Prince
5. A girl, boy, anyone would love this: $180 Tivoli AM/FM Radio.
6. Cool, graphic, and with a name like He Loves Me Rug $398
who wouldn’t like it?
7. So sweet, and imagine it with something inside, too? See the $18 Gulping Guppy Ring Dish.
I have a tough time selling a client on flame-stitch patterned fabric. I can’t explain why, because I am a huge fan—but some have said it looks “frumpy”. Far from it! The pattern is retro and modern at the same time, and I think utterly fashion-influenced. Next time you see flame-stitch, consider doing the wave…
1. Rachel Zoe
2. Jonathan Adler for Liz Lange via House Beautiful.
Photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo.
3. Katie Ridder Design
4. Tank Chair in Missoni Fabric by Artek. Find it here.
5. “The Front Room” designed by Sherrill Canet.
Photo by Nick Johnson Interiors.
6. CW’s Gossip Girl Set via InStyle.
Photo by Jonny Valiant.
Sconces are an under-rated light source. Many regard them as labor intensive to install (and they can be).
However, they can be modern and downright charming. There is something cooly casual and chic about mounting sconces, rather than hard-wiring them to a wall—even leaving the wires or cord covers showing. Or better yet, candle lit ones!
I LOVE them bedside, or flanking a sofa, or in an un-expected place like a reading nook. One thing to avoid is “matching” them to a ceiling light fixture, or mounting them en masse along a hallway or up a staircase. They can appear like hotel decor if not chosen and placed strategically….So without further ado, here is a little bit of ensconced inspiration–
Sunday night; I’ll set the scene: Doug watching the Superbowl and me, upstairs with my poodle, Trudie, watching “Kim and Kourtney Take New York”. I love the Kardashians, however irrelevant and irreverant they may be.
I love watching them travel from LA to Miami to New York, living “la vida loca” while setting up their clothing shop—”Dash”—which, simply can’t afford them the lifestyle they live, but rather, affords them the excuse to continue living that lifestyle….
While living in Miami their digs were very South Beach. Hot colors, orange and blue and bold patterned modern designs. Part cheezy, part cool, and very location appropriate. Now in New York, their temporary home has a very Armani Casa look; spare and tonal, sleek and soft with browns, beiges and grays—it looks very very expensive.
What’s up next? Boston? If the Hub is lucky enough (okay, I see the sneers and gags happening), to have Kim and Kourtney take Boston, this is what I imagine their home would look like. Surprise: it’s the work of our very own Frank Roop (I am a huge fan…)