Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spring 2015 Trend Report

To paraphrase Tom Ford in a recent interview, designers don't actually get together before every Fashion Week to select fabrics or share much as it may seem like they do. At the offset, trends are fashion editors' ways of resetting the table after the visual feast they've devoured for the past 10 days and then their reinterpretations of the fashion shows trickle down into sales tactics, merchandising schemes and low end regurgitations. But it is fun to pretend that the Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte sat across from Prabal Gurung and Ralph Lauren during a Spring strategic planning session in order to designate looks, textiles and beauty schemes. (Note to designers: please invite me to the meeting if a session actually does take place!)  At any rate, Spring, just like any other season, did see some similarities across the runways. Here are some of my favorites are below!

Keep them subtle and they'll take you far. If Lela is doing it, then all preppy Southern ladies should...and I imagine they (we) were the last holdouts against this trend.

3.1 Phillip Lim/ Lela Rose/ Alexander Wang

Statement Coats: 
After a long winter of bulky layers and heavy coats, if you still have to don outerwear in the spring, then it needs to be special. Leave it to the standouts of 2015 to make you wish for the slightest nip in the air come April.

J.Crew/ Suno/ Tory Burch

  What can we say about yellow that everyone doesn't already know? It's bright, cheerful and youthful. Energize your closet should you feel worn out next spring.
 Nanette Lepore/ Diane von Furstenberg/ Veronica Beard

Keep it clean and you'll always be in style. 
Rag & Bone/ Jason Wu/ The Row

Did you notice any interesting trends on the Spring fashion runways? Of course, there were many more but these were some if the most interesting and applicable to real life in my humble opinion. Will you try to work any into your wardrobe? I hope to make one of those statement coats mine...maybe it will be a cool spring in the south!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Malachite Madness

personal photo

 via Veranda

Bringing elements from nature into your home is one of the best sources of inspiration. While malachite is technically a crystallized mineral formed from weathered copper ores, it also happens to be one of the most glamorous home accent options around. Pair it with brass for major doses of fabulosity or with black and white for an organic pop of color. From fabrics on chairs to specks on the corners of a picture frame, you can find malachite for all areas in your domain.

(Clockwise from top left) Painting from The Art Factory/ Picture Frame/ Scented Candle/ Tea Cart/ Tray

Could you use a touch of malachite in your home? How would you use it or do you have some already?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Best of Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week has been well underway since last week and while it's not over just yet, I couldn't resist picking some favorites. 
Jason Wu

 Jason Wu

Carolina Herrera



 Lela Rose

 Lela Rose

 Lela Rose

 Wes Gordon

Wes Gordon

 Tory Burch 

 Tory Burch

 Tory Burch

 Tory Burch

Alice & Olivia 
 3.1 Phillip Lim

 3.1 Phillip Lim

 Such delicious eye candy! Do you have any early favorites?
Stay tuned next week for a little Spring 2015 trendspotting!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Autumn's Indoor Accents

With the deliciousness of fall inventory rolling out in stores and on sites across America, it's easier than ever to give your own home a little autumnal update. Nate Berkus debuted some fabulous and fun fall pieces for Target, West Elm offered up more brass and sass than ever while Serena & Lily upped the sophistication ante with sumptuous silks, smooth lacquers and nubby natural fibers. 

If you want to make your home feel more fall-ish, by far the easiest way is to change out the accessories on your table tops and mantles. A faux fur throw is a no brainer as are velvet pillows. Of course, you can take it to the max with dark leather sofas and brass lighting. No matter what changes you make, the overall feel will be timeless and cozy. In fact, that's one of my favorite things about fall- no matter what's on trend, the pieces still feel classic.

Check out the living room below featuring the latest and greatest fall furnishings and home accessories from One King's Lane, Serena & Lily and Target!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fall Wish List

I don't mean to wish the days away's hot outside. Really hot. If I can't be parked on the beach, then I'd rather it be chilly outside. So until the temperatures decide to dip to a somewhat bearable degree, I'll be inside pretending it's sweater weather.

 via Pinterest

Preach, Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Totally Fun Tilton Fenwick


images via Tilton Fenwick

Vibrant. Cheerful. Colorful. If adjectives like these pique your interest, then look no further than the interior stylings of design firm Tilton Fenwick. It's hard to believe that this New York based company was established only four years ago by Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham. The Tilton Fenwick aesthetic rings so perfectly clear and they have seen so much success so quickly that it feels like the designers must have been established long ago! In 2011, Tilton Fenwick was named "Rising Star of Interior Design" by the International Furnishings and Design Association, participated in the Hamptons Designer Showhouse and was named by Traditional Home as one of the top 20 "New Traditionals."

Shortly thereafter, fabric giant Duralee and Tilton Fenwick partnered to create new twists on familiar patterns with a major upholstery collection. Alone, these patterns may invoke the comforting feel of a countryside cabin but, as you can see in the images above, Tilton Fenwick loves to place a modern twist on tradition.

images via Duralee
I recently perused the Duralee site looking for a fabric perfect for a mountain home's curtains. (The client chose the top paisley fabric...more to come on that later.) Imagine my pleasant surprise when days later, Target unveiled their newest collaboration with Tilton Fenwick, a playful collection of furnishings in Tilton Fenwick's signature Duralee fabrics now available at incredibly affordable prices.

With prices ranging from $219.99 for a fully upholstered ottoman to $884.99 for king sized bed, you won't have to eat Raman noodles to afford home furnishings. Play up the patterns by mixing in block prints with florals or stripes with paisleys. Or keep the upholstery the centerpiece by sparingly styling rustic neutrals in linen and wood. Which of these pieces are your favorite? How would you use it in your home? A playful settee in a cozy reading nook is just one of many ways I could see using these new pieces. Let me know if you get your hands on one! 

Grasscloth Wallcovering/ Mirror/ Framed Print/ Dipped Vase/ Brass Turtle Shell Paperweight/ Side Table/ Rug/ Ottoman/ Trays/ Striped Pillow/ Elephant Pillow/ Settee/ Floor Lamp