Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chic Shop Alert: Quotient

There aren't many things in life that I get as much joy out of as scouring 1st Dibs.  It's a virtual treasure hunt I can go on while sitting behind my laptop.  Whether I am searching for the perfect mid-century chandelier or just needing a mid-day pick-me-up, 1st Dibs never disappoints.  While there are many stunning pieces on the site, it isn't often that I find a 1st Dibs dealer where I gravitate towards everything they carry (this shop was one).  Stumbling upon Quotient Fine Furnishings, however, was pure delight.  Physically located at the New York Design Center on the 10th Floor (as part of the 1st Dibs showroom), Quotient sells a range of Art Deco and mid-century gems.  My favorite pieces are the stunning Tommi Parzinger accessories, although most everything is fabulous:













That mid-century nine arm glass tube chandelier is UNREAL.  I used it in a hospitality project for school recently, although I think it would look even better in my actual home.

Do you have any favorite 1st Dibs shops?  I am always looking for inspiration!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Designer Crush: Chandos Interiors

How is Monday here already?   It seems that my weekends are so packed these days that Monday rolls around way too soon.  The only way to ease in to today is by distracting ourselves with drool-worthy design, don't you think? Today I am sharing one of my favorite Houston-based interior designer's work- Chandos Dodson Epley.  In my opinion, the most well-designed spaces always feel timeless and deliberate.  Chandos Interiors has accumulated a portfolio full of tailored, chic homes in a variety of styles; from upscale modern to casual traditional.  Here are a few of my favorite rooms her firm has created:







Dodson has been published numerous times in top design magazines, and recently won Southern Living's Best New Kitchen award for this traditional stunner:


While having classic charm, Chandos mixed things up by adding a fun, graphic tile backsplash and a modern stove hood with clean lines.


I love the headboard design in this bedroom.  It is always awkward to put a bed in the corner of a room, but by adding an L-shaped upholstered headboard that sits on both walls, the bed is not lost in the space.  

Fabulous work, Chandos!

Happy Monday, everyone!

{images via Chandos Interiors}

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Covetable Closets

Happy Thursday!  How is your week going?  I am deep in study mode with finals the week after next, but I couldn't help taking a study break to drool over a few dreamy closets.  I truly believe that a well-designed walk-in closet to display handbags, shoes, and clothes is the female equivalent of a "man cave."  What would be in my dream boudoir?  Beautiful cabinetry, polished nickel hardware, accent lighting and a fabulous shoe display.  Here are a few of my favorite closets from designers 





How sexy is this dark black cabinetry with mirrored faces?  I love that the shoes have a prominent place for display, as well.


Just as rich as black, this chocolate brown lacquered closet is drool-worthy.  I also love the clear doors that display this man's wardrobe.  The geometric carpet is pretty fabulous, too:


This closet designed by Nate Berkus features brass hardware and lighting.  I LOVE the large pop of canary yellow in the ottoman:



Munger Interiors, one of my favorite design firms in Houston (see my interview with them here), designed this gorgeous closet with a custom cabinetry island separating the man's side from the woman's.


As I have a bit of OCD, I also appreciate the matching hangers and pretty storage baskets.

Which closet is your fave?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Mara Hoffman Resort 2015

When I was in business school, I always found the study of brand loyalty to be fascinating.  How one emotionally connects with a brand and what the brand represents to them often drives purchasing behavior.  As I've mentioned before, I have a bit of a boho spirit and like to pretend I'm as cool as a Cali girl.  Any company that can perpetuate that dream for me ranks high on my covet list, and I need look no further than Mara Hoffman.  Not only do I adore their bold, Pucci-esque bathing suits and bikinis, I love everything their brand represents- mainly, that cool, laid-back Cali lifestyle with afternoons at the beach and salt in your tousled hair. One look at their instagram, handled by Mara herself, and you are immediately drawn in-
 
 
 
 
 
 
{Mara herself, touching up models before a Resort 2015 show}
 
Needless to say, I am drooling over their resort 2015 collection.  It features breezy maxi dresses and colorful bikinis:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One of everything, please.  I really need to scoop this crop top up for ACL.
 
 
 

 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday's Worthy Links



-This article on Vogue discusses the role emojis play in our text-laden lives.  More specifically, what effect is our love affair with emojinal communication having on our actual emotions?  (insert see-no-evil monkey emoticon here)

-I am so proud of my girl Jessie Miller (aka, THE Design Daredevil) for being named one of Rue Magazine's "Top 7 Designers to Watch in 2015".  Her apartment is Dreamy with a capital D, and her bedroom had me swooning.  Pictured above is her dining room, featuring a 1980s Mastercraft table paired with Louis XVI-esque chairs.

-If you know me, than you know how obsessed I am with Anthropologie.  I love their clothes, their dishware, and the overall aesthetic of the store.  I also love that they hire art directors and place a lot of importance on creating warm, inviting environments for shoppers.  We even registered there for our wedding!  However, I couldn't help but crack up over this Tumblr post- "Let's Make Fun of: Anthropologie Furniture."  Some of it is downright ridiculous.

-THIS instagram quote is everything.  #NYFW goers, take note.

-I was so saddened to hear of Joan Rivers' passing yesterday.  I really admired her for her strength of spirit.  Her fearlessness, whether it be bringing down the house as a stand-up comedian in a time when the industry was very male-dominant, or continuing to pursue her passion even when no one was calling, is inspiring.  She experienced many tragedies in her life, but she somehow had a knack for turning them around in to comedy.  Rest in peace, Joan. 


Happy weekend!

XOXO,

Sam

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Feeling Blue

Happy Hump Day!  There's nothing better than a 4-day work week following a holiday, is there?  Despite the title, I'm really feeling anything BUT blue in terms of my mood- this week has been uncharacteristically productive, and I got in a great workout yesterday at Define Body.  Let's hope I can keep up the momentum!  However, I am feeling blue in regards to fall fashion and design.  Blue has always been my favorite color for it's versatility and timelessness.  Despite it's colorful punch, it can also be seen as a neutral (i.e. denim).  Here's a little blue inspiration for you, including some items I've been crushing on lately...







How delicious is that cobalt fireplace?  Eddie Ross recently posted this image of his apartment on his instagram and I nearly died.  So much goodness in one space- from the leopard pillow to the Milo Baughman chair to the standing brass pharmacy lamp.  

Are you feelin blue? 




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Designer Crush: McGarr Design & Interiors

Happy Tuesday!  Did you guys have a good Labor Day?  I went to float the river near Austin, TX and managed to lose my phone while on the water. (Wahh wahh).  I'm due for an upgrade on September 21 and want to take advantage of the iPhone 6, so for the next 3 weeks I am stuck with a go phone!  Please excuse my poor quality instagram posts in the meantime. :)  Nonetheless, it was a restful and fun weekend, which was a relief after a hard week of school projects and work deadlines. I apologize for the radio silence last week-  I hate not posting, but sometimes there are not just enough hours in the day!  
Today I am excited to share my love for a local Houston interior designer that I extremely admire- Julie McGarr of McGarr Design & Interiors


Typically, the designers I crush on are residentially-focused.  While Julie does indeed do residential design, she also has an impressive hospitality portfolio.   She is responsible for the drool-worthy Brasserie 19 restaurant interior, from the antiqued mirror bar backsplash to the modular brass light fixtures to the bistro-style chairs. 






She also designed my favorite restaurants in Houston-  Coppa Ristorante and Coppa Osteria in the West University area.  Besides their to-die-for Italian food, I love to frequent these establishments for their luxe modern interiors.  How gorgeous are these back-to-back banquettes?  The nailhead detail is fabulous and something you don't often see in a restaurant:


Nailheads also line the upholstered barstools at Coppa Osteria.  Julie brought in interesting brass light fixtures throughout the space here, as well:


And if that weren't enough, McGarr has created some swoon-worthy residential spaces, too.  I love the rich green paint color in this boudoir:



A dreamy backyard pool...




What a talent!  I could drool over Julie's work all day.  She attended the Art Institute of Houston (like me!), and was recently awarded the "Rising Star" award from the Decorative Center of Houston.  I can't wait to see what she dreams up next.


{all images via McGarr Design & Interiors}