Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Shelf Love

With winter comes a desire to nest, chill, relax, read, and basically slow down in general.  Slowing down isn't really in my vocabulary and honestly most days I have no idea how to.  I prefer things that way- hectic, busy, fun, chock full of events where memories can be made.  So, it's no surprise I sometimes dread this time of year.  Does anyone really enjoy the sun setting at 4:30 pm (p.s.- I love this meme).  However, I've done enough "inner work" this year (said with a smirk) to know resistance of any kind is futile- it's much more charming to let things come, adapt, and flow with them.  So, I'm doing all things within my power to bring out my inner *chill* goddess and slowwww down.  First up is adding to my reading list.  I do love the feeling of being enthralled by a story I simply cannot put down, so I highly recommend this book and this book (I recently finished both).  I want to read this next. If you have any good recommendations, please let me know.  In the meantime, I thought sharing some gorgeous bookshelves felt very much in the spirit of coziness.  Whether it's a small built-in that feels like an afterthought, a perfectly proportioned centerpiece of a room, or simply a free-standing piece filled to the brim, I rarely see a shelf I couldn't love:

Something about artist Wayne Pete's shelves filled haphazardly feels so charming to me.  Especially with barely any space left for the AC unit, this is a quintessential Brooklyn creative's studio.

I also want to pay homage to the book stack- perhaps not as practical as displaying books on a shelf, it still is a fun way to decorate a room and I myself have several stacks of books in my own apartment:

One of the many stacks in my apartment:

Happy Wintering,


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Fabric Crush: Lee Jofa's Hollyhock

At this point in my life I've embraced the fact that I prefer a more traditional aesthetic.  Delicate antique French furniture, rich (but well-proportioned) wooden armoires and dressers, and large hand-blocked floral fabrics are a few of the many traditional decorative elements I love.  I've discovered recently that I'm not alone in my love for all things classic- apparently there's a word for it now, "Grandmillenial style".   House Beautiful,  NY Post, and One Kings Lane have all shared articles on the trend.  As House Beautiful says,

 “Ranging in age from mid-20s to late-30s, grandmillennials have an affinity for design trends considered by mainstream culture to be ‘stuffy’ or ‘outdated’—Laura Ashley prints, ruffles, embroidered linens,” Emma writes. They like D. Porthault and entertaining. They are building a party closet and collecting their grandmothers’ china. They take inspiration from Sibyl Colefax and Albert Hadley. They’ve never met a chintz they didn’t like. “Taking fringe, trim, chinoiserie, drapery, skirts on furniture, slipcovers, wallpaper—all of that–and updating them to be convenient for today’s 30-year-old” is what grandmillennial style is all about, according to interior designer Becky Boyle."

As a self-proclaimed grandmillenial, I thought I'd share one of my all-time favorite fabrics with you today- Lee Jofa's hand-blocked Hollyhock.  Hollyhock is a hand-blocked linen with a pedigree that dates back to the 1850s.  A century later, it was hailed as "the most beautiful chintz on the market" (Kravet). It comes in several colorways and is available either as a linen or as a cotton chintz.  The fabric is an absolute work of art, as seen below on the curtains in this England country house:

The design features a lush bouquet of flowers and trailing vines on a neutral background.  My boss, Markham Roberts, used the coordinating linen version that has a lighter background, called "Althea Linen," on the walls in this Nantucket guest bedroom:

Miles Redd used the print on a dining table-turned-desk skirt for his mother in her Atlanta, Georgia home.  The  cords on the ginger jar lamps were snaked through the table leaves and under the carpet:

While many fabrics get discontinued after a few years, Lee Jofa's Hollyhock has remained in production and continues to be used frequently as a designer favorite.   In 2014, designer Young Huh covered the walls in the Kips Bay Designer Showhouse lounge in the blush colorway of Hollyhock:

In his Montecito, California living room, Mark Sikes covered his tufted sofa in the chintz.  I love seeing it on a larger piece of furniture:

{Mark Sikes}

And, as I've written about before, I love seeing a room covered in the same fabric- I guess it's the maximalist in me.  This detail shot of Hollyhock on the sofa, sofa pillows, and walls slays me in the best way:

{I found this image online, but can't find the source for the life of me.  If it's yours, please message me and I'll properly credit you. }

Want to acquire a little Hollyhock for yourself?  Decorator's Best sells fabrics to the public (albeit at a mark up), and offer Hollyhock in it's many colorways here.  Just note the fabric content you want is selected underneath the fabric before purchasing- the shinier cotton chintz will list as 100% cotton, the linen version which I prefer will list as 100% linen.  The coordinating "Althea Linen" print is available here.



P.S.- Read my other fabric crush posts:

Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches
Scalamandre Le Tigre
Michael Devine Hand-Printed Fabrics

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Best of: Black Friday &Cyber Monday 2019

Happy Thanksgiving 2019! I am currently stuffed, with family, watching Martin Scorsese's The Irishman on Netflix.  My parents always have the family over to their house for Thanksgiving.  Below I'm posing with my cousin's kids and my niece, Lily, in the orange:

The silver earrings I'm wearing were a random find on my recent trip to Istanbul (which was fabulous and unforgettable- I'll be sure to do a longer recap blog post soon) and my outfit is Missoni-esque but from Anthro by way of my mother's closet.  

Speaking of clothes, gone are the days when I'd wake up at the crack of dawn with my high school friends to try and scour Black Friday sales.  Who has the time or energy these days, especially when everything is online?  Whether it be a new laptop, a cashmere sweater, a chic winter coat, a cute pair of booties, a new TV, or even fresh home accents- now is the time of the year to get the very best deals, especially when combined with Cyber Monday.  Below are a few of my favorite current sales:

Black Friday + Cyber Monday Highlights:

BLOOMINGDALES:  Loving this, this, and this (I carry it every day). 
INTERMIXMy favorites: This,  this, these,  and these.
MINTWOOD HOME: My favorites: this, this, and this.
MATCHES My favorites:  these, this, and these.
NEIMAN MARCUS $50 off orders of $200 or more.  Loving this, this, and these
SHOPBOP: Up to 25% off with code MORE19 at checkout.  Love thisthisthese, and this.

Shop This Board: Clothes 

1.) St. Barths Small Tote, $240/

2.) Waffle Knit Hat, $32/

3.) Leopard workout set by Carbon38, $50.40 + $66.50 (30% off site-wide this week)

4.) Black Puffer Jacket, $125/

5.) Smocked Velvet Off-the-shoulder Dress, $79/

6.) Crewneck cashmere sweater, $69.99/

                                             Shop This Board: Home Decor

1.) Faux White Fur Blanket, $49.50 (currently 50% off!)/

2.) Worlds Away Flower Round Pendant Light, $861 (these would make a great gift, too!)

3.) Bubble Wall Mirror, $875 (with 30% off)/

4.) Scalamandre Le Tigre lumbar pillow cover, $199/

5.) Dawn Wolfe, "Manhattan Beach" artwork, $345/

6.) Marble Swirl Jar, $64/

7.) Tonet cane chairs, $450/

8.) Solid La Jolla Storage Baskets, $88-$177/


-Spank faux leather leggings, 20% off now.

-The perfect puffer jacket for cold weather, at a steal of a price.

-Loving all the pretty AQUA cocktail dresses for holiday parties- especially this one under $80.

-Faux leather booties under $35.

-Now is the time to splurge on Golden Goose sneakers, which are $315 (typically $525!!)


-Echo dots for $22

-Apple MacBook Air for $699!!!

-Apple Airpods with charging case for $145 (normally $199).

-I'm no TV guru, but this seems to be the best TV deal.


-My favorite beauty tool, the GloPRO, is a micro needling regeneration tool that helps stimulate collagen production and restore volume in your skin.  Right now it's $50 off.  Then, I follow it up with an Erno Laszlo soothing night cream (30% off site-wide for Cyber Week).

-The travel-size mascara I swear by, only $13.


-Handmade rugs up to 20% off.

-West Elm is running up to 30% off site-wide, I love this cozy throw, & this photograph.

Happy Shopping!



Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Top 10 Faves: 40% Off Shopbop Surprise Sale

I'm not one to particularly enjoy "surprises."  I generally like to be in the driver's seat and know what to expect from any endeavor.  My need for control is one of the many reasons I've started a daily meditation practice (but that's a topic for another day).

However, one surprise I won't object to is a large surprise SALE- especially if it's hosted by a website I truly love.  For the next 3 days, Shopbop will be hosting a surprise 40% off sale on over 1,000 different pieces.  The best part?  Fall and winter items are included among the markdowns!  Now is the time to snag that expensive bathing suit you loved for next summer, stock up on winter sweaters and boots, and snag that leather mini that would be perfect with sheer tights and boots.  I would definitely suggest scouring the pages for unique finds that speak to you- but in case you're curious, here are my favorite 10 pieces from the sale.

1.) Etoile Bustier Ruffle Hem Dess, $59:

2.) BB Dakota Faux Suede Skirt, $78:

3.) Tavik Elodie Jumpsuit, $85:

4.) RTA Beckett Top, $206.50:

5.) Blank Denim Snake Along Jeans, $39.20:

6.) Lioness Bad Romance Blazer Jacket, $100.80:

7.) She Made Me Crochet Off the Shoulder Dress, $269.50:

8.) Soho Long Down Jacket, $475:

9.) Loeffler Randall Penny Slides in Snakeskin, $276.50:

10.) Cupcakes and Cashmere Harmoni Dress, $59:

Other eye-catching items from the sale to note...

-Cutest faux fur coat I've seen in a long while, and this one is sure to keep you warm.

-Now is the time to stock up on snow boots 

-This looks both cozy + sexy enough for holiday parties, throw this over it for a festive look.

-Everyone's favorite mules, this time in a new print.  Also adore these.

-Pretty little things under $100:  these, this, this, this, and this.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Gift Ideas Under $25 - Holidays 2019

I purposefully titled this one "Gift Ideas Under $25" rather than "Stocking Stuffer Ideas under $25" because I didn't want anyone accusing me of encouraging Christmas shopping hysteria too early in the year. :)  Nonetheless, I have gifting on my mind as product pitches for the season have started rolling in to my inbox.  I love an affordable + useful gift as much as the next person, so I thought I'd share a few of the best items I've come across lately with you today- in case anyone out there is an early shopper...

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Herve Van Der Straeten's Tangier Getaway

I recently added the new Inside Tangier- Houses & Gardens coffee table book to my collection in anticipation for my upcoming trip to Morocco.  Right now, we are only planning to be in Marrakech- but if I can make the time, I want to try and do a quick trip to Fez or Tangier.  This new tome by Vendome Press features a handful of abodes owned by artists, designers, and writers in Tangier.  It's hard to choose a favorite, but for some reason I was particularly drawn to the home of furniture designer Herve van der Straeten and shoe designer Bruno Frisoni:

The couple first visited Tangier in 1997, and at the time didn't really see the appeal.  However, they became close with a few long time residents of the city- and when a friend recommended they look at a house on the market in 2002, they fell in love and purchased it.  At the time they weren't thinking of buying in Africa at all- in fact, they had set their sights on purchasing something on the Amalfi Coast.  The house was irresistable to them; however, due to it's location- right on the cusp of the city's medina.

{In the entrance hall, two of van der Straeten's designs are on display- a Cubist chandelier and a colonnaded base console table}

Herve and Bruno, ever the creative duo, set to work adjusting the house's floorplan and finishes to their liking.  They opened up and adjusted the floorplan, which was typical of North African homes- with a center atrium and long narrow halls leading to adjacent rooms.  They knocked out all the interior rooms and one staircase, and left only the outer walls of the home.   They expanded the windows on the second floor and framed them in black lacquer.  “If you notice around the medina,” says Frisoni, “very few houses have big windows.” Explains Van der Straeten, “It’s very Spanish to have small ones to block heat and protect privacy, but we have nothing to hide!”  {Departures, 2014}.  They also incorporated design elements they loved from their travels.  The marble flooring is inspired by the Casa de Pilatos palace in Seville, and the black and white stripe tiles in the master bath mimick a hammam the couple loves to visit in Damascus I've long been a fan of Herve's lighting designs, one of which hangs in their living room:

The modern mix of furniture and objects in the living room is so interesting to see in a Moroccan home.  I guess that's why I'm so drawn to it.  

The master bedroom is light and bright:

The walls and bedding in their guest bedroom feature textiles from Syria and other farflung places, while the headboard is a green painted door the couple found in Fez. The bedside tables were made by craftsman in the nearby medina:

{image above from Departures article}

The home's rooftop terrace overlooks the beautiful city of Tangier:

Read a write up Vogue did on this same house a few years back here.

Get a copy of the Inside Tangier coffee table book here.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Boho Vibes

It's an exciting time of year- fall.  I feel that right now we are having the best of both worlds in New York:  The energy and excitement that only a changing season can bring, yet summer-like temperatures remain.  In fact, it's 80 degrees outside right now as I eat a bowl of Egyptian red-lentil soup (sidenote- if you haven't tried Juice Press soups, you're missing out).  Next month I am traveling to Istanbul, Cairo, and Marrakech with a good friend, and I've been watching movies based in these cities for fun.  Last night I watched Hideous Kinky, which stars Kate Winslet and is based in Marrakech.  It wasn't the best movie, but the bohemian vibes of the setting and the main character's lifestyle spoke to me.  In fact, I've been gravitating towards all things 70s-esque lately:

1.) Soludu Leather Mules, $148/

2.) Kershaw Upholstered Chair, $1,198/

3.) Floral Mesh Top, $15/

4.) Juju Hat I, $395/

5.) Penelope Hoop Earrings, $36/ i also really dig these.

6.) Flare jeans in lasalle wash, $128/ - these are cute, too!

7.) Stephanie Vovas Photograph/

8.) Contrast Straw Fedora, $12

I'm also dying to add Ibiza Bohemia by Assouline to my coffee table book collection$78/ - this one is great, too.

Lastly, I'll leave you with a few instagram accounts to follow for all the 70s nostalgia you could ever want....

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