Monday, November 20, 2017

Gift Guide: For the Host & Hostess

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm uncharacteristically feeling the holiday spirit this season.  I've already been burning my favorite holiday candle (thanks to my brother for the early bday present!), and saw that the larger 3-wick version is currently 25% off, AND I'm getting a mini tinsel tree for my apartment.  With Thanksgiving in just a few days and Christmas not too far off either, I have hostess holiday gift ideas on the brain.  Now, if you're coming to my place, the only thing you need to bring me is a bottle of Rombauer chardonnay.  But let's try to get a little more creative...

Gift Guide: For the Hostess with the Mostest

1.) MoMa Design Store Backgammon Set, $89/2.) Insulated Wine Totes $59/3.) Craft Cocktails Book $50/4.) Sugarfina "Taste of Paradise" Candy Bento Box $28/
5.) Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail Glasses $24 (these would look cute perched on this)/
6.) Essential Canvas Tote $45/7.) Snakeskin Table Runner $39.95/
8.) Embroidered Cocktail Napkins $28 (great dinner option here)/9.) Italian Throw $125/
10.) Silk Eye Mask & Neck Wrap Set $79 (love these ones too)/

Who's ready for a 3 day work week?!  

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Weekend Links 11.18.17

Happy Saturday!  I am so looking forward to going back to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving next week.  Can you believe it's already holiday season?  I've had to pinch myself a few times because I keep asking Alexa to "play Christmas music!" which is 100% out of character for me.  I'm typically a Scrooge.  No tree, no decorations... and definitely no Christmas tunes.  But as I sit in my apartment and write this, I have a CB2 white wreath on my front door and Bing Crosby singing out of my speakers.  

Weekend Links for Your Perusal:

-I've become fascinated with Belgian psychotherapist Esther Perel, and am dying to read her two books, Mating in Captivity & The State of Affairs. I found her podcast conversation with Tim Ferriss so enlightening, and she did a follow-up Q&A session with viewers last week that really touched me.  Let me just say this:  I don't necessarily agree with everything she discusses, but I have learned a great deal from the insights she shares and the topics she explores from her 34 years of work as a psychotherapist in NYC.

-So impressed with all the participants of the latest One Room Challenge, but especially digging Naomi Stein's guest room transformation (those wallpapered doors!)

-Still loving this cheery Manhattan apartment designed by Miles Redd a few years ago (sitting room pictured above). Chartreuse + vivid pink silk + chinoiserie wallpaper + Damien Hurst artwork = design heaven.

-All the feels for this post from Mari Andrew.  Isn't her instagram the best?

-Jealous of Jackie Clair's latest thrift store find, a Frances Elkins-style loop chair. Housing Works here in NY is a gold mine for finding gently-used antiques and furniture treasures.

-Looking for inexpensive art?  I dig these printable posters.

-Just purchased this table for my apartment to work as a kitchen table of sorts and I have to say I am loving it.  I generally try to avoid buying from catalog stores because I love antiques and one-of-a-kind pieces, but I needed something badly and this fit the bill.  I also purchased two of these chairs which are currently at the upholsterer getting a facelift (but are so comfortable).

Have a nice, relaxing weekend!



Friday, November 17, 2017

Designer Crush: Nina Farmer Interiors

Happy Friday friends!  I wanted to close out the week by sharing a new-to-me designer I came across recently that really knocked my socks off-  the chic Boston-based designer, Nina Farmer.  

{isn't she adorable?  Design crush AND girl crush, if I'm being honest}

Nina attended school at Tulane and the New York School of Interior Design before continuing on to work under top Boston and New York design firms.  She now is at the helm of her own firm, and is considering a rising star in the interior design community.  Although she’s on the rise, she has already been featured in House Beautiful 3 times.  First in March 2014 for her own townhome, then in 2015 for this lovely Beacon Hill townhome she brought to life:

In most Boston townhouses, the kitchen is still in the basement.  It is very rare to find a home with the kitchen on  the main floor, where it has access to lots of natural light.  Nina’s client did not want to spend all their time congregating in the basement, so Nina suggested transforming the main parlor room in to the kitchen:

I love the wallcovering in the client’s sons room- it’s Nobilis’s Chene faux wood grain wallpaper in a bright custom color.  The rich brown velvet on the bed is a Rogers & Goffigon fabric and the roman shade is a whimsical Katie Ridder print:

And the stunning powder bath features a leather upholstered wainscot paired with a graphic floor tile.  I also love when the trim in a space is painted a contrasting color.  

Nina was also featured in House Beautiful's February 2017 issue for breathing new life in to a classic New England home.   For the living room, she took color cues from the house’s classic red brick fireplace and wood trim and kept the palette earthy:

The original powder bath sink was kept in tact, adding a healthy dose of charm.  Nina spiced up the walls with Robert Crowder & Co marbelized wallpaper and an antique Egon Hillebrand mirror:

And any bed garnished with a few Holland & Sherry embroidered pillows is a "win" in my book:

To see more of Nina's work, visit her website here, or view her latest House Beautiful feature online here.

...and don't worry, Friday's worthy links will still be coming tomorrow, but in the form of "weekend links."  Stay tuned, and have a great weekend!



Thursday, November 16, 2017

30th Birthday Wishlist

My 30th birthday is only 14 short days away (ahhhh) and as per usual I have a thing or two on my wish list.  Surprisingly, I feel very excited to enter a new decade and kiss my 20s goodbye.  I do reserve the right to lie about my age from here on out, though. If you happen to see me out and about, let's collectively agree I will forever be 29.  Cool?  I'd say that as I've gotten older my list of wants has evolved, but truthfully if I look back at my 25th birthday wishlist I'd still happily take any of those items, too (except for those J Crew booties... not sure what I was thinking there).  

Shop 30th Birthday Wishlist:

1.) AERIN Tortoise Shell Glasses, 4 for $59.95/

I'm loving all things tortoise (this, this, and this too) right now, and these chic glasses would be perfect for juice/water/or a whiskey cocktail.

2.) Annie Costello Brown Pom Pom Chandelier Earrings, $242 (also love this pair for less)/

Annie's earrings truly are mini works of art.

3.) Classic Style by Kate Schelter $25/

The "it" design book of the year, complete with watercolor illustrations.

4.) Geometric Heel Ankle Boot $79/

A chic bootie with a polished, brass octagonal heel?  I'm in.

5.) Precious Metal Earrings, $46/

I'm always in need of studs with a bit of sparkle.  Perfect for work or play.

6.) Poolside Collective "WTF" Bag $55/

I love poolside collective's cheeky handbag and beach tote collection so much, it's rather hard to pick a favorite.

7.) Teddy Boy Sunglasses $39/

Inexpensive tortoise-rimmed sunglasses in a versatile shape.  They remind me of my favorite Illesteva sunnies.

8.) Endless Rose Louvre Top $51/

Anything on Revolve under $50 instantly catches my eye- luckily, in this case, the piece is cherry apple red with a flattering cut.

9.) Monogrammed Cocktail Napkins, $7 each/

There are a plethora of monogrammed napkins out there, but this pair offers several thread color options and monogram styles, all for $7 each.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday's Worthy Links 11.10.17

Happy Friday!  Any fun weekend plans in the works?  I'm planning to jaunt up to Storm King with some friends tomorrow morning and I'd also like to watch the new Joan Didion documentary on Netflix at some point.  The film is directed by her nephew Griffin Dunne, and explores both her personal struggles and remarkable writing career. It's bound to be fascinating.  Read on for Friday's links...

Friday's Worthy Links:

-Rare antique pieces, furniture and art from iconic designer Jacques Grange's personal collection will be up for auction at Sotheby's on November 21st in Paris (collectors rejoice!).  Among the items are a spin painting by Damien Hurst, furniture and accessories by the Art Deco designer Jean-Michael Frank, works by Giacometti, David Hockney, Henri Matisse, Corbusier... the list goes on and on.  View the 130 pieces here.  A snippet of Grange's decadent Paris apartment is pictured above.

-Love the subtle beauty of designer Veere Grenney's Norfolk estate.  I especially love that chintz headboard fabric. 

-Today is day 12 of a clean-eating plan I'm trying to follow this month, so naturally all I want to stare at is cheese.

-12 restaurants that prove the Upper East Side (my 'hood!) is cool again.

-Wanting all.of.the.bags. 

-So thrilled for Leandra and her big news!

-Current mood.

-The only thing you need to be good at. 

And a few gift ideas to get your creative juices flowing for the holiday season...

Enjoy your weekend!



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fourth Annual Chelsea Textiles Clearance Sale

If you live in or around Manhattan, I highly recommend getting yourself to the Chelsea Textiles x Holland & Sherry x Vaughan warehouse clearance sale today or tomorrow.  The sale is located at 980 Park Avenue at Wallace Hall inside St. Ignatius Loyola Church (on the corner of Park Ave and 83rd St) and the deals are unreal.

I stopped by after work yesterday and left with a new pretty Vaughan lamp purchased at 50% off (!!!):

In the background of the image above you can see lots of cute Chelsea Textiles dresser styles.     I loved this pretty glossy demilune- the perfect size for a New York apartment:

Another thrill of the sale were all the rolls of luxe fabrics heavily discounted.  There are bins and bins of rich Holland & Sherry cashmeres, velvets, mohairs, wools and silks:

Chelsea Textiles also had prepackaged rolls of fabrics available- I was thrilled to see one of my favorite embroidered vine patterns (2166/03) marked at $21/yard (normally $205/yard):

Vaughan Designs was the other big draw for me.  They had several lamp styles and shades marked down as well as flush mounts, pendants, and sconces on display:

Vaughan pleated fabric lampshades:

There was also a whole section of vintage books for sale.  Everything from cookbooks to style books to novels:

If you're in the need for any home decor, I recommend stopping by ASAP before all the great merchandise gets scooped up.  I had a blast perusing and digging through the rows of fabrics, rugs, pillows, and furniture.

Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Target Strikes Again

Happy Monday!  Have you all shopped the Who What Wear x Target collaboration yet?  It launched in August but I haven’t had a chance to really peruse the pieces til this past weekend.  It doesn’t help that there are roughly 2 Targets in Manhattan and they are located far from my neighborhood.  Maybe the silver lining is I’m not able to just “pop in” and leave with $150 worth of products that I wasn’t shopping for in the first place (gotta love Tar-jay).  But since I finally had a chance to shop online, I realized how many great fall pieces Who What Wear designed for their Target campaign.  Here are a few of my favorites, and a few other chic pieces from Target’s other lines (hi Gucci slide and Chloe scalloped flat lookalikes...):

Shop this Board:

1.) Bishop Sleeve Red Sweater $28/2.) Who What Wear Lace and Satin Midi Dress $37/3.) Who What Wear Frill Cut Blouse $27.99/4.) Women's Lace Illusion Dot Heart Dress $32.99/5.) Women's Long-Sleeve Crepe Dress $19.58/6.) Women's Crossbody Camera Bag $28/7.) Faux Fur Clutch $20/8.) Sam & Libby Scallop Ballet Flats $34.99/9.) Leopard Booties $34.99/10.) Crushed Black Velvet Dress $24.9911.) Sidney Over-the-Knee Boots, $39.9912.) Women's Kona Backless Loafer Mules $22.99/

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