Friday, February 8, 2019

Friday's Worthy Links

Friday's Worthy Links:

-50+ Dining Rooms to drool over.

-My best friend Gabby just started a new position with domino, and I love her 2019 hotel recommendations.  If anyone knows hotels, it's this girl.  Now I'm dying to travel to Detroit so I can stay at The Siren, designed by ASH NYC.

-All our favorite New Yorker cartoons are now on Instagram, and my other favorite NYC accounts can be found here and here.

-Speaking of favorites, here are all mine from the past year:  TV show, meal, book (this one and this one were pretty good, too), home decor purchase,  tech purchase, and workout.

-A comprehensive guide to The Upper East by fellow blogger York Avenue.

-Spectacular winter photos from around the world.

-9 decisions that led to "a life I love".

-The one thing that Marie Kondo "regrets" giving away.

Happy Weekend!



{photo above via House Beautiful, designed by Thom Filicia}

Monday, February 4, 2019

Fashion Designer Stefano Pilati's Parisian Duplex

Any home that is purchased with a dog's needs in mind, considered above anyone else's, is a home I am bound to love- and fashion designer Stefano Pilati's Parisian duplex is no exception.   Every peculiar accessory and well-positioned detail in this house gives me life.  He chose this particular home over other contenders because it had a backyard garden his boxer "Bepi", pictured below, could roam freely in:

At the time this story was originally published in Architectural Digest in 2013, Stefano Pilati was the creative director of Italian menswear brand Ermenegildo Zegna.  He gained considerable notoriety while working as lead designer for Yves Saint Laurent from 2004-2012, and in late 2018 he announced his work on a new label, "Random Identities".  Pilati worked with architect Bruno Caron to re-design his duplex format and carry out the design.  First, he moved the kitchen from the lower level to the first floor and put a gym and laundry room in it's place.  Then, he acquired additional space on the first (ground floor) to place a master dressing room and vaulted master bath- which can be reached from the master bedroom above via an elegant winding staircase:

The paneling above is covered in velvet, and the terracotta Venus is from the 19th century.  The floor lamp and straw shade are from Paul Bert Serpette, "home of the rare". The vaulted bathroom below, attached to the dressing room, features Lefroy Brooks fittings and brass accents:

Pilati's TV room is anything but pedestrian.  The chic writing desk is Louis XVI, and the desk chair is an early Thonet-Style:

Pilati's office houses a vintage light fixture and desk, painter's canvas on the walls, and a funky abstract chest of drawers designed by Martino Gamper:

The master bedroom walls are painted in the most soothing shade of gray, and a silk and leather hide shag rug anchors the seating area by the fireplace:

Pilati's master bed is upholstered in suede, and a whimsical "love" pillow from Kate Moss sits atop the shams:

A crafted geometric bookshelf seperates the master bedroom from the smoking room:

A material you don't often see on a kitchen floor -leather tiles- lines the galley kitchen:

{Photos by Bjorn Wallander; story from Architectural Digest}

Friday, February 1, 2019

Valentine's Wishes

It’s officially the first day of February, so naturally Valentine’s Day is on my mind.  Love or hate the holiday, it’s always a great excuse to refresh your wish list or treat yourself (or someone you love) to something pretty.  Here’s what I have my eye on…

Shop Valentine's Wishes:

1.) Christine Belted Silk Dress

2.) Silk Sleep Masks

3.) Cult Gaia Becca rattan cuff

4.) Iris  Rainbow mirror

5.) Franco Sarto Izzy Bootie in Bone White

6.) Gucci Soho Disco Leather Handbag

Other great gifting ideas...

-love the uniqueness of this and this.

-the perfect greeting card for anyone this V-Day (thanks Violet Clair)

-gifts for men: the beer lover, for the music lover, and a chic (and relatively affordable) watch.

Hoping we can all (at least temporarily) see the world through rose-colored glasses (or heart-shaped glasses) this Valentine's Day...

Monday, January 28, 2019

Fashion File: Chic Belts

I love that both thick and thin belts are back in style for women.  As a kid, I remember watching my mom get dressed- and no outfit was complete without the thick leather belt at the waist, similar to this one.  Then, later in the 90s early 2000s the super skinny belt came in style.  I had a few in my middle school clothing rotation that were probably from Limited Too.  Now, all widths of belts are in style and as someone who loves an outfit with a defined waist, I couldn't be happier.

{Georgia Tordini}

2 belts I doubt will ever go out of style are the Hermes belt:

I love the look of a thick belts over a jacket or thick coat:

And I'll always love a good skinny belt, too:

I never thought I'd see the day when fanny packs came back in to style, but alas... here we are.  A few chic belts with packs:

{Michelle Madson}

What's your favorite style of belt?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Sam Loves: 31

We've almost survived January!  In celebration, I put together a long overdue "Sam Loves" post, with a few things I've been inspired by + eyeing lately...


1.) Fashion designer Stefano Pilati's Paris duplex, designed in conjunction with architect Bruno Caron.

2.) Kenneth Jay Lane gold-plated clip earrings, $56/

3.) Beachfront Fringed Coasters, $45/set of 4

4.) Topshop Lily Knit Back Midi Coat, $75 (40% OFF RIGHT NOW)/

5.) Madeline Wicker Chair, $600/

6.) 2019's mantra. 

7.) Just loving this eclectic, loud outfit from Paris Fashion Week 2018, spotted on Who What Wear.  Re-create the look with these booties, this skirt (or this top), and these earrings.

8.) Man Repeller Loafers, $395/  Leandra Medine recently released a collection with Shopbop, and I'm smitten.  

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ruffled Up

Allow me to indulge my feminine side today and discuss one of my favorite design surface details- the ruffle.  I promise to supplement this post with a more masculine, tailored design post in the near future, but today I wanted to share a discussion of the history of the ruffle as well as some of my favorite rooms with ruffled upholstery or curtains:

Friday, January 11, 2019

At Home in Marrakech

I finally booked a trip to Morocco next fall after dreaming of traveling there for many moons.  I've specified dozens of Moroccan leather poufs, Beni Orian rugs, and Moorish tiles during my design career and always planned to eventually explore the colorful city in person.  So, I was thrilled to open this month's Elle Decor and lay eyes on the modern, colorful Marrakech riad of Caitlin and Samuel Dove- Sandes.  The LA-based couple moved to Morocco twelve years ago, intending to stay for only a year- but within weeks, they had purchased an 18th-century home to renovate:

Every touch of their new home feels bespoke, and much of it is- created specifically for them by local Moroccan artisans.   The painted blue stripe on the stair feels like a chic runner, and the floor tile pattern was designed by the couple.  Once they began collaborating and working with the Moroccan craftspeople on their home's design, they were inspired to open their own decorating firm and tile shop, called Popham Design.  More recently, the couple has launched Popham +, which includes furniture, lighting, and accessories.  They used many of their new products in the riad's design:

The kidney-shaped mirrors and stool in the couple's bathroom on the right are from Popham +.

{To read the original story, go to Elle Decor}
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