Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Wishes with Shelter Interior Design

Happy Monday, loves!  It is bittersweet to be back home after a fab wedding and honeymoon in St. Barth.  I can't wait to share details and pics with you all soon!  While I unpack and re-adjust to normal life, I have one last fab guest blogger here today.  Julie Richard, of Shelter Interior Design, shares her spring cravings with us.  If you aren't familiar with Julie, the fab North Boston designer, you should be.  Her blog is a constant source of aesthetic inspiration for me.


First off, I want to thank Samantha for asking me to contribute to her fabulous blog. I had fun pulling together some of my favorite Spring picks for you all to ponder!

Here are the deets and my wishes:

1. I love Spring flowers. It's been a long, cold winter. I can't wait to fill vases around my home with freshly picked flowers.

2. I'm loving these new bedside tables from Wisteria. They are the perfect size and would be so functional because they include a drawer and shelving.

3. These amazing sconces would add a fresh look to both modern and traditional spaces. I love layering lighting types.

4. Bubble bath is the perfect spring nail color.

5. I'm very much looking forward to sandal season. This Joie version would work with a number of your casual looks!

6. Loeffler Randal has such great shoes and bags. I'm adoring this classic purse.

7. Switching out pillows is a fun way to update your decor during the spring time. The colorful fringe pillow would look adorable mixed with other pillows on a bed or sofa.

8. I heart bunnies! Should I get one for my kids this Easter?! I'm tempted!

Congratulations on your marriage Sam! Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness together!! xo

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Project #FeminineInjection with Bijou and Boheme

 Hi there's Christine here from Bijou and Boheme and I'm so totally delighted to be here guesting for Sam as she enjoys the beginnings of wedded bliss. I've long been a fan and avid reader of TPOTC so very happy to be visiting. For my two minutes of Tres Chic fame, I thought I'd introduce a new project I'm working on that I'm calling #projectfeminineinjection. Those of you who know are likely very aware of my affinity for girliness with a little bit of edge so this project seemed a fitting one to share. To start, I'll show you the 'before's of the space but preface that by letting you know that these so called befores look like what you'd expect from pretty fantastic after reveal party...behold the already fabulous...

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 My client originally contacted me because she felt that her space wasn't quite finished and lacked cohesion. She also wanted to inject a good dose of femininity into the space and add some edge. So with this sort of description/mandate in hand and some pretty great inspiration goodness....

  in1in2 inf1 ins9 

 I put this together...


...with these notes: 1. Wall behind the sofa to be done in Porter Teleo's 'Tangled'...

...or 'Fluidity'...

  porter teleo fluidity 

 2. All windows to be painted black with ripple fold white drapery to cover entire window wall...

  West Chin, Rubenstein  32 W 18  NYC 

 3. Amazingly feminine/graphic/edgy artwork from Stephanie Vovas...


...and Nicole Cohen...

  adidas nicole cohen 

 4. Eating area to have new shade in Pierre Frey's Leo Noir...

  leo noir

...that we could also use for drapery instead of the white (or a similar Les Touches for that matter). 

 5. New goodies from my favourites Black Rooster Decor, 219 and Arianna Belle...


 And I can't wait to see it all come to life:) A huge thanks again to Sam for letting me share one of my newest projects over here...wishing her sooooooooo much happiness and joy with the whole being hitched thing;)))) 

 xx my name

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Summer Dressing with Stylized Existence

Hi Peak of Tres Chic readers, Lauren here!  In addition to my full-time finance gig, I run a wardrobe consulting company in Cincinnati and write the blog Stylized Existence, which is focused on style tips for your every day fashion-focused woman.  While Sam is out, she asked me to drop in to share a little Spring/Summer fashion with you!  I want to work into my normal summer rotation a few new maxi dresses.  I thought today I would share two easy maxi looks that you could use as inspiration when the temps start to warm up - one more casual look, and another look that is a bit dressier- perfect for a fancy summer event or wedding!


Left Outfit:  On the left is a unique Ella Moss maxi - the pattern and colors are unexpected and pretty, and since there is a lot going on in the dress, you don't need to throw too much else into the mix from an accessories standpoint.  I chose neutral accessories that were a bit more elevated - the perforated crossbody is way more fun than a normal plain leather bag, and the metallic Joie sandals kick the look up a notch. I'm also a really big fan of wooden bead/tassel bracelets for warmer weather, and a fun baby blue polish would round out the whole look. 

Right Outfit: The dress on the right is a super flattering way to show off the hard shoulder or arm work you've been doing in the gym. If a white maxi isn't your thing, this dress also comes in black! I like the punch of the white, especially with a summer tan, and it serves as the perfect canvas for some fun (spiked) Alice & Olivia shoes and a statement necklace from Bauble Bar. Add in a basic gold clutch and slap on my ABSOLUTE favorite essie polish ever (Sand Tropez) and you've got a stunning Summer look for a special evening out. 

I hope you enjoyed this brief respite from the reality of the harsh winter most of us have had.  And a big, huge congratulations to Sam - may your wedding be as beautiful as you, sweet thing! 


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wanderlusting with Brunch at Saks

Hi lovely readers! Annemarie here from Brunch at Saks. First, I want to say congratulations to Sam & Sam! I'm so honored to be here today, since The Peak of Tres Chic has long been one of my daily must-reads. Thanks for having me, Sam! 

Since they're off enjoying their honeymoon, I thought it would be fun to put together a travel-related post. Enter this gorgeous hotel, Le Sirenusewhich sits just along the Amalfi Coast in Positano, Italy, and boasts everything from handmade tile floors, whitewashed walls, and private terraces, to a pool surrounded by lemon trees. I must have stared at these photos for a good 5 minutes before moving. It's perfect. This is definitely going on my wish list of places to visit one day!

{photos via Le Sirenuse}

Monday, March 24, 2014

St. Barths with Sailing the Sea of Style

Hi guys, it's Sloane from Sailing the Sea of Style.  First of all, massive congratulations to Sam & Sam for their big day! As they are off to St. Barth for their honeymoon, I've decided to share some beautiful pictures of the island. I was there during the New Year and after countless times, it's still one my favorite places ever. I never did an Instagram recap on my blog, so I am doing it to show you guys what a wonderful place it is.

  A few of my favorite things about St. Barth is the unique vibe the island has.  It varies from nighttime hot spots to quiet beaches with waves rolling in. Be sure to check out my other posts from St.Barths here and follow along on my next Caribbean adventure via Instagram.  And of course, follow Sam as she shares her own St. Barth memories!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Parisian Apartment Tour with the Pursuit of Style

Hi Peak of Très Chic readers, it's Lindsay from The Pursuit of Style and I'm thrilled to be stepping in while Sam gets ready to walk her stylish self down the aisle!  Sam asked that I share some interior inspiration with you, so I've pulled out an old favorite. This Parisian apartment owned by Marco Scarani and Jamie Creel was featured in the December 2008 issue of Elle Decor but I still find myself revisiting it for inspiration today.

Jamie Creel & Marco Scarani | Elle Decor

Mid-century chrome lamps mix with Louis XVI furniture and antique convex mirrors in the master bedroom.

Jamie Creel & Marco Scarani | Elle Decor

A gallery wall of plant specimens hung in a grid makes a striking backdrop for a backgammon table.

Jamie Creel & Marco Scarani | Elle Decor

Jamie Creel & Marco Scarani | Elle Decor

The dining room features a show stopping coral chandelier off-set even more dramatically against gorgeous hydrangea hued walls--my favorite room in the house!

Jamie Creel & Marco Scarani | Elle Decor

I'm a sucker for a good stripe (check out my entryway!) and this bathroom with its copper tub went straight into the inspiration files.  I hope you enjoyed our virtual visit to Paris, I know it's re-inspired me! A big thanks to Sam for having me, and best wishes for a wonderful wedding day.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Muted Pastels with Comfy Cozy Couture

While I am off to get married and go on our honeymoon, I have some MAJOR bloggers filling in for me this next week.  First up is Dominique from Comfy Cozy Couture.  Have you guys visited her blog before?  The girl has killer style.  Not only is she beautiful, but she also creates gorgeous interiors that makes me consistently swoon.

Hi lovelies! It's Dominique from Comfy Cozy Couture  filling in for the adorable and insanely talented Sam while she is away getting hitched and enjoying her honeymoon! Congratulations are definitely in order! I've always been a big fan of hers so I was thrilled when she asked me to fill in. Today I'm talking about a trend that has been making its way into the fashion + design world...muted pastels.  Sure, black and while will always be a favorite and bright pops of color are here to stay but I'm loving these understated tones.  Think greyed out hues of pink, pale blue, lavender and even tans.  I am smitten...what do you think?!  Are brights still your favorite or do you prefer the muted tones?

Comfy Cozy Couture | Muted PastelsComfy Cozy Couture | Muted Pastels
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Guest Bath Refresh

Growing up, my mom was a pretty amazing bargain shopper.  She actually knew the time the new shipments came in at our local TJ Maxx, and you better believe we were there on delivery day.  Nowadays, I still love a good deal, but without my mom there to give me the 411 on deliveries, it's hard to make it by my local TJ Maxx or Marshalls regularly.  That's why I was so pleasantly surprised when I went by Marshalls last weekend and found some gorgeous designer home goods.  With my inlaws coming in to town for the wedding, I really needed to spruce up my guest bathroom.  I found this gorgeous Nicole Miller Home shower curtain at Marshalls, and spruced it up with a chrome rod and crystal rings:

The colors in the curtain are so fab.  There's a subtle pink mixed in with the grays and whites that give the space a fun pattern.  I also grabbed a few of these light blue towels that coordinate perfectly with our Pottery Barn monogrammed hand towels:

This framed nude picture was another fave find from Marshalls.  I love the soft colors, which fit perfectly with the serene color scheme I was going for:

I'm so excited that these small changes made such a difference to the feel of the space.  I hope you like it, too!  Be sure to go check out the Marshalls website and the TJ Maxx site to find your nearest store- so you can shop for gorgeous home goods yourself! 

Have a great week, everyone!

This post was sponsored by Marshalls.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Teil Duncan for Furbish Studio

Every once in a while, a collaboration comes along that just makes you want to melt.  That's how I feel about Furbish Studio's latest pop up shop with Charleston artist Teil Duncan.  Have you guys come across her work before?  I stumbled upon her portfolio a few months ago, and was immediately taken by her thick, abstract brushstrokes and lovely use of color.  Beginning today at 10 am, Furbish will be selling 40 of Teil's original signed pieces, featuring a mixture of figurative nudes and beach scenes.  I particularly looooove the colors in this piece:

Be sure to see all 40 pieces when they go live today at 10 am!  At prices between $80-$320, the quality of this collab blows my mind.  Hopefully I can snag one for myself! 

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Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses $150/Butter London Nailpolish in Molly-Coddled $15/Bill Halterneck Bikini Top $175/Bill Ruched Bikini Briefs $175/Riri Crochet-Knit Dress $305/Two Tone Textured Leather Pouch $50/Steve Madden Sandals $80/

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Burl Wood

Hello, hello!  Happy Tuesday!  Thank you all for your thoughtful comments and emails regarding yesterday's post.  I always love hearing your thoughts and perspective on my more contemplative posts.  But today, we are focusing on a delicious material that I have been obsessing over lately- burl wood.  Burl wood is cut from burls, which are tree growths with a deformed grain.  However odd they might look from the exterior, they yield a wood that's prized for its beauty and rarity.  Additionally, burl wood is extremely hard to work with and takes a skilled craftsman lots of time and energy to construct, which makes burl wood pieces all the more special:

And how unexpected and beautiful is this burl wood kitchen island?  I've never seen such an exquisite amount of detail be poured in to kitchen cabinetry!

So what's your take?  Are you a fan of burled?  As Jessica from The Aestate said, "I like my furniture like I like my men- burly and made in the 70s."

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