Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sam Loves: 23

Happy Summer!  With yesterday marking the first day of my favorite season,  I thought it was the perfect time to discuss what's on my "love list" going in to July: A classic, lightweight handbag that will certainly age well, a home that is delicious down to the last drop, and easy, breezy style:

Sam Loves: 23:

1.)  Where I'd rather be today..../

2.) The "it" bag of the year:  Gucci Soho Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag, $980/

3.) A quote that's making me a little misty eyed...

4.) Inside a Designer's High-Style, Kid-Friendly Manhattan Home (and don't forget to visit her store)!

5.) Olivia Palermo looking chic in a white tee, white skirt, and polarized sunnies/

6.)  J. Crew Bow Top with embroidered Trim is the perfect mix of effortless and feminine- $42/

7.) Dreaming of a Paris vacay with a mandatory stop at Holiday Cafe.  Who wants to join me?/

8.) Mystique Fringe Slide Sandals, $158/

9.) I added Out East to my coffee table book collection this week, and next up I want to order Kate Schelter's new book:  Classic Style: Hand it Down, Dress it Up, Wear it Out-  $25/

Have a great Thursday, everyone!



Monday, June 19, 2017

Kitchen Trend I Love: Two-Toned Cabinetry

I know we all think of "trendy" as a dirty word, so let's pretend my title says "kitchen element" or "kitchen style" instead.  5 years ago, all we saw were completely white kitchens.  Although I always have and always will love the simplicity of an all-white kitchen, after a few years it was time to shake things up a bit.   Then, about 2 years ago, gray became the preferred kitchen color.  Some brave souls were even pairing it with brass fittings!  In more recent months, designers and homeowners have gotten considerably more brave and opted for rich, statement-making colors- like emerald green or bright blue.   If the idea of slathering your entire kitchen in a bold or dark color terrifies you a bit, a convenient alternative is to combine the color with white upper cabinets:

Our eyes are typically drawn to a kitchen's backsplash and upper cabinetry before we register the lower cabinets.  This gives the other color a chance to accent the white and simply add interest to the overall look.

Keeping the hardware consistent on both the upper and lower cabinets helps to unify the look:

Toronto designer Tommy Smythe carried the black color from the lower cabinets in this kitchen on to the adjoining french doors.  Because the door's panes mimic the upper cabinetry fronts right next to it, the black color differentiates the door and keeps the design from feeling repetitive:

This two tone kitchen brought the green paint color up to a few of the upper cabinets, while leaving the glass-front panels painted white:

If you want to keep your upper and lower cabinets the same color but like the idea of having a "pop" of something,  choose a rich paint color for your island:

What color combinations (or lack of color combinations) do you prefer to see in a kitchen?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fashion File: Still Loving Maxi Skirts

I once thought being seen in a maxi skirt was only acceptable if you were a devout Mennonite or a Pentecostal woman.  I was surprised to see them in lots of style forecasts a few years back and now it appears they are here to stay.   In fact, I've grown to love this universally flattering garment.  However you define your style and whatever occasion you're dressing for, there's a maxi waiting to work it's magic on you.  For work or other nice occasions, opt to go with a more structured maxi:

Love this look?  Here's a similar casual option, and also a similar midi version.  Pair a structured maxi with a crop top for a night out:

 Polyester maxis are versatile.  To me they're that "in between" style where you easily dress them up or down based on your mood.  For a more put-together look, pair the skirt with heels and a cool leather jacket:

{Zanna Roberts Rassi, Sr. Fashion Editor at Marie Claire}

Or, dress it down by pairing this maxi with sandals and a tank:

{Glam Radar}

Sporting a maxi is also great for casual situations.  Running errands, relaxing with friends on the weekends, or traveling calls for a linen or cotton relaxed look:

...and here's my own take on the maxi skirt:

I wore this Zara floral number this past weekend in the Hamptons. It's supposed to be a "midi" skirt, but even in heels it looks like more of a maxi on me.  Oops!  #shortpeopleproblems.  I wore it with these sunnies, this tank, and these heels.  That hair tie around my wrist is très chic, no?

What's your favorite maxi style?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Karen Elson's Nashville Home Tour

I visited Nashville for the first time this past winter with a few friends to celebrate the New Year.  It was a bit of an odd choice for us because none of us particularly like country music, but we wanted to see first hand what the hype was all about.  I was surprised to discover the city's rich diversity as well as all the little gems (like Rolf and Daughters, Poppy & Monroe, and Abednego to name a few). I also found the nearby community of Belle Meade to have some of the most charming houses I've ever laid eyes on.  I was reminded of my jaunt to Nashville when I saw British supermodel and musician Karen Elson's home featured in Architectural Digest this past April.  First of all, in what world is it fair for someone to be both a supermodel and a respected musical artist?!  But I digress.  Karen grew up in Manchester and had been on the lookout for a place to call home in Nashville.  When she spotted the 1940s house she now inhabits, she felt an instant connection to the exterior because it reminded her of an English cottage.

For the design, she entrusted two of her close friends who's style she admired- Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward.  The duo started the home's transformation by adding in architectural details reminiscent of an English country house, like arched doorways.  Elson wanted her new home to feel collected and a bit quirky, so Pierce and Ward scoured local Nashville antique shops for decor.  The chairs above were recovered in the emerald green fabric and sit in front of a fireplace clad in Moroccan tile by Alyse Edwards

The butler's pantry features a faceted pendant and a layering of interesting textiles:

In the kitchen, the cabinetry is painted in Sherwin Williams' Underseas and Danish modern counter stools surround the island.

Shades of green continue in to Elson's sitting room and a cool tiered coffee table acts as a center piece, anchoring the room:

In Karen's boudoir, fellow redheads dance along her walls while a   The cheeky wallpaper is designed by illustrator Constanza Theodoli-Braschi:

A barley twist drop-leaf table from Gaslamp Antiques sits next to Elson's bed in her master bedroom:

The bathroom vanity area includes brass hardware and a Moroccan bone inlaid stool.  I love the eclectic mix throughout the spaces- even with all the layering of differing periods and styles, the home ultimately feels comfortable and pulled together.

Karen scored the Italian chandelier hanging above her soaking tub on Ebay:

“It’s transformed my life,” Karen says of the new home. “I love my home, I love entertaining, when I come from traveling I’m so happy to get back into my house. I know it’s just stuff but I gotta say... it’s such a luxury to have a beautiful home.”

Read more about Elson's home in the original article here.

Have a great Monday!



{Images and quote above via Architectural Digest}

Friday, June 9, 2017

Saturday's Links

Happy Saturday!  I'm so excited to have my best friend from college, Grace, in town for the weekend.  We went to the Polo Bar on Thursday and yesterday we drove out to East Hampton to lie on the beach.  She's my ride or die and I miss living in the same city with her.  We haven't seen each other since New Years!  Crazy how time flies. Before signing off for the week, I wanted to share a few links I love and think you might, too:

Saturday Links:

-The Functional Piece of Art You Need to Brighten Your Home. - Architectural Digest

-3 Women on What They've Learned in Their 70+ Years of Life. - The Man Repeller

-Loved my friend Gabby's article on common decorating mistakes.  She shares easy ways to fix these errors in 15 minutes or less. - My Domaine

-Drooling over the minimalism and simplicity of this vintage Hawaiian cottage designed by Roberto Sosa.  The hexagon tiles in the bath is my favorite part.   Even better is that the cottage is available to rent (for a pretty penny)!  Who wants to go to Hawaii?! - Remodelista

-Digging this sweet two-piece.

-Speaking of two-pieces,  I can't get enough of Mara Hoffman right now.  How great is this number?  And I'm dreaming of the day I can afford this (for now, though, I'll stick with my Target suit).

Have a great weekend!



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Currently Obsessed: 5 Things

A few things I'm swooning over this week...

1.) Emily Henderson's patio makeover:

Do you follow Emily on insta?  I've never met her but I've got quite a girl crush from watching her stories.  Home girl keeps it real with all her followers.  She might have a design empire at this point, but she never hesitates to level with her audience and share how hard the hustle can be, especially with two young kids- and I really dig that.

2.) The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

I bought this book on my iPhone and have been reading it on subway rides, before I go to bed, while waiting in line at lunch, and any other time I have idle minutes to spare.  Author Ariel Levy is a staff writer for The New Yorker and recently published her memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply.  The book chronicles a period of her life in which she experienced significant losses- both the loss of a marriage and of an expected child.  Ariel's writing is so beautifully raw that I've found myself absolutely mesmerized by her stories. You can read more about the book in this New York Times article.

3.) How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell

Another memoir that captured all my attention for the 3 days I read it is Cat Marnell's How to Murder Your Life.  Cat, at the age of 26, was the beauty editor at now-defunct Lucky magazine and lived a seemingly glamorous life.  However, behind the scenes, she was struggling with a prescription drug addiction and doctor shopping all over Manhattan.  Cat shares her years of balancing a life in the beauty industry with the self-destruction and sabotage she was going through behind the scenes.  Although the subject matter is very dark, Cat's writing is witty, candid, and often hilarious as she takes us through the privilege and destruction that painted her teens and 20s.

4.) This quote is everything to me right now:

5.) Loving the St. Frank pop-up shop in East Hampton.  If you go out east this summer, be sure you stop in and check it out.  While there I had to walk away with this keychain. It's full of gorgeousness:

Shop pillows here.

Shop their framed textiles here.

Shop juju hats here.

Have a great Wednesday!



Monday, June 5, 2017

Currently Coveting: Blue & White

It's officially June!  It finally got warm enough to lay out this weekend, and I came back to the city last night with a nice boost of Vitamin D.   I'm in a Hamptons share house for the first half of the summer with a few friends and being out by the beach again these past few weekends has been so good for the soul.  I love seeing all the preppy street style in town and perusing the beachy shops in East Hampton.  The landscape and fashion alike has reminded me of one universal truth:  blue and white will forever be timeless.  

My Favorite Blue and White Picks:

Tiare Hawaii Off-the-Shoulder Tunic, $80/  Also love thisthis, and this (60% off is hard to beat!)

Mykonos Oversized Earrings, $42/

Shana Indigo Cotton Pillow, $152/

Get the Look: Emily Henderson Custom Artwork, via Rebecca Atwood Designs/

Long Cardigan + Sandal outfit via For the Love of Bubbly/  Similar pieces:  ShortsCardiganSandalsChanel Handbag

Emily Two-Drawer Nightstand, $395/

Sunnylife Montauk Beach Paddle Set, $24/

Have a great week!



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