Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sam Loves: 5


A few things I'm loving lately...

-Jessie Webster has an interiors portfolio worth drooling over- the turquoise Art Deco door  caught my eye and juxtaposes nicely with the primitive accessories. 

-Times Two Design's Slag Glass Lamp is a work of art, and perfect for my NYC desk. 

-Bauble Bar's endlessly chic necklace collection keeps me coming back for more.  The Leather Tassel Collar Necklace, $44, is my current favorite.  

-Domaine posted an article entitled "12 Rookie Decorating Moves You Might Be Making", but the green walls in this sitting room, photographed by Trevor Tondro, are definitely a do.

-Dipbrow Pomade by Anastasia is my new obsession. Since I'm blonde, I use their blonde shade on my brows and apply it with this brush - Lauren showed it to me while we were in Montauk and I've been addicted ever since.  It really helps to define your face and frame your eyes.

-I've been drawn to chartreuse lately, and I love the banding on Sensi's Studio Panama Hat, $135. It's perfect for the last beach days of the season.


-Summer might be ending, but it's heaven all year in Waikiki, where this framed photograph was taken by Max Wanger. 

-You can never go wrong with a leopard shoe.  To me, they are essentially a neutral.  J. Crew's Gemma Leopard Flats are perfect for walking around NYC.

What's been catching your eye?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Designer Crush: Cuff Home

I can't help but love an interior design firm with not only a killer portfolio, but also a well-designed logo.  Los-Angeles-based design and furnishing company, Cuffhome, definitely has both.  Interior designer Wendy Schwartz founded her firm, Wendy Schwartz Design, in 2000.  After helping to create a gorgeous LA mod home for PR extraordinaire Kristi Bender and her husband in 2007, the two girls decided to team up to launch a lighting, wallpaper and furniture company, Cuffhome.  

{Kristi on left, brainstorming with Wendy on their next project}


 In August 2012, Lonny featured Kristi's 1920s Tudor-style home designed by Wendy.  Kristi and her husband Chris Bender (executive producer of The Hangover and I Am Number Four) wanted to create a welcoming, California-cool space that their family could grow in to.  Wendy infused custom details, like the mix of tribal prints on the sofa and the malachite wallpaper in the entry, to create a one-of-a-kind feel for the couple.


A hallway featuring lacquered brass lighting and a Black Crow Studios custom wallcovering leads to their daughter's room:



The Bender's family room is a playful juxtaposition of pattern and whimsy, and features one of my all-time favorite coffee tables from Coleen & Company:


Throw pillows upholstered in Kelly Wearstler's Edo Opal linen add a pop of pattern to the master bedroom bed.  A cream tone on tone Cole and Sons wallpaper creates a serene backdrop.  I love the mod touches Wendy infused throughout the Tudor-style home, like the tub chairs and brass table shown at the foot of the bed:


Since teaming up in 2007, the girls have created beautiful spaces with a clear modern, bohemian vibe.  I love their unabashed use of color and mixed finishes:




And don't even get me started on their shop offerings...






Or their wallpaper collection...





Love what you see as much as I do?  See more of Cuffhome's portfolio and product offerings here. Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Color Crush: Apple Red

Maybe it's the New York air, maybe it's the extra shot of espresso I've been adding to my morning coffee, or maybe it's just the changing of seasons- but I've been feeling extra bold lately.  At work we're in the middle of two large installations, and huge decisions are having to be made swiftly and confidently.  Living in a new city also makes even the most mundane tasks feel like an adventure because all my surroundings are new and exciting.   I also feel more like myself than I have in a very long time, so maybe that's giving me a certain assurance, too.  Whatever the case may be, I'm feeling upbeat and confident- and that's translating to my wardrobe and design sensibility, too.



As a firm believer in Bloody Marys, I'm always down for a deep red cocktail.  This Raspberry Campari & Whisky Smash recipe has me drooling:


I love a pop of vibrant red among softer, more muted colors:


Or as an eye-catching accessory added to a neutral outfit:


But is there anything better than a "little red dress?"




This recent fondness for red might also be due to college football season starting, and my beloved OU Sooners will need me cheering in my crimson and cream. 

So tell me- are you an apple red fan, or is it too bold and demanding for your taste?




Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Travel Guide: Tulum

It seems like Tulum has become the trendy place to escape to in Mexico, and now I understand why.  It only took me 3 days to completely fall in love with the laid back, bohemian town.  Two weekends ago, I checked in to Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa with 3 of my girlfriends for a girls getaway. We ate well, we drank well, and we relaxed well.  


I became familiar with two of Tulum's hottest boutique hotels, Be Tulum and Coqui Coqui, while perusing Mr. & Mrs. Smith.  However, my friends and I love a good deal, so we chose to stay at an all-inclusive resort right on the beach.  While typically I enjoy the unlimited drinks an all-inclusive  hotel provides, the food usually leaves a lot to be desired.  However, we were all pleasantly surprised by the quality of food, drinks, and service at Dreams.  They even had an amazing coffee bar we visited every morning on the way to claim our lounge chairs by the pool.


 

Having heard fabulous things about Hartwood, we decided to head over Friday night for dinner.  But when we pulled up in the taxi, we sadly discovered the restaurant was closed until November for renovations! Luckily, our second choice for dinner- Gitano- was a short walk away.  

{the chic restaurant entrance, with Linds in the background!}

Our dinner experience was unforgettable. If you visit Tulum, you MUST go to Gitano and get a Kisses in the Car cocktail- Mezcal, Passion Fruit, Tangerine, Habanero.  It is out-of-this-world delicious.   For dinner, we shared small plates, including the truffle mushroom and black bean avocado tacos.  Throughout the evening, the staff would walk around spreading incense.  Tiki torches, tea light candles, and a disco ball glittered in the night. It was truly magical.


Saturday, Lindsay and I headed over to Coqui Coqui for a deep-tissue massage. Even if we didn't stay at the resort, we definitely wanted to experience it's beauty.



We climbed 3 flights of stone stairs up to a beautiful indoor cabana that overlooked the ocean for our massages.  It was perfect.


Coqui Coqui also has a perfumery and boutique, and you can also buy their covetable candles on Net-a-Porter.  I couldn't leave the boutique without purchasing the Floplum scent, which combines notes of jasmine and orange blossom, and have been burning it after work in my NYC apartment.  The scent always puts me in a good mood as I remember our time in Tulum.


After our massages, Lindsay and I walked down the beach to Taqueria La Eufemia, a cute taco shack on the beach.  It's slogan, "Relax and Enjoy Some Fucking Tacos", could honestly be my life motto.  The restaurant's baja-style fish tacos and pina coladas were delicious.   Later that day, we all walked around the shopping strip in the main part of town and were drawn in to a small open-air bar that served coconut cocktails.


Our bartender even went so far as to create faces on our coconuts out of fruits and veggies before serving them to us!


Our last night, we stayed at the resort and enjoyed a delicious French dinner.  I got in to the boho spirit with this Mara Hoffman crop top and skirt:


 I wish we had had one more day so we could explore the Mayan ruins, but there just wasn't enough time.  At least that gives me an excuse to go back!  Until next time, Tulum.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday's Worthy Links



TGIF!  I'm headed to Montauk this afternoon with Gabby and Lauren, and I can't wait to  spend all day relaxing at the beach tomorrow.  Why is it so hard to get back in the work groove after a great vacation?  After having an amazing time in Tulum last weekend, you'd think I'd be more than rested. However, I feel like I've been dragging through this week. Not that I'm not having fun- being so new to the city, I feel like I've been socializing every chance I get- and honestly, the tiredness could be due to a few too many cocktails.  While out in Montauk we're staying at The Crow's Nest Inn and taking a cooking class at The Surf Lodge. I'm excited to experience it for the first time with two girlfriends who know the ropes.  For all you seasoned Long Islanders, any recommendations?

Here are a few links I loved this week...

-I found these 15 Career Tips from Smart Women to be incredibly inspiring.

-The most expensive-looking Ikea hack you've ever seen.

-It's back to school time, and here are 22 reasons I'm sad I'm no longer a student (sorry, I had to).

-My family is coming to visit me in NYC later this year, and I can't wait to take my niece to the newly-opened Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park.  Instead of horses, this carousel consists of a seemingly under-water experience as a fish.  

-The food capitals of the world, according to Instagram.

-I'm so thankful I'll never have to be his publicist.  I wish I knew who she or he was so I could send over a few bottles of wine.

-Our firm was featured in the September issue of House Beautiful!  Amanda shared a snap of the article on her Instagram here.

Happy weekend, everyone!  Here are a few things I'm planning on taking to Montauk...





Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sam Loves: 4

The end of summer is one of my favorite times of the year.  I've always been a warm-weather gal, so I savor the last few months of patio cocktail season while looking forward to fall.  Even though my school days are long gone, the start of a new school year still feels like a fresh start to me.  My August mood board is full of bright color and a cocktail recipe I'm dying to try:

Sam Loves:

A deliciously sweet cocktail recipe:  Spiked Vanilla-Coconut Pink Iced Tea Lattes

A statement-making neon necklace- Fluoro Tassel - $44.

Ryan Korban's coffee table book is one of my all-time favorites.  His work is at once luxurious, cozy, and inviting.  

Even with iCal, I still like to keep a planner in my purse.  I can't help it- I get a weird gratification out of writing down to-dos and crossing them off my list.  I plan to buy Ban.do's adorable Gold-Foil Planner, $20, for 2016.  

When it comes to chairs, what's better than a brass frame paired with blush leather?  Eric Trine's Rod & Weave Chair, $1950, is available via Trnk

I'll never tire of tassels.  I thought they might be a hot-then-not trend of 2014, but it seems we are all still crazy for them!  I love Bauble Bar's designs, and their prices are even better.  These drops are only $32!

Speaking of cocktails, tonight I'm meeting a college friend for a drink at Mother of Pearl in the East Village.  It's marketed as "postmodern polynesian"- which is, as my friend said, "basically my dream!"  Has anyone tried it out yet?  Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Featured on Style Me Pretty

This weekend´s vacation to Tulum was exactly what a vacation should be - relaxing, beautiful, fun, and reenergizing.  The journey home, however, was not.  After having my first flight delayed (therfore missing my connection), I had to cancel and reschedule all flights at the Cancun airport.  It was a headache, but I´m back home in NYC and all is well.  Since I got home so late last night, I thought I´d leave you with a fun interview and a house tour of my Houston townhome featured on Style Me Pretty Living here.  I discuss the 3 things I think a home should always have, the 1 thing I'd bring with me to a desert island, and how I went from blogging about design to turning it in to a full-time career.  






Can you tell I have a thing for pink?  See more photos of my Houston home in the feature here.

{all photography by Molly Winters}