Monday, January 23, 2017

Designer Crush: Rita Konig

I first became acquainted with London-based interior designer Rita Konig when her Manhattan rental was featured on The Selby back in 2013.  It was so refreshing to see her comfortable, layered abode in a world of over-styled and photoshopped interiors.  I also love the traditional tones throughout her space- something not often seen in young New York apartments:






A lively, bright Upper East Side apartment Rita designed:


This is one of the only spaces where I've seen Kelly Wearstler's Bengal Bazaar fabric used on a large piece of furniture (and I LOVE it!):


I love that Rita can design in different styles.  Below are images from a sweet, traditional flat in Bassett Hill, London:



Deborah Needleman and Jacob Weisberg’s English-inspired country house in Garrison, New York:



A lovely dining room from a Notting Hill flat Rita designed:


Rita also has a line of furniture and accessories she sells via her website and via The Lacquer Company.  If you live here in the city, KRB also sells her gorgeous products, like the Belle Rives tray:



Happy Monday, my loves!

{all photos, unless otherwise noted, via Rita Konig}

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday's Worthy Links

Today is a sad day.  I think we all know why, no need for me to say it out loud (i.e. in type).  Today I vow to be a little nicer, a little more gentle, a little more gracious to strangers, coworkers, and friends.  It's the least any of us can do during a scary, confusing time in our nation.  I'd honestly prefer to have this robot as my next president.  But on a positive note, it's Friday- which means there are lots of great links coming your way...


Friday's Worthy Links:

-So thrilled to see all the women taking part in the Women's March on Washington this Saturday (over 1 million ladies are registered)- are you going?  Check here to join your sisters and find a local march in your area.  -The Women's March

-Speaking of Washington, I feel very grateful that I got to live through President Obama's 8 years in office.  He was a visionary, a wonderful leader, and an exceptional man- and I'll miss him greatly.  Here are details regarding his last day in office.  -The Atlantic; NBC

-27 books every woman should read. - A Cup of Jo

-I can't stop listening to the Crime Town podcast.  It was started by the creators of HBO's The Jinx, and has been described as The Wire meets The Sopranos.  In the first season they discuss the culture of crime that existed in Providence, Rhode Island in the 70s. - iTunes Preview

-Thinking about starting a bullet journal.  Has anyone heard about this or done it before? -The Bullet Journal


-As an avid summer girl, I've been burning this candle (it reminds me of balmy Tulum nights) and drinking this rose, while repeating to myself- "spring will be here before you know it..."

-Since my building doesn't have a laundry room, I send my laundry out to a wash and fold (one of those quirky things about living in NYC).  But I do fantasize about the day I might get to design my own large laundry room... 
- Habitually Chic

-Christine Centenera's outfit at last fall's NYFW is making me feel some type of way. - Style du Monde

-Speaking of great ensembles, this look on Liz is so chic.  I've had my eye on that Gucci bag for some time now.  - Sequins & Stripes

Sales Not to be Missed:

-Lusting after these tassel earrings (30% off all Club Monaco jewels right now!) - Club Monaco

-My favorite skinny jeans are on sale now for $45! They run a bit small, so I suggest going 1 size up. Also, great Sole Society bags under $100.  - Nordstrom


-Furbish Studio is running a sale through midnight tonight- 15% off all sale items with code WINTER at checkout. $18 statement earrings, Rita Konig scalloped trays$35 Moroccan wedding blanket bath mats + more. - Furbish Studio


Have a great weekend, everyone!

XOXO,

Sam

{chartreuse dining room designed by Todd Alexander Romano; wall color is Farrow & Ball's Yellowcake}.



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sam Loves: 19

On my inspiration board this week:  Color, rich texture, layers, and funky bell sleeves. Things are looking very colorful over on my instagram and my eye has been drawn to bold color in every single way lately.   Read on to see what's gotten my creative juices flowing...






Monday, January 16, 2017

Fashion File: Pleated Midi Skirts

This time of year I like a little flair and fun in my outfit.   Pleated midi skirts (especially in a fun metallic hue)  are all the rage and I feel like they are so surprisingly versatile.  Due to their fit and flare shape, a billowy top or sweater can pair nicely with a midi.   They also look cute with heeled boots underneath:


For for a night out, wear them with statement heels:



{Similar skirt here and here; similar sweater; similar shoes}


I also love to see a midi pleated skirt in a bold hue, like moss green:


Or a more vibrant green:


Or in orange (p)leather:


I love this bright gold midi paired with a Gucci flat + leather jacket:


I love that they can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion- worn with sneakers and a sweater for a casual office environment or afternoon shopping, dressed up with heeled boots or pumps for a night out, or worn with flats and a fitted shirt for an in-between look. 

What's your favorite way to style a midi?







Friday, January 13, 2017

Reflections

Two weeks in to 2017, one more year under my belt (hello, 29), and lots of free time over the holiday really has me thinking about life.  My favorite thing about it is it's unpredictability-  try as we might to set goals and make plans, often times we cannot even predict where we might end up.  I certainly couldn't have imagined I'd still be penning this blog 6 years after it's haphazard launch or residing and working in New York.  Living in New York for a bit had always been a desire of mine, but it felt more like a pipe dream than something truly tangible.  Moving here on a whim 2 summers ago and starting fresh really sparked something in me that has made me approach life differently since then.  I have found in my life that any time I've taken a considerable risk in order to follow something my gut has been telling me to do, the risk has always been worth it.  It's also encouraged me to take bigger and bigger risks.  


I've been told by lots of people I love that you learn so much in your 20s, but your 30s are really the years where you finally just feel relaxed in who you are.   And the 2 things I've clearly felt and noticed as I've gotten older is that I'm more comfortable and happy with myself and I'm generally not as scared anymore.  I feel like we put so much pressure on ourselves in our early 20s to have it all figured out.   And the older I get, the more I find myself open to the unexpected twists and changes life brings along every so often.  One thing I love about meeting new people in New York is that everyone has a crazy, interesting story of how they got to the city and what they are doing with their lives.  It's very inspiring, and every story includes a certain degree of risk and unpredictability.  I think life often has a sense of humor and likes to keep us on our toes, so it's good to never get too comfortable.  I've found that when I let change flow through my life how it needs to, the result is always overwhelming peace.



Which brings me to fear.  Having a public blog and working in a creative industry has made me highly sensitive to the thoughts and opinions of others, probably more than I'd like to admit.  But at the end of the day- none of that really matters.  I've been rearranging furniture since I was in second grade and design really is my first love.  Even if this blog didn't exist and I was making a living doing something else, my apartment would still be full of design books and fabric samples.  I don't take it for granted for a second that I get to get up every day and do what I love: creating beautiful, intimate spaces for people.  It's a very personal and emotional experience, and that's what I love most about it.  So I've allowed myself to just let go of that fear of judgement and focus instead on doing what I love.  I just finished reading You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein, and one of my favorite quotes from the book is this:

     "I saw an interview with Joan Rivers once where she talked about why she felt she was doing her best work at seventy-one years old. 'Because I'm not scared anymore,' she said. 'There's nothing they can do to me. They've already done all of it. I've been through everything and I just have no fear.' I thought about Joan, and thought about my fear of telling my story and having no one care, and then I thought- F**k it. I care. I don't care if they care. It's my story." 



So thankful + grateful to get to continue sharing my story , my inspiration, my work, and my life with all of you!  Thanks for following along, and cheers to a new year.

XOXO,

Sam

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winter Blues

I’m not a winter person.  In truth, I can’t understand anyone who says they “love” the winter.  It’s freezing cold, the days are short, and you’re stuck indoors most of the time.  I’ve been relying on Soul Cycle classes these past few weeks to keep my endorphins high and a few tequila cocktails to keep me warm.  Suffice it to say- I have the winter blues.   This time of year I have to be extra diligent about seeking out inspiration and COLOR amidst such a dreary season- so today I’m focusing on the *pretty* side of winter blues:




Winter Blues (Top to Bottom, Left to Right):


-Navy Edit Bootie $89.95/

-Loved all the beautiful blues in this John F. Staub house tour designed by Bruce Budd.



-My OCD brain enjoyed viewing Antony Todd's well-organized and pared down apartment. He takes editing to a whole new level- and I love the rich blue paint color on his living room walls.

-Ikat 18" x 18" Pillow $59/

-I got these Ishigaki Drops, $48, for Christmas from my brother and sister-in-law, and I've been wearing them nonstop.  

-I love the tassels on the handles of Oomph's Easton Nightstand $2,850/

-The always-chic Iris Apfel looking gorgeous in navy.

-A stylish combination:  skinny ankle jeans + black pointy-toe heels.

-Small Blue Marbelized Bowl $48/


XOXO,

Sam





Monday, January 9, 2017

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Upholstered Doors

Happy Monday!  Is everyone surviving the frigid weather?  It was definitely a shock to go from lying on the beach in Miami to trudging through the NY snow in 20 degree weather.  Since it was snowing for most of the weekend, I stayed inside and did some work around our apartment, including re-painting my bathroom and bathroom ceiling.  Nothing is more terrifying than painting a ceiling and praying paint doesn't drip down in to your eye.  I also stopped by the MoMa to see a few new exhibits and checked out a new mezcal bar in Soho- Ghost Donkey. It has the coolest decor and the drinks were excellent, so I highly recommend it!  Now, on to today's lustful topic- upholstered doors.  I have a serious obsession with quirky, interesting doors and upholstery just takes a door to the next level.   Adding a nailhead trim is practical in the sense that you need to cover the edges of the fabric, but can also be decorative when applied in a pattern:


Applying the nailhead trim in an inset framed pattern gives the illusion that the door has panelling:




This rich leather door is a perfect entry to a wine cellar.  I love the brass zigzag pattern of the nailheads, as well:







Miles Redd's zebra doors have become infamous (and are my personal favorite):



Dying to try this on a door of your own?  Here's a DIY tutorial from Design*Sponge.

I hope you have a great week!

XOXO,

Sam

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