No one has ever accused me of being a minimalist, but lately, I’m finding myself drawn towards this very simple color palette of black and white with pops of gold and natural materials. Add in some opulent, scrolling Baroque focal points, like a large gilded mirror or an artful lighting fixture, and I’m completely smitten. An over-the-top Baroque piece in an otherwise minimalist space is the stuff très chic dreams are made of.
I know I’m coming in at the tail end of the parade on this one, but it has been a long time since a movie has moved me as much as La La Land. I saw it with my family back in January, and I loved it so much that I asked Zach to take me again for Valentine’s Day. I know for me the emotional connection comes in part from how much I relate to the wear-and-tear of pursuing an artistic career, all the highs and lows, the triumphs and endless self-doubt. But what really made my heart ache was simply how gorgeous all of it was. Even though La La Land missed out on winning Best Picture (in case you hadn’t heard), I was so happy to see it win for Best Production Design. The costumes bursting with Old Hollywood style references, the mixed pattern quirkiness of Mia’s apartment, and the intense Technicolor palette all woven perfectly into modern day created a style that is at once breathtakingly timeless and entirely new.
My mom has been on a bit of a minimalism kick lately and has been clearing out a lot of her storage. Almost every time I talk to her she’s cleaning out some closet shelf or dresser drawer- it’s impressive. It’s also been really fun for me and my sisters because she’ll have a cleaning spree and then send us a group text with pictures of things she’s giving away. It’s a bit like an auction, seeing who can claim things the fastest or who’s holding out for the big ticket items. The best part is that I now have boxes of beautiful treasures, from actual antiques to shabby chic Home Goods finds, waiting for me to bring home.
My mom’s style is very feminine and she has a great eye for charming vintage details, and I think that vibe is just perfect for summer. The natural, more rustic elements feel laid-back and simple while the vintage touches provide romance and a little glamour. Here are some of my favorite finds for incorporating this style into your home decor or your personal wardrobe.
Call it a moody May, but I’ve been really inspired by dramatic inky black interiors lately. I love how a coat of black paint can make something worn look chic, hide imperfections, and really make the interesting lines in a vintage or sculptural piece sing. Whether fully committing to a room with black walls or just adding a graphic impact in a mostly white room, one thing’s for sure, black is always a good choice.
This past Monday marked the Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year, making it officially the Year of the Monkey.
If your birth year coincides with the monkey, you are thought to be intelligent, clever, and one of the most innovative personalities within the Chinese zodiac. Those are traits of the monkey personality but, since it’s the Year of the Monkey, they are also the overall theme of the year. According to tradition, that means 2016 will be an energetic and auspicious year full of reinvention for all of the zodiac signs.
To celebrate, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite designer items featuring this year’s monkey motif.
With just one week until Valentine’s Day, love is definitely in the air. But I really appreciate love-themed design all year round, don’t you? I mean is their really a time when a graphic heart motif or a cheeky love print is not welcome? I don’t think so.
Check out a few of my favorite love-themed items and then keep reading for a dude-approved playlist perfect for a V-Day dinner night in!
Zach and I started dating way back in the era of the mixed CD, and boy did he nail the romantic compilations. Anyone who knows him can attest to the fact that he probably knows more about music than 99% of the population, so I’d thought I’d tap into the master source for this month’s playlist. I specifically asked him to come up with some romantic-themed songs that were also masculine, too. And maybe one of these is more about heroin than love (I’ll let you figure that one out), but I think he really got the mood down. Here’s what he came up with…
A fashion-meets-interiors celebration of Pantone’s colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. The more I take a look at these two hues, the more I’m loving them. To me, they are a perfect blend of uplifting, energizing freshness and peaceful calm. It’s basically yoga for your eyeballs.
Ever since these gorgeous credenzas from DENY caught my eye, I haven’t been able to shake the idea of having one for my dining room. If I had an spare $799 (a pretty reasonable price) in the budget, I would have one heading my way in a heartbeat. But for me and my personal finances, this is definitely not making the list of “must buys” anytime in the near future.
Especially when I can see so many great cost-cutting DIY possibilities! Using a thrifted sideboard or a basic IKEA piece and a little ingenuity, you could pretty easily replicate some of these looks in your space for half the cost- or even less!
Check out my 5 Ways to DIY It, while I look up all the upcoming garage sales in my area. 😉
I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for a frugal, DIY-able piece because I am crazy about the first look- the graphic word art. I also love the photo transfer idea (which by the way, would use a photocopy as opposed to an actual photo or anything with a high gloss finish). Wouldn’t it be a wonderful way to use a vacation pic? It’s a perfect blend of sentiment and good design. Which style is your favorite?
My favorite thing about the 70s trend explosion as of late is that there are so many styles to choose from that all fall under the same retro umbrella. Just check out the last two seasons of Mad Men and you’ll see what I mean. The style differences between the New York and LA sets alone are so distinct, giving off completely different vibes in each place.
For instance, when I think of East Coast retro style, I picture a graphic, structured look. This downtown aesthetic in general can be described as crisper and more polished than its Western counterpart.
Here’s my take on the 70s trend, East Coast style, for both your home and and your wardrobe.
After moving recently, I noticed our key rings are now stacked with a whole lot of plain metal keys. Not exactly a visual treat. So I decided to use tape and nail polish to give them a quick pop of color and help them stand out from one another.
To give your own keys a 5-minute upgrade all you need is Scotch tape and some nail polish!
First, tape off sections of your keys, leaving an exposed shape to be painted.
Give the exposed areas a couple of coats of nail polish. I used neon colors but I think black and white would also look really cool!
You can see here that some polishes will need more coats than others. The lime green, for instance, took several while the fuchsia had good coverage with just one coat.
Remove the tape before the paint is completely dry. This will prevent the tape from peeling part of the design off.
Voila! A little pop of DIY color always makes me happy.