Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Elephant in the Room

These elephant console tables have been popping up in many of my favorite designer's rooms lately so I was pleasantly surprised when I happened to stumble upon one while perusing Chicago's Craigslist last night. I don't currently have the space or need for an elephant in the room but I thought maybe one of my readers might be interested.  Any takers?

(Images via Lonny)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mad About Hue | Pale Peach + Mint Green

....such a lovely feminine combination!! I have a peach colored pleated skirt from Club Monaco that I hope to wear well in to September by pairing it with this gorgeous spearmint sweater from J. crew.  I'm also considering this color palette for my master bathroom. Our vanity has a hint of peachy/pink to it so I'm thinking about playing it up and feminizing the bathroom with mint green walls.  Above are the two images that made me fall in love with this palette - left, an outfit snapped by Elle outside NYFW this past spring and right, a stunning Nate Berkus designed bedroom featured in Elle Decor.  I adore everything in this space - the delicate mint green lamp, the pale peach roman shade, the perfectly dressed canopy bed, the gorgeous green de gournay wallpaper, and, of course, the beautiful floral glass sputnik chandelier.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dîner en Blanc

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  The weather here in Chicago was perfect for a little pop-up picnic.  Thanks to my very determined friends I was lucky enough to participate in Chicago's first ever Dîner en Blanc.  On Saturday we joined hundreds of other Chicagoans dressed in white at Daley Plaza where we enjoyed an elegant all-white evening of dinner and dancing underneath the Chicago Picasso sculpture.  This refined flash-mob feast, which began as a small gathering of friends 20 years ago in Paris and has since grown into a worldwide phenomenon, was most definitely one of the highlights of my summer.
Thank you Becky, Liz, and Abbey for making me your +1! 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Cozy Corner

The animal activist inside me is screaming "No!" — but regardless, I'm absolutely in love with sheepskin.  I mean just look at this cozy little corner featured in the September issue of Elle Decor.  Designer Gwynn Griffith must want winter house guests because why else would she publish such an inviting retreat?  The shearling covered barrel chair would be the perfect place to cozy up with my pooch and read a good book.  And don't even get me started on the John Dickinson plaster table.... I love anything with an animal paw or hoof.  Is anyone else excited for the dropping temps or am I getting ahead of myself? 
Farrow and Ball Studio Green Paint | Etsy Vintage Oil Painting | Jayson Home and Garden Leopard Pillow | Vintage Scandanavian Style Rattan Barrel Chair | Oly Studio Ari Side Table | Ikea Ludde Sheepskin Rug
Photography: William Waldron for Elle Decor, scanned and edited by Kristin Kerr

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Palm Beach Abode

Kara Mann_Palm Beach Exterior I'm not sure what I like more, the animal print carpeting used throughout the interior or that pool and loggia area outside.  Either way, this Palm Beach abode deisgned by Kara Mann has me happily daydreaming of moving South once the crisp Chicago weather comes.  The entire home is just beautiful!  Which room is your favorite?Kara Mann_Palm Beach Living Room
I love this color pallette and the leopard print carpeting.
Kara Mann_Palm Beach Dining Room The urchin-like Jean De Merry Lumiere Chandelier is the star of the dining room but I also love how the metallic walls make the room glow. Kara Mann_Palm Beach Living Room Kara Mann_Palm Beach Bedroom Possibly my favorite room in the house...I love how Kara mixed the traditional curtains, pelmet and wallpaper with a modern tulip chair and zebra rug. Kara Mann_Palm Beach Patio Images: Kara Mann

Monday, August 22, 2011

French Favorite | Louis Philippe Mirrors

I've lived in my apartment for a little over a month now and it seems there's still a lot of empty space.  Take the empty wall above my sofa...I could easily run out and purchase a bunch of inexpensive prints to fill the wall but I'm not going to.  I've decided to wait to find pieces that I am absolutely in love with rather than rush to fill my home with meaningless things.  When I moved into my own apartment I made a wish list of items and since then I've been slowly saving and checking them off.

One of the first pieces I knew I needed to have was a Louis Philippe-style mirror - the simple lines, rounded corners and gilded finish really appeal to me.  I purchased the one pictured above at a Leslie Hindman Market Place Auction last year.  I got a little carried away when bidding but I know I will have this piece forever.  In my last apartment  it hung above a console table, now it's the starting point for a gallery wall above my sofa.  This piece is so versatile I know it will always find a place in my home.  Below are a few of my favorite ways designers have used Louis Philippe mirrors to liven up a space. Which one is your favorite?
Above the Sofa: Nate Berkus + Anne Coyle incorporated a Louis Philippe mirror into the gallery wall of this study.  I wish I could buy everything in this room, especially the Michael Hainey bird painting!082211_Louis_Philippe_Mirrors2
Above the Sofa: Jodi Webb shared this gorgeous Louis Philippe mirror on her blog, Cote de Texas.082211_Louis_Philippe_Mirrors3
Above the Fireplace: A Louis Philippe mirror hung above the fireplace reflects the surrounding room.082211_Louis_Philippe_Mirrors_House_And_Home 082211_Louis_Philippe_Mirrors_Lonny
In the Living Room: Laurann Claridge hung a Louis Philippe mirror over a 19th-century Biedermeier chest to create a beautiful tablescape.
In the Bedroom: Palmer Weiss paired a Louis Philippe mirror with a vintage chest of drawers and various silver picture frames.082211_Louis_Philippe_Mirrors4
In the Entry:  A Louis Philippe mirror hung above a console table reflects light from a chandelier and makes the perfect place to take a quick peek before heading out. 082211_Louis_Philippe_Mirrors_Lonny2
In the Dining Room:  A floor mirror layered over a wall of mirrors adds depth.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Style Soul Mate

Preen Fall 2011  Can you tell I've got fall fashion on my mind?  I'm watching Project Runway right now and I'm completely obsessed with this Preen blouse Nina Garcia is wearing.  Actually, I think Nina might just be my style soul mate.  Her love of tailored, streamlined, architectural, asymmetrical forms is right up my alley.  I wish I could swap closets with her because I bet she has some of these other gorgeous looks from the Preen fall 2011 collection hanging in there just waiting to be worn! Preen Fall 2011 Preen Fall 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fashion + Furniture

OPTION 1:  Keep It.  I'm not sure what you'd call this color but according to Chloé it's "sunflower- yellow" the color but not sure how I feel about the crushed velvet.

I inherited a pair of these chairs from my Great Aunt and have been contemplating reupholster them.  At first I didn't really like the color but now, after 2 years of living with them, it's really starting to grow on me.  Most of the furniture in my apartment is neutral - light grey linen sofa, jute rug, carrara marble tulip table, chocolate brown leather ottoman - so these chairs add a nice dose of color to the space.  I 've decided to keep the walls of my apartment white (thanks to your great comments!) so now I need to focus in on a design scheme and color palette.  For that I turn to fashion.... 081711_Aunt-Rita's-Chair4 OPTION 2: Go (charcoal) Grey.  This look from the J. Crew Fall 2011 lookbook pretty much sums up my style.  A classic blue tailored oxford, a textured coat and an amazing chocolate brown leather bag (the same color as my ottoman).  I like this option BUT it might be too safe.
OPTION 3: Go Green!  A bold choice but I love it.  To break it down, white shirt = white walls, green skirt = green velvet chair, black shoe straps = black get where I'm going? 

So now I ask you, dear readers, which look do you prefer?  Any input would be greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Absolutely Beautiful Vignette

Absolutely Beautiful Things_StaffChristmas2008-3 I've had this gorgeous little vignette saved on my computer since 2008. I've thought about posting it several times but couldn't find the source...that is until I found the reverse image search website, TinEye.  It's a blogger's best friend.  So as you may have guessed from the title of this post, the image belongs to the lovely Anna Spiro of the blog Absolutely Beautiful Things.  She snapped the picture while wrapping her staffs Christmas gift (lucky them!).  I envy Anna's fearless use of color and pattern and her collection of blue and white pottery is to die for.  Is it just me or do you want one of everything in this picture?       

Friday, August 12, 2011

Rock On

Jeanpelle_Dorit Candleholders2I'm in love with these wood candle holders from Etsy shop, Pelle.   I'm going to contact the shop owner this weekend and see if he'll make more because I think they's look great clustered in the center of my dining room table!  I have a thing for mixed metallics...and rocks.

I hope you have a rockin' weekend!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Beautiful + Bubbly

081111_Lighting_Lindsey-Adelman_Bubble-Lights1 I’ve been hunting for a chandelier to go over my new dining room table for a few months now.  I've scoured thrift stores, flea markets, craigslist and ebay but nothing affordable or amazing enough to warrant purchase has popped up.  While I was on the hunt I did, however, fall in love with the incredibly expensive work of Lindsey Adelman Studio.  Her Bubble series, with its stunning hand-blown glass globes and custom metal fittings, has both a contemporary and vintage vibe.  It's exactly what I'm looking for, minus the huge price tag. 

Fortunately, the lovely designer has posted a DIY version of her chandelier on her website.  The instructions include a detailed parts list with sources.  Isn't that just about the nicest thing you've every heard?  I looked up all the parts and I think the total cost for the project will come in around $120...not too bad!  I consider myself quite handy so I'm going to take a stab at creating my own chandelier this weekend. Does anyone have any pointers?  I figure if I completely screw up I can drive out to my parent's house in the suburbs and have my dad finish it. Wish me luck!
081111_Lighting_Lindsey-Adelman_Bubble-Lights3Everything about the kitchen pictured above - the chandelier, backsplash, table and chairs - is perfection.
081111_Lighting_Lindsey-Adelman_Bubble-Lights2 Despite the chandelier's contemporary design, it works well with the traditional millwork in the foyer pictured below. 081111_Lighting_Lindsey-Adelman_Bubble-Lights4 Lindsey's Knotty Bubble series, pictured below, is inspired by Japanese maritime culture and packing.  Wouldn't it look great in a beach house?
081111_Lighting_Lindsey-Adelman_Knotty-Bubble 081111_Lighting_Lindsey-Adelman_Knotty-Bubble-Lights-detail Images: Lindsey Adelman Studio

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Strange Love

Dave Eggers ostrich
This ostrich print by David Eggers is just peculiar enough to be quite interesting, don't you think?  It was strange love at first sight so I was bummed when it ended up in another member's cart during Katie Fine's One Kings Lane sale last night.  But as they say, everything happens for a reason.  I ended up googling the artist and found out that Mr. Eggers is the founder of the indie publishing house McSweeney AND that this print is just one of the 26 prints you'll receive if you buy his book/portfolio, "It Is Right to Draw Their Fur: Animal Renderings".  I purchased the portfolio for $20 on the McSweeney website and saved myself $180...after framing it will be more like $100, lucky me!  I'm hoping some of the other prints are as strange and wall-worthy as this one! Lonny_Michelle Adams_Ostrich wallpaper And it wouldn't be a proper ostrich post without sharing Michelle Adam's living room. Cute and quirky.  You can purchase this amazing ostrich wallpaper at The Wallpaper Collective.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Black Magic

Living Room I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I didn't have time to take pictures of my guest bathroom but I did buy black shades for all the lamps throughout my apartment.  I must say, it was money well spent!  There's something to chic about a black lampshade, don't you think?  Just look at the lamps in these rooms - I swear the black shades are like a touch of magic. Do you have any black lampshades in your home? LI-LG2
Lauren Gold's living roomLI-LG1 BE-LG3 jd195265-8-08
Living room designed by Jennifer Dyer
Living room designed by Angie Hranowsky
Living room designed by Callie Jenschke
Eddie Ross' layered living room
Bedroom design by Pereira Associates 
Bedroom design by Celerie Kemble 
Bedroom design by Ryan Korban