Rub-a-Dub-Dub :: Fabulous Bathroom Designs

Rub-a-Dub-Dub :: Fabulous Bathroom Designs

A well-designed bathroom can be a refuge -- a place to escape after a long, hard day.  There isn’t much a nice long soak (or steam) can’t cure! A beautiful bathroom design also can make even the most mundane morning and evening routines a pleasure, why not be surrounded by beauty while you floss your teeth?

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the story behind the hermès scarf

the story behind the hermès scarf

I purchased my first Hermès scarf at a resale boutique in the 16th arrondissement on my very first trip to Paris and couldn’t contain my glee as they passed the signature orange box to me at the register.  Since then I’ve started my own collection of Hermès scarves and regularly incorporate them into my outfits and love learning new ways to tie them.

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Hotel Love :: Hôtel Fabric

Hotel Love :: Hôtel Fabric

The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement in Paris is known for its bistros and bars.  Hotels?  Not so much.  But that changed with the opening of Hôtel Fabric, a 4-star boutique hotel located in an old, you guessed it, textile factory dating back to the Industrial Revolution.

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Designer Tip :: Area Rug Placement

Designer Tip :: Area Rug Placement

Rugs serve a myriad of purposes in a room -- they add warmth and texture, delineate different zones, ground furniture groupings and provide contrast to flooring.  Rugs really are the foundation of any room and shouldn’t be considered an isolated item.  Choosing the right size rug is super important -- a too-small rug can make your room look smaller!

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Sound Like a Designer :: Greek Key

Sound Like a Designer :: Greek Key

The motif originated in Ancient Greece {thus the name, duh} and is an interlocking rectangular pattern made from one continuous line, also known as a “meander.”  One theory is that the motif is a representation of the mythical labyrinth that held the fearsome Minotaur, a creature with the head of a bull and the body of a man. The motif is also thought to represent unity and infinity.  In Ancient Greece the  pattern was featured on architectural friezes, pottery and bronze shields.  The pattern was later adopted by the Romans {as so much of Greek art and architecture was} and was seen on tiles, mosaics as well as architecture and later became an important element of the Neoclassical Style.  

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The Barcelona Chair :: Designed for a King + Queen

The Barcelona Chair :: Designed for a King + Queen

The Barcelona chair was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe along with his paramour Lilly Reich for the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exposition in, you guessed it, Barcelona, Spain.  The fair organizers planned an opening reception in the German Pavilion and wanted to provide two chairs for the King and Queen of Spain and asked Mies van der Rohe to design them, thus the birth of the iconic chair.

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Girl Crush :: Aerin Lauder

Girl Crush :: Aerin Lauder

Ok, so I’ve had a girl-crush on Aerin Lauder for, like, ever.  My girl-crush dates all the way back to my Chapin days in NYC -- she was one of the cool, older girls that that I admired from afar because I was way too uncool and awkward to do anything else.  Here are some images from her drop-dead gorgeous apartment in NYC.  Pardon me while I wipe the drool off of my keyboard.

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For the Love of Lucite

For the Love of Lucite

I love the look of lucite furniture and accessories in interiors -- because it’s clear it takes up little to no visual space so it’s perfect for preventing small spaces from looking cluttered {click here for more on designing for small spaces}.  Lucite also makes a bold artistic statement without creating visual clutter and It brings a sense of whimsy and playfulness to a room.

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The Art of the Thank You Note Shouldn’t Be Lost

The Art of the Thank You Note Shouldn’t Be Lost

Long before Jimmy Fallon started writing them on his show, thank you notes have been a thing.  A very important custom that is too often ignored or forgotten.  The importance of thank you notes was hammered into me at a very young age.  I have memories of my mother standing over me as I painstakingly wrote out thank you notes in a childish hand on personalized stationery.

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Exotic Travel :: The Singita Lebombo Lodge in South Africa

Exotic Travel :: The Singita Lebombo Lodge in South Africa

I was lucky enough to go on safari in Tanzania several years ago and the next safari spot on my list is South Africa.  I caught myself day-dreaming about South Africa and decided to google some lodges and that’s how I found Singita Lebombo Lodge.  Oh. My. God.

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Color Love :: Gray + Yellow

Color Love :: Gray + Yellow

Gray and yellow is one of my favorite color combinations and it works in any style of decor, from the ultra-modern to the very traditional.  It was very trendy a couple of years ago, but I don’t really go in for trends -- if you like it, you like it, period.  Gray is timeless and can be mixed with any color. It can help tone down the stimulating effects of yellow and keep it from becoming garish.  The color combo works great in just about any room of the house too!

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Go Wild :: Decorating with Animal Prints

Go Wild :: Decorating with Animal Prints

Animal prints never seem to really go out of style.  They are incredibly versatile and work with pretty much any style of décor.  Animal prints can bring on the drama, but, amazingly enough, animal prints can be fairly neutral too when paired with other neutrals like browns and creams. Leopard and zebra are two of the most popular animal prints, but you can also find giraffe, cheetah and antelope in the mix too.

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10 Tips for Designing a Studio Apartment {or other small spaces}

10 Tips for Designing a Studio Apartment {or other small spaces}

If you live in a big city with sky-rocketing rents and you have a small budget, chances are you’re going to be living in a studio apartment.  This is not a totally frowny face situation -- there are ways to maximize what little space you have and create a fabulous place to live. Here are a few ideas on how to make your small space work for you.  

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