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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Inspiration from Southern Asia

MoS Charlotte attended the FABULOUS wedding of a very stylish college friend in Connecticut this past weekend (more on that to come later). The groom's family is from Sri Lanka, so many of his friends and family members were dressed in traditional saris at the wedding. I haven't been able to stop thinking about how beautiful and stylish the saris were. The colors were so vivid, the silk fabric so luxurious, the detail and beadwork so extravagant. It was definitely a style inspiration!
The colors of these traditional saris are just stunning!

And the jewelry the women wore was breathtaking! We absolutely love the colorful stacks of bangles and the vivid jemstones in these pieces!
How pretty are these gold peacock bangles?! We love the intricate etched pattern and the blue birdies!
This stack of gold bangles adds fabulous style to any look!
How beautiful is this amethyst and diamond ring?!

18kt Kala Ring from Taj Taj Jewelers, $1,050 And the sapphires and emeralds accenting this ring are just beautiful!
18kt Lucknow Ring from Taj Taj Jewelers, $1,050 This necklace is our favorite! All the colors of the rainbow! It's like a candy necklace but so much better!
Marie Hellene de Taillac Just for fun...
Isn't this turquoise journal from John Robshaw so adorable?!
Or this paperweight from Iomoi?! We love the pattern and colors! We would love to see bedding in this pattern in a bright and airy room with dark wood furniture!
Pink and White Paperweight And of course, elephants are our favorite! This adorable iomoi pattern graced the out-of-town guest bags at the wedding! Ling the Elephant Paperweight We are loving textiles inspired by elegant saris!
This turquoise and cream beaded tablecloth is so beautiful! We loved the intricate flowers and scalloped edges.
How pretty are these metallic throw pillows from John Robshaw?! So gorgeous on any sofa or bed (sorry, Nick).
Pink Sari Beaded Pillows, ebay, $44
Turquoise Sari Floor Pillow, $41 How pretty is this bedroom from John Robshaw?
We are in love with this painted settee covered in Dzhambul from Brunchwig & Fils. This would look so gorgeous in an entry hall and could easily mix well into any room.

Check out the beautiful carved headboard in Bunny Williams' bedroom. This look is definitely inspired by southern Asia without being too over-the-top. We like the use of neutral colors to keep the room balanced and not too "themed."
Elle Decor

A sari as a bedspread! We are in love! It pairs so perfectly with simple white bedding and neutral walls. This room is quite traditional, but this really works!
Amelia Handegan for Southern Accents

Monday, June 29, 2009

Magazine Roundups: Elle Decor July/August 2009

Have you ever shelled out $5 or $6 for a design magazine and cozied up in your favorite chair, prepared to be inspired...only to flip through the pages and be thoroughly unimpressed? We definitely have, and it's the worst! To help you avoid the same fate, we're going to be reporting on our favorite design magazines intermittently to help you decide when to purchase...and when to pass.
Today's review: Elle Decor July/August 2009. Things we loved:
  • A "shortlist" feature with Miles Redd. We want to live in his mirrored bathroom!
  • The "etcetera" page at the end features a fabulous selection of garden stools
  • The features this month are very strong. Some highlights:
The main feature is Aerin Lauder's East Hampton home and her Manhattan apartment. Here are a few of our favorite pics:
Living room in the Manhattan apartment.

The library of the Manhattan apartment. Note the scroll detail on the coffee table. And that fur throw is awfully decadent!

Manhattan apartment dining room. We cannot quite feel this room. Maybe it's that we're not used to seeing tables that size with that it?

We do love the breakfast area though! Love those bamboo chairs and the cheery blue fabric. And a great way to display kids' artwork.

The dining room of the East Hampton home. Love that bold zebra carpet. Less sure about the rather precious display of blue and white urns on sconces.

More blue and white. I think these must be holdovers from Estee, since Aerin inherited the home from her legendary grandmother.

Can we just live in this pool house? It's so inviting.

More in East Hampton. Next we move on to Monelle Totah's San Francisco flat. Totah is the Vice President of Design for Williams Sonoma Home, and we are very inspired by what she's done with her flat. For anyone who thinks you have to have tons of color in your home for it to be exciting (and we admit, we're definitely guilty of that mindset), Totah's black/white/gray color scheme will definitely make you re-think things.

We normally don't love slipcovered couches, but hers lookes fresh and modern, not shabby-chic.

Rats...we wish we'd gotten a cowhide rug from Buenos Aires now!

Soothing gray.

We love the bold black and white rug, as well as the mirrored console.

Here are some pops of color in a sitting area....we definitely recognize the bamboo dresser, the pillows, and the throw from Williams Sonoma Home!

A soothing bedroom. We love the grouping of the artwork over the bed.
Finally, the last feature is Scott Currie's weekend beach house in Southampton. Currie does PR for Elie Tahari, but his warm, inviting, and stylish beach house is worlds away from the more modern and streamlined clothing he promotes.

The portrait is of a sea captain; there are plenty of nautical touches throughout the home.

A stylish office.

A conch shell pink bedroom.

What an amazing backyard!

We love the rope-inspired chairs in the pool house.
What we weren't crazy about:
  • Elle Decor goes to....Kansas City. Sure it was a great article and we're convinced that lo and behold, Kansas City is pretty stylish...but we're still not about to pack our bags just yet!
  • "Higher Ground," a spread about Malibu real estate broker Chris Cortazzo's spread in Malibu Hills. The house itself is fantastic- we love the exterior shots, the inviting pool with majestic hills in the background, and the fab kitchen. However, we could not quite get past the extensive amount of African-themed artwork throughout the house- black and whites of lions and giraffes in two rooms, large (and albeit, striking) full size photographs of African women in the living room, close-up photographs of African children with painted faces in the bedroom, etc. It was a bit of overkill to us. But the furnishings are fantastic.
The Verdict: Purchase! This will be one of your summer favorites that you'll flip through over and over again.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Waste Not

Wastebaskets may not seem like the most exciting decorative accent, but practically speaking, they are a necessity. Please resist the temptation to just use the $5 plastic version from Target. There are some much more exotic options out there, and we are thrilled to share them with you! We fell in love with these adorable painted wastebaskets when we first spotted them on The Peak of Chic last week! How chic are the faux bamboo and Greek key motifs?
This zebra striped wastebasket would be so cute in an office! Be careful what you pair with black and white zebra stripes- anything neon risks looking a little too teenage girl. But pair with a classic parsons desk or the sawhorse desk from W-S Home, a mirrored credenza, and a fun modern lamp, and voila, you have one fab office!

This exotic chinoiserie wastebasket would be so pretty in a den or library. We love the rich colors and gold feet.

Wisteria Prince Tole Wastebasket (we love their description)
This classic rattan basket from Pottery Barn would be great in a guest bedroom or bath. Natural fibers are always in style!
Or if your style is more modern....
Who couldn't love this lacquered orange cube from Jonathan Adler? It just makes us happy. And it's on sale! Jonathan Adler Orange Lacquer Wastebasket
Or this sleek blue canister from Kartell? It would work just fine in a modern office!

How fun are these containers that look like crumpled paper bags? And they come in lots of colors too!

John Brauer Bin Bin from Unica Home Or if you prefer a nature theme...
This beautiful decoupage wastebasket is has fabulous colors, trim. Who knew a bug could look so cute?! Marye Kelley Bees on Red Wastepaper Basket This mirrored wastebasket with cherry blossoms would be so pretty in a powder room! (the matching tray is also pretty, although we typically don't like sets). Hand-painted Mirrored Cherry Tree Wastebasket from Dransfield & Ross For a traditionalist, you can't go wrong with this pretty bird and bee wastebasket from Marye Kelley. It's so lovely and feminine. My mom would love this. Marye Kelley Ivory Floral Waste Paper Basket
The scalloped edges and periwinkle floral trellis pattern on this wastebasket make it perfect for a bedroom! It almost looks like polka dots from a distance, but the flowers keep it from looking too juvenile.
Blue Provincial Decoupage Wastebasket from Well Appointed House
This brown metal wastebasket is such a classic style. We love the floral garlands.
Isn't this wooden coral basket so gorgeous! We've mentioned before that the mainstream coral this season stung a little, but we can't help but love this! Are these images from Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities?
We love the soothing color and the pretty handpainted insects and wheat! Gorgeous in a bedroom!
Wheat Tole Wastebasket from Wisteria
And finally, you can't go wrong with a pretty monogram! One MoS girl has the mailholder in this same pattern from Marye Kelley. This would be so pretty in any room! Marye Kelley Beige Provencial Waste Paper Basket
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