Wednesday, February 29, 2012

LOOKS from Vanity Fair's Oscar Party

WHITE:  Maria Sharapova, Sofia Vergara, Sanaa Latham, Rachel Zoe


CITRUS: Rashida Jones, Serena Williams, Cameron Diaz, Julie Bowen


BLACK: Elizabeth Olsen, Zoe Saldana, Emma Stone, Ginnifer Goodwin


RED: Kate Upton, Abbie Cornish, Salma Heyak, Diane Kruger


DESIGNERS: Tory Burch, Tom Ford, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang

Images NY Magazine
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Refined Rustic >>> Finds from ATL Craigslist


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chic Shopping NEWS

So much great shopping news to report....  



Raleigh, NC based home furnishings store Furbish, has just relaunched their website, with easy to navigate keywords and plenty of bright & bold photos of owner Jamie Meares' custom and interesting finds. To celebrate, Jamie is offering 15% off your order through March 3 with coupon code newfurb (and as mentioned on today's KELLY MARKET). Read more about and follow Jamie's signature style on her blog, I Suwannee.




Callie Jenschke and Nicki Clendening, owners of the NYC based interior design firm Scout Designs, have launched their online shop, Mercantile. Callie and Nicki are offering an ever changing curated collection of finds, stocking virtual shelves with antique & vintage items, artwork, and one-of-a-kind objects. Read more from their blog SCOUTing.




Marisa from the design blog STYLEBEAT has been posting about her shopping excursion along the Dixie Highway of West Palm Beach, FL. She included a stop and CIRCA WHO, one of my favorite resources for interesting vintage finds, and has also shared photos and info from a home furnishings store I wasn't familiar with, C. Bell. C. Bell offers "savvy and sophisticated" repurposed & custom furnishings, with a style influence described "Palm Beach Regency" and "Modern Ming".
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Bella Cucina ~ Spring Fling SALE


Bella Cucina, purveyors of fine Italian inspired provisions, pantry needs, and entertaining accessories, is holding a Spring Fling Sale at their retail store, Porta Via, in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood of Atlanta. Kicking off tomorrow, Tuesday February 28 at 11am, everything will be discounted, including a selection of their "hand picked" antiques and home furnishings. I was in to Porta Via about a week ago and snapped the picture below....

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Thank You Tom Ford!


Gwyneth Paltrow was by far my favorite dressed actress last night at the Oscars....  She was a vision in white, wearing a dress by American designer Tom Ford. The look is fresh and cutting edge and is a huge departure away from the norm. The cut of the dress and accent cape offer a sculptural "work of art" appeal. Sleek and simple hair & Anna Hu jewels, and glittery Jimmy Choo heels finish the fashion forward ensemble.

Watch the attached video below of Gwyneth Paltrow & Robert Downey Jr. presenting at last night's Oscars....

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Woody Allen in NYC

(left to right) Owen Wilson, Carla Bruni, and Woody Allen

In anticipation of the Oscars happening tomorrow night, I'm including the charming interiors of Best Director nominee Woody Allen's NYC home. Allen is nominated for his lovely film Midnight in Paris (seen on the set above), which is also up for Best Picture. His Upper East Side home was designed by Stephen Shadley and featured in the November 2008 issue of Architectural Digest magazine. Following the photos, watch the attached video, 12 Questions with Woody Allen, filmed at his desk in the master bedroom.






Woody Allen's Desk (above) is where he is being filmed for the video (below)


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Style Setter >>> Jacqueline deMontravel


Where to begin in describing my dear and long time family friend Jacqueline deMontravel.... Simply put she is a Style Setter, moving effortlessly from one design role to the next. She currently serves as the editor of Romantic Homes magazine, while also adding author, photographer, stylist, and designer to her credits. Jacqueline's recently published design book, HERS: Design with a Feminine Touch, is a testament to these honed skills. I asked her what was the inspiration for the book's content and her reply: "The theme generated out of a desire/need for a woman to have an area that is solely hers, a place that is both feminine and modern. Not a lot of chintz, and pillows and mirrors. We do like great design but something that speaks to today's design."


Ebb Tide

If you are out in the Laguna Beach, CA area and looking for an unique alternate in hotel accommodations, check out the 4 beach cottages that Jacqueline and her husband own that serve as vacation rentals. Jacqueline has decorated each one (Ebb Tide pictured above & below) and as she describes "there are Indian block print linens on the beds in soft pastels, wicker furniture in unexpected shades of bottle green." Her signature touches of interesting & found accessories mixed with comfortable furnishings, provide a peaceful and relaxing backdrop to beach side living.  Click here for rental info.












All Images Jacqueline deMontravel

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Local Art ~ The Freedom Hand


On my way to Buckhead yesterday to see a client, just off of Piedmont Road, in what was once the old Home Depot/Expo parking lot, this giant art install was going up. The Home Expo building is now occupied by Passion City Church, who has erected this sculpture, The Freedom Hand, as their symbol to highlight slavery that still exists all over the world. Their campaign, 72 Days For Freedom, launches on February 27.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Upcoming >>> Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 5/10 - 5/13


The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is happening May 10 - 13 in Midtown....  Specialty priced "Early Bird" tickets are available NOW until March 29. Enjoy a weekend filled with Southern inspired culinary delights -- complete with chef demonstrations and tasting tents. 

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Spotlight >>> The Pink Pagoda


If you aren't already familiar with The Pink Pagoda let me introduce you....  The Dallas, TX based graphic designer brings art and photography together in very Asian themed Chinoiserie style imagery. Full of rich color, these custom designs are available in different sized prints and note cards. The Pink Pagoda is one of my favorite shops on ETSY, and I follow TPP blog for daily doses of decorative inspiration! Check out below a selection of designs currently available....




All Images The Pink Pagoda
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Like Mother Like Daughter


Mother/Daughter Beauties are teaming up for recent add campaigns....  Patti Hansen with her daughter Theodora Richards for NET-A-PORTER.COM (above) and Susan Sarandon and her daughter Eva Amurri Martino for Neiman Marcus (below). Watch the attached video for a behind the scenes look at the photo shoot with Susan & Eva.



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Monday, February 20, 2012

Tory Burch At Home

Tory Burch -- Photographed for Town & Country by Douglas Friedman

We were treated to a snippet of the interiors of fashion designer Tory Burch's Southampton residence (as seen above) when she was featured in and on the the cover of the September 2010 issue of Town & Country magazine. But, Vogue magazine includes an intimate look of her home and family life in the March 2012 issue (as seen below) -- pick up a copy for more. The interior design of Tory's classic 1929 estate was a collaborative effort including friends Daniel Romualdez and Eve Hood. Romualdez is also responsible for the interiors of Aerin Lauder's Aspen getaway home, featured in November '11 issue of Vogue, which I posted on my blog here. Don't miss out on watching the very personal and reflective video of Tory's "Love Letter" to the City of New York, attached below.



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Local Artist >>> Michelle Armas


I can't get enough of local Atlanta artist Michelle Armas....  I included one of her paintings on my Valentine's Day post, loving her imagery technique of working abstract brush strokes with bold color onto her canvas. Included below are a selection of Michelle's recent works currently available. If a custom piece is out of your price range, check out Michelle's 2012 signed calendars featuring her Trellus painting -- click here to order.



Millennium -- 24 X 36


Happy Birthday -- 48 X 60


Infowar -- 36 X 36


Keriloo -- 30 X 30


All Night Diner --  24 X 36

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Take Me To >>> Haven's Kitchen


Haven's Kitchen is my dream project....  recently opened in a former original carriage house in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC, owner Alison Schneider has brought together my passion for food & entertaining under one roof. In the multi level building, she has designed her space to offer cooking classes, a supper club, a private event area, and kitchen shop - complete with coffee, pastries, tabletop, and pantry needs for sale - plus a rooftop garden will open this Spring! Many thanks goes to NY Magazine's article for turning me onto Haven's Kitchen.... It is on my list of places to try the next time I am home to CT and a train ride away from NYC.  

Images NY Magazine
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