Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday's Favorite Five

I'm putting a different spin on my 'Friday's Favorites to Follow' post - today I'm sharing 5 photos and ideas that inspired me this week, things I happened upon via social media and perhaps even saved so I can come back to later! Let's start with the first one just above, a closer shot of the stunning laundry sink in Dina Bandman's space designed for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. See the full tour of the showhouse here.

Number 2 on the list is this action shot of a master faux finisher working on a staircase railing in a tortoiseshell pattern for a project with Anne Wagoner Interiors. Incredible! It's inspiring me to at least attempt a mirror frame to accomplish this look that I'm lusting after.

My third favorite photo of the week - this incredible hall by M and M Interior Design. I LOVE the grid panelling (reminds me of the painstaking process in our old house), and I love the combo of the antique piece, the chandelier, and the lamps. Gorgeous!

This little nook of a master bedroom with gorgeous Schumacher Acanthus stripe grasscloth is making me want to get decorating my own bedroom ... why is the bedroom usually the last space to tackle? I can only imagine how good it would feel to plop into bed in this space every night!

And finally No. 5 ... in my mind, I will one day have my stuff together and will be on the ball, organized, effortlessly hosting summer dinners al fresco for all of my family & friends. Right now I don't even have a dinning table outside, but I'll get there eventually!! THIS gorgeous fruit spread would be something I'd love to try to create when that someday comes ... (via Emily Schuman)

Okay, one more, a bonus for today -
I am sooo excited to be starting 2 weeks off of work today. I cannot lie to you, working 5 days a week lecturing my heart out to college Biology students is tiring. I LOVE my job, but I am tired. I get emails almost weekly from such wonderful readers that often ask, 'how do you do it all?' or I don't know how you work and have a son, and still manage to post on your blog ... well the truth is I'm NOT doing it so well.

It's tough and there are many days I want to go straight to bed the moment I get home, but that is not an option with a 1.5 year old. And I've been so sporadic with posting on the blog, it bothered me so much when I first had to reduce my posts per week, but now I've come to accept that it's just a reality and I can only do what's humanly possible. I hope you will still come and visit me when I do have something to share over here, because I still love doing it. It's what inspires me and keeps me using my creative brain, and I cannot let that go! As always, thank you for being on this journey with me xo


Thursday, August 17, 2017

House Tour | Michael Bruno in Tuxedo Park

You know Michael Bruno as the founder of the largest online marketplace for antiques and rare objects - 1stdibs; so you might say, collecting desirable pieces and restoring things of historical importance are in Michael's DNA. Case in point, his own majestic Tuxedo Park, NY property which he renovated with the help of designer Windsor Smith. The house, built in 1900, was designed by architect John Russell Pope and is set on a prime 120 acres lakefront lot. Bruno, a former real estate agent, explains, "there is nothing more exciting than having the pleasure to respect a great old home and prepare it to survive for hundreds of years." (via Coldwell Banker Luxury).

You can see the original wood flooring has been stained ebony throughout, and much of the walls are Benjamin Moore's Decorators White. I fell in love with the collection of nine prints of Egypt's Great Pyramids and landmarks as seen below:

It's hard to get a sense of scale from the photo above, but just below with Michael standing in the doorway you can see that the Dutch door and vestibule have such wonderful oversized presence!

Windsor truly did an amazing job throughout this home in terms of letting Michael's special and collected pieces stand out:

I love this perfect gallery wall of drawn portraits:

The marble kitchen counters and sink are a custom design and they look incredible:

Something that I want to file away for reference is a close up detail of the windows, they are so beautiful in shape! The view is not too bad either ...

You can see more sources and details listed in the original posting via Elle Decor here, but if you have 5 minutes free I would encourage you to watch the video tour by Quintessence; there is something about the scale of a space that cannot be translated in flat pictures, the video does this home so much more justice! I may have watch it 5x over :)


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jackie's Everlasting Style

Jackie: My Obsession by Ron Galella via Aerin Lauder

Jacqueline Kennedy entered the White House as First Lady at a mere 31 years old, and in the weeks leading up to the inauguration of JFK she began to redecorate the family quarters and historically restore the public rooms. Jacqueline went as far as to hire a committee of experts, scour the government warehouses in search of misplaced White House furnishings, and even solicit the nation to donate important historical and artistic items.

In the images via Life Magazine's 1961 article on the restoration project, several of the pieces you see Jackie holding date back to the presidencies of Teddy Roosevelt, John Quincy Adams, and James Monroe. She apparently was even able to find and use Lincoln's lavender-bordered dinner plates!

Since the restoration project was privately funded, she helped to create a White House Historical Association, an entity which was able to raise funds through the sale of a book she conceived entitled, "The White House: A Historic Guide."

One of the things I loved about last year's movie (starring Natalie Portman), Jackie, was the chance to revisit some of these fabulously redecorated rooms and imagine what they may have looked like.

The Master bedroom in 1962

The Master Bedroom in 1962

Jackie's dressing room

Jackie's dressing room

Then from 1964 to 1994, Jackie lived on the 15th floor at 1040 Fifth Ave on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She bought the entire 15th floor and filled it with her favorite things. In the few peeks we get of this home, it seems it had a grand but cozy feel. Her designer explained, "she was ageless, and her style was ageless," in regards to how the home changed very little over the 30 years Jackie lived there. In 1996 it sold for $9.5 million dollars and much of her belongings were auctioned off through Sotheby's. 

Jackie's style truly was ageless, I think we can all say her fashion and decor have stood the test of time, and I would wear every outfit pictured below today. I could have selected 100 photos as examples of her everlasting style, but I decided to show you examples of Jackie's perfect and classic summer attire:

Jackie was the first First Lady to have her own press secretary, and no doubt her visibility would permanently forge a media interest well beyond her years in the White House.

You can find copies of Sotheby's estate auction catalogue on Ebay (as pictured above), which is said to have a rich historical documentation of some of her belongings and personal stories behind them. If you are interested in the history surrounding Jackie, her life, and the White House at her time, I'd encourage you to check out the movie Jackie, as well as Netflix documentaries Jackie: A Tale of Two Sisters, and JFK: The Making of a President. Smash His Camera, was another intriguing doc that chronicled a paparazzo that was obsessed with capturing photos of Jackie, and you can find his book and prints of Jackie here.


Monday, August 7, 2017

House Tour | Alice In Her Palace

Insta-famous style maven Alice Naylor-Leyland's home is featured in the September issue of Architectural Digest, and it's everything you'd think it would be. The wonderland she creates is quite like something out of an English whimsy-filled fairy tale. The country-side home in Cambridgeshire she shares with her husband Tom, and two children Billy and Nancy distinctly embraces pattern and color and was a collaborative effort with the help of decorator Flora Soames:

The most perfect set up for afternoon tea:

You may remember seeing Alice's daughter Nancy's room in this post on children's rooms with storybook charm:

Here are a few extra captures straight from Mrs. Alice's insta-famous feed. If you are intrigued by the idea of a charmed high-society life in the English countryside with fanciful weekends away in London and Wales, be sure to follow:

How could these Christmas outfits be any more perfect? And perfectly English, I should add!

You will find Mrs. Alice contributing to Vogue online, and she recently debuted a rose-scented perfume with Aerin Lauder. See the full AD article here, and follow Alice in all of her adventures here.

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