Thursday, January 30, 2014

{designer profile: scott lyon & company}

Do you ever come across a designer or design firm and absolutely fall in love with every thing they do? Every project resonates with you and excites you? Just happened to me when I discovered Scott Lyon & Company, a Chicago based full service residential construction company I happened upon through the powers of Pinterest. They chronicle their projects step by step on their blog. Gah, so many of my "dream home" must have items appear in their designs:

{inspired by that House & Home feature we all swooned over}
What I adore about their work is that it is all about the millwork, moldings, sconces, fantastic flooring, I could go on and on!
{scones in mirrors, my favorite!}
{concealed refrigerator}
{seriously exactly what I want - Scalamandre zebras in black in a powder room}
{cute double wide sink!}

Those are some pretty fantastic spaces. All the details I love are wrapped into these rooms! See more over on Scott Lyon & Company's blog.

Monday, January 27, 2014

{finally instagramin' ...}

Happy new week! Ok so I'm about 2-3 years behind the crowds ... but I am happy to announce I am finally on Instagram! A little late to the party, I know, but better late than never ;)

I actually had signed up in 2011 but never used my account - let's just say that in the last few weeks I'm already hooked. You can find me there as @marcusdesignblog, I'd love to find new friends to follow!

Speaking of being a couple years behind everyone ... I'm also finally watching Downton Abbey! Another new obsession. Seems like 2014 is my catch up year so far :)

Have a great Monday,

Thursday, January 23, 2014

{fashion inspiration: stripes & leopard}

Feeling quite smitten every time I see stripes and leopard paired together lately ...



Have you tried this combo in your own wardrobe? I think I'm inspired to put something like this together this week!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

{a parisian time-capsule ...}

Here's a fascinating find: Madame de Florian, a French socialite, fled to the south of France during World War II and left her Parisian apartment on the Right Bank near the Opéra Garnier. She never sold it however, just in case she wanted to return. Sadly, she never went back to it after the war. Since 1942, the apartment has been sitting untouched, until recently when an auctioneer entered her apartment. What he found was a time capsule, full of perfectly preserved treasures:

The home is not open to the public and is still owned by Madame de Florian's estate. Inside, a beautiful portrait of the apartment’s owner herself was found, and was eventually auctioned for 2.1 million euros.
I was intrigued to read that the apartment was able to remain untouched because the owner continued paying the rent until her recent death in 2010 at the age of 91. I imagine that she had so much hope that she would one day return, or at least pass this gem of an apartment in the City of Lights on to her loved ones. Quite an incredible story!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

{house tour: whitney port}

The MTV show The City put fashion-favorite Olivia Palermo on the map. But Olivia wasn't the only fashion star to come out of the reality hit: Whitney Port, designer of Whitney Eve, has had a blossoming career in recent years. And she always came across as a sweet and genuinely nice person, which I'm beginning to think is a hard thing to accomplish on reality TV! Needless to say, I was excited to sneak a peek into her home {images via Domaine Home}:

That lamp makes me swoon! Find it here.
Now THAT'S a closet.
From the looks of the photos I think it's apparent that Whitney knows how to incorporated textures, patterns, and really know her stuff when it comes to textiles!
Have a fabulous Tuesday :)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

{a new york minute ...}

I've finally sifted through some of my favorite shots from NYC. As I looked through our photos, I quickly came to realize we were quite smitten with all of the fabulous architecture at every turn! We did a lot of the classic tourist-y stuff, as my hubby had not been to New York before. I was happy to have a second chance to take it all in:

viewing the Empire State from the Top of the Rock

The view from our hotel room window was pretty incredible:

Fifth Avenue

Upper East Side

Bryant Park

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station, that breath-taking ceiling!

The iconic Chrysler Building

Times Square

Taking in Lady Liberty

So as you can tell I was basically bundled in my down-filled coat the entire time, it was chilly!! And boy it was a whirl-wind of a trip - we packed in a lot of sights, sounds, and tastes in a mere 3.5 days, but it was so worth it. I'm already dreaming up what I would see and do on the next trip! What are your favorite things to do/see in NYC? I'd love to save your suggestions for the future!

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