Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Take a Breather in Boston: Professionally Decorated, Private Spaces by the Hour (Try it for Free!)

715 Boylston St.

Renting rooms by the hour just got a whole lot less sleazy! But don't worry: It's not how it sounds. Breather, previously up and running in four cities, has now launched in Boston, offering up professionally decorated, private spaces for anywhere from 30 minutes to a full day at the tap of a smartphone button.

Think of Breather as your new client meeting space, your popup shop venue, and your haven during long airport layovers. Escape to a Harvard Square pad for a quick workout (most Breathers come with yoga mats!), or trade in your home office for a day on tony Gloucester Street.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Vote for the Wolfepack by Boston's Gina deWolfe

minimalist leather backpack
minimalist leather backpack
minimalist leather backpack

Time to drum up support for my hometown! More precisely, for Boston leather goods designer Gina deWolfe and her cleverly named backpack, the Wolfepack. Sleek, minimalist and well priced at $350, the Wolfepack is one of five finalists for an Independent Handbag Designer Award, and deWolfe needs our help to take the lead.

The winners of the international design competition will be chosen at a ceremony in New York on June 17th. In the meantime, InStyle is hosting a Fan Favorite competition here. Scroll down to The "BERNINA Best Handmade Handbag" category to vote for deWolfe, and be sure to check out all the other independent talent while you're there.

Good luck, Gina!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel by Ranni Ziss and Rechter Architects

design hotel Israel
design hotel Israel
design hotel Israel
all photos by Itay Sikolski [via Menorah Group and Wallpaper]

Now that I feel fully settled in our Tel Aviv apartment, let the adventures begin! Last weekend, it was a trip to the darling northern town of Rosh Pina, but I've got my eye on Zichron Ya'akov next, if only for a chance to stay at the stunning Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel.

Israel does many things well (food, beaches, nightlife), but luxury travel is not one of them. Nevertheless, a number of beautifully designed boutique hotels have been popping up in the last few years, mostly in the cosmopolitan hub of Tel Aviv. The Elma, though, is more than an hour's drive north of the city, a place where romantic yet rustic B&Bs rule and a high-end arts hotel is a welcome surprise.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stikwood's Peel-and-Stick Modern Wood Paneling

modern wood paneling
modern wood paneling
all photos by Doug Burke [courtesy of Stikwood]

And here I was thinking that wood paneling had gone the way of avocado kitchen appliances! Stikwood is a fresh and modern approach to the retro material we all love to hate, but what's most brilliant about it is that Stikwood isn't traditional wood paneling at all. It's a peel-and-stick product made of environmentally responsible solid wood planking that makes for a simple and economical room redo.

Designer Anne-Marie Barton has taken quite a liking to Stikwood, decking out a 160-acre Utah ranch (above) in the stuff. To add height to the bedroom of the Wolf Creek Ranch, Barton placed reclaimed whitewashed Stikwood vertically, while choosing a horizontal pattern of reclaimed light-toned planks to add texture to the family room.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tassel Tastic

tassel summer fashion
click the image icons to shop

The fringe trend is everywhere this season, and I kind of hate it. Too Western, too '90s, too...something. But tassels? Tassels are a whole different story! I know, I know: it's a minor distinction, but somehow the gathered tassel feels so much more refined than retro, haphazard fringe. 

This tassel love affair all sprung from my obsession with Isabel Marant's tasseled flat sandal (that perfect specimen on the bottom right), but it turns out there are loads of ways to indulge in tassels this summer. Click the image icons, and shop away!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Introducing Stokke Home: Scandinavian-Style Nurseries for Modern Bebes

stokke modern nursery
stokke modern nursery
stokke modern nursery
[all photos courtesy of Stokke Home]

Even if motherhood's a little ways off, it doesn't mean I can't appreciate some great kiddie design when it comes along. Brand new line Stokke Home just launched at Stokke.com and in the Boston area at Magic Beans. Featuring modular Scandinavian-style pieces that transform as your child grows, the line fits right in with my clean, modern, aesthetic. Because you know I'm not compromising on style once this hypothetical little one comes a long.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Midweek Covet: Steven Alan Time Traveler Watch

dual time watch

I've never worn a watch. Call me crazy, but the idea of wearing the same accessory on my wrist every single day seems tedious. Sure, I've admired the chunky rose gold timepieces of fashion-conscious friends, but I just never jumped on the bandwagon. Then, this beauty from Steven Alan popped up in my inbox and stopped me cold.

The Time Traveler Watch ($395) is pretty much the antithesis of the heavy metal watches we've been seeing. It's slim, sleek and perfectly simple, with it's gold-plated stainless steel body and smooth leather strap. Then, of course, there's the dual time settings (twin Japanese automatic movement, in case you care about that sort of thing).

I can see it now: No more counting backwards seven hours on my fingers to call friends and family back in Boston. See? It practically a necessity for expats like me!