Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Modern, Minimalist New York Apartment by Decor Aid

gray mod sofa
coffee table styling
modern breakfast nook
all photos courtesy of Decor Aid

Having launched in Boston (and several other cities) earlier this year, interior design firm Decor Aid is spreading like wildfire by passing trade-only discounts on to clients, and I'm liking what I see! This family apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side combines easy mid-century style with just a touch of glam, plus a cool, neutral palette that lets the view take center stage.

The original interior featured outdated, mismatched furnishings and an overall gloomy aesthetic that didn't take advantage of the apartment's abundant natural light. Like many mothers, the client wanted a kid-friendly, yet sophisticated, family home that would be uncluttered and serene. She asked Decor Aid to create distinct spaces that would coexist, allowing her to relax or work while keeping an eye on the kids.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cooler in Culottes

culottes street style
photo by Vanessa Jackman

I'm finally back from Italy, and I'm feeling inspired. Not by Italian fashion, mind you, but by the style of so many Asian tourists. It's true: from Venice to Florence to Rome, the Asian girls were killing it, and they were all wearing culottes. Seriously... all of them.

Call them what you will—culottes, gauchos, palazzo pants—but it took dozens of stylish Asian tourists to prove to me that wide, cropped pants can look as awesome on petite girls like me as they do on model types. I snagged a pair for myself on my last day in Rome, and I've rounded up a bunch more for you below. Just click to shop!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Architect Achille Salvagni’s Rome Apartment

all photos by Eric Laignel [via Interior Design magazine]

Guess what? I'm in Italy! You may not be hearing from me much in the next couple of weeks as I eat my way through Venice, Florence, Tuscany and Rome, but take a look at this to-die-for Roman apartment in the meantime. Renovated and decorated by architect Achille Salvagni for his most exacting clienthimself—the apartment combines modern art and furnishings with antique family heirlooms.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Tiffany 2016 Blue Book Collection: The Art of Transformation

earrings of cushion cut tanzanites with fish of round diamonds and blue caprian elbaite tourmalines ($50,000) / octopus brooch of a baroque pearl with round diamonds and sapphires ($155,000) / cuff of round diamonds ($275,000)

Following up on last year's "Art of the Sea" theme, the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Collection turns its attention to the wider natural world for 2016. Dubbed "The Art of Transformation," this year's Blue Book once again plumbs the depths of the ocean with watery blue and green jewels, then returns to shore with decadent diamonds in earth tones.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Leather in Marquetry by Loewe

Loewe leather marquetry

I'm still catching up on the news from Milan last week, but one thing is clear: Fashion houses killed it at Salone del Mobile. Between the Marni Ballhaus Colombian collection, Berluti's dressing stations, and inspiring presentations by Nike, Tod's and COS, there were plenty of fashion/design crossovers to go around. My favorite? The Marquetry in Leather collection by Lowe with its modern take on traditional craft.

Led by Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson, the collection involved laying colorful fragments of leather onto furniture for a painterly effect with varying textures. This painstaking marquetry process is informed by traditional bookbinding and woodworking and can be seen in the video below. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Colored Glass is Having a Moment at Salone del Mobile

iridescent tables kukka
iridescent tables kukka
iridescent tables kukka
Spectra collection by Kukka Studio

Just two days into Salone del Mobile 2016, and colored glass is already proving to be a major trend at Milan's annual orgy of furniture and home design. Some of the design world's superstars are making their marks with the material, as is a fellow Israeli who's won my heart with her luminescent tables.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spring Stripes

spring stripes fashion
clockwise from top left: dress / pants / ruffle top / sweater / espadrilles / one shoulder top /  flounce top & skirt / watch / swimsuit 

The bolder the better for stripes this springhorizontal, vertical and every which way. Not a classic Breton shirt in sight! Click the photo captions to shop, and scroll through more striped options in the widget below.