7.12.2009

shoes wisely

i love all of these...

for the geometric forms and ribbons of the Yves Saint Laurent Cage Heels:
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ysl cage heels


for the summer-y sorbet hues of these Woodhull Mary Janes from Anthropologie.com:

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for the sheer sass of these Christian Louboutin paola lace ankle boots:
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for the romantic allure of these Nina Ricci ruffle peep-toe pumps:

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for the feminine peep-toe take on these opening ceremony w12 lattice oxfords:
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6.11.2009

Latest Obsession

Chairs.

I can't get enough of 'em!

Modern, sleek, plastic, whatever they are--

I'm obsessed with looking at them and have to constantly wipe the drool off my chin when I explore what stores on the interwebs have to offer.

Hey, some people look at porn, and some people look at chairs*. To each their own.

Anyway, here are my latest obsessions. I can't be held responsible for your malfunctioning typepad after you look at these--might I suggest a ready napkin or plastic keyboard cover?

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The Gus Modern Oliver Dining Chair

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The Blu Dot Buttercup Rocker

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Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman (of course...)

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Mr. Impossible Chair by Philippe Starck

...and my favorite (and probable cause of future bankruptcy):
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Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck


*Note: I have, on occasion, been known to look at porn, too. I guess I'm just the pot that Goldilocks chose.

Apartment Therapy

It's been a while...

I finally moved and am nearly done decorating my new digs. If I had the means, I would probably never be done decorating, but at this point, I've gone way over my budget and feel pretty content!

Anyway, I came early one day to paint the walls.

I chose Behr Rhythmic Blue for the dining/living area and kitchen. It's a light, almost Robin's egg blue that goes really well with both the dark wood on the kitchen cabinets and table and the cement loft ceiling.

For the bedroom wall behind my bed, I chose Behr Squash. It's a really outstanding gold/yellow tone that really worked out better than I expected.

I'm still thinking of painting the bathroom, but I have yet to decide on a color. I have a can of mint green I bought forever ago, but I'm not in love with it. I'm thinking I might go with a deeper green shade--like a grass color.

Anyway, pictures to follow...

4.20.2009

a lady of modern means and a vintage heart

my lovely friend, l., who also happens to be a design goddess, is making me a pair of silhouettes for my new apartment. we were searching for appropriate oval frames for said silhouettes, when i came upon this showroom in l.a.: woodson and rummerfield's house of design

i fell in love and think they hit the nail on my head with this style--many of these rooms incorporate hunter chic and the vintagey-look. they call it "modage"--modern & vintage. i am trying to figure out a way to make my walls look like they do in any of these rooms. i love the color schemes, too:

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4.09.2009

Only In Dreams

by now, you've probably heard about the themed hotel trend. there's the one in the converted jail, the one underwater, and the one made out of ice, etc. BUT, as of 2007, there has been a particularly peculiar one on the scene: Propeller Island City Lodge in Berlin. now, i understand the idea of turning lodging into an art form, but does it really make people want to stay there? take a look at some pictures of the rooms, and you be the judge.

welcome to our hotel. perhaps you like to try our floating bed room:
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or maybe the great escape?:
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no, not interested? do you like thinking you're upside down when you sleep?:
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perhaps coffins would suit you better?:
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or maybe a mine shaft-like experience would be your preference?:
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4.08.2009

mistakes on a celebrity scale

can we talk about this?:

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mandy moore and ryan adams get married? i'm shocked, SHOCKED! also, what is with that hair?

everything's better in mini

two of my co-workers had babies within the past month. one of them brought her new pup by the office friday, which spread baby fever among the office ladies. for her baby shower gift, i purchased a winnie the pooh "starter kit" from target without giving much thought to it...

but then, the other day, i passed by the window of janie & jack, a children's clothing store that can be found in your local upscale mall. some of the pieces caught my eye, which got me thinking about baby couture. i used to assume that you dressed babies in whatever was the easiest to wash, but i've become increasingly interested in stylin' spawn. so, while i am not looking into fertilizing these eggs anytime soon, i am interested in the concept of my children in my head and how i might dress my little dolls.

ladies and gentlemen, the year 2030:

julian will rock ralph lauren:
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bowtie. definitely.

jane will look smashing in this smock dress by janie & jack and best & co. vintage cashmere cardigan:

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edgar will eat your heart out in this hartford cardigan and Dolce and Gabbana loafers:

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simone will be tickled in this tammy donohoe baby-sized jacket and stuffed elephant ensemble:
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lastly, cecile will be phenomenal in this phillip lim coat, dress, and stockings:

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...and let's not forget the family dog, sir thomas paddingforth, in his tartan vest:
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(note: now that i've written this entry, i'm kind of freaked out about how well i actually have this all planned.)

3.25.2009

imma goin' huntin' for some delicious decor

i believe what new york does best is ambience. there are many dining establishments to be found in the east village and otherwise that stress their theme through every plate, drape, and crate.

now, i do not live in nyc (i leave that to my more fabulous friends e-rock and c-dawg), but i have visited many times--enough times to have chosen favorites, anyway.

one of my favorite of favorites is freeman's. okay, the short is that i've only eaten here twice, but the long is that i think it is gorge malorge and, other than the norweigen apartment i displayed in an earlier post, is my runner-up for the inspiration behind the design i am planning for my new digs.

i like to refer to freeman's style of decor as "hunter chic". it looks like a turn-of-the-century hunting lodge minus the bad red-checkered fleece and amateur bear-themed oil paintings.

par example:
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some things i found in our neck of the woods (urban outfitters, etsy) that could help create this at home:

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handmade (faux!) bear rug on etsy

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antlers as hooks


but the coup de gras:

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i love how that chandelier would look with whitewashed walls and nice hardwood floors.

anyway, i found this website that has select items that, if used appropriately (note: not the antler toilet paper holder), can help create the hunter chic affect.

go forth!

3.20.2009

The Witching Hour

If you've been to The Violet Hour, then you know how lovely it is decorated. From the velvety curtains to the hanging chandeliers to the wall molding, the place is a feast for the eyes.

some pictures from some michael robinson guy and the violet hour website:

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i've been looking for a new couch lately, and i stumbled across this rehabbed vintage couch:

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i love the high-back trend. question: who wants to donate $2000 to my couch fund?

3.18.2009

"sane people don't wake up one day and decide they're going to kidnap the most famous entertainer in the world"

in case you haven't heard this yet, i'm posting it for easy access.

this episode of this american life, "plan b" is about, what else, but people's plan b when a doesn't work out. the whole episode is pretty good, in general, but the story of the man who tried to kidnap frank sinatra, jr. is really the kicker.

it starts around 27:00.

3.17.2009

smoke-and-mirrors boots

"A canvas panel hides in plain sight behind shiny leather to create a magically sleek, calf-high pair rife with texture and interest."

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i want them. on sale from $428 to $300--that still breaks the bank.

from anthropologie

jeg elske denne leilighet

i am obsessed with this girl from norway's apartment. i know that black walls are intense, but i think she keeps with the theme well enough to pull them off. of course, part of the reason this all looks so great is that her apartment has phenomenal bones. that molding! those high ceilings!

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as you might guess, i have been ebay/etsy/google searching "gilded mirror" and "antique candelabra" for my own new digs come june. 'course i'm not going to go overboard and buy a piano or anything (after i considered the weight issue), but i am using this as a reference point.

taken from apartment therapy. click link for the full post.

3.16.2009

An Open Letter to Karen O.

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Dear Karen,

May I call you Karen? I figured I could drop the "O." since I've been up, down, backwards, and forwards in obsession with you.

You see, Karen, in college, I cut my hair, sported fingerless gloves, and wore fishnet stockings with holes in them just to be like you. I dressed like you for Halloween. Guess what. No one knew I was dressed up! Ha, Karen! LOL, Karen! I saw you in concert numerous times...what's that, Karen? You didn't see me? That's too bad. My college self would be very distraught.

I even came thisclose to getting that same damn tattoo. Thank goodness I didn't, Karen! You know why?

YOUR NEW ALBUM SUCKS!!

That's right. And to be honest, I didn't mean to hurt your feelings writing it all in caps with that gratuitous extra exclamation point. I guess I just got a little carried away.

Look, Kar, it's not the worst album ever made. I'm sure some people love select disco-y dance numbers (even though newcomers MGMT are doing it better). It's just that you set the bar so high! Everything leading up to it was promising--I loved "Show Your Bones". The EP released a bit before this album, "Is Is", was fantastic.

So, what happened? Nick's licks are mere tongue flutters. The lyrics are dry and one-dimensional. "Off with your head, d-d-dance 'til you're dead"? Puh-lease. And those fluffy, soft, sloooooow songs? Boring with a capital B! Talents aside, I'm annoyed that I paid full price for half an album--why does it consist of half original material and half acoustic covers of the same songs?

I really thought my month would be made with this new album. Back and forth from work--who doesn't like a little sugar in their CD player to make the endless traffic loosen its grip on their sanity?

Signed,

Your EX EX bff M.

"It's Blitz" album cover via yeahyeahyeahs.com:
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