Thursday, June 30, 2011
As much as I love them, I don't think I have the patience, energy or budget to have stripes painted in my new apartment. But I was thinking that maybe I could handle them in the bathroom. Black and white seems to be a popular choice as seen by Stephen Shubel, above who used them twice. I love the yellow although that color won't work in my space, the teal blue shade could be a contender. I definitely see some paint samples in my future.
J.Crew Collection store in Lonny
Alessandra Branca via Elle Decor
John Learner via Elle Decor
Jamie Creel via Elle Decor
Leslie Klotz via House Beautiful
Krista Ewart via Domino Book of Decorating
Joe Nye via House Beautiful
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I've received so many lovely comments and emails about my upcoming move but one reader from Amsterdam took things a bit further. She emailed me photos to prove that you can live chicly in a studio. Marijke Beumer is an interior designer in The Netherlands and lives in a beautiful studio that she decorated herself. She has not only made me realize that I have a lot to live up to but has me absolutely desperate to paint stripes on my new walls. Her website isn't up yet but I expect good things to come from this talented designer. I also want to know what came in all those Hermes boxes! Chic indeed!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
In between changing my address everywhere and fighting with Time Warner Cable about why as an existing customer I don't qualify for Triple Play, I am mentally redecorating my new apartment. What's funny is that I think the owner chose me to rent the place the minute I told him that I was an interior designer. He owns a company that works on high end commercial projects and we have a lot in common. He has already joked that he thinks that I am going to make it so nice that he's going to want it back. I hope he's joking. Note to self: do not invite him over after it's finished.
I'm still inspired by Tori Mellott's apartment that was featured in Domino magazine. While I don't think I want to paper the walls, I do love the color scheme. I plan to keep my new apartment neutral with some pops of color such as my blue French chair and patterned pillows. I also can't wait to rearrange my art and create a new gallery wall above my sofa. Packing it up made me realize just how much I own.
I'll have a lot more wall space for art and look forward to creating new compositions. I still love this Jonathan Adler designed room and might be inspired to hang art lower in my new apartment.
I currently have a small wood coffee table but I really want a glass and brass to replace it. They seem to be harder to find than I thought, at least in my price range, so maybe I push two smaller tables together like Grant K. Gibson. I keep hearing that Fig trees don't do well in New York but I definitely want to add some greenery.
I'm moving from a long and narrow one bedroom apartment into a wider studio. In all the years I've lived in New York, I've never lived in a studio so concealing or at least taking the focus off the bed will be an interesting challenge. Tori Mellott separated her old studio with an Ikea bookcase. I'll have to see if I have room for one after I get everything arranged.
Lizzie Baily also separated her living and sleeping areas with a bookcase as seen in Lonny magazine. What I also like is that she skirted her desk. I have been thinking about doing the same after I move. I will then be able to hide my printer and files.
Lonny editor in chief Michelle Adams also had a skirted desk in one of her old apartment.
Grant K. Gibson devoted an entire post to the skirted work table in his apartment. Since my mother sews, I'm hoping I can talk her into making one for me while I'm visiting next week.
Grant hides a lot under his skirted table including a printer on a rolling stand.
I've already been scoping out bar carts online too. I love Deborah Needleman's and hope there is room for one since my kitchen is a little too small for mixing drinks.
I already bought a tortoise shell ice bucket that I found at Aero which will look great on a bar cart.
Since my kitchen is small and close to the entrance, I will have to decorate it as well. I have been wanting to mirror a backsplash for a while and this might be the perfect place. I've always loved this one that I saw in House Beautiful. The mirrors definitely expand the space.
Here is another mirrored backsplash as seen in Lonny magazine. I also own those bamboo folding chairs that will come in handy for guests. Since I barely cook anymore, I want to cover the kitchen floor with a sisal rug.
In the other shot of Tori Mellott's living room, you can see that she has her television sitting on a dresser. My television armoire served me well for years but I decided it was time to also find a chic dresser for my television.
I have a rule of not buying new things for a new apartment until you move your existing pieces. I've gone overboard with excitement before and ended up with too much furniture but I did buy one piece. I've been wanting a marble top dresser for television display and found a fabulous John Widdicomb one online for $250. I couldn't even find a new dresser for that price and can't wait to see it.
What sold me on it was the top drawer with separate compartments that will be perfect for jewelry since it locks with a key. Or I could always organize all my office supplies.
The one thing that I will miss about my old apartment in my bedroom. It was a lovely robin's egg blue color that that was so relaxing after a crazy day in New York. I'm hoping that my entire new apartment will now be a relaxing retreat instead. I can't wait to get in there to start decorating for real!
Monday, June 27, 2011
The Domino Book of Decorating continues to top the list of best selling home decorating books and I have no doubt that former editor in chief Deborah Needleman's new book will also be a big hit. The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well is billed as "the must-have guide describing 80 items that are all one needs for a livable, comfortable, and undeniably stylish home." It's too bad that we have to wait to buy the book illustrated by Virginia Johnson until November 1st. Guess I'll have to make due with my back of issues of Domino magazine in the meantime.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
I have absolutely no hand eye coordination so I'm terrible at racket sports but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy watching them. Wimbledon at The All England Club is always a favorite each year. As a tradition, the players are required to wear white but some of the outfits this year have gotten a little out of control. I'm not quite sure what Serena Williams is wearing but it doesn't look nearly as chic as some of these ensembles. I'm sure the ladies are happy they no longer have to wear stockings but I wouldn't mind if the men brought back those short shorts. I bet more people would watch if they did!
William Tilden and Rene Lacoste
The Duke of York at Wimbledon 1926
Not sure of the names of these two ladies but I love this photo!
Helen Wills Moody
Jimmy Connors and Chris Everet
Helen Wills Moody and Helen Jacobs
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club