i have been spotting malachite textiles in abundance in the past week alone. i am seriously spotting this design everywhere i go, no complaints here. remember this post where i was obsessed with Amanda Nisbet’s green fabric on an arm chair? well in case you do not here it is again.

this particular fabric is from Cole & Sons

it actually comes in several color ways, of which i also find fantastical.

a bit more mod. still dig it.

i also enjoy this color way. it’s very neutral, yet still a pattern.

eh… not my favorite. sorry cole & sons

i have come across malachite two times in the Holiday House NYC this year, actually 3 times to be fair. speaking of fair, i was speaking with Tobi Fairley (she designed a fabulous room for the holiday house – must see) and she was telling me she originally wanted to use the green malachite that Amanda Nisbet also used. Luckily, she opted out because the vestibule leading into her room has the exact green malachite print as wall coverings. (pardon, i do not have the name of the designer for this space yet but i assure you it looks amazing. much better than this)

this looks a bit chopped up and panel-y for my taste. I do not enjoy the seams in this wall covering, but i can appreciate the concept. i will be sure to photograph the space in the Holiday House that i was speaking of.

the other space that i spotted this stone like fabric was in Suzanne Eason’s room. loves it.

she used the Malakos line from Robert Allen Designs and i looove it in this color way. i don’t now if you can see it but she used a fuchsia welting and it warmed my tiny heart. Suzanne too was inspired by mah girl Amanda Nisbet. ps. her room is absolutely to die for – must see.

Robert Allen Designs also makes the Malakos fabric is several color ways.

green, similar to Cole & Sons but more of a strie look.

this is the fabric Suzanne Eason used and i give her major props for pulling this look off without a hitch.

now i just find this spooky. almost like “Scream” by Vincent Van Gogh

hickory chair has arrived with their own line of stone like fabric.

and so has Brett of Brett Design Inc.

okay, i get it. it’s now a trend. malachite is having a “moment” if you will. here are some other ways to apply this luxurious look to your space.

i do not know the designer of this space, but i adore the accent on the doors of the console. unexpectedly chic.

classic. malachite drapes. so fabulous. i could sip tea in this space with eloise (i’m sure she would make an exception since this space isn’t at the plaza)

did Amanda Nisbet’s chair come before this chair? is this like the chicken and the egg? well, whoever designed this first I vote Nisbet’s application as the winner. agree?

how do you feel about this malachite look?

would/how you incorporate this in your space?

don’t be scurred to talk to me my lovely fans.

Design , Fabric , Interior Design

Spring is in full bloom and I’ve caught the spring fever. One of my favorite things about spring is the fashion! I love, love, love pastels and all things preppy {reminder: I’m from the South}. Seersucker is probably my favorite spring trend in fashion, it always reminds me of the Kentucky Derby and it’s an all time classic. Even my grandfather {who is very dapper, might I add} has a full seersucker suit! It is a definite staple for the spring.

Seersucker was introduced during the British Colonial period to keep the British cooler in warm weather. When seersucker arrived to the United States, seersucker was mostly worn by Southern gentlemen in the south to stay cool in the humid climates. The fabric was originally worn by the poor in the U.S. until undergraduate students in the 1920s, in an air of reverse snobbery, began to wear the fabric. Now, I am no snob but let me tell you, there is nothing more handsome than a man in seersucker.

Seersucker isn’t only for men, ladies check out the cutest seersucker trends.

This blazer from j.crew is totally on my spring wish list.

bow ties. BOW!

so adorable. summer cocktail party invites! i wanna go to that party for sure.

these perfect shorts from j.crew is what I call a “two for” you get the seersucker AND embroidered anchors = total prep

love this Lily Pulitzer dress. {i adore dresses with pockets}

Seersucker one piece from j.crew, i should probably own this.

The original seersucker blue and white mens suiting. Tell me this isn’t dapper?

Must have sundress from Jessica Simpson sold at Nordstroms.

must. get. boyfriend. to wear these!

Shake it up a bit with a ladies seersucker suit!

Another “two for” sperrys AND seersucker = total prep move

I need this, you need this. We all need this chic wreath for the season. {i wish it were a necklace so i could wear it}

The best “two for” there is: Monogrammed Seersucker Swim Trunks. Is this a joke? Boyfriend will be getting a pair of these.

Are you a sucker for the seersucker?

all images via my pinterest 

Fabric , Fashion , Favorites , Spring

I am loving all things polka dot, per usual. I find that my new found love for bows go quite perfectly together with polka dots. My mission is to pair the perfect outfit that incorporates both bows and polka dots! Dots are a great way to add whimsy to your look.

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Color , Fabric

tribal trend.

I have been spotting this tribal trend for some time now and I feel like it’s my social duty to report on it. Tribal prints, shapes, patterns and colors are all the rage right now. For both interiors and fashion, tribal is making an appearance and that’s one party I want to attend.


 

 


Color , Fabric , Fashion , Favorites , Must Haves

As a blogger, I obviously follow other like-minded blogs. I definitely have my favorites, my “go-to’s,” blogs that I highly respect for various reasons. So I am going to share my list my top 5 favorite interior decorating  blogs.

Interior Decorating Blogs:

5. Habitually Chic

I really enjoy reading Habitually Chic, 1. because its chic… habitually. and 2. they have great tweets. The blog’s author, Heather Clawson, is “a young stylish interior designer living in New York City”, like myself.

Habitually Chic describes themselves as:

“As a stylish young interior designer living and working in New York City, I am constantly surrounded by habitually chic people, places and things. I hope you enjoy my musings on art, architecture, design, fashion, photography, books, events, and everything else habitually chic!”

4. Material Girls

Material Girls is unique because it features design inspiration from coast to coast. The blog has contributors from Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and New York. Three words: Count. Me. In.

First, I am from Houston so I love that (Dallas… we will give you the benefit of the doubt), I live in New York, I want to move to Chicago and Los Angeles is like an exotic land to me. As you can tell I have a strong adoration for this blog.

Intrigued? Want to know more? Here is more about the girls, from the girls themselves.

Here is some tidbit’s on the contributors themselves. I don’t know if its the chic graphics that I love about these bio’s or what, but it certainly is creative!



Check this blog out if you are looking for a variety of styles from super stylish ladies.

3. The Neo-Traditionalist by Katie Armour

I love this blog for a multitude of reasons. Personally, I love Katie’s style and pretty much everything she blogs about. The Neo-Traditionalist blog has a very simple yet chic layout and design. I look to her blog for inspiration as it is very luxe. Since her entrance into the blog world in June 2009, Katie’s editorial eye has been recognized by Glamour Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Lonny Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Refinery29 and more.

Katie has her own manifesto, to which I cannot say that I disagree with.


2. Apartment Therapy

Yes, It is a little cliche but it still is the interior design blog mecca. With about one million visitors per day along with a top selling book, Apartment Therapy: Big Book of Small Spaces, this blog tops the charts with both hits but info on pretty much everything you need to know about anything. Apartment Therapy discusses everything from decor to recipes to smart homes.

The Apartment Therapy Mission:

Apartment Therapy also features their own blogs from Green Living to Children.

Apartment Therapy is be all and end all of decorating blog’s. Be sure to check it out, if you haven’t done so yet!

1. Design*Sponge

Design*Sponge is my number one choice for top blog. It is not as popular or well known as Apartment Therapy, yet. This humble blog’s lead blogger, Grace Bonney, introduced the blog in 2004 when blog’s were just becoming familiar. Bonney is completely self made after she gained recognition for teaching a twelve part series on collections at the New York Public Library. Today she has more than 90,000 daily visitors and is publishing her first book, forwarded by Jonathan Adler!

Here is Grace Bonney’s personal bio:

As well as blogging with her team, Design*Sponge features a column called BizLadies which is a tutorial on how to make it in the blogosphere. These weekly columns are written by Grace herself from her own knowledge that she has collected over the years. I consider these a must read!

Don’t forget to pre-order the new Design*Sponge book!

Fabric

I love color, I will admit that I don’t wear too much color but I love being surrounded by colorful things and I definitely kick up my wardrobe with color by accessorizing. I mean ’tis the season for color. Right? Be bold. Be Bright. Oh, and don’t forget to let your freak flag fly!

I know that @katespade has a campaign this season for living colorfully but this is my version, or remix.

1. Colour Block Tube Dress with Belt 2. Lala Berlin Striped Cashmere-Wool Sweater 3. Current/Elliott Boyfriend Short 4. Havaianas Pearlized Flip 5. Vintage Brass is Always Greener Handbag 6. Orange Pony Knuckle Box Clutch 7. cut to the chase bib necklace 8. Graham Triple Strand Wrap Caribbean Sea 9. Red mixed keeper belt 10. Ue Wayfarer Sunglasses 11. Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color 12. stila cosmetics – eye shadow pans in compact 13. Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy 14. eos Lemon Drop with SPF 15 Lip Balm Sphere 15. Sweet Pea – Fragrance – Bath & Body Works 16. Essie ‘Summer 2011 Collection’ Mini 4-Pack Summer 2011 One Size 17. Buy Cath Kidston Provence Rose Cosmetics Bag

Color , Fabric , Fashion , Favorites

This weekend I caught one of my favorite episodes of Sex and the City, American Girl in Paris. Ah, don’t you remember the fashion!? That is one of the reasons I like these episodes so much, each outfit is literally spot on. I put my wardrobe jealousy aside and fixated my energy on luxe looks in polka dots (inspired by Carrie’s  polka dot look).

Here is a look that is acheivable and wearable for your work wardrobe. The tailored look makes it work appropriate and the vibrant colors will help you stay awake on Monday morning.

1. Splendid Polka-dot voile blouse 2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pleated wool-blend mini skirt 3. Penny Loves Kenny Tetra – Orange Fus 4. Bayswater Winter White Croc Nappa Leather 5. Devon Leigh Coin Pearl Adjustable Bib Necklace 6. kate spade new york ‘idiom’ ultra thin enamel bangle Desert Rose/ Gold 7. Gurhan ‘Constellation’ Medium Diamond Bangle Gold Medium 8. kate spade new york ‘idiom’ thin enamel bangle Desert Rose/ Gold 9.Dogeared Textured Circle Diamond Earrings, Gold 10. Cream Patent Bow Elastic Belt 11. Tom Ford Rhonda Nude Oversize sunglasses

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