Thursday, June 28, 2012

Louis Vuitton Shirt Window Display

I came across this new Louis Vuitton window display last week. It is full of paper 'starched shirts' folded just like you would see them in a store.

There is a men's version that is simple, with a pointed collar and also displayed in a pointed formation.



I don't generally walk to the other side of the store to see if the window is different but this time I did and found a women's version on a bright yellow background.


The formation and the shape of the collar is rounded and this has a more intricate pattern on it.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fabric Hoarding

I've been at it again, I've been fabric shopping.  I found a new store and I'm very excited.

I purchased a bag at the Limited last winter and started using it in February and it lasted until May before it started falling apart. I might have bought it for 40% off but that doesn't mean it should only last 4 months. Super junky. So....I decided to make a bag of my own and started scouting for leathers. I'm a vegetarian so it was strange to shop for hides but I promised to name mine so I feel a little better. Plus, it's best to use all the animal if you're going to kill it anyway so I'm helping out {right?}.  They had a whole table of hides for $49.99 each - apparently they started out at $50 but people were rushing the table and snatching them all up since they thought they cost $5 each.  That would have been very funny to see first hand....

It's entirely possible that the bright gold piece came home with me for a tote bag or maybe this.


This gunmetal and fuschia are for my bag - the fuschia is for the lining.  I'm still trying to figure out exactly what style so I've been pinning all sorts of bags that I like in order to select one as sewing inspiration {or inspiration for someone else to sew if I'm being honest}.


I loved this green 'alligator' velvet fabric.


And they have a giant bin full of buttons!  It's about 8' long by 4' wide so it's pretty huge.  I'm not sure why this bin makes me so happy since I have no intention of ever buying any.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thrifting :: Tuesday Morning Edition

I haven't posted thrift store photos in a while so I thought I'd put some of the latest up. Just because I'm not posting about going doesn't mean I'm not looking. I don't need anything so I've been trying not to go though.

This dresser is nice.  If I bought it I'd paint it and change out the hardware - or at least change the hardware.


I like this cute little swiveling cane stool - and actually the side table/night stand next to it. 


A terrible photo of a beautiful mid-century dresser.  It was in great shape I love the simple, angular hardware.


Remember my carpet posts from last week?  I kind of want this rug.  It needs a good cleaning but it is probably large enough to fill a room {8x10}.  I walked away but I think about it a lot.


They had rolls of fabric for really reasonable prices.  They were all really traditional but not exciting traditional - although toile is nice.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Salt Body Scrub

I've been out of my favorite salt scrub for a while now and really noticed the difference. I generally buy a scrub that is made in California and cured on a hillside in Sebastapol, California {which, incidentally, if you say fast sounds like Basketball California}. It costs $40 to buy and have shipped which is pricey but it is all natural and has no preservatives and is the only thing I buy that actually works on my cranky skin.  The last batch I bough was described as peach and floral scented and when I got it and used it, I smelled like a hippie.  All I could smell was patchouli so I would have to go to work and apologize about smelling so badly, but it was so expensive I couldn't bear to not use it.

I've been trying to do more saving than spending lately and there are recipes all over the internet to make your own so I decided to try making one myself.  A few years ago I tried one that was olive oil and sugar and I smelled like a salad all day and the sugar in the shower attracted ants which was not what I had intended.  Plus it didn't work all that great.

I looked at the recipes out there and then decided to do my own thing {since, obviously that has worked so well in the past}.  This roughly translated to:

1. Fill container with sea salt.
2. Add coconut oil in small amounts stirring well in between until all the salt is covered.
3. Add essential oils of your choice.  Only a few drops it would probably work best to smell after each couple of drops are added.

Notice how I put only a few drops in bold?  That is because I got overly excited when adding my peppermint oil and now the scrub I made smells like Wrigley's Double Mint gum.  It feels perfect though.


Next time I plan on adding shea butter since it fixes all skin problems {it even gets rid of eczema and that gross baby dandruff} and I'll bake it on the front porch on a sunny day. It's almost the same as a hillside in California, right?

Plus, smelling like a pack of gum is infinitely better than smelling like patchouli {which I might add was nowhere in the product description}.  If you are interested in the store bought one it was from here, I've generally had good luck with the chocolate, mint and sex on the beach scrubs, just don't get the one called sumthing nice, or was it sumthing naughty?  Whatever they named it, I call it sumthing gross

If you want to make your own, there are plenty of recipes out there like this one but substitute refined coconut oil {or unrefined if you want it to smell coconutty} for olive oil - see the aforementioned salad reference. 

Here is a good recipe if you need actual numbers in order to make one.  It has sugar and salt so make it if you dare or are sure you have no ants in a 30 mile radius.

These shea butter scrub cubes seem great, but I'd modify it to make it more simple.

I have a ton more on my DIY pinterest page.  Does anyone have a recipe they swear by?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Naja Utzon Popov Carpets

A couple of days ago I posted about my desire for a carpet that isn't used as a kitty skateboard. This carpet by Naja Utzon Popov {seen at this year's ICFF} is also on my dream carpet list. It's made of wool from New Zealand {which is where you want your wool from, not a place with rainy and dry seasons.  This is why cheap wool carpets shed a lot, the change from wet to dry climate makes the wool brittle in spots and likely to break}.

These carpets are sculpted wool so the edges of all the fuschia leaves are carved by hand and I believe some also have silk. I did take some time to pet the carpet and it was super soft.


So beautiful.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Barneys New York - Explosive Lanvin Window

I always like to stop by Barneys New York to see what the window elves are up to {also to snap a photo and send it to someone letting him know that I am near Barneys and he is not - not that I ever go inside}.

Sometimes the window displays are creepy and sometimes I enjoy them but I'm always up for a look.  This window display was interesting with lots of movement {also found nearby at Christian Louboutin's boutique}.

Another common theme I have been finding in windows lately is that they not only used multiple windows to tell a story but that if you aren't looking at the windows from far away or if you were walking in the wrong direction they are difficult to understand.  To get the story you have to step back and take in adjacent windows like below.


The brick wall is exploding and the bricks are flying toward the very calm looking mannequins to the right.



Alber Elbaz {who the window was designed to commemorate} is standing calmly watching these less calm looking mannequins tumble about.  Is the one in red smizing?


This rotating dress has also seemed to explode up out of the ground {and if I'm remembering correctly, down in the "pit" are glowing embers}.  It's really hard to see the dress in this photo but it's black and under the shiny clear plastic thing that seems to be floating in air.


If you'd like to see more images of this window and a video on how it is made, check out The Window or this New York Times article.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Amy Helfan Carpets

In my dream world where I can have everything I want, I would have a new carpet. I currently use carpet squares which, if I had a normal pet would be wonderful. Unfortunately my cat pulls the squares apart, eats the tape used to hold them together, and then uses them as flying carpets to slide around the room.


One of these beautiful carpets from Amy Helfand, seen at this year's ICFF, would fit the bill perfectly and look so nice with my newly upholstered sofa.  Silk and wool carpets are my absolute favorite carpets on earth.  The silk looks and feels amazing and the wool grounds the carpet {you can see the shimmery color of the silk in the blues above}.  Sadly for my living room, these carpets generally cost more than my car did, so it will have to go on my "if I win the lottery list".

I can dream, can't I?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

SONO Caffeine

This isn't as much a restaurant or hotel interior post as I like to do on Tuesdays, it's more a chair post.  I was in the New York Tri-State area last week and of course had to find a coffee place to stop at and settled upon a place called Caffeine.  I love that they are up front about why people are coming in.

And I found this chair.


A low armed tortoise shell bamboo chair with caning.  And it was on wheels!  While I wasn't enamored with the area, there are two great places to visit if you happen to find yourself in South Norwalk, CT - SONO Caffeine and Chocopologie

The only sad thing about the trip was that I had a list of places I wanted to visit but wound up leaving the house more than 2 hours later than I had intended so this was the only stop I made.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Kips Bay Showhouse - Coral Corridor

Another one of my favorite places at the Kips Bay Showhouse was a simple corridor leading to the children's bedroom by Andrew Tedesco Studios.  It's simple, graphic, and colorful.


Here's how you can incorporate some of these ideas into your own space.



Lucite Light Switch cover - Forbes & Lomax
Chalkboard Paint - Hudson Paint.  Benjamin Moore has some chalkboard paint as well or you can make your own if you wish.
Wall Paint - Mythic Paint in Orange Nasturtium
Door Handle - Omnia Industries
Stencil - Anemone Grande from Cutting Edge Stencils, paint your own or use a wall sticker.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Knoll - Petal Table

Keeping with the outdoor theme of this week's ICFF posts I'm posting this little outdoor Petal Table by Richard Schultz for Knoll. I really like the shape of the top and think it would work well in many spaces.


Is it a terrible thing to say that I would love it even more than I do with a less complicated and leggy base?  I'm not saying it's out of the running for me, I'm just saying that would make me happier.

What do you think?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

J. Crew - Connect the Dots Window Display

Here's another simple and graphic window display by J. Crew.  The lining of the cardboard tubes - either outside or in - reflects the colors of the outfits on the mannequins.


It's possible I have that polka-dotted sleeveless shirt.  It's also possible that I felt slightly ripped off when I bought it.  I have resolved to learn to sew clothing.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Marka Moderna


I am in love with these Marka Moderna chairs I saw at the ICFF.  They are loungy,  cheerfully colored and have speed stripes!  They come in solid and perforated metal but I like that the perforated metal would allow some air to circulate, especially if you are sitting on metal on a hot summer day.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fashion King - Set Design

Saying I only watched Fashion King for the set design kind of makes me feel like a guy who swears he only reads Playboy for the articles. But I'm serious...really.  I have to admit having a strong stomach for bad movies.  When my sister and I were young, we would get the tv guide that came in the paper and look for 2 star movies to watch.  So, despite being warned off repeatedly by others, I was in for the long haul on this one.  After finally finishing it, I wouldn't recommend that anyone else actually waste the time to see it but the reviews are fun to read.  The most accurate one reads {and I loosely quote}, "watch this drama if you are stuck on a plane for 20 hours and feel like being angry for 15 of them."

Watching the first few episodes I kept thinking I should know where they were shooting the show and then I saw the doors.  I don't pay too much attention to Tory Burch {I feel like she has giant logos on everything and I'm not into that} but I do like the interior of this store.


Apparently the upstairs of the Seoul store was made to look like her apartment.  I really like the orange lacquer everywhere and the lattice pattern on the railings.




There's also the sitting room with the purple and white which gives your eye a rest from all the orange.  These sofas magically changed half-way through the show from the darker purple with white trim to a white with purple stripes. I think I prefer the lighter sofas.




Some of her sketches even make it into a few shots.


As a side note, I kept wondering why they were all talking into their iPads, but it turns out Samsung makes giant smartphones now.  My phone is the same flip phone the main character used when he was poor....it seems to make appearances now and then in different dramas so it must be the director recycling phones.


On the first show I was thinking the phones were hugely oversized and awkward like Zac's phone below.  After seeing them a few times and thinking about it, they make sense.  You can't really do anything comfortably with a tiny iPhone so a larger one would be so much nicer.

via Huffington Post

Was anyone else silly enough to follow this whole drama?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Kips Bay Showhouse - Thom Filicia

I know it's taken me three weeks to get my Kips Bay photos together and online but here is the first room.  This was my favorite room in all of the Kips Bay Showhouse and it was a pass-through space by Thom Filicia.  I have to admit to not knowing much about him other than seeing him now and again on that show he was on a long time ago and that he has a line of fabrics at Kravet that I always want to use for myself.


The room coordinates beautifully with both the adjacent room and adjacent corridor {not really with the entry or other room but 2 out of 4's not bad}.  The colors are dark and dramatic but the high gloss ceiling and the white accents add places for the eye to rest.

The puddling drapery framing the openings to the adjacent rooms looks more elegant with the wide band of silk on the leading and bottom edges.




The fabrics, carpet and most of the furniture and accessories are from Thom Filicia's own line for Safavieh which, while not crazy expensive, is fairly high in price.  So, as promised, I prepared a more affordable look inspired by this room.



Fabric: Manlius Teal by Thom Filicia for Kravet and Thai Silk Dupioni by Vogue Fabrics {silk is very easy to find locally}
Chair: Fleming Chair by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.  Some barrel cane chairs painted white would also fit well in this space.
Paint: Cat's Eye by Benjamin Moore or Shamrock Shores by Mythic Paint
Console: Peek-a-Boo Clear Console by CB2
Light: Glo Pendant by Z Gallerie
Framed Sketches: Albert Hadley or use some from your favorite designer.  You can always draw or trace your own.
Round Table: Silverado Round Table by CB2
Botanical Print: Educational Print by Vintage Printables

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Christian Louboutin - Swim Club Window Display

I probably should have taken a video because this Madison Avenue Christian Louboutin window display moves!  The shoes spin around like a very slow pinwheel.  I love the simplicity of this window without the spinning shoes but the spinning makes sense in this window and I think it makes this simple window display a bit more exciting.



I had to Photoshop myself out of the whole left side of this picture.  The sunlight was so bright I had to get close to block it and I guess I got too close.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sancal - Tea Chair

I hadn't heard of Sancal before this year's visit to the ICFF, but fell in love with this little Tea chair.


The shape is perfect and I really like the quilted honeycomb pattern of the fabric. 


I managed to get my feet in a lot of pictures on this trip so you may see them here and there when I don't feel like Photoshopping them out.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ana Romero Textiles

I love this beautiful patterns by of the Ana Romero Collection I found at this year's ICFF.  Sold as pillows and other accessories, this fabric is some of the nicest silk I have come across in a while.


I love the chevron stripe in the pink and the pattern made into wallpaper for the booth.  I would love to see these patterns sold as fabric by the yard some day and was I was told it was a possibility for the future.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Thoughts About Design & A Great Color Combination

I spotted this door near the garment district a few weeks ago and love the retro feel of this color combination.


Starting Monday, I will be posting my pictures of the Kip's Bay Showhouse.  It was okay this year but very "New York decorator" leaning.  This is fine but not as much a style I'm drawn to as other styles are.

I was talking to a woman on the street as I walked away who wanted to know what all the fuss was about and if it was worth going.  I gave her my opinion and explained to her what it was all about and that the money goes to charity so whether the show is good or bad it is worth it if you have the money.  We got to talking about design and money and how she would love help when she "won the lottery".  Although I do think designers should be fairly compensated for the work they do, I truly don't believe you should have to win the lottery to work with a designer and have good design surrounding you.  There is plenty of furniture out there that doesn't cost a fortune and that doesn't even include thrift and consignment shops.  So, I have decided to try to put together a more affordable option inspired by each room I post.

If only I had thought about giving the woman my blog information instead of my business card.  I guess I was too hot and hungry to think straight.
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