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Saturday
Sep122015

west elm kansas city pop-up shop!

If you’re in the Kansas City area, I hope you’ll stop by West Elm’s Country Club Plaza location to join me and several handpicked vendors for a little pop-up shop! Heirloom Bakery will be providing treats, the weather will be fantastic, and there will be dancing. What more could you ask for? The local makers we’ve selected are darling and you’re sure to love them (note: Christmas will be here before you know it… wouldn’t it be nice to get a head start on your shopping?).

If you’re not local, I’ll be instagramming and tweeting the event. Each vendor has an online presence, so if you see something you love from afar you’ll still be able to purchase :)

Wednesday
Aug192015

needle in the haystack 

House Beautiful’s 2011 piece on this cheery Manhattan apartment by Nick Olsen remains one of my all-time favorite editorials. I love this space because it’s well-done and looks tres expensive but was fabricated on somewhat of a budget. The headboard is slipcovered, the standard fridge is decked out with polaroids, the curtains are sheers with just a dash of panache... Chic, but obtainable and livable. And it’s unmistakably Olsen. Just look at the trompe l’oeil paneling in the bathroom!  

Don’t get me wrong. What designer wouldn’t love to have an endless budget to do everything he or she would like to do, and more? I can think of several $4,000/yard fabrics that I’d like to use on a sofa someday (dream big!). However, I think there is magic in picking up a piece at a thrift store and transforming it into something beautiful. Editorials like the one above remind me that creative, out-of-the-box thinking is a necessary skill and must be consistently practiced/honed. When I visit a Target or a second-hand store, I like to play a game with myself called “Needle in the Haystack.” Can I score a cashmere sweater to rival or exceed what I’d find at Neiman Marcus? Can I find bed linens that are a dead ringer for Olatz? Sometimes I lose! But sometimes, I find a set of Portault towels for $60.

(all photos via Nick Olsen's beautiful website!)

Wednesday
Aug052015

voici rachel rector

"Lingerie" // Rachel Rector from Raúl B Fernández on Vimeo.

How fabulous is this Amélie-inspired short film?! I've watched it at least five times. Lingerie designer Rachel Rector is brilliant. Her edgy pieces can be picked up at Birdie's Panties in downtown Kansas City (a mecca of all things beautiful and feminine).

P.S. stills from amelie. because why not :)

Tuesday
Aug042015

outfit obsession

I've always loved this old J.Crew catalog cover... Perhaps because the model's outfit reminds me of something that my beautiful mama would wear when I was in grade school in the '90s. All pieces in the photo are classics that everyone should have in their wardrobe -- a chambray shirt, a thin white turtleneck, a chunky black cardigan and ropes of pearls. Oh, and a great lip stain. Can't wait to recreate this in the fall :)

Tuesday
Jul282015

chez lisa curran

This summer, I had the privilege of interning with Lisa Curran, a talented Kansas City interior designer who focuses on high-end interiors. I’ve known Lisa for over ten years – she is the reason why I chose to enter the world of interior design. Her beautiful residence, shown above, is like my secret garden. It’s a jewel box brimming with French antiques, vintage design books, blue and white vases filled with blooms, art in gilt frames. Working out of her home office was an absolute treat.

A former ballerina, Nelson-Atkins docent and trained artist (she studied fashion illustration in Paris!), her taste level is off the charts incredible. While high-end interiors are specialty, her clients often look to her for etiquette and fashion advice. This summer, for example, she designed a gorgeous Jackie Kennedy Onassis-inspired gown for a client. She frequently assists her clients in throwing the most beautiful parties, picks out birthday gifts, chooses their art.

And I swear to you: Lisa glows. Her positivity draws people to her like moths to a flame. She returns her showroom samples tied with a pale pink ribbon. She bakes her electrician cookies. Everything Lisa touches, everyone she meets, is better for it.

These photos of Lisa’s home are from a Kansas City Spaces article published earlier this year. Written by the fabulous Patricia O'Dell of Mrs. Blandings, it’s a lovely piece. I encourage you to read it here.

Thank you, Lisa, for a beautiful summer. You are a wonderful mentor and close friend. I’m so grateful for you!