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Monday
Feb162015

miranda brooks at home

It’s kind of awesome that this twenty-year-old piece on Miranda Brooks’ former English cottage looks fresh enough for today’s glossies. (Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the ‘90s are making a total comeback.) Sun-faded curtains, Victorian upholstery, stripes and whippets will always have a place in my heart. As will beautiful English gardens. For extra credit, check out Miranda Brooks' New York studio as seen in Heather Clawson's book, Habitually Chic at Work. That drafting table, in my opinion, is what dreams are made of. 

Published in the October 1995 issue of Vogue.
Photos by François Halard

Thursday
Oct092014

House of Hamish

A few days ago on Facebook, World of Interiors announced that their November issue would debut Hamish Bowles’ stunning new Manhattan apartment (see his former Manhattan apartment here, and his Parisian flat here and here). I know I’m not alone when I say that I’ve been waiting years for this. Compared to his previous New York home, the new space possesses a certain elegance, regality. This makes sense as the design was masterminded by both Mr. Bowles and Roberto Peregalli and Laura Satori Rimini of Studio Peregalli, the Italian design team which turns out rooms better suited for Lady Mary than Katy Perry. 

I downloaded the digital copy of the magazine this morning, but I can’t wait to get my hands on the print to fully take in the space’s details. I’m swept away by that kitchen, the quilted bedspread, those light fixtures, that marmalade sofa. I have a feeling this editorial will provide inspiration for years to come. Enjoy! 

(photos by Simon Upton)

Tuesday
Oct072014

scatter my ashes at charleston

I've been scheming a visit to Charleston, the East Sussex farm house of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, for years. In stark contrast to the minimlist aesthetic favored by all the cool kids, I love stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. My favorite homes are little jewel boxes that are liberally trinket-ed and personalized down to the baseboards. Fittingly, I consider Charleston my design mecca. And a photo shoot at Charleston? Brilliant!

I appreciate that the styling in this Harper Bazaar's UK November editorial complements Charleston's essence. I'm also mad about those pretty brown lug-soled shoes. They remind me of my friend Margaret's awesome Doc Martens that I've been jealous of for months :) If I weren't so poor right now, I'd probably buy these in the Cherry color. Maybe If I'm extra good this week karma will smile upon me and I'll find a pair at the thrift store...

Wednesday
Jul302014

at home

True to my astrological sign - I am a cancer - I love the idea of nesting. I believe that nesting doesn’t have to start with a new relationship or a new baby. I like to think of it as creating a cozy and private alternative universe for myself to live, think, eat, sleep, grow. I’ve lived by myself for the past year with my yorkie, Bella, and find that there’s comfort in running my own household. It’s not always easy. My grandmother’s pretty Portmeirion dinnerware does not get washed unless I put on the gloves and do it. The antique Chinese rugs fast become catastrophes unless I take the time to vacuum. But living alone allows me to paint my living room Queen Anne Pink, to stay up as late as I want knitting and watching PBS. To eat ice cream at midnight and leave the dishes for tomorrow. 

My rent is ridiculously cheap and thus my apartment building is not exactly what you’d call luxurious. I’m pretty sure that the basement is haunted and my next-door neighbors party as if it’s their last day on earth every. damn. night. But as soon as I close the front door, none of that seems to matter. I’m safe because I’m home. 

If all goes as planned and I stay here for two more years, it will be the longest I've lived anywhere since childhood. My big dream is to have it published down the line, though life’s circumstances (school, time, limited funds) have caused roadblocks in the decorating process. We’ll see what happens. 

In the meantime, I find great joy in posting snippets of it when I can. Above are a few photos of my apartment from instagram. My favorite pieces in the space are those that I found in odd, forgotten places, or those that I’ve had for eons. For example, the curtains sat forever in the corner of an antiques store until I adopted them. The tiger-print cork board was a high school graduation present from a family I used to nanny for. I stand by the fact that you can decorate a house in six months, but truly building a home takes years. The fantastic thing is that each year has proven over and over to bring better objects. I’m looking forward to what 2014 has in store :) 

(shoddy photos et al. live here)

Thursday
Jul172014

Macau trực tuyến Baccarat Leith Clark at Home



I have a giant girl crush on Leith Clark. It started a few years back when I first discovered Lula, her now-defunct fashion magazine. I all but stalk her on instagram and eat up anything and everything she has a hand in. 

When I'm intrigued by someone, I naturally want to take a look at their living space. This Harper's Bazaar UK article was all I could find! Her space is adorable, and I’m surprised that she hasn’t had a full fledged feature in an interiors publication. I have a feeling that she decorated this space over time, using her instincts to pick up pieces here and there which in turn gave life to a look that is 100% her own. These are the kind of spaces that I most admire. 

Her newest venture, The Violet Book, is on my radar but I’m hard pressed to find a copy in Kansas City. Have you had a chance to read it? Would love to know what you think! 

P.S. the article notes that her pup drinks from a Beverly Hills Hotel water bowl. I love that detail :)