Ralph Lauren, the master of updated classics that ooze a well worn life style has launched his new home line. Full of the expected classic stripes and rich fabrics. There is no denying his ability to wrap up in a gorgeous bow a line that speaks to his many followers. There is lots to love here and great style ideas.
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Do you look at magazine photos and wonder where the knobs and pulls come from? Sometimes it is your local hardware store, often it is Rocky Mountain Hardware. A specialty resource from traditional to artisan, they have the most amazing selection from cabinet to exterior door hardware. Once you dive into the website and the vast selection, you will see a whole new way your drawers and doors can look.
Well, it was bound to happen. The clean and minimal will always be chic but the once very out-of-style chandelier is making a comeback. Maybe it is the influence of Downton Abbey which has brought a return to opulence. Nonetheless, the fashion shows for Fall 2013 had them hanging above the runways, casting a gorgeous light on the models. Maybe it’s time to hit the vintage stores and bring a chandelier into your home — this is one place where old is better than new!
We are half way through the dreary month of February. Even if it is cold out, I am feeling Spring is just around the corner. Steal away for a bit today and have a mani-pedi using one of Estee Lauder’s new nail lacquers. These colors are fabulous and I love the packaging of course!
I love a great decorating book. This one by Thom Filicia, American Beauty, is a narrative on his upper New York State fixer-upper. For me, this story of the renovation and the gorgeous photography is a stand-out. As someone who has done a few myself, taking a neglected home and turning it into a beauty is a long and challenging process. The work is all worth it in the end when you have the home you created. This is a fabulous addition to your personal library.
It is not too late to pull together an elegant dinner. This salmon with brown sugar glaze is certain to be a hit. Serve with a chilled bottle of Prosecco and you have just had a fabulous Valentine’s Day!
Creamy neutrals move from cold into warm weather with ease. There is something appealing about neutrals that never go out of style!
Nothing looks richer than these mushroom and white bistro chairs from Serena and Lily . They are so pretty and mix well with almost any table.
This is one chic kitchen. This modern meets neutral stunner is warm and inviting. A perfect balance. The waxed wood cabinetry is a standout.
The herringbone wood floors just send me. I have to say, this is the perfect starting point for a home.
This bone box from John Robshaw has endless possibilities. From a bedside table, dressing area to your coffee table. I love the texture.
There is no denying it. Classic choices always looks fantastic.
Good thing I am watching my carbs! Fantastic photograph!
This brass light fixture from Furbish would be amazing in a neutral room.
This living space designed by Lynn Morgan has timeless quality with a modern sensibility.
I know many of us like to keep cooking utensils crammed into kitchen drawers opting for a minimum of counter-top clutter. The downside of that is drawers so full with big utensils they are a big mess to deal with. There is an easier way. Keep them neat and chic right next to your cooking surface in simple containers. Organize them in a unified way as in the photo above and cooking just became a whole lot easier. Everything’s right where you need it!
Williams Sonoma has the best utensil holder…
I have always loved the perfect shade of lavender and trust me when I say it is not easy to find. I like lavender to have an underlying tone of gray to keep it from looking too sweet and girly! Where would I use it? In a dining room of course. The dining room above could easily be a story of beige but the lavender walls are what layer on the unexpected tone (the gold ceiling does that as well) and give this room (that could go too country) a modern twist.
To get this look ~
If you are inspired to try it out, C2 Paint’s Bella Donna above is a great choice.
Finally, add in a great vintage chandelier or two for some soulful character. This one I found on Etsy.com. A style note, when using a vintage chandelier, opt for a modern round bulb for an updated look.