Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dream Living

After living in Los Angeles for only a few months... 
I recently found out I got an amazing internship back in NYC! I am very very pumped but definitely bummed to leave my wonderful friends (and weather!) from this sunny state! 

Since searching Craigslist and countless NYC apartment sites isn't my favorite past-time, I decided to take a break from the apartment hunt and use this unemployment time to dream up my ultimate apartment. Below is the result of too much free time. 

(Even though these pieces are wayyyy out of my 'pocket change' range... I figure a girl can dream right?)



Animal Instinct: I plan on finding an interesting animal print piece for my room... 
I have my eye on this paper-mache Zebra head from Anthropologie.

Finding an apartment with beautiful exposed brick is like finding gold at the end of the rainbow!
 I like the industrial contrast with unique details like the giant mix-matched mirror and 
hanging work lights and the feminine dress form.

Sex & The City- Carrie Bradshaw's Apartment... need I say more.

Photo Freak: I really like how they covered the entire wall with pictures. 
I'm thinking about adding personal photos with different colors/frames to keep the eye entertained. 

Love the mix of rich mint green walls and pale pink cushions... 
not to mention the gorgeous antique trim along the wall.

~Creative ideas for the Living Room~

Wall Decor
(b, c, d, e)
Delicate wallpaper or I could go 'Carrie' style and use a light blue paint...

(f, g, h)

(i, j)

Coffee Table Accents
(k, l, m, n)

(o, p)

(q, r)

~The Bedroom~
(s, t, u, v, w, x)

Absolutely loveeee this mirrored dresser...
Mix-matched knobs from antique stores can add character to any furniture piece. 

~The Bathroom~
(y, z, aa, bb)

PBBT: The 'Perfect Bubble-Bath Tub'

~The Kitchen~
(cc, dd, ee, ff)
INSPIRATION: The 'Friends' Kitchen... 
I love the way they mixed different colors to create an 'eclectic cottage kitchen' feel.

(Basically I realized after I had created this magnificent apartment, I never really left the website... Soooo thank you Anthropologie for having just the right pieces... ha)

a) 'Savannah Story Bust, Zebra'-
b) 'Sweet Pea' Wallpaper-
c) 'Organic Rococo Mirror'-
d) 'Falling Leaves' Wall Decor-
e) 'Cloudless' Paint Color-
f) 'Atelier Chesterfield' Couch-
g) 'Lunet Chair Amethyst Leather'-
h) 'Corrigan Chair Green Leather'-
i) 'Yoruba', Pillow-
j) 'Silver Foil Pillow'-
k) 'Analiese Taper, Citrine', Candle Holder-
l) 'The Chemist's Jar'-
m) 'Well Thumbed Book Boxes'-
n) 'Traveler Coffee Table'-
o) 'Finnia' Rug-
p) 'Coqo Floral' Rug-
q) 'Mechanic's Beacon Light'-
r) 'Bird & Branch Decoupage Chandelier'-
s) 'Lasenby Bed'-
t) Laelia Bedding'-
u) 'Prosperous Plots' Curtains-
v) 'Mirrored Dresser'-
w) 'Caria' Knob-
x) 'Anthurian' Knob-
y) 'Perpetual Bloom' Towels-
z) 'Fossil Record Soap Dish'-
aa) 'Chrystalline Bubbles Perfume Bottle'-
bb) 'Gloria's Garden Rug'-
cc) 'Rococo' Pot Holders-
dd) 'Latte Bowls'-
ee) 'Food Fashion Friends: Recipes & Styling for Unforgettable Parties by Fleur Wood'-
ff) 'Ruffoni Copper Cookware Set'-

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Mad for Plaid

The Inspiration: The Plaid Hunter

Bensoni Fall 2010

J. Crew Fall 2010
'Islington Plaid Poncho', $1195

'Cropped Plaid Tuxedo Pant', $128

'Tartan Boy Shirt', $72

Fred Flare, Plaid Capelet, $39.99

Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2010

Converse, 'Plaid Boot Sneaker', $125

BDG Utility Tote, $58

Rag & Bone Resort 2011

Chanel Resort 2011

Oscar De La Renta Resort 2011

Steven Alan, Plaid Cape

It doesn't take much research to know plaid is a staple for the winter season. Over the years, plaid has definitely become the favored fall print. For me, plaid gives off this 'warm... after school... snow day... dreaming up your Christmas list... cozy in front of the fireplace with your mom's hot chocolate' vibe. And I mean what could possibly be wrong with that sentence. I have to say my favorite version of the print above has to be the Oscar De La Renta dress. I love how you have to do a double-take to see its even plaid. Regardless of where you find it, I recommend stocking up with this classic print. 
Cause we'll be seeing it for years to come. 

So get out there, find your inner 'hunter' and get yo'self some plaid! 

Also, high on my Christmas wish list has to be the 'cape'. 
Its not just for super heros anymore, the cape shape is fun and flattering at every length. 

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