“There is a certain urgency to have it all done at once, but the best places come together over time.” —Lauren Soloff
Domino Magazine’s Spring Issue has been open to page 77 on my desk for a few weeks now—serving as inspiration for a new client project I’m working on in this beautiful Ottawa house. This airy art-filled house owned by Leanne Citrone and her husband, is a testament to the science of decorating a house around an art collection, and not the other way around. The couple started collecting art slowly—starting with a beach scene by Massimo Vitali—and seeked the help of designer Lauren Soloff to bring their collection together in a coherent manner.
The rooms were kept neutral: with lost of natural colors and textures: ivory linen, jute, tan leather, sheepskin, organic wood… This allowed the art to truly stand out. Each piece in the house was chosen carefully and as such, the design evolved organically over a period of two years. There is no better way to decorate a home. Read the story on Domino.
New Fall collections are hitting stores left, right and center, making the this sudden change in weather a little less frustrating. The Serena & Lily Fall Collection is giving me the urge to re-decorate for the colder months. Chunky braided rugs and quilted blankets are perfect for layering, while their new killer lighting collection provides much needed warmth. The collection festures some of my most beloved shades—ivory, chambray and camel—proving that you don’t need to turn to rich dark colors when decorating for the Fall and Winter months. My favorite pieces? The new bigger-sized blake raffia coffee table and the carson chair revisited as a bench. What are yours?
And the Bloglovin blogger of the year award goes to… No it’s not me (Ha..) it’s Kristina Bazan. I totally get it. The photography, the design— everything is just spot on. I’m a new fan. NYFW came and went this week. Even though I wasn’t part of the action this year, I soaked up all the inspiration.
So what’s been up to this week: last week I vowed to get back into running and hire an intern. Done and done. I ran 3-4 miles every single day — that’s 21 miles and counting in case you’re wondering. I’m also in the process of hiring a wonderful intern that will hopefully take a load off my shoulders AND I hired a new rockstar developer. Not bad for tackling my September to-do list, right? Now all I have left to do is to play a few more rounds of golf (it’s happening this afternoon if the rain holds off) and plan my Paris trip. I’m leaving in a week! Tell me— where should I walk, eat, drink and shop in the city of lights?
I dare you to flip through every #NYFW runway collection and find just one that doesn’t adhere to one (if not more) of the three Runway to Room categories below. I’m no fashion expert, but let’s just say that we saw a whole lot of preppy florals, neon on white stripes and platform sandals on the runways this year.
Surfside Essence is nestled between beachy bohemian and New England nautical: a hint of sailboat chic, a touch of neon and a whole lot of easy-living. You’ll have guessed that it’s my favorite trend this year.
Noted: Klein blue, neon & white stripes, cable knits, chambray, palm prints, straw, seersucker and eyelets.
Adopted by: Elie Tahari, Ohne Titel, Nanette Lepore, Mara Hoffman, J.Crew, Ulla Johnson, Suno, Rebecca Minkoff, Tomas Maier, Whit, Band of Outsiders, Novis.
Just like a cast of Clueless reunion, this trend covers all aspects of the Nostalgic Nineties, from cellophane prom dresses to grungy sportswear. Mean girls, jocks & nerds unite in this spaghetti straps and platforms fest.
Noted: Jeans, bandanas, sportswear, pastels, faux-fur, suede, black & white, varsity references and plaid.
Adopted by: Ralph Lauren, Maison Martin Margiela, Sass & Bide, Tibi, Mara Hoffman, Marc Jacobs, Milly, Rag & Bone, Lacoste, Monique Lhuillier, Derek Lam, Coach, VFiles, Maison Kitsuné.
Picture Leslie Mann in The Other Woman: with her preppy floral twin sets, gingham pantsuits and gardening hats. Case in point: Kate Spade featured watering cans as fashion accessories, while Peter Som dressed one model in an apron. If that’s not saying much, I don’t know what is.
Noted: Preppy florals, gingham, chintz, sheer fabrics, pastels, lattice, moss green, toile de jouy and wicker.
Adopted by: Altazurra, Kate Spade, DVF, Alice & Olivia, Barbara Tfank, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Karen Walker, Joie.