I know that it’s a tad early to talk about New Year’s resolutions but, there’s one I need to act on this year—to stop procrastinating. Granted, my life can be hectic and, it’s okay if not everything on my list gets done but, sometimes I let something slide until I don’t even see it anymore.
For example, the couch in my bedroom has needed to be reupholstered since forever. I want the couch to be green and would love to use my favorite Brunschwig & Fils fabric but, I’m told it’s not heavy-duty enough. So, my first resolution is to find a fabric that will work and have the couch slipcovered, once and for all.
Then, the overflowing bookshelves need to be addressed…
Checked owl-blend and printed quilted cotton coat
Ashland cropped mid-rise straight-leg jeans
Iliana Harkness bucket hobo
Wool and cashmere cardigan
Lauren flat suede Mary Jane slide
Round-frame tortoiseshell sunglasses
Zip-detailed stretch-cotton bomber jacket
Fair Isle cashmere and wool-blend vest
Maisie ruffled crinkled silk-satin blouse
With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, I’ve been thinking about setting a less conventional table this year and the marbled dinnerware by Simple Life Istanbul would do the trick. Even just one of these bowls filled with nuts would change my tablescape. Also, we will be at a ball on Thanksgiving Eve, so I need to make the dinner less of a production; not having to hand wash my grandmother’s china would be a time-saver.
I’m thinking hostess gifts, too…
I’ve been on a mission to update my tableware and love the new tabletop collection by Tory Burch. Blue and white, a perennial favorite, is the color combo on Tory’s spongeware line.
I just picked up the Condé Nast Living Outdoor Style issue. There are lots of enviable gardens and pools pictured, but my favorite bit is this alfresco table at photographer Oberto Gili’s Italian farm. The best styling tip is the gorgeous piece of fabric layered over a simple white cloth.
I’ve collected many stunning remnants that are not large enough to cover my table, and this would be a clever way to use them.
Day before yesterday, as I was considering these vintage metal bamboo-style chairs in a shop window in Vineyard Haven (I’m on Martha’s Vineyard), Mark D. Sikes posted on green and white. Now, I just need to get them back to NY.
It was such a busy weekend that I didn’t have time to sit and read the newspapers, I’m just going through them now. I got a case of serious house envy when I came across this story in Friday’s WSJ. The modern house featured is in Montecito, California and hangs over the edge of the Pacific Ocean. New York based Kikka Hanazawa, president of fashion line VPL, and her husband bought and renovated it for vacations.
The couple’s goal was to maximize the views and natural setting. My favorite bit is the vertical herb wall in the dining room.
Last Monday I had lunch in Sag Harbor with friends. It was great to be in the Hamptons right before Memorial Day weekend; everything was open, and no crowds. After lunch, we popped into MONC Xlll, a shop owned by my old friend Natasha Esch. Once president of Wilhelmina Models, and then a stint as an interior designer in L.A., Natasha now lives out east with her husband and children. MONC Xlll is full of antique and vintage furniture, gorgeous homeware, and my favorite Cire Trudon candles. A perfect rainy day destination.
Like many brides, when I married, I picked out two sets of china. The set for everyday use is the same pattern as my mother’s, Wedgewood Edme, and a formal set of Limoges white plates with a blue and gold rim for entertaining. I’ve added a few pieces here and there, but have not bought a complete new set of fine china since my wedding.
After seeing this story by Sofia Coppola in her special edition of W, I am completely inspired to shake up my dish ware.
My husband has been complaining about our overstuffed cottage, and my housekeeper spends 80% of her time dusting. Short of moving to a stripped-down space like this one, I think it’s time for a massive cleanout.
Images © NYC&G
My friends at The Line keep expanding their offerings and now you can buy art on the site. Seems like an natural addition since the artist Max Snow is married to The Line co-founder, Vanessa Traina.
You can also visit The Apartment, home of The Line, to see the works in person.