In The Wall Street Journal
I’m no expert when it comes to interiors, which is why I appreciate the designer Bunny Williams and her practical advice on how to create an “informally elegant”, yet livable, home—a home that welcomes children, dogs, and everyday life. These images, and a wonderful Q&A with Ms. Williams, are in today’s WSJ.
Cotton-blend poplin trench coat
Padlock GG Supreme small cross-body bag
Double-breasted wool coat
Triangle buckle skinny belt
Le high cropped straight-leg jeans
Jordaan logo-jacquard velvet loafers
Shamrock black everyday blazer
Andir stretch-ponte skinny pants
Via Della Spiga Printed stretch-cotton dress
Reversible shearling coat
Frayed checked cotton-blend tweed skirt
Red and white feels fresh and these Oscar de la Renta plates are no exception. They’d make for a beautiful summer table setting.
Image © Vogue.
I love a good tip, so when a reader (thank you, Paula) mentioned The Laundress products (twice), I had to check them out. I’m hooked.
In The Garden
I’m inspired by these images—they are from two different home stories in the June issue of Vogue.
We’ve had gorgeous weather the past few weekends and have spent every minute in the garden. Creating an outdoor work/dining area is one of my favorite spring activities. I tweak it every year by adding new potted plants and switching up the table linens. Dining alfresco is heaven on earth in my book.
One of the side effects of cabin fever is that I’ve been scrutinizing my home, the tableware, especially. Tory Burch’s collaboration with the Jupiter, Florida-based potter Dodie Thayer is the answer to my spring table prayers. I love, love, love green, it’s so fresh. I’m eyeing the ginkgo pattern placemats, too.
Location, location, location—I love Elizabeth and David Netto’s mid-century Richard Neutra home in Los Angeles where Mario Testino shot Vogue‘s February cover story on Dakota Johnson. Very chic, indeed. Johnson is the star of the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey—the house could be called fifty shades of beige.
Last week, Mark D. Sikes ran a few posts on botanical prints, which made me think of this picture of Stella Schnabel’s screens in Porter. I’m obsessed
In Cherry Bombe
I love a good tip and Kerry Diamond’s suggestion in the current issue of Cherry Bombe is tops. No fireplace? No problem–Kerry recommends burning a Diptyque wood-scented candle. I am also a fan of Izola candles.
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…
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…