In The Wall Street Journal

Bunny Williams

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.

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Emma ruffled leather slides

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Peak-lapel tie-waist coat

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Alissa mid-rise slim-leg boyfriend jeans

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I-Dior leather point-toe bootie

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Tangerine gold-plated necklace

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Flor embroidered espadrille

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Campbell ribbed-knit cardigan

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The Army Nerd cropped stretch-twill skinny pants

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D'Orsay canvas espadrilles

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Cordelia floral-print silk crepe de chine midi dress

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Red And White

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.

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The Laundress

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.

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In The Garden

Alfresco

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.

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Lettuce Ware

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.

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In Vogue

Modern Love

Vogue

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.

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Botanical Prints Envy

Porter Magazine

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

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In Cherry Bombe

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Diptyque & Izola Candles

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.

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First Resolution

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…

 

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The Simple Life

Simple Life Istambul

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…

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