Month: January 2014

Joe Maer Stylist

According to Chinese calendar this year is the Chinese year of the wood
horse which doesn’t really predict many positive outcomes, on the other
hand however, “The upcoming Horse year is also a ‘yang wood’ year, when people will
stick more to their principles and stand firm. So it is hard to
negotiate or compromise as there are more tendencies for people to fight
for their ideals.” Reuters.  The first sentence sounds good enough for me.  Have a good one.

Kelly Wearstler.

Living Etc

I posted about Iksel, the Paris based wallpaper company whose designs
are influenced by Iznik and global design, a few years ago.  Dimonah
and Mehmet Iksel, the founders and owners have “a unique and avant-garde
digital image bank” of glorious and beautiful
wallpapers and panels. 

Miles Redd used Iksel’s Eastern Eden wallpaper in this beautiful Brooklyn townhouse in his signature color, blue.
I love the repeat of the iznik-tile-inspired wallpaper he chose for the guestroom. 
Here a closer look.  The exquisite detail of the wallpaper making the simulated grouts look old. 
Tory Burch in her dining room which is covered in iznik-inspired panels.
And this is the kitchen that makes me wish to own a home in Turkey and
cover the kitchen in Iksel wallpapers and have coffee in the afternoons
while designing jewelry.  

Miles Redd images photographed by Frederic Lagrange via House Beautiful,
Tory Burch via Vogue and Kitchen from Elle Decor via here.

Scandinavian decor is heavily influenced by
nature.  Usually the architecture is clean and modern with simple lines
without details such as moldings and frames.  The modern style of the
spaces is mostly warmed up by tones of wood, soft
fabrics and shaggy rugs which give an overall feeling of coziness and
brightness.  Whiteness is key for Scandinavian countries where sun is
usually out of sight or goes down too early and comes out too late. 
Although it’s not particularly my style I appreciate
the relaxation it offers. 

via Sadshem

top image via Jelanie, next five images via Mi Casa,

It’s ok to be a couch potato for one day.  As a matter of fact it is
good to do it.  It feels good to not go outside one day and instead
cuddle up inside with a good book or just catch up with your favorite TV
shows and do absolutely nothing.  Order take-out, better yet: delivery.

It’s ok to skip the playground for once and instead take him/her to a
fancy restaurant where he can learn cool and sophisticated words such as
‘Pappardelle’ and ‘Meunière’.

It’s ok to not get your manicure done one week and instead spend more
uninterrupted time with your loved ones.  You can always get your nails
done any day but family time is priceless.

It’s ok to go back and rewrite one or two of your new-year
resolutions.  More realistic and approachable goals will make you
happier and most importantly you get more results when you focus on the
day by day action when compared to a deadline.

It’s ok to say no because you simply don’t like the idea.  Just remember to be nice.

It’s ok to not worry about dating for once.  Enjoy your single
life, make lots of friends, travel, make lots of mistakes.  It took
Edison 10,000 fail errors to come up with the electric bulb.  Mistakes are
the only path to learn.