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.

And just when we thought that the-more-the-better fashion concept was
here to stay and influence every single item in the fashion world, the
new chic and minimalist bags come to town to prove us wrong.  These new
beauties share the same
lineage of the classics and they are not meant to be filled up with
everyday knickknacks.  They for sure prove that sometimes less is more.
Saint Laurent Betty MediumSaint Laurent Lulu calf hairM2MalletierDelvaux

It’s easy to recognize a warm and cozy home.  Is that feeling of
familiarity and honesty that invites you to stay longer, put up your
feet while asking for more hot coco and praying you don’t have to leave
ever again.  That’s the feeling we all want in our
homes notably because our homes are the best reflections of our real
selves.  Hence it would be practically impossible to have a  warm heart
and not have a warm home or vice-versa as it’s equally impossible to
create fake characters of our home.  The great news
is that the process to make a house feel like a cozy home may be even
easier to tackle than we all think.  Here are five simple elements to

Ruthie Sommers


While all-white interiors can be very relaxing, colored makes
homes cozy.  By colorful interiors I mean spaces with either warm tones
or full colorful ones.  Colors have a special magic to bring out the
soul in the room and it’s also the easiest way to change
things around.  Usually warm and dark colors provide a better result at
accomplishing coziness.  Painting a wall, upholstering a sofa or adding a
colorful rug are only a few of the ways to bring color inside a home.
via Elle Decor


I’ve never seen coziness without layers.  Layer is what gives a home a
sense of lived-in and reality.  Steps such as adding a smaller rug on
top of an existing one, placing a chair in a corner or laying a throw on
a bed are only a few of the many ways of
adding instant layers to a home.

via Southern Accents


Plants and flowers can immediately transform a home.  It could also
say a lot about the homeowner lifestyle.  Either real or fake fire could
be one of the warmest elements in a home. 

 Miranda Brooks home

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  Don’t be afraid to use your
family hand downs.  That’s what makes your home yours.  Antiques or old furniture conceive perfectly enveloped rooms.  If you don’t have
anything handed down to you can find great
pieces at affordable prices at a flea market.

An added bonus is if the books are old, you know patina is a good thing.
Hutton Wilkinson