The gallery wall vignettes, the vintage brass details, the abundance of natural light, the outdoor shower, the open shelving . . . I can go on and on with about a hundred reasons why I love textile designer and interior decorator Lauren Liess‘ Washington D.C. home. And it’s all that much more impressive knowing what she had to work with before her six month renovation!
A trip to New York isn’t ever complete without a visit to Lulu Frost‘s stunning Flatiron showroom and newly renovated retail space. Not only is it a reason to preview and shop the latest collection (we wanted everything, by the way), we love carving out some craft time with Lisa and her team. We all share a love of collecting vintage plates and storing jewelry in them atop dressers and credenzas – but how annoying is it when your precious baubles start collecting dust and other debris? As per usual, we didn’t have to look far for a solution. Lisa’s vintage inspired aesthetic was the perfect inspiration for these oh so pretty, and easy to make jewelry cloches.
When it comes to lip color, I’m a sheer, barely there kinda girl – mostly because it’s easy and natural. But man, after seeing the gorgeous red lip at 3.1 Phillip Lim this season, I’ll be the first to snatch up NARS‘ newest shade in VIP Red which launches later this fall. I love the darker, richer hue with the perfectly subtle hint of burgundy. Pucker up!
With paintbrush and pad in hand, illustrator Katherine Irwin sketched a few of our most loved looks and moments throughout the Oscars last evening. Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture! Lupita Nyong’o in a custom pearl encrusted Calvin Klein gown!! Emma Stone in a chartreuse Ellie Saab Haute Couture number!!! Kiera Knightly in an ethereal Valentino frock!!! Julianne Moore in a beaded organza dress by Karl Lagerfeld!!!! And Jared Leto in a pale lavender Givenchy suit. And these were just a few of our favorite things.
I have a new infatuation: hand beaded Yoruba chairs from Nigeria. Each one takes roughly three months to create as there are hundreds of thousands of beads embellishing these works of art that were traditionally used by the kings and queens of the Yoruba tribe in West Africa. Their floral designs and symbols denote wealth, power, strength and wisdom. It’s more than a statement piece of furniture, it’s an art piece!