I have my mother in law to thank for my infatuation with rugs. I always had a great appreciation for her extensive collection and even benefitted from her loaners when my husband and I moved into our first apartment together. But it wasn’t until we traveled to Turkey, where we splurged our first hand knotted carpet and hauled home an additional 5 kilims, that my carpet love affair began. But finding the right rug can be an intimidating and arduous process. Enter Kelly Vittengl of Francis Loom. The self proclaimed rug slinger curates an exquisite collection of antique Persian and Turkish rugs at sensible prices. I’ve been “needing” a runner for my closet and am just so happy I stumbled across her site. Now, I’m just waiting for the right one . . .
Jennie Kwon is at it again with yet another lustworthy collection, I’m not quite sure there is enough room on my fingers or ears to accommodate all dainty and delicate prettiness. I love Jennie’s knack for cleverly incorporating the tiniest precious stones and mini diamonds – this season, she’s floating them in between the negative space of a ring, embedding them on long bar earrings and dotting them along caged rings. So good.
French artist Niki de Saint Phalle met both her master and her destiny when she first visited Barcelona’s Park Güell in 1955. Impressed by the works of Antonio Gaudi, she knew she, too, was destined to create a magical garden of joy. In 1978, she began laying out her Giardino dei Tarocchi, also known as the Tarot Garden, on a friend’s estate in Tuscany. It took nearly 17 years for Niki to complete the 22 monumental sculptures, which are each made of mirrors, glass, ceramic and stone and represent the 22 Major Arcana cards within the Tarot deck. What a sight, huh? Definitely a place to visit while in Tuscany . . .
It’s 55 degrees outside, at 6am, and I’m looking online for flights to just about any warm destination that could justify snapping up a few suits from J.Crew’s swim collection. Get me to warmth and water! I’m loving the patterned rash guards (thanks to my obsession with sun protection), the high waisted bikini bottoms and my favorite, and super flattering, solid one pieces. Shop our favorite beach looks after the jump!
My husband and I have a running joke that our home doubles as a bed and breakfast, with friends and family coming to stay with us nearly every other weekend. We live for it. In anticipation for our guests’ arrival, I always look forward to setting up the guest bedroom with fresh linens, folded towels on the bed, and a pair of beautifully styled bedside tables. Not only is creating a special space for your guests a welcoming and much appreciated gesture, it increases the cozy factor by a million. I recently snatched up a few incredible pieces from Target, including a killer vintage inspired bamboo tray table and some dreamy indigo linens, so I can share with you some of my tips for styling an bedside end table.