A South African Country Home

You might have noticed I’ve been been posting infrequently as of late. I’ve been preoccupied with a project and excited to finally share the news with you. We just purchased a vacation home! It’s super thrilling and I can’t wait to share more details very soon. All I can say for now is that it’s a fixer upper of immense proportion (gulp). So you can imagine that my Pinterest boards are filled with design inspiration. During my search for “farmhouses” (hint, hint), I stumbled across this charming country house belonging to South African interior designer Gregory Mellor. Inspired by the grandeur of the desert-like region of Klein Karoo, just outside of Cape Town, Gregory was determined to restore the unsophisticated character of the age-old farmhouse. I love the play of rustic textures, bold colors and unrefined details. I’m taking notes . . .

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Na Nin

After selling vintage clothing for years, from her Richmond, Virginia brick-and-mortar Na Nin, Kate Jennings started tinkering with handmade oil perfumes, candles and incense in 2014. She soon discovered she was onto something special, creating beautiful fragrances that were nostalgic reminders of her favorite memories, visions and feelings. This year, Kate has launched her first in-house collection of raw silk pieces that include bandeaus, tie blouses, and a single pair of trousers that could be worn gathered and high or loose and low. The simplicity of vintage inspired aesthetic is perfection!

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Cj Hendry’s Complimentary Colors

I’ll let you guess the medium which artist Cj Hendry uses in the works you see below. Photography? No. Oil paints? Nope, try again. Pastels? Warmer. Ready to have your mind blown? These are hand drawn with colored pencils. Colored. Pencils. The Australian hyperrealist artist recently stored away her pens to experiment with color and pencils, thanks in part to a collaboration with Christian Louboutin. Complimentary Colors debuted at Art Basel Hong Kong earlier this year and to nobody’s surprise, each of the 40 works sold out within minutes. Just look at highlights and shadows . . . colored pencils. Honestly, incredible!

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Madewell x Tretorn Sneakers

Tretorn, founded in 1891 as rubber company in Sweden, got its start by making rain boots, hoses and bike petals. It wasn’t until the 1960s when they starting producing tennis balls, which eventually led to the manufacturing of tennis shoes. Thanks to tennis legend Björn Borg, their first sneaker Nylite made it the world’s first luxury sports shoe. I love that Tretorn has recently collaborated with Madewell to create a velvet version of their iconic plimsoll. Velvet! Truly, the sneaker of my dreams.

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The Scoop On The Hoop

Ok, so here’s the skinny on hoop earrings. Go thick! Thanks to designer Laura Lombardi, I’m ready to trade in my dainty earrings (only temporarily, of course) for a pair of her thick, medium sized gold hoop earrings. They’re made from hallow brass and only a little over 2 inches in diameter, which makes them lightweight and easy to wear with just about any outfit – summer, fall or winter. If you can’t track down a pair of Laura’s Curve Earrings, which retail for just under $100, I’ve rounded up some other hoop options after the jump!

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