Friday, April 16, 2010

Tory Burch at Home

(Tory Burch in her Upper East Side residence.)

I know absolutely everyone and their grandmother owns a pair of Tory Burch's Reva ballet flats (well, I don't, actually!), but I still love Tory Burch.  Her designs are classic Americana--bright and colorful, but not extreme--and she's an incredible designer and business woman, super stylish, and a blogger.  Plus, she has an amazing Upper East Side apartment, which I think reflects her design sensibility very well. Tina Barney shot some ads for Tory Burch's Spring 2010 line in her apartment, and look how well the decor and clothes go together!

I love the wallpaper and upholstery by Quadrille.

I love the floral print here, though I think I'd go for the dress, rather than the jumpsuit!  And look how well it coordinates with the wallpaper and velvet upholstery.

You can't see much of it here, but Tory's apartment has been featured in Vogue and ELLE, and the entry  is very striking, with a shiny black floor and hand-painted Gracie chinoiserie wallpaper.


Top photo from ELLE, all others from Tory Burch.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Recently, I've developed quite a thing for milk glass, especially Fenton hobnail milk glass, with ruffled edges.  I was obsessed with sterling silver julep cups, the real ones from the Kentucky Derby, but those go for over $300, easily.  Fortunately, milk glass is a lot more affordable!  (Colored milk glass is harder to find, and thus more expensive, but I prefer the white kind.)  Look at all these cute options, currently on ebay for under $10.

This little sugar bowl is currently at $4.99!

I love these tall, ruffled dishes.  Wouldn't this be great with a big ice cream sundae inside? Get it now for just $0.99!

Here's another, and you can buy this one now for just $4.70!

I've never seen anything quite like these--they're footed bowels, but they have candleholders built in along the inside edges.  They would make a great centerpiece at a dinner party!

And while we're on the subject of dinner parties, this ruffled bon bon dish would look great filled with nuts, or a dip and crudites.

Is there anything you like collecting?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Progression

There was a really neat feature in ELLE Interiör, the Swedish version of ELLE Decor, showing the progression of a table from minimalist to maximalist (maybe).  


In between:

Almost there:

Voila!  Maximalist!

(I love the giant scrabble tile on the floating shelf here!)

I normally think of Swedish or Scandinavian style as tending towards minimalism, with lots of neutral colors, clean lines, and light walls and floors, but even the last (maximalist?) picture strikes me as unmistakably Scandinavian.  There's a lot of stuff on the table there, but it's not jam-packed or visually heavy.  This isn't English country maximalism, with large-scale chintzy prints and overstuffed Chesterfield sofas!  (Which I do like.)  I think it helps that the colors of all the accessories are in the same pallet-- you'll notice that almost everything is black or white, with small pops of yellow.  

So what do you think:  is that last photo really "maximalist", or does it just look that way in comparison to the first photo?  And which do you like best?

(All photos from

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Urban Wed, part 2

Urban Wed was fun!  It was nice meeting some of the vendors, especially those who have blogs I follow.  Unfortunately I forgot my camera, but Jen Huang was there snapping away, so I've posted a few of her lovely photos.

To be honest, I don't think I really learned anything at the event that I couldn't have learned from a vendor's website, but the event space was very nicely decorated, and it was fun seeing people's portfolios in real life.

I did say hello to Bryn of Paper Finger, and she said she might start teaching a calligraphy class.  I'd be first in line to sign up if she did!  She also let me play with some of her rubber stamps, which was fun.

Hatch Creative Studio did a lot of the styling, including this gorgeous table:

The stamped books on the mantle are cute:

I loved seeing Paper+Cup in person.  Very impressive-- they have a huge portfolio, with lots of different styles.  There's a Paper+Cup book coming out soon, styled by Randi Brookman Harris, and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Sam Beasley of Samuelle Couture was there with a few of her beautiful dresses.  She also had a bunch of sketches on her table, complete with fabric swatches, and those were really fun to look through.  (I'd frame one if they were for sale!)

There was a photo booth, with props courtesy of Paper Finger.  I guess the hipster mustache trend isn't over yet!

And there were adorable little cupcakes by Nine Cakes.  The frosting-to-cake ratio was a little much for me, but they were so cute!

All and all, a very fun evening.  And now I really want to learn calligraphy!  Paper Finger, are you reading this? 

(This is not a complete list of the vendors present.  I couldn't find photos for all of them. All photos by Jen Huang Photography.)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Urban Wed

If you live in the NYC area and like to read wedding blogs (guilty as charged!), you probably know that the lovely Vané of Brooklyn Bride and ten other fabulous vendors are hosting an event called Urban Wed tonight and tomorrow.  But did you know you can score free tickets with the code urbanwedMSW?  I'm going tonight, and really looking forward to meeting some of my favorite designers and bloggers, especially Bryn of Paperfinger!  (Have you seen her work?  It's incredible!)

So go on, it's not too late to get a ticket!  

Sailor Girl

Happy spring, everyone!

Isn't this little clothespeg sailor girl doll by Jill Bent just the sweetest?  Since it is spring now, I wish I could start wearing striped tees (with no jacket!), but unfortunately the only thing nautical about the weather today is all the rain coming down!  This little sailor girl looks pretty comfortable in the rain though, doesn't she?

In addition to clothespeg dolls, Jill Bent makes bags and pillows. She also blogs, and posts really lovely photos.

(all photos by Jill Bent)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Clipper Teas


I recently came across the British tea company Clipper, and I'm smitten with their packaging.  It's sweet and whimsical and completely charming.  And they've been bitten by the Alice in Wonderland bug too-- fortunately in a very understated way.  If only Clipper teas were available in the US!


Are you going to watch Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland this weekend?  (Did you know it was first made into a movie in 1903?  I just learned that yesterday!)
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