Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Totally Fun Tilton Fenwick


images via Tilton Fenwick

Vibrant. Cheerful. Colorful. If adjectives like these pique your interest, then look no further than the interior stylings of design firm Tilton Fenwick. It's hard to believe that this New York based company was established only four years ago by Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham. The Tilton Fenwick aesthetic rings so perfectly clear and they have seen so much success so quickly that it feels like the designers must have been established long ago! In 2011, Tilton Fenwick was named "Rising Star of Interior Design" by the International Furnishings and Design Association, participated in the Hamptons Designer Showhouse and was named by Traditional Home as one of the top 20 "New Traditionals."

Shortly thereafter, fabric giant Duralee and Tilton Fenwick partnered to create new twists on familiar patterns with a major upholstery collection. Alone, these patterns may invoke the comforting feel of a countryside cabin but, as you can see in the images above, Tilton Fenwick loves to place a modern twist on tradition.

images via Duralee
I recently perused the Duralee site looking for a fabric perfect for a mountain home's curtains. (The client chose the top paisley fabric...more to come on that later.) Imagine my pleasant surprise when days later, Target unveiled their newest collaboration with Tilton Fenwick, a playful collection of furnishings in Tilton Fenwick's signature Duralee fabrics now available at incredibly affordable prices. 






With prices ranging from $219.99 for a fully upholstered ottoman to $884.99 for king sized bed, you won't have to eat Raman noodles to afford home furnishings. Play up the patterns by mixing in block prints with florals or stripes with paisleys. Or keep the upholstery the centerpiece by sparingly styling rustic neutrals in linen and wood. Which of these pieces are your favorite? How would you use it in your home? A playful settee in a cozy reading nook is just one of many ways I could see using these new pieces. Let me know if you get your hands on one! 

Grasscloth Wallcovering/ Mirror/ Framed Print/ Dipped Vase/ Brass Turtle Shell Paperweight/ Side Table/ Rug/ Ottoman/ Trays/ Striped Pillow/ Elephant Pillow/ Settee/ Floor Lamp

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Get In My Closet: Emerson Fry Fall 2014





Emerson Fry knows what real girls want to wear. Based in New Hampshire, all of Emerson Fry's products are made right here in the U.S.A. Their aesthetic is clean and classic with the knowledge that their customers will reach for their pieces for seasons and years to come. You won't come across any nonsensical trends here. Emerson Fry is a go-to source for modern, high quality basics. 

What better time to get back to basics than fall? Sure, it's fun to have a summer fling with bohemian maxi dresses and rustic denim cutoffs. But fall sees the rebirth of my cable knit sweaters I've had since college (if they still fit!) and broken in favorite pairs of boots. Should your basics be a bit threadbare, then look no further than the Emerson Fry site. This season offers a focus on layering familiar favorites. I am particularly drawn to the sweater + dress + leggings + boots combo as seen in the third picture above. I am pretty sure this outfit could take me anywhere and I'd look perfectly appropriate and feel comfortable.

But even these basics are far from boring. The black clutch is made out of luxurious croc. The tweed coat is actually coated, giving it a shiny, leather-like appearance. The black boots are leather AND suede...it's like business in the front, party in the back. Buy these things now and wear them forever.

Does your closet need a revamp for fall? I'm excited to fill in some gaps in mine. You can expect to see me in that fabulous studded belt just about every day this fall...

all images via Emerson Fry

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Concept Board: Earthy Coastal Dining Room

Don't you feel like you could accomplish a lot in this dining room? I can see kids sitting down to do homework after school, friends gathered for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and a family enjoying turkey and all the fixins at Thanksgiving. Rooms pull double and triple duty these days. Modern families don't want to waste space and certainly are less formal than the days of old. We want to be surrounded by things that inspire us and that we will love for a long time.

Muted interiors are certainly an emerging trend in home decor. They are peaceful and instill a sense of calm but stray from boring by mixing interesting textures. Sure, an all white room is very tranquil but where is the personality? (And the stain resistance??)

If you wanted to take the aesthetics in this room to the next level, a few bronze punches could really make it fly. Think about setting your table with metallic bronze plates, chargers and bowls or choose a metal console shelf unit to use as a sideboard that displays your beautiful pieces.

It's one thing to see beautiful interiors on Pinterest and in magazines. It's quite another to live in them! A room like this one is sturdy and liveable while also being devastatingly handsome. 

How do you use the dining room in your home? Do you need your rooms to pull double duty?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Red Carpet Roundup: 66th Annual Emmy Awards

There's nothing like a night on the Red Carpet to hoist a blog out of two months of darkness! You know an awards event could not pass without a S-F best dressed list so here we go!

Julia Roberts stunned in a short and studded Elie Saab. Her pick was unconventional and unpredictable but the lady has been killing it on the fashion scene lately. Here's hoping that America's Sweetheart keeps it up!

Janis Ian?! Is that you?? Lizzy Caplan WERKED the carpet in a dramatic DKNY number. Holy smokes, she blew me away! Her gown might be a little over the top but she was a best actress nominee for HBO's "Masters of Sex." Snaps to her for showing up like a nominee should.



The gals of "Modern Family" looked young and fresh. Julie Bowen brought back the 70s in Peter Som while Sarah Hyland was thoroughly 2014 (or 90s if you prefer) in Christian Siriano.  



Finally, these ladies sparkled in silver. Hayden Panettiere was glowing in Lorena Sarbou. Kiernan Shipka was adorable in a vintage inspired Antonio Berardi number and Gwen Stefani did not disappoint in Versace. My youngest award winner, Shipka, also is the only actor who made my best dressed list at last year's Emmy's and this year's! Love that "Mad Men" girl's style!  

There were so many beautiful people at the Emmy's last night but my favorites, as you can see, were those who appeared effortless and fun. 

Were any of these women in your favorite looks? Who was your pick for best dressed?

PS- Who else could support Julia Roberts in a Julie Bowen-esque lob haircut?? Do it, Julia!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Style Muse: Miroslava Duma

via Vogue 
via Cosmopolitan Australia

via Elle UK
via The Style Hunter
via FabSugar
via The Style Draft 
via The Style Draft 
Bright colors. Bold patterns. Statement accessories. Those sartorial pieces seem to serve as staple items in all of Miroslava Duma's street style looks. The 28-year-old Russian and former editor of Harper's Bazaar Russia has been dominating the scene over in Asia for years. Without realizing it, I've been a longtime admirer of hers and was inspired by that very first image of a brunette in a citron gown months ago. Then recently this petite lady caught my eye again in a fashion story and I've been taking tips from her ever since.
Founder of Buro 24/7, Mira, as her friends call her (and obvi we are going to be friends!), mixes some of the most complicated pieces with the greatest of ease. But keeping everything from the bag to her hemlines in proportion to her frame is what makes her outfits work! She often chooses clothing with interesting and precise construction and is never without a four-inch platform. Textiles that most of us would consider standout fabrics serve as basics in her wardrobe. Mastering the mix is never a simple task and not for the faint of heart. Prepare to get attention when you dress like Mira but, if you do it right, the attention will be all good!  

While Mira's favorite designers might be Proenza Schouler, Marni and Chanel, you can still land her look for less. Check out these Mira-inspired pieces below!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A little eye candy for you today.

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via Bungalow Classics Tumblr

It's almost Friday...It's almost Friday...It's almost Friday...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tibi's Summer Sale!

If you've stalled on buying your spring/summer favorites from retailers online, then now is the time for you to reap your rewards! Check out Tibi's summer sale going on now with great pieces discounted up to 60% off! There are some really good pieces available still. Many of these pieces are actually seasonless. You can wear a leather skirt now with a tank and strappy sandals and then layer a pair of tights underneath and a sweater over top come winter. And speaking of sweaters, the stylized armadillo pullover is calling my name! With the AC blasting in my office 12 hours a day, buying a sweater in the middle of the summer actually sounds practical. Check out more of my favorites below and let me know which ones you like!