Made Women

0 comment Wednesday, October 22, 2014 |

This year Valentine's Day co-incides with New York's Fashion Week. has compiled a collection of Valentine's cards from some of the most influential and talented desingers who will be showing their fall 2010 collections this week. I am loving this love note from Jason Wu. You can see more from the desinger "love fest" here. Happy weekend!

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0 comment Sunday, October 19, 2014 |

I have a bit of a design crush on Los Angeles based designer Peter Dunham. The designer has an enviable background, growing up in England, France and Spain and working for design legend David Hicks. I love his relaxed glamorous style and his self described "layered English look with ethnicy vibe."
One of my favorite fabrics is Dunham's "Fig Leaf." Dunham says that this print was inspired by a similar fabric Dunham saw as a child in his neighbor, Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dali's, home. It has such a summery, fresh, classic look. It would be perfect in the mix with any eclectic, evolved interior.

{images: 1- via peter dunham; 2- design by diane bergeron via vogue living austrailia; 3- via peter dunham; 4- source unknown; 5- via western interiors}

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0 comment Saturday, October 18, 2014 |
I am loving the simplicity and serenity of Danish designer Malene Birger's Copenhagen home. My wardrobe is not quite as stunning as Birger's, but I love the idea of using a rolling rack for your most favorite items when closet space is at a premium. Birger's work and living spaces are as effortlessly chic as her clothing. Filled with inspiring ideas, and impeccable attention to detail, her home is sure to capture the eye and imagination. To see more of this fashionable abode look here.

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0 comment Friday, October 17, 2014 |

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
as I have seen in one autumnal faceJohn Donne

{images: 1- gil schafer via town and country courtesy of habitually chic; 2- via deviant art: 3- via carrier and co.; 4- albert hadley via house beautiful; 5- via house and garden 2004 via peak of chic; 5- source unknown; 6- via gil schafer}


0 comment Wednesday, October 15, 2014 |

A few weeks ago I was over at my uber-creative friend, Kayce's home (which is about to be shot for Country Living) and saw this fabulous piece hanging in her boy's room. Not only does the woman have 7 children, design her own line of children's clothing, and bake the most incredible bread from scratch, but she is a talented artist as well. When I asked her about the artwork, she explained that she and her ten year old son had decoupaged pages from old books onto a large canvas and then covered it with shellac. The next day she threw on some navy high gloss paint (which ties in nicely the navy ikat curtains in the room). What I love about this is not only does it look amazing but it adds a personal touch to the bedroom. I plan to attempt to create one myself for my own boy's room (with a little help from Kayce I am sure!)


0 comment Tuesday, October 14, 2014 |
This month's Elle Decor features a spread featuring the fabulous Chicago apartment of the executive director of the Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen Rankeiten. In reading about her design process I couldn't help but love this woman. What I liked about her most was her honesty about her wide-spread, multifaceted design preferences. When describing her perfect apartment, Rankeiten said it would be "part Hollywood Regency, flea market, mid-century French, modern, granny chic, beach and English club." Most of us have many design styles that we appreciate and find ourselves with "decorating multi-personalities." While some may need some design therapy with a professional, it is possible to achieve a cohesive look without giving up the styles you love.
In order to parlay her eclectic visions into a furnished apartment, Rankeiten turned to two of her favorite desingers: Anne Coyle and Nate Berkus. She wanted the best of what each could offer. Together this dream team created a space that is both girly and masculine, muted and colorful, groovy and elegant.
Coyle and Berkus hit it out of the park and their dynamite combination got me thinking, what other designers would make for an interesting, complimentary, and ground-breaking pair?

Albert Hadley + David Netto = sleek , classically tailored interiors that are streamlined with a mix of mid- century french, modern, easy english, and neo-classical elements. In my mind, close to perfection!
Markham Roberts + Suzanne Kasler = fresh, timeless, and sophisticated. They may seem like an unlikely pair as their styles are quite different but that would make their combination all the more interesting to me. Kasler would bring a continental, southern style with plenty of solid fabrics, furniture with beautiful architectural lines, and upholstery with dress-maker details. Roberts, would add preppy but global feel with patterned prints and chinoiserie accents.
Todd Romano + Charlotte Moss = warm, comfortable, layered spaces with an unexpected flair. I imagine their designs would be filled with french antiques, clean lined upholstery, fresh colorful fabrics, and modern art which would result in timeless but youthful interiors.
Jaques Grange + Kelly Wearstler = a luxe combo that is hard to put into words! Think wildly chic!!

Alexa Hampton + (the late) David Hicks = Gracious but funky interiors that are crisp and comfortably traditional, and unpretentious. Alexa's father, famous American designer Mark Hampton, was mentored by Hicks so the combination would come easy. Together they could create the perfect mix of American and English, traditional and modern.
I'd love to know, who would be your your dream team?

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0 comment Monday, October 13, 2014 |
Léa présente la nouvelle collection... by BonpointParis
Two of our children learned to ride a bicycle this week, so when we saw the sweet spring Bonpoint video we had to smile. Do you remember the day you learned to ride a bike? It was magical...Happy Spring!