September 12, 2016

Fein Zalkin Interiors

I came across the beautiful work of Jenny Zalkin and Josh Fein of Fein Zalkin Interiors in Miami. Lifelong childhood friends joined forces a few years ago to combine their skills to create Fein Zalkin interiors. Zalkin's experience was in fashion and Zalkin's was head of marketing at the Design Center of the Americas ,

I was instantly drawn to this black and white office cabinetry since something about this reminded me of Hermes design. Not sure if it was the black trim or the small accent horse. 
Large driftwood table looks perfect against the beautiful architecture of the stairs. Jonathan Adler Ventana chandelier.
Neutral palette breakfast nook is serene and a great area for casual dining with comfy seating
For those who love to entertain this was pretty efficient use of space for a smaller area with the built in bar space prvoviding a beautiful backdrop. Blue pillows in Shoeridge Lapis fabric from Aerin Lauder for Lee Jofa 
Neutral dining room 
Trying to hide your favorite comfy leather sofa? An Hermes throw is always a fantastic decor accessory. Fornasetti opera wallpaper in small room.
I loved how this offie was styled since you know this owner has traveled the world and wanted their mitbringsels beautifully displayed.
Chic nautical decor for this yacht.

September 4, 2016

Framed Bow Ties

With college football just starting, I was reminiscing about my college days, Being from the South, bow ties were the epitomy of Preppy Style. In College, guys would wear bow ties to Saturday College football tailgating and games. Attorneys wear them to the office, guys wear them to weddings and even gift a fun pastel version to their groomsmen. When I came across the framed bow tie collection I thought what a cute idea to use in a walk in closet, dressing room, man cave, or little boys nursery. 
Loved this framed bow tie collection from Show Studio
DIY Bow Tie Shadow Box Instructions from Steven and Chris
These bow ties were used in a nursery and where from his dad when he was a little boy, cooupled with watercolor instructions on how to tie a bow tie from Elements of Style
One simple bow tie framed in baby's nursery from Lindsay Stephenson
Framed bow tie from The Good South
Framed bow ties pined to the back with specimen pins from Suzy LaCroix

I loved this exensive framed bow tie collection with a photo this is a great memorial or tribute to your favorite bow tie wearing gent from Andy's Frame Setting

While doing research for this post, I came across some other neat framed collection ideas, so stayed tuned!

August 23, 2016

Stark's Versatile Antelope Ax

Amy Berry mentioned that Stark's Antelope Ax is one of the most versatile rugs you can use. Take a look below at all the other designers who seem to agree. Antelope Ax can be found in a variety of rooms, styles and yet it always looks great, from closets, nurseries, dens, sitting rooms, dining rooms.
Nicole Henley Mellon sits in her posh yellow Oly chair with Stark Antelope at her feet
Classic furnishings pair nicely with Antelope
Amanda Lindroth used Antelope in this Bahahamian home paired with this amazing drum chandelier she found on 1stDibs
Jan Showers used Antelope Ax in this library
Amy Berry says Antelope Ax is one of the most versatile rugs that she uses
Robert Brown used Antelope Ax in this symmetrical dining room
Alexa Hampton used Antelope in her dressing room
Sam Allen used the darker Antelope Ax in this vibrant bedroom
Celerie Kimble's design assitant, Heidi Bianco used Antelope Ax in her bedroom
Amanda Nisbet used Antelope Ax carpet in her hallway
Antelope Ax in a nursery
Ruthie Sommers paired feminine pinks with Antelope

If Stark rugs are not in your budget, but you want to achieve the Antelope look, here are are a few more affordable options: 
Myers Carpets offers a lower priced alternative Antelope print carpet

August 13, 2016

Dallas Designer- Amy Berry

I was so excited to share some of my favorite photos from Dallas based interior designer, Amy Berry. I love Berry's use of great patterned wallpapers, encorporating blue and white ceramics, fun art, low key animal patterns and perfectly styled home bars. Berry lived and studied design in London and has brought back the classic European style mixed with her Southern roots.

Stark's Antelope Ax rug that Berry frequently uses in homes.
Sputnik light gives this office a vintage feel, reminiscence of Mad Mens Don Draper's office. Notice Stark's Antelope Ax being used again. 
Blue and White Mural Wallpaper from Susan Harter
Nurseryworks Vetro acrylic crib has the ghost effect allowing the beautiful linens to shine.

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August 7, 2016

Corpse Flower

I had the opportunity to view the Corpse Flower in bloom at the US Botanic Garden in DC. This was the first time this particular plant has bloomed and it took the plant six year to create this bloom. In two weeks the plant grew 54 inches. The name of the flower is derived from the putrid smell the bloom emits which is used to attract pollinators such as flies and beetles. The smell can be compared to rotting flesh or garbage sitting in the heat. We saw the bloom 10 hours after it initially opened and by that time the smell was faint due to the air circulation of visitors in the greenhouse. So much energy is used to grow and bloom that this magnificent bloom only lasts 24-48 hours. 

 (Amorphophallus titanum)
Standing tall at 88 inches
A botanical artist, Mara Menahan was on site the entire week prior to the bloom and during the bloom to capture this magnificent event

The US Botanic Garden in DC is located near the Capitol building. 

July 27, 2016

Float Away!

Who knew plastic floats are the new must have summer accessory for your pool? Create Instgram-worthy shots this summer at the beach or pool with your fun floats! Move over swan, you've got some yummy competition. Have you seen the photos of Patricia Altschul's Pink Flamingo float party in downtown Historic Charleston that were inspired by her flamingo float?

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