50 Shades of Gray

In decor, gray is the new white. It is an elegant neutral that can give depth to subtle colors and makes bold tones pop. However, getting gray right is tricky. The “temperature” of a particular shade—cool or warm—can evoke very different feelings and have an enormous impact on the mood of a room.

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Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when using gray.

Layer different shades of gray to give depth to the design. Applying a dark gray to one wall and lighter gray to the remaining walls will not only help create a focal point but will also add tremendous dimension. For a chic and tailored look, go monochromatic and paint trim in an even lighter shade of gray. Use shiny or brushed silver metallic accents; they visually read as a shade of gray and add texture to a room.

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Enhance dark gray with bright colors. Sprinkle in accessories, furnishings, or window treatments in a vivid, saturated hue. This will create visual interest and keep the interior from seeing drab. For a fresh modern look, pair dark gray with orange or yellow.
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Texture gives life to a neutral room. Incorporate luxurious fabrics, mixed materials and wood tones to keep your space from looking flat. Wallpaper an accent wall or add an area rug for instant texture.
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Lastly, make sure to introduce plenty of light sources.  Allow plenty of natural light into the room and layer the lighting with different light sources. Position lights throughout the space at varying heights by using a mixture of table lamps, floor lamps, sconces and pendants.

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Have a fabulous Friday!
xo,
Jennifer

How to Create Mid Century Modern Chic

Thanks to my Mad Men obsession, I have become very intrigued by mid-century design. Although it may be a bit stark for my taste, I do love the new chic takes on this aesthetic. So last night I came across this beautiful design by Jackie Astier  and was completely inspired. Jackie was recently named a rising star by Elle Decor magazine. Below is her mid-century glam apartment. The photos are taken from the spread in Elle Decor.

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I love how Jackie incorporated a lacquered ceiling along with an eclectic mix of textures in the furnishing and accessories. The scheme pulls together a myriad of pieces yet the finished product is polished and very sophisticated.

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Hints of gold and burnished mirror give a bit of a retro vibe, yet mixed with dark, rich color, the space exudes glam.

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The gallery wall and perfectly organized bookshelves give a geometric balance to the room. The white tufted slipper chairs soften the rigidity.

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Stunning use of geometric pattern.

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Jackie is pictured above. How cute and stylish is she? I love the deep turquoise velvet dining chairs paired against a ivory white plush rug and lacquered walls.

So, how can you re-create this room? Good news. I have taken the work out of it for you! Take a look at some of the fabulous finds below.

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Sofa from West Elm

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Jesper Holm Chair from inmod.com

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Regina Andrew sculptures from Horchow

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Jenny Gold Leaf table from mbw.com

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Diane Conversation Chair from Horchow

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Apollo Wall Art from Arteriors

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Souk Wool Rug from West Elm

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Formosa Black Table from CB2

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Brass Teardrop Table from Arteriors

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Adrienne Landau Pillows from Horchow

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Presley Lamp from Arteriors

Thanks for stopping by and have a groovy day 😉

xo,

Jennifer

 

Fashion Forward – How to create Global Style

Bright patterns with an international flair were seen in abundance on the runways for Spring 2013 and Pre-Fall 2013. The mixing of patterns with bright hues is absolutely detectible and makes me yearn to be more adventurous in my style!

Many of these patterns we are seeing in all realms of design have been used for centuries around the globe. One of my personal favorites is the ikat pattern. The word ‘ikat’ (pronounced ‘ee-KAHT’) comes from the Malaysian word ‘mengikat,’ or ‘to tie.’  In creating this print loose threads are tied into bundles using grasses or wax-treated cotton. The placement of these will specify where the dye is able to sink in and color the thread. The weaver must decide where the dyed threads must be in order to create the desired pattern. All of this must happen before the fabric is woven! The process of weaving this pattern is very complicated and should be duly appreciated!

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Ikat print by Duralee

For a fashionable and contemporary take on global prints, many designers are opting to mix prints and patterns.

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Vera Wang Fall 2013 Runway

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Marchesa and Vera Wang Spring 2013 Runway

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Isabel Marant Spring 2013

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Pattern is an important aspect of interior design as well. It adds color, texture and diversity. It adds visual complexity to a room. Some of interior design’s most well-known designers have mixed prints and patterns with beautiful results. Here are a few tips on mixing pattern.

1. Start with one item that is multicolored and pair it with other pieces that pick up the colors of that scheme. Keep furniture pieces basic and solid to act as a canvas.

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2. Use a good mix of small and large scale patterns and as a general rule, a pattern should be repeated at least once in the room.

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(Elle Decor. Designed by Eric Cohler)

3. There should always be a place for the eye to rest in a room full of pattern. Whether it’s a solid fabric on the sofa, a neutral paint color or tone on tone pattern.

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(Western Interior Magazine. Designed by Kara Mann)

4. Try to mix the type of patterns being used. For instance, it is aesthetically pleasing mix damask and stripes.

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(House Beautiful. Designed by Markham Roberts)

5. If mixing of colors is too bold, try using monochromatic patterns. A monochromatic palette set against a neutral background is impossible to mess up!

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Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Jennifer

Travel and Wanderlust

Two of my favorite things in life are beauty products and traveling. So for those of you who are not familiar with Birchbox, listen up! Birchbox is a monthly subscription service and for $10 per month, they will send you a box plum full of luxury beauty samples to try! Obviously when I heard about this service I signed up immediately and anxiously awaited my “invitation”. Each month Birchbox has a theme with June being “Wanderlust.”

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Included for sampling in this month’s box were the following:

1. Suki exfoliating face scrub : This smells wonderfully like citrus and works better than most scrubs I have used in the past. Its consistency starts out similar to wet sugar and then transforms into a velvety lather.

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2. Color Club Wanderlust addition Nail polish in color “Reign in Spain”

I used this electrically bright polish on my toes and I love it! Absolutely perfect for summer!

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3.  Oscar de la Renta Something Blue perfume.

Perfectly light. I am almost out of my sample already!

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4. The Laundress Wash and Stain Bar.

Since this is used for washing clothing, I am embarrassed to say that I have not yet tried this sample. However it smells super fresh and clean!

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5. Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo.

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Lastly, included in my sample box were super cute postcards depicting different destinations around the world. I was happy to see that I have been to all of the locations except one, Spain! Spain happens to by one my list to visit next. Keeping my fingers crossed for this fall.

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Paris, France

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London, England

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New York! My home.

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And lastly…Spain! Where should I visit?!

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xo,

Jennifer

Parisian Chic

Paris, one of my favorite cities in the world. Known for beautiful and effortless style in every way. Their fashion style and interior design have been copied worldwide. Some even say France is the home to modern day interior design. Here are a few tips on how to emulate the simple, chic style.

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1. Look effortless. You don’t want to appear as though you have spent hours sorting your hair and getting your look ‘just right.’  Instead of styling your hair into complicated, fancy styles, simply let it hang loose, or tie it into a quick chignon. The trick is to get dressed fresh, neat and tidy, and then get a bit disheveled.

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2. Wear less make-up. Just a bit of lipstick, blush and a little black eyeliner will do!

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3. Relax! Take time to appreciate your life. Savor the food, wine and good conversation.

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4. Keep your look simple and polished.

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5. Always wear heeled shoes

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6. Go all out when it comes to your handbag.

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Now that you are ready to be Parisian chic, here are some beautiful French style interiors for your daily inspiration!

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Diane Von Furstenburg’s apartment

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Room style with Grange Furniture

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Beautiful Beaux Art architecture

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Have a beautiful day!

xo,

Jennifer

Hello Summer!

Summer. Hair gets lighter, water gets warmer, drinks get colder, music gets louder, nights get longer. Life gets better.

Happy first day of summer!

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Daphne Groeneveld for Dior Addict

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This is what I plan to be doing every weekend with my best friends!

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Chanel Collection Summer 2013

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Time for rooftop cocktails!

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(Architectural Digest)

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Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

xo,

Jennifer

Fierce Feline (and more…)

Today’s post is inspired by none other than my little Coco (insert “Meow!”)!

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While she may be small, cute and cuddly, her ancestors are as fierce as the feline prints and patterns that we see gracing the runway! Here are some simple ways to incorporate a little bit of the animal kingdom into your style.

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Rhianna looking stunning in a leopard print tank.

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Christian Louboutin can do no wrong.

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Love this casual, and super trendy look.

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There is no way I can have a post without my favorite, Olivia Palermo!

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Snakeskin nails! This is relatively easy to accomplish with Sally Hansen Nails new nail stickers.

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http://www.thelennoxx.com/?cat=19&paged=2

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Thanks for reading and have a fabulous day!

xo,

Jennifer