Monday, September 24, 2012

j.crew home

To me there is an inherent link between fashion and design. I'm not saying that everyone designs the way they dress but just like fashion, interior decorating is all about personal expression. I am often inspired by looks I see in fashion blogs, magazines and even on the racks of my favorite stores.

For instance, if J.Crew had a home store my house would be finished and I'd be broke. It's the go-to label of my generation and for good reason: they have mastered mixing fresh colors and patterns, use fabulous and diverse material and effortlessly blend classics with trends. This is exactly what I want my house to be. J.Crew, if you're reading this, please open a home store and hire me to buy for you. Ok, thanks.

You might recall that my initial living room inspiration board was full of neutrals. Well, I'm over it. In a moment of fashion- inspiring-interior design I put together a collection that is my interpretation of what a J.Crew living room might look like.

2. Animal Print Throw Pillow with Red Orange trim, Century Furniture*

3. Santiago End Table, Arteriors*

4. Chesterfield Leather Sofa, Century Furniture*

5. Italian Gilt Side Table, Jonathan Charles* 

6. Horn Tray, Regina Andrew*

7. Kingston Driftwood Cocktail Table, Arteriors*

8 & 9. Paisley Throw Pillow with Green Leaf trim, Century Furniture*
Red Orange Quilted Throw Pillow, Kravet*

10. Liz Goldleaf Mirror, Worlds Away*

*available to the trade only. If you are interested in any of these products please comment below or  email me at

The patterns, textures and colors are what really make this look scream J.Crew 
To create a perfectly mixed and matched collection I had to step away from the mainstream retail shelves. J.Crew finds their patterns and fabrics overseas in obscure textile mills and markets; I simply did the interior design equivalent of that. 

Use trim on pillows to pull multiple patterns together
It's incredibly difficult to find the exact group of colors in one pattern. Trim allows you to add a color that unites the overall look. For instance, the animal print (above) doesn't have anything in common with the other fabrics at baseline. Add some red orange trim and all of the sudden it becomes part of the collection; it makes sense. 

Don't be afraid to seek out a partnership with an interior designer, even if you are on a budget 
I didn't begin this living room board with the intention of using product that is only available to the design trade, it just happened that way. In order to capture the one-of-a-kind style that J.Crew does so effortlessly it's important to partner with the professionals; they have the key that unlocks an entire world of furniture and decor that mainstream markets don't have access to. 

...I have a feeling the items on this inspiration board just might find their way into my living room.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

first impression

“If there isn't a place to put your coat, the house does not feel real.”
Steven Gambrel, Interior Designer

If there hadn't been a name after that quote I would assume it came out of my husband's mouth.  We always fight the battle between beautiful and practical. I firmly believe a space can be both and that is my goal for our entry way. It's the first thing people see when they walk into your home so I would like ours to be both impressive and inviting. Since it's important in any marriage to compromise I am going to put two entry way looks together and we will attempt to end up with something somewhere in between.

*It's important to note that my husband did not actually sit down, scroll through thumbnails of furniture and put this collection together. Had this happened I would not be writing this post, I would be waiting for the world to end. I took the liberty of asserting what I think he might pick.

via (interior designer)

via (interior designer)

This collection reeks of estrogen and I'm ok with that.

The Compromise

I have literally had this post sitting in my "draft" section for weeks now. I can't make up my mind. In an attempt to help, my husband asked me to prioritize my design purchases in order from "can't live without" to "could wait until next year." I was surprised to see our entryway towards the bottom of that list. 

I learned a good lesson here. Anyone who is passionate about design knows the thrill of a complete room. I am dying to throw our first party in a space that I deem fabulous and finished but we simply can't afford to do that so I must find that thing called patience I've been hearing so much about. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

lustful living: spanish-style ranch

If I had unlimited funds and the ability to build a home from the ground up here in Texas, this is what it would look like. From the ceiling beams to the terracotta tile to the iron railing I am in love with the character of this Spanish-style Ojai, California ranch.  

all photos via