GET THE LOOK: KELLY WEARSTLER’S MALIBU LIVING ROOM

posted by on 2016.04.03, under Get the Look
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Lately, I have been drooling over Kelly Wearstler’s fabulous Malibu beach house, recently published in Elle Decor. I’m sure the weather is to blame, as I’ve fantasized abandoning the long, cold winter to spend a week in a place like this.

Kelly Wearstler's Malibu Living Room, from Elle Decor

Kelly Wearstler’s Malibu Living Room, from Elle Decor

 

I have always coveted Kelly Wearstler’s dramatic style. Melding influences spanning the 60s to the 80s, she mixes modern with vintage effortlessly. When you see a Kelly Wearstler room, you KNOW it’s a Kelly Wearstler room, even when she forgoes her signature use of bold color for neutral elements. Inspired by her latest project, I designed a living room that’s easily sourced and friendlier-priced.

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When working with a blank slate for a living room, I find that it’s easiest to choose a sofa first – the largest piece of furniture – and design around it. The popular Piazza velvet sofa from CB2 in the perfect neutral shade of greige (i.e., beige and gray) anchors the room. Its soft and wide shape, perfect for leisurely naps, creates the laid back Malibu vibe.

Cb2 piazza storm velvet sofa, $1399

Cb2 piazza storm velvet sofa, $1399

 

Leather butterfly chairs seem to be ubiquitous as of late. I love this original take on the look – the white leather with contrast stitching somehow nails the fancy-but-casual ideal.

White Leather Butterfly Chair, $229

White Leather Butterfly Chair, $229

 

Pretty much everything in the Nate Berkus line at Target works in this room, like these understated glam studded throw pillows.

Nate Berkus Decorative Pillow with Studs, $20

Nate Berkus Decorative Pillow with Studs, $20

 

Graphic black and white prints and sculptural gold pieces on the walls play off the neutral furnishings…

Nate Berkus Starburst Wall Decor - Gold

Nate Berkus Starburst Wall Decor – Gold, $28

Society6 Abstract Ink (Black on White), from $15

Society6 Abstract Ink (Black on White), from $15

 

For lighting, the effortless drama of this linen pendant lamp at CB2 is a no-brainer.

Cb2 linen pendant lamp, $60

Cb2 linen pendant lamp, $60

 

These pseudo-nautical rope mirrors are reminiscent of a beach house by the water.

World Market Connor Rope Mirrors , from $30

World Market Connor Rope Mirrors , from $30

 

Matching side tables in a dark shade add symmetry and break up the lighter colors in the space.

Ennis Side Table, $140

Ennis Side Table, $140

Wearstler-ize it with sculptures in varying sizes.
Set of 2 Aragonite Obelisk Towers (Peru), $43

Set of 2 Aragonite Obelisk Towers (Peru), $43

A soft, oversized pouf in place of a hard top coffee table makes the room feel softer and more relaxed.
Safavieh Pin-Striped Large Beige Cotton Fabric Poof Ottoman, $185

Safavieh Pin-Striped Large Beige Cotton Fabric Poof Ottoman, $185

The typical Kelly Wearstler room has a graphic rug that ties it all together. There are plenty to choose from in Safavieh’s affordable line of plush rugs on Overstock. This gorgeous retro-classy square rug is a winner.

Safavieh Retro Grey/ Ivory Rug (6' Square), $135

Safavieh Retro Grey/ Ivory Rug (6′ Square), $135

 

If you love Kelly Wearstler like I do, this beachy living room captures her essence. Stay warm!

 

GET THE LOOK: THE FACTORY

posted by on 2016.03.28, under Get the Look
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My limited apartment space has made it tricky to pursue all those creative projects that I’ve kept on the backburner for much too long. So lately I’ve been thinking about rearranging my living room to create the ultimate studio space in lieu of the generic sofa-plus-coffee table layout. What better inspiration to get those juices flowing than Warhol’s Factory?

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Sifting through photos of the Factory remind me of the basic rules for a great workspace: keep it cool and simple. With seating and storage used sparsely where needed, the Factory feels laissez-faire—a blank slate to let ideas flow, but with a mind-boggling silver backdrop that instantly adds the necessary hip factor. It’s business and party all in one.

The Factory Photos

The Bentley Silver Pouf from One King’s Lane is perfectly priced to allow for multiple quantities when company arrives. It adds that funky silver touch without the commitment.

The Factory 1

Henley Pouf, $59 (In grey. Silver is currently out of stock)

 

A stylish chair that’s also comfortable is key. I’m partial to this Swan Wool Leisure Chair from Overstock.

The Factory 2

Swan Wool Adjustable Leisure Chair, $295

 

It’s all about the basics when it comes to a good desk. I especially like Ikea’s mix-n-match series, perfect for putting together a custom no-frills table top. This Linnmon/Finnvard model is tiltable for optimal painting and drawing.

The Factory 3

LINNMON/ FINNVARD white table, $79.50

Say what you will about Ikea, but they know how to do storage. The Hellmer drawer with casters is a fresh take on the usual filing cabinet, and its mini drawers are the perfect size for storing art supplies.

The Factory 4

HELMER Drawer unit on casters, silver, $39.99

It’s not complete without a little objet d’art, like this eye-catching yet minimalist retro lamp from West Elm. For additional work lighting, add simple task lamps where needed.

The Factory 5

Clint Mini Task Lamp – Marble / Black, $99

 

A Factory-inspired studio wouldn’t be complete without an Andy Warhol print. If you love pop art but you’re bored of the ubiquitous Marilyn and Campbell’s Soup Cans, change it up with something surprising. Allposters.com has such an incredibly thorough selection of Warholian wonder to choose from, like this portrait of Ingrid Bergman. A large print like this one adds a pop of color to a muted backdrop.

Ingrid with Hat, $45

Ingrid with Hat, $45

If you live in New York, check out Casa Lever (a restaurant designed after an airplane cabin and decorated with over 20 oversized original Warhol portraits) for inspiration on hanging Warhol prints.

But I digress.

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A studio/home office should feel like a place you want to spend time in and express yourself, because why stifle your creativity in a bland environment? If you’re feeling up for it, try painting one wall silver. Add a disco ball for good measure, and you’ll be channeling Warhol for your next project!

originally posted on ibby.com

How To Avoid Student Loans

posted by on 2016.01.10, under Giveaways
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The average college graduate is currently saddled with at least $30,000 in student loan debts and this is often accepted as unavoidable reality for many students. However, this does not mean that you need to resign yourself to this fate in your own life. The best way to avoid crushing student loans is to live frugally and save whenever you can, for instance by using coupons from Discountrue. Thanks to those you will be able to pay less at such popular stores as Kohl’s and Neiman Marcus, but not only.

Make sure to check the offer and you will be certain to find something suitable for you. Other than that, what else can a person do to avoid student loans? Read on to learn more!

1. Pick A School You Can Afford

A college degree is no longer a guarantee of immediate prosperity. So, while a college with a high tuition may seem like a great idea, picking a less expensive one will leave you with far less student loan debt over the long haul and if you really want to learn something you should be to do that no matter where you are. Before applying to a college, be sure to research how much it will cost to obtain a degree. It’s good if parents can remain involved during this part of the process to provide their child with assistance in selecting a school that works for their budget and spiritual support.

2. Develop a Four Year Plan

College expenses should be viewed as a four year plan, as opposed to assessing them annually. The plan that is developed will depend on how much you have saved. While it may make sense to split your accrued monies over all four years, this can lead to a major cost gap during the latter years of college. These gaps often cause families to turn to much pricier private loan options, which lead to much higher student loans.

3. Start With Community College

If you are willing to study at community college for your first two years of school, this can cut down on student loan costs dramatically. Research the community colleges you are considering and make sure that your credits will be able to be transfered once you have obtained an associate’s degree. However, less financial aid is available to transfer students in many instances, so this is a strategy that requires a great deal of planning.

4. Ask About Financial Aid

Students who need help paying for college should do everything in their power to find as much financial aid as possible. We’re talking about money that will not have to be paid back and these grants are a lifesaver when it comes to diminishing student loan debt. Financial aid offers are typically negotiable and additional help can also be available after enrollment has been set. Outside scholarships can provide assistance, but make sure that they won’t cut into your aid offers.

5. Accelerated Degrees

If you’re willing to put in the extra work, you can actually finish your degree ahead of schedule. While a student must take at least 12 credit hours a semester to be considered full time, the majority of colleges allow their students to take up to 18 credit hours while paying the same amount of tuition.

FRIDAY FINDS: FOR FANBOYS ONLY!!!

posted by on 2015.10.05, under Friday Finds
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Seeing that Comic Con and Halloween are just a few weeks away, why not prepare with some of these fanboy favorites? All under $35.99.

The Star Trek Spok oven mitt seems like a clever replacement for the ubiquitous foam finger at sports events, although it probably won’t protect you from the wrath of a confused alpha male. Or you could just use it for baking cookies, I suppose.

Star Trek Spock Oven Mitt, $14.99

ThinkGeek Star Trek Spock Oven Mitt, $14.99

 

As if the Spok Mitt weren’t enough, get a load of this iPhone case from Retroplanet. It’s all the fun of having Spok ears without the commitment.

Male Ears iPhone Case, $12

Male Ears iPhone Case, $12

 

Welcome to the future: The Snuggie is now cosplay-friendly. I love how the faces in this Amazon customer image are pixelated to avoid maximum humiliation. Choose from Batman, Superman (the cheapest one, why?), and Wonder Woman to keep you nice and cozy this winter. Nerd.

 DC Comic Adult Comfy Throw with Sleeves by The Northwest Company, $10-26

DC Comic Adult Comfy Throw with Sleeves by The Northwest Company, $10-26

 

Contemplating The Club for your Batmobile? Who needs it when you could have this convincing Star Wars sunshade on your dashboard!

Plasticolor 003700R01 Star Wars Accordion Sunshade , $21

Plasticolor 003700R01 Star Wars Accordion Sunshade , $21

 

How about a Slutty Dalek costume for Halloween? You can even sort of get away with wearing this Doctor Who dress on normal days.

Doctor Who Blue Dalek costume Dress, $35.99

Doctor Who Blue Dalek costume Dress from eBay (other sizes available), $35.99

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AIPAD PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW 2015, AND HOW TO GET YOUR PHOTO FIX

posted by on 2015.04.20, under Art
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This weekend we attended the AIPAD 2015 show at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC. We love all the art shows in New York, but this one strictly focuses on photography – both contemporary and classic, and we couldn’t get enough.

Sandy Skoglund’s trashy photos, like this Reflection in a Mobile, glorifies the Mobile Home and makes us want a wall-to-wall pink bathroom just like this one

Sandy Skoglund

Sandy Skoglund, Reflection in a Mobile Home

 

Get the look with this ombre pink shower curtain from Amazon.

This was the only Miles Aldridge photo spotted at the show, but its glorious colors and juicy texture were so satisfying that any more would be overkill.

Miles Aldridge, 3-D 2010

 

Get your fix with this Rizzoli book of his work. With 250+ pages of pop-off-the-page neon fashion photographs, your eyes will be recovering for days.

 

Flip Schulke’s “Ali In The Water” was one of our favorite photos at the show…

Flip Schulke, Ali in the Water

Flip Schulke, Ali in the Water

 

…and to our surprise, we found a poster version available on Amazon.

We spotted a healthy amount of old and new imagery produced by dying photographic processes, like tintypes, polaroids, and daguerrotypes…

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Daguerrotypes

Tom Bianchi, polaroid from Fire Island

Tom Bianchi, polaroid from Fire Island

 

"Trick" gelatin silver photograph, unknown photographer, early 1900s

“Trick” gelatin silver photograph, unknown photographer, early 1900s

Several of these are so rare and delicate that they can be priced in the tens of thousands, but you can get your fix with these gorgeous books instead…

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