GET THE LOOK: KELLY WEARSTLER’S MALIBU LIVING ROOM

posted by on 2016.11.03, 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.

wearstler moodboard

 

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!

 

COFFEE TABLE BOOK OF THE WEEK: CINDY SHERMAN

posted by on 2016.10.14, under Coffee Table Book of the Week
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This week’s Coffee Table Book, Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills, is a series of Cindy Sherman photographs taken between 1977-1980. A retrospective is currently on view at MoMA and the museum published its own book to complement the show, and her first groundbreaking series is where it’s at. Untitled Film Stills features Cindy’s first major series of black and white images taken in her early twenties and “is widely seen as one of the most original and influential achievements in recent art.” Ms. Sherman reinvented Photography and the self-portrait, and this book is where it all started.

Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills

Can’t make it to the retrospective? Check out the MoMA interactive exhibition online!

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

posted by on 2016.04.20, 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…

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.

KAUFMANN MERCANTILE

posted by on 2015.04.02, under Shopping Guide, Store Profiles
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One needn’t spend very long on the Kaufmann Mercantile site to see that they’re serious about their product assortment. Everything is high quality, aesthetically pleasing and has a story—one that typically involves handcrafting or generational know-how. No made in China here.

 

Kaufmann

 

Not only are the product summaries exceptionally thoughtful and informative, but the site’s Field Notes library is a treasure trove of succinct articles on everything from designer Arne Jacobsen to copper care to the history of salt. There’s even a fascinating look into the world of giant pumpkins! Yes, I’m a fan.

Here are some of my favorite KM items of the moment:

This collapsible cot is perfect for overnight guests. Line it with a few sheepskins, throw a sleeping bag over and voile—a cozy guest bed that can go anywhere you have an extra 28” x 77” worth of floor space.

Canvas & Aluminum Collapsible Cot

Canvas & Aluminum Collapsible Cot, $159

 

Made in Italy, this Green Giant of staplers would command serious respect at the office.

Metal Plier Office Stapler

Metal Plier Office Stapler, $34.90

 

These 3-piece nesting bowl sets are made right in Ohio. Their milky green shade is so much more alluring than clear glass or steel, as far as mixing bowls go.

Set of Hand-Pressed Glass Bowls (Jadeite)

Set of Hand-Pressed Glass Bowls (Jadeite), $64.90

 

Handcrafted in Japan, this crackle finish teapot is an amazing steal at just $34.95. A great gift idea for Mother’s Day or your next housewarming party invite.

Japanese Ceramic Crackle Glaze Teapot

Japanese Ceramic Crackle Glaze Teapot, $34.90

 

Wooden bath mats are an easy way to add spa charm to your bath—especially when made of fragrant cyprus wood like this one. Also made in Japan.

Japanese Cypress Wood Bath Mat

Japanese Cypress Wood Bath Mat, $29

 

Long before humorous tote bags were a thing, French net bags were the ultimate reusable market bag.  Keep simple tradition alive, in classic natural or sleek black.

French Cotton Net Bag (Black)

French Cotton Net Bag (Black), $10.95

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