Thursday, July 29, 2010

Design Site Reject

A dear friend recommended my condo for a "sneak peak", an expose of photos and descriptions, on a rather successful design blog, let's call it, Design Mop.  I was elated, both by the prospect of exposure for my shop (there's always a description and links to the homeowner and their business) and for the validation of my personal passion for decorating.  I've been waiting for this moment without realizing it since my reversible comforter at age eight afforded me the ability to change up my decor seasonally.  At first they seemed nearly as excited as I was about the prospect.  We began by a little exchange of what they were looking for;  What was my style?  What was my background and could I take a few preliminary pictures? More than happy to!  (The Complete Essay and more pictures after the JUMP!)


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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Oh So Trend(e)y!

Looking for a little home design inspiration but a little lost in the world since your favorite shelter magazines (Domino, House & Garden, Blueprint, Budget Living) have long since bit the dust?  There are so many design sites and blogs that it's easy to get overwhelmed and lost.  Well, help is here my friend!  Trendey, a Swedish blog begun by two sisters who were swapping design ideas while decorating there respective new pads (one in London, one in Stockholm), posts stories and pictures, oh so many pictures, of design and fashion trends.  It's a great place to start! Tons of links to other international magazines and artists (including the ever affordable etsy!)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Too Fast for Love

We just discovered the super cool print stylings of Jon Contino. Born and raised in New York, he is a designer, illustrator, and typographer and co-founder of design studio Onetwentysix and menswear brand CXXVI Clothing Company. A new way to say "I heart NY"!
all designs by illustrator, designer, and typographer, Jon Contino.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

E-I E-I Oh My!


This summer has been all about floral prints, ditsy prints on skirts, roses on jackets, peonies on skirts. I'm not giving up these sweet little blooms just yet but they've had to make way for a new little trend that has been selling out as fast as we can stock them.  For years it's been about the birds; bird necklaces, rings, tee shirts, bags.  But now it's animal prints. Not just any prints; not your typical tiger roarrrring or zebra stripes.  Nope. It's goofy, googly eyed owls, folkloric birds, and smiling foxes.  A psychiatrist might call it the infantalization of fashion but I'd prefer to see it as a lighthearted and quirky approach to fashion. I say bring on the dancing bears! John Irving would be proud.
Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Where the Boys (clothes) Are

New York is sweltering. I mean New Orleans 105 degrees, 100% humidity and refusing to rain hot.  Or at least if feels like it when you're traipsing around the city (Note: just because the sky is clear and the sun is out does not make it a nice day for a walk!)  Still the walk from Union Square to Chelsea for the (capsule) Menswear Trade Show Spring 2011 for global emerging menswear brands, provided a welcome reprieve of A/C and eye candy of menswear and the dapper dudes donning them. Admittedly, some of the lines were a bit staid and repetitive (sorry boys, it's just hard to muster the same level of excitement for an array of multicolor boat shoes as for I can for women's strappy sandals) and many brands are well above the POP price point but I did find a couple new lines to add including Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen. Based in California, the collection is diverse, interesting and wearable; a little bit hipster, a little bit preppy casual, you know, in between (ah hence the name!)  So even when not buying it was fun and inspiring just to check out what the boys are wearing and what's to come in Spring '11. 
Shades of Grey Spring 2011


Friday, July 23, 2010

Sparkle On!

Okay I've been slacking on my music recommendations. And yes, I owe you several links to free music downloads. I know I know. Bad bad blogger. But I'm back in the blogosphere and will do by best to keep you up to date with the latest and greatest. Speaking of, I just ordered a copy of this fantastic new CD. I just had a listen to a few of the tracks and was moved to immediately A) buy it B) blog it.  It's that's good. The CD is the recently released Dark Night of the Soul, a multimedia project  of  Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse with Danger Mouse and director David Lynch (that was tied up in legal issues with EMI for more than a year finally getting an official release.)  The music, evocative, sometimes sad  or alternatively uplifting is all the more moving since Mark Linkous tragically took his own life earlier this year. (One of the guest vocalists on the album, Vic Chesnut also committed suicide last December.) But it's not all sorrow and loss; Like the world we live in, it also contains moments of joy and hope.
In addition to Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, other artists appearing on Dark Night of the Soul include The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy and Admiral Radley, Frank Black of Pixies, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Suzanne Vega, Vic Chesnutt, David Lynch and Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel, and The Gerbils. Take a listen from NPR. Video and more info after the jump...