Well, Well, Wellies

Mar 27, 2012

The weather may have suddenly (and eerily) warmed up here in the Northeast, but we’re not fooled. We know we’ve still got a wet, chilly spring ahead of us, and we’re ready to take it on  . . . in a pair of preppy-tastic wellies, of course. Check out the ones on our wish list for this...

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A Little on the Side

Mar 27, 2012

Maybe the term side table implies something that’s a bit of an afterthought, but we like to think of these useful pieces not only as great places to store stacks of our favorite books and magazines, but also as decorating real estate for all our not-ready-for-prime-time treasures and as a way to balance out and create a polished space. Here are a few tips for choosing the perfect end table. 1. Proportion is key. If you have a large space and large seating, your end tables should be...

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Where the Boys Are

Mar 27, 2012

There’s a fine line between cute and kitschy, which is why kids’ rooms can be so difficult to decorate. If you want your son’s space to be a fun, sporty, Bob the Builder–free zone, take some cues from this Long Island boy’s room, designed by former fashion designer Jarlath Mellet and featured in the April issue of Coastal Living. Mellet began by echoing the stripes found throughout the rest of the house on the rug, throw, and reversible quilt. She also played with the layering of...

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Big Bangle Theory

Mar 27, 2012

If there’s one truth we feel confident of, it’s that you can’t ever have too much jewelry. When was the last time you regretted having the perfect pair of vintage earrings to go with the new cocktail dress you bought for your friend’s wedding, or wondered, “What can I possibly do with this statement necklace?” The fact—fact, we tell you!—is that jewelry serves many purposes. It jazzes up our favorite outfits, it’s another outlet for self-expression, and it makes us look...

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Wallflowers Need Not Apply

Mar 20, 2012

On her website, in what must be the understatement of the decade, Colombian-born illustrator Catalina Estrada states, “I love colors and shapes and if I have a choice I want to make them beautiful.” One look at her new wallpaper collection for Coordoné, which blends the color and intensity of Latin-American folklore with European technical refinement, and we were bowled over by her adventurous with a capital A sense of design. (We’re not the only ones who are smitten: blogs like decor8...

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The Artful Lodger: How to Display Favorite Collections

Mar 20, 2012

You’d be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn’t collect something, and with good reason: collections satisfy our urge to express ourselves through objects we love, and bring order to what can otherwise seem, well, random or nonsensical. Assembling your salvaged typewriter keys, fabric-covered buttons, Broadway playbills, or even vintage surgical instruments and handcuffs (think we’re kidding? Google ’em) into a creatively displayed collection elevates these items from common objects...

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Bird Brains

Mar 20, 2012

Do you get as ridiculously excited as we do when you find that your personal obsessions have gone front and center of a current trend? As outdoorsy folk living in a naturally beautiful place like the Berkshires, we’ve always been bird lovers, and we were thrilled to see our avian friends popping up on everything from handbags to headboards. You can find bird prints pretty much anywhere this season, but here’s a sampling of our...

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The New Bohemian

Mar 20, 2012

When we saw this Manhattan apartment in the March issue of Architectural Digest, we can’t say we were surprised by how thoughtfully designed it is. It’s owned by Diane von Furstenberg, for crying out loud, the queen of the chic silhouette and sophisticated print. What we were surprised by is just how crazily eclectic it is, with everything from plastic-woven Franz West chairs to pop art paintings, a Salvador Dalí sofa in the shape of plush lips, Asian and African sculpture, a ginormous...

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Shine On

Mar 13, 2012

Every now and again, we like to imagine ourselves on the set of some great old Hollywood movie, complete with a glamorous apartment filled with luxurious furnishings (jewels and designer wardrobes don’t hurt, either). When we think of these rooms, one of the first things that come to mind is mirrored furniture, which brings some much-needed shine and a bit of art deco fabulousness to even the plainest spaces. Here are a few picks for getting this...

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Cherry Picks

Mar 13, 2012

With cherry blossom season just a couple of weeks away, we’re feeling inspired by these soft, feathery, sweetly colored blooms. The texture, the colors . . . we can’t wait to get started on some new design...

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The Amazing Lace

Mar 13, 2012

It’s hard to find a textile that says “romance” the way lace does. Even in a heavier fabric, lace has a delicate, ethereal quality that makes it ideal for romantic decorating schemes, lending texture and elegance to a space. If you usually eschew frilly décor, never fear: there are plenty of not-your-grandma’s lace pieces to choose from these days. Hop over to Style Court for the artistic treatment or check out this pic of a lace-bombed tree from Annie’s Pinterest page, then take a...

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Purple Reign

Mar 13, 2012

Sigh. That’s all we want to do when we look at this amazingly serene English country home, featured in the February/March issue of Traditional Home. That and pull back the covers and snuggle up in the bed, or sprawl out on the sofa and and read a book, or sink into the tub, overflowing with bubbles . . . But we digress. What we love most about this romantic design is its simplicity—some luxe, curvaceous furniture; beautifully rich fabrics; and a gentle color palette that resembles a...

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