Pinch Me: Better Homes & Gardens Cover!

When I found out that my old bedroom was the cover shot for Better Homes & Gardens I couldn’t believe it.  I screamed, of course, but a part of me was like “I’m pretty sure I hallucinated that” and until I saw it I still kind of expected the magazine to arrive and have a cake on the cover instead. Well, it’s TRUE and I am shocked, honored, flattered and flabbergasted. My first cover. On a huge national magazine. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN TO ME????

It’s funny, since not only is this my old place in the city, but I only lived there for 8 months! But thanks to the amazing styling of Stacy Kunstel and the incredible photography of Michael Partenio (also the owners of Dunes & Duchess– check them out) we took some great images.  Go pick up a copy!  But in the meantime, here is the article:

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A lot of people have asked about the bedding- it was from Lands End, but is no longer available!  Why don’t more affordable bedding producers make coral banded bedding??? Lamp by Jill Rosenwald, bench from Ballard Designs in Duralee fabric, nightstand and dresser are antiques, bed is Crate & Barrel, wall color is Elephant Skin by Behr (AWESOME color).

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Here are some shot that didn’t make the article, but I still think are fabulous!

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This one was int he article, but small, and I love it :)

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LOVE this shot from the studio!

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I had to share what is the best picture every take of all four of us too. :)

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And they also filmed a video at the studio of some tips (and Lindsey and I being a little spastic over a magazine).  More proof of why I’ll never be a TV star.

All images: Michael Partenio for BHG



Story Porter Interview.

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I had a blast answering all these questions for Paige and her fabulous site Story Porter.   Andrew McCarthy (as in, the one from Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire and the like) was the interview up before me…so…. ya know… no big deal.) I had no idea he was a travel writer now.

But I digress. I certainly tried to be as honest and real as I can be and hope that some of my answers might be of interest to you.  Read the whole interview HERE.  And check out the other interviews for many more insights into all sorts of creative folks!

 

An Interview with Sophie Kinsella

I get a lot of PR e-mails. A LOT. People asking me to write about air fresheners, what celebrity is wearing their ugly jewelry and even things like some chain restaurant’s new cheese stuffed extra cheese pizza.  But once in a while, I get some really GOOD emails- like the one I got a couple weeks ago asking me if I’d like to do a little Q&A with Sophie Kinsella– author of the Shopaholic series. Ummmm…..yes. I do recall spending many a lazy beach day devouring those.  They send me her new novel to review, I’ve Got Your Number, and I finished it in two days, staying up one night for 3 hours to finish it.  Such a fun, modern love triangle romp!  If you need some fun in your literary life, I’d pick it up!

I was psyched to get to ask Sophie some questions about the book and some of her favorite things….

I was up for four hours the other night finishing this book, it was SUCH a fun read! I can’t help but love the drama. Anything in particular inspire this love triangle storyline?

Thank you so much! I’m really glad you enjoyed it. One of the main things I wanted to give this book was pace and excitement as well as comedy, and that’s where the love triangle came in. I like to put my heroines into really tense, close-to-the-wire situations, and what could be more tense than a love triangle, days before your wedding?


Technology and it’s ability to connect people who don’t really know each other plays a big role in this book- one I think we can all relate to these days (I met my husband on Match.com).  Was there a specific reason or  event that caused you to give that modern twist to this book?

No specific reason, more a gradual noticing of how technology has seeped into everyone’s lives and changed the way we live. I am so dependent on my phone, it’s a joke! Like Poppy, I feel a genuine separation anxiety if I mislay it. I message my husband all day long, and it sometimes feels as though we’re psychic – he can be anywhere, but I can still talk to him. Communication is changing all the time. In some ways it can make us closer as humans, but in other ways it is distancing. There can be a lot of misunderstanding in emails and texts, and that’s something I wanted to explore, too. (PS lovely to hear you met your husband on Match.com – that’s definitely one of the pluses of modern technology :))

Poppy is such a great “everygirl” character- I really felt for her because I could identify with parts of her personality, good an bad. There were certainly moments I cringed at her behavior and others I felt terrible for her during. Do you create characters using bits of real people you know?

I’m glad you liked Poppy! I create characters by instinct. I ‘feel’ my way into them as I’m writing them, so I can’t say that I have deliberately put any real people into her, but I’m sure I’ve been influenced by friends and family and, of course, myself. She gets intimidated by the very intellectual Tavishes and there have definitely been times when I’ve been with very high-powered academics and felt over-awed!

I have already cast the film in my head! Who might you imagine playing these parts?

Ha! I’m useless at this game! My characters seem so real to me, I can’t imagine anyone else ‘being’ them. But I think it would be a really fun movie, especially with all the texts!

As a struggling writer I cannot seem to wrap my head around completing a book.  Any tips for those who hope to someday see their name on the cover of one?

I sympathise! It’s so  much easier to start a book, full of of excitement and hope, than to finish it. I find it helps to take a step back. If you’re in the middle of a book, and struggling, take a few days out, remind yourself of WHY you want to write this book, what is so great about it, and why the idea excited you in the first place. You might find that you’ve strayed up a side alley and need to get back on track… or you need to cut a section. Whatever the solution is, it’s much easier to get perspective after a little time out.

What are your current 5 favorite home/fashion/beauty products? We always love to know! :)

Hurrah! Always very happy to chat about favourite products. :) At the moment I am having a real bird craze and have just bought a fab red cuckoo clock for the kitchen which all the family love.

I also have a really unusual bird lampshade above my bed. It makes me feel as though I sleep in a forest!

I was recommended the Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil recently and I love it. It is so easy to apply, has a great texture and stays on! I have it in Pop Life.

I’ve been using Lancome Genifique serum for a few months now. I really do think it makes a difference, and it’s easy to apply because it dries so quickly.

Finally, I couldn’t talk about products without mentioning shoes! :) With a new baby I’ve been looking for something practical, and have my eye on these Jimmy Choo pumps, which are comfortable and chic – perfect for spring.

Fashion Friday: Interview with Badgley Mishka!

Lucky me, this week I got to send a few interview questions to the design team behind the venerable label Badgley Mishka!  Of course I wanted some inside info on their glamorous gowns, but also about their famously photographed homes! So I asked them a few quick questions, which is a great excuse to post even more glam pictures (especially of that Kentucky home!)

EOS: How did you two get stared designing together?

We met at Parsons while we were both studying there and realized we both had a very similar design aesthetic. After we graduated we went to work for other designers but soon realized that we’d be a great team and that we would rather work for ourselves. That’s how Badgley Mischka was born.

EOS: Your designs are so wearable yet so unbelievably glamorous- clearly you really consider a real woman’s desire and form.  What inspires you to design this way? Any muses in particular?

Our philosophy has always been “one zip and you’re glamorous.” Feeling beautiful in what you wear should not be a chore. We love that when a woman puts on one of our gowns, she is instantly glamorous.

All dresses available through Neiman Marcus


EOS: Since this is an interior design blog, I have to tell you everyone OBSESSSES over your Kentucky home (including me).  Can you tell us about the process of decorating that home?

We loved decorating our Moonstone Farm because it gave us the chance to hunt for great local finds in the Lexington area. Supporting local artists was not only great fun but very important to us.


EOS: Do you still live in that 600 square foot studio in Manhattan? I love how glamorous you made that tiny space feel. Any tips for other people trying to decorate small spaces?

-A lot of people don’t realize when they are looking at an empty small space they have to remember that it will look BIGGER as soon as there is furniture in it.



EOS: What are your favorite items all women should have this fall and winter?

-If a woman is going to invest in one great piece this season it should be a fabulous coat. We feel the “it coat” has become the “it bag.”


Coat available through Neiman Marcus. Amazeballs.