Lonnylicious.

I am sure that 99% of you have already looked through the new Lonny and swooned over the fabulosity of it.  Well, I can’t help but post my favorites anyways with some commentary since that’s how I roll.  Boring? Perhaps, but I got about 3 hours of sleep and my creative brain has gone on strike for the moment!  In all seriousness though, Lonny has officially won a place in my heart.  I still want pages to turn in my hand, but the imagery and selection of spaces they show not only are inspirational but also real.  You recognize store bought items and know that not all the spaces were created on big budgets.  That speaks to me, as well as you I’m sure.

What not start with editor Michelle Adams’ own apartment? I adore the whimsy of this ostrich wallpaper- you have to look close to get a giggle because at first it looks botanical or floral from far away. A sense of humor is always appreciated in a home!  The vignette of the vintage console mixed with layered art, lighting and accoutrement is pure perfection (confession: I LOOOOOOVE curating tabletop scenes like this. LOVE.)

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Her dining area is totally accessible in that I immediately recognized the chairs from Ballard and the table from West Elm. The mix of traditional and modern is fantastic as are the big, modern art prints!

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Oh hello black wall. Need I say more? I think not.

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This shot is just gorgeous, as many transition shots are.  From bright and white to black and cozy- I wanna just move in!

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Laura Day’s place slayed me. Like I almost fell on the ground and died a slow cinematic death over the details. This whole dining room- the mirrored panels, art, drapes, FLOORS, cute kid…. modern marvel (I would have added a fab chandelier though, just sayin’)

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Although not my taste typically- the stylistic mix of her living room looks bright and fun- the vintage rug with the hollywood glam console, bold contemporary art and lots of textures….

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The kids rooms are the COOLEST in their sparse yet creatively cool decor!  The overscale mirror above the crib? LOVE! And the photo wall above the toddler bed with the Paul Smith rug (which coincidentally has been in two posts in the past week) are fun yet not baby-ish AT ALL.

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This is what I call a design sneak attack- this hallway seating area looks lovely with it’s contrasts and punch of color….

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And then BAM- you’re hit square in the face with the amazingness of the back of the settee! How I appreciate details like this- it’s kind of like a ninja kick to the head, in a good way. That doesn’t make sense, but you know what I mean. :)

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These two spaces I appreciated for it’s dressing up of a modern loft-like space. We looked at a loft yesterday that was really quite awesome and a potential for our next residence. I loved the super high ceilings and airy feel but those kinds of spaces can feel a bit box-like.  I love the mixed use of soft, transitional pieces, antiques and color to create a cozy feel in a architecturally cold space.

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I so need a lucite trunk in my life.

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I have this rug in my own LR and I am still loving it! Thanks West Elm! Picture 16

This is so great- it’s a small, not totally updated kitchen seen in rentals cities round the country- she totally made it look cool and unique with the black paint, over scale print and light fixture. ADORE the craftiness.

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Finally, this house I found to be so cozy and layered and interesting. A total mix of modern and traditional each room has it’s own personality and yet they work together. Bravo!

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That mantle is amazeballs. I love it.

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I have had a thing for dark blue dining room walls lately- fresh and dramatic yet traditional all the same time.

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The moody wallpapered walls in the bedroom and closet are pretty darn rad.

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Is there anything a gallery wall can’t fix?

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An interesting mix of rustic (brick floors) with industrial modern. Yet it works!

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Now go read the issue yourself if you haven’t!  I have a Lonny-worthy project in the works that I think I’ll pitch to them when it’s done. It’s B-A-N-A-N-A-S good, if I do say so myself!



Boston Modern

If you’ve wandered the charming streets of Beacon Hill’s Charles Street you know not only is it an ideal place to live, but shop as well.  One  of my favorite home stores there is Koo de Kir– nestled off Charles just a bit it houses some fabulous designs as well as Kristine Irving’s design studio.  This past issue of New England Home showcased one of Kristine’s projects right in the same neighborhood as her shop.  I simply adore the mix of modern, antique and traditional in this space- and those huge living room windows left me drooling.

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Jennifer Aniston at Home

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photos by Scott Frances for AD

As has been reported gossip blogs the world over, the March Architectural Digest features the lovely Jennifer Aniston on the cover and inside takes a tour of her renovated L.A. home. I finally found some photos online of it (with my ninja-like web surfing skills) and to be honest, I am surprised AND disappointed! This isn’t at all what I would picture her bachelorette pad to be- instead I think it looks like a BACHELOR pad (perhaps that’s the point? To not scare off men with copious amounts of femininity?) Quite the opposite to the lovely Colette’s single gal home we saw yesterday (to which there will be a follow up complete with sources, by the way! So glad you loved it as much as I did!)

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I had fun pulling together what I personally imagine for Jen (since we’re tight and all). Something modern but with a more natural, light feel that references her devotion to yoga and love for the beach. What do you think?

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