Inspiring Interiors: Orange

Orange in interiors is very a-peeling to me right now. In fact, I hope my love for orange will nav-el end! Orange you glad that I have some inspiring images for you to get juiced for the weekend?! With any luck we’ll all be Sunkissed come monday! Now to find a pulp-y beach read…

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What’ll it be?! One Sofa Styled 4 Ways

This hot weather has got me craving a change in the ol’ pillow lineup. Only hitch? I have a grey slubby woven sofa. Not that grey woven is totally disgusting and that I have to hang on to it for another 30 years for it to become tolerable again, like, say, avocado was to 1995, but grey sofas have totally become over saturated, in my humble opinion. Name me one big box store you can’t find one of those bad boys ready made for ya!  I do still like our sofa’s styling with it’s midcentury, classic shape, walnut tapered lags, some sweet piping and button tufting. Dare I say I was on the cutting edge of the grey sofa trend, if you can call it that, custom making mine 3.5 years ago? Mmm probably not. In hindsight I would have liked to do black, white, natural leather, pink, green, orange, yellow or blue. (I think I’ve gone through my ROYGBIV? Ok, so not violet. Or red.) Anyways, I had hard time feeling right on with our pillow situation for a while. Something looks off with bright white backgrounded things and some colors just look nasty on grey. So, how to make this work? By adding a hint of grey to the mix (or black and white to read as grey). Yes, these combos would probably be that much cooler if they were on a white or colored sofa, but I figured there were other ladies (and gentlemen) out there with the same grey dilemma, and they might be able to get by with a little help from this friend?! You’ll be happy to know some of them are a real steal! So pick a refreshment and shake up your pillow style! Maybe there is life for the grey sofa after all!

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Sofa / Greyhound: Coral Pillows, Light Pink and Gold Pillows, Hexagon Lumbar Pillow /Mojito: Citron Geo Link Pillows, Yellow Pillows, Love Lumbar, Lemon-Lime Throw, Aqua Spectrum Throw / Champagne Cocktail: Le Zebre Pillows, Hotel Monaco Animal Pink Pillows, Aqua Diamond Weave Pillows, First Lady Pillow / Hard Lemonade: Dwell Studio Zebra Pillows, Hot Pink Pom Pom Pillows, Yellow Lola Pillow, Bright Pink Mohair Throw

 

Lady Cocktails: The Fiery Latina

My tiny grandmother (abuelita) is a feisty Latina. You’re most likely to find her telling a suggestive joke and/ or sneaking a cocktail. Maybe that’s where I’ve been getting my appetite for all things spicy and boozy! So say hello to, “The Fiery Latina,” a drink I concocted and can not stop preparing! Contrary to it’s latin roots, I love to use gin instead of tequila in this cocktail, it adds a nice botanical spice! This one’s for you, abuelita!

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2 oz Bombay Gin

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz. Honey Simple Syrup (To make, heart 1 cup honey and 1 cup water in a saucepan until honey is dissolved, then cool in the fridge. Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for future cocktail mixing! Or maybe just the 2nd and 3rd rounds…)

3 Drops Orange Flower Water

2 Mint sprigs

5 Jalepeño Rounds (with seeds)

5 Persian Cucumber Rounds

Tonic Water

Mexican Chile Powder

Ice

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker muddle 1 sprig of mint, 3 jalepeño rounds and 3 cucumber rounds with gin. Add honey simple syrup, lime juice and orange flower water. Fill shaker with ice. Shake shake shake! Strain into a double old fashioned or highball filled with ice. Top with a splash of tonic water and a small dash of chile powder. Garnish with sprig of mint, cucumber & jalepeño rounds. ¡Salud! (Barbarella highball glasses from Bombshell Bar Goods.)

Digging This: Lady Penelope’s Dressing Room by Christopher Peacock

This guy! Now this room is pretty as a Peacock! (Pun very intended.) Feast your eyes on this ladies dressing room in the 2014 Kips Bay Showhouse by Christopher Peacock, based on Lady Penelope, a pink, 6-wheeled Rolls Royce driving spy puppet from the 1960s UK show, Thunderbirds. This dressing room boasts pink lacquered closet doors, 24K gold hardware, pink leather-lined shelves, and a boat load of Pucci fashions! I love everything about this room, down to the Good & Plenty filled candy dish, but I think that my favorite element is the Patterson, Flynn & Martin carpet in a David Hicks geometric pattern. The avocado and pink color combo just tickles me! The vanity wall is covered in a glistening gold grasscloth by Thibaut. Kitchy Glamor at it’s finest! Happy Weekend!

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Images Via NY Times, Lifestyle Mirror, Quintessence BlogGo Design Go, and NBC NY.

Groovy Girls Room

I had so much fun designing this room for two spunky post-college girls that are getting thrifty and sharing a space! They wanted something funky and fresh while keeping the existing aqua wall color. To tie together this palate of aqua, orange & pink I chose one of my favorite fabrics from my recent obsession, Spoonflower, to make into Euro shams. Isn’t that pattern incredible?! The Nate Berkus Crosshatch Sheets are rocking my world, as are the partially nude dudes…I think these gals are old enough to handle some tighty whiteys, right?

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Eyeball Sconces / Hunky Man Print Front / Hunky Man Print BackOrange Op Art Print / Metallic and Aqua Lamp / Table / Floral Fabric / Crosshatch Sheets / Orange Pillow / White Duvet / Sheepskin Rug / Basketweave Throw 

The best part? The total cost for each girl is about $275 plus an art board and a $25 Ribba frame to DIY an orange geometric art piece using painters tape and acrylic paint!

(Shameless plug: Contact me for e-design, consulting or styling rates! I’d love to work on a project together!)

Best Sundressed

At long last Mikey and I are taking a Humphrey Holiday to the UK for our 3rd anniversary next month and I’m in the market for some smart sundresses. You know, ones that I can cruise around town in feeling easy breezy but that I wouldn’t be ashamed for Princess Kate to see me in should we cross paths for tea or something. (I also don’t want to look like an LA hoochie, which can happen in my leopard print maxi’s from time to time.) Enter Boden. Where better to look for that sort of thing than a at company who’s slogan is “Great British Style”?! Upon first glance some felt a bit matronly, but as I pursued the site I envisaged Grace Kelly galavanting around in them…ok, done. Here’s just a sampling of the ones I’ve been stewing over!

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            Aaand I don’t think some of these dresses would mind a trip to Palm Springs either…

Abigail Dress / Retro Pocket Dress / Audrey Ponte Dress / Gingham Shirt Dress / British Tweed Shift / Paddington Dress / Aldgate Dress / Santorini Sundress / Casual Tunic