Thursday, May 27, 2010

Collaborations to Write Home About

I love when the interior design and fashion worlds mix. There's two upcoming ventures that I'm very excited to report:

First, it is rather rare for an interior designer to cross into the realm of fashion. It's usually the other way around. But for Jonathan Adler, there's nothing he can't handle. Collaborating with 7 For All Mankind, he's designed a line for both men and women, and of course they include his signature quirky prints.
Notice a resemblance from his interiors?

I've always had mixed feelings for the dude ever since I watched him judge on Top Design. But, there's no doubting, he's got talent.

Our next collaboration seems to be something of a trend among the fashion designers we know and love. What do Betsey Johnson, Missoni, Moschino, and DVF have in common? They can all chalk up designing hotels to their list of accomplishments.

Betsey Johnson designed the iconic Eloise room at the Plaza:
There's the Missoni Hotel that just opened last year in Edinburgh:

The Moschino Hotel in Milan that also opened last year:

And the latest chic lodging venture, Diane Von Furstenberg is set to design rooms in Claridge's in London. Rumor has it, she'll be incorporating some of the bold prints similar to the ones featured in her Fall 2010 runway collection. She's also branched out into the home decor department, with that collection set to debut in January.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Have You Heard?

Of course the timing of this is perfect given that I no longer work at J.Crew, I have my wedding dress, and the bridesmaid dresses are underway, but regardless J.Crew and Martha Stewart Weddings have paired up to open their first bridal boutique in Manhattan!! I can't wait to head over there the next weekend we "go boating". They also have an amazing contest here. Even the invitations to the launch party are the cutest things ever:

Hmm... maybe I can get the fiance to take me on the pretense of "checking on the boat"...
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Flowers for You

Thanks to everyone who helped out Nell with her new apartment! She promised us some completed pictures, so I'm looking forward to them! My interior decorating company, Tendenza Fashion and Interiors, offers a DIY package that can be mailed to your home in a situation like Nell's who is from Atlanta. For more information, click here.

In lieu of a post today, please accept a bouquet of flowers for my apologies!

I can't wait until I can have a normal life again, and get back to blogging! I've also made some progress with the wedding planning and can't wait to fill you in. Be back soon!
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lovely Reader's Apartment

A few weeks back, I got an amazing email from a reader saying how she enjoyed reading Fashionable Interiors and looked to it for inspiration for her new apartment. I don't have to tell you how touched I was by this, because (fellow bloggers, I'm sure you can relate) sometimes you wonder if all the effort you put into your blog is worth it. Her name is Nell and she's just signed the lease for her first apartment ever in Atlanta. I told her to send some pics so all of us could offer some fun decorating advice! So here are some of the images she sent:

Ok, so when she said she signed the lease for her first apartment, I was thinking we'll need to give her tons of advice for some TLC. Uh, so wrong. This kitchen is GORGEOUS! I'd say she hit the jackpot...
This is the living area, which looks as if it blends into the kitchen. My advice here is to create some sort of delineation with a couch or other piece of furniture. That way, she can create two separate living areas within one. And I think the bar stools would be perfect so that a dining table doesn't need to take up valuable space:
And again, we have another renter's dream. A beautiful bathroom. My only suggestion would be to paint it a fun girly color. Since it's just her living in the apartment, she can take full advantage of not having to cater to a guy's taste. Yea, I'd say she's pretty lucky...
I also LOVE her patio. And when you're living in a space that you need to maximize every inch of square footage, outdoor living becomes essential. I say get some pretty plants and and a little bistro set out here asap!

Nell recently sent me this picture of the living area as she's moving in. She ended up returning the couch because she was concerned it was too big for the space. I have to agree with her, especially in relation to the side tables she's pairing it with. Do you agree?
As most likely ALL of us have done at one point, Nell is "borrowing" furniture from her parents house until she can find everything she's looking for. I asked her a little more about what style/look she wanted to accomplish so we could have a better understanding. She says she's looking for chic and glamorous, but also have a comfy and cozy feel. She also likes to mix vintage with  modern pieces, which I feel makes for the best look. Nell's fashion sense is girly, but edgy at times. This outfit worn by Anne Hathaway a few years back came to mind:
Does the skulls interior post ring a bell?

Things on her list to purchase:

  • mirrory furniture (Pier1 has some of the best, inexpensive pieces I've found)

  • lucite coffee table (I found her some nice priced ones at Overstock and CB2)

  • a zebra shaped rug for the living area. (ZGalleria has a pretty cute, inexpensive option)
She also HATES red, so don't suggest any red walls. SO let's help her out readers! Give Nell any fun decorating advice you can, especially if you have experience with renting. OH P.S. she sent me this image of a chair she's considering purchasing from HomeGoods. Her email said it had poodles on it, so I was a bit terrified to open the pic, but I was delightfully surprised! I love when there's unexpected touches to a room like this:

I'll make sure she sends us some pics when it's all complete!
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

NYC Recap

I'm back! NYC was definitely a blast. Although, I have no news to report for the Design on a Dime event. I must not have received the memo, because when I got there, all the vignettes were stripped down to the bare walls. I almost wanted to cry.

Apparently, as soon as the event kicked off on Thursday (where the tickets were $150 vs. free on Friday and Saturday), people could purchase the items right out of the vignettes and take them home. So I trudged up in there thinking I was going to see all these interior designers' creations, and nadah. My sweet fiance felt so bad, he took me to get a mani/pedi. So cute!

I also scored a lovely polka dot scarf and a fedora from a street vendor and stumbled upon some random building that housed a ton of beginner designers creations. They were all set up with tables and I picked up an awesome geode pendant. Not like a normal flat geode, but an actual teeny rock geode that's coated in bronze. We finished the day off with pizza from Lombardis and the tastiest nutella crepe. So needless to say, I got over the tragedy that was the Design on a Dime Event. 

I take that back. I just popped over to Design Sponge, and she has a bunch of pics posted from the event. The wound has just re-opened...

To see more pics she took, click here. Let's just say I will be splurging on the $150 ticket next year. On a complete and total side note, we stayed on our boat this weekend which inspired me to consider purchasing these Sperry metallics. They seem to be popping up everywhere, and I actually have a purpose to wear these. But they're $85. Anyone own a pair?
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Friday, May 7, 2010


As I mentioned in my previous post, my life is beyond hectic right now, but I'm excited for the weekend! I'm off to NYC for Housing Works Design on a Dime event. Hopefully, I'll be allowed to take pics and share them with you! Have a great weekend everyone!

Photo Courtesy of Flickr
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Leopard Match

First and foremost, I apologize for the lack of post yesterday; things have been extremely chaotic lately with work. I have to get my real estate license for the home building company I work for, and it's definitely not a walk in the park. So things may be a little light here on Fashionable Interiors for the next few weeks until I get everything straightened out.

Anyway, I wanted to match the outfit I wore today to a room, which happens to be my new favorite interior designer, Mary McDonald's creation. By the way, I emailed her to let her know how much I loved her designs. The great person that she is emailed me back and said she was coming out with a book this Fall! Let's all count down the days...

P.S. If I would have been wearing something red i.e. nails or scarf, this would have been a match made in heaven.
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Monday, May 3, 2010

Florals and Stripes

Hello! Hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was filled with shopping adventures that I'll be sure to fill you in on later this week. I didn't get a chance to bust out the cam and fill you in on all my goodies.

And now for today's topic,  I've been seriously attracted to pairing florals and stripes together lately. If you refer to my How to Mix Patterns post back in January, there's some tips on how to combine different prints so it doesn't look like you're 5 again. (P.S. Wasn't that awesome when you were a kid?? You could wear whatever you pleased and no one even gave you a second glance. I feel like that's not the same anymore for children today, which is a whole other topic...)

Image from F21 a bit ago, but still some great inspiration:
Image from All About You

This is the image that really got my wheels turning on the subject. Katie Lee in Lonny:
That skirt is from J.Crew and it was just on sale. Sad for me, it's out of stock. I did manage to pick up the scarf this weekend, though and made it work in my own way:

Ok one more, then we will move on to interiors. I found this super cute girl on the site Weardrobe. She has the cutest blog called This Time Tomorrow and I looove her sense of style. Check out her interpretation of florals and stripes:
Almost makes me want to do laundry:
Here's a great subtle way to take on this trend. The floral pillow with the striped chair adds an element of interest to the space:
And a cute bedding option:
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