Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Fashionable Interior

I love this mix of prints! Hope you had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend!
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Black, White and Wood

My current obsession for interiors is black, white, and natural wood. By injecting some wood into a black and white design, it adds an element of warmth that can sometimes be lacking when you're using no color. This is my plan for the front counter area of my showroom, if I would ever just get the thing going. I'm very excited though, I got the approval for my small business loan last week, woo hoo! Now, I need to make some final decisions on how I want to finish the space sometime this century.

Anyway, check out these spaces that marry black, white, and wood beautifully:

Check out this super cute box I found at Burlington Coat Factory?? over the weekend. I know random. But love the black and white python print with the wood accents.

P.S. Here's a larger glimpse of the box's location in my office, with the GOLD accents I promised I'd be adding. (I know the pineapple is a bit much, but it was in my studio and it was gold. Why not?)

In the fashion realm, adding a "wood" touch can be achieved just by adding a warm tone, like a tan. The outfit below adds the perfect touch with the tan leather belt:

I know there's no white on these shoes, but if I were to wear them, the white would come from my extremely pasty foot. I love the dressyness (is that a word?) counteracted by the wood heel:
And here's how I would incorporate this trend into my wardrobe:

Wood, Black, White

Aren't those rings amazing!? Made out of petrified wood.... so cool.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How Ladylike...

Shopping with my friend this past weekend, we got to talking about our individual styles. I've never felt like I had one particular style I could pinpoint. I like a little bit of everything, which in the interior design world, we'd say "it's eclectic" and call it a day. I guess you could say that about my fashion style, but that's just not good enough for me. The more I thought about it, the more I realized every outfit I put together has a ladylike touch to it. Yay!! I've figured it out!! I could be wearing a casual striped tee and rolled up denim shorts in the summer, but then I'll pop in a pair of pearl earrings. Or, I'll wear denim ripped up jeans, an oxford, and then add a chain handled purse and ballet flats to the mix.


Olivia Palermo is the queen of ladylike. I know I just posted her in the leather shorts, but I'm sorry, the girl seriously rocks my world. I honestly think she's on her way to becoming a modern day fashion icon.

Notice the cargo jacket with the ruffled blouse peeking out from underneath? Perfection...

Love these ladylike touches:

I love the idea of adding ladylike touches to an interior.This bedroom has very masculine bedding, but the headboard and artwork add the perfect feminine touch:

Ok and these last two may just be straight up ladylike, but whatever, I still love them! (I think this first room is actually all items from IKEA. Pretty awesome...)

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Monday, May 23, 2011

A Fashionable Interior

I scored an awesome pair of black leather shorts this weekend and can't wait to style those bad boys. How about you? Find any good deals over the weekend?
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Guest Post-Simply Sensational Blue and White Rooms

Today, I'm lucky enough to have a guest post on blue and white rooms from the people at Arcadian Lighting! Wondering who they are?

"Arcadian Lighting is the best source for home lighting accessories at discount prices. Founded in 2002, Arcadian Lighting started selling decorative home lighting fixtures and lamps online, and has become one of the top Internet retailers for home lighting products."

Check it out:

The colour-combo of blue and white creates all kinds of amazing lighting effects - from stripes to florals and every shade in-between, fabrics and walls infused with blue and white are always stylish.

Transitional Living Room
RSVP Design Services (via)
The white modern chandelier in this transitional living room casts a soft light in the space decked out in dark blue walls, aqua blue ceilings, and white stripe curtains to complement the overall decor.
Country Bedroom
MMID (via)
Antique furniture, blue and white bedding as well as flooring, and a variety of table lamps sets a classic country setting for this bedroom.

French Provence Dinette
My Deco (via)
Stark blue walls and a striped rug are the building blocks of a cozy eating area - it's the perfect mix of old and new. A modern hanging light is installed to offset the dated chinaware on the walls.
Contemporary Hues
Home-Designing (via)
Pale blue and white cabinets and countertops adds retro edge to a modern molecular kitchen - installing pendant lights in this space would definitely help elongate the room.

Bathing Beauty
Luminosus Designs (via)
Sometimes a simple splash of blue, such as the luxurious aqua blue tiles, against an overall white room decor makes a bold statement, especially in a bathroom. The white walls, white bathroom lights and vanity completes the entire look of this private sanctuary.

Bathing Little Beauties
Home Depot Design (via)
Give the little ones some blue and white lovin' in their commode - add some flecks of lime green or even red for extra playfulness.

Homework Blues
theLENNOXX (via)
An office space is lovely when surrounded by the warmth of blue and white. The matching table lamps as well as the matching tufted chairs provide a picture-perfect symmetry.

Luxury Kitchen Designer (via)
Make the closet as sumptuous as the rest of the house with a blue and white palette. Hang a chandelier for even more opulence.

Content provided by Arcadian Lighting, a site that specializes in top quality lighting fixtures at extremely affordable prices. Come visit us today!

P.S. I couldn't help but get the last word in, I love this lamp they have currently on sale for $31.20!

Thanks for the guest post!
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Design Poll - Colorblocking Your Interior

Colorblock fashion is all the rage right now, but what about for your interior? Let me know what you think on Tendenza's facebook!

P.S. I totally own this shirt from Ann Taylor Loft and love it!
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Monday, May 16, 2011

What I'm Loving Right Now

1. Anthropologie Draped Surplus Jacket - love how this jacket counteracts the military vibe with soft draping.

2. I have been wanting a vintage claw foot piano stool forever, but every time I come across one, the price just doesn't seem right. I did find a perfect condition one at a flea market last week (more about my findings later) but didn't feel like paying $50 for it. I feel like it'd be perfect for extra seating at my dining room table since my dining room is so small.

3. Signet rings have been on my list for quite some time. I've been wanting something to show off my married initial, and a signet ring would be perfect. Check out how cute they are:

4. American Fashion Travel - I own American Fashion Designers at Home, so I feel I need this book to add to the collection. Click on the link to preview the book. The images look gorgeous.

5. I can't wait for Woody Allen's new film, Midnight in Paris to come out. Google says May 20th, but I don't know if that's correct. Check out the trailer below:

6. This Etsy shop's stationary is super cute and the set I have pictured would be perfect for thank yous to Tendenza's clients.

7. I've been wanting a vintage bike ever since my honeymoon in Lucca. You can rent bikes and go around the walls of the little town. My husband and I rented a two person bike because we are that dorky. (or maybe I may have pressured him to rent it, but that's neither here nor there).
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Friday, May 13, 2011

Client's Outdoor Space

Sooo, my first outdoor design job is complete! I have been so anxious for this, I could barely stand it. We started off with a budget and intentions on using the existing furniture the family already had. Her style was very Pottery Barn, but I'm sure as you all know, you may have to take a loan from your life's savings by the time you're done shopping there. After hitting up a few antique stores, I had the look without the major expense. So, without further ado, here are the photos:



The trunk coffee table was vintage and very nicely priced. Plus, it doubles as storage for the pillows. Once winter comes, the folding chairs can be used indoors as extra seating for the holidays.

I took her old red pots and spraypainted them black to fit in with the new color scheme. I also added some floral hanging baskets.

Next, I tackled the dining area by turning the table the other way so all the furniture wasn't in a straight line. I also added hanging lanterns and a pretty, ornate mirror on the siding for an unexpected touch.

Next, I took her old table, sanded it down, and stained it to match the wood in the chairs and to also give it a more "finished" expensive look. The stools are from Pier1 and fit perfect with the table.

Finally, with some help from our landscaper, I redesigned the strange space that this was into the perfect area for a firepit. I used their old furniture and repurposed the coffee table as a plant stand and firewood storage. I also tried to continue the rustic look by adding the stand with plants and a coppery firepit. 

The homeowner loved it and I have to say I'm happy with the outcome, too! I had a great experience with this client and really hope my future ones are just as awesome to work with! If you'd like to see more photos, visit Tendenza Fashion & Interiors' facebook!

P.S. Check out this brand new online mag called House of Fifty over the weekend!
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