Blanket Weather

When I pull out my sweaters I also pull out the wool blankets.

Cabana x Aerin

Thank you AD for the cool collaboration alert.

#EndofSummer

I ran this post last August on kic and it’s just as relevant this summer.

‘Down The Line’

Love the ping pong table in this artists’ retreat in Norfolk, England.

Ivy Envy

Once upon a time I owned the whole set and now regret that I gave them away.

The Ultimate Mashup

French Fashion designer Alexis Mabille’s bedroom in his Paris apartment.

Cutter Brooks

Amanda Brooks opened a shop in the Cotswolds and WSJ. Magazine got the first peek.

Cottage Envy

Interior designer Leanne Ford’s all-white cottage in Echo Park, California.

Kips Bay Show House

I’m looking forward to seeing the bedroom Mark D. Sikes decorated.

A Beautiful Bath

There’s a lot to love in this 1927 French Normandy style bathroom from Milieu Magazine

Design by Nature

A beautiful book from California-based designer Erica Tanov.

Setting The Table

It’s always good to have a refresher on how to properly set a formal table.

Brass is Back

Updating the faucet and hardware in my kitchen is my next project and I’m considering brass—it looks so fresh right now.

Not Your Basic Black

Move over stainless—black appliances and cabinetry look chic in the kitchen. Jenna Lyons’ apartment is a perfect example.

Stocking Up on Hostess Gifts

I know that it seems an odd time of year to be thinking about hostess gifts, but when I see something great, I’ll pick up a few and save them. H&M home has some nicely priced items.

Black Shade Chic

I’m a big fan and having just one in a room is quietly impactful. They are great on a sconce and chandelier, too.

‘Modern Family’

My old friend Brooke Metcalfe’s historic English manor is in AD and I love every piece in it—especially the botanical prints and wallpaper.

Runner Goals

Writer Christine Lennon pieced vintage rugs together to create this runner–it’s an inspired idea.

Vertical Gardening

It’s time to bring the garden indoors and I don’t like to have plants on every surface in my house. This is something I’ve wanted to try.

“Happy Valley”

Hamish Bowles visits with Alexis and Trevor Traina at their magical Napa home and Oberto Gigli’s pictures are terrific.

Designer Hillary Thomas, Beekeeper

In the last 48 hours, the most reposted story award goes to designer Hillary Thomas’ Presidio Heights home in AD—and with good reason, it’s phenomenal.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

This is a big topic in my house, especially with my daughter’s focus on food waste. She’s discussed the ‘ugly food’ movement on her blog, BakeLogic, so I was happy to see it covered in GOOP’s Home Detox Guide.

Jane Scott Hodges at Home

The Tory Burch blog profiled Jane Scott Hodges, founder of Leontine Linens, at home in New Orleans.

The Best Present

My family gave me these Swedish eco-friendly dish cloths and they are amazing. I love that they can be reused up to 200 times!

Vintage Gifts

A “meaningful gift giving” post from the owners of Gray Antiques and Interiors in Baltimore. Vintage finds, even from my own pantry, is a really good idea.

handpainted glass bowl set
Gorgeous Green Glass

Green is my favorite color (okay, pale yellow, too) and these handpainted Murano wine glasses and bowl are lovely.

Do You Mix-Up Your Chairs?

This always looks great, when someone else does it—I don’t seem to have the knack, or chairs.

The Organized Home

I confess, I did not follow Marie Kondo’s tidying up credo, but I am going to try many of the the suggestions in Remodelista: The Organized Home—they are really simple, chic, and practical.

Leaf Love

These Tory Burch dishes are so pretty and would be great hostess gifts.

A New Shower Curtain

I love an all-white bathroom with colorful D. Porthault towels, but a fab shower curtain is the same concept and would be super impactful—especially in a guest bath.

Cool Chairs

This dreamy kitchen is from The Mine — I especially love the chairs.

‘Tis The Season of Gifts

I’m starting to amass a shelfful of hostess gifts for the holidays and had an ‘aha’ moment when I spied these tortoise votives by AERIN for Williams Sonoma—actually, she has a number…

Secret Garden

This lovely garden story is from Edward Enniful’s first issue of British Vogue. Can’t go wrong with the adorable Jean Campbell photographed by Bruce Weber and styling by Joe McKenna.

Lay Low

A low coffee table is on my radar. Not sure it’s terribly practical but I love the look, especially in the picture above from the new book on designer Ward Bennett. Top…

Amanda Moffat Pottery

Ceramicist Amanda Moffat’s Delft-inspired stoneware plates are at the top of my Christmas wish list (Santa, are you listening?).

Vintage D. Porthault Ivy pattern
Ivy League

Vintage ivy is my all-time favorite D. Porthault pattern. I bought placements and napkins from my dear friend Leta Austin Foster ages ago and have been searching for additional pieces. Et voilà–eBay…

@getclever the new Instagram account from Architectural Digest
@getclever

Have you checked out the new Instagram account @getclever? It’s a tip-based feed from our friends at AD and it’s fantastic.

update a guest bedroom with a quilt
A Quick Quilt Update

A new quilt is a quick way to update a guest bedroom or would be perfect for a dorm room. These by Serena & Lily are not only lovely, they’re on sale.…

Layered rugs
Double Rug Love, Cont.

This room is so cozy thanks in part to the layered rugs. A few weeks ago I posted on doubling up on rugs, it’s a great way to add texture to a…

Red lamp shade
A Red Shade

Red is my favorite accent color in my living room and I have my eye on this lampshade in AD‘s Design Notes—it’s crazy chic and impactful.

Basket envy
Basket Envy

Baskets are not only chic and inexpensive, they have so many uses — laundry, magazines, throw blankets, toys, dog stuff, firewood, shoes, and on and on. I love this one on Amazon, these…

Le Monde D'Hermès
Exercises In Quotidian Geometry: LE MONDE D’HERMÈS

The autumn-winter 2017 issue of LE MONDE D’HERMÈS hit my mailbox yesterday and it’s packed with gorgeous stories. This one on artist Karel Matens’ works “on sundry tickets, cards and other printed…

Rental Re-Do
Rental Re-Do

I’ve had renting on the brain. After we moved our daughter into her first apartment in Brooklyn, I stumbled across “11 Tips to Make Your Rental Feel Like You Own It” on…

The Line
Upping My Houseplant Game

I had an “aha” moment when I saw this picture in an email from The Line—it’s time to up my houseplant game. Herbs and topiaries are fine, but a tree in the…

Bunny Mellon The Life of an American Style Legend Meryl Gordon
The Life of an American Style Legend

This new biography on Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK, looks amazing. According to the review: “Bunny Mellon, who died…

The WSJ. Magazine — Swedish Country Houses

The October WSJ. Magazine cover story was photographed at two traditional country houses located in the idyllic province of Hälsingland in central Sweden. The simple farmhouses give no hint of the splendors within. The fashion images are on kic.

Toteme showroom elin kling
The Totême Showroom

Elin Kling’s blog was my all-time favorite and I was sad when she shuttered it to focus on her minimalist clothing line Totême, which she’d founded with her husband Karl Lindman in…

Cabana x Moda Operandi

Although a bit pricey, the Murano glass pieces in the Cabana Magazine x Moda Operandi collaboration are stunning.

La Garconne Rug
Rug Crush

When I spied this wool area rug at La Garconne I flipped—the small one would look amazing layered over a Mark D. Sikes striped rug I have in my kitchen.

White shutters
White Shutters, cont.

Now that I’ve painted my shutters white, maybe I should have the house painted grey—this is so chic. © Pinterest

Always Mix It Up

Domino did an advertorial with Replacements and it got me thinking about all the bits and pieces of china I now have and how great they look mixed together. Sometimes imperfect is…

Haute Bohemians by Miguel Flores-Vianna
Haute Bohemians

Photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna’s new (and first) book, Haute Bohemians, is sensational. The country cottages, beach houses, city apartments, artist studio, etc. are all stylish and authentic due to their owners’ personal taste.…

Gucci Decor tiger cards wallpaper
Gucci Décor

Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence snapped this pic of the Gucci Tiger Cards wallpaper, part of a Gucci Décor pop-up exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman. It would be perfect in a powder room.

Frank Lloyd Wright
‘The Last Original Frank Lloyd Wright Owners’

When I read that a Frank Lloyd Wright house is for sale in New Canaan, Connecticut, I was reminded of this amazing WSJ. Magazine story (subscription required) on five Wright houses that are…

David Hicks Scrapbooks
David Hicks Scrapbooks

In David Hicks Scrapbooks, Ashley Hicks, son of the renowned British decorator, has pieced together spreads from his father’s scrapbooks and the result is the most complete record of David Hicks’s life…

Shelter Island Retreat

This Shelter Island home is the perfect retreat. With it’s own dock, beach, and guest house, it ticks all the boxes on my dream house list.

The Mini Kitchen

My friend invested in a company that makes mini kitchen units (CORA). Living in both an apartment and cottage in the country, I’ve been thinking a lot about my penchant for small…

Kate Moss de Gournay wallpaper
Kate Moss x de Gournay

Model and old friend Kate Moss collaborated with English wallpaper house de Gournay and her silver-tinted anemone patterned wallpaper is sublime. AD sat down with Kate to get the scoop on her…

Never Arrive Empty Handed

Summer may be over, but I still have a bunch of fun events on my calendar. GOOP has a ton of great hostess gifts—I may have to give myself the glasses caddy, certainly beats…

Tory Busch's Southampton home in AD
‘Perfect Fit: Tory Burch’s Southampton Home’ AD

The AD story on Tory Burch’s Southampton home has been an internet sensation, and with good reason—it’s gorgeous. As much as I enjoy ogling the Daniel Romualdez decorated rooms photographed by Roberto…

How to use oriental rugs
Double Rug Love

I now own more oriental rugs than I have floorspace and love the way these are crisscross layered in a story from Elle Decor. I’ve yet to hang them on the wall, but…

Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Chaise
Barcelona Dreaming

Years ago, one of my first, significant, furniture purchases was a Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona chair in camel. I spied it in the window of an antiques shop on Bowery and…

white shutters
White on White

  We are replacing our forest green shutters and I’m inspired by these two pictures of white shutters on white houses—they look so clean and the plantings really pop.

A new Zealand beach house in Elle Decor. Photography by Nathalie Krag
Bower House

Elle Decor covered this incredibly cool beach house located in a remote surf town in New Zealand. It truly feels at one with nature thanks to all the glass walls. Tucked into the edge of  a…

The Ultimate Bar Cart

Thank you, @amyastley for the sneak peek of this Hermès bar cart—I know just where I’d put it.

Room with a View

For some unexplainable reason, this Elle Decor photo of art dealer Kris Ghesquière’s home office in Uruguay really speaks to me—I love the green chair. Photograph by Ricardo Labougle 

Out East, the best interiors book of summer 2017.
“Out East”

“Out East: Homes and Gardens of the Hamptons” by Jennifer Ash Rudick is the interiors book of summer 2017. The homes chosen are inspired and beautifully photographed by Tria Giovan.

Marina Rust's Charlottesville home in Vogue.
‘The Forever House’

Marina Rust’s 1816 Georgian brick home in Charlottesville, Virginia is profiled in August Vogue and it’s lovely. The charming guest house above was once the summer kitchen—perfection.  

Red (is) Hot

Like Claudia Schiffer’s lovely guest bedroom in September AD, I love red accents in my home. In fashion, red has been gaining momentum and is now the hot color for fall. A…

"Out East: Homes and Gardens of the Hamptons" by Jennifer Ash Rudick
Al Fresco “Out East”

“Out East: Homes and Gardens of the Hamptons” by Jennifer Ash Rudick is packed with beautiful pictures by Tria Giovan—my favorites are of outdoor dining areas like these two.

Schumacher x Vogue Living fabric collection
Vogue Living x Schumacher

Here’s to another great Schumacher collaboration, this time with Vogue Living. Schumacher’s Dara Capanigro enlisted Vogue’s Hamish Bowles to peek into the Vogue archives and help create a line of classic English country-inspired…

Fun Reads

  Surf Shack by Nina Freudenberger and Sofia Sanchez de Betak’s Travels with Chufy would be good hostess gifts. Sofia has a new clothing line, Chufy, available at Bergdorfs.

Karl Lagerfeld's Library
Karl’s Library

Even though I love the ease of a Kindle, my house is stuffed with books and indie magazines. Every time I’m inclined to edit and toss, I think of this picture of…

Franca Sozzani Apartment
‘Ode to Beauty’

The Paris pied-à-terre of the late Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani is in the March issue of Architectural Digest. The 17th-century prints in gilded frames and black floors are beyond chic.

A grey couch is very chic
Grey Area

Some of my pieces of furniture have not been updated since my children were toddling around. Needless to say, that wasn’t yesterday. I just popped this picture from Veranda into my home…

‘Divine Understatement’

Vogue photographed interior designer Rose Uniacke in her stunning London town house. Decorated with antiques and furniture from Uniacke’s own line, the house is a study in “restrained elegance.”  

Ben Pentreath’s London living room © AD
Map Envy

The map in the English architect-decorator Ben Pentreath’s London home above from a story in AD made me think of a map of Paris that I waffled on a few years ago.

Unusual silver serving pieces
Specific Silver Pieces

Last summer we cleaned out my family home on Martha’s Vineyard and I ended up with two more sets of silver and a number of odds-and-ends pieces. “Sweet specificity” sums up these…

‘Mad Maximalism’

The Wall Street Journal ran the story, ‘Mad Maximalism’, in the Off Duty section and it confirmed something that I’d already suspected–I may wear minimalism-leaning clothing, but my house is decorated in a…

Mark Sikes Rug Collection
California Stripes

I have a bunch of oriental rugs that I inherited from my mother and the one in the kitchen has seen better days. So, when my friend Mark D. Sikes offered me…

Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler’s Locust Valley Home in Vogue. Photography by Oberto Gigli.
‘A Peacable Kingdom’

This Vogue story on Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler’s Locust Valley, New York home is a Pinterest favorite and with good reason—it’s fantastic. I’ve run this lovely image of their garden before and I…

I'm considering papering my bathroom green
Going Green

Top of my 2017 home improvement list is to wallpaper or paint my bathroom green. These three images are my inspiration.

The Best Way To Listen

Nothing beats listening to our favorite records on a turntable—it just sounds so good and feels old-school. Doesn’t hurt that they look so chic, too. Headphones, turntable.

I love a good bird motif
For The Birds

Last winter I did a series of posts entitled Bringing The Garden Indoors that focused on botanical prints. Inspired by my favorite fabric Bird & Thistle by Brunschwig & Fils, this winter I’m collecting Audubon…

Four great interiors books
Gracious Living

I went to a book signing last fall for Bunny Williams’ and Mark D. Sikes’ new books and I attended a lecture by Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer on their recent book.…

La Garconne home items
La Garconne

I was noodling around on La Garconne last evening and discovered that, besides the wide selection of cutting edge clothes, the site has books, ceramics, linens, and candles—all sorts of cool stuff that would make equally…

Tablecloth Tip

In an old copy of the Condé Nast Living Outdoor Style issue there are lots of enviable gardens and pools pictured. My favorite bit is this alfresco table at photographer Oberto Gili’s Italian…

Ina Garten's garden in Elle Decor
‘Growing Concern’

We are in the process of a major outdoor overhaul. This beautiful Elle Decorstory on cookbook author Ina Garten’s East Hampton garden is going on my inspiration board. Kate Betts wrote the accompanying text.

Linens by Jane Scott Hedges
Two of My Favorite Things

Books are my favorite gift to give friends, and linens are my favorite gift to give myself. I met Jane Scott Hodges of Leontine Linens a few years ago and felt like…

Botanical Prints
Bringing The Garden Indoors

Botanical prints are one way to bring the garden indoors during the winter months. These beauties are from One Kings Lane.

Aerin Lauder's Dressing Room
Home Office

Working from home has it’s pros and cons. It’s certainly easy and economical, but it also requires dedicating a space to be an office that still looks good in your home. A…

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