AT HOME WITH TORY BURCH

Tory Burch | Daniel Romualdez

Tory Burch | Daniel Romualdez

Tory Burch | Daniel Romualdez

I’m not big on Halloween (mainly because I never seem to have my act together in time to come up with a creative costume!) but I am big on the color orange–especially in interiors. With the exception of Aerin Lauder’s East Hampton living room, probably the best execution of the color I’ve seen is Tory Burch’s New York home featured above in Harper’s Bazaar Interiors.

The color is a little more Veuve Cliquot than pumpkin, and paired with vermillion, chocolate brown, and plum it couldn’t be more chic. Exactly why I can’t wait to pick up a copy of her recently released book: Tory Burch: In Color. If you haven’t had a chance to check out her home collection it’s also not to be missed. I hope it continues to grow within the Tory Burch brand, and I’ve said it for years, but I’m going to continue to hold out hope for a design book from Tory.

Happy Halloween!

BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style | The Hob Knob

I came back from our mini-moon feeling like I was ready to take on the world… but the only thing I ended up taking on was my bed, a few boxes of Kleenex, and too many episodes of Blacklist to count.

Whether it was post-wedding exhaustion, or the fact that the weather here in DC has been consistently yo-yoing between 45 and 80 degrees, my body finally called it quits and I spent most of last week/weekend side-lined by a nasty cold.

Silver lining? Logging some serious hours in bed gives me an excuse to share this photo I snapped of one of the (many) beautiful headboards at the Hob Knob–where we spent our wedding weekendand it’s somewhat relevant.

Pretty fantastic, right? Okay, back to taking on the world…

MARKET WATCH: SIMPLE LIFE ISTANBUL

Grey Ebru marble ceramics

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration | The Pursuit of Style

I was recently introduced to Simple Life Istanbul, a new-to-me Turkish lifestyle brand with insanely gorgeous goods and had to share. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, their Ebru ceramics collection has inspired me to up my tablescape game.

Normally I would gravitate towards blue and white (so gorgeous!), but I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and pull together something a bit more moody and modern. Deep plum pillows and peshtemals were the perfect complement to the grey marbled dinnerware.

Blush flowers add femininity (can you even believe these are faux?!) and I’m envisioning place cards tied to guinea hen feathers and woodfire matches as favors at each place setting. Gorgeous, right? Let’s make this happen.

With peshtemals (Turkish towels–I use them all summer!) in every color of the rainbow, ikat pillows, and beautiful throws, I’m pretty confident Simple Life Istanbul is going to become one of my new go-tos for clients.

P.S use code: SIMPLE20 for 20% off!

AT HOME WITH ALEX PAPACHRISTIDIS

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Rumor has it that when I was younger I was kind of a nosey kid. The kind of child who constantly needed to be reminded “don’t touch that” as I was caught admiring the tchotchkes of friends and family members. The inclination to wander in other people’s homes hasn’t much subsided, however, I’d like to think my awareness of appropriate social behavior has greatly improved.

As a firm believer in surrounding yourself with things you love, I find the objects other people treasure fascinating. Have an interesting collection? I want to hear where you found each piece. Found something on a recent trip that your partner hates but you couldn’t leave behind? I’ll be your cheerleader. Take me on a tour of your house and tell me all about your favorite pieces–I genuinely want to know.

As someone with an unabiding love for objects, I get a special thrill when I stumble upon the home of a kindred spirit–minimalism is not my thing. I’ve been a long time fan of New York based interior designer, Alex Papachristidis, so naturally I was thrilled to be able to poke around his apartment care of New York Social Diary. Somehow I think “appropriate social behavior” would go out the window if I had the opportunity to explore this treasure trove…

OSCAR DE LA RENTA IN PUNTA CANA

Oscar de la Renta | Punta Cana

Oscar de la Renta | Punta Cana

Oscar de la Renta | Punta Cana

Oscar de la Renta | Punta Cana

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Oscar de la Renta last evening. It’s odd an odd feeling to be moved by the passing of a complete stranger, but the loss of monumental talent in the world is always something to be mourned.

In addition to his elegant clothes, I’ve always been particularly inspired by his Punta Cana home. His sophisticated take on coastal style has influenced my own considerably. In fact, re-visiting these photos, I’m realizing the mix of blue and white ginger jars with coral likely subconsciously inspired some of the design choices I made for our wedding. Funny how that happens.

It goes without saying that he will leave an indelible mark on American fashion; however, I’ve always appreciated his commitment to style rather than trend in his collections. A favorite quote:

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself”

May he rest in peace.