JEWEL BOX: INDIA HICKS JEWELRY

India Hicks Jewelry

India Hicks Jewelry

India Hicks Jewelry

India Hicks Jewelry

India Hicks Jewelry

India Hicks Jewelry

If you’ve been reading for awhile you know that India Hicks is one of my icons. If you’re new to the party, type India Hicks into the search bar to your right and you’ll find at least a half dozen posts. India’s Harbour Island home is one of my all-time favorites and my copy of her book: Island Life: Inspirational Interiors is dogeared from use.

India recently launched a jewelry line featuring collections inspired by her father, David Hicks, her island lifestyle, and even the phases of the moon. The delicate gold and diamond pieces have the effortless elegance I’ve come to expect from Hicks and I imagine would easily be incorporated into my everyday wear.

My personal favorites are the Palm Frond Pendant, Moon Slivers Earrings, and Swinging Bow and Arrow Pendant. Beautiful, right? Going straight onto the wish list!

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IN A NEW YORK MINUTE

Anna Spiro | Absolutely Beautiful Things

Alright NYC design friends, I need your help. Kathryn and I are headed your way in a few weeks to do some client shopping (mainly rugs and decorative accessories) and I’m working on compiling a master list of all the stores we can’t miss while we shop till we drop.

I’m looking forward to visiting some old favorites (ABC Carpet & Home, Madeline Weinrib, John Derian…) but I know there are so many more. That’s where you come in. My guess is we’re birds of a feather who would probably shop together so I’d love to hear your recommendations–they’ve always been spot on in the past!

Thanks in advance. I promise to share pictures of pretty things.

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BEFORE & AFTER: MUDCLOTH CHAIR

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

Mudcloth Chair Before | The Pursuit of Style

Over a year ago I bought some mudcloth fabric from a Malian vendor at Eastern Market. I loved the playful pattern but didn’t have a project for it at the time so it sat collecting dust (or more accurately dog hair) until I eventually forgot about it.

Then I saw this chair and my mudcloth suddenly had purpose. I had to recreate that chair. The combination of the traditional frame and unexpected ethnic fabric ingrained itself on my mind.

One would think that I already had the difficult element of the equation–the mudcloth–but surprisingly finding the right frame was harder than I anticipated. Ideally, I would have gone with a bergere like my inspiration photo, but when I found a Century Furniture cane back Louis at Brimfield I decided to call off the hounds.

A roughed up gilded finish and a trip to the upholsterers was all it took to make my dream chair a reality. Currently it lives at the make-shift vanity I carved out in a corner of our bedroom, but I have grand plans of finding this guy a more visible spot in our next place. Don’t those upholstered armrests just kill you?

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

HAUTE HALLOWEEN

Haute Halloween | The Pursuit of Style

I’m going to be honest, Halloween is probably my least favorite holiday. Aside from my inability to watch anything scarier than Harry Potter without having nightmares, I also never seem to get my act together in time to come up with a creative costume. Every September I think to myself: “This is going to be the year” and then the week of Halloween rolls around and I’ve got nothing.

So, if you’re a perpetual Halloween procrastinator like me, here are my last minute suggestions. They won’t win you first prize in the costume contest but you’ll still be festive. Better yet, you can actually wear these pieces past October 31.

I’m thinking this sweatshirt and that bat phone (cracks me up!) will do just the trick. Now how about that two day shipping…