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Marseilles

Loving the use of space, colors, and materials in this Marseilles home designed by Maurice Padovani.  The kitchen, dining room, and living room are condensed into to a fairly small area, but it feels airy and light due to the open floor plan, restricted palette, and lack of clutter.

 

 

Modern Anthology

A new must-visit destination next time I’m in New York… Modern Anthology. Love the aesthetic.

A few minutes browsing their site reveals a host of treasures, from vintage darts with real feathers, to a perfectly worn button-tufted leather Chesterfield sofa, to custom vintage wallpapers made from enlarged British ephemera. The actual store must be such a treasure trove.

Williams British Handmade

In awe of these limited edition and custom pieces of luggage by Williams British Handmade. There’s not much to say since their website is pretty sparse, but they do tell you they are made with brass frames and the highest quality of bridle leather… as if I wasn’t already convinced.

 

If you’re going to get custom luggage made, you may as well get something out of the ordinary that makes it worth going custom! These shapes are so clever.

 

 

What I’m feeling right now…

Fur + leather.

If you’re anything like me, and the appeal of fashion is about the ability to try on a persona or express a mood, I think you’ll agree that the combination of leather and fur offers a fantastic spectrum of possibilities ranging from coiffed uptown chic to downtown rocker sex appeal depending on how you style it.

For example, in looks 2 and 4 above (from left), where the leather is only in the form of a handbag (2) and a demure brown skirt (4), the look is really about the fur, which is usually associated with old money, old Hollywood, and old Europe (and ok, sometimes old ladies), giving it a much more ladylike uptown vibe.

3 and 5, on the other hand, skew much more rock and roll due to those black leather pants. But the fur adds in an expected dash of eccentric class to the rocker look. And of course #1, with that jacket (and the chambray shirt underneath, love that layering), is also definitely downtown.

Here are a few more I loved that also show off the wide variety of looks that can be achieved with the combination of leather and fur…

 

PS- Did you notice that Olivia Palermo appeared three times in this post? Girl is crushing it.

PPS- Wow as soon as I typed out this post I realized how much PETA would hate me right now. So I’ll just note, this could be executed with faux leather and fur as well, it’s the look I’m after, not the animals.

Saturdays

white, brown, black + art and books

My fixation with the restricted white/black/brown combo, generally with warm woods and leathers serving as the brown, just isn’t letting up. It’s amazing to me that without any color or pattern, just texture, style of furniture, architectural detail, finishes, and styling, this color story can communicate such a wide range of styles, from traditional cabin to modern industrial.

It’s like the little black dress of interior design.  There’s a million little black dresses out there, but depending on the cut and material, they can be appropriate for a variety of body types and occasions.  And then just changing the accessories can switch up the whole mood of the dress.

This time, a few examples that skillfully use art and books to keep the restricted palette from becoming too dry or impersonal.  A well-accessorized LBD, if you well.

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