Items We Love: Structured Bags

September 28, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments

The intersection between fashion and design is evident in the latest trend of architecturally-inspired bags.  These structured purses are sleek and stylish attention-grabbers.  Check out these beauties that we’re currently coveting:

Mini Amphora Leather Top Handle Bag


Mini Lorna Colorblock Leather Hobo Bag

Mini Johnny Leather Hexagon Shoulder Bag

Bissett Patent Leather Top-Handle Bucket Bag - Red

Bobbi Leather Shopper Bag

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Modern Comfort

September 25, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments

And just like that, it’s fall!

We know it’s been quiet on the site for awhile now and we appreciate and thank you for checking back in.  As usual, the end of summer snuck up on us and then the calendar was suddenly filled with start-of-school/work again.  While we’re getting back into the routine again, I wanted to start off with a pure design post.  I do a lot of thinking while driving, and I do a lot of driving these days … and the other day, was thinking how the modern looks of today have changed a lot from what may have been considered modern in the past.  Of course, what is “modern” will evolve over time, but the big difference in my mind is the focus on comfort.  Contemporary looks were typically sleek, minimal, and edgy — both in terms of looks and feel.  Sharp lines and harder materials, such as concrete and steel, don’t tend to lend themselves to comfort.  What’s great now is that modern can also be comfortable.  I was searching for a term for it and came up with, Modern Comfort.  Here’s what that looks like to me:

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Blending Old and New with Vintage Doors

August 1, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Kitchen Pantry with Vintage Doors

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Many moons ago I pinned the image above.  I have always loved blending old with new new and a great way to do it is using vintage pieces, vintage doors in particular, as a focal point.  Obviously the front door is one place to use a vintage piece but, in my opinion, an even better way to use a vintage door is in an interior space.  I love them in the kitchen as the pantry door or as a door to an office space or library.  Unfortunately, I have not had an opportunity to use a vintage door . . . yet.  Thankfully, a current project is giving me the opportunity that I have been wanting.

Half the fun of finding a vintage piece is the hunt.  I am exploring all of my favorite local haunts in search of the perfect set.  But, I have also been looking on-line and have found some amazing (and even some affordable) options on 1st Dibs.  I was surprised by the number of doors that I like.  Most are in Europe, so you have to buy sight unseen and there is the cost of shipping to think about.  But, these doors are so beautiful that I think it is worth the risk. Here are a few of my favorites (all images courtesy of 1stDibs.com).

Vintage Swedish Doors

Painted Vintage French Doors

What makes these doors so amazing is the detail that comes through.  The years of use, vintage locks, and raised (or recessed) panels make the doors unique and one-of-a-kind.  I cannot wait to order the perfect vintage doors for my client.



Looks We Love: Statement Walls

July 16, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments

Much of the fun of interior design involves making your mark and personalizing a space.  What better way to achieve both of these goals than with a statement wall?  We’re obsessed with these painted wall treatments.  More subtle than a mural, less permanent and expensive than wallpaper (which we still love), yet these walls definitely make a statement.  And with a couple cans of paint and some time and patience, make a great DIY project too.  Who’s with us?

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These Shoes Were Made For Walking

June 7, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments

It seems like every summer I am on the hunt for cute shoes that I can walk in for hours in hot weather.  This is a first world problem, to be sure, but still one that has no obvious solution.  Typically, I have made do with cute sandals and canvas sneakers but this summer’s destination — Japan — will require more support for longer hours of walking in humid heat.  So I have been diligently researching and ordering pairs of shoes that will keep my feet cool and comfy, and still look good.  Since everyone has different feet needs and what works for me may not work for you, I’ve narrowed it down to my Top 5:

Superga 2750 SportKnitW

AllBirds Tree Loungers

Native Jefferson 2.0 Liteknit

Tretorn Platform Sneaker

Vince Aston Joggers

I’m still waiting to try some of these on, so no verdict quite yet.  Do you have any shoes that you love to walk in?