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KRIS Likes…. Bookshelves

“Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.”  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Laura Yaggy Domino Magazine

Laura Yaggy Domino Magazine

It is finally starting to feel a little bit like spring here in New York and that means … time for spring cleaning.  One of my favorite spring cleaning activities is re-styling my bookshelves.   It is a great way to freshen things up and give new life to your old objects and accessories.  When re-styling a bookshelf you should always be thinking of ways to alternate the color, sizes and orientation of your books. This will help give the shelves some visual interest and break the monotony of vertical rows.   Lighting and artwork on the surface of the shelving is a great way to give your bookshelves an additional design element without adding extra items that may leave your shelves feeling cluttered.  To keep a clean and tailored look always make sure to keep all the spines of your books at the same depth. Here is a little inspiration to get you started… Enjoy!

Francois Costa

Francois Costa

Southern Living

Southern Living

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Connie Newberry House Beautiful

Domino Magazine

Domino Magazine

Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg

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Elle Decor

Alain and Claude Fassier House and Garden

Alain and Claude Fassier House and Garden

Steven Gambrel House Beautiful

Steven Gambrel House Beautiful

Michael S. Smith House Beautiful

Michael S. Smith House Beautiful

Vicente Wolf Architectural Digest

Vicente Wolf Architectural Digest

Richard Meier Architectural Digest

Richard Meier House & Garden

 

KRIS Likes… America

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun.  It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for it’s existence against the winds and rain and scorching sun.” – Napoleon Hill

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“For this is what America is all about.  It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge.  It is the star that is not reached and the harvest that is sleeping in the unplowed ground.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

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In loving memory….

KRIS Likes… Bounkit

“These gems have life in them:  their colors speak, say what words fail of.”  ~George Eliot

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I  first discovered Bounkit on my never-ending and seemingly impossible quest for the stylish and modern clip on earring.  (Yes, I might be the only woman under the age of 80 who does not have her ears pierced.)  When I finally stumbled upon this treasure trove of gorgeous semi-precious gemstones (that offered all of their earrings with a clip-on option),  I thought I had died and gone to heaven! A native of Morocco, founder Hassan Bounkit launched his jewelery line in 2006.  His inspiration derived from his Mediterranean background, ancient Moroccan designs, art deco and his love of nature.  Each piece is handmade in the label’s New York atelier from crystal, wood and organically cut stones.  Below are just a few of my favorite creations.  I hope you enjoy these elegant and exotic creations as much as I do!  xx Kris

All items seen below can be purchased on their website www.bounkit.com.

Ring with Green Amethyst and Lemon Quartz

Ring with Green Amethyst and Lemon Quartz

Earrings with Rutilated Quartz and Smoky Topaz

Earrings with Rutilated Quartz and Smoky Topaz

Earrings with Amethyst and Green Amethyst

Earrings with Amethyst and Green Amethyst

Earrings with Blue Quartz and Garnet

Earrings with Blue Quartz and Garnet

Earrings with Moonstone, White Topaz, Button Pearl and White Cat's Eye

Earrings with Moonstone, White Topaz, Button Pearl and White Cat’s Eye

Earrings with Green Onyx, Green Amethyst and Black Onyx

Earrings with Green Onyx, Green Amethyst and Black Onyx

Bracelet with Green Onyx Beads and Clear Quartz

Bracelet with Green Onyx Beads and Clear Quartz

Cuff with Black Onyx and Carved Labradorite

Cuff with Black Onyx and Carved Labradorite

Cuff with Lapis and Turquoise

Cuff with Lapis and Turquoise

Necklace with Melon Lapis and Multi Strand Peridot

Necklace with Melon Lapis and Multi Strand Peridot

Necklace with Rutilated Quartz and Smoky Topaz

Necklace with Rutilated Quartz and Smoky Topaz

*** All photos taken from Bounkit website.

KRIS Likes… Spring and De Gournay

 “There are as many styles of beauty as there are visions of happiness.”
– Stendhal

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The weather is finally getting nicer and I was inspired this morning by an Instagram photo of a De Gournay wallpaper posted by a friend and fellow interior designer, Georgia Tapert Howe of Carolina George.  Inspired by 18th Century Chinoiserie; nothing reminds me of springtime and brings the beauty of nature into a home quite like an exquisitely hand painted De Gournay wallpaper.  The company specializes in creating block-printed panoramic wallpapers developed in early 19th century France and called: Papiers Peints Panoramiques.   Every paper is handmade by skilled artisans and each one is a true work of art.  The epitome of luxury, beauty and fantasy the paper can be customized any way the client desires and made into matching pattern fabric.  Personally, De Gournay paper in a dining room is a look I will never tire of!!  Thanks to Georgia for the inspiration… I am jealous that you get to work with one and am certain it will be stunning! For everyone else, enjoy the way designers have used these gorgeous papers in the pictures below!   xx K

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*All photos taken from the De Gournay Website.

KRIS Likes… 1st Dibs

“I have no recipe for how to combine things.  But you must be sincere.  And if you are, strangely, it will succeed.” – Andree Putnam, Interior Designer 

Today I thought I would simply post some of the things from one of my favorite websites (1st Dibs) that have inspired me over the past few days or (in the case of the John Dickinson tables)… things that I have loved my entire life! … Enjoy!

“I believe creativity is a childlike activity and to question too much may be irrelevant..” – Frank O. Gehry

Azilal Rug

Azilal Rug at 1stdibs.

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The Log Holder at First Dibs

Stunning Moon Mask From The Ivory Coast at 1stdibs

Stunning Moon Mask From The Ivory Coast at 1stdibs.

Rare Large John Dickinson African Table

Rare Large John Dickinson African Table at First Dibs

Cantagalli Vase at First Dibs

Cantagalli Vase at First Dibs

Rooster Parade from the portfolio Aftermath by Gustav Klimt

Rooster Parade from the portfolio Aftermath by Gustav Klimt

Original John Dickinson Four Leg Table

Original John Dickinson Four Leg Table at 1stdibs.

KRIS Likes… The Fireplace

“There is no place more delightful than one’s own fireplace.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

There are few things better than snuggling up next to a roaring fire on a cold winters day.  If you have been on the east cost this week, I am sure you can agree!   Until the weather becomes more agreeable, stay warm and enjoy! xx Kris

Miles Redd, Elle Decor

1836 Greek Revival townhouse designed by Miles Redd, Elle Decor
Upper East Side Townhouse Decorated by Wayne Nathan and Carol Egan, Elle Decor Nov 2006

Upper East Side Townhouse Decorated by Wayne Nathan and Carol Egan, Elle Decor Nov 2006

Downstairs parlor of painter John Dowd's Provincetown, Massachusetts, home.  Elle Decor Dec 2006

Downstairs parlor of painter John Dowd’s Provincetown, Massachusetts, home. Elle Decor Dec 2006

World of Interiors, May 2012

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World of Interiors, May 2012

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World of Interiors, June 2012

KRIS Likes… The New Year!

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Wishing everyone love and happiness in the New Year. Xoxo Kris

KRIS Likes… The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd

“This is a book about dreams coming true; the curiosities in the rooms I have decorated; and the people, artists, and places that have inspired me. When all is said and done and I am long forgotten, maybe someone will find this book in a dusty library—if such a thing still exists—and glimpse a bit of the pleasure my life has given me. I want them to have the sensation of dancing across an MGM soundstage, silhouetted in a klieg light, because that was my intention with this book, a very personal blend of work and fantasy.” —Miles Redd

As a thank you for helping update a few things in her home, my Aunt/Godmother & one of the chicest woman I know, gave me my very own signed version of Miles Redd’s new Book, The Big Book of Chic. Needless to say… I am obsessed!  True to-miles-redd-form, the book is not what one might expect from a traditional design book. Save a brief introduction from Redd, the book contains no writing, hints or tips from the designer. Instead it reads more like a mood board in book form, allowing full-page photographs to narrate its story.  The book showcases some of Redd’s most famous interiors interspersed with the inspiration images that fuel Redd’s creativity.  Paintings by Sargent & Cassatt, Richard Avedon Fashion Photographs, a photo of Peggy Guggenheim and so on…  Each Chapter marked with a quote that speaks to Redd’s sensibilities. It is true that no one has mastered the use of bold, beautiful and rich color like Miles Redd and this book is no exception. Each time I flip through its pages I find myself a little more inspired and a little more tuned in to Redd’s intentions and overall message.  If you love design, color & glamour this books will not disappoint.  Below is just a little taste of what’s inside to wet your appetites …. Enjoy!

“It would turn out to be an arduous and at times a painful process, but one that has provided me years of pleasure and satisfaction.  I suppose a lot like childbirth – and to that point, houses in a way, are living things that need love and attention to flourish and shine.”  – Miles Redd, The Big Book of Chic

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HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND from KRIS Likes!

“From Labor there shall come forth rest.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Vogue 1954

Vogue May 1941

Vogue July 1932

Australian Vogue

Ralph Lauren Ad

Picture of my grandparents on their honeymoon

Vintage Cole Swimwear AD

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KRIS Likes…. Surfboard Decor

1950′s Bondi Beach Swimwear Ad

Having spent most of my summer thus far in Montauk … it’s hard to not have surfing on the brain.  Below are a few of my favorite ways that surfboards have been incorporated into the interior design of a home… Enjoy!

Nate Berkus California Home

Brooke Giannetti

Montauk House of Robin Srandefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams

Leslie Klotz House Beautiful

Home of Alan Wanzenberg Elle Decor

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Kerry Joyce Elle Decor June 2003

Ralph Lauren Home

Jason Grant

Sana Keefer Summer House

Sdouble Surfboard Showroom

Leonard Correa Luna Surf Wagon Isetta

Tim Clark

Sidewalk Surfboard #4 by Nash, 34″ Long

via 1STDIBS.COM – Surfing Cowboys – Nash – Sidewalk Surfboard #4 by Nash, 34″ Long.

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