“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
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!
Connie Newberry House Beautiful
Diane Von Furstenberg
Alain and Claude Fassier House and Garden
Steven Gambrel House Beautiful
Michael S. Smith House Beautiful
Vicente Wolf Architectural Digest
Richard Meier House & Garden
“These gems have life in them: their colors speak, say what words fail of.” ~George Eliot
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
Earrings with Rutilated Quartz and Smoky Topaz
Earrings with Amethyst and Green Amethyst
Earrings with Blue Quartz and Garnet
Earrings with Moonstone, White Topaz, Button Pearl and White Cat’s Eye
Earrings with Green Onyx, Green Amethyst and Black Onyx
Bracelet with Green Onyx Beads and Clear Quartz
Cuff with Black Onyx and Carved Labradorite
Cuff with Lapis and Turquoise
Necklace with Melon Lapis and Multi Strand Peridot
Necklace with Rutilated Quartz and Smoky Topaz
*** All photos taken from Bounkit website.
“There are as many styles of beauty as there are visions of happiness.”
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
*All photos taken from the De Gournay Website.
“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 at 1stdibs.
The Log Holder at First Dibs
Stunning Moon Mask From The Ivory Coast at 1stdibs.
Rare Large John Dickinson African Table at First Dibs
Cantagalli Vase at First Dibs
Rooster Parade from the portfolio Aftermath by Gustav Klimt
Original John Dickinson Four Leg Table at 1stdibs.
“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
- 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
Downstairs parlor of painter John Dowd’s Provincetown, Massachusetts, home. Elle Decor Dec 2006
World of Interiors, May 2012
World of Interiors, May 2012
World of Interiors, June 2012
Wishing everyone love and happiness in the New Year. Xoxo Kris
“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
“From Labor there shall come forth rest.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Vogue May 1941
Vogue July 1932
Ralph Lauren Ad
Picture of my grandparents on their honeymoon
Vintage Cole Swimwear AD
Photo by me
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (otherwise known as the CFDA), celebrated 50’s years at this years award show held at Lincoln Center. Often called the “Oscars of Fashion”, the cities fashion elite gather each year for the CFDA Awards and for this reason, it is often one of my favorite red carpets of the year. The photos below were taken from Photographer Jamie Beck’s blog From Me to You. I love the intimate shots she takes. They give you the feeling of attending an intimate party among close friends. Her detail shots are also fabulous. All around I find her photos edgy, artistic, classic and fresh!
The dress above worn by Doutzen Kroes may be my personal favorite of the night
Padma Lakshmi wearing Naeem Khan
Diane Von Furstenburg is the President of the CFDA
Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen won this years Womenswear Designer of the Year
Of course — I am obsessed with anything remotely related to Mad Men!
Another favorite dress from the evening was a Altuzarra dress worn by Kate Bosworth above
Anna Wintour wearing a dress by Marc Jacobs
Love the Cap Sleeves and Unexpected Hairdo from Mandi Moore (Photo on the Left)
The profile of Karolina Kurkova blows the front view of this outfit out of the water, HOWEVER…. I am still obsessed with these shoes!
All photos are by Jamie Beck’s blog From Me To You