Star & Strips (Forever)

Stars & Stripes is not only a nickname for the American Flag – it is also a brand of soft drinks, a ballet, the official newspaper of the United States Armed Forces, an album by The Beach Boys, and The National March of the United States of America composed by John Philip Sousa. When I was in high school, I would time my mornings to Sousa marches. The beat always kept me in perfect time. As most marches were only a few minutes long, usually around 5, I would know how to time my shower, teeth brushing, and driving, accordingly. Now, two step, double time, and let’s decorate our home with American flair via both alternating stars and stripes, sometimes each together.

Sixteen mirrored glass panes are skillfully cut, shaped and fitted by hand to create each of these stars. Framed in antiqued brass, the glass has a mottled gilded finish that lends warmth and opulence to the light-catching facets. From Pottery Barn, HERE.

A country style, English inspired, sky blue living room. Image via House to Home UK.

Gunmetal, gilt, and metallic colors make this room feel celestial. Barneby Gates is the brainchild of Vanessa Barneby, Vogue Living Editor and Alice Gates, graduate of London Art School and fashion textile designer.  Pooling their experience, Vanessa and Alice set up Barneby Gates in 2009. With a quintessentially English feel, their inaugral collection gives classical ideas a contemporary twist using subtle metallic finishes and a touch of irony. Image found HERE. 

A slightly more updated take on “your girly bedroom”. Bring classic linear pattern into your home with a striped chair cover in the latest coral shades. Continue the modern feel with a co-ordinating ribbon picture and keep the rest of the colours neutral. Using all natural materials such as woods, cottons, glass, and patinas, this room feels extremely rustic yet traditional. Image found HERE. 

Wary Meyers Decorative Arts, a redone and recreated Brooklyn, NY Brownstone. New paint colors with old world details. Image found HERE.

A tiny 969 sq ft carriage house is in Des Moines, Iowa. The Country Home team transformed it using renewable and recycled products. To see more of the eco friendly images of the home, here HERE.

Imported all the way from Sweden, this very cool wallpaper is perfect for any kids bedroom (or any room, for that matter). Product found HERE.

A mix of lilac, purple and white in layers of pattern create a look that’s fresh and exotic. A pretty block-print coverlet and paisley pillows draw the eye, while gold star patterned wallpaper on the ceiling adds whimsy. Image via Canadian House & Home, HERE.

 Moravian Glass Star Lamp, vases in a Cloche, black color schemes, almost a Victorian yet, Gothic vibe. The wallpaper is a bookshelf!

Create a striking backdrop in the hallway with a glamorous wallpaper such as this striped design! Image via House to Home UK, HERE.

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Ice Cream is no longer just for hot summer days or after break-up gorging – ice cream packaging, and melted, pastel colors, can absolutely inspire rooms.

Ice Cream: Ciao Bella Gelato in Malted Milk Ball, “nostalgically crunchy”. Found HERE. / Room: Stacey Sargent, from Of Love and Photographs, lives in a thrift shop, flea market, and budget friendly inspired home. Found HERE.

Ice Cream: Starbucks Limited Edition Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream. Found HERE. / Room: Simplicity and color give this room its drama. Asian design elements, and classic English elements mingle. Room by Tracy Murdock Design & Management. Found HERE.

Ice Cream: I am a (non recovering) chocoholic!  This new Ben & Jerry’s flavor includes chocolate ice cream, chocolate cookie bits, and chocolate pudding swirls. Image found, HERE. / Room: This Ben & Jerry’s Label is hard to replicate! Its color scheme includes a sky blue, a deep purple, yellows, tans, and a pop of green. This room includes hints of all the hues of the new Chocolate Therapy flavor, with the airiness of the brand’s cloud scenes (cow not included). From Elle Decors May 2009 issue, the home belongs to Alexandra Wentworth and her husband, news-anchor George Stephanopoulos, situated in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Photographer: Simon Upton. Found HERE. 

Ice Cream: Breyers Natural Strawberry ice cream. Bursting with sun-ripened strawberry pieces! Although the color is always lovely, strawberry is actually my LEAST favorite flavor. Sorry! Found, HERE. / Room: This grand space is given a bit of whimsy thanks to the bold selection of patterned fabrics. Designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey. Photo by Grey Crawford for California Home + Design. Paint color: “China White,” Benjamin Moore; Trim color: “Black,” Benjamin Moore; Rug: Stark, LA. Image found, HERE.

What is your favorite flavor?


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My Week in Snapshots: 4/16/2012 – 4/22/2012

My gosh, golly gee, what a week I have had. In this past week my new nephew Zachary Fionn was born, AND I accepted a job offer in a new position here in NYC. I feel like I should clink a million glasses of champagne and do a little twirl. I also managed to find the PERFECT pair of jeans – slim through the ankle, single roll cuff, vintage medium wash. They are so functional, and versatile; a good pair of jeans is like a best friend or an LBD, always there. My apologies on not updating the blog sooner, I usually try to post daily (or at least every two days), but SO much has been happening. Here are a few photos taken straight from my iPhone so that you can see the east coast through mine own eyes.

1. My boyfriend and I decided to re-stock our liquor cabinet (which is actually an old, beveled icebox) in order to prepare for guests which we will be entertaining next week. We mostly went to The Chelsea Wine Vault for Champagne, Scotch (Oban, Talisker, Dalwhinnie, single malts et. al.), and Sparkling Wines (Schramsberg is a new favorite) HOWEVER, while looking we spotted this Kings County Distillery Moonshine. Upon further reading, I have come to learn that this is from New York City’s oldest operating distillery that began production before Prohibition.

2. We have all held our ears to a conch shell in order to hear the sound of the ocean, yet have you ever EATEN a live conch? Aside from its symbolism in Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies, the conch is actually second in popularity to escargot in the “edible snail” category. The dish is common in East Asian stir fry, soups of the West Indies, The Bahamas, Grenada, and as ceviche from Puerto Rico. This one was found at The Lobster Place.

3. A detail from artist Ajan Daeng’s “Owl in Love”. Keith Johnson, an employee of Anthropologie, who scours the world in search of unique goods for the stores chose found this artist in a forested area alongside a rural Thai road. Daeng works with discarded objects, trash, natural items, and rotted parts. This sculpture was made of wood, soda cans, and rusted metal pieces.

4. While home in South Jersey, after the birth of my sister’s new son, my mom and I were EXHAUSTED. We had stayed in the hospital for several hours and were craving something celebratory. Instead of the usual baby boy cigars or glass of wine, we ordered extremely layered and rich (see heart-clogging) pizza from Montesini’s Gourmet Pizza. Those were slices from a TACO PIZZA SLICE, a Riccota & Eggplant Slice, and a Spinach, Garlic & Tomato slices (to name a few). Om nom nom.

5. While traveling from NY Penn Station to South Jersey, I rode the surprisingly empty NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Line. I have taken this same train ride about 6785 times, if only they had a “frequent traveler” punch card.

6. My mom treated me to this new bracelet that looks surprisingly intricate, high-end, and haute couture. Believe it or not, the item is from Kohl’s Simply Vera by Vera Wang Line. The Two Tone Flower Bead Bracelet is a modern shape, with glints of kelly green, and silver chain closures. It was originally $50.00 but has since been marked down to $27.50, and my mom had an additional 30% off coupon. You do the math! Thanks momma (and dad of course).

7. The Chelsea Market is a food concourse, flea market, pop-up shop, and general indoor arcade for all sorts of wonderful boutiques. It was originally a Nabisco Factory (and was actually the first place where Oreos were invented) – here is a shot of the original factory style ceilings and clock.

8. Welcome to the world Zachary Fionn! You were a heft albs 5 oz, and totally huggable with a full head of dark brunette hair. I love your little quivering lip and your puckered out chin (with a dimple). Zachary is my second nephew, he’s the little brother to Jacob!

9. Run, don’t’ walk, to your closet CVS, Rite Aid, or Duane Reade in order to get this unique nail polish color. The color is from Wet N’ Wild’s new MEGA LAST® NAIL COLOR line and is called “On a Trip”.  The bottle only cost me $1.99. I am usually a sucker for high-end nail polishes and have a sizable collection from O.P.I., Essie, and Joe Fresh (and have been CRAVING Butter London), but these new hues, and the company’s new formula feels SO expensive (and chip resistant). The color palette is also well thought out, providing me with many accent colors for the upcoming Spring and Summer trends.

10. Oh the smells of fresh lavender by the neatly tied up bundle (I’ll take a bushel please). Michael surprised me with (what we think is) a lavandula flower in Hidcote Blue to celebrate my new job offer! He has a natural skill for picking eclectic flowers I love (not the usual roses, daisies, and lilies). The buds have been in our house for several days, in a favorite vase, and are still flowering and fresh. Yay for staying power. Cagney, our kitty, is also not tempting to eat these (he has completely annihilated entire pots of bamboo, succulents, and past bouquets).

That’s my week, how was yours?