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Outfit Inspired

Outfit Inspired by Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh’s Spring 2013 Look Book is filled with garden glam, patterned pants, and neons. Pairs nicely with a tropical parrot pillow, citrus verbena scents and chartreuse sofa. Get the look, get the lifestyle:

  • Joe Fresh – Slim Print Pant. The lynchpin of the entire psychedelic, English garden inspired fete.
  • YLiving – The Hang Planter is a sleek little vessel whose cylindrical shape and sharp slant opening create a cozy and protective environment for a variety of your green, prickly, or floral friends at lofty heights. Wallter planters are made from spun aluminum and powder coated with vibrant color finishes, elevating your gardens to new levels with a fresh pop of color.
  • CB2 – Parrot Pillow. Tropical bird comes in for a landing from our friends at San Francisco’s Creativity Explored, a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art. Originally a mixed media on paper, artist Lien Nguyen perches her parrot with vivid expression in bright shades of chartreuse, red and blue with a painterly touch that evokes the ethereal qualities of her medium and method.
  • Designer’s Guild – Zephirine large scented candle. A subtle blend of citrus green tea and sparkling bergamot heart and an amber base. Burning time 50 hours.
  • L’Occitane – Citrus Summer Fragrance. Enriched with organic verbena from Corsica, lemon oil from Sicily and grapefruit extract from Italy, this new summer fragrance tones and leaves the skin scented with an invigorating and fruity fragrance.
  • Thrive Furniture – The Nixon loveseat, in Klein Wheatgrass, embodies all the design elements that the Scandinavian architects of the 1950s valued. It’s small, intimate, and offers more options in terms of configuration. Swedish apartments back then were really small and loveseats were more appealing than full-sized sofas.

Whitney Eve by Whitney Port

Whitney Eve, created by Whitney Port of The Hills and The City fame, has a fashion line that is equal parts eclectic and feminine. Whitney Eve evokes a girly nature with a touch of sass that is unique with custom prints created by the designer season after season. This outfit, from the Fall 2012 Look Book, is muted yet punchy.

  • Century 21 – THRO BY MARLO LORENZ Set of 2, Cup of Tea Throw Pillows. High contrast graphic design meets earth tones.
  • Museum of Modern Art Design Store – Salt and Pepper Shakers by Wilhelm Wagenfeld, 1952-3. A midcentury design featured in the Museum’s collection, these iconic petite salt and pepper shakers are complemented with a stainless-steel tray which makes for easy transport.
  • Juliska – From the Jardins du Monde Collection- reminiscent of unfurling layers of petals, this charger is a veritable stroll through the gardens of the Grand Tour, where enlightened 17th century minds triumphed over nature with precise geometrical patterns that now flourish on the modern table. Stunning when used as an hors d’oeuvre platter, or adds drama to your table setting as a charger.
  • Serena & Lily – Rope Bin Collection in White. Woven by hand of squared-off rattan with a thick jute rope wrapped around the top, these rugged bins are easy to tote from playroom to bedroom to laundry room.
  • Target – TOO by Blu Dot Tagged Pint Glass Set of 4. The TOO line is designed for small urban spaces, and features modern Eames-like pieces with graffiti and other trompe l’oeil effects. Drink up!
  • Eskayel – Splatter Spell – Granite 24″x24″ pillow, like resting your noggin on a Rorschach test.


Oh how do I love this color, let me count the ways: it’s exactly halfway between yellow and green, it has a citrus-like hue, it’s both cheery yet, moody, AND it’s named after alcohol. Could this so called “apple-green” color (more Granny Smith, than Washington or Fuji) get any better? The answer? YES.

Bold chartreuse wallpaper pops against crisp white bedding and carpeting.Design consultant Alison Booth, owner of Booth Supply, reupholstered a chair from her grandmother in a bright polka-dot print and swapped white lampshades for matching blue ones. From Canadian House and Home, HERE.

The shades in this seventies meets South Beach home are inspired by seaglass! Photographed by Ted Yarwood and designed by Timothy Mather. From Canadian House and Home, HERE.


There were two French liqueurs, one referred to as yellow chartreuse (introduced in 1838), and the other as green chartreuse (introduced in 1764). Each type of the aforementioned liqueur was made by Roman Catholic monks in the Chartreuse mountain range in eastern France. That’s a lot of chartreuse terminology. So, are you following this transitive etymology? The monks were located in the mountains, the mountains were named Chartreuse, the monks named the liquid after the the mountains, the world named the color after the liquor, thus the color is named after the mountains. Side note: : Liqueurs are for nuts (hazelnuts, almonds), cordials are for fruit (lemon, orange, etc).

I am loving this restored entryway table. Check out the “second-coating, HERE. 

The  original liquor formula is said to call for 130 herbs, flowers, and secret ingredients combined in a wine alcohol base meant to be a type of alchemical “elixir of long life”. The monks intended the recipe to be used as medicine, but with saffron coloring and 40% alcohol (80 proof), it is more likely to cause cirrhosis of the liver, then longevity. But, in moderation, the cocktails are phenomenal, and the color is even better. It is thought that the closest naturally occurring chartreuse-like color is that of the Anjou or Bartlett Pear, algae, lovebird, grass, or lime. Since its hue oscillates between yellow, green, and sometimes a warm olive green-brown it can also be used as a form of camouflage color.

Room designed by Chelsea Aterlier Architect, PC.  I love the interplay of materials: plastic, glossy surfaces, aluminum, glass, wood, steel, and lucite. It’s almost like an entire factory is mingling.

This damask and metallic space is a little ostentatious but also extremely luxe. Dining room designed by EJ Interiors, HERE.

Must love birds. Chinoiserie meets high tea meets the ornithological society of America. Room designed by Katie Ridder Rooms.

It’s like a zebra found its way into a paint can! Dining room design via Cynthia Mason Interiors, HERE.

Because the yellow-green is a naturally occuring tincture it plays well with other natural floral colors such as tangerine oranges, baby blues, salmon pinks, and various grapefruit shades.

This small, modern, Chicago, ranch living room was designed by Interiors by Mary Susan, HERE.

Warren Platner’s famous steel wire chairs for Knoll, here in Betsey Johnson’s dining room, found HERE.



The sweeping silhouette of this table is reminiscent of the Tulip table designed by Eero Saarinen, one of Platner’s first bosses. “Midcentury modernism resonates for me,” says Adler, who paired Warren Platner’s 1966 dining table from Design Within Reach with his own Chinese Chippendale chairs. The chandelier is from the 1970s. Curtains are Hinson’s Montauk Texture in Aegean, the same fabric used for the living room curtains and ottoman. Image found HERE via House Beautiful.


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Cocktail Chartreus’ito

Muddle 1/4 lime and sugar in the glass
add fresh mint leaves, ice cubes
and 3 cl Green Chartreuse,
top up with soda,
stir and serve with straws

Cocktail and Image, HERE.


Portrait, Havana, Cuba 2010 by Michael Eastman


The Prickly Margarita

2 oz Cabo Wabo Anejo
1/2 oz Agave Nectar
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz Prickly Pear Puree
1 medium Jalapeño Slice
1/4 oz Amaretto
1 Lime Wheel (garnish)

Cocktail and Image found HERE.


The West Portal Residence by Niche Interiors.

Port o’ Call Cocktail

1 ounce Guinness
1 1/4 ounce Martell VSOP (or other nice, assertive cognac)
1/2 ounce St-Germain
1/4 ounce crème de cacao
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Orange zest, for garnish

Cocktail and Images found HERE.


The Central Park West Residence by Willey Design LLC.