I spend a lot of time preparing. I think a lot about what I want to do. I have prep books, little notebooks in which I write everything down before a sitting. Otherwise I would forget my ideas. – Helmut Newton
Room: Botanical illustrations made from reproductions circa the 1700’s on the wallpaper at the Carolus Linnaeus Swedish estate. The spectacularly beautiful Swedish countryside, characterized by sweeping coastline, sheltering forest, and historic townships, is the setting for the equally spectacular tradition of residences, Swedish residences. Photographs by Ingalill Snitt via The Swedish House. / Notebook: The Medium Strawberry Thief fabric notebook from the Liberty London collection features a print fabric cover, yellow elastic fastening and ruled ivory pages with Liberty logo footers via Liberty London.
Room: A mod, mod living room with black & white wallpaper, West Elm Hive Vases, a glossy white lacquer low cabinet, a white Parsons end tables and yellow & gray rug ala Josef Albers geometry. Images from Haus Interiors./ Notebook: A black and white notebook created by Lanvin featuring an original Alber Elbaz print at the front and back cover. The book includes 88 pages, from FarFetch, L’Eclaireur, Paris, France.
Room: A splash of Scandinavian decor under the eaves proves to be a zen space for a study. A book’s spine provides pops of color, the file cabinet keeps the space bright, and the stool can fit an unexpected friend. Clean, simple and modern. Photography by Espen Grønli via Design Milk. / Notebook: The paper nuts at Postalco produce a rainbow of nifty notebooks! Based in Japan but hailing from Brooklyn, the stationery experts provide unlimited ways to tote your notes and store your sketches! Made with A7 metal springs, graph paper and a printed cover. Note that all pads are assorted, at random, and specific colorways cannot be chosen via Opening Ceremony.
The layered creams and soft chocolatey browns of a delicious Italian tiramisu lend themselves to salvaged wood, mismatched chocolate tones, and Italian leather. Room via Do You Fancy This?
The Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, as made famous by Carrie Bradshaw, are buttery old-fashioned treats. The delicate pistachio cupcakes are whipped up with pistachio meringue buttercream and topped with the nut itself! These special treats also have hand designed cupcake wrappers. The room is by Robert Passal presented at the 2012 Hampton Showhouse. The deep greens, playful feminine pinks, and delicate vanilla-colored detailing match the delicious dessert perfectly. The statement wallpaper is a custom design withBlack Crow Studios. Image via Tilton Fenwick.
A classic creme brûlée (also known as burnt cream) revolves around custard and hardened caramel colors. A mint leaf adds a bit of color to the earth toned palette. A room that captures the crisp geometric patterns of a doily, as well as the dark tones of an earthenware ramekin is both calming and reminiscent of burnt sugar via Design Milk.
A fluffy whipped marshmallow cloud is feminine and delicate in this lovely Baked Alaska photograph (and recipe) by Sarah Phillips via baking911.com. Dainty gold leaf plates with Victorian touches are reflected in this rustic yet opulent shabby chic haven. Photographed by anson smart, styled by lara hutton for Country Ctyle Australia as scanned by Dust Jacket Attic.
Inspired by the tempting visions of French pastry shop windows yet with the patriotic colors of the American or French flag, the fruit tart (tartes aux fruits) is a perfect summer treat – recipe of the vegan tarts and photos by Green Sage. Blueberries, strawberries, peaches, cherries and mangoes in the desserts translate into blues, reds, oranges and peaches in a bright, high contrast bedroom created by Interior designer Janet Gridley. The whimsy of mismatched historic wallpaper, granny squared quilts, nautical hints, red lacquered side tables and rope fixtures are bold and cozy. Images and complete room by D Magazine, here.
In preparation for the onset of autumn (the leaves are a’changing and there’s a crisp in the air), I bring you a mix and match of light sweaters perfect for the in-between weather of seasonal changes.
Sweater: A bold, Southwestern motif lends an on-trend accent to a slouchy collegiate sweater by Topshop found here./ Room: Retreat to a Southwest hideaway, at home. Live in a handcrafted cove of pine with distressed, hand-painted turquoise finish. The details give it the necessary character and situate your in your own personal desert oasis: twigs, conchos, cacti, a stampede of horses, antlers and painted flowers. Las Cruces bedroom found here.
Sweater: Knitted from the softest angora-blend and adorned with two intarsia tigers, Mulberry’s light-brown sweater is a sartorial conversation starter. The relaxed fit and flattering neutral hue make it a weekend fail-safe, found here./ Room: Designer Valentino’s drawing room plays on rich browns, and deep contrasts between dark and light, where a Léger Peinture Murale (1932) and a Ming-dynasty tiger sit regally atop a mantle. Can you find the mammal? Photographs by Jonathan Becker via Vanity Fair August 2010.
Sweater: Like the Salvador Dali couch, or Marilyn Monroe’s famous red pair, these lips were sealed with a kiss! To purchase, click here./ Room: Live inside of St. Valentine’s house daily with this ultra themed dining room. Heart plates, red lacquer, color blocked drapes, and the whimsy of someone’s Barbie dollhouse! Photography by Donna Griffith and esign by Jennifer Brouwer Interior Design, via Coco + Kelly!