Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Here and there....


Here's a random little update about what's been keeping me busy these last few months...

In January I threw a milestone birthday soiree for my friend ... I hosted a "girls night in" and I just had to make things colorful and pretty...the weather was freezing and the snow was flying...



Her signature cocktail was made with tequila (her fave), grapefruit with fresh lime juice...shaken...not stirred...delish! As Summer approaches I am going to "mix it" into my repertoire on a regular basis.


I have been trying to find fun and inspiring images to use as wall Art....I just love these!



This little trio will soon be framed and put somewhere in my spaces...



When the Winter nights get too long I get a little stir crazy and I am either moving furniture around or making jewelry...here is my latest creation.....


I have been doing some "home styling" projects for others as well... recently I put this fabulous collection of  vintage brass vases together with fresh blooms... on a big white lacquer tray...

It now holds court as the centerpiece of an elegant traditional dining room...bringing a little cool edginess to the space! I am obsessed with these...they were very hard to part with...













A very large nook of wood shelves were in need of an update...so I shopped for some elegant and textural accessories to mix in with items from the homeowners stash...the fabulous Indian headdress/juju was just the perfect accessory over the fireplace...(the size and scale of the picture makes it look smaller on the wall than it is in person)

...I love how the neutral tones with white brighten up the wood which can be pretty dark in the space...since there is so much going on on the shelves I like the subtle but sophisticated "pop"of the juju!



Close-ups...




Here is another cabinet that I styled along the way...


 

I also thought this was a unique way to accessorize using a cloche...my son recently made me this sweet Japanese water color...I didn't want to frame it so I put it in a nook in my bookshelf under glass using a clear plate stand...


Speaking of cloches...I used another antique one on a bench....with a shell ball and a brass tray...kinda fun for now...



Now that the weather is turning warmer I am starting to think about my outside spaces and can't wait to start putting things together outside...XO Emily



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dear Ralph and Anna....

There are a few designers...with every collection they debut...I clearly see what all the fuss is about!

Ralph Lauren is at the top of my list and the top of his game once again with his Fall/Winter 2015 collection.

One of the highlights of my Downton Abbey/ Masterpiece Theater Sunday night ritual is watching the fabulous commercial that "Team Ralph" runs each Sunday evening...the images are just magical!

Take a peek inside my imaginary closet...


                               (Merci':annstreetstudio.com)
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I would just live in this hat all Fall/Winter...I have a collection of Winter headware but this one is just calling my name!








The other designer that just rocked it for Fall /Winter 2015 is the super colorful and creative Anna Sui...I am a bit obsessed I must admit...can you hear my "sighs" over the internet? I am crazy for these ensembles head to toe...






Even though Winter has dragged on and on this year and I am craving Spring...looking at these clothes for next Fall/Winter make me see the upside of doing this all again next year!

                                            Have a great weekend! XO Emily

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bedroom Built-Ins...


"AFTER"


"BEFORE"

Our master bedroom inherited a big armoire over a decade ago when we did a rather extensive home remodel.

 We had custom built-ins created for our downstairs living spaces so it needed to move.. at that time...not willing to part with it...because it provided such great storage... I stuck it in our bedroom, repainted it and it held our television and bed linens...but from a design standpoint I knew the room could do better...



recently  my daughter agreed to let me give it a little make-over since she needed more storage...and it moved happily next door....into her room where it looks much better and is tremendously functional.


SO....

I finally got to design built-ins (yes- I love them..most always a great solution in a space) for the two walls in our bedroom that previously were the "eyesore" for me in the space...

I drew out the design...and worked out all the details with my carpenter....down to specifics...



including a remote control for the lighting that I can operate from my nightstand...

I have multiple hues of lighting so that the right brightness can be achieved without having to leave my bed,,,including an on/off switch! I love technology!!



lights off...


and lit...the light isn't this yellow...difficult to capture correctly...


I love how crisp and fresh the space looks now...

and what fun I will have changing the accessories around on all the shelves...I used what I had around the house to get things started...but these shelves will be constantly changing...






pure bliss...let the treasure hunting begin!


Adding these built-ins floor to ceiling has actually made the room look so much larger...


We saved the almost 100 year old ceiling trim to be able to reuse it on the top of the cabinets so it matched the rest of the trim throughout the room...it would have been almost impossible to match- and cohesive trim work is a pet peeve of mine!



I found really fun vintage hardware that looks great on the bottom cabinet doors as well!



Now....onto a few other design opportunities...in our upstairs bath and hall....when the weather gets frigid and I am cooped up inside too long..spaces get changed...lol...stay tuned...

XO Emily






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