DESIGN CRUSH: REBECCA MOSES

OMG!  This is one of the most fabulous books I’ve come across in a long time. 

 Rebecca Moses, an icon in the fashion and home design business has penned her first book, A Life of Style, and it is brilliant. 

Combining beautiful watercolor illustrations with her fashion and interior design knowledge, provoking words of wisdom, and an abundance style savvy advice, Rebecca’s book really makes you think about how you express your personal style. 

  Within hours of opening the box, I began flipping the pages, absorbing every word and marking my favorite “words of wisdom” with post-its. 

In addition to learning a few new things about the world of design, I also walked away fully inspired to re-look and re-define my personal style.

Here are few of my favorite inspiring thoughts from Rebecca.  I think you’ll be inspired to.

 There Are No Rules In Style,  Just Good Instincts!

True Style I s Understanding Who We Are and Having the Conviction To Express It.

Style is Not Skin Deep.  It is Soul Deep.  It is Our Most Significant form of Expression.  It is How we Communicate Who we are to the World Around us.  It is a Reflection of Who We Are, Where We Have Come From, and What we want to SAY to the World Around Us!  IT IS OUR VOICE!

If you love design and fashion as much an I do, you’ll definitely want to add this book to your collection.  Enjoy!

until next time…

 all images via Rebecca Moses

DESIGN CRUSH: MICHELLE SMITH

MILLY by MICHELLE SMITH

In my never-ending love for fashion, I am always interested in the movers and shakers within the fashion industry.  Recently, my attention has turned to Michelle Smith, the gorgeous designer behind the fashion line Milly.

Ever since she was a little girl, Michelle had a passion for clothing and set her sights on becoming a leading American fashion designer.  With a FIT education, training at Hermes’, Louis Vuitton , Torrente and Christian Dior, Michelle honed her skills and launched her own line, Milly, in 2001.

Known for timeless silhouettes and sexy, feminine flair, the Milly by Michelle Smith line will make any woman feel more beautiful.  I especially love the luxurious fabrics, bold colors and stunning prints that Michelle incorporates into her line each season.

  Michelle’s personal style is classic and timeless.  Her natural, wholesome beauty makes her relatable to the everyday woman. 

Soft, feminine fabrics and bold color are signature statements for the Milly line.

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A model walks the runway at the Milly By Michelle Smith Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Promenade, Bryant Park on September 10, 2008 in New York City.

I love this print and the feminine and wearable silhouette of this piece.

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These outerwear pieces and fun and stylish.

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 And, if you think Michelle’s design talent stops with fashion, think again. This is the Upper East Side Manhattan apartment Michelle designed with her husband.  So beautiful.   

Check out more photos of Michelle’s home, here!

  

image via Michelle Smith

If you love the Milly line as much as I do, you’ll be excited to know that in Spring 2011, Michelle will open her flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York.  And, she’ll also be launching her handbag and jewelry lines as well! 

Oh Happy Day!

ASID AWARD WINNERS

Every year, all across the country, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards outstanding interior designer projects with their Design Excellence Awards.  The designers here in Georgia really out did themselves this year, creating some of the most gorgeous spaces I’ve ever seen. 

While several of the winning design firms have long been established here in Atlanta, several of this years winners were new to the winner circle.  It is so exciting to see so much fresh, new talent making their way in the world of interior design. 

Here are my favorite winning designs.   Be sure to visit each designers website for more of their beautiful and inspiring work.

 

GOLD WINNER–Residence over 3,500 sq. feet    turnerdavisinteriors.com

GOLD WINNER–Residential Singular Space  peacedesign.org

GOLD WINNER–Model Home  robertgraysoninteriors.com

SILVER WINNER–Show House  carsonguest.com

GOLD WINNER–Historic Preservation   kittytuttleinteriors.com

SILVER WINNER–Residence under 3,500 sq. feet  elinorjonesinteriors.com

BRONZE WINNER–Model Home  howardhouseinc.com and ikaeinteriors.com

GOLD WINNER–Residential Singular  pineapplehouse.com

BRONZE WINNER–Kitchen and Bath   Sue Wislar Interiors

SILVER WINNER–Residential Singular  tduffyandassociates.com

SILVER WINNER–Residence over 3,500 sq. feet  rabautdesign.com

GOLD WINNER–Residence under 3,500 sq. feet  Cheryl Lucas Interior Design

 
 
 Photo Source:  Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

ROAD TRIP

I am really in need of a vacation, but with Christmas trees to be decorated at the store, and the busy season just around the corner, a vacation, let alone a weekend getaway is out of the question.  So, while I can’t get away in real life, I can escape mentally.

  So, the story goes a little something like this….

  It’s Thursday evening and I’ve just left work.  I have a 7 pm flight headed for the land of the rich and famous–Hollywood, CA.

As my flight takes off, I feel a sense of relaxation come over me. 

Three days of  bliss lie ahead.

Upon landing, I head to my home-away-from-home for the weekend, The London West Hollywood Hotel.

I dine, I relax, I swim, I shop, and I relax some more. 

 Life is Bliss!

  

THE LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD

  Whatever I need for my little vaca is just a call away! 

An early morning swim is my ultimate luxury. 

This is where I begin and end each day!  With a cocktail in hand of course.

Lunch on the rooftop patio makes me feel like a real star.

I relax each evening in my beautiful guest room.  I just love the sleek modern design of the room and the cozy, plush fabrics they incorporated.  Pure relaxation. 

 

 

On the last evening of my getaway, I enjoy a wonderful dinner in Gordon Ramsey’s beautiful London West Hollywood restaurant. Aren’t those pink banquettes to die for?

 Although my trip is a short one, I return to my real life with a renewed sense of spirit, inspired by the beautiful design of The London West Hollywood. 

  

If you could get away, where would you go?

  

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TUFT LOVE

I just adore tufted furniture.  There is something so old school, yet modern about the look. 

Here are a few of my favorite pieces… 

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I love how dining room chairs with tufted backs make a dining room feel softer and more glamorous.

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When I’m in the market for a new piece of furniture, this chaise will be high on the list of considerations.  I love the lines and the tufted detail gives it a regal feel.

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This tufted leather chair with its fabric back is so stylish.  I love the bold color and nailhead trim.

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This tufted headboard is just beautiful.  

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This tufted bead is so elegant and sophisticated.  Typically used just on the headboard, I love that the tufted treatment was also used on the footboard.  I just want to jump in this bed and take a little nap. 

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This sofa is  pure luxury! 

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 Do you love tufted furniture as much as I do?

IT’S ALL A CROC!

The concept of a watch as a fashion statement has really taken off.  This past Spring and into Summer it was all about the Sandra Bullock Watch from the Blindside movie.  The white Toy Watch and all of its knock-off versions were on just about every womans wrist that I saw.  It was refreshing to see a non-metal, non-gold or silver watch leap to the forefront of style.  It really was the perfect summer watch! 

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But, I am glad that Fall will be ushering in a more classic watch trend–crocodile (or faux) leather bands.  I love the look of a mens inspired watch and how it will mix so great with the feminine clothing that will be in stores for Fall. 

And even better, I already own one of the  gems!

 

What’s your favorite watch style?

 

Photo Source:  Toy Watch, Elle

DIY PROJECT: FALL CANDLEHOLDERS

Since the temperature has dropped a few degrees, I’ve been motivated to begin decorating for fall.  When I pulled out my fall tabletop decor, I decided to add a little something new to the mix this year, and created these beautiful Ribbon Wrapped Candleholders. 

Since I love burning candles, and love getting creative with ribbon, I thought these candleholders would really bring my dining room centerpiece to life.   

You can find the full DIY steps on my blog post for May Arts Ribbon, here! 

 

Here are a couple of shots of my Ribbon Wrapped Candleholders all lit up, as part of my fall dining table centerpiece.

 

If you’re feeling creative and want to design something with ribbon, be sure to check out the May Arts blog, where you’ll find loads of great DIY projects.  And, for even more fun, check out their Facebook page and enter one of their giveaways or contest. 

What’s your favorite fall decor?

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