Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The 30's

I found this amazing post this morning on New York Social Diary and I'm just crazy over these photos. The post is absolutely brilliant and confirms for me why I'm a fan. Visit regularly because they update content daily.

I'm not one to idealize everything about the past, but these photos certainly do make me long for a little bit of the past in the here-and-now.

These images inspire me in countless ways: fashion, entertaining, architecture, photography...

How do they inspire you?

Monday, July 11, 2011

custom monogram

I love stationery. There... I said it. I try to write notes often and I view my personalized stationery as a gift to the recipient. Along with my congratulations, thanks or encouragement, I send the little present that is a pretty card. I feel like it tells the recipient that I care enough to invest in the paper I write that note on... that I care enough about them to invest in their message.

So when I stumbled across Allison R. Banks Designs, I was insanely happy. Allison is an amazingly gifted woman who will interpret your monogram vision, execute it by hand and mail you a cd to use as you see fit. Have it simply printed on business cards, send it Crane's to have a copper engraving dye cut from it, print customized gift stickers... whatever.

Above is the final product she did for me and I couldn't be happier. We communicated via e- mail (naturally, in the wonderful digital age, I've never met Allison) and she took my idea of a combination of both swirly and sharp letters and made it come alive. I felt as if it was fitting for me, because I find that I'm a study in contrasts, so the blending of the shapes is so... me. And that's something that you'll never find in the huge, albeit lovely, selection of monograms from all those huge books from your local stationer.

I've also included some photos from her web site of past work she's done. The custom wedding favors make me wish Mr. EE and I were getting married again and not fourteen years ago! The unique wedding favor boxes would make charming take-aways for weddings or dinners. And how lovely are the customized gift tags? Take your monogram to your local printer and have the image printed on a red business card with white ink and use them for Christmas tags. Render them in pastels and use them for shower gift tags. The possibilities are endless.

So go check out the web site. It's easy to navigate and Allison has so many samples and ideas along with photos. You won't regret it.

Friday, July 8, 2011

"chic stripes"

I've been loving this post earlier this month by Heather over at Habitually Chic. The top photo is borrowed from the post. Check it out. It echoes the dreamy old school look of the Venezia Pavilion by ZGallerie.

While I'm not sure I would want a whole big room full of stripes, the appeal of the stripy small space is undeniable... which is why I love that Heather focused on bathrooms. I think because the striped pavilion is evocative of wet swimsuits and tiny spaces is the reason why this black and white look works in bathrooms.

Friday, June 24, 2011

shop windows

In going through some travel photos from the past, I've noticed a trend... I photograph shop windows everywhere I go. I didn't even notice I was doing it.

I think there is something so inspirational about a shop window. It's sort of stirs that child-like yearning for something beautiful seen through the glass. It really does stir something magical in me.

The compositions also inspire me in the realms of entertaining, fashion, design.... really it's limitless where you can apply inspiration. Sometimes austere, shocking, colorful... I find beauty in them all.

Above are a collection of shop windows from trips to London, Paris and New York. I know you can tell which city is which. I love them all.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


I'm on the hunt for a Lucite coffee table and I ran across the one above on the CB2 web site. It's not exactly what I'm dreaming of, but for about $250 plus 10% for shipping, I might be able to make do.

And while there, I decided to search for "Lucite" and see what else cropped up and I found all kinds of great stuff! The console table, easel and tray are all also crave-worthy. In moderation, of course. My more traditionally-styled home could only handle one acrylic piece of furniture, but if you are searching for such a piece, CB2 might be worth a look.

Do you like the idea of integrating an acrylic table into a more traditional room? My den, the room where this coffee table would call home, is on the small side and so I like the idea of a transparent piece of furniture. I also fancy the idea of changing up what's underneath it... stacks and stacks of coffee table and design books, a beat up Louis Vuitton suitcase... my mind goes on forever. But what are your thoughts?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Elizabeth Street Gallery

Mr. EE and I recently took a little weekend get-away to NYC, sans kiddos. I try to get into the city at least once a year. I never cease to be struck by everything Manhattan has to offer.

To wit, I had heard about the Elizabeth Street Gallery downtown in Nolita and had to make time to go by and visit. And I'm so glad I did. I love running across those little unexpected gems in the city that make you rethink everything. And the Elizabeth Street Gallery is one of those gems. The items in the gallery are amazing, but the real find for me was the outside space. Everything, of course, is for sale, but the space feels like an amazingly curated private garden and as you know the idea of the urban garden is something that greatly intrigues me (see my recent posts on gardens in London and Paris).

The next time you are in Nolita, swing by and take a look for yourself. You'll be glad you did.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Paris' green spaces

If you caught my blog yesterday, you saw my post on London's green spaces and gardens. On the same trip we also visited Paris. Everyone knows all about the absolutely beautiful public gardens in Paris, but sometimes you don't always notice the private spaces that are right in front of you.

I love how people bring green and flowering plants into urban spaces regardless of size... a window box, boxwoods flanking a door, whatever. It really speaks to the human urge to bring greenery into their lives in any small way.

What is your garden like?

Again, I'm sorry for the date and time stamp on all my photos. It made me sick when I got home and uploaded the pics and saw that there. It was a new camera and I had no idea.