Tuesday
Nov252014

interior envy: the dean hotel

The boutique hotel is having quite a day. It seems like more and more uniquely designed, well thought-out hotels are popping up and I couldn't be more thrilled. I now have a list of places to visit, not only because of the city, but because I want to check out these hotels. These spots aren't just a place to sleep, but whole experiences and attractions themselves. 

My newest find: The Deal Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island (thanks to Liz!). Not only is the hotel designed with beautiful interiors infused with the perfect amount of traditional details, it also has some standout branding and witty copywriting. There's nothing better than a business not taking itself too seriously. P.S. they also have a killer instagram!

Here are some other hotels I've stayed at and others I hope to one day visit...

Austin, TX — Hotel San Jose; Hotel Saint Cecilia

Ojai, CA — Ojai Rancho Inn

Los Angeles, CA — The Ace Hotel DowntownThe Line Hotel

Palm Springs, CA — The Ace Hotel & Swim Club; Korakia Pensione; The Parker; The Sagauro

Los Alamos, CA — The Alamo Motel

Nashville, TN — The 404 Hotel

Phoenica, NY — The Graham & Co.

New York, NY — The Wythe Hotel; The Marlton Hotel

Miami, FL — The Standard Spa

Let me know some of your favorites — I'd love to add to my list!

Friday
Nov212014

a few things

Happy Friday everyone! Popping in to share a few things with you...

+ Chatting all about nails over on the Paintbox blog this week! It was so fun to try a different kind of manicure and to share some of my inspiration and favorite polishes. Thanks again to Paintbox for having me!

+ Entertaining for guests doesn't come naturally to me, so I was excited to see Chelsea's laid-back backyard gathering. It made planning an evening seem so simple and natural! P.S. having major envy over her beautiful backyard!

+ Emma shared an awesome site she's featured on: 5 questions for 100 designers. Some of my favorite designers are featured including Michael Bierut, Roanne Adams, and Lotta Nieminen.

+ I woke up to a fun announcement from Everlane - they are now offering 1 hour delivery in NYC (and SF) using Postmates delivery service! I'm excited to try it out soon - maybe a new sweater or hat is in order?

Tuesday
Nov182014

interior envy

Our apartment is mostly gray and white with hints of black and gold, but lately I've been thinking about adding a little bit of color - mostly in the form of blues. This sunny California home designed by Amber Interiors, has sent me head-first into the world of indigo. Now I want an indigo throw in every room, a pillow-filled banquet and a house full of beautiful rugs. I love how light the home feels depsite all the color and pattern in each room. 

Monday
Nov172014

life lately

Wanting: This cozy plaid jacket but really needing a new warm winter coat like this one. Winter is officially here, despite my best efforts of warding it off, and my old North Face from college has definitely seen better days.

Listening: To Serial and Taylor Swift's newest album. Because, who isn't?

Obsessing: My friend Katie just launched Buddy Editions, a new site offering limited-edition artwork starting at $50! I'm wishlisting this botanical print, this photo of Bill Murray and these NYC matchbook illustrations.

Needing: A haircut, badly. I can't decide if I should keep it at it's current length or chop a few inches off. I'm being highly swayed by one of LC's latest cuts to do the latter.

Reading: A mix of Lean In and Erin Gates' book, Elements of Style.

Planning: A true vacation in 2015. We are always going to LA to visit family, but I'd love to take a trip somewhere new that we've both never been to! Any recommendations? 

Thursday
Nov132014

design*sponge career profile

I don't often talk about my job at Madewell on here, so I'm happy to share that I'm over on Design*Sponge sharing a glimpse into my job and my career path. I hope you enjoy reading it - I had a great time answering all of the questions and giving you a sneak peek into our office! Let me know what you think and if you have any additional questions.

A big thank you to Grace & Design*Sponge for having me and to Angi Welsch who shot all of the amazing photos!

Tuesday
Nov112014

interior envy: the line house

 

Today's interior envy is very special to me and I've been wanting to share it with you for months. Not only have I had the pleasure of being in this stunning house, but it is also owned by an amazing couple, Richard and Alice Hoffman, who put so much love and thought into it. Here is their story about their home:

Shortly after meeting, they realized that they had both envisioned building a dream house one day. After deciding on settling in the Woodstock, NY area, they looked for the perfect piece of land for almost seven (!) years. They were lucky to find a 15 acre lot overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir and started in on designing their dream house. Richard & Alice wanted a contemporary home in the vernacular of barns, similar to those in the Woodstock area and around New England. They worked with architects Peter Franck and Kathleen Triem to come up with what they called ‘The Line House’.  The house is laid into a long barn-like structure set up facing the view, with most rooms on one floor.

One of the most interesting details of the house’s design is the exterior material. It is clad in standing-seam copper roofing material, hung vertically and it changes naturally over time. Originally a shiny material, the copper has changed on its own to a beautiful dark purple and now to a dark brown and will eventually have a verdigris patina. The interior design of the home is mostly neutral and was based on white walls for hanging their collection of art.

Thank you Richard and Alice for sharing your home and story with me and my readers.

P.S. if you are interested in their golden piggy bank - here you go!