Wednesday, November 18, 2009

nobody puts baby in a corner

or in this case, a cabinet.

these kitchens say, "hello, darling." they pull the chair for you. they welcome you. they say, "stay a while." 
these kitchens say, "so glad to have you," and "let me pour you a glass of wine."

unused china is pointless. a home that doesn't entertain is silly. a kitchen that doesn't warm your heart is a waste.

these exposed kitchens show the soul of its owner, and bring a warmth, and might i say, a dramatic effect, to the kitchens. they proudly display items one has been collecting their whole life. 





i'm loving the combinations of the neutrals - brown, gray, white - and the pops of color - purple, blue, yellow, black and patterns. 

*patrick swayze.

Friday, November 6, 2009

holy crap.

so i usually title my posts with a quote. this one i will attribute to myself (now, instead of the end of the posting like i usually do) because it was my very first reaction when i saw this house.

i was peeking at urban grace's blog today (i just love erika, don't you?!) and stumbled on was smacked in the face with pictures of a house her friend had seen on two ellie, who had posted the pictures from b-metro magazine (birmingham, alabama) - which two ellie found through tracery's blog, who happened to design the interior of this house.

whew. i never thought i'd be able to explain that.

and then on top of that you can add the home owner's blog 11 bonita  - which you have to visit promptly after these pictures, and on tracery and b-metro. and you have to because once you fall in love with the pictures you are about to see (because jenna lyons' house just wasn't tempting enough today) you are inevitably going to want more. and this, my friends, will give you more.


i like to pair something a little too sweet and sugary with something more tailored

so while i was meandering in casa sugar's 'coveted crib' section, i happened across this house.

how do i love thee - let me count the ways.

the house is that of jenna lyons - the creative director of j crew. if you don't know me, all you need to know is that i would love to look like i just fell out of the j crew catalogue. the styling and marketing of the brand is impeccable, mostly because i simply adore layers.

if you don't know who jenna lyons is, but love j crew, you need to know who she is. i remember the first time i saw an interview with her in a magazine (which magazine, i don't recall) i tore out the page because 1. i loved her and 2. i loved her style and 3. because i had figured out who the genius is behind my second most favorite store (my number one fav)

so here is the first lady of fashion's brooklyn town house. prepare yourself to fall in love.
(if the pictures are a little fuzzy, check out living etc's spread)

jenna and her artist-husband, vincent mazeau, and their little boy spent 2 years restoring their brownstone from the late 1800s...but really this fabulous house needs no introduction.

there's also a great interview with jenna lyons, check it out here, here, here and here.

then go here and sign up to be on the mailing list to get the ever stylish 'jenna's picks' right in your inbox.

*quote by jenna lyons

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

hey new jersey, we did it.

there were some big elections today, particularily the VA and NJ gubernatorial elections, along with the mayoral races in Atlanta and NYC (surprisingly a close one), and the NY 23rd Congressional district. 

i was most invested in the NJ gubernatorial race for reasons not worth listing, most of which would be boring and dry, but nonetheless of the utmost importance to me. so i voted and my guy won, in the election story of the night. chris christie is governor-elect of the attitude capital of the world great state of new jersey. 

if history interests you, a little known fact about the NJ gubernatorial races: a democrat hasn't been re-elected to the seat since 1961. 

the NJ governor is also considered the most powerful in the union, since he or she appoints all the judges. 

so anyway, in honor of voting, i pulled some esty - vote oriented finds. enjoy! 




(a personal favorite:)

we all have been given - after a helluva lot of fighting for it - the right to vote. use it. 

*quote from chris christie's victory speech 11/3/09