Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Be my Valentine: Delfina Delettrez

I don't have a Valentine this year but if I could choose anyone to be it today, I would ask Delfina Delettrez. She would definitely give me a piece of her insane jewelry, or introduce me to her fam (she is part of the Fendi dynasty), or at the very least let me hang out in her chic Parisian apartment. You can see more of her place at Habitually Chic.  I die for those mirrors with the Murano sconces!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

new at zara

I used to get caught in the trap of buying pretty things online that I never have occasions to wear - like party dresses or structured work suits, just because I think they are beautiful and I might need them "one day". Then they sit in my closet for years while I turn to the exact same four outfits. Not anymore. Now I truly only buy things that work for my daily life AND that I love. These pieces from Zara are perfect for the way I live now and are on their way to me as we speak! Love!

Saturday spaces

Much has been made of Alexis Traina's home, which I find way overdone for my personal style. However, I live for the stairwell...

And do you guys know about Maybebags? They are made of tyvek, and can be crumpled up in your regular bag to pull out if you need, or used as a tote, and they are reversible. They can be washed and look casual and chic! Love them! Buy here with free shipping to US...

Have an awesome weekend!

Friday, January 27, 2012


Suze at Dwellers Without Decorators posted on hammocks a couple of days ago, and I haven't been able to stop thinking of them since! I hope I have room (and support beams!) for an indoor hammock in my next place. These are my faves....perfect in front of a fire this weekend. Would you have an indoor hammock?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dominican Republic

Headed to the Dominican Republic in February. This Asos dress will be perfect for breezy dinners at night...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tiny Apartment Redo Done!

Well, my 600 square foot apartment has been changed again. If you don't remember it the way it was before, check out the colorful look HERE on my website.... I wanted to get rid of the color for this year so here is the new look!

To see which ones I chose for a cohesive page on my website, check it out HERE.  I am really proud of how it came out, since I wanted to do everything with furniture and accessories only, and not paint or do anything more permanent. I will be moving in September, either to a new home (fingers crossed!) or new city, and knew this would be temporary. I am also not a professional photographer, and I desperately need my friend Erika to make me a professional website and complete brand package, but I hope you like it!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

great idea

Saw this amazing striped silk at the fabric store yesterday...

And immediately thought of a headboard and footboard like this:

Wouldn't that be amazing?

Friday, January 20, 2012

5 days

With a final pair of upholstered chairs being delivered on Monday, I am only five days away from what I consider to be "done" with this tiny apartment redo. From Bachelorette Pad to Organic Glam Zen - all to be revealed next Wednesday! What a journey in a minuscule rental!

enter the dragon

I told you all that I was very excited for this year and I feel like big things are going to happen for me. I am 35 and my mom said that was her best year ever. So far it has been mine, as well! Now it is all coming together with the stars, as this is the Chinese Year of the Dragon. Guess who is a dragon? That's right - yours truly. I was born in 1976, the Bicentennial of our country, the Year of the Dragon, and I am a Leo. All fire signs, ruled by the sun, and I am going to celebrate this whole year!
My grandmother took a trip to China back in the 70's and brought back this set of rice pattern china with dragons on it, which I now use as my everyday stuff. This type of china has been made since 960, and refers to the rice which was embedded in the clay before firing, leaving behind these transparent spot designs on the edge. Now you can find them online. They are machine washable and perfect for everyday use.

If you wanna get fancy schmancy, Mottahedeh has a pattern called Blue Dragon, which is gorgeous and sells for $195 for a 5 piece place setting...

 Of course the most popular dragon in interior design is probably Schumacher's Chiang Mai dragon, which my bestie E in San Diego is desperate to use in her house. We want to wallpaper a hallway or powder room with it, but the pattern is so bold, it often makes great ottomans and benches.

It is almost impossible to find classic jewelry with a dragon motif, as most dragon jewelry goes a little, how shall we say, "medieval faire". So I am super proud of a cherry turquoise necklace my mom gave me many years ago with a black resin dragon pendant. I wore it on my interview at Takashimaya NY, and I am sure it was the reason I got the job!

If you are looking for your own piece of lucky dragon jewelry, Elva Fields makes this gorgeous "Year of the Dragon" necklace, which would make a very bold statement!

Would you use dragons in your home? What about your astrological sign?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Super Ex - Girlfriend

Since I mentioned that I loved the way Vicente Wolf's apartment looked in the 2006 movie "My Super Ex- Girlfriend" starring Uma Thurman, I thought I would look for some interior shots from the movie. They kept almost all of his furniture, just adding hints of pink for femininity. I remember thinking when I watched the movie that the apartment was gorgeous, and of course I am still doing those art ledges five years later....Love!
P.S. These pics and more can be found at Bijou Kaleidoscope...