Kensington Townhouse by Suzy Hoodless

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This glamorous west London townhouse by English decorator Suzy Hoodless recently caught my eye. Published in the November 2014 issue of House & Garden UK, the traditional-meets-industrial space makes a sophisticated statement. The herringbone pattern floors, tall marble mantle, and moody charcoal painted office are among my favorite touches. Did I mention the killer light fixtures throughout…? See more of the home here.

(photography by Sharyn Cairns)

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Insta Crush: Marissa Cox of @RueRodier

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I’ve been dreaming of Paris a great deal lately (I know, what’s new…) and the instagrams of Marissa Cox haven’t done much to help shake my wanderlust. Her popular account, Rue Rodier, is full of classic Parisian scenes—strolls along the Seine, decadent French éclairs, and the colorful shelves of the Merci used book cafe. What I would give to tag along on Marissa’s Parisian adventures for a week (better yet, two!).

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Soho House Istanbul

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I’ve been hearing whisperings about the Soho House Istanbul for what seems like ages now and at long last, the opulent members-only club, hotel, and spa is open for business. Built in Palazzo Corpi, a 19th-century mansion covered in original Italian frescoes, the space previously housed the U.S. Embassy in Turkey for 100 years. The newest Soho House includes a nightclub, restaurant, rooftop pool, and 87 hotel rooms (you don’t have to be a member to stay) in an adjacent glass annex that are, by the looks of it, impossibly chic. Saving my pennies for a ticket to Turkey…

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Madewell Spring 2015

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This Madewell spring 2015 lookbook might as well be my warm weather uniform. I love the brand’s consistent sexy tomboy vibe and the smiling model’s low-key beauty routine. The mix of denim, stripes, and crisp summer whites is equally comfortable and chic. It’s going to be 78 degrees in Chicago today. Here’s to lots of sunny days ahead…!

Shop Madewell’s spring look:

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Aerin Lauder in Beach Magazine

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I recently stumbled upon the above portrait of Aerin Lauder online and eagerly tracked down the source. Published in the July 2014 issue of Beach, Aerin looks impeccably chic in front of her bookcase and her table setting is, as one might imagine, to die for. I had the pleasure of interviewing Aerin last year about her Lee Jofa textile collection and in person she is lovely as can be. This morning I’ll be catching up on the recent additions to her tempting home collection

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Tory Burch Spring Summer 2015 Lookbook

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Happy May, dear readers! I’ve so enjoyed posting this week (finally getting settled in here in Chicago and back into the swing of things) and have challenged myself to do at least one post a day this month (yes, including weekends!). Here goes nothing…

This morning I wanted to share the Tory Burch Spring / Summer 2015 collection which was inspired by artist Françoise Gilot and the time she spent with Picasso in the south of France. Pouring over the lookbook images I can’t help but question which I love more, the clothing or the decor…? I suppose I’ll just have to take inspiration from both this spring. Bring on the agate lamps and fringed dresses.

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