Carolyn Murphy and Shinola

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Cool things are happening in Detroit these days (I’m hoping to visit this spring…) and one of them is American-made watch brand Shinola. Style icon Carolyn Murphy is the company’s women’s design director and has the ultimate “American tomboy” style. This year Murphy is overseeing the introduction of a handbag collection and much like their watch line, it’s bound to be sleek. One of these days I hope to sport a Shinola watch on my own wrist–they’re an investment to be sure, but include a lifetime guarantee.

A handful of my favorites:


(images of Carolyn Murphy via The Coveteur)

 

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Joan Didion for Celine

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“To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves–there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.” -Joan Didion

Wildly popular French label Céline just unveiled it’s latest spring/summer ’15 campaign and the star is none other literary icon Joan Didion. The 80-year-old author is looking impossibly cool in her massive sunnies and sculptural pendant necklace. Phoebe Philo, you’re a genius. Who else is anxiously awaiting this Joan Didion documentary?

(photograph by Juergen Teller)

 

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Nate Berkus for Target

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While perusing Target.com for nightstands last night (do you like this one?) I was pleased to find a new Nate Berkus collection is available. Nate was by far one of the kindest (and devastatingly handsome) people I’ve interviewed over the years. His interiors are top-notch and his Target line is always packed with affordable gems (everything here is under $60). Of course the latest additions are no exception. Above, some of my favorites.

1. Nate Berkus Metallic Textured Pillow – crazy about the pom trim detail // 2. Nate Berkus Round Accent Table – so feminine and fun // 3. Nate Berkus Water Hyacinth Basket with Handles – on sale! Considering three of these to hold all my clutter // 4. Nate Berkus Wood Gourd Bowl – so simple and handsome, looks like something you’d pick up on your travels // 5. Nate Berkus Globe Light – minimal and modern // Nate Berkus Geo Print Pouf – not usually one for pastels, but he may have sold me. Love the pattern. UPDATE: One of my awesome readers (thanks Eleanor!) saw it in the store and said it’s not “pastel” at all — brilliant. //

 

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The Apartment by The Line

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I have been keeping a list of things I need to see/do on my next trip to New York (Alfred and I have been in California spending some much needed time with my family this winter) and at the top of the list is a visit to The Apartment by The Line. The company’s founder, Vanessa Traina, has killer style (remember her wedding in Vogue?) and the “Apartment” serves as a retail space and event venue for her super chic minimalist brand, The Line. From the thick Moroccan rugs to the sleek mid-century inspired lighting, I can’t get enough of the interior’s artful mix of opulence and simplicity. Now, how to replicate said chicness in my next place? To be determined…

(via Sous Style)

 

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Books for Design Lovers

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I’ve enjoyed reading so much lately (many thanks for your recommendations!) and am looking forward to tackling many more books in 2015. Above is a selection of design books (some new, some old…) I’m hoping to devour in the new year. Let me know of any I should add!

1. The Monocle Guide to Good Business – I admire everything Monocle publishes! Hoping this will inspire me as I grow Buddy Editions… // 2. A Field Guide to American Houses – Love the look of this updated classic! Time to brush up on my architectural history… // 3. Restoring a House in the City – okay, so it’s a pipe dream, but this book has been on my Amazon wish list for years. Someday! // 4. The Essential Cy Twombly – this handsome tome was hailed as the “the ultimate overview of his work” and definitely belongs on my bedside table… // 5. Nicky Haslam: A Designer’s Life – I plan to pre-order this gem coming out in March. A must-have for anyone that loves English decoration. Haslam is the man behind many of my favorite interiors. // 6. The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel – calling all Wes Anderson fans, a colorful book is now available for pre-order. If it’s half as visually stunning as the film we’re in for a treat.

 

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Aerin Lauder’s Aspen Abode

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I’m always collecting inspiration images for my apartment and it seems half of them hail from Aerin Lauder’s Aspen home. I have plans to upgrade to a queen-size bed (I know, so grown-up!) and am obsessed with the notion of crisp white linens topped with a faux fur throw. This Christmas I took a cue from Lauder and ordered myself a pair of Sorel Caribou boots (in black, of course). They’re so cute with my favorite skinny black high-waisted jeans and new Madewell parka (insane sale). Now I just need to find some snow…

(photography by François Halard for Vogue)

 

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