Floral Still-Lifes by Sharon Core

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These striking floral still-lifes by New Orleans-born photographer Sharon Core seek to replicate the oil paintings of the Old Masters (and do so magnificently!). I spotted them over at T Magazine yesterday and couldn’t resist sharing them with you. Sharon painstakingly reconstructs the arrangements of historic paintings in her studio and the finished photos are so accurate you can almost smell the fragrant blooms. Given their precision, it’s no surprise Core was once a pastry chef and food stylist. Aren’t they lovely? What I would give for a large print on my wall!

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Jenni Kayne Resort 2016

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The streamlined Jenni Kayne 2016 Resort collection may just be my favorite of the season. The Southwest has certainly been having a moment and Jenni’s looks instantly evoke thoughts of Georgia O’Keeffe and open desert plains. I especially covet the tassel trim tee above and her trademark leather mules. The understated yet elegant ensembles seems proof that less can certainly be more.

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Jenni Kayne Resort 2016

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(via WWD)

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Emma Burns’ Converted Barn

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After kicking off the morning with minimalist envy, I thought it would be fun to finish on a more traditional note. This converted barn by Emma Burns is straight out of my English countryside dreams. Originally published in the February 2014 issue of House & Garden, the converted space is a small gem on Emma’s country property. A senior director at iconic English decoration firm Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, Ms. Burns renovated her shed to make room for all her books (a woman after my own heart!). The original barn doors were transformed into shutters and painted with a glossy coat of Farrow & Ball’s ‘Pigeon’ blue. The sitting room is flanked by bookshelves, a panel of which opens to reveal a secret bathroom. On one side of the room a ladder reaches up to a small study and on the opposite side a ladder gives access to a tiny bedroom. I’ll be dreaming of a weekend invite…

(photography by Paul Massey)

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Oscar Properties Stockholm Sweden

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I love these striking residences designed by Oscar Properties based in Stockholm, Sweden. The apartments are all understatedly chic—modern with warm, livable touches. Combing through all the different properties in their portfolio was inspiring to say the least. I think the Lyceum above may be my favorite. Which would you choose…?

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36 Hours in Paris

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Yesterday my boyfriend booked me a ticket to join him on a trip home to England in early September and I couldn’t be more excited. Experiencing London with my funny Englishman and his family will be a dream come true. We’ve also decided to take the train to Paris for one night and I’m determined to make the most of our 36 precious hours there. Though I’ve been several times, it was ages ago so I’d love your help! Where should we stay on our one night in Paris? Any restaurant recs? How would you spend 36 hours in Paris? I can’t wait to hear your suggestions and promise to publish full London and Paris travel guides upon my return! Merci beaucoup!

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Flora Soames Interior Design

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How gorgeous is the above kitchen designed by London designer Flora Soames? Located in a Victorian townhouse in Notting Hill, the palette was inspired by a piece of art in the owner’s collection. The Shaker style cabinetry was a collaboration with Quartet Interiors and is painted Farrow & Ball ‘Down Pipe’ with a memorable backsplash using Ashley Hicks Moroccan tiles by Popham Design. The ikat curtains, farmhouse dining table, and stately living room all add to the stylish space. I only wish we could see more!

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How I’d get the look:

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Blue Velvet Ikat Applique Pillow / Lavender Spotted Silk Pillow / Sputnik Chandelier / Suzani Salad PlateVictorian Cake Dome / Suzani Serving Bowl /Blue Swirl VaseVienna Dining Chair /  Isa Ikat NapkinsRed Ceramic Table Lamp /  Wayland Gregory Leopard Salt and Pepper Shakers /

(photography via Mel Gates for House & Garden, Flora Soames, and Quartet Interiors)

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