Monday, June 16, 2014

7 ways your desk can make a statement!

Are you making the most of your desk or home office space? Here's how it can become the most stylish place in your home:

1. Use a contrasting chair, or two:
2. Define the work area with a rug:

3. Position the desk by a window for natural light:
4. Use nearby shelves to extend the work area:  

5. Add a pop of color for creativity:

6. Mount lighting on a nearby wall:
7. Embrace antiques, especially unique colors and designs:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

8 Chic color combinations to wear this spring!

With spring in full swing, wearing an entire ensemble of drab colors is out of the question. Stepping outside the neutral box can seem daunting, so we looked to some of our favorite street style savants for a little seasonal color inspiration. Check out their tried-and-true pairings, so you can embrace color without looking like a walking rainbow:

  •  Poppy red + Lilac + Fuchsia

  • Jade Green + Periwinkle + Navy

  •  Citron + Electric Blue + Orange

  •  Navy + Orange + Nude

  •  Dusty Mauve + Pastel Purple + Dove Grey

  •  Pale Pink + Cream + Red

  •  Pale Grey + Light Blue + Chestnut Brown

  •  Mint Green + Dusty Blue + Sky Blue

Friday, February 28, 2014

5 Styling tips to make you look thinner (Part deux)

Whether your body is pear, ruler, hourglass or apple shaped, we have the part deux of the perfect clothing guide inspired by the Fashion Week street style to fit your body type!

1. The peplum:

2. The maxi skirt:

3. The 3D skirt: 

4. The empire waist: 

5. The classic black ensemble: 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

5 Styling tips to make you look thinner

Everyone has days when they feel fat. Regardless of whether the number on the scale has gone up, sometimes a girl feels bloated, sluggish, or like nothing fits. But I have the inside scoop on silhouettes that flatter, cuts that camouflage, and fabrics that hide the physical dirty laundry. Check this 5 examples of how to make the most of what you've got via the wonderful world of tactical dressing.

1. The wrap trick: 

2. The frat tuck:

3. The oversized knit: 

4. Blazer at the waist: 

5. The bold shoulder: 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

3 ways to wear bright color makeup!

When it comes to winter beauty, it's all about a dash of bold-color makeup and messy, minimalist hair. From bright orange lips and cobalt-lined eyes to all-over pastel pink, these fresh ideas will provide a cool update to your cold-weather beauty routine.

1. Electric Orange Lips: Seen on the runway at Rag & Bone, Prabal Gurung and DKNY, this sporty, energetic color replaced classic red and bordeaux hues for a fresh new take on the bold lip. 

Rag & Bone. Spring 2014.
2. Blue-Lined Eyes: Bright blue eye makeup has been a trend for several seasons but it was the dramaticly-lined look on Marc Jacobs' spring 2014 runway that convinced us we needed to try the look.

Marc Jacobs. Spring 2014.

3. All-Over Pastels: From Celine and Prada to Giorgio Armani, pastel makeup looks felt fresh against spring 2014's powerful and feminine clothing. 

Burberry. Spring 2014.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

10 ways to transform a blank wall

Don't be intimidated — a big, windowless wall can be the perfect canvas for creative ideas. Here are 10 ways to transform a blank wall: 

1. An iconic patterned wallpaper: In an apartment designed by Nate Berkus, Martinique wallpaper (an iconic pattern from the Beverly Hills Hotel) sheaths this dining area; the vintage Pace Collection chairs are from Center 44 in New York City.

2. A bookshelf and art: The library of a Manhattan loft, which is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Elephant’s Breath, features a wall papered in a print by Neisha Crosland, and a photograph by Ellen Kooi is displayed in front of modular metal shelves; the chairs and Eclipse light fixture are by Ochre, and the rug is by Odegard.

3. Framed photos: In a study by designer by Gwen Driscoll, Jonathan Adler benches sit in front of a Ted Boerner leather sofa; family photographs hang on the wall.

4. A mirrored wall: The Syrian chest of drawers in the bedroom of designer Sig Bergamin holds photographs by John Hall (left) and Tuca Reinés, an antique Chinese mask, and an Indian bone-inlaid box.

5. Upholstered Panels: In a bedroom designed by Iain Halliday, a Saarinen armchair and custom bedside table are paired with a bed dressed in Frette linens; paintings by Anselm Reyle hang on walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Eagle Rock, the swing-arm sconces are from Hinson Lighting, and the carpet is by ABC Carpet & Home.  

6. A patterned paper and tapestry: In the den of Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan’s Florida home, the Butterfield sofa, Beatrice lamp, and Richard Nixon rug are all Adler designs; the wallpaper and the butterfly tapestry are vintage, and the backgammon set is by Albrizzi.

7. A divided photograph: A photo by Peter Margonelli made into a grid in the living area of an apartment designed by Matthew Patrick Smyth; the 1930s French table base has a custom-made top.

8. A large leaning mirror: A hand-painted wall covering by de Gournay adorns the foyer of a Manhattan apartment designed by Iain Halliday, the antique French mirror is from Bijan Royal, and the rug is by Stark. 

9. Bright venetian plaster and fashion photographs: In a Manhattan foyer decorated by Rafael de Cárdenas, fashion photographs by Melvin Sokolsky are displayed above a 1960s Brazilian credenza; the walls are Venetian plaster.

10. Lacquered paint: A 19th-century French chandelier hangs above a dining table made from a pair of ’70s brass bases found on eBay; the ’40s French dining chairs are upholstered in a Lelièvre velvet, the shades are of a Lee Jofa silk, and the rug is by the Rug Company. The walls were painted with 10 coats of custom lacquer.