Lil’Pix #98: Black Bed

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White paint has always been the way to go when updating old furniture. But what about black? That’s exactly what the people at Ralph Lauren did several years ago with a Victorian inspired bed. They disregarded the usual white or natural wood stain and chose jet black. I love the outcome-  it feels antique and modern at the same time.

(Photo- American Homestyle & Gardens)

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Lil’Pix #97: Gift From The Sea

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach waiting for a gift from the sea…” –  “Gift From The Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

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Sweater at Donna Karan.

(Photo- Italian Vogue)

Lil’Pix #96: Paneled Library

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What’s not to love about this old paneled library! It feels like it has survived generations yet remained beautifully intact. Ahhh…but that’s not the case!  This room is not authentic Victorian, but was designed in 1995 by Beth Copeland Williams. She rearranged the traffic flow, removed some doors and installed all the paneling and bookshelves. Her clever uses of   ticking fabric for the chairs, the Noguchi paper lamp and unadorned floor give the room modern appeal.

(Photo- American HomeStyle and Gardening)

Lil’Pix #95: Black Walls

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For the last several years we’ve seen a trend towards replacing the popular white interior walls with black. I always thought of it as being too dark for my taste, but balanced with white trim it can look crisp and even classic. The photos here are from a restored farm house. I love the combination of black walls with the perfect mix of modern (kitchen cabinets, metal stools, light fixture) and country rustic (antique tub, chairs, island top.)

(Photos- Details Magazine)

Lil’Pix #94: My Dream Room

My dream is to have a kitchen that includes a place for some serious flower arranging. I found this French kitchen with everything I could wish for- a stone floor, metal counters with deep sinks, a marble back splash, an over-sized light fixture, and a giant antique wooden cupboard! Ooo-la-la!!

What’s your dream room?

(Photo- Elle Decor)

The Bride Wore…A Leather Jacket?

Do you look at a leather jacket and conjure up images of bikers, Fonzie, or Sandy? Actually a leather jacket has come a long way since then. It’s now considered a classic. But for a bride? Although not for everyone, the combination of a dramatic gown with leather can be quite stunning!

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On her- Junya Watanabe leather jacket at Comme des Garcons and yellow evening dress from Nina Ricci.

On him- Blazer, pants, shirt and tie all by Theory.

(Photo- New York Magazine, 2007)

The Bride Wore…Black Lace?

Comme des Garçons Designs For H&M

There’s been excitement in the air ever since Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo was signed on to create a collection for the retail giant H&M. Much like Target tapping into the talents of many designers, H&M has done the same with several including Karl Lagerfeld. Whether this collaboration will be successful, only time will tell. The collection will become available November 13 in select European stores.

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(More photos and article- Telegraph UK)

The Bride Wore…Black Lace?

Traditionally black has been the color for funerals and lace the material for intimate clothing. But what happens when you combine the two for a wedding dress? Nothing short of spectacular!

A lot! From designer Caroline Castigliano comes this champagne satin dress with black lace overlay and brooch detail.

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A little! If you feel less is more than Jessica McClintock’s bridal dress with black lace bodice is for you!

(Top photo- British Wedding Magazine)

The Bride Wore…A Leather Jacket?

Lil’Pix #92: Pajamas

Let’s face it- next to wearing sweats, pajamas are the most comfortable clothing in our wardrobes!  Guess what? They’re now showing up outside the house as women wear them for casual alternatives to shirt and pants.

Light blue pajama ensemble (similar to above at Brooks Brothers) looks surprisingly chic with a navy blue crested blazer from Henry Cottons (or try Dillards). Handbag by Juicy Couture and sandals from Fun&Basics.

(Photo- Glamour)