a little living room love... 

Photo courtesy of Elle Decor.

Jamie Drake interior via Habitually Chic.

Via The Glitter Guide (via Michelle Halpern)

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say
any other way - things I had no words for."

-Georgia O'Keeffe

colour me happy.

So I am really into bold/colorful contemporary art right now (post to come), and totally fell in love with this fantastic painting I came across on the blog, vivaamore. It's entitled, "You can lead a horse to water" and I can't help but smile when I see it. Would love to own a bright piece like this one day. Hope it brightens up your week a little!

'You can lead a horse to water'
Image via Mimi + Meg.

[interior] infatuation: madeline weinrib

Photo courtesy of The New York Times 

Bold prints and Ikat are nothing new; however, I will always be mesmerized by both. There's something about vibrant color layered and interpretted into lively patterns that will always make me happy. Pucci, Lilly Pulitzer, Diane von Furstenberg, and the likes have all lent a bold whimsy to their designs through delicious, color-drenched prints, while still reflecting their daring visions tastefully. Artist and designer, Madeline Weinrib, added herself to the list when she started designing carpets in 1998. As the grand-daughter of ABC Carpet & Home founder, Max Weinrib, its safe to say that Madeline is practically interior design royalty on her own, but it's her modern take on traditional prints that gave her a coveted spot on the 'must have' lists. At her 6th floor atelier at ABC Carpet & Home, Weinrib reinterprets the traditional with prints inspired by her travels abroad, and transforms them into fabulous pillows and rugs, unique furniture pieces, and accessories ranging from evening bags to table linens. I think its safe to say that if I had my way, I would probably cover my entire home (and self!) in Madeline's creations - here's a peek at just a few of her amazing designs... 

Photo courtesy of Madeline Weinrib

Pillows courtesy of Madeline Weinrib. Collage by In Good Taste.

Rugs courtesy of Madeline Weinrib. Collage by In Good Taste.

Photo via jpmdesign via House & Home

Photo courtesy of Elle Decor

Photo courtesy of Elle Decor

Photo courtesy of Madeline Weinrib

Photo courtesy of Elle Decor via Living Livlier

Gwyneth Paltrow's Living Room (with Madeline Weinrib chair).
Photo via thelovelist.net

Photo courtesy of Elle Decor via Living Livlier

Pretty in [Pulitzer] Pink!

On a recent trip to Puerto Rico for some much needed sun, I realized at the airport that I would need some good reads to get me through the four-hour flight.  I immediately snatched the new issue of House Beautiful after setting eyes on its fabulously pink cover with the headline, "The Power of Pink!"  What more could a girl want?  Anxious to read more about the terribly chic room featured on the cover, I was pleasantly surprised to find the much anticipated, new Lilly Pulitzer home line (for HRI Brands) featured inside. With vibrant, feel-good prints on sophisticated sofas and over-the-top ottomans, who needs to go in search of sun and sand? I knew a peek inside would be the perfect pre-vacay punch...and I was right. Absolute perfection (Palm Beach style, of course...).

For all those preppy-loving, pretty in pink Pulitzer girls out there - enjoy the eye candy, ladies!

House Beautiful 2011

House Beautiful 2011

Lilly in Palm Beach [so chic!] courtesy of Lilly Pulitzer

via The Preppy Princess

Photo courtesy of Patricia Sheridan

          Lilly home accessory via Home Accents Today

Lilly ottoman [amazing shoe storage!] via Sophie Pyle Style

I also love these great rooms from Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill - they are from last May's collection, but as we all know, Lilly is timeless [as is the perfection of pink + green!]...

Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill

Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill

stripe hype [in b + w].

I came across this great picture of Natalie Wood in a scene from Sex and the Single Girl, and although she looks fabulous as always, it was her daring desk chair that really caught my eye.   I was immediately inspired to seek out modern uses of the classic black + white stripe, as used in current interiors.  A bold, yet very chic choice, the b + w stripe can be used through dramatic wall-coverings or as an eye-catching accessory [think pillows, throws or rugs].  Here are a few great uses of this timeless, yet audacious play on the age old theory that opposites really do attract...

Love Natalie's sophisticated look, but I would probably replace her mod chair with this fabulous modernized Louis XVI find...(if it were up to me)...

Louis XVI Medallion chair from the James Duncan Collection

And now for some ultra chic uses of the stripe...[love, love, love!]

via Plush Palate

Carleton Varney via House Beautiful

Mary Macdonald via House Beautiful

J.Crew bathroom via Lonny Magazine

via Habitually Chic

via Brabourne Farm

Kate Spade guest bathroom via Habitually Chic

via From the Right Bank

Nate Berkus via Decor Pad

via House Beautiful

chic reads.

A unique assortment of coffee table books is one of my favorite things about someone's home.  Accessories and decor say a lot, but there's something about the books that a person openly displays (and usually only a few at a time) that really sum up true, individual style.  These over-sized, over-the-top reads exude a lifestyle essence that they seem to bestow on their owners once they are stacked nonchalantly atop one another. Here are a few of my favorites that are not only artistic displays of beautiful content, but timeless finds that I could flip through over and over again...all designed and written, of course, in very good taste.  

[Interior] Infatuation: Elizabeth Bauer
On a recent trip to New York, I was strolling the West Village when a tiny shop with huge curb appeal caught my eye.  With a very chic chair covered in a bold pink print staring at me from a prominent spot in the quaint bay window, I knew I had to stop into Elizabeth Bauer's store.

Later, after running into a 'Bauer-obsessed' friend next door at equally colorful, Jonathan Adler, I had a feeling I would soon join the club and decided to do a little research on the designer. Named one of Traditional Homes,' "20 Young Designers to Watch" this year, Bauer's style is described as "modern in a traditional silhouette," but I instantly thought of Palm Beach chic when I saw her collection. I love how she adds a bit of playful whimsy to the mix with bold layering of patterns (love her candy-striped couch with geometric pillows, below) and unexpected color choices. With summers spent designing with a firm in Nantucket, its no wonder Bauer's design choices always incorporate a bit of "preppy chic" into a more modern, sophisticated form. Just take a look at some of her fabulous designs....I think I just about died when I saw the navy and white zebra print wallpaper paired with the coral lampshades (one of my favorite color combinations) that Bauer used in her own NYC studio...

All photos courtesy of Elizbeth Bauer Design and Lonny Magazine

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