How to Connect the Dots on a Monday

Mondays suck- it’s a universally agreed upon fact. It’s right up there with the sky is blue and the most jealousy-ridden news of 2014: Eva Mendes is in fact, having Ryan Gossling’s baby. She just took all living hope right out from under us. There is no chance any of us are having Ryan’s first born because hey, we had a chance, ok?! But back to Mondays sucking and connecting the dots. After copious amounts of coffee, we like to exercise our brain to fully wake up. It helps get our juices flowing for the week and we do this by looking for connections in unlikely places.

Frequently, things just go together like two peas in a pod {like Eva and Ryan….le sigh} and it’s fun to look for those connections. It makes you feel slightly accomplished, like you’ve discovered a crazy scientific pattern that no one has seen yet. It’s also a preferable substitute to playing games that were invented to make you feel stupid, like Sudoku or the NY Times crossword puzzle. And besides being pretty to look at, we’re almost 100% certain that shopping Net-A-Porter for color coded lacy bras and matching them to the imaginary girl who lives in the badass room below is similar to brushing our teeth with our left hand- it’s sure to keep our precious brains healthy!

Without further ado:

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We’re obsessed with this room and it’s funky flair. A leather jacket, designer skateboard {talk about a decor statement!} and nods of glamour mean a bad ass chick lives here, we’re sure of it.

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Get Your Shop On:

> West Elm Souk Wool Rug
> ABJ Glassworks Cosmos Geo Group
> Steven Alan x West Elm Abstract Crewel Pillow
> The Kate Moss Book
> Calypso St. Barth Carre Stool
> Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soy Wax Candle
> Specimen Editions Cement Wood Pendant
> Calypso St. Barth Moroccan Wedding Pouf

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Oh look! Maybe it’s Leandra? Or some other fashionista rockin’ the dress du jour: The Shirt Dress. We’re loving the classic look with a mix of some accessories that scream “my closet is cooler than yours.” And can we talk about reinventing the shirt dress over pants? Duly noted for Fall.

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Get Your Shop On: 

> Belted Leather Biker Jacket
> Ray Ban Gold Aviator 
> Calico Shirt Dress {great price for a piece you can wear year round!}
> Yasmine Eslami Lace Bra
> Lanvin “Me” Parfume
> J. Crew “Sophie” Crossbody Bag
> Vince “Nolan” Wedge Sandal
> J.Crew High Shine Wide Cuff

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And just in case you weren’t picking up what we were throwing down {we get it- it’s Monday and connecting the dots can be tough!}, this resort collection matches our color palette, so we think it belongs in this post too.

There you have it. We feel smarter already. We encourage you to take some time every Monday morning to connect the dots. You’ll be pretty proud of what you come up with! –Bianca

 

image 1 via Husligheter // 2 via A Love is Blind // 3 via The Polysh // 4 via Radar Magazine // 5 via Cédric Charlier

Color Crush: {A Dramatic Summer Palette}

Even though the official start of summer is weeks away, the crazy warm temps that are rockin’ San Francisco have us thinking of nothing but pool time today. While we were saving this twist on summery colors for after Memorial Day, it just feels too right right now!

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Yes, we’re taking summer inspiration from a moody and luscious bedroom! This room has actually been sitting in our inspiration file for ages. We love its androgynous glam feel – it could easily skew masculine or feminine depending on your mood! The style is eclectic and collected, but the use of grays and blacks keep the space feeling chic and sophisticated rather than vintagey. Of course, we’re swooning over the gray wall, the black velvet pillows and copper-colored accents. It reminds us of Morocco. And who wouldn’t love to have their bedroom walled in with floor to ceiling metal-paned glass?? Hellloooo gorgeous.

So we were thinking, instead of going with the season’s standards of bright white or bold neon, why not take a cue from this bedroom and put a sultry spin on your summer essentials?!

 

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Whether you’re looking for a new accessory for your beach house, {or more realistically} your bedroom, we love this stool - made of cardboard - {hello, bedside table!}, while the floral pillows are anything but girly. I only wish I’d spied that bikini and tote in time for Greece. C’est la vie. Now we’ll just have to find another fabulous location to jet set to once summer makes its official debut!

How about you? Are you into breaking the mold when it comes to seasonal color trends?

Get Your Shop On:

> Fendi Color-Block Bikini
> Nars “Adult Swim” Eyeshadow
> Joie Nice Sandals
> Hand Painted Hibiscus Pillow
> Garden Print by Julia Kostreva
> Cardboard Eiffel Stool
> Eastpak Shopper Bag
> Garance Dore for Rifle Paper Happy Birthday Card

image via Elle Decoration UK

Designer Files: {The Well Travelled Apartment}

You may be sensing a theme around here and it has something to do with the fact that we’re addicted to the idea of traveling this year! It’s the one thing that will make you richer and fulfilled far beyond what any trip may have cost. The memories and self discovery will stay with you a life time. And one of the best ways to keep the experience alive is by collecting keepsakes from your travels in your home- one of the many reasons we’re obsessed with Naja Munthe’s Copenhagen flat!

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At first glance, the home is balanced and peaceful. The streamlined design and clean aesthetic capture you and the modern pieces make for beautiful statements throughout. But look a little deeper and you notice what really makes the space a home- objects and figurines, vases and baskets fill various corners and shelves, bringing life and history to an otherwise sparse space. Bet you won’t guess that the chandelier is actually a floor lamp that Naja decided to flip upside down and hang on the ceiling! No big deal.

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While the dining room with those bookshelves {holding over 500 books!} is utterly gorgeous, we can’t get enough of the bedroom! It’s a perfect example that you don’t need much more than a bed to make a space super luxe and relaxing. Naja’s room begs the question: who needs a headboard??

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And speaking of genius, we’re loving the little details in this bathroom. A lantern and tiny wooden stool in the shower do the trick. One or two thoughtlfully placed pieces can go such a long way- just take a look at that painted skull!

Now just because you haven’t taken a trip to North Africa or Eastern Europe doesn’t mean you can’t get a similar feel in your own home. Shopping vintage and antique stores allows you to get your hands on some one of a kind, well worn and well traveled pieces. But don’t forget that you need to mix in some modern pieces to keep your space from looking like a dusty old shop- think metallic accents, carved wooden pieces and dark, glamorous patterns!

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get your shop on: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 

What piece do you have to have?!

images via Mad & Bolig