You’ve Got Style: {Narciso Rodriguez}

Wearing vintage inspired silhouettes without looking frumpy is no easy feat. Doing it in the heat of Summer? Even trickier or shall we say, stickier? But oh, to look Mad-Men-esque-conservative-and-sexy AND New-York-City-show-stopping-and-understated all at the same time, what a fashion triumph that would be! Narciso Rodriguez’s Resort 2016 collection is nothing short of just that, or in other words, jaw-dropping-spectacular.

From confident jumpsuits with precision cut-out backs to barely-body grazing dresses giving us just the right amount of arm and leg, we’re ob-sessed with Narciso’s vision. And the color block design he’s managed to make feel completely new again is the cold, refreshing ice in our perfectly shaken margaritas…leaving our summer-lovin’ minds happy and ready for the heat.

narciso-rodriguez-resortnarcisco-rodriguez-resort-2narciso-rodriguez-resort-3narcisco-rodriguez-resort-4narcisco-rodriguez-resort-5narcisco-rodriguez-resort-6narcisco-rodriguez-8resort-narcisco-rodriguez-

Rodriguez hit this resort collection out of the…errr, beach, making these looks some of our favorite of the season! From precision cuts, sharp folds, tucks and strong pleats, he showed just how sexy fabric can look on the skin – tailoring close enough to the body, yet giving us a bit of room to breathe – aka exactly what women want. Dancing to his distinct fashion drum, he’s gone against the still trending slouchy silhouette and the newest it-item: bottoms with some of the widest legs fashion has ever seen. This collection is full of timeless, sexy pieces perfect for the most powerful woman in the room.

And we’ll be first in line for everything, please!

images via Style.com

Designer’s Take on our Living Room: {Justina Blakeney}

We’re kicking off the week with a peek at our soon-to-be living room! I’m pleased to report construction on our house is picking up. Drywall is about to go in – which means our vision will finally start coming to life. The progress definitely has me dreaming of the final product and how I’m going to furnish it. This week I’m getting pointers on our living room from one of my all time faves – Justina Blakaney. I know this girl can stretch my aesthetic and convince me to consider some decor pieces that are outside my typical modernist comfort zone.

To refresh, here’s what the living room looked like when we found it. Stunning right?! Ha! Those floors are vinyl, the chandelier plastic, the fireplace faux and the ceiling raspberry pink! Good stuff.

IMG_7690

But the bones of the room are spectacular. The crown molding, the high ceilings and all the natural light gave us a lot to work with. We decided to simply improve upon them by making the space conducive to modern living. This is our new layout:

Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 9.58.53 PM

I wanted the living room to feel open, warm and serve as the hub of the house, so we actually removed a couple of walls, connecting the space to both the kitchen and the den. The new layout creates a fantastic flow. Now it’s just a matter of creating a design that only builds upon that inviting feeling. I know Justina has the perfect pointers to do just that!

Justina’s Designer Take: For this room, I took what I know of Erin’s clean, modern and sophisticated aesthetic, sprinkled in a few pieces from the African continent and some elements that scream the 60’s. The color palette is controlled focusing on earth tones and whites–and of course I had to add in a bit of green because that’s my jungalow vibe :D. For Erin and her growing family, I see a home that is equal parts comfy and chic with a down-to-earth quality to it–because that’s how I see Erin!

OatHome_JC_147928084829e5438240fa026fa1e22038c96e637a8665d97c6999d7abb64432f57Designer'sTake_JustinaBlakeney_LivingRoomGET YOUR SHOP ON:

  1. Sofa
  2. > Chandelier
  3. Coffee table
  4. > PomPom Blanket
  5. Painting
  6. > Sideboard
  7. Pillows
  8. Vases
  9. > Rug
  10. Plant

 

While I tend to beeline straight for the mid-century modern, Justina offers a great reminder to look out for those unique pieces that will inject some unexpected character into your room. I’m loving the idea of mixing and matching genres and time periods to create a truly collected comfortable space. It really does pay to hold out for that truly perfect piece. While it can be tough for me to be patient, when it comes to designing our house the treasure hunt is going to be half the fun!

Thanks Justina for giving us your Designer’s Take!

For previous Designers’ Takes on our 140 year old Victorian CLICK HERE

image 1 // image 2 // image 3

Idea to Steal: {Pegboard Inspiration}

There’s something to be said about a good old fashioned inspiration board. These days the majority of our messy, random, unfiltered tidbits of inspiration exist only in digital format. Despite Pinterest being a game-changer when it comes to bookmarking ideas {along with our poor, overworked and abused computer desktops!}, sometimes we find ourselves nostalgic for the tangibility and rawness of a physical mood board. That’s why when we saw this beautiful pegboard of earthy artifacts, we had to pin it {so very meta of us, right!?}.

idea-to-steal-peg-board

Pegboard makes for such unique idea boards because they encourage the display of physical artifacts {take THAT Pinterest!}. We love the 3D look of varying textures, shapes and forms {like plants!} clustered together to create an organic and no-fuss feel. Not to mention, the texture of the board itself {hello, perforation!} creates visual interest on an otherwise empty wall. We see a DIY coming on…

What do you think? Do you LOVE?

image via Still Stars // photography by Heidi Lerkenfeldt