My Ideal

When I come across a home that holds a few of my favorite design elements I get happy. When I come across a home that is pretty close as a whole to my aesthetic I get excited. When I come across a home that looks + feels as if I was the one who designed the whole damn thing I get effin’ psyched!! Well today I am effin’ psyched!! This home belongs to Jenna Lyons, J.Crew president and creative director. Knowing this, I would expect nothing but for me to fall completely in love with this place! I mean, I am verging on obsessed here! I don’t think I have ever come across a place that relates everything I want in my own home as much as this place does. It is a mix of my loves for neutral, natural, modern, vintage/historical with a touch of glam. It’s like I have these ideas and then all of a sudden I just saw them come to life! (i.e. the collection of antlers, for starters) So basically what I am telling you is that this place is my ideal in almost every way. (I have listed a few of my favorite things below..)

black doors against a lovely historic white facade

black doors and white walls/ceiling mirrored in the banister and railings

gold framing + badass chandelier + fur + leather + natural wood + open floor plan

collection of antlers + long table + fireplace + phenomenal lighting + dark floors + plaster cornices

perfect for the morning

dark island against white surroundings + exposed ductwork + open shelving

black walls (I credit this to J.Define where I saw them first) + white bed + fireplace + natural light + TV (for real!)

crazy awesome archway + chevron(herringbone) flooring + concrete wall (I think..)

shoe/clothing show off + fireplace + lighting + antlers

linear + neutral + natural buffering

gorgeous landscape + concrete walk pads + simple stair + herringbone brick

tolix chairs/stools + structural oversized lattice-work + horizontal paneled fence

TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY, MY IDEAL.
VIA

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New Inspiration for the Boudoir

I have never stayed in an apartment/house as long as the one I currently reside at since I moved away to college back in 2003. (I moved 8 times in 4 years!) It’s been almost two years at my current abode and I am getting a bit stir crazy. I really want some new surroundings but moving is such a pain and even though I really want to make renovations on a house of my very own, I really don’t want to get into that up here in Austin. I would rather wait until I move back to Houston for a more permanent situation, even though the one I am in seems pretty solid for now. So I shall make the best of it and settle for style changes instead. I really want to get after my bedroom because it seems to be a little incomplete but it’s headed in the right direction. My goal is a bit of a mix of the photos below which may seem ridiculous but I think I can make it work! Black(black/brown), white, grey and gold! Mix in some leather, fur, a bit of natural wood and a chandelier and I think that does it. I can at least start gathering the pieces for when I eventually get my house in Houston! …now I just want to curl up in bed!!

I love the canopy bed, white bedding, all the molding and the herringbone floor. {found at SOM}

The leather, black lamps, bold typographic pillows and grey bedding next to a camel colored side table are amazing! {Badgley Mischka Home via Elle Decor}

My bedroom would not be complete without GOLD frames, super dark wood against a warmer wood and a statement making fireplace! {I want to say this is Ralph Lauren. I saved the photo as just ‘gold frames’ HA!}

Again.. gold frames, white/grey linens, black accents and add a chandelier. I also like the creation of the ‘headboard’ using the grey table and added accents for varied height. I dig the antlers too! {from greige}

I love my faux fur throws! Add it to white/grey linens on a super dark framed bed with a chandelier adding a lovely glow and it’s pretty damn perfect. {from greige}

Fall Polish

ESSIE

Inspired by: Autumn Memories

I can’t help but be thankful for the lower temps forecasted in the upcoming days. (And when I say lower, I mean a high in the mid 90s rather than our ongoing THREE digit weather!) The mornings are becoming a bit brisker as September sets in and inspiration is coming at me in every direction. I love the cooler air and everything that comes with it! For me, it starts as soon as our county fair rolls around. Something in the air changes and I just can’t get enough of it! This weather IS my childhood. Oddly enough, almost every memory I have is set in this autumn-type atmosphere whether it was the correct season for the memory or not.

One of my favorite things was driving up thru east Texas to visit my great-grandmother, who we call but simply Grandmother. She was a badass to say the least. She passed away almost a year ago and this fall will be my first to not see her in all my 26 years which actually did not even come to light until I just wrote this sentence.

THE POND ON HER RANCH

She had an affinity for amazing shoes and fantastic jewelry. I would always make sure I had a kickass pair of heels to show her! So it’s no surprise that cool brisk air, tall pine trees, open pastures and a little fashion creates my happy place. It’s like when certain smells can take you back to a certain time… but in reverse. I can just close my eyes and imagine all of the above and can immediately smell her homemade chicken and dumplings!

GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE

Well a few days ago, I got an email from SHOPBOP with a Fall 2011 | Trend Report entitled “Nordic Studies.” I opened the lookbook only to find outfits so right I could almost smell those dang chicken and dumplings. Even though the trend report is title “Nordic Studies” I can’t help but feel this would be perfect for a fall trip to Lufkin. I just know my great-grandmother would adore it!

Even though my great-grandmother is not with us anymore, I will not let her down come this fall when it is time to dress-up for festivities. Miss you. xx

GRANDMOTHER + BIG DADDY | 1946

Adornment.

I recently visited the Barneys CO-OP here in Austin to say hi to a couple of awesome people I met through my stunning friend Jessica. We chatted for a bit and then upon suggestion I headed over to the jewelry display cases to see all the new goodies. DAMN, those were some badass goodies!! My jaw literally dropped! I wanted just about every piece sitting in front of me and that NEVER happens! I would have to sell an arm AND a leg to be able to afford most of these but a girl can dream!

Feast your eyes below…

Fallon

I love wearing elaborate jewelry and what can I say… Fallon kicks ass!! The designs are every bit daring and sexy! The pieces are oversized showstoppers that will surely make you the center of attention. OBSESSED with the Labyrinth pieces. They will add a punch to any outfit!


Etten Eller

I am a HUGE history buff and fell in love with this designer even more after reading more about the inspiration behind the jewelry line. The designer identifies each piece with a date significant to the designer. Some dates are ones that changed history while others are personal dates of importance. Either way, I love the thought of wearing a piece of jewelry that embodies the importance of a date in history, personal or world-changing.


Iosselliani

This jewelry line is absolutely gorgeous on display. There is an eclectic feel to their pieces and I just love the materials used. These are just a few pieces I am fond of at Barneys but the designers’ website showcases their many other creations that are just delicious!


Aesa

Lately I have developed an ancient Greek and Roman obsession. I have always been enthralled by the subject but as of late I just can’t get enough and find myself basing many of my designs around that era. Aesa is an ancient Greek word meaning destiny. The designer, Randi Mates, used primeval Greek and Roman techniques paired with modern twists to blend different types of metals and stones. I just adore the craftsmanship.


White Diamonds.

On March 23, 2011, the world lost one of the last great legends from the Golden Era of Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor. She passed away at the age of 79 and we will probably never see someone as irrevocably astonishing as her again.

She was known internationally for her beauty, earned two Academy Awards, had successful fragrances, was a strong advocate for AIDS research, and was married a total of eight times. Vanity Fair published a piece on her and Richard Burton in their July 2010 issue and I could NOT put it down! Their scandalous yet epic romance that began on the set of Cleopatra was one for the ages. He bought her many gifts but especially among those were the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond and the infamous 69.42-carat “Taylor-Burton diamond.” She lived a life far more dramatic and intense than any movie.

What follows is a small tribute of some of my favorite photos of her. It was extraordinarily hard to narrow down the photos as she looks damn lovely in ALL of them!!
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Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet, 1945.


Elizabeth Taylor with Montgomery Clift on the Paramount lot while filming A Place in the Sun, 1951.


Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer, 1959.

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“My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.”
– Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth with Rock Hudson on the set of Giant, 1955.


Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 where she won her first Academy Award in 1961.

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“Richard came on the set and sort of sidled over to me and said: “Has anybody ever told you that you’re a very pretty girl?” ‘I thought, Oy gevalt, the great lover, the great wit, the great Welsh intellectual, and he comes out with a corny line like that! But then I noticed his hands were shaking as if he had Saturday night palsy. He had the worst hangover I’d ever seen. And he was obviously terrified of me. I just took pity on him. I realized he really was human. That was the beginning of our affair.”

– Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, 1963.


Epic love story in the making on the set of Cleopatra.

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“I’ve always admitted that I’m ruled by my passions.”

– Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth looking divine leaving the set of Cleopatra.


Elizabeth Taylor + Richard Burton on the set of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 1966.


Elizabeth Taylor at the 42nd Annual Academy Awards wearing the Taylor-Burton diamond, 1970.

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“I had a hollow leg. I could drink everyone under the table and not get drunk. My capacity was terrifying.”

– Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor with her fragrance, White Diamonds.

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Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE
February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011

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EPIC.

Sources: Life Magazine + mptvimages.com