Friday Favorites 02.16.17

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Happy Friday! It’s hard to believe that another week is behind us, but I am definitely ready for the weekend. We have been busy with new client projects and some exciting new initiatives around here– so stay tuned as all of that develops! We had some work done at our house this week as well, so Tate has been at my mother-in-law’s house for a few nights. We had a bit of a scare the other day when she called us in a panic saying that Tate had somehow gotten into her stash of garlic (come again?). We rushed him to the vet who said garlic is highly toxic and that we would need to bring him in so that they could pump his stomach and get some anti-toxin medication in his system. It turns out that garlic can attack the red blood cells in a dog’s system and if the toxins are high enough, the dog can become anemic or his blood vessels could begin to burst. We were quite worried until Fabian’s mom called to say she found the missing garlic. Apparently Tate had taken it, but he spit it out somewhere. I had my doubts about him liking raw garlic! Typically, he only likes organic honey crisp apples and strawberries, so it seemed out of character for him. It seems the whole thing could have been avoided, but after putting Tate through the wringer and racking up a big bill at the vet, we’re just glad that he is going to be okay and that it was just a misunderstanding. I always say it is better to be safe than sorry! Here’s what has been on my radar lately!

Design: I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that House Beautiful‘s March issue is really strong. I am still thinking about this bold apartment designed by Nick Olsen. There are few things I love as much as a Louis XVI dining chair and chinoiserie wallpaper. Add a jib door and we can just call the whole thing off!

Style: New York Fashion Week took place this week with designer’s showing their Fall/Winter 2017 collections. Standouts for me include Carolina Herrera (forever and always!), Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren’s stunning presentation at their Madison Avenue flagship which was decked out in thousands of Phalaenopsis orchids, and Rosie Assoulin. The yellow silk moiré, dress-over-pants ensemble pictured above is absolutely stunning. I want it for myself in at least three colors! What can I say– I am a pants-loving girl. Give me pants over a dress or skirt any day, please!

Watch: I’ve seen a couple of previews for Ryan Murphy’s latest drama for FX, Feud: Bette and Joan about the legendary rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. I’m sure this will be filled with campy fun. Andy Cohen just gave it a soaring endorsement when Ryan Murphy appeared on Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday night. Watch the extended trailer here.

Eat: I love citrus season! I came across Half Baked Harvest’s Glowing Citrus, Avocado, Quinoa, and Blackened Salmon recipe which looks like a delicious way to incorporate in-season citrus along with several super-food. I’ll definitely try this soon!

Listen: I have loved Maroon 5 since they first came out during my college days. I love Adam Levine’s voice and typically love their music. A lot of their songs are tied to special or pivotal times in my life. I just heard their latest single, “Cold” and am loving it! Download it on iTunes or watch the video here.

Shop: Several of my favorite sites are having President’s Day sales. One Kings Lane has instant 20% off savings on thousands of items including the gorgeous Calais Sconce, while Wisteria is offering 20% off site wide with code PREZ2017. They have a ton of chic, new introductions including this framed cloud engraving which reminds me a lot of the Fornasetti wallpaper I have in my powder room. Lastly, J.Crew just introduced their fun, new Ready-to-Party collection with loads of pretty, feminine dresses and skirts for Spring with details like ruffles and eyelet. I have a feeling they will go quickly!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Traditional Meets Modern in Southampton

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While in Southampton visiting my client last week, I stumbled upon a stunning house that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about. It wasn’t until yesterday’s post on classic black and white that all of the pieces of the puzzle connected for me and I realized that I’d seen this stunning house before. The architecture, interiors, and landscape design were completed by Sawyer|Berson and it was previously published in Architectural Digest. It’s lovely to see it photographed in the warmer months with the garden’s regalia on full display, although the house was just as striking with its winter landscape which I captured in this Instagram shot.

Apparently, the homeowners wanted the house to be traditional in style and to look as if it had been in the Village of Southampton for over one hundred years, but asked that the interior be much more modern to reflect their taste and lifestyle. As such, the house was designed in a Colonial Revival style in white with black shutters and a beautiful Chippendale-style railing. The juxtaposition created by Sawyer|Berson works beautifully as the home feels like a modern classic marrying the traditional, more formal exterior with the pale oak floors, generous ceiling heights, floor to ceiling windows, and streamlined surfaces and furnishings of the interior.

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{Images via Sawyer|Berson | Photography Nikolas Koenig for Architectural Digest}

Black and White is Always Right

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 {A Stunning White Home with Black Shutters by Sawyer Berson Architects}

Although I love color, I love black and white even more. Nothing is as crisp, classic, or timeless in my eyes. You can dress yourself or your home in black and white from top to bottom and be assured that the result will be chic and timeless. What other color can you truly say that about? In spite of yesterday’s Valentine’s Day holiday being all about pink and red, which I also love, I have been craving lots of black and white this week. Perhaps it is because I am in the midst of some really big and exciting projects and the thought of such a clean color palette provides a respite for the flurry of ideas and to-do lists in my mind, or perhaps it is simply because this combination endures more than any other. At the core of my style– from my wardrobe, to my house, and even my branding both here on La Dolce Vita and on my Paloma Contreras Design site, I am always drawn to crisp, elegant, simple black and white.

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{Chloé via}

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{Agnes Martin}

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{Paloma Contreras Design}

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{A Chic Ensemble via Pinterest | Original Source Unknown}

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{Catherine B. Jones}

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{Natalie Massenet’s London Bathroom Designed by Michael S Smith | Photography by Oberto Gilli for Architectural Digest}

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{Lauren Santo Domingo}

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{Hernan Paganini}

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{Image via Pinterest | Original Source Unknown}

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{Olivia Palermo}

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{Richard Serra}

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{Melody King Komisar via House & Garden UK}

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{Pablo Picasso}

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{Sawyer Berson}

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{Valentino Couture}

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{Jan Yoors}

{Robert Brown}

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{Olivia Palermo}

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{White on White by Lindsay Cowles}



Sag Harbor Style by Steven Gambrel

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Last week while in The Hamptons for a client installation, my colleague Devon and I had a few hours to explore the area before heading to the city. We visited Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Southampton, and Sag Harbor. Each of the towns is charming and picturesque in its own way. I am not sure that I have spent enough time there yet to really be able to tell you the different attributes of each one the way that I could with the towns in the Napa Valley, but it is something to aspire to! I particularly loved Sag Harbor for its proximity to the water and its charming Main Street with lovely shops and impressive homes on Captain’s Row, where the old seafaring captains built their mansions in the 1700s and 1800s. Coming from Houston, a city which unfortunately has very little reverence for its past, I can’t help but love a place with the exact opposite attitude, preserving these beautiful homes from a bygone era. Enchanted as I was by Sag Harbor, I decided to look at real estate to see what such a dream might cost and I came across this listing for what was once the Summer White House for President Chester A. Arthur. Built in 1796 and most recently renovated and design by Steven Gambrel, the home is on the market for $14.2 million. The 5,900 square foot house is conveniently located near Main Street and is just a few blocks from Sag Harbor Cove. I love the proportions of the house, the beautiful character in each room, and of course, Steven Gambrel’s signature style.

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{Photography Courtesy of Zillow}

Spring in the Air

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{I love the juxtaposition of the beautiful, hand-painted deGournay wallpaper and the relaxed, whitewashed furniture in the dining room. The plaster chandelier unifies these elements and punctuates the space.}

We have had spring-like temperatures and clear skies in Houston over the past several days and this beautiful project by Elizabeth Bauer Watt, featured in the March issue of House Beautiful evokes thoughts of the impending season. With its lovely palette of pale blues and greens, it seems to usher in the beauty of spring. One thing that I love about this project is that the entire house feels cohesive and features the same color palette. As a result, each room is distinctive in and of itself, but tells the same story as the rest of the house. Cohesion is truly one of the most important things you should strive for at home. When your home feels cohesive, it also feels more relaxed and inviting because you don’t have elements fighting for attention, as a result, you’ll achieve beauty and a truly welcoming environment, just as Elizabeth has in this house.

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{The living room features ample seating and glamorous lacquered walls and ceiling in a custom aqua hue.}

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{The cheery breakfast room features painted floors, a built-in banquette with a great mix of textiles, a classic Saarinen tulip table, and rattan chairs.}

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{The master bedroom is dressed in classic blue and white.}

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{Photography by Francesco Lagnese for House Beautiful}