Friday Favorites 05.19.17

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I am in New York today for meetings and a speaking engagement. It is always energizing and inspiring to be here, but I have to admit, I am looking forward to getting home tomorrow and staying put for a while. With so much travel recently, I haven’t had a chance to put together a new “Friday Favorites” list, but I am back with some great finds for you today!

Read: Last week, two of Houston’s finest architects, William Curtis and Russell Windham of Curtis & Windham were in L.A. for Legends of La Cienega for a book signing at the beautiful McKinnon and Harris showroom. Fast forward a few days and while Mark was here in Houston, we talked a lot about their beautiful work. We didn’t have much time during this visit, but the next time he’s here we will have to do a drive-by tour of some Curtis & Windham houses. In December, Curtis & Windham released their stunning and inspiring book, A Vision of Place. It is filled with their timeless, classic work which encompasses various styles, each one unique, but just as beautiful as the last.

Design: The Chelsea Flower Show has been a much-anticipated annual event in London for many years now. This year, the Mayfair Flower Show will happen at the same time. In fact, both events opened this week. Housed in London’s Insta-famous Sketch restaurant, the Mayfair Flower Show will focus on the work of five of London’s top floral designers in collaboration with Diptyque and Pommery champagne. Sounds fabulous to me!

Beauty: After spending so much time on airplanes recently, I found that my lips had been getting chapped. I decided to use a sample I had received of AERIN Rose Lip Conditioner and found that it healed my lips in a matter of two days. I promptly ordered the full size tube and have found that it stays on for hours and feels great without being too tacky or sticky. It also has a very subtle rose scent. If you’re a fan of the cult favorite Terry Baume de Rose, I’d bet you’ll like there AERIN one better. As a bonus, it comes in a more convenient tube and is about half the price.

Watch: Fabian and I have been enjoying Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent’s new show on TLC, Nate and Jeremiah By Design. Nate and Jeremiah are not only talented designers, but they are so fun to watch. On the show, they help homeowners who are in way over their heads with their home renovations. I have always had a bone to pick with home renovation and “design” shows because they portray unrealistic budgets and timelines and make it seem like every project can be DIY. Nate and Jeremiah do a great job of getting the projects back on track, elevating the design, and educating the clients about what things cost. The fact of the matter is that $50,000 is a significant amount of money, but it will not get you a kitchen renovation, new floors, and new furniture. Nate and Jeremiah call in a lot of favors from vendors they work with and then let the homeowners know what the actual cost of the renovation was. I think people are generally shocked, but I believe the show is helping the design industry and design clients by portraying the true cost of a renovation. Watch full episodes here.

Drink: For the last month I have been obsessed with KOR Wellness shots. So much so, that I went to Whole Foods in High Point to stock my hotel’s refrigerator with them and did the same while staying at Mark Sikes’ house in Los Angeles last week. Mark stayed with me while he was in Houston earlier this week, tried them, and loved them. Fabian is hooked on them, too. The shots are made of organic, cold-pressed ginger juice, coconut juice, lemon juice, and cayenne. They are delicious and invigorating. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what they do, but I always feel super energized after I’ve had one and I honestly believe they’ve kept me from getting sick during all of this travel. They’re not inexpensive– about $3.99 a pop, but  I think it’s a small price to pay for staying healthy and feeling great! Order yours here or buy them at Whole Foods.

Shop: I bought the Edit Swing Top in both black and white late last fall and it is probably the top on which I get the most compliments. It is super chic, but also super comfortable and easy to wear. It is my go-to for so many things and travels really easily because it doesn’t get wrinkled. It has sold out repeatedly, but it looks like Shopbop just added fresh inventory to their site. Get yours quickly before they sell out again!

Lastly, we are currently on the hunt for a fabulous new person to add to our Paloma Contreras Design team. If you or someone you know are highly organized, detail-oriented, and have a passion for interior design, take a look at the description for our job opening and send in your resume if you feel you’d be a good fit for our dynamic team. Have a wonderful weekend!

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I am off to New York again today for another whirlwind trip! I did a quick tally and I have had four work trips in just as many weeks over the last month. The crazy thing is that all of the travel is both inspiring and exhausting. I am looking forward to being home for a good stretch once I am back from New York this weekend.

The new issue of ELLE DECOR just hit newsstands a couple of days ago and since I am off to New York for an event with ELLE DECOR, I gravitated towards this glamorous apartment in one of the tallest buildings in Manhattan, right off of Central Park. Designers Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson of Drake/Anderson were at the helm of the project. The clients are a pair of siblings and their families who wanted their New York pied-a-terre to feel like a respite in the clouds. Together, the designer duo set about modernizing the apartment and creating the neutral palette the clients had asked for, cleverly imbuing it with carefully selected touches of color along the way. The chic modern lighting and sumptuous fabrics throughout the house take the space to the next level, punctuating each room with an infusion of glamour. For the full tour, be sure to pick up the June issue of ELLE DECOR.

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The Style Files: Bradley Odom

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Bradley Odom is the talent behind one of the best stores in Atlanta, Dixon Rye. Dixon Rye is filled with an expertly-curated assortment of interesting vintage finds, fine antiques, and a mix of interesting new upholstery, casegoods, art, accessories, and art. Prior to opening Dixon Rye, Bradley was an award-winning graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design and had a very big career in retail. Bradley’s experience as Director of West Elm and J.Crew allowed him to collect inspiration from communities and individuals across the world, and ultimately, informed his eye for quality design. At the helm of Dixon Rye, Bradley has developed a distinct style all his own which marries the rough with the refined. He has an expert eye for juxtaposition, interesting pairings, and an innate ability to create just the right amount of tension between pieces in order to create spaces infused with personality and character. I visited Dixon Rye on my last visit to Atlanta in January and hope to return soon! In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about Bradley today!

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Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Bradley Odom: Dark and moody—masculine colors with immense texture. At Dixon Rye we talk a lot about identifying the hero of a room and letting it be a hero. For me personally, the hero is usually something leather or a cool architectural find.

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PC: How has living in Atlanta influenced your style?

BO: I’ve been in Atlanta now for 17 years – so hard to believe. I’m originally from Mississippi, but definitely consider Atlanta home. I opened Dixon Rye in October 2015 with the intent of creating a furniture and design destination that mixes authentic Southern expression with modern sensibility. The store is filled with carefully curated furniture and décor pieces that speak to my Southern roots from living in Atlanta paired with a strong passion for beautiful things.

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PC: What does your home say about you?

BO: That I’ve been busy the last 10 years. I recently decided to do a complete update to my bedroom, starting from scratch. I designed a bed for Dixon Rye that is going to now be my bed, in leather. The bed and my art are the inspiration for the entire room. I am continually finding a new hero which means I will redesign a room to honor that piece.

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PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

BO: There is inspiration all around us. We aren’t great about stopping long enough to see it. We are all so busy that we sometimes miss what is around us and think inspiration has to be a special, planned activity. Don’t get me wrong, traveling gives me life. I was fortunate enough to travel often in my prior role and got to see so much of the world that inspires me, but I really try to make an effort to find inspiration in the city I love, Atlanta—our forest in the city. I’m very visual and a collector of images, which is exactly why I created the weekly inspirational diary, Quiet Decency, we send out each Sunday. I really wasn’t sure it would resonate with people, but the following has been overwhelming. You can sign-up, HERE, to receive.

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PC: Who are your personal style icons?

BO: I can’t say that I have a particular icon, however, I find myself following anyone who has a vision. Visionaries, in general, are forward minded, global, out of the box thinkers and aren’t too concerned for what everyone else is doing. I prefer that over what someone else has done.

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PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

BO: Humility. Where there is humility, there is usually trust and integrity.

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PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

BO: Ice Cream! It’s an issue. Jenni’s Ice Cream has an almond butter brittle that is hard to pass up.

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PC: Who or what has been your professional influence?

BO: There are a two: My friend Glenn, whom I met in 2005 has become a father figure and mentor for me. He challenged me out of my routine job and helped me to understand my talents which led me to taking risks. I also had the honor of working with Mickey Drexler during my J. Crew years. And although I never reported directly to Mickey, we met several times. In a visit once to one of my stores, he asked me to join the corporate jet to fly to the call center, which at the time was in need of a rebranding, to connect the center to the same experience as the stores. I joined the trip and two weeks later had a job offer for a Director’s role. I will never forget Mickey seeing something in me, that at the time, I didn’t see in myself.

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PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

BO: Having an inner peace (Quiet Decency) that allows me to rest every night, feeling fully challenged and fulfilled.

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PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

BO: The ongoing project that is forever evolving is Dixon Rye, of course. I’m constantly sourcing the newest discoveries that fit our aesthetic. At the moment, I’m most excited to see how we’ve given new life to some of our antique finds. I love to re-envision an old piece with new fabrics or hardware. We have also recently launched our online shop. In June, all products will be featured on the online shop! We have two local design projects that are really coming together. Both are full renovations and both families have been really receptive to thinking forward. Sometimes you worry that you are pushing them a little too far out of their comfort zone, but I am always honored by the trust they put in their designer! In the Fall we’ll begin working on phase II of a recently completed Farm House project. We’re building a new kitchen and turning the existing kitchen into a bar area. You’ll see the first phase in Atlanta Magazine Home’s Fall Issue. Then of course there’s my bedroom project. Feels so great to finally be working on my space again.

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Go-To Outfit: White jeans, Tretorns and a navy blazer and I hardly leave home without my AERO Studio leather bag.

Style Mantra: Don’t over complicate it, but don’t be so basic, well, that you’re basic. You have to have your own style that works for you.

Scent: Tom Ford, Ombre Leather

Piece of Jewelry: My eyewear

Color I Never Tire Of: White– it’s the perfect palette cleanser.

Flower: Although I never tire of the magnolia, I do love ranunculus

Indispensable Design Element: Texture

Era for Design: Early 1900 Bauhaus era

Dream Project: A Boutique Hotel

Fabric/Textile: I love textiles that can function as art. Currently obsessed with a Mulberry for Lee Jofa Rain Dance Fabric. It’s this beautiful embroidered fabric that’s able to stand alone as a statement piece in any room or as simple as a wall hanging. Menswear plaids get me every time. The Johnstons of Elgin wools are beyond fabulous. I’m currently building my bedroom around Glen Isla in Olivine.

Hostess Gift: Certainly depends on the party and level of friendship, but I love gifting the Arrow Platter from Astier de Villatte.

Meal: It’s a toss up between a good burger and sushi.

Drink: Good Coffee

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Being outside with my pugs.

3 Things I Love About My City: Four distinct seasons, each of which I love for different reasons. I love being outside and Atlanta has some really great hikes within the city. Lastly, community. Atlanta is a big city but still has that smallish town feel because it’s the South.

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Weekend Destination: If you follow my Instagram, you’ll quickly learn that I escape Atlanta for Old Edward Inn in Highlands, NC every time I get a chance. It’s a quick 2.5 hour drive from Atlanta. The team at OEI are so accommodating and I’ve been going for so long that they just know what I like…which is mostly to just be.

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City: London

Museum: Victoria and Albert Museum

Artist: David Hockney

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: Robyn- Call Your Girlfriend

Actor: Paul Newman

Prized Possession: A photo of my Mother as a child standing in a field of flowers. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Risk Worth Taking: The last 7 years have been all about risk for me. I decided to go back to school Full-Time in 2000 to get an Interior Design Degree from SCAD. Shortly after, I left my corporate job in 2015 to launch Dixon Rye. Definitely worth the risk!

Greatest Extravagance: Good food

Go-To Color Palette: Dark Greens for a bit of a naturalist aesthetic. Sometimes when working on a new project, I have to stop and say…No Greens!

Rule to Break: All of them! I’m an “ask for forgiveness” kinda guy.

Movie Set Design: A Single Man

I can never have too many… Travel books and Navy blazers

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We are Hiring!

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Paloma Contreras Design is a small, high-end residential interior design firm in Houston, Texas. Our work has been published nationally in House Beautiful, Domino, Luxe, ELLE DECOR, and Traditional Home. We are currently seeking a part-time project coordinator to join our dynamic team. This position will start out as part-time with 15-30 hours per week, but can grow into a full-time position.

The ideal candidate will have at least one year of experience at an interior design firm. Applicants must be extremely organized, detail-oriented, and should have great multi-tasking and problem-solving skills. The ideal candidate is articulate in both verbal and written communication and possesses style and professionalism in keeping with that of our firm. The ideal candidate should be able to work in a fast-paced environment and should be a self-starter as we may work remotely from time to time.

Day-to-Day Duties will Include, but are not Limited to:

-Assisting Principal with organization and logistics of projects, including tracking client budgets, purchases, and delivery/installation schedules

-Working from proposal phase through project completion to ensure seamless process for Principal and client up to installation

-Procurement of quotes and estimates from vendors

-Creation of client proposals, purchase orders, and invoices

-Managing ordering process by analyzing lead times & placing purchase orders with vendors

-Expediting: Tracking orders from purchase order to shipping and arrival date- work with vendors and our warehouse to ensure items arrive as specified. Handling any issues in a timely manner prior to installation.

-Scheduling installations with clients

-Assisting with office tasks per Principal’s request

-Assisting with special projects including photoshoots for client projects and for Paloma’s upcoming book

-Assisting with various design tasks including sourcing and completing renderings and floorplans in AutoCAD and SketchUp.

Requirements:

-Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, is required. Accounting knowledge is helpful. Experience with Studio Webware, AutoCAD, SketchUp, or Photoshop is a plus.

– Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience preferred

– Must be extremely detail oriented and have the ability to prioritize and manage complex projects while meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment

– Ideal candidate is reliable, self-motivated, and willing to learn both independently and in a team setting

– The ideal candidate will have at least 1- 2 years experience in the design industry or related field

-Salary commensurate with experience

This position has opportunity for  growth as our firm continues to grow. Please send cover letter and resume to paloma@palomacontreras.com.

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