Creating One’s Visual Identity + A Chairish Giveaway!

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{The Marquis Faubourg Saint Honore Hotel Designed by Michele Bonan | Photography by Brittany Ambridge for Domino}

Great design is all about the mix and creating your own visual identity. It’s in the way you pair fabrics, mix furniture from various periods and of different styles, choosing an abstract piece of art for an otherwise traditional room, tempering the masculine with a touch of femininity– I could go on and on. The mix is essentially the DNA of our personal aesthetic and it is what distinguishes a great designer from his peers or a chic woman from her friends. Just the other day, I was reading an article about a home by a famous architect and without knowing who had designed the house until the end, I kept thinking to myself “This is Steven Gambrel. It has all of the elements he is known for. This is so Gambrel.”– and it was! Anna Wintour has famously said “Create your own style. It should be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others”.

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{The Marquis Faubourg Saint Honore Hotel Designed by Michele Bonan | Photography by Brittany Ambridge for Domino}

Creating a visual mix is all the more interesting when you bring antique and vintage pieces into the fold to pair with modern pieces. You can have a variety of price points and styles in one room– a French settee with some Chinese blue and white pottery, anyone? Chairish is a fantastic resource for buying and selling vintage, antique, and newer designer items with pieces whose provenance spans the globe and in some cases, a few hundred years. You can even shop from the convenience of your iPhone or iPad with the Chairsh app. They recently asked me to share my favorite pieces from the site in the “La Dolce Vita Collection“. It was such a fun exercise because as I shopped, I just selected the things that I was most drawn to and seeing it all come together, I thought “this really looks like me”.  Below, you’ll find a small sampling of the collection I curated for Chairish. Chairish has also offered to give one lucky reader a $100 credit to shop for that perfect piece to add to your unique mix. Simply click here and enter the giveaway directly on the Chairish site





{1. Set of 8 Bamboo Chippendale Chairs | 2. Pair of George Kovacs Chrome Table Lamps | 3. Custom Parsons Ottomans in David Hicks La Fiorentina | 4. Abstract Geometric Acrylic Painting | 5. Black Bamboo Style Vintage Dresser | 6. Pair of Louis XVI Armchairs with Teal Upholstery | 7. Original Ink Abstract Art | 8. Gold Hollywood Regency Cocktail Table | 9. Oly Studio Hanna Chair in Gold Mohair | 10. Burl and Lucite Nightstands/Side Tables | 11. White Lacquered Grasscloth Parsons Coffee Table | 12. Chrome Cheetah Tube Chair}


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