Friday Favorites 06.16.17

This week was very exciting as we wrapped the first official photoshoot for my upcoming book! We spent a couple of days photographing one of my favorite projects which we have worked on for about two and a half years. I can’t wait to share it with you because it is so beautiful and special, just like the family who lives there. I feel so lucky to have such wonderful clients who entrust me with their homes and then allow me and my team to take over their houses for a few days while we shoot everything. In addition, we have been very busy working on projects for new and existing clients, planning the rest of the shoots for my book, interviewing candidates for the new position on our Paloma Contreras Design team, and working on a few special projects in addition to everything else. To say that I am ready for our Parisian vacation may be an understatement! It will be so nice to enjoy a week away and then return feeling inspired, rested, and energized and to channel that into my creative pursuits. I have some great things to share with you today, so I hope you’ll enjoy this week’s Friday Favorites and that you’ll let me know what you’re currently loving!

Design: When the new issue of Architectural Digest arrived at my house last weekend, I instantly loved the vibrant red bedroom on the cover. While I am not exactly a minimalist, I am definitely not a maximalist. I use pattern much more sparingly, but I found something about this bohemian home on Long Island so charming. Designed by Peter Marino, the house reflects the clients’ love of travel so beautifully. It’s obvious that the house is a significant piece of real estate, but it maintains a very relaxed quality without any pretense. Check out the full tour here.

Style: As I mentioned yesterday, we are heading to Paris in a little over a week and are so excited to be back in one of our favorite cities! French woman are so effortlessly stylish, that I can’t wait to people watch. I started following model Jeanne Damas on Instagram a while ago and find that she embodies “French Girl Chic” quite perfectly. 

Read: I worked on my kitchen renovation with Caesarstone last fall and they invited me to share some of my design musings on their fantastic blog, The Interior Collective. In my first post, I am sharing my thoughts on getting your personal style mix just right. Read the article here.

Watch: Last weekend, I watched a new documentary on Netflix about two of my favorite women, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill called Jackie: A Tale of Two Sisters. It is only an hour long and provided a fascinating glimpse into the complicated relationship between two sisters who became two of the most enduring style icons in history.

Travel: While I have our Paris trip planned, Bradley Agather Means of Luella & June recently shared her Favorite Places to Shop & Eat in Paris— a guide I will definitely check out because Bradley has fabulous taste.

Shop: It is really hot in Houston! Yesterday’s high humidity and scorching temperatures felt nearly unbearable which is why summertime calls for chic, easy sandals. You can’t go wrong with these, these, or these— chic, versatile styles to keep you cool all summer long. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lust List: June 2017

With our trip to Paris just ten days away, I have been doing quite a bit of shopping online. I know we will likely be out, walking most of the day, so flat sandals, cool linen dresses, and breezy tops are a must, while chic pieces are a must for dinners out. Overall, the idea is to pack things that are versatile and will work in a variety of ways as well as those that are comfortable for long days spent exploring the meandering streets of Paris. And of course, it goes without saying, the goal is to select things that feel effortless and chic. What are you currently craving?

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California Cool

I recently came across jewelry designer, Jennifer Meyer’s chic, new house on One Kings Lane. The bones of the house mix modern architecture with traditional touches almost seamlessly, creating the type of house so many people crave nowadays. After purchasing her new home, Jennifer turned to a couple of friends, Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward of the Los Angeles-based design firm, Pierce & Ward who brought in a mix of modern, mid-century, and clean-lined pieces paired with vintage rugs and original rugs. While the overall house is dressed in neutrals, I especially love the color palette in Jennifer’s office with it’s deep, peacock blue walls and fun pink sofa. You can shop the look here!

{Photography by Joe Schmelzer for One Kings Lane}

Instant Inspiration: Alexander M. Reid

It’s been a while since my last “Instant Inspiration” post, but over the weekend, I came across an Instagram profile that I found very inspiring. Alexander M. Reid (@alexandermreid). A native of St. Louis, Alexander began his design career at One Kings Lane where he worked on makeovers for the homes of several celebrities including Jessica Alba, Rebecca Minkoff, Jenni Kayne, Coco Rocha, and Sophia Bush. As a result, his work has been featured by Vogue, Glamour, and My Domaine. I found out about Alexander after seeing the chic spaces he designed for Marlien Rentmeeseter of Le Catch (pictured directly below). His work is beautifully layered and bridges the gap between traditional and modern quite seamlessly. You can see more of his work on his Instagram as well as on his website. Whose Instagram account are you currently enjoying?

A New Look at an Old Favorite

In addition to being an inspiring business woman and arbiter of style, Tory Burch has some of the most iconic homes in recent memory. Her weekend house in Southampton is among my very favorites and her ultra-chic apartment in Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel is also incredibly inspiring. Those moss green walls get me every time! Tory works on her houses and the design of her stores with the incredibly talented, super star designer Daniel Romualdez. Together, they have redefined the meaning of classic, preppy style in interiors and have made it feel fresh, yet enduring. Surely, you’ve all admire Tory’s houses for years as I have, so you’ll likely enjoy this fresh tour of her New York apartment, which was recently featured in British Vogue. Which room is your favorite?

{Photography by Peter Ash Lee for British Vogue}