Lonny http://www.lonny.com en-us Copyright 2016 Livingly Inc. support@livingly.com (The Livingly Team) A Jewelry Designer's Travel-Inspired Home <p><span class="dropcap">W</span>hen approaching&nbsp;the front door&nbsp;of <a href="http://www.lizziefortunato.com/" target="_blank">Lizzie Fortunato's</a>&nbsp;circa-1930s brick apartment building, and you can just feel that something dreamy is upstairs. "I love the beams in the bedroom, the clawfoot bathtub, the shutters in the dining room that fold in and out," says Lizzie, counting all the ways in which she's come to love the space she shares with her boyfriend, Peter Asbill. The couple occupies the top two floors of a three-story townhouse&nbsp;on a tree-lined street in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. Their landlord, who lives on the first floor, has painstakingly restored the building from the ground up to it's original grandeur. And if there's anyone who can appreciate quality, history, and design, it's Lizzie.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="mn0Ps-0WENB" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="mn0Ps-0WENB"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/6vi6TegHdZHx.jpg" title="Lizzie Fortunato | Lonny.com" alt="A Jewelry Designer's Travel-Inspired Home " /></div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="fCsiHjznPJk" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="fCsiHjznPJk"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/zSmRDWx_rFDx.jpg" title="Lizzie Fortunato | Lonny.com" alt="Peter Asbill and Lizzie Fortunato outside of their Clinton Hill apartment.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">Peter Asbill and Lizzie Fortunato outside of their Clinton Hill apartment.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="5ozpXXn7a0I" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="5ozpXXn7a0I"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/BER0va9bMB-x.jpg" title="Lizzie Fortunato | Lonny.com" alt="Unruly yellow ranunculus find a spot in a&nbsp;ceramic pitcher&nbsp;that's a part&nbsp;of the sisters' Fortune Finds&nbsp;collection." /></div> <div class="below">Unruly yellow ranunculus find a spot in a&nbsp;<a href="http://shop.lizziefortunato.com/collections/fortune-finds/products/ivory-duck-pitcher" target="_blank">ceramic pitcher</a>&nbsp;that's a part&nbsp;of the sisters' <a href="http://shop.lizziefortunato.com/collections/fortune-finds" target="_blank">Fortune Finds</a>&nbsp;collection.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>After graduating from Duke in 2006, the designer "moved to the Lower East Side and then bounced around Chinatown and SoHo." Before making the move to Brooklyn in 2014, Lizzie&nbsp;lived in a fifth-floor walkup with her twin sister and business partner, Kathryn, for four years. Lizzie started designing jewelry as a passion project during college, but eventually she and Kathryn left their jobs&nbsp;to turn the project&nbsp;into a full-fledged brand (Lizzie heads the designs, while Kathryn oversees the business side of things). Walk into any major department store or open any major fashion magazine, and you're bound to run into their beautifully-set stone earrings and statement necklaces standing out from the crowd. &nbsp;</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w80 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="YYyspHdgD9B" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="YYyspHdgD9B"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/lixSdmn-bGux.jpg" title="Lizzie Fortunato | Lonny.com" alt='"I wasn&squot;t sure a tasseled wall-hanging was what I should be spending our furniture budget on, but now I can&squot;t imagine living without it&mdash;I adore it," says Lizzie.&nbsp;' /></div> <div class="below">"I wasn't sure a tasseled wall-hanging was what I should be spending our furniture budget on, but now I can't imagine living without it&mdash;I adore it," says Lizzie.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>Kathryn too now lives in Brooklyn, only a few minutes away on foot. With these particular sisters, the two spend endless hours together, and Lizzie's apartment proves to be an ideal place to convene. The main living space is perfect&nbsp;for both low-key nights at home&mdash;"Peter loves our wide-open, sun-drenched kitchen, and I love sitting on the sofa [nearby] while he cooks"&mdash;and larger gatherings. "We've been known to pull up&nbsp;little tables to the ends of the dining table and really pack our guests in," says Lizzie. Wide-plank wood floors stretch from the dining room to the main living room, and upstairs to the master bedroom and second, casual living space. The home's timeless elements, like the stone fireplaces, beautiful trim woodwork, and subway-tile clad bathrooms, live in harmony with pattern-rich textiles from their far-flung travels, along with treasured family heirlooms, striking that effortlessly cool, collected look.<br /><span style="text-align: center; color: #222222; line-height: 17px; background-color: initial;"></span></p> <div data-widget-guid="cCYyx9mg6RG" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget" style="width: 800px; height: 531px; float: none;" data-style="width:800px;height:531px;float:none;" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/cCYyx9mg6RG" class="dynamic-widget"></div> <p>"My grandparents lived in rural Pennsylvania in a mid-century home on ten-acres," recalls Lizzie. &ldquo;They were pretty much out in the middle of nowhere&mdash;in the woods at the end of a dirt road&mdash;but they had this sanctuary of contemporary sculptures, walls covered in art, and expansive glass windows that looked out onto this huge creek."&nbsp;The sisters have been known to bring back a piece or two from their grandparents house when they visit, but one specific blue oil painting in the dining room of girls playing instruments, really strikes a chord with the couple. "It reminds me of them and their home, but Peter also loves it," says Lizzie. (Asbill co-founded the music streaming service&nbsp;Songza, which was acquired by Google in 2014&mdash;naturally, music plays a big role in the couple's life.) "It feels very special to us.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="VFXfN4iR5jI" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="VFXfN4iR5jI"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/ELDcdvws8TXx.jpg" title="TK" alt="A Jewelry Designer's Travel-Inspired Home " /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w80 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="JUrGgenCVtM" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="JUrGgenCVtM"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/6rDxVcDZdx-x.jpg" title="Lizzie Fortunato | Lonny.com" alt="The white walls of the apartment provide the perfect backdrop for Lizzie's&nbsp;collected textiles and art to&nbsp;take center stage.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">The white walls of the apartment provide the perfect backdrop for Lizzie's&nbsp;collected textiles and art to&nbsp;take center stage.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>With an appreciation for story-rich objects coupled with a love of travel, the sisters have expanded their brand into the lifestyle arena with <a href="http://shop.lizziefortunato.com/collections/fortune-finds" target="_blank">Fortune Finds</a>&mdash;an evolving collection of textiles, objets, and art that reflects the globally-influenced brand they've created. The seugway into this realm&nbsp;was a natural one. "Kathryn and I were collecting so many objects during our travels, and friends would request that we purchase something for them while we were gone," says Lizzie. Now friends and fans alike can browse the digital storefront for stateside talent, like Brooklyn-based artist Wayne Pate, to one-of-a-kind, hand-woven Moroccan rugs, and woven Mexican baskets. "As a young independent designer, it feels great to be recognized and supported, and we love discovering other independent artists and supporting their work as well."</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w80 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="rT3Yt8kVBQ2" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="rT3Yt8kVBQ2"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/iKTGrW6artkx.jpg" title="Lizzie Fortunato | Lonny.com" alt='"Peter and I love spending time upstate, so when we found an apartment with a bedroom that looked like it had been plucked from the Hudson Valley (exposed beams, brick, and incredible wide plank wood floors) we were sold," says Lizzie.&nbsp;' /></div> <div class="below">"Peter and I love spending time upstate, so when we found an apartment with a bedroom that looked like it had been plucked from the Hudson Valley (exposed beams, brick, and incredible wide plank wood floors) we were sold," says Lizzie.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>Not tied to one specific place or era, Lizzie's&nbsp;jewelry is destined to be supported by consumers looking for originality over trends or labels. Her home also parallels this design approach&mdash;you can&rsquo;t pinpoint the interiors to one style or another, but rather can follow along as she weaves in classic silhouettes with bold color and pattern. "These are the things that make my home feel personal," says Lizzie. We couldn&rsquo;t agree more.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="6c7UG3JYdqC" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="6c7UG3JYdqC"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/xeLAb2za1uex.jpg" title="Lizzie Fortunato | Lonny.com" alt="A simple, plush white bed creates a relaxing oasis.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">A simple, plush white bed creates a relaxing oasis.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="separator one"></div> Tue, 3 May 2016 09:08:51 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/KLtf3kIB6QG/Jewelry+Designer+Travel+Inspired+Home KLtf3kIB6QG Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="vbaRaqw-wjH" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="vbaRaqw-wjH"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/bD8Gs-KJVItx.jpg" title=" Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles " alt="Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles" /></div> <div class="below attribution">All photos courtesy of Janelle Pietrzak, All Roads</div> </div> </div> <p><em>Excerpted from an&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/20FeWBA">article</a> that ran on <a href="http://bit.ly/263TPNl">Spot</a>.</em></p> <p>Even the most devoted Angeleno will tell you that one of the best things about L.A. is getting out of it for a day&mdash;if not a weekend&mdash;escaping the hustle, the bustle, and that crazy-making traffic. Lucky for them, many wildly cool places (including otherworldly Antelope Valley, above) exist within easy striking distance.&nbsp;</p> <p>Two of the most die-hard get-out-of-towners around are Janelle Pietrzak and Robert Dougherty, the founders of creative and textile studio <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.allroadsdesign.com%2F&amp;t=MTA4ZDMyYWMyMjMzYTBkMzFmMTlmZDZhZmZhZDI2N2IyNDBjZmJiNixhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">All Roads</a>, who&rsquo;ve collaborated with everyone from Ace &amp; Jig to Clare Vivier to Anthropologie. Even after three years in Los Angeles, these native east coasters (partners in both life and work) are still like wide-eyed kids when it comes to exploring their surrounds. They head east, north, or south from their Sunland-Tujunga home every chance they get. &ldquo;People think we live in Joshua Tree because we&rsquo;re there so often,&rdquo; laughs Pietrzak.&nbsp;And the couple&rsquo;s predilection for wide-open space shows in their work: The gradients of staggered mountains, horizons, sunrises, and sunsets are visible in Pietrzak&rsquo;s retro-cool weavings. And rustic, patinaed tones and desert-found shapes define Dougherty&rsquo;s metal and woodwork.</p> <p>As for what makes a good weekender, &ldquo;we look for places that have both nature and a small town,&rdquo; says Pietrzak. &ldquo;It won&rsquo;t make or break the trip, but it&rsquo;s nice to have a good place to eat or a cute coffeeshop when we need to interact with civilization. We also love thrift stores and yard sales.&rdquo;</p> <p>Read on for their leaving-Los Angeles picks, meant for locals looking to hit the road as well as visitors to L.A. who just want to see what else is out there.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="_JiLC-UdXqL" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="_JiLC-UdXqL"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/B8waleyaHjsx.jpg" title=" Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles " alt="Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">In One Hour: Antelope Valley</h3> <p><strong>The Whereabouts</strong>: &ldquo;About an hour north, in the high desert close to Lancaster.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Draw</strong>: &ldquo;Poppies grow all over the valley and only bloom in early spring. You can go to the&nbsp;<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.parks.ca.gov%2F%3Fpage_id%3D627&amp;t=MmJlMDFiMGUzZmYyZjNmNGZmODc1YjgxOGEzMDQxZGM5YjRhNmZiYSxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">Parks&rsquo; website</a> for daily poppy reports. Last year the poppies only lasted about a week&mdash;there was a heat wave and they fried pretty quickly. When you&rsquo;re there, it&rsquo;s hard not to pull over every five seconds to photograph more and more rolling hills and wildflowers.&nbsp;We love the contrasts of the bright orange, sage green, and lavender that seem to go on and on.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Diversions</strong>: &ldquo;We typically just go see the poppies then head home, but one year we packed a picnic lunch. It was windy, but we found a grove of Joshua trees that shielded us, and it was just lovely.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="FajivLeNyJ5" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="FajivLeNyJ5"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/tJyk54OZ93jx.jpg" title=" Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles " alt="Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">In Two Hours: Joshua Tree</h3> <p><strong>The Whereabouts</strong>: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s two hours away, but you might hit traffic leaving L.A., so we don&rsquo;t stop anywhere along the way. We always just want to get there.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Draw</strong>: &ldquo;We go to Joshua Tree whenever and however we can. The quiet and the vast landscapes calm your eyes and your mind. And we love the community of artist friends we&rsquo;ve developed there.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Lodging</strong>: &ldquo;We book a different Airbnb every time we go. Once we stayed in an&nbsp;<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.airbnb.com%2Frooms%2F4520311&amp;t=OWEzMDgxZTU2MDNhMDgxODFiMmEyOTcxNjdhMGMxYWM3YTYxMTRjMyxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">Airstream trailer</a> in Morongo Valley that&rsquo;s rented out by Joshua Tree artist <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sharielf.com%2F&amp;t=MGYwMjE5ZGIzYTU4ZjA2YmY1ZjEwZWRhNjE3MzgzMjI2MThlZDQ2YyxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">Shari Elf</a>, who&rsquo;s the owner of the <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sharielf.com%2Fmuseum.html&amp;t=MTEwNGVhNzg1ZjEwZmNjMWFhNzQ4OWFlMWQxYWY5ZWJiZjU0ZjA0OSxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">world-famous crochet museum</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Diversions</strong>: &ldquo;Hiking, visiting friends, and eating! We visit our friend Kime who has a great vintage shop in Yucca Valley called <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FthiswaytotheEND%2F&amp;t=MTNhYWU0MGFlOWUyMmE4NTgzODNkOWQ1ZDBmNzJmMTYxNzkxMTdmMixhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">The End</a>, we eat pizza by the slice at <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fpieforthepeople.net%2F&amp;t=NDQ3YzdmOWM5NzM3MzQ4Y2ExM2Y2M2Y3ZGNmYzZiOWQwMWNkMmQ2MSxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">Pie for the People</a>, and we get date shakes at <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thenaturalsisterscafe.com%2F&amp;t=NmIwYWFiYjQzOTAwZjNmZTc0NWQwYjQxNjUzZTQyNzZjZjQxY2Q5NyxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">The Natural Sisters Cafe</a>.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="g5DIlxBjlN-" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="g5DIlxBjlN-"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/3ZpK_Vwq4T0x.jpg" title=" Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles " alt="Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">In Six Hours: Big Sur</h3> <p><strong>The Whereabouts</strong>: &ldquo;Since it&rsquo;s quite a way up the coast, we&rsquo;ll usually stop at San Luis Obispo for lunch, then in San Simeon to see the elephant seals. We often stop once more at one of the beaches along the way for a fun little walk on the rocky shore.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Draw</strong>: &ldquo;Breathtaking coastline and beautiful colors! The landscape, the shade of the big trees, the quiet, the refreshing smell of eucalyptus. There&rsquo;s also little to no phone or internet reception, which makes it a good forced break.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Diversions</strong>: &ldquo;<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bigsurbakery.com%2F&amp;t=NjIwMGZiMmJkMjBiMTVkMDY3YTY5M2IxNzcxOWJlODliNjdjMGQ3NixhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">Big Sur Bakery</a> for coffee, cookies, and fresh bread, and delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and pizza! Hike to the&nbsp;<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.parks.ca.gov%2F%3Fpage_id%3D570&amp;t=MWQwOTU2NDg5YTQwMWFkZDk0N2VjMjYzMjFmMmQ1ZmVlZGUyODRiYSxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">Big Sur River Gorge</a> and go swim in the cold mountain water, which is crystal clear and refreshing. On our most recent family trip to Big Sur, we took our camp stove and a pasta dinner and cooked it on&nbsp;<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.parks.ca.gov%2F%3Fpage_id%3D578&amp;t=NWY1NTI2MGQ4M2VmNWU4NDYzYWRjYTliMmI1ZDQ4Njk5OWMyMDViYyxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">Pfeiffer Beach</a> and ate dinner at sunset&mdash;al fresco!&rdquo;</p> <p><em>From the team at <a href="http://bit.ly/263TPNl">Spot</a>. See the whole story, including more weekend trip ideas, on the Spot <a href="http://bit.ly/1Sa4Pzc">blog</a>.</em></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:57:00 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Escapes/articles/8gcB5C_AQwb/Transporting+Trips+Can+Weekend+Los+Angeles 8gcB5C_AQwb A Gut Renovation Creates a Serene Southern California Family Beach House <p><span class="dropcap">T</span>ucked away in a sleepy beach community in southern Orange County, a mid-century modern home was in need of a complete overhaul. The walls were textured and crumbling, the floors were covered in shag carpet, and the windows were so small, only a sliver of the ocean across the street was visible. But, when <a href="http://www.homepolish.com">Homepolish</a>&rsquo;s West Coast Creative Director Orlando Soria saw the dated pad for the first time, he knew that with a little elbow-grease and a lot of imagination, the un-loved ranch would eventually turn heads.</p> <div class="widget left pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="SmH5dc601_y" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text primary">The entire home needed to be opened up to create a bright and breezy space."</p> <p class="author primary">&ndash;Orlando Soria</p> </div> <p>Soria&rsquo;s clients, along with their two young children, desperately needed a respite away from the urban stresses of Los Angeles city living, and charming San Clemente was their answer. &ldquo;They were comforted by the vibe of the town. It&rsquo;s a place where they really can relax and forget about work and responsibilities and just have fun,&rdquo; says Soria.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div data-widget-guid="HGWOyn4lcK8" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/picture_slider_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="picture_slider_widget" style="width: 900px; height: 645px; float: none;" data-style="width:900px;height:645px;float:none;" data-url="/widgets/picture_slider_widget/HGWOyn4lcK8" class="dynamic-widget"></div> <p>But before the family could move in, Soria had a little fun of his own in the guise of a gut renovation. &ldquo;The entire home needed to be opened up to create a bright and breezy space,&rdquo; says Soria, who has worked with the homeowners on their previous homes. &ldquo;My goals were to create a mid-century and beach-inspired sanctuary without it feeling too cheesy. My clients, on the other hand, wanted a bright, white, modern yet casual beach home.&rdquo; Soria&rsquo;s challenge was to deliver on all fronts, while making his client&rsquo;s needs and dreams a priority.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="zKIAjxhrf5M" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="zKIAjxhrf5M"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/81GHwbOS6Twx.jpg" title="A Southern California Beach House by Orlando Soria for Homepolish" alt="The all-white kitchen begged for a pop of color, so Soria tiled the backsplash in sea-green tiles from&nbsp;Fireclay. The Thermador range is flanked by white Ceasarstone countertops." /></div> <div class="below">The all-white kitchen begged for a pop of color, so Soria tiled the backsplash in sea-green tiles from&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fireclaytile.com/gallery/detail/our-top-ten-glass/">Fireclay</a>. The Thermador range is flanked by white Ceasarstone countertops.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="1ysTGcsgY_m" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="1ysTGcsgY_m"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/U9tHJHLnDqmx.jpg" title="A Southern California Beach House by Orlando Soria for Homepolish" alt="&ldquo;The couple found the vintage &lsquo;cocktails&rsquo; sign before they met me,&rdquo; says Soria. &ldquo;It lights up and it makes them really happy, which to me, is the point of great design.&rdquo;" /></div> <div class="below">&ldquo;The couple found the vintage &lsquo;cocktails&rsquo; sign before they met me,&rdquo; says Soria. &ldquo;It lights up and it makes them really happy, which to me, is the point of great design.&rdquo;</div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>Although the renovation was to be a complete gut, Soria didn&rsquo;t have a difficult time convincing them that some of the original features should be preserved and even highlighted. &ldquo;There were a few awkward mid-century accents we ripped out, but I wanted to make sure that the home wasn&rsquo;t devoid of character,&rdquo; he says. To maintain the mid-century appeal, Soria kept the original red brick fireplace and a long hallway of narrow but necessary closets. However, he ended up replacing nearly all of the windows in the home, some with floor-to-ceiling accordion doors that allowed more natural light to flood the space, while at the same time creating the modern edge his clients were looking for. &ldquo;By adding the accordion doors, the home is completely open to the outside. They offer a seamless flow from the back of the house to the front,&rdquo; he says.</p> <div data-widget-guid="S8CblTCp2I9" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget" style="width: 900px; height: 706px; float: none;" data-style="width:900px;height:706px;float:none;" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/S8CblTCp2I9" class="dynamic-widget"></div> <p>With the renovation complete, Soria was able to focus on the design. Style requests from the homeowners were simple and predictably chic: all white walls, beach-inspired pops of color, and hard-wearing, affordable furnishings. Soria&rsquo;s interpretation of the homeowner&rsquo;s list started in the custom kitchen. &ldquo;We wanted it to be totally integrated and streamlined without being boring, so we sourced recycled glass tiles and used them as the backsplash,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;We let those be our pop, kept everything else white, and then concentrated on colorful accessories that give the space the character it needed to feel complete.&rdquo;</p> <p>Because the renovation touched nearly every room in the house, Soria&rsquo;s furniture budget was modest. By implementing a dynamic mix of furnishings from Crate &amp; Barrel and West Elm, coupled with vintage finds from&nbsp;<a href="http://lawsonfenning.com">Lawson Fenning</a> and a few artful DIY projects, Soria achieved an understated modern look that doesn&rsquo;t lean too mid-century or too beach home. It&rsquo;s a natural combination of the two that is weighted in history and elevated with design.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="DuR5hFXNoAy" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="DuR5hFXNoAy"><img src="http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/FhPgD_ei7vBx.jpg" title="A Southern California Beach House by Orlando Soria for Homepolish" alt="On the left, a simple crochet wall-hanging found at&nbsp;Lawson Fenning is an artful nod to the 1950s-era mid-century modern home; The homeowner&rsquo;s specifically wanted white walls throughout the home&mdash; except in the kid&rsquo;s room. Here, Soria painted Caribbean Cool by&nbsp;Benjamin Moore on the walls to continue with the elevated beach theme throughout the home. On the right, the vintage map in the guest bedroom creates a complementary color story within the space while the CB2&nbsp;nightstands hold a weekend&rsquo;s worth of required reading." /></div> <div class="below">On the left, a simple crochet wall-hanging found at&nbsp;<a href="http://lawsonfenning.com">Lawson Fenning</a> is an artful nod to the 1950s-era mid-century modern home; The homeowner&rsquo;s specifically wanted white walls throughout the home&mdash; except in the kid&rsquo;s room. Here, Soria painted Caribbean Cool by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/welcome-to-benjamin-moore">Benjamin Moore</a> on the walls to continue with the elevated beach theme throughout the home. On the right, the vintage map in the guest bedroom creates a complementary color story within the space while the CB2&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cb2.com/saic-sling-nightstand-side-table/s333307">nightstands</a> hold a weekend&rsquo;s worth of required reading.</div> </div> </div> <p></p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:58:33 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/2S4nKBWC9Y6/Gut+Renovation+Creates+Serene+Southern+California 2S4nKBWC9Y6 A Modern Bohemian Home Outside the City <p><span class="dropcap">A</span>ny&nbsp;design lover&nbsp;worth their Pinterest page can tell you that&nbsp;the most intriguing interiors often come about when just the right&nbsp;divergent&nbsp;styles meet and mix. Think of a&nbsp;midcentury chaise&nbsp;tucked beneath an old-world oil portrait or a&nbsp;piece of neon light art above&nbsp;an antique French&nbsp;settee.&nbsp;The epitome of this ethos (and the most difficult to do well) has to be outfitting&nbsp;a space with an undeniable time-stamp&mdash;say, a 1920s home in a notably historic New Jersey neighborhood&mdash;with pieces that would ordinarily&nbsp;never have found their way into it. For an&nbsp;urbanite couple&nbsp;settling down in South Orange, designer <a href="http://verdoier.com/#/id/i11040647">Jill Danyelle</a>&nbsp;merged the boho-modern tastes&nbsp;of her clients&nbsp;with&nbsp;a 100-year-old home to create a family-friendly refuge that's far from&nbsp;a time capsule.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="cBQZytmQg28" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="cBQZytmQg28"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/JoaaLRkPSAFx.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="A Modern Bohemian Home Outside the City" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="bLyiXRTXzlD" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="bLyiXRTXzlD"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/mC-2rTASnXgx.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="The home's traditional air is balanced by furnishings that are light in both color and visual weight.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">The home's traditional air is balanced by furnishings that are light in both color and visual weight.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="blAS4zV52gF" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="blAS4zV52gF"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/1QPh53bdXGLx.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="A series of botanical prints in the sun room is one of the few things&nbsp;the couple repurposed from their city apartment.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">A series of botanical prints in the sun room is one of the few things&nbsp;the couple repurposed from their city apartment.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>The directive was relatively simple:&nbsp;honor the traditional style of the home, while keeping it fresh and livable for every day. In other words, marry the urbane cool honed during the couple's&nbsp;New York City&ndash;dwelling years with that magic, bucolic vision of life just outside of it.&nbsp;"They wanted to be able to entertain and have kids from the neighborhood over,&nbsp;but they also wanted the home to feel pulled together and stylish," says Danyelle, whose&nbsp;firm&nbsp;<a href="http://verdoier.com/projects">Verdoier</a>&nbsp;has taken on a number of projects&nbsp;in the city as well as the nearby enclaves its residents&nbsp;tend to escape to.&nbsp;</p> <p>"This house had me at hello," says Danyelle. "It is one of the smaller homes in the neighborhood, but I love its proportions. Each room feels cozy, but is big enough to gather in."&nbsp;Another plus, the floor plan feels open and airy despite having never been renovated to suit that contemporary&nbsp;inclination toward removing walls. The elegantly aligned passageways between each space create long sight lines and a feeling of grandeur, without&nbsp;undermining&nbsp;the formal separation of rooms that would have been typical of the time period (and, surprisingly, are preferred by its most recent decorator). "I know everyone seems to want an open floor plan these days, but,&nbsp;when done well, I actually like to have some separate rooms," she reveals.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div data-widget-guid="OaoWGscDTrN" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget" style="width: 1000px; height: 745px; float: none;" data-style="width:1000px;height:745px;float:none;" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/OaoWGscDTrN" class="dynamic-widget"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="MbuCQJZ8U17" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="MbuCQJZ8U17"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/wscoHJuRoBdx.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="A Modern Bohemian Home Outside the City" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="rNxLDmsL3S8" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="rNxLDmsL3S8"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/0d4dlAo8pC_x.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="Danyelle chose to leave&nbsp;the historic home's shell as it was, instead layering in globally-influenced, colorful furnishings for a contemporary mix.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">Danyelle chose to leave&nbsp;the historic home's shell as it was, instead layering in globally-influenced, colorful furnishings for a contemporary mix.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>&nbsp;In agreement that they wouldn't be doing any major renovations, Danyelle and her clients set about incorporating their not-so-historic interiors style into the largely unaltered 1920s shell.&nbsp;The only outright challenge they&nbsp;faced was the timeline, which had a rather intimidating end date&mdash;the couple's wedding, to be held on the front lawn. They decided to prioritize the main floor living spaces,&nbsp;which fatefully came together just in time,&nbsp;and circled back to the master suite after the big day. One last surprise item&mdash;a small and sweet nursery&mdash;was added to the agenda shortly after, when the couple found out they were expecting.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Q3X8RJV4YPW" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="Q3X8RJV4YPW"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/mZjz5UGOIFwx.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="A vintage&nbsp;bench and a pair of sketches belonging to the homeowners make an artful vignette in the master bedroom.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">A vintage&nbsp;bench and a pair of sketches belonging to the homeowners make an artful vignette in the master bedroom.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="dvnKRRrmOCF" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="dvnKRRrmOCF"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/q1xFwYaeKD8x.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="In the same space, a gold lattice headboard lends a glamorous note to the room's rich combination textiles." /></div> <div class="below">In the same space, a gold lattice headboard lends a glamorous note to the room's rich combination textiles.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>With some cosmetic zhuzhing completed&mdash;floors&nbsp;refinished, light fixtures swapped out, and dreary&nbsp;metal blinds removed&mdash;prior to moving in, Danyelle&nbsp;got down to the fun part: outfitting a house several times bigger than the clients'&nbsp;previous apartment top to bottom. She&nbsp;mixed carefully selected custom-made furnishings&nbsp;with vintage items&nbsp;and accessible retail finds&nbsp;from&nbsp;West Elm, Lulu &amp; Georgia, and Anthropologie. While she&nbsp;excels at giving spaces a&nbsp;sense of soul with&nbsp;special pieces&nbsp;from flea markets, auctions, and eBay, she&nbsp;candidly advises that the retailers she calls&nbsp;"the usual suspects," are favorites for a reason. "Believe me, I am happy that all that goodness exists at those price points," she says.</p> <p>The space that perhaps best exemplifies the home's old-meets-new formula&nbsp;is the dining area. Danyelle&nbsp;and the homeowners&nbsp;chose to preserve the dark, wood-paneled walls original to the home and embrace the moodiness they created. A&nbsp;patterned cow hide, Blu Dot's standout Strut table, a set of bamboo chairs in crisp white, and an eye-catching faux&nbsp;peacock sculpture create the perfect balance between modern and traditional, light and dark, and formal and fanciful. &nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Ud-rNw4ofsR" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="Ud-rNw4ofsR"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Kv3EXEU74jNx.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="In the nursery and attic office/guestroom, a bohemian vibe takes hold. The former includes a vintage bird print and colorful kilim. The latter plays host to curvaceous rattan chairs paired with a streamlined IKEA desk, and a pair of daybeds draped in drop cloths for flexible seating and sleeping setups.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">In the nursery and attic office/guestroom, a bohemian vibe takes hold. The former includes a vintage bird print and colorful kilim. The latter plays host to curvaceous rattan chairs paired with a streamlined IKEA desk, and a pair of daybeds draped in drop cloths for flexible seating and sleeping setups.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>The final result? A home that feels warm and welcoming at all times and for all purposes. "I was there for a few days styling and photographing at the end," recalls Danyelle. "All of the windows were open and it was so breezy and bright. But I've also been there in the winter, when the clients often light a fire in the living room." Perhaps the home's&nbsp;star turn, thus far anyway, was when the longtime couple closed off the street and held a special wedding celebration&nbsp;on their new front lawn, complete with family, friends, and a very satisfied decorator in attendance.&nbsp;</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="separator one"></div> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:04:00 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/JXftsryUWbY/Modern+Bohemian+Home+Outside+City JXftsryUWbY Instagram Stories: Samantha Ushiro of @Aww.Sam <p><span class="dropcap">I</span>f Willy Wonka had a cool younger sister it would be Samantha Ushiro. Her creative lifestyle venue&nbsp;<a href="http://www.awwsam.com/">AwwSam</a> features pink emoji cake rolls, paper party decorations and an abundance of sweets topped with sprinkles. Sam doesn&rsquo;t just tap into the color wheel she swims in it. The bright, simple and white backdrops used in her photos playfully showcase all facets of living.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Pv9Y92P-dWU" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="Pv9Y92P-dWU"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/t8487j2gH0cx.jpg" title="Samantha Ushiro" alt="Instagram Stories: Samantha Ushiro of @Aww.Sam" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>What began as creating images as an extracurricular project in between classes while attending Parsons New School of Design turned into a vocation once Sam graduated last May. &ldquo;After I got my first big job doing styling and freelance photography I started getting more inquiries and job offers and things really took off,&rdquo; she says. Read on to take a tour through Sam's oh-so-vibrant&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/aww.sam/">Instagram</a> world.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <h3 class="article_heading maple"></h3> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="jsD-yO8Ql-D" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="jsD-yO8Ql-D"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/bc5XpOM2HgNx.jpg" title="Aww Sam" alt="Instagram Stories: Samantha Ushiro of @Aww.Sam" /></div> </div> </div> <p></p> <h3 class="article_heading maple">Party Influences</h3> <p>&ldquo;I find a lot of inspiration in the really strange things you can discover in a party store and I thrive off of the challenge of taking a silly party supply and trying to style it in a way where it takes on a completely different life!&rdquo; says Sam. She also finds ideas in the Surrealist films of David Lynch and Michel Gondry. &ldquo;There are so many bizarre things that exist in Surrealist film that can inspire a lot of really fun ideas or at least get your mind moving in a creative direction.&rdquo;</p> <h3 class="article_heading maple"></h3> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="V2_1MXqgiS7" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="V2_1MXqgiS7"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/myCXopnVM5Wx.jpg" title="Aww Sam" alt="Instagram Stories: Samantha Ushiro of @Aww.Sam" /></div> </div> </div> <p></p> <h3 class="article_heading maple">The Set Up</h3> <p>&nbsp;The process begins with a blank space. Sam is a disciple of color, notably schoolgirl pastels where pink rules. A clean slate allows the working shades to show their natural appeal. &ldquo;I love color,&rdquo; she says, &ldquo;so a blank space works great to be able to pack in a lot of color without it getting overwhelming. It also makes for a seamless backdrop for photos!&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget left ordered-list-widget w30 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="S1s6sIi9Qcf" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/list_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="list_widget"><span class="pine">Samantha&rsquo;s Styling Lessons</span> <ul> <li class="noimg"><span class="designerTitle list-number">1.</span> <div class="item"> <h3 class="maple">Location, Location</h3> <p>Settle on an ideal location, ideally one with ample light and wall space to deliver comfort.</p> </div> </li> <li class="noimg"><span class="designerTitle list-number">2.</span> <div class="item"> <h3 class="maple">All in the Details</h3> <p>Pillows and wall art a great way to add some fun into a space and express your interests.</p> </div> </li> <li class="noimg"><span class="designerTitle list-number">3.</span> <div class="item"> <h3 class="maple">Pack a Punch</h3> <p>Heavy on the sides! Small accent pieces, like a pouf, rug and coffee table, pack in the style with interesting colors and texture.</p> </div> </li> <li class="noimg"><span class="designerTitle list-number">4.</span> <div class="item"> <h3 class="maple">How Novel</h3> <p>There are so many novelty pillows available now, especially food-related ones), why not add those to your couch instead of a regular pillow?</p> </div> </li> </ul> </div> <div data-widget-guid="mGhndfR3LLQ" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget" style="width: 475px; height: 590px; float: right;" data-style="width:475px;height:590px;float:right;" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/mGhndfR3LLQ" class="dynamic-widget"></div> <p></p> <h3 class="article_heading maple"></h3> <h3 class="article_heading maple"></h3> <h3 class="article_heading maple"></h3> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="UeQj1u4IovO" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="UeQj1u4IovO"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/G7BoO6N8hZlx.jpg" title="Aww Sam" alt="Instagram Stories: Samantha Ushiro of @Aww.Sam" /></div> </div> </div> <p></p> <h3 class="article_heading maple">Multi-Faceted Process</h3> <p>On a shoot Sam plays the roles of stylist, photographer, designer and sometimes model. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s always important to make the set up as easy as possible. This usually involves the camera, tripod, a backdrop and reflector.&rdquo; Even in the doldrums of a gloomy day her world is captured through a rainbow filter.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="GxLLAHfm7ps" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="GxLLAHfm7ps"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/-lisMxZ-a9Px.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: AwwSam" alt="Instagram Stories: Samantha Ushiro of @Aww.Sam" /></div> </div> </div> <p></p> <h3 class="article_heading maple">Playing House</h3> <p>To achieve a current home design with a sense of humor sometimes you have to take a deep breath and start laughing. This is the reaction received in Sam&rsquo;s Brooklyn loft. While her Instagram posts show her talents for making pastries into something you&rsquo;d pay tickets for, her home also gets ample play. The right space, pieces and color achieve that enviable balance of modern and fun.</p> <p>Sam designs similar to the way she makes her pictures, beginning with an anchor piece, typically something with a large print or dominant shade, followed by complimentary colors and items. It is no surprise that Samantha&rsquo;s favorite piece is her pink couch. Once the main feature is set the accents practically fall into place. Giggly pillows and prints from travels in pastel shades further dramatize the look.</p> <p></p> <div class="widget fc-unordered-list-widget w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="kJq0pOKiLFT" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/list_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="list_widget"><span class="maple">Sam's Must Follow Instagrammers</span> <ul> <li><img src="http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/6HNd2K601Ism.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: Samantha Ushiro of @Aww.Sam" alt="Instagram Stories: Samantha Ushiro of @Aww.Sam" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@SOPHLOG</h3> <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/sophlog/">&ldquo;Sophie is like my long, lost color-loving twin. We met over Instagram and I immediately fell in love with her feed! So many bright colors, and she even started a hashtag called #happyhousedreams, so if you're interested in staring at dreamy houses, she's your go-to gal!&rdquo;</a></p> </li> <li><img src="http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/5oqGHGeXNlam.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: Samantha Ushiro of @Aww.Sam" alt="Instagram Stories: Samantha Ushiro of @Aww.Sam" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@MATTCRUMP</h3> <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/mattcrump/">&ldquo;Matt's feed is a constant source of inspiration. Whether he's showing you a crazy beautiful skyline or carefully arranged, colorful objects, there's always something to get lost in on his feed!&rdquo;</a></p> </li> <li><img src="http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/mvqj-I3Jd0hm.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: Samantha Ushiro of @Aww.Sam" alt="Instagram Stories: Samantha Ushiro of @Aww.Sam" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@VICKIEE_YO</h3> <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/vickiee_yo/">&ldquo;Vickie and I have been following each other since the beginning of our Instagram journey, and she's got insane talent for baking! As soon as you think she's made the most amazing cookies or donuts you've ever seen, she goes and outdoes herself with another crazy creation!&rdquo;</a></p> </li> <li><img src="http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/RVJ2AhbX5n-m.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: Samantha Ushiro of @Aww.Sam" alt="Instagram Stories: Samantha Ushiro of @Aww.Sam" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@SHOPBANDO</h3> <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/shopbando/">&ldquo;I joined Instagram initially to just look at their feed and the ladies at ban.do are always providing a constant source of inspiration for me! Love what they do!&rdquo;</a></p> </li> </ul> </div> <p></p> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:58:58 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Instagram+Tastemakers/articles/y0YDckxEXvM/Instagram+Stories+Samantha+Ushiro+Aww+Sam y0YDckxEXvM 5 Insane Overwater Bungalows You Can Actually Afford <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="e6yW0Bd06pU" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="e6yW0Bd06pU"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/UACBKV9b0X0x.jpg" title="5 Insane Overwater Bungalows You Can Actually Afford" alt="5 Insane Overwater Bungalows You Can Actually Afford" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Photo courtesy of Punta Caracol</div> </div> </div> <p><em>Excerpted from an&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/20FeWBA">article</a> that ran on <a href="http://bit.ly/22xzfjT">Spot</a>.</em></p> <p>We&rsquo;re not flush with cash, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean we&rsquo;ve given up on the overwater-bungalow fantasy, because who hasn&rsquo;t dreamt of staying in a cabana stilted over shimmering water, fish cruising below. So we combed the world and came up with five stellar stays (like Punta Caracol above) where you can score that stuff-of-fantasies experience without the dream-deflating prices.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Dnsx3QECfjp" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="Dnsx3QECfjp"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/68SsTrxWUGtx.jpg" title="Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge, Panama" alt="5 Insane Overwater Bungalows You Can Actually Afford" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Photo courtesy of Punta Caracol</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge, Panama</h3> <p>This hideaway, in the teal-blue Caribbean off Isla Col&oacute;n, has fewer cabanas than you have fingers, all of which are crowned with palm fronds, painted Caribbean colors, and powered by the sun. And each&mdash;surprise, surprise&mdash;is a two-story affair with a four-poster bed tucked into the top floor. The laid-back vibes, the isolation, the limited electricity means there&rsquo;s nothing much to do here, and that&rsquo;s exactly the point. Your go-to outfit: a swimsuit; your go-to hairstyle: wet; your go-to cocktail: a pi&ntilde;a colada (the bartender makes a mean one); and your go-to mindset: totally blissed out. <strong>INSIDER TIP</strong> As tempting as it may be to veg out on your patio for a week straight, get the hotel to boat you over to one of the deserted nearby isles so you can play Robinson Crusoe for a couple hours on an empty beach. Room rates from $350, including most meals.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="_bKmZHe8ziQ" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="_bKmZHe8ziQ"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/lqSW5VsEvZfx.jpg" title="4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Cambodia" alt="5 Insane Overwater Bungalows You Can Actually Afford" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Photo courtesy of 4 Rivers</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Cambodia</h3> <p>Arriving at this remote eco-luxe lodge is half the adventure: A 4-hour drive from Phnom Penh, followed by 30-minute boat ride down the misty Tatai River, thick jungle on either side, that recalls the Heart of Darkness journey in the best way possible. Once you spy the 12 handsome tented villas, inspired by African safari tentalows, you&rsquo;ll realize that this is glamping&mdash;on water. Bathrooms hold wine-barrel showers and striped umbrellas shade chic chaise lounges, but you might be awoken at sunrise by gibbon call and the best massage around comes courtesy of a nearby waterfall. <strong>INSIDER TIP</strong> For a look at local life, take the resort-offered excursion to a nearby fishing village where houses are on stilts and boardwalks stand in for sidewalks. Room rates from $220, including breakfast.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Tir9K7gO8gD" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="Tir9K7gO8gD"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/8bNGBdOK4Hkx.jpg" title="Royal Huahine" alt="5 Insane Overwater Bungalows You Can Actually Afford" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Photo courtesy of Royal Huahine</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">Royal Huahine, Huahine</h3> <p>So you&rsquo;re set on the islands of Tahiti. But you&rsquo;re balking at the prices. Consider Huahine, which is as wildly romantic as Bora Bora (it was named Hermosa by Captain Cook), but is less known, less touristed, less talked about. And, consequently, less pricey. Which means that you can &ldquo;splurge&rdquo; (a relative term) on this rustic-luxe hotel, the swankiest digs on an island with one supermarket, eight small villages, and countless bays and sugar-sand beaches and still make your mortgage. Your room, one of 11 over the water, is west-facing for prime sunsets and has a soaking tub that probably won&rsquo;t see a lot of action given that you also have a private deck from which you can dive directly into the lagoon. <strong>INSIDER TIP</strong> Stock up at the grocery store so you&rsquo;re not locked into eating every meal at the hotel&rsquo;s on-the-pricey-side restaurant. Room rates from $301.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="L7bZL4Mb7yC" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="L7bZL4Mb7yC"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/hSUgl6GceO-x.jpg" title="Thatch Caye, Belize" alt="5 Insane Overwater Bungalows You Can Actually Afford" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Photo courtesy of Thatch Caye</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">Thatch Caye, Belize</h3> <p>Step outside on the deck of your bungalow, one of five overwater accommodations on this private island that&rsquo;s a quick jaunt from the U.S., and you&rsquo;ll quickly realize that the spot to be for the duration of this vacation is that Mayan hammock swaying in the breeze. So it&rsquo;s only a matter of calling dibs before your travel partner does. Or, you can play nice and alternate days. When you&rsquo;re not on hammock duty, practice floating in that clear Belizean water like you were five years old in guppy class again, or convince your companion to go on a little adventure. River tubing two miles through a nearby five-cave chain is one for the bucket list. However you spend your day, it&rsquo;ll end much the same way: with a belly full of fresh fish and local Belikin beer. <strong>INSIDER TIP</strong> To mix things up, head over to nearby Coco Plum Resort for lunch one day (the water is shallow enough to wade, or you can kayak or paddle board). Room rates from $295.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="nBobJ9TLmeq" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="nBobJ9TLmeq"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/AsoPi81utiFx.jpg" title="Reethi Beach, Maldives" alt="5 Insane Overwater Bungalows You Can Actually Afford" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Photo courtesy of Reethi Beach</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">Reethi Beach, Maldives</h3> <p>The Maldives. A dreamy sprinkling of palm-tufted islets across crystal waters. It&rsquo;s a legendary place with legendary prices reserved for marquee life moments like honeymoons (and even then, it&rsquo;s a budget-busting proposition). Or so you thought. This hideaway, on a petite private isle in the Baa Atoll, gives you the Maldives&rsquo; experience at a surprisingly reasonable rate. Drop your bags in your bungalow, throw open the sliding glass doors, take in the shimmering ocean, and give your plus-one a big high five because this is your home for the next week. Now all that&rsquo;s left to do is decide which of the three beach bars you&rsquo;re going to hit first. <strong>INSIDER TIP</strong> Early on in your trip, take advantage of the resort&rsquo;s daily free 30-minute snorkeling excursion&mdash;Reethi Beach has one of the Maldives&rsquo; best house reefs&mdash;then later in the week graduate to a day of diving. Room rates from $268, including breakfast.</p> <p><em>From the team at <a href="http://bit.ly/22xzfjT">Spot</a>. See more stories like this on the Spot <a href="http://bit.ly/1Sa4Pzc">blog</a>.</em></p> <p></p> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:17:52 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Escapes/articles/372RMloXoQq/5+Insane+Overwater+Bungalows+Can+Actually 372RMloXoQq Instagram Stories: Shay Spaniola for @TheBunglo <p><span class="dropcap">T</span>he sunset hues of India. Boldly painted homes of Guatemala. Lantana plants blossoming in her front yard.&nbsp; All of these are wellsprings of creativity for Shay Spaniola, who transforms the sights of her travels into colorful patterns adorning an ever-growing collection of pillows, shower curtains, and zip pouches sold under the umbrella of <a href="http://www.bunglo.co/">bunglo</a>.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="MsCfVq0Fu3x" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="MsCfVq0Fu3x"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/MloYspk4s-1x.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: @ShaySpaniola" alt="Instagram Stories: Shay Spaniola for @TheBunglo" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="ewXovgzMaIE" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="ewXovgzMaIE"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/U2E8GNR5xP9x.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: @ShaySpaniola" alt="Instagram Stories: Shay Spaniola for @TheBunglo" /></div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p>The whole business started, fittingly, while Spaniola was visiting an ashram in Rishikesh, India. &ldquo;A taxi driver pointed out a 'bungalow' on a nearby river bank. I realized at that moment the word 'bungalow' has so many different meanings. In Brazil, a bungalow is a beach house; in Chicago it's a city dwelling; in India &mdash; a home by a river. The idea of bunglo is to bring inspiration from around the globe into one's home. I created my own version of 'bungalow' to reflect a more modern interpretation of the word." In just a few short years, Shay has become the globe-trotting darling of the design world. Read on to see how she pulls it off with style, making her&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/thebunglo/">Instagram</a> feed so irresistible. &nbsp;</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="cKuxkl-Rtyt" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="cKuxkl-Rtyt"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/8zEvpTIZtQCx.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: @ShaySpaniola" alt="Instagram Stories: Shay Spaniola for @TheBunglo" /></div> </div> </div> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <h3 class="article_heading oak"></h3> <h3 class="article_heading maple">LIGHTNESS OF BEING</h3> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Watercolor became the focus of bunglo because that&rsquo;s what I launched with, but up until two months before I was doing mostly oil paintings. We&rsquo;ve grown very quickly! Two years ago I was sewing every single product on my kitchen table.&rdquo; &nbsp;Her products can now be found in nearly 300 boutiques and department stores, including Bloomingdale&rsquo;s, Anthropologie and Neiman Marcus, and bunglo&rsquo;s rapidly expanding into new territory. &ldquo;On June 1, we are launching a line of leggings and wallpaper. Then we have a fine art collection debuting with Anthropologie in August.&rdquo; The art will consist of three of her photographs, with a more expanded collection including artwork available at bunglo.co. By fall, bunglo will also debut a new line of rugs and ceramics, and both will qualify as fair trade.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="dp0qKf3cgIy" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="dp0qKf3cgIy"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/QyZO-z3lvR_x.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: @ShaySpaniola" alt="Instagram Stories: Shay Spaniola for @TheBunglo" /></div> </div> </div> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <h3 class="article_heading maple"></h3> <h3 class="article_heading maple">SHELTERING SKY</h3> <p>&ldquo;We have someone that works for bunglo in India that manages the different factories we work with. He makes sure that the men and women work. They live in homes and come into work. In most factories people work and live in the same place. In our factory they offer things like yoga and meal plans and they work normal hours and have weekends off. It&rsquo;s really fair conditions. Before bunglo, I worked as a photographer documenting fair trade and conditions around the world. I originally started working for Students of the World then I started shooting videos for Clinton Global Initiative where I went to different countries around the world.&rdquo;</p> <p></p> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/ntEH-TAGaGF" data-style="width:575px;height:601px;float:right;" style="width: 575px; height: 601px; float: right;" data-widget-guid="ntEH-TAGaGF" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget"></div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">PORTRAIT OF A LADY</h3> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;There have been a lot of challenges,&rdquo; explains Shay. &ldquo;Now it&rsquo;s to the place where I&rsquo;m doing mostly what I want to do &mdash; which is designing. I have virtual assistants that help. I used to have a big team of ten employees. I had to let everyone go and now I have virtual assistants. I have someone doing marketing in Berkeley. I just hired someone to do graphic design in Chicago, and I have people processing orders in Dallas. It allows me to be traveling more because I&rsquo;m seeing more things&nbsp;for my designs.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p></p> <h3 class="article_heading maple"></h3> <div class="separator two"></div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">ON THE ROAD</h3> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;This summer, we are moving to Asheville, North Carolina. My fianc&eacute; and I really want to live somewhere we can live off the land and build a place that is sustainable. He used to work in the solar industry so he knows how to do these things. We&rsquo;re probably going to rent for a year and find some land and then build.&nbsp; I originally moved to Austin because there are&nbsp;a lot of creative people here. &nbsp;The older I get, the more I want to live in the mountains&nbsp;and a lot of really cool people are moving there and we want to surround ourselves with it. That&rsquo;s how I live my life, I go with the flow.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="xzEOxNfGQVw" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="xzEOxNfGQVw"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/OeD1xOqwvpGx.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: @ShaySpaniola" alt="Instagram Stories: Shay Spaniola for @TheBunglo" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="separator one"></div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget fc-unordered-list-widget w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="HqdpEN-5Tal" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/list_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="list_widget"><span class="maple">SHAY&rsquo;S MUST-FOLLOW INSTAGRAMMERS </span> <ul> <li><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/wvSpNrVZfd2m.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: Shay Spaniola for @TheBunglo" alt="Instagram Stories: Shay Spaniola for @TheBunglo" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@BEACHYOGAGIRL</h3> <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/beachyogagirl/?hl=en">&ldquo;She lives on an island in the Bahamas and followed her dream of becoming a yogi. She is strong mentally and physically and definitely inspiring to me.&rdquo;</a></p> </li> <li><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/FWHo_dzYuI-m.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: Shay Spaniola for @TheBunglo" alt="Instagram Stories: Shay Spaniola for @TheBunglo" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@KFOGARA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/kfogara/?hl=en">&ldquo;He&rsquo;s a 17-year-old blogger out of North Georgia and I swear he is the next Martha Stewart. His features styled up with bunglo product helps to promote us.&rdquo;</a></p> </li> <li><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/oYEC3-ZUBjgm.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: Shay Spaniola for @TheBunglo" alt="Instagram Stories: Shay Spaniola for @TheBunglo" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@TINYATLASQUARTERLY</h3> <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/tinyatlasquarterly/?hl=en">&ldquo;I love all their photos that focus specifically own travel. I get my inspiration from travel and nature so I like to follow them instead of people who are doing the same thing as me.&rdquo;</a></p> </li> <li><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Gi0Iqmi-Jlgm.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: Shay Spaniola for @TheBunglo" alt="Instagram Stories: Shay Spaniola for @TheBunglo" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@CRYSTALS_OF_AUSTRALIA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/crystals_of_australia/?hl=en">&ldquo;This is an awesome guy who lives in Australia and goes on treks to the rivers to find crystals and he shares his experiences with gemstones.&rdquo;</a></p> </li> </ul> </div> <p></p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:39:29 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Instagram+Tastemakers/articles/sLlOSNgKJpB/Instagram+Stories+Shay+Spaniola+TheBunglo sLlOSNgKJpB Furniture Designer St├ęphanie Marin's Eclectic Apartment in Nice <p><span class="dropcap"></span><span class="dropcap">I</span>n a peaceful haven by the sea in Nice, St&eacute;phanie Marin experiments with her designs and imagines her future projects. But when she leaves her creative haven, the French furniture designer keeps herself intensely busy. She was present in Milan for the last Salone del Mobile, appeared at Superstudio&rsquo;s Green Village, and was in Paris for the opening of the Carreau du Temple with her 'Nap Bar,' an installation composed of comfortable lounge chairs designed to encourage visitors to stop and take a nap.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="tsfZsZ-iEOu" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="tsfZsZ-iEOu"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/2XZKCWkyhrQx.jpg" title="Stephanie Marin" alt="A prototype of Marin's &ldquo;Dunes&rdquo; collection sits next to a vintage lamp on an ornate fireplace." /></div> <div class="below">A prototype of Marin's &ldquo;Dunes&rdquo; collection sits next to a vintage lamp on an ornate fireplace.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>Marin&rsquo;s schedule has been jam-packed since 2004, when she debuted <a href="http://www.smarin.net/en/">Smarin</a>&rsquo;s home line and began to produce a series of objects in ateliers in the hills of Nice. She personally monitors the production of her projects and uses only natural materials like wool, pigments, and local wood. Today, Smarin manufactures about fifteen collections in France that she exports to five continents. Her designs are made up of elements that are both structural and free, adapting themselves to modern life, with its small spaces and demands for multi-functional furniture. Her eclectic, vintage apartment in Nice is the ideal spot to test and experiment with prototypes under the critical eye of her four grown children, who are also creative. Often, the pieces adapt so well that they find their place and stay there.</p> <div class="widget left pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="QJnNQ_oNkCc" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text primary">The units are assembled, superimposed, and used independent of one another, so they can be freely arranged in an infinite number of natural landscapes.&rdquo;</p> <p class="author primary">&ndash;St&eacute;phanie Marin</p> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w45 gutter" data-widget-guid="kvzH-iJihn1" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="kvzH-iJihn1"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/HnBEAZ02spmx.jpg" title="Stephanie Marin" alt="'AccA' modular bookshelf-furniture, designed by Marco Ferreri for Smarin couple with an Acapulco chair. Coffee tables from the 'Livingsland, Archipel' series, made of layers of spruce. Above, 'Mobileshadows' replaces curtains and plays with light." /></div> <div class="below">'AccA' modular bookshelf-furniture, designed by Marco Ferreri for Smarin couple with an Acapulco chair. Coffee tables from the 'Livingsland, Archipel' series, made of layers of spruce. Above, 'Mobileshadows' replaces curtains and plays with light.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w45 gutter" data-widget-guid="9tMF1P7I5zf" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="9tMF1P7I5zf"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/yGeJGhUAffhx.jpg" title="Stephanie Marin" alt="The 'Dune' daybed, with seats of ergonomic form sit next to a green 2D Stool &amp; Table conceived by the designer Sebastian Bergne. The same piece is also hung on the wall above the daybed, while 'Livingstones' pebble cushions provide extra seating." /></div> <div class="below">The 'Dune' daybed, with seats of ergonomic form sit next to a green 2D Stool &amp; Table conceived by the designer Sebastian Bergne. The same piece is also hung on the wall above the daybed, while 'Livingstones' pebble cushions provide extra seating.</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak"></h3> <h3 class="article_heading oak"></h3> <h3 class="article_heading oak"></h3> <div class="separator two"></div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">Daily Experimentation</h3> <p>As soon as she arrived in her new home, St&eacute;phanie wanted to restore its soul. &ldquo;It was an immense and delicate task. I stripped down the walls, straightened and whitewashed them with light pigments. Quickly they took on life and color. The original frescos were restored and the typical local floor tiles were replaced one by one. These two elements only enhanced the atmosphere.&rdquo; Every day, in this peaceful universe, she is free to reflect, sketch, or touch up a model.</p> <p>Constantly looking for new ideas, Marin has recently called on a handful of new designers to enrich her line: Sebastian Bergne, Marco Ferreri, and Alfredo Haberli. &ldquo;They all lent themselves to this game of identity, brought different perspectives, all while staying in their creative sphere.&rdquo;</p> <p>She also likes to take unexpected and unexplored paths, which help her see the world in new ways and better respond to it. Like in the 'Mobileshadows' creation, where striking mobiles dominate a room, filtering light and shadow and acting like curtains. Or with 'Dunes,' an organically-shaped chaise, studied and designed according to different forms. St&eacute;phanie remarks, &ldquo;The units are assembled, superimposed, and used independent of one another, so they can be freely arranged in an infinite number of natural landscapes.&rdquo; Practical and aesthetically-pleasing, these designs aim to generate uses and attitudes that invite a freedom of body and spirit.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="JzC3qaArj0E" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="JzC3qaArj0E"><img src="http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/FlSKYYSmMgcx.jpg" title="Stephanie Marin" alt="In the antiques quarter of Nice, near the port, there are still many preserved historic buildings. Like the home of St&eacute;phanie Marin, which was built at the end of the 19th century and has changed little since.&nbsp; Seen on the left is a wrought-iron railing with detailing typical of the period, and a floor in Carrara marble and slate. In the center, the 'Play Yet!' modular storage unit in cork and oak provides shelving in the kitchen." /></div> <div class="below">In the antiques quarter of Nice, near the port, there are still many preserved historic buildings. Like the home of St&eacute;phanie Marin, which was built at the end of the 19th century and has changed little since.&nbsp; Seen on the left is a wrought-iron railing with detailing typical of the period, and a floor in Carrara marble and slate. In the center, the 'Play Yet!' modular storage unit in cork and oak provides shelving in the kitchen.</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">More Room to Play</h3> <p>Marin&rsquo;s atelier in the hills will soon become dedicated to production, while another place of reflection will soon emerge: a large studio and laboratory near the port of Nice.&nbsp;Here she can develop pieces such as her &lsquo;Play Yet!&rsquo; modular storage collection and her angular &lsquo;Ziggurat&rsquo; stools. "Parents and children will be able to build their dreams with the elements of 'Play Yet.' We will also have a program of artistic events that will serve as a laboratory for our creative collaborations," she says.</p> <p>In the same spirit, Marin organizes open studios, like the Playtime show at the Park Floral, in Paris. Smarin was also present on the banks of the Seine this September for the Campaign for Wool; at the Cit&eacute; des Sciences over the course of November; and at the Aubette 1928 museum in Strasbourg in collaboration with the artist C&eacute;leste Boursier-Mougenot, where she presented 'Les Angles,' new diamond-shaped pieces that offer an infinite number of compositions. Other projects in the works? A second line for the lighting manufacturer Blackbody, a creation between canvas and light, plus a small range of colors for the paint company Ressource. Like we said, she's a busy woman these days.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w90" data-widget-guid="RaV_TC5Qaxb" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="RaV_TC5Qaxb"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/hLa4xjhiA11x.jpg" title="Stephanie Marin" alt="The kitchen is home to an extendable dining table in oak. An eclectic mix of seating accompanies the table, including a vintage yellow chair and 'Ziggurat' stools by Smarin. Atop, a piece called 'Mangier, Eating Tree' by Smarin." /></div> <div class="below">The kitchen is home to an extendable dining table in oak. An eclectic mix of seating accompanies the table, including a vintage yellow chair and 'Ziggurat' stools by Smarin. Atop, a piece called 'Mangier, Eating Tree' by Smarin.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Ec8DCCm1r5T" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text primary">It was an immense and delicate task. I stripped down the walls, straightened and whitewashed them with light pigments. Quickly they took on life and color."</p> <p class="author primary">&ndash;St&eacute;phanie Marin</p> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="P6iJb0Vdxzj" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="P6iJb0Vdxzj"><img src="http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/7amaitZfCLhx.jpg" title="Stephanie Marin" alt="A pair of 2D Stool &amp; Tables conceived by the designer Sebastian Bergne, which can also be hung on the wall. In the center, a brightly colored wool and velvet bedspread sits near prototypes of Marin's 'Angles' cushion. On the right, the original ceiling frescos." /></div> <div class="below">A pair of 2D Stool &amp; Tables conceived by the designer Sebastian Bergne, which can also be hung on the wall. In the center, a brightly colored wool and velvet bedspread sits near prototypes of Marin's 'Angles' cushion. On the right, the original ceiling frescos.</div> </div> </div> <p><br /><em>[This story was originally written by Ellia Ascheri and appeared in <a href="http://www.muudmag.com/spa/pagina/508-Zapping-revistas-Decoracion-octubre-2014">Mudd Magazine</a>.]</em></p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:42:10 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/FLkazVqVgoo/Furniture+Designer+St+phanie+Marin+Eclectic FLkazVqVgoo Take a Peek at Taylor Swift's Home and Find Out Where She Keeps Her VMA Moonman <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="41angQpZTg5" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="41angQpZTg5"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/dd8NxR20ZZax.jpg" title="Taylor Swift Vogue 73 questions" alt="Take a Peek at Taylor Swift's Home and Find Out Where She Keeps Her VMA Moonman" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Vogue</div> </div> </div> <p>If you've ever wondered where Taylor Swift keeps her VMAs or how many coffeemakers she has (hint: more than you would probably think),&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vogue.com/13421986/taylor-swift-may-cover-maid-of-honor-dating-personal-style/">Vogue</a> has your answers. As part of her cover shoot with the mag, Swift also gave them a tour of her Los Angeles home as part of their &ldquo;73 Questions&rdquo; video series.</p> <p>The tour includes a look at the singer's wallpapered entryway, the room where she writes most of her songs, and her comfy-looking outdoor space. Other fun facts: Calvin Harris planted an olive tree for her as a Christmas gift and she likes decorating with cats as much as she likes posting videos of them on Instagram. Check out the whole video below:</p> <div class="widget html-widget w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="oJHxyG0-Bt9" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/html_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="html_widget"> <script async="" src="//player.cnevids.com/embedjs/5176e90368f9daff42000014/video/57151c5794c05f016a00000c.js"></script> <div style="margin: 10px 0; text-align: center;"><a href="https://thescene.com/watch/vogue/taylor-swift-beverly-hills-home-tour-73-questions" target="_blank" title="TheScene.com" style="color: #444; font-family: sans-serif; text-decoration: none;">Watch this on <span style="color: #0c48fe;">The Scene</span>.</a></div> </div> <p></p> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:27:59 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Celebrity+Home/articles/fIYofYTXgqs/Take+Peek+Taylor+Swift+Home+Find+Out+Keeps fIYofYTXgqs A Charming French Bistro in the Heart of Atlanta <p><span class="dropcap">I</span>f you live in New York City, you&rsquo;ve probably dined at Le Bilboquet. If not, you definitely know its fa&ccedil;ade distinguished by dark green awnings with its name marked in swanky cursive. The French eatery has been an Upper East Side staple since its opening in 1986, and has remained a hot spot even after a relocation in 2013.</p> <p>In the fall of 2014, the buzzy French caf&eacute; took its traditional bistro-vibe and to-die-for Croque Monsieur down south, with an outpost in Atlanta&rsquo;s buzzing Buckhead neighborhood. Nestled in the center of the upscale shopping mecca, the freestanding bistro looks more like a sidewalk caf&eacute; in Saint-Germain than a restaurant in the peach state. For the quintessentially-Parisian interior, Le Bilboquet&rsquo;s founder Philippe Delgrange tapped the designer of his original location, Carolina von Humboldt of CvH Interiors. &ldquo;Le Bilboquet is a casual French bistro with the same atmosphere that makes such a location unforgettable in Paris,&rdquo; noted the designer, a Paris native.</p> <div class="widget left pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="xEwQJo3j1Su" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text primary">In the French tradition, people-watching is part of the meal."</p> <p class="author primary">&ndash;Carolina von Humboldt</p> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>Such an atmosphere is created by keeping with the French tradition of making sophisticated interiors seem laid back, or laissez-faire, if you will. The sun-blasted space, courtesy of a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, features classic white-clothed tables accompanied by cozy blue velvet banquettes and coordinated wooden seating. Matching stools belly up to a traditional pewter bar set up in an inviting U-shape, with a steady arrangement of fresh flowers on view. The dual-toned terrazzo floor takes a cue from the restaurant&rsquo;s original location with a subtle change in color to better fit its cheerful locale. &ldquo;We needed a lively pavement to warm up the space,&rdquo; said von Humboldt. Contemporary fittings pleasantly offset the long-established aesthetic, specifically a display of modern artwork from both local and renowned artists. &ldquo;My goal and motivation is to create an atmosphere people want to revisit,&rdquo; explained von Humboldt, &ldquo;not only for the food, but to be surrounded&nbsp;in simple elegance&nbsp;and be pampered as such.&rdquo; Here are five ways the designer imparted tr&egrave;s chic style onto Le Bilboquet&rsquo;s sunny interiors.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="I1v40MDeyp6" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="I1v40MDeyp6"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/3OC7rslv5aYx.jpg" title="Le Bilboquet" alt="Traditional banquettes covered in rich blue velvet line the perimeter of the modern French bistro." /></div> <div class="below">Traditional banquettes covered in rich blue velvet line the perimeter of the modern French bistro.</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">Mix It Up</h3> <p>&ldquo;Without being extravagant, I think associating simple, clean lines with unpredictable colors and materials give a space a special touch,&rdquo; describes von Humboldt. The designer, who is not a fan of what&rsquo;s trending, noted, &ldquo;One should be able to pick up a few good pieces from every style and put them together in harmony.&rdquo;</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak">Believe in Elegance</h3> <p>Of the importance of being elegant von Humboldt spoke like a true Francophile, noting, &ldquo;it never fades, and is never too much or not enough.&rdquo; To keep this sense of formality and sophistication, the designer appointed the main dining room with rich textures, like velvet-upholstered seating, warm wooden tones, and a classic pewter bar top.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="2SW6pF_1v3q" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="2SW6pF_1v3q"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/7hC3e3KIrlwx.jpg" title="Le Bilboquet" alt="Von Humboldt&rsquo;s favorite piece of d&eacute;cor in the space is this sizeable mirror created with decorative painter Marianne Jacquemin. Perfect for people-watching&mdash;like the Parisians do." /></div> <div class="below">Von Humboldt&rsquo;s favorite piece of d&eacute;cor in the space is this sizeable mirror created with decorative painter Marianne Jacquemin. Perfect for people-watching&mdash;like the Parisians do.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="aa9OuQ3OVwh" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="aa9OuQ3OVwh"><img src="http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/oxQIKSTnIGEx.jpg" title="Le Bilboquet" alt="The sprawling sidewalk dining area features traditional table settings accompanied by rattan bistro chairs." /></div> <div class="below">The sprawling sidewalk dining area features traditional table settings accompanied by rattan bistro chairs.</div> </div> </div> <p></p> <h3 class="article_heading oak"></h3> <h3 class="article_heading oak"></h3> <div class="separator two"></div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">See and Be Seen</h3> <p>&ldquo;In the French tradition, people-watching is part of the meal,&rdquo; said von Humboldt. The designer worked with decorative painter Marianne Jacquemin to created a large-scale mirror on the restaurant&rsquo;s back wall to abet in just this. The statement piece is composed of Venetian plaster and gold leaf, and becomes an immediate centerpiece of the room&rsquo;s d&eacute;cor. &ldquo;The special atmosphere of French bistros is very much related to the interactions in the room,&rdquo; explained the designer, &ldquo;how people look and dress, who is there&mdash;and all this eye-wandering should be subtle.&rdquo; Hence, the mirror.</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak">Do a Little Digging</h3> <p>To add a bit of personalization to the airy interiors, von Humboldt did some searching. She picked vintage brass fixtures to softly illuminate the bistro, and enlisted the talents of an eclectic lineup of artists to spruce up the neutral walls, namely a stately interpretation of an American flag by painter, Peter Tunney, and photography by Christophe von Hohenberg. &ldquo;The world is full of pretty pieces waiting to be discovered, rediscovered, reinterpreted and combined,&rdquo; she said.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="X6Yy_ucVd8a" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="X6Yy_ucVd8a"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/aMk2-0R37YCx.jpg" title="Le Bilboquet" alt="American Flag by Peter Tunney hangs in the main dining room." /></div> <div class="below">American Flag by Peter Tunney hangs in the main dining room.</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">Get Back to the Basics</h3> <p>First and foremost, the designer wanted visitors to feel comfortable and cozy. To exact a successful design the essentials have to be perfect. For von Humboldt this is simply creating a space that is, &ldquo;well-seated with the right light.&rdquo; There was a lot of sunshine pouring into the restaurant, almost too much, so she employed crisp cream shading on the windows. The space has ample seating, which makes it feel welcoming and roomy. Our ideal oasis: spending days sipping ros&eacute; alfresco on one of the many rattan bistro chairs on Le Bilboquet&rsquo;s front patio.</p> <p></p> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:49:16 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Escapes/articles/ddm46ZG3gjj/Charming+French+Bistro+Heart+Atlanta ddm46ZG3gjj Add Some Color to Your Life With Sabrina Soto's Bright New Target Line <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="bM-l8Ob-RD0" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="bM-l8Ob-RD0"><img src="http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/hrMxWiNe3Zkl.jpg" title="Sabrina Soto for Target" alt="Sabrina Soto TK" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Photos by Kate Szatmari and Target</div> </div> </div> <p>Designer, author, and lifestyle blogger Sabrina Soto is a creative whirlwind who always has at least a few projects in the works.When she's not sharing delicious Cuban recipes on her blog <a href="http://www.casaandcompany.com/">Casa &amp; Company</a>, Soto is busy designing vibrant, playful bedding and bath necessities for her new <a href="http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=sabrina+soto&amp;category=0|All|matchallpartial|all+categories&amp;lnk=snav_sbox_sabrina+soto">Target line</a>, which now includes&nbsp;<a href="http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=sabrina+soto&amp;view=medium&amp;sort=relevance&amp;iec=0&amp;resultsPerPage=60&amp;category=4258&amp;s=y">baby decor</a> (did we mention she's also a new mom?). We recently chatted with Soto about her new line, her embrace of all things colorful and bright, and how being a mom has affected her aesthetic.</p> <p><strong>What was the inspiration for your new Target line?</strong></p> <p>My goal was to bring together fun and playful patterns and make them comfortable and soft!&nbsp;Not only did I want the pieces in my collection to scream chic, but I also wanted them to be perfect for everyday use and wear. Some of the pieces are even reversible.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="nbIstzw7cKM" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="nbIstzw7cKM"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/XZ8tDbD9mfvx.jpg" title="Sabrina Soto for Target" alt="Sabrina Soto TK" /></div> </div> </div> <p><strong>You&rsquo;re clearly not afraid of color. Have you always been drawn to a bright, vibrant aesthetic or is this something that has evolved?</strong></p> <p>I absolutely love color! I always try to pull inspiration from my Cuban roots. Color dresses any space; it sets the tone to create a beautiful and vibrant interior that is full of life and bright energy. It&rsquo;s also great for building character and charm&nbsp;in any neutral interior.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w30 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="r-fw69No0OV" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="r-fw69No0OV"><img src="http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/XT6s-W-poWBx.jpg" title="Sabrina Soto for Target" alt="Sabrina Soto TK" /></div> </div> </div> <p><strong>There&rsquo;s a lot of whimsy in this line &mdash; cheeky&nbsp;<a href="http://www.target.com/p/sabrina-soto-sophia-watermelon-throw-pillow-18-x9-pink/-/A-49168512#prodSlot=medium_1_1&amp;term=watermelon+pillow">watermelon</a> and <a href="http://www.target.com/p/sabrina-soto-charlie-shark-throw-pillow-16-x16-navy/-/A-49168542#prodSlot=medium_1_2&amp;term=shark+pillow">shark pillows</a>, for example. Why did you want to incorporate these playful elements into the collection?</strong></p> <p>Whenever I&rsquo;m designing a space, I look for balance. I&rsquo;ve decided to incorporate some fun and whimsy into my designs to create the balance between function and play. I like to design spaces that are always exciting and full of surprises.</p> <p><strong>You&rsquo;ve also launched a line of baby decor products with Target. What are your three favorite pieces from the new collection?</strong></p> <p>Only three? I can&rsquo;t! Honestly, I love every single piece in my baby d&eacute;cor collection. The patterns are simply adorable!</p> <p><strong>And you recently became a mom yourself! How do you think that will start to influence your design style?</strong></p> <p>Olivia has&nbsp;definitely&nbsp;already influenced my design style! I&rsquo;m more aware of the essentials a child needs, the colors they love and the shapes they smile at. I&rsquo;ve tried to incorporate all of these elements into my baby decor products.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="tmgphvXvA4Q" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="tmgphvXvA4Q"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/9G-Pk_Bi1aMx.jpg" title="Sabrina Soto for Target" alt="Sabrina Soto TK" /></div> </div> </div> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:03:32 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/The+Find/articles/7k-dupLskb1/Add+Color+Life+Sabrina+Soto+Bright+New+Target 7k-dupLskb1 Emily Henderson Partners With Chairish to Auction Off Her Own Personal Decor Treasures <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="KsyAklqIhUY" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="KsyAklqIhUY"><img src="http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/RRgpxW-ba0tl.jpg" title="Emily Henderson for Chairish" alt="Emily Henderson Partners With Chairish to Auction Off Her Own Personal Decor Treasures" /></div> <div class="below attribution">All photos by Tessa Neustadt</div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever had a burning desire to shop the home of your favorite designer, your chance has finally arrived. Chairish, the resale marketplace for chic vintage d&eacute;cor and furniture, has partnered with celebrated designer (and Lonny <a href="/Home+Tour/articles/xSOn9VLC6zW/Before+After+Emily+Henderson+Family+Friendly">favorite</a>) Emily Henderson to launch the first-ever&nbsp;<a href="https://www.chairish.com/collection/the-emily-henderson-auction">Chairish auction</a> of items from Henderson&rsquo;s own private collection. Stating today, you&rsquo;ll be able to score the designer&rsquo;s own hand-picked vintage paintings, textiles, rugs, d&eacute;cor, and furniture &mdash; all at a starting bid of just $1.</p> <p>&ldquo;I have been a fan of&nbsp;Chairish&nbsp;ever since the site first launched,&rdquo; Henderson tells Lonny of the exclusive collaboration. &ldquo;When I moved into my current home, it was the perfect outlet to part with some of my vintage treasures I had collected over the years. The selling process could not be any easier and I am continually impressed by the well-curated selection of furniture, accessories and textiles that they update daily. I&rsquo;m always inspired by what I find.&rdquo;</p> <p>The full auction opens on Tuesday, April 19 at 5:00am PT and ends on Thursday, April 21 at 7:00pm PT. You can peep some of the fabulous items up for auction below.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="k9uOFHh-A3r" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="k9uOFHh-A3r"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/ukEeeP3nXe2x.jpg" title="Emily Henderson for Chairish" alt="Emily Henderson Partners With Chairish to Auction Off Her Own Personal Decor Treasures" /></div> </div> </div> <p></p> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:56:04 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/The+Find/articles/9kUCQtqGF1Z/Emily+Henderson+Partners+Chairish+Auction 9kUCQtqGF1Z Before & After: A 100-Year-Old NYC Apartment Gets a Brand New Lease on Life <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="A561BMhuvFH" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="A561BMhuvFH"><img src="http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/2_X97nZUsW6l.jpg" title="Before &amp; After 100-Year-Old Apartment Remodel" alt="Before &amp; After: A 100-Year-Old NYC Apartment Gets a Brand New Lease on Life" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Before images courtesy of Lexi Tallisman; after images courtesy of Tawni Bannister.</div> </div> </div> <p><em>Excerpted from an&nbsp;article that ran on <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/pre-war-apartment-remodel-194715/">Zillow</a>.</em></p> <p>There&rsquo;s no denying the charm of 18th- and 19th-century architecture, especially in those East Coast cities where contemporary apartments come at a premium price point. Fixer-uppers can often be had for a steal, and there&rsquo;s something romantic about pouring time and money into a space to make it all your own.</p> <p>Yet updating an&nbsp;older&nbsp;home presents a unique design challenge: It can&rsquo;t be too trendy if you&rsquo;re planning to sell, but it shouldn&rsquo;t feel like a museum.</p> <p>So how can you strike the right balance? We turned to Lexi Tallisman, a New York City designer with Greyscale Interiors, to see how she transformed a dated pre-war apartment into a contemporary home that lets its lofty&nbsp;architecture shine.</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak">Living Room</h3> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding" data-widget-guid="rgbRdD2JT5M" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="rgbRdD2JT5M"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/z6cXqVVXylIx.jpg" title="Before &amp; After 100-Year-Old Apartment Remodel" alt="Before &amp; After: A 100-Year-Old NYC Apartment Gets a Brand New Lease on Life" /></div> </div> </div> <p>The loft-like apartment didn&rsquo;t feel dated because of&nbsp;its 1911 architecture, but&nbsp;thanks to&nbsp;the&nbsp;previous tenants&rsquo; additions. On either side of an exposed brick wall stood a shohi screen &mdash; perhaps to give the illusion of continuity, since the bedroom had the same feature.</p> <p>The space did indeed have a Japanese feel, but Tallisman says the screens felt like an afterthought, and ended up dominating the room. &ldquo;The frosty glass panels seemed very early &rsquo;90s, and didn&rsquo;t feel classic,&rdquo; she says, adding that they weren&rsquo;t refined enough to work in the space.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="f6XajsfjLdr" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="f6XajsfjLdr"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/eCKQhnn_XwDx.jpg" title="Before &amp; After 100-Year-Old Apartment Remodel" alt="Before &amp; After: A 100-Year-Old NYC Apartment Gets a Brand New Lease on Life" /></div> </div> </div> <p>Another problem was the exposed brick wall, which, combined with the screens, made the room feel too cluttered. &ldquo;Typically, brick walls are a no-no to cover up. However, the owner was adamant about making the apartment look modern,&rdquo; Tallisman says.</p> <p>After sheetrocking over the brick, Tallisman&nbsp;painted the rest of the space bright white. Suddenly the space felt more open &mdash; and hip. The shohi screen enclosing the bedroom found its edge, and&nbsp;the hardwood floors emerged from the shadows.</p> <p>Early on, Tallisman had decided to &ldquo;work with the wood that was there,&rdquo; she says of the honey-colored shohi screen and molding. &ldquo;If we had removed it, it would have had a totally different effect,&rdquo; she notes &mdash; not to mention&nbsp;taking away from the charm of the layout.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="yokJtxMdKIx" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="yokJtxMdKIx"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/PzxbBEUFSm1x.jpg" title="Before &amp; After 100-Year-Old Apartment Remodel" alt="Before &amp; After: A 100-Year-Old NYC Apartment Gets a Brand New Lease on Life" /></div> </div> </div> <p>To keep the focus on the architecture, Tallisman chose &ldquo;cleaner pieces of furniture&rdquo; to outfit the space. A pair of cozy vintage chairs were upholstered in emerald velvet &mdash; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not too mossy or a shocking green, and it just worked tonally with the wood,&rdquo; the designer&nbsp;says &mdash; while a low-profile sofa was chosen to play up the &ldquo;New York loft feel.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="9tjMCfLQqsu" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="9tjMCfLQqsu"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/OZ4GOVzrZp-x.jpg" title="Before &amp; After 100-Year-Old Apartment Remodel" alt="Before &amp; After: A 100-Year-Old NYC Apartment Gets a Brand New Lease on Life" /></div> </div> </div> <p>For visual interest, Tallisman found a sculptural coffee table with two cement block supports and a glass top. A goes-with-everything Beni Ourain rug &ldquo;warmed up the space.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tallisman kept the simple track lights that had previously been installed. &ldquo;We weren&rsquo;t trying to play with too many things hanging from the ceiling,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a high ceiling, which is enough of a statement.&rdquo;</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak">Bedroom</h3> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding" data-widget-guid="zzQUKznoQzW" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="zzQUKznoQzW"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/YEbzXzKUrI8x.jpg" title="Before &amp; After 100-Year-Old Apartment Remodel" alt="Before &amp; After: A 100-Year-Old NYC Apartment Gets a Brand New Lease on Life" /></div> </div> </div> <p>Enclosed by the Japanese screen and a low wall dividing the dining area, the bedroom felt like a forgotten corner. &ldquo;The bed looks thrown there, which it probably was,&rdquo; says Tallisman. &ldquo;It was literally a mattress on the floor shoved against the side wall.&rdquo; The Japanese-style shelves were another remnant from previous tenants, and encouraged more clutter.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="RID8L7rqGTh" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="RID8L7rqGTh"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/oYoRix4DEXBx.jpg" title="Before &amp; After 100-Year-Old Apartment Remodel" alt="Before &amp; After: A 100-Year-Old NYC Apartment Gets a Brand New Lease on Life" /></div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;Defining that space was key, and wrapping the wallpaper all around made it feel like a room,&rdquo; Tallisman says. Fornasetti wallpaper from Cole &amp; Son, in Britain, added Old World elegance and&nbsp;custom ultra-contemporary sconces provided a fresh contrast.</p> <p>&ldquo;Even though the paper&rsquo;s dramatic, it&rsquo;s not so harsh on the eye,&rdquo; says Tallisman. &ldquo;It perfectly blends in, and gives a good defining point to the space.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>To see more of the impressive revamp, including photos of the dining room and bathroom, head on over to <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/pre-war-apartment-remodel-194715/">Zillow</a>.</em></p> <p></p> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:35:28 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Decorating/articles/peOR8G2fk8p/Before+After+100+Year+Old+NYC+Apartment+Gets peOR8G2fk8p Pottery Barn Kids' New Summer Collection Is Perfect for Your Next Pool Party <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="wACrnRHaocO" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="wACrnRHaocO"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/QBp--oGDybqx.jpg" title="Fire and Cr&eacute;me Pottery Barn Kids Collection" alt="Pottery Barn Kids' New Summer Collection Is Perfect for Your Next Pool Party" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Pottery Barn Kids</div> </div> </div> <p>It may not feel like it now, but summer is just around the corner, which means it's time to get your pool party game face on. Between BBQs, birthday parties, and general hot weather fun, there are more than enough excuses to throw a festive family gathering this summer.</p> <p>To that end,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.potterybarnkids.com/shop/fire-and-creme-collection/">Pottery Barn Kids</a> has collaborated with Peggy North, founder of Venice, CA-based party planning company <a href="http://www.fireandcremekids.com/">Fire and Cr&egrave;me</a>, to create a collection of playful summer party decor. Peggy has helped plan whimsical events for stylish celebs like Rachel Zoe, Molly Sims, and Jennifer Meyer, so she knows a thing or two about creating the perfect party atmosphere. We chatted with North about her collaboration with Pottery Barn Kids and her tips for creating the family-friendly summer soirees to remember.</p> <p><strong>What are your must-haves for a fabulous summer party?</strong></p> <p>"The basics for a fabulous summer party are ice cream and lemonade! Displaying treats in a fun way like the Fire and Cr&egrave;me for Pottery Barn Kids Flamingo Cake Stand is also a nice touch. If you have a pool add a few <a href="http://www.fireandcremekids.com/collections/decorations/inflatables">inflatables</a>, they are so fun and playful - at the beach, a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fireandcremekids.com/pages/gone-surfing-party">surfing party</a> remains my favorite."</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="NfGx5Ngf1u7" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="NfGx5Ngf1u7"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/DzDQV92Vvn5x.jpg" title="Fire and Cr&eacute;me Pottery Barn Kids Collection" alt="Pottery Barn Kids' New Summer Collection Is Perfect for Your Next Pool Party" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Pottery Barn Kids</div> </div> </div> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the one thing every kids&rsquo; party needs?</strong></p> <p>"That&rsquo;s a tough question! I would say fun and creative activities. A party is about the experience. We always try to think of how we can keep the kids engaged and often, simple is more fun! They love to be involved in activities where they create things themselves."<br /><strong></strong></p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w30 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="VT5UfFyXch9" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="VT5UfFyXch9"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/DcNYwA7XhxBx.jpg" title="Fire and Cr&eacute;me Pottery Barn Kids Collection" alt="Pottery Barn Kids' New Summer Collection Is Perfect for Your Next Pool Party" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Pottery Barn Kids</div> </div> </div> <p><strong>And what&rsquo;s your advice for how hosts can also keep the adults happy at kids&rsquo; parties?</strong></p> <p>"Good food, good drinks and keep the kids busy! "<br /> <br /><strong>What are your three favorite items from your new Fire and Creme Pottery Barn Collection?</strong></p> <p>"We are in love with the Flamingo Cake Stand. The Best Day Ever Garland and the Chairbacker baskets are also great pieces."</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:55:44 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/The+Find/articles/1323YxBwnAt/Pottery+Barn+Kids+New+Summer+Collection+Perfect 1323YxBwnAt A Historic Hotel gets a Modern Refresh in the Heart of Florence <p><span class="dropcap">L</span>ike most of the jaw-dropping buildings on Florence&rsquo;s Piazza della Repubblica, Hotel Savoy was built over a century ago, 1893 to be exact. The 88-room property, a Rocco Forte hotel, once lauded for its now antiquated luxuries (think elevators, electric lights and central heating), has recently unveiled a welcome renovation to its fourteen luxury suites and lobby, as well as the addition of a new restaurant, in the form of Tuscan bistro, Irene. &ldquo;Upon entering the reimagined Hotel Savoy guests should have a feeling of complete serenity,&rdquo; says the hotel&rsquo;s design director, Olga Polizzi, who along with her brother Sir Rocco Forte, founded the esteemed hotel group.</p> <div class="widget left pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Sw4KFrKMr6f" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text primary">Guests should have a feeling of complete serenity.&rdquo;</p> <p class="author primary">&ndash;Olga Polizzi</p> </div> <p>Polizzi looked to the hotel&rsquo;s historic locale as her ever-present design muse, focusing on the simple elegance of the Renaissance city in her design. She notes that &ldquo;design must be pleasing to the eye, but not excessive&rdquo;&mdash;this refined aesthetic is achieved by mingling the architectural charms of the existing interior with contemporary furniture silhouettes and generous pops of jewel-toned color.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding" data-widget-guid="6rvBFo7ICD2" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="6rvBFo7ICD2"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/sq8Fwp-RJcCx.jpg" title="Hotel Savoy" alt="Breathtaking views of iconic Florentine landmarks are just beyond the windows of the historic hotel." /></div> <div class="below">Breathtaking views of iconic Florentine landmarks are just beyond the windows of the historic hotel.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator three"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100" data-widget-guid="06h6iCTNBOI" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="06h6iCTNBOI"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/JKC0OFz1CYGx.jpg" title="Hotel Savoy" alt="The new design of the lobby in the Hotel Savoy places contemporary furniture silhouettes alongside playful nods to Italian tradition." /></div> <div class="below">The new design of the lobby in the Hotel Savoy places contemporary furniture silhouettes alongside playful nods to Italian tradition.</div> </div> </div> <p>The hotel&rsquo;s lobby boasts an impressive, almost nostalgic lineup of Italian furniture design greats&mdash;the chairs are from B&amp;B Italia, the armchairs are Cassina designs, and the tables are San Patrignano. Subtle nods to Florentine tradition are seen throughout, from Luca Pignatelli&rsquo;s depictions of statues&rsquo; heads in the lobby, to the playful compositions of Ferragamo&rsquo;s shoes framed on the walls of main corridors and guest suites. &ldquo;The hotel must capture the essence of its location in all of its spaces,&rdquo; explains Polizzi, a standard she imbues in all of Rocco Forte&rsquo;s ten landmark properties. In Hotel Savoy, she worked with Florentine craftsmen to create the hotel&rsquo;s more traditional carved pieces, namely a meticulously-crafted trunk in the lobby that was created using an age-old heirloom carving technique.</p> <p></p> <div data-widget-guid="t8j1Ia-LnkO" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget" style="width: 900px; height: 602px; float: none;" data-style="width:900px;height:602px;float:none;" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/t8j1Ia-LnkO" class="dynamic-widget"></div> <p>The guest suites carry on this romantic ode to Tuscan history, featuring sweeping views of the Duomo that practically beg on-foot exploration. Polizzi&rsquo;s main focus for the rooms was comfort, curating a colorful medley of cozy upholstered pieces swathed in authentic Italian fabrics by C&amp;C Milano. The snug seating arrangements nestle more modern table frames, most of which are modernariato italiano, with the exception of a Cicognino side table by Cassina. Subdued walls and light parquet floors are punctuated by colorful accent pieces. The hotel&rsquo;s most literal iteration of Florentine design is found in the bathroom of the Repubblica Suite, adorned with bold mosaics composed of Carrara marble sourced from local quarries.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100" data-widget-guid="zdz5r3gKjgn" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="zdz5r3gKjgn"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/uQqNU236CY8x.jpg" title="Hotel Savoy" alt="&ldquo;We kept to light colors on the walls to reflect the comfort and brightness of Florence,&rdquo; shares Hotel Savoy&rsquo;s designer Olga Polizzi. The Signoria Suite, located on the first floor of the property, is brought to life by a colorful m&eacute;lange of bold patterns and playful motifs.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">&ldquo;We kept to light colors on the walls to reflect the comfort and brightness of Florence,&rdquo; shares Hotel Savoy&rsquo;s designer Olga Polizzi. The Signoria Suite, located on the first floor of the property, is brought to life by a colorful m&eacute;lange of bold patterns and playful motifs.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;At Hotel Savoy&nbsp;the combination of simple elegance and extravagance harks back to the tradition of Tuscany,&rdquo; states Polizzi. &ldquo;The history of the hotel&rsquo;s romantic location was vital to our redesign.&rdquo;</p> <div class="separator one"></div> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:52:48 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Escapes/articles/Nannp3vawbU/Historic+Hotel+gets+Modern+Refresh+Heart+Florence Nannp3vawbU