Lonny http://www.lonny.com en-us Copyright 2016 Livingly Inc. support@livingly.com (The Livingly Team) 10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom <p><span class="dropcap">I</span>t's no secret: kitchens and bathrooms can make or break a house. That saying rings true for both people trying to sell a residence&nbsp;for top dollar or those simply trying to increase the enjoyment of their own home. Such was the case for a young couple expecting their first child on New York City's Upper West Side. They enlisted interior designer <a href="http://www.nataliekraiem.com/">Natalie Kraiem</a>&nbsp;to overhaul their 2,000-square-foot apartment, paying special attention to improving the layout and utility of their kitchen and bathrooms. "The client wanted practicality, comfort, and low maintenance as they were planning to use it for their growing family," says Kraiem. She gave them just that with an enlarged kitchen area, complete with plenty of streamlined storage and two eating spaces. "We tried to work with natural textures and materials to make the space feel warm and casual," she says.</p> <p>The emphasis on practicality and comfort continues in the two bathrooms, which Kraiem transformed into serene spaces filled with luxe details."The expectant family asked for a contemporary bathroom with some traditional elements for their guests and their young kids to relax," Kraiem says. The pi&egrave;ce de r&eacute;sistance: a&nbsp;waterproof television installed into the wall. In the master bathroom, they chose an ebony vanity to add warmth to the gray carrara marble.&nbsp;The result is a sophisticated space that is both functional and beautiful. Who wouldn't want that?</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="VuXxcS4eEPR" 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="VuXxcS4eEPR"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/EBVXf-b3Egtx.jpg" title="10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom | Lonny.com" alt="10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="YlK3DQdBKnd" 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="YlK3DQdBKnd"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/_RU06ERixJqx.jpg" title="10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom | Lonny.com" alt="10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom" /></div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><strong>1. Consider texture.</strong> Contemporary spaces can quickly read cold without an infusion of organic materials. In this kitchen, Kraiem layered in a live-edge wood table and rattan chargers to add warmth and visual interest, plus an approachable, earth-toned hue that gives the eye a place to rest and breaks up the room's many white surfaces. Hardwood floors complete the look and act as a grounding force in the airy space.</p> <p><strong>2. Get creative with the floor plan.</strong>&nbsp;When faced with an unusual nook or alcove, consider all of the design possibilities. Kraiem did just that when she created a small breakfast nook for more casual gatherings adjacent to the dining table, which was installed in an asymmetrical corner of the room. Open shelving gives the spot an establishing element.</p> <p><strong>3. Give your kitchen a heads up.</strong> Extend cabinetry to the ceiling to create a seamless space that draws the eye upward, giving the appearance of additional height. Here, a simple Shaker style also helps lengthen the room. Continue the look&nbsp;with your tile work, preferably in the same color as your cabinetry&nbsp;to lend a feeling of cohesion.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding" data-widget-guid="3y2hcGlkk3A" 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="3y2hcGlkk3A"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/enP1aDdhSdvx.jpg" title="10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom | Lonny.com" alt="10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding" data-widget-guid="EnIOGGnX209" 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="EnIOGGnX209"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/ZZ5NtwMQgDLx.jpg" title="10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom | Lonny.com" alt="10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom" /></div> </div> </div> <p><strong>4. Tweak traditional open-shelving.</strong>&nbsp;Everyone loves the look of open shelving, but few enjoy washing or clearing their tableware of dust before each use. Combat that problem by opting for see-through&nbsp;glass cabinetry doors instead of traditional open shelving. They give you the coveted style without the hassle.</p> <p><strong>5. Embrace a white bathroom.</strong>&nbsp;Stick to a neutral color palette to establish a feeling of expansiveness in a small-space bathroom. Kraiem chose classic subway tile and bianco carrara marble to create a serene atmosphere in this guest bathroom, adding chrome fittings for a touch of luxury.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="9gBdtMDebwd" 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="9gBdtMDebwd"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/MdVp9Da-v5Ax.jpg" title="10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom | Lonny.com" alt="10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom" /></div> </div> </div> <p><strong>6. Add nooks and crannies.</strong>&nbsp;Give your bathroom a more streamlined look by incorporating small alcoves that keep everyday toiletries out of view but close at hand. Kraiem built&nbsp;a discreet shelf for soap and shampoo to keep the crisp lines of the tub's ledge free from clutter.</p> <p><strong>7. Give pattern a chance.</strong>&nbsp;Infuse personality into a monochromatic space with a subtle pattern on the floor. In the apartment's guest bathroom, Kraiem installed&nbsp;a repeating hex tile that adds dimension to the marble bathtub ledge; herringbone tiles in the master bathroom help open up the space while defining the wood vanity area.</p> <p><strong>8. Vary your lighting sources.&nbsp;</strong>Blend&nbsp;coordinated lighting for a warm glow that's flattering but also practical for everyday use.&nbsp;Overhead bulbs&nbsp;help illuminate the space as a whole, while sconces provide additional accent lighting for vanity areas, which is great while you're&nbsp;applying makeup during the day.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding" data-widget-guid="8j7ysrxnW-9" 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="8j7ysrxnW-9"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/VN8ItJEDgC_x.jpg" title="10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom | Lonny.com" alt="10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding" data-widget-guid="Z-uA0AIo2W9" 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="Z-uA0AIo2W9"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/5jsReBT68c2x.jpg" title="10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom | Lonny.com" alt="10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bathroom" /></div> </div> </div> <p><strong>9. Get things off the floor.</strong>&nbsp;Opt for a floating vanity instead of a traditional pedestal. Not only will you add much needed storage, you'll also free up floor space and open up the room without contributing bulk.</p> <p><strong>10. Give your bathroom a shelf life.</strong> Freestanding showers are one of the best features of a modern bathroom, but the lack of shelf space can leave something to be desired. Increase your stall's surface area with a ledge or shelf that will allow you to rest toiletries or bath toys for the kids.&nbsp;It's a bit of practicality that also looks sleek and stylish.</p> <div class="separator one"></div> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:13:24 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/Decorating/articles/y1Do93WuSbT/10+Tips+Upgrading+Kitchen+Bathroom y1Do93WuSbT An Elegantly Moody Bachelor Pad <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="sf4JpHsP-6r" 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="sf4JpHsP-6r"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/86d7ZAdx0zbx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Adam Straus | Lonny.com" alt='A cowhide rug adds an unexpectedly luxurious texure underfoot. "My space evolved by curating a collection of rare, vintage interior pieces that communicate a rich, masculine mood," says Straus.&nbsp;' /></div> <div class="below">A cowhide rug adds an unexpectedly luxurious texure underfoot. "My space evolved by curating a collection of rare, vintage interior pieces that communicate a rich, masculine mood," says Straus.&nbsp; <div class="below attribution">Photography by Patrick Cline. Original text by Shawn Gauthier.</div> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="dropcap">A</span>s a teenager, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/adambramstraus/" target="_blank">Adam Straus</a>&nbsp;commissioned built-in cabinetry for his bedroom. And when he wasn't pleased with his contractor's plans, he redrew them himself. "I remember saying, 'No, I'd like more symmetry,'" he says. "The contractor said he'd never worked with anyone so detail-oriented...And I don't think he meant it as a compliment!"</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w30 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="rrAMfqHrMtt" 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="rrAMfqHrMtt"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/EhtncXk9v3Kx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Adam Straus | Lonny.com" alt="Designer Adam Straus outside his apartment building in the Hollywood Hills.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">Designer Adam Straus outside his apartment building in the Hollywood Hills.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w30 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="_y0mEd1Kwir" 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="_y0mEd1Kwir"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/6cWD6OB9OCTx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Adam Straus | Lonny.com" alt="A life-size oil painting juxtaposes a contemporary sofa and a vintage cocktail table. &nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">A life-size oil painting juxtaposes a contemporary sofa and a vintage cocktail table. &nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>It comes as no surprise, then, that Straus eventually landed in design. Currently principal and founder of Adam Bram Straus Design, he began his career in 2003 as an office assistant at Los Angeles-based Kenneth Brown Design. "I was eager to learn," he says, "hungry to participate, patient, and humble. I was with them for eight years, and I couldn't be more grateful."</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="iZdqc1iPmiK" 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="iZdqc1iPmiK"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/jkwgStdPmgyx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Adam Straus | Lonny.com" alt='Clockwise from top left: This wooden dragon stool is an example of Straus&squot; collection of opulent travel finds; a mid-century chair from Fuller + Roberts Co. brings organic appeal to the living room; Straus added humorous touches by taking items out of context and placing them in unexpected pairings; the custom-made mirror in the entryway gives the illusion of another room and "makes the entire space feel more alive," says Straus.&nbsp;' /></div> <div class="below">Clockwise from top left: This wooden dragon stool is an example of Straus' collection of opulent travel finds; a mid-century chair from Fuller + Roberts Co. brings organic appeal to the living room; Straus added humorous touches by taking items out of context and placing them in unexpected pairings; the custom-made mirror in the entryway gives the illusion of another room and "makes the entire space feel more alive," says Straus.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="F4x3UBWjBwp" 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="F4x3UBWjBwp"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/JhQDDK3xcY4x.jpg" title="Home Tour: Adam Straus | Lonny.com" alt="An Elegantly Moody Bachelor Pad" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w30 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="uICbF4N82v6" 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="uICbF4N82v6"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/I3w0eTyCpSdx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Adam Straus | Lonny.com" alt="This minimal table lamp, one of a pair, was found at a local flea market and was created from a vintage wallpaper roller." /></div> <div class="below">This minimal table lamp, one of a pair, was found at a local flea market and was created from a vintage wallpaper roller.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w30 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="OISJMvygiYS" 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="OISJMvygiYS"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/moDY-g-RBaWx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Adam Straus | Lonny.com" alt="To acheive a masculine, streamlined look, Straus ebonized his hardwood floors and painted three of his living room walls a deep charcoal. Stairs lined in hand-painted Spanish tiles lead to the master bedroom.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">To acheive a masculine, streamlined look, Straus ebonized his hardwood floors and painted three of his living room walls a deep charcoal. Stairs lined in hand-painted Spanish tiles lead to the master bedroom.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget fc-unordered-list-widget w60 pixel-bars mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="lPoaKN7w3XD" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/list_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="list_widget"><span class="maple">Adam's Advice for Effortless Ambiance</span> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">Introduce items with a</h3> <p>sense of whimsy and history, such as sculptural busts.&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">Use rich, dark wall colors</h3> <p>such as deep browns, charcoals, and blacks.&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">Integrate artwork with</h3> <p>dramatic content, tones, and colors.&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">Layer lighting by mixing</h3> <p>ceiling lights and chandeliers, table and floor lamps, sconces and picture lights, and candles.</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">Choose directional fabrics</h3> <p>such as velvets and mohairs in deep colors.</p> </li> </ul> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="qOUJi_M6y7a" 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="qOUJi_M6y7a"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/u_cTqJlC90ix.jpg" title="Home Tour: Adam Straus | Lonny.com" alt='Light-colored walls and sisal carpeting lend the bedroom a relaxed, fresh feeling. An antique fresco is propped against the wall. "Leaning art against a wall creates a less formal, gallery-like vibe," says Straus.&nbsp;' /></div> <div class="below">Light-colored walls and sisal carpeting lend the bedroom a relaxed, fresh feeling. An antique fresco is propped against the wall. "Leaning art against a wall creates a less formal, gallery-like vibe," says Straus.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>During that time, Straus moved from office assistant to director of the firm while cultivating his aesthetic: mood-evoking interiors that pair classic lines with eye-catching subtlety. When he spotted an apartment in a historical building in the Hollywood Hills, Straus knew it would make the perfect backdrop for his style. "I saw the potential to juxtapose traditional Spanish architecture with the modern elements of my design sensibility," he says. So, he signed on the dotted line and made the move."</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="o1hRGd944-X" 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="o1hRGd944-X"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/BHtK2VcyTeFx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Adam Straus | Lonny.com" alt='Clockwise from top left: In place of a bedside table, Straus used a pair of glazed ceramic garden stools; "A bedroom with a sitting area feels warmer and more inviting," says Straus. "It feels like a hotel suite."; vintage books continue the thoughtful feel created by Straus&squot; curated collections; always reimagining and reinterpreting, Straus suspended an antique charcoal portrait from a birdcage stand.' /></div> <div class="below">Clockwise from top left: In place of a bedside table, Straus used a pair of glazed ceramic garden stools; "A bedroom with a sitting area feels warmer and more inviting," says Straus. "It feels like a hotel suite."; vintage books continue the thoughtful feel created by Straus' curated collections; always reimagining and reinterpreting, Straus suspended an antique charcoal portrait from a birdcage stand.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget fc-unordered-list-widget w60 pixel-bars mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="_NlvsJnWqmf" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/list_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="list_widget"><span class="maple">Adam's Tips For Creating Compelling Combinations </span> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">ONE</h3> <p>Don't be afraid to mix modern and mid-century pieces with traditional furnishings.&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">TWO</h3> <p>Stick to a palette; color can unify an interior with a range of styles.</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">THREE</h3> <p>Coordinating fabric tones and wood and metal finishes create a cohesive look.</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">FOUR</h3> <p>Vignettes offer terrific opportunities for combining various styles.</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">FIVE</h3> <p>Less is more. An edited, uncluttered space will feel composed and focused.&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> </div> <p>As Straus mixed deep charcoal walls and high-gloss finishes with original architectural detailing, his vision of high contrast emerged. The pairing of mid-century pieces with vintage artwork and contemporary accessories resulted in a regal, collected vibe. It's a space that speaks to the talent of the designer: though he's only lived there three years, his keen eye for an evolved environment makes it appear that he's been there a lifetime.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w30 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="66dFGRKrXwf" 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="66dFGRKrXwf"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/BENTKU3nkiUx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Adam Straus | Lonny.com" alt="A black lacquer bench, an antique mirror, and a steel screen round out Straus' reading area.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">A black lacquer bench, an antique mirror, and a steel screen round out Straus' reading area.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w30 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="8RQF3xo82lV" 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="8RQF3xo82lV"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Qfu0SuYSCTvx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Adam Straus | Lonny.com" alt='The French chandelier adds a delicate touch to Straus&squot; office. "I like to strike a mix between worldly and modern furnishings," says Straus.' /></div> <div class="below">The French chandelier adds a delicate touch to Straus' office. "I like to strike a mix between worldly and modern furnishings," says Straus.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="separator one"></div> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:30:29 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/Crf8g547KFf/Elegantly+Moody+Bachelor+Pad Crf8g547KFf 10 Tips: A Cool and Colorful Rental on the Upper East Side <p><span class="dropcap">A</span>&nbsp;make-shift art gallery that's toddler friendly. A downtown apartment on the Upper East Side. A rental that feels like a family home. Designer <a href="http://www.dianamui.com/">Diana Mui</a>&nbsp;was faced with the tallest of decorating orders for the new city residence of an avid art collector, Jessica Cohen, and her two young children. Luckily, it wasn't something&nbsp;she hadn't tackled before. In fact, she'd taken on this exact task&nbsp;with great success alarmingly recently and&nbsp;for the very same person.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="hRZrIUNA8L7" 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="hRZrIUNA8L7"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/93hN61-dD0Rx.jpg" title="TK" alt="10 Tips: A Cool and Colorful Rental on the Upper East Side" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="0EGbsy44h5n" 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="0EGbsy44h5n"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/XBrjBCXoT17x.jpg" title="D.M.Teriors | LONNY.COM" alt="A metallic-speckled cowhide sets a glamorous tone for the home office/sitting area, which also features a series of gem stone prints.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">A metallic-speckled cowhide sets a glamorous tone for the home office/sitting area, which also features a series of gem stone prints.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="_miv3nY0tyR" 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="_miv3nY0tyR"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/w7TYQ4f3D1hx.jpg" title="D.M.Teriors | LONNY.COM" alt="Throughout the home, fine art and sculpture is strategically&nbsp;displayed just&nbsp;out of reach of little hands." /></div> <div class="below">Throughout the home, fine art and sculpture is strategically&nbsp;displayed just&nbsp;out of reach of little hands.</div> </div> </div> <p>It had been just&nbsp;a year since Mui&nbsp;had put the finishing&nbsp;touches&nbsp;on&nbsp;the family's former home, when they&nbsp;learned their rental would soon be going co-op. The switch in real estate status forced&nbsp;Cohen to abandon the beautifully appointed apartment&nbsp;for a blank canvas, and set&nbsp;another&nbsp;challenge for her&nbsp;intrepid designer: making a bunch of gorgeous&nbsp;furniture&nbsp;tailor made&nbsp;for a completely different space&nbsp;seem right at home in a new one.&nbsp;Mui brushed off the deepening&nbsp;sense of d&eacute;j&agrave; vu, and set about tweaking&nbsp;floor plans (with not a rented wall moved), repurposing existing furnishings, and even DIYing&nbsp;run-of-the-mill&nbsp;walls.&nbsp;"We had a good starting point," she says. "We just had to make it all work." Read on&nbsp;for her ten tips on melding grown-up luxe with cool-kid style, and overcoming every design-loving renter's&nbsp;woes in the process.&nbsp;</p> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/D8INRjYe5Bx" data-style="width:1000px;height:668px;float:none;" style="width: 1000px; height: 668px; float: none;" data-widget-guid="D8INRjYe5Bx" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="GMs-m-N1hqj" 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="GMs-m-N1hqj"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/0pj4MlHVJ3wx.jpg" title="TK" alt="10 Tips: A Cool and Colorful Rental on the Upper East Side" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="DCpqS5s6yUE" 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="DCpqS5s6yUE"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/CLFEbOR8Jg6x.jpg" title="D.M.Teriors | LONNY.COM" alt="A graphic blue canvas is paired with a&nbsp;ceiling pendant by Young House Love in the entry." /></div> <div class="below">A graphic blue canvas is paired with a&nbsp;ceiling pendant by Young House Love in the entry.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="iWLb4WdV_J8" 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="iWLb4WdV_J8"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/KAWSJxNbDCYx.jpg" title="D.M.Teriors | LONNY.COM" alt="In two-year-old&nbsp;Noah's room, a&nbsp;knit animal trophy by Anne-Claire Petit accents gray, awning-striped walls&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">In two-year-old&nbsp;Noah's room, a&nbsp;knit animal trophy by Anne-Claire Petit accents gray, awning-striped walls&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p><strong>1. Don&rsquo;t Be Defined by Your Floorpan.&nbsp;</strong>Since&nbsp;Mui had decorated the homeowner&rsquo;s previous&nbsp;apartment just a year prior, she had to get creative incorporating her just-purchased furniture intended for a very different layout. "The living and dining areas are arranged in an L-shape,&rdquo;&nbsp;she says, and the existing pieces just wouldn't work with the implied placement.&nbsp;&ldquo;We decided to divide the area into three, rather than the two it was intended to be by turning part of the living room into a sitting area/office."</p> <p><strong>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;Use Three Dimensional Art to Set Off a Space.&nbsp;</strong>Because Mui wasn&rsquo;t able to add any room-defining architectural elements, she cleverly used accessories&nbsp;to establish distinct living zones. In the office, two large floors lamps frame the desk, which is surmounted by an oversize pendant light. A trio of eye-catching spiky sculptures on a column help to visually interrupt the long space without adding walls.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="EcqoVKk1Tb3" 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="EcqoVKk1Tb3"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/GHJ4pZOD-cux.jpg" title="D.M.Teriors | LONNY.COM" alt="A bright NuLoom rug anchors the nursery, which features lighting and accessories that balance playfulness and sophistication.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">A bright NuLoom rug anchors the nursery, which features lighting and accessories that balance playfulness and sophistication.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p><strong>3.&nbsp;Give a Beloved Piece New Purpose.</strong> In&nbsp;lieu of a traditional desk, Mui used a glossy, burgundy console table Cohen had&nbsp;inherited from her mom in the office area. "A collage of gem prints in the background and the stunning metallic-speckled cowhide ties the whole area together,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p><strong>4.&nbsp;Make an Entrance.</strong>&nbsp;Even in a small city apartment, try carving out a distinctive entry. Mui sets the tone for Cohen's artful-ladylike vibe from the moment visitors&nbsp;set foot in the apartment with a graphic, sky-blue canvas and an eye-catching industrial light fixture.</p> <p><strong>5.&nbsp;Splurge on Take Away.&nbsp;</strong>Rental agreements aside, spending on the permanent elements of a place you don&rsquo;t plan to stay in long term simply doesn&rsquo;t make sense. "Invest in your furniture and 'take away' pieces such as art, books, and accessories,&rdquo; suggests Mui. "Then add that custom touch by focusing on the walls.&nbsp;Create stripes by alternating flat and high gloss paint, draw on the walls with sharpies and paint pens, or use temporary wallpaper.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="MWS9gcKJ7kk" 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="MWS9gcKJ7kk"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/-WLVn5bDnvMx.jpg" title="D.M.Teriors | LONNY.COM" alt="Daughter Layla's favorite shade of purple pervades her light and bright bedroom. The spotted walls were created with adhesive wallpaper, hand painted and cut into circles." /></div> <div class="below">Daughter Layla's favorite shade of purple pervades her light and bright bedroom. The spotted walls were created with adhesive wallpaper, hand painted and cut into circles.</div> </div> </div> <p><strong>6. Think of Every&nbsp;Room Like an Outfit.</strong> "I believe in the perfect white tee shirt accessorized with pearls and heels," says Mui. "I love mixing high and low [in a home], sort of like a great outfit." In the living room, an original work by light artist Chris Wood shares space with starburst sculptures found at&nbsp;Target.&nbsp;Madeline Weinrib pillows sit beside some&nbsp;found at&nbsp;West Elm and on Etsy.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7. Don&rsquo;t Give Up the Glam.</strong> Choosing workhorse staples&mdash;like a cozy, neutral sectional sofa&mdash;wisely, and going bold for pieces that face less wear and tear, allowed Mui to make kid-friendly spaces feel sophisticated. "You can live here and jump around, and yet sit and have tea with tiered trays of finger sandwiches,&rdquo; she says of the living room.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="WrAlH5OhbDg" 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="WrAlH5OhbDg"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Z4eqXthaX3zx.jpg" title="D.M.Teriors | LONNY.COM" alt="Oil stick scribbles created by Mui are a tongue-in-cheek&nbsp;wallpaper alternative for the playroom" /></div> <div class="below">Oil stick scribbles created by Mui are a tongue-in-cheek&nbsp;wallpaper alternative for the playroom</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Uf48NqKEPfl" 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="Uf48NqKEPfl"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/LOfHKp-dqIsx.jpg" title="D.M.Teriors | LONNY.COM" alt="A full wall coated in chalkboard paint encourages creativity on a large&nbsp;scale.&nbsp;&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">A full wall coated in chalkboard paint encourages creativity on a large&nbsp;scale.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p><strong>8. Go Paperless.</strong>"In the playroom we had a difficult time finding adhesive wallpaper that really captured our hearts,&rdquo; explains the designer. "So as a solution to the handicap of a rental, I hand-scribbled designs on the walls to create movement.&rdquo; To get the look, Mui, whose background is in art, recommends using oil sticks over crayons for a sophisticated metallic sheen.</p> <p><strong>9.&nbsp;Do Princess Redux.</strong> There&rsquo;s no need to plaster a&nbsp;playroom with Elsa and Anna to satisfy your&nbsp;aspiring royal. According to Mui, &ldquo;if your child loves princesses you can add those elements without the themed posters, sheets, comforters and lamps. Instead, pull the idea apart. A princess has gems, jewels, ruffles, lace. Perhaps purple is her favorite color.&rdquo; Combining those elements with more subdued pieces leaves room to grow.</p> <p><strong>10.&nbsp;Get Crafty with Wall Treatments.</strong>&nbsp;"Three-year-old Layla&rsquo;s room packs an impactful punch, much like her presence,&rdquo; says Mui. When the designer couldn&rsquo;t find polka dot decals&nbsp;that matched the toddler&rsquo;s very specific favorite color of purple, she DIYed the perfect solution. "We hand cut and painted circles of&nbsp;adhesive wallpaper for the custom walls.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s a rental-friendly project even the craft-averse can handle.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="53kCufiEt8_" 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="53kCufiEt8_"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/nUMooJs6mnIx.jpg" title="D.M.Teriors | LONNY.COM" alt="A teal, zebra print rug anchors the dark floors of the play space, which also features cage wall sconces from CB2 and a furry bean bag.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">A teal, zebra print rug anchors the dark floors of the play space, which also features cage wall sconces from CB2 and a furry bean bag.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"> <div class="separator one"></div> </div> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:16:56 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/M6jHsVLeI1P/10+Tips+Cool+Colorful+Rental+Upper+East+Side M6jHsVLeI1P Instagram Stories: @Mr_Jason_Grant <p><span class="dropcap">I</span>f you speak to <a href="http://www.mrjasongrant.com/">Jason Grant</a>&nbsp;about something besides his massive styling career, like, perhaps, <em>Star Wars,</em> it will come as no surprise that he feels a calling&nbsp;to follow up his first two impressive design books&mdash;turned out in as many years&mdash;with a third blockbuster to complete the trilogy. "I&rsquo;m a super fan of the originals.&nbsp;I love the nostalgia [of it]," he says, speaking of&nbsp;the occasional cameo&nbsp;by&nbsp;a miniature droid&nbsp;or stormtrooper&nbsp;amid the hip&nbsp;interiors and stunning&nbsp;seascapes&nbsp;on his wildly popular <a href="https://www.instagram.com/mr_jason_grant/">Instagram feed</a>. The Australian design, ahem, force, has even bigger plans on the horizon than triggering your wanderlust and your sentimentality, however. Next month he'll debut, <a href="http://www.mjgstore.com/">MJG by Mr. Jason Grant</a>, his first ever line of home&nbsp;goods.&nbsp;While you wait to shop his style, why not ponder&nbsp;some #flatlay tips, bucket list trips,&nbsp;and maybe a little movie night inspiration from&nbsp;his must-follow feed?</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="ork-rZ8g47Z" 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="ork-rZ8g47Z"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/bQgNVwVSar-x.jpg" title="TK" alt="Instagram Stories: @Mr_Jason_Grant" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="dRes9QZWNd4" 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="dRes9QZWNd4"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/uOhfb4DdMI4x.jpg" title="TK" alt="Instagram Stories: @Mr_Jason_Grant" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">The origin story</h3> <p>When I was growing up the job of a stylist wasn&rsquo;t really something I knew about, but I was always creative [so I began] working for a homewares company and met these fantastic creatures called stylists (They&rsquo;re really just like Jedis). I handled product loans for them, and realized then that I had to become one. So I first started assisting and then went out on my own and haven&rsquo;t looked back. Now, I have been styling for magazines and brands for over ten years. It&rsquo;s my passion.&nbsp;I worked hard to make this happen, and it&rsquo;s been a great journey.&nbsp;</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div data-widget-guid="E-zYqVhDhH8" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget" style="width: 575px; height: 601px; float: right;" data-style="width:575px;height:601px;float:right;" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/E-zYqVhDhH8" class="dynamic-widget"></div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">The next big thing</h3> <p>No one day is ever the same, whether I'm writing for my blog,&nbsp;styling for brands or magazines, or sourcing in stores and showrooms. I love the variety. I get to be creative every day.&nbsp;Working on my books has also been a favorite project, and completing a third&mdash;my very own trilogy&mdash;is very exciting. We are working hard to make this the best one yet, like a Hollywood blockbuster! My dream project, <a href="http://www.mjgstore.com/">MJG by Mr Jason Grant</a>, a home wares collection launching this February is my total dream project.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="DWwEx4jyOkg" 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="DWwEx4jyOkg"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/XZxelCNVfWvx.jpg" title="TK" alt="Instagram Stories: @Mr_Jason_Grant" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">The geotag</h3> <p>Sydney&nbsp;is&nbsp;a beautiful city with so many iconic moments.&nbsp;I&rsquo;m lucky to live not far from Bondi Icebergs, [which is] probably the most famous ocean pool. It is one of my most favorite places to swim and it constantly features on my Instagram feed. It&rsquo;s always changing depending on the weather, light, and time of day. I always try to capture it from a new angle, even if I just happen to be passing by for coffee.&nbsp;I&rsquo;m thrilled that <a href="https://www.instagram.com/cntraveler/">@cntraveler</a>&nbsp;has listed Australia as the place to travel&nbsp;in 2016. Come visit! I&rsquo;m a great tour guide.</p> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="_wxKjlncfH-" 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="_wxKjlncfH-"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/fWT_2QJDd11x.jpg" title="TK" alt="Instagram Stories: @Mr_Jason_Grant" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">The force</h3> <p>I&rsquo;m a super fan of the original <em>[Star Wars]</em> trilogy and the most recent one, too. I love nostalgia and this reminds me of my childhood. They are some of my favorite movies and I have a few collectables that make the odd appearance on my Instagram. I think it&rsquo;s important to decorate with things that mean something and that you love. These items in my home always make me smile.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget fc-unordered-list-widget w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="yDGvfkFOicD" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/list_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="list_widget"><span class="maple">JASON'S MUST-FOLLOW INSTGRAMMERS</span> <ul> <li><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/CVAqnkqHQCox.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: @Mr_Jason_Grant" alt="Instagram Stories: @Mr_Jason_Grant" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@BRIGHTBAZAAR</h3> <p>I love <a href="https://www.instagram.com/brightbazaar/">Will [Taylor]</a>&rsquo;s colorful outlook on life.&nbsp;</p> </li> <li><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/fB-8o5a2yRhx.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: @Mr_Jason_Grant" alt="Instagram Stories: @Mr_Jason_Grant" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@MATTCRUMP</h3> <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/mattcrump/">California dreaming</a>&nbsp;and palms trees. (I&rsquo;m crazy for palm trees too!)</p> </li> <li><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Be1vKCqQfxqx.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: @Mr_Jason_Grant" alt="Instagram Stories: @Mr_Jason_Grant" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@KELLYWEARSTLER</h3> <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/kellywearstler/">Kelly</a>&nbsp;is a ground breaker and oozes style&mdash;so inspiring!</p> </li> <li><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Ki6u2JwIArEx.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: @Mr_Jason_Grant" alt="Instagram Stories: @Mr_Jason_Grant" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@DALLASCLAYTON</h3> <p>I&nbsp;love this <a href="https://www.instagram.com/dallasclayton/">author/illustrator</a>'s art and words&mdash;always colorful and inspiring.&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> </div> <p></p> <div class="separator one"></div> Tue, 9 Feb 2016 08:55:11 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/Instagram+Tastemakers/articles/5E2Es0dXYsn/Instagram+Stories+Mr_Jason_Grant 5E2Es0dXYsn Danny Seo's Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2016 <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="XBvRSb4eitU" 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="XBvRSb4eitU"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/6fDlBVPfDgFx.jpg" title="Danny Seo" alt="Danny Seo's Top Kitchen Trends for 2016" /></div> <div class="below attribution">@dannyseomag</div> </div> </div> <p><span class="dropcap">D</span>id you know&nbsp;that each year at the end of January&nbsp;your "Dream Home" Pinterest board temporarily&nbsp;comes to life in a Las Vegas a conference center&nbsp;like an incredibly chic desert mirage?</p> <p>It's time you step into&nbsp;the&nbsp;magical world of&nbsp;the 2016 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Futuristic appliances and trendy&nbsp;cabinets, not to mention every major brand in the business, show off what's new and what's next for the two&nbsp;busiest spaces&nbsp;in your home to a slew of in-the-know designers. Our favorite among them, <em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Danny-Seo-356701297677628/" target="_blank">Naturally</a></em>&nbsp;magazine editor, TV regular, and expert on all things <a href="/10+New+Year's+Resolutions+to+Green+Your+Home" target="_blank">green living</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/dannyseomag/?hl=en" target="_blank">Danny Seo</a>, was kind enough to pound the Sin City pavements, or rather, the carpeted, air-conditioned halls, to sort the same-old from the must-see.</p> <p></p> <div class="widget html-widget w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="DLl1GL4N6TT" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/html_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="html_widget"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/154436989" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" width="500"></iframe> <p></p> </div> <p>"There are so many amazing and innovative products each year at KBIS," says Seo. "But when it comes to those two very important rooms in the home, there are three overarching themes that truly matter most: cleanliness, healthiness, and ease of use."&nbsp;Check out a video featuring a few of his favorite discoveries above, and keep reading for many more products that might just&nbsp;overhaul how you plan your kitchen or bath projects for the new year.</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak"><strong>1.</strong> <strong>Cleanliness&nbsp;</strong></h3> <p>"While we all love a clean house,&nbsp;it's especially important that&nbsp;the kitchen and bathroom are totally spic and span. Both <a href="http://www.wilsonart.com/" target="_blank">Wilsonart</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.sherwin-williams.com/" target="_blank">Sherwin- Williams</a>&nbsp;featured anti-microbial products to protect surfaces without sacrificing an ounce of style, while <a href="http://www.kohler.com/corporate/index.html" target="_blank">Kohler</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.brizo.com/" target="_blank">Brizo</a>&nbsp;offered gorgeously designed touch-free faucets to reduce the spread of contaminants while cooking and cleaning. And Kohler's&nbsp;new floral-inspired showerhead with a&nbsp;rub-clean silicone&nbsp;nozzle is brilliantly beautiful!"</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak"><strong>2. Healthiness</strong></h3> <p>"I may have a cookbook coming out later this year, but like most people I'm still always looking for ways to cook healthier. That's why I'm a bit obsessed with the new convection steam oven from <a href="http://www.bosch.com/" target="_blank">Bosch</a>&nbsp;which makes healthy cooking quick and easy for anyone. And because the basis for good health is clean drinking water, I really can't recommend the water filtration systems from <a href="http://pentair.com/" target="_blank">Pentair</a>&nbsp;enough. They've brought their commercial quality systems to homes. Drink up!"</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak"><strong>3. Ease of Use&nbsp;</strong></h3> <p>"Because we spend so much of our time in the kitchen and bath, the easier those spaces are to use and navigate, the better.&nbsp;I found a lot of products with smart design to make kitchens and baths clutter-free, more ergonomic, or just more comfortable for everyone in the home, pets included! I loved the&nbsp;hydraulic countertop from <a href="http://www.wellborn.com/">Wellborn Cabinet&nbsp;</a>that adjusts for people working at various heights, like kids, people in wheelchairs, etc,&nbsp;and a dog food storage and feeding area from <a href="https://www.hafele.com/us/en/" target="_blank">Hafele</a>&nbsp;that features a&nbsp;toe-touch opening to keep everything organized while still easy to access.&nbsp;And for anyone who's like me and loves the look of a clear countertop space, the hidden knife block and storage cabinet from <a href="http://www.masterbrand.com/">Masterbrand Cabinets</a>&nbsp;is a must!"</p> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:16:33 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/Decorating/articles/gs73h6etRzp/Danny+Seo+Top+Kitchen+Design+Trends+2016 gs73h6etRzp Easy Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Tortilla Soup <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding" data-widget-guid="ZyWfiXEhGxR" 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="ZyWfiXEhGxR"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/iEL7UHnBwHXx.jpg" title="Easy Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Tortilla Soup | Lonny.com" alt="Easy Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Tortilla Soup" /></div> <div class="below attribution"><a class="attribution" href="http://www.thejewelsofny.com/">Photos &copy; The Jewels of New York/Lonny</a></div> </div> </div> <p>After pasta, <a href="/Entertaining+Idea+of+the+Day/articles/sbUaD9rA8DF/Diana+Yen+s+Soba+Mushroom+Soup">soup</a>&nbsp;is just about the easiest meal&nbsp;you can make. Throw in an interactive element, like&nbsp;an array of colorful toppings for your loved ones&nbsp;to add to their hearts' content, and you've got the makings of a memorable <a href="/Easy+Weeknight+Dinners+You'll+Actually+Want+to+Make">weeknight dinner</a>&nbsp;that's sure to become a family tradition. "Sometimes the&nbsp;toppings on a dish are&nbsp;almost as fun and delicious as the main attraction itself," says Lonny recipe guru <a href="/search?q=diana+yen&amp;type=all&amp;csrfmiddlewaretoken=WJ96lw5eepvttA1LwQ5uTzMSdnm4cZBd">Diana Yen</a>, who created this quick and easy chicken tortilla soup with a peppery green broth. We served it&nbsp;up with homemade fried tortilla strips, creamy avocado slices, <em>cotija</em> cheese, tangy Mexican crema, and spicy shaved <a href="/Entertaining+Idea+of+the+Day/articles/OWhJdAUBiWh/Make+Home+Diana+Yen+Radishes+Feta+Yogurt+Dipping">radishes</a>. The best part: you can double the recipe for a crowd, then&nbsp;assemble&nbsp;a toppings bar&nbsp;so guests can have it their way. Now that sounds like a party.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="Wx9GyIf6EkF" 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="Wx9GyIf6EkF"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/5G_sm9oRukIx.jpg" title="Easy Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Tortilla Soup | Lonny.com" alt="Easy Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Tortilla Soup" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">Green Chicken Tortilla Soup<br />Serves 4</h3> <p>For the soup:<br />- 4 cloves smashed garlic<br />- 1 quart tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed well<br />- 1 yellow onion, trimmed, peeled, and quartered<br />- 4 green poblano peppers<br />- 2 jalape&ntilde;o peppers<br />- 4 cups chicken stock, divided<br />- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, skin removed<br />- 1 avocado, sliced, for garnish<br />- thinly sliced radishes, for garnish<br />- crema for garnish<br />- 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, for garnish<br />- crumbled cotija cheese (optional)<br />- lime wedges, for serving</p> <p>For the tortilla strips:<br />- 6 corn tortillas, cut into thin strips<br />- canola oil for frying tortillas<br />- sea salt</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="nAtfokAYWzm" 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="nAtfokAYWzm"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/fhM2CdH8vYHx.jpg" title="Easy Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Tortilla Soup | Lonny.com" alt="Easy Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Tortilla Soup" /></div> </div> </div> <p>Make the green sauce: Set broiler to high. Arrange garlic, tomatillos, onion, and peppers on a baking sheet fitted with a roasting rack. Set under the broiler. After 7 minutes, turn the vegetables over using tongs. Remove any tomatillos that have burst, or garlic that has started to blacken. Continue until all the vegetables have roasted nicely, 10 to 15 minutes total, and allow them to cool. Under cold running water, remove the skin, stems, and seeds from the peppers. Place all of the roasted vegetables in the pitcher of a blender (you may need to do this in two batches), add 2 cups of the chicken stock, and pulse until mixture is well blended but still has a bit of texture.</p> <p>Make the soup: Pour the green sauce, along with the remaining 2 cups of chicken stock and the shredded chicken, into a soup pot and set heat to medium-low to warm up. Season to taste with salt.</p> <p>Make the tortilla strips: Set out a deep-frying pan and pour in neutral oil to 1-inch depth. Set over medium-high heat. Fry tortilla strips until golden and crisp, about 2-3 minutes. Set cooked strips over a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with sea salt. Ladle soup into bowls, garnish with tortilla strips, avocado, and radish slices,&nbsp;a drizzle of crema, cilantro, and cotija. Serve soup with a lime wedge.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="tjcp6ePMhtR" 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="tjcp6ePMhtR"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/vKYGOMWh4nZx.jpg" title="Easy Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Tortilla Soup | Lonny.com" alt="Easy Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Tortilla Soup" /></div> </div> </div> <p></p> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:01:51 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/Entertaining+Idea+of+the+Day/articles/KBhFxcn0-9U/Easy+Weeknight+Dinner+Chicken+Tortilla+Soup KBhFxcn0-9U How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party <p><span class="dropcap">W</span>hen Samuel Masters calls to tell us he&rsquo;s throwing a party, we know it&rsquo;s bound to be a chic affair. After first wowing us with his <a href="/Entertaining+Idea+of+the+Day/articles/H7MA6ENOHQu/A+Fabulously+Good+F+te" target="_blank">Wes Anderson-themed holiday gathering</a>&nbsp;and then a&nbsp;<a href="/Entertaining+Idea+of+the+Day/articles/FLSaQISKFEF/How+Throw+Black+Tie+Mardi+Gras+Celebration" target="_blank">black-tie Mardi Gras party</a>, we could only imagine what kind of soir&eacute;e&nbsp;he had in mind in the post-holiday lull&nbsp;of January. Like all New Yorkers know, the long, cold days of winter can challenge even the most party-loving folks to leave the warm confines of their apartments. But in the mind of a constantly-plotting host, there&rsquo;s no better time to throw a get-together than when the mercury levels just don&rsquo;t want to rise.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="U5d0gmp7Lwn" 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="U5d0gmp7Lwn"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/YhxdYW52LDzx.jpg" title="How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party | Lonny.com" alt="How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="JOrci1eM__F" 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="JOrci1eM__F"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/2-2swW2UB3sx.jpg" title="How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party | Lonny.com" alt="Host Samuel Masters takes a break from the kitchen to showoff&nbsp;his homemade cornbread in a petite&nbsp;cast-iron skillet." /></div> <div class="below">Host Samuel Masters takes a break from the kitchen to showoff&nbsp;his homemade cornbread in a petite&nbsp;cast-iron skillet.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="S15U-gMPGj7" 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="S15U-gMPGj7"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/adCEoCQDzmlx.jpg" title="How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party | Lonny.com" alt="The dark walls of Masters downtown NYC&nbsp;pad create a cozy environment perfect for an intimate dinner party.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">The dark walls of Masters downtown NYC&nbsp;pad create a cozy environment perfect for an intimate dinner party.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>"With the delayed winter in New York City, I thought it would be a fun time to invite some friends over to celebrate it finally being sweater weather," says Masters. His&nbsp;rules for hosting at home are simple&mdash;a good music system (see the party's Spotify playlist <a href="https://play.spotify.com/user/1249960745/playlist/7aks2QKYy9IcfBEFotOs79?play=true&amp;utm_source=open.spotify.com&amp;utm_medium=open" target="_blank">here</a>), plenty of booze, linen napkins, and an at-ease host will, without a doubt, result in an effortlessly stylish evening.&nbsp;With the onslaught of cold temperatures as&nbsp;the inspiration, and with a guest list of eight by midweek, the menu for a Friday dinner at home quickly took shape.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="x3oFtWzf-at" 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="x3oFtWzf-at"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Qw1F88Zumemx.jpg" title="How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party | Lonny.com" alt="In between the&nbsp;hors d'oeuvres and ap&eacute;ritifs, dinner guests socialized&nbsp;throughout the apartment.&nbsp;&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">In between the&nbsp;hors d'oeuvres and ap&eacute;ritifs, dinner guests socialized&nbsp;throughout the apartment.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>While most nights in may involve Netflix and takeout, Masters naturally took an elevated approach to his vision, and didn't cut corners in any of his hosting responsibilities&mdash;starting with the menu. Nobody&nbsp;can argue that few dishes pair better with cool temperatures and your favorite knits than a big pot of homemade chili. As the aromatic dish simmered on the stove (check out the hand-me-down recipe below), Masters's friends indulged in honey ricotta toasts with roasted butternut squash ribbons and&nbsp;a balsamic reduction, as well as baked oysters topped with bacon. While there was plenty of wine on hand, Masters offered Old Fashioneds&nbsp;for those looking for a stiffer sip.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="W5YFl6JLyH2" 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="W5YFl6JLyH2"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Vr7nP6cQ51kx.jpg" title="How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party | Lonny.com" alt="With spirits at the ready&nbsp;and plenty of warm food on&nbsp;hand, no guest left&nbsp;dissatisfied." /></div> <div class="below">With spirits at the ready&nbsp;and plenty of warm food on&nbsp;hand, no guest left&nbsp;dissatisfied.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="MU5DFIaR3Uk" 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="MU5DFIaR3Uk"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/iacR82_xV36x.jpg" title="How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party | Lonny.com" alt="How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/lWwmiDT5uvg" data-style="width:1000px;height:724px;float:none;" style="width: 1000px; height: 724px; float: none;" data-widget-guid="lWwmiDT5uvg" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget"></div> <p>With an obvious knack for assembling a delectable menu, Masters really shines when it comes to setting a fabulous table. "I decided on my table d&eacute;cor the day of," admits Masters, whose SoHo walk-up doesn&rsquo;t even yield enough room for a dining table. To ensure his guests would sit down to a properly set dinner, Masters reverted to a tried-and-true small space-living trick. "I have a basic 2&rsquo;x4&rsquo; folding table that I store under my bed," says Masters, who swaps out his coffee table with the temporary furnishing when guests come over. On top of the folding table he adds a 2.5&rsquo;x5&rsquo; piece of oval-shaped plywood to add even more surface space for diners&nbsp;to eat&nbsp;in true comfort. "It&rsquo;s the perfect size," says Masters, "you&nbsp;can have a conversation [around it] and it&rsquo;s small enough that you don&rsquo;t need much to decorate."</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="auAjasEOKaS" 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="auAjasEOKaS"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Pzo4o0Z5f51x.jpg" title="How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party | Lonny.com" alt="From left to right: Masters passed around&nbsp;oysters topped with bacon for guests to snack on before dinner; in lieu of place cards, Masters stiched his guest's intials onto felt napkins; simple arrangments of orange flowers and fresh greenery punctuate the clotch-covered table." /></div> <div class="below">From left to right: Masters passed around&nbsp;oysters topped with bacon for guests to snack on before dinner; in lieu of place cards, Masters stiched his guest's intials onto felt napkins; simple arrangments of orange flowers and fresh greenery punctuate the clotch-covered table.</div> </div> </div> <p>Masters covered the makeshift table with a rusty-orange felt that he used when creating a backdrop for fashion designer Lela Rose&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.lelarose.com/collections/pre-fall-2016" target="_blank">Pre-Fall 2016</a>&nbsp;photo shoot, where the aesthete is a Creative Brand Manager. "I wanted to use all felts for this dinner to compliment the cozy sweater feeling," says Masters, who wrapped a light khaki-colored felt around inexpensive glass flower vases. Even the mustard cocktail napkins were of the same soft, texture&mdash;but with a personalized touch. "I sewed everyone&rsquo;s first and last initial on their cocktail napkin in black-and-white yarn," says Masters, eliminating the need for place cards and giving guests an Instagram-worthy napkin if we&rsquo;ve ever seen one. &nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="0hen_ejf1jS" 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="0hen_ejf1jS"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/mzts_xNVELFx.jpg" title="How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party | Lonny.com" alt="In the middle of his perfectly-decorated apartment, Masters set up a formal seating area for guests to&nbsp;enjoy a family-style dinner.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">In the middle of his perfectly-decorated apartment, Masters set up a formal seating area for guests to&nbsp;enjoy a family-style dinner.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>Given the on-a-whim&nbsp;nature of the gathering, Masters certainly wasn&rsquo;t going to skimp on the quality of the place settings. Guests dined off of <a href="http://www.match1995.com/pewter/" target="_blank">Match</a>&nbsp;pewter rimmed plates and vintage sterling silver flatware by Gio Ponti for <a href="http://www.reedandbarton.com/" target="_blank">Reed and Barton</a>. "My parents surprised me with 22 place settings for my 30th birthday&mdash;now I just need an apartment large enough to seat 22 people!" To complement the elegant spread, Masters playfully adorned&nbsp;each setting with a bag of corn chips to be eaten with&nbsp;the guest's piping hot bowls of chili. And with the drinks still flowing and the music still playing, the evening&nbsp;ended on a sweet note of spiked hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows. "I wanted the dinner to feel casual, and the menu really took a nod from that." Casual, yes&mdash;but nonetheless sophisticated.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="fIAkYCm4xzW" 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="fIAkYCm4xzW"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/ypRzTe-5Nqwx.jpg" title="How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party | Lonny.com" alt="For dessert, Masters served skinny mugs of boozy hot chocolate. He found the glasses at a flea market in his home state of Alabama." /></div> <div class="below">For dessert, Masters served skinny mugs of boozy hot chocolate. He found the glasses at a flea market in his home state of Alabama.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding" data-widget-guid="Uklw44-0awf" 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="Uklw44-0awf"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/94t4epGQz6px.jpg" title="How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party | Lonny.com" alt="Limited square-footage&nbsp;and last minute plans&nbsp;prove little trouble for the design-loving host, who's guests know&nbsp;better than to turn down an invite." /></div> <div class="below">Limited square-footage&nbsp;and last minute plans&nbsp;prove little trouble for the design-loving host, who's guests know&nbsp;better than to turn down an invite.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="v69q-GsTKT9" 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="v69q-GsTKT9"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/X9MkCx54nH2x.jpg" title="How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party | Lonny.com" alt="How To Throw an Impromptu Winter Dinner Party" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="separator three"></div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">White Chicken Chili</h3> <p><i>Serves 8</i></p> <p>2 &nbsp;16-ounce cans cannellini beans<br />1 &nbsp;4-ounce can green chiles<br />2 &nbsp;large onions, chopped<br />1 &nbsp;stick butter<br />&frac14; &nbsp;cup flour<br />&frac34; &nbsp;cup chicken broth<br />2 &nbsp;cups half-and-half<br />1 &nbsp;teaspoon ​Cholula hot sauce<br />1&frac12; &nbsp;teaspoons&nbsp;chili powder<br />1 &nbsp;teaspoon cumin<br />&frac12; &nbsp;teaspoon salt<br />&frac12; &nbsp;teaspoon pepper<br />5 chicken breasts (if short on time, you can shred two rotisserie chickens by hand)<br />Monterey Jack cheese (optional)<br />Sour cream (optional)<br />Cilantro (optional)<br />Avocado (optional)</p> <p>Heat skillet on medium heat with butter and oil. Coat chicken with salt and pepper plus chili&nbsp;powder. Place in skillet and cook about 5-7 minutes, or &nbsp;cook for a couple of minutes on&nbsp;each side and finish cooking&nbsp;in the oven. Shred chicken when cooled.</p> <p>Cook onions in a skillet until soft. In large pot, melt 6&nbsp;tablespoons of butter. Add flour, whisking constantly. Stir in onion, broth,&nbsp;and half-and-half. Continue whisking. Bring to a rolling boil and then&nbsp;simmer. Stir in Cholula and seasonings. Add cannellini beans, chiles, and&nbsp;chicken. Cook over low heat until ready to serve. Serve with&nbsp;Monterey Jack cheese,&nbsp;sour cream,&nbsp;cilantro, and sliced&nbsp;avocado.</p> Fri, 5 Feb 2016 08:20:36 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/Entertaining+Idea+of+the+Day/articles/2qGmKgwWKmx/How+Throw+Impromptu+Winter+Dinner+Party 2qGmKgwWKmx Can't-Miss Destinations for the Design-Minded <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="Qg2mHAii3l-" 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="Qg2mHAii3l-"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/RlZfwU8-sS6x.jpg" title="Destinations for the Design-Minded" alt="Can't-Miss Destinations for the Design-Minded" /></div> <div class="below attribution">All photos courtesy of Zio &amp; Sons</div> </div> </div> <p><i>Excerpted from an <a href="http://blog.spot.com/post/131637366149/a-creative-director-on-5-destinations-for-the">article</a>&nbsp;that ran on <a href="http://bit.ly/1nO9uPi">Spot</a>.</i></p> <p>Anthony D&rsquo;Argenzio, the New York City-based creative director of styling and creative company <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fzioandsons.com%2F&amp;t=OGIzYjI1ZDZmZWZkY2YwZDZmZWRjZmFhN2I0ZGIzNDZmNzc4MzhkZixDOXBjUkhiYg%3D%3D">Zio &amp; Sons</a>, is a person with his finger on the pulse, who knows about new spots well before they open (often because he&rsquo;s styled their opening-night party). He possesses an on-point design aesthetic (just ask recent collaborators West Elm, Pottery Barn, One Kings Lane, and St. Germain). And he continent-jumps multiple times a year (so much so that he was recently named a brand ambassador forTiny Atlas Quarterly magazine). In other words, he&rsquo;s one of those people you want to ask where he&rsquo;s been recently&mdash;and where he&rsquo;s headed.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m always looking for new, emerging destinations,&rdquo; he says, &ldquo;but honestly I am also drawn to historic places. There&rsquo;s just something to those old details that tells such an interesting story.&rdquo;</p> <p>Read up on some of his favorite locations below.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="CuWlEXOongC" 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="CuWlEXOongC"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/dEMdEZQ1Pu1x.jpg" title="Cinque Terre, Italy" alt="Can't-Miss Destinations for the Design-Minded" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">Cinque Terre, Italy</h3> <p>&ldquo;Cinque Terre&mdash;&rsquo;The Five Lands&rsquo;&mdash;is made up of five villages along Italy&rsquo;s rugged west coast. There are few roads in, so the region is fairly isolated, which makes it a perfect destination for the culture-savvy. One of the towns, Monterosso [above], has rocky beaches covered with colorful striped umbrellas and breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. And the charm of another town&mdash;Manarola&mdash;completely stole my heart. The historic streets with hundreds of stairs are a photographer&rsquo;s dream. I could have sat for hours taking pictures of all the colorful details. This is the trip you and your friends have been trying to plan together!&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="PsibRX8811V" 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="PsibRX8811V"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/z_vVQIozmG-x.jpg" title="Charleston, South Carolina" alt="Can't-Miss Destinations for the Design-Minded" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">Charleston, South Carolina</h3> <p>&ldquo;Hands down one of my favorite cities in the U.S., this classic seaside town is rich in history and design. When you&rsquo;re here, I&rsquo;d recommend a little house stalking because one of Charleston&rsquo;s most charming features is its beautiful colonial architecture. Check out Rainbow Row [above], one of the longest clusters of Georgian row houses in the USA, named for their pastel facades. Or you can visit a historic mansion: The Aiken-Rhett House is a stunning 1820 estate with original interiors. Aside from its pretty face, the city also has an amazing culinary and nightlife scene. Eventually you&rsquo;ll have to head home, so try not to get too used to the Southern hospitality.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Y8etEkL8Jey" 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="Y8etEkL8Jey"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/b6h4fenmloKx.jpg" title="London, England" alt="Can't-Miss Destinations for the Design-Minded" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">London, England</h3> <p>&ldquo;It doesn&rsquo;t get better than London! This global city can seem daunting with everything it has to offer, but a long weekend exploring the creative scene on the east side will give you a sense of serenity. When you&rsquo;re there, stop by The Clove Club, for what&rsquo;s one of our favorite meals in the UK. Aside from its stunning interior, it serves interesting, often-overlooked British ingredients and produce. But really, east London has so many eclectic vintage shops, historic pubs, and charming English facades like those in Camden Town [above]. We suggest getting a little lost and playing like you&rsquo;re a local.&rdquo;</p> <p>From the team at <a href="http://spot.com/?lonnybly">Spot</a>. See the <a href="http://bit.ly/1VNME55">whole story</a>, and two more must-visit destinations, on the <a href="http://bit.ly/20HnqZi">Spot blog</a>.</p> Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:47:33 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/Escapes/articles/svIzzy7PBVG/Can+t+Miss+Destinations+Design+Minded svIzzy7PBVG Win a 'Girls Night In' Prize Package Worth $2000! <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="GLNNl2taiUo" 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="GLNNl2taiUo"><img src="http://www3.pictures.livingly.com/mp/i2b_-K3uFbix.jpg" title="Crane + Canopy" alt="Win a 'Girls Night In' Prize Package Worth $2000?" /></div> </div> </div> <p>Let's face it, sometimes it's tough to make time for your squad when you're juggling your job, personal life, workout routine, and all the other things life throws at you. But isn't it time you put your female friendships first?</p> <p>We think so, and that's why we're giving away a fab <a href="http://www.craneandcanopy.com/pages/girls-night-in-giveaway?referral=lonny">Girls Night In</a> prize package so you can host a spectacular night with two of your closest pals.</p> <p>The prize package includes a $300&nbsp;<a href="http://www.craneandcanopy.com/">Crane &amp; Canopy</a> gift card for you (and two $100 gift cards for your pals), a $300 gift card to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.darbysmart.com/?utm_source=lonny&amp;utm_medium=partner&amp;utm_campaign=girlsnightin_blog_post_Feb2015">Darby Smart</a> (and two $100 gift cards for your friends), $200 Stowaway Kits from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stowawaycosmetics.com">Stowaway Cosmetics</a> (and, you guessed it: two $75 gift cards for the ladies), a 6-month wine subscription from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brightcellars.com/?n_id=gvwy">Bright Cellars</a> for you (your pals each get a month-long subscription), AND a year-long <a href="http://www.darbysmart.com/?utm_source=lonny&amp;utm_medium=partner&amp;utm_campaign=girlsnightin_blog_post_Feb2015">Scentbird</a> perfume subscription for you (and two 6-month subscriptions for the friends who'll now <em>really</em> love you forever).</p> <p>Wine + designer bedding + DIY fun&nbsp;+ makeup + perfume = <em>epic</em> girls' night in.</p> <p>To enter, just follow this <a href="http://www.craneandcanopy.com/pages/girls-night-in-giveaway?referral=lonny">link</a> or click the image below.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="IFnA3ieSSBz" 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="IFnA3ieSSBz"><a href="http://www.craneandcanopy.com/pages/girls-night-in-giveaway?referral=lonny"> <img src="http://www3.pictures.livingly.com/mp/1dMYU57AbgSx.jpg" title="Girls Night In" alt="Win a 'Girls Night In' Prize Package Worth $2000!" /> </a></div> </div> </div> <p></p> Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:44:39 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/News+from+the+Lonny+Team/articles/_JQEokhFfbB/Win+Girls+Night+Prize+Package+Worth+2000 _JQEokhFfbB An Artist’s Neutral Connecticut House <p><span class="dropcap">K</span><a href="http://www.kerrirosenthalart.com/">erri Rosenthal</a>&nbsp;has a way with colorful brushstrokes. The prolific artist and creative director&nbsp;of the design firm <a href="http://www.d2interieurs.com/">D2 Interieurs</a>&nbsp;creates abstract pieces that incorporate every hue in the spectrum, from soothing pastels to bold primary shades, all composed in the attic turned studio in her Weston, Connecticut, home. But while the painter&rsquo;s work leaps off the canvas&nbsp;in kaleidoscopic tones, her house is a careful study in restraint. &ldquo;I am immersed in color all day, both in my art and my work,&rdquo; says Rosenthal. &ldquo;I needed my home to be somewhat neutral.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="8zLuvOPc8H8" 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="8zLuvOPc8H8"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/I0DF-F-4THhx.jpg" title="An Artist&rsquo;s Neutral Connecticut House | Lonny.com" alt="An Artist&rsquo;s Neutral Connecticut House" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="BH6Fuzn6GeA" 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="BH6Fuzn6GeA"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/w5Lb_b7FV2xx.jpg" title="An Artist&rsquo;s Neutral Connecticut House | Lonny.com" alt='An oak-and-leather console by Julian Chichester adds warmth in the living room. All of the paintings&nbsp;in Rosenthal&squot;s home are&nbsp;made by the artist herself. The orange vintage chairs were an impulse buy. "The combination of the colors is very inspiring to me," says Rosenthal. Grasscloth wallpaper and a patchwork rug lends&nbsp;texture in the dining room.' /></div> <div class="below">An oak-and-leather console by Julian Chichester adds warmth in the living room. All of the paintings&nbsp;in Rosenthal's home are&nbsp;made by the artist herself. The orange vintage chairs were an impulse buy. "The combination of the colors is very inspiring to me," says Rosenthal. Grasscloth wallpaper and a patchwork rug lends&nbsp;texture in the dining room.</div> </div> </div> <p>In fact, it was the bright white walls and double-height ceilings that first drew her to the space 14 years ago, paired with the kind of light that only an artist can truly appreciate. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s that exposure that dilates your eyes and makes you happy,&rdquo; says Rosenthal. &ldquo;Even when it&rsquo;s dreary, the house&nbsp;lights up without any bulbs.&rdquo; At the time, Rosenthal was living in New York with&nbsp;her husband, David, and had no intention of moving for at least another two years. But fate intervened when a broker ended a whim of a house-hunting trip at the quirky&nbsp;home with a London townhouse feel. &ldquo;I&nbsp;felt this emotional connection to the house immediately," she says. &ldquo;I&nbsp;told David, &lsquo;I need to live here,&rsquo;&rdquo; says Rosenthal. With the house move-in ready, all that was left to do was infuse the intimate space with a little personality.</p> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/iJl3J90U0l2" data-style="width:1000px;height:659px;float:none;" style="width: 1000px; height: 659px; float: none;" data-widget-guid="iJl3J90U0l2" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget"></div> <p></p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="-xFrwJ5bl7E" 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="-xFrwJ5bl7E"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/07TWy2FCJKox.jpg" title="An Artist&rsquo;s Neutral Connecticut House | Lonny.com" alt="An Artist&rsquo;s Neutral Connecticut House" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="OV0TmBmv-iZ" 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="OV0TmBmv-iZ"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/eqapn7aK6K-x.jpg" title="An Artist&rsquo;s Neutral Connecticut House | Lonny.com" alt='"I don&squot;t want every room to be the same," the artist says&nbsp;of her decision to paint a formal living room a glossy jet black. "I love books," says Rosenthal. "I like to decorate with them wherever I can." She&nbsp;applied a navy, mint, and magenta color palette in her daughter Emma&squot;s room.&nbsp;Rosenthal&nbsp;converted an unfinished attic into a home studio where she paints much of&nbsp;her work.&nbsp;' /></div> <div class="below">"I don't want every room to be the same," the artist says&nbsp;of her decision to paint a formal living room a glossy jet black. "I love books," says Rosenthal. "I like to decorate with them wherever I can." She&nbsp;applied a navy, mint, and magenta color palette in her daughter Emma's room.&nbsp;Rosenthal&nbsp;converted an unfinished attic into a home studio where she paints much of&nbsp;her work.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>For Rosenthal, that meant creating a blank canvas that would allow a rotating collection of her work to shine in each room of the house. &ldquo;My art is very colorful,&rdquo; says Rosenthal. &ldquo;The color needs to be in the art, not the furnishings.&rdquo; So she opted for clean lines and various shades of gray, beige, and white throughout the home, from the linen Ligne Roset sofa in her living room to&nbsp;the Milo Baughman chairs in the library. After six years of living in the space came more significant renovations: she&nbsp;revamped all of the bathrooms, added a pool in the backyard, and converted an unfinished attic into a home studio. And it was only three years ago that Rosenthal&nbsp;performed what D2 Interieurs&nbsp;calls &ldquo;kitchen Botox&rdquo; to her cooking space.&nbsp;She dropped the soffits to sit flush with the cabinetry, added a marble waterfall island, and created a boxed stove hood. Rattan stools and a wood coffee bar add warmth to the modern embellishments.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w80 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="1EzG-B2NS7X" 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="1EzG-B2NS7X"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/6Tu-6LnaQR9x.jpg" title="An Artist&rsquo;s Neutral Connecticut House | Lonny.com" alt='"It&squot;s all about unusual color combos for me," says Rosenthal of her romantic guest room. "I design rooms just like I paint my paintings."' /></div> <div class="below">"It's all about unusual color combos for me," says Rosenthal of her romantic guest room. "I design rooms just like I paint my paintings."</div> </div> </div> <p>The master bedroom and her children&rsquo;s sleeping quarters are similarly subdued, with bright bursts of color coming primarily from Rosenthal&rsquo;s artwork and a few key details&nbsp;(think throw pillows, lamps, and accent chairs). &ldquo;I just felt like each room should have its own personality,&rdquo; she says, one that is constantly evolving. The neutral palette makes it easy to swap out paintings as they&rsquo;re sold&mdash;or as Rosenthal&rsquo;s mood dictates. &ldquo;My home is my inspiration,&rdquo; the artist&nbsp;says. It has to be a refection of how I&rsquo;m feeling, and that can change tomorrow. Ever-changing, ever-evolving&mdash;that&rsquo;s what I want for myself, and that&rsquo;s what I want for my house.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="cf46b3gfRJu" 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="cf46b3gfRJu"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/RUV9i6MpIoYx.jpg" title="An Artist&rsquo;s Neutral Connecticut House | Lonny.com" alt='"I needed my room to be some what neutral so I can reset at night and wake up with visions of color to start my day," says Rosenthal.&nbsp;The bed was custom-made by D2 Interieurs, the benches were purchased at&nbsp;Dovecote, in Westport, Connecticut, and the nightstands are by Studio A.' /></div> <div class="below">"I needed my room to be some what neutral so I can reset at night and wake up with visions of color to start my day," says Rosenthal.&nbsp;The bed was custom-made by D2 Interieurs, the benches were purchased at&nbsp;Dovecote, in Westport, Connecticut, and the nightstands are by Studio A.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator one"></div> Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:44:21 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/3hII2ZoqgDT/Artist+Neutral+Connecticut+House 3hII2ZoqgDT A Classic Uptown Apartment With a Feminine Twist <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="yHXasW54dK6" 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="yHXasW54dK6"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/xC-4yu6eNhvx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Jennifer Bandier | Lonny.com" alt='To create an edgy yet comofrtable vibe in the living room, Austyn Zung covered the sofas in a crushed velvet. "It&squot;s best crushed because it looks old and worn, like it&squot;s been with you for a long time," says Zung.&nbsp;' /></div> <div class="below">To create an edgy yet comofrtable vibe in the living room, Austyn Zung covered the sofas in a crushed velvet. "It's best crushed because it looks old and worn, like it's been with you for a long time," says Zung.&nbsp; <div class="below attribution">Photography by Patrick Cline. Original text by Shawn Gauthier.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w30 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="kqiXL5Q45p1" 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="kqiXL5Q45p1"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/VmIpa2Lpz_3x.jpg" title="Home Tour: Jennifer Bandier | Lonny.com" alt="Homeowner Jennifer Bandier relaxes in her Upper East Side apartment.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">Homeowner Jennifer Bandier relaxes in her Upper East Side apartment.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 60px; line-height: 42px;">S</span>ome people's childhood memories are filled with bike rides and summers spent chasing the neighborhood ice cream truck, but Jennifer Bandier's are filled with rock concerts. The daughter of music powerhouse Martin Bandier, chairman and CEO of Sony, she had front row seats to performances by legends such as Aerosmith and Bruce Springsteen from the time she was seven years old. "I'll admit it," she says. "I had a very cool childhood."</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="oaHLSHbIzkU" 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="oaHLSHbIzkU"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/ekV6P5G9uNWx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Jennifer Bandier | Lonny.com" alt="Clockwise from top left: candy is an essential in Bandier's home; the juxtaposition of the leopard area rug makes an unexpected statement in the entry; photographs of Gia Carangi by Stan Malinowski and John Stember hang on the wall between the master bedroom and bathroom; an antique chandiler originally belonging&nbsp;to Bandier's mother, Denice LeFrak Calicchio, hangs in the living room.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">Clockwise from top left: candy is an essential in Bandier's home; the juxtaposition of the leopard area rug makes an unexpected statement in the entry; photographs of Gia Carangi by Stan Malinowski and John Stember hang on the wall between the master bedroom and bathroom; an antique chandiler originally belonging&nbsp;to Bandier's mother, Denice LeFrak Calicchio, hangs in the living room.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="n52z8ezk3-Z" 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="n52z8ezk3-Z"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/O_zJOTv1zWKx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Jennifer Bandier | Lonny.com" alt="A Classic Uptown Apartment With a Feminine Twist " /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="dzfsStrZ75n" 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="dzfsStrZ75n"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/1iNfIAG2Yqgx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Jennifer Bandier | Lonny.com" alt='"A bedroom should be all about comfort, sexiness, and glamour," says Zung. The designer commissioned a custom-made headboard and side tables for the room.&nbsp;' /></div> <div class="below">"A bedroom should be all about comfort, sexiness, and glamour," says Zung. The designer commissioned a custom-made headboard and side tables for the room.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>Bandier learned the music business from her father, but her appreciation for design is from her mother's side of the family. Bandier's grandfather, Sam LeFrak, was a legendary real estate developer in New York, and a passion for interiors and architecture runs in the family. "My grandparents and mother have an incredible sense of design," says Bandier. "So when my husband and I found this apartment, I knew it had to reflect the same great style."</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w30 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="IbLM4w46lPN" 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="IbLM4w46lPN"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/e4bmcrGCwUax.jpg" title="Home Tour: Jennifer Bandier | Lonny.com" alt="Zung emphasized the prewar detailing on the closets by accenting it with contrasting paint colors. Fifi, Bandier's miniature pinscher, stands guard.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">Zung emphasized the prewar detailing on the closets by accenting it with contrasting paint colors. Fifi, Bandier's miniature pinscher, stands guard.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w30 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="h7YfZAHUfWI" 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="h7YfZAHUfWI"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Lf31y5xodUIx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Jennifer Bandier | Lonny.com" alt='Pereira and Zung replaced the original hardware with glass doorknobs. "They&squot;re very feminine, graphic, and light," says Zung. "They were perfect for Jennifer."' /></div> <div class="below">Pereira and Zung replaced the original hardware with glass doorknobs. "They're very feminine, graphic, and light," says Zung. "They were perfect for Jennifer."</div> </div> </div> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget fc-unordered-list-widget w60 pixel-bars mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="HfvxmCPi_PJ" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/list_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="list_widget"><span class="maple">Filipe and Austyn's Ideas for Creating a Sophisticated Space</span> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">Context and Bones</h3> <p>Assess the context and bones of the existing architecture and draw from those. Keep the decor as true as possible to these elements.&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">Timelessness</h3> <p>Create environments that are not of the moment but that age with time. These spaces can't be categorized by a certain style; they're always apt to change.&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">Eclectic</h3> <p>Mix everything: color, fabrics, textures, art, etc. Cohesiveness should exist between the objects, but there are no set rules</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">Comfort</h3> <p>Every space should be livable, warm, comfortable, and not too&nbsp;perfect.</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">Collections</h3> <p>They become three-dimensional photo albums that tell the story of the person who occupies the space.&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="So2p7_ZQ1s_" 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="So2p7_ZQ1s_"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/zoGn6tW68RMx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Jennifer Bandier | Lonny.com" alt="In the spare bedroom, carefully chosen details&mdash;such as the patterned wallpaper and the Greek key valance&mdash;distracts from the space's modest proportions. George Hurrell's framed photographs of Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake are centered between Bergdorf Goodman jars that orinigally belonged to Bandier's grandparents.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">In the spare bedroom, carefully chosen details&mdash;such as the patterned wallpaper and the Greek key valance&mdash;distracts from the space's modest proportions. George Hurrell's framed photographs of Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake are centered between Bergdorf Goodman jars that orinigally belonged to Bandier's grandparents.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>The apartment, a classic prewar located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, now looks like a colorful Parisian retreat, but it didn't start out that way. Though it boasted high ceilings, the apartment possessed certain features, such as short doorframes, that spoiled its gracious proportions. So Bandier hired Filipe Pereira and Austyn Zung of Pereira Associates to open the space architecturally and help create the look she'd envisioned. "I wanted it to feel Kelly Wearstlerish," she says, "but I'm also very sentimental, so I wanted to incorporate several pieces that have been in the family for years."</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="r7YeOAfIKwl" 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="r7YeOAfIKwl"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/hF8FYNN3Og5x.jpg" title="Home Tour: Jennifer Bandier | Lonny.com" alt='Clockwise from top left: Zung camoflauged the TV within a grouping of art by choosing frames of the same width and black lacquer finish as the television;&nbsp;in the guest room, visitors receive a colorful "thanks" with playful pieces from the Guggenheim Museum;&nbsp;the leopard ottoman was designed by Pereira and Zung and made by a local upholsterer; according to Zung, deep colors work best in smaller spaces. "It creates a very cozy, masculine feel," she says.' /></div> <div class="below">Clockwise from top left: Zung camoflauged the TV within a grouping of art by choosing frames of the same width and black lacquer finish as the television;&nbsp;in the guest room, visitors receive a colorful "thanks" with playful pieces from the Guggenheim Museum;&nbsp;the leopard ottoman was designed by Pereira and Zung and made by a local upholsterer; according to Zung, deep colors work best in smaller spaces. "It creates a very cozy, masculine feel," she says.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget fc-unordered-list-widget w60 pixel-bars mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="WbqqE35etWb" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/list_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="list_widget"><span class="maple">Filipe and Austyn's Recommendations for Creating Custom Furniture</span> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">Proportion</h3> <p>Be sure the proportion is on target when you design your own furniture. We often find that hastily designed custom furniture is slightly off and needs to be adjusted.</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">Details</h3> <p>If you're refurbishing existing pieces, work with antique furniture instead of new. Antiques have finer details and are much better made.&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">Sizing</h3> <p>Be sure you've accurately measured the space where the furniture will be placed. If your measurements are off, the comfort of the room will be off.&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w30 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="zEAMGW-AdYi" 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="zEAMGW-AdYi"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/cO5WX3GzHL2x.jpg" title="Home Tour: Jennifer Bandier | Lonny.com" alt='Bandier&squot;s china collection orginially belonged to author Anne Rice. "Truthfully, I didn&squot;t really need another set of dishes," Bandier says. "Until I saw these."&nbsp;' /></div> <div class="below">Bandier's china collection orginially belonged to author Anne Rice. "Truthfully, I didn't really need another set of dishes," Bandier says. "Until I saw these."&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w30 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="tQ1mWrOA07z" 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="tQ1mWrOA07z"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/ZWIRQcbilXox.jpg" title="Home Tour: Jennifer Bandier | Lonny.com" alt='"You would think children live in this house!" says Bandier of her enedless candy assortments. "I can&squot;t help it. Nothing makes me happier than candy."' /></div> <div class="below">"You would think children live in this house!" says Bandier of her enedless candy assortments. "I can't help it. Nothing makes me happier than candy."</div> </div> </div> <p>According to Bandier, her designers achieved "perfection." The space is equal parts modern and vintage, with family heirlooms that contribute a sense of history. Accessorized with pieces from her family's art and photography collections, the apartment now feels "classic, with a hunt of bohemia." "When I saw the finished product for the first time, I burst into tears of joy," Bandier says. "Now I wake up every day and feel lucky this is my home."</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="yqSQCOKTGH-" 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="yqSQCOKTGH-"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/2x_ATcDrsCrx.jpg" title="Home Tour: Jennifer Bandier | Lonny.com" alt="Zung balanced the square dining area with a custom-made circular table. The yellow light fixture serves as a focal point. The back wall features prints by Jeff Gibson, an Australian artist who creates new words and then defines them.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">Zung balanced the square dining area with a custom-made circular table. The yellow light fixture serves as a focal point. The back wall features prints by Jeff Gibson, an Australian artist who creates new words and then defines them.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator one"></div> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:18:23 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/MQxBfMBMEij/Classic+Uptown+Apartment+Feminine+Twist MQxBfMBMEij DIY Felt Coasters to Make Your Girls' Night In More Adorable <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="mhbqmOhvLhA" 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="mhbqmOhvLhA"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/4gFSMDuKzrDx.jpg" title="Steph Hung felt Coasters DIY" alt="DIY Felt Coasters to Make Your Girls' Night In More Adorable" /></div> <div class="below attribution"><a class="attribution" href="http://www.stephhung.com/">Steph Hung / Lonny</a></div> </div> </div> <p>Winter nights are perfect for cozy girls' nights in. Whether you're dishing about <em>The Bachelor</em> over cosmos or analyzing your latest book club read over a glass of pinot noir, there's always a way to make your cocktail nights more chic. Enter Lonny contributor and DIY extraordinaire <a href="http://www.stephhung.com/">Steph Hung</a>, who showed us how to add some homemade charm to our libations with these colorful monogrammed coasters. They're great for protecting your tabletops and helping guests keep track of their drinks. And the best part? No sewing skills necessary. Read on to find out how you can create these crafty coasters.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="t89dPRQYn3k" 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="t89dPRQYn3k"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/7QKSdS8aQByx.jpg" title="Steph Hung felt Coasters DIY" alt="DIY Felt Coasters to Make Your Girls' Night In More Adorable" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Steph Hung</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">MATERIALS</h3> <p>- wool felt (we used colors for the top and white for the bottom)<br /> - fusible interfacing<br /> - iron<br /> - detail scissors<br /> - fabric scissors<br /> - circle template (a jar lid will work well)<br /> - pencil</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak">INSTRUCTIONS</h3> <p>1. Start with a 4" felt square. Draw a letter onto your top felt.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="0QfgXIb-pIV" 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="0QfgXIb-pIV"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/OaUpHtIVCo_x.jpg" title="Steph Hung felt Coasters DIY" alt="DIY Felt Coasters to Make Your Girls' Night In More Adorable" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Steph Hung</div> </div> </div> <p>2. Carefully cut the letter out with the detail scissors.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="PqHkQheSP79" 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="PqHkQheSP79"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/YrJ9bBDEvdnx.jpg" title="Steph Hung felt Coasters DIY" alt="DIY Felt Coasters to Make Your Girls' Night In More Adorable" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Steph Hung</div> </div> </div> <p>3. Layer the fusible interfacing between your top and bottom pieces and iron them together.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="L47tEtc_AcU" 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="L47tEtc_AcU"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/7qo3QCsyrk-x.jpg" title="Steph Hung felt Coasters DIY" alt="DIY Felt Coasters to Make Your Girls' Night In More Adorable" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Steph Hung</div> </div> </div> <p>4. Trace the circle template onto the felt sandwich.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Jo3FeQ-5K8G" 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="Jo3FeQ-5K8G"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/qNReS66qLFqx.jpg" title="Steph Hung felt Coasters DIY" alt="DIY Felt Coasters to Make Your Girls' Night In More Adorable" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Steph Hung</div> </div> </div> <p>5. Carefully cut the coaster out.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="nrUDY6AjQF1" 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="nrUDY6AjQF1"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/LLhtAm2o0dwx.jpg" title="Steph Hung felt Coasters DIY" alt="DIY Felt Coasters to Make Your Girls' Night In More Adorable" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Steph Hung</div> </div> </div> <p>6. Have friends over for drinks to show off your DIY felt coaster prowess.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="PzpRZvtyeRf" 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="PzpRZvtyeRf"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/hp3v0RGgtMMx.jpg" title="Steph Hung felt Coasters DIY" alt="DIY Felt Coasters to Make Your Girls' Night In More Adorable" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Steph Hung</div> </div> </div> <p></p> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:14:19 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/Do-It-Yourself+Projects/articles/Q-v2O0lzZPI/DIY+Felt+Coasters+Make+Girls+Night+More+Adorable Q-v2O0lzZPI Instagram Stories: @JandGDesign <p><br /><span class="dropcap">I</span>n New York, a city with a&nbsp;long and illustrious interior design tradition,&nbsp;one firm seems to have fostered more remarkable careers than any other, that of legendary aesthetes <a href="/magazine/December+2010/jwPpZwiA55O/43">Albert Hadley</a>&nbsp;and <a href="/magazine/November+2012/exBLL1AV0gR/1#65">Sister Parish</a>. Bunny Williams,&nbsp;Thom Filicia, and&nbsp;Thomas Jayne&nbsp;all honed their skills under the era-defining aesthetes. Now, a new generation of their acolytes&mdash;those guided&nbsp;by Hadley and Parish's prot&eacute;g&eacute;s&mdash;are coming to the fore, and putting their own updated stamp on the decorating world.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50" data-widget-guid="zjGDWL0dD-y" 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="zjGDWL0dD-y"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/QVVB8ME4C-bx.jpg" title="TK" alt="Instagram Stories: @JandGDesign" /></div> </div> </div> <p>When<a href="http://www.jandgdesign.com/"> J+G Design</a>'s Jennifer Beek Hunter and Georgie Hambright met at Housing Works&rsquo; annual charity event, Design on a Dime, they&nbsp;quickly realized&nbsp;that they&nbsp;"were 'related' through the family tree of design," explains Hunter. Both had worked for designers who hailed from Albert Hadley's impressive&nbsp;branch. They&nbsp;found, she&nbsp;notes, "an immediate and undeniable chemistry" thanks to their&nbsp;shared appreciation for a brilliantly refreshed&nbsp;take on traditional style.&nbsp;Rather than via&nbsp;society circles, the entrepreneurial pair have made their name&mdash;and their transfixing&nbsp;interiors&mdash;known via the 21st-century equivalent,<a href="https://www.instagram.com/jandgdesign/"> Instagram</a>. Give them a follow for daily inspiration, and keep reading below to see how it's done.&nbsp;</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="835K_dzloW4" 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="835K_dzloW4"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/SQpzKnMuLY-x.jpg" title="TK" alt="Instagram Stories: @JandGDesigns" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">The Style</h3> <p>"While our style tends to be more traditional, we're young designers and have a younger clientele. Our aesthetic is&nbsp;in a classic vein, but with a fresh take. We love playful pops of color as well as clean, tailored lines. [Many of] our clients are families who are buying their first 'grown up'&nbsp;home. They look to us to guide them through the process and help them make those key decisions. It is definitely a cool role to be in, knowing that you are impacting someone's life in such a big way."</p> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/gJw_ObyH6o-" data-style="width:575px;height:601px;float:right;" style="width: 575px; height: 601px; float: right;" data-widget-guid="gJw_ObyH6o-" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget"></div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">the feed</h3> <p>"Instagram is our favorite social media outlet by far. When we went off on our own, we didn't take any clients with us, and thus did not have a portfolio to show. We used Instagram as our voice to communicate our aesthetic. We wanted to be approachable to our followers and invite them into the world of J+G Design. We find that when we try to force [an Instagram photo]&nbsp; it looks staged and fabricated and our followers can see right through that."</p> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="0KngrrCT889" 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="0KngrrCT889"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/HMX0kcNMJsix.jpg" title="TK" alt="Instagram Stories: @JandGDesigns" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">The City</h3> <p>"Our feed truly is a love letter to New York City! We feel particularly lucky to live and work in a city that inspires us every day. You literally never know what you will find or see when you turn that street corner. We're biased, but we have to say we love the area right in our own "backyard" here in the Meatpacking District. If you have not paid a visit to the new <a href="http://whitney.org/">Whitney Museum </a>it is a must. Then stop for drinks next door at <a href="http://www.santinanyc.com/">Santina</a>."</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="WNKwmuwaDQ5" 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="WNKwmuwaDQ5"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/YIqBS76ef6Hx.jpg" title="TK" alt="Instagram Stories: @JandGDesigns" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">The Travel Diary</h3> <p>"We find inspiration everywhere we go. We are currently really into hand-painted wall murals and incorporating that artisanal quality into current projects. We love collaborating with local artists and craftsmen to give our clients something personal that represents their unique story.&nbsp;We love color, texture, and layers&mdash;whether that's in &nbsp;a Palazzo in Italy or&nbsp;a current design scheme&mdash;just something with a rich identity and that will ignite the senses. We want our followers to say, 'I want that' or 'I must go there.'"</p> <p></p> <div class="widget fc-unordered-list-widget w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="ld3JemRIagT" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/list_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="list_widget"><span class="maple">JENNIFER AND GEORGIE'S MUST-FOLLOW INSTAGRAMS</span> <ul> <li><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/HW463142o7Wx.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: @JandGDesign" alt="Instagram Stories: @JandGDesign" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@1stDibs</h3> <p>The [<a href="https://www.instagram.com/1stDibs/">antiques e-tailer</a>] posts the most stunning rooms that totally make you swoon.</p> </li> <li><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/RO5aVwEyB_8x.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: @JandGDesign" alt="Instagram Stories: @JandGDesign" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@TownandCountryMag</h3> <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/TownandCountryMag/">Their posts </a>really take you some place else. We often find ourselves saying, "If only we were the Duchess of Cambridge."&nbsp;</p> </li> <li><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/0TDkgNwIA0fx.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: @JandGDesign" alt="Instagram Stories: @JandGDesign" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@MilesRedd</h3> <p>Not only is he a <a href="https://www.instagram.com/milesredd/">design genius</a>, he is hilariously entertaining</p> </li> <li><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/UWd_upMBQulx.jpg" title="Instagram Stories: @JandGDesign" alt="Instagram Stories: @JandGDesign" /> <h3 class="designerTitle">@FlairHome</h3> <p>One of our all time <a href="https://www.instagram.com/flairhome/">favorite stores</a>&nbsp;located in Soho. We love all of their perfectly styled vignettes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> </div> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="separator one"></div> Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:37:06 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/Instagram+Tastemakers/articles/8yA26n1oFnH/Instagram+Stories+JandGDesign 8yA26n1oFnH A Comforting Pasta Carbonara to Get You Through Winter <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding" data-widget-guid="nVLxXAluTxa" 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="nVLxXAluTxa"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/4rNP2AhpEt5x.jpg" title="A Comforting Pasta Carbonara to Get You Through Winter | Lonny.com" alt="A Comforting Pasta Carbonara to Get You Through Winter" /></div> <div class="below attribution"><a class="attribution" href="http://www.thejewelsofny.com/">All photos &copy; The Jewels of New York/Lonny</a></div> </div> </div> <p>If there's one thing winter is good for it's hibernating. After all,&nbsp;the snow is snowing and wind is blowing, but we've got our&nbsp;televisions to keep us warm.&nbsp;So when you've ordered&nbsp;enough takeout containers to fill a kitchen drawer, it's time to step up your <a href="/Easy+Weeknight+Dinners+You'll+Actually+Want+to+Make">dinner</a>&nbsp;game.&nbsp;"<a href="/Entertaining+Idea+of+the+Day/articles/XgHBOSEzcMk/Easy+Weeknight+Dinner+Bucatini+Asparagus+Burrata">Pasta</a>&nbsp;Carbonara is one of those&nbsp;dishes I pull out on nights when I need&nbsp;a restaurant-worthy meal&nbsp;but don&rsquo;t want to leave the comfort of my&nbsp;home," says <a href="/search?q=diana+yen&amp;type=all&amp;csrfmiddlewaretoken=WJ96lw5eepvttA1LwQ5uTzMSdnm4cZBd">Diana Yen</a>, Lonny's all-star recipe contributor. In&nbsp;this ridiculously easy-to-make twist on the classic, we added an egg fried in panko breadcrumbs for a satisfying crunch, plus a hearty helping of pancetta to keep you sated through even the lengthiest of Netflix binges. So go on, curl up with a bowl of this stuff. You're going to be there a while.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="NBj1Bxwepli" 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="NBj1Bxwepli"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/84O82DN8C9Sx.jpg" title="A Comforting Pasta Carbonara to Get You Through Winter | Lonny.com" alt="A Comforting Pasta Carbonara to Get You Through Winter" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">Bucatini Carbonara with Panko Fried Egg<br />Serves 4</h3> <p>For the pasta and sauce:<br />- 12 ounces bucatini pasta<br />- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for coating<br />- 8 ounces pancetta, sliced &frac14;-inch thick and cut into &frac14;-inch dice<br />- 2 shallots, peeled and minced<br />- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced<br />- 2 cups heavy cream<br />- &frac14; cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving<br />- 8 large egg yolks<br />- salt and freshly ground pepper<br />- &frac14; cup coarsely chopped parsley</p> <p>For the eggs:<br />- 4 eggs<br />- 6 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs<br />- &frac14; cup olive oil<br />- chopped parsley, for garnish<br />- flaky salt to taste</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="uj1Xnn0LRKv" 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="uj1Xnn0LRKv"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/6oKrEXrTvagx.jpg" title="A Comforting Pasta Carbonara to Get You Through Winter | Lonny.com" alt="A Comforting Pasta Carbonara to Get You Through Winter" /></div> </div> </div> <p>Cook the pasta: In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente, about 7 minutes. Reserve 6 tablespoons of the cooking water. Drain and rinse with cold water. Lightly coat with olive oil to keep from sticking.</p> <p>Make the eggs: In a bowl, sprinkle the breadcrumbs with salt and drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Place the breadcrumbs in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Warm the crumbs, stirring them every few seconds. When the crumbs begin to turn golden, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and sprinkle with parsley. Crack the eggs directly onto the crumbs and cook them to your desired doneness. Use a spoon to sprinkle some of the free breadcrumbs over the tops of the eggs. Slide eggs onto a plate while you finish the pasta.</p> <p>Make the sauce: Heat the 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until most of the fat has been rendered, 7 minutes. Add the shallot and garlic and cook for another minute. Add the cream and simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the hot pasta to the skillet and stir to coat, 1 minute. Remove from the heat, stir in the reserved pasta cooking water (the starches in the water help thicken the sauce), &frac14; cup of grated cheese, and the egg yolks. Use tongs to gently toss the pasta in the sauce for 1 minute, allow the egg yolks to come up to temperature, without letting them<br />curdle. Stir in the parsley and season with salt. Serve with panko fried eggs.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="O5ZxCEhkTEi" 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="O5ZxCEhkTEi"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/zQmDjO9jT3yx.jpg" title="A Comforting Pasta Carbonara to Get You Through Winter | Lonny.com" alt="A Comforting Pasta Carbonara to Get You Through Winter" /></div> </div> </div> <p></p> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:55:56 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/Entertaining+Idea+of+the+Day/articles/9WBlUNm1LfZ/Comforting+Pasta+Carbonara+Get+Through+Winter 9WBlUNm1LfZ Quilts are Getting a Seriously Cool Makeover <p><span class="dropcap">C</span>hic quilts are having a moment. Whether hanging above your favorite bloggers sofa or reappearing in your well-curated Instagram feed, quilts are back &ndash; and they&rsquo;re kinda cool. Formerly mothball-scented plaid patchwork has been traded for contrasting stitches, hand-painted squares and asymmetrical designs. A new guard of cool-girl crafters sit at the helm of this maker movement, reimagining the time-honored tradition into contemporary works of art. We sit down with one of the trend&rsquo;s burgeoning talents, Season Evans to get some insight on the needle and thread and see what&rsquo;s currently hanging on her design wall.</p> <div class="widget left pull-quote-big-icon w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="9cokSJfp_RT" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text primary">I was drawn to the simplicity and the utilitarian functionality of something that was so beautiful.</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Where did your fascination with traditional quilting come from?</strong></p> <p>I grew up in Pennsylvania and lived there for most of my life. Kutztown University, where I went to school, is in a rural area surrounded by Mennonite and Amish communities. Traditional arts and craft are ingrained in their culture and you couldn&rsquo;t drive a mile without seeing a &ldquo;Quilts&rdquo; sign with an arrow. I was drawn to the simplicity and the utilitarian functionality of something that was so beautiful.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;Describe your work&rsquo;s aesthetic.</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s minimal and graphic. I avoid curves and stick to straight lines. I enjoy exploring contrast with color and stitching &ndash; always starting with an off-white and pulling in a bold red, navy or yellow. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;Your&nbsp;<a href="http://www.instagram.com/s.d.evans">Instagram</a> is chock-full of crumbling building facades and symmetrical landscapes. Where do you find your inspiration?</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;My work is inspired by place. I&rsquo;m someone who has moved around a lot &ndash; from Philadelphia to Seattle to Brooklyn and now back to Seattle &ndash; my environment is very important to me. Quilters tend to see a pattern or quilt in places other might not. Whether it be the color palette of a landscape or a row of brownstones in Brooklyn, I look at it and take it all in.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="TnYxGf6XPBP" 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="TnYxGf6XPBP"><img src="http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/7ohsbg3oYnEx.jpg" title="S.D. Evans Quilts" alt="Community was inspired by streets of row homes where the designer lived in Philadelphia; Experimenting with new shapes on her design wall; Photo courtesy Carly Gaebe; Hand painting labels for her newest batch of patchwork" /></div> <div class="below">Community was inspired by streets of row homes where the designer lived in Philadelphia; Experimenting with new shapes on her design wall; Photo courtesy Carly Gaebe; Hand painting labels for her newest batch of patchwork</div> </div> </div> <p><strong>What is a design wall?</strong></p> <p>Quilters typically use what we call a &ldquo;design wall.&rdquo; In my studio, this is basically a foam board covered in batting &ndash; the middle part of the quilt &ndash; where I can stick up pieces of fabric to explore pattern and layout.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;How are you turning folk art into something sleek and contemporary?</strong></p> <p>My process for creating a quilt is very much in line with the traditional craft, I sketch the design, choose the fabric, hand or machine sew the patchwork and bind the two sides. Something that is important to my process is experimentation. I experiment with the reverse side of the quilt, the typically plain side. I usually find what I call a focus fabric which is inspired by the front and I build the back from there. I pull unusual materials, like vintage yukata or Japanese Kimonos and I hand-paint designs on the fabric.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="RPGCtWpmINZ" 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="RPGCtWpmINZ"><img src="http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/uxDMZESfB4bl.jpg" title="S.D. Evans Quilts" alt="Scenes from Evans&rsquo; studio." /></div> <div class="below">Scenes from Evans&rsquo; studio.</div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Why are quilts trending?</strong></p> <p>I think there is a distance between things that we have and where they&rsquo;re made, and people want to shorten that distance. It&rsquo;s about connection to art, other people and cultures. People want to know the story and feel connected to it.</p> <p><strong>There seems to be a tight community of like-minded artists making quilts. Who do you have your eye on?</strong></p> <p>Oh, the list goes on and on. I would say the community of quilters out there have completely fostered my craft. We all have our own styles and embrace one another. Without that creative community I probably wouldn&rsquo;t have really gone nearly as deep into my art. I am loving the work of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lindsaystead.com">Lindsay Stead</a> out of Toronto,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.folkfibers.com">Maura Ambrose</a> from Austin, and Brooklyn&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.erinwilsonquilts.com">Erin Wilson</a>. I also look to the fine art perspective of a quilter like <a href="http://www.kathrynclark.com">Kathryn Clark.</a></p> <div class="separator three"></div> <div class="widget fc-unordered-list-widget w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="13h70ynVyI1" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/list_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="list_widget"><span class="maple">More cool-girl quilters to love.</span> <ul> <li><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/zXT6SOKUuUBx.jpg" title="Quilts are Getting a Seriously Cool Makeover " alt="Quilts are Getting a Seriously Cool Makeover " /> <h3 class="designerTitle">Meg Callahan</h3> <p><a href="http://www.megcallahan.com">Callahan</a>, also hailing from Seattle, takes on tradition with indigo dyes and all-over pattern. Here is her Harrah quilt at New York City&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.mattermatters.com">Matter</a>.</p> </li> <li><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/1PTDY8vpF7Hx.jpg" title="Quilts are Getting a Seriously Cool Makeover " alt="Quilts are Getting a Seriously Cool Makeover " /> <h3 class="designerTitle">Louise Gray</h3> <p>This&nbsp;<a href="http://www.louisegray.com">Minneapolis-based duo</a> has taken their talents to CB2 for an exclusive collection of their signature graphic designs.</p> </li> <li><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/e-3YY6Bxd-Zx.jpg" title="Quilts are Getting a Seriously Cool Makeover " alt="Quilts are Getting a Seriously Cool Makeover " /> <h3 class="designerTitle">Caroline Hurley</h3> <p>This Brooklyn-based&nbsp;<a href="http://www.carolinezhurley.com">textile maven</a> takes inspiration for her over-sized pattern and dreamy palette from days spent in Oaxaca, Mexico.</p> </li> <li><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/uVCzTbZ9V9Nx.jpg" title="Quilts are Getting a Seriously Cool Makeover " alt="Quilts are Getting a Seriously Cool Makeover " /> <h3 class="designerTitle">Lindsay Stead</h3> <p><a href="http://www.lindsaystead.com">Stead</a>&nbsp;experiments with scale and symmetry to create contemporary pieces from old-fashioned hand quilting.</p> </li> </ul> </div> <p></p> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:55:50 -0800 http://www.lonny.com/The+Find/articles/JdlX6DMVkWB/Quilts+Getting+Seriously+Cool+Makeover JdlX6DMVkWB