Lonny http://www.lonny.com en-us Copyright 2015 Livingly Inc. support@livingly.com (The Livingly Team) Summer Road Trips, Statement Chairs, and the Most Indulgent Guest Rooms Around <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60" data-widget-guid="UjEU6IkbYcp" 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="UjEU6IkbYcp"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/I_3uMgKNkjHx.jpg" title="LINK LOVES | LONNY.COM" alt="Summer Road Trips, Statement Chairs, and the Most Indulgent Guest Rooms Around" /></div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>12 Guest Rooms You Would Never, Ever Leave</strong></em><br />Napoleon III&nbsp;tufted twin beds, a Jim Thompson silk canopy, and Brunschwig &amp; Fils toile&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.veranda.com/decorating-ideas/g1360/guest-bedrooms-you-would-never-want-to-leave/" target="_blank">Veranda</a></p> <p><em><strong>Next-Level Accent Chairs</strong></em><br />Or, how to make a style statement with a one-off seat &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://apartment34.com/2015/05/a-decor-do-statement-making-seats/" target="_blank">Apartment 34</a></p> <p><em><strong>Ready for that Summer Road Trip?</strong></em><br />Here are 10 essentials for making a getaway on wheels &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://waitingonmartha.com/10-essentials-for-the-road-trip-planner/" target="_blank">Waiting on Martha</a></p> <p><em><strong>Heads Up, Lovers of Exquisite Textiles</strong></em><br />A sumptuous, eye-popping dive into the world of Pierre Frey &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://quintessenceblog.com/pierre-frey-inspiring-interiors/" target="_blank">Quintessence</a></p> <p><em><strong>Wishing for a&nbsp;Weekend in Wine Country</strong></em><br />This simple little cottage would do just fine &ndash; 1stdibs via&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/p/3Ooqs1AwqU/" target="_blank">Instagram</a></p> <p><em><strong>Ruffled Perfection</strong></em><br />David Austin Roses for days and days, please &ndash; Design*Sponge via&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/p/3OtKvUDob2/?taken-by=designsponge" target="_blank">Instagram</a></p> <p></p> Thu, 28 May 2015 15:11:15 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Daily+Design+Roundup/articles/aFqGi5P72mo/Summer+Road+Trips+Statement+Chairs+Most+Indulgent aFqGi5P72mo Eric Clapton Sells Dreamy South of France Estate <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60" data-widget-guid="SfY6NJbIXG1" 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="SfY6NJbIXG1"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/iB5wWSKzrv5x.jpg" title="Celebrity Home Tours" alt="Eric Clapton Sells Dreamy South of France Estate" /></div> <div class="below attribution">home-hunts.net</div> </div> </div> <p>British&nbsp;rocker&nbsp;Eric Clapton has been gifting the world with harmony-filled&nbsp;hits like "Layla," "I Shot the Sheriff," and "Tears in Heaven" for&nbsp;the past four decades. When not touring the world, however, the 70-year-old has called this serene&nbsp;Provence manor&nbsp;his home away from home&nbsp;since 2001. After years of happy ownership, Clapton and his family have put their&nbsp;French&nbsp;estate on the <a href="http://www.home-hunts.net/france/provence-property-for-sale/eric-clapton-sells-his-provencal-secret-exclusively-through-home-hunts/" target="_blank">market for&nbsp;$3.22&nbsp;million</a>.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget left html-widget w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="kQ7r7Gd0Oem" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/html_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="html_widget"><iframe frameborder="0" width="698" height="503" scrolling="no" id="molvideoplayer" title="MailOnline Embed Player" src="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/embed/video/1182436.html"></iframe></div> <p>The bucolic grounds include&nbsp;rolling lawns, a heated swimming pool, a tennis court, a boules pitch, and a lavender field, while the main house is made up of ten bedrooms, nine bathrooms and airy, vaulted common spaces. There's even&nbsp;a spacious, two-bedroom annex that can house visiting family and friends.&nbsp;Outside of the private enclave, the quiet, nearby village allows the rockstar to shop the market and enjoy&nbsp;the caf&eacute;s with his family without being bothered.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="ALbQM6ttpEn" 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="ALbQM6ttpEn"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/84PmXc2xnDqx.jpg" title="Celebrity Home Tours" alt="Eric Clapton Sells Dreamy South of France Estate" /></div> <div class="below attribution">home-hunts.net</div> </div> </div> <p>Clapton has decided to sell the home&nbsp;because he's&nbsp;been too busy to spend much time in the French countryside, despite its proximity to the U.K. As the guitar genius continues to produce music and tour far and wide, we can only imagine where he'll put down his creative roots next.&nbsp;Check out the video above&nbsp;for a view into the idyllic French estate.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="UHy1z-qjzU3" 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="UHy1z-qjzU3"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/M8J5K4dzD34x.jpg" title="Celebrity Home Tour " alt="Eric Clapton Sells Dreamy South of France Estate" /></div> <div class="below attribution">home-hunts.net</div> </div> </div> <p></p> Thu, 28 May 2015 09:12:58 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/ecKHzz4nMdJ/Eric+Clapton+Sells+Dreamy+South+France+Estate ecKHzz4nMdJ Glossy Black Doors, a Victorian Makeover, and the Banana Pudding You Can't Live Without <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="gXtKiWehsjC" 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="gXtKiWehsjC"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/aJT_S8mXansx.jpg" title="LINK LOVES | LONNY.COM" alt="TKTKTK" /></div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>A Fresh Victorian Makeover in Melbourne</strong></em><br />A grande old dame gets a revamp (and a really good tile floor)&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.desiretoinspire.net/blog/2015/5/27/stalking-old-and-new.html" target="_blank">Desire to Inspire</a></p> <p><em><strong>Ode to the Little Black Door</strong></em><br />Considering a couple of&nbsp;dark and glossy beauties to elevate my interiors &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sfgirlbybay.com/2015/05/27/ill-take-the-black-door-on-the-right/" target="_blank">SF Girl by Bay</a></p> <p><em><strong>Currently Craving: Banana Wafer Pudding</strong></em><br />As every New Yorker knows, this is the&nbsp;<em>real</em> reason to hit up Magnolia Bakery &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sacramentostreet.com/2015/05/on-the-menu-banana-wafer-pudding/" target="_blank">Sacramento Street</a></p> <p><em><strong>Summer's Top Color&nbsp;Trend: Coral and Turquoise</strong></em><br />A bright and beachy combo guaranteed to lift your spirits &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.potterybarn.com/summer-color-trend-coral-and-turquoise/" target="_blank">Inside &amp; Out</a></p> <p><em><strong>Just a Little Bit of Leopard</strong></em><br />Goes a long way indeed &ndash; The Decorista via&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/p/3MLpeSunW1/?taken-by=thedecorista" target="_blank">Instagram</a></p> <p><em><strong>Wedding Season is in Full Swing&nbsp;</strong></em><br />Get those party shoes ready now &ndash; The Coveteur via&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/p/3MLpeSunW1/?taken-by=thedecorista" target="_blank">Instagram</a></p> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:49:06 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Daily+Design+Roundup/articles/Y1BhnqYdtwA/Glossy+Black+Doors+Victorian+Makeover+Banana Y1BhnqYdtwA This Easy Salmon Salad Recipe Is Your New Summer Obsession <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="ITG1xKfdoUs" 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="ITG1xKfdoUs"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/5IRdYrpVgAMx.jpg" title="This Easy Salmon Salad Recipe Is Your New Summer Obsession | Lonny.com" alt="This Easy Salmon Salad Recipe Is Your New Summer Obsession" /></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>It happens every year: you eat too much, you <a href="/15+Warm-Weather+Cocktails+to+Celebrate+Spring">drink</a>&nbsp;too much, and then all of your&nbsp;<a href="/The+Ultimate+Memorial+Day+Menu+from+Our+Favorite+Food+Bloggers">Memorial Day menu</a> goodness gets overshadowed by that&nbsp;inevitable sinking feeling. Literally. If someone dropped you in a pool right now there'd be no floating. But we're here to fix that. Lonny contributor <a href="/search?q=diana+yen&amp;type=all">Diana Yen</a>&nbsp;has concocted this light, healthy poached salmon salad to banish the bloat, restore your skin (thanks to all those omega-3s), and get you through the weeks ahead. Bonus: the recipe is a super-simple option&nbsp;for an <a href="/Easy+Weeknight+Dinners+You'll+Actually+Want+to+Make">easy weeknight dinner</a>&mdash;all you need is one pan, one bowl, and 15 minutes. Give it a try and let us know what you think.</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Poached Salmon Salad</strong><br /><strong>Serves 4</strong></p> <p>- &frac12; cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc<br />- &frac12; teaspoon salt<br />- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill, 2 whole sprigs reserved<br />- 1 shallot, halved and sliced<br />- &frac12; pound salmon filet, boneless and skinless<br />- water for poaching<br />- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard<br />- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped<br />- &frac14; cup champagne vinegar<br />- &frac12; cup extra virgin olive oil<br />- salt and pepper<br />- 3 cups arugula<br />- 1 cup pea shoots<br />- 1 cup sugar snap peas, strings removed and cut into thin strips<br />- &frac12; pound radishes, thinly&nbsp;sliced</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="zRprYujdW3X" 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="zRprYujdW3X"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/NlVGLLt7UI5x.jpg" title="This Easy Salmon Salad Recipe Is Your New Summer Obsession | Lonny.com" alt="This Easy Salmon Salad Recipe Is Your New Summer Obsession" /></div> </div> </div> <p>In a medium skillet, combine the wine, salt, 2 sprigs dill, shallot, and salmon. Add enough water to cover the fish and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Cook until salmon is opaque, about 5-7 minutes. Undercooking yields a slightly more tender fish. Remove from pan, cover, and refrigerate until cold. Once salmon has chilled, remove from refrigerator, break into large pieces with a fork, and set aside.</p> <p>In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, garlic, champagne vinegar, and dill. Continue to whisk, while adding olive oil in a slow stream until dressing is emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper.</p> <p>On a large platter, place watercress and top with salmon, sugar snap peas, peas, and tomatoes.</p> <p>Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="1Sqlgve5Fvr" 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="1Sqlgve5Fvr"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/47oKEpWHYzrx.jpg" title="This Easy Salmon Salad Recipe Is Your New Summer Obsession | Lonny.com" alt="This Easy Salmon Salad Recipe Is Your New Summer Obsession" /></div> </div> </div> <p></p> Wed, 27 May 2015 13:05:55 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Entertaining+Idea+of+the+Day/articles/MpV1tcfUlNp/Easy+Salmon+Salad+Recipe+New+Summer+Obsession MpV1tcfUlNp Is the Recliner the Dad Bod of Decorating? <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="G9EWKMfn5Vv" 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="G9EWKMfn5Vv"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/3via0GaDKfWx.gif" title="Restoration Hardware recliner" alt="This is the Dad Bod of Decorating" /></div> <div class="below attribution"><a class="attribution" href="https://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod2702029&amp;categoryId=cat2150038">Restoration Hardware</a></div> </div> </div> <p>Our insincerest apologies to all you toned and tanned beach bodies. This summer is all about the "dad bod." For the uninitiated, that's the&nbsp;just-cushy-enough physique common to many a father figure&mdash;a&nbsp;sturdy build&nbsp;topped with a fair helping of,&nbsp;shall we say, pleasant&nbsp;plushness&mdash;that's lately captured the attention of the Internet, and the eye of lady admirers everywhere. It has&nbsp;been quantified&nbsp;by the <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/upshot/the-dad-bod-quantified.html?_r=0">New York Times</a>,</em>&nbsp;dressed up by <em><a href="http://www.vogue.com/13262593/date-night-dadbod-style/">Vogue</a></em>, and dressed down by <em><a href="http://time.com/3846828/dad-bod-is-a-sexist-atrocity/">Time</a>, </em>but such is our habit, we had to find a way to bring the phenomenon home.&nbsp;</p> <p>Think of the words that come to mind when you go to describe the quintessential dad bod: plump, cozy, comfortable, nicely-aged, in repose, leather-upholstered...wait, what? Exactly.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="cy6sMPvSt07" 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="cy6sMPvSt07"><img src="http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/Tm-t5hQHqAsx.gif" title="Chris Pratt Dad Bod " alt="Chris Pratt on Parks &amp; Recreation /&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">Chris Pratt on <em>Parks &amp; Recreation /&nbsp;</em> <div class="below attribution">NBC</div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Meet the dad bod of decorating: the stately and a-touch-overstuffed&nbsp;leather recliner. The one above is the <a href="https://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod2702029&amp;categoryId=cat2150038">Parisian</a>&nbsp;from Restoration Hardware, which&nbsp;really hits the sweet spot of tailored, traditional, and inviting. But just like our favorite&nbsp;celebrity dad bods (Chris Pratt, Jon Hamm, Jay Z, Seth Rogen) there's some jiggle room&nbsp;within the archetype. It doesn't mean we can't appreciate a nice <span class="strikethrough">Brad Pitt</span> Eames chair now and then, but when the going gets tough do you want&nbsp;sleek&nbsp;lines lulling you to sleep&nbsp;or those big, cushy arms? We thought so. <a href="http://www.raymourflanigan.com/stevens-leather-rocker-recliner-210269850.aspx">Now.</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wayfair.com/Barcalounger-Briarwood-II-Recliner-BCL1311-BCL1311.html">Get.</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/royce-leather-recliner/s257967">Shopping</a><a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/royce-leather-recliner/s257967">.&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/royce-leather-recliner/s257967"></a></p> <p></p> Wed, 27 May 2015 13:04:28 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Decorating/articles/inKpJuo5CTq/Recliner+Dad+Bod+Decorating inKpJuo5CTq Summer Boathouses, Desks as Nightstands, and a Studio Apartment Packed with Character <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60" data-widget-guid="RFafnTCEA0_" 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="RFafnTCEA0_"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/GJGzJfnlBA7x.jpg" title="LINK LOVES | LONNY.COM" alt="Summer Boathouses, Desks as Nightstands, and a Studio Apartment Packed with Character" /></div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>Summer Daydreaming, Boathouse Edition</strong></em><br />Five amazing retreats&nbsp;by the water that we'd happily hide away in all season long &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.remodelista.com/posts/5-favorites-summer-boathouse-roundup" target="_blank">Remodelista</a></p> <p><em><strong>Yea or Nay: Desks as Nightstands</strong></em><br />I say the more space for bedside reading, the better&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.abigailahern.com/design/thinking-outside-the-box-desks-as-nightstands/" target="_blank">Abigail Ahern</a></p> <p><em><strong>Jessie Randall Can Do No Wrong</strong></em><br />Case in point: these ticking-stripe overalls from Forever 21 worn with white slides and an eyelet blouse &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://jeanstories.com/the-stories/jessie-randall-the-shoe-gurus-overalls/" target="_blank">Jean Stories</a></p> <p><em><strong>This Studio Apartment Will Stop You in Your Tracks</strong></em><br />Dark walls, a vintage settee, and the sweetest little balcony with a table for two &ndash; <a href="http://www.mydomaine.com/charming-studio-apartment/" target="_blank">MyDomaine</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Unexpected Reading Nook</strong></em><br />A leather pouf and some lovely built-ins &ndash; French by Design via&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/p/3Jc6JrJjmc/?taken-by=frenchbydesign" target="_blank">Instagram</a></p> <p><em><strong>Summer on a Stick</strong></em><br />Craving these blueberry popsicles from one of our fave feeds &ndash; Sassy Kitchen on Design*Sponge via&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/p/3KHjJejoaC/?taken-by=designsponge" target="_blank">Instagram</a></p> Tue, 26 May 2015 16:04:58 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Daily+Design+Roundup/articles/J9BL0Xyb0rI/Summer+Boathouses+Desks+Nightstands+Studio J9BL0Xyb0rI The Perfect Summer Beach House <p><span class="dropcap">T</span>he showstopper of a striped ceiling in this home&rsquo;s&nbsp;media room should make it clear that this is no stuffy decorator project.&nbsp;&ldquo;They wanted bright colors and an interior that was super child-friendly,&rdquo; says designer <strong><a href="http://jennywolfinteriors.com/" target="_blank">Jenny Wolf</a></strong>&nbsp;about the 4,500-square-foot, cedar-shingled summer retreat owned by her clients in the seaside&nbsp;enclave of Long Beach Island, New&nbsp;Jersey. &ldquo;Their home needed to reflect their laid-back lifestyle.&rdquo; Fittingly, the word that Wolf uses most to describe this four-bedroom house is <em>fun</em>.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w30 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="WcFKwNPBKNf" 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="WcFKwNPBKNf"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/ijE9AF1wXbQx.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="Decorative objets in the home's media room." /></div> <div class="below">Decorative objets in the home's media room.</div> </div> </div> <p>That doesn&rsquo;t mean there weren&rsquo;t some painstaking design moments along the way. Take, for example, that aforementioned striped ceiling&mdash;which involved a team of five perched on ladders outlining the pattern with lasers and painting over a period of five days. &ldquo;The contractor wanted to murder me,&rdquo; Wolf admits, &ldquo;but I knew how effective it would be in the space.&rdquo; Given the generous use of kid-friendly materials and sophisticated flourishes, this is one beach house that doesn&rsquo;t sacrifice style for durability (and vice versa). &ldquo;Just because you want to be comfortable doesn&rsquo;t mean you have to stop being sophisticated,&rdquo; says Wolf, who collaborated on the home with her senior project manager, Dakota Willimon. &ldquo;You can run outside, jump in the pool, and sit on the sofa&mdash;and not have to worry at all.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="ZcXFQ_IPNk4" 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="ZcXFQ_IPNk4"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/UHQOgNwPbwyx.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="The Perfect Summer Beach House " /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="uEER8bZzm70" 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="uEER8bZzm70"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/GP6Di1HXDSnx.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="The master bedroom features a sunroom overlooking the water and an adjoining bath and dressing area.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">The master bedroom features a sunroom overlooking the water and an adjoining bath and dressing area.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="lbBnrd8QYlz" 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="lbBnrd8QYlz"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/vHSZ8sGMcBUx.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="The Perfect Summer Beach House " /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">THE MASTER BEDROOM</h3> <p>In this bay-oriented abode, the homeowners&rsquo; private master suite&nbsp;comes with a sunroom and&nbsp;a bone-inlaid desk overlooking the water. &ldquo;The palette consists of blues and pops of coral,&rdquo; says Wolf, who wanted a light and airy space with a hint of pattern&mdash;thus the neutral gray-and-white fan-design wallpaper by Serena &amp; Lily. The headboard upholstered in a Manuel Canovas textile establishes a crisp color combination echoed by the pair of armchairs covered in Quadrille fabric and piped with coral linen. &ldquo;My client is a little more traditional in nature,&rdquo; says Wolf. She reinforced the classic mood with tailored textiles and trims. &nbsp;</p> <p>The adjoining dressing room picks up on the media room&rsquo;s Moroccan-influenced sensibility, with its decorative screens crafted by Manhattan&rsquo;s Mosaic House and cabinetry embellished with brass-and-mother-of-pearl knobs. The blue-gray hue of the millwork is the same as that in the master bathroom: a subtle gradation on the outdoor vistas of sea and sky.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100" data-widget-guid="l22pOWZk7Bc" 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="l22pOWZk7Bc"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/HJHDhwFw9Gex.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="High-contrast&nbsp;piping on the sofas, as well as orange-lacquer side tables, make this living area&nbsp;come alive." /></div> <div class="below">High-contrast&nbsp;piping on the sofas, as well as orange-lacquer side tables, make this living area&nbsp;come alive.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="w1-aEgH8zkq" 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="w1-aEgH8zkq"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/BqWCUeteC7Lx.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="The vinyl grasscloth wall covering is ideal for coastal homes." /></div> <div class="below">The vinyl grasscloth wall covering is ideal for coastal homes.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="krYU_zKFl9c" 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="krYU_zKFl9c"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Y0Sq4rMSuEUx.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="A rattan tray acts as a textural table element." /></div> <div class="below">A rattan tray acts as a textural table element.</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">THE LIVING&nbsp;ROOM</h3> <p>The most visible space upon entering the home introduces its dominant decorating themes: beachy motifs, bold hits of color, and textural elements well suited to high-traffic zones. With a braided jute rug to ground the room, two Thibaut sofas covered in Quadrille&rsquo;s indoor-outdoor Zigzag fabric and piped in hot pink create an intimate seating area. Orange lacquer side tables bearing cork-shaded turquoise lamps provide poppy contrast.</p> <p>&ldquo;All the walls in the living area are papered in a vinyl grasscloth because there&rsquo;s a lot of moisture in the environment,&rdquo; says Wolf. Accessories such as framed sea fans and rattan trays displaying coastal objets reinforce the seaside&nbsp;mood.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="ZId0fvXHDBm" 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="ZId0fvXHDBm"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Jtc2Ag1qnTjx.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="The Perfect Summer Beach House " /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="v06QP6Lg42s" 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="v06QP6Lg42s"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/caw9vja967cx.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="In the guest room, a leafy textile pattern spurs the decorating scheme. The children's bathroom, above center, brings in a similar mint-green hue." /></div> <div class="below">In the guest room, a leafy textile pattern spurs the decorating scheme. The children's bathroom, above center, brings in a similar mint-green hue.</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">THE GUEST ROOM</h3> <p>A Peter Dunham leaf-print fabric sets the tone for a cheery space. Quadrille&rsquo;s China Seas Java Java wallpaper&mdash;&ldquo;a kind of lime green,&rdquo; in Wolf&rsquo;s words&mdash;covers the vaulted ceiling, complementing the lavender wall color&nbsp;and a Moroccan-style side table in a similar hue. &ldquo;We cut the space with a black four-poster bed and then softened everything with a sisal rug and a grasscloth lampshade to bring&nbsp;in texture,&rdquo; explains Wolf. The custom-upholstered stools from Ryan Studio sport a classic trellis&nbsp;trim.</p> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/GLjKsJMU8Sj" data-style="width:1000px;height:646px;float:none;" style="width: 1000px; height: 646px; float: none;" data-widget-guid="GLjKsJMU8Sj" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Yo5_pswfGFI" 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="Yo5_pswfGFI"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/FI5cqvA05zyx.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="Tassels and a whimsical light fixture grace the girls' room." /></div> <div class="below">Tassels and a whimsical light fixture grace the girls' room.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="AEs1Z99qTAN" 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="AEs1Z99qTAN"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/eNL__W-oS8Ux.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="Pompoms and pillows embellish&nbsp;a cozy reading nook." /></div> <div class="below">Pompoms and pillows embellish&nbsp;a cozy reading nook.</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">THE GIRLS' ROOM</h3> <p>An infusion of lively hues and eye-catching patterns make&nbsp;this a memorable retreat for the clients&rsquo; twin eight-year-old girls. The pairing of fuchsia and kelly green is tempered with walls, bed linens, and accessories in soft creams and whites. The seating nook overlooking the water has drawers underneath for toy storage and is the perfect place to curl up with a classic childhood read. Decorative flourishes&nbsp;add even more character: pompom trim on window treatments and adjoining sconces, as well as hot-pink tassels on the dresser.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="-s08NfZLcOT" 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="-s08NfZLcOT"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/i_7cTDle_jax.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="The Perfect Summer Beach House " /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Z5l1HbODYbr" 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="Z5l1HbODYbr"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/-KKp1NQMfXzx.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="With its versatile palette and upholstered daybed, the boy's room is set up to grow with him." /></div> <div class="below">With its versatile palette and upholstered daybed, the boy's room is set up to grow with him.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="4TulFanL1xd" 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="4TulFanL1xd"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/HVOf4L9eXDSx.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="The Perfect Summer Beach House " /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">THE BOY'S ROOM</h3> <p>Even the home&rsquo;s youngest residents got their chance for design input. In the case of the client&rsquo;s five-year-old son, Cole &amp; Son&rsquo;s Woods Wallpaper was what captured his imagination. (&ldquo;The kids also wanted to have stars somewhere, which is why they ended up painted on the ceiling of their bathroom,&rdquo; says Wolf with a laugh.) A charcoal-gray-and-yellow palette and Roman shades in a tie-dye-like pattern from Clarence House are unexpected yet age-appropriate&mdash;just like the home itself.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="hYh6eSPh82I" 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="hYh6eSPh82I"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/biTTsuC4Rwwx.jpg" title="BEACH HOUSE BY JENNY WOLF INTERIORS | LONNY.COM" alt="The Perfect Summer Beach House " /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget fc-unordered-list-widget w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="RGwNotnUl5I" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/list_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="list_widget"><span class="maple">DECORATING A FAMILY-FRIENDLY BEACH HOUSE</span> <p>As a mother of young children, designer Jenny Wolf knows how to draw on durable materials to create a mood of refined ease. Here, four elements that make this summer retreat work.<br /><br /></p> <ul> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">INDOOR-OUTDOOR FABRIC</h3> <p>&ldquo;Mix fun, bright colors and patterns. A level of protection is key,&rdquo; says Wolf. &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t want to stress about sitting on your sofa in a wet bathing suit.&rdquo;</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">JUTE AND SISAL RUGS</h3> <p>&ldquo;I use them a lot in my designs; they add warmth, texture, and a coastal atmosphere,&rdquo; says Wolf. &ldquo;Also, jute is very soft&mdash;much more kid-friendly than seagrass rugs we&rsquo;ve used in the past.&rdquo;</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">STATEMENT LIGHTING</h3> <p>&ldquo;Interesting chandeliers, sconces, and pendants ground a space and give it a little edge and formality. They also help ensure that rooms feel airy even with all this color.&rdquo;</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">WINDOW TREATMENTS</h3> <p>Little details (such as the pink pompom trim in the girls&rsquo; bedroom) help draw the eye and frame views. The media room&rsquo;s Roman shades set the tone for the entire space.</p> </li> </ul> </div> <div class="separator one"></div> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:00:01 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/2cA6yB2_kQ_/The+Perfect+Summer+Beach+House 2cA6yB2_kQ_ Red, White, and Blue Rooms, Weekend Wardrobe, and Entertaining with Bill Blass <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="S8uWlxXx19f" 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="S8uWlxXx19f"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/6hcgZowq7ncx.jpg" title="LINK LOVES | LONNY.COM" alt="Red, White, and Blue Rooms, Weekend Wardrobe, and Entertaining with Bill Blass" /></div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>Red, White, and Blue Rooms for Memorial Day</strong></em><br />Crisp stripes and bold hues to get us in the patriotic spirit&nbsp;&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/color/advice/g2357/red-white-and-blue-chic/" target="_blank">ELLE DECOR</a></p> <p><em><strong>Entertaining with Bill Blass</strong></em><br />This is how the master did it &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://thepeakofchic.blogspot.com/2015/05/weekend-entertaining-with-bill-blass.html" target="_blank">The Peak of Chic</a></p> <p><em><strong>Your Wardrobe for the Long Weekend Ahead</strong></em><br />Except who in their right minds would wear heels to the beach?&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thecoveteur.com/memorial-day-2015-plans/" target="_blank">The Coveteur</a></p> <p><em><strong>Eye-Candy Interiors from Bastien Halard</strong></em><br />Excuse us while we gnash our teeth in envy&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.desiretoinspire.net/blog/2015/5/22/halard-halard-noteworthy-spaces.html" target="_blank">Desire to Inspire</a></p> <p><em><strong>The Glamorous Side of City Hall</strong></em><br />Capturing an often-congested stretch of Lower Manhattan at its most beautiful &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/p/2_NMQloY_y/" target="_blank">Ben Wagner</a></p> <p><em><strong>Birthday Girl</strong></em><br />They don't make supermodels like this anymore &ndash; INTERVIEW magazine via&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/interviewmag/" target="_blank">Instagram</a></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 14:48:47 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Daily+Design+Roundup/articles/XZ91GHOfBz_/Red+White+Blue+Rooms+Weekend+Wardrobe+Entertaining XZ91GHOfBz_ The Most Instagrammed Floor in L.A. <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="N5hWAsmvm-W" 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="N5hWAsmvm-W"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/slf79DFnI7Sx.jpg" title="Tastemakers on Social Media" alt="@republiquela/@republiquela" /></div> <div class="below"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/myZ6ByzVq9/?taken-by=republiquela" target="_blank">@republiquela</a>/<a href="https://instagram.com/p/2t0zebzVjB/?taken-by=republiquela" target="_blank">@republiquela</a></div> </div> </div> <p>If you've been to <a href="/Lonny+Travels+Bite+Size+LA">Los Angeles</a>&nbsp;recently and haven't checked out <a href="/Scout+Out/articles/2xU6U_Tu5l2/Eat+Now+L+Republique+Gallic+Bar+Bistro" target="_blank">R&eacute;publique</a>, you're missing out. The eatery's&nbsp;brunch menu alone has&nbsp;the picture-taking-foodies of the world&nbsp;sharing&nbsp;their brioche French toast faster than you can say #nofilter. But while the restaurant's&nbsp;ap&eacute;rtifs&nbsp;and croque madam are definitely <a href="https://instagram.com/republiquela/">Instagram-</a>worthy, it's the cubist, black-and-green-tiled floors that have Lonny-minded&nbsp;diners&nbsp;looking down.&nbsp;From cute pups and matcha lattes to rustic loaves of bread, loyal patrons prove that&nbsp;the <a href="/Floorcore+is+Our+Favorite+Instagram+Phenomenon">#floorcore</a>&nbsp;opportunities are endless. Where are you 'gramming from&nbsp;this weekend?</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Lhlm6rDRrmj" 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="Lhlm6rDRrmj"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/XhL0cd14NPJx.jpg" title="Tastemakers on Social Media" alt="@ubriaca/@laphoodie" /></div> <div class="below"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/1tjn3HDg_D/?taken-by=ubriaca" target="_blank">@ubriaca</a>/<a href="https://instagram.com/p/10vlzUGMab/?taken-by=laphoodie" target="_blank">@laphoodie</a></div> </div> </div> <p></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 10:03:34 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Tastemakers+on+Social+Media/articles/IJRoKTabN7o/Most+Instagrammed+Floor+L IJRoKTabN7o An All-Ages Brunch Party <p><span class="dropcap">I</span>f there&rsquo;s one thing I love to do, it&rsquo;s&nbsp;plan&nbsp;a party&mdash;and I&rsquo;m lucky enough to have had many memorable celebrations in my life. The rager I threw with my best friend, Meredith, on our junior year abroad in Paris, after which her <em>bougie</em> Luxembourg Gardens apartment would never be the same. My wedding reception at a Balinese-themed courtyard in San Francisco, complete with a sexy bossa-nova band and the smooth jazz stylings of Marcus Shelby. The <a href="/Design+Inspiration+Lonny's+NYC+Relaunch+Party" target="_blank">Lonny relaunch party</a>&nbsp;last summer at a&nbsp;$12 million triplex penthouse in SoHo. But now that I&rsquo;m a mom and officially on the toddler-birthday circuit, my goal was to plan an event that would be equally enthralling for kids and adults. After all, who better than my friends, family, and neighbors&mdash;my support system for the last four years&mdash;to help me celebrate getting through those intense early years of parenting?</p> <p>To be clear: I&rsquo;ve got absolutely nothing against Disney. Heck, I&rsquo;ve been known to enlist the babysitting services of Elsa and Anna on many, many an occasion (long car rides; unexpected conference calls; lazy weekend mornings. Don&rsquo;t judge). But when it came time to plan the joint birthday party for my four-year-old daughter, Poppy, and my three-year-old son, Rhys, I had something a little different in mind. Because both of my kids loved fairies and forests, I wanted to come up with a concept that expressed their interests and captured their imagination without being overly literal. Thanks to my job at Lonny, I had amazing design resources to draw upon. And of course, this party would be the perfect excuse to have some fun with styling out a few tabletop scenarios. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Little did I know it would turn out to be a truly epic event&mdash;complete with superhero capes, DIY magic wands that actually lit up, decadent brunch treats from a master baker, and a dessert bar for the ages. (Also: topiaries!) Here&rsquo;s how it all came together, with massive thanks to all the players involved.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="NEafKfTRL0L" 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="NEafKfTRL0L"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/sEv7rTRZjiZx.jpg" title="ALL-AGES BRUNCH PARTY | LONNY.COM" alt="A brass rabbit and vintage scale as party decor: why not?" /></div> <div class="below">A brass rabbit and vintage scale as party decor: why not?</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="SfCdGxQpHCX" 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="SfCdGxQpHCX"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/ZZuAy8Awuzhx.jpg" title="ALL-AGES BRUNCH PARTY | LONNY.COM" alt="My little family in birthday-party mode." /></div> <div class="below">My little family in birthday-party mode.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">THE SETTING</h3> <p>In the artistic, industrial-atmospheric neighborhood of Gowanus, Brooklyn, <a href="http://www.curiousjanecamp.com/" target="_blank">Curious Jane</a>&nbsp;is one of those gems that celebrate creativity and childhood in a fresh and engaging way.&nbsp;The brainchild of local mom Samantha Murphy, the company provides classes, camps, and parties and events for girls ages six to 11. &ldquo;Everything we do is project-based and all about tinkering and exploring,&rdquo; says Murphy. &ldquo;Our goal is to remove fear of failure and let the girls create, invent, troubleshoot, and build.&rdquo;</p> <p>With its high ceilings, large windows, and colorful hand-painted fabric panels by Brooklyn&rsquo;s <a href="http://fortmakers.com/" target="_blank">Fort Makers</a>, the Curious Jane studio is a natural fit for an all-ages party. On one side of the space, we set up the expansive brunch table and bar; on the other, the children&rsquo;s craft table, staffed by three patient, personable instructors with an innate knack for storytelling. The theme of the party was <a href="http://www.curiousjanecamp.com/magic-mystery" target="_blank">Magic and Mystery</a>, which brings together &ldquo;surprise, sparkle, sleights of hand, fairy houses, elements of nature, and more,&rdquo; explains marketing and outreach coordinator Melisa Coburn. During the party, my kids and their friends were absolutely enraptured by the projects&mdash;a decorate-your-own superhero cape and a DIY wand with a battery-powered light&mdash;and could have kept going all day, without a single bored attitude or toddler tantrum in the mix. &ldquo;Last summer, we invited girls to recommend projects and themes via our Curious Jane Idea Quest, which inspired popular new classes such as Kitchen Chemistry, Mini Pet Design, and Spa Science,&rdquo; says Murphy. (<a href="/Easy+Kids+DIY+Project+Glitter+Jars" target="_blank">Click here</a> for an easy DIY Glitter Jars project from their <a href="http://www.curiousjanecamp.com/whats-inside/" target="_blank">Spring 2015 magazine</a>.) All I can say is: where was Curious Jane when I was growing up?</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="APdjqfHv8xv" 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="APdjqfHv8xv"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/z76rZXUtApVx.jpg" title="ALL-AGES BRUNCH PARTY | LONNY.COM" alt="The crafts area evoked&nbsp;the spring woodland theme with Laura Kicey's Moonbeam Tapestry&nbsp;from Urban Outfitters.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">The crafts area evoked&nbsp;the spring woodland theme with <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=24264079" target="_blank">Laura Kicey's Moonbeam Tapestry</a>&nbsp;from Urban Outfitters.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">THE&nbsp;DESSERT&nbsp;TABLE</h3> <p>One of the places I miss most from San Francisco, where I used to live, is <a href="https://www.miette.com/" target="_blank">Miette</a>.&nbsp;The storybook patisserie&mdash;a dream destination for lovers of sweets and old-fashioned candy-shop interiors&mdash;bakes up some of the most scrumptious treats around, from melt-in-your-mouth chocolate shortbread cookies to fleur de sel caramels. Proust&rsquo;s madeleine had nothing on Miette founder Meg Ray&rsquo;s macaron.</p> <p>To welcome guests to the party and provide them with a generous, help-yourself way to create their own goodie bags, I set up a dessert table of Miette goodies on the company&rsquo;s signature jadeite cake stands. (Also in the mix: vintage-style candy dishes and platters from Manhattan vintage prop-rental company <a href="http://www.octavia-brown.com/" target="_blank">Octavia &amp; Brown</a>, and a candy-stripe tablecloth from online party-supply shop <a href="http://www.shopmerimeri.com/toot-sweet-general-party.aspx" target="_blank">Meri Meri</a>. &ldquo;You need both variation and uniformity&mdash;for example, cake stands and serving plates need to be different heights, but of a similar style,&rdquo; advises Ray. &ldquo;You don't want one item to overshadow the others. And don't try to say too much with candy; it's more of a colorway than a delicious, homemade dessert.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="k8O78zv2YaB" 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="k8O78zv2YaB"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/AsO80QwX40ix.jpg" title="ALL-AGES BRUNCH PARTY | LONNY.COM" alt="An All-Ages Brunch Party " /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="9uVjkt0PDZS" 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="9uVjkt0PDZS"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/guWAx9k-Gwmx.jpg" title="ALL-AGES BRUNCH PARTY | LONNY.COM" alt="An All-Ages Brunch Party " /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple"></h3> <h3 class="article_heading maple">THE BRUNCH SPREAD</h3> <p>Why don&rsquo;t more people throw brunch parties? It&rsquo;s such a simple, crowd-pleasing meal, with the promise of an entire day ahead to work off the mimosas. Luckily, we had <a href="http://www.runnerandstone.com/" target="_blank">Runner &amp; Stone</a>&nbsp;within easy reach of our party location. Known for their sui generis breads and pastries, baked in-house by Per Se alum Peter Endriss, the restaurant is one of Brooklyn&rsquo;s most popular brunch destinations. Endriss and his team planned a menu of market quiches, salads, baked French toast with homemade raspberry preserves, and all the pastries our group of happy guests could keep down.</p> <p>Riffing off the fairies-and-forests theme, Lonny staffer Sarah Jean Shelton and I styled out a spring woodland table incorporating natural materials such as vintage woods and greenery at various heights. The vintage prop-rental house <a href="http://www.octavia-brown.com/" target="_blank">Octavia &amp; Brown</a>, a Lonny favorite, provided many of the table&rsquo;s structural pieces (trays and boxes), as well as its most eclectic flourishes (old books and brass mice). Textural elements such as moss runners, mercury-glass mushrooms, bark vases, and silk rose pomanders came from <a href="http://www.serenespacesliving.com/" target="_blank">Serene Spaces Living</a>, a fabulous new source for tabletop accessories and home decor. And because I&rsquo;m crazy about boxwood, ferns, and topiaries&mdash;I mixed both fresh and faux for the lush and layered forest effect. Boxwood mats and balls came from Serene Spaces Living, as well as Bunny Williams&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.treillageny.com/" target="_blank">Treillage</a>; and the stunning ornamental myrtles, potted mosses, and ferns were the proud products of Milton Candelario&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.nytopiary.com/" target="_blank">NY Topiary</a>, a must-visit shop in Manhattan&rsquo;s Flower District for anyone who loves unusual plants.</p> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/AJOfBP_fv9m" data-style="width:800px;height:573px;float:none;" style="width: 800px; height: 573px; float: none;" data-widget-guid="AJOfBP_fv9m" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget"></div> <div class="widget fc-unordered-list-widget w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="nZ6ewAJ1kBr" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/list_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="list_widget"><span class="maple">How to Throw a Kids&rsquo; Party with Vintage Decor</span> <p>In this day and age of disposable toys and an ever-changing lineup of animated movie characters, planning a child&rsquo;s birthday party can seem like a daunting task. Here, tips from Octavia &amp; Brown founder Liz Geddes on decorating a memorable celebration with vintage flair.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">PICK A THEME</h3> <p>&ldquo;Just because you&rsquo;ve decided to skip the <em>Frozen</em> party route doesn&rsquo;t mean you can&rsquo;t have a fun, kid-friendly concept,&rdquo; says Geddes. &ldquo;We love flower and woodland themes in the spring and hot chocolate + sledding in the winter.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">STACK, MIX, AND LAYER</h3> <p>&ldquo;Use vintage boxes and crates to create height-filled displays on food and dessert tables. Layer linens and don&rsquo;t be afraid to flip the boxes upside down and around to achieve the best look. Add vintage cake stands, tins, and containers for a pin-worthy table.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">THROW A PICNIC</h3> <p>Grab a stack of wool blankets and have your guests head to the park. (Look for Pendleton, Hudson, or wool camp blankets at antiques stores in the summer.) &ldquo;We love to stock vintage wicker picnic baskets with wine and goodies for the adults, while loading small retro camping tins with snacks for the kids,&rdquo; says Geddes.&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <h3 class="designerTitle">ADD CHARACTERS IN SMALL DOSES</h3> <p>&ldquo;Find opportunities to work your child&rsquo;s favorite toy into the party. We love to hide mini superheroes in the table decor and around the event space. At the start of the party, ask tiny guests to keep their eyes out and then collect them before they leave.&rdquo;</p> </li> </ul> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="D-Iv4_wST1s" 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="D-Iv4_wST1s"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/w2qz5DWeKVYx.jpg" title="ALL-AGES BRUNCH PARTY | LONNY.COM" alt="An All-Ages Brunch Party " /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading maple">THE DETAILS</h3> <p>Because no party is complete without a disco ball, Curious Jane&rsquo;s Samantha Murphy suspended one over a seating area and set up an impromptu photo booth&mdash;complete with fan!&mdash;so the kids could pose with their light-up wands as their superhero capes billowed behind them. Almost every surface of the space was embellished with a creative element, down to a bathroom wall turned into a gallery of some of my favorite washi-taped photos of Poppy and Rhys. In place of traditional birthday cakes, we stayed artisan and local with two pies from Four &amp; Twenty Blackbirds. As for my children&rsquo;s reaction? &ldquo;This is the best day ever,&rdquo; Poppy announced with her arms around her brother. They may not remember this party, but I sure will.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="3_o_UDTy9qd" 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="3_o_UDTy9qd"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/y7l0XrchfNWx.jpg" title="ALL-AGES BRUNCH PARTY | LONNY.COM" alt="Curious Jane's decorate-your-own superhero capes were a huge hit with party guests." /></div> <div class="below">Curious Jane's decorate-your-own superhero capes were a huge hit with party guests.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="psS-a6L1Ryz" 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="psS-a6L1Ryz"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/-94pverj-P8x.jpg" title="ALL-AGES BRUNCH PARTY | LONNY.COM" alt="Create a casual gallery wall with washi tape and your favorite snapshots from family vacations." /></div> <div class="below">Create a casual gallery wall with washi tape and your favorite snapshots from family vacations.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="l9-Vq41B5mN" 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="l9-Vq41B5mN"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/gTvKHJaVV9Ax.jpg" title="ALL-AGES BRUNCH PARTY | LONNY.COM" alt="An All-Ages Brunch Party " /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="omFsM4Bu4-M" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="omFsM4Bu4-M"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Sn_-j4y2f9Ox.jpg" title="ALL-AGES BRUNCH PARTY | LONNY.COM" alt="And then there was pie: black-bottom oat and salted caramel apple from Four &amp; Twenty Blackbirds.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">And then there was pie: black-bottom oat and salted caramel apple from <a href="http://www.birdsblack.com/" target="_blank">Four &amp; Twenty Blackbirds</a>.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator one"></div> Fri, 22 May 2015 10:03:14 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Family+Living+2015/articles/FW-vtY9LLBr/An+All+Ages+Brunch+Party FW-vtY9LLBr A Healthy Memorial Day Alternative to BBQ Burgers <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="kzieIU2Jnxv" 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="kzieIU2Jnxv"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/qXP3FEB-bE6x.jpg" title="Fancy summer grilling" alt="Photographs by Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny, Recipes developed by Christina Garruppo" /></div> <div class="below">Photographs by Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny, Recipes developed by Christina Garruppo</div> </div> </div> <p>The smell of hot coals, the <a href="/photos/Pool">pool</a>'s lapping waves&mdash;the easy days of summer are here again. Today marks&nbsp;the unofficial kickoff to the season, and we know what you'll be eating this Memorial Day weekend.&nbsp;Whether they're served&nbsp;at a backyard <a href="/The+Find/articles/z-1ZxM8yFPx/Just+Right+Barbecue+W+lffer+No+139+Dry+Cider">barbecue</a>&nbsp;or during&nbsp;a Thursday night pub crawl, <a href="/Entertaining+Idea+of+the+Day/articles/p9vbC-Hi7h-/Lamb+Sliders+Labor+Day+Barbecue">burgers</a>&nbsp;never go out of style. But in honor of the holiday,&nbsp;we're giving you permission to step up your summer grilling game. After all, how many sesame-seed buns can you really eat?</p> <p>Start branching out with this elegant&nbsp;<a href="/The+Ultimate+Memorial+Day+Menu+from+Our+Favorite+Food+Bloggers">menu</a> inspired by the sea, which features farm-raised red snapper over a bed of lemon and parsley, plus roasted new potatoes&mdash;an easy (not to mention much healthier) alternative to&nbsp;your average barbecue lineup.&nbsp;My sister,&nbsp;Christina Garruppo, a cook at <a href="http://www.robertaspizza.com/">Roberta's</a>&nbsp;and Lonny's resident recipe developer, shows us how to grill up this&nbsp;tasty combo for a meal that's sure to impress your guests. Just remember&mdash;don't fear the fish head! &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="08bD05xe1w-" 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="08bD05xe1w-"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/aJ9WidigIT7x.jpg" title="Red Snapper" alt="A Healthy Alternative to Barbecued Burgers This Memorial Day" /></div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Whole Grilled Red Snapper<br />Serves 4</strong></p> <p>This recipe can be used with any mild white fish from the market. Make sure the flesh is firm and smells like the ocean, and the eyes are clear.&nbsp;You can do this outdoors&nbsp;or on a grill pan indoors.</p> <p>Ingredients<br />- 1 4- or 5-pound whole fish, gutted and cleaned&nbsp;<br />- 2 lemons, sliced in rounds<br />- 1 bunch fresh thyme<br />- 1 bunch flat leaf parsley<br />- 5 cloves garlic, peeled<br />- Kosher salt to taste<br />- extra-virgin olive oil</p> <p>Bring&nbsp;your grill to medium heat. If you're using a charcoal model, push coals over to one side of the grill. You will start to cook the fish over the coals and finish it on the other, cooler side.</p> <p>Meanwhile, pat the fish dry. Stuff the belly of the fish with the lemons, herbs, and garlic. Let&nbsp;sit at room temp for about 30 minutes to&nbsp;allow for even cooking.</p> <p>Once your grill is hot, rub the grates with olive oil. Rub the fish with a little olive oil and season with salt. Put the fish on the grill in the exact spot you want it; don't touch it for 6 minutes or until the skin crisps up and you can move the fish easily without sticking. Slightly lower heat and cook for another 6 minutes, or until the fish is fully cooked. (If you're using a charcoal grill, cook&nbsp;the fish over the coals. Flip the fish and cook for&nbsp;another 6 minutes on the&nbsp;other side of the grill to finish cooking it without burning the skin.)</p> <p>Once the fish has finished cooking, let it rest for a few minutes before serving. This will allow for all the juices to settle so your fish is flaky and moist.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="cqt8L53f9b5" 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="cqt8L53f9b5"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/NKr64whz1rxx.jpg" title="Potatoes" alt="Summer Grilling Menu" /></div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Grilled New Potatoes</strong></p> <p>This is one of my favorite ways to eat potatoes. Cooking them in highly salted water makes them flavorful and not dried out. I like to finish them on the grill for a smokey, crispy finish.</p> <p>Ingredients<br />- 1 pound new potatoes, washed<br />- 8 cloves garlic, unpeeled<br />- 3-4 sprigs thyme<br />- 2 sprigs rosemary<br />-salt and pepper to taste<br />- olive oil</p> <p>Put cleaned potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Cook over medium heat. Once the water starts to warm, add salt. Don't boil the potatoes; instead, simmer them until you can put a fork in them but they do not fall apart, about 20-30 minutes. Drain them and let cool.</p> <p>Heat up your grill to medium-high. If you are using a charcoal grill, spread an even layer of coals on the bottom of the grill for direct heat.</p> <p>Once cooled, gently smash the potato to reveal&nbsp;some flesh but still keep their shape. Toss the smashed potatoes with the garlic, herbs, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Do not use too much oil or they will flare up on the grill, giving them a bitter taste.</p> <p>Place&nbsp;the potatoes on the grill. Since they are already cooked, you just want them to crisp up, which should take about 10-12 minutes.&nbsp;Serve immediately.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="gxE4O1Ydrrk" 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="gxE4O1Ydrrk"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/7l-j4_tyw6ax.jpg" title="Grilled bread" alt="A Healthy Alternative to Barbecued Burgers This Memorial Day" /></div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Grilled Bread</strong></p> <p>Ingredients<br />- 1 French baguette<br />- olive oil<br />- salt and black pepper to taste</p> <p>Cut the bread on a long bias cut. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.&nbsp;Grill on medium heat until golden.&nbsp;Serve alongside cheese, cured meats, or your favorite dip.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="ZGbza4r5Tjp" 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="ZGbza4r5Tjp"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Oqg1AigaG3Tx.jpg" title="Grilling menu" alt="Summer Grilling Menu" /></div> </div> </div> <p></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 09:14:23 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Entertaining+Idea+of+the+Day/articles/2s7AICkHt6s/Healthy+Memorial+Day+Alternative+BBQ+Burgers 2s7AICkHt6s Bungalow Style, Ellen DeGeneres, and the Triumphant Return of Twin Beds <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60" data-widget-guid="Bw8by3y9jre" 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="Bw8by3y9jre"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/vQSaiJeteZYx.jpg" title="LINK LOVES | LONNY.COM" alt="Bungalow Style, Ellen DeGeneres, and the Triumphant Return of Twin Beds" /></div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>A Fresh and Pretty California Bungalow</strong></em><br />Approachable design elements, put together in an appealing new way &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mydomaine.com/eclectic-california-bungalow-home-design?ps=home" target="_blank">MyDomaine</a></p> <p><em><strong>Call It a Comeback: Twin Beds</strong></em><br />Digging the preppy, tailored look of this guest-bedroom staple &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.mcgrath2.com/2015/05/twin-beds-2/" target="_blank">McGrath II</a></p> <p><em><strong>What Do We Think About Ellen DeGeneres's New Home Collection?</strong></em><br />The bedding, yes. The cat-face dishes, hmm &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/home/Home-Decor-From-ED-Ellen-DeGeneres-Lifestyle-Collection-37533217" target="_blank">POPSUGAR Home</a></p> <p><em><strong>There Go Those Sofas Again</strong></em><br />Plush color against a minimalist interior: perfection&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://frenchbydesignblog.com/2015/05/inspiration-from-ghent.html" target="_blank">French by Design</a></p> <p><em><strong>How to Turn a Closet Door into a Major Style Statement</strong></em><br />A weekend decorating project with a stunning payoff&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;One Kings Lane via&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/p/29JK_dFlmB/?taken-by=onekingslane" target="_blank">Instagram</a></p> <p><em><strong>Swanning It</strong></em><br />How much would you love this as a pattern? &ndash; Creature Comforts via&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/p/29MPeQGL1X/?taken-by=creaturecomforts" target="_blank">Instagram</a></p> Thu, 21 May 2015 15:09:24 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Daily+Design+Roundup/articles/KVRmvyztuEX/Bungalow+Style+Ellen+DeGeneres+Triumphant KVRmvyztuEX Summer Fridays, a Lush Tabletop, and a Cozy-Cool Townhouse in London <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60" data-widget-guid="m71f0ZhPLBP" 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="m71f0ZhPLBP"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/rYKZIiPVP38x.jpg" title="LINK LOVES | LONNY.COM" alt="Summer Fridays, a Lush Tabletop, and a Cozy-Cool Townhouse in London" /></div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>A Modern-Historic Townhouse in London</strong></em><br />Wouldn't you want to curl up in&nbsp;that armchair by the fire with a milky cuppa and a good book&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://style-files.com/2015/05/20/an-elegant-old-townhouse-in-the-city-of-london/" target="_blank">The Style Files</a></p> <p><em><strong>Set Your Table with Lush Florals and Touches of Brass</strong></em><br />The menswear-inspired linen napkins add a particularly crisp and tailored&nbsp;note&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cocokelley.com/2015/05/a-modern-artisanal-tabletop/" target="_blank">coco + kelley</a></p> <p><em><strong>The Most Beautiful Words in the English Language...</strong></em><br />"Bring on the summer Fridays." We'll start with a nap on a park bench and an art-house cinema matinee &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.purewow.com/arts/Bring-on-the-Summer-Fridays" target="_blank">PureWow</a></p> <p><em><strong>A Chic Coastal Home with Designer Details</strong></em><br />That secret closet door with the false books... perfection&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thisisglamorous.com/2015/05/a-coastal-hideaway-by-hayburn-co-sandbanks/" target="_blank">This is Glamorous</a></p> <p><em><strong>Thinking Pink</strong></em><br />Stunning in an entry with some blue-and-white chinoiserie &ndash; House Beautiful via&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/p/26WnXYo8YJ/?taken-by=housebeautiful" target="_blank">Instagram</a></p> <p><em><strong>Customizable Book Ends for a Bookwork Like Me</strong></em><br />From Twigg's Bindery, with a genius company motto: "Not Everything Belongs in the Cloud"&nbsp;&ndash; Cat Dash via&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/p/26L_upLoti/" target="_blank">Instagram</a></p> Wed, 20 May 2015 14:11:24 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Daily+Design+Roundup/articles/wuspneEVog0/Summer+Fridays+Lush+Tabletop+Cozy+Cool+Townhouse wuspneEVog0 Chris Pratt's Perfect Country House <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="AXySH9WiGYA" 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="AXySH9WiGYA"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/fR8NSFLYTVbx.jpg" title="Chris Pratt" alt="Chris Pratt's Perfect Country House" /></div> <div class="below attribution"><a class="attribution" href="https://twitter.com/annakfaris">@annakfaris</a></div> </div> </div> <p>We have a confession: the entire Lonny office has a full-blown crush on <a href="https://instagram.com/prattprattpratt/" target="_blank">Chris Pratt</a>. While we frequently argue over whether we love the chubbier, #dadbod Chris Pratt a la&nbsp;<em>Parks &amp; Recreation</em>, or the buff, GQ-covering, <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em>&nbsp;Chris Pratt, there's no debate&nbsp;over our man's&nbsp;off-the-charts&nbsp;charm level. His adorable&nbsp;wife <a href="https://twitter.com/annakfaris" target="_blank">Anna Faris</a>&nbsp;and son Jack don't hurt either. The <em>Jurassic World </em>star&nbsp;does seem to be harboring one&nbsp;secret though&mdash;a new country house that looks like it should belong&nbsp;to Bill Compton.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="yAEUCHpBPWZ" 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="yAEUCHpBPWZ"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/XzC-c600UdOx.jpg" title="Tastemakers on Social Media " alt="@prattprattpratt" /></div> <div class="below"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/2zaN0tjHPj/?taken-by=prattprattpratt" target="_blank">@prattprattpratt</a></div> </div> </div> <p>The couple&nbsp;have been sharing snaps of the enviable digs on Twitter and Instagram, but we're dying to know where the dreamy home is located.&nbsp;The mossy oak trees&mdash;which Pratt beautifully captioned,&nbsp;"I love oaks. Never been a tree hugger. Don't care for that term. I will hug the hell outta this damn oak. I love oaks."&mdash;rocking chairs, and wide front porch leads us to believe the family has set up an outpost down South. Wherever it is, we'll be closely watching for more snaps of the adorable guitar-playin', porch-swingin', toddler-chasin' family as they set up&nbsp;house.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60" data-widget-guid="2ITxFOO3pDZ" 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="2ITxFOO3pDZ"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/kjcFQkGlSuux.jpg" title="Tastemakers on Social Media " alt="@prattprattpratt/@prattprattpratt" /></div> <div class="below"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/2s98bnDHKH/?taken-by=prattprattpratt" target="_blank">@prattprattpratt</a>/<a href="https://instagram.com/p/2nBbbnjHC5/?taken-by=prattprattpratt" target="_blank">@prattprattpratt</a></div> </div> </div> <p></p> Wed, 20 May 2015 12:33:36 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Tastemakers+on+Social+Media/articles/7HyFWvId6vu/Chris+Pratt+Perfect+Country+House 7HyFWvId6vu Before and After: Custom Window Treatments <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Br9w2Rbdv_H" 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="Br9w2Rbdv_H"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/oWRK5pB6dgLx.jpg" title="Custom Window Treatments by Room &amp; Board" alt="Lonny deputy editor Jen Fernandez's living room features custom window treatments by Room &amp; Board." /></div> <div class="below">Lonny deputy editor Jen Fernandez's living room features custom window treatments by Room &amp; Board.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w30" data-widget-guid="PnQDDTm-Dtv" 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="PnQDDTm-Dtv"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/mgkn3rSiXYox.jpg" title="Room &amp; Board" alt="Fernandez's undressed window&nbsp;before." /></div> <div class="below">Fernandez's undressed window&nbsp;before.</div> </div> </div> <p>Designers agree: Window treatments are usually&nbsp;the last accessory to go into a room, but they can often&nbsp;yield&nbsp;the biggest impact. I had no idea how true that was until I began&nbsp;revamping my&nbsp;<a href="/Decorating/articles/kRgRku90Dc7/Before+After+Editor+Apartment+Makeover" target="_blank">apartment</a>&nbsp;and learned how&nbsp;boring&mdash;not to mention inconvenient&mdash;a naked window can be. Thankfully, Lonny market editor Cat Dash was experiencing&nbsp;the same internal&nbsp;struggle in her own living room after procrastinating on installing window dressings for years. So we set out to change our ways, testing out the custom treatments that are now available through <a href="http://www.roomandboard.com/catalog/custom/custom-window-treatments" target="_blank">Room &amp; Board</a>'s new partnership with the Shade Store.</p> <p>The process&nbsp;began&nbsp;with a round of consultations at the store's Soho location. R&amp;B design consultant Rick East met with us to hash out the many details to consider: our goals, our style preferences, and the amount of fabric&nbsp;needed. East carefully examined before shots of the room, making note of structural obstacles&mdash;a window-height radiator, crown molding, support beams&mdash;and took us through the many options, from pleats and ripple folds&nbsp;to double-track hardware. After a few conversations we decided to pair&nbsp;sheer drapery and a neutral-hued solar shade (pictured above) to keep my space feeling airy and light but also to allow for some privacy. We placed the order, and a few days later a&nbsp;Shade Store representative came to take in-house measurements&nbsp;for the perfect fit;&nbsp;a couple of weeks later my new custom treatments were installed&mdash;all in less than a half-hour. The process was quick, easy, and remarkably smooth, and the new drapery opens up the room and even make the ceilings feel higher.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="9Te3Ti3VjSh" 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="9Te3Ti3VjSh"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/GKQOt4p7QT8x.jpg" title="Custom Window Treatments by Room &amp; Board" alt="Lonny market editor Cat Dash's living room pops with&nbsp;custom Roman shades by Room &amp; Board." /></div> <div class="below">Lonny market editor Cat Dash's living room pops with&nbsp;custom Roman shades by Room &amp; Board.</div> </div> </div> <p>The same was true of Dash's experience. She and East chose streamlined Roman shades in dexter dark grey&nbsp;for the twin windows in her Midcentury-style living room, opting for&nbsp;a blackout lining for privacy. The twist: East suggested&nbsp;a pull that&nbsp;lowers shades from the top down as well as the bottom up, which also lets in light. The treatments now add polish and personality in a room that for many years felt unfinished. And so after a painless process, Dash and I&nbsp;found that all of our&nbsp;fears&mdash;the sheer&nbsp;volume of options, the significant cost, the anxiety of getting accurate measurements&mdash;were unfounded, and the rewards were better than we had even imagined.</p> Wed, 20 May 2015 10:45:17 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Decorating/articles/2kgNZDp741z/Before+After+Custom+Window+Treatments 2kgNZDp741z