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Tuesday
Jun102014

10 essentials: alicia

1. Every morning I make myself a vanilla latte—it’s like starting the day with dessert.

2. Coming from an apparel/fashion background, I love seeing new fashions, new styles. It’s fun to watch trends volley back and forth between interiors and fashion—and which trends make the shift. Designers like Mary Katrantzou take this to a whole new level while being so inspiring.

3. I’ve always been enamored with the idea of a signature piece. At home it’s a vintage settee we refurbished, designed a fabric for, and recovered—a labor of love that was worth all the work. On my person I always wear a black leather bracelet I picked up in Paris many years ago—I think it’s chic and adds a subtle edge to any outfit.

4. I’ve got a bit of a shoe fetish—I buy high heels on impulse, everywhere from traditional department stores to ebay. My heels have declined in height as I have increased in age but I’m still looking for a pair of turquoise suede super highs—a quest I’ve been on for years. Marc Jacobs made a pair 4-5 years ago but since I didn’t buy them, they’re my unicorn.

5. I am bordering on insanity with my love of acrylic furniture—the peekaboo coffee table actually makes our family room look bigger, the vapor barstools disappear under our island, and the vapor chair adds a chic element to the desk/office. At some point I have to stop or all of our furniture will be invisible.

6. Visiting family in the UK and India when I was growing up gave me a lot of opportunities to travel—so have always felt that experiencing other cultures is worth the investment in time and money. Even with kids we still keep going!

7. I love the idiosyncratic nature of some of the stories on NPR—and the way they vividly bring pictures to life through radio.

8. Being a multi-tasker, yoga is an important opportunity to be present and focused on just my own well-being—I treasure it as part of my weekly routine.

9. My current obsession is Instagram—I just love everything about it. It is so nice to be greeted by such creativity and inspiration every morning, yet it is also functional because it updates me on meaningful experiences happening to friends and family in a visual way.

10. I like the way music feels when its experienced live so I’m an avid concertgoer. Spotify has changed my life—how it enables you to switch from Yo Yo Ma to Vampire Weekend in a millisecond and on a whim. Makes dinner parties more fun and spontaneous for sure.

Thanks to alicia, director of marketing, for this submission.

Friday
May232014

summer favorites: sandra

rex chair aqua
I’m going with a CB2 classic modern outdoor chair—with good reason— the rex chair is incredibly comfortable, it stacks to save storage space, the aqua color is timeless and versatile and it’s a fantastic value.
edison string lights
after the harshest winter in decades, I’m looking forward to spending as much time outside as possible so I’m investing in this durable outdoor lighting to help keep everyone at the table just a bit longer—and the vintage bulbs are the perfect compliment to a 1940s summer cottage.
BSI mini surfboard
I’m thrilled that we found E-Tech Boards and Brett Whitacre to make this project happen—now if only I lived near surf! (btw, the bird was not Photoshop’d in!)

Thursday
May222014

summer favorites: sara

liora manne outdoor pillows
as always, designs from
Liora Manne are bold and colorful—these add a great pop to our
neutral furniture.
ray dining table
I think round tables are the perfect solution to a smaller space. This one is substantial in look and materials—and could almost live inside too.
sophia dining chairs
they’re dining chairs but I think they’re so comfortable that they could double as lounge chairs. The open weave is really fun and I love that the frame and weaving are the same color.

Wednesday
May212014

summer favorites: april

cube table-planter
best use of space and super versatile. I think you could even flip
it on its side and use it a third way —with battery operated candlelight
in the open space!
bergama reversible outdoor rug
simple and graphic, just the way
I like it—plus the care is effortless!
sophia chair
flexible material is super comfy to spend an entire evening with friends tasting rosé wines.

Tuesday
May202014

summer favorites: megan

acapulco multi lounge chair
the fun bright colors will pop anywhere and fit in perfectly with
my 2-year-old outdoor furniture from CB2.
kronos planters
for easy access to herb gardening
on our back deck.
outdoor pillows
by Aelfie Oudghiri
I change my outdoor pillows out every year because they are so affordable and I love these bright modern designs that coordinate.

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