My wardrobe is pretty basic, but I love mixing prints when I can. My criteria for mixing includes one or more of the following; the scale of the print on each piece has to be different, the palette has to be fairly similar, and the motif has to be different enough to show the intention of the mixing combination.
What about you, do you mix and match? What is your criteria for doing so?
I've been on the lookout for one-of-a-kind handwoven rugs, so I was pleasantly pleased to see former FGOTW, Kera, launch her new project Interwoven (I love the name). This online shop is a highly curated collection of textile beauties she finds in her travels and home of Abu Dhabi. I'm a fan of Kera's eye for beauty so I am totally excited about what she's doing with her new brand.
It's Memorial Day weekend and the official start to summer. As the pools open, the grills come out and you're curating your playlist for the cookout, add the re-release of Putumayo's Brazilian Beat. New songs and funky remakes of Brazilian classics makes this album a good listen for mellowing out a gathering or for just chilling out on the patio under the stars with a caipirinha.
Have a great weekend!
Schwanda's artsy-rocker style is so cute we had to do a follow up style post. I love how she uses pops of color, pairs tough with sweet, and layers quiet little necklaces. The wedge bootie and leather jacket make this look easy to translate from gallery hopping during the day to drinks at night.
Read more about Schwanda Rountree's feature here. Meanwhile, check out this collection of similar items inspired by Shwanda's style (the lip color is the exact same, though).
Photos by Kate Warren.
D.C. based Schwanda Rountree loves art. She collects it, critiques it, hangs it on her walls and puts the best contemporary pieces in internationally acclaimed museums. Schwanda maintains her day job as a lawyer while running her own consulting business, Rountree Art Consulting. With her own extensive art collection, and expert voice, Schwanda has emerged as an intriguing presence in her role as a creative cultivator in the global artistic arena. Read more...
Photos by Kate Warren.
My guest bathroom is tiny, simple and bright. It has wonderful natural light and it's cozy. Because I love color and mixing patterns I wanted to bring that into this little space but do it in a way that wouldn't make it feel cluttered. For my home, I prefer a neutral and airy bathroom, so finding the balance between that and color and patterns presented a small challenge
To add texture it seemed appropriate to take advantage of the natural light and create a litte "garden" of varied succulents on the spacious window-sill. The little pots they're in range from vintage finds to a pottery I found at an art sale in Philly. They, too, bring character to the space.
The cooling and soothing seafoam color is a favorite of mine and is a go-to color for my bathroom, so it became my overall palette. Of course in variations, because I don't want things to be too matchy-matchy.
A graphic dhurrie rug from West Elm, and a patterned hand-towel (found at TJ Maxx) helps tie it all together. Then a yellow print compliments the seafoam palette (fruit because it's a bathroom off the kitchen) and the frame matches the other hardware in the space.
This little corner of my space makes me happy. These small touches are simple but speaks to my aesthetic.
What about you? Do you have a space in your home that makes you happy or is a true reflection of your tastes?
Have you seen these gorgeous looks from the Christie Brown resort collection? The layered textures are so beautiful and ethereal, and with the styling the model looks like an afro-futuristic princess. I love it!
I've just discovered the Okayplayer online store and love the global inspired product featured there. With it's patterned clutches, eclectic graphic tees and handmade necklaces this is a shop that is totally on my radar.
My friend and design colleague Sarah Walsh is also an awesome illustrator. When we worked together at the same company we used to sit and have long doodling sessions and I remember falling in love with her quirky-funky girlie style.
I love love love this song and video "Q.U.E.E.N." by Janelle Monáe featuring the awesome Erykah Badu. The message is dope and the styling throughout the video is fabulous.
Stripes on stripes on stripes with pops of red and gold all on white makes for wonderful creative inspiration for fashion and home.
clockwise, Black Horizontal Stripe Giclee Kiss Table Lamp; Half Circle Leather Bag; Fontana Vase; Linked-In Stripe Necklace; Sunglass Pouch; Red Lacquer Wastebasket; Hammer-Split Brass Cuff; Giuseppe Zanotti + Anja Rubik Cutout Suede Pumps; Ecote Carpet Fringe Hobo Bag;
Do you dig the video?
Early spring brings chilly starts that warm to sunny afternoons then finishing into cool nights. Keeping a scarf with me helps with the subtle shifts in temperatures. In addition to adding a bit of warmth scarves also function as wonderful accessories adding punch or texture to an outfit.
I always prefer ones with bold colors or prints like these from Bazara'Pagne (above).
These quirky shawls from Virginia Johnson are fun statement peices.
And the scarves below range from classic map souvenir handkerchief style to abstracted geometric shapes. (clockwise, Panamania Scarf; Maria Necker Scarf; Japanese Wrapping Scarf; Hand-dyed Splatter Scarf.)