Wednesday, October 28, 2009

An Interesting Hiding Place...

Take a peek into interior designer extraordinaire Grant K. Gibson's San Francisco home in this great NY Times article. Learn how he renovated his rental with maximum style at minimum cost by flea marketing and taking ordinary retail items and making them his own.

I love how Gibson bought a silver-plated trophy from eBay for $50, which he cleverly uses to hide the toilet paper roll and doubles as an orchid pot. Buy one of your own here.

He's also been known to stash the TP in a monogrammed tote bag. For more on that and tons of other inspirational decor solutions, check out GKB's blog.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Typography Tuesday

Check out typographer Jessica Hirshe's gorgeous hand-crafted initials at The Daily Drop Cap. Each day she posts a new illustration ... and directions on how to insert the them in your own blog post.

What a great source of design inspiration!

Monday, October 19, 2009


How cool are these?! It's the recession version of new shoes.

According to jewelry designer Erica Weiner, 'Shoe clips were first manufactured in the ornament-obsessed Victorian era, when instead of buying multiple pairs of shoes, women dressed up their plain footwear with an endless variety of detachable bows, buckles, and jewels. Flappers played croquet in rhinestone pairs, fast-talking female reporters clipped them onto their oxfords and Audrey Hepburn used all kinds to embellish her black ballet flats.'

Flappers? Audrey Hepburn? LOVE IT! And since the shoe clips at Erica Weiner Jewelry were manufactured anywhere from the 40's-60's, they're the perfect means of adding a little vintage charm to your wardrobe!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Boutique Chic

Kelly Wearstler's luxe interior designs have given me the travel bug bad. Among her many projects, she's styled for the boutique hotel chain Viceroy, the high-roller suite and Body English nightclub at the Hard Rock Las Vegas and the Bergdorf Goodman restaurant - where I've always wanted to dine in an egg chair. Seriously, it's on my list of things to do in NYC. I love her aesthetic - Wearstler mixes contemporary and classic in a way that's so glamorous. Prepare to drool.

Viceroy Hotels

Bergdorf Goodman Restaurant

All images via

Making reservations yet?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Eye Candy

So I finally took a look at the inaugural edition of Lonny. It's chock full of absolutely beautiful images and is a great new source of inspiration as shelter pubs continue to fold; still, nothing beats holding an actual glossy in your hands.

Pros: Instant gratification.

Mouse over an item you like on the page and a link will take you directly to the maker's website where you can get more information and make a purchase. I love not having to remember to look something up when I can just click on it and learn everything I need to know.

Cons: Decidedly hard to look through.

You have to zoom in to read the text and scroll up, down and sideways to see the entire page layout, so you can't read and view photos in one eye full. And it was frustrating to wait - both for the page to flip and for the content to load.

It may be too soon to tell, but it seems that Lonny could help fill the ginormous void that Domino left. I wonder if they'll consider any print issues? Wishful thinking...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Typography Tuesday

From here on out, Font Friday will now be Typography Tuesday, because we're keepin' it real at Luxe & Fresh.

I'm super into the 1920's and 30's, so I love this typeface

It's so art deco - it (politely) screams casual elegance and cool sophistication. I want to use it to design a lovely little vintage inspired postcard advertising Cannes or Lake Como, Italy.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Chili Anyone?

This is an invite I designed for our upcoming cook off. (Yes, it's my own party, but it still counts). Without being theme-y, I wanted to evoke the feeling of the Old West through bold colors and fun typefaces.

Shameless plug: if you need a fresh design - whether it be an invite, a logo or even a baby announcement - send me an email, and together we'll whip up something spectacular!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Font Friday

Call me a nerd, but I love this. Arial and Helvetica are the fraternal twins of the font world, and here's how you can tell them apart:

Think you got it? Put your eye to the test here.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Anti-Man-Cave

I'm not really the pink kind of girl. But if these images made up one real home, I would say that this is where I'd spend time when the mood strikes to have a pedicure, drink champagne and watch Breakfast at Tiffany's. Or when I want to blast Girls Just Want to Have Fun from a sweet set of Hello Kitty speakers while I dance and sing at the top of my lungs. (That mood doesn't strike as often and I'm pretty sure that's what having a pink house is for).

Photos via Absolutely Beautiful Things, Ish and Chi, Domino, and Selina Lake

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


The stage design for U2's 360 Tour is wicked cool. I say 'wicked cool' because I saw their show last weekend at Gillette Stadium and it's only fitting to throw in a measure of good old Boston slang. Their stage looks like a spaceship straight out of War of the Worlds - it changes colors, rotates and does everything short of taking flight. Craziness.

Top photo via; bottom photo taken from my seat (booya!)

As always, they put on an amazing show and I highly recommend trying to score some tickets if they're coming to a city near you.

(The U2 fans get the post title reference, right? 'Magnificent' is a track on their latest album, No Line On the Horizon - take a listen!)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Font Friday

I totally picture Lady Gaga when I see this font

But it could be either retro or modern depending on how you're using it. In any case, I love how the O's are like disco balls.

Download it at dafont.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


I love a punchy colored front door. It sets the tone for your home and says 'Come on in! Really cool people live here!'

Photos via Domino, House Beautiful, A Life More Fabulous, Aesthetic Outburst and AT

Such a nice departure from the same old colors, don't you think?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Crazy About: Subway Signs

Well, if you haven't already guessed, I'm a smidge enamored with New York City - to the point where if I'm driving across the George Washington Bridge and can't stop, I will roll down the window just to get a whiff of the city air. True story. (And to follow up to my New York State of Mind post, I am happy to announce that I managed to spend a few hours in the city a couple weeks ago! Yay! I would classify it as a successful trip - I had brunch at one of my favorite restaurants, saw a celebrity, got a DELICIOUS cupcake the size of my face, and even caught a glimpse of Fashion Week in Bryant Park.)

But back to the post ... I'm loving subway signs. Not the current ones with the bright circles - old school subway signs. Vintage subway signs. The ones below are from Restoration Hardware. They sell a few different sizes with different locations. (Also of note is that chair and the printmaker table - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!)

In search of a less expensive option, I came across this website that sells signs similar to those you may have seen in movies like Monster-In-Law and Spiderman III. Some are genuine vintage subway signs that have been restored which is cool because you can have an actual piece of New York history - some date all the way back to the 1920's. Not much cheaper than RH, but they are the real deal. You can even customize a sign by selecting from variety of destination panels, some hard to find. And fortunately, they also sell limited edition prints on canvas that closely resemble the vintage originals for just a couple hundred bucks.

And just so you know, I do have interests beyond New York City and prints. I'll prove it.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Font Friday

I could spend hours looking at fonts and imagining all of the ways in which I could use them.

Currently, I'm obsessed with these fonts and looking for a way to incorporate them into a design project

Here's what we'll do: you have some kind of Parisian circus, I'll create the invitations and posters, and we won't invite any clowns. Sounds good, no?

If you love these fonts too, you can download them here.

Monday, August 31, 2009

In a New York State of Mind

I'm perpetually in a New York state of mind. Manhattan is my favorite place in the world and it's imperative to my well-being that I get there on a regular basis. Sadly (and through no fault of my own, I might add) this hasn't happened in a while; therefore, I'm dying.

Until I can get back, I'm loving the city via this poster from Ork.

The concept is genius and the design is just as amazing - simple, yet bold. And with these graphic black lines, it would look good on its own, matted and framed in white, or nestled in a grouping of black and white photographs.

If Manhattan isn't your hood, no worries - Ork has a selection of other city posters and prints to choose from in a variety of colors. This is definitely a great - and inexpensive - way to give your decor a fresh and modern touch!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I Should Have Been A Fashion Forecaster

This is the cover of the most recent J. Crew catalog.

If a denim shirt over a white turtleneck with a necklace and crazy hair is the epitome of fashion right now, then I was light years ahead of my time in middle school ... and my 7th grade picture just became SO IN.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Collegiate Couture

While shopping in East Hampton last weekend I came across Rugby - a youthful store from the Ralph Lauren brand. Their line has a vintage collegiate feel with a little rebel twist (notice the skull and bones - very secret society).

At Rugby, you put your own spin on the classics to reflect your individual style. Even though it was 85 degrees in the Hamptons, I was looking forward to the crisp fall weather, so I treated myself to their shawl-collar sweater - and then had the option of adding on perfectly distressed suede elbow patches. I already loved the little leather buckle across the collar and it would have been great to add another classic detail, but I passed since I had to catch the ferry home that night and didn't have the two days to wait for customizing.

If you're not close to a Rugby retail location, you can visit their Varsity Shop online where you can choose from a selection of preppy pieces to personalize with vintage inspired patches and monogrammed embroidery. Happy designing!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Crazy About: Rene Gruau

You may have noticed this image in the Flor catalog:

I cannot tell you how much time I spent tracking down the poster in the background, hoping that it's some kind of rare Audrey Hepburn treasure. And it is! As it turns out, it's a vintage ad titled 'Red Raincoat for Audrey Hepburn' created by fashion illustrator/graphic designer Rene Gruau. I love the simple elegance of his work - graceful lines, splashes of bright colors. Amazing.

Once advertisements for haute couture fashion and famous Parisian nightlife spots, his vintage posters are perfect for young art collectors and fashion fiends alike. You can purchase them here.

Also of note in the Flor catalog is that fabulous chain table - love it! (Is it just me, or does anyone else spend more time looking at the decor and beautiful vignettes than the carpet tiles?)