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?)