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.