Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Calendar Round-Up: Part II

The second half of the Luxe & Fresh 2011 Calendar Round-Up is here for your viewing pleasure ...

Snow and Graham - these botanical beauties are a great option if you don't have a window at your desk, you can enjoy a little bit of the outdoors all year round! And the Snow and Graham calendars come in a variety of sizes, so there's something for both big and small spaces.

Linda and Harriett - a beautiful two-color letterpress calendar that's simple, yet full of charm. Bonus: the back of each illustration features a post card. Cut it off at the end of each month and send it in the mail to a special someone. What a great reminder to keep the written note alive!

Kate Spade - these are perennial favorites, for sure. Full of colorful illustrations and ideas of how to live with style, how can you not be happy looking at this every day?

And if you use your iPhone exclusively as your calendar, download the free kate spade new york app. I love how it automatically adds details of secret sales and events of interest in New York City to your calendar. It's like getting a surprise invitation from Kate herself! By the way, did you honestly think I'd complete this calendar round-up without a mention of New York City?? Really...

That's it for the 2011 Calendar Round-Up, hopefully you've found something that you'll love to look at all year!

Monday, December 20, 2010

2011 Calendar Round-Up: Part I

It's always well into January when I finally get around to buying a new calendar, so I actually feel like I'm on the ball this year, although in actuality, I'm down to the wire! In any case, I'm back and armed with a round-up of some gorgeous 2011 calendars. It's better late than never, right? With just two weeks left until the New Year, these lists will hopefully save you last minute shoppers (like me!) the time of scouring the world wide web by highlighting some of the great options out there - you're bound to find something that suites your personal style!

Part I of the Calendar Roundup features the best of the best on Etsy. Let's have a looksy, shall we?

Creatures of the Deep - simple and nautical, this one's definitely my pick for 2011!

Mustache of the Month - destined for the desk of a quirky someone with a great sense of humor. And better yet, it's great for guys, too!

Paris, Je T'aime - perfect for the Francofile. Magnifique, no?

Modern Designs - it's called modern, but this one feels vintage and feminine.

Eclectic - great for someone who loves constant change - there's a different look each month!

Venice - this Italian counterpart to the Paris, Je T'aime calendar will have you dreaming of cruising along the Grand Canal all day!

That wraps up all the great finds on Etsy. Check back tomorrow for Part II of the 2011 Calendar Roundup!

Friday, September 3, 2010

A Haute Housewarming

Talk about luxe! Martha Stewart's right hand man, Kevin Sharkey, hosted an uber chic party to unveil his new Manhattan digs. What a dream - Clicquot (my favorite champagne, if anyone is keeping tabs) in the bath tub, Hermes in the shower, and an Oreo 'cake'! Not to mention a game of ping-pong played with monogrammed paddles and scores kept with Chanel lipstick on a mirror - how fun! These ideas will be filed away for a future bash at the Luxe & Fresh household!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Typography Tuesday: Love Note

Isn't this one of the cutest things you've ever seen?!

It was created by design student Alan Segama for his girlfriend who is gearing up to move from Rhode Island (and away from him) to California for a whole year. So sweet!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Peace Offering

Rarely do I stray from cooking anything that I haven't watched the culinary goddess and my hero, Ina Garten, make first; but, lately I've been quite adventurous. That being said, I have to share this delicious and easy recipe for grilled glazed salmon that I found in a recent issue of Food & Wine magazine. You should really thank me because I never share my good recipes, but due to my inexcusable lack of posts, I'll make an exception.

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup prepared horseradish, drained (I used horseradish sauce)
2 tablespoons honey
Four 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets
Vegetable oil, for rubbing (I used olive oil)
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Light a grill. In a small bowl, mix the mustard, horseradish and honey. Rub the salmon with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the salmon over moderate heat, skinned side down, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Turn and grill for 3 minutes longer, until the salmon is almost cooked through. Turn the salmon again and spread each fillet with 1 tablespoon of the horseradish glaze. Turn and grill until glazed, about 30 seconds. Serve the remaining glaze on the side.

We've been enjoying this recipe on a weekly basis all summer. So if you need an easy dish to impress dinner guests, this one will do the trick!

Happy Weekend!

Friday, August 20, 2010

France, Meet Carmines

Model Cintia Dicker appears in the September 2010 issue of Marie Claire France ... at my favorite NYC restaurant, Carmines!

If I close my eyes, I can hear Dean Martin's Volare playing under the roar of the crowd and I can taste the lemon butter chicken... be still my heart.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Typography Tuesday

I love when excellent use of typography - exclusively - makes a design. Inspired by old French brasseries, Brie Bistro's packaging is a work of (graphic) art.

Images via Lovely Package

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Typography Tuesday

Hand drawn deck chairs cleverly create the letters of the alphabet. Very summery, right?

Friday, July 16, 2010


Ever read the Missed Connections posts on craigslist? Personally, I think they're funny. But illustrator Sophie Blackall turns them into art - and suddenly, they become adorable.

Check out Sophie's blog dedicated to her Missed Connections series. And if you really love her illustrations, you can buy them on her etsy shop.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Tru Dat

My sentiments exactly... Check out this little number along with other original prints and cards at Dear Colleen on Etsy.

Monday, March 1, 2010

On the Hunt

I'm currently scouring ebay, Craigslist, local antique stores, and my great aunt's garage (a treasure trove, I'm telling you!) for the following:

Hobnail Milk Glass
My latest obsession. I acquired a cream and sugar set from my great aunt last year and since then it's become a fun thing to collect. Last week I found a round vase with ruffled edges at an antique store that I'm anxiously waiting to put fresh peonies in. Next up, the cookie jar.

French Bistro Table
I like to imagine myself sitting at the table on a Sunday morning awaiting my french toast (I have a great husband!) with a cup of coffee and the Style section of the NY Times...

Image via Rubie Green (a bizarre source for a furniture piece, I know, but inspiration comes as it does...)

Toast Rack
To hold my stationery, not my breakfast.

Image via Lonny

Sunday, February 28, 2010


I love these little owl fingerless gloves from Homelab on Etsy

Like all accessories from the Homelab shop, these gloves are hand knit in Greece. They'll keep your hands warm and (bonus!) keep your fingers free to use your iPhone. Perfect for getting through the last stretch of winter!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

On My Mind

In no particular order...

Jackie fabric from Rubie Green. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

Chilewich iPhone case - stylish and functional

House of Harlow 1960 Aztec bangle. Nicely done, Nicole Ricci.

Hobo International 'Lauren' Double Frame Clutch. In mustard? Perhaps...

Image via Aubrey Road

This gorgeous glossy black chest of drawers. If I can find something similar on craigslist, I would apply a couple coats of spray enamel and Wipe-On Poly, get some new hardware, and hope it would look just like this.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Typography Tuesday

I love the vintage feel of this typeface and how it looks just like keys on an old typewriter.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Design Love

I love good design, pretty packaging and New York. So when I saw this a couple weeks ago, I was blown away. (Yes, another NY related post, but whatevs, this is awesome).

Courtney over at one of my favorite sites, designworklife, created this amazing Save the Date for her upcoming wedding. I love the use of multiple typefaces - it makes the piece fun, but they did it in such a way that they were able to maintain an air of sophistication - which is not an easy thing to accomplish. And of course, I think the clever peppering of lyrics from Frank Sinatra's Theme from New York, New York is a perfect way to set the tone for a Manhattan wedding.

This package is chock full of unique and well thought out details - from the use of city maps as envelope liners and seals right down to the address label.

Absolutely inspiring!