I love a good flat and because I wear a size 42, I often have a hard time finding shoes. I grew out of Barneys (they only carry up to a 41) about 10 years ago and unless I buy/order shoes right at the beginning of the season, I am out of luck. Stubbs and Wootton are great (and come in my size) but sometimes it’s fun to get a little more creative without spending $1,000 for custom.
Del Toro Shoes makes mens and womens “slippers” like Stubbs and Wooton. You can either customize them or buy ready made. The possibilities are endless and it can really be fun to play around with all of the designs and colors.
Look at some of the motifs you can choose from (sorry, these are screen grabs):
There are 36 colors and fabrics…imagine the possibilities!
Look how cute the fox is!
My friend Kate was a great source of inspiration recently. She had a beautifully skirted desk floating in the middle of her office…upon closer inspection I realized it was the West Elm Parson’s! What a brilliant idea… so chic, so simple, and so creative. She bought the fabric at Mood and had it locally tailored for $300. All she had to do was fasten it to the desk with double stick velcro.
Now if only I had a place to float my desk…
I’ll never tire of a good striped shirt but I must say that the perennial blue and white has been looking like a white t-shirt to me. And then along came Trico Field, a Japanese children’s clothing store in LA and Soho that has the coolest selection of color blocked and plain striped shirts (amongst other things.) I picked up a few for Indy and then discovered that they make them in big kid sizes just right for me!
Here are some that I saw on a recent trip… sorry that my picture quality is so lame (these all come in big and small sizes)
… or one of these dresses!
and this is just a non-stripe bonus dress that I love love love… grey marl and eyelet!
Scandanavia is always ahead of the curve with their innovative designs. I love love love these plastic woven rugs that come in great stripes and prints. Perfect for a kids room, playroom, kitchen, etc. They are soft and you can wipe up a spill so easily.
I discovered them at Real Gustavian in Great Barrington, MA. It’s a fun little store filled with Swedish antiques and homegoods. They have a small selection of Dalarna rugs on line.
I found a bigger selection of the Dalarna rugs at Magdalena York Collection
Pappelina is another brand that makes plastic rugs. They have great prints and solids.
I’ve always loved the look of a lacquer footed tray. It can serve so many functions and be moved around the house. I especially like the one they carry at Treillage and it is now on sale for $90.
This is an inspiration image from Elle Decor.
I just found this great rattan lamp on Etsy. For $150, I think it is a worthy purchase!
There’s nothing I love more then the scent of amber in my home. I have boxes and bowls of Cote Bastide Ambre Crystal Potpourri throughout. I freshen it up with their Refresher Oil every few weeks, months, or whenever I remember. For some reason it is impossible to find in the city, but Rain Collection always keeps it in stock.
I love blue opaline lamps…but what I love even more is when they wear a red lamp shade. It is the perfect combo of chicness. I first saw this when I styled Charlotte Moss for a story in Town & Country (I was the editor of a section called Fashion & Style Profile.) I went to her beautiful house and we ended up in her office (heaven). Sitting on her desk was a fabulous pair. It was honestly my favorite thing in her whole house!
Sadly, they don’t come cheap…I’d say unless you are lucky a good pair will set you back at least a few thousand dollars… but I’ll keep on looking…and then invest in custom shades.
This is an image I found on a web search…not exactly red shades but it’s pretty chic.
I found this gorgeous pair at an antique store in Nolita.
I checked out a new furniture consignment store in Chelsea last week, Decor NYC. I read about it on one of my favorite blogs, Good Bones Great Pieces. I was excited to get down there and see what they had…especially after my very successful trip to Stamford. I think it is hit or miss because they receive new inventory every other day. My favorite piece by far was this burled wood campaign desk. Anything burled or campaign gets me excited. Price $1,600.
I’ve been having fun making these chandeliers and branches for my daughter, family and friends. They add just a touch of whimsy to a room. I’ve been toying with the idea of selling them…what do you think?
This chandelier was the first one I did. It hangs in my daughter’s room. When the lights are dimmed it creates the prettiest shadows on the ceiling. She loves it!
I made this branch for my sister-in-law Zoe. She just had a baby boy and I didn’t want to do something too feminine. It was meant to hang as a mobile above the crib but I think she made the right choice to display it on a shelf.