Tuesday, July 29, 2014

interior designer spotlight // tilton fenwick

Tilton Fenwick teal lacquer wall, Tilton fenwick teal living room
A while back I blogged about the design firm Tilton Fenwick, which is run by the very talented Anne Foster and Suysel Cunningham. At the time their website was still under construction, so we couldn't see their entire portfolio. However, since I am a total stalker I kept checking back in and am delighted to announced that their new site is not only up and running, but easy to navigate and filled with inspiration. Here are just a few of the images that caught my eye...

Fun industrial lights spice up this dining area.
Tilton Fenwick, Industrial lights in dining room, industrial x lights
teal lacquer wall
A great desk for siblings and a pretty bath.

Desk for two kids, built in desk for kids, built in desk for two kids, tilton fenwick
Tilton Fenwick, Tilton Fenwick kids bathroom, wallpapered bathroom

Love the way they use wallpaper to accent the back of this bar and the panels on these doors.
wallpaper backsplash, bar in closet, tilton fenwick

Tilton Fenwick, Wallpapered door panels, Wallpaper in hall, teal doors
Speaking of love. How good is this funky standing lamp?
Tilton Fenwick moroccan rug
funky brass standing lamp, exposed brick, tilton fenwick
And these bold lacquered walls? Such a statement.
Tilton Fenwick, teal walls, teal lacquer walls

Tilton Fenwick, teal walls, teal lacquer walls
There's lot more where this came from. Be sure to check it out yourself.

xo
smash

Monday, July 28, 2014

currently coveting



*on sale!

xo
smash

life lately



Good morning friends!

I meant to post this last week, and then things go away from me. However, if you follow me on Instagram (@xo_smash) you probably noticed that our scenery changed a bit over the last week. Mike ended up having a few days off work, so we decided to take advantage of the fact that we were both free and we took a long weekend to Beaver Creek, Colorado.

The scenery was absolutely stunning (and it took all of my self-control not to post 1,000 pictures of the mountains). We went hiking, horseback riding, and I tried white water rafting for the first time. We used Lakota Guides and I definitely recommend them if you're ever out there and looking to raft.


When we got back to the city last week I finally started painting our apartment. You see, most normal people paint their apartment and then move everything in, hang photos, etc. We moved in, hung all of our pictures and then started painting. But, for us it worked. It's been nice to live in the space a while and then decide exactly what to do. Anyway, the stripes I talked about here are now done, and I will be sharing more about the painting process later this week.


And you know, it's not summer without a few trips to Big Gay and some summer sunsets.

Hope your week is off to a good start!

xo
smash

Saturday, July 26, 2014

SATURDAY SMATTERING

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Happy Saturday my friends! 

Ok, I'm really trying to get better about posting consistent "series." I like that it gives you something to look forward to, and I admit it makes my life easier knowing that I have a "category" to work on. That's a long way of saying that I'm bringing back the Saturday Smattering post.

Anyhow...

I hope you have some fun plans this weekend! I'm heading to Westchester to go cake tasting with my friend. She is using the same bakery that we used for our wedding (Beascakes) so I am especially excited to go back! Their carrot cake and chocolate chip cookies are to die for...I have a feeling there is a doggy bag in my future.

A few things that caught my eye recently...

How to get this classic up-do.

A lust-worthy vacation compound.

If you're in the market, Madewell is offering an EXTRA 40% off sale prices with the code ENDLESS. I would love this tote and these sandals.

What's so scary about smart girls?

The value of a mentor.

There's just a few more days to take advantage of Nordstrom's gigantic anniversary sale. It's a great time to buy a classic boot or fall coat. This one reminds me of one of my favorite's from last year (and it's under $100!).

Everything about this 550 square foot home is perfect.

And as always, you can follow along on FacebookPinterestTwitter and Instagram.

xo
smash

Friday, July 25, 2014

wedding wear // flower power

Kenzo-dress-2, sole society bow heels, wedding wear, madewell hepcat sunglasses

Kenzo-dress-5

kenzo-dress-1, madewell hepcat sunglasses, sole society bow heels

kenzo-dress-3, sole society bow heels, madewell hepcat sunglasses

kenzo-dress-7

Kenzo-dress-6
Kenzo dress from Otte | Sole Society heels old, love these | Clare Vivier clutch | Madewell sunglasses similar

Sometimes, a piece just calls you. This print was literally screaming my name when I found it on the sale rack (score!) at Otte a few weeks ago. I love a good off-the-shoulder look (it always reminds me of Saved by the Bell). AND it has pockets. AND! It's so roomy that you could easily wear it through nine months of pregnancy. Now, I'm not really in the market for that, but it's always nice to know that you could at least happily attend an all-you-can-eat buffet in a dress (and never experience a moment of discomfort). 

I mean, that's what you consider when buying clothes right?

Happy Friday. 

xo
smash

P.S. For the wedding I wore this lipstick on top of this lipstick. It's my new favorite combo.




photos by Rose Mayo

Thursday, July 24, 2014

a quick and affordable designer favorite: bamboo blinds

bamboo window shades
Domino


After two summers of working for interior designers (and thousands of hours spent reading shelter magazines) I noticed they all used this super affordable item…

Bamboo blinds!

Just take a look at these pictures and you'll see what I mean.

bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Domino
bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Domino
It's a little game of Where's Waldo…except once you notice it, you'll see them everywhere.

bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Anna Burke

bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Anna Burke

They were right there in the recent Anna Burke feature!

bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Ashley Whittaker

bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Ashley Whittaker

And are a favorite of one of my favorites, Ashley Whittaker.

bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Ashley Whittaker

bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Ashley Whittaker


They pair fabulously with bold curtains, but they also look great on their own.

bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Domino

bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Kelly Wearstler

They really work in any interior. Whether your decorating style is more modern, or traditional.

bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Steven Gambrel

bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Steven Gambrel

bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Jamie Meares
They also work in any room. Bedroom, living room, kitchen, patio, powder room. The list goes on.

bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Amber Lewis


bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Amber Lewis
bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Amber Lewis
bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Jamie Meares
bamboo blinds, bamboo window shades
Jamie Meares
They best part? They are a total bargain! 

(Well, you can definitely buy fancier versions, but you can get the same look for much less).

I just bought some for our living room from the Pear River department store in Soho. If you're not in New York they also sell them online at their eMart.

xo
smash

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

OLD NAVY FOR THE WIN

Old-Navy-Dress-3, blue monogrammed go yard, tory burch modern aviator sunglasses, starla wrap plank sandals loeffler randall

Old-Navy-Dress-4, blue monogrammed go yard, tory burch modern aviator sunglasses, starla wrap plank sandals loeffler randall

Old-Navy-Dress-1, blue monogrammed go yard, tory burch modern aviator sunglasses, starla wrap plank sandals loeffler randall

Old-Navy-Dress-6, blue monogrammed go yard, tory burch modern aviator sunglasses, starla wrap plank sandals loeffler randall

Old-Navy-Dress-2, blue monogrammed go yard, tory burch modern aviator sunglasses, starla wrap plank sandals loeffler randall



Can you believe this adorable embroidered dress is from Old Navy? I popped into their Soho store last week and was delighted to find a huge selection of great summer dresses. I tried on five that I loved, and for the bargain price of about $30 a dress, I was like HELLO! I'll take them all. Then I remembered my general goal of quality over quantity and decided not to get any. 

Bet you didn't think that's where the story was going.

But, yesterday I succumbed to the Old Navy siren call when I found myself in Soho once more. I kept thinking about how pretty this dress was, so I decided it was ok to pull the trigger. They had it in my size and as they say, the rest is history. I highly recommend scooping this bad boy up (or it's adorable blue equivalent) ASAP. It's sure to sell out and it's 20% off today!

xo
smash

P.S. Here are a few more I loved (and a fun fact, if you're an XS at Old Navy you can usually fit into their cute girls dresses too. You do risk the chance that you might match your five-year-old niece though, so be warned).



 
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