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Archive for April, 2011

One thing leads to another…

First we saw these Chris Shipman pics via Prettystuff tumblr:

And then we realized the woman in the photos is also this girl…

… as photographed by the Sartorialist, (which also happens to be one of Steph’s all time fave Sart. photos)…

…which led us to the website for her designs …

…where we love the way she photographs & shows her collections!

And that’s the story of how the internet works!

Read a little interview with jewelry designer Kate Jones here. Any girl who loves a vintage Mercedes is all right with us. Her line, by the way, is named after the boat she grew up on- oh the life story of some lucky ladies!

 

Studio Snaps Wednesday!

Elle Decor, Tiny Horses, Big Plans & Kelly Wearstler

Just a regular day at the studio.

Oscar, Miles, and the Mint Museum

There’s a lot of style headed for Charlotte this week, thanks to the Mint Museum Auxilary’s 58th Annual Room to Bloom Celebration. LSI is proud to be a sponsor of what is sure to have all of the Queen City buzzing. The Decorative Arts Symposium, with keynote speaker & interior design world heavy hitter Miles Redd (can’t wait!), parties, and gatherings will culminate Friday in a full on runway show featuring the Fall 11 collection of style icon (and fashion’s most handsome designer, we think) Mr. Oscar de la Renta.

Of course the glue that binds these two together is Oscar de la Renta’s Home Collection, where Redd resides as Design Director. One can see how Redd has brought his penchant for color & “more is more” look to Oscar’s use of sumptuous textures & fabrics. It appears to be a perfect match and we love the result.

Some of our favorite looks from Oscar’s Fall11 runway:

Redd’s own NY townhouse, photographed twice and with subtle variations in artwork & cocktail tables. Love that this gives us an isight into how designers “tinker” in their own homes:

And the Oscar de la Renta Home showroom (via Lonny), done up with Miles’ signature point of view on color, texture, layering, art and the object.

Redd’s love of lacquer shows up in many of the Oscar de la Renta Home pieces. Remember the yellow and green doors in this home? Look at this credenza and chest for Century (LOVE the hardware):

 

It’s worth noting that, while the events of the coming week are sure to be the most glamorous in Charlotte’s recent history, that the purpose of Room to Bloom is to raise  funds for the Mint Museum. Along with the Art of Style Gala, the Mint will display a collection of Oscar’s gowns on loan from Charlotte’s “who’s who” in the museum’s contemporary arts gallery. The collection will be visible to the public on April 30th-May 1st. For more information, visit the Mint Museum Auxiliary website.

Runway images via thefashionspot.com, Redd’s home via MilesRedd.com & NewYorkSocialDiary.com, and the New York Times

A tisket, a tasket…

we’re loving all things basket.

Prada heels via Garance Dore, 2 & 3 unknown, Stuart Membery via Ivy & Piper, MFAMB,

Chilewich for iphone 4, Darryl Carter

Antiquing the Dixie Highway

Back from West Palm Beach, & what a blur! A quick trip that yielded more great ideas and inspiration, and definitely put us in that Florida state of mind. For starters, there was A LOT of rattan- and we’re not complaining! Want to see what we saw? Take a look…

Wish we had a client for those acid yellow twin headboards! A little symmetry, turquoise crystal, that great kelly green fern fabric on the settee, and peacock chairs- we know what we could do with those

Cane Etageres, brass lamps, x-benches galore. Fiberglass & lucite- so Florida. We’re ready to buy another beach house just to have a place to put these treasures. But really, these pieces could fit easily in any landlocked location…we’re such fans of the eclectic and what we saw clearly fits that bill.

 

The New Traditionals; Lonny & Trad Home

We couldn’t let the launch of Trad Home come and go without putting in our two cents. Of course we want to congratulate Ann & Michelle and their teams on an amazing collaboration. We had the pleasure of meeting Traditional Home Editor Ann Maine recently and feel compelled to tell you all what a fantastic & genuine person she is. And we’ve yet to meet Michelle, but maybe in the near future we’ll have the opportunity?

One of our favorite homes in the issue is the Arizona abode designed by Sasha Adler & Lauren Gold of Nate Berkus Design. The home has that slightly masculine bent that we love about Nate’s interiors, with the overall impression being extremely comfortable and relaxed yet stylish.

Even though this home is in the middle of the desert, there is something about it that reads “beachy”, which has us thinking about our quickly approaching Bald Head Island install. We’re really looking forward to it, and will be sharing progress pics with you via the blog and twitter.

But for now we’ll just say Happy Weekend; we have a plane to catch, LSI is shopping the Dixie Highway today… and of course we’ll be showing you the goodies we are sure to find! What a great way to end the week! Ciao!

Graphic Chic

Black & white & round. Bold lettering wrapped around dozens of simple stems.

That unexpected color on the sole of a classic shoe.

Sometimes keeping it uncomplicated is best (remember the KISS principle?)… but we gotta say, we love it with an added wink.

images via Imaginations & Revelations & STREETFSN

***UPDATE- Just found out through super talent Bonnie Tsang that the top right image is from tokketok.

Thanks for the info Bonnie!

What We Saw- Our Furniture Market Favorites

Want to see what caught our collective eye this Spring?

This much is clear (is it too early for puns?)- lucite is huge this year. It’s been a trend for awhile, sure, but this time we’re seeing it everywhere. We call it “the Lonny Effect” and we’re loving it:

Lighting in a room is so important, we love a striking fixture. Kathryn & Steph were especially drawn to the contrast in these pendants:

We’d love to see these in all color options, not just orange:

Pop of red:

Speaking of color, it’s just as important this Market as it was last. Love the profile of these Moroccan inspired ottomans:

These little “candle cups” are like jewelry- they’d be great to dress up a Summer evening get together:

Green glass “mineral” specimens:

Things kept getting brighter and brighter:

If color is not your thing, there was also a great trend towards organic with a touch of glam. Really great shapes with added texture:

Love this table. The juxtapositions this year were really fabulous:

Last but not least, who doesn’t love a little silver leather?

So many great ideas to draw from… we can’t wait to see what all the bloggers visiting HP this year picked as their favorites! See anything you have to have? Let us know, and we’ll snatch it up for you!

Have a Colorful Weekend!

Whether you’re in the street, in the garden, or getting in touch with your artistic side, we hope you’ll take a cue from Mother Nature and get colorful this weekend. It’s going to be beautiful weather here in NC, so we’re hoping to get into all three of these creative exploits.

And speaking of getting in the garden, did everyone catch the T Magazine piece on landscape designer Judy Kameon? If not check it out… such inspiration and a fantastic mix of serene & paired down yet colorful with just the right amount of layering. Self-taught brilliance:

We’ll be back next week with our High Point Market recap, sharing with you our favorite finds from the week. Until then… thanks for reading!

images via Saffron Bird & T Magazine

Big Color at The Selamat Showroom

As High Point Furniture Market draws to a close, we’d like to give those of you unable to attend this year a peak into another showroom we had the privilege of designing. Selamat, the San Francisco based furniture & accessories company, had some fun new finishes to show off and we had a blast coming up with fashion forward ways to showcase them . Inspired by trends off the Spring runways, We chose colors and pattern to show buyers the versatility of their collection. And here’s how it turned out:

We were so pleased with how the showroom came together, but even more than that we were so happy to have met the folks at Selamat, hear their inspiring story, and learn about their entrepreneurial path. Meeting fantastic people and forging new relationships is such a part of design, and we couldn’t have gotten luckier with this job. Make sure you check Selamat out!