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So as much as I love fashion and talk about it all the time, I’m pretty simple when it comes to my own wardrobe.  Starting today with this post I thought it would be fun to give you some insight into what I wear.  First of all, I wear things to death, so any new additions are very seasonal.  I keep it pretty “basic”, adding in an exciting piece here and there, like my newest floral print shirt from my main source J. Crew.  I don’t strive for perfection, so my white sneakers are happily scuffed, shirt not perfectly pressed, and pants rolled just slightly off.  I usually like layers, but not so much in the warmer months, although I just wore a striped tee under that floral shirt (both short-sleeve) and rolled up.  I’m also about easy mixing and versatility, so with any shirt I wear only the darkest blue or black jeans, or some darker khaki chinos (always rolled up), and throw on my choice of spring/summer kicks, my navy Vans with bright yellow laces, or my white Stan Smiths.  On my lazy days, you’ll find me in short shorts and pocket tees with an older ratty pair of Vans I can’t seem to part with.  No matter the outfit or mood, I accessorize with a black Timex camper watch, and done!

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew 484 jeans

J. Crew 484 black jeans

Adidas Stan Smith

Adidas Stan Smith

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew 484 fit chinos

J. Crew 484 fit chinos

Vans for J. Crew

Vans for J. Crew

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I was so excited this last week to discover more photos of my favorite interior designer’s most recently published project.  Both Architectural Digest and the builder involved, Schuchart/Dow, shared more beautiful photos of the Seattle home Jeffrey Bilhuber completed a awhile back.  I was already in love with this home, but these new photos sealed that feeling even more.  This home seems particularly appropriate for spring to me too.  I had the privilege of seeing the outside of this home in person while it was being remodeled, but I’d be a happier boy seeing that gorgeous interior!

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

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I’ll be the first to admit, this post would’ve been so perfect at Easter time, but I just got super inspired the other day when Vogue.com shared photos of style icon Gloria Vanderbilt’s beautiful and exuberantly patterned interiors.  The woman has no fear when it comes to color, print, and the mix of it all.  Among that mix is the classically American pattern, gingham.  Gingham on gingham, and even a quilted combination of gingham and checks brighten up her homes, and scream spring.  Looking at Gloria’s rooms, more gingham popped into my head, this time spring fashion from the quintessentially American clothing brand J. Crew, one of my all-time favorites.  Between the two I’m ready to cover all my rooms (and me) with gingham.  It’s both classic and fun!

J. Crew

J. Crew

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

J. Crew

J. Crew

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

J. Crew

J. Crew

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

J. Crew

J. Crew

Gloria Vanderbilt and her family

Gloria Vanderbilt and her family

J. Crew

J. Crew

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

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One of my favorite things of all time are blue and white ceramics.  Classic Chinese porcelain is among the best, but even that starts to get a little old to me.  A fresh take on that idea are the ceramics created by Tyler Hays for BDDW.  I’ve loved their ceramics for quite some time, but I’m especially loving them this spring, with vessels filled with blooms and branches.  There’s a piece to add to any space.  Fill a crock with wooden spoons in the kitchen, or drink your morning coffee from one of the handcrafted mugs.  Whatever the piece, they’re all a must have!

via Instagram @bddw_etc

via Instagram @bddw_etc

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

via Instagram @bddw_etc

via Instagram @bddw_etc

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

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In the final installment of my series on what’s inspiring me now, revolving around my favorite spring collection, Calvin Klein, the conversation between hard and soft continues.  Leather ruled the runway, but so did silk, sequins, and more.  Yesterday I talked about my favorite black leather furniture pieces, and this post continues that story on how to bring that element also seen on the Calvin Klein runway home, and how to keep the balance of masculine and feminine, hard and soft.  Apparatus continues to play a big role in this dialogue too, with their homes and studio in the mix.  Not that you should copy anyone exactly, but I’ve found some perfect pieces to get the look of their living room.  If you dissect it and also take inspiration from Calvin Klein, you’ll see materials as opposite as each other like silk and concrete, travertine and linen, or wood and fur.  Think of adding any of these elements, and others like leather or snakeskin to your space.  But keep an editing eye, and only add a dollop of each to keep it chic and modern.  And don’t forget my favorite element of all, flowers!

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Egg Collective tables

Egg Collective tables

Mongolian pillow from West Elm

Mongolian pillow from West Elm

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

travertine table via 1stdibs

travertine table via 1stdibs

pillow from West Elm

pillow from West Elm

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus 'Portal' table

Apparatus Portal table

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

bedding by Tenfold from The Line

linen bedding by Tenfold from The Line

leather pillow

leather pillow

Portal coffee table by Apparatus via Instagram

Portal coffee table by Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Amy Mellen's inspiration for Calvin Klein Home via One Kings Lane

Amy Mellen’s inspiration for Calvin Klein Home via One Kings Lane

 

 

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I feel like I’m the opposite of most people when it comes to wearing black.  Most that wear all black have always done so, and have little interest in color.  I’m just now adding black to my wardrobe, since I’m a lover of color, but want more and more.  That’s streaming into my decorating too.  I want matte black walls in my bedroom, black glossy painted floors, and even the whole outside of my house painted black, trim and all.  Until then I guess can manage with a few black furniture pieces, and I particularly like black leather chairs, benches, and more.  From classics by Mies van der Rohe to new designs from Room & Board, there’s something for every room and every home, modern or traditional.  My most wanted piece has to be the embossed leather, shearling, brass, and wood deck chair from BDDW.  Whatever your style is, just add a touch of black to your space!

BDDW deck chair via Instagram @bddw_etc

BDDW deck chair via Instagram @bddw_etc

via 1stdibs

vintage chairs via 1stdibs

chair from West Elm

chair from West Elm

chair from Room & Board

chair from Room & Board

chair from West Elm

chair from West Elm

sofa from West Elm

sofa from West Elm

Kaare Klint sofa from Lawton Mull

Kaare Klint sofa from Lawton Mull

dining chairs from West Elm

dining chairs from West Elm

chair from Room & Board

chair from Room & Board

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

bench from Room & Board

bench from Room & Board

ottoman from Room & Board

ottoman from Room & Board

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So I have a new favorite shoe…ok, make that shoes, by Brother Vellies. Designed by Aurora James in Brooklyn, and handcrafted sustainably in Kenya and South Africa, Brother Vellies has a wide assortment of styles I love, and are a huge part of the babouche trend I briefly mentioned yesterday.  Fur, snakeskin, shearling, and more are used on all sorts of slippers and sandals, including shoes for another favorite, Ryan Roche.  Her spring ’16 collection featured shoes in collaboration with Brother Vellies, from simple white pointy toed slide-ons to furrier varieties.  These are the perfect clothes, and shoes to throw on all spring!

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies via Opening Ceremony

Brother Vellies via Opening Ceremony

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

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