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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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In keeping with yesterday’s post and my love of all things Morocco, today I’m sharing my 5 favorite things to add to your home as the season warms up…well four for the home, and one for you.  It’s as simple as adding tons of candlelight, specifically big lanterns on the floor and hanging from the ceiling, or take it further with beautiful Moroccan rugs (Turkish and some others can count) scattered about, Moroccan-inspired furniture, or do as Disc Interiors does, and cover your kitchen back splash or bathroom walls with wavy Moroccan tile.  I love the bold colorful tile more traditional of Morocco, but I’m really loving solid black and cream tiles for a more modern take.  And for you?  Well, the Babouche slipper in various forms is the “it” shoe for spring, and they look pretty comfy.  It doesn’t take much, but a little (or a lot) Moroccan goods, or inspired by, can go a long way.

via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

lanterns from West Elm

lanterns from West Elm

lanterns from West Elm

lanterns from West Elm

rugs and texture from West Elm

rugs and texture from West Elm

vintage rugs through Ashe + Leandro

vintage rugs through Ashe + Leandro

Disc Interiors

Disc Interiors

table from Lawson Fenning

table from Lawson Fenning

coffee table from West Elm

coffee table from West Elm

solid Moroccan tiles

solid Moroccan tiles

Disc Interiors

Disc Interiors

black Moroccan tile

black Moroccan tile

Babouche inspired shoe by Céline

Babouche inspired shoe by Céline

Babouche slippers by Brother Vellies

Babouche slippers by Brother Vellies

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There are some trends that seem to really explode, and most of those I liked well before everyone else, or I move on after they seem unavoidable in every magazine or on every blog.  One of those current “trends” I will never get sick of are Moroccan rugs, and all the variations, and styles from other destinations like Turkey.  There are so many beautiful options out there, from vintage available through shops and showrooms like Zak + Fox, or new takes on the old from retailers like West Elm, Restoration Hardware, and others.  From tonal to bright, I love them all, and you know what’s better than a Moroccan rug?  Tons of Moroccan rugs layered on each other and scattered about.  They’re a must have!

via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

rugs from West Elm

rugs from West Elm

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

rug from West Elm

rug from West Elm

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

rugs from West Elm

rugs from West Elm

François Halard

François Halard

vintage rug from Zak + Fox

vintage rug from Zak + Fox

via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

rug from Restoration Hardware

rug from Restoration Hardware

David Netto

David Netto

vintage Tulu rug from Zak + Fox

vintage Tulu rug from Zak + Fox

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Continuing on from last week’s post on what’s inspiring me this spring, Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016 is still at the heart of it in this part II of III.  Last week I focused on the floral looks, and how they translated to the home.  This week it’s all about the chain details that were such an interesting addition, and used in a way I’ve never seen before.  My first thought for how to bring that material home is lighting by Apparatus, specifically their ‘Cloud’ and ‘Link Porcelain’ fixtures.  Other chain details that come to mind are objects by ceramicist Michele Quan, and lights by Natalie Page.  Interior Designer  Jeffrey Bilhuber had custom plaster coated lights on large chain made for the Miami home of former Calvin Klein CEO Barry Schwartz  (nice coincidence), and James Huniford often uses chain as objects in his projects.  Chain is an interesting material that I would recommend adding to your space.  Hang art or bed hangings from the ceiling on brass or bronze chain, or wear chunky gold chains (not like Mr. T, more like Dries van Noten fall ’15) with your favorite outfit!

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Michele Quan

Michele Quan

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

via Instagram @apparatusstudio

via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Michele Quan

Michele Quan

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Natalie Page lights

Natalie Page lights from BDDW

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

James Huniford

James Huniford

James Huniford

James Huniford

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus x Zak + Fox

Apparatus x Zak + Fox

Calvin Klein Collection pre-fall 2016

Calvin Klein Collection pre-fall 2016

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