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You’re invited to experience the excitement of our new collection: a comfortable mix of inviting silhouettes and soothing colors that merge warm modern with cool traditional. Shop our favorite new arrivals, from items to rooms: all well priced with many in stock, ready for delivery. Quantities are limited, shop now for the best selection. Here’s to new, now.

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in every issue 06 Editor’s Letter 09 Contributors 26 Eco-Style 27 How-To 174 Blogger Style market 16 Gift Guide 22 Supper Sophisticate 24 Pretty Prints

arts and culture 34 Home Away from Home

A look into design-savvy travel via the Parisian Hotel Keppler

fashion 47 Eco Edge Eco-chic fashions fit for

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Limitless Style

The J.Crew Women’s Collection store rouses the Upper East Side Textile designer Lisa Fine brings Indian culture to Paris

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kate spade new york’s 5th Avenue flagship store steps out in a new light Interior designer Vanessa de Vargas brings the beach home Nina Freudenberger, interior designer and owner of Haus Interior, offers chic, affordable décor Inspired by the outdoors, designer Brad Ford creates serenity in friend’s Manhattan apartment

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hen we launched our first issue in October we didn’t know what to expect. Would they love it? Would they hate it? Would we have to move to another country and change our names? Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine we’d receive the response that we did. Thanks to you, our grassroots project has now seen over ten million page views from readers worldwide! Our inboxes have been flooded with enthusiastic reader e-mails and every day we discover yet another kind and supportive blog post. To say the very least, we’re FLOORED, humbled, and most of all, inspired. Faced with only two months to create our second issue, and a desire to truly knock your socks off, our tiny team reported to our day jobs returning home each night to moonlight as an editor, photographer, graphic designer and writer. We photographed our favorite stores to offer tips on achieving the look in your own homes, created a gift guide with items that can be purchased with the click of a mouse, and even traveled to Paris to bring you a dose of international style. (And eat a few macaroons...) In one of my favorite features, textile designer Lisa Fine advises readers, “don’t be afraid to be passionate about what you love.” This is the exact sentiment we strive to deliver in the pages of Lonny. In this

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issue we highlight people living out their passions, such as the founders of MasonGray, who believe that furniture should be manufactured locally and with respect for the environment, and Cindy Weil of The Wallpaper Collective, who asserts that great design should be all-inclusive rather than to the trade only. There’s also interior designer Brad Ford, who is sure to leave his signature “thumbprint” on every design project, integrating natural elements that remind him of his childhood in Arkansas. Every page tells a story, and these stories are our way of giving back to you. After all, without our readers we wouldn’t have the opportunity to do what we’re passionate about, too. Happy holidays and a sincere thank you from the Lonny team. Michelle Adams Editor in Chief

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Shawn Gauthier Writer

Michelle Roque Design Director

Ellie Somerville Editorial Assistant

Caitlin McGauley Illustrator

Rabeika Messina Copy Editor

Michael Colangelo Sales Director michael@lonnymag.com

Impassioned by photography, particularly fashion-related, Ryan Dixon jumped at the opportunity to capture the beautiful Summer Rayne Oakes in this issue’s Eco Edge story. “The shoot was epic; from the clothes to Summer to Build It Green! NYC, everything fell into place perfectly. It felt great being behind the camera for a good cause,” says Dixon. Visit Dixon’s website at www.dixicon.com to learn more about his marveling work.

“Lisa Fine’s apartment in Paris has the quality to make one feel at home right away; she is so passionate about decoration,” says Argentine photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna, a close friend of Fine’s and the shutterbug behind Inspiration India. “Shooting her place was great; most of her furniture and fabrics have been designed by her, and it’s rare one has the chance to see such care for detail.”

Earning herself the name of “The EcoModel” after passionately working to push sustainability issues through fashion and media, Summer Rayne Oakes speaks loudly and believes strongly in environmental awareness. Touting ecofriendly pieces from KAIGHT in page 47’s Eco Edge, it’s not the first time she’s donned the boutique’s clothing. “KAIGHT is one of the best merchandised stores for chic green fashions,” she says. “It’s one of my main destination shops in Manhattan.”

Timing doesn’t always work out as planned. Nathan Turner, owner of the eponymous L.A. shop that merges his passions for design, travel and food, had originally planned to welcome Anya Hindmarch to the city with an old-fashioned summer garden party. When schedules conflicted and summer turned into winter, Turner decided not to budge on his plan. “I stuck it out and made it a winter garden party. It was such a fun and different way to welcome a friend.” Check out A Warm Touch of Winter on page 27.

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If textile designer Lisa Fine had a few extra hours in her days, it’s possible she’d busy herself creating headboards, a passion she’d love to pursue. “If the market was right and I had the time, I’d do nothing but embroideries for beds,” she says. To satisfy her ardor, she creates them for her own bedrooms, such as the Chikan embroidered headboard found in her beautiful Parisian guest home, which has fallen privy to her perfectly articulate eye for Indian aesthetics.

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Interior designer Nina Freudenberger’s natural design sense doesn’t stop with the articulate décor she applied to her interiors shop, Haus Interior, featured in Haus to Home. She’s also distinct with her sartorial choices, demonstrating an effortlessly casual, laid-back look that is expertly chic. “My days are highpaced with so many different activities, whether meeting a client or running to a construction site, my style has to suit it!” she says.

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“When I was a kid, I outfitted my entire room with wallpaper made of leather belts, woven into a plaid,” says interior designer Brad Ford, who changed his career path to décor after initially pursuing technology. “I even papered the ceiling. I absolutely loved it.” Ford recently provided the design inspiration behind friend Liz Cruise’s Manhattan home, although alas, he has left leather wallpaper as a memory of the past.

anthony gianacakos “I usually start with the big picture [when decorating], and then end up going step by step,” says design consultant Anthony Gianacakos, who transformed his 187 sq. foot apartment from dismally drab to stylistically chic. “When you’re on a tight budget and have several pieces to buy, it takes time to find the right things, in terms of style and affordability.”

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Accredited with the recent blossoming success of J.Crew, creative director Jenna Lyons’ genius aesthetic is readily apparent in both the brand’s clothing as well as in-store décor, particularly Manhattan’s whimsically surprising J.Crew Women’s Collection Store. Featured in Quite the Collection, the shop’s design inspiration ranged from the Museum of Modern Art to gold jacquard jackets paired with pearls.

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“Designing homes for clients is very much a collaboration; their homes need to reflect them, not me,” says interior designer Vanessa De Vargas, who recently rejuvenated her own Venice Beach bungalow for the third time. She adds that decorating should also be about fun and experimentation. “I’ve had five coffee tables rotate through my living room, and I’m still trying to figure out which is the right one!”

theresa canning zast Easy to spot with her red hair and matching lips, Theresa Canning Zast, senior director of Creative Services for kate spade new york, is known for her keen eye and penchant for color. Flip through this issue’s kate spade new york Loud and Clear, which highlights the design overhaul of the Fifth Avenue shop, and see first-hand Canning Zast’s imaginative décor magic come to fruition.

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The red is hot. The green is a cool $999. Meet Hennessy. It’s one of our many upholstered seating options benchmade in the USA with a certified sustainable hardwood frame and eco-friendly cushions that sit deep and soft. At $999 for the sofa, no wonder they’re flying out the door. To find a store near you, call 800.967.6696 or visit crateandbarrel.com.

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Geode link necklace: $110, Erica Weiner Jewelry.

The Satorialist by Scott Schuman: $16.50, Amazon. com.

Attar of: High Tea Luminarie Candle: $34, Royal Apothic.

Crushed glitter minaudière: $49.50, J.Crew.

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Myla desiree soft bra: $165, Journelle.

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Striped linen with gold trim blanket: $365, PATCH NYC.

Low ball glasses with etched starburst pattern: $165 for a set of two, Haus Interior.

Carly heels: $375, kate spade new york.

House of Harlow 1960 Aztec Bangle: $72.50, Piperlime

Nature exploration agate notebook: $13.50, Oh Joy.

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“The Bag”: $135, Iomoi.

Edgar round glass bottle: $114.17, Fine Home Products.

Chocolate and crème adult nuddle: $68 each, Nuddle.com.

Tartan notebook: $58, William Sonoma Home.

Men’s (and women’s in select stores) Nansen Buffalo plaid boot: $295, Ralph Lauren.

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Dinner-ware earthenware platter: $99, Green Depot.

Go-to life for beach glass 6 weekender 5 2nd Recycled glass vase: $48, Brook Farm General Store.

Want Organic™ for J.Crew Dumont 24-hour travel bag: $495, J.Crew.

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Kelly Wearstler has done it again. The internationally known tastemaker and interior designer has recently launched a new dinnerware collection, articulated perfectly with her seamless, signature style. Designed for SFERRA and Pickard, the line ranges from plates and trays to bowls and napkins, and is sure to add an air of glamour to any tabletop. Finished in a subdued yet enticing palette in a variety of patterns, the dinnerware is a must-have for holiday entertaining. But don’t expect it to be collecting dust once the winter warms; the line can’t help but glimmer with sophistication throughout all four seasons. Available at

believe, bloggers, believe! Your voices are being heard AND noticed. Take design blogger Ronda Carman of All the Best, for example: Carman has been asked to be the Brand Ambassador for SFERRA to help educate consumers about quality linens and explain the mystery behind thread count. Best of all, as a brand ambassador she hosts parties with the likes of Kelly Wearstler, Todd Romano and other such design icons (pretty darn cool!). So refresh that coffee mug, rev up your thoughts and continue to speak loudly– you never know who may be listening.

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Interiors mastermind Kathryn M. Ireland knows classic, comfortable and elegant design, and is eager to share a few tricks of the trade. Recently launching her own e-commerce site, she now offers finished goods to the public, including fabric pillows, lampshades and antique textiles. Believing in creativity without feeling contrived, her unique, decorative pieces are now a relaxing afternoon’s mouse-click away.

Slipcover- Fit 1 Tangier for IKEA Harry Chair $370

Suzani Pillow 2 Safi $235

Ticking Pillow 3 French 4 Lampshade $195 $150

Blush 1 Flora $118 per roll

Latte 2 Squirrels $132 per roll

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Pencil on Bone 4 Small $100 per roll

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Home feeling drab? Fear not, e-commerce site Wallpaper Collective is on a mission: to paper rooms in fresh, vibrant and visually enticing designs that look anything like the stale florals from Grandma’s kitchen. Best part? The company sells its designer paper directly to consumers as opposed to requiring a middleman from the décor trade. DIY-ers everywhere, sing a song of praise.

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asonGray began with memories in mind; with the idea of creating furniture that is reminiscent of the past yet finished for today’s home. Their pieces are tailored for those who seek the quality and familiar silhouettes from their youth that convey the contemporary edge and style of modern day, all while maintaining a green conscience. “We like to call [our mission] ‘smart green,’” says David Harris, Director of Communications. “We started making furniture years ago, and realized how easy it is to be green using hardwoods and water-based paints and finishes.” The pieces are produced in what was once an abandoned 1896 factory located in Litchfield County, Conn.; the proximity to Manhattan greatly reduces their carbon footprint, and owning their own factory allows them to have complete control over the process. At MasonGray, being environmentally aware is just as important as the quality of their products, and they preserve this belief by using sustainably harvested hardwoods and water-based, non-toxic finishes on all pieces.

Nightstand Changer 1 Savannah 3 Savannah $1095-1295 $1950-2100 Armoire 2 Savannah $4900-5800

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Inspired by craftsmanship, detail, high quality and amazing finishes, MasonGray creates a variety of furniture from beds to armoirs, including a wide array of finishing choices. With all the distinctly individual items, one would think they could admit to certain favored piece, but alas, all are treated equal at MasonGray. “We never play favorites,” winks Harris.

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Turner’s Almont Drive shop, creating an Austrian chalet meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream effect that could thaw any chill. Curious about enhancing your own winter gatherings under such a guise? Read on to get tips from décor experts Turner and Hindmarch themselves, and learn how to enrich your snowy season with this cozy, intimate theme.

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Nathan’s Tips “Decorating for a party or event with a theme is tricky; you want the theme to come through but you don’t want it to feel like Disneyland. Do a lot with flowers; in this case, I wanted everything to have a natural northern European look, like wild flowers from the pasture. I used wax flowers and other wild flowers and did large arrangements for the tables and small little posies for accents (in silver trimmed horn cups). I also made round wreaths and hung them on stag horns and

door handles; I’d seen this done once in Sweden.” “In terms of colors and textures, I chose those that felt snug, making you want to curl up and stay awhile, things like heavy camel-colored wool with red and chocolate brown accent pillows. And the most important thing? Furs everywhere ( faux of course!). Mainly, I wanted people to be able to grab a throw and get cozy!”

Anya’s Tips “Consider every detail and think about special handcrafted or humorous touches which allow you to be creative! Take a space and transform it to make it your own; create a combination of all the little things.”

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Anya’s Tips

“I’ve always been passionate about things that are bespoke because they are personal and unique to you. We made special seed packets that honored our hosts – Molly Simms (Molly’s Marigolds) and Nathan Turner (Nathan’s Nasturtiums) and unique bags to hold roasted nuts (Anya’s Hot Nuts). We personalized gardening book jackets

Nathan’s Tips “All the bespoke items we created were such fun special touches! We even had bespoke cigars with Anya’s logo on the band, along with matches that had her logo on one side and a little bunch of wildflowers on the other.”

using our host’s names (“Hindemarch Hibiscus” & “A Perfect Bloom” by Nathan Turner), and created sweet posies tied to a gift card embossed with the words ‘Good Night, Sweet Dreams’. It’s fun to incorporate such touches because it adds a sense of humor and makes the guest feel celebrated and special.”

Nathan’s Tips “We used string lights to make it festive; I love the old-fashioned round bulbs. I brought in the fire pits to add warmth and ambiance, but incidentally they also served a purpose ( for the roasted nuts). I placed stag horn lamps on the tables to bring the inside out; I knew that creating an outdoor living room vibe would make people feel warm and happily prolong their stay.”

Let there be Light Anya’s Tips “I prefer a simple candlelit setting (lighting which everyone looks their best in!); scattering votive candles liberally across the tables at different heights created such a lovely ambience. And the fire created a similar natural light which worked well, plus you can still manage to see the stars! But don’t forget- Check to see if you need a fire permit!”

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Table Manners Nathan’s Tips “Food and drink is a huge part and must be done right; in this case, it almost made the night with the S’mores bar. I had every topping imaginable along with the standards like Graham Crackers and marshmallows (homemade by Wolfgang Puck!). We also had classic winter favorites like mini shepherd’s pies (making sure to have meat and vegetarian options), as well as roasted nuts over the fire.”

Nathan’s Hot Toddy Recipe 2 or 3 ounces dark rum Sweet cider or water Stick cinnamon Nutmeg 2 cloves Put the rum, cinnamon and cloves in any heavy 12-ounce mug that has been rinsed in very hot water to warm it. Heat the cider or water to the boiling point and pour into the spiced rum. Grate a little nutmeg on top.

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Anya’s Tips “Serve food that can be interactive because it allows guests to mingle and gossip, like Nate’s S’mores! We also served delicious mulled rum cider (quite strong!), which was the perfect complement to classic mini shepherd’s pies.”

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A look into design-savvy travel via the Parisian Hotel Keppler

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Shawn Gauthier

Photography by

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Michelle Adams

Illustrations by

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n the buzzing, jet-setting industry of travel, it’s evident that trends are not exclusive to the runway, and that consumers are just as interested in stylizing their getaways as they are their wardrobes. Lately, vacationers have approached organized escapes with an entirely new ideal; seeking out boutique hotels that feel more like chic “homes” as opposed to the commercialized industry standard, preferring the refuge of a more intimate, uniquely styled venue. “In general, people have become a lot more aware of their surroundings, so when they travel, they want to be impressed and inspired,” says Tamara Heber Percy, co-founder of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, a hotel booking service out of London that specializes in individualized and boutique hotels. “The hotel has become a destination in itself; it’s important that it delivers on style as well as experience.” issue two

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Realizing this desire, hotels began catering to this aesthetic, renovating their spaces by applying more domestic interior design in contemporary fashion, and ensuring personal, informal service to appeal to a younger crowd. Along the way, several boutique properties began to emerge, mainly run by owners who weren’t traditional hoteliers. Many of these properties featured fewer rooms, allowing the owners to lavishly design each room distinctly and uniquely, as opposed to the redundant décor of typical hotel chains. Booking services, such as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, teamed up to help put travelers in touch with these up-and-coming boutique sites. “Our collection of hotels is extremely varied,” says Heber Percy, who is behind the monthly unveiling of more than 500 handpicked hideaways, spanning across the world. Each hotel is rigorously researched, visited and reviewed anonymously by their team of travel “detectives,” as they’re called, who also provide the inside scoop on the best rooms, top restaurants, hotspots and local activities in the area. issue two

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ne of the hotels found in their collection is the exclusive and beautifully modernized Hotel Keppler in Paris, which began as two separate buildings in the early 1900’s. Married into one after the Second World War, the hotel garnered only two stars until its décor transformation in 2007, headed by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. “Rochon pays great attention to details, and that makes all the difference,” says hotel manager François Gelly, adding that Rochon designed the majority of the hotel’s furniture and lamps himself. “Clients sense the comfort of Hotel Keppler immediately, feeling instantly at home.” Directed to create a space that felt “modern but not empty and minimalistic,” Rochon developed a black and white theme, adding unique pops of color to individual rooms to differentiate them and brighten the space, enhancing the ambiance with subtle and carefully placed lighting. The bar and lobby are designed like a living room, complete with a fire place, and the suites feel like private apartments, overlooking the Eiffel Tower. “There isn’t another hotel like Keppler, at least not in Paris,” says Gelly, including that the best hotels serve a perfect product with great service and ambiance. “Our true boutique hotel spirit is unique, as well as our detail, personal service and great location.”

Heber Percy agrees; according to her, hotels successfully achieve the “chic” at-home feel by concentrating on domestic details like antique books, original artwork, unique textiles, local materials, and even fresh flowers, which contribute to the “home away from home” feel. Additionally and no less important, personal and thoughtful service is high on the list; travelers come to hotels not just for a spot to place their belongings, but for the added experience to their trip. “My husband adores one particular hotel that sends you back home with a parcel of homemade cookies,” says Percy. “Successful boutique hotels are certainly a combination of things, but we always notice the amazing details.” r

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Don’t forget the romance: Book a special night in your hometown and keep the romance alive in an affordable fashion. Plan an evening for two that suggests only dinner, then sweep your partner to the special overnight surprise.

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Swap distance for decadence: Traveling doesn’t need to cross the border. Save a bundle on costs and snap up city-break destination deals from low-cost airlines, leaving you extra money for dinner in Napa Valley, shopping in Miami or a night in an NYC luxury hotel.

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Play the packing game: Utilize your carry-ons and pack light. If your destination is a great shopping zone, take half the luggage and twice the cash. Another suitcase secret: Interweave your folded clothes with issues sprayed with your favorite scent.

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Enjoy getting there: Make sure your journey is half the fun. Check in online to avoid the hassle at the airport, and stay away from the very front or back of the plane to steer clear of high traffic bathroom zones.

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Avoid plane drain – moisturize, avoid alcohol and arrive fresh. During the flight, baste your skin in moisturizer to prevent arriving crumpled, and spritz some perfume to wake you up upon arrival. Sunglasses are a glamorous essential for just-off-the-plane eyes.

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Stripe Travel Set: $29.50, J.Crew

Passport Cover with Slide Closure (Red Viana): $180, Smythson

Gold Suitcase Boxed Stationary: $55, Dempsey and Carroll

Lightweight merino wool shawl waterfall (black): $215, Barneys

Par Avion Airline: $50, kate spade new york

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At eco-boutique KAIGHT, owner Kate McGregor taps into emerging, independent green designers, featuring pieces that push the boundaries of style while still paying respectful homage to the land on which we live.

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An ambassador for the green fashion movement and a self-proclaimed fan of KAIGHT, follow model Summer Rayne Oakes as she falls privy to a story of eco-conscience.

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Shot at Build It Green! NYC, the haunting aura captured in photographer Ryan Dixon’s mesmerizing pictures engages a variety of recycled building materials the non-profit plans to re-sell. Their mission is basic: Reduce the amount of reusable materials in landfills by repurposing pieces from construction and demolition.

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Photography/ Production: Ryan Dixon Photo Assistants: Colin Clark/ Derek Frampton Davis Art Direction: Patrick Cline Styling: Michelle Adams Model: Summer Rayne Oakes Writing: Shawn Gauthier Hair/Makeup: Richard Cooley

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QUITE THE COLLECTION The J.Crew Women’s Collection store rouses the Upper East Side

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In September of 2008 a new storefront quietly unveiled itself at Manhattan’s cross-section of Madison Avenue and 79th Street, nestling itself comfortably next to its posh neighbor, Lilly Pulitzer. Through the glass panel of the front door, a vision of presumably designer merchandise could be spotted by curious onlookers. As they approached, another detail came into clarity: The store’s name and address, J. Crew, N Ten Thirty-Five, whispered gracefully in gold cursive across the door. The merchandise so stylishly present in this store is not the assumptive couture, but instead the highly anticipated J. Crew Women’s Collection, a limited edition line deliciously spritzed with designer-esque details. Updated seasonally, the store features everything from vintage Rolexes and charm bracelets to t-shirts and jewelry in its classic yet trendy brand appeal. Perhaps the best part is that the beauty of design does not stop with the clothing; it’s just as infectious in the store’s whimsical, surprising and elegantly stately décor.

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Direct From Jenna Lyons’ Home to J.Crew

FIVE Elements the Collection Store is Proud to Feature

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The interior scheme is ultimately the brainchild of creative director Jenna Lyons, the mastermind behind the enigma that has become the J. Crew brand. She drew inspiration from old Manhattan, segueing with today’s downtown influences. Having had recently remodeled her own home she shares with her family in Park Slope when this project arose, she pulled many ingenious aspects of her own renovation into the store itself. The overhaul started with the floor in the Collection store, which features a reclaimed hickory from Pennsylvania, and is stunningly gorgeous in its authenticity. “We wanted really beautiful material in the traditional herringbone pattern but not done in such an expected way, so we left them unfinished and kept everything neutral so that the clothes would pop,� explains Lyons.

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From there, the store’s uniquely chic image blossomed, the elements falling into place. Although the majority of the store reflects the aforementioned neutral palette, the team exercised fun and unexpected detail with both the powder and fitting rooms. The former, mapped in distinct floor-to-ceiling black and white stripes (which continue right over the built in shelving) is a motif lifted directly from Lyons’ own bathroom. The dressing rooms feature bright magentas and soft blush pinks with pops of neon, and one showcases a Louis XVI stool against a backdrop of Donghia stripes.

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Intrigued by the marriage of new and old, vintage French Serge Mouille light fixtures illuminate the front room of the store, complementing the modernized tables gracefully adorned by deftly styled mannequins. Built-in vitrines house some of the higherpriced jewelry and accessories, sparkling beneath a glass shield and enticing in their breathtaking, often handmade detail. “We’re able to sprinkle a selection of specially designed pieces from small artisans that we wouldn’t normally be able to work with [outside of the Collection store],” says Lyons. “We feel extremely lucky to carry them, and are constantly bringing in new artists based on who we discover.” The accessories room features a range of items from shoes to bags to cashmere scarves, which are housed on crisply white shelves embedded into a charcoal paint wall, balanced by a vintage Kilim rug across the hardwood in beiges, browns and pastels. The mixture breathes a rich, enigmatic nuance into the space, balanced effortlessly by the Parsons-inspired tables, a mix of parchment paper and ebonized oak that lays claim to further accessories. issue two

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As distinct in décor detail as they are in their clothing, all of the shop’s fixtures are finished in unlacquered brass, designed specifically to tarnish like the front doors of many Manhattan landmarks. According to Lyons, adding simple touches such as this, as well as being very purposeful about furniture selection, can transfer the look of the J. Crew Collection store into one’s own home. It was by no accident the team chose the Donghia mohair couch for the accessories room; catching the light from the vintage Sputnik chandelier above, it glows with a jeweled luster in its antiquity.

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Though the J. Crew Collection store entered the Upper East Side without much of a stir, both its exclusively eloquent fashion and impeccable interiors have since made waves within the industry. Lyons is always ensuring that the location of each shop is somehow laced within the overall scheme; so although the store came in quietly, the neighborhood did not go unnoticed. “[In the Collection store] we added handmade French-inspired raised panel doors, mixed with lacquered finishes,” she says. “We always try to draw on the immediate community to create relevance and a connection.” r issue two

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Written by Shawn Gauthier Photography by Miguel Flores Vianna Styled by L

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Textile Designer Lisa Fine brings the Indian culture to her Parisian flat

Growing up in Hattiesburg, Miss., textile designer Lisa Fine distinctly remembers an endearing love for both hair ribbons and the historic home of Jefferson Davis, even if at the time she couldn’t quite put her finger on the reasoning. “I was always in pigtails just so I could wrap my hair in ribbons,” she remembers, a smile lilting in her Southern drawl, still intact despite having been away from the south since college. “And I adored visits to Biloxi to see Jefferson Davis’ home; I liked that better than [going to] the local fair.” These childhood interests may have seemed inconsequential at the tender age of six, although they both proved to be a bit of a premonition; ribbons translated into a delving passion for textiles, and the design of Davis’ former residence launched Fine’s obsession for home décor. Initially, her postcollegiate career choice sent her seeking out the world of fashion (she worked at both Mademoiselle and Mirabelle directly after graduating), but she soon switched gears and became a contributing editor to Elle Décor and House Beautiful. Although the interest had been nesting in her since childhood, it was New York, she claims, that officially hatched her fascination for interiors. “There is so much to learn about design [in New York] if you’re curious,” she says of the city where she has a studio apartment. “As long as your keep your eyes open, remain exposed and make an effort to be meet the right people.”

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ine often turns interesting pieces into lamps as opposed to buying them as is, but not when shopping in Paris. “The French make the best reading lamps,� she says.

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ine and fellow textile designer Carolina Irving use the same Chikan embroidery found on the headboards for Irving & Fine blouses. “It’s one of the most popular summer embroideries,” says Fine.

*Keep your fabrics fresh by never letting them look too matched.

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Paris is the most perfect contrast to New York! As much as I love the constant pace of New York, Paris allows one to really appreciate the little things of day to day life, the outdoor markets, the local fromagerie, the cafes and bistros... in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Paris can really take you back in time. That’s what I love most.

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onstantly inspired, Fine created the tables on the sides of the couch with beaded copies of geometric tiles, and the tables directly in front of the sofa with copies of the Iznik tiles (one is a fox, and the other a lion).

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ine certainly followed her own advice, exposing herself to the art and design of worldly cultures and making acquaintances along the way. She quickly developed a distinguished admiration for exotic textiles, particularly from India, and began designing her own fabrics in accord with Indian design, including tailor-made headboards that ignited a stir within the design community. She also paired with fellow textile designer Carolina Irving to open Irving & Fine, turning the foreign prints into peasant blouses for retail; upon its launch, the blouses flew feverishly off the shelves. But perhaps the real showcase of Fine’s inexplicable talent for textile design is the transformation of perfectly articulated fabrics into breathless dÊcor, as is evidenced throughout the guest apartment of her Seventh arrondissement flat in Paris, where she has shared her

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5 Tips for Utilizing Fabr cs in your Home one

Similar to how many designers will start with a rug and then build a room, choose a fabric to inspire the space and work from there.

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*Market finds for little money can be as stylish as expensive antiques

time (along with Manhattan) for the past six years. Calling the purchase of the initial flat a “fluke,” she saw the place before it went on the market and was instantly moved to buy, investing in the neighboring guest house a few years later.

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he first project Fine tackled in the guest apartment involved reworking the interior space structurally; she changed the kitchen into the bathroom, and the living room into the master bedroom. Her thought was to create the perfect “hotel suite atmosphere” by keeping the kitchen at a minimal space while maintaining the emphasis on the leisure spaces. After the renovation was complete, the apartment boasted a stunningly spacious master bed and bath, along with a sitting room and additional guest bedroom. The bones were set in stone, and Fine set out to perfect the décor. Not surprisingly, fabric proved to be Fine’s main source of inspiration as she moved her way through the guest apartment, envisioning each room with

its own distinct personality. In fact, the master bedroom, guest bedroom and sitting room each hold privy to their own individually thematic textiles, all hand-picked from India and designed by Fine herself. When it comes to choosing textiles for her own spaces, Fine finds herself drawn to a wide variety of fabrics. “I gravitate toward most any textile as long as I like it,” she says, “anything from embroideries to ikats, block prints to solids – I truly love them all.” Both bedrooms are wallpapered spectacularly in fabric that is handblock-printed on silk; the guest bedroom was inspired by the flowers in the popular Tree of Life designs, whereas the master one (Fine’s favorite room, in close competition with the bathroom) features a pattern inspired by a Persian tapestry, block-printed with white curry and gold on silk saris. Above the master bed is one of Fine’s own headboard designs, a white-on-white Chikan embroidery (created only by the women of Lucknow) that is one of the most feminine and elegant embroideries available, according to Fine. The room is laden in soft washes of pink, one of her favorite colors; she also loves reds, indigos and curries.

I gravitate toward most any textile as long as I like it, anything from embroideries to ikats, block prints to solids – I truly love them all.

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A Kutch embroidery enraptures the sitting room, a beautifully sunny space that carries a breath of freshness and warmth through a variety of rich colors and a mixture of contemporary and vintage pieces. An Indian Pakistan embroidery, it is often done with mirrors, and Irving & Fine uses the same textile on their coats and peasant tops. “It’s a pattern I absolutely adore,” says Fine, “so much that I couldn’t help but do my entire living room in it.” The master bathroom is the only room not inspired by a specific fabric, but it certainly does not take away from the inviting nature the apartment as a whole exudes. Outfitted with an old-fashioned tub and sink, Fine finished the floor in white marble edged in black and the walls in pink wainscot. The space has a touch of art deco, and carries the quaint hotelesque sophistication Fine was striving for.

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ine literally made almost all dÊcor-related items in her apartment herself (all materials were handpicked from India), with the exception of her West Elm table, banquette made in Paris, a rug from Kashgar, China, and the two red chairs in her sitting room, which were constructed in Africa from tomato cans. The project took her several years, and she’s always on the lookout for additional accessories to add extra life to her space. A big fan of perusing unique finds at Indian markets and not afraid to apply clever tricks, she collected a series of Indian miniatures which were copies of the authentic antique versions, and then framed all in bone so they appeared to comprise an expensive collection.

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ost recently, Fine launched a new fabric line inspired by Persian, Indian and Turkish designs, which can be found at Sulleli and Hollywood Home in LA. She also loves flowers, and turns to Persian miniatures and Indian Palampores for additional inspiration. Not one to shy from opportunity, she actually used the decoration of her guest home as a method of experimentation for the line, taking into consideration how the fabrics and patterns worked amongst one another. The latter is evidence that Fine is talented not only in creating patterns, but in pairing them as well.

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*Don’t be afraid to be passionate about what you love. If you love pink, do all pinks and reds. If you love camels, collect camels.

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Designing and decorating the guest home took about three years, but it now successfully reflects what Fine refers to as a “cozy apartment that doesn’t feel like you’re in the city,” a re-invention of Indian aesthetics within a charming Parisian courtyard. Though the home is mostly complete from a décor standpoint, Fine is always seeking further inspiration, most commonly on her trips to India, where the culture, energy and artistic beauty she encounters fuel her imagination for the next textile pattern. “Traveling in India is a never-ending journey and education in textile,” she says. “The colors of India are a constant surprise; each trip I discover another beautiful color combination or shade.” r

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*Learn to love research. The more you see the more your eye and taste evolves.

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Minimal square footage doesn’t stop Anthony Gianacakos from creating a stylish space

Written by Shawn Gauthier Photography by Patrick Cline Styled by Michelle Adams Illustrations by Caitlin McGauley

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ecorating clearly takes a vision, yet some instances can require a little extra effort when tapping into the creative mindset. Moving to New York City post college, Anthony Gianacakos needed an apartment within an affordable range, landing his search in East Harlem. There he stumbled upon a space located above a quaint Mexican restaurant, which, needless to say, required an open mind. “[The apartment] was anything but striking, not to mention tiny,” says Gianacakos, who works as a design consultant in Manhattan. “But I saw the potential, and signed 10 minutes after arriving at the door.”

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lever with accessories, Gianacakos took a $20 gardening stool from Target and turned it upside down to create the handy umbrella stand next to his bookshelves.

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Walk into his apartment today, and it’s clear Gianacakos knows when he sees potential. What was a dingy, cramped, unattractive space is now a chic and sophisticated apartment that boasts both Gianacakos’ eye for design as well as his keenly acute sense of style, even when working with an extremely tight area. A fashion design major in college with a penchant for home décor, it’s evident he has an innate ability to revitalize a space under any means, including the most dire of beginnings. “Even the tiniest space can have great style if you use the right pieces,” he says. Raised in rural Michigan, Gianacakos’ love for interiors traces back to childhood; he found himself re-arranging his bedroom on a bi-monthly basis, staging his space much like a staged home. When friends visited he hesitated to allow them to sprawl across his double-sided comforter (chosen to prevent décor boredom), as a wrinkled comforter surely proved unsightly. Yet it wasn’t until college when

*Dress your bed in layers. A contrasting throw layered over a duvet adds warmth and comfort to a space

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he worked in sales at Pottery Barn that he took a more serious note to his interest and talent in home design.

Accented by white drapes and primarily white furniture, the shade speaks for itself and balances the intent of the space.

“I found that people really listened and appreciated my advice when I talked to them about décor choices,” he says. “It was then that I began to really pursue it as a serious hobby.”

Busy most weekdays at his 9-to-5, he spends a good amount of his free time exploring the city for décor steals and accessories to populate his apartment. Gianacakos stresses the importance of approaching a design project step by step, especially when budgets are tight. That way, he can evaluate as he moves through the process, altering his vision if necessary. Just because a space is small doesn’t mean the finished product should come any quicker; a rushed attempt could mean a home full of boring, commercial pieces as opposed to unique, interesting finds. For example, one of Gianacakos’ cheapest pieces is a $12 horse head he found while scouting at Marshall’s -- incidentally, it’s also his favorite.

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hen Gianacakos began envisioning the future look of his place, he knew he wanted to create a dramatic, masculine feel that felt both cozy and chic at the same time. Of course, he had to keep size in mind: at 187 square feet, physical space did not come to his advantage. First solve: choosing the perfect paint color to emphasize the room’s qualities as opposed to its limitations. After a mere 15 minutes perusing paint swatches, Gianacakos swiftly chose a deep gray, which edgily communicates the masculine tone while also widening the feel of the room.

Speaking of accessories, a key trick when working with smaller spaces is to ensure the need and

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lways on the lookout for flea market finds, Gianacakos snagged this chair for $60, repainting and reupholstering it to bring it back to life.

reason for every piece in the room; clutter is the last thing that meshes well with cramped areas. It’s essential to edit all personal assets and utilize only the pieces that truly have a place, all the while styling efficiently so all accessories work together and enhance one another. Even storage pieces, which are vital in tiny areas, can be styled in a way that makes them visually attractive. “If the only place for cleaning products is your bookshelf, simply style them in a clever way and show them off,” says Gianacakos.

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on’t be afraid to work on an inspirational fly either, says Gianacakos, who often makes split decisions according to gut instinct. The horizontally striped wall in his bedroom came as an out-of-the-blue early evening thought; by 2am that same night, Gianacakos had successfully created the wall by taping off stripes and following his intuition. Style and design should not be constricted by rules; instead, they should be dictated by one’s own interests and views on décor. If Gianacakos is inspired by a thought, he accomplishes it without a second of hindering hindsight, letting his creative energy direct his choices. Although Gianacakos has made noteable headway on his apartment, he’d still love to replace the outdated flooring. Unfortunately, this requires a certain degree of renovation, as well as money. In the meantime, Gianacakos simply uses rugs to both cover the floor and add color and variety to the room, like the zebra print area rug beneath his Parsons desk. “Renovating is a big step that I’m not ready to make, but being creative with accessories can easily tide you over until the bigger projects become feasible,” he says.

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ianacakos understands the importance of making a house a home; for him, it happens when his space is fully decorated to his liking, and he’s surrounded by the objects and pieces he adores. Though happy with his current work as a design consultant, ideally Gianacakos would someday like to own his own design and consulting company; his passion for guiding others with décor choices has followed him since his days at Pottery Barn. It’s no secret that Gianacakos knows how to advise, as is evidenced by the makeover he applied to his East Harlem apartment, and his natural way with both style and people. “I love decorating my own space, but it’s extremely rewarding designing for someone else,” he states. “When the client is happy, you’ve done your job. I couldn’t ask for anything else.” r

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Loud and Clear kate spade NEW YORK

kate spade new york’s 5th Avenue flagship store steps out in a new light

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kate spade NEW YORK

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... nd in gold lame. We believe in taking chances, the polka dot, and we believe in a spirited sense of irreverence,” says Theresa Canning Zast, Senior Director of Creative Services at kate spade new york, who worked to incorporate these values beyond their coveted products. Take their newly revamped flagship Fifth Avenue shop, a visual masterpiece that beautifully and vivaciously pushes all boundaries of retail design, and it’s evident their beliefs have been acutely infused within the incredibly visionary décor. The backstory: In May of this year, Chairman Bill McComb approached the creative team of kate spade new york with a challenge: reinvigorate the Fifth Avenue shop with a representational feel that boldly expresses the strong, unique voice of kate spade new york. Creative license was exercised and encouraged; the team could let their ideas expand in any direction they desired. Yet time did not prove an advantage; the project had to be completed in less than three weeks. Under the gun and charged by instincts, the team members immersed themselves in the mission, determined to bring the bold, fun and spirited essence of kate spade new york to life. 109

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*Even if an entire room doesn’t seem privy to such bold shades [of paint], one wall or even a door jam can suffice

to take a Sharpie to your wall, like the Trompe L’oiel light switch in the shop,” says Canning Zast. “It’s your home, not a museum!”

he result is whimsically refined, elegantly colorful, playfully modern design that is nothing less than a genius representation of the internationally known brand. Enticed by the traditional but not forgetting the present, they papered walls in a conventional rose print, blowing up the scale to make it feel more current. The team pulled the red outside the dressing rooms from their new packaging palette, and the gorgeous Sputnik chandeliers are a brand favorite. Influenced greatly by mid-century décor, they placed classic statement pieces in unexpected environments, such as Edward Wormley slipper chairs against a backdrop of glittering plastic gold paillettes, which have become one of the team’s favorite aspects about the re-design. “[The paillettes] twinkle and shimmer, and look fantastic from the street, like a glittering jewel box,” says Canning Zast. “We’ve really fallen in love with using gold in a bold way; it acts as a ‘sassy’ neutral, a color that goes with everything but still has personality.” 113

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Just a touch of color

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tips for getting the look of kate spade in your own home

Find a way to add a pop of color; for example, paint a door jam or molding in a great saturated shade.

Make a scotch print of an old snapshot by scanning a great lifestyle photo or even a picture of your parents on their honeymoon– it feels like a graphic way to cover a wall that is unexpected.

Embrace bold pattern, even if you can’t commit to a full room with a loud wallpaper. Choose a small hallway instead, or use a Mix high- and bold pattern in a low-priced items, tight space. The and mix patterns. result is a highimpact graphic moment of surprise.

Use the things you love as art; mount the cover of your favorite book in a frame.

Personality is certainly not void within the shop, and with its fun and fresh, lively and energetic feel, it’s a personality that can easily be applied to one’s own home. According to Canning Zast, the easiest way to splash the zest of kate spade new york into a living space is to buy a can of paint, specifically rich, saturated colors that pop. Even if an entire room doesn’t seem privy to such bold shades, one wall or even a door jam can suffice; just a touch of color can add an element of savvy décor to a previously shy space. Plus, painting only certain areas is friendlier on the budget; another idea is finding colorful, playful wallpaper and applying it to the inside of a closet or bureau. Outside of painting and wallpapering, try decorating walls in other ways by incorporating favorite things and treating them like art; for example, take a great cocktail napkin from an evening of drinks with friends, mount it on a colored mat and issue two

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frame it. Not only does that add a personal touch to a space, but it’s a unique décor piece that can’t be picked up at a local Ikea. Or make throw pillows from scraps of material and combine unexpected patterns and fabrics (like the gold leather and cotton stripe pillow in the Fifth Avenue shop). According to Canning Zast, simply being creative and expressing a distinct personality will inspire a space to shine, even if the ideas can be a bit conventionally quirky.“Don’t be afraid to take a Sharpie to your wall, like the trompe-l’oeil light switch in the shop,” says Canning Zast. “It’s your home, not a museum! ”Remember to scan flea markets and embark on great discoveries; seek out vintage books, paintings, furniture and more. Mixing the old with the new is key; great vintage pieces with cheap and easy accessories always work well to add a more interesting visual sense to a room. 119

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verall, a space should reflect color, whimsy, and a little cheekiness to truly integrate that kate spade new york passion, and never wait until a space is perfect to invite friends over, as it may never be. In that case, according to a Canning Zast, be wise in choosing the right coffee table. “Make sure it’s one you can dance on after a long evening of cocktails with friends!” she says, grinning. The re-design of the Fifth Avenue store has proved such a fantastically welcomed success that kate spade new york plans to roll out the concept nationally as well as overseas. By May of next year, all

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U.S. stores and several international shops will be re-energized through what is now being referred to as the “Fifth Avenue facelift,” unleashing the kate spade new york voice loud and clear across the world. “It all felt a bit like a design reality show [due to the deadline], but we were thrilled with the results,” says Canning Zast. “The Fifth Avenue shop will continue to be a ‘lab’ for us to play in, see how far we can push the boundaries of retail design and discover what works.” r

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bungalow breeze Interior designer Vanessa De Vargas brings the beach home again

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ushi has been known to be a bit of an acquired taste, particularly deterring to adolescents who may instead fancy a pizza versus raw fish. Interior designer Vanessa De Vargas, on the other hand, had no such afflictions.

“I brought sushi to lunch as early as the sixth grade!” laughs De Vargas, while explaining her admiration for anything Asian. “I just love all aspects of the Japanese culture; I swear I was a Geisha girl in a past life.” Environmental style persuasion may have also played a hand in this affinity; growing up, her mother’s décor choices, which De Vargas describes as “eclectic,” often swayed toward an Asian appeal. Looking over the Sunset Strip, Eastern pieces were prevalent in her childhood home, such as an antique, hand-painted Asian-themed armoire that the family used as an entertainment center. Chinese rugs mapped the floors throughout, and a folding screen room divider completed the articulate furnishings of her mother’s bedroom. “To this day I love cane and bamboo; my radar is always seeking it out when I walk into vintage stores,” she says.

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lthough her visually keen design sense may be naturally drawn toward Asian pieces, it’s certainly not limited to the cultural affair; De Vargas’ scope spans all styles, and that is prominently displayed through the extent of projects she’s completed since she took up interior design only five years ago. Enrolling at UCLA for a design degree after a decade working as an agent in entertainment, in 2006 she launched Turquoise, her Venice Beach design label and interior design firm, bidding adieu to the entertainment industry with little regret. Yet, like a break-up lingering with loose threads, she has one tie to the industry she refuses to shake; her 1920’s beach bungalow on the outskirts of Abbot Kinney, which she found through a former client after she moved out. “The place was slightly cluttered, but the bones were there. I saw the vision and knew I had to have it,” she says. Since moving in 12 years ago, the original vision has creatively morphed into several visions: The home, which catches that salty, refreshing California breeze through the living room windows, has most recently experienced its third makeover at the hand of de Vargas. Always looking for ways to revitalize style, De Vargas’ motivation to constantly reinvigorate her own space comes as little surprise; she loves to push the décor envelope through experimentation, most often finding inspiration from European influences and outside-the-box design books.

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utside of de Vargas’ bed, almost everything in her home is vintage. “My lamps and my faux bamboo mirror, nesting tables and bench were all found on eBay,” she says.

“I think I’d best describe my aesthetic as

casual chic,’”says de Vargas. “I like colorful, classic, and funky, a chic dichotomy of fun and traditional.” ‘

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riginally decorated in what De Vargas refers to as her “Ikea phase,” the décor consisted of birch and lime green shades, and per the affectionate homage, a bevy of build-it-yourself Swedish design. It was around this time she began pursuing her degree in interiors, igniting a redirection in design taste. Looking to up the ante, she darkened the mood, exercising a palette of grey, black, red and white throughout the house, resulting in a sophisticated and modern, classically articulated theme. “That was definitely my dark phase,” she says -- she actually bathed the walls of all her rooms in deep grays. And then the design tables turned again. Craving a fresh, natural, bright and airy space, De Vargas traded the dark shades for mostly whites and creams, delivering a more muted, calming presence that felt more in line with her West Coast surroundings. Painting the living room a neutral off white allowed her to utilize pops of color and pattern with the furniture and accent pieces, including cleverly lining her inexpensive drapes with a playful dragon trim. Her kitchen became refreshed with both white walls and flooring, accented acutely with Asian artwork, and her bedroom features a fresh shade of robin’s egg blue, a color she actually pulled from her childhood bedroom. Not one to shy from the beach or from entertaining friends, De Vargas knew she had to create a space that was not only welcoming but durable on several aspects. Covering her hardwood floors in sea grass rugs from Pottery Barn both enhanced her desired natural feel as well as allowed for the inevitable tracking of wayward sand. The vintage sofa is upholstered in ultra suede, and her kitchen chairs feature vinyl zebra covers, proving that resilience and chic décor are not mutually exclusive.

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“Well-done interior design is all about understanding one’s way of life, and what they love to do inside their homes,” she says, adding that she approaches her own space exactly as she would a client’s. “For me, it’s important that my friends come over and feel comfortable to eat, drink, and hang out as they please.” At 550 sq. feet, De Vargas does not have much room to work with, but she knows the tricks to use small space efficiently. Her secrets? Determining the correct scale, and ensuring that all furniture and accessories fall within the right proportion.

In order to accomplish it in her own home, De Vargas avoided mounting the mirror in her entry way so it wouldn’t overpower the vignette above the bureau, and chose smaller kitchen cabinets to better balance the room as a whole. Interestingly, despite the completely new décor scheme, she claims her space, physically speaking, still feels very much the same. “When [the house] was dark, it felt a little more closed in but never suffocating because I mixed in the white with the right furniture,” she notes. “Now I have this lighter color scheme, and it

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“ t’s extremely peaceful and quiet in my bedroom,” says de Vargas, who set all her lighting on dimmers to enhance the calming effect.

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jamin Moore’s Traffic Light Green, re-polished all the brass hardware and had it lacquered. She then applied a thin sheet of glass across the top, adding a protective layer against chipping and a discreet air of sophistication. When it comes to revitalizing antique furniture, De Vargas shares the wealth: She sells many refurnished pieces through Turquoise (turquoise-la. com), where she also runs what she refers to as “e-décor”, an online decorating service that makes chic décor available to anyone across the nation. For $550 per room, interested participants eager for a room re-vamp can fill out a template (with specifics ranging from room dimensions to design preferences), and De Vargas will respond via e-mail

with a customized inspiration board for the room, complete with links and information on how to access all the different elements. “Basically, I provide the tools so people can redecorate their own spaces on their own time, without any pressure or anyone in their homes,” she says. Between decorating her own space, that of her clients, refurbishing antiques and running her e-décor business, it’s hard to imagine that De Vargas ever spent her time in anything but décor. Impassioned every day by what she does, she’s always eager for the next project, and is already looking ahead. “I’d love to get more involved with reproducing vintage pieces. Ideally, those pieces would be something like bamboo tables,” she adds, smiling. r

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Sew a patterned fabric over inexpensive drapes to create a chic, heavy drape at an affordable price.

Wallpaper is fun, but wallpaper in small doses is even more fun. Utilize small areas to feature hints of wallpaper as opposed to doing an entire look.

Search find.com and formerfurniture.com for great furniture deals.

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Nina Freudenberger, interior designer and owner of Haus Interior, offers chic, affordable dĂŠcor

Make sure your home reflects your own style and comfort level; your space should not be designed only to be ‘photo ready.’ The chair you sit in to drink your morning coffee and read the paper should be just as comfortable as it is attractive.

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“Moments of inventiveness and history can instantly make your space feel like a home, whether it be the stripes on the wall you labored over to paint or special family photos,” says interior designer Nina Freudenberger. “A true home should always reflect your personal style without compromises, budget included.” A desire to help others accomplish great style affordably inspired Freudenberger to open Haus Interior in 2007. The fullservice firm offers interior design and decorating services for private residences, showcases, model residences and commercial space. With the emergence of design blogs, magazines and mainstream stores, she noticed interior design was fast becoming a less “exclusive” service for the wealthy, and more of a self-educating process that allowed people to cultivate their issue two

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*Experiment with paint and wallpaper – these items are typically not huge investments but usually make the largest difference to any home.

style on their own. Up to date, her clients are largely sophisticated with their design choices and savvy about working within their budget, and Freudenberger gladly helps create décor that mixes both high- and low-end pieces. “I started this company believing that great design and satisfying projects do not have to break the bank,” she says. Freudenberger is clearly aware of great design; her shop is fresh and subdued, washed in neutral, organic tones energized and accented by geometric patterns and shapes. Along with offering interior design services specifically, Freudenberger also retails décor pieces, all of which she sources mainly from small, independent artists and designers. Specifically, she seeks “curious” objects; the slightly unusual mixed with the functional, and natural materials that retain their intrinsic properties while moving beyond their original purposes. Truly believing that well-designed pieces are not contingent with a hefty price tag, Freudenberger keeps all prices below $300; in fact, the majority are under $50.

*Layer the old, new, unusual and quirky – it will create a personal history that will make your home undoubtedly unique.

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Interestingly, these pieces have done more than offer her customers stylish accessories within budget; they actually inspired the initial design direction of the store. Compelled by the beautifully uncomplicated pieces upon their collection, she realized their potential to shine could be enhanced if featured in an environment that opposed their basic nature. Mixed with a fabric sample of Kelly Wearstler’s/ Groundworks flame stitch that she’d been admiring for some time, the engaging and complementing geometric direction took flight, and she worked the ingenious concept directly into her flooring and walls. “[The flame stitch] was such an incredible pattern because of its ability to fit in almost anywhere, whether it be traditional or modern style,” she says. “Conceptually, it was exactly what I wanted to convey in my store.”

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Don’t be afraid to get a little wild by layering patterns. It’s easier to keep colors neutral and simple, but bold graphics both catch the eye and bring movement to a space.

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Although the wall and floor applications were professionally done in Haus Interior, according to Freudenberger, it can easily be done in one’s own home. Looks like this are often achieved through wallpaper, although full-fledged papering can be a turn-off, not to mention expensive. Instead, creating this design is as easy as experimenting with paint, which also allows for a certain degree of flexibility in terms of color and the design itself. If painting seems too timely or permanent, another option is to simply lay a graphic, zig-zag carpet over a larger, basic color rug. Freudenberger often brings elements of her store’s design into client’s homes in a variety of decorative ways, all while maintaining a cost-effective approach. Rather than painting an entire room, she often focuses on just one surface, such as the wall behind the headboard in a bedroom, or even the ceiling in some cases. A savvy way to add shelving space is to create floating-wood white shelves as opposed to built in glass; they’ll stylishly disappear when layered with objects. Instead of simply using

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color as an accent, Freudenberger often takes it a step further, layering patterns within pillows, throw blankets and carpets. “Even small things like updating your pharmacy lamp with an Edison lightbulb versus a standard incandescent bulb can make such a difference,” she says.

*Fill your walls with artwork. If you find it hard to commit because of a tight budget, find alternative options. So many wonderful websites now support small artists (Etsy, 20x200) that you can always find something to fill those empty walls.

A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with both a BFA and a Bachelors of Architecture, she continues to believe in the importance of accessible design. She’s also one to seek inspiration in several places, knowing that true creative energy can leap from anywhere. “Traveling always provides incredible inspiration,” says Freudenberger, “but I also find inspiration in small things, such as an amazing vintage photograph or antique fabrics.” r

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earthvibe Inspired by the outdoors, designer Brad Ford creates serenity in friend’s Manhattan apartment

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*Always have something in a room that looks either hand-crafted or has a beautiful patina. It will help make the space feel more soulful

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Ford knows a thing or two about feeling slightly uncertain during the selfquestioning years of early adulthood; graduating with a degree in business and economics, he found himself working at a computer company in his home state of Arkansas. The excitement he initially felt with the opportunity diminished quickly, leaving him wary at his career choice and curious about other professional avenues. Unsure of his next steps, he continued plugging away at the job, the distaste for his position growing notably day by day. In the meantime, Ford had grown interested in purchasing a home, yet felt increasingly disappointed in what the market had to offer. Frustrated both professionally and personally, he finally decided to build, working closely with the developer as the venture moved forward. He loved the project, and his internal wheels began turning at the thought of pursuing interior design as a career; growing up he’d always harbored an interest in dÊcor, although he’d never considered it professionally. A piqued interest at hand, he arranged for a meeting with a local interior designer.

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“He said instantly I had to move to New York, and I thought he was crazy,” remembers Ford. “It seemed so far out of my reach, I didn’t see it as anything but an impossible step to take.” It took six more months of working in his current job for Ford to realize he had to make the impossible possible. He applied to FIT, moved to the Big Apple upon acceptance and was surprised by how much easier the transition was then he’d imagined. Fascinated by the culture and design at his every turn, he excelled in the program, and worked with the likes of Jed Johnson and Thad Hayes post graduation. Eager to explore his own design avenues without the guise of an overarching boss, he launched Brad Ford I.D., with only one client and a belief in faith. “Most likely, I was terribly naïve at thinking I could achieve my own firm so quickly, but I worked hard to build a respectable reputation,” says Ford.

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*Less is “more of the same” when it comes to flowers. For greater impact, make a loose arrangement using all of the same species of flowers.

And his hard work paid off, leaving his career in computers a vague and distant memory. Busy running his firm full time, he’s worked to develop his distinctive and now known aesthetic: warm, understated, soulful design conveyed articulately with a modern, sophisticated edge. Inspired greatly by his childhood in Arkansas, he fondly remembers being surrounded by a variety of natural resources, from lakes to mountains to the woods behind his home. Pulling thought and creation from those memories, he often integrates earthy tones and organic shapes in much of his work, calling it a “thumbprint” he leaves on almost all his projects. 162

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tips for making your home feel more natural one two three four Let the sunshine Use natural in! Keep window materials such as treatments linen and wool, simple and light rough-hewn and keep them woods, leather, open during suede, sisal and the day to let in stone. This will maximum light. add warmth, texture and depth to your space.

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Knowing that there is a fine line between understated and boring, Ford is greatly intrigued by the Japanese theory of “wabi-sabi,” the idea that design can be done simply, cleanly and beautifully, yet should include some sort of “slightly off ” element to add a level of interest to the space. The overall décor is generally kept as minimalistic and functional as possible, lending an uncluttered authenticity to a space, rounded by the unique touch of particular “flaw” that reflects a more natural progression. Often achieved through asymmetry or asperity, it acts as an almost intentional imperfection, breathing a certain air of life into a room. “You can really get a sense [of wabi-sabi] in Liz’s space through the simple furnishings, straight-forward yet asymmetrical layout and many natural materials throughout,” says Ford.

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*Get rid of any unnecessary clutter. This will help clear your mind and give you a deeper appreciation for the things you cherish.

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Balance is another factor Ford is always adamant to achieve in his projects, which is evidenced clearly in the way all of Cruise’s pieces work in unity with one another. He professes that competition between a room’s items should be avoided at all costs; everything should balance across the plane, achieving an overall cohesive look. When walking into a room, the eye should not be distracted by jarring elements; instead, it should be greeted by a serene, stylistically steady environment. Additionally, he deems essential that a space reflects the personalities of its inhabitants. “Liz is one of the warmest, most down-to-earth, approachable

people I know; exactly how I would describe her is how I’d describer her space,” says Ford, who would often accompany Cruise on shopping trips and encourage her to pick out her own pieces. “I prefer clients to be involved in their projects; at the end of the day, it’s more meaningful to them if they’ve been able to add their personal touches.” With children and a husband to keep in mind, as well as for Cruise herself, Ford ensured that accessibility and comfort were apparent throughout the apartment. To Ford, it seems senseless to keep any room off limits; the idea of formal living and dining rooms make him shudder. Nothing should be too issue two

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precious in a home; instead, the environment should speak toward a level of calm, where one can feel genuinely relaxed and associate it as an escape from the rush of everyday life. After 11 years in the industry, Ford has clearly found his niche, and is the first person to admit gratitude to his success. Describing his firm as “very professional but with a fun, personable approach,” he feels extremely thankful he’s been able to keep a steady stream of clients while also balancing his work and personal life. Interestingly, Cruise has been by his side for most of his design career, watching it evolve and develop over time. Their close friendship added to the enjoyment of this particular project, if not provided the thoughtful admission of the one piece of furniture Cruise had not previously owned. “Liz had always wanted my daybed, she has literally been talking about it for years,” laughs Ford. “There was one thing missing when we finished the living room; and I knew it was the daybed. I finally gave in and handed it over. It’s probably my favorite story of all her pieces.” r

Loving Ford’s décor aesthetic as much as us? Follow his design musings and more via his blog, Design Therapy, at designtherapy.com”

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I‘m constantly changing up my look with bold accessories and J.Crew always has a great selection each season. No one can ever believe that my chunky gold bracelet is from J.Crew and not vintage!

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I always joke that Bergdorf’s is my version of Holly Golightly’s Tiffanys; nothing bad can ever happen to you there, except maybe to your credit card! Sometimes I go simply to be inspired and not necessarily to shop. The holiday windows are alBergdorf-Goodman ways the best!

I have a few of these blankets and always buy them for my clients. They are great for adding a pop of color to a room, and better yet, they’re reasonably priced! Solid Cashmere Throw, $268 Williams-Sonoma Home

I’m always taking notes for blog posts and my design clients, and the Hermès Ulysse PM Notebook is both chic and practical. The bright color also ensures that I can find it in my bag too!

The most perfect neutral color that is not too beige or pink. I wear it all year long and everyone always asks me what color it is.

Ulysse Notebook , $230 Hermes

Potato Fields Nail Polish, $8 Essie

The Baies scent of black currant leaves and Bulgarian roses is completely unique and my all time favorite candle. Baies Candle, $60 Diptyque

My mom turned me onto this product years ago and I still use it today. Most exfoliating scrubs are too rough for my skin but this one is a ricebased enzyme powder that is gentle enough to use everyday. Daily Microfoliant, $50 Dermalogica

Foryourparty.com offers a wide assortment of matchboxes for weddings and events that also work in your own home. I buy them for my clients in a color that coordinates with their interiors! Personalized Matchboxes, Prices vary foryourparty.com

Orange is my favorite color and I love that I can pick up orange roses all year long at any market in New York. I always display them tightly packed in silver mint julep cups. Orange Bliss Roses, $49.95 www.organicstyle.com

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