Monthly Archives: November 2010

Esquire House 2010. And Then Some

I’ve been meaning to discuss Interior Designer Annette English for some time now.  She was the first Interior Designer I interned for and though this was several years ago, I still like to check back and see what new projects she’s completed. Unlike the excess of snobs I’ve encountered in this industry, Annette was always super sweet and delightful to work for. I was always a nervous wreck coming into the office and her friendly smile made me feel a tad more at ease.

Just last night, The Husband handed me his most recent issue of Esquire. Without a specific page open, my first thought was, “What am I looking at?” Ahhh, it’s the Esquire House issue. I said, “Oh, I think Annette was a part of this one year.” And bam, I turned the page and there was her friendly smile looking back at me once again.

Annette English and Associates designed the master bedroom of the ultimate bachelor pad for the Esquire House 2010, inspired by the fashion house, Salvatore Ferragamo.

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Annette traveled all the way to Florence to visit the Ferragamo Museum to grasp the true essence of the brand’s history.

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The result is a space full of rich textures, unexpected materials and handmade pieces, each representing the craftsmanship of Ferragamo products. A sense of luxury and quality is also evident in this room, a traditional/modern hybrid.

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Not too shabby, huh?

Here’s a look at some of her other projects.

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Thanksgiving is Over, But I'm Still Talking About It. Mainly Because I Set A Beautiful Table. Eddie Ross Said So.

Remember when I said I wasn’t going to host Thanksgiving? Yeah well, The Husband had some recipes up his sleeve and begged for us to host so he could prove his skills in chefery. And I don’t mean opening up a can of cranberry sauce or making Stove Top. The Husband made the turkey (for the second time), gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, creamed corn, and left the mashed potatoes to me. I’m not one to be out-shined, so I also set the table. Beautifully. What? I didn’t say it, Eddie Ross did. And he was Senior Style Editor of Martha Stewart Living. And well, we all know Martha is the Jesus Christ of craftiness and all things turned pretty, making Eddie like a disciple or something. I don’t know, I’m not religious.

But anyway, here’s what Eddie said. About my table. He’s like big man status so he surely did not need to say anything. But he did and it could not have been said by a more qualified person than if it were Martha herself. Thank you, Eddie.

Meet the kale.

If you notice, all of the dinnerware, stemware and silverware is from my garden party. (Seen here) The vintage books, vases, dry leaves and ikat bowls I already had. I went out and bought the fabric for the tablecloth from Calico Corners. FYI, if you buy fabric from Calico Corners, it’s a two week lead time. Luckily, they have a sale section in the back you can buy bolts of. I was extra lucky they had just enough yardage for my table.  The mini pumpkins, corn and kale are all from the grocery store. I filled the clear vases with paper to bring in some extra pattern. This could only last for so long until the kale starts to wilt.

There you have it, a table setting by designstILes.

xx,

Irene

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Thanksgiving is Over, But I’m Still Talking About It. Mainly Because I Set A Beautiful Table. Eddie Ross Said So.

Remember when I said I wasn’t going to host Thanksgiving? Yeah well, The Husband had some recipes up his sleeve and begged for us to host so he could prove his skills in chefery. And I don’t mean opening up a can of cranberry sauce or making Stove Top. The Husband made the turkey (for the second time), gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, creamed corn, and left the mashed potatoes to me. I’m not one to be out-shined, so I also set the table. Beautifully. What? I didn’t say it, Eddie Ross did. And he was Senior Style Editor of Martha Stewart Living. And well, we all know Martha is the Jesus Christ of craftiness and all things turned pretty, making Eddie like a disciple or something. I don’t know, I’m not religious.

But anyway, here’s what Eddie said. About my table. He’s like big man status so he surely did not need to say anything. But he did and it could not have been said by a more qualified person than if it were Martha herself. Thank you, Eddie.

Meet the kale.

If you notice, all of the dinnerware, stemware and silverware is from my garden party. (Seen here) The vintage books, vases, dry leaves and ikat bowls I already had. I went out and bought the fabric for the tablecloth from Calico Corners. FYI, if you buy fabric from Calico Corners, it’s a two week lead time. Luckily, they have a sale section in the back you can buy bolts of. I was extra lucky they had just enough yardage for my table.  The mini pumpkins, corn and kale are all from the grocery store. I filled the clear vases with paper to bring in some extra pattern. This could only last for so long until the kale starts to wilt.

There you have it, a table setting by designstILes.

xx,

Irene

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Ready, Set….

STUFF YOUR FACE.

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Happy Thanksgiving Everybody.

Aside from all the good in my life, I’m forever thankful for not being kidnapped that one time I took a ride from a total stranger after locking my keys and phone in my car. True Story.

This year, I’m thankful The Husband is making Thanksgiving dinner. Like all of it. He didn’t lose a bet or anything.

And to you, I’m thankful that you continue to come back and visit my little blog.

Thank you and have a very Happy Thanksgiving,

Irene

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Tis the Season, Yo Yo Yo

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Garland / Cake / Wreath

Don’t mean to get all retail store on you and start talking Christmas before Thanksgiving is even over.  At least I’m not doing it before Halloween, right? But let’s face it, as much as “I can’t believe the holidays are here, ”  they are here and this year I’m not going to be a Scrooge about it. I haven’t been enthusiastically into the holidays since starting college, and my college years were multiplied by two (don’t ask) which meant an extra four years long time getting ready for finals and less time for Jingle Bell Rock. No one has tried harder to get me into the spirit of ugly sweaters and Baby Jesus more than The (Jewish) Husband. I’m not one to spin dreidels so Christmas it is.

You’d be proud, I already gulped down my first peppermint mocha from Starbucks. Well, maybe not gulp. That would burn.

Here’s what my Christmas would look like:

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Gift wrap/Ribbon

Teal and pink, duh. And maybe some mustard yellow for good measure.

 

xx,

Irene

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Rue: Your Pathway to stILe

Yesterday, Rue released their second issue. I had lots on the agenda, so I only got to skim through it briefly (will savor it later). But when I came across this office, I paused for a long while, slobbered a little and imagined myself behind the desk, sitting on the buttery, yellow desk chair. Let’s have a moment of silence to appreciate its beauty.

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Aaaaaannd we’re back.

Okay, one more time.

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Gorge to the ous

There’s a huge deal of pretty in this online mag, and aside from this office, I usually tend to be seduced by the details.

Here are my favorite.

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Looking for distractions on this Tuesday? Read Rue. It’s free!

xx,

Irene

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Glass Candy

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If you like indie electropop with a bit of disco flair, then Glass Candy is for you (you can feel the disco in this song, but mostly I listen to this song).

I went with something loud and bright for this week’s Music to My Eyes because Mondays are usually drab. Hope this cheers you up.

 

xx,

Irene

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