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New York Stories

you know i’m a tart for anything inspired by colour, so i was really happy to discover a collaboration between stylist Marcus Hay & photographer Kat Teutsch on a wonderful series called New York Storiesself styled shoots inspired by the lives of fictional ladies in New York City. says Marcus,

I have for a long time wanted to a series of color based stories inspired by fictional characters, eccentric hybrids of personalities I know or admire from a distance in New York. These shoots are produced as a result of meeting or observing from afar the array of characters here, constantly I am inspired by just a glimpse of someone on the street who you know has a long story to tell. New York is famous for its eccentric personalities and thankfully the city is still full of them! Kat and I get a kick out of having a narrative to work from and the possibilities are endless, watch out for some more of our ladies!

they have three stories so far – the blue & green hued Edna Indigo Greenleaf; the rose & citrus story of Goldie Rose Smyth; and the super cool black & gold story of Ophelia Sable Le Blanc (my favourite, which you’ll see below). be sure to check out the rest either at Marcus’ blog or Kat’s website.

styling: Marcus Hay; photography: Kat Teutsch.

Ophelia Sable Le Blanc, Born May 12th, 1952

Ophelia grew up in affluent Chicago suburb of Oak Park, while she did not live in a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright of whom designed many of the houses and buildings of more prominent folk, she always wished she had.

An Architectural buff, Ophelia had dreams of attending school for Architecture but somehow never managed to get there settling instead in New York where she was attracted to mood of the 1960’s where her jet black bob and big charcoaled eyes made an impression at the Fashion Magazines where she worked in the Art Department eventually building her way up to a Director position.

Partly retired now, Ophelia still dabbles in Design and holds classes at a prominent Design School for Graphic Design. She loves her coffee black and her cocktails strong, her signature black bowler hat makes an appearance at times when the mood is upon her.

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Moving Mountains Furniture

you’ll certainly remember the amazing bags and jewellery by designer Syrette Lew under her label Moving Mountains. well, Syrette has expanded those design talents into a burgeoning line of furniture. the collection currently features multi-functional nesting tables, an a-framed mirror, a modern take on the traditional farm table and – one of my favourite things – a classic windsor bench.

Mies Van der Rohe once said that “An interesting plainness is the most difficult and precious thing to achieve.” The first collection from Moving Mountains, attempts to embody this idea. In the absence of ornamentation, specific design elements and details are carefully calculated and considered  in order to achieve a timeless simplicity that draws an emotional connection.

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Lenneke Wispelwey

Lenneke Wispelwey is a dutch ceramicist whose pastel hued porcelain pieces are “inspired by her own memories and found pieces from every day life”. her pieces make me think of modern versions of vases and collectibles i often see in vintage shops. you can shop her collection online at Buiten de Lijntjes. visit her website and facebook page for more.

Her pastel coloured products with mathematic/geometric patterns are the result of a very low-tech way of designing. Lenneke finds a basic, simple approach to techniques and materials very important to communicate her vision and her way of working. She prefers creating a family of products because as an only child she had always a desire for a bigger family.

photos by Buiten de Lijntjes.







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Chiaozza

we’ve been living in our home for months but still don’t have anything on the walls. we’re those people. there’s plenty of art to put up, but at the moment they’re sorta hanging around, balancing on pieces of furniture and resting on the floor in art limbo. just waiting for their moment. i guess we’re just indecisive, actually hammering a nail into a wall feels like such a huge deal.

but if i had to procure one of these cool A-Frame shelves by Chiazzo, i’d be pulling that hammer out of the bottom kitchen drawer so fast it wouldn’t know what hit it (or what it was about to hit – haha! hammer joke.)

The A-Frames are an exploration into geometry, color and display in the form of functional wall objects. The shelves are inspired by a Danish folk design from the island of Amager, near Copenhagen, and are hand-cut with traditional woodworking saws. Assembled using simple wooden lap joints and no glue, the frames can be taken apart and flat-packed for transport. The shelves are hung on a nail and can be used for displaying arrangements of small objects on a wall.

buy them at their big cartel or etsy stores.

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Nice Things No.16

here are ten nice things for the home: to buy, to DIY, or just to sigh (at)…

sweet little bowls by Fine Little Day:

porcelain serving boards by honeycomb studio:

unbelievable textiles by Mae Engelgeer, via gimii:

the awesome project is awesome:

Pennyweight Goods presents the Southern Lights Electric x Pennyweight wall lamp:

Bindle is a sweet gifting idea:

a DIY embroidery kit by Lisa Grue:

a faceted wall clock by Raw Dezign:

a DIY kitchen towel rack made from a brass rod, by Bambula:

and, pretty things inside tape:

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8 Homes

Simone & Rhys Haag’s home in Melbourne is one of the nicest & most inspiring i’ve seen in a while:

Aerin Lauder’s house in Aspen (profiled by Vogue of course, of course):

a beautiful renovation of an apartment by AR architects, i particularly like the yellow details (and those floors):

a home in London designed by Charles Mellersh, more lovely golden detailing:

artist Pia Dehne’s house & studio in the Catskills:

Swedish apartment for sale (and immaculately styled):

Bri’s inspiring office makeover (not really a home, but homey – yes):

and a weekend beach house that i wouldn’t mind making a full time house house:

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The Socialite Family

consider The Socialite Family a French version of FvF – except focusing on families, of course. founder Constance Gennari started the website to share her true passion: “observing interior design through the eyes of a family, whether in Paris, New York or anywhere else in the world.”

Traditional values, more particularly, family values are becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s world. As young parents, we not only have a responsibility to provide a just and honest education to our children, but also to teach them to appreciate the better things in life, as any true epicurean would. Through the lenses of various photographers that irresistibly draw us into the world of these modern families, The Socialite Family mission us to imagine and inspire.

i like the latest feature of stylist Aurélie Lecuyer and her husband Jean-Christophe who lives in Nantes with their two little boys. the beautiful photographs are by Melanie Rodriguez.

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Caroline Gomez

there’s not much that i like more than tiny plates of food. if i could have tapas for the rest of my life i’d be totally okay with that. you see, i’m a terrible orderer at restaurants. i almost always have food envy when the plates finally arrive at the table. you will often hear me say, “damn, i should have ordered that.” or, “just give me a little taste of yours.” (which is usually directed at Anton, poor guy). so you see, tapas just makes everyone’s lives better as far as i’m concerned.

how does any of that relate to Caroline Gomez? i’m getting there… just let me think about tapas for another second. okay. what’s better than plates of food are tiny beautiful wooden boards of food. another thing i love is eating off a lovely piece of beautiful wood – big or small, and Caroline makes both. i’m particularly taken by this charming fruit platter… no more rolling around for you, silly fruit!

she’s a bit of a jack of all trades, check out her beautiful wares at her website and online shop.

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