Friday, March 27, 2009

Gloomy Times, New Products

This year's International Home and Housewares show was just held in Chicago from March 22 -24 and over 2,000 exhibitors from over 30 countries gathered to show off their new housewares that are guaranteed to make your life just a little more stylish. Here are a few of my faves...

A bowl, a sculpture, a centerpiece...the smaller bowl can actually be a lid too.
Flying Saucer Bowl Set
Museum of Robots
Multi-piece designer bowl set
Price: $145-$250
Availability: June 2009

BYO in Style
Fishnet Wine Totes
Built NY Bottle carriers
Price: $13.99-$16.99
Availability: Now

Nothing's more stylish than being eco-conscious
Recycled PET Felt Collection
Museum of Robots Environmentally conscious bags
Price: $36-$75
Availability: April 2009

Who doesn't love Bodum, and especially anything Bodum and pink!
BEAN French Press
Bodum Coffee maker
Price: $29.95
Availability: Summer 2009

Gravity Grinder
Bodum Salt, pepper, and spice grinders
Price: $29.95 each
Available: Summer 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


This vignette appears on the cover of the April/May '09 issue of Western Interiors and it grabbed my attention. I wouldn't say I'm particularly crazy about the 1960's Al Held artwork, the antique Louis XIV settee, or the rug from Creative Flooring Resources, however the composition really caught my eye. I think it is a stunning shot and a well crafted vignette because in all of its simplicity it creates drama and elegance with two main pieces that completely contradict each other and the pointed arch frames it beautifully. The mid-century artwork and the gilded settee play off one another and I think it makes the composition work. I will admit - I do love the pillow made from an 18th century Aubusson remnant. The yellow is perfect.

What do you think? Does the contradiction work?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Hail to the Queen

I first saw Ann Carrington's needlework art in the November 2007 House and Garden mag (so sad they closed their doors) featuring Gweneth Paltrow's Hamptons home and I just fell in love. I am completely obsessed with buttons, especially when they are used in unique and creative ways, and I just love Carrington's tongue-in-cheek ode to the Kingdom.

Make it personal...

I absolutely love finding great stationery, and when it's completely customizable it's that much better. So you can imagine how I just about jumped out of my chair when I discovered Iomoi's great selection of stationery, labels, paperweights, coasters, and trays. What better way to leave a great lasting impression than chic personalized stationery? Plus they make perfect gifts...

Friday, March 20, 2009

New from The Rug Company

The Rug Company has no shortage of colorful rugs in beautiful designs that always make me just a little bit happier. They've just introduced two more from designer Matthew Williamson, inspired by none other than peacock feathers. How fabulous is that!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Another great find...

I came across Hwang Bishop, an amazing lighting and furniture atelier in Rhode Island, on Shelter's blog (which I also love by the way). I cannot wait to use some of these lamps and side tables in a project! Here are some faves...

Monday, March 16, 2009

Turn up the heat!

Travel and Leisure did a feature in their March issue (yes, I know I'm a little behind) on the newly revamped Fontainebleau hotel in Miami. After a multi-million dollar renovation, this mid-century Miami icon is once again home to all of the glitz, glitter, and glamour that it was during its Rat-Pack days. With guest rooms costing an estimate of $570,000 each, and photos that look like these, I say 'Sign me up, please!'

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Look what I saw at....

the Library of Congress! Yep, that's right, last weekend I got outta town for a short trip to Washington D.C., and during my visit to the capital's must-sees, I came across these mosaic floors in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress. They totally brought to mind an amazing hand-knotted rug or vintage wallpaper à la Kelly Wearstler or Florence Broadhurst. I love finding inspiration when you least expect it!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Six sided, stackable & stylish...

These hexagonal nesting tables are brand new from West Elm, and not only are they inexpensive, versatile, and of course quite stylish, but they are functional! They stack!! And with colors in white and chocolate as well, how can you go wrong?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fanfare for the fan chair...

I always get excited when I see a fan chair that I just love. This beautiful wicker fan chair from Pieces is so fun and makes me feel like vacationing in the sun.

Seeing it, I was reminded of vintage woven rattan chair in British designer, Matthew Williamson's home from Domino's September '08 issue.

You can still find a similar woven rattan chair at Wisteria...

...OR you could nab this one at the Rattan Shack for only $125, get creative, and make your own!!

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modern.chic.inspired. is presented by Emily LaMarque Design Studio, a high-end boutique interior design firm primarily located in Los Angeles, California.

Emily LaMarque, a true Southern California native, loves all things design. The relaxed, colorful, and consistently glamorous atmosphere of Los Angeles infuses her design sensibilities and encourages her fresh, vibrant environments.

After studying Art History at UC Santa Barbara, where Emily earned her BA, Summa Cum Laude, she returned to Los Angeles. As a professional organizer working for Hollywood’s industry professionals, she not only returned order and serenity to peoples’ lives, but also learned how vital having a delightfully inviting space truly is.

Inspired by her organizational successes, Emily went on to graduate from UCLA’s prestigious Interior Design program. In 2006, she launched her firm, Emily LaMarque Design Studio, a comprehensive boutique design firm specializing in projects ranging from the sleek urban loft to the playfully chic, family-friendly retreat.

Whether the project is a complete restoration or a blank canvas, Emily brings her unparalleled personal attention and meticulous eye for detail to the table. By juxtaposing modern and classic elements, intertwining rich textures with clean lines, and combining striking patterns with rich lighting and sophisticated details, she ultimately designs unique spaces infused with style, creativity, and elegance. Emily invites the opportunity to collaborate with her clients and create stunning environments that awaken the senses and provide beautiful, livable spaces that inspire the way we live.