In + On: Monochromatic

How do you feel about all things monochromatic? I’ve been a fan for it in small doses in the art and wardrobe categories (especially in the art!), but rarely would I get excited over a monochromatic living space. Recently I fell for it as a party theme, and I hope to host my own monochromatic soiree soon. As the pictures clearly show, my favorites are all neutrals, but I recently saw a teal monochromatic scheme that was adorable too.

(Links & credit for all the inspiration images can be found on my Inspiration Den Board.)

In + On: Amish

I have a fascination with the Amish. In my opinion, everything is crisp, simple, and near perfection. Give, not everything hits a fashion high, but the lifestyle seems so refreshing since I’ve lived in a major city my entire life! When I found this images, I knew I had to use them in a post – the mix of traditional Amish inspired clothing is exceptional.

To me, the most notable feature of Amish home style is real wood. I adore real wood furniture which seems to be beaming more rare with each passing day! Between that and the tidy appearance of everything indoors and outdoors, I think I might be picking up to move myself into an similar community. So long as they’ll let me bring my flat iron.

(Links & credit for all the inspiration images can be found on my Inspiration Den Board.)

In + On: Summer Casual

This summer I’m doing something I’ve never done before. I’m planting a garden.

I have some ideas about what I want, mainly tied around the look I’m going for, but as for what foods I’ll actually be attempting? Not sure yet. I have high hopes, although I know how much work it will be. I think there is an aesthetic with gardens that is so heavenly – it adds so much to the feeling of “home” too. If you have any suggestions or links to share, please do! Since I’m new at this I’m looking for all the advice I can get.

Summer is always casual to me. I love to dress up, but summer demands that less is more. Must haves of my summer: Leather flats, hats, turbans, tanks, & the classic cut offs.

(Links & credit for all the inspiration images can be found on my Inspiration Den Board.)

In + On: Floors + Spring Looks

I’ve been scouring the internet for a new rug for my office. I’m super drawn to this leopard rug, but what’s new? It’s just my obvious animal obsession.

One thing I find incredibly funny about my rug style, is that I don’t like the look of “new” as much. There is just something cozy about a rug that has a little fading or warn look to it. Also, aren’t rugs a sort of wintery feel? During the summer I don’t mind for my floors to be bare, but during winter rugs are a must!

I am not ready for summer yet. I love crisp spring weather, and the clothes that go with it. Plus, after a year of not working out the last thing you want to do is shop for shorts. I love three elements to spring wear that you won’t see during the southern california summer; jeans, sweaters & leather jackets.

Alas, 3 days of 80 + weather and I think shorts, tanks & swimwear are looming. I’m rounding up my favorites for the next post so don’t miss it!

(Links & credit for all the inspiration images can be found on my Inspiration Den Board.)

In + On: Creating Style That Can Evolve

We bought our first home last April, and through study of homes, design, and style, I found I was learning more from other’s past mistakes rather than finding good ideas. It turned into my husband and I sitting at the computer doing research and proceeding to laugh for hours. It’s always funny when it’s someone else’s life, right? This method actually turned out to be productive – it’s nice to learn from other’s mistakes, and it helps narrow down the decent options pretty quickly.

This image has kinda stuck out to me when thinking about my future “style”.

Realize, in a past fashion society, this room was on the cover of magazines. Imagine the profound amount of work that went into this room? It’s as iconic as the puff sleeves that filled the chapels during the same period. You and I will never forget, no matter how hard we try, the mistakes of the 80’s, 90’s, and beyond.

So, in light of that, what I’m trying to work on is an evolving style. As I make choices for my home or my clothing, I want to purchase or create items that I can change with me. This creates a new way I view my home, because “home” isn’t a trend, color, or even a look – it’s more than that, and hopefully my style is too. My grandmother had a knock out, gorgeous home, but most of all she had a knack for nailing the “home” feeling. She did this without being up on every passing trend, but while fully incorporating the lasting trends that made things feel fresh. I’m hoping for something similar, and have found a few ways to keep myself on track with my style goals.

(The only picture that included me with my beloved green chair!)

For the home, it looks like this:

Solid Furniture: I love patterns as much as the next guy, but I’m leaving that job to the pillows and throw – and on occasion an accent chair.

Painting often: I love how a simple day of work and a coat of paint changes the entire feel and look of any room. This helps me to not get antsy about “changing” with every trend whim because it’s a dramatic difference and cost next to nothing.

Thrifting: I switch out my accents often, things like trinkets, trays, frames, etc… Because I buy most of them at thrift stores, my house is constantly filled with unique vintage items and I don’t feel bad getting rid of things that only cost two dollars.

For clothing, it looks like this:

Spend more: I always spend more on my jeans, jackets, sunglasses, and tank tops. These are the four items I wear often and I need them to hold up through everything from day long photo shoots to trips to the park with my kids.

Black: I love black, it’s timeless, and I wear it almost everyday. Does it ever go “out”? Never.

For both In + On:

Buy things you Love. More than anything I’ve found that patience to find or save for an item you love instead of just making a purchase. I looked for a pair of vintage wingbacks for almost a year before I found them. In the end, I got exactly what I wanted and I’ve had them for almost 2 years now and still LOVE them. Same goes for my Kate Spade glasses and yes, even my house. xxoo

Lovelock & Co. by Ashley
http://www.lovelockandco.com

In + On: Pillows/Purses

A few weeks back, I bought a pillow. I promptly hid it under the bed and planned on sneaking it into my decor somewhere later in the week, in hopes that my husband wouldn’t notice that we owned yet another decorative pillow.

The true sign of an addict is when they hide their addiction right?

Unfortunately my children ratted me out. Much like I’m going to rat out all my favorite places to buy pillows. I love to change-up the pillows around my house since they are such a quick fix to a new “look”. I even have seasonal pillows I bring out during different holidays to infuse my spaces with the holiday themes. It’s totally an old lady custom, but choosing the right patterns help make it more Upper East side.

1. Target or World Market online: These tie for top two for me. I’ll be honest though, Target’s website is a nightmare, but these two online stores are a great place for pillows. In stores these two always seems to be picked over, it’s much less so online.

2. Urban Outfitters: The pillows are always overly trendy, but sometimes that’s what you need. I always always check UO when on a pillow hunt.

3. Ebay: Kilim pillows, Ralph Lauren Collections & Williams Sonoma are often found on ebay. This is a little more of a gamble to not know the exact tones because it’s all based on personal crummy pictures, but I have found some beauties on ebay (Including the Ralph Lauren pinstriped charcoal shams on my bed!)

4. Homegoods: Don’t be sucked in the mountains of pillows they have and just buy anything! You have to look for those with quality filling and sturdy seams. They also carry Ralph Lauren on occasion (a personal fav) and other notable brands with real feather stuffing for incredibly low prices.

5. HSN: If this doesn’t sound like a joke, I don’t know what will, but they collaborate with designs on occasion and I have really loved some of the lines they put out.

I’m in the market for a handbag. I’m not big on switching often, so I need one bag I can carry all the time to work or play, which leads to me almost always purchasing black. Of course, as I’m looking around, I can’t help but stare at all the gorgeous types I wouldn’t buy. Too small, too big, too colorful, or impractical, but oh so fun to have one day a week. I can’t get over the color blocking. Too good.

(Links & credit for all the inspiration images can be found on my Inspiration Den Board)

Lovelock & Co. by Ashley
http://www.lovelockandco.com

In + On: March Edition

Have you ever visited Sherwin Williams to glance through their wallpaper books? Trust me, you must! Grab a coffee and find a store that carries the papers (they also usually have a table and setting area). I chanced upon their vast collection a few years back when I was picking up some paint. They carry everything from popular designers to their own brand, and while I haven’t done any wallpaper in our current home, I loved the wallpaper we had two houses ago! It’s much easier to install then most people led me to believe, and much easier to take down then the wallpaper of 20 years ago.

The verdict is still out on whether I’ll be doing an entire room in wallpaper at this house, but I do love the look of almost all the black and white papers. I’m also on the look out where I can get Pollock on my walls. This seems like a bit more exciting then wallpaper, while creating some serious controversy & conversation for house guests. (Imagine what your grandmother would say?)

Until recently, I never believed myself to be into “animal prints” but several times over the past few weeks, I’ve had people ask me why I loved them so much? You can imagine my surprise, literally – I had no answer! After a few random questions, I realized that between my tortoise shell phone case & leopard loafers, I basically always have something animal related on me. Why not add to the collect? I’m adoring dalmatian print anyway, so this just seals the deal. I shared a wallpaper image above, and I have some dalmatian pointy flats coming in the mail this week.

I think thus concludes my animal prints. Leopard, dalmatian, and tortoise are all gorgeous within limits, but there is definitely a fine line to be crossed with animal prints. I’m stopping while I’m ahead! xxoo

(Links & credit for all the inspiration images can be found on my Inspiration Den Board)