Summer is around the corner, and summer is my favorite season of all. Longer days, BBQ with friends, warm beach days in the California sun. I normally blog how fashion meets interiors, but this time around I decided to just blog about Interior Design. I decided to turn your bed room into a beach room getaway on a budget, that’s right on a budget…under $5000.00.
When you think of lace you think of 3 things…1. a wedding dress 2. shabby chic from the early 90’s and 3. little old Italian ladies crochet lace.
Number 3 sticks out in my mind the most, I remember as a little girl my Italian grandmothers would have these amazing handmade lace table cloths, bed covers and even coffee table settings all in lace. It was an art to make these types of pieces. Once used in 16th century lace became popular in fashion and home decor. Lace was also used by clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of vestments in religious ceremonies. Fast forward to 2016, we are still using lace in fashion and interior design. ( images are from google and pinterest)
Lace can be used in so many ways. It gives your space and your fashion a bit of sassy!
As it is January 1st, 2016..and a new patone color has arrived, this year it is 2 colors – Rose Quartz and Serenity. As to non patone followers – Pink and Blue! History repeats its! In the 80’s these colors were called Powder Blue and Mauve. Or you can define Pink and Blue as baby colors, they did not have general colors, such as grey or yellow.
Rose Quartz have been around for a very long time, in the spiritual word it means: Rose quartz is often called the “Love Stone.” It’s energetic hallmark is that of unconditional love that opens the heart chakra. This makes rose quartz a stone for every type of love: self-love, family, platonic, romantic, and unconditional. As a variety of quartz, rose quartz has high energy, and this strong energy can enhance love in virtually any situation. This stone of unconditional love that opens the heart chakra to all forms of love: self-love, family love, platonic love, and romantic love. The high energy of quartz gives rose quartz the property of enhancing love in virtually any situation. Bringing love in to life and daily situations not only brings inner warmth, but it also lowers stress and soothes those around it. Rose quartz is a very happy and loving stone. In the psychic and spiritual realms, rose quartz is often used to attract love, for love spells and charms. It is also used to ease the process of transition in dying to make the transition gentle and surrounded by the unconditional love of the Divine. Rose quartz can also be helpful for dream recall and dream work. Rose quartz is used to raise self-esteem and a strong sense of self-worth. Its loving energies teach us to apply this love to ourselves and thereby find ourselves more worthy.( http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/rose-quartz/)
Now that we have defined what Rose Quartz and Serenity mean here are some images that represent 2016 Pantone Colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity! Ranging from Nail Polish, Fashion, Interiors, and dish wear!
I have been lagging on writing a blog post in quite a while. More like a mental break. I love fashion and I love interior design but sometimes when you are living, breathing, sleeping, working it, you lose sight of what you really love and you push it away. Well I am back and stronger than ever to write more post.
Now that fall is fast approaching…summer clothing is set aside on the other side of the closet or in boxes under the bed. It’s time to bring out the fall and winter clothing… being from the golden state where the sun is always shining, most of my fall /winter clothing still have a hit of summer attached them…
Grey…when black and white are mixed together. Throughout fashion, gray has always been on trend…fashion magazines have always put grey in the spotlight but black and white have always been at the forefront. Going into fall/winter of 2015…grey is finally at the forefront of fashion and interior design. Just take Target…Adam Lippes…grey plaids and all grey colors. Some of my favorite fashion houses has been using the grey color in all of their collections. (all images are from google)
The grey pallet for Interior Design has always been on trend…neutral sofas. chairs, and even wall colors. Some of my favorite Benjamin Moore Paint Chips…Sterling Grey 1461 and Metro Grey 1459. (all images are from google)
Here are some of my favorite Grey Interiors and exteriors (all images are from google)
Grey is a very neutral color but it has such a bold statement!
Growing up in the 90’s was a very interesting time. I do not remember thinking the fashion sense was amazing, but I do remember being a kid and dressing the way I wanted to. No one judged you because lets face it …you were a kid. I have always dresses to the beat of my own drum. I rocked whatever I wore even different color nail polish on each finger nail. Speaking of nail polish, does anyone remember Hard Candy nail polish? The best part of Hard Candy was the rings. (see photo below- google image)
I think I must of had 10 different polish, perfect that is one color for every nail. A lot has changed in fashion, trends, but what stays the same are the funky colors and the funky fashion. One of the most amazing Fashion Designers out there was Alexander McQueen his fashion still lives on, but what a talented designer. Always making his runway so avant garde that pushes you to be more creative. Some of the avant garde fashion designers out there are: Betsey Johnson, Marc Jacobs, McQueen. See photos of their work below.
Also, fashion does influence Interior Design. Many Interior Designers pay homage to fashion designers.I have also included funky Interiors. You can always make funky interiors look tasteful. Do not be afraid to be bold. Be yourself and rock whatever you want to. There is a saying ” funky, fresh” yes funky can be fresh. (All images are from google image)
One of the most evolving trend there is, is Moroccan. I have not had the opportunity to visit Morocco, but I do have friends have been there and they have expressed the inspiration they have found while traveling to Morocco. I always think of Morocco a very exotic but most hidden gem. So many things have come from the Moroccan culture…food, art, fashion, interiors. One of my very dear friends Costa has Moroccan chandeliers throughout his apartment in San Francisco. Which has inspired me to write this blog along with doing more research.
Runway fashion is the best way to express your creativity. My favorite quote of all time ” Everyday is a fashion show, and the world is your runway!” I believe this is true. If you can rock it then wear it, who cares what others think. That is the beauty of fashion design, you can express yourself.
Bold prints and pattern make up the Moroccan feel. Lanvin and Mara Hoffman did a great job of representing Moroccan fashion with a new age twist.
(all images from google)
What cannot be reinvented are Moroccan lighting. This can make the room feel more Moroccan even if you do not have that style of home. This style of lighting always inspires me. This type of lighting inspired me to write this blog entry. (all images from google image)
Another inspiring Moroccan style is the tile (all images from google image)
I love the colors and how each tile is a pattern that once all the tile is in place it looks like one continuous pattern.
You can place these tiles only half way up the wall and then you can add paint to finish it off. I always say I only use Benjamin Moore paint. ( all images are from Benjamin Moore online)
As I mention in my last couple entries. I always referrer to my paint by Benjamin Moore. I have chosen this paint colors that I think represent the Moroccan style: 2055-40 Bahama Sea blue, 2020-40 Yellow rain coat, 2016-40 Marmalade, 2000-30 red tulip. You can find these at your local paint store that carries Benjamin Moore.
Last but not least rugs (image from my iPhone)
And now here are Moroccan Interiors (images of google)
Every now and then I do take a vacation. My family is from Italy both sides my mother and my father as well. Maybe that is why I love my career fashion and interior design. If you ever get the chance or you do get to go to Italy for business or just to visit, you will have an amazing time rich with culture. I do have a pinterest board all about Italian fashion, and culture:
Ever since I was a little girl going to Italy to visit my grandmother was a place for me to recharge my batteries, stop thinking about work, friends, boyfriends daily drama and to embrace life. The Italians know how to live…they take 2 hour lunches and have almost 1 month off for vacation. The way of life the Italian way is always be in style and own the world but also take time and smell the roses. Live life! Some of my favorite Italian fashion designers and Interiors: (all images are either from google and pinterest)
Color blocking, one of my favorite types of fashion and interior out there. It is so easy to color block your fashion. It is either one color at a time, for example…pants hot pink or turquoises. Shirt…Orange or Yellow. Jacket. Navy Blue or Red. Simple as that, and of course wedges for summer time with some really cute nail polish.
Looking around color blocking is all around, sofas pillows, fashion, shoes, paint jewelry, accessories, here are some of my favorite color blocking in fashion : (all images are from google images)
Spring has sprung into full effect with Lucite Green- Patone color 14-5714—Minty, refreshing take on a green from the past. I am obsessed with this color for spring 2015. It is a fresh take on a pastel color that normally you would not think of wearing or seeing in the Fashion and Interior Design world. Also the most famous Lucite Green color and every girls jewelry obsession is Tiffany & Co. Everyone knows this mint green box.
Some Lucite Green paint, remember there is always a 5th wall that is the ceiling: My favorite brand of paint is Benjamin Moore – 620 Key Largo (see below)
This paint is great for kids rooms, bath rooms, even a beach house looking over the water it will make you feel like you are under the sea.
As we prepare for summer this light and airy minty green, that we have added a new 2015 twist to has been around since Hollywood regency.
Some Fashion and Interiors that inspire me to use Lucite Green (images are from pinterest and google)