Friday, April 29, 2011

our royal wedding plans

because i don’t quite know what type of interior transformation is suited for the royal wedding day i’ve decided to offer a sneak peek into our upcoming nuptials instead. tyler and i are exchanging vows on 15 october in the sleepy lakeside town of athens, ny. and although it’s no buckingham palace, weather permitting we’ll say ‘i do’ at a waterfront picnic area. following the ceremony we’ll head over to the lake’s lodge for an endless cocktail hour feast and rad dance beats. i’ve also decided after viewing the royal pomp and circumstance this morning that i’d like all female guests to wear a hat or fascinator and a troop of trumpeters blasting celebratory beats.
below you’ll find a photo of the site where i will marry my best friend, and a windblown snapshot of us on the lodge’s deck where there will be guaranteed sprawling autumnal views. congratulations kate and wills, thank you for getting me even more excited for our big day and may your marriage be as beautiful as your ceremony that i woke up insanely early to witness.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

hollywood hills home

interiors are reflective of their geographic location and today’s hollywood hills residence is so quintessentially lush los angeles i can hardly stand it. redesigned by the always eclectic elizabeth gordon, the home is filled to the brim with unexpected excitement. gordon’s method of mixing vintage and contemporary elements was honed while she worked with kelly wearstler for six years and has since blossomed into her own unique style. graphic wall coverings, funky accessories, vivid color palettes and perfectly placed lighting have replaced the antique country aesthetic the home had going on. if i was a hollywood hills residing movie star i would want my pad to scream elizabeth gordon.

i would especially like to thank elizabeth gordon of elizabeth gordon studio for sharing her transformations with us straight from los angeles, california.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

captain fairfield inn

there is nothing that i don’t love about the following sentence, “set in the heart of kennebunkport, maine, the captain fairfield inn features a blend of historic and soft modern styling, creatively prepared breakfasts and professional, personalized hospitality.” today’s raenovation is of the captain fairfield inn and i’m flipping out; maine + modern historic interiors + bangin breakfasts + new england hospitality = EXCITEMENT!
restyled by the always amazing rachel reider, the captain fairfield inn is in the process of revamping their look. the common areas and each of the 9 guest rooms are being redesigned to honor the historic nature of the 1813 federal mansion’s architecture, while combining with boutiquey, romantic amenities proven to satisfy the modern guest-house traveler. reider is specifying things like hip wall coverings and dunes and duchess light fixtures while simultaneously ridding the inn of its busy florals, dated wallpaper borders, and frilly window treatments. this redesign might just cause tyler and i to reconsider our honeymoon destination, breakfast in kennebunkport sounds like perfection.

i would especially like to thank rachel reider of rachel reider interiors for submitting her stupendous kennebunkport, maine renovation and congratulate for being named one of new england home’s 5 under 40!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

san francisco victorian

exterior renovations tend to make my jaw drop even lower than interior ones. what can i say, i judge books by their covers…guilty as charged. san francisco architecture legend andre rothblatt recently made over the front exterior of a victorian residence in his home city and my jaw dropped so low i have a scab on my chin. by reconfiguring the staircase, producing new railings and painting the whole shebang, the result is dramatic… night and day, dramatic!

i would especially like to thank andre rothblatt for granting me the permission to borrow photos from his online portfolio.

Friday, April 22, 2011

ruti clothing & lifestyle

it's easter weekend and earth day, which means i had to search long and hard to find a transformation for today that related to both occasions. and as luck would have it, i did!
when i was little, finding the right outfit to don on easter was a big deal (i liked hats, twirly skirts, new shoes, and big earrings. it was the 90s and i was from nj. would you expect any differently?). i won't dress up nearly as fancy as did as a wee one this sunday, but i wouldn't mind searching for a new easter outfit at ruti boutique, nicole hollis' newest interior creation. located on san francisco's fillmore street, the shop carries women's RTW pieces and accessories, exclusively from designers based in tel aviv. hollis' modern design for the space was achieved through the installation of both natural and man-made elements. weathered, reclaimed wood paneling (hello, earth day reference), sleek porcelain tile, raw forged steel and antique fixtures create the perfect backdrop for the shop's beautiful israeli merchandise.

the lovely jessica mullens of mullens public relations provided the goods for today's nicole hollis transformation, with after photos by adrian gregorutti.