Animal Instinct

Brunshwig & Fils just introduced hand-woven tiger and leopard velvet fabric for nearly $6,000 a yard.  In terms of appearance, this fabric is just about as realistic as you can get.  Its color and pattern are almost identical to that of real leopards and tigers.  Seeing this luxurious fabric makes me think that even the most classic interiors can handle a touch (or more) of animal inspiration.

Casa Mollino is Turin, Italy boasts a leopard print upholstered wall and a leopard skin rug to boot.

leopard upholserty wall

These leopard throw pillows add a less obvious touch in a more traditional interior

leopard interior design style theories

This is an image of CZ Guest’s famous leopard carpet = s0 beautiful

leopard interior design

Aerin Lauder lounging on an animal print sofa in her Manhattan apartment

leopard sofa couch

This image from metropolitan Home is a great example of leopard print carpet properly used in a traditional interior

leopard interior design

A flawless design by Jean Paul Beaujard

leopard upholstery wall

I love the tiger pattern upholstery on this ottoman.

animal print furniture upholstery

From Elements of Style – another very traditional touch of leopard

The super-luxe lobby of The Tides Hotel in South Beach.

Amazing design by Mary McDonald

Bee from Atlantic Pacific


Happy Halloween!

Although it isn’t quite Halloween yet, my weekend is fully loaded with Halloween-themed fun.  Here are some last-minute decorating ideas.


table decor

glamorous pumpkin jack-o-lantern design

skull banners

golden pumpkins

Sources: Urban FlowerThe Tomkat Studio, Pinterest, HGTV, Coco and Kelly, The Decorista, Crafty’s cup of coffee

Weekend Look: Casual Fall Fashion

This weekend, aside from all the Halloween festivities, I am in major catch-up mode.  This casual Fall outfit will do just fine as I make my way through my hefty to-do list.  I love pairing cords with flats, a comfortable top and a tailored jacket.

what to wear with red colored corduroys

I also love the way corduroys look with a cuff:
how to dress up corduroyhow to wear corduroys cords casually

Cocoa and Hearts

Finding the perfect wall hanging for a space can be a real challenge.  I am currently looking for a set of paintings, prints, wall-hangings, something….anything!…to go above the large u-shaped sectional sofa in my family room.  I have already purchased and returned two sets and I am hopeful that the third time’s a charm.   Recently, upon the recommendation of my sister, I visited the Cocoa and Hearts website and fell in love with Jen’s work. Her paintings are typically acrylic on canvas and range in size from small to large – all of which can be custom framed or commissioned. I love her modern and feminine style, plus her work is very reasonably priced and one of a kind!

wallhanging neutral painting pinks white golds

beautiful inexpensive modern wall art wall hanging painting

feminine wall art

Home of the week – What’s on the Market?

Bar sur Loup, also known as “The Town of Oranges,” boasts the best of both worlds: historic culture and the glamour of Canne and Nice.  This medieval castle exudes the charm and history of Bar sur Loup, but has the amenities of a modern marvel. This home dates back to the early 18th century, but the gardens filled with roses, olive trees and jasmine are much older.  It is currently listed with Estate Net France.

These blue shutters and perfectly situated flowers boxes are my favorite part of this quaint exterior

blue shutters house hunting inspiration

This is such a charming kitchen…But please keep in mind that the actual French Countryside is the only place where Rooster decals are acceptable. Period.

I love the simplicity of this bedroom and the fact that is not over-decorated in the least.  Here are a few things that stand out most to me: 1.) That ceiling: I love the striped effect, the wood, the rustic beam 2.) The juxtaposition between this beautifully rustic ceiling and that glamorous crystal chandelier 3.) The view of this exquisite bath tub through an ogee arched doorway 4.) The drapery behind this bed in place of a headboard and 4.) Finally, I ::love:: these terra-cotta tiles.  The whole room just looks serene.

This is the most romantic garden I have ever seen. It can almost smell these roses.

Black + White

Who needs color when black and white can look this good??

black and white retail space interior design inspiration

black and white interior design inspiration

black paint

This is Nicky Hilton’s walk-in closet designed by Celerie Kemble = Amazing!

This b&w bathroom is from Jenna Lyon’s Brooklyn apartment.  Most of her apartment is in black and white and it’s absolutely breath-taking!  Take a look here.

jenna lyons brooklyn apartment

black and white striped runner

white house with black shutters

how to wear black and white


black and white dress fashion


Sources: David Collins (x2), Summer Thornton, Celerie Kemble, Morten Holtrom Photography, La Dolce Vita (x2), The Satorialist, Atlantic-Pacific, Barney’s New York

The Thigh’s the Limit

Thigh-high boots are everywhere this season!  I am a little bit hesitant to jump on board this recurring trend, but these beautiful boots make it so difficult to resist.  Somehow this season’s version is much more sophisticated and classy than years past.

I love the way these leather Jimmy Choo thigh-highs look with this Stella McCartney patch work dress.


Even the uber-conservative Ralph Lauren Collection has embraced this trend

classy sophisticated thigh high boots

Rick Owens – if only I had those long legs to go with those boots!

thigh high boots classy


thigh high boots trend

Stella McCartney