ROOM OF THE MONTH


1 Four Vintage Highball Glasses with Gold Rim, Chic Shop, $55.00 2 Suzanne Kasler Morris Lantern, Visual Comfort Lighting Store, $482.90 3 Pair of Vintage Ceramic Scallop Shells, Chic Shop, $75.00 4 Classic Blue and White Ikat Pillow Cover, Swoon Studio, $45.00 5 Firecracker Ikat Designer Pillows, Willa Skye Home, Pair of 2 $72.00 6 Pillar Candles, CB2, $3.50 - $7.95 7 Suzanne Kasler Herringbone Sisal Rug, Ballard Designs, $47.00 - $599.00 8 Teak Tripod Table, Beyond Blue Interiors, $695.00 9 Trellis Ceramic Stool, Plantation, $250.00 - $525.00 10 Nautilus Shell Bowl, Williams-Sonoma Home, $59.99 11 Mini English Ivy Topiary, Amazon, $75.00

What's not to love about this kitchen porch designed by Nancy Pearson for the 2010 Hampton Designer Showhouse? The bright Quadrille and Manuel Canovas pillows, the topiaries and bold florals....I could sink right in and spend an afternoon here, who's with me?!?

Images: Traditional Home

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SURF'S UP!


1 Leroy Grannis, Surf Photography of the 1960s and the 1970s by Leroy Grannis, Steve Barilotti, and Jim Heimann, Taschen, $19.99 2 Indigo Stripe Pillow Cover, West Elm, $29.00 3 Presh Shimmer Leather Wrap Bracelet, Endless, $130.00 4 State Pride Necklace, Kris Nations, $48.00 5 J Brand Cut Off Short, Farfetch, $152.00 6 Tie-Dye Green Beach Towel, PB Teen, $14.00 7 Petrol Tribal Print Triangle Bikini, Topshop, $55.00 8 Metal Lantern, Crate & Barrel, $10.95 9 Zimmermann Natural Bag, My Wardrobe, $36.30

I recently discovered the photographs of Leroy Grannis and I've been dreaming of the Pacific Coast Highway ever since. Grannis was a surf photographer in the 1960s and 70s and his work really captures the essence of the California surf scene. Doesn't it make you want to jump on a surfboard?!?

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ART SHOW: VINTAGE VOGUE PRINTS


All prints available at The Condé Nast Store | Vogue July 15, 1926, from $125.00 | Vogue October 1, 1941, from $125.00 | Vogue February 1, 1935, from $125.00 | Vogue December 1, 1927, from $125.00 | Vogue December 1, 1938, from $125.00 | Vogue July 1, 1926, from $125.00 | Vogue November 10, 1930, from $125.00 | Vogue July 15, 1931, from $125.00 | Vogue September 15, 1939, from $125.00 | Vogue December 15, 1931, from $125.00 | Vogue November 15, 1939, from $125.00

I always love perusing the Condé Nast Store for graphic inspiration — the covers and artwork are an endless source. As a Vogue enthusiast and lover of graphics, vintage Vogue covers are right up my alley. I have a collection in my bedroom from the late 1920s — one of my favorite time periods — that brightens up the rooms with its bold and colorful graphics.

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SUMMER COCKTAILS


1 Iittala Kartio Glassware, Bed Bath & Beyond, $19.99 - $25.99 2 Greek Key Cocktail Napkins, Caspari, $5.00 3 America's Cup Tray, Dabney Lee, $59.00 4 Savoy Ice Scoop, Crate & Barrel, $22.95 5 Biodegradable Paper Straws, Amazon, $10.99 6 Sunny Cocktail Glass, Crate & Barrel, $8.95 each

Recipes from Martha Stewart | Watermelon Mojito | Caipirinha Limeade

Grab a glass and your shaker....it's cocktail hour! I can't decide which sounds most refreshing, a watermelon mojito or a caipirinha limeade...better try one of each!

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BUDGET BUYS


Clockwise from top left | Embroidered Toss Pillow, Target, $19.99 | DwellStudio for Target Lattice Pillow, Target, $19.99 | Textured Stripes Scarf, Forever21, $7.80 | Botanical no5633 by Kari Herer, Kari Herer, $30.00 | Out With a Bangle Bracelets, ModCloth, $17.99 | Gelato Coasters, Z Gallerie, set of 4 $9.95 | Farmer's Market Bowl, Crate & Barrel, $8.95 - $12.95 | Woven for the Weekend Clutch, ModCloth, $27.99 | Semiotics Mug, Anthropologie, $16.00 each | Landscape Escape Travel Case Set, ModCloth, $39.99 | Eiffel Tower Salt & Pepper Shaker, American Chateau, $8.74 | Zaine Plate, Crate & Barrel, $9.95

Lately I've been loving the work of photographer Kari Herer (pictured top right). Her botanical prints often feature peonies — one of my favorite blooms — and I love the moody black backgrounds. Check out more of her work in her Etsy shop.

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INSPIRATION BOARD


1 Bubbled Drum Pillar Holder, Anthropologie, $28.00 2 Soda-Lime Pitcher, Anthropologie, $28.00 3 Cut to the Chase Bracelet, Kate Spade, $58.00 4 Salmon Ikat Pillow Cover, Fabricadabra, $50.00 5 Pink Vintage Perfumed Bottles, Furbish Studio, set of 3 $35.00 6 Newport Mirror, Oomph, $1,155.00 7 Vanille Bougie Parfumée, Calypso St. Barth, $45.00 8 Stream Bank Platter, Anthropologie, $168.00

I found this image via Pinterest — my new obsession. Are you pinning yet? I just recently joined (hey, better late than never) and am seriously obsessed — to the tune of 700 pins in just a few short weeks :) Follow me here for all the images in my posts and more of my inspirations.

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HOW-TO: SALON STYLE ARTWORK


1 Ribba Frame, IKEA, $14.99 2 Traditional Wallet Gold Frame, Sam Flax, $36.00 3 Nielsen Bainbridge Frame Kits, Dick Blick, from $8.95 4 East Coast by L.N.E.R. by Purvis, MoMA Store, $25.00 5 Le Port de Marseille by Paul Signac, Art.com, $27.98 6 La Blouse Bleue, c.1936 by Henri Matisse, Art.com, $11.98 7 Jackie, 1964 by Andy Warhol, Art.com, from $7.49 8 Holiday Vintage Restored Photography Print, Leigh Viner, $28.00 9 Untitled, c.1951 by Mark Rothko, Art.com, $39.99 10 Interior with Etruscan Vase, c.1940 by Henri Matisse, Art.com, $9.99 11 Ocean Sunrise by Sharis DeJaynes, Zatista, $65.00 12 Delian by Cy Twombly, Art River, $87.00 13 Composition Couleurs Idees No. 14 by Sonia Delauney-Terk, Art.com, $204.99

A salon style gallery is one of my favorite ways to display artwork and is something I do in many rooms of my own house — both in large and small groupings. And although we often see large collections of artwork — like Kate and Andy Spade's entry space — you can really start small and add pieces as you go. Collect away!

Image: The Selby

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MAXIM'S


1 Maxim's, Mirror of Parisian Life by Jean-Pascal Hesse, available at ASSOULINE and at ASSOULINE boutiques worldwide, $85.00 2 Apollo Flush Mount by Suzanne Kasler, Circa Lighting, $525.00 3 Ben-Amun Triple Pearl Crystal Studs, Charm & Chain, $105.00 4 Halston Heritage Pleated Chiffon Gown, Net-a-Porter, $795.00 5 Original French Watercolor Fashion Drawings, Pariscope Design, $125.00 6 Tasha Sequin Frame Minaudiere, Nordstrom, $98.00 7 Andara White Agate Cocktail Ring, Max & Chloe, $135.00 8 Grandissimo Coupe, Cocktail Town, set of 2 $29.90

The new book Maxim's, Mirror of Parisian Life follows the mythic Parisian restaurant and hot spot from its 3 rue Royale locale in 1893 to the Art Nouveau masterpiece it is today. Owned and operated for the past twenty-five years by iconic designer Pierre Cardin, the tome is penned by the designer's longtime collaborator Jean-Pascal Hesse. Maxim's has hosted patrons from royalty and celebrities to courtesans and starvings artists and has also been featured in film including "Gigi" and Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris." Also included: recipes for the famed Quail Confit, Fruit Charlotte, and more.

Images: ASSOULINE, Vogue

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HIGH/LOW


High | Tropicalla Cocoon by Patricia Urquiola, Moroso, $8,614.00 | Crystal Block Lamp, Williams-Sonoma Home, $475.00 | Handmade Moroccan Poufs, John Derian, $345.00 | Modernist Glass Tray with Horn Handles, Rearview Modern, $375.00 | Magenta Ikat Pillow, Pieces, $450.00 | Global Views Directoire Table, Candelabra, $697.50

Low | Metal Round Table, Target, $69.99 | Silk/Cotton Ikat Pillow Cover, Fabricadabra, $45.00 | Marco Tray, Plantation, $90.00 | Nate Berkus Metallic Pouf, HSN, $120.00 | Exhibit Lamp, Pier 1 Imports, $59.99 | Knotted Melati Hanging Chair, Anthropologie, $498.00

Getting a deal on something that looks high end can be much harder than it looks. Luckily, I've done your homework for you. And as the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

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WISH YOU WERE HERE


1 Bathing Beach Vintage Linen Postcard, Postcards of the Past, $1.75 2 San Diego Hat Company Ultrabraid Belted Hat, Zappos, $48.00 3 Clic Clutch, Calypso St. Barth, $95.00 each 4 SW Global Sunglasses, eBags, $20.71 5 Anya Hindmarch Beach Party Tote, Shopbop, $206.50 6 Bronzette Loretta Striped Bikini Briefs, Stassy Striped Bandeau Bikini Top, Net-A-Porter, $150.00 - $195.00 7 Tipic Necklace, Calypso St. Barth, $95.00 8 Wish You Were Here Postcard Bangle, Kate Spade, $128.00 9 Kikoy Towel, Calypso St. Barth, $65.00 10 House of Harlow 1960 Silver Jewelled Flat Strappy Sandal, My Wardrobe, $148.50 11 Cabana Beach Umbrella, Swim Outlet, $14.95

I love sending postcards to loved ones when traveling and the classic wish you were here sentiment never gets old. Looking at the umbrella-filled Larvotto Beach in Monaco makes me wish I was there too :)

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CORAL ME CRAZY


1 Blu Bijoux Floral Coral Drop Earrings, Max & Chloe, $40.00 2 Gay Boyer Turquoise and Coral Earrings, Max & Chloe, $106.00 3 Roberta Chiarella La Luna Earrings in Coral, Max & Chloe, $38.00 4 Gold Coral Bead Double Hoop Earrings, Torrid, $12.50 5 Suzanna Dai Coral Malè Drop Earrings, Max & Chloe, $190.00 6 Kenneth Jay Lane Red Enamel Branch Cuff, Pret-a-Beaute, $215.00 7 Kenneth Jay Lane Coral Cuff Bracelet, Susan B., $239.00 8 Cara Accessories Colored Stone Bangle, Nordstrom, $28.00 9 Lucky Brand Havana Coral Branch Cuff, Zappos, $31.20 10 Trina Turk Egyptian Disk Bracelet, Max & Chloe, $175.00 11 Rane Coral Dotted Ring, Max & Chloe, $50.00 12 Tallulah's 14k Gold Coral & Turquoise Cocktail Ring, Fantasy Jewelry Box, $49.95 13 Kenneth Jay Lane Coral Turquoise Tusk Necklace, Pret-a-Beaute, $131.58 14 Tuleste Market Circle Pendant with Chains, Charm & Chain, $170.00 15 Kenneth Jay Lane 22-karat Gold-Plated Coral-Effect Necklace, Net-a-Porter, $160.00

Coral earrings, coral cocktail rings, coral cuffs — don't even get me started on chunky coral necklaces... Besides turquoise, coral is my go-to stone that seems to coordinate with just about everything. Are you crazy for coral too?!?

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TROPICAL PUNCH


1 Jeffrey Campbell Fruit Slice Heel, Urban Outfitters, $169.00 2 Lemon Drop Small Framed Lella, Kate Spade, $225.00 3 "Cocobanana" Embroidered Cameo Mod Ring, Tarina Tarantino, $70.00 4 Venessa Arizaga Fruit Cake Silver-Plated Charm Bracelet, Net-a-Porter, $175.00 5 Juicy Couture Gold Strawberry Charm Bracelet, Stylebop, $50.00 6 Yellow Banana Print Bikini, Topshop, $52.00 7 Fruit Juice Glasses, Crate & Barrel, set of 4 $9.95 8 Kate Spade With a Twist Lemon Slice Bag, Endless, $177.00 9 Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Cherie Tee, Farfetch, $130.00 10 The Brazilian Bombshell by Carmen Miranda, Yahoo! Music (picture only) purchase CD here 11 Pink Junior Banana Pillow, Jonathan Adler, $98.00 12 Banana Print Silk Scarf, ASOS, $25.86

Just the sight of Carmen Miranda and her fruity headdress makes me want to grab a fruity concoction and do the samba. These Jeffrey Campbell fruit slice heels are just the thing to channel Ms. Miranda's tropical flavor. Just fabulous!

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GONE YACHTING


Oilo Pillows Cobalt Solid Band, Layla Grace, $49.99 - $59.99 each | Anya Hindmarch Boat Bag, Net-a-Porter, $135.00 | Navy Nautical Print Square Scarf, Joseph M, $20.00 | Sailor's Knot Coasters, the Curiosity Shoppe, $16.00 | Anchor Tray, Jayson Home & Garden, $28.00 | Milly Rhinestone Knot Necklace, Bergdorf Goodman, $135.00 | Navy Stripe Triangle Bikini, Topshop, $52.00

Wouldn't it be nice to play hooky and sail away on a yacht today? I can just picture myself now reclining on a deck chair in a stripe bikini and sun hat, wind blowing through my hair....high seas, here I come!

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A COLORFUL LIFE


1 Wayuu Taya Mochilla Knitted Cotton Cross-Body Bag, Net-a-Porter, $200.00 2 Capri Carryall, Furbish Studio, $42.00 3 Pink Fans Coaster, Furbish Studio, $18.00 4 Bargello Worth Avenue Pillow, Jonathan Adler, $175.00 5 Ribbon Porcelain Boxes, Plantation, set of 2 $100.00 6 Umbrella, Jonathan Adler, $24.95 7 Colorful Woven Belt, Forever 21, $5.50 8 Aerial View by Sally King Benedict, $4,200.00 9 Ray-Ban Wayfarer Acetate Sunglasses, Net-a-Porter, $145.00 10 Platter, Mary Jane Bags, $28.00 11 Gien Paseo Dessert Plates, Corzine & Co., set of 6 $228.00 or individually $38.00 12 Stick Lighter, A + R Store, $32 each

I just love the vibrant work of Sally King Benedict. She's an abstract artist from Atlanta that currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina and her paintings are just divine. One of my favorites is this one titled Aerial View. The color combination is spot on...and perfect for injecting some color into your home!

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CHANNELING: OUT OF AFRICA


1 Hang in There Binocular Pendant, Kate Spade, $54.00 2 Marsh Grass Trays, Williams-Sonoma Home, $58.00 - $108.00 3 Camp Chair, Hickory Chair, $2,800.00 4 Woven Wolof Prayer Mat Laundry Hamper, Swahili Imports, $54.00 - $154.00 5 Pearl Grey Fouta, Scents & Feel, $60.50 6 Large Vintage Brass Metal Giraffe, Penorus, $18.00 7 Daycation Large Leila, Kate Spade, $49.00 8 Out of Africa, Amazon, $14.99 9 Cotton Single Person Hammock, Gift Warehouse, $39.98 10 Centennial Solid-Brass Oil Lantern, Cabela's, $29.99 11 Lenox Continental Dining Platinum Cream Pitcher, Amazon, $69.95 12 Trunk, The Basket Lady, $79.00 - $199.00

Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and the wilds of Kenya....it doesn't get much better than Out of Africa, one of my all-time favorite films. Short of planning a safari or trip to Nairobi, you can channel Karen's look through camp chairs and handmade baskets like these woven by Senegalese women. They're available in many colors and sizes and would be so fun in a nursery or children's room!

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ONE TO WATCH: MIROSLAVA DUMA


I first spotted Miroslava Duma, or Mira as she's known to her friends, on the Sartorialist back in 2008. I learned she was an editor for Harper's Bazaar Russia (she's since moved on and is now freelancing) and I've kept an eye out for her street style shots ever since. I'm a sucker for her eclectic style and petite figure (us little chicks have to stick together) but Mira does have impressive style and an allure all her own, especially considering she's only 26.

p.s. Mira has been sporting a fresh new haircut around the Paris couture shows this week — see more of her daily on Buro 24/7 (warning: it's in Russian).

Images: Buro 24/7, Citizen Couture, The Sartorialist, Garance Doré, Tait-Toi Soi Beau, Who is Drew, Hanneli, Style.com

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STRIKE A POSE


1 Grosgrain Sun Hat, Zappos, $35.20 2 Shimmi Birkin Printed Triangle Bikini, The Outnet, $64.75 3 Psychometry Wayfarers, Nasty Gal, $30.00 4 Jack Rogers Tunic, Simply Soles, $103.60 5 Beach Bag with Orange Handle, IM-HM Resort, $279.00 6 Orange Shell Button Rope Necklace, Dorothy Perkins, $16.00 7 Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Tortoise Link Bracelet, Pret-a-Beaute, $80.00 8 Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Bud Vases, HSN, set of 3 $24.95 9 Frey Orange T-Bar Sandals, Topshop, $80.00 10 Futura Small Bowl, Jonathan Adler, $198.00 11 White Enamel Ring, Max & Chloe, $69.00 12 Lacquered Trays, Plantation, $135.00 - $160.00 13 Tortoise Drinkware, Horchow, sold in sets of 4 $34.90 14 Vintage Metal Garden Chair, ABC Home, $156.00

White and gold is a favorite color combination in the summer and always looks great against a tan. To mix things up I like to throw in pops of tortoise and orange, like this Kenneth Jay Lane gold tortoise link bracelet with a shell button rope necklace. Whether you're striking a pose poolside or setting a tablescape, this color combination is endlessly chic!

Image: Cool Off by Slim Aarons

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ALWAYS CHIC: BLACK & WHITE STRIPES


1 Striped Sun Hat, White House | Black Market, $58.00 2 Ruffle Stripe Pillow, Urban Outfitters, $9.99 3 Christian Lacroix Silk-Twill Scarf, The Outnet, $90.30 4 Fontaine Maury Square Tray, Swoozies, $54.00 5 Postcard Set, Designers Guild, $11.25 6 Fouta Towel, Scents & Feel, $65.50 7 Janson Bone and Horn Side Table, Mecox Gardens, $1,550.00 8 Striped Cosmetic Bag, Forever 21, $5.80 9 Rectangle Frame, West Elm, $12.99 10 Black and White Stripe Napkin Rings, DVF, set of 4 $30.00 11 Magid Stripe Tote, Endless, $67.95 12 Riviera by Christian Lacroix, Designers Guild 13 Costa Black/White, Soludos, $28.00 14 X-Bench, Ballard Designs, as shown $239.00

Black and white stripes are one of those great combinations that never gets old, never goes out of style, and is always chic. The striped bathroom in the J. Crew Women's Collection store on the Upper East Side is one of my favorite striped spaces. The bold stripes fit the small space perfectly and I just love the way the molding accentuates them...so chic!

Images: Lonny, LIFE

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MUST-HAVES


1 Geometric Coaster Set, Pieces, $36.00 2 Emilio Pucci Vivara Sunglasses, I Miss You Vintage, $495.00 3 Wendy Mink Hammered Cuff with Blue and Aqua Calcite, Charm & Chain, $300.00 4 Blue Milk Glass Plate, Chic Shop, $45.00 5 Blue Straw Stripe Floppy Hat, Topshop, $50.00 6 Anthousa Okeanos Diffuser, Barneys New York, $35.00 7 Masai Pillow, Hammocks & High Tea, 20 x 20 $140.00 8 Light in the Fog Votive, Anthropologie, $8.00 9 The Virginia Classic Tunic, Jules Reid, $295.00 10 Capriccio by Robert Rea, Susan Calloway Fine Art, $4,800.00 11 Lapis and Prehnite Dagger Necklace by Wendy Mink, Charm & Chain, $198.00 12 Tie-Dye Fringe Scarf, Forever 21, $8.80

My birthday is in a few weeks, so I'm quite partial to the month of July. But I'm quite a summer girl at heart — lazy summer days spent by the pool or beach sound perfect to me. Happy July!

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STARS AND STRIPES


1 Eugenia Kim Max 7 Hat, Zappos Couture, $193.50 2 American Flag Thai Silk Ikat Pillow, Imperio JP, $210.00 3 James Beard's American Cookery, Heirloom Book Company, $35.00 4 Milly Boat House Stripe Cardigan, My Wardrobe, $272.25 5 Aubin & Wills Hawstead Striped Bikini Briefs, Norwood Striped Bikini Top, Net-a-Porter, $50.00 - $65.00 6 Rebecca Minkoff Striped Tess Bucket Bag, Endless, $395.00 7 Stars & Stripes Napkins, Williams-Sonoma, set of 4 $32.95 8 4th of July Pinwheel Picks, Crate & Barrel, set of 12 $5.95 9 Red and Blue Striped Ramekin, Crate & Barrel, $2.95 each 10 Melissa Joy Manning Small Star Hoop Earrings, Barneys New York, $185.00 11 Shooting Star Paper Lantern, Viva Terra, $29.00 each 12 Red & White Paper Straws, Art Fire, $7.95 13 Nautical Stripe 50s Sundress, Topshop, $36.00 14 Flags I, 1973 by Jasper Johns, Art.com, $34.99 15 Chuck Taylor All Star, Converse, $46.00 16 Handmade American Flag Bow Tie by Laurent Desgrange, Far 4, $65.00

With the Fourth of July only days away, it's time to plan your sartorial and party choices. The Fourth is an opportune time to go over-the-top with bold attire and festive accessories. Whether you're staying at home or traveling somewhere fun, I hope you have a happy and festive Fourth of July!

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