THE GREAT KATE



Can you believe a year has already passed? It seems like just yesterday we were waking up at 5:00 a.m. to watch the Royal Wedding.  Since the big day, the Duchess of Cambridge has shown nothing but stellar sartorial choices, wooing us in everything from Alexander McQueen to L.K. Bennett.  I've got a pretty good feeling you're all just as captivated with her as I am. :)  

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COLOR PALETTE



1  Sisal Almond Rug, Crate & Barrel, $29.95 - $499.00  2  Ruffle Boudoir Pillow, Wayfair, $44.00  3  Glass Table Lamp, IKEA, $59.99  4  Grey Oval Baskets, Crate & Barrel, set of 2 $29.95  5  Cinnabar Settee, Target, $359.99


PAINT  |  Graceful Sea 767, Benjamin Moore  |  Oxford White CC-30, Benjamin Moore  |  Richmond Gold HC-41, Benjamin Moore  |  Rumba Orange 2014-20, Benjamin Moore


I absolutely love the clean color palette of this bedroom.  It's designed by Allison Elebash, who's based out of St. Kitt's....doesn't that sound like a dream job?  I think the orange, white, and natural scheme would work just as easily in St. Kitt's as it would in a guest bedroom stateside.  It's so clean and colorful...who wouldn't want to wake up in a room like that?!

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HIGH / LOW



HIGH  |  Apple Herringbone Throw, Serena & Lily, $250.00  |  Indigo Brooke, Madeline Weinrib, $3,000.00  |  Chrome Ceramic Stool, Plantation, $345.00  |  Saarinen Tulip Armless Chair, Design Within Reach, from $1,440.00  |  LOW  |  Retro Accent Chair, Overstock, $122.40  |  Chrome Porcelain Stool, Overstock, $99.99  |  Luna Moroccan Trellis Wool Rug, Overstock, $378.24  |  Woven Zig Zag Throw, !ndigo, $22.50


I'm always on the lookout for a good deal...like this chrome porcelain garden stool.  It's virtually identical to this pricier one from one of my favorite sources, Plantation.  I will most definitely be happier with the low.  :)

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ON MY RADAR


Yellow Cooper Watch, kate spade, $195.00  |  White Cooper Watch, kate spade, $195.00  |  Turquoise Cooper Watch, kate spade, $195.00  |  Pink Cooper Watch, kate spade, $195.00  |  Zebra iPad Cover, Nico and Lala, $65.00  |  Green and Yellow Hand Painted Pillow, Chic Shop, $225.00  |  Blue and White Hand Painted Pillow, Chic Shop, $225.00  |  Pink and White Hand Painted Pillow, Chic Shop, $225.00


Chic leather watches, zebra iPad covers, and one of a kind hand painted pillows....just a few things that have caught my eye recently!

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BUDGET BUYS



Orange Moroccan Pillow, Z Gallerie, $59.95  |  Citrus Moroccan Pillow, Z Gallerie, $59.95  |  Coral Bookends, Target, $19.99  | Spotted Shopper, Topshop, $32.00  |  Elephant Teapot, Target, $15.79  |  Woven Pouf with Cushion, Target, $63.74  |   Woven Pouf, Target, $63.74  |   Zebra Striped Scarf, Forever 21, $9.80


Moroccan pillows, coral bookends, and colorful poufs....I'll take one of each please!

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Vintage Bar Cart, Jayson Home, $750.00  |  Playing Cat Cuff, by / natalie frigo, $270.00  |  Dangling Pearls, by / natalie frigo, $275.00  |  Greenopia  |  iQ All Purpose Cleaner Starter Kit, Planet People, $5.49  |  Zig Zag Pillow, Moroccan Pillow, Beehive Style, $80.00 each  |  Vitamin Green by Joshua Bolchover, $47.25  |  Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation, Sephora, $62.00  |  Koh Gen Do Moisture Concealer For Professional, Sephora, $54.00


With eco-chic finds like by / natalie frigo's line, cult favorite Koh Gen Do, and those fab pillows made from recycled cotton, it's easy going green!

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GET THE LOOK: L'WREN SCOTT


Galaxia Mirror, Plantation, $775.00 | Screen Test: Edie Sedgwick, c.1965 by Andy Warhol, Art.com, from $9.99 | Orange Suzani Silk Screen Pillow, Lacefield Designs, $183.00 | Legendary Parties: 1922-1972 by Jean-Louis De Faucigny-Lucinge, from $300.15 | Antique Turkish Rug, ABC Home, $1,299.00 | Accessories Box, Tiffany & Co., $595.00

L'Wren Scott leads one glamorous life. Not only is she one of the hottest fashion designers with a client roster boasting the likes of Daphne Guinness and Sarah Jessica Parker, but this chic little apartment is just one of her many homes. Oh and I almost forgot to mention she's the girlfriend of Mick Jagger. Yep. :)

Photos: François Halard for Vogue

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S/S 2012 UNIFORM


Look One: Dara Ettinger Green and Aqua Earrings, Max & Chloe, $313.00 | Ultra Eyelet Shell, J.Crew, $98.00 | Hexagonal Sunglasses, C. Wonder, $68.00 | Tory Burch Robinson Transit Pass Holder, Bergdorf Goodman, $95.00 | Scallop Edge Shorts, Topshop, $72.00 | Jeffrey Campbell Trudeau Wedge Sandals, Shopbop, $115.00


Look Two: Pink and Orange Camel Scarf, Virginia Johnson, $195.00 | Perfect Chambray Ex-Boyfriend Shirt, Madewell, $68.00 | Rebecca Minkoff Affair Straw Bag, Endless, $250.00 | Ray-Ban Aviators, Ray-Ban, $145.00 | J Brand 910 Skinny Jeans, Shopbop, $174.00 | Charlotte Olympia Leopard-Print Sandals, Net-a-Porter, $510.00

Look Three: Gay Boyer Coral and Turquoise Earrings, Max & Chloe, $106.00 | Shoshanna Alyce Ikat Dress, Saks Fifth Avenue, $360.00 | Kenneth Jay Lane White and Gold Turquoise Cuff, Charm & Chain, $225.00 | Mother of Pearl Clutch, Calypso St. Barth, $595.00 | L.A.M.B. Meredith in Coral, Zappos, $250.00

Look Four: Kenneth Jay Lane Double-Drop Crystal Earrings, Bergdorf Goodman, $115.00 | Jules Reid Parker Short Sleeved Blouse, Taigan, $197.50 | Invitation Clutch in Cork, J.Crew, $98.00 | Kenneth Jay Lane Crystal Station Hammered Cuff, Last Call, $120.00 | Tibi Silk-Crepe Tapered Pants, Net-a-Porter, $350.00 | Diane von Furstenberg Tchad Wedges, Shopbop, $278.00

This is the time of the year where I spend an obscene amount of time getting just the right summer uniform in queue (does everyone do that, or is it just me?....). I am definitely a uniform type of gal, which or may not surprise you. I tend to stick to the basics: white jeans in summer, black pants in winter, and switch out my tops, accessories, and a new pair of shoes here and there. I know my style well and have no problem wearing things over and over....and over!

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INSPIRATION BOARD


Safari Rug, West Elm, $109.00 - $149.00 | Super White 02, Benjamin Moore | Orange Abby Double Gourd Lamp, Furbish Studio, $285.00 | Porcelain Stripe Tray, West Elm, $6.00 - $16.00 | Porcelain Stripe Tumbler, West Elm, $8.00 | Orange Coin Carving Stool, Belle & June, $218.05


I thought it would be fun to take my favorite Kees Goudzwaard painting and create an inspiration board around it. I absolutely love the way the grays and whites lighten up the bright tangerine. This is definitely a palette I would use!

Painting: Setting for White by Kees Goudzwaard

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ART SHOW: KEES GOUDZWAARD


I first spied Dutch artist Kees Goudzwaard on Pinterest (where I seem to learn about most of my latest discoveries these days, don't you?) and was in love from the start. His oil paintings have the appearance of layers of taped pieces of paper, but are in fact smooth. For each painting, Kees spends weeks, sometimes months, on a prototype, making a model out of paper, tape, and transparent foil. The simplicity of the shapes and colors are what appeals to me...let's just say I definitely wouldn't mind owning one of my own someday. :)

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CHANNELING: TITANIC


1 Titanic, $55.79 2 Royal Crown Derby Titanic Tea Cup and Saucer, Millys Store, $151.00 3 Strathmore Sketchbook, Sam Flax, $7.95 4 Bounkit Lapis and Peridot Earrings, Charm & Chain, $395.00 5 Dove Embellished Robe, Harvey Nichols, $195.00 6 Vintage Tiffany & Co. Playing Cards, Vintage Posh and Lush, $28.00 7 Marchesa Silk-Chiffon Gown, Net-a-Porter, $5,500.00 8 Louis Vuitton Large 'Haute Courrier' Trunk, Pullman Gallery 9 Waterlilies Print by Monet, Allposters.com, from $34.99


Unheard of Monet! The sheets had never been slept in! I fully admit to being a Titanic fan from day one (seeing the original in the theater no less than three times....). I'm completely smitten with the love story of Jack and Rose and love every detail of the movie's elegant costumes and settings. One thing's for sure....I will never let go. :)

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ON MY RADAR


Purple Planter, Crate & Barrel, $7.95 | Red Planter, Crate & Barrel, $14.95 | Orange Planter, Crate & Barrel, $19.95 | Small Lacquer Box, West Elm, $24.00 each | Colorblock Shopper Tote, C. Wonder, $48.00 each


Pretty planters, fab lacquer boxes, and a chic new tote for spring....I'm still stuck on color blocking!

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COLOR BLOCKED


1 Large Positano Melamine Serving Bowl, Small Positano Melamine Serving Bowl, Jonathan Adler, $9.00 - $28.00 2 Dannijo Pink Benj Cuff, Ssense, $260.00 3 Sandal, ZARA, $49.90 4 Liz Claiborne Accent Pillow, QVC, $19.45 5 Decorative Woven Pouf, Target, $67.99 6 Oh Miami Bag, ModCloth, $99.99 7 kate spade Retro Sunglasses, Nordstrom, $128.00 8 Violet Bella Link Necklace, BaubleBar, $78.00 9 Dot Glasses, Jonathan Adler, $28.00 each

Color blocking is a trend that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. With chic products like this pink and orange tote (always a winning combo), and this colorful link necklace from fave store BaubleBar, I don't mind one bit!

Images: Tommy Ton for Style.com, Pamplemousse Design

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GAGA FOR GINGHAM


Checkered Tea Spoons, Anthropologie, $24.00 | Pintuck Sleeveless Top, Old Navy, $24.94 | Tory Burch Gingham Cuff, Nordstrom, $195.00 | Tory Burch Gingham Earrings, Nordstrom, $115.00 | Miu Miu Gingham Taffeta Slingbacks, Net-a-Porter, $595.00 | Charged Gingham Clutch, Anthropologie, $78.00 | Weave Tote Shopper, ASOS, $28.65 | Blue Lucy Gingham Bow Flats, ASOS, $39.39 | Pink Lucy Gingham Bow Flats, ASOS, $39.39 | Red Gingham Pillow, Zazzle, $59.95 | Thomas Paul Dessert Plates, Burke Decor, set of 4 $32.00 | Mint + Lapis Gingham Stationery, Stripe & Field, from $5.00 | Powelson Scarf, Aubin & Wills, $79.00


One print that always calls to mind the freshness of spring is gingham. Whether I'm skipping about town in pretty ballet flats or prepping for a picnic with a set of melamine plates, it's a sure sign that spring has arrived!

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BUDGET BUYS


Pink Safari Tray, Furbish Studio, $24.00 | Zigzag Mashup Rug, Urban Outfitters, $59.00 | Lion Necklace, H&M, $9.95 | Smith & Hawken Perforated Copper Planter, Target, $19.99 | Macau Accent Table, Home Decorators, $64.99
sale | Amethyst Chunk, Design Darling, $14.00 | Lattice Napkins, Target, set of 4 $9.99 | Lattice Placemats, Target, set of 4 $15.99


How awesome are these Moroccan tables? On sale for only $65.00 they are such a steal. I'm already envisioning some DIY versions...spray paint and nailhead trim anyone?

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BOOKSHELF


Be Your Own Decorator by Susanna Salk, $29.70 | American Beauty by Claiborne Swanson Frank and Genevieve Bahrenburg, $47.25 | Paul R. Williams: Classic Hollywood Style by Karen E. Hudson, $39.65 | Beaton in Vogue by Josephine Ross, $25.84 | Rooms to Inspire by the Sea by Annie Kelly and Tim Street-Porter, $34.30 | Vintage Remix by Kishani Perera and Elizabeth Roehrig, $22.85 | Steven Gambrel: Time and Place by Steven Gambrel, $31.50 | Ron Galella: Paparazzo Extraordinaire by Ron Galella and Mathias Prinz, $29.70


As you all know, I'm a huge fan of the Swanson sisters, and have been eagerly awaiting the release of Claiborne Swanson Frank's first book, American Beauty. It features 100 portraits of some of my favorite gals; including, Celerie Kemble, Lauren Santo Domingo, Jenna Lyons, and, of course, the Swanson sisters themselves. It will definitely be gracing my coffee table this spring!

P.S. There's a great interview with Claiborne on Alexis' blog here...do read if you have a moment. :)

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ON MY RADAR


Fabric Coasters, John Robshaw, $25.00 | Aqua Resin Link Necklace, Tangerine Resin Link Necklace, Tortoise Resin Link Necklace, Baublebar, $58.00 each | Chinoiserie Pillows, Gump's, $95.00 each


Colorful link necklaces, fab chinoiserie pillows, and darling fabric coasters...I'll take one of each please!

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COLOR PALETTE


1 Uttermost Emberlyn Mirror, Lamps Plus, $151.91 2 Lacquer Vase, Z Gallerie, $29.95 3 Trellis Pillow Cover, Pop O'Color, $48.00 4 Pink Peace Rose, Diane James Home, $110.00 5 White Cowhide Leather Rug, Overstock, $449.99


Paint | Blushing Bride 2086-50, Benjamin Moore | Oxford White CC-30, Benjamin Moore | Sunny Spot DC1B-10-5, Disney Color | Cool Mint 582, Benjamin Moore | Apple Green 2026-40, Benjamin Moore

Doesn't this room just scream spring? The walls are painted the most gorgeous shade of mint which just begs for accent colors like pink, apple green, and of course those fabulous yellow chairs. The whole effect is so happy and cheerful...it really just makes me smile :)

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MATCHBOOK!


Yesterday I experienced the ultimate of pinch-me moments when I turned to page 20 of one of my favorite magazines and saw a spread selected by none other than moi. I've been following editors Katie Armour and Jane Lilly Warren at their respective blogs for years, and have read (and reread...) every single Matchbook issue with excitement and delight. Katie and Jane have a way of writing about your favorite icons, designers, and need-to-know about products and launches that makes it feel like it's coming from your best girlfriend. To say I'm a huge fan is an understatement. :)


For those of you that are new to the world of Matchbook, do hop over to their site and don't miss the latest issue, archives, blog, and much, much more. I promise you'll want to be a Matchbook girl in no time!

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A COLORFUL LIFE


1 Marc by Marc Jacobs Scarf, Net-a-Porter, $200.00 2 Fresh Find Sandal, ModCloth, $44.99 3 Rainbow Zigzag Rug, Urban Outfitters, $24.00 4 Sonia Kashuk Kabuki Brush, Target, $12.99 5 Teal Stripe Serving Tray, Target, $9.99 6 Vierra Dinner Napkins, Crate & Barrel, $29.95 7 Mixed Friendship Bracelet Pack, ASOS, $17.01 8 Erickson Beamon Tropical Punch Ring, Charm & Chain, $315.00 9 Drinking Straws, IKEA, $1.49 10 Pieces Flica Stone Ring, ASOS, $16.11 11 Enzo Angiolini Idyll Wedges, Macy's, $97.99


I seem to be favoring more and more color as the temperature gets warmer and warmer. I simply can't resist the likes of ombré trays, darling bow sandals, and splashy Marc by Marc Jacobs scarves. I mean honestly....who can blame me?!

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