Tuesday
Jul282015

chez lisa curran

This summer, I had the privilege of interning with Lisa Curran, a talented Kansas City interior designer who focuses on high-end interiors. I’ve known Lisa for over ten years – she is the reason why I chose to enter the world of interior design. Her beautiful residence, shown above, is like my secret garden. It’s a jewel box brimming with French antiques, vintage design books, blue and white vases filled with blooms, art in gilt frames. Working out of her home office was an absolute treat.

A former ballerina, Nelson-Atkins docent and trained artist (she studied fashion illustration in Paris!), her taste level is off the charts incredible. While high-end interiors are specialty, her clients often look to her for etiquette and fashion advice. This summer, for example, she designed a gorgeous Jackie Kennedy Onassis-inspired gown for a client. She frequently assists her clients in throwing the most beautiful parties, picks out birthday gifts, chooses their art.

And I swear to you: Lisa glows. Her positivity draws people to her like moths to a flame. She returns her showroom samples tied with a pale pink ribbon. She bakes her electrician cookies. Everything Lisa touches, everyone she meets, is better for it.

These photos of Lisa’s home are from a Kansas City Spaces article published earlier this year. Written by the fabulous Patricia O'Dell of Mrs. Blandings, it’s a lovely piece. I encourage you to read it here.

Thank you, Lisa, for a beautiful summer. You are a wonderful mentor and close friend. I’m so grateful for you!

Tuesday
Jul212015

boden autumn 2015

I bought a pair of black leather ankle boots and a cashmere cardigan today. Why? Because Kansas City is notoriously humid in the summer and I’m over it. I’m ready for Fall. Needless to say, the arrival of Boden’s early autumn catalog in my mailbox this afternoon was a welcome surprise. The styling of their latest collection featuring a mod London girl about town makes me want to drop everything and book it to Britian. I want everything! Those leopard pumps and vintage Pengiun books, in particular. Check out all new arrivals here (don’t forget to freeze your credit card first).

Thursday
May282015

joyce lee + buddy editions

I can't say enough wonderful things about my friend Katie's art business, Buddy Editions. A beautiful, curated art site was a longtime dream of hers that she worked and worked and worked to make it a reality -- I so admire that. Amid the myriad of wonderful artists featured on the site (there are tons), the work of photographer Joyce Lee is one of my favorites. It brings to mind the iconic Kate Spade advertisements of the early 2000s: comfortable yet unbelievably stylish scenes from daily life. If you enjoy these photos as much as I do, you won't want to miss Ms. Lee's instagram account. And if you're smart, you'll follow Buddy Editions here, here and here so you won't miss out on new art additions. I'm telling you, they're fabulous.

Thursday
May212015

porter hovey's favorite heirloom

I loved this sweet piece on Refinery29 featuring tastemakers and their favorite heirloom. My favorite, of course, was Porter Hovey with her mother's framed Hermès scarf (and not just because she's a fellow Kansas Citian). Its peach, coral and pale green color palette is perfect. Their mother, who picked the scarf up in Paris on her honeymoon, thought it pretty enough to be a work of art. And If I were to ever find a scarf as beautiful, I'd certainly follow suit. I remember obsessing over this same framed scarf in Porter and Hollister's book, Heirloom Modern. Actually, the entire book inspired my former apartment. Porter and Hollister have the most stellar taste. If you have a moment, visit the Hovey's design site here!

Tuesday
May192015

grayson perry's dream house

The British are strange but I like it. Above are artist Grayson Perry’s drawings for a “secular chapel” celebrating the quintessential Essex woman. His aim was to create "a small, fabregé egg of a building" (which I love). The chapel-house is part of the Living Architecture project, a program which builds quirky modern houses to be rented out on holidays. I’ll be studying hand rendering in design school next semester and have thus become enamored with architectural drawings of all kinds – I thought Perry’s renderings were fantastic. Certainly not perfect, but whimsical and imaginative. See the finished “chapel” here

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