Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Office Overhaul, by Beau

March 30, 2011

The sun is out and the flowers are blooming, which means it is that time of year. I know all of you have been putting it off, but it is time for spring cleaning! So many of us dread it, but the fact that I am just a bit obsessive compulsive means I just love to clean, organize and get things perfectly in their place.

I feel that one of the most important spaces in a person’s home to keep in organizational bliss is the home office. Whether it is the place you spend all day running your global empire or just the place you pay your bills and sit at your computer spending hours Facebook stalking, it should be your sanctuary of calm.

The ladies at Beauregard have been busy, busy as they prepare to redecorate their own office. They have been doing lots of research on other fabulous spaces to get some inspiration and here are a few ideas that we all could use.

The founder of Jimmy Choo, Tamar Mellon's sleek space.

Loving the wallpaper in this study out of Country Living.

Nothing says peace and quiet like a white on white work space.

I know plenty of men that would not mind this room in their house.

A wrapping room. I would love to have this room during the holidays.

Kelly Wearstler's home office in the color of the moment, Honeysuckle. She is so cool.

I like this room because I feel anybody could recreate this look easily in their own home.

A library ladder, both functional and fabulous.

Love her dresses, love her office. Monique Lhuillier's home office.

Another one that could be easily recreated.

I am thinking of doing something similar but using grass cloth instead.

Nate Berkus' home office. Awesome walls.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Pink Elephant

March 29, 2011

Because today is a day all about the oh so beautiful color pink. Here is a little something pink to sip on, The Pink Elephant. Cheers!
1 part white cranberry juice
1 part berry vodka
1/2 part Chambord
1/2 part Limoncello
Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake well, serve in chilled martini glass

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Perfection of Pink

March 29, 2011
I love just about any bright color. Whether it is green, orange, turquoise or yellow, I love them all. But I especially love the color PINK! Pink is a color that gives me happy thoughts.

Pink makes me think of my family. Such as my grandmother’s Pepto Bismol pink house in Florida, or my beautiful niece Elizabeth in her bright pink tutu. It makes me think of times in my life. Living in the Cayman Islands, being surrounded by pink all day at the Lilly Pulitzer shop where I worked and driving down the coast line passing more little pink Caymanian beach shacks than one could ever count. It is a color that brings me true happiness.

With that being said, what does not make me very happy is that lingerie shops and tattooed pop singers (who shall remain nameless) have highjacked this color of happiness! How could they turn something so beautiful to something so tacky? Pink is a color and a way of life, not just a word written across your behind on sweatpants. So, the following pictures are to honor Pink and the true meaning of it.

Some like it hot. Hot pink that is.

La Vie en rose

Pink diamonds are a girls best friend.

Marilyn agrees.

Betsy Johnson's pinktastic apartment.

If I were a ten year old girl and this was my room, I would do anything to get grounded.

The king and queen of pink. My fabulous grandparents.

A pink and brown Quadrille toile de jouy in House Beautiful.

The princess of pink. The amazing Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau

I will take the closet and the Birkin please.

Love, love, love!

Some great pink pops out of Elle Decor.

My dream cottage in the Cayman's.

Another fab room in Elle Decor.

One pop star who knows how to use pink. Love Gwen in her Dior.

Charleston is one city who knows how to wear pink!

Another fab closet with just the right amount of pink.

Me, champagne and a giant pink chair! What more could a girl ask for?!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Waka Waka, by Beau

March 25, 2011

Okay, so for those of you who are PETA supporters I warn you that what I am about to say you may find offensive and if you do well I am not sure we would be friends anyway. I am an animal lover; I love them on my floor, on my wall and on my back. I know, I know maybe not so PC but what can I say, they speak to me.

So maybe I am not a fur coat kind of gal (unless it is vintage, of course) but there is nothing like a fabulous zebra skin rug or a fantastic deer head you find at an estate sale. And not to forget one of my favorites, an exquisite tortoise shell sitting just about anywhere. There is something so chic and sexy about a little bit of the African Sahara sitting right on your living room floor. It screams old Hollywood to me and makes me want to jump right into a scene from "Out of Africa".

Speaking of Africa, there is a little surprise at the end of this post from when I lived in beautiful Tanzania and I went hunting with one of the oldest nomadic tribes in the world. But until then enjoy some of my favorite wildlife looks.

I saw these cardboard heads at West Elm this past winter and thought they were hilarious. I was tempted to buy the Rhino version.

Really wish I was in front of that fire place. Great example how zebra can go anywhere.

If you are on a budget, cow hide from Ikea! Looking not too bad.

Real zebra is costly and can be hard to find but you can always get it printed on cowhide for a quarter of the cost.
Out of Elle Decor. Purple and zebra! What could be better?!

Hollywood starlet Joan Bennett, looking very cool with a fantastic fox coat.

Love this idea of how they used the tortoise shell to accent the fireplace.
Fake is great, and what an unexpected piece for this crisp porch.

If you have never seen "Out of Africa" then all I have to say is that you should be ashamed of yourself. It is Meryl at her best and I highly recommend you go rent it. Now.

Not crazy about the rest of the room but LOVE the Morrocan goat rug.

There is not one thing i can find wrong with this room. Not sure where it is but it makes me want to go to Bali.

Out of Coastal Living, an all white look with a pop of black. Notice the antlers on the table too.

Love this faux antler chandelier and the turquoise cow head on the wall.

And me, looking frizzy and dusty with a Kudo head. I definitely would have mounted that thing had it not been for the fact that it was the Hadzabe tribe's dinner. Oh, and that little thing of probably being arrested and deported! Oh well.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Luggage Lives On, by Beau

March 24, 2011

Gone are the times when women would travel not with their Tumi luggage but with their courier trunks, wardrobes and fantastic hatboxes. Those were the days when women would board the Queen Elizabeth to travel across the Atlantic armed with nothing but their Louis Vuitton, Goyard and a sense of adventure.

Sadly, we now simply settle for being squeezed in to a coach seat with our poor Speedy bag jammed underneath the seat in front of us. But not to fear, even though the romance of travel has faded with the steam ships it does not mean we can’t enjoy these magnificent pieces in our homes. With a bit of hunting in your favorite antique stores and a little bit of creativity, there are so many ways to bring vintage luggage in to your home and give it the respect it deserves. Here are some of my favorites.

Nothing like waking up and going to sleep with some beautiful Louis at your bedside.

So much cooler than having a little table at the end of your hall.

A great look if you happen to have a cottage in the English country side.

Vintage Goyard + lucite = Oh so cool!

Even though this picture is not in a room, it is often in my dreams.

Totally digging the different sizes colors and total creativity of this.

Had to save the best for last.