Having a Moment with Stand-out Kitchen Details

Hello lovely people, and happy spring! If you've been following me for some time, you know I love spring. It feels so fresh and new, and makes me just want to clean up and get all my things in order. This season we're preparing to re-do our kitchen, something I've been wanting to do since forever. And I've been thinking a lot about the details I'd like to have. I want my kitchen to be modern and elegant with interesting details that make it unique and give it that extra oomph. So I decided to do some browsing around for inspiration, and made it a point to pay attention to anything that made me stop and look. I'm learning to trust my gut, and if there's something that peaks my interest, I study and try to figure out what about it makes me drawn to it. Here are some kitchens with stand-out details that made me look twice.

While high-gloss, glam kitchens aren't as cutting edge as they used to be; and yes, gold is everywhere and kind of losing it edge, I still love this kitchen for its interesting mix of styles and textures. I love the glossy brass stools, and I can't say enough about that pink marble table. Although you can't see it in the pic, the other side of the room morphs into a sort of chic vintage vibe with mid-century chairs and a floral rug; and the touches of silver tone down the brass. Altogether it feels very chic retro lady.

 Newtown Kitchen & Bath Designers

This farmhouse kitchen with it's shaker style furniture feels very warm and inviting. And that leopard cube? I'd say it's the exclamation point in the room. I like that it functions as a very transitional piece. Here  it's classic American, but it would look equally comfortable in a modern, glamorous space.

Bare Root Design Studio

 Industrial Kitchen The turquoise cabinetry gives this industrial style kitchen an artsy vibe. It's modern, fun, and not too precious, perfect for someone who likes to be creative in the kitchen.

West Elm

When I first saw this wallpaper, I thought it was floral. And while the marble look is quite nice, I thought it'd be really cool to have a floral wallpaper juxtaposed against the ultra modern light to give it an eclectic feel.

The Kitchn

When you don't have a window over your kitchen sink, hanging a mirror there instead adds light and opens up the space a bit. I really like how the mirror reveals glimpses of the other side of the kitchen. And what do you think of that  pink dish drainer? I adore it. I know dish drainers aren't often thought of as desirable décor, but just like an outdoor clothes line, there's something so romantic about it. It reminds me of kitchens long ago before people used dishwashers. Instead of hiding it, find one you look and show it off.

Elle Décor

How can you miss the black and white tiger in the room? While I may not be inclined to hang a picture of a tiger in my kitchen, I love the idea of an oversized portrait. It's something you might expect to see in a living room but not so much a kitchen, which is why I love it here.

Turbulances Deco I enjoy putting non-traditional rugs in kitchens, and an ethnic ruggives this  modern kitchen some soul, don't you think?

The Jungalow

I'm really digging these colored handmade backsplash tiles. It adds so much texture and depth to this simply styled kitchen. Even if you can't find handmade tiles, colored tiles are a nice way to add interest to an otherwise simple, understated kitchen.

  Elle Décor

This white, sparsely decorated kitchen could feel sterile were it not for a few carefully placed points of interest like the sophisticated vintage stools and the cool, vintage chandelier. In fact, the white kitchen actually makes the chandelier stand out, making it the star of the show.

So these are a few kitchen details that caught my eye. And in case you wanted some ideas to make your kitchen stand-out, I've compiled a few interesting pieces drawn from my inspirations. You'll notice a mirror for over the kitchen sink, the brass stools, the floral wallpaper with the modern light, the vintage light and more. Try any one of them and see if they add that extra something to your kitchen.

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Having A Moment With Stacked Earrings

Wearing loads of jewelry is a hallmark of disorders like Histrionic or Borderline Personality Disorder. The idea that wearing a ring on every finger is a sign you are "one of them" is a stereotype that speaks to the high level of attention people with these disorders often demand. And while most people aren't extreme attention-seekers, I think many of us have attention-seeking tendencies even it it's buried somewhere beneath our more reasonable and logical selves. We enhance our self-image with clothes and jewelry, and who wouldn't want some positive feedback at least some of the time? Some would argue that they don't dress for anyone but themselves, but any type of adornment conveys a message, whether intended or  not, that others interpret. It's a complex message that distinguishes us from or merges us with the wider culture.  Sometimes it appeals to fantasy,  other times it is very practical, and it usually conforms to our value system. As for me, I certainly enjoy dressing in ways that hint at my more fanciful side. I love classic pieces with unexpected details, or a twist in my accessories or jewelry. But at any given time, I may not care to wear any jewelry, or I might want to pile it on. It usually depends on how stressed, distracted, or inspired I am. Lately, I've been into stacked earrings. I really like the different combos I've been seeing. Pairing colorful crystals with whimsical and geometric studs, or streamlining it with multiple pairs of the same earrings in different sizes makes for some really interesting ear candy. I recall getting multiple ear pearcings in the 90's when it was all the rage, and haven't worn them for years until now. It feels like it's 1995 all over again, and I'm kind of liking it. Here is my inspiration.

stacked earrrings

 

What do you think of the stacked earring trend?

1. @Lulu Frost 2. Rashida Jones  3.  Arik Kastan 4. @Brokenenglishjewelry 5. Zoe Kravitz

*Lady But Earrings-Betsy Johnson *Earring Set- Kenneth Cole

Having A Moment With...Tassels, Pom-Poms, & Party Decor

Tassels and pom-poms have been around since forever. I remember my mom had pom-pom shower curtains for a while when I was growing up, right next to the monogrammed guest towels. It all felt so proper. According to design psychology, tassels and pom-poms are salient for me because they evoke a strong, positive memory from my childhood. I tend to like them in interiors more than I do on clothes, but every once in a while it catches my eye when I see tassels or pom-poms on clothing or accessories, like the pom-pom shorts that are so popular. If I remember correctly, I was really into pom-poms a couple of years ago, but my excitement faded, until now. It all started when I bought some cabana black and white striped curtains (see them here) for my family room. The cabana stripes are glamorous and classic (which I like), but I'm also going for a bohemian look, and I felt adding pom-poms to the curtains might give me just the right amount of detail to make it feel more eclectic. I then considered hanging a colorful metallic tassel garland over my curtain instead. While it would typically be used for a party, I love the idea of adding a festive vibe to my everyday décor. It kind of makes me feel like I'm having a party all the time, yay! Then I thought it might be cool to hang up gold confetti piñatas on both side of my curtain rods instead of the tassel garland to give the feeling of two very large tassels. Basically, I was on a roll. That's when it hit me that tassels, pom-poms, and party décor are my thing right now, even thought I'm still working out the details.

Tassels and pom-poms

In the meantime, while I'm deciding on how to style my curtains, I  bought a Moroccan trellis rug with tassels for my family room. I actually wasn't searching for a rug with tassels, but when I saw it, the extra detail appealed to the bohemian/lady-like vintage vibe I'm drawn to. Let's hope it works, ha. What do you think about the tassel, pom-pom, party décor trend?

Diamond gold piñatas via Confetti System||Bananas garland via Royalbuffet|| Tassel garland via Everylane Designs|| Mariana tassel curtain via Anthropologie|| Pom Tassel curtains via Anthropologie|| Moroccan trellis rug via Going Rugs|| Pom-Pom bedspread via BerberLooms|| Macramé planter via Retodecor|| Foil gold star confetti piñata via Party City|| Pom-pom pillow shams via Urban Outfitters|| Pom-pom shorts via Merricksart|| Tissue paper pom-poms via EvanPlus||Alphabet balloons via EvanPlus

Having a Moment With...Women Who Have a Way

My best bud, Myriam and I are known for developing an entire back story around an intriguingly stylish stranger. We might give her a nick name, describe her idiosyncrasies, and run down a list of things she likes to do. We just get a kick out of  letting our imagination run away with us. That's how we came up with the idea of the woman with "a way" [wink]. It's a term we use to describe an older woman who has a heightened sense of style that is so  unique to her, there are no words to really capture it other than to say she has "a way" [wink]. I've been really inspired by "her" jen ne sais quoi  lately. See how I define it below. woman with a way

If you were having trouble envisioning a woman with "a way" [wink], Linda Rodin completely embodies it --love her style! While this type of woman is typically older, you too can get the same look no matter how old you are. Be sure to decorate with unexpected, quirky, opulent touches like poodle lamps, swan tapware, and shells or other kitchy collection. Or try luxuriating at home with a turban, sunglasses, oversized jewels on your fingers, and bright lipstick--I just imagine that's how she does it. And most importantly, carry an air of fabulousness, and feel secure in the things you love.

What do you think of the woman with "a way" [wink] style?

pic of Linda Rodin||Aruba floral wallpaper||poodle lamps||

shells||lipstick||sunglasses|| ring|| swan tapware|| turban

Made My Week: IFBCON 2013

This week I had the opportunity to attend the Independent Fashion Blogger Conference in NYC. Being new to this whole blogging thing, I thought it was important to get educated and learn more about the ins and outs of blogging. And I'm so glad I went! Of course it was very different than the psychology conferences I've attended. While psychology conferences are full of PowerPoint presentations, people in stuffy semi-professional attire, and sensible shoes, the blogging conference felt a lot more free-spirited, with individuals pushing the limits of their sartorial creativity. Something I can definitely get used to

 

But when I think more about it, there were also some similarities to the psychology conferences I've been to. Both types of conferences have rock stars. It's just that the rock stars in psychology are revered theorists and researchers, rather than uber fashion bloggers with thousands or even millions of loyal followers. Both types of conferences also address social-emotional issues. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the helpful, inspiring tips offered by some of the bloggers on the panel. Here are some of the tips that resonated with me:

1. Get out of your comfort zone and don't be afraid.

2. Be appreciative of where you are and you will grow.

3. Don't give in to the pressure to follow format.

4. There's no such thing as writer's block. The difference between someone who succeeds in writing and someone who doesn't is hard work and perseverance.

These tips can be applied to just about any life experience, don't you think?

I also got a chance to meet some interesting people like this gentleman right here, Mr. Beckford.

And fellow bloggers, Jen Dang from Skirt the Rules, Tracy Davis from The Right Shoes, and Courtney Starr from Girlavantgarde.com. These girls are all about sharing their personal style with their readers. Very cool.

I was particularly excited to meet and talk with Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost. She's a high-end jewelry designer who also collaborates with J-Crew. Her signature look is mixing vintage and modern, a girl after my own heart. These are some of the pieces I've coveted from her collection.

 DEMETER COLLAR $310.00 

SILVER TONE $790.00 

DECO BRACELET $340.00 

Lisa gave a talk at the conference that I found to be most inspiring. She spoke about her humble beginnings and the chances she took to forge her unique career path. Her reoccurring theme was success = opportunity + preparedness. I love that.

All in all I'm thankful that I got to experience something new. What new experiences have you had lately?

{images: Sarah Seung unless otherwise indicated}