The year of the Horse: Equestrian style

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According to Chinese calendar this year is the Chinese year of the wood horse which doesn't really predict many positive outcomes, on the other hand however, “The upcoming Horse year is also a 'yang wood' year, when people will stick more to their principles and stand firm. So it is hard to negotiate or compromise as there are more tendencies for people to fight for their ideals.” Reuters.  The first sentence sounds good enough for me.  Have a good one.

Kelly Wearstler.

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Iksel: The romantic wallpaper

I posted about Iksel, the Paris based wallpaper company whose designs are influenced by Iznik and global design, a few years ago.  Dimonah and Mehmet Iksel, the founders and owners have "a unique and avant-garde digital image bank" of glorious and beautiful wallpapers and panels. 
Miles Redd used Iksel's Eastern Eden wallpaper in this beautiful Brooklyn townhouse in his signature color, blue.
I love the repeat of the iznik-tile-inspired wallpaper he chose for the guestroom. 
Here a closer look.  The exquisite detail of the wallpaper making the simulated grouts look old. 
Tory Burch in her dining room which is covered in iznik-inspired panels.
And this is the kitchen that makes me wish to own a home in Turkey and cover the kitchen in Iksel wallpapers and have coffee in the afternoons while designing jewelry.  

Miles Redd images photographed by Frederic Lagrange via House Beautiful, Tory Burch via Vogue and Kitchen from Elle Decor via here.

Decor Influences: Scandinavian Style

Scandinavian decor is heavily influenced by nature.  Usually the architecture is clean and modern with simple lines without details such as moldings and frames.  The modern style of the spaces is mostly warmed up by tones of wood, soft fabrics and shaggy rugs which give an overall feeling of coziness and brightness.  Whiteness is key for Scandinavian countries where sun is usually out of sight or goes down too early and comes out too late.  Although it's not particularly my style I appreciate the relaxation it offers. 

via Sadshem

top image via Jelanie, next five images via Mi Casa,

Seven things that are OK to do

It's ok to be a couch potato for one day.  As a matter of fact it is good to do it.  It feels good to not go outside one day and instead cuddle up inside with a good book or just catch up with your favorite TV shows and do absolutely nothing.  Order take-out, better yet: delivery.
It's ok to skip the playground for once and instead take him/her to a fancy restaurant where he can learn cool and sophisticated words such as 'Pappardelle' and 'Meunière'.

It's ok to not get your manicure done one week and instead spend more uninterrupted time with your loved ones.  You can always get your nails done any day but family time is priceless.

It's ok to go back and rewrite one or two of your new-year resolutions.  More realistic and approachable goals will make you happier and most importantly you get more results when you focus on the day by day action when compared to a deadline.

It's ok to say no because you simply don't like the idea.  Just remember to be nice.
It's ok to not worry about dating for once.  Enjoy your single life, make lots of friends, travel, make lots of mistakes.  It took Edison 10,000 fail errors to come up with the electric bulb.  Mistakes are the only path to learn.

The newest “It” bags you need to know

And just when we thought that the-more-the-better fashion concept was here to stay and influence every single item in the fashion world, the new chic and minimalist bags come to town to prove us wrong.  These new beauties share the same lineage of the classics and they are not meant to be filled up with everyday knickknacks.  They for sure prove that sometimes less is more.
Saint Laurent Betty MediumSaint Laurent Lulu calf hairM2MalletierDelvaux

Five elements to make a cozy home

It's easy to recognize a warm and cozy home.  Is that feeling of familiarity and honesty that invites you to stay longer, put up your feet while asking for more hot coco and praying you don't have to leave ever again.  That's the feeling we all want in our homes notably because our homes are the best reflections of our real selves.  Hence it would be practically impossible to have a  warm heart and not have a warm home or vice-versa as it's equally impossible to create fake characters of our home.  The great news is that the process to make a house feel like a cozy home may be even easier to tackle than we all think.  Here are five simple elements to consider. 
Ruthie Sommers
While all-white interiors can be very relaxing, colored makes homes cozy.  By colorful interiors I mean spaces with either warm tones or full colorful ones.  Colors have a special magic to bring out the soul in the room and it's also the easiest way to change things around.  Usually warm and dark colors provide a better result at accomplishing coziness.  Painting a wall, upholstering a sofa or adding a colorful rug are only a few of the ways to bring color inside a home.

via Elle Decor

I've never seen coziness without layers.  Layer is what gives a home a sense of lived-in and reality.  Steps such as adding a smaller rug on top of an existing one, placing a chair in a corner or laying a throw on a bed are only a few of the many ways of adding instant layers to a home.

via Southern Accents

Plants and flowers can immediately transform a home.  It could also say a lot about the homeowner lifestyle.  Either real or fake fire could be one of the warmest elements in a home. 
 Miranda Brooks home

One man's trash is another man's treasure.  Don't be afraid to use your family hand downs.  That's what makes your home yours.  Antiques or old furniture conceive perfectly enveloped rooms.  If you don't have anything handed down to you can find great pieces at affordable prices at a flea market.

An added bonus is if the books are old, you know patina is a good thing.

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