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Reiss Spring 2010

I just picked up this fabulous dress from the British retail chain Reiss. We have a Reiss right here on Bleeker Street in the west village. This dress was in the window and I couldn’t resist. My love of stripes and blue and white are combined in this perfect piece.

You can get it on-line if you are not in New York:

Add these Lanvin spring 2010 red, pink, and orange jeweled raffia shoes for a punch



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Persephone Books


“A house without books is like a room without windows.” ~Heinrich Mann

I love books in peoples homes. Piled high on cocktail tables, arranged in bookshelves, used as side tables they never fail to inspire me. Books give a sense of history and comfort to a home. All of my books have moved with me from home to home, making each new residence feel like I have lived there for years. Borrowing a favorite book from a friend you can see what they have underlined, marked, and noted on each page or a well loved passage. You can go on ebay or to your local 1st editions bookstore and find many vintage books with beautiful covers. I love poking around old bookstores and libraries hunting for books which have beautiful covers and interesting subject matter. I find the smell of old books or libraries intoxicating.

Persephone Books prints mainly neglected fiction and non-fiction by women, for women and about women. All books have the same pretty dove gray jackets. The titles are printed on the sides in black letters in a white box. Classic and clean. When you open them up you are in for a treat. Each of the 86 books has a different end paper. The founder, Nicola Beauman picks these herself. The books are by female writers from the interwar years. Subjects include, short stories, cookbooks, and memoir. Their best selling authors include: Winifred Watson (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) ,Dorothy Whipple, Marghanita Laski and Frances Hodgson Burnett.

With Titles like: Operation Heartbreak, How to Run Your Home Without Help, Few Eggs and No Oranges, It’s Hard To Be Hip Over Thirty, and The Wise Virgins it is hard to resist purchasing a few. These are a wonderful gift for any time of year!

Below are a few images of the shop in London.

The books are all arranged to display their beautiful end papers.

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The Classics

As an interior designer I am constantly meshing my style with a new client’s. I am challenging them to leap out of their comfort circle with a bold new color, texture, piece of art, or furniture shape. I cannot get enough of pattern, color, and texture but a room needs a few classic staples to ground it and make it feel comfortable. The same goes for your wardrobe. In this post we have included our classic picks for women, men, and the home. Stay tuned for our future post on the classics with a twist.

Her Wardrobe:

The LBD: This neckline and cut reminds me of Audrey ( can’t go wrong with that!) The twist in the front makes it modern day.

The deep v flatters most figures and it has some stretch to it:

The Bandage dress by Herve Leger: I wore one (in blue) on New Years! They are so comfortable and suck you right in!

The Striped Tank: I own this and wear it at least once a week!

A pair of skinny jeans and a pair of flared jeans: my two favorite pairs I own as I gravitate towards a 70s relaxed bohemian look or a modern classic look:

Favorite movie/ Favorite Jeans: Love Story by J brand:

Cotton trench by Burberry:Instant chic. I throw mine on rain or shine. If my outfits leaves something to be desired this is the perfect cover up. You can also belt it with one of your own belts.

The Knot satin clutch: I LOVE the color and the woven pattern is a Bottega classic. It is the perfect size to fit your blackberry, lip gloss, and camera.

Tote Bags: weather they are in linen canvas, leather, or alligator skin I can’t seem to get enough of them. I carry clients fabrics and floor plans in a large tote from LL bean:

I love the deep green color and the square brass hardware – a modern classic!

ivory and navy canvas tote by celine:

The blazer: as we have seen in 2009, paired with a cocktail dress or jeans and a t-shirt this can be far from boring:

divine layered lapel and white silk inside the cuffs- the devil is in the details:

Equestrian Boots for the City: I have several pairs and live in them in the New York Falls and Winters. Your utfit looks immediately pulled together:

refined: Chloe:

worn in chic:

Rainboots: we have all seen this one. Works with a dress or your jeans tucked in!

Staple Black Pump: every girl needs a pair or two – these will sass up any outfit:

Staple Black Flat: these will go with anything and both are unbelievably comfortable. Wear with your favorite pair of skinny jeans, a white t-shirt, and skinny jeans- voila!

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Classic color, height of fashion: These beautiful tan leather platforms will modernize any LBD in your closet- an investment piece:

The bikini: This brand has been creating classic pieces for years. I am not one for the plain black bathing suit. I go classic with the print and bold with the color:

My favorite sunglasses: The classic gold rimmed ray-ban. This style works with any outfit.

An Hermes Scarf: You can wear as a belt, a shawl, a halter shirt, tie around a bag or frame as art.

His Wardrobe:

A cashmere sweater will get you through cool summer nights as well as autumn, winter, and spring. This is an investment all year round.

Jeans: A few classic pairs in different washes:,denim,mens,hemingway,Hemingway.220

A Barbour Jacket: A waxed cotton shell ideal for staying dry.

RM Williams Boots:

The Blazer: A classic navy blue 3 button blazer.

Button-down shirts: Whatever your color preference. A simple blue and white check works with many color combinations and sport coats.

Ties: A solid, a stripe and a pattern.

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*similar ties found at Ben Silver:

A pocket square: This is a guys chance to show his flair. You should have one simple white linen pocket square in your arsenal if you are wearing a busy shirt or tie. Note- your tie and pocket square should NOT be matching patterns!

A Classic watch that works with all of your clothing:

Home Design:

An english arm sofa: These sofas can work in any setting. The gentle slopping arms and tight back are timeless. Your sofa should be an investment piece. The better it is made the longer it will last. You will be able to update it by reupholstering.

Available through:

For a high quality sofa call Geroge Smith:
For a better price look at restoration hardware- go with white and spruce it up with throw pillows:

A tufted leather chesterfield sofa: Though I am not a fan of leather sofas in general, this worn tufted leather sofa speaks to me. The arms and the tufting make this the perfect lounging sofa for men or women. It reminds me of a sofa that stars in the Thomas Crown Affair ( the original). I would throw two ikat pillows on it to punch it up and call it a day.

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*Buy an hermes scarf and turn into a pillow or buy at

Also: see Ankasa throw pillows in Lexington Ave post

striped wallpaper from Farrow and Ball: block printed striped wallpaper is a great way to add height to a space. It takes the eye from the floor to the ceiling. In a neutral color this will serve as the perfect backdrop to pops of color or a art. The stripes lend a tailored pulled together look to the space:

Standard woven tortoise shell bamboo shades:

Sisal Carpet: great to layer traditional oushak carpets or a more modern dhurrie on top of this to create warmth and character. Sisal also tones down any glitzy pieces you may have in the room. They also look great as a backdrop for more modern furniture.

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Lamps: If I have grounded the room with other objects I may opt for a spicy pairs of lamps to add some personality. However a pair of these beautiful lamps are a great additional to any room. Christopher Spitzmiller’s pieces are traditional with a modern twist. He uses the finish, the shape, and the color to set his lamps apart from the pack of imitations out there:

Chest of drawers: The serpentine shape of this piece can be masculine or feminine. I love the deep mahogany color:

Faux Bamboo arm chair: Great as a dining chair or desk chair. You can move this all over your home and never get sick of it. Repaint it, reupholster it!

This side table is wrapped in leather and hand stitched. Very vintage hermes looking. The simple shape keeps it modern and the hardware is beautiful.


Antiques will take you far- don’t abandon them because you can only imagine them in the setting of your childhood home! Surround them with modern new pieces and you have created a sense of history. I love the brass and crystal chandelier below. I picture it above a dining table with clean modern chairs and lacquered grey walls.

Email Sara Gilbane Interiors for pricing:

Breakfront: Now that everyone has a flat screen tv they are finally making pieces to hide them! I cannot resist this chippendale piece! The design on it is so fun. Paint this a dashing teal and add antiqued mirror and hide your tv today!

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Bookshelves: Free standing open with open sides. These will keep your space feeling open and the shagreen detail on the shelving is beautiful. Perfect to display your most treasured items.

Available through Mecox Gardens:

Charles V club chair: Everything about this chair is wonderful! Shown in the stripe below it is masculine, clean, and classic. Reupholster with a new fabric to completely change the look. The deep tufting, and the gentle slope make this a chair you could sit and read in for hours ( and look fabulous doing so!)

A cashmere throw: keep yourself as warm and cozy as your room now feels:

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Favorite Shops NYC – Lexington 65th Street – 74th Street

After I have installed all furnishings in a room I go on a hunt for the perfect finishing touches. It is the accessories and the layering that adds personality and warmth to my rooms. I need to find the perfect picture frame, bowl, books, vases, candle stick holders, mirrors, art and throw pillows. Listed below are my favorite stores on the stretch of Lexington between 65th -74th.

Ankasa on 65th: Stunning hand-embroidered couture throw pillows. These are statement pieces and come in a multitude of colors. The store also sells furnishings, bed linens, art, and accessories.

Roberta Freymann on 70th: Global goodies, exotic prints, jewelry, and handbags. This is a store to stop in to buy something for yourself!

Mish on 70th: One more store for you rather than your home. the storefront windows always have a beautiful and inspiring display. Head inside to see the jewelry Mish has designed. He infuses color and whimsy into his pieces.

Mecox Gardens between 71st and 72nd: This is a smaller outpost of it’s larger sisters in the hamptons. They carefully edit their pieces and have brought city friendly finds into their jewel box sized store. Aside from furnishings they carry art, picture frames, scented candles, books, and various accessories. Their website includes all of the inventory at Mecox stores across the nation.

Lexington Gardens at 73rd: Their claim to fame is their dried flowers and topiaries. If you hate watering plants or need a beautiful centerpiece for your dining table this is your store! There are huge urns filled with hydrangeas and topiaries of every size. They also sell mirrored planters, vases, lamps, china, and mirrors.

Treillage accessories outpost on 73rd: I adore Treillage. They are constantly changing their displays and creating new and inspiring vignettes. I always have success here. Their larger store sells furnishings ( but more on that in a later post).I stopped in today and snapped some photos of pieces that made me drool. Here you go!

Mercury glass lamps ( there are two- sold separately) etched with a floral design. I would love these to sit on either side of my bed.

A beautiful still life oil by Masson. We have a pencil sketch by Masson of two green apples which I love. The colors in this oil painting could inspire a whole room. Soft yellow walls with ivory and green upholstered pieces. A pop of deep plummy purple for throw pillows and some blue and white china.

Metal lotus leaf chandelier: How great is the texture of the leaves? A modern classic! This could sit above your grandmothers dining table or a more modern one.

The two throw pillows are from the new Bunny Williams collection Bee-Line Home.

Bottom left: A seafoam and grey hand painted plate.

Top right: an oversize mercury glass etched hurricane lantern.

Contact Jasmine with inquiries and mention Travel For Design: Email Jasmine

Roberta Roller Rabbit between 73rd and 74th: Roberta Freymann’s home goods store. Originally just lounge wear and pajamas (for children and adults) she expanded into rugs, bed linens, table settings, tote bags, and throw pillows. Her oversized tote bags are perfect for carrying all of my fabric samples. Everything in here is full of vibrant color and whimsy. It is a brief escape from the grey wintery streets of New York. Affordable fun pieces that are perfect for a house warming gift.

Il Papiro between 73rd and 74th: This tiny shop is jam-packed with handmade marbled stationary from Florence. Hand bound leather address books,picture frames, notebooks, photo albums, tissue box covers, and boxes make wonderful gifts.

* A note on “marbled paper”- Papier A Cuve is one the most original techniques still used today by IL Papiro, in Florence, Italy. Established in 1976 in Firenze, IL Papiro, re-introduced hand decorated paper using techniques inspired by the tradition of the Tuscan region. Today this technique is known as marbleizing

Anthony Garden Boutique between 73rd and 74th: Not a florist…a garden boutique! This is such a fun store to visit. They occasionally have vintage furnishings and lights for sale as well as beautiful canisters. they offer floral arrangements as well.



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