Thursday, September 15, 2011

Designing a Kate Spade Store

It's very rarely that I'll read one of the oodles of architecture, construction, and urban design magazines my parents leave lying around the house (they're both architects), but my mom flagged one especially for me. I was very pleasantly surprised to find an article in Contract magazine about designing the Kate Spade flagship store in Japan!  First my brother mails me J Crew articles, and now my mom is flagging tidbits about Kate Spade! I'm so grateful for everyone thinking of me!

I don't have a scanner, so hopefully these pictures are readable.  Just click on the image to see the enlarged version.  Enjoy!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Special Guest Post: Lilly Pulitzer for the Home

I've got a treat for you all today - a special guest post about Lilly for the home!  I have loved the Lilly home lines since rumors of Lilly's foray into furniture and bedding initially popped up on the blogosphere.  Now please excuse me as I swoon over the images in the following post and daydream about my future home...

Hi, everyone, I’m Susi and I write as a guest blogger for, a fabulous social media site that promotes interior designers and their work from around the world. My writing focuses on things I'm passionate about: interior design, decorating ideas, home furnishings, gardening, travel and art. I get to look at gorgeous things all day and write about them. I'm a very lucky girl!

I feel very lucky to be visiting Canadian Prep today and writing about Lilly Pulitzer pretties for the home. Any Lilly fan worth her weight in pink and green will be excited about new launches from Lee Jofa and Lilly Home, now available through Horchow and Neiman Marcus, and sales of Lilly Pulitzer linens at Garnet Hill. Classic preppy colors and patterns for the home designed by Lilly, what's not to love? Hope you enjoy! ~Susi

1 Lilly Pulitzer Designs
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Lee Jofa debuted their collection of Lilly Pulitzer fabrics from the home earlier this year. Love the blue and white gingham on the walls and the preppy classic combination of kelly green and true pink. Typically Lilly, this room bursts with cheerful color and feminine prints.

2 Lilly Pulitzer Designs
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The white bamboo-look Minzer bench and the Sara sofa both have traditional lines with pink, feminine colors. White painted bamboo furniture screams Palm Beach chic, don't you think?

3 Lilly Pulitzer Designs
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The “Catching Z's” needlepoint pillows in daiquiri pink or seaweed green zebra pattern are currently on sale at Garnet Hill. Grab them before they sell out.

4 Lilly Pulitzer Designs
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Lilly bed linens, bath linens and rugs add cheer and Palm Beach style to bathroom and bedroom designs. Sunny tropical colorways of blues, greens, pinks and yellows are classic Lilly.

5 Lilly Pulitzer Designs
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Preppy navy and white with splashes of bright pink and lime green is another classic Lilly color combination. Mixed with tons of whites, these intense colors feel crisp and fresh.

6 Lilly Pulitzer Designs
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A new line of Lilly Pulitzer furniture is launching at Horchow. Fine upholstery and traditional styles meet with Lilly's preppy sensibility. The Paramount daybed will certainly become a classic.

7 Lilly Pulitzer Designs
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The Wentworth chair is covered in a preppy light green with aqua trim. The Deborah sofa is covered in Heritage floral. Love the Sea Fan and Shell We pillows on the chair and sofa. Lovely interior design ideas.

8 Lilly Pulitzer Designs
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The Aster vanity, in white with gold tone hardware, looks fabulous paired with the Boulevard armchair in hot pink. The Boulevard chair has great Chinese Chippendale style.

This content is provided by Design Shuffle, where you can find and share talented interior designs from from New York interior designers, Los Angeles interior designers, and more, check out the latest at Design Shuffle.

Thank you so much to Susi from Design Shuffle for taking the time to add a little more Lilly loveliness to our day!


Don't You Step on My Blue Suede Shoes

I am overjoyed by the plethora of loafer choices available for fall. From animal print to studded, needlepoint to sequined, loafers are everywhere (especially in September magazine issues)! 
Loafers (aka "slippers") are even known to be a signature of Joe Mimram, founder of Joe Fresh and Club Monaco.  His Barbie doll look-a-like even sports them!  
Joe in his signature "slippers"

Of course  Louboutin makes a fierce pair of embellished calf hair loafers:

Stubbs & Wootton is a classic choice with an incredible selection, which gets even bigger if you choose to indulge in the customizable options:

You can bet your bottom dollar that Ralph Lauren will capitalize on the resurgence of a classic shoe:
Leave it to RL to modernize a classic and make it stand out from the rest!
This purple suede, jewel-encrusted shoe is positively regal!

But my favorite loafer find?  This pair of blue suede tassel loafers from Topshop, of all places!  
And at $100 (if you're lucky enough to live in the US), they're a surprisingly affordable way to embrace a trend, while still displaying a perfect mix of whimsy and tradition.

Just don't you step on my blue suede shoes!