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Pretty In PINK

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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October is breast cancer awareness month and pink is the color of the moment.  The color pink is one of my favorites, so it’s a great excuse to wear some to support the cause while thinking of others around us who have been impacted by the disease.  Not only do I love to wear pink, but I love to use pink wherever I can in my home (good thing I have two little girls, right?).  I think a little pink can go a long way!  See below items for a few ways to add in the color of the moment!

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throw / knob / earrings / pillow / shoes /coat

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Designer Highlight: Mili Suleman of Kufri Life Fabrics

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

I’m really excited today to share my interview with Mili Suleman of Kufri Life!  Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Mili and her work when she asked me to help style her showroom.  I’m very impressed with Mili’s talent and kindness.  Kufri Life uses handcrafted techniques like hand loom weaving, block printing, and hand screen printing to create one-of-a-kind pieces.  And they’re a dream for interior designers because all of the fabrics can be custom made to fit any client’s needs.  The textiles look so effortless when mixed together and create an elegant, eclectic feel.  You’re sure to see more of Kufri Life fabrics everywhere!  So, now let’s learn more about Mili and Kufri Life!

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Tell us about Kufri Life and how it started.

My mom lives in Oman (in the Middle East) and I really wanted a way to connect with her through something more creative, so I dreamt up Kufri Life! I also wanted a new medium for my graphic design, and a life that’s more connected with people in general, which includes traveling. Kufri Life just came together as a result… it’s my authentic life. It reminds me everyday that living authentically is important.

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A few of Kufri Life fabric pillows

Who has been your greatest professional or personal influence?

My parents have been my greatest personal and professional influences without a doubt. They were first generation immigrants from India to Oman, and taught me that hard work, thought, patience and honesty will get you places, even if it’s the long route.

Even though we didn’t have a ton of money to travel around back then, my parents exposed me to a TON of amazing things from all over the world… my dad used to get “Top of the Pops” videos, which were british music videos. They spent their money on encyclopedias and amazing books, which kept me entertained endlessly. They sent me to Indian classical dance and oil painting classes… they made sure I had an open-minded upbringing. And that has been the greatest gift and the influencing reason for me being curious and creative today.

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Tablescape using Kufri Life Fabrics

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

All over. From the souks back home to old Japanese artwork. It’s really a mixture of travel, books, music, culture, history, textiles.

What is your favorite thing about being a graphic/textile designer?

The fact that it’s never boring. If I have a few dead days, I use it to dream up the next collection, which may or may not come to fruition, but I never allow myself to be bored too long. I also meet some amazingly creative people from time to time, and that’s pretty cool, too.

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Mili’s creative space:  her office

Do you have a favorite project that you’ve worked on?

Graphic design- I love packaging projects… packaging for Zevlin, Shea Touch, Taste Elevated… I can go on. Hard to pick a favorite.
Textiles- I love the research part because that’s where I exercise the most creativity.

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One of Mili’s favorite packaging projects

How would you describe your style?

Very eclectic. My dream home would be a mix of modern easy living + coastal + global + antiques + art deco + victorian… lol… you get the point. I’d mix an old kilim rug with a sofa with clean lines, then throw in things I have collected from around the world and estate sales.

What is your favorite room in your home?

I loved the living area the most. It was comfortable, lived in without being too messy and I could sit anywhere and see my favorite art pieces.

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A shot from the Kufri Life showroom with more fabrics, pillows and rug

What is one item you can’t live without?

A beautiful wood, large table. I’d use it for eating, writing, work… multi-purpose.

What three things are you currently loving?

Lipstick Queen’s lipsticks!! The “sinner” ones are matte and 90% pigmented
Anything beautiful that’s indigo color.
Antique kilim rugs stop me in my tracks too.

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1. Outfit: vintage-style easy everyday dresses in colorful unusual prints (african wax prints, indian ikats and block prints)
2. Meal: spicy chicken curry with naan
3. Color: indigo, off-white and coral (pictured above Kufri Life fabrics Zohra, Leeds and White Dots in Navy)
4. Drink of choice: ginger ale and killer craft cocktails
5. Your go-to item for entertaining: hummus in beautiful patterned bowls
6. Flower: bird of paradise
7. Destination: Oregon (all of it!)
8. Guilty Pleasure: Drop Dead Diva

Follow along with Mili on Instagram @kufrilife as well as her amazing blog, here.  Thanks for the interview, Mili!

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Designer Highlight: Lily Lasuzzo of Lavender and Mint

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

For the second installment of my interview series, I was honored to interview Lily Lasuzzo, who is a graphic designer in Houston, Texas. She owns Lavender and Mint, which is a bespoke invitation and retail stationery boutique, specializing in graphic design for custom wedding invitations, announcements, birthdays, parties, baby showers & exquisite social stationery. Lily did my business cards, and I couldn’t have been more impressed with her skill as well as her kindness! Let me introduce you to Lily and Lavender and Mint.

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Since you are originally a California girl, tell us what you love most about Texas?
The trees and the rain! I can do without the heat, but the oak trees in my neighborhood and the sounds of the rain when it pours through them is something I had never experienced before. There is something really calming about it – almost like waves crashing.

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Who has been your greatest professional or personal influence?
When I lived in LA and was producing movie trailers, my boss, Matt Brubaker, taught me so much about how to manage creative projects. I definitely consider him my mentor and someone who I think has such an amazing understanding of how to be creative while still giving the client what they want.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Everywhere. I love type and patterns. Fabric swatches are a great go-to for color ideas, and oddly enough the labels and packaging in the grocery store always make me want to get back to the computer and start designing. I love that brands really focus on use of color and type and everyone is getting creative!

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What is your favorite thing about being a graphic designer?
I have always loved learning new things, and because the software that I use is always changing, I feel like I am constantly learning new things. There is always something new to try. I never get bored.

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Do you have a favorite project that you’ve worked on?
I recently did a baby announcement that was a photo on the front and letterpress on the back. Super simple. My favorite part about it was the typeface I used and the color of the ink. I decided to tint the ink with a hint of blue so at first glance it looked like a blind press (no ink) but when you really looked at it there was this subtle, soft blue that was just so sweet.

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Your wedding has been featured on Style Me Pretty and was so thoughtfully designed! What advice would you give a soon-to-be bride or anyone that’s searching for a custom invitation suite for their event?
I had such an amazing time working on the overall design for our wedding. I always tell brides that your wedding is such a representation of you and your fiancé and it can be fun to make it feel like your very own brand. I think a cohesive design from start to finish is key. By taking the time to think about the wedding as a brand, it forces you to perfect your design aesthetic and focus on curating invitations, flowers, music, linens, rentals etc. I think traditionally people feel like a monogram is the way to achieve the cohesive feel, but I think you can really tie everything together in a variety of ways: artwork, color, typeface, paper stock, ribbon etc. A monogram isn’t for everyone but that shouldn’t stop you from creating something that you carry through everything from a visual point of view.

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How would you describe your style?
French California. I am casual but I love a little edge.

What is your favorite room in your home?
My living room. People always tell me it feels like California. It has seagrass, blush drapes, a tufted linen sofa with velvet pillows.

What is one item you can’t live without?
That’s a hard one! Haha. I would have to say good bedding. It’s key to a good nights sleep.

What three things are you currently loving?
Blush Cotton Paper with a deckled edge
Brass Hardware
Napa landscaping – olive trees mixed with climbing roses.

 

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1. Outfit: Boyfriend shorts, Isabel Marant boots, Isabel Marant top
2. Meal: Grilled swordfish
3. Color: Blush
4. Drink of choice: Rosé
5. Your go-to item for entertaining: Cheese plate
6. Flower: Peony
7. Destination: Amsterdam
8. Guilty Pleasure: Anything on E – hey, I’m from LA, I have to get my celeb fix somewhere :)

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So hop on over to t Lily’s website-www.lavenderandmint.com- and if you’re in the Houston area, visit her adorable boutique that carries everyday social stationery, greeting cards for any occasion, wrapping paper, calendars and journals–just to name a few!  And you may even get some bubbly while you’re there!

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Tuesday’s Treasure: H&M Home

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Recently I discovered that H&M sells home goods.  I’ve always found really unique and interesting things at Zara Home, and after checking out H&M, I think they are very similar in their well thought out offerings.  Since there were so many amazing things to choose from, I decided to narrow my wish list to items that I can use for a summer picnic.  I never think to do a picnic, but now that discovered these wonderful finds from H&M home, I’ll be ready to go!

 

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throw blanket | patterned picnic blanket | cushion | metal candle holder 

gold serving tray | animal plates | storage tote | patterned bowl | patterned cup

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LWD (Little White Dress) + Three Ways to Wear them

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Don’t get me wrong, I love a LBD (little black dress).  I probably wear black most often and feel comfortable putting on a little black dress for any occasion, whether it be casual or dressy. However, it’s the summertime and we’ve all been working on our tans, so why not talk about ways to wear your little white dress–also known as LWD. First, let’s look at a few of my favorite LWD moments!

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All images via Harper’s Bazaar and Pinterest

Now let’s look at ways to style this Marc Jacobs LWD for 3 different types of occasions

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Tennis Match | Sunglasses | Cross-body bag | Tennis Shoes

Music Concert | Sunglasses | Wristlet | Necklace | Gladiator Sandals

Double Date Night | Statement Necklace | Clutch | Wedges

Hopefully, one of these outfit combos provides inspiration for your upcoming summer event and incentive to break out that little white dress!

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