Interior Inspiration: 3.1 Phillip Lim Store

interior-inspiration-3.1-phillip-lim-store-nolita-desmitten    In the winter we spend more time inside than usual, so it’s a great time to update our interiors. There are plenty of amazing homes to take inspiration from, but lately I’ve found inspiration from store interiors. My latest interior inspiration comes from the new 3.1 Phillip Lim store in NoLita. I love the juxtaposition of the luxe materials set on a backdrop of simple building materials. Mixing onyx, marble, ply wood and concrete create a downtown luxury retail space that can translate easily into your home.

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images via room on fire

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Another favorite store for interior inspiration – La Garconne.

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Holiday Host Gift Guide 2014

I don’t know about you, but my schedule is filling up quickly with holiday parties and other celebrations. It’s always fun to attend holiday parties, but picking out the perfect gift for the host can be stressful. That’s why I put together this Holiday Host Gift Guide filled with a little token of appreciation for those who throw the parties of the season. I kept in mind that host gifts can add up quickly, so I kept everything on this Host Gift Guide under $50.

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Edibles are always a nice treat, but not just any chocolate will do. The most important part of picking out a chocolate that makes it gift worthy is finding an interesting flavor combination with stylish packaging. My favorites to give this season are from Casa Bosques Chocolates. With flavors consisting of dark chocolate with ginger and chocolate with rosemary.

 It’s no secret that one of my favorite Canvas Home collections is Dauville, made of  smooth white ceramic and a metallic accent, makes a perfect holiday gift. This set of coasters, available in silver and gold, can act as more than just a pretty place to put your drink. I use mine as small jewelry trays, or  place to burn sage or incense.

A great thank you gift for a host is thinking of what they will go through the day after the party. Cleaning up and putting their house back together is always hard with a hangover.  I love to give specialty teas that will help your host recover the next day. For the holidays, Barney’s is selling specialty teas and treats from their famed restaurant Fred’s. A sleek black tin full of Paris Tea makes a thoughtful gift.

One gift I love to receive is a scented candle. Scented candles are a nice little luxury and you can never have too many. One of my favorites at the moment is from Byredo, in a light cotton poplin scent with a modern black glass vessel.

If you were asked to bring a little something to a holiday party, use this as an opportunity to incorporate your host gift. This simple round marble plate is the perfect backdrop to house a variety of cheeses for every party.

For more holiday host gift ideas…

12 Affordable Wines for Thanksgiving // Real Simple

My family recipe for homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream // DeSmitten

Holiday Hostess Gifts // DeSmitten

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Editorial Eclipse: Boy Girl Style

editorial-eclipse-boy-girl-style-via-look-de-pernille-5-desmittenIt’s no secret that I dress like a boy sometimes (check out my instagram for proof) – and I am always in need of new boy girl style inspiration. This week I found it through Look de Pernille’s AW14 Reiss campaign, where she seamlessly styled menswear pieces with womenswear. I am also a huge fan of androgynous apparel, this just proves that clothes don’t have to be gender specific. Are you convinced yet? If not, then see how Pernille wears her favorite Reiss menswear pieces here.editorial-eclipse-boy-girl-style-via-look-de-pernille-6-desmitten

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Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

 Styling your Thanksgiving table is like getting dressed in the morning. You want to be comfortable, yet put together. I pulled inspiration from The Line editorial entitled Well Traveled Textiles: The Art of Layering, a sentiment that is true for getting dressed and dressing your table for Thanksgiving. We put together three tables capes focused on layered materials in neutral color palettes.
styling-your-thanksgiving-table-inspired-by-fashion-from-the-line-ft-west-elm-abc-home-canvas-home-desmittensimple striped table runner // smooth ceramic dishes // smoked Fieso glass vase // white ceramic serving tray with silver trim // dried Chinese privet stem

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sheepskin to layer on chairs // light blue tumbler and glass // organic textured bowl // striped linen napkin // lurex striped linen napkin // sandstone placemat and charger 

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Guest Post: Inks + Thread Makes Butternut Squash Empanadas

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With Thanksgiving next week (!) we have a special treat for you today. I’m very excited to introduce you to my talented friend Maggie Pate, of Inks + Thread. Maggie’s line of silk scarves and apparel feature her exclusive prints and hand dying techniques that are awe-inspiring. Today, we get to enjoy her photography and styling skills as she shares a vegetarian Thanksgiving recipe – Butternut Squash and Pepper Jack Chipotle Empanadas! Her recipe was adapted from this one.
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