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doorways that do

By 9/22/2018
a tour of the amazing doors i've been collecting on pinterest of late.  i'm now deep into the questions that matter: are we doing enough with doorways in our lives?  when faced with 239 decisions, it's best to add a couple more.


By 9/21/2018
no idea.  but let's go with it - it's the weekend!

here are a few images i'm staring at to help me figure out adulting.  all inspo for kondo le tigre.  i'm imagining a crystal ball i can stare into that will project solutions, all well within my budget, possibly onto a benjamin moore simply white wall so the path forward is very clear and concise.  modernity!

from here, and here some and mostly here

bopping around le tigre

By 9/19/2018
hey hey. let's pick up where we left off, shall we. in the back right, le Tigre's kitchen. where all my money and hopes and dreams and pinterest boards are hung up.

on friday, when i'm back in raleigh, i'm going to the datile showroom to what this mosaic tile situation looks like for the backsplash --  can i do custom colors like this in a 3" x 3" tile and not have to buy 28374 of each color and pay michaelengo another $28374 to install it?  also, i felt inspired by this valentino cloak in the latest W magazine, and think that could be my color palette.

so we tile in those colors, heavy on the white.  and i'm torn between either a stainless steel counter now (it's expensive, but i might have an in with a local restaurant supplier), OR i go with nick's pick (TM) of absolute black granite - and I'll feel like an asshole b/c i just ripped the existing counter out that was about same same.  YOU LIVE AND YOU LEARN says the person making the mistakes IRL!

if datile says this will take all the monies, and i can't tile, i may just do a mirrored backslash b/c it's shown up in my dream-vision-secret-intention-mood-board (TM) since forever and that must mean i like it.  i do.  i had mirrored at my old house and love how it opened up the room.  i'd be down for a mirrored tile (again, with the things costing money!), or if the cobbler has no shoes, i'll throw up basic mirror and replace it some rainy day.

can you accept these ideas?  above, the facts.  that's what we know.

and, a question for you -- do you know of an ALL white countertop that's not terrible looking and less than $30 sq foot.  also, thank you.

at the pleasure of the palette

By 9/18/2018


By 9/17/2018
north face jacket / netflix doc / isle crawford / ett hem hotel 

alana's ig // candle // raleigh raw

diptyque votive set / california closets / alc skirt in pic / adidas

closet cravings

By 9/16/2018
1 - turtleneck shopbop // 2 - velvet tank jcrew // 3 - overalls goop // 4 - boots Rachel comey // 5 - necklace lizzie fortunato // 6 - jeans madewell // 7 - cardigan madewell // 8 - sherpa bomber goop // 9 - earrings baublebar // 10 - dress shopbop

kondo le tigre - let's get in formation.

By 9/12/2018

we haven't officially dug into the game plan at my new kondo, so let's do it now.  as we prepare for florence to move onshore and do all the things, let's talk about this cute little nick olsen drawing of my furniture layout (above) and move through this like storm surge off a duck's back.  let's just do part now, because who really has the attention span to study this all to once.

let's start with the eastern standard entry time zone.  the front door is bottom righthand corner on the drawing, and this photo is from the front door.  walk in, on the right, maybe a big bookshelf moment.  like container store style, with brackets and all.

that's one thing i loved about Jenna Lyons space.  she's got a huge wall of shelves, and it doesn't look precious or fancy, but also not dorm roomy or too over-styled.  there's a ton of interest, and it's chock full but it's corralled in this area, and I think i need that.  i have a lot of stuff, and I'm not ready to hide it, so this might be the solution for all of the books, and all of the textiles.  the art, the pretty bits, all the stuff.  this is it's new neighborhood.  *i think*.

zero triggers have been pulled on this - i think i need to live with it for a bit.

that round business as you walk in is a fish pond.  and same same on this - i don't know if we can actually make it happen.  i think bringing the fish with us is going to be a gametime decision, and if they do come, they'll live like shahs in a fish sunset, pimped out in a lotus bowl, but if we can't do it, I will go on to fight other battles.  I can just do a round entry table there, again like jenna's layout above.

moving down the right wall, past editorial-clutter wall, there's the dining area.  i'm taking my big oval marble tulip table - it'll be paired up with 8 leather cassina cab dining chairs i got at the habitat restore in Colorado.  boom.  that'll be something.  those guys will graciously welcome a new buffet to live with them, one that's being custom-made by the new traditionalists in pink panther lacquer.  second boom.  idk what's going on top.  nick wants me to buy this mirror to go over it - or to just go somewhere, because it's attractive.  and i'll need a pair of lamps here - mr olsen prefers a tall skinny situation.  again, tbd.  i have a lot of art, and surprisingly, with 20' ceilings, not the most wall space.  i hate to buy new things when the old things are already throwing me shade about where they'll live.

continue with me down that right wall - to the kitchen.  i kinda screwed the pooch with my timing on this part.  we had agreed to live with the kitchen as is (just updating the brown cabinets with a coat of white paint), but I got a bee in my bonnet and drove down to Ikea and bought the cabinets so onward and upward.  what needs to be decided now, in the shady aftermath of my impulsivity, is the counter top and the backsplash.  I had all sorts of big ideas about veiny marbles and joshua tree vibes, but we went through that together, remember, and we got real.

the cabinets are all white.  no hardware.  simple, modern, clean and bright.

i'm leaning towards a mosaic tile backsplash now, in a coat of many colors.  similar to this.
and either an absolute black granite top or an all-white corian inspired moment. I need to pick. this whole mess is expensive, and i have a budget for sure.  if i go upside down on this, it just won't make sense as a good investment.  so, in an effort to adult harder, better, faster, stronger - I can't Kanye the kitchen.  BUT I WANT TO SO BAD.

whatever the counter is, it's going to waterfall over that little jut out, so it's a big element in the room.  since it's living right beside the marble-top table, i feel like a solid stone might be a better bet as to not compete with the table pattern, ya know?

so the fun rainbow tile, and black counter, which we think will look editorial, and crisp, and will photograph well, and accessorize food nicely.

or white counter, which feels ultra-modern, bright and light and a maybe a too touch retro?


nick loves an absolute black granite moment for real deal value-engineering.  it's about $35 a sq. ft, so that's better than the jadeite mess at $55, and white quartz at $65.  i have a pretty standard size kitchen - not a ton of counter space, but pushing back behind the sink for a little counter situation, and the waterfall part adds up to 55 sq. feet.  so whatever this counter is, it's a little bit of an investment.  i want to get it right.

let's pause there and we'll revisit the kitchen tomorrow, if Florence hasn't kicked me out of the matrix.

top ten with karina bania

By 9/10/2018
get to know our pop-up shop artist karina bania a bit better - her sale launches tomorrow at 12pm est!