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Happy (almost) Friday! It definitely feels like summer now. I’ve lived in Houston my entire life, but the summers become a little less bearable each year as I get older. Temperatures are supposed to reach triple digits and the “feels like” temperature is projected to reach 110 today. Naturally, I’ve been wearing lots of dresses and sandals which you will find on this month’s Lust List, but the hot weather has me longing for cooler temperatures and when you couple that with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I’m starting to think about new pieces to buy for fall even though the reality is that I will not be able to wear them for a little while. Oh well. A girl can dream– and shop!

 

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I am back from a wonderful trip to Round Hill, Jamaica which I promise to recap very soon! In the meantime, I’m getting back to the grind, so I thought you might enjoy a post of a beautiful home from the LDV archives. I recently saw it pop up on Instagram again, so I felt it would definitely be worth a second look!

From the Archives: I have always had a love and appreciation for historic homes, especially when they are architecturally significant. It has been so refreshing to move from the suburbs into the heart of Houston. Our charming, new neighborhood was established in 1924, so we are surrounded by both beautiful old homes as well as tastefully-done new ones. While Houston has many historic homes as well as quite a few public art deco style buildings, an art deco-style house is a rare sighting here. As a result, I was so drawn to this beautiful art deco revival house featured in the current Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Built in 1934, the Evans-Cucich house is named after its former owners and was restored to its full potential by its current owners, Parker and McKenzie Blanchard. The Blanchards enlisted the help of architect, Ryan Duffey and his wife, interior designer, Nancy Duffey to bring the house out of disrepair, restore it in a way that honors the extraordinary, original architecture, and design spaces that made sense for a modern family. The result is simply stunning. I am obsessed with the facade and love the crisp, neutral interior, punctuated by  the striking steel doors and windows. The landscape design by Carson McElheney completes the elegant composition. What is your favorite element of this beautiful home?

{Photography by Erica George Dines for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles}

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Happy Monday! Karima here from A Note on Style and I’m back with my latest column to help you get through the summer in style. Summer is in full swing and the weather is finally agreeing in most parts of the country. What to wear in the heat, to the beach, running around town, or on vacation? I’ve narrowed down the best pieces and looks that will easily take me through all sorts of scenarios this summer.

photo: Mikael Jansson

Summer 2018 is all about the one piece swimsuit for good reason. The options this year are amazing with sculptural details shaping my top picks. I’m also loving the range of interesting colors as an alternative to classic black or white.

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I don’t shy away from wearing head-to-toe black in the warmer months. I think it looks incredibly chic with an understated elegance. I’m partial to flat black sandals with everything and can’t seem to get enough. They’re just so versatile and carry many outfits from day to night.

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When not embracing head-to-toe black, I’ll likely switch over to all white. It’s a look that never grows old and I can’t imagine ever tiring of. White jeans are my go-to summer staple and I love them in all silhouettes and length. I’ve never actually become attached to skinny white jeans and prefer a straight or boot cut, both long or cropped Pairing with a white tee, tailored shirt or soft knit is one of my everyday uniforms.

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Woven bags have earned their spot on the streets with designs and patterns that have an urban edge. They literally transform any look to read summer ready. In my opinion, the best ones lie flat to guarantee they’re travel friendly for any resort destinations.

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The LBD takes a back seat to the LWD in summer and I don’t mind at all. I like romantic details without being sweet, and lightweight linens and cottons for soft structure. An addition of eyelet, embroidery, lace or texture is the game changer in creating the most noteworthy white dresses.

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Is there a more classic summer combo than a striped tee and straw hat? I have a growing collection of both. The various weights, weaves and colors make the pairing fresh.

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Every year I’m on the lookout for new white shirts to perk up my wardrobe. This year I’m all about the sleeve. I like a rolled up sporty look as much as a romantic bell sleeve and am happy with anything but the purely basic. There are just too many interesting options, why settle for plain?

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All the looks I could conjure up look best when complemented with beauty products that are specifically geared towards summer. Think pale lips with a shimmer, a natural looking faux tan, and a fresh beachy scent for starters. Pop on a pair of tortoise frames and voila…instant summer chic.

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The Preview for Nordstrom’s eagerly anticipated annual Anniversary Sale has begun! While the sale officially begins on July 20th, Nordstrom cardholders have the added perk of an exclusive preview period between now and July 19th. This is one of the best sales of the year because instead of discounting merchandise at the end of the season, you get to scoop up new fall and winter items at great prices. Could this be where the term “Christmas in July” comes from? I’ve scoured the sale and have pulled together what I think are the best items in the sale. There is SO much to sort through, so I pulled together what I feel are the chicest pieces and best buys. A pretty pair of bow slides for under $85? Yes, please! A super chic Tibi top for $125 off? Sign me up! Frame denim for $70 off and $200 off an uber stylish blazer? There is no better time to buy. Seriously, if you’ve been thinking about purchasing some of these investment pieces, you can save hundreds by buying during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but I have also included some more affordable picks like this pretty blouse for less than $60, a great pair of statement earrings that I have and love for under $35, and a lovely Diptyque gift set which would make a fabulous hostess gift for $30 off the regular price. This year, there are a lot of exclusive beauty deals as well including Jo Malone gift set for $100, an amazing La Mer set for $140 off the regular price, and the jumbo size of my favorite Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo for only $38! The sale is on until August 5th, but if you see something you like, act fast because at these prices, everything is flying!


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For more than 20 years, Annie Selke, Founder & CEO of The Annie Selke Companies, and her team have applied a spirited, design-driven approach to creating bedding, rugs, home furnishings and accessories for everyone to love – stylish pieces that stand out, and stand the test of time. Annie distills her ideas into a variety of fabulous and functional products for the home, available through the eponymous Annie Selke brand featuring her acclaimed companies Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert, Luxe, and Annie Selke Outlet. Prior to starting her eponymous company, Annie Selke held corporate roles at Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Salvatore Ferragamo, and the Museum of American Folk Art. The Annie Selke Companies aim to inspire people to create and enjoy happy homes. Through their catalogs, website, social channels, blog, and all other touch points, the brand provides a platform through which consumers can bring joy and comfort to their favorite spaces. In the summer of 2017, Annie Selke expanded her growing empire by opening 33 Main, an eight-room luxury inn located at 33 Maine Street in Lenox, Massachusetts. I hope that you’ll enjoy getting to know the creative force behind these beloved American brands.

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Annie Selke: Classically informed eclectic.

PC: How has living in the Berkshires influenced your aesthetic?

AS: I think living in the Berkshires, a place of such physical beauty, provides a respite from intensity of the urban experience where I find you can be overloaded by stores, people and the products of others.  I think having so little daily commercial input keeps our point of view free from the influences of the world allowing us to create a unique point of view.  That is not to say that I don’t love travelling (which I do all the time) both here and abroad. I love all the visual stimulation and hustle and bustle, but I am so grateful to have to live and work somewhere peaceful.

PC: What does your home say about you?

AS: In my Lenox house, I’ve kept the finishes and furnishings as neutral as possible, with the exception of my bedroom, in order to put the focus on the beautiful Berkshire views. I’ve tried to offset all the glass by putting an emphasis on comfort and coziness inside.  My place in Palm Springs is pretty much the antithesis – I’ve stayed pretty clean but it’s crazy colorful.  Somehow the light and the landscape in the desert can stand up to color and pattern in a way that seems like overkill in the Berkshires.  So, you see, I get to explore both the subdued and colorful sides of my personality in my houses!

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

AS: Everywhere! I am a sponge, constantly absorbing new inspirations, ideas, color palettes from nature, art, travel etc. I also make a point of reading and learning about people who have created their own destinies in their chosen fields. 

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

AS: Chanel, John Fowler, Nancy Lancaster

{Coco Chanel’s Iconic Apartment on the Rue du Cambon}

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

AS: I always admire integrity first and if I can pick a second, I always admire people with their own true sense of style.

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

AS: Binge watching Say Yes to The Dress with my daughter Charlotte lying on sofa with our dogs – often while baking decadent cookies!

PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

AS: I was fortunate enough to have some really wonderful bosses who let me take on as much as I could handle which allowed me to learn a lot in a shorter period of time.

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

AS: I’ve found that striking a happy balance between work life and home life is really the key to a “dolce vita”. If you love what you do then every day is an adventure and the more you can integrate your work and home lives the happier you will be.

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

AS: I am excited about growing our home furnishings offerings including fabrics, wallpaper, furniture, art and accessories.  We are pleased to be working on some really fun product collaborations – one with decorator Mark D. Sikes and one with artist Laura Park coming in Spring 2018.   I am also thrilled to be introducing an Annie Selke licensed tile collection with The Tile Shop launching across the country in Fall 2018.

Go-To Outfit: Great cut white shirt, blue jeans or black pants, fabulous shawl and good jewelry

Scent: Jo Malone Orange Blossom

Piece of Jewelry:  Elsa Peretti bangle – I have a gold one, a silver one and I just got a black one

Color I Never Tire Of: robin’s egg blue

Flower: Lily of the Valley – peonies- ranunculus

Indispensable Design Element:  Shine – I love a shiny surface – mirror, chrome, gilding….

Era for Design: Architecture – torn between 1880’s and the 1960’s

Dream Project: To design and open more inns around the country -similar to 33 Main, the one we opened last year in Lenox.

Fabric/Textile: I love ‘em all!!! Hand Embroidered Pashminas if I have to choose just one.

Hostess Gift: Linen napkins and an Annie Selke candle

Drink: Vodka Thyme Lemonade

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: A great long soak in the tub

3 Things I Love About My town: The historic buildings, the green spaces and the Tanglewood music festival.

Weekend Destination: Home!! I travel so much…..

Hotel: anything by Kit Kemp – The Whitby, The Crosby in NYC and The Charlotte Street in London

City: Paris

Museum: The Borghese Gallery (Rome) , The Hugh Lane (Dublin), The Louvre and the Met

Artist: Matisse, Hockney

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: Anything by Bruno Mars

Actor/Actress: Helen Mirren

Prized Possession: An oil painting that used to hang in my mother’s bedroom and now hangs in mine.

Risk Worth Taking: starting your own business!!

Greatest Extravagance: traveling business class & staying in luxury hotels

Go-To Color Palette: Too many to name

Rule to Break: Too many to name….. rules were designed to be broken!!!

Movie Set Design: “Something’s Gotta Give”

I can never have too many… accessories – shawls, scarves and shoes

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Interior designers, Michael del Perno and Andrew Fry, who also own a chic home goods shop, Plain Goods, in New Preston, Connecticut, fell in love with their charming Connecticut cottage while on a real estate tour with their broker. Upon opening a window and having it crash down on his foot, del Perno realized that the house needed his and Fry’s help in order to be restored to its original “simple elegance”. It was quite an apropos sentiment as del Perno and Fry have come to be known for their simple, elegant style. Think handsome antiques, lots of textures, and palettes dominated by shades of white. The cottage features an eclectic mix of pieces collected by the couple over time, imbuing the home rich layers and personality. The result is an elegant, chic home that exudes warmth, feels appropriate for the architecture and history of the home, and most importantly is a true reflection of the people who inhabit its walls.

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{Photography by Laura Resen for Veranda}

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Happy Friday! It’s been such a strange week with a holiday right in the middle of it. That being said, it’s been a very productive week with lots of big picture planning and some very exciting things on the horizon. Hopefully, you got to do something fun for the Fourth of July. Unfortunately, we had torrential downpours in Houston, so we just stayed home since the area around us flooded. Thankfully, the water receded quickly and all is fine. We don’t have much planned this weekend, which I am actually looking forward to, especially since we’ll be traveling for part of next week. Here is what has been on my radar lately!

Design: The perennially stylish Amanda Brooks, known as an insider in the fashion world, has recently written a new book, Farm From Home and has opened a chic shop called Cutter Brooks in the Cotswolds in England, where she moved to her English husband’s family’s estate, Fairgreen Farm a few years ago. I’ve seen snippets of the store on Instagram and features a chic assortment of English country-inspired items for the home. Think block-printed fabrics, framed botanicals, antiques, wicker, rattan, and beautiful tabletop items.

Style: I just about died and went to heaven on Wednesday after seeing the glorious Valentino Fall ’18/Winter ’19 Haute Couture Collection. The current creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli is a veritable genius. His color combinations and attention to detail are second to none. I am so inspired by the entire collection, particularly this pink silk tulle confection seen on model Kaia Gerber, who as you surely know, is the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber. I was not only dying over the clothing in this collection, but over the styling. The va-va-vavoom, 1960s glamazon hair was to die for. Give me all the glamour! I can’t get enough!

Read: One of my favorite interior designers, Veere Grenney has a book coming out in September just after mine! Veere Grenney:  A Point of View on Decorating will be released on September 18th and is available for pre-order now. You can see a few of my favorite projects of his here.

Watch: Fabian and I love shows about business and frequently watch Shark Tank and The Profit. We just recently discovered another show on CNBC that we’ve been enjoying quite a bit. The Deed features a real estate investor in New Orleans by the name of Sidney Torres. Sidney is a successful entrepreneur and real estate investor. In each episode, he helps a novice house flipper to improve their project and bring it to the finish line while turning a profit. It’s super interesting as well as endearing as Torres seems to take a genuine interest in each of his partners and goes out of his way to teach them the tools of running a successful business.

Drink: Last weekend, we went out to dinner with friends and ordered a couple of different bottles of wine. As much as I enjoy wine and as many times as we have visited Napa Valley, I don’t consider myself a super serious oenophile, but I know what I like, which is why I found this article on How to Order Wine Like a Professional super helpful.

Career: The other day, I came across a very interesting interview on Jenni Kayne’s blog, Rip & Tan with my friend, Susan Feldman, the founder of One Kings Lane. In it, Susan discusses her latest venture, In the Groove, which is targeted towards women over 50 and she also delves into her experience as an entrepreneur, which as a business owner, I found both fascinating and helpful. I’m off to download all of the podcasts Susan mentioned! Meanwhile, you can read the interview here.

Shop: The dog days of summer are the perfect time for pretty dresses. Not only is it too hot for pants, but dresses keep you feeling cool and looking polished, so it’s a win-win. I’m currently loving this off-the-shoulder white number which is perfect for date night and happens to be on major sale; this pretty, printed blue and white maxi dress; this super flattering black wrap dress (it’s a little low-cut for me, so I’d take it to my seamstress or wear a little came underneath), and this blue and red, off-the-shoulder dress with blousy sleeves and ruffled hem might be my favorite. All it needs is a great pair of earrings!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Paloma Contreras Design is a boutique, high-end residential interior design firm in Houston, Texas. We specialize in residential interiors, offering comprehensive design services that result in comfortable, luxurious spaces reflective of our clients’ tastes and lifestyles. Our team has completed projects throughout Houston as well as in Southampton, NY, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. We are currently working on projects in Chicago, Greenwich, CT, and Hong Kong. Our work has been published nationally in House Beautiful, Domino, Luxe, and Traditional Home and Paloma has been recognized on the prestigious ELLE DECOR A-List, House Beautiful’s “Next Wave” list, and the Luxe “Gold List”. She was also named the #4 Top Influencer in the Home Category by Forbes and has one of the top 10 Instagram accounts to follow for interior design according to ELLE DECOR. Paloma’s first book, Dream Design Live will be published by Abrams in September 2018 and she is working on her first licensed product collection.

We are currently seeking an experienced project coordinator with a passion for design and ability to think creatively to join our dynamic team.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2-3 years experience at an interior design firm. Applicants must be extremely organized, detail-oriented, and should have great multi-tasking and problem-solving skills. The ideal candidate is articulate in both verbal and written communication and possesses style and professionalism in keeping with that of our firm. The ideal candidate should be able to work in a fast-paced environment and should be a self-starter as we may work remotely from time to time.

Day-to-Day Duties will Include, but are not Limited to:

-Assist Principal and Project Manager with organization and logistics of projects, including tracking client budgets, purchases, and delivery/installation schedules

-Work from proposal phase through project completion to ensure seamless process for Principal and client up to installation

– Assist Principal with sourcing of fabrics, furniture and accessories as needed

– Coordinate CFA and sample approvals, coordinating shipments to vendors and clients and final installations

-Procurement of quotes and estimates from vendors

-Creation of client proposals, purchase orders, and invoices in Studio Designer software

-Assist with the creation of design presentations

-Create Scaled Floorplans and Renderings

-Coordinate and attend regular site meetings

-Build and maintain relationships with vendors, contractors, and sub-contractors to ensure quality of final product for client

-Manage ordering process by analyzing lead times & placing purchase orders with vendors

-Expediting: Track orders from purchase order to shipping and arrival date- work with vendors and our warehouse to ensure items arrive as specified. Work to resolve any issues in a timely manner prior to installation.

-Schedule installations with clients

-Assist with office tasks per Principal’s request

Requirements:

-Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Apple Software is required.

-Proficiency in AutoCAD is required. Proficiency in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and SketchUp are strongly preferred.

-Computer rendering or hand rendering is a plus.

-Photo editing skills and knowledge of WordPress are a plus.

-Accounting knowledge is helpful. Experience with Studio Designer is a plus.

– Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience preferred

– Must be extremely detail oriented and have the ability to prioritize and manage complex projects while meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment

-Ideal candidate is reliable, self-motivated, and willing to learn both independently and in a team setting

-Strong written and verbal skills and the ability to communicate in a professional and polished manner are a must

-Ideal candidate displays original thinking and creativity and develops innovative approaches and ideas that positively impact the business

-Passion and Enthusiasm for Design

-Knowledge of Showrooms and Stores

– The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2-3 years experience in a design or architecture firm

The Details:

-Salary commensurate with experience. We do not offer medical benefits at this time.

-My dog, Tate comes to the office everyday, so the ideal candidate should be comfortable around dogs.

-We are seeking a qualified candidate who lives in Houston, TX or is willing to relocate. Our office is located inside the loop as our most of our clients.

-We are a fun, friendly team who work closely together. We are seeking someone who fits well into our company culture which values integrity, excellence, honesty, inspiration, and forward thinking.

Please send your cover letter and resume to paloma@palomacontreras.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sid Mashburn and his wife, Ann,  founded their super chic, eponymous stores in Atlanta in 2007 after moving from New York where they’d each had illustrious careers in fashion– he, designing for Ralph Lauren and J. Crew, and she, as an editor at Vogue and Glamour. As you would imagine, they are quite the stylish duo and have impeccable taste– a combination of innate style and training at some of the most hallowed halls in fashion. When launching their shops (the men’s side came first), they sought to create more than just a shop, but an experience. Fabian and I both shop at the Mashburn stores quite often and can attest to the fact that they have achieved their goal. The staff always greets us by name, we’re always offered a beverage, and they offer alterations if needed with your purchase, making it a seamless and pleasurable experience. The Mashburns have an amazing aesthetic which permeates everything they touch, so it should come as no surprise that since opening in Houston just a few years ago, they have most recently expanded to Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, and have with vastly broadened their flagship store in Atlanta to include a coffee shop, a children’s collection called Kid Mashburn, and items for the home. The Mashburns also happen to be some of the kindest and most charismatic people I have the pleasure of knowing. They make everyone feel like a friend and exude such warmth and enthusiasm for what they do that it is simply contagious. I hope that you’ll enjoy getting to know more about Sid today. He’s the most stylish guy I know– just don’t tell Fabian!

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Sid Mashburn: Things I can wear from Mississippi (where I grew up) to Milan (where I spend a lot of time for work) without looking or feeling out of place. I like things to feel easy… when it’s cut right, you can wear a suit like a pair of jeans.

{Sid’s Closet}

PC: How has living in Atlanta influenced your style?

SM: Well, I grew up in the South so the environment hasn’t changed my sense of style so much as it’s changed my day-to-day. Ann & I built our business here, and as leaders, we naturally dress a little more formally… I wear ties way more often than I used to.

{Ann and Sid Mashburn | Photography by The Brinsons}

PC: What does your home say about you?

SM: Our home is a mix of modern and old. We like some formality, but comfortable & without pretense. We have five grown-up daughters who are constantly in & out of the house, so there’s always a lot going on… my main contribution is the soundtrack. There’s always music playing (whether I’m there or not.)

{The Mashburn’s Home in Atlanta}

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

SM: My 1960s childhood laid the groundwork for most of my inspiration – the stuff my older brother & sisters were wearing, and TV shows like Get Smart and the Dick van Dyke Show. I have all these references bouncing around in my head as far as silhouettes and cuts… but as a designer, I’m super inspired by the raw materials (fabrics, buttons, trim) and how to combine those in a way that feels fresh but still accessible. Everything from a suit in a really coarse hopsack, to a beaded necklace sewn along the pocket of a khaki trouser, to a pair of tassel loafers made out of tanned sharkskin.

{Dick Van Dyke}

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

SM: Sidney Poitier, Dick van Dyke, Alain Deleon

{Sidney Poitier}

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

SM: The combination of humility & drive. I like people who grind.

{The Sid Mashburn Store in Dallas}

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

SM: Krystal, no cheese. They have Wifi.

{An Inspiration Board at the Sid Mashburn Store in Washington, D.C.}

PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

SM: Arthur & Emily Cinader at J.Crew, because they gave me a chance… and because it was really exciting to be building something together. And then later on, Jerry Lauren… a real industry pro.

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

SM: My mind goes to Italy really quickly when I hear this… driving around the countryside en route to a factory, with Ann in the passenger seat & a great playlist going, and stopping for panini at one of the good Autogrills.

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

SM: We just opened an expansion in Atlanta with coffee & home products, so we’re working to refine that. And on the men’s side of the business, we’re amping up our “On the Road” program, where we travel to cities where we don’t have shops to do private appointments and made-to-measure fittings.

Go-To Outfit: An air force blue high-twist suit

Style Mantra: Keep it easy but tight (a la James Brown)

Scent: Whatever soap is in the shower – I like the Swedish Dream Sea Salt one.

Piece of Jewelry: A strand of African beads under my shirt

Color I Never Tire Of: Every blue there is

Flower: Camellias – my dad grew them

Indispensable Design Element: The zipper

Era for Design: The 1960s

Dream Project: I’m doing it already!

Fabric/Textile: High-twist wool – it still blows me away that it comes from a sheep

Hostess Gift: Flowers

Meal: Diner breakfast

Drink: Currently a rye old fashioned, served up

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Chipping away at the Sunday crossword… Spelling Bee is another favorite puzzle

3 Things I Love About My City: The people, the weather, the canopy of trees (the airport is a close 4th)

Weekend Destination: Our backyard

Hotel: Hotel Ritz in Madrid

City: Milan

Museum: Musée Picasso

Artist: Everyone from Sir John Everett Millais to Cy Twombly to Clyfford Still to Frederic Edwin Church

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: Happier Than the Morning Sun

Actor/Actress: Peter Sellers

Prized Possession: Ann and my 5 daughters – Elizabeth, Louisa, Daisy, Harriet, Pauline

Risk Worth Taking: Opening this business

Greatest Extravagance: Buying records

Go-To Color Palette: Blues and greens

Movie Set Design: I like almost all of Wes Anderson’s sets, but I have a real love for Being There

I can never have too many… Red licorice scottie dogs

For more on the Mashburns, you can read the Style Files on Ann Mashburn here.

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{Ralph Lauren’s Home at Round Hill, Jamaica via Architectural Digest}

July has always felt like the pinnacle of summer. The heat is in full swing, everyone is going on vacation, and the Fourth of July marks America’s birthday. July 1st is also our wedding anniversary. Fabian and I just celebrated our thirteenth anniversary yesterday. We kept it low key, but will celebrate while at Round Hill in Jamaica very soon. I have always loved summer and while it isn’t as firmly defined as it once was during my days as a student, I still love the idea of summer adventures, long days, travel, and taking a dip in the pool or the ocean. This month’s mood is all about a relaxed sensibility, blue and white stripes, white linen, tan leather, straw, and sun-kissed skin.

{Gal Meets Glam’s Julia Hengel}

{Cy Twombly}

{JK Kling}

{Photo via They All Hate Us}

{James Nares}

{The Restaurant at Casa Tua in Miami | Photo via Lonny}

{Photo via They All Hate Us}

{Mark Rothko}

{This is Glamorous}

{Chic Neutrals via Pinterest | Original Source Unknown}

{Cy Twombly}

{Ralph Lauren’s House at Round Hill, Jamaica via Architectural Digest}

{Style.com}

{Elliott Puckette}

{Tom Scheerer}

{Lauren Santo Domingo with Derek Blasberg via Style.com}

{Agnes Martin}

{Ralph Lauren’s House at Round Hill, Jamaica via Architectural Digest}

{Valentino}

{Agnes Martin}

{via Pinterest | Original Source Unknown}

{via LifeWithMe}

{Pierre Soulages}

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