Monday, April 12, 2010

{6} I'm craving this Spring.

1. Jonathan Adler's new stationery line. I'm a huge paper freak so I was ecstatic to see that the purveyor of Happy Chic had delved into a new line of stationery and paper goods. Aside from the usual note cards and journals, Adler also offers wrapping paper, paper plates and paper lanterns (prices start at just $4.95). Now I just need a great excuse to throw a party....

2. A bold blue bag. I'm a big believer in the power of a great bag (or pair of shoes) to perk up your wardrobe. This Spring, a bright blue bag is the perfect alternative to black or gray (and it won't show dirt like white or cream would). My pick is the "Branded Stud" leather bowler bag in cobalt blue by Ted Baker ($245). It's perfect not-too-big/not-too-small size and outer pockets make this a sensible choice, though it's the contrast purple stitching that really pushes this one from "love" to "lust".

3. Trina Turk's indoor/outdoor pillows and linens. Trina's latest offerings in her nascent expansion into home goods are the epitome of Palm Springs cool. Trendy brights are paired with clean white in retro, yet on-trend geometric prints. I'll take one of each, please.

4. Restoration Hardware's Klismos collection. Speaking of outdoor decor, I'm drooling over Restoration Hardware's Klismos collection of outdoor furniture. [See? I'm not a total hater of RH, I promise!] The pieces feel modern with their matte gray finish and sleek lines, but the collection is grounded in classic shapes and forms, from the urn pedestal base of the dining table to RH's interpretation of the klismos (a Greek chair style marked by its curved back and legs). Of course, I'd perk up these pieces with some of Trina's pillows.

5. Stony gray espadrille wedges. Bettye Muller Menu Wedges (Piperlime, $195). For me, nothing says spring or summer like a pair of espadrilles. I love the sensible height of these wedges and the gorgeous putty gray color. As a bonus, these are sophisticated enough for the office (or at least mine).

6. The perfect pairing of color and scent. UK companies Jo Malone and Farrow&Ball have teamed up to create a new line of candles inspired by F&B's gorgeous paint colors. When Dave and I are in London in May, I'm going to have to swing by a Jo Malone outpost to get a nose on this new collection, but I'm already wild about the very idea of their Wild Fig and Cassis in Pelt. The aubergine hue is the natural choice for the warm, fruity (yet woodsy, thanks to the cedarwood) scent of fig and blackcurrants.

17 comments:

Kathysue said...

Averill, the Tina Turk collection is wonderful and so YOU!! Tlhe Ted Baker cobalt bag is to die for. I bought the cutest pair of cobalt patent flats for Spring/Summer Love this color with crisp white. It looks so fresh. Loved this post!! Happy Monday, friend, Kathysue

The Zhush said...

How on earth has this amazing Jo Malone and F and B collaboration escaped me? Dying for one or fifty of these! Loved every inch of this post.

Bromeliad said...

Love those Jonathan Adler paper lanterns.

Marija said...

The stationery is so totally fun! And I LOVE me some Jo Malone! And yes, I agree with Kathysue, I could so totally see you using those adorable pillows!!

Sanity Fair said...

If you had some sort of widget where I could upload this post into my shopping list, I'd be set! They're wonderful - especially excited by all the bright patterns Adler and Turk are throwing our way this spring. The Malone-Farrow pairing is so interesting. I love Malone - I still have all the lovely cream shopping bags from my time living in the isles!

Haven and Home said...

Can I please have your whole list?

beachhouse etc. said...

Averill,

oh my my my you have such incredible taste ..what a gift you have for the future...love your style from day one love at first sight...when you have an artistic eye i's hard to hold it back..yu've got it girl..keep up the look...hey would you ever want to do a guest blog i have been dying to do this sometimes i get tired of typing ...but there are a few people i would like to get t know better and you are ne of them...love your blog ..suzanne

Southern Aspirations said...

Nothing says summer to me more than Trina Turk. Love it. And the turq and orange from Adler. And the candles... ok, pretty much everything!

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Totally loving the Jonathan Adler and Trina Turk collections - all that color would make me so happy!

Design Darling said...

couldn't love jonathan adler's stationery line any more than i do. off to check out trina turk's new stuff now! pretty post :)

Christy said...

Ooh la la! I love those love and hate stickies by Adler - and those colorful throw pillows are just gorgeous. They certainly would look great on that outdoor lounge set! Fabulous choices Averill!

Fr√łken Frost said...

So many beautiful things!! Love the Jonathan Adler and Trina Turk collections too! The colors are so bright they make me happy. Thnak you for posting these =)

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

What a great post. Love the new Trina Turk collection. I scored some of her previous line at Deobis Textiles for under $10 a yard. Love the shoes (may have to buy them) and the purse....love it...esp. since I am still sporting a diaper bag 80% of the time. I passed a little blog award on to you today. Love your style.

Laura@JourneyChic said...

Fabulous choices! That bag is to-die for. You've made me want a blue bag! I have a pale blue, almost aqua small leather bag that I should really dig out. But now I'm craving something larger and darker.

Poindexter said...

love love love those shoes! Need a better deal though, to entice me to buy.

ashlina said...

i think we have the same taste..must be the texas thing. love the list sweets.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I love all fun pens and the blue bag got my attention, but I think for this color(and price) I would need to go the knock off route!

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