Monday, April 5, 2010

All a Flutter...


When Camilia posted this room from domino last week over at High-Heeled Foot in the Door, I was struck by how very current it felt. Sure, design trends turn over at a slower pace than fashion trends (and, if I recall correctly, this room is circa 2008), but whomever designed this room must have been reading her tea leaves correctly as it's got Spring 2010 all over it. This season is all about shades of turquoise, painted floors and ceilings and feminine florals and butterflies (think Liberty prints) and, between the robin's egg blue floors and ceiling, Schumacher's Birds & Butterflies wallpaper, this room hits all the right notes. The graphic black and whites brought in through accessories (the Madeline Weinrib zig zag rug, the greek key pillow and the silhouette pillow) bring in a nice graphic touch that helps tone down the sweetness of the butterflies and aqua.

In memory of domino's much-beloved "Turn this Outfit into a Room" feature, I thought I'd try my hand at turning this room into an outfit:

I wasn't familiar with Ted Baker until I saw his latest collection at Nordstrom and I'm absolutely in love with all of his pieces for spring, but most especially this gorgeous butterfly print dress. My sister actually purchased it to wear to some of her bridal showers this spring and it's incredibly stylish on. [My one complaint about Ted Baker though is his sizing: he stops at a 10, alas.] In any case, the colors and print are a dead-ringer for the Schumacher wallpaper (sans the little birds) and the easy, flattering cut makes this a versatile, wear anywhere dress. To make it work-appropriate, I'd throw on a tailored leather blazer in a gorgeous grayish brown. The 3/4-length sleeves make it the perfect transitional piece for spring and the leather toughens up the sweetness of the dress while the tailoring keeps it office-appropriate. I'd then layer on some tough, but sweet, pearl earrings and necklace. The necklace has just the palest hint of lilac in it, which will nicely pick up on the lilac in the print. For shoes, I'd go with Botkier's conical-heeled sandals in a nude-ish brown. I love a sturdier-looking sandal with a sweet dress; so much more current than a delicate sandal or heel. For an extra shot of color, I'd throw on this aqua satchel. The style is simple, yet still special and it's a great price for a quality leather bag.

Source list (clockwise, from top left): 1. Ted Baker London "Debbs" butterfly print dress (Nordstrom, $245); 2. Botkier Alexis sandal (Piperlime; $425); 3. Glass pebble and fringe necklace (J.Crew; $69.50); 4. Pearl stud (Banana Republic; $22); 5. Classiques Entier "Cool Chintz" jacket (Nordstrom; $268); 6. B. Makowsky "Belted Y Tab" leather shopper (Nordstrom; $258).

16 comments:

Christy said...

Gorgeous - and love the accessories too. But why oh why do designers stop at a size 10?! Incredibly frustrating!

Hope you had a great Easter weekend! I tried to comment on your Easter post, but my computer kept freezing - argh! Spring is finally here!

Marija said...

Something I really love about that jacket with that dress. I am a fan of that paper (but the big butterfly wall hanging sort of scares me!). Marija

Laura@JourneyChic said...

What a pretty outfit! The shoes are killer, and I love that they make a strong statement with the feminine dress to keep it from being too girly.

I'm having a giveaway today for some pretty pillowcases. Stop by to enter!

SogniSorrisi said...

I love that room and this outfit is its perfect companion.

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Thanks for reminding me how much I miss Domino!! Sigh...Janell

Kathysue said...

Averill, you are one stylish lady. Love the soft feminine dress with the leather. That is a great jacket and the shoes are perfection.Great job translating the room into a look!kathysue

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

Love the outfit, love the ROOM! If only the hubby would go for butterfly wallpaper . . . sigh. :)

pk @ Room Remix said...

It was fun to see the room translated into an outfit! I love the Alexis sandals. Too bad the heels are so high :-)

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Good job on the match up!!! I saw something in the past day or two from 1991. I was shocked it was that old, it was still so classic and appealing!

Chic Coles said...

My mom and I just love anything with butterflies! Such beautiful wallpaper. That dress is so pretty and the accessories are just perfect.

The Zhush said...

I am such a butterfly person, that dress is adorable, and even looks like it would be quite flattering! Great find!

Daniela said...

What a fun post! Do you have any idea where I could scoop up the zig zag run online? It isn't carried in any stores in Florida and I can't find it online!

Southern Aspirations said...

Great outfit! My girlfriend just sent me a pic of one of his dresses she's buying but couldn't believe she is the largest size (she is NOT a large!). Makes me want to stick my tongue out at him. ;-) But still, very cute dress and smashing outfit.

Couture Carrie said...

Love the room and the outfit it inspired, darling A!
Very creative!

xoxox,
CC

ashlina said...

great job on this post girlie. i love it!!!!!

WhitBoss said...

Falling star is absolutely gorgeous!! The amount of detail put into all of the small decorative items is amazing!! And meteorite fell in the back yard! Not many people can say that...

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