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john-derian-new-york-city-home-apartment-the-selby-3i have a pinterest board titled “someday home.” on it, i pin rooms that i hope will, someday, be included in the home in which i live with my big, slightly rowdy but effortlessly clean family. the home in which we’ll eat stack upon stack of chocolate chip pancakes. the home in which a roaring fire will crackle all throughout the holiday season. a home with a cozy guestroom for two and enough bathrooms for all the kids and then some. a home with a large entryway and maybe even a leopard stair runner. living in new york, where space comes at such a premium, and saving is somewhat of a foreign concept, it’s hard to imagine that i’ll ever own a home of my own.

one of my goals for 2014 is to start really socking away money to buy a place, ideally, here in new york. somewhere that’s really mine, not a landlord’s. easier said than done, of course. but in the meantime, i’ll just pretend i live here, in john derian’s amazing east village abode.

{all photos via the selby}

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i fell pretty hard for cindy sherman’s eclectic farmhouse, as featured in AD. i don’t know that i could live in a home this color crazy 24/7, but i’d certainly stay here for a few nights, and take all that texture in. the space offers some serious inspiration in the form of layered, funky, bohemian patterns, and how to mix them all together. the sunroom below is so cozy and so chic. i love all the eclectic upholstery – the warm, natural wood of the walls and the bright light shining in from the windows allows for some crazy pillow mixing.

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meanwhile, the kitchen is actually quite ‘normal’, so to speak. a butcher block island is all clean lines, and is complimented by high, breakfast bar style modern seating. a farmhouse kitchen in all its glory, this room is.

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i die for this dining room. here is where the patterns get reigned in, and a simple color scheme does all the talking. this room is proof that simple blue and white can make magic. love that regency style chandelier, especially when mixed with fun, funky embroidered chairs, chinoiserie wallpaper and an antique wood table. simple, yet oh so chic.

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meanwhile, the master bedroom is the stuff of dreams. marled wood side tables bring the outdoors in, while the blue and white theme continues, this time, peppered with bronze and gold accents. how awesome are those scones? love.

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i mean, i would take a bubble bath in here. i would take nine million bubble baths in here. who wouldn’t?

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this is the one room i don’t love. the colors and patterns together just aren’t working for me. but hey – you win some, you lose some.

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ah, to be sitting outside with a cup of tea and a good book at dusk with this view. i can feel the serenity seeping out from the edges of this image. someday…

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is it just me, or have gemstones been having a moment lately? okay, maybe it’s more than a moment. they’ve been popular for at least a few years now, and don’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing. last year, when i searched for agate coasters, they were a bit hard to find. this year, they’re everywhere, from leif to jonathan adler. last week’s all that glitters guide highlighted gold, but this guide is about sparkle that comes in all different colors. there’s something so beautiful about what nature creates all on its own. amazing to think that these have been carved from the rock face somewhere. salt of the earth, to be sure. these pieces would make great gifts for the gal who loves to host, but even for those who don’t, you’ll find some fun accent pieces. a pyrite heart paperweight would be just as at home on a desk as it would on an etagere full of collected curios. druzy studs are sophisticated and simple, but offer a sense of eclectic edge. meanwhile, an amethyst candle holder will set a room ablaze in the best kind of way. and if all else fails: a chic wine stopper is always a good idea.

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i’ve told you before how much love i have in my heart for designer emily henderson. i’m a longtime reader of her laugh out loud hilarious blog. i adored her on design star. i’m pretty sure she and i are friendship soul sisters, what with our love of dumb celebrity gossip, quirky flea market finds and, of course, CATS. that’s right, mrs. henderson is a cat lady just like me. that’s some soul sister stuff in the making, friends.

emily is so currently so pregnant she’s about to pop (and might i say, she’s the coolest, most energetic-seeming pregnant lady EVER), but she somehow managed to find time to design a house for curbly, and while the entire space is pretty much to die for, i fell especially hard for this bright, airy, serene sunroom. try and say that five times fast! that paint color is the most perfect thing i’ve ever seen (sea salt by benjamin moore). and who doesn’t love a bertoia chair with a sheepskin? from hard to sit on to coziest thing ever in 10 seconds flat.

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the great thing about this room is that the look is totally achievable on any budget. henderson probably used a real saarinen table, but ikea’s docksta is a great copycat (i have it in my living room and love it). bertoia chairs are pricey, but scour craigslist and you can probably find a set of four for under $150. buy any color; spray paint is your friend. the sheepskins from ikea are uber inexpensive, and that exact pillow and throw can be found at west elm. snag a vintage glass blown vase and voila – a room of your own, just like this one.

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i’m a big fan, and frequent shopper (when my pennies add up) of one kings lane, the online interior decor flash sale site. OKL appeared on the scene a few years ago, back when gilt was the main player, and no one was doing the decor thing on the ‘net. since then, they’ve pretty much exploded. their revenues are out of this world, their design eye is beyond, their blog and social properties are perfect curated…i’ve got a crush, for sure. of course, it doesn’t hurt that OKL is the brainchild of two smart, savvy women, susan feldman and alison pincus, who saw a hole in the market, and filled it with ease. OKL has offices in both san francisco and new york, and their manhattan office was featured in the most recent issue of matchbook. it’s gorgeous, isn’t it? i can’t imagine working in such a lovely space. i feel like i’d be inspired every time i blinked. have a look below, and click here to read more about how one kings lane came to be.

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have you ever been to haven’s kitchen? it’s an awesome combination cooking school, event space, and restaurant located on a quaint block in chelsea, and it’s impeccably designed, with open shelving, subway tile and beautiful industrial-style finishes throughout. HK is the brainchild of ali cayne, and specializes in sustainable, seasonal food (yum). they offer a wide range of classes (i’ve got my eye on baking with apples thanks to my weekend trip upstate to harvest moon orchard), and also offer the opportunity to pop in for a pastry and a chai for those looking for a bit less commitment.

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i’ve long been interested in the founder ali cayne, and have kept my eye on haven’s kitchen since it opened a few years back, so i was thrilled to see cayne’s home featured in the new and improved domino issue that went live last week. according to the piece, cayne relocated from uptown to a west village town house last year after realizing that she needed to bring her work and home lives closer together. she selected the home because it had good bones, and poured her heart and soul into breathing new life into the space, working closely with her architect to select every paint color, finish, and piece of furniture you see here. impressive, right?

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the color palate is quite similar to that of haven’s kitchen: black, white and neutrals with a pop of yellow here and there. metallic finishes abound, but never feel overly glitzy. the rooms are simple and cozy, homey and one of a kind. the living room, especially, reminds me of jenna lyon’s old brooklyn townhouse (also featured in domino way back in the day!) – though i do wish that rug were bigger. it’s so tiny!!

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can you imagine having such a sundrenched kitchen? so beautiful and filled with light. i love that deep grey on the trim. gorgeous! and looks so beautiful with the brass accents in the space.

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can we talk about that range hood? i mean…i die. i’m also loving the white subway tile contrasted with the dark grout. it really makes the room pop, don’t you think? i’m always envious of people who dare to attempt open shelving in the kitchen – how is it that things don’t get dusty? i am an anal OCD clean freak and my apartment STILL gets dusty!

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i’m especially partial to cayne’s office; i can’t resist that wall to wall inspiration board. i love that she has to stand up on her furniture to pin things to the top. in the pinterest age, i can’t help but appreciate people who still tear things out of physical magazines and create their own personal collages.

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i’m also loving the use of black and white in the master bedroom. so clean and classic – and allows for cayne to add a pop of color if and when she pleases without messing up the color scheme (i’d go for hot pink).

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that light fixture is insane, no? it’s actually really not doing it for me – i would have preferred a sputnik.

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I am dying over that nightstand, however. are those lucite legs i see? the detail on that baby is amazing.

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ah, the kind of closet dreams are made of. again with the black, white, and gold. love those pendants. so chic.

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more of the cozy living room. i love this little fireplace reading nook. in the daytime, the space clearly gets a lot of light, but i’d venture a guess that at night, with a roaring fire, those chairs are as comfy as can be. they’re a bit modern for my taste (i would have gone for worn leather), but i’m still loving the look.

what do you think? are you a fan of haven’s home?

01_IMG_0903have i told you guys how certifiably obsessed i am with designer/HGTV star emily henderson? well, i am. i read emily’s blog way back before she was famous. then she was on design star. then she won design star. and went on to continually do awesome things, and just be generally awesome overall. if you haven’t read her blog, you must. the woman is effing hilarious. also, she’s obsessed with cats just like me, which makes me like her more (duh). basically, in my head, we’re best friends, even though i’ve never even met her. oh emily, please come to new york and hang out with me! we could have sooo much fun searching for weird brass objects at chelsea flea!

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because she’s awesome, emily was recently commissioned by airbnb for this insanely cool project that involved co-designing tiny little mobile airbnb popup “homes” with celebs such as moby, angelica huston, lake bell, and more. i mean, hello, dream gig. i’m a big airbnb fan in general, so obviously i loved this idea and couldn’t wait to see the results. emily operated as the lead designer on the project, but worked with a whole bunch of other smart, cool, stylish folks to bring the homes to life. last week, she featured moby’s home, which, while cool, didn’t totally make my insides melt with happiness.

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but today, she featured lake bell’s house. and it is seriously awesome. it features gold mirrored side tables. GOLD MIRRORS, PEOPLE. hallelujah praise jesus, what an amazing invention! sadly, she informed readers that the tables are vintage and hence, not available for purchase. ALAS. 08_Justina-Blakeney-Air-Bnb3 03_Justina-Blakeney-Air-Bnb1

in case you missed it, bell’s brooklyn home was shot for lonny a few weeks ago, and while the shoot only featured her backyard, it became immediately clear that the woman has some serious boho chic style. apparently, her mom is a designer, so she’s got style in her blood. her popup home for airbnb has a global bazaar sort of feel, with cool moroccan lanterns and a carved wood bed, as well as eclectic funky bohemian textiles throughout. also, can we talk about that awesome copper chair? apparently it’s from blu dot. it’s a little weird, but in the best kind of way.04_Justina-Blakeney-Air-Bnb2 06_IMG_0573

i mean, who wouldn’t want to spend a night here? i love it. i’m sold. i would potentially give up my first born for those gold mirrored tables. okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. but i really love them, a lot. mrs. henderson, you have done it again.

 

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how dreamy is this dumbo duplex, as featured in harper’s bazaar? all soothing hues and cozy textures, it manages to feel both modern yet classic. i mean, hello, two story living room and floor to ceiling windows. it’s no surprise that this home is gorgeous, of course, because it belongs to interior designer athena calderone, who also pens the blog eye swoon.

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my favorite design element of the space has got to be those luxe looking dining chairs. can you imagine having a passover seder in those babies? on this night, we recline. oh hells yes we do, in FUR.  that velvet chesterfield above ain’t too shabby either.

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man oh man do i wish i had high ceilings. they make it so much easier to have amazingly awesome light fixtures. i love the black and gold pendants above the breakfast bar, but it’s that sputnik below that i’m truly coveting. what’s so interesting about this space is that the building itself is all modern, clean lines, but the furniture tells all sorts of stories. it’s a new construction apartment, but it doesn’t feel at all cold. on the contrary, it’s a warm, welcoming space. as gorgeous and magazine-worthy as it is, you can tell that real people live here, albeit insanely cool real people.

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i’m also a huge fan of the color palate, which features soft grey, blue and lavender hues, alongside warm wood tones, deep navy blues, and splashes of metallic. the space is feminine without feeling overly so, which can be hard to achieve. i mean, hello, beautiful bedroom. do you mind if i move in?

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have you guys seen cameron diaz’s re-designed west village apartment? it was given a seriously glamorous  makeover by the queen of glitz, kelly wearstler. you can see the entire apartment in elle decor, but for now, let’s focus on the living room. mostly because it’s my favorite room in the apartment, but also because i put together a mood board for it for one of my freelance clients, and i couldn’t resist sharing it here with you all.

pretty fancy, right? it’s not exactly my style, per se, but i do love me some grasscloth on the walls. especially when that grasscloth is ROSE COLORED. i imagine if you lived in this apartment, you’d always see life through rose colored glasses. then again, if you’re cameron diaz, you probably think life’s pretty peachy as it is.

anywho, you can shop the look with the pieces below. my favorite? the brass legs, designed and created by wearstler herself. they remind me of those vintage hand chairs. so freaking awesomely cool, no? LOVE.

Living In: Cameron Diaz's West Village Apartment