Linda Filley -exquisite paper shoes

Linda Filley -exquisite paper shoes

I was hoping to have this post (as well as several others up earlier this week), but I am in NYC shooting and being a bit on overload lately I forgot my computer power cord aghh and my toothbrush. Well, the toothbrush was not a problem as I had one as one of the props for the shoot. I was not so lucky with the power cord. Well, I think this post was worth waiting for!

I wrote about Linda Filley’s beautiful paper dresses a while back……well now take a look at what she’s up to!!  This week I was invited into her studio and beautiful home- what a treat as her home and its setting is gorgeous.

As you can imagine Linda doesn’t just throw any old wrapping paper on her gifts and call it a day- the wrappings are gifts in themselves making it hard for the giftees to open.  Last Christmas she gave a gift to Maureen Missner of Paper Trail in this incredible wrapping. 

Maureen loved it (how could she not) and suggested that Linda make more and have a show at the store.  Well, 4 months later these are the amazing results!

Ok, are you drooling yet?  Do you want to be able to put a pair of these on and go out dancing?

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before and afters

before and afters

A bunch of you saw the renovation on Apartment Therapy today and although lovin the Rue pics of the renovation have been asking for paired pics of the before and after so here goes…

Ok, the front is better but not finished, it needs landscaping, and repair and the columns need finishing. That’s starting to happen now that the tenants are happily in and the weather is warmer.

The old kitchen is now an open plan kitchen on the left and the dining area on the right with a washer/ dryer tucked in the closet and new french doors.  The walls are gone, in fact, all the downstairs interior walls are finito. this view…

is now this

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Bright Bazaar - the BOOK!!

Bright Bazaar – the BOOK!!

I’ve been wanting to share this news with you since last spring when Will asked me to be in his first book, Bright Bazaar  Embracing Color For Make-You-Smile Style,  and now finally I can.  I first met Will  4 years ago and it’s been so cool to see him spread his colorful charm across the globe.

Most people would think having their home shot for a major book right before they move insane, but without a second thought, I readily agreed. So in the midst of packing, packing, and more packing plus renovating the new house I managed to pull together our previous house to be shot.

As crazy as it was at the time when the book arrived in the post and we could look back at our old home it was more than worth it. My kids were thrilled to see Charlie and Otto make it into the book as well, though it’s usually harder to get Otto off the couch than on.

Will’s colorful outlook and style come through in blazes in this book in chapters such as Color Are Your Friend, his signature Color Cocktails and Bringing Color Home. It’s jam-packed with color-filled homes across the globe such as Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan’s rad Shelter Island pad, Bradford Shellhammer from Fab.com, and designer Mariska Meijers’ home in the Netherlands.
Our house opens the Lime Divine chapter and romps through just about every chapter as well, from Lavender Lick to The Strawberry Split! What a happy way to say goodbye to our old home.. thanks, Will!…

Renovation..finished, furnished, and styled in Rue Magazine

Renovation..finished, furnished, and styled in Rue Magazine

It’s done, construction, design, the whole Magilla, done, done, done!!!  Bet you thought that would never happen, we sure didn’t.  Just as we were finishing the construction some absolutely fabulous tenants came along and not only did they love the space but they loved my design style and asked me to whip up a super quick, super dope fully furnished home for them. Quick- hell yeah… less than 2 weeks start to finish quick- head spinning round like crazy quick since we were also still finishing up some of the construction details at the same time.  Who needs sleep anyway I ask you???   Isn’t that what mega doses of caffeine are for!

And then those awesome chicks at Rue Magazine came along and asked to shoot it… why not mix in a little crazy with your crazy!  So here are a few bits shot by Emily Anderson, to see more head on over to Rue

Drop back Friday and I’ll show you the DIY for the dining table pendant.

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Books - Marrakesh By Design

Books – Marrakesh By Design

For those of you who don’t read Maryam Montague’s blog about her life in Morocco, My Marrakesh you are missing the most delicious treat.  Maryam blows me away in each and every post with her amazing writing and photos.  As if that wasn’t enough she just published a beautiful and fascinating book Marrakesh By Design about Moroccan design, filled with stunning photographs.

Maryam, your “real” job as a humanitarian takes you all over the Middle East, and then when most people would come home and relax you run an amazing boutique hotel,  write and photograph a book and award-winning blog, have a shop, Red Thread Souk and somehow find time for kickboxing.   Yet you seem so deeply calm and relaxed.  
Let’s start by talking about your humanitarian work, you come from an interesting family, How did your experiences growing up lead you to the work you do?

I grew up with a Dad who did humanitarian work overseas, focusing on international public health.  My brother – a doctor – could also be found working stints on emergency medical units in Pakistan.  We understood profoundly as a family that the world was a big place and there were ways that we could contribute.  

Your work fascinates me, what countries and projects are you focusing on presently?I have worked in over 30 countries on programs as diverse as fighting child labor, training women to run for political office, and running a prisoner rights program.  Right now I am working on a local government program in Mali, and civil society programs (youth, disabled, women, etc.) in Morocco and Egypt.  This is my life’s work and gives me a sense of purpose and grounding.

Many of us dream of moving to another country. What made you decide to move to Marrakesh, and what is it like being an ex-pat there?   
I was posted to Morocco to run the programs of an international non-profit organization.  From the moment I landed, I knew it was the place for me.  It has a kind of gorgeous madness that is hard to forget, teeming to overflowing with color and pattern, and a culture that is iconic and unforgettable.  We loved our life here and decided to settle down on a semi-permanent basis.  Our friends are a combination of ex-pat and local and it all feels like home now!

Your wanderlust has taken you to an amazing amount of countries, besides Morocco what are some of your favorites and why?  I have loved so many places that I’ve been to.  But South Africa and Nepal hold a special place in my heart.  South Africa for the amazing design culture and sheer beauty.  Nepal for its incredible architecture (Kathmandu has more world heritage sites than any place in the world) and its adorable people. 

You are the face of Peacock Pavilions, what is your husband Chris’s role? 
It’s a partnership in every sense of the term.  As an architect, Chris designed and built Peacock Pavilions.  But he also is responsible for its day-to-day management, making sure that everything runs smoothly for our guests.  We’re proud to be ranked #6 out of 867 B&Bs in Marrakesh on Trip Advisor:http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293734-d1902157-Reviews-Peacock_Pavilions-Marrakech_Marrakech_Tensift_El_Haouz_Region.html

You have such a wonderfully eclectic style I love the way you mix ethnic, modern traditional, and make it all feel so relaxed and effortless. Did you always have an interest in interior design?
I grew up with a family that was passionate about international design and who were global collectors.  My parents have a very different (and greater) budget than I do.  But we share a love for the strange, beautiful and curious.  It’s the very juxtaposition and tension between things from different eras and countries that make it interesting. 

I have renovated a number of houses, with all of the various issues that include. What was building in Morocco like, things are done in such a different way there?  
Oh my goodness……..honestly, it’s grey hair-inducing.  There is a written and unwritten code in Morocco on the way things should be done and it requires transactions in several different languages.  Let’s just say building in Morocco is not for the weak-hearted or those not willing to be extremely persistent!…