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“In imagining and creating our collection, I look to fashion, architecture and global culture for inspiration. I’m always striving for elegance in the home AND the closet.”
Creative Director, Interlude Home Trendspotter, Businesswoman, Explorer. Foodie. Step-Mom. Wife.
I so often think of fashion as a true source of comfort. For me, putting on an outfit that gives me confidence is the true definition of fashion's power. I tend to have a uniform: only neutrals with an emphasis on black, taupe, winter white and grey. I didn't realize it was obvious until a friend asked what I was wearing to a girl's night a few weeks ago. I replied, and she said, "Oh, typical Wendy" which after I paused, took as a compliment. I love that I have a signature style.
It motivated me to think about how I design our homes, whether I use the same formula? It turns out I do. For our lake house, I decided before we broke ground that only colors found in a petrified wood stump would be used throughout the house. The only exceptions are the spots of color in many of our vintage pieces, like tiled Pia Manu or Roger Capron tables. I love the result. It's calming and serene with a tad bit of drama.
We all have our signatures, turns out mine are textured neutrals
We're seemingly on to sunnier days, both literally and figuratively, so it's time to step-up our fashion game. Nothing this season seems overly fussy, formal or festive but definitely more polished than our lazy uniforms of the past year. No more sweatpants for me, that's for sure. I rarely post about things other than Interlude, but this store and special woman deserve a shout out. In fact, I think I should do this more.
Which brings me to my go-to cashmere resource, Crimson, in Paris. Linda Wright, the owner, formal model and fashion icon hails from Texas and moved to Paris decades ago. She's an interesting combination of edge and glamour, perfect if you ask me. She's also beautiful, smart and unapologetic, with a spot-on French Texas vibe. She designs for a sophisticated, yet approachable woman. I rarely am able to buy just one piece (full disclosure, never) when visiting Crimson. The lovely wome
Jennifer Aniston in Vintage Valentino Vintage fashion is amazing. Aside from the thrill of the hunt, the prize is not looking like anyone else at the party. For a true fashionista, there's nothing like the opportunity to express your stylish individuality in a room full of rather meek risk takers. It takes (along with a great deal of confidence) an innate eye to locate and tailor a piece from a long gone era into a modern, fresh silhouette.
That got me thinking....What can we do that draws upon the past in a respectful and fashion-inspired way? How can we translate let's say gold boucle into a metal detail or develop a process for a material that looks appropriately aged, yet crisp and contemporary? It's been so much fun thinking this way, and we've only just begun. Here's to fashion and furniture!
Bottom line... it's all about the details. Your outfit is not complete without that final touch, be it a piece of jewelry, a distinct belt, a purposefully messy updo or a glossed lip. Fashion stylists have their tricks, as do Interior Designers; I never tire of hearing them.
I know I've told you Carl and I recently moved and I've been working on that top layer. The jewelry for the home. Whether it's a perfectly placed knot on top of stacked coffee table books, a brass tray on the bar or a multi-textured sculpture, it's the objéts that attract the eye. It's not easy, and I'm super meticulous (or crazy, as Carl would say), but I'm just obsessed with curating that perfect trifecta of adornments.
Here are some of my favorites, and I live for my Gucci Belt too.
As the Thanksgiving kick-off is now behind us, the holidays are rapidly approaching, which, depending on the type of person you are, either stresses you out OR you start singing. Personally, I love to entertain, so the holiday season gives me an excuse to fill our home with family and friends.
Ahhh, and what to wear... Well, this season it's ALL about velvet, so I treated myself to a few new pieces. I'll rotate my black, three-quarter sleeve blouse with of-the-moment cropped, flared jeans, and Aquazzura Sexy Thing heels (really, tha's what they're called) for the more casual, yet festive evenings. And for dressier occasions, I'll pair the sleek pair of black velvet trousers with an ivory, silk, ruffled blouse, and slip on the same Sexy Thing heels. Add some jewelry and a smoky eye and I'm ready to go.
That being said, back to the fabric du jour... I
Although our inspiration comes from many different sources, fashion is our driving force. I just can't help it. First of all, it's my background, secondly, I love it and lastly, I have a crazy admiration for designers and their creative passion. It is just endless and boundless and the opposite of risk adverse. The use of leather is a perfect example, especially this season. It was seen all over the runways and is bursting into every category.
While I'm spouting about leather, let me share a secret bespoke belt source in the city of light. And, who doesn't want to go to Paris? These tiny boutiques are called Losco (20 rue Sévigné or 5 rue de Sèvres) and they're designed to look like apothecaries with little drawers, cabinets and surprises everywhere. First, you choose your belt, color, and design from the myriad of choices, next, pick your buckle, and then stumble through your mediocre French to have it assembled, sized and voilà! A unique, perfectly fitting and of course, c