Posts Tagged ‘Elle Decor’
Jackie Astier is a fashion stylist and the Style Director for Avenue magazine who has also done some interior design. Her latest project is published in latest issue of Elle Decor. In regards to fashion, Astier says, “It’s all in the mix. Its not what you wear, but the way you wear it that makes one look oh-so-perfect in that imperfect way”. She brings the same idea to the table in designing her family’s Upper East Side apartment.
I love the jewel-toned velvets and plush textures against a backdrop of strong neutrals. This space feels warm and inviting, but still maintains an air of elegance.
GET THE LOOK:
1. Lucite and metal table – Jan Showers Collection.
2. Souk Rug $1299. West Elm
3. Wall Burst metal art- 10″- 18″ starting at $160 (available through Blossom Residential Design BRD)
4. Mercurized Glass 3 light pendant- 24” h x 16” dia. $750 (available through BRD)
5. Iron and Leather Stool 23″L x 18.5″W x 19.5″H $375 (available through BRD)
the astounding work of Michelle Nussbaumer
In these economic times, there aren’t too many people “throwing caution to the wind” when it comes to shopping for their home. Each purchase must be made carefully, taking into account whether or not it is a good value.
In the latest issue of Elle Décor (November 2009), they ask four women who are major players in the design world this question: “What does value mean for you?”
Two of my favorite responses were by Josie Natori and Michelle Nussbaumer. They say,
“It’s not about doing something just to be inexpensive. It’s about craftsmanship. Our fragrance is not only a fragrance, the bottle is a collectors item.”(JN)
“I sell antiques and furniture of provenance. Something to be passed on or something that will work in a future home. It’s a onetime investment that pays innumerable dividends.”(MN)
When it comes to choosing the pieces that will define the space you reside in, its important to realize when to splurge and when to save. Its vital to think of the long-term benefits vs the drawbacks of spending a few extra bucks.
A quality piece of upholstery can cost triple the price of a piece that lacks in craftsmanship, but it will definitely outlive the latter. I say, if its going to get a lot of use, or it is going to be a focal point in the room, don’t be afraid to make the investment. Sometimes those pieces we fall in love with are worth every penny for the feeling they evoke when you walk into the room.