Life Meets Style: Urban Shoe Paradise

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While I’ve never particularly identified as a “shoe girl”, I can definitely appreciate a particularly fabulous pair of pumps, a wear-everywhere boot, or a classic sneaker–especially when they’re on display. This snap from ELLE Decor showcases ALL of the aforementioned players in a quality shoe game and expertly arranges them from floor to ceiling. A little overwhelming? Perhaps. But I, for one, am totally down with the clothing-as-decor movement that appears to be sweeping through the interior design scene. Fashion and function is an absolute must for smaller spaces…and when your footwear collection is this massive and enviable, I’m sure there’s just an innate desire to show off put your sartorial goodies on display. No shame.
What do you think of this amazing space? Do you meld fashion and function or delve into style-meets-storage solutions?
xo,
Liza, Editorial Director

Image via Pinterest.

Life Meets Style: Chic Handbag Storage & Display

Confession: I’m kind of obsessed with handbags, but I am totally terrible at arranging them. I drape my current bag-of-choice over the arm of a chair, leave it on the counter, or place it next to our trunk, all while I leave the rest of my collection scattered randomly throughout the house. Coat closet? Check! Desk drawer? Check! Bedroom closet? Check? Under the desk? Check! And I don’t even have that many bags! It’s an issue. Back in the day, the guy I was dating had a super rad vintage coat hanger that I adopted as my own and used specifically for handbag storage and display. It was pretty perfect–everything was in one place, access was easy enough, and the display itself was interesting and fairly attractive. For me, the whole display aspect of purse storage is almost as important as functionality. I love a good fashion-meets-interior-design item! Love! I think my collection of clutches and crossbodies jammed into my top desk drawer is making my bags sad, guys! I mean, maybe my luggage-sized nylon totes are fine to being relegated to the top shelf of my closet, but my cute little bags? I think not! There are a ton of Life Hack-type pins suggesting that purses should be hung on shower hooks in your closet, for example, which seems like a fairly legitimate storage solution, but I’m not into that. I want to be able to SEE the hot pink Marc by Marc, the cognac Hayden Hartnett, or the brushed gold Botkier without trying, then select the right bag with ease. The above photograph, which I found on Pinterest, is apparently of Joy Bryant’s apartment/purse storage system. See how she made the whole thing kind of arty and cool? I LOVE that! Of course, I couldn’t display an entire handbag collection on slices of wood alone, but it’s a start, and a potential solution for my smaller pieces. I can’t help it – I need it to be pretty. So those in-the-closet purse hooks are out, as are bins, as are desk drawers. On my radar: Cubbies, exceptionally cute or creative hooks, and a shabby chic, perhaps parisian-inspired hat tree. This needs to happen. The bags must be seen! ūüėČ

How do you store YOUR handbags? What do you think is the most functional, attractive, and simple way to display and stow your purses?

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director

Amazing Spaces: Bohemian Dream Room

Amazing Spaces: A taste of the bohemian life. Image via Pinterest.

Amazing Spaces: A taste of the bohemian life. Image via Pinterest.

I’m a total sucker for interior design that draws inspiration from a bohemian, Moroccan, or gypsy aesthetic. Case in point: I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to just that! There’s something about those spaces that seem especially warm, inviting, and magical. From bright colors to purposely mismatched furniture, if a room looks like it’s part gypsy caravan and part bungalow, I’m totally in.A few of my favorite elements for recreating such a look? Tapestries, rattan, colorful accents, and floor seating. Pile it on. As a girl who loves stuff, another reason I appreciate this particular type of design is that it’s all about excess–never cluttered, always charmed. After all, more is more!

How do you feel about boho-inspired interior design? 

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director

Life Meets Style: I’m Obsessing Over These Interior Design Resources

It’s August! …What does that mean? Relocation. For this Mieux, it’s moving season. The lease on our new place ¬†officially starts today, and I’m going to be slowly moving in for the next couple of weeks.

I get pretty one-track-minded about major life events–especially as they near closer–so the move has been pretty much all I’ve been thinking about for the last 48 hours ago. And aside from going through my dresser drawers, clothing racks, and shoe collection wondering what to toss and what to keep, the #1 move-related thing on my mind has been design. I’ve never cared that much about the look of inside spaces…until I found myself with one that was all mine. I’m literally becoming obsessed with curating the perfect dwelling. And for me, aside from making a myriad of lists, achieving perfection requires lots of design inspiration. If you’re also moving this month, or if you’re just into interior design 24/7, consider this post especially for YOU–these are my favorite home blogs, styling resources, and points of reference for all things interior design.

Apartment Therapy

This one is a gimme for stylish people: Even if you’re not typically into interior design, you’ll probably like Apartment Therapy. AT is all encompassing: Alongside expert editorial content and super inspiring at-home images, they offer tips on everything from¬† DIY decor to solutions for green and budget living. The combination of seeing real people’s homes, truly useful design tips, and before & afters will suck you in.¬† You have been warned.

Lonny Magazine

Launched as an online magazine in 2009, Lonny‘s philosophy as stated on their Pinterest page is, “We believe in making design choices that lead to personal happiness and are convinced inspired design can be achieved anywhere.” The magazine (and their accompanying website) focuses on lifestyle and home decor. The voice and tone are engaging and their collection of resources are endless…and that’s only on their website proper. If you really want to get excited about home design, you must click through to one of their digital issues. There, you’ll find styled spaces, expert interviews, even fashion tips!, all wrapped up into a digital glossy.

Refinery 29 Home

I’m totally infatuated with Refinery 29. I check the site multiple times per day and am constantly clicking through their fashion and beauty links that appear in my newsfeed and timeline. With an impending move, it really only makes sense that this R29 fan girl has¬† found herself pining over the Refinery’s “Home” category. It’s familiar, fashionable, and easy to read without focusing in on any single topic or category. If you’re a fan of Refinery 29 and you’re currently skipping over their “Living” category, you’re missing out.

Houzz 

Fun fact: My Mom told me about Houzz–she has their app on her iPad. Mobile browsing resources aside, Houzz, which focuses on home design, decorating, and remodeling, is major. Not only do they post helpful editorial content, but they also offer shopping resources, connections to local pros, and a forum. My favorite feature, however, is their ability to browse by room. It’s the ultimate way to get inspiration and hone in on teeny tiny almost obsessive details, like drawer pulls and desk accessories. Killer.

Pinterest 

Let’s be honest–when is Pinterest¬†not on a list of resources these days?! I had to include it. The genius with Pinterest is that you are in charge. Whether you’re clicking through “For The Home” boards, pinning photos of inspirational spaces, or perusing the Home Decor category, Pinterest is the ultimate resource not only for getting inspired, but for collecting and storing all of your favorite online finds and introducing you to new sites and sources of genius. If you’re looking for an inspirational starting point, all you have to do is google some combination of your favorite aesthetic, store, or trend + apartment + Pinterest and a collection of links will materialize before your very eyes.

Are you moving soon? Just redecorating? Where do you find inspiration for creating the perfect space? Share your favorite home blogs and style resources below!

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director

Life Meets Style: Lucite Furniture

Lucite Love. Image via Pinterest.

Lucite Love. Image via Pinterest.

There’s something about see-through furniture that just…speaks to me. I love the contrast between classically-styled pieces and the cool edge of lucite. Not only are they super fun and stylish, but they’re so easy! Acrylic furniture fits in just about anywhere, and you’ll never have to worry about color. Another thing I’m loving? The fact that lucite’s complete and total lack of opacity really has the ability to open up a room of any size. In fact, the combination of lucite furniture and lots of mirrors would totally maximize tiny spaces–studios, 1-bedroom apartments, closets, whatever. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m so coveting a vintage-styled, lucite-fashioned chair for my next place! If you’re lusting over lucite, check out this piece from Apartment Therapy for buyables and additional inspiration.

How do you feel about lucite?

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director