Accessorized

I am a full-on, self-proclaimed accessory queen. I love accessorizing -- whether it be thru fashion or thru one's home. I could spend HOURS zhushing library book shelves or fussing over tchotchkes on a cocktail table. It is my most favorite part about completing a house.

We are in the midst of finishing construction on a few projects and I have major accessories-on-the-brain. I cannot wait to buy everything to finish the space. Taya had to reel me back in the other day as I was making my wish list for one project's bookshelves when we clearly had more important things to do. I can't help myself! Instead, we decided to gather some examples of our three favorite styles of home accessorizing on the blog to help you all out when you are styling your space. 

Delicately layered is the first type of styling we adore and perhaps the easiest to achieve. It doesn't take a lot of items, but just a touch more thought needed in order to properly achieve the look. To get this effortless look, less is definitely more and placement is key. A favorite among clients for sure. 

Layered Images Courtesy: Capriciously Inspired, Apartment Therapy, Coco La Pine Design

My late, dear friend and founder of Flats Chicago, Jay Michael, often used the styling term "curated" for many of his spaces. I LOVE this term as it's totally apropos with this type of home accessorizing. This heavier look is achieved by collecting things over time (or tricking people into thinking that's what you've done). From stacks of coffee table books combined with artifacts collected from your travels, to pottery and framed photographs -- nothing is ever too much. Everything (and a lot of it) just works. 

Curated Images Courtesy: House Beautiful, Simplified Bee, Elle Decor

Last, but not least -- the minimalist approach. The trickiest approach to styling your space. Just like selecting the perfect set of bracelets to go with a simple white, button-down shirt -- you ask yourself what will achieve the most impact with just the slightest bit of effort? The same goes for your home. 

Minimalist Images Courtesy: Source Unknown, Christina Hamoui, Ross Cassidy

What's your accessorizing style? 

Happy Styling, 
xAB

Seriously Stoned

We are in the midst of selecting stone slabs for a big project we are working on and we are finding ourselves stoned -- literally. 

It never ceases to amaze me how the granite and marble and quartzite and other materials we place in our bathrooms and kitchens and on our floors comes from the EARTH. Pressurized rock and elements that over eons and eons of time metamorphosize to create these amazing layered things of beauty that perhaps we often take for granted in our homes. The colors nature creates! The organic patterns! Everything is mesmerizing. Sometimes when I am walking through a stone warehouse and I meander through the rows and rows of slabs sitting elegantly sliced beside each other, I cannot believe that some of these pieces occur naturally. 

We decided to highlight a few of our favorite applications of stone below highlighting its natural beauty or perhaps just doing something artistic with more simplistic materials. We just love letting the stone shine. 

LEFT // We are ALL about the matchbooked stone as of late. We LOVE symmetry and we love gorgeous stone so it's a fun way to marry the two for a big WOW factor in a space. And backlit? Slayed. 

MIDDLE // There is just something so classic and regal about a GORGEOUS piece of marble. The colors, the movement. Always a stunner. We love how this provides a crisp contrast to the brass hood. Mad props on this combination. 

RIGHT // Again with the matchbook! The installation here though is the stunner. Who would've thought to put this as a backsplash of all backsplashes? Who needs a mirror when you can stare at that gorgeousness day in and day out? Huge fans. 

LEFT // Calcutta marble tile in a fabulous pattern as a wall feature in this bathroom is tailored greatness. The contrast with the warmth and pattern of the wide plank floor is making us go ga ga.  

MIDDLE // The use of patterned marble + wood effect porcelain tiles from Surface Tiles is the showcase in this hotel lobby. Love the use of dark and light. Provides gorgeous depth. 
 

RIGHT // Our architect has a favorite saying: Don't go chasing waterfalls, but we can't help but want to chase this waterfall stone island in an amazing, unknown material. 

Next time you are dicing tomatoes on your gorgeous granite island, don't forget to take time to appreciate its beauty.

Stoned + loving it,
xAB

Hidden Gems

The biggest secret to a layered and well-curated space is to accessorize. We LOVE buying our client's art & home decor from specialty shops that we've discovered through Instagram, Pinterest and of course word of mouth. Some of our most amazing finds are from artisans who work in both small and thriving and sometimes solely web-based businesses. Our little hidden gems if you will. Here are our top ten favorite pieces from our favorite artisans that you are sure to leave the blog obsessed with. Guaranteed.

From left to right: Is NG Collective Studio on your radar? They should be. Sisters, artists, best friends and creators of some pretty intense abstract, bold works. We love this Ink Nude piece. Snatch it up before we do // Two words: Cody Hoyt. Stoneware stud. His geometric ceramics will blow your mind. We need this pentagon guy on a bookshelf somewhere. Stat. // Handwoven wall tapestries are back people! In a BIG way. And we are huge fans. One of our favorite purveyors: Jujujust. We swoon over almost everything they produce, but we have our eyes on this blue ombre fella currently. 

Top: If you know our firm, you know we OBSESS over Apparatus Studio. Their censer which is just an amazingly designed incense holder is one way to break into their collection of their genius artistry. Start your collection of their objects now. 

From left to right: We are digging mudcloth lately and Loom Goods has a fab selection of toss pillows // Amber Interiors, one of our fav interior designer crushes, has an insane shoppe that feature amazing pieces like these Matte Black Coffee Spoons // Oh, and Heather Levine needs to be in your mental rolodex. This GORG wall hanging looks like jewelry for your wall. She does insane pottery, too. 

From left to right: We have adored out loud our love for Lindie + Co. and their customizable magnetboards. We try to squeeze them into all of our mini client projects because they are just so fun // Just stumbled on the NYC shop Indego Africa last week and we've already added half of their hand-made items to our wish list. We love the woven sweetgrass baskets that come in an assortment of cheerful colors. Best part? The business supports women artisans in Rwanda. // Last but not least, sweet Elizabeth Pawle and her weavings and works on paper. So amazing there is already a waitlist for her creations. We are waiting with bated breath for ours. 

Enjoy perusing all of these fun workshops!
xTaya