I’m a Snake

Snake Lunar New Year

Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s the year of the Snake.

I was born in the year of the Snake so I am partial to this Lunar New Year.

Live snakes completely and utterly freak me out.

The site of a live one will have me squealing like a toddler and running for the hills.

A Snake in any other form is just fine.

I’ve always loved this photograph.

Natasha Kinski Snake

Photo: Richard Avedon

Snake Print Jeans

A closet staple.

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Photo: www.comeovertothedarksidewehavecandy.com

Reed Krakoff, one of my current fashion loves, hit a home run with this skirt from his 2013 Spring Collection.

Reed Krakoff Spring 2013

Photo: www.reedkrakoff.com

It’s been done a million times, but I love a Snake Ring.

I covet this Victorian era beauty.

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Photo: www.bellandbird.com

I’d love to store this ring in this gorgeous snake skin jewelry box.

Snake Skin Jewelry Box

 Photo: www.vandm.com

I am sorry to have missed out on these One King’s Lane  Cobra Candlesticks.

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The 1960’s DC Town House interior designer Hillary Thomas created is spectacular.

This room in particular.

The color combo makes me swoon.

I love the framed snake prints and of course, the Cobra Candlesticks!

Hillary Thomas DC House

Photo: Eric Piasecki

It’s been a few years back, but this April, 2009 Elle Decor cover has always been a favorite.

The framed snake illustrations have a lot to do with it.

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And how could you forget this little fella?

 “The Jungle Book’s”  resident snake,  “Kaa”.

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Let’s Celebrate the Snake!

xoxo Carrie

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I’d rather call it Pistachio

I am obsessing over pistachio.

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Photo: Julie Schaeffer Nasenbeny

It’s really mint green I am digging right now, but that color sends me too far back in time.  It  pains me to say that my Prom Dress was a polyester mint green number with a sheer matching cape.   It was also the color of  my  circa 1987 Laura Ashley Towels (with a lovely peach accent stripe) that I bought for my first apartment in Chicago.

But I am finding new life and inspiration in this color that I’ m calling Pistachio.

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I think it has to do with the new J Crew catalog.

I did some real damage shopping last night and the stand out color of my purchases was pistachio.

Here are some of my purchases.

(I am praying my husband doesn’t read this)

The pop of green in the flower pattern is what I like about this shirt.

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Carnation Silk Top

Buy It Here: J Crew

The color of the shoe got my attention, but the lilac bow sealed the deal.

My new favorite spring shoe.

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Contessa Snakeskin Bow Pumps

Buy them here: J Crew

I am hoping this brocade number will work for an evening fundraiser I have coming up.

I always feel more comfortable in pants than a dress so when I find a dressy look that will work for a formal occasion I snap it up.

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 Gilded Brocade Pant and Top

Buy them here: J Crew

 Pistachio has also been inspiring color for me in the interior design department.

I just won’t go back to the 1980’s peach and mint green rage, but combining the color with some jewel tones or quiet neutrals can make a room a winner.

Pistachio Walls

Photo: Pinterest

 Designer Lizzie Dinkle did right by pistachio in this lovely Brentwood dining room

Lizzie Dinkle Dining Room

Photo: www.elizabethdinkeldesign.com

Rasberry + Pistachio= a delicious living room

Pistachio & Raspberry Living Room

Photo: Pinterest

The color reflection off of the collection of mirrors in this dining area is simply gorgeous.

Pistachio Kitchen

Photo: Pinterest

I love the pops of green on this neutral mantle.

Pistachio Green Pops of Colors

Photo: www.laylagrayce.com

Certain to never go out of style is the Pistachio nut.

Here’s a great cookie recipe

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Brown Butter Pistachio Cookies

 Photo: www.lawyerloveslunch.com

And who could argue against the beauty of the product packaging and the deliciousness of the Laduree Pistachio Macaroon?

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Photo: www.wherecanifindtheperfect.com

 Pistachio Perfection.

xoxo Carrie

Use Your Brain and Shop at This Great New Store!

I was traveling down Pico to my upholsterer and stumbled upon a great new store.

It’s called Brainworks Home Vintage Decor and I dig it!

 They not only have terrific vintage furniture but they also have vintage hardware and wallpaper.  A good resource for decorators and all those who love interior design.

I met the owner Erin Adams and her adorable son and left with a long list of wants. I am going back tomorrow to do some damage.  Brainworks has been in business since 1988 and has a successful business providing artists and artisans for residential and commercial interior design projects locally and nationally. Consider them a designer dating service…they specialize in pairing you with the perfect creative partner for your project. Check out their site for more details on all their creative services.

There are many cool curated decorative pieces and furniture in the store, all hand picked by Erin. Her experience as a commercial art director, artisan, flea market lover and interior designer made the store front seem like a natural evolution and off shoot for her already thriving business.

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Address: 5364 W. Pico Bl. Los Angeles Ca. 90019

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 11am to 6pm

Phone: 323-782-1425

So stop and check out Brainworks.

Happy Shopping!

xoxo Carrie

Pretty As A Peacock

I love Peacock Blue.

A punch of this color in any room or in your wardrobe makes a bold, bright and rich statement.

I have always loved this look from Miles Redd and the late great Domino Magazine.  It’s held up since it’s publication in 2005 and will continue to do so for years to come.

Photo: Domino Magazine

The garden stools add a great pop of color and pull the seating area together. The color looks great with the neutral background and also with other strong colors such as the gorgeous deep eggplant bench.

Photo: www.saragilbaneinteriors.com

This settee below is a real statement piece.  It actually would look great in my master bedroom. Just saying….

 Photo: www.frolic.com

Domino did it again with this room.  The paint in conjunction with the different textured rugs and white mirror and chandelier makes the room bright, contemporary with a little classic twist,  a great curated look.

Photo: www.dominomag.com

The blues in this room with the orange ceiling are dynamite. I always love this color with a golden yellow.  You can see how well they work together with the side chair.

Photo: www.inspirebohemia.com

Are you kidding Windsor Smith?  The striped fabric on the settee and wall paper make me swoon.

I was just in NYC and I popped into The Rag & Bone Store in the West Village.  I found these jeans and had to have them. My  dear husband started humming “Jump” By Van Halen when he saw me in them at the store.  He came around when he saw them paired with a simple black cashmere sweater and black flats. He agreed that they were not too “David Lee Roth” and now they are one of his favorite on me.

Rag & Bone Peacock Jeans

I have an obsession with china and dish ware.  I dream one day of having a “China Room” where I could store and display all my sets and the ones that have yet to be discovered. I want floor to ceiling glass cabinets that are lit from the inside….I digress.  I love this little tea cup and saucer and the color would work with a gold rimmed china set.  The splash of color adds sophistication and a touch of whimsy to a dining table.

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The power of the peacock does not stop at decor and fashion.  Check out the Peacock Feather Cupcakes.  To die for, especially with the devils food cake peaking out under the frosting. Yummy and Gorgeous.

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So add a little pretty peacock pop to your life!

xoxo Carrie

 Top Peacock Photo:

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