Sugar Paper Notebook Problems (Gold! Stripes! Dots!)

Sugar Paper in L.A. is one of my top 10 favorite stores anywhere, and my notebook stash (it’s a LARGE collection) is quivering at the shop’s latest creation: gold polka-dot  and striped notebooks in pink, black, and white.  $16. I give up. Order online, or make a pilgrimage to the shop in the Brentwood Country Mart, which is a must-stop in L.A. on its own. (And you can celebrity-spy, if you’re into it.)

I also require the following things:

XO seal notecards, $18

XO tags, $20

And this gold ampersand print, $40

P.S. There are also matching striped coasters, $26. Damn.

 

 

By | 2013-06-19T08:37:06+00:00 June 19th, 2013|Style|1 Comment

My Game of Thrones Style Obsession

I watched all 30 hours of the hit HBO Series Game of Thrones in about 6 days. During water and Diet Coke breaks, I’d scour the internet for furniture seen in King’s Landing, specifically Ned Stark’s chair. And maybe I’d look up things about Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington, who romps around in a black furry cape trying to keep warm. I’d like to help him with that, while wearing one of these:

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(That’s a Kelly Wearstler choker, by the way, so I can’t be the only stylish soul totally obsessed with this show.) I want the dresses, the hand of the King pin, the rugs, the wine cups, and choker necklaces. I want a trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the show’s King’s Landing scenes are filmed. Join me in my lustful craze:

This pin just might be cool enough to wear in real life. (With very modern clothing to avoid the costume references.) I love its sculptural qualities.  Etsy, $27:

A less literal iteration – Kelly Wearstler’s brass hand form, $225:

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Horn ice buckets = killer. $162.


I now require a Moroccan table for my home. This is my favorite, available through me at DeCesare Design Group.

 

I love the Savonarola Chairs seen throughout the show. Find this one here.

This antique set is going for $1800 on Etsy — which is a great price on something that is very hard to find. I see them in a killer master bath.

Note the chairs on set below:

This is Jon Snow in his Mongolian lamb cape:

This is a Mongolian lamb pillow that I want to snuggle up to and pretend it is Jon Snow in his cape, $195 at Horchow. (Sorry, Tyson.)

I fell hard for this King’s Landing-esque bone inlay mirror at the New York Gift Show. It wants to live in my guest bathroom. (Sold to the trade, but I can order it for you.)

And all of Kelly Wearstler’s pre-fall jewelry collection is very Daenerys Targaryen:

Are you feeling this Game of Thrones style moment, too?

By | 2013-06-17T08:43:23+00:00 June 17th, 2013|Style|1 Comment

The best finds for summer parties (whales and monograms continued)

I wasn’t finished. My inner Cape Cod /Coronado/Anywhere But Here issues have turned up more to show you. We really need some beach parties, my friends. Or Sundays in Coronado and concerts in the park. My tableware wishlist:

I’ll be having these Durban plates from Serena & Lily, four for $148. They look handmade and will transfer seasons well when my nautical obsessions end and the pumpkin problems start.

I found this fab cast iron whale bottle opener at Solo Cedros in Solana Beach (best accessory shop in San Diego), squawked, then brought him home. You can find him online here. $22.

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I don’t care if these flag napkins are trite. I need them for fourth of July celebrations on Coronado. $29.

American Flag Napkins, Set of 4

I’m having a total whale moment. He’s a cocktail shaker from Pottery Barn and I had to have him. $59.

Whale Cocktail Shaker

You can’t channel Cape Cod without monograms. These gorgeous things are four for $58 from Mark and Graham, a new Williams-Sonoma offshoot with monograms for days and days.

Linen Satin Stitch Dinner Napkins

Porcelain ice cream cones. OK, yes. Here.

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Octopus Cake Stand, $248 from Bhldn. Which I still hate typing. Can we not just spell it out? Beholden. Much easier.

These are acrylic, gorgeous, gray and made for outdoors.  A mere $3 each at World Market.

Save me from all bottle openers and whales. $24 at Bhldn.

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I saw this pillow in January at dinner with Annie Selke and the people who made it. And I freaked out. They probably thought I was weird. It’s indoor-outdoor, embroidered, and awesome. Also available in red and navy. $75. I can order it for you.

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By | 2013-05-29T05:37:44+00:00 May 29th, 2013|Style|1 Comment

C. Wonder’s Nautical Moment = Cape Cod and Joy

My annual nautical shop fest is running at full tilt, and imagine my delight to find excellent help during a midnight online voyage to C. Wonder. We’re in trouble, my fellow shipwrecked friends. Big trouble. I’m ordering the lobster bottle opener in mass for all summer hostess gifts. Look at this anchor-whale-lobster distraction:

 

Ring set worthy of daily summer wear, $38.

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Nautical flag bracelet (there’s a necklace to match), $98:

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My beloved lobster bottle opener, $15.

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You know there’s an anchor version too, $15:

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Anchor belt buckle. I have a vintage one, but this is still tempting. $38.

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Of course there’s an iPhone case. $35.

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I’d totally wear this whale sweater, $88.

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Anchor pendant, $48, with matching $34 earrings that are on their way to me.

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What’s coming to you?

*This post is unsponsored. I just really need to spend the summer on a boat.

 

By | 2013-05-28T06:36:50+00:00 May 28th, 2013|Style|1 Comment

My finds for summer decorating: thrills and steals.

It’s going to be 102 degrees in Phoenix today, which means that the only thing I want to do is lie on the couch, drinking watermelon agua fresca and looking at catalogs in which summer is pretty and you need a sweater at night. Happily, this behavior means that I’ve unearthed excellent summer finds for your house — both high and low.

THRILL: Clearly, my friends at Serena & Lily are trying to make me crawl to their offices in Sausalito on my knees. These striped chairs were made for my backyard. $1795 each. .

STEAL: Striped outdoor pouf from CB2, which I’ve put into my shopping cart about four times. I need them. No, I don’t. I need them. I REALLY don’t. $89.95.

STEAL: Get your stripes on with this entire frenchified collection. $895 for an outdoor sofa that looks imported from France and will last forever? Bargain, in my book. We’re installing this at a home on Coronado this week. I also think it would be great pulled up to a kitchen table. And the bar cart! Also from Serena & Lily, which is just killing it lately.

THRILL: Despite all of my preaching about a moratorium on chevron, which I cannot stand to see anymore, I just brought this beach tote home from Anthropologie, $78. “It’s not really chevron,” said my sister Heidi, in the store. She’s lying, but that was nice of her. I love it.

THRILL: This coral-esque chandelier was just introduced at High Point market. It’s all you’d need to make a room. Available through me at DeCesare Design Group. Let’s order two. One for me, one for you.

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STEAL: Lucite boy/girl bookends from The Novogratz at CB2, $49.95 each. Love those Novogratz.

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STEAL: Giant drink dispenser with a bird on top, $29. And don’t miss the giant $20 mason jar version, both at Cost Plus World Market.

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THRILL: In person, these crocks are so stylish and heavy, $39-$49 at Pottery Barn. My sisters and I approved.

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STEAL: These dip-dyed stools from Serena & Lily (told you, on FIRE) will also be making a cameo at the house on Coronado. And at my house. Just $58 and $68.

STEAL: Stitched outdoor pillows with  major style from West Elm – even better in person and in stock at the Scottsdale store. And they’re on sale — $24.

Outdoor Embroidered Stars Pillow

THRILL: Loving these sayings pillows that we have  at Design*Lab.  I am tempted to wrap up “You’re Right” and give it to myself, from Tyson, as a hint. He’s one of THOSE men. Love him, but I’ve never heard these words come from his mouth.

Here’s to the good life this summer, indeed.

P.S. Did you hear my news? I’ve joined the design team at DeCesare Design Group. Renovating? Decorating? Building a new house? Telephone moi or send me a note:  480-668-5490, jaimee@decesaredesigngroup.com

By | 2013-05-13T07:07:18+00:00 May 13th, 2013|Style|2 Comments

Local Love: A New Blow Dry Bar and the new Pizzeria Bianco

Years from now, it’s possible that the blow dry bar will be hailed as one of the greatest luxury developments of our time. Remember when they invented sliced bread? Yes, you could do it yourself, but it makes such a mess. Blow-drying your own hair? Same ending (with a lot of extra sweat and frizz.) In this case, $35 brings a LOT of joy.

I live in prime blowout real estate. There’s a drybar in one direction, and the Blow Dry Bar by Kimberly in another. Today, Kimberly Robson is opening a second location near the Scottsdale Quarter.

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When I leave, my hair looks like this:

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and this:

Big smiles, all around. Find these hair goddesses here.  (At the Lincoln location, ask for Stephen. He’s my man.) Above photo by Allison Tyler Jones Photography.

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Second set of important news: there’s also a new Pizzeria Bianco open at Town and Country on 20th Street and Camelback in Phoenix. In the space that Bianco used to call Italian Restaurant, there’s now Pizzeria Bianco in front, and Trattoria Bianco in back.

The most important part: Ty and I went last night, and THERE WAS NO WAIT. We sat down at the bar, ordered icy Cokes in glass bottles, and had the Wiseguy and the Sonny Boy pizzas in front of us within 20 minutes.

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This is my favorite thing to eat in Phoenix:

It’s also pretty inside. Bianco is all about the vintage find. I wish he’d take me shopping with him, or let me do it for him.

His father’s paintings are all around.

And have the chocolate Italian Ice for dessert. We love it so much that I tried to replicate it here. (Pretty close, my friends. Pretty close.)

By | 2013-05-11T08:27:56+00:00 May 11th, 2013|Style|0 Comments

BREAKING NEWS: Jaimee Rose for DeCesare Design Group

I’m thrilled to get to tell you about this:

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Isn’t this exciting? Some of you know I’ve been secretly taking one or two design clients each year and working those projects on nights and weekends. And now, I can do so much more — and with Caroline DeCesare, too, who I think is one of the best there is — anywhere, bar none.

(That’s a peek at our offices, above. Tomorrow I’ll give you the tour, and you’ll be as twitterpated over the place as I am.)

Caroline DeCesare comes from Wiseman and Gale, then helped start Vallone Design, and now has her own firm. I used to study all of her images for technique and inspiration and send her fan mail at night. She also owns Design*Lab, one of my favorite boutiques in the country.

And now I’m in her club.

I LOVE it. I love helping people tell their stories in their homes. I get to use all of my decor-obsessing and journalistic training to make it happen. Yes, journalism. I interview you within an inch of your life to make your house feel your own.

So, call me. Send me an email. Let’s talk about your house. This is going to be fun.

jaimee@decesaredesigngroup.com    *      480-668-5490

More Caroline genius, below:

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The team:

Big thanks to Allison Tyler Jones of ATJ Photo for the image on my announcement. Talent for days.

By | 2013-05-08T07:09:32+00:00 May 8th, 2013|Style|2 Comments

The $40 Ikea throw that is going to change my life this summer

I was standing in the aisles of Ikea, gripping and bunching and rubbing and shaking my head. A soft 100% linen throw? With chic black stripes and fringe? Am I really at Ikea? Indeed. The godsend Alplocka Throw is $40, and I need three, at least.

If you’ve never lived la vida linen, know that it’s summer salvation, especially in Arizona. It breathes, wicks moisture, cools you and keeps the temperature just right. This throw is going to change my life this summer in the following four genius applications:

USE #1: Throw over every lounging surface in house — chair arms, sofa corners, beds — as an ode to the life lived in the MATTEO catalog — my beloved linen bedding source. (Which I can now order for you! As part of my new and very exciting collaboration! Which I am SO excited to tell you about in the next few days.)

A linen throw to cuddle up to on a hot summer night is practically the only blanket you’ll need.

USE #2: Garden party tablecloth, except I’d cut it into runners and lay them the other way, so that the fabric doubles as place mats and fringe dangles onto your lap.

USE #3: Tyson and I have been discussing picnics, parks, Sunset Cliffs and Coronado. There will be cheese, crackers, linen, and mini pies to come. This is the perfect picnic blanket.

USE #4: Beach blanket — up high, or on the sand. Better than a towel, and you can walk off the beach pretending it’s a pareo, if you wish.

What a find! Save a few for me.

 

 

By | 2013-04-24T08:01:21+00:00 April 24th, 2013|Style|0 Comments

New York in the Spring (and a great book for the plane)

Marni and I are heading to the city tomorrow for a girls’ weekend and photo booth spree. I’ve never seen New York in the spring. I want to go to the flower market and buy lilies of the valley in homage to Nora Ephron and You’ve Got Mail. (Best New York movie ever, to me.) Helpfully, the city also publishes a guide to monthly blooms. We have big plans for walking, experimental theater, sophisticated art shows, and window-shopping.

Follow our adventures on Instagram, if you’d like (@JaimeeRoseStyle). Here’s what’s going in my carry-on:

Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings is the big, buzzy book of the moment, and I’m biting. It’s about being a teenager at summer camp. I love living in books that remind me of being a teenager in the summer.

Have you ever been to New York in the spring? What was your favorite moment?

By | 2013-04-03T08:19:42+00:00 April 3rd, 2013|Style|0 Comments

Weekend Projects: the Easter Egg Edition

I’m in the mood for a weekend of family, creativity, and general joy. These egg crafts are tempting me to invite my niece over to help. She will eat jelly beans and chatter. I will make obsessive-compulsive Easter eggs. Behold, the contenders:

These calligraphed eggs  from Oh Happy Day are made with tattoo transfer paper.

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You all know my silhouette leanings, which are particularly excited by the bunny and the pipe in these eggs by Rook No. 17.

I’m into the chalkboard art and the plastic egg garland — I’d need mine to be all white, however. Instructions on Eclectically Vintage.

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Gold leaf eggs from Sugar and Charm — I want to do a gold leaf monogram.

Lynne Bonnell, you should make these crocheted eggs — as seen on LVLY.

Paper strip art from Julep. I like this project best in steps two and three, actually.

I want to do a set of these glitter dots eggs from Domestifluff in shades of silver, gold and taupe. Easy — they’re made with glue dots.

Which is your favorite?

By | 2013-03-15T07:12:05+00:00 March 15th, 2013|Style|1 Comment