Yellow Cab, Gypsy Cab, Dollar Cab, Holla...no, I'm not back yet










Ok, I lied. I was intending to post more, but then we found (and moved into) a sunny, little place in Harlem! I'm so excited to be back in Manhattan. Aside from the bangin' garbage collection-party happening outside my window at 4:15 am this morning, I've fallen in love with my new neighborhood. Two crazy, possibly-homeless guys even hit on me this week. Ah, there's nothing like Manhattan for a girls' self esteem.

Also, I'm just super relieved that I don't have to scour Craigslist on a minute by minute basis looking for a new pad. If you're a New Yorker out there you know what I'm talking about here.

More to come soon! Ciao, depressing commute!


Image source: piccsy.com via kristy on Pinterest


{Photos} Boho Kaleidoscope: Greens, Pinks & Blues

Hello again, hello.

So I finally had some momentum when - SMACK - life threw me a bagful of reality check. Ever happen to you??

And like so many other freelancers out there, I've had to brush off my suit and return to the 9-5 life.

Good morning, 2-hour commute!

Now that the transition is finally happening, I'll have my routine/sanity back soon. In the meantime, am I the only girl out there sad to say adios to summertime? I'm still pinning all the globally-inspired greens, pinks and blues I can find in an effort to keep the sunshine on my skin!


xoxojess

 


 






Sources: 1. Anthropologie; 2. Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick via Houzz; 3. Little Blue Deer; 4. ABC Home & Carpet; 5. Domino; 6. Elle Decor 

Luxe Nomad + Vintage Americana

Being back in the States has me dreaming up a vintage-inspired Americana experience for ourselves. I just want to pull on my kicks this fall and head out west for the likes of New Mexico, Arizona or Nevada. I can't believe I haven't been to the Grand Canyon or Joshua Tree yet! How terribly unpatriotic. So for anyone else out there looking for a way to combine the quintessential American road with your gypsy spirit, look no further than this recent The New York Times article.

L.A.-based designer Rachel Horn actually renovated a vintage Airstream trailer as a gift for her husband to experience the elusive Burning Man Festival this week.


I've seen fabulous Airstream renos before, but none as global-inspired as this one. Seriously, I'm so in love with this place. 

Check out the black walls, Corian counters and Moorish arches.

 


Gorgeous details abound. How lovely are those tassels and bronze chains? Supposedly Ms. Horn bought her Airstream for $5,000 on Craigslist....


...and invested something like over $20,000 in refurbishing it.


Yep, I think I could *probably* manage to spend a few days in the Nevada desert inside this baby. How 'bout you?

Global Industrial + Restoration Hardware Catalog Fall '11

Wowza. I don't normally post entries like this but couldn't resist with this sheer overload to my senses. Restoration Hardware just released their largest-ever publication featuring not only their latest decor collection, but also- cue the drum roll, please - "journalistic articles." (They called those "magalogs" back in my publishing days.) 

Supposedly there's a whopping 616 pages of RH goodness. Sounds both enticing and overwhelming. Nonetheless, I dove into the first few pages and found one of (my aforementioned) favorite global styling pieces: birdcages! This time with giant, gorgeous industrial-looking chandeliers inside. Aren't they lovely?? Okay, maybe not totally classified as "global home decor," but still intriguing, unique + absolutely drool-worthy.





Not a birdcage in sight, but RH really knows how to appeal to the francophile, hmmm?

Inspiration galore at Restoration Hardware.
xoxojess

{Global DIY} Beni Ourain Rug + Inspiration

Why is it that my dollars don't stretch far enough for me to actually buy something as luxe and iconic as a Moroccan Beni Ourain rug? With every appearance of these hand knotted, wool beauties in design mags (both print and online), they've seem to go up exponentially in price. In fact, I've channeled my inner child, thrown my hands up over my eyes, and pretty much learned to ignore these rugs completely.


Nope, there's no way a $4,000 rug is gracing my floor...

 

...however mouthwateringly perfect they look paired with a suzani and oversized lantern.

 

Yep, they're subtle and exotic, adding just a hint of a global mood to whatever type of room you have. (And, yes, that's Eva Peron on the wall...be still my Argentine heart.)




...but I still can't justify the price. Unless someone with mad DIY skills can teach me how to recreate one, of course.

And since the talented Danika Herrick from Gorgeous Shiny Things posted her Beni tutorial, I've been a happy camper. Danika took simple ingredients-- an old shag rug, Black RIT dye, an empty spray bottle and IKEA cutting boards-- to create the stunningly simple criss-cross design of these iconic Moroccan rugs. Isn't the result lovely?

*From Gorgeous Shiny Things
The Beni Ouarain are actually a group of seventeen Berber tribes in the mountains of Morocco. And the rugs that bear their name are characterized by simple, borderless design woven exclusively with an ivory background and natural, un-dyed dark brown sheep wool on an abstract geometric motif.




I love that these rugs can be as traditional...





...or electic as your whim carries you.


Do you guys love these as much as all the stylists do? Sadly, I won't be buying one of these bad boys anytime soon, but definitely want to try my hand at Danika's tutorial. Wouldn't it be a great DIY as a simple throw rug? 

Psst...For more comprehensive details on the Beni Ourain tribe and weaving tradition, check out this great entry by berber-arts.com.



Sources: 1. via Atelier Abigail Ahern; 2. via Elle Decor; 3. via Elle Decor; 4. via Coco Pearl; 5. via Gorgeous Shiny Things; 6. Heide Lender via Desire to Inspire; 7. via Elle Decor; 8. via Elle Decor; 9. Living Etc. via From The Right Bank; 10. ATL Home Lifestyles via Sketch42; 11. Martyn Lawrence Bullard; 12. Morrocan Maryam via My Marrakesh; 13. Ondine Karady



{Travel Inspiration} Let's Be Adventurers


"Well, girls, life is an adventure." That's what my dad would say to my sister and me every time we moved to a new town (and I went to a different high school every year, if that gives you any idea of how many times I heard this particular phrase growing up.)

And true to my gypsy form, I'm now off on a quick jaunt down to Philadelphia for a little r&r (whilst catching up with my fabulously stylish sister and her sweet, brilliant son) and couldn't be more elated. I haven't packed my suitcase since June and have been suffering from acute wanderlust withdrawal. So this sweet poster from Fifi du Vie is exactly the type of travel inspiration I need to kickstart the trip and remind me how I became a vagabond in the first place.

Hope all you gypsies out there can get away this weekend, too!

(By the way, oh, hello friend is offering a 50% coupon code on her blog for this fab poster!)

Arabian Nights: Rue Magazine July/August '11

All my obsessing about floor cushions and boho charm made me so very happy to stumble upon this Arabian Nights editorial in the latest Rue Magazine. Beautiful, serene and slightly mysterious...




Don't you love the mix of natural tones, gold and pink? Let out a big, dreamy *sigh* with me now...





See more lovely images from the Rue Magazine spread HERE.

{Global Styling} Floor Cushions + Boho Charm

She's a maniac, maniac on the..... Floor cushions aren't simply for hookah dens and rec rooms, my friends. They're chic, stylish and one of the most budget-friendly options out there when adding a touch of nomad flair to your pad.


Lack of furniture shouldn't stop anyone from having a fab space to relax, nest and entertain. That's what makes floor pillows so fantastically perfect for those of us prone to the jetsetter lifestyle. Don't have the space or dough for that blue velvet sofa? Not a worry! Simply channel your inner Bohemian and swipe some shams for the living room carpet.



Global decor can be as capricious or perfectly reasonable as your personal style leads you. And floor cushions are a quick fix to your/my ever-changing interior design whims.  



Every time I see this photo (above) I remember lounging at a rooftop cafe in Pushkar, India. Really, it wasn't anywhere near as clean as this, and I think you could actually order hashish off the bar menu. But despite the quasi ick-factor at the cafe, nothing beats relaxing on cushy pillows to take in a summer pink sunset.


 

The pillows themselves can go from informal to luxe, depending on the fabric quality, size and shape. And- of course- they certainly cost a fraction of an armchair's price.  

Or they may not. Here's Jean Paul Gaultier's beautiful couture furniture line that stared at me from every Roche Bobois window in Buenos Aires. A bit slick for my taste, but it's certainly the antithesis of rec room decor.

 


It took some time to sell myself on the floor cushion idea. I've always preferred the pouf and ottoman look, which sits up a bit higher and can be used as additional table space. But clearly floor cushions can play the polished part, as well.



For apartment dwellers (like myself) floor space is always limited. While the pillows are not in use, artfully stash under a table or on your bed as temporary euro-sized shams.


I've come to the hard realization that while I'm traveling and living out of a suitcase, I need to choose pieces that can squish into a Space Bag. Also, when prowling through markets and shops, keep an eye out for just the floor pillow covers. Purchase pillow inserts separately which are easily found anywhere at home, making the covers a wonderfully transportable piece.



Where to buy? I love Home Goods and World Market for pillows easy on the pocketbook. For those with a bit more spending cash, I just stumbled across these beauties from Jayson Home & Garden and Tulu Textiles. Love them!!


Hope you enjoyed the floor cushion round-up! If you know of any other resources for global-inspired pillows, please post me a comment.
xoxojess

Sources: 1. HK Living via Decor8; 2. & 13. Lonny Magazine; 3. & 12. Selina Lake; 4. Stephanie Lake Design; 5. Domino Magazine; 6. via Emmas DesignBlogg; 7. Style at Home Magazine; 8. via Little Blue Deer; 9. via Roche Bobois; 10. via  The Beautiful Soup; 11. Elle Decor Magazine; 14. unknown; 15. & 16. via An Indian Summer; 17. Jayson Home & Garden; 17. Tulu Textiles via Amber Interior Design