TGIF party people! This is my last weekend in the city for a while, and I have every intention of keeping it low-key. I’ll be busy tidying up lots work and home-related things, all the while enjoying the crisp Fall weather, a friendly game of golf, a family dinner and perhaps a cocktail or two. Have a good one wherever you are!
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The 15 things every woman should own by 30, according to Lauren Conrad. I own 11/15 and you? Should I buy a cake stand (even though I don’t bake), a coffee maker (I go out for coffee), a sewing kit (or is the seamstress at my local dry cleaners good enough) and a vacuum (or does a dust-buster count?). —MyDomaine
First impressions are everything, your entrance is no exception.
Get a head start on entertaining season by upgrading your foyer in five easy steps. It’s a quick project you can easily tackle on the first weekend of October, pumpkin spice latte in hand.
Choose a signature scent
The best way to get started is to tackle the easy stuff first. Choose a signature scent for your home and light a scented candle in your foyer 10 minutes before guests arrive. A new scent is an easy way to update your foyer for the season and it’s the easiest way to leave a good impression on your guests.
Set the mood
Good lighting is everything so make sure your entrance is covered in that department: a statement ceiling lamp, a pair or sconces or a simple table lamp should suffice. Installing dimmers on each light fixture is a quick way to create the perfect mood.
Keep clutter at bay
Making a list of every item you keep in your entrance is the best way to asses what your storage needs are: keys, mail, gloves and handbags should all have their dedicated spot. Have fun shopping for cute trays and baskets for each item on your list.
Brave the elements
With hurricane Joaquin on the horizon and winter looming, a few accessories can come in handy: a hat or coat rack, a boot tray and an umbrella stand. Making sure that each item you bring into your home has a dedicated space will dramatically reduce clutter in other parts of the house. Use a regular and wipeable tray to store your dirty boots. Invest in a pair of Wellies and a solid umbrella while you’re at it.
Lessons in layering
Come winter, people need a space where they can sit down and comfortably put on their Sorel boots. And let’s be honest, you need a spot to throw your handbag when walking through the front door. Invest in a sturdy and stylish bench, and tuck it under your console to maximize space.
Once everything is in its place, add a few accessories. A runner in the hallway will create warmth and a sense of coziness in the space. Hanging or leaning art against the walls will create perfectly layered look.
IMAGINE WALKING INTO THIS MANHATTAN MANSION FOR WORK EVERY MORNING…
Having to work everywhere this past week while my internet was re-installed got me thinking a lot about workspaces—more specifically the importance of creating a work environment that’s not only practical and comfortable, but that also leaves you inspired.
The team from Trunk Club—a startup that provides styling services for men (and soon women!)—created the ultimate inspiring workspace when they moved into a mansion near Rockefeller Center in NYC.
Each room in the mansion was designed by a different fashion house: Vince, Theory, Orlebar Brown, John Varvatos… Every room is completely unique and unabashedly cool: brass bar, leather sofas, sheepskins, statement Serge Mouille chandeliers… This office is more than a workplace—it’s a lifestyle space where the lines between living and working are beautifully blurred.
Historically for men only, Trunk Club is now accepting women clients on a waitlist basis. No need to say I put my name down, if only for a chance to tour their beautiful offices (and get a wardrobe makeover of course).
No Internet, Day 5: I’ve worked from everywhere from cafés to friends and family’s houses and I’m patiently using up every last drop of my personal hotspot data while the technician installs my new internet service which will hopefully be bigger, better, faster with sprinkles on top.
All of this displacement has got me thinking of comfort: what makes a workplace (and by association a home) comfortable when the temperatures start dropping. Lighting is key as the days get shorter. I fell head over heels with these candy sconces from Cedar & Moss—I just want to bite into them. Flats, sweaters and everything soft are a welcomed change from the pearly sweat of hot summer days. Candles are a must: I’m currently burning Tomas Maier for Diptyque’s Old Montauk Highway… And something sparkly to brighten the dark days ahead.