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Keren Wants…North Africa

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Threshold by Target, Catrinka Project, Lamps Plus,  Duro Olowu JCP, Zinc Door and J. Crew

1. Zinc Door Worlds Away Oval Wastebasket Orange & Cream | 2. Amrita Singh Tina Stretch Cuff | 3. Catrinka Project The Siba Clutch/iPad Case – blue | 4. Matthew Izzo Worlds Away Crosby Chocolate Oak Veneer Console | 5. Lamps Plus Le Souk Ceramique Set of 4 Tabarka Design Latte/Soup Mugs | 6. Duro Olowu for JCP | 7. J.CREW Cab Fan Crystal and Bead Earrings | 8. Le Creuset Moroccan Tagine – Marseille 2 qt | 9. Target Threshold™ Brass Animal

Keren / The Walkup

Narciso Rodriguez X Kohl’s

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Drawing inspiration from the vibrant city of Istanbul, the Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation collection is available at Kohl’s for a limited time. Known for his perfection of color blocking and “the line”, Narciso’s entire collection was inspired by a trip to Turkey and features misses’ outerwear, dresses, skirts, pants and shirts with prices ranging from $30 to $150. That price range means that yours truly can afford to “splurge” on a few pieces at a time!

Features distinguishing the line include color blocking, the interplay of black and white, tuxedo separates, and ultra-feminine dresses. One of the foremost American designers during the last two decades, Narciso Rodriguez plays a singular role in global fashion. As the famed, sunglass bespeckled Anna Wintour, editor in chief of American Vogue has said, “No one but Narciso has ever made a simple line look more stunning.” Narciso’s minimalist, clean design aesthetic runs throughout the collection which is also highly affordable. As the son of cuban immigrants, I appreciate Rodriguez’s offer of simple yet affordable mastery.

Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation Colorblock Ponte Sheath Dress.  Structured, measured and balanced with beautifully slimming proportions. Mustard deep yellows mingle with royal purples and tethered by a basic black.

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Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation Colorblock Ponte Dress. A gorgeous and unexpected color palette. Sky blue mingles with maraschino cherry reds, burgundies and fuchsia. Professional yet cheerful!

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Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation Wool-Blend Coat. A billowing coat’s silhouette, cinched at the waist and juxtaposed with ultra slim tights.  The pink is uber feminine, but tamed by then manly style of the smoking jacket lapels, and robe cut.

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Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation Lurex Tweed Jacket. Sophisticated and professional fabric blends meet dark and whimsical accoutrements. Intellectual, wasp meets punk rock mall rat.

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Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation Colorblock Sweater and Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation Crepe Tuxedo Pants. Rodriguez is continuing the trend of high-profile designers doing collections for retailers to give public access to world-class fashion at affordable prices. He has been honored with three CFDA Awards, named one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanics in America” by Time Magazine, and won the Fashion Icon Award from the Pratt Institute. In the look above, sea-foam greens and blues mingle with the seriousness of a black rectangle. The color play is quirky yet enlightened.

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While my inspiration was drawn from the ancient and historic city of Istanbul, the collection is designed for today’s modern woman,” said Narciso Rodriguez. “Kohl’s DesigNation has given me the opportunity to deliver beautiful, quality clothing to women at a true value. It is exhilarating to see the collection come to life.” Thank goodness for these inexpensive yet chic and rich collections. My closet and wallet are thankful!

Chartreuse

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Oh how do I love this color, let me count the ways: it’s exactly halfway between yellow and green, it has a citrus-like hue, it’s both cheery yet, moody, AND it’s named after alcohol. Could this so called “apple-green” color (more Granny Smith, than Washington or Fuji) get any better? The answer? YES.

Bold chartreuse wallpaper pops against crisp white bedding and carpeting.Design consultant Alison Booth, owner of Booth Supply, reupholstered a chair from her grandmother in a bright polka-dot print and swapped white lampshades for matching blue ones. From Canadian House and Home, HERE.

The shades in this seventies meets South Beach home are inspired by seaglass! Photographed by Ted Yarwood and designed by Timothy Mather. From Canadian House and Home, HERE.

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There were two French liqueurs, one referred to as yellow chartreuse (introduced in 1838), and the other as green chartreuse (introduced in 1764). Each type of the aforementioned liqueur was made by Roman Catholic monks in the Chartreuse mountain range in eastern France. That’s a lot of chartreuse terminology. So, are you following this transitive etymology? The monks were located in the mountains, the mountains were named Chartreuse, the monks named the liquid after the the mountains, the world named the color after the liquor, thus the color is named after the mountains. Side note: : Liqueurs are for nuts (hazelnuts, almonds), cordials are for fruit (lemon, orange, etc).

I am loving this restored entryway table. Check out the “second-coating, HERE. 

The  original liquor formula is said to call for 130 herbs, flowers, and secret ingredients combined in a wine alcohol base meant to be a type of alchemical “elixir of long life”. The monks intended the recipe to be used as medicine, but with saffron coloring and 40% alcohol (80 proof), it is more likely to cause cirrhosis of the liver, then longevity. But, in moderation, the cocktails are phenomenal, and the color is even better. It is thought that the closest naturally occurring chartreuse-like color is that of the Anjou or Bartlett Pear, algae, lovebird, grass, or lime. Since its hue oscillates between yellow, green, and sometimes a warm olive green-brown it can also be used as a form of camouflage color.

Room designed by Chelsea Aterlier Architect, PC.  I love the interplay of materials: plastic, glossy surfaces, aluminum, glass, wood, steel, and lucite. It’s almost like an entire factory is mingling.

This damask and metallic space is a little ostentatious but also extremely luxe. Dining room designed by EJ Interiors, HERE.

Must love birds. Chinoiserie meets high tea meets the ornithological society of America. Room designed by Katie Ridder Rooms.

It’s like a zebra found its way into a paint can! Dining room design via Cynthia Mason Interiors, HERE.

Because the yellow-green is a naturally occuring tincture it plays well with other natural floral colors such as tangerine oranges, baby blues, salmon pinks, and various grapefruit shades.

This small, modern, Chicago, ranch living room was designed by Interiors by Mary Susan, HERE.

Warren Platner’s famous steel wire chairs for Knoll, here in Betsey Johnson’s dining room, found HERE.

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The sweeping silhouette of this table is reminiscent of the Tulip table designed by Eero Saarinen, one of Platner’s first bosses. “Midcentury modernism resonates for me,” says Adler, who paired Warren Platner’s 1966 dining table from Design Within Reach with his own Chinese Chippendale chairs. The chandelier is from the 1970s. Curtains are Hinson’s Montauk Texture in Aegean, the same fabric used for the living room curtains and ottoman. Image found HERE via House Beautiful.

HOW CAN YOU LIVE IN A BOTTLE OF CHARTREUSE LIQUER?

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