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The Gold Standard

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They say “nothing gold can stay” however, these pieces at least will look pretty while visiting…

Gold, gilded, gold metal interior design items and furniture one / two / three / four / five / six /seven / eight 

Gold Metal and White Apartment

White, wood and Gold Metal Spanish apartment by Mikel Irastorza.

And now to nerd out for a moment, “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost. “― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Mixology (23)

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This Dessert That Room

The layered creams and soft chocolatey browns of a delicious Italian tiramisu lend themselves to salvaged wood, mismatched chocolate tones, and Italian leather. Room via Do You Fancy This?

This Dessert That Room

The Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, as made famous by Carrie Bradshaw, are buttery old-fashioned treats. The delicate pistachio cupcakes are whipped up with pistachio meringue buttercream and topped with the nut itself! These special treats also have hand designed cupcake wrappers. The room is by Robert Passal presented at the 2012  Hampton Showhouse. The deep greens, playful feminine pinks, and delicate vanilla-colored detailing match the delicious dessert perfectly. The statement wallpaper is a custom design withBlack Crow Studios. Image via Tilton Fenwick.

This Dessert That Room

A classic creme brûlée (also known as burnt cream) revolves around custard and hardened caramel colors. A mint leaf adds a bit of color to the earth toned palette. A room that captures the crisp geometric patterns of a doily, as well as the dark tones of an earthenware ramekin is both calming and reminiscent of burnt sugar via Design Milk.

This Dessert That Room

A fluffy whipped marshmallow cloud is feminine and delicate in this lovely Baked Alaska photograph (and recipe) by Sarah Phillips via baking911.com. Dainty gold leaf plates with Victorian touches are reflected in this rustic yet opulent shabby chic haven. Photographed by anson smart, styled by lara hutton for Country Ctyle Australia as scanned by Dust Jacket Attic.

This Dessert That Room

Inspired by the tempting visions of French pastry shop windows yet with the patriotic colors of the American or French flag, the fruit tart (tartes aux fruits) is a perfect summer treat – recipe of the vegan tarts and photos by Green Sage.  Blueberries, strawberries, peaches, cherries and mangoes in the desserts translate into blues, reds, oranges and peaches in a bright, high contrast bedroom created by Interior designer Janet Gridley. The whimsy of mismatched historic wallpaper, granny squared quilts, nautical hints, red lacquered side tables and rope fixtures are bold and cozy. Images and complete room by D Magazine, here.

What dessert would YOU choose? Bon Appétit! 

K.V. (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!

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