Posts Tagged ‘Guest Blog’

Get To Know: Ellie Somerville, Lonny Associate Editor

Clockwise from top right: Reinaldo Lourenço’s Spring 2012 Collection, Alexandra Champalimaud Lafayette rug, Ellie’s signature colors of blues and greens with current fave “Studio Green” from Farrow and Ball, Ms. and Mrs. Minimergency Kit in gold, Alexandra de Markoff “Really Red” lipstick, Mrs. John L. Strong notebook, Limed Oak Pagoda Nightstand, Bodum French Press, Lonny magazine

Associate Market Editor Ellie Somerville joined Lonny magazine after its very first launch in 2009. Born and raised in the South and a graduate of the College of Charleston, she now calls Manhattan home. A lover of picnics and travel, Ellie describes her style as “masculine yet romantic” and admires interior design for its ability to create everyday, livable art.

When she’s not scouring the market or assisting on photo shoots, Ellie is learning to cook and dreaming about her next vacation (this time to Istanbul). Like most New Yorkers, she is currently faced with the challenge of designing a small apartment (most recently a studio), but because of her strong sense of Southern hospitality, she hopes to someday have a space large enough to host Thanksgiving dinner.

Give us a peek into your personal style, faves and hot trends to watch out for!

  • My signature colors: : Blues and greens. They’re peaceful and not at all girly. I especially love Farrow and Ball’s “Studio Green.”
  • 5 things in my handbag right now: iPhone, Alexandra de Markoff “Really Red” lipstick (thanks to Callie at Scout Designs for that recommendation!), Mrs. John L. Strong notebook for spur of the moment ideas, Ms. and Mrs. Minimergency Kit (always comes in handy), and a take out menu from Macaron Café (their sandwiches are the best).
  • Trends I have my eye on: Although the use of geometric patterns isn’t necessarily new, I loved Reinaldo Lourenço’s fresh take on them in his Spring 2012 Collection. Plus the patterns are so easily translated into home items – a great example being the Lafayette rug by Alexandra Champalimaud for the Rug Company.
  • The superpower I would love to have: Teleportation! So I could travel the world…
  • I can’t live without: Coffee. In any form. I love making mine in this Bodum French Press.
  • My favorite place on Earth is: I don’t think I could ever actually decide on my favorite place, but I love “The Cottages by the Sea” on St. Croix. They’re not at all fancy but one of the most beautiful and relaxing places I’ve ever been!
  • Book I am reading right now: The $12 Million Stuffed Shark by Don Thompson. A great read about the economics of contemporary art.
  • Layla Grayce items I covet: I’m in the process of decorating my new apartment so it’s hard to narrow it down! Lately I’ve been on the lookout for a tiny nightstand and I think the Limed Oak Pagoda Nightstand is just the piece I need. Also it’s so cool that Jamie Young has forayed into fashion! I would take this Jitney Bag with me everywhere.

Get To Know: Tara Shaw (And Enter Our Giveaway)

Tara Shaw
Clockwise from top: Tara Shaw Maison French Biblioteque, pearls, Tara Shaw Maison Venetian Mirror, Tara Shaw Maison Swedish Rococo Bench, Tara Shaw Maison Italian Fauteuil

Tara Shaw Collection of antique reproductions
Tara Shaw Maison Italian Fauteuil Chair, Tara Shaw Maison Italian Table with Mirrored Top, Tara Shaw Maison Gilded Iron Cachepot on table, Tara Shaw Maison French Biblioteque, Tara Shaw Maison Vellum Books (on shelves)

Tara Shaw Collection of antique reproductions
Tara Shaw Maison pieces: Swedish Side Chairs, Swedish Formal Dining Table, on table: French Grande Polished Cloche, Italian Four Light Candelabras and French Grande Polished Platter, Large 12 Arm Italian Chandelier, Swedish Corner Cabinet shown with Shell Jute Tassle on upper cabinet door, 2 French Petite Matte Cloches and French Moyen Polished Cloche

Tara Shaw Collection of antique reproductions
Tara Shaw Maison French Jardiniere displayed on French Wooden Pedestal flanking the Tara Shaw Maison Shelter Sofa in Belgian Linen with Pillows and Tara Shaw Maison Swedish Rococo Coffee Table

Tara Shaw Maison Italian Four Light Candelabras (2), Tara Shaw Maison French Grande Polished Cloche on French Grande Polished Platter, Tara Shaw Maison French Polished Compote with Tara Shaw Maison Gilded Italian Lantern suspended overhead

Tara Shaw is the epitome of New Orleans charm, from her southern accent to the French flair of her designs. As both an interior designer and importer of antiquities, she’s long been bringing the best of her European finds back for her clients. Now with the introduction of her gorgeous collection of antique reproductions, Tara Shaw Maison, it’s almost like hiring Tara for your own home! We’re thrilled to introduce you to the fabulous woman behind the collection and give you a chance to win one of her amazing pieces.

Give us a peek into your personal style, faves, inspirations and guilty pleasures!

  • Signature colors: Typically, I work in neutrals for interiors and wear black or cream (I travel a lot and it takes the planning out of packing!) But I think each space calls for a fresh idea; never cookie cutter. Right now I am working on a showcase house in LA (House of Windsor) where I used orange and taupe accented with black and my sepia art pieces.
  • My 5 favorite Tara Shaw Maison designs: I always list the Maison Biblioteque as my favorite (it was the piece that made me start my reproduction line). I have the Rococo bench in the front foyer of my home and a pair of Maison black lanterns over the bar in my contemporary kitchen. The Silverleaf Venetian Mirror hangs over a vanity in my powder room, juxtaposed with contemporary German chrome fixtures, and last but definitely not least, the tall back Italian Fauteuil is in my living room, a favorite chair for my husband!
  • Coffee table book I love: Style by John Saladino
  • My favorite place on Earth is: Lucca, Italy.
  • Cause I care deeply about: The inner city of New Orleans. We work with a program that helps men and women get a new start. We have used the participants in their addiction recovery program as our workforce for many years.
  • In my handbag right now: Burt’s Bees for lips, dog treats for the 2 whippets that travel with me, a Maison Pearson hairbrush, my iPhone and vitamins.
  • My guilty pleasure is: Shopping for antique jewelry.
  • The superpower I would love to have: Being able to time travel.
  • You’d be surprised to know: I cook for my husband almost every night I am home.
  • My signature go-to fashion item: Pearls, pearls, pearls! I don’t care if I am in flip flops or a long gown, I have my pearls on.

Tara Shaw giveawayIT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!
Tara’s bringing her southern hospitality along. One lucky winner will receive her French Petite Cloche and Platter (retail value $134) in matte finish. Comment below or on Facebook, telling us what your favorite Tara Shaw Maison piece is and why and you’re entered to win. Contest closes at end of the day, Wednesday, June 22nd.

Congrats to Christine Ash Perry!

Get To Know: Dabney Lee (And Enter Our Lucite Tray Giveaway)

Dabney Lee
Clockwise from top right: Oly Studio Grayson Chandelier, Dabney Lee Personalized Large Lucite Tray, Laura Mercier concealer, Nars blush, DwellStudio weekender bag, Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design by Tamye Riggs, 1000 Fonts: An Illustrated Guide to Finding the Right Typeface by Bon Gordon

Dabney Lee
Dabney Lee Personalized Salt and Pepper Shakers and Personalized Ice Bucket

Dabney Lee Personalized Square Lucite Tray
Dabney Lee Personalized Square Lucite Tray

Designer Dabney Lee Woglom brings together her love of bright colors, bold patterns and fun fonts to create her signature Dabney Lee collection of home and paper goods. And we are equally enamored with the endless ways you can personalize her pieces to match your own style as we are with Dabney’s colorful, fun personality. Let’s get to know her better!

As someone who says “color has no rules,” what tips do you have for making the most of color in our homes?
I have always loved color and been drawn to bright, bold pattern! I think mixing and matching patterns is such a fun way to decorate and define your personal style. Since my hubby isn’t as much of a fan of bold colors, I love pairing a pop of color with a neutral in our home. I recently had some pillows made with our fabric and they turned out fabulous. We used tangerine, gray and robin’s egg. The result was stunning and we were both happy.

Give us a peek into your personal style, faves, inspirations and guilty pleasures!

  • Signature color: It’s always been bright green, although I am seriously loving orange right now. Basically any bright colors are my favorite!
  • Favorite Dabney Lee design: Our trays are my most favorite piece we offer. I love how versatile they are and Lucite is a major obsession of mine.
  • Favorite Layla Grayce items I crave for my home: The Oly Studio Grayson Chandelier… OMG…. I die! Also the DwellStudio weekender bag. We have triplets so this is the perfect bag for weekend getaways with the babies.
  • I can’t live without: My hubby + babies! And diet coke!
  • Signature fashion look: Right now I am living in white jeans and tunics… it’s my easy + chic summer style. I love this tunic in pebble from Calypso.
  • Favorite coffee table book: 1000 Fonts: An Illustrated Guide to Finding the Right Typeface by Bon Gordon. I am obsessed with fonts, so this is my favorite book right now. I can seriously drool over the pages for hours and hours. Also Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design by Tamye Riggs which I bought for Rachael (our director of production who also shares a healthy font obsession). I almost couldn’t give it to her because I wanted it for myself!
  • Beauty products I use daily: I swear by my Laura Mercier concealer. I also love my Nars blush in “orgasm”… the name just cracks me up!
  • You’d be surprised to know: I met my husband in a bar when we lived in California. He sent me over a shot and it was love at first sight! Now we live in Brooklyn with our 16 month old triplets and 2 cats. It just goes to show, you never know who you’ll meet on a random Thursday night out with your girlfriends!

Dabney Lee is graciously offering her favorite Lucite Tray to one lucky winner (choose one of 39 fab, colorful background patterns and the monogram style of your choice). Since Dabney Lee is such a lover of typefaces, to enter this giveaway you’ll have to let us know what YOUR favorite font is. Comment below or on our Facebook and you’re entered to win. Contest closes at end of the day, Wednesday, June 8th.

Get To Know: Event Planner And Blogger Camille Styles

Event planner and blogger Camille Styles

Clockwise from top: Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Hob Bag in Cream, Laura Mercier bronzer, Maybelline “The Colossal” Mascara, signature colors of nay, white and linen, DL Rhein Double Conch Embroidered Pillow, DL Rhein Sea Grass Embroidered Pillow, Aidan Gray Eli Dining Arm Chair in Dark Linen, Lyon Mirror

We’ve long admired the savvy styling of Camille Styles, from her candy-colored bejeweling for the Kendra Scott Flagship Store Grand Opening to her chic sophistication in Monochromatic Monday blog posts. We’re thrilled to bring her talent to the Layla Grayce Backroom Blog as a contributor spotting trends and translating them to fashion, home interiors, entertaining and lifestyle. Join us for Camille Talks Trends on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month! Camille shares her signature style with us today:

Give us a peek into your personal style, faves, inspirations and guilty pleasures!

  • My signature touch on my styling: In my job, I design events with drastically different looks since my goal is making my client’s unique vision come alive. But for my own parties and interior design, I definitely gravitate towards the “orglamic” look (organic meets glamorous!) I love combining natural materials like wood and coral with gilded, sparky accents.
  • What are your best tips for incorporating trends? Although I do gravitate towards timeless pieces in fashion and interior design, I love staying current on trends so that my look always feels fresh! For me, trends are about being unafraid to take some risks and always having fun with style. No need to take it too seriously! My typical uniform is a classic look, like a great white shirt and perfect-fitting dark jeans, paired with a trendier handbag and bold colorful jewelry.
  • Signature colors: White, “Linen,” and Navy.
  • I am inspired by: Traveling to new cities (esp. Mexico, Italy, and Paris!)
  • Favorite Layla Grayce items you’d want in your home: Aidan Gray Eli Dining Arm Chair in Dark Linen, Lyon Mirror and the entire line of DL Rhein ocean-inspired pillows.
  • Favorite coffee table book: Vanity Fair: The Portraits
  • I cannot live without: My iPhone, Bliss Hand Creme and a Pilates Mat.
  • Beauty product I use everyday: Laura Mercier bronzer and Maybelline “The Colossal” Mascara in black.
  • Cause I care deeply about: Finding a cure for cancer, and supporting the needs of millions of cancer survivors. Livestrong is based here in Austin (where I live) and it’s amazing to be part of what the organization is doing to change the world.
  • My favorite guilty pleasures: Oh no, so many! Reality TV (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Bachelor), Cookies & Cream Ice Cream, and weekly manicures.
  • Signature fashion item: Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Hob Bag in Cream – goes with everything, works for every season and holds a TON.
  • Websites or Blogs I frequent: coco+kelley for interior design inspiration, The Glamourai for fashion ideas, 101 Cookbooks for healthy recipes, and of course I’m working at many, many times daily.
  • 5 things that are in my handbag right now: iPhone, business cards, Burts Bees Lip Shimmer in watermelon, big black sunglasses, notebook for jotting down inspiration.
  • You’d be surprised to know: I went to a semester of culinary school last year!
  • If I could have a super power it would be: Having an amazing singing voice. Mine is so awful, that being the next Alicia Keys truly would be a true miracle!

Congrats to Jennifer Minter, our winner of this Sweet Ballerina!

Get To Know: Catherine Fitzsimmons of Rikshaw Design (And Enter To Win Giveaway)

Catherine Fitzsimmons, Founder And Designer of Rikshaw Design

Clockwise from top: Moroccan oil, Arteriors Jarrod Carved Wood and Mirror Pendant, Rikshaw Design Children’s Romper, Catherine and Jumby, Bungalow 5 Jacqui Console Table, Rajasthan by Pauline Van Lynden, J. Crew Gladiator Sandals

Rikshaw Design Goa Twin Bedding Set

Rikshaw Design Goa Twin Bedding Set

Rikshaw Design Clothing for Kids

Rikshaw Design Sunhat, Rikshaw Design Booti Turquoise Kurta Tunic, Rikshaw Design Udaipur Green Bloomers

Rikshaw Design Taj Pink Crib Bedding Set

Rikshaw Design Taj Pink Crib Bedding Set

Catherine Fitzsimmons of Rikshaw Design has a knack for designing charming prints that bring a Bohemian flair to both home decor and apparel. A spontaneous adventurer, Catherine first became captivated by the tradition of block-printing while visiting India. “Watching the Indian artisans create gorgeous block printed textiles in person left me mesmerized”, says Catherine. “I fell in love with the imperfections of a block print, the saturated colors, and the true artistry and dedication that it takes to finish just one meter of fabric. I instantly knew that I wanted to incorporate those techniques with my design sensibility for pattern and color, to create a line that would be loved both by the child as well as the parent. While our customers might first be drawn in by the prints and color palette, they are won over by our quality- each piece is soft, comfortable, and truly get better with age.” Catherine created Rikshaw Design in 2008 and we are thrilled to offer her Bohemian inspired collection of bedding for the crib and home, children’s accessories and clothing.

What’s your best tip for bringing the boho vibe into our decor and homes?
My best tip is there aren’t any rules! Mix old with new, layer patterns and textures and make sure it has a relaxed, comfortable feel.

Give us a peek into your style obsessions, faves, inspirations and guilty pleasures!

  • Signature colors: For interiors I love a pop of orange and hot pink, but I generally wear cool colors like greens and blues.
  • Favorite Rikshaw design: I love the new children’s romper, it’s too cute for words! And I am also really pleased with the new prints for our women’s kurtas this year.
  • Favorite Layla Grayce items you’d want in your home: Arteriors Jarrod Carved Wood and Mirror Pendant and the Bungalow 5 Jacqui Console Table
  • Favorite coffee table books: Rajasthan by Pauline Van Lynden is a beauty… full of beautiful Indian color!
  • Signature fashion look: Tucker blouse, Ernest Sewn jeans, fun strappy gladiator heels from J. Crew.
  • Favorite beauty product: Moroccan oil – gives me the perfect beach hair.
  • I cannot live without: My dog Jumby.
  • My favorite place on earth: I am not sure I have been there yet, but a white sandy beach with nothing to do but stare out at turquoise water is pretty amazing.
  • My favorite guilty pleasures: Bubble baths and reality tv.
  • A superpower I would love to have: To be able to time travel!

Rikshaw Design giveaway
Get the boho casual look with Catherine’s favorite kurtas sized for the younger set! Enter to win 2 Rikshaw Design children’s kurtas in the prints of your choice by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page telling us what your favorite Rikshaw Design product is. Enter before the end of the day Wednesday, 3/23/11.

Congrats to Tiffany S., the winner of the Rikshaw Design giveaway!


Guest Blog and Giveaway: Sefte


Renown for the quality of their luxurious bedding, throws and pillows, Sefte is also known for taking organic linens and eco-friendly practices to the next level, utilizing the skills and abilities of Vietnamese artisans to bring their opulent hand embroidered collections to fruition. Twin sisters Jennifer and Sarah pooled their passions along with “soul sister” Michelle to form this unique company. We welcome Jennifer today, as she gives us the inside scoop on Sefte and her partners:

Tell us how Sefte came to be
Each of us brings something unique to Sefte.

Michelle is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, where she actually studied furniture design but secretly lusted after textiles. She spent many years heading up Product Development for Design Within Reach’s bedding collections as well as doing color and trend forecasting. In her spare time, she volunteers at various organizations (including MOMA SF) that help instill the value of the arts and architecture in local teenagers.

For Sarah, the seed that would eventually become Sefte was planted years ago when she served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. There, she worked closely with artisans and business people financed by micro-loan initiatives, giving her invaluable insight into the nuances of business enterprise within developing nations. Upon returning to the states, Sarah translated her experience to New York’s financial market by working within the Latin American division of a Manhattan based mutual fund company.

For me (Jennifer), the launch of Sefte marks the ultimate culmination of passions and interests. I’d been devoted to the sales and national marketing of luxury textiles for many years. Before that, my passion for the culture and languages of developing nations took me on a two-year development project in Central America to promote bilingual, environmental education for rural Costa Rican children.

Sefte began with Sarah’s love of hand-made pieces, Michelle’s obsession with textile design and my penchant for vintage European linens. It developed into a commitment to the lifestyle that is needed to create all three. A lifestyle that nurtures time to imagine and create by hand, and then allows for the moments to enjoy these creations. A lifestyle in which you take time to read, reflect and dream. Time to whisper, to listen, to relish one another. It is this slower, more elegant way of living life that is inspirational to Sefte and to each piece we create.

Simply put, we want to inspire people to make time.

How did you come to name your company Sefte?
Sefte is the old English word for ‘soft’. Softness was and continues to be our tactile and philosophical inspiration. Each of our pieces is inspired by our desire for people to want to touch these items and layer them with other Sefte pieces. We want our customers to have an overwhelming desire to wrap themselves in Sefte.

We also want people to live more softly. We want to remind them to make time. We believe people should slow down and spend more time connecting with the people they love. We want to encourage togetherness by crafting beautiful, soft, touchable textiles—meant for reading stories, spooning, dreaming, talking and cuddling.

What attracted you to Vietnam and Peru, and how do you give back to those communities?
Our artisans in Peru and Vietnam give soul to our designs. Each piece they create is a work of art, woven or embroidered by hand, by a single artisan. Because they are hand-made, each piece is one-of-a-kind and has a luxuriously heirloom quality.

Our organization of women in Vietnam practices the lost art of intricate hand embroidery which is helping bring both social and financial independence to these women. In Peru we work with an organization called Mirasol Project which translates money from Fairtrade yarn sales into the building and financing of schools for the local alpaca shepherds’ children. We feel it is important to support the traditions that provide such beautiful yarns, and believe it is essential to educate our customers for its historical continuity and cultural development.

Let’s get to know the girls a little better with a “quick-fire” round of questions:

  • Blogs I check daily: Sarah: The Sartorialist, Pink Wallpaper, Coco + Kelley
    Jennifer: Remodelista, Greige Design, Sacramentost, Pretty Little Green Things
    Michelle: Remodelista, Leatrice Eiseman color blog, RISD (have to see what my alum are up too!)
  • My first job was: Sarah: Health volunteer with The Peace Corps.
    Jennifer: Sarah’s lying. We both started our ‘careers’ lifeguarding on the beaches of northern Lake Tahoe, where we grew up. She was stronger, but I was fast. Nobody drowned during our watch.
    Michelle: Helping my grandmother in her ceramic studio/ she taught ceramics and I was in charge of helping with the electric kilns and glazes.
  • My favorite color is: Sarah: it changes; right now it’s lavender.
    Jennifer: WHITE!
    Michelle: today – soft hues of blues, either grayed blues or carribean water colors. Tranquil blues.
  • I cannot live without: Sarah: Joshua, my 7-month old on my hip and my twin sis by my side.
    Jennifer: my new cruiser bike. I’m dying to strap my new nephew, Joshua, to the back of it and cart him all over town.
    Michelle: family and friends. They are an essential part of life.
  • My favorite guilty pleasure is: Sarah: Spa treatments…I don’t’ care which one…any one will do.
    Jennifer: 70% dark chocolate
    Michelle: I’m with Jenn on this one… love my dark chocolate…
  • The best advice I ever received is: Sarah: Do one thing a day that scares you.
    Jennifer: “Dare greatly.” Courage is one of the qualities I respect and admire most in humanity. I search for it daily in everything I do.
    Michelle: follow your dreams and passion. Sometimes the easiest road is not always the right choice, believe in yourself.
  • A cause I care deeply about is: Sarah: The Nature Conservancy: Jenn and I grew up in Lake Tahoe and spent so much of our lives outside in the mountains. Sefte draws so much of its inspiration from nature. I want to protect it.
    Jennifer: volunteerism. I believe everyone should find time to give, unconditionally without any expectation of receiving something in return.
    Michelle: volunteering for programs with children.

Wrap yourself up in this giveaway:
Sefte Maya Boucle Hand-Woven Throw with 8 Prepare to get cozy! Sefte is generously offering a Maya Boucle Throw Blanket in cream to one lucky reader at a value of $440. To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment here or on our Facebook page telling us about one special thing you always slow down to take time for. Contest ends Friday, November 26th at 6pm EST

Congrats to Stephanie Landis, winner of the Sefte giveaway!


Giveaway & Guest Blog – Jenny Flake of Picky Palate

Jenny Flake of Picky Palate
giant oatmeal m&m cookies

The Picky Palate has moved from occasional bookmark to daily read for us as our mouths water at the delectable images. Founder Jenny Flake turns everyday items into tasty treats with recipes even a novice can pull off. Jenny stops by today to give us a glimpse at the woman behind the wildly successful blog, and tomorrow debuts an incredible recipe that will make you shine like a star at your holiday cookie exchange.


Giveaway & Guest Blog – Amy Butler

Amy Butler interview and giveaway

We love her spirited designs and confident color palettes, but ultimately it’s the authentic Midwest charm that endears us to Amy Butler. Taking artistry from fabric to fashion to flooring, the Amy Butler brand appeals to both our modern sensibility and our eclectic nature. Amy joins us for a rare sneak peek at the story behind the designs.


Giveaway and Guest Blog: Bedhead Pajamas

BedHead Cotton Sateen Ruffle Pajama in Carolina Paisley
Bedhead Cotton Sateen Ruffle Pajama in Violet Vienna

BedHead pajamas are a personal favorite of many of our Layla Grayce staff, and we can’t wait to get our hands on the new designs for fall. Known for having vibrant prints cut with their signature tailoring and luxurious comfort, this season BedHead branches out to include a flirty and sophisticated ruffled cotton sateen pj that has us all aflutter. Founder and designer Renee Claire offers us a behind-the-scenes peek into how she got started along with a free set of pj’s to one lucky winner.

What was the inspiration for starting Bedhead?
I was going to Europe for what I anticipated to be the last dress collection I would design, and was pondering over what I would do next. While planning for my trip, I searched everywhere for a pair of sophisticated pajamas to take with me and came up empty handed. A light bulb went off ~ I realized there was an obvious gap in the marketplace for a quality made women’s pajama that was somewhere in between slinky/sexy and boxy/unflattering ~ and BedHead was born!

What influences your design and color selection?
Well, I love to travel and often draw inspiration from something I see on my journeys; other times it’s nature. There are really beautiful things all around us if we stop and take the time to notice them. I’m also influenced by art and design concepts, so those come into play in many of the patterns.

What does the future hold for BedHead?
Each season we keep attempting to expand and reinvent our loungewear in some way. This fall we are introducing a tuxedo ruffle pajama that’s getting great feedback! Last season we had phenomenal success with our stretch collection so we plan on adding some solid tanks and printed bed jackets to respond to the demand for more of these “lounging” pieces.

How does BedHead give back to the community?
BedHead has always been a female owned business and we hold women’s issues close to our hearts which is why we support The National Breast Cancer Foundation. And since we are very ingrained in the community of Los Angeles, we also really love supporting local schools and our local charity, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation which strives to provide quality housing and education in the Figueroa Corridor near the garment district in Los Angeles. In addition, all our pajamas are made in downtown Los Angeles, providing much needed jobs to residents in this area.

Let’s get to know Renee a little better with a “quick-fire” round of questions:

  • Blogs I check daily: I love Women’s Wear Daily and My Fashion Life; even though we are in the loungewear business, it’s always good to stay on top on what’s trending each season. I love to see what other designers are doing with colors and lines.
  • My favorite color is: sky blue
  • My first job was: a waitress at a restaurant called Ducks on the Roof
  • I cannot live without: my yoga classes
  • The best advice I ever received is: It sounds cliché but the best advice I got was to never give up and to just keep persevering despite the odds. We’ve had good times and bad times at BedHead, but I’ve never had the mentality to throw in the towel; you’ve got to just dust yourself off and get back at it and learn from your mistakes!
  • My favorite guilty pleasure is: fine wines
  • A cause I care deeply about is: Esperanza Community Housing Corporation

It’s giveaway time: One lucky winner will receive a pair of BedHead Ruffled Pajamas in their choice of either Carolina Paisley or Violet Vienna! To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment here or on our Facebook page telling us about your favorite bedtime story or ritual as a child. Contest ends Friday, September 10th at 6pm EDT.

Cap Sleeve Lounge Set in Green Peacock Feather
BedHead Lounge Set in Green Peacock Feather
BedHead Cotton Sateen Classic Afternoon Primrose Pajamas
BedHead Cotton Sateen Classic Afternoon Primrose Pajamas
BedHead Stretch Hot Pink and Lavender Sunflower Children's Pajamas
BedHead Stretch Hot Pink and Lavender Sunflower Children’s Pajamas
Bedhead Classic Flannel Lapis Fleur De Lis Pajamas
BedHead Classic Flannel Lapis Fleur De Lis Pajamas

Congrats to Ron Miller, the winner of our Bedhead Pajamas giveaway!


Guest Blog: Anne Sage of The City Sage

We’ve long been fans of The City Sage blog, and are delighted to interview Anne Sage, creative visionary and founder of The City Sage who uses her discerning eye to treat us to the latest and best in fashion and interior design. Anne’s the friend everyone wants to have with an incredible sense of style and humor and is here to share it with us today.

How did the City Sage come to be?
I attended college at Stanford University, where I majored in English and History. After completing my undergrad degree I moved to New York City, where I planned to pursue a Masters of Interior Design at Pratt Institute. I lasted about six weeks before realizing I wasn’t cut out to be an interior designer–I kept trying to turn my design assignments into written essays! So I found a job at a boutique advertising agency, where I worked doing public relations and consumer strategy.

But my dream–really since high school–was always to work at a magazine. I stalked the job boards and applied for every editorial position under the sun, all to no avail. Finally I threw up my hands and said, ‘Well, if no one will hire me to work at a magazine, I’ll just start my own!’ And that’s how The City Sage was born. It’s my own little daily magazine, and I’m the editor-in-chief, the art director, and the producer all rolled into one. I love the freedom I have with the blog; the only limits are the ones I place on myself, and even those are fewer and farther between!

How would you describe your personal style in fashion and home decor?
Fashion wise, my personal style is ‘elegant modern’. I gravitate towards solid pieces with top-notch materials and no frills construction. I like pieces that are feminine without being girly and I definitely focus each season on investing in one or two high end pieces, instead of several trendy throwaway items. I love Vince, J Brand, Elizabeth and James, and Alexander Wang for casual basics; Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Bottega Veneta for dressing up; Miu Miu, Chanel and Loeffler Randall for shoes; Tom Ford and Oliver Peoples for sunglasses; Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent for bags.

When it comes to decor, I love the weathered old-world class of an aging Parisian atelier; the spare, relaxed vibe of a mid-century Scandinavian space; the glitz and graphic glamour of Hollywood Regency style. I’m exposed to so much inspiration every day, it’s hard to decide for my own home so right now my apartment is a hodgepodge of flea market and vintage shop finds.

What trends are catching your eye this season?
For fashion, I’m craving wrinkled, tough-luxe leathers; military-inspired hues like army green and khaki; throwback 1970’s silhouettes such as platform heels or drapey tee shirts tucked into high-waisted trousers; and anything leopard print.

For interiors, I’m obsessed with walls, ceilings and upholstery in a shade of midnight blue so deep it’s almost black; using iconic pieces in irreverent ways (I totally wish my bathroom were big enough to fit a wishbone chair and tulip table next to the tub!); and a faded Edwardian granny vibe complete with chintz, cabriole legs, and antimacassar doilies.

Let’s get to know Anne a little better with a quick-fire round of questions:

  • Blogs I frequent are: Plush Palate, DesignLoveFest, {frolic!}, Coco + Kelley and This Is Glamorous.
  • My favorite color is: a difficult-to-identify shade of mauve. The color of a mouse’s ear where it fades from pink to the grey of his fur.
  • My first job was: working as an elf at a shopping mall Santa booth.
  • I cannot live without: fruit. I think I was a rainforest bat in a previous life. Grapes, cherries, strawberries, watermelon: I haven’t met a fruit I don’t love!
  • The best advice I ever received is: a friend of mine before I left home for college said, ‘It’s okay if you don’t like it.’ And in the ten years since then, I’ve recalled her words every time I feel like I’m forcing myself to do something I’m not passionate about. As a consummate perfectionist, I have to remind myself that it’s okay not to like everything, not to be the best at everything, to put my energy into only the things that truly make my heart sing.
  • My favorite guilty pleasure is: weekly manicures and pedicures–I splurge on the extra 10 minutes of leg massage, and I choose my polish colors based on the names I like best. Lately I love Lapis of Luxury!
  • A cause I care deeply about is: animal welfare. I’ve always loved animals but since getting my two sweet kitties a year ago, I can’t imagine my life without them. I can’t wait until we have a larger house and can adopt more needy furry friends into our brood!

Be sure to check out Anne’s blog The City Sage and the rest of the storyboards and photo credits for “Over The Top Girly Glamour” that is shown above – we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do!