Style Notes: August 2012


We are lucky to have the opportunity to see and share so many beautiful things on the site, but sometimes we feel like time moves far too quickly, and as editors, we tend to always be looking forward, trying to stay ahead of the game. To counteract this tendency, we’ve decided to take a moment every now and then to look backwards, not only to make sense of what we’re doing and to observe how our tastes evolve — and they certainly have over the years — but also to savor the moment a bit longer before it speeds off into distant memory. We’re hoping these style notes will serve as a little curated journal entry to mark each month: here’s what we were loving, making and talking about this past August. Enjoy! — Kate

Image above, clockwise from top left: Illustrations by Sarah Dennis, New Yorker for a Day, Jeannette & Justin’s Wedding, OneFortyThree, Banquet Workshop, Ladies & Gentlemen


Organic Darks & Lights

This month we saw a wealth of simple, organic beauty that immediately put us at ease. The use of raw materials like wood, leather and rope was prevalent, as was the play between pale airy neutrals and deep matte blacks and midnight blues. The style reminds me of a wide open desert or prairie as you’re lying in the golden wheat or on a sand dune, staring up at puffy white clouds. I love this peaceful but dramatic look, and I think it will continue to pop up as we head into fall and winter.

1. Zodiac Pillows from Kin Ship

2. Vintage Inspiration: Copper Watering Can

3. Sneak Peek: Ariel Alasko’s Studio

4. Nightwood Weavings

5. Sneak Peek: Tara & Percy of Jersey Ice Cream Co.

6. Umami Mart

7. DIY Project: Recycled Leather & Wood Shelf

 


Bohemian Rose

Maybe it’s the extra sun or the wanderlust that inevitably strikes during summer, but we also found ourselves gravitating toward bright, cheerful interiors; rich textile patterns and prints; and sunset hues — in our cocktails and our home decor. Lauren Moffatt’s home (bottom right) was a favorite of mine, as was Amy’s collection of objects inspired by Frida Kahlo, an artist who seems to embody summer’s lushness and radiance.

1. Style Icon: Frida Kahlo

2. Sneak Peek: Kate Alexander & Matt Kardos

3. Digital DIY Project: Electronic Bookplates

4. Boucherouite Rugs at Beldi

5. Sneak Peek: Lauren Moffatt

6. Sneak Peek: Sara Leete and Travis Lette

7. Behind the Bar: Brittany McGuire’s Rosada

kyra

Hmm, somehow I misinterpreted the premise at first and thought this was going to be a look back at Augusts past from d*s. Not sure how I managed that, but it got me to thinking: I love how Smitten Kitchen links back to recipes from one, two, three, etc. years ago with each recipe. It would be so fun to have a peek back at previous years’ posts at the end of current ones. Think about it!

Bettina Deda

Hi Kate, thank you for sharing this and taking the time to look back! In these days everything seems to be fast paced and we hardly stop and do nothing! I live and work as as stylist in Sydney, Australia, and definitely agree with your trends towards raw natural materials (http://pinterest.com/bdcolourdesign/rustic-industrial/) and colourful bright interiors. Check out my Pinterest board for Australian colour trends 2012: http://pinterest.com/bdcolourdesign/colour-trends-2012/.

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