Weekly Wear to Ware Update-Janelle Monae

 

Weekly Wear to Ware Fusion of Fashion and Interiors

 

It’s no secret I have a love for fashion and interior design. Last year I started a weekly post on Instagram with the hashtag #weartowarewednesday.

 

These weekly post are a fusion of my two favorite passions, fashion and interior design. A fashionable outfit catches my eye, the wear, and I find a room or home decor objects (ware) inspired by the fashion statement.

 

 

Quite the following has grown on Instagram for this weekly post. This year I am making sure to publish the #weartoware post here on the blog, although they may not all have a full blown write up with them or be published on Wednesday. But I’ll give it my best shot.

 

 

Sunday night was the 60th Annual Grammy Awards and I live for the glitz and glamour of Red Carpet fashion moments.

 

 

I know, I know, everyone loves Beyoncé, she is brilliant and all hail to Queen Bey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my book the singer-songwriter/actress Janelle Monáe rules and reigns. She is known for what she calls her “uniform” a minimalist black and white wardrobe on the red carpet.

 

In Monáe’s 2012 acceptance speech at the Black Girls Rock ceremony she spoke candidly about how she was a maid when she began her career in the music industry.

 

She said her mother was a proud janitor and step father a postal worker and father a trash man and they all wore uniforms and in honor of them she wears her black and white uniform.

 

Come On! Don’t you just love her??? What a way to stay grounded!

 

At the Grammy Awards Janelle brought the glamour with a very tailored Dolce and Gabbana tuxedo with floral embroidery on the shoulders, sleeves, and wide legged pants with a ruffle tuxedo shirt underneath.

 

 

She really brought the fire with her newly cropped platinum and black pixie cut slicked to the side and accessorized with jeweled bobby pins.

 

 

 

This ain’t your grandma’s embroidery.

 

Singer Janelle Monae on the red carpet at the 60th Grammy Awards with black floral embroidered tuxedo and an embroidered chair

 

images via instagram.com/janellemonae  chair image credit: namedesignstudio.com/

 

 

In the fashion world embroidery is emerging and will continue to trend as the summer months approach. And as fashion goes so goes interiors. The embroidery trend easily finds a home in the Bohemian world of interiors.

 

When I saw Janelle’s outfit I immediately thought of the beautiful, embroidered hand made Suzani textiles. I will write a blog post soon about Suzani textiles, it is amazing workmanship and I think you will enjoy it.

 

What I truly love about Janelle’s Red Carpet look is she combined who she is ( tailored and minimal) with a trend-embroidery. It’s what I as an interior designer believe to be true, inspiration plus interpretation equals individual style- in spades!

 

If you have an inspirational item or want to try a trend in your home and need help interpreting it into your individual style lets schedule a quick phone chat to discuss your needs HERE.

 

In the future look for more wear to where post in the archives (so much to do so little time) in case you missed them on social media.

 

P.S. Wondering where else you have seen Janelle? In 2016 she was in two critically acclaimed movies.

 

She was one of the female scientist in Hidden Figures and she was a supporting character in Best Picture of the Year, Moonlighting, which is still on my long list of movies to see.

 

Oh, and she is a spokesperson for the cosmetic company Covergirl. So, if you don’t fast-forward through commercials like I do, you may have seen her.

 

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The Ugly Truth About Design

the ugly truth about design

 

I have been a designer for several years now and whenever someone learns I’m an interior designer their first response is, “Wow, what a fun job!” The misconception is that creative fields are not work, it’s all fancy fluff, and hardly worth taking seriously. Today, I’m going to talk about the ugly truth of design.

 

Most of the time In response to the “Wow how fun” remark, I smile idiotically and take a swig of my cocktail and agree, “Yeah, so fun”. At the same time, I’m rehearsing the conversation I will have with my client about the electrician going AWOL, the fabric we designed the room around and ordered five weeks ago being on back order for two more months, and the light fixture arriving with a missing part… are we having fun yet?!

 

Although there are many aspects of the design process I love and it may be fun, make no mistake about it – interior design is a legitimate profession that involves real life issues, safety standards, and real hard earned money.

 

Trust me – many designers (including myself!) never talk about the unglamorous side of design – like measuring a building in 90+ heat with no air conditioning, schlepping back-breaking boxes of tile samples around, or the exhaustion after a day of installation all to provide that big reveal moment to our clients.

 

So when it comes to the so-called glamorous side of design, we’ve earned every sexy second of that fleeting experience because our day to day lives don’t remotely look glamorous.

 

If the design world looks fun from the outside, it’s because any designer worth their pearls will never let onto the ugly truth about design (unless they absolutely have to). Mums the word when it comes to the near-misses, sleepless nights, and endless amounts of cookie-dough consumed just to make everything perfect for the client.

 

As designers, we do so much more than create a pretty room and fluff pillows. To execute a project to completion, we step into many different roles such as mediator, motivator, negotiator, forensic accountant, counselor, and ninja problem solver because of the many different personality types we expertly juggle on any given day.

 

The same way Michael Jordan dominated basketball and made a slam dunk look so easy, we design professionals are so good we make the whole process seem easy – almost like we waved a magic wand to bring the vision from your head into existence!

 

And that’s how we know we have done our job well – when we can give you the best home experience possible within your budget, we make it all look easy and dare I say…fun.

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Easily turn your guest room into a hotel retreat

 

When you’ve got company coming, does it feel more like, “Hooray, I’m all set!”, or is it more like, “Oh NO – we have so much work to do!”?

If it’s the latter, I completely understand. Right now, your guest room is probably feeling a lot less like a retreat and more like a wreck. You started off with good intentions, but it has become the graveyard for various misfit household items.
Fear not – here’s a checklist to turn your guest room into a hotel quality retreat.
 

Clear the Clutter

First things first, get rid of miscellaneous odds and ends and PS? The forgotten work out equipment lurking in the corner does not make your guest room a hotel retreat. It’s time to say goodbye to the exercise bike and hello to a spacious room.
 

Sleep On a Cloud

Do you recall your last hotel stay? The bed was the bees’ knees. It felt like you were sleeping on a cloud, right? To recreate that hotel retreat feeling in your guest room, start with a quilted mattress protecter and add a foam topper or fiber bed. Next crisp white, high quality sheets – at least 400 thread count. Nothing ruins a good nights sleep like cheap, itchy sheets.
Top it all off with fluffy down pillows and duvet cover with a lofty insert.
Keep extra blankets and pillows on hand for good measure.
The bed is the epicenter for turning your guest room into a hotel retreat after several hours of travel so it’s worth the extra attention. For additional specifics on achieving the perfect hotel bed at home check out this post here.
 

Nightstand and Lamp

Keep the nightstand in arm’s reach to hold personal items, an alarm clock, and a few of your favorite books and local magazines for your guests to enjoy.

Internet Essentials

Type up your household’s wi-fi password and print it out and place it into a simple photo frame that matches your decor. Easy access for your guest.

Privacy

Be sure to have blinds or drapes at the windows for your guests’ privacy and to allow them to sleep in at their leisure without the morning sunlight awakening them.

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

Provide a full length mirror to allow guest to be confident in their appearance. If space is limited there are versions that hang on the back of doors to save space.

Seating

If space allows, a chair, chaise or ottoman is a nice perch to allow your guests to change in or out of their shoes.

Luggage Rack

Luggage racks are not only relegated specifically to hotels. Lots of retailers sell them. This small change easily ups your hosting game and helps turn your guest room into a hotel retreat. Besides, you don’t want dirty luggage hoisted up onto your beautiful bedding, right?

A Pretty Tray

Outfit a mirrored or wicker tray with a couple of bottles of water and cosmetic pouches stocked with toiletries of mini shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrushes, a sleep mask, mouth wash and dental floss. These mini luxuries are the finishing touches to turn your guest room into a hotel retreat.
Hopefully this checklist will ease the stress of preparing for overnight guest throughout the year and the upcoming Holiday season. Below I created a convenient graphic for you to save to Pinterest to refer to later when you really need it.

 

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