{R O A M} More Chic Eats by Eileen Boyd

Dining out is really a sensory experience. Of course, the emphasis is on the food, but the lighting and furnishings, color palettes and music also play a hand in how our taste buds register that meal. It's all about the V I B E S! I love discovering new eateries that not only satiate my appetite but also appeal to my design ethos. Restaurant interiors tend to be more avant-garde and playful in their designs. I love when I leave feeling inspired and sometimes I even walk away with a clever idea for a client's home.  

Check out these chic restaurants and give them a go the next the time you find yourself in their city...

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{I N S P I R E D} Studio State of Mind by Eileen Boyd

                                                        Martyn Thompson Studio via 1stdibs

                                                        Martyn Thompson Studio via 1stdibs

Currently in the midst of a big studio revamp, I find myself reflecting on how much time I spend in my atelier. The truth is that studios are truly an extension of our homes—sometimes we even call them home like the lovely and talented NES Creative team or the insanely artistic textile artist Martyn Thompson. I'm happy to report that more and more industries are seeing the value in creating well-designed, positive workspace interiors. I know that I am so much more productive when my own space is happy and bursting with artistic energy.

Here are a few creatively inclined studios that I love and hopefully they will inspire your workflow...   

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{D E S I G N} Architect Spotlight: Bjarke Ingles by Eileen Boyd

                                                                    All images via BIG

                                                                    All images via BIG

I call architecture frozen music.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I find the above sentiment to ring so true about architecture, but also design in general—I always say there's a certain harmony that comes together when an interior hits all the right notes. There is something especially mellifluous about the work of architect Bjarke Ingles. I've been in awe of his work for quite some time and was delighted to see him featured on the Netflix series, Abstract. So often words like 'visionary' and 'rule-breaker' are thrown around, but Bjarke is rewriting the whole script with each creatively executed and environmentally-minded structure he dreams to life. Here are a few of my favorites. 

{H O R I Z O N} Best in Show: Salone del Mobile 2017 by Eileen Boyd

                                                                  Image via CC-Tapis

                                                                  Image via CC-Tapis

Every April a plethora of talent descends on Milan for one of the design industries biggest trade shows, Salone del Mobile. This fashion-minded city pulls out all the stops and the creative energy can be felt far and wide. From the gallery exhibitions in the Brera District all the way out to the main event at the Fiera Milano, the best in design is front and center everywhere you turn. Unfortunately I couldn't make it this year, but I've been glued to my Instagram loving all the new products and inspired installations from some of my favorite design houses.

I had to get in on the action, so here are some unforgettable moments.

Grazie Milano!  

1/ Matter Made 2/ Germans Ermics 3/ de Gournay + Aquazurra 4/ Apparatus 5/ Marni Playground 6/ Dimore Studios 7/ Calico 8/ Sabine Marcelis 9/ Lee Broom 10/ Brühl 

{A R T} The Writing's on the Wall by Eileen Boyd

Gallery walls are like a visual puzzle that is so much fun to create. What makes them interesting is the scope of the images that you want to showcase. One recipe that I often use is a mix of different mediums, like we did in our Nantucket beach house (above): Line drawings, photography, oil paintings, sculpture, pastels, posters and collages. When I buy art, I buy it because I like it and then somehow make it fit into the tapestry of a collective. 

If you’re looking to make your own gallery wall, one common thread could be a similar color or a similar frame. Using various sizes of images make it feel more like that visual puzzle that gets worked and reworked until it fits just right. The advantage of a gallery wall is that you don’t have to commit to one arrangement; you can change your mind and shuffle the art around as you go, and that way there is no stress when putting holes in the walls. Think seasonal or have your own art show in your house! Make the artwork the pattern and color, and keep all the furniture monochromatic.

A well curated collection of an art or gallery wall can consist of art bought at a thrift shop, your child’s first painting and your great uncle’s watercolor masterpiece. The trick is having the confidence to put it all together. Here are a few of my favorite examples, starting with my very own home.

1/Patrick Cline. 2/Stephen Kent Johnson, Elle Decor. 3/Jonny Valiant, House Beautiful. 4/Jessica Klewicki Glynn. 5/Roland Bello, House Beautiful. 6/Victoria Pearson, House Beautiful. 7/Jessica Klewicki Glynn. 8/Simon Watson, Architectural Digest. 9/Simon Watson, Architectural Digest.

{A R T} April Showers Bring May Flowers by Eileen Boyd

Spring has me revisiting one of my favorite artists: Meredith Wing of Moo Mooi. She combines two things I really love—fashion and flowers—so her work instantly puts a smile on my face every time I come across it. She's a fashion illustrator who lives in Australia and sketches the most adorable, dainty women in haute little dresses and skirts made from beautiful blooms and sometimes other fun things like produce, or even fringe, which makes me happy as a designer.  She's already collaborated with Tory Burch, Rebecca Minkoff and Pantone, so I can't wait to see what's next for her! Follow Meredith and her series #SomeFlowerGirls on Instagram at @moomooi! But first, check out some of her drawings here.  

Images via Moo Mooi

1/Bok Choy. 2/Deauville. 3/French Babes. 4/Swing Dress. 5/London Balloons. 6/Mandarin et Cabbage. 7/Marie Antoinette. 8/Magic in the Air. 9/Wildflower Frock.

{V I B E S} Spring Awakening by Eileen Boyd

1/Rug 2/Vase 3/Trench 4/Magazine 5/Lipstick 6/Sconce 7/Perfumes 8/Earrings 9/Clutch 10/Sofa 11/Plate

Big sigh of relief.... Spring is finally here! Now, if only this chilly New York weather would get the memo, we'd be all set. In the meantime, I gathered a few of my favorite springtime essentials to put those warm-weather vibes in motion. I hope some of them become your favorites! 

{I N S P I R E D} Weekend Playlist: Fun Machine by Eileen Boyd

                                                               Image via Only Deco Love

                                                               Image via Only Deco Love

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Here are some fun modern jazz songs to get you in the weekend spirit. I feel like music is my secret weapon when I'm creating—I put on some good tunes in my studio and before I know it my design director Beth and I are in a crazy creative zone. This is exactly what happened when I stumbled upon Lake Street Dive's Fun Machine EP. Crank up the volume and sing along because you will all know these classics, which have been reinterpreted in a really fresh way. Enjoy!

{F A S H I O N} Taking It To The Streets by Eileen Boyd

The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been, and always will be.
— Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham said it best: "The best fashion show is definitely on the street." I couldn't agree more, and that's why I can't get enough of The Sartorialist and all the fabulous men and women Scott Schuman captures along his travels. I always say that everyone has his or her own unique creative footprint, and the choices you make with your fashion even in your everyday life is such a fun way to express that footprint and leave your mark on a given day. Come people-watch with me on the streets of Paris, New York and Milan. I hope it inspires your individual creative confidence!

Images via The Sartorialist

{R O A M} Architecture You Have To See To Believe by Eileen Boyd

                                                                 Images via Ricardo Bofill

I stumbled across this mind-boggling apartment complex in Alicante, Spain called La Muralla Roja or The Red Wall. This brightly-hued cliffside retreat was designed by architect Ricardo Bofill in 1973 who sought to challenge the thought of geometric constraints and ended up breaking every rule in the book leaving us with this oh-so-chic architectural wonder that continues to inspire.

For me the beauty is in the lines, shapes and the negative spaces created throughout and, of course, the kaleidoscope of colors that starkly shift from one wall to the next. And, that rooftop pool!!! I like to think of structures like this as Haute Couture Architecture. Happy Weekend! 

(H O R I Z O N} Flower Power: Inspiring Floral Design by Eileen Boyd

                                                                  Image via Running Wild

With spring finally in view, all I can think about is infusing fresh blooms into my studio and home to liven things up. These days I find myself scrolling through Instagram and uncovering the most creative floral designers. From Running Wild (shown above) and Forage & Fleur to Flower & Fringe and FLWR, each blossoming boutique offers whimsical arrangements through unexpected pairings—some subtle and quiet, while others are bold and exhilarating. 

Here are a few of my favorite online floral boutiques to put those spring vibes in motion...  

These gardenias and lilies from High Camp Supply are one of my favorite gifts to send to family and friends.

The Bouqs always deliver beautiful blooms at great prices.

I love Flower Muse for their wide range of unique flora and their mini-succulents are perfect for this time of year.

{A R T} Fashion Illustrations by Artist Kelly Beeman by Eileen Boyd

I've been an admirer of artist Kelly Beeman's work ever since I discovered her on Instagram. Her Picasso-like figures, saturated color combinations and use of shapes and negative space is wildly interesting. And, I'm always very intrigued by the environments she places her stylish characters in—the details are exquisite and seemingly simplified. Kelly portrays looks for brands like Dior, J.W. Anderson, Mara Hoffman and Tory Burch, and her ethereal approach reveals fashionable illustrations with true feeling and depth behind them. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

{I N S P I R E D} Abstract: The Art of Design by Eileen Boyd

Earlier this month an inspiring new series came out on Netflix that captured the creative worlds of eight visionaries. Covering everything from sneakers and cars to typography and architecture, the series is simply addictive, and I admittedly binge-watched all eight episodes in one day—trust me it's easy to do! 

There's something so fascinating about peeking inside the world of a fellow creative and getting an intimate glimpse into the way they process and harness their artistic landscape. I hope there's a season two in the works! Here are a few highlights... 

Renowned portrait photographer and photo journalist Platon. Actress Rooney Mara shown above.

Renowned portrait photographer and photo journalist Platon. Actress Rooney Mara shown above.

                          Image via Platon

                          Image via Platon

A Somerset residence designed by Ilse Crawford, former editor in chief of ELLE Decoration UK

A Somerset residence designed by Ilse Crawford, former editor in chief of ELLE Decoration UK

Known for his thought-provoking New Yorker covers, here is illustrator Christoph Niemann 

Known for his thought-provoking New Yorker covers, here is illustrator Christoph Niemann 

                                                        Composition by Christoph Niemann

                                                        Composition by Christoph Niemann

{F A S H I O N} The Geometry of Design by Eileen Boyd

All Images via Shihara

A few weeks ago, I posted about wandering into Tomorrowland NYC while shopping for a client in SoHo. Ever since then, I can't get the Shihara jewelry I saw there off my mind! Their geometric shapes immediately grab your attention. For this Japanese atelier, form doesn't just follow function. Rather, the function is designed as part of the form. They're one and the same. Their 3D earrings, for example, integrate the post into the overall aesthetic of the earring instead of being an afterthought. It's such a pure and simple philosophy, yet not everyone gets it quite like they do. Here are some of my favorite pieces of theirs; I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 

{D E S I G N} Glass Architecture by Eileen Boyd

I stumbled upon the unbelievable work of Milano-based design firm Santambrogio | Milano when researching glass formations for a project. To say I was awe-struck by these incredible structures is an understatement to say the least—I was mesmerized and perplexed all in the same breath.

With glass as their muse, Carlo Santambrogio and Ennio Arosio create these stunning homes that are highly cognizant of their environments and leave little to the imagination. From kitchen appliances, stairwells, and interior walls, every element is composed almost entirely from varying grades of glass. There's a tremendous amount of science and consideration that goes into each element of construction.  

So throw on Billy Joel's Glass Houses album and journey through these transparent homes...

{F A S H I O N} Chloé Spring-Summer 2017 Collection by Eileen Boyd

I realize it's February, but Chloé's Spring-Summer 2017 Collection has me daydreaming of springtime in Paris. The Grand Palais—one of my favorite landmarks in the city—lends such a gorgeous backdrop for these free-flowing garments and pretty florals to strut down the catwalk. And I just love the way Clare Waight Keller abandoned tradition with her sinuous setup of the runway and the audience. Enjoy the show!

{A R T} How To Kill Yourself With Chocolate by Eileen Boyd

As if chocolate needed a reason to be any more alluring—now the London-based duo of photographer Martina Lang and graphic designer Valentine Ammeux have created a surreal cookbook on the subject: How To Kill Yourself With Chocolate. If the heavy-hued images and intensely striking compositions are not enough to entice you, then perhaps their findings—indulging in 7.8kg (or approx. 17lbs) of dark chocolate within 24 hours is actually a lethal dose—will catch your attention. 

I don't know about you, but I'm still willing to take the risk!

Purchase your copy here.

{H O R I Z O N} Take a Seat: Sofas You Should Know by Eileen Boyd

                                                                                         Baltus

                                                                                         Baltus

There's definitely an art to finding the perfect sofa. It's such a personal decision with so much to consider and lots of necessary testing involved. I think clients and people in general worry about choosing a sofa because the choice feels so permanent and important within the space. And, while that is true, I'm a firm believer that if you choose something you love you can never go wrong, and somehow you'll always find a home for it.

Now not all sofas were made to live in the same environment. For today's muse, I wanted to focus on a few of my favorite sitting sofas that usually reside in formal areas designed for sparking great conversation. But, these beauties don't give up comfort in exchange for good looks—They've got it all!

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{V I B E S} Living With Man's Best Friend by Eileen Boyd

                       Einstein and Me

                       Einstein and Me

Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.
— John Grogan

Einstein (or as I like to call him, Mr. E.) is a very handsome blockhead English black lab—a true gentleman’s dog. We adopted him in 2011 when he was 2 years old as a released guide dog from the GD Foundation. This means he was trained as a working dog, so he expects to come with you wherever you go. He is a gentle companion who will wait for you until you are done, anywhere you take him. He loves to go for a walk and sniff everything in his path. 

Einstein weighs in at 85 pounds and wants to cuddle with you on the sofa and run around the main floor of my house in and out of each room with his favorite toy. He has his preferred spots to nap in but loves to lay on the rug in front of the fireplace. 

As a designer, I have made my house dog friendly with polypropylene rugs, darker colored sofas, rooms that are not too precious. Dogs want to be wherever you are, and that is especially true of black labs. I put in a doggy door so he can come in and out as he wishes. Our house would not be complete without him.

One of my favorite times of the day is in the early morning when I come down to make coffee and he greets me by rolling on his back for his morning belly rub and gives me his goofy upside-down smile. So good!

Since the unconditional love and companionship of a dog can’t be beat, I've rounded up some beautifully inspired spaces filled with the essence of puppy love. See? It is possible to be chic and accommodate our furry friends. Enjoy!

1/Photo by Simon Upton via Architectural Digest. 2/Photo by Ryan Tansey via Design Sponge. 3/Photo courtesy of Zak + Fox via Town and Country Magazine. 4/Photo by Patrick Cline for EKB Interiors. 5/Photo via Art et Decor. 6/Photo by Kim Lucian via Apartment Therapy. 7/Photo courtesy Brian Patrick Flynn via DIY Network. 8/Photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo via Architectural Digest. 9/Photo by Scott Frances via Architectural Digest.

{F A S H I O N} Haute Couture Week 2017 in Paris by Eileen Boyd

                                                                      Image via CHANEL 

                                                                      Image via CHANEL 

It's hard to believe that Paris could get any more beautiful than it already is, but during Haute Couture Fashion Week the city appears to get an extra dose of effervescence. I look forward to this show every year—the dreamy collections are packed with more inspiration than I know what to do with. I find myself tacking up dozens of looks onto my inspiration board and filling piles of manila folders. 

So, why are the haute couture shows so invigorating? I want to experience fashion that excites me and makes my heart race—like hearing a powerful song for the first time or a new taste you can't get enough of. And, that's exactly what these runway shows do. Each of the following collections are emotional. They're about perception and visual fantasies. I hope you'll get as lost in them and as endlessly inspired as I do.

                                                           VALENTINO: Subtle Impact

This collection really spoke to the power of simplistic forms expressed through a very curated range of colors. It begs the question, what do you want to say without saying anything at all? Highlights for me were the subtle pleating details and long statuesque silhouettes—the entire collection felt very architectural. Bravo Pierpaolo Piccioli! Hard to believe it's his first time showing at Couture Week! 

                                                             ELIE SAAB: More is More

From jaw-dropping jewels and billowy feather accents to strategically embellished patterns displayed on sumptuous fabrics, Elie Saab's couture collection is beyond stunning. What a story teller! There is truly so much to love about each perfectly put together ensemble, and what struck me most was Mr. Saab's effortless use of accessories—everything from belts, headbands, sunglasses, and to-die-for statement earrings. Man after my own heart!

                                                SCHIAPARELLI: Wearable Architecture

When I first laid eyes on this collection, I immediately felt that each look acted as architecture for the body. As the models moved down the runway, structures and formations came to life and morphed with each step taken. The color pairings are are pure magic and I'm just loving all the geometric shapes!

                                                                DIOR: Fantasy at Play

Haute couture is theatre. It's about making a statement. The creator imagines a women in the piece, pondering where she will go, who she will see and how she feels in it. Here, Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri took us on a journey through a whimsical garden set at the Musee Rodin where her imagination revealed free-flowing, ultra-feminine masterpieces straight out of a modern-day fairytale.

                                                           CHANEL: Classic & Current

Last, but certainly not least—Chanel. True to form, Karl Lagerfeld did not disappoint. From meticulous embroidery and unexpected sequin moments to archetypal tweeds and chunky wools, the collection is flawless. Like a beautifully composed song, this couture line really moved me and reiterated for me the importance of making an impact and leaving a lasting impression.