One of the most frequent comments I receive about urban gardening is what a release it provides for city dwellers. Urbanites are confronted by the concrete jungle on a daily basis, and a little bit of green can go a long way toward refreshing a worn-out attitude.

This is also true of the green we bring indoors – a fresh bouquet of seasonal flowers can turn any dark corner or austere front desk into a welcoming, refreshing experience for anyone who walks by.

Here, read up on my tips to create an awe-inspiring indoor arrangement:

Know context matters.
Consider the room or space where the arrangement will be.

Pick the vessel.
The arrangement should be in proportion to the container.  Use the rule of thirds. For traditional displays, the container should be one third of the total size and the arrangement should be about two-thirds of the total size.

Choose a feature flower.
These are usually the stars of the floral world (roses, peonies, sunflowers, etc.). They like to stand on their own and hold court.

Have a few backup dancers.
These are usually flowers that like to appear in groups or sprays. Use a design motif like texture or color to either contrast with the feature flower or complement it (think goldenrods with sunflowers or thistles with roses).

Don’t forget the greens.
This is how to keep your arrangement personal and fresh. Try something unusual like stapling a long leaf in half or wrapping one of the fleshy leaves around the inside of the container, under water.

Let your imagination take over.
Pair your choices. Think random rather than symmetry. Remember that simplicity usually wins over complexity. Create relationships between elements. And keep your mind focused on the point of the arrangement in the first place: to create something that makes you smile and relax a little as you walk by.

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October 24, 2012

If it seems like home decorating has seen a total pop culture resurgence lately, it’s because, well, it has – thanks to shows like Extreme Makeover, Design Star, and pretty much anything else on HGTV. Following suit, SPACEStv is offering up bite-size YouTube segments for design-lovers everywhere. Every week for a month, I’ll be exploring some of our favorite series from these decorating gurus. Here’s the first peek:

Take Me Home:

Adorable host Arden Myrin propositions strangers on the street to – you guessed it – take her home.

In this episode, we see the glamorous side of Harlem. This apartment is gorgeous (the highlight? A beautiful kitchen with luxe touches like tiled walls and leather barstools). The bedroom was spacious enough to fit the biggest bed I’ve ever seen and three dressers (is this really Harlem?!), plus an ingenious road-bike-made-stationary bike (hello, at-home gym). This apartment epitomized how Harlem maintains its special neighborhood charm while infusing the swank factor you’d expect in Manhattan.

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October 23, 2012

Milan Fashion Week was awash with major industry icons – Versace, Prada, Gucci, Fendi, MissoniDolce & Gabbana, and so on. Here are a few of my faves.


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October 19, 2012

“I went through the closet of SCAD’s growing collection of couture examples for the costume department – I think we have 150 world class pieces of couture – and found so many great examples of the little black dress. That was the moment the seed was planted in my brain that this should be an exhibit.”

So said Vogue Contributing Editor and Savannah College of Art and Design trustee André Leon Talley of the idea behind the just-opened Little Black Dress exhibit he curated for his eponymous gallery at the SCAD Museum of Art.

We sat on the back porch of his guest cottage at Savannah’s historic Magnolia House the morning after the opening, which had drawn several of his Vogue colleagues, designers, and fashion-world stars, such as Dr. Lisa Airan, who gamely posed beside the Rodarte and Tom Ford creations she lent André for the exhibit.

One of the most striking things about Little Black Dress is that while offering a smattering of historical dresses from Madame Grès, Fortuny, Chanel, Valentino, and Balenciaga, the majority of the 80-plus dresses on display are from the 21st century, be it the Prabal Gurung décolleté evening dress worn by Zoe Saldana to the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, the 2007 Lily et Cie feather-trimmed dress named for André’s late grandmother, or the lace Comme des Garçons number Marc Jacobs wore to the Met Gala earlier this year.

And at least one of the dresses here isn’t even a dress at all, but a spider-structured crinoline undercarriage (a.k.a. the prototype for a dress-in-progress) that André spied during a visit to Zac Posen’s studio to preview the spring 2013 collection and immediately liberated for his exhibit. Then there’s Anna Wintour’s dress from Chanel Haute Couture c. 2006, which André claims is the LBD that started it all (hence its position of honor in a plexiglass frame hung high on the red lacquered wall).

“I kept thinking this is not an academic point of view about the black dress, and I’m not going to try to create a show that’s academically correct,” explained André. “We want to give people something they’ve never experienced.”

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October 12, 2012

London Fashion Week is, probably more than any other fashion capital, all about freewheeling freedom of expression. Here are some highlights from the recent spring shows.

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October 5, 2012

So New York Fashion Week has come and gone, and that can only mean one thing: time to talk trends. Here are my picks for the top 10 trends you’ll be seeing a lot of come spring:
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September 28, 2012

Sure, it’s been fun to look at the new spring fashions coming down the New York runways this week. But it’s been equally fun to look at all the celebrities sitting ringside. Or hanging around backstage. Or chilling out at events around town. Here are a few of the notables I saw out and about at the shows and the after parties. Honestly, it’s like the whole city was one big red carpet during NYFW. And that’s just the way I like it!
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September 14, 2012

Miami is known as the Magic City for many reasons. There are pristine beaches, a melting pot of cultures, lots of eateries offering delectable dishes, great shopping spots, and places to dance the night away. When in Miami – or, as denizens like to call it, the “305” – here are some must-see things to check out.

Miami Beach is one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world. It’s a must-stop for relaxing, sunbathing, and checking out some of the best-looking people. Take a stroll on touristy Ocean Drive and enjoy a mojito. Then hit up Lincoln Road for some of the best restaurants and shopping spots. It’s a favorite local hang out.

Wynwood Arts District. Over the last couple of years Wynwood has become the hotbed for artists, musicians, fashionistas, and hipsters. There are amazing outdoor murals, frequent model shoots, and plenty of new eateries and cafes popping up. The Wynwood Art Walk takes place the second Saturday of every month — art galleries everywhere open up and hundreds of people head out for one big, giant street party. One must-stop gallery for any style setter is Keni Valenti, Miami’s first fashion gallery. There you can see everything from designs by vintage YSL to Mr. Blackwell on exhibit.
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July 25, 2012