The Wachs Mix: Holiday Gift Guide

Give the gift of light with something unexpected. Stepping outside of the gift box with a table lamp will bring a surprise like no other. I have fallen in love with this gilded iron bracelet lamp by Visual Comfort & Co.

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Inspiration is priceless. A coffee table book is always a good idea when it comes to gifting – your special someone will be unwrapping hours of inspiration and a timeless addition to their coffee table decor. Christian Lemieux’s fabulous book, The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles and Details, will make the perfect gift for those design aficionado’s in your life!

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For that rockstar hostess in your life, unique barware never gets old. One of my favorites is a coaster set, a functional home accessory that can be left out as part of the decor. These black agate coasters from Aerin are perfection!

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There couldn’t be a more perfect time of year to gift a stylish throw! Who doesn’t want to be wrapped up in chic threads while binge watching Christmas movies and sipping a favorite cocktail? This hand-loomed alpaca throw by Jonathan Adler is available in a variety of colors, but the orange had me at hello!

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For the collector, or storer, box up a box! A decorative storage container is the perfect addition to a book shelf or vanity table. Go with something that will make a lasting impression and surely stand out. Mapleton Drive’s decorative sea urchin box is giving me heart eyes!

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Gifting 101: You simply can’t go wrong with a candle! I have shared the beloved Emily McCarthy Cocktail Candle in a previous post, but it just had to be shared again. I recommend gifting two, once the candle has seen its last flame, your friend will be left with two super chic tumblers.

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A decorative tray can be used to serve delicious treats from the kitchen, as a center piece in the dining room, as a catchall in the living room or even hold hand towels in a powder bathroom. Go the extra mile when gifting and include some treats in your tray! Ralph Lauren Home’s Wyatt Bowl/Tray is the perfect choice for the refined equestrian lover.

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Wine – a gift that will bring nothing but cheer! The Williams Sonoma Wine Club offers subscriptions of front door vino delivery – once a month, or every second or third month. Surprise your special person with a membership filled with spirit and you will be the season’s finest gifter, hands down. Williams Sonoma also offers gift sets with selected wines, or the option to purchase bottles separately. And, add to cart!

Happy Gifting!

xoA

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Artist/Designer Spotlight: Porter Teleo

I am wildly obsessed with the design duo of Porter Teleo – artist Kelly Porter and designer Bridgett Cochran. They have combined their enormous talent to develop a unique, hand-printed and hand-painted line of fabric and wallcoverings. Their work has been featured in many publications from, House Beautiful, Luxe, Veranda, Elle Decor and many more.

After I discovered Porter Teleo (and fell madly in love), I just had to speak with these ladies about their work, lifestyle, and inspirations.

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AW: How did Porter Teleo become who it is today?

BC: One small step at a time. It is wild to look back and see how far we have come.   I think Kelly and I shared a vision, an amazingly optimistic outlook, and a strong work ethic that all helped fuel our growth. 

KP: Bridgett Cochran and I had a wild idea to bring the best of both worlds together – fine art from my background and interior design from her background.  We brainstormed ideas over dinner and a bottle of wine.  6 months later, due to a lot of hard work and some unique and fresh designs, we had a line!  We worked together to create the beginnings of the collection, we started tiny, and then built it up over time.

AW: Who are a few artists/designers you admire and why?

BC: I absolutely love Miles Redd’s work – every time I see a space that he has created I can tell it is him, not because the rooms are the same, but because they have such depth and character.   I am a big fan of Celerie Kemble as well, she always gives an unexpected twist that still feels completely  livable and I have never seen a room designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber that I wouldn’t want to live in.  As for artists – I also love Cy Twombly and am drawn to Helen Frankenthaler’s paintings, especially her palettes.

KP: I love Cecily Brown, Francesco Clemente, Cy Twombly, and all of the abstract expressionists from the 50’s.  Design-wise – I love Kelly Behun’s style, Nicole Fuller, Jackson Paige, and Miles Redd.  It’s hard to name those, because there are so many more!

AW: What are some of the things that influence your work?

BC: Color, natural order, contrasting values, and balance.  

KP: Nature, organic form, botanical life, naturally created pattern, geology, Ancient art, religious art.

AW: What is a typical day behind the scenes at Porter Teleo? 

BC: The best thing about the career that we have created for ourselves is that there is no typical day!  There is absolutely no opportunity to get bored here!  We might be working on a new collection for two days and quickly need to switch to digging in on a new marketing plan and then back to the studio to mix color and finalize new colorways for new collections. It is exciting and fulfilling and provides endless opportunities for learning new ideas and processes.   

KP: We do a bit of everything!  It is always exciting – mainly because we are privy to information about the most exciting interior design going on in the world.  Our clients are top notch, so we see everything in the works, as we are creating patterns, product and color schemes for these amazing projects by the best designers in the world.  That is what I love about our days – that there is always inspirational info around us.

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AW: What are your everyday essentials?

BC: The essentials change based on what we are concentrating on in the studio.   The one thing that is always essential is our team!  They are smart, creative, adaptable, interesting people. 

KP: Paint, Ink, brushes, elevations, and a good creative team that is positive and ready to go!

AW: A typical day in your life includes…?

BC: Many hats! I feel so lucky to have a work life that allows me to enjoy my home life and my children as much as I do.   Kelly and I knew early on, and before we became mothers, that we both wanted to create a life that allowed us to express ourselves in our work while still leaving energy to feel alive in our personal lives.    

KP: I keep really busy – I have two young daughters who mean everything to me, then I work hard at Porter Teleo, then when I get home and on weekends, I work a lot on my own paintings – oil on canvas.

 

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Window Treatments: Porter Teleo

Interiors: Boone Interiors

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Wallpaper (ceiling): Porter Teleo

Interiors: Elizabeth Krueger Design

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Wallpaper: Porter Teleo

Interiors: Olga Malyeva / Architectural Digest

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Window Treatments: Porter Teleo (jaw drop!)

Interior: Angie Hranowsky / House Beautiful

Follow Porter Teleo on Instagram to stay inspired!

xoA

 

Fabulous & Frightening

Let’s get one thing clear, when it comes to Halloween, orange is not mandatory. Traditional, yes, but certainly doesn’t warrant a slap on the wrist if you opt out. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about tradition and quite in love with many things orange, but today I’d like to explore the untouched side of Halloween decor with 3 different styles of tablescapes. A little bit of inspiration for that upcoming party you may be hosting amongst the knocks of Trick or Treaters.

Dark & Mysterious

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For the dark side decorator, this tablescape gets in touch with the dark and mysterious side of Halloween. Midnight blacks, grand golds, sips of “poison” and creepy crawlers come together to create an element of spook and sophistication.

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(The Decorista)

Natural & Moody

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For lovers of Halloween, minus tradition, a natural palette with raw textures and pops of moody colors is the perfect combination. This table screams Halloween in the most subtle of ways.

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(Elle Decor feat. Twink + Sis)

Green & Haunting

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Lush greenery against a backdrop of gold and black with antique objects come together to add an eery secret garden atmosphere.

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(Coco Kelley)

I’d love to see what has you frighteningly inspired this month, please share your finds!

Happy decorating!

xoA

Andrea’s Highlights: ASID Awards Gala

Saturday night was the ASID Awards Gala, and it was a most special evening for Andrea Wachs Interior Design. The firm was honored to receive recognition for design work in four different categories.

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1st place residential over 2500 square feet:

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1st place small bathroom:

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2nd place large bathroom

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All Photography By: VWC Studio

3rd place single space specialty (co-designer with Carlie Cornik)

I am blown away by the awards and all of the love, but above all, I am beyond grateful to our wonderful clients for their trust in my firm and continued support! After celebrating our 10 year anniversary last month, I couldn’t have asked for a better way to commemorate those years of hard work, hustle and reward.

A huge thanks to everyone for their support!

xoA

Design Inspiration with Marie Flanigan

As a designer, I am always on the look out for my next source of inspiration and it can come from so many different places as well as in many different forms – a printed fabric on a blouse in a store front window, brushstroke colors on a piece of art, texture on a piece of pottery found at an estate sale, or simply through the work of others. Much of my inspiration comes while admiring the work of some of my most admired designers and artists, we all have our own unique style when it comes to designing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be influenced by the creative works of others.

Today I’d like to spend a moment appreciating one of my sources of inspiration – Marie Flanigan. She is an extremely talented designer, I see her work as natural elegance and always so full of light.

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(All images courtesy of Marie Flanigan Interiors)

Upon “entering” any one of these rooms, you can’t deny the serene and calming vibe bouncing back at you. Neutral tones set off by flashes of gold, natural textures, tailored lines, all come together to create “refined elegance and innovative simplicity.”

An Andrea curation, with a little Marie flare, to get your juices flowing this fine Friday morning! Enjoy and remember, inspiration is around every corner!

 

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 1. Ikat Throw Pillow by Lillian August / 2. Brass Geometric Lamp by Currey & Co.  / 3. Espresso Velvet Sofa by Lillian August / 4. Orb Sculpture by Lillian August / 5. Free Form Platters by John Richard / 6. Geometric Print Throw Pillow from One Kings Lane / 7. Decorative Succulents by John Richard / 8. Exposed Wood Accent Chair by Hickory White / 9. Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree from Houzz / 10. Petrified Wood Side Table by Aire Furniture / 11. Driftwood Mirror from One Kings Lane

Toning into Fall

Summer 2017 has been fulfilling and one to remember, but I am ready to greet Fall with open arms, and in 15 days I will be doing just that! I’m feeling ready for a reason to wrap a scarf around my neck, fill up on lattes and pumpkin spice aromas, and all things in warm tones. Who’s with me!? The color experts at Pantone released their Fall 2017 Fashion Color Report for New York Fashion Week, and they are cozy. 

 

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So, for a little seasonal inspiration, I’ve put together a few of my favorite finds influenced by these trending shades. 

 

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1. Teal Table Lamp / 2. Metallic Decorative Pillow / 3. Coral Sculpture / 4. Quartz Obelisks / 5. Wall Art / 6. Embroidered Decorative Pillow / 7. Rug / 8. Copper Table Lamp / 9. Ceramic Garden Stool

September Support

Hello September!

If you don’t receive the monthly newsletter, let me shed a little bit of light on how I am beginning my September. My heart is so broken for our friends in Texas, but I wanted to start this month on a most positive note – support. I shared 3 different ways we can contribute to help relieve some of the burden that Texas is carrying.

Please consider donating to one of these amazing organizations to help those dear people, and animals, recover from this tragedy.

American Red Cross: Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Texas Diaper Bank

ASPCA: Harvey Disaster Response

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If you would like receive the monthly newsletter, sign up here! I look forward to keeping in touch.

xoA

Labor Day your way!

Labor Day, Summer’s last celebration. What are your weekend plans? If you have yet to make plans but desperate for ideas, I’ve got your back. For my last minute, fly by the seat of your pants readers, enjoy my Top 3 Labor Day weekend ideas.

Away:

With less than 2 weeks away, last minute travels rates could put a damper on the destination of your choice, so think outside of the box and stick close to home. Experience the joy of a road trip getaway without venturing too far – visit a nearby city to get your fix of the hustle and bustle, embrace the staycation trend and act like a tourist, visit popular hangouts and indulge in the local fare. One of my staycation musts, “The Jewel of the Desert”, better known as Arizona Biltmore. 8 swimming pools, fine food and drink, live music, activities for the kids and some drool-worthy decor – sounds like a backlist staycation to me! Designer side note: The incredible, world renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright was the mastermind behind this popular structure. [Read More

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Host:

Prefer to gather and be merry? Call up some of your favorites and create the perfect potluck soiree in your own home. Let everyone pick a dish and choose a cocktail, get together and make some memories in the kitchen. Get your fun on with some backyard games – corn hole is always a winner with kids and adults alike. Throw a few festive floats in the pool, open the umbrellas and create your own resort.

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Need some menu inspo? Delish has some mouth watering ideas! [Read More

Stay:

Need a break from it all? There is nothing wrong with celebrating on the low down. Stay home with the family, don’t change out of your loungewear, read, order-in, rent a movie, catch a tan, and just be still. There is no rule book for celebrating Labor Day weekend, do it your way!

xoA

Sourcing For Perfection

When it comes time for product sourcing for design projects, there are many hours spent scouring through catalogs, showrooms and websites to find that one perfect piece. Over the years, I have accumulated quite a few favorites in the sourcing department, and one of my absolute favorite manufacturers is Alfonso Marina. Their furniture goes from elegant to eclectic without skipping a beat and I just love the timeless beauty of their furniture. There is almost always a spot in someone’s home for a piece of Alfonso Marina!

Swooning over these new armchairs – the perfect accent chair for a conversation nook.

This glorious armoire will bring so much ethnicity to any space it occupies!

This handsome desk doesn’t demand much space, but it certainly grabs your attention! (Tip: For a unique take on a desk chair… an upholstered dining chair fits the bill.)

I have nothing but heart eyes for that console table! (Tip: Make a statement with oversized accessories on a featured surface)

 

Visit Alfonso Marina and tell me what piece you fell in love with!

xoA

The Wachs Mix: School Rules

Last week we were celebrating back to school with some inspiration for your darling’s bedroom makeover. This week, let’s make sure they are prepared – backpack, supplies and essentials, have you been shopping yet? The inevitable back to school shop can be a daunting task, dashing from one store to the next crossing off your Mommy-do list, but it can also be a fun time. With all the exciting kiddy trends out there, it’s hard not to get a little giddy when scouting out school supplies! Here are a few of my favs – save room for a treat or two just for you!

Glam day planner and a must have Kate Spade tackle box for the learning lady. Light fixture for a locker? Sold! Sweet backpacks, dry highlighters (need these for my own desk!),  super drinking vessel and totally trendy backpack for your little hero. A family calendar!! Delicious erasers for her pencil case and a magical water bottle to go. You can’t go wrong with Herschel and a dapper pencil case for the growing man. Desk clock to keep track of those study hours! And, last but not least, fuel for Mom and Dad and a super stylish touch screen smart watch to keep you in check.

Now, let’s go school supply shopping!

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1. Rose Gold Leather Planner by Kikki.K / 2. Kate Spade Stationary Tackle Box from Macy’s / 3. Locker Light from Target / 4. Backpack by Vera Bradley / 5. Eco Dry Highlighters by Stubby Pencil Studio / 6. Captain America Water Bottle from Target / 7. Star Wars Backpack by Loungefly on Amazon / 8. Family Calendar from Nordstrom / 9. Food Erasers from Paperchase / 10. Camelbak Unicorn Water Bottle from Target / 11. Backpack by Herschel Supply Co / 12. Gentlemen’s Hardware Pencil Case from Nordstrom / 13. Desk Clock by Kikki.K / 14. Starbucks Card / 15. Fossil Touchscreen Smart Watch from Macy’s

Do you have any favorite items on your shopping list this year? What are you kids loving? Please add it to my list! 🙂

xoA