The Surface Of Things

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Monday, April 28, 2014

I'm not usually one to blog about product reviews, and I am the last woman qualified to blog about beauty products or a beauty regime. I've actually (and I admit this with some hesitation), only started trying foundation and mascara last month, when I turned 29. The foundation unfortunately made me break out. But the mascara I love (#Covergirl Lash Blast). A little bit of the problem has been the feeling of being overwhelmed by all of the products available (and the fact that I would sometimes forget to take my foundation off at the end of the night!). Skincare itself is really important to me, and my "less is more"approach was solidified as of two years ago during a summer trip to Chicago.

Two years ago during a summer vacation I took with my sister to Chicago, I noticed by the end of the trip that I had a crazy amount of pimples, acne, and heat bumps. I can't lie and say I didn't fall for the gluttonous temptations of Chicago's food scene. That was basically the whole objective of the trip: to eat! My sister had flown back home a few days earlier, and I remember texting her from the aisle of CVS and asking her what she used on her face to keep it so smooth. My sister is the girly girl of the family, and has always loved makeup. So I really admired how smooth her face was even without it, and was really surprised when she said she only uses two products: Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub and Neutrogena's Daily Cleanser Foaming Forumla. I bought both products that very day and used them that night, and in two years since have not used another product on my face. The results were that life changing.



Now, I'd like to state here that this post is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Neutrogena. No one from the company has reached out and no check is in the mail; this is just me speaking on my personal results because I've never had a product I can sincerely vouch for :) For the past two years, once a week (usually towards the end of the week) I'll scrub my face gently using their Purifying Pore Scrub, and then wash with warm water. With a clean dry towel I blot my face dry and then apply a light moisturizer to seal in the juices :) I used to have a severe problem with small bumps forming on the center of my forehead. But since using this product my forehead has been bump-free, not to mention the dryness and the flakes that used to persist are no longer there. Each morning (or each evening if I forget), I use the Daily Cleanser Foaming Formula, which starts out as a gel that I work into a foamy lather with a little water. A few seconds of gently washing and rinsing in warm water and my face feels smooth and even a little lighter. I kid you not, within three days of first using the product my skin showed visible results. The bumps had reduced significantly, and it's been my go-to beauty routine every since. But I'll still pop on a bright lip every now and then.

So while this is not a sponsored post, this a beg and a plea to Neutrogena to never, ever, ever take these products off the shelves :)


What's My (Chair) Type? + Welcome Back!

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hello!! It's so crazy to think I haven't blogged since December. December! It's been so long that the months no longer have 3 or 4 syllables. Ugh. Too long! But I'm so thrilled to have been bitten with the blogging once again, and feeling really excited to share all of these fun posts I've been saving up the past few months :)

And to jump things off, who better to bring me out of my blogging slumber other than One Kings Lane! They reached out recently and introduced me to their wonderful Chair Style Guide feature, and asked to share a few ways that I style chairs in my own home using the style guide. I love how the Chair Style Guide incorporates traditional and modern chairs, but digs a little deeper to help you figure out which chair type best suits not only the room, but also you're personality. A big thing for me, especially running a chair upholstery business, is making sure that each chair has its own personality. And fabric plays a huge role in that decision.

I've come to realize that I love modern, sleek, but soft and elegant pieces of furniture. (Minimalism with a little pop of gold or a bright accent color). I love to use furniture as accents in a room (ie. a chair in the corner that holds my purse or a sweater). Since I recently completed a new collection of chairs for my "Modern Luxury" collection, the timing was perfect for me to consult the One Kings Lane Chair Style Guide and show how I utilize my chair style in my home. Here are a few pics!









There are two pieces in my apartment that I really love: a vintage 1940s style settee that I came across via Craigslist for free. I reupholstered it in a modern black and print, and painted the frame in a glossy black. Though it came in three parts I only really had space for one side, so that has become my couch for the time being.

The other pieces I really love and speak completely to my affinity for sleek chairs are two vintage Thonet chairs that I found at the Goodwill. I painted the frames in gold-leaf, and then reupholstered the seats in 1/2 white vinyl leather fabric and half black and white Greek print. The chairs serve as my bistro chairs, and a nice place to sit in the mornings on the weekends when I have a moment to slow down and enjoy my neighborhood just outside the window.

What's your (chair) type? Do share!!

Casa Luxe: At Home with Naja Munthe

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sometimes a girl falls in love with a space so much she might initially swoon and sigh. And then she'll share said space with her sister-in-law to help join with her in said swooning. And then she might bookmark photos of that home, close her laptop, and then open it again immediately to commence with said swoonage until her laptop battery dies.
 
This sequence is a pretty accurate way to describe how much I fell in love with the home of fashion designer Naja Munthe of the Scandinavian clothing line Munthe plus Simonsen. Clean lines, black and white with hints of gold. Beautiful wood floors and white lacquered cabinets. Open and spacious for miles. And the lovely photos taken by Morten Koldby make it even more beautiful. The only thing I'd add is more plants. Always more plants :) 
 
Thanks to the home blog My Scandinavian Home for the introduction to Naja's home!

New Client Work

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

I've been churning out a massive amount of chairs in the studio before the holiday break, and am getting ready to pack up the car and deliver this set of chairs back to their homes in D.C. But I couldn't wait to share the transformation with you!

Back in September I began working with a couple, Emily and her husband Andrew, to recreate and give a fresh face to a set of dining chairs and a sewing chair that have been in Emily's family for years. The couple wanted a teal or turquoise print to give the sewing chair more pop and bring it into the 21st century. And in a final decision, they wanted to update the masculine aesthetic of a beautiful pair of antique dining chairs. I'm so glad no paint was involved in the custom request because the wood is absolutely gorgeous! the dining chairs have been reupholstered in a gray and blue pin stripe pattern. The sewing chair has been reupholstered in a teal linen and teal arrow print by Caitlin Wilson Textiles. 

OYOY: Danish Design Compnay

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I recently fell head over heels for the Danish design company OYOY. I love the mix of clean, classic Scandinavian design with pops of bright colors and Japanese minimalism. I mean, hello! What's not to love about the fun, graphic textiles that cover everything from tea towels to cute wooden characters. I'm especially drawn to the Mumi Plaid blanket. (Hint hint: Christmas is coming up but in case you'd rather wait, my birthday is March 31st ;).

OYOY currently only sell about two stores in the U.S, and if you're fortunate to live in either Venice, California or in Texas you can visit them. But for the me, I'll keep swooning over their online shop.

Photo Gallery: Virginia MacDonald

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

 
I recently across the work of photographer Virginia MacDonald via an interior designer's portfolio and love her lighting! There's a modern romance to each room that is enhanced by the soft light. I'm all about a little glamour meets rustic comfort, and the homes she photographs hit that balance beautifully. Did you spot the Hermes blanket in the photo at the top? uhh huhh ;)

Lloyd Ralph Designs

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Lloyd Ralph Designs have this beautiful, very clean Miami-meets-LA glamor about them.The elegant mix of black, white, cream and gold is definitely a palette I've been loving for a while. I think I'm responding most to the openness of each room, and how natural elements such as the plants or type of wood play a subtle yet sophisticated role. 
 

Don't Call It A Comeback!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Vivian Barrel chair has been our most requested chair to restock for a few months. And I'm thrilled to announce we have three in our inventory and are up for grabs!

A couple of things to note, there are slight variations in the chair style as we were not able to source the original chair, but the new chairs all have the same barrel shape with exposed wood that has been painted gold. Also, the original print has since been discontinued by the company, but we have located a very similar print, which you can see below.

Each chair will be sold for $450 plus delivery. To put in your request to purchase one please e-mail nicole@thirdandgrace.com!

Third + Grace How-to w/ Rue Magazine Daily!

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Last week Third + Grace featured a simple "how-to" post on Rue Mag.com, and I'm thrilled to share it with you! I've been a huge reader of Rue Magazine since its first issue, and love working with the EA Kelli Ryder, who is about the sweetest person you'll ever talk to via e-mail. She offered Third + Grace a chance to show how to transform a flea market find into a great little piece for your home or office.

I purchased this chair several months ago, and never really knew what to do with it until I found this beautiful navy and gold scalloped print from Joann fabric. It really glints when you see it up close. But I love me a gold-capped anything, and so decided to add gold-capped legs to this chair to mimic the gold in the print. Check Ruemag.com for the full how-to and more pics!

Apartment Therapy House Tour!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Last month I photographed my good friend Alexandra and her adorable baby and husband at their home in Washington DC. I love Alexandra's decor style because it's so clean and elegant, yet colorful and joyful. She essentially gutted her entire house after the previous owners, and turned it into a cozy modern nest. And check out those stunning antique chairs! I tried my hardest to convince her to part with them should she be so inclined :) #Fail

You can view the full tour House Tour on Apartment Therapy's site!

Little Rings X Moorea Seal

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Recently I came across a beautiful site for jewelry maker Moore Seal, and fell in love with her simple stated yet elegant gold rings. Rings like these make my heart flutter! (And so do the prices). They're the perfect compliment to any outfit, and even rocking chipped nail polish they still manage to make your hands looks amazing haha.
And Moorea Seal's site is a beautifully curated shop for home decor, accessories, paper goods and more.

Clent Befores and Afters

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hello!

It's been a busy past week or so in the studio. Thank you to the wonderful write-up about Third + Grace in Apartment Therapy (!!!) I've had lots of great new projects that I'm beyond excited to work on. If you missed the article, feel free to check it out here!

I wanted to quickly post two recent projects I just completed. The first is a beautiful barrel chair that a client/interior designer dropped off last Monday. Her home is being featured in the upcoming Dupont Circle House Tour series and she wanted to makeover a great chair she found via Craigslist. I love the bright floral print she chose, and her idea to outline the details in black welt cording to help things pop a bit.


The second project is a gorgeous wing back chair that my client wanted to reupholster in a more neutral tone to go with the rest of her living room's decor. We chose a European Linen in wheat (have a mentioned how much I love linen??), and embellished with a few gold nail heads around the base.

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