Tuesday, January 31, 2012

designer crush: jules reid

Do you know Jules Reid? Seriously. If you do not, we need to get you acquainted. Immediately, if not sooner. We present to you, the lovely and talented Jules Reid. 

Is she not the most adorable thing ever? Yeah we know. Totally sickening. Gorgeous AND talented. Jules not only has the most unique clothing line on the market for pattern packed, one of a kind pieces, but she also sets her designs apart for naming pieces in her collection after famous people. Some examples, to name a few, the January Jones (for all of you Mad Men lovers out there), the Olatz (after the ex-wife of Julian Schnabel), The Jackie-O, The Buddha Tassel, the India (after the oh so talented India Hicks). 

Here we are wearing one of our favorite pieces in Jules collection, The Virginia. Named after Jules' hometown state. After all, they do say Virginia is for lovers. 

Stella wearing The Virginia - Kiwi

Don't you adore them? They are so comfortable and add the perfect pattern and playfulness to any wardrobe. So many pieces to love. We seriously want to wear everything from her collection at once. Trust us, we will make the patterns work in harmony. Here are a few pieces that have TOTALLY caught our eye.

Oh. My. Oh. My. This dress, is not only show stopping. It is heart stopping. If I could only wear one thing for the rest of my life, this would be it. The pattern. The cut. It is everything. 
Double pattern for a dress? Yes. We love. Remember what we said about mixing patterns, lovelies. It works. 

What is not to love about this combo seen below? Hello! The bottom to die for skirt is named after Stella! We would love to think so. But seriously...how major. Jules! If you are listening...can you dress us everyday? 
Another perfect pattern, another perfect shift dress. We can think of so many places and occasions to which we could wear this darling dress. One would be everywhere. Basically. 
Ahhh the Virginia. So we meet again! This is a new pattern for her 2012 Spring Collection. We love the large geometric pattern paired with the floral trim. Jules is at it again. Mixing patterns and making it work. And let's be honest, anything with the words "tootsie roll" in the name has won our hearts. 
This dress is beyond amazing. We die over anything adorned in jewels. This would be no exception. 
On to Jules world renowned flowing kimonos. We die. Loving that pattern and definitely loving how they styled that bad boy. 

And if this kimono looks familiar, that is because it is. The fabulous Jamie Meares also loves Jules Reid. A girl after our own heart. Check her out with her sidekick, Rowdy. Adorbs. 

Just as if, you couldn't love Jules anymore, prepare yourself for the next image. Jules with her adorable boys. Now we know why her designs are so feminine, flirty and fabulous. Triple F, folks. You have to be when surrounded by all boys!
We hope you love Jules as much as we do. Hopefully if the interior design gig doesn't work out for us, Jules will hire us to be Jules Reid models. Totally likely aspiration. Right girls? A girl can dream. We hope you have a fabulous day! Love, L+L

Monday, January 30, 2012

let's have a seat

Lovelies! We have missed you so! Did you have a wonderful weekend? Hopefully. Today class, we are going to be obsessing over major seating in the dining room. Major. Let the seats do the talking and the walking. How 'bout it? Zhushing up the seating in your dining room is the quickest way to update the look and also set your space above all of the others. Whether it be colorful, adorned or just flashy, it is all in the details. 

Love the shocking hot pink, nailhead, french inspired chairs. A man clearly lives here. Clearly.. The hot pink chairs add so much interest into the dining/sitting room. 
A fabulously eclectic space. The yellow upholstered dining room chairs are a very unexpected choice, while a very respected choice. Their shape adds a very classic feel to a harmonious chaos. 
Ahhhhh! Adore. Absolutely adore this room. These kelly green dining room chairs are the absolute most. We are not sure if they are upholstered in a satin fabric or a leather, but either way, we truly don't care. What is not to love about this room? Oh and again, the chairs steal the show. Duh. 
Oh Johnny! He always gets us going. Who isn't obsessed with these lime fretwork masterpieces that we are feasting our eyes on? This whole room is fab, but the eye is immediately drawn to the neon seating. Let's get real. 
Again, such a fabulous space here. However, LOVING, the turquoise bamboo seating. This dining room is divine. I do not care that is over the top. I would adore stuffing my face here day in and day out. 
Ummmm. Ok. Let's get the defibrillator out here, folks. Two toned, tufted, nailhead, wingback seating? Get. Out. I believe my heart just skipped a beat. If this isn't to die for seating, we don't know what is. 
A fabulously moody, contemporary space. Another example of the seating stealing the show. We are loving the mix and match seating, of course. The coral wingback is so lovely. We would enjoy making that an everyday chair. You think that would fly in the office? So what if it didn't? I need it. 
What a light, airy, traditional yet eclectic dining room. We love the boldness of the chartreuse seating. It adds the perfect amount of pop that this room would otherwise be lacking. 
As you can tell, we have chartreuse on the brain. Again, the chairs are the main focal point here. They are complimentary to the room but are just absolutely to die for. Who is loving the portrait gallery wall seen here? Us too! All I can say is that woman loved an updo and a headband. 
On another note, today is Lindsay's (Sadie's mom) birthday! Today is her 16th birthday. Ok, well maybe not. Happy Birthday to a fabulous friend and a fabulous business partner! Love, L+L

Friday, January 27, 2012

S+S chow: jalapeno popper dip

Appetizers are probably our most favorite meal. Yes, we consider apps a meal. Nothing beats a good appetizer. Nothing. With the Super Bowl around the corner our brains are already spinning with ideas on what to make. This jalapeno popper dip made the cut. Stay tuned next week for a few more from our list. Happy weekend! Love, L+L
jalapeno popper dip {via homemade by holman} 
2 8 oz packages cream cheese  at room temperature
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup roasted red bell peppers, chopped
6 jalapeno peppers, seeded, ribbed and finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T cilantro, finely chopped
2 T lime juice
1 1/2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
1 tsp Ancho chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and mayo.  Add bell peppers, jalapenos, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, and half of the chili powder and cumin.  Mix well to combine to a uniform mixture.  Spread dip into a baking pan (I used a 1 1/2 quart oval Corningware baking dish but you can use any similar sized baking dish), smoothing into an even layer.  Top with remaining shredded cheese, cover with bread crumbs and sprinkle with remaining chili powder and cumin.  Bake approximately 30 minutes until cheese is hot and bubbly and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.  Serve warm or at room temperature with tortilla chips. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Paperless Post

Have you all heard of Paperless Post?? It's a gem of a site that offers gorgeous online invitations and cards. We happened upon it a few weeks ago and want to have a get-together just to try it out! Now, don't get us wrong, nothing is better than sending or receiving paper correspondence. However, if you are anything like us, spontaneous soirees happen and what better way to invite your guests than with gorgeous invites such as these. You can even add a coordinating envelope liner. We die.  Just take a look for yourself!
These would have been just the ticket for our murder mystery party last year!! 
For those of you hosting a Superbowl soiree next weekend... how presh are these?!
Kentucky Derby and mint juleps on the lawn? Yes, please! 
They even have birthday and thank you cards! 

So darlings, what do you think? Are you smitten with Paperless post?! Or can nothing take the place of the real thing? Do tell!! We love to hear your thoughts! Happy Thursday!
Love, L+L

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Favorite Room Feature: Luella and June

Today we have the oh so talented and stylish Bradley with Luella and June. Bradley's blog is definitely on our daily must read list. She always has fabulous fashion ideas and trends that we absolutely die over. Die. Not to mention, the girl has seriously great taste as far interiors go. No shock there. Wait until you see her super luxe, glam, chic living room. Yeah, we just said all of those together. Trust us. It's fab and grammatically correct. 

Hello, readers!  I'm Bradley from Luella and June and I'm so excited to be posting here on S & S. I recently moved into a new place, so my home is very much a "work in progress." My living room has come together very quickly, though, so of course, it's become my favorite room! I really loved all of my furniture in my old apartment, so I wasn't looking to change too much. (It's amazing how different all of the same pieces look when you put them in a new space though!) I kept most of the furniture exactly the same but added a few pieces here in there (like that white cowhide rug you see!) to mix it up a little bit. Here's a little peek! I hope you enjoy it. 

I scored this side table on One King's Lane. I stalk that site every day at 10 a.m., and I was so excited when I saw this piece! It's the perfect height, and I love the geometric details. These chairs have been all over the place. It used to be my aunt's in the 1960's and several decades (and reupholsterys) later here they are in my living room! And of course, I can't forget the Pucci pillows. The fabric was the inspiration behind the whole room. The fabric, which is actually from the old Braniff Airline uniforms in the '60s) was a purchase from Zola's Vintage here in Dallas. 

Books, books, and more books! I can never have enough of these. They're every where in my little apartment! I'm crossing my fingers that someday my house will have a small library where these books can live. 

I love to entertain, so a great bar area is must! The Prada Marfa photographs are really special to me. West Texas is one of my favorite places (my boyfriend grew up right down the road from where these photographs were taken). It's such a beautiful sight to see! Not to mention, the photographer is my friend Gray Malin. He has an amazing eye!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

what we are loving: asian inspired interiors

I mean who doesn't love a pagoda chandelier or a set of foo dogs? We have always loved a touch here and a touch there of Asian inspired home decor. Today we have compiled three looks with ALL Asian inspired touches. From fretwork to ginger jars, we have it all. Asian inspired decor definitely gives any space that eclectic, worldly and collected aesthetic that we all desperately search for. 
From Left to Right:

Happy Hump Day Eve lovers. Love, L+L

Monday, January 23, 2012

monday musings: wondrous world of wallpaper panels

Good morning you gorgy readers, you. Did you all have a nice weekend? We sure hope so. It could always be longer. Always. Today we are gabbing about wallpaper. Not just any type of wallpaper though. Framed wallpaper panels, y'all. Framed wallpaper is for those of us who are either not able to be fully committal with wallpaper or for those of us (not us) who just don't want to be. Wallpaper obviously tells such a story and serves as the backdrop for any space. Why not frame it on a large scale and make it art? Our thoughts exactly. 

Isn't this room the most? We love the serene feel that the cool colored, asian inspired wallpaper panels bring to the room. Amongst all of the warmth and fabulous accessorizing here, these panels center the space and provide tranquility to this master bedroom. Headboard? Yeah we know. Divine. 
Another LOVELY master bedroom. This design genius decided to wallpaper between the existing molding in the space. It makes for lovely framed art, we tell you. The wallpaper used here is so gorgy we cannot even stand it. Timeless and fabulous. 
Another example of wallpaper framed within the existing molding. And yellow it shall be. How amazingly eye catching is this? Just in this frame, it captures so much going on and really does serve as art in the room. 
And in the same room...more framed wallpaper. Obviously the wallpaper is not completely symmetrical and that is why we love it. It truly looks like a matched set of art. Illusion, people. Illusion. 
Actual framed wallpaper. To die. We love the gilded frames used here to hold this amazingly whimsical wallpaper. Such a beautifully neutral space and then BAM with the cobalt blue side table. We adore it. 
How fabulous is this framed wallpaper in this office? Such an intricate and over the top frame is used to hold this floral wallpaper. We are loving the creativity and utility here with hanging additional art on top of the wall art. The layers add depth and style. 
Another perfectly pretty framed set of wallpapers. This time with gold bamboo framing. We totally approve. All of the texture and neutrals used here really let the art do its job. Highly styled vignette. 
Look at this to die for dining room. Mix and match seating, gorgeous oversized lantern, gold bar cart, industrial dining room table. Sensory overload. Oh and we forgot to mention, the beautifully framed wallpaper art that is centering the space. What is not to love here, folks? There are so many elements happening here and they all mesh in perfect harmony.  
On to the world of bloggers in the world of wallpaper panels. Joi at Nuestra Vida Dulce sure knows how to work it. In a transformation of her master bedroom, she had some beautiful wallpaper handy and decided to frame the pieces as symmetrical art work in the room. We beyond love and adore the results. 
We hope you have a fabulous day, darlings. Love, L+L

Friday, January 20, 2012

S+S chow: spicy jambalaya

Bring on the heat! That's our motto around here. We love adding a kick to the meals we make, and our boys love it too. This jambalaya brings it. I seriously think the was one of the simplest meals I've ever made. I threw all the ingredients my crockpot in the morning and was greeted with delicious aromas when I arrived home. Filled with veggies and protein, it's healthy to boot! I call that a win, win. This is the perfect weeknight meal and would make an amazing addition to your Super Bowl spread. Happy weekend darlings!!

Crockpot Jambalaya {via food renegade}
5 c. chicken stock.
4 peppers – any color you want {I used red, yellow and orange}, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 large can of diced tomatoes (leave the juice)
2 cloves garlic, diced
2 bay leafs
1 lb large shrimp, raw and de-veined.
4 oz. chicken, diced
1 pkg spicy Andouille sausage
2 c. okra {optional, I added and loved}
3 tbsp Cajun Seasoning* {see below for how-to or use your own}
1/4 c. Frank’s Red Hot
Brown Rice

1) Put the chopped peppers, onions, garlic, chicken, cajun seasoning, Red Hot, and bay leafs in the crockpot with the chicken stock. Set on low for 6 hours.
2) About 30 minutes before it’s finished, toss in the cut up sausages.
3) Steam the brown rice and serve the jambalaya on top! Enjoy! 

*Emeril’s Cajun Seasoning:

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Yields about 2/3 c.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

S+S Design: a relaxed master

Yet another e-design project! Have we mentioned that we've been busy? It's been fabulous! The creative energy is flowing and we just can't get enough! For this project we went to work on another master bedroom. With little ones and pups, this client wanted a beautiful, relaxing retreat that was also family friendly. Here is what we came up with!
We chose to create a simple, eclectic space with rustic furniture and a mix of neutral, patterned fabrics.The clients hoped to keep their current headboard so we used that as a starting point for the room. We fell in love with the rustic dresser and knew right away that it had to be included in the room. For the foot of the bed, we found a linen bench that will be durable, and serve as a little source of storage for their family. Our vision was to include two of the gorg gold chandeliers flanking the bed above the bedside tables. This will bring in the eclectic feel that we were looking to achieve and also be a good accessory to the existing headboard. Another source of lighting in the room will be displayed on the dresser. We wanted to add some cool colors into the space through the rug and accessories to compliment the already warm vibe in the room. We have also included a wallpaper in our design that we think will look lovely on the wall behind the dresser. We love the interest and definition the wallpaper will add to the room. We love how this design turned out and can not wait to see it all come to fruition. We hope it will serve our clients well for years to come!

For any of you interested in our design services and are looking to get additional information, email us at sadieandstella@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!