Test :::: Peter Beard

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Test :: The Makers Project

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One of the most exciting things about living here in Brooklyn is being surrounded by fiercely creative artists and designers. The last few years has …

::: Metallics to Love :::

Metallics to Love

  1. Mini mesh supernova necklace {Just got this and love it} 2. Shimmer dust tee in Silver Linen 3. Customized gold ponytail holders at Dries Van Noten …

Wanderlust ::: Amalfi Coast

Amalfi

I have been to Italy only once, and that was in 1999, so I am desperate to get back and see the South, including the …

::: Impossibly Cool icons ::: part two

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One of my all-time favorites, and most popular features to date has been the roundup of Impossibly Cool icons after finding Sean Sullivan’s collection on The Impossible Cool. …

:::: Peter Beard ::::

Peter Beard Cover

I received this two volume coffee table book set of artist/photographer/illustrator Peter Beard’s work this past Christmas that has been incredibly inspiring and continues to captivate me. …

:::: Lilac Monday ::::

Mila Lilac cover

Let’s face it, the highlight of the Oscars for most of us is watching glamourous dresses parade down the Red Carpet. Sadly though, I must …

::: Metallics to Love :::

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I’m sorry for my complete absence this week, but a nasty flu took hold of me last Sunday and it’s taken me the whole week …

::: Wanderlust ::: with Elise of Pennyweight

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I am very excited to welcome Elise Yetton of Pennyweight as the first guest contributor to Luster. Elise is a stylist living in Nashville, Tennessee and authors …

::: Shelter :::

Seeking Shelter_Cover

As a special birthday surprise for my favorite guy….my husband Will, I am featuring one of his favorite interests today: domes, along with tents and …

::::: Guest Post on Pennyweight today! :::::

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I am so honored that the lovely Elise of Pennyweight invited me to contribute to her regular column Wanted this Week. It was such fun putting …

::: Arabian Nights :::

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The lure of magical Morocco never tires, and I am crossing my fingers that I’ll get there soon. I have always loved caftans, so I …

:::: Happy Valentine’s Day! ::::

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Wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Hope it’s filled with joy, sweet treats, and the ones that you love. We’re going out for sushi and …

::::: All tied up in a bun :::::

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The bun is all the rage these days. Whether it’s a ballet bun, french bun or a top knot, it’s such a chic way to …

::: Polaroids by Grant Hamilton :::

Grant Hamilton

Loving the color and composition in these abstract polaroids by Grant Hamilton. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

::::: Cut-out sandals for Spring :::::

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There are so many great sandals for spring mixing cut-outs + wrapping+ wedge heels + suede, and I love them all! Clockwise L-R Avenelle wedges | …

:::: Books & Libraries ::::

Reading on the edge

Whatever home my husband & I end up settling in will have to have some serious built-in bookshelves given our love of books, and coffee …

::: Hey, sailor :::

Sailors

The Nautical trend has been hanging around for a couple of Spring/Summer seasons, and just about every clothing store you visit will have their version …

::: Wishlist: Vintage Mercedes :::

Mercedes desert lounge

It’s the weekend, friends! I’m excited to hang out with my hottie sister-in-law on Friday night, welcome my husband home from London {please don’t snow …

::: Sophie Nova :::

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One of the highlights of my year is attending the New York Gift Fair and being inspired by the amazing talent in the Accent on …

::: Rainbow revival :::

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Maybe I am channeling the 6 year old girl inside of me, or I am just fed up with this never-ending snowy winter  - but regardless, I …

::: Facet Fancy :::

Zap Rug

While I was looking around for inspiration for a new print design based on triangles and facet shapes, I came across so many beautiful objects …

Imitating {Edie}

Edie ground

Many years ago, I caught my first glimpse of style icon Edie Sedgwick in a video reel dancing at an Andy Warhol Factory party, and …

Be Mine {Valentine}

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It’s getting closer to Valentine’s Day and I’m smitten with all these lovey dove items… Polaroid Heart by Warren Heath via 79 ideas Sequin heart …

{Green} with envy

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Watching the parade of emerald dresses down the red carpet at Sunday’s Golden Globes has me all green with envy. Remember Keira Knightley in Atonement? I …

{Friday Faves} + playlist

Friday faves

This week has been one lovely blur with long work days and a slew of fun social events. It will be a busy weekend as …

{Black+Gold}

A Single Man

The styling of Julianne Moore’s character in A Single Man by Tom Ford was one of my favorites in 2010. Deco is also having a revival …

Ready, Set, Go {2011}

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Happy New Year everyone! It never ceases to amaze me how fast the time goes, and that another year is upon us. I am always …

{Happy Holidays!}

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Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a bright, sparkly new year!!! xoxo ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 1. Red fox in the snow via flickr, | 2. Living …

{‘Twas the night before} the night before

Brooklyn Bridge via Photo Donuts Blog

I cannot believe it’s Christmas Eve tomorrow! The presents are wrapped, the cookies are baked & iced, work is almost over, and I am heading …

{Home} gift guide

{Home} gift guide

Pretty picks for the home in silvery blues and greys. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 1. Curtis Jere Urchin Wall Sculpture {Contact Dealer for price} | 2. Palace glasses …

{Foodie} Gift Guide

Foodie gift guide part 2

1. Enchanted Buck measuring cups $48 | 2. Marble Salt and Pepper cellars with brass spoons $108 {white salt cellar not shown} | 3. Castle …

{Black Swan}

Black Swan leaning down

Last weekend, I saw the new film Black Swan when it opened in theatres, and almost one week later I am still haunted. It’s deep, …

{Mens} Gift Guide

{Mens} Gift Guide

1. Woolen blankets from locally raised sheep $225 | 2. Beard Oil Dude no 1 Mens Fragrance $65 | 3. Airplane vintage money clip $48 …

{Gold} Gift guide

{gold} gift guide

Today I am rounding up a dazzling array of metallic gift ideas. I named this blog after my love of all things shiny and pretty, and nothing …

{Personalized} Gift Guide

personalized gift guide

‘Tis the season and the start of the holiday gift buying madness. I personally love hunting for the perfect gift, so I thought I would …

{Happy Thanksgiving}

Thanksgiving pilgrims

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!  xo, Luster {Above images:} Martha Stewart Living, Williams-Sonoma catalog

{Thanksgiving} inspired

Thanksgiving woodland

{Clockwise Left to Right:} Natural Wonder Entertaining Guide by Belle Magazine {1-2}, Domino, Martha Stewart Living Amber tabletop {above} from Vogue Living, photo by Maree …

{The Creators Inn} Sweden

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Just heard about this interesting hotel concept called The Creators Inn by Swedish clothiers Elvine and creative agency Next Century Modern. There are 3 hotel rooms …

A weekend in {Hudson Valley}

Hudon view

Last weekend we needed a break from the city, so we set our sites on the Hudson valley. After some unsuccessful attempts at finding an …

The allure of {velvet}

Velvet couch and ottoman

{La Petite carved sofa, velvet ottoman} Velvet is always popular in the winter time with its luxe sheen and plush feel. How nice it would …

Happy weekend & escape to {Hudson valley}

Pink Alley of trees

Allée of trees via Lauren Knight I am so excited to have the day off tomorrow so we can make an early escape to the …

{Tricks & Treats}

More pumpkins

{clockwise left to right: polka dot lighted pumpkins via Imperfectly Beautiful, all other pumpkins via Martha Stewart’s Halloween photo galleries} With Halloween approaching this weekend, …

{D/R} the legacy of the Design Research store

D-R storefront

{Exterior of D|R Cambridge building, photo by ESTO} Last fall when we visited family in Cambridge, we happened upon an intriguing building at 48 Brattle …

{Antelopes and Gazelles and Rams} oh my!

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I’ve got running animals with horns on my mind after seeing this coffee table shown above, which caught my eye a few years ago and …

Loving {Linea Pelle}

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There’s something about fall that makes a girl crave a new handbag. I’ve been a fan of Linea Pelle for awhile, in particular their leather …

{Max’s Kansas City}

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“Max’s Kansas City was the exact place where pop art and pop life came together in New York in the 60’s.” – Andy Warhol Andrea …

{Military} details

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Military influence comes and goes as a trend in fashion and it’s in full swing again this year for fall and winter with all the …

::: Impossibly cool icons :::

James Dean

While recently searching for photographs of Audrey Hepburn, I came across these 2 blogs, The Impossible Cool and A Conversation on Cool by Sean Sullivan. …

{Time} flies

Brooklyn Clock Tower

The Clocktower building penthouse in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood Hard to believe summer is gone, we’re full into fall and the holidays are swiftly approaching. With …

{Boudoir} Living

Versailles bed

With all this dreary rain in New York today, sometimes a girl just has to hide out in the boudoir until the sun comes out. …

::: Wanderlust ::: Zanzibar, Spice Island

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I have long wished to see Africa, and every once in awhile I get my fix looking at safari websites in South Africa, Botswana, and …

{Cartolina Postcard App} for iPhone

Cartolina app

Cartolina just launched this beautiful app today for iPhone that sends pretty postcards by text and email. It’s so fun to be able to send …

More {Horsing} Around

Horse + Sky

The new Anthropologie catalog arrived in the mail a couple of days ago with gorgeous styleshots featuring horses and equestrian style. Even though I already …

Fall {Jewel} box

Gold jewels

There are so many beautiful pieces in jewelry this fall to check out. I especially love all the mixing of materials like chains, mesh, rhinestones,  …

{Alexa Chung} for Madewell

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Things are really heating up at Madewell this season. I’ve been spying some great pieces from their fall collection, and I keep adding them to …

{Roman & Williams}

R&W 211 Elizabeth St LR

Usually when it comes to choosing color for home decor, I gravitate toward white to make everything in my apartment look bigger. Maybe it’s because …

Lured by {Argentina}

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Looks like Friday is turning out to be travel themed here on Luster. Must be as the weekend draws near, the urge to escape is …

Get your {tomato} on

August tomatoes

Late August is the time of year my husband’s family and I eagerly anticipate all year. This is when the Cameron garden in Guilford, CT,  …

{Butter London} a safer mani-pedi

Butter London

Anyone who does a little bit of research about the ingredients in our cosmetics and beauty products no doubt gets a major scare. Here’s the …

Vali Myers {Love on the Left Bank}

Vali Myers

Revisiting an old source of inspiration today…..the late Vali Myers. I was introduced to the work of Vali Myers when I met Ira Cohen in …

Casa do Dean, Brazil

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Happy Friday, and that means it’s time to party. Brazil keeps coming up in conversations and I cannot get this beautiful house out of my …

It’s {cocktail} hour

cocktail roundup

I was looking for a cocktail recipe to serve this weekend and came across this Cucumber Lime Gimlet which looks perfect to serve for the …

{Y.I.H } Your initials here

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Maybe it’s my Connecticut upbringing, or crossing the line into matrimonial bliss, but I love monograms and always have. I think initials are so beautiful, …

{Camel + Grey}

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Winter in fashion is soft this year, lots of knits, ivories, tans, greys, and camel. Of the bunch, Camel + Grey are stellar together. Bag …

{Back to School}

Back to School Shopping

Fall is coming, and everyone becomes awake, inspired and ready to work. Clockwise left to right: F.Scott Fitzgerald books with cover jackets by Coralie Bickford-Smith, …

{Soneva Kiri – Thailand}

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Last week I picked up a copy of Australian Vogue Living’s June Issue. NY receives the issues a couple of months behind, and I am …

{Bonnie & Clyde – Bryant Park}

faye dunaway

Sadly, I have other plans this evening, so I’ll be missing Bonnie and Clyde in Bryant Park tonight. An eternally classic movie and totally chic …

{Letterpress business cards while you wait}

letterpress hester fair

Finally checked out the Hester Street Fair in the LES on Saturday after hearing a lot of buzz about the food vendors, and one vendor …

Tucker by Gaby & John Derian coming to Target

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While i remain conflicted about Target making it hard for independent retailers to compete with their great design and low prices, I am always excited …

The {Cape} makes a comeback

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It looks like we’ll be seeing lots of capes this fall in fashion. What a perfectly cozy accessory to throw on when you need some …

Under a {canopy}

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How lovely it would be to attend a party or wedding under a soft fabric tent with a variety of chandeliers.

Safari with {Martin & Osa}

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Right now I am reading Osa Johnson’s I Married Adventure, the amazing true story of Martin and Osa Johnson’s fearless explorations of Africa in the …

Inside the Apothecary

apothecary montage

Today I am inspired by old apothecaries with their shelves of tinctures in amber bottles, worn paper labels with amazing typography and ephemera. Wishing I …

{Paris} in September

miss dior

When fall draws near, I start dreaming of the most beautiful city on earth, Paris. The month of September has always been my favorite time …

{Abigail Borg}

got the new lucky september issue, and spotted a cushion by uk based designer abigail borg and reminded of how much i love her work …

furry friend

we have been wanting a pet for some time and for one reason or another have decided to wait until it’s the right time. i …

{Horses} in fall fashion

horses in fall fashion and home

One of this fall’s main sources of inspiration is the equestrian world focusing on horses, hunt colors, leathers, saddles and bridles.  I was born during …

canvas and leather carryalls

Bg Round up

utilitarian is all the rage, and bags and totes are getting a makeover in canvas mixed with leather. menswear is really crossing over to womenswear …

Wellnest

wellnest

Just received this newsletter update from Tracy Anderson about a stunning new health-minded store in Sag Harbor called Wellnest. Located in a former ship captain’s …

{Workspace}

I spend more time sitting at my desk in front of a computer then I would really care to admit. Sitting here, I contemplate how …

Beach glam

beach glamour

Even though summer will be soon be ending, i am keeping the season alive with a round up of summer neutrals glammed up with lustrous …

ginger aid

of the many things that get me through the week, ginger is high up on the list. my 2 favorite ginger treats are bruce cost’s …

{Lena Wolff}

good morning! loving these pieces by lena wolff. the perfect fall palette.

{Radish}

Living in Williamsburg can be like a love/hate relationship. On the love side, we have a fantastic selection of small cafes and gourmet take out …

happy weekend

looking forward to sunshine and a double header of free outdoor concerts. sharon jones & budos are at prospect park, and been long awaiting a chance …

into the woods

evergreen trees

a cottage near a lake or a tent in montana sounds lovely for early fall. lake cottage in toast catalogue pendleton blankets lanterns in toast …

Constellations

zodiac plates

loving all things zodiac, and becoming really interested in constellations for interiors. the obsession started years ago with the ceiling at grand central terminal, and …

cruisin

while i patiently wait to get a bike of my own, i am checking out these beauties. velorbis abici linus pashley toer

scratch map

I love this scratch off map! via hither and thither

el almacen

to go somewhere new, my gf and i recently tried el almacen, a cozy argentinian restaurant just off the L stop in williamsburg. we sat …

{Tauk} in Montauk, NY

i finally got the chance to visit tauk in montauk while visiting the east end last month. best friends/former models marylynn and staci founded tauk …

the cosmos

celestial galaxy trendspotting in fashion and home. clockwise from left to right: pyrite paperweight, dress by Mara Hoffman, egg nightlight by J Schatz via a cup of jo, rings by dara …

:::: India, Nepal, xo ::::

india_beach

Seeing all the promos for the new movie Eat Pray Love is reminding me of my own trip to India and Nepal in 2001. Having just graduated …

moroccan mirage

image via tablet hotels.com is it 2011 yet? we are planning a trip to morocco next year and it can’t come soon enough. it’s a …

this is luster

luster roundup

hello! welcome to luster. my long term goal of authoring a blog has arrived, and i am finally forcing myself to find time during my …