1. Dinner Party Spotlight Series: Pauline Nakios of Lilla P

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    For this week’s Dinner Party Spotlight I ventured to the West Village to visit the exquisite home of clothing designer, Pauline Naikos, founder of Lilla P. Much like her clothing line shows an appreciation for the classics, her tablescape was filled with vintage treasures and traditional crystals. Get ready to swoon over this round tabletop display equipped with a succulent centerpiece that is truly one for the books!

    Q & A:

    FH: Tell us about Lilla P and how you came to start it.

    Pauline: I started Lilla P in 1998 while living in Atlanta. I moved to NYC in 2001 and my husband joined the business full time in 2006 when our oldest son was 6 months old. It is a true family business. We currently sell to approximately 1000 stores throughout North America and looking to continue to expand into distribution worldwide. We also have our own store on 14th Street in New York City.

    Lilla P is a collection inspired by the modern woman that is perfectly tailored for a casual lifestyle. Each season Lilla P rethinks the classics to create a collection of separates that are both flattering and functional.

    FH: What is your entertaining style? Traditional, Contemporary, Seasonal?

    Pauline: I would call myself contemporary with a traditional flair. I am from Charleston, so I will always have a sense of traditional style. I do love the mix.

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    FH: How often do you entertain and for how many guests?

    Pauline: Not often enough. We love to do early Sunday family dinners with friends and their children. It is usually 4 adults and 4 children.

    FH: Do you have a go-to recipe or dish {or do you avoid cooking at all costs}?

    Pauline: Living in NYC, anything can be ordered in. It is quite a luxury. I do love to make salads and I think I do interesting ones pretty well. Lamb Chops are always simple and look quite fancy.

    FH: Did something inspire you for today’s table? A certain color, flower, plate?

    Pauline: I covet the Anna Weatherly plates and they were one of my first “adult” purchases about 15 years ago.

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    FH: Table top… Share all the deets!!

    • Plates: Rosenthal
    • Salad Plates: Anna Weatherley
    • Bowls: 2 small bowls – ABC Carpet & Home
    • Napkins: Restoration Hardware
    • Napkin rings: Bed, Bath & Beyond
    • Placemats: ABC Carpet & Home
    • Water glasses: CB2
    • Wine glass & Pitcher: Vintage Pressed Glass
    • Silverware: Christofle Sterling Silver
    • Centerpieces/ Vases/ Candle sticks: Adore Floral
    • Chairs: Vanguard; Table top: Custom Table Base & Hickory Chair
    • Art behind table: Dominique McGill
    • Chandelier: David Weeks

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    Shop Lilla P on their website LillaP.com, follow their Instagram @LillaPNYC, and their Facebook here. Thanks Pauline for sharing a glimpse into your gorgeous home; I am adding you to my “Inspirational mom’s that do it all” list!!

    Apartment Location: West Village, NYC

    Photographer: Alexandra Wolf

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  2. Dream Hotel Makeover Project

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    Earlier this year, the Dream Hotel in Midtown approached me to help them with a very cool project. Their Guest House suite which is the nicest suite in the entire hotel, starting at $1500 a night needed a makeover. The goal: to brighten up the room with fun new accents and colors while keeping with it’s cool mod vibe, so I headed over to take a look and give some feedback. What I came back with is below… shots of the before and my recommendations for easy adjustments that will make a huge impact! Read on to see what I recommend per room!

    Currently the master bedroom in the Guest House suite is quite dark with deep purples and greys as the main accent colors, so I would recommend lightening the mood by swapping out some key pieces like the rug, side table lamps, and bedding. By bringing in a pale blue rug {here} with a white pattern, the room will immediately look bigger and brighter. Then I love these mirrored side tables {similar} and Abacus table lamps {here} as a compliment. Replacing bedding is an easy swap that can do wonders for a room. Since they want it to be conducive to men or women guests, I like the clean and sophisticated look of this Hudson Park bedding {here}. The finishing touches are an array of accessories to make the room seem more homey.

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    The Guest House’s main living room has a swanky Mad Men vibe with it’s funky lighting and mod bar stools, but the mish-mosh of fabrics and prints take away from how chic it should be. Immediately I recommended to remove the drapes behind the couch {which cover a blank wall} and replace with a statement art piece like this Proenza Prints piece from TheseFineWalls.com. Then I suggested re-covering the couches to all be the same color fabric {rather than mixing and matching prints} and choosing couch pillows in a range of gold textures {here}. Hard to tell in this picture but important to note, was that the kitchen and bar area were missing some swanky kitchen essentials. I recommended displaying coupe glasses {here}, a glass decanter {here}, and a stone cheese board {here} packed with cheeses and nuts when guests checked in.

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    On the opposite side of the Guest House’s living room is a dark built-in bookshelf shoved tight with old books and black accessories. I suggested to brighten up the shelves by painting them white so their current assortment of accessories would really pop. If painting seemed to be too much of a burden, then I suggested to swap their accessories for a much brighter and lighter assortment so they wouldn’t get lost. I love this Jonathan Alder horn sculpture {here}, this Jonathan Adler quartz object {here}, a vase filled with white flowers like Hydrangeas, and something with a pop of color like these patterned Missoni candles {here}.

    This was such a fun project! If you are interested in hiring me in as a design consultant for your company or home, be sure to contact me here!

    Thank you to The Dream Hotel for sponsoring this project.

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  3. Beauty.com Friends & Family Event

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    The Beauty.com Friends & Family Event is here!! From today May 12th to Friday May 15th the entire site will be 20% off!!

    So what’s in my shopping cart? My favorite Spring nail polishes, an array of pinks from Essie like Ballet Slippers and Romper Room… then some new favorites from Urban Decay like their Eye Shadow Primer and my go-to bronzer, the Naked Flush, a half bronzer half blush compact. From NARS what looks to be a lip liner is actually a lipstick meets lipgloss meets lip pencil all-in-one… the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. And best of all… with a purchase of $150, customers will also receive the limited edition Lela Rose clutch filled with products worth more than $185!

    So head on over and get your fill of Spring beauty with this amazing sale! By clicking here you will automatically redeem 20% off your order at checkout {no code needed!}.

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    Thank you to Beauty.com for sponsoring this post.

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