Category Archives: Home Edition

Home Sweet Home

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Antique chair from Brownstone Treasures; Dresser from The Invisible Dog; Aloe plant and pot from GRDN.

Antique vase; flowers from Union Market.

Rebecca Minkoff bag; Anthropologie candle; vintage sewing desk, wine rack and trunks.

Ikea lamp; Jewish museum frame; Vintage desk, chair, frames.

Vintage milk crates (stained and now stacked as a book case); Antique travel clock.

Vintage records in vintage milk crate (So stereotypical Brooklyn, huh?).

“WC” letters from Urban Outfitters.

Photo of unknown relative; Candle from One Kings Lane; pottery by Jim & LaLa Howard; Peacock Feathers from M&J Trimming.

Antique  creamer.

Antique armoire and some trunks from Brownstone Treasures.

Pottery by Jim & Lala Howard.

Coffee table found on the street and restored/painted by yours truly; 1930’s setee; Antropologie pillows on left; Urban Outfitters pillow on right (similar online); antique mercury glass tea light candle holders, tray, table and camera.

Antique bottles from Bob & Judi’s Coolectibles.

I apologize for my lack of style candy lately, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging. I recently styled a shoot for etc.. modern-vintage jewelry at my own apartment (pics to come soon!), which got turned upside for the shoot and turned into a photo studio.

In the midst of putting everything back together, joining my new favorite way of wasting time: Pinterest, and being away so much lately, I realized how much I love home.

I’ve turned my rental apartment that was once what I love to call “70’s Chalet Chic” due to the previous owner’s love for crazy wooden everything from sculptural walls to cabinets, into an eclectic mix of flea market finds and crafty touches, mixed with a bit of modern flair.

Kind of like my own style—with a lot more color!

xo Liz

I hope these images give you inspiration. Please tag Dear Andi if you post to Pinterest or any other site.

Vintage Andi – Black is The Old Black

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Clearly the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…I can see where I get my looks love for black clothing from. My mom’s affinity for dressing in the lack of color looked as chic in the 70’s as it does today. Accessories like a belt or a pop of shoe color complete the look to avoid the whole getting mistaken for a pantomime thing.

Does this awesome chair in the photo look familiar?

xoLiz

DA New Years Edition

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Halston Heritage dress (TJMaxx); vintage ring; all other jewelry by etc….

On hubby: Paul Smith shirt (sample sale).

Happy New Year! If you’re like me, you’re probably agonizing over what to wear on this holiday. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a little sparkle. Last year, I let the dress do the talking (pictured above)…this year, it may be the jewelry.

Last New Year’s Eve I hosted a party, but I didn’t have much time to prepare—probably because I was agonizing over what to wear (just kidding). Solution? I made snacks, including this yummy Asian-inspired appetizer (courtesy of Maren Rossman), that were impressive, yet easy.

Try it for your party (be prepared for it to disappear in moments!):

Slice a block of cream cheese in half the long way. Spread wasabi paste over the layer, then place the other half back on. Spread wasabi paste on top of that layer. Drizzle soy sauce on top and sprinkle a layer of sesame seeds to finish. Serve with rice crackers and a cheese knife, slicing enough to spread on a cracker. Enjoy!

xo DA

A Stylish Dear Andi Holiday

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Gilt Groupe (items found at Gilt Home, styled by yours truly)

I normally don’t post on the weekends, but I couldn’t resist a holiday edition post, being Christmas Eve and all.

I’m sure many of you are scrambling for those last minute gifts and wrappings. I personally love to wrap my gifts with a theme in mind every year—that way they look gorgeous under the tree or menorah. Color is the best way to do this (like with the green/blue/gold theme I used for Gilt Groupe, with mixing patterns and ribbons).

My favorite easy and affordable way to wrap in a pinch is by turning a paper bag inside out and wrapping it how you normally would. Tie it off with hemp string, raffia, festive ribbon, or even a candy cane like this, and voila, instant gift wrap.

Who doesn’t like brown paper packages tied with a string? These are a few of my favorite things (corny, I know).

Have a happy, *stylish and sensible* holiday!

xo DA

Dear Andi – Home Edition

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Vintage lamp (Brimfield Antique Fair); Capri Blue candle in Aloha Orchid (Anthropologie); Jim & Lala Howard pitcher; vintage silver coasters

Capri Blue candle in Aloha Orchid (Anthropologie)

Vintage chest (Brimfield Antique Fair); Vera Wang duvet cover, shams and decorative pillow (Macy's); chocolate decorative pillows (Target); Nicole Miller euro shams; bedskirt (Marshalls); vintage rug

Antique wing chair with nail heads (hand-me-down from "Andi"), cashmere throw (Gilt Home)

vintage silver vase; peacock feathers (Mood Fabrics); vintage mirror

Anthropologie hook; all jewelry by etc... Modern-Vintage Jewelry

Anthropologie scalloped edge dish; vintage dishes and perfume tray; make-up from left to right: Trish McEvoy, Josie Moran, Sarra, Clinique; all jewelry by etc... Modern-Vintage Jewelry

It’s rainy days like these that make a stylista not want to get her nice shoes ruined by the weather. It’s days like these that make me want to dress my home instead.

My favorite part of decorating is that like your wardrobe, you can mix and match it all together. As you probably have sensed by now, I’m obsessed with anything vintage, but I like to combine everything from designer (like Vera Wang and Nicole Miller) to discount (Marshall’s and Gilt Home).

It’s all in the details—how you showcase your personality, use the unexpected in new ways (like peacock feathers in an otherwise precious vase), while making you feel like home at the same time. I actually bring this candle from Anthropologie with me whenever I travel to take the feeling of home with me wherever I go. Home sweet home.

xo DA

STYLIST TIP: Flowers are a great way to bring color and season into a room. Cut the stems short so you don’t see them and get ride of excess foliage. They’ll look more chic and less like they came from the grocery store.

p.s. No plans for NYC’s FASHION NIGHT OUT tomorrow night yet? No problem. You won’t be sorry if you hang out here for the evening. It’s FREE to come. No need to RSVP. Check out a lot of the designers I’ve mentioned in this blog and their fall collections!