A Fresh Dille

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Posted in DESIGN, FASHION, MAGAZINES by clairedille on June 14, 2010

This is going to be a non-food focused post since I have always been quite inspired by design, especially clothing and home goods. Hope you enjoy.

In the last few days, I have been thinking a lot about my internship days and how they influenced me. A few years back I had the great opportunity of interning for Harper’s Bazaar. Days after classes ended for the spring, I took the bus from Boston to NY and headed into the Hearst Tower to venture into the world of magazine publishing. I was such a naive magazine writing student beforehand and had no idea how the summer would affect me. As the only intern for a special supplement issue, A Fashionable Life, I was immersed in all aspects of the publication. This issue of the magazine, usually fashion focused, was all about home style. The editors let me attend press previews for brands like Anthropologie, assist on photo shoots, and even help fill the pages with items I loved.

Instead about raving about the experience in fear it may come across as “too perfect,” I want to share with you an apartment I fell in love with in the Park Slope, Brooklyn (also where I spent the early days of my life).


At that time, J. Crew was going through a little (or major) makeover by the new Creative Director, Jenna Lyons. She was adding in some modern and vintage twists to the overly preppy label. These changes by Jenna have made the brand one I really admire much more now. Although some of the prices have gone up, it is with good reason because she has added a special section called In Good Company featuring some classic brands like Tretorn, Barbour, Ray-Ban, Sperry, and Thomas Mason. Some modern brands like Fenton/Fallon and Lemlem have also been added to the mix for the modern edge. You can also take a peak at her pick’s each season on the website with some words of wisdom to go along with each garment.

Unfortunately, most of the Bazaar shots really focused on her when I feel there could have been more images of the amazing space her and her husband designed and live in with their adorable son, Beckett.

One of my favorite home magazines, that didn’t survive the downfall of magazines in the last few years, Domino, featured Jenna and her home with more great shots by Melanie Acevedo.

Just a few things I love about her apartment:

-Dove grey walls downstairs with her husband’s artwork and vintage glass or crystal chandeliers

-Chalkboard paint in the master bedroom showcasing her bed and fireplace.

-A clawfoot bathtub with classic english fixtures

-The Saarinen table she sits at to read her morning paper and drink coffee. I love mid-century furniture.

-Beckett’s yellow and white striped ceiling

-The industrial kitchen with a farmhouse table and french doors

-Jenna’s closet is the ideal space for keeping garments with shoe shelving and racks.

Other links:

The Habitually Chic blog shared many images of her home here.

Apartment Therapy also wrote about how styling can really influence how Jenna’s Brownstone looks.

Here is a video of a day in Jenna’s glamorous life and career from Oprah’s dream job series.

The Livingetc article and images of Jenna’s Brooklyn Brownstone (slideshow here).

An article comparing Harper’s Bazaar’s A Fashionable Life to Vogue Living.

Here are a few items similar to some of my personal favorite looks by J. Crew.

Tuxedo shirts and cutoffs.

Boatneck striped shirts and bubble skirts.

Military inspired jackets.

Cargo style pants dressed up.

Layering…especially shawl collar jackets and button down shirts.

Casual summer tunics for the beach or with cutoffs.

Henley’s, boyfriend jeans, and strappy sandals.

The Catalog was recently shot in Antigua, Guatemala.

Some things:

-Do you read design blogs? Have any favorites? I read design sponge most often and my favorite photo blog featuring eclectic individuals is The Selby.

-Have you noticed the changes in J. Crew over the last few years? Do you like the brand? I actually am not a big J.Crew wearer but do have a few pieces I truly enjoy. They also are doing wonderful things with the lower priced and younger line, Madewell too.

I hope you enjoyed the change of scenery around here. I would love to know if you would be interested in more fashion or home design inspired posts. I will be back with some words on recent delicious eats.

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  1. Teri [a foodie stays fit] said, on June 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    fun post! I can’t believe I didn’t used to be interested in fashion and design! Every picture, room, outfit in this post is beautiful.

  2. Lauren @ Health on the Run said, on June 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Every one of those pictures is beautiful!! I love the clean look of that apartment. I don’t read fashion blogs and actually don’t know all that much about it, but I’m always in awe of the talents of many designers. So every once in awhile, I like to admire pictures like the ones you’ve posted here.

    I don’t shop at J. Crew all that often either, but I do love a lot of their styles. When I do shop there, it’s usually at an outlet store. Prices are a lot more reasonable there, and I don’t really care if it’s technically last season’s stuff or something.

  3. Kelsey said, on June 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    im always flipping through modern home magazines dreaming of my future lol!! i love them so much!! ❤

  4. Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries said, on June 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love ALL of these pictures! Anthropologie and J Crew are two of my favorite stores.

  5. lisasfoods said, on June 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Great post. I follow one design blog, by a friend of mine – http://christapirl.blogspot.com/

    I love looking at J. Crew catalogs too, with the combination of preppy, modern, and vintage. I wore a lot of J. Crew in high school, when they (and I) were quite preppy. I stopped wearing their clothes for many years, but in the last four or five, buy quite a bit of their clothing at outlets. A lot of their pieces fit me well, and I like to mix them up with fun scarves and necklaces.

  6. Ameena said, on June 14, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I never watch Oprah but I recorded the episode with Jenna because I think she is such an inspiration! She isn’t beautiful in the traditional way but she has such a great sense of style. I love her and think she has the best job in the world!

    J. Crew is a fantastic store, as is Anthro. You must have loved your internship!

  7. Jessica (jesslikesithot) said, on June 14, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I looooove fashion/design and food blogs. Both fill my google reader equally 🙂
    This was a great post! And might I add that your internship sounded like a dream! I’m currently interning for a local mag (working in the marketing department), and am loving it. Learning more about the publishing side of things and getting to choose my own favorite pieces for a mag would be amazing though!

    Loooove her dining room (?) with the simple table and flatscreen! I don’t care if it’s “bad”…I love watching my favorite shows while eating dinner or drinking tea/coffee with breakfast! And that closet is gorgeous!!!!!

  8. anwa said, on June 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I am so jealous of your internship right now. My dream’s to work as a photographer for French Vogue or Numero, but Harper’s would be pretty amazing, too….
    I love fashion blogs. I’m more into the photography aspect than the design aspect, so I don’t follow that many design blogs. But occasionally I’ll browse them because they’ll have some really great images.

  9. Mandiee said, on June 14, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Wow, this is such a beautiful post! I am always inspired by the medley of designs that surround us. (Have you heard of Cranbrook?) When I was younger, my mom and I used to get the magazines that showed very exclusive houses. We used to pick out our favorites and design dream homes. Obviously, my love of design started young. Your internship sounds like an absolute dream! I’m so glad you were able to have such an amazing experience! I can’t say that I’m not jealous ;).

    Have a lovely day!

  10. maggie said, on June 14, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Love design blogs! And I love ur blog as well!



  11. Amanda @ . seek . said, on June 14, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Modern Timelessness… I love that. Those are some really gorgeous shots of the inside of their house. I often dream of decorating my own home that way one day, but I always end up shooting myself down before I even get a chance to try, thinking I’d never be able to come up with something that beautiful. I’m always flipping through interior design magazines, though, and admiring all of the beautiful decorating ideas that people come up with.

    I think you should blog about whatever is in your heart, girl, and whatever your interests at the moment happen to be. I love reading your foodie posts, but I also love reading posts like this 🙂

  12. Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife said, on June 14, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I REALLY liked this post, mostly because I live and breath for JCrew. ALTHOUGH it does anger me a bit because I currently can’t afford much of it anymore. (Since right now I’m in job limbo). I have def noticed the price increases over the past few years and although I like the direction Jenna has led JCrew in most of the time, I feel like sometimes it appears she’s trying a little too hard to make it this super high end boutiquey feel when us JCrew lovers (or JillCrew as my girls called it in undergrad) often like the preppy non-trend inspired ways of the past!

  13. Amy said, on June 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Jenna Lyons is a genius, and I really love what she’s done for J.Crew. It’s always been one of my favorite brands, but lately they’ve been so on point! Thank you so much for posting this…I really enjoyed reading it. Her brownstone is gorgeous!

    I almost exclusively read fashion/design/photography blogs. That’s what I love!

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