Thursday, April 18, 2013

If you can't build it...Mould It!!

We are currently working on a huge project...a 23,000 sf has a 
ballroom in the basement!!!  I know...MASSIVE!  What is even crazier is that
they are literally building as we draw.  Even worse, the original designer
left us with a ton of issues they we are rushing to solve.

What has our solution to these issues been? MOULDING!!

More is can hide some of the worst issues with moulding, but you can't skimp! 
Moulding is better when you layer it on!

The Wall Street Journal wrote an amazing article about the origins of French Mouldings...
so educational!  They gave 5 tips for effective mouldings:

1. Experiment with layering: It's possible to create a "subtle complexity" with moldings, says New York-based Classical-style architect Gil Schafer. He advises combining different types—from streamlined to ornate—rather than using stock millwork.

2. Decide how much you want your moldings to pop: To visually heighten the ceiling, paint crown moldings the same hue as the wall they're embellishing (white-on-white is classic and nuanced). For a more emphatic effect, paint or stain moldings an accent color. If you're feeling unusually daring, use paint to pick out certain moldings in different colors or shades of the same hue. In his own home, as related in "French Accents," architect Jean-Louis Deniot played with three or four different tones to highlight the moldings and decorative plaster motifs. That color layering, he told Ms. Swift, "provides a better sense of rhythm and volume."

3. Remember that some moldings are also practical: Baseboards, for instance, protect walls from damage caused by cleaning implements. "Chair rails, placed at the point where chair backs bang into the wall," writes Ms. Swift in her book, "create barriers for plaster, Sheetrock and drywall."

4. Consider going vintage: To avoid the McMansion effect that can result from using stock, injection or plastic molding, comb estate sales and shops that specialize in antique variations. Note, however, that most reclaimed moldings were bespoke-crafted for a specific home. You'll likely need to recruit a millworking shop to make them fit your interiors' needs.

5. Cavernous old-school rooms are prime candidates for moldings: If you live in a more traditional residence with unusually high ceilings, installing additional moldings helps to warm the room and make it feel less "warehouse-y," said Guy Carpenter, whose New Orleans millwork firm Supreme Restoration replicates moldings found in 19th-century, French-styled homes.
But, there are more contemporary companies that have put a twist on mouldings.  One of my new favorites is Solomon & Wu.  They have put a new edge on mouldings with geometric and organic shapes.  

So next time you aren't sure how to solve for issue while designing...mask it with moulding!

Love, F&F

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It's a BUG's Life!

With the weather warming up...the bugs are coming out.  This season, those pesky 
pests will be welcomed in the hottest trends of the summer!

From dragonfly silk capes from Alexander McQueen to bee rings from Kate Spade, 
there is something for everyone at every price point.

So BUG out and indulge on these slimy yet satisfying creatures!

Love, F&F

Natural Hair is EVERYWHERE!!!

I have been going natural for about 2.5 years now...I'm about 98% through my transition.  But since I made the choice to go au natural, I have seen more and more kinky curly hair in the main stream media.  From movies to commercials to magazines...gone are the days of racially ambiguous girls and here come the soul sistas rocking their own hair in its natural state.

After years of following one of my favorite bloggers, Curly Nikki (be sure to grab her book, Better than Good Hair), for hair wisdom, something amazing happened. 

A couple of weeks ago, I received my latest issue of InStyle Hair issue.  To my astonishment, there was a ENTIRE spread, not just a blurb or a mention...on real kinky curly hair!  Finally!!! 

Just in case you missed it is, with the gorgeous Zoe Saldana!

Isn't this AMAZING!!!  I think so.  They even had a little blurb on braids!!!

Go out and cop the latest issue, on stands NOW!!!

Love, F&F

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sassy Sneakers

To know me is to know that I really loathe tennis shoes outside of working out.  I truly believe that when a woman becomes a certain age, you just don't wear them.  There are so many foot coverings out there that outside of the gym, I see no point in them...until now!!

I few weeks ago, my little sister showed me the new wedge sneakers by Alicia Keys for Reebok.  I feel in love!  I had to have them!!!  Because she loves me so, she bought them for me!  They are absolutely the most comfortable thing I have ever worn and I don't have to compromise my style for them!

Pair them with some skinny jeans and a blazer and you are ready to run to all of those Saturday morning errands in style!

Check out some of my favorite looks!!!

Love, F&F 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Brown Sugar Salmon!!

So the other night, I cooked an amazing Salmon dish...and one of my fave's
requested the recipe...this one is for you Mario!


3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
Vegetable oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 salmon fillets, 6 ounces each


On the side burner, melt the brown sugar, honey and butter in a small saute pan over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and whisk in the mustard, soy sauce, olive oil and ginger. Let cool.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Allow salmon to cook about 10 minutes, checking periodically.  For the last 5 minutes, set the oven to broil at 500 degrees.  Drizzle any residual sauce and allow to brown.  Once salmon has browned to your liking, safely remove from the oven.

Serve with you favorite sides and enjoy!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

In Between the Lines

This season, not only is it all about basic black & white (let's face it, when has this combo ever been wrong) But its all about that old school prison look...STRIPES!

From fashion to home decor, stripes are everywhere and in ever form...or direction!


When it comes to interiors, go bold!  Don't be afraid to put the graphic on your floors or walls.  If black and white is too much for you...try a muted version.

When it comes to fashion, we have always been told to stay away from horizontal stripes and opt for the more slimming vertical ones...this season, it's a mix of both! Do whatever makes you the most comfortable!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Honey Bey...

As much as people love to hate her...I LOVE TO LOVE her!

Who is she...she is BEY!

Like many of you who tuned into HBO's special, watched her on Oprah and her Super Bowl performance...I was in awe.  She is not only a beast but she is The Beast!

Although I admire her as a signer...this weekend, I feel like I truly began to admire her as an artist.  We may not understand her vision at times but she definitely has one.  She also puts the work in behind her vision...which is more than what most can say.  

So whenever you feel defeated and feel like giving up...throw on "4" and you will be able to do anything!

Love F&F

Black is Always Back!

It is always interesting how trends work.  One minute, its the best thing out there and the next, everyone is over it.  One trend that seems to always stick around is BLACK!

From little black dresses to little black books...this color never seems to fade in fashion.  Now, it is back in architecture.

Dwell just posted a ton of designs all using black on the facades of buildings.  Although these projects share a commonality, they all have different levels of depth and texture, all highlighted by their black facades.

Check it inspired!

Love F&F