Monday, September 17, 2012

RomePure: Katya Aksenuk

Little Rock might be considered a small town, but I must say we are big on talent, design and fashion.  After attending this year's Little Rock Fashion Week, I walked away with a new favorite local clothing designer, Katya Aksenuk.  

Katya, the designer for RomePure, was born in Essentuki, a small town in the South of Russia.  As a child, she loved crafting and dancing.  Katya came to the US on a travel abroad program with her university and began theatrical dancing in New York.  There, she began designing her first garments - dance costumes.  She is now finishing her Associate Degree in Fashion Design and is off to an excellent start with her career in clothing design.

The Fall/Winter 2012 collection, Nouveau, is "inspired by human organs and Art Nouveau motifs" says Katya. She adds that it "is not a mature statement, but an experiment with construction and techniques which draw on textiles, needle felting, chiffon pleating, etc."  The collection features silk, wool and cotton blend fabrics.

Below are a few of my favorite pieces from her Fall/Winter 2012 collection.  You can see these beautiful garments in person this weekend at the Box Turtle Fall Fashion Show during Hillcrest Harvestfest.  The show at 7 pm on Saturday, September 22nd will also feature other fabulous local designers, such as Missy Lipps and Korto Momolu.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"A million years in the making..."

Ann Sacks, one of my many favorite companies in the luxury tile and stone industry, has done it again!  I am always interested when they release something new and this line is definitely something to be excited about. 

Their newest line of tile, Petrified Wood, is composed entirely of wood from fallen trees which became buried in the earth and fossilized.  These cross sections of trees are available in 12" x 24" and 12" x 12" tiles as well as customized slabs.  Ann Sacks tile has managed to get their hands on this material which, according to the Mohs Scale, is harder than quartz and share it with designers and consumers such as myself.   

12" x 24" retro large mosaic field in charcoal antiqued 

12" x 24" retro large mosaic field in charcoal antiqued 

Porto Polished 12" x 24" retro large log

12" x 24" retro large mosaic field in charcoal antiqued

12" x 12" Charcoal Retro Big Log 


Friday, September 7, 2012

Tell me about it...Stud!

I am sure that many of you already know this, but the stud is in.  (I'm not talking about Christian Grey, ladies!)  Whether it's adorning a fabulous pair of heels or bordering a sexy linen pillow, there is no doubt about it...Studs and spikes are the latest and greatest embellishment.

There is something about donning an accessory with a little studded accent that immediately takes me from to zero to fierce in no time.  But don't take my word for it...check out some of my favorite finds below.

I adore this fabulous bag from Valentino's new Rockstud line.

Gold leafed studded console from Worlds Away.  Love!

Who wouldn't fall head over heels (pun intended) for these Christian Louboutin Alti Spike Pumps?  Watch out men!  We could be dangerous in these little heels! 

These precious cheeky shorts (another trend right now) from Urban Outfitters with the studded pocket is a must for these last few weeks of Summer! 

This fabulous studded banquette from Maisonette is covered with oversized studs.  This would look fabulous in a kitchen or entryway. 

This BCBGMaxAzria Leah studded dress is a great transition piece for Fall. 

Okay, we can't forget our pooches when it comes to style.  I love these Berlin Dog Bowls from Unleashed Life


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Urban Appeal...At Home in Arkansas, September 2012 Spread

I have been in this business for thirteen years now, yet seeing my work published never gets old!  Each of my projects are so special to me in their own way and my clients become a part of the MLH family during and after the process often leading to more work on other rooms and homes later on down the road.  So, finally seeing all of the hard work of each project photographed excites me!  

This month, I am referring to the kitchen and bath issue of  At Home in Arkansas.  As usual, it was a pleasure to work with the publication's team and be involved!  Here are some shots taken by one of my favorite new photographers, Rett Peek.  For the full story and a Q&A section, be sure to visit this At Home in Arkansas link.