Favorites: March 2016

leiden, the netherlands | simple pretty

along the oude rijn canal, leiden

Hello, spring! I’ve been waiting for you, though all is forgiven as you appeared just in time for the rugby end-of-season tournament in Leiden (the Netherlands). And with Daylight Savings Time underway in the US, things are improving at a rapid pace. The end of rugby signals the beginning of baseball in my world …. and spring sports means graduation is just around the corner. (How is this possible?)

Some of my favorites from around the internet this month:


  1. Walks into store. Faints.
  2. heavenly handful
  3. #paris #sunnyday #arches
  4. Traveled all the way to Scotland ….
  5. Egg cup warmers ….
  6. kumquats
  7. Secret garden blooms
  8. THANK YOU notes
  9. Whales
  10. painting of postage stamp
  11. Isn’t this gorgeous?

To Watch

  1. House of Cards Chronicling the machinations of terrible people who are dressed to kill (pun intended). I hate it and yet I can’t stop watching it.
  2. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Have missed Sam Bee’s field pieces at The Daily Show, and if I can’t have Jon at the anchor desk, this is surely the next best thing.

To Taste

  1. Shredded Un-Chicken Salad Looks and sounds very tasty. Perfect for a spring diet-detox.

To Read

  1. Maira Kalman interview at AIGA Always eager to learn a bit more about my favorite creative people. Kalman, a 2016 AIGA Medalist, muses about her inspirations and the necessity of daydreaming.
  2. Garçonne We Love: Sarah Medevedovsky A sophisticated Parisienne with covetably undone hair, Medevedovsky, a product designer for the French accessories brand Isaac Reina, oozes utilitarian luxe® style.

photo at top by jane potrykus

Paris Fall 2016: Noir Kei Ninomiya

noir kei ninomiya fall 2016, look 12 | simple pretty

look 12

I think my transition to city person is complete*: I am gaga for these looks from Noir Kei Ninomiya’s fall collection. All black and tailored, yet with a touch of elegance. (And with utilitarian luxe® lace-ups from Repetto, no less!) See all of the looks (including some more avant-garde options) at VogueRunway.com.

noir kei ninomiya fall 2016, look 15 | simple pretty

look 15

noir kei ninomiya fall 2016, look 20 | simple pretty

look 20 (love the jacket closure detail)

 noir kei ninomiya fall 2016, look 22 | simple pretty

look 22

noir kei ninomiya courtesy photos for voguerunway.com

the days of preppy-bright colors and Lilly Pulitzer seem eons ago.

Paris Fall 2016: Céline

céline fall 2016, look 25 | simple pretty

look 25

Phoebe Philo has a way with slouchy shapes that makes her collections instantly desirable. The fact that the accessories are always perfection doesn’t hurt. See the complete fall show at VogueRunway.com. (Now I’m more eager than ever for Céline to release the pre-fall pictures.)

céline fall 2016, look 35 | simple pretty

look 35

céline fall 2016, look 20 | simple pretty

look 20

monica feudi / indigital.tv photos for voguerunway.com

Paris Fall 2016: Jean Colonna

jean colonna fall 2016, look 28 | simple prett

look 28

Long, lean silhouettes with just a soupçon of embellishment at Jean Colonna makes for an effortlessly chic wardrobe. See the complete fall collection at VogueRunway.com.

jean colonna fall 2016, look 23 | simple pretty

look 23

jean colonna fall 2016, look 35 | simple pretty

look 35

jean colonna courtesy photos for voguerunway.com

Flower House Detroit

flower house detroit (oct 2015) | simple pretty

work in progress at the house, located on dequindre street in hamtramck, michigan

Detroit artist/floral designer Lisa Waud is an innovator who finds (and develops) beauty in the most unexpected of locations. With plans over a year in the making, Waud, in collaboration with photographer Heather Saunders and a complement of florists, found an abandoned Hamtramck (Detroit area) property, purchased it for $500, and proceeded to turn its 18 rooms into art installations using only American-grown flowers. In the process, the former derelict building was transformed into Flower House. Drawing inspiration from the setting for the July 2012 Dior couture show as well as the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Flower House, shown over a weekend in October 2015, managed to attract more than 3500 visitors, and showcased the juxtaposition of beauty and decay while maintaining respect for the property and needs of the neighborhood.

The house is now being responsibly deconstructed — a process where the focus is to salvage and repurpose materials wherever possible. Once complete, the ground will be tilled in preparation for its next phase in life: a flower farm and design center for Waud’s own floral business, Pot and Box. First up, a planting of perennials.

flower house detroit, martha deflorio room (october 2015) | simple pretty

room designed by Detroit florist Martha DeFlorio (madefloral.com)

flower house detroit, denise fasanello and anne kilcullen room (october 2015) | simple pretty

“Tornado Room”, designers Denise Fasanello (dfasanello.com) and Anne Kilcullen (bladenyc.com)

flower house detroit (october 2015) | simple pretty

14 designers worked on this room, part of a May 2015 flower house preview event

If, like me, you missed the exhibition but are eager to see more, the Flower House book is launching shortly, and Lisa Waud and Flower House photographer Heather Saunders will be at the Milwaukee Art Museum on March 20 to share their experiences from the project as part of Art in Bloom.

flower house book | simple pretty

the flower house book, arriving spring 2016 (available to pre-order now)

all photos by heather saunders  (with exception of book cover), and courtesy of lisa waud/flower house.