Interior Inspiration: Sally Singer’s Home, NYC

To fully express my affections for Sally Singer, the editor of T and a woman I have never met, would require more words than any of you want to read, but the gist of my infatuation (and that of at least a few others) was summed up quite eloquently by Doree over at The Daily Beast. The vibe of Singer’s home (n the Chelsea Hotel, mind you) totally matches my vision of her: sophisticated but lighthearted, polished but endearingly quirky—basically, all the things I want to be when I grow up. —erica

1) A Blu Dot lamp that delivers a pop of yellow
2) Minimalist silhouette necklaces, custom-made by Lucky Me Beads
3) A green glass Artecnica vase crafted from recycled wine bottles
4) Eggplant Brian Atwood heels that would look right at home in that shoe closet
5) A big, poppy-red cardigan by Dagmar, perfect for cozying up with a novel or a novelist

These supersaturated home shots come from (duh) The Selby, whose catalog of sickeningly stylish types I love-hate.

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Interior Inspiration: Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs

Bold statement: The Ace in Palm Springs is my favorite hotel ever. (And my love has nothing to do with the fact that they serve alcoholic sno-cones poolside, though that’s a nice touch.) Built on the site of a former Howard Johnson, the place is totally lacking in pretension, but every element is infused with cool—from the sail bedspreads to the Southwestern rugs to the leather chairs, which are at once worn-in and over-stuffed. In short, the spot achieves the sort of chilled-out sophistication you want in every aspect of your life. —erica

1) A matte black candle holder by the awesome Heath Ceramics (and available at Unison)
2) A polished wool Lindsey Thornburg cloak
3) Roarke's chiffon-and-chain bracelet in a bright, chlorinated turquoise
4) Normann Copenhagen's unfussy milk pitcher (that's available at The Future Perfect)
5) A handmade leather dopp kit from Wisconsin-based Kenton Sorenson

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Interior Inspiration: Vinegar Hill House

Vinegar Hill House is the kind of restaurant you want around the corner from your house. It’s cozy, lived-in, and comfortably cool, and the food is dependably ridiculous. (Get the pork chop! And the delicata squash!) This is all to say that my Brooklyn apartment is a block away, and I take every opportunity to over-order/overeat there—last week, Claire and I took our amazing interns. Fall is the very best time of year for a visit: The sparse-but-eccentric vibe makes you want to move to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula or, at the very least, pick a pumpkin while wearing some new, back-to-school attire. —erica

1) No.6 clog boots, in a perfectly worn-in gray.
2) A terracotta carafe by Royal VKB to keep your water chilly. (Available at A+R.)
3) A baseball cardigan—in U.S. of A. colors—by YMC.
4) Copper-flecked Deborah Lippmann nail polish that’s glittery in a grown-up way. (Available at Beauty.com.)
5) A minimalist-but-jarring Apiece Apart dress—or, really, anything from the fall collection. (Available from Totokaelo.)
6) Succulents! And lots of them, ideally in quirky containers. (Available from Etsy seller Eucca.)

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Interior Inspiration: Longman & Eagle

One of the worst things about travel is showing up at your hotel—likely after a long stay on the tarmac and a rental-car mishap—so hungry that you’re willing to pay $7 for a bag of mini-bar peanut M&M’s. And that’s one of the reasons why I’m dying to check out Chicago’s Longman & Eagle, a buzzy spot that’s equal parts restaurant and inn (or will be just as soon as the six rooms upstairs open very, very soon). The other reason is the vibe, which is pared-down but not too stark—chill enough that you can toss on a T-shirt and head down for an A.M. serving of duck egg hash. —erica

1) Ginger syrup, handmade by Morris Kitchen in Brooklyn (and available at Hickoree’s Hard Goods)
2) A minimalist Band of Outsiders tie. (Available at Barney’s.)
3) A cheeky, faux bois take on the composition book, by Michael Roger.
4) Embroidered boots from New Kid, my shoe obsession of the week. (Available at Gargyle.)
5) Makr's simple-but-stunning black backpack.
6) A bold woven bracelet by Annie Costello Brown.


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Interior Inspiration: Crosby Street Hotel Drawing Room

Every now and again, Claire and I have meetings at the Crosby Hotel in Soho. This makes us sound far fancier than we are, and I should clarify that we do this because of a) the location b) the cushy chairs and c) the fact that you don’t have to buy anything to drink if you slip into the drawing room wearing the sort of shoes that make you look like you belong there. And, oh, how we want to reside in that room. But since we can’t all live in hotels—here’s looking at you, Chuck Bass—we’ll have to settle for ripping off its vibe. —erica

1) A white ceramic lantern. (Available at my favorite indie design store, Jayson Home and Garden.)
2) Patchwork Happy Socks…for happy feet? (Available at Need Supply.)
3) An understated silver cutout ring by Sunday’s Best.
4) A Sukan pillow made from a vintage kilim rug. (Sidenote: This Etsy seller has 19 pages of pillows, and I guarantee you’ll want to buy ten, sit on the floor, and dust off the hookah.)
5) Borderline Studio 54 velvet platforms from Opening Ceremony’s very amazing shoe line.

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