FOURTH FLOOR WALK UP

Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

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VINTAGE | Unique Holiday Gifts

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It's that time of year, we're all searching for the perfect gifts wanting to please our friends, family and loved ones. I often recall my favorite gifts to be vintage, one-of-a-kind or heirloom pieces that are totally unique. With that in mind, why not shop just that. With all of these new websites like One Kings Lane, 1st Dibs and Etsy, it has become easier than ever to shop vintage and antique online.

I've compiled two lists - one for her and one for him of my favorite internet finds that are available right now. If you like any of these hurry before they're gone - in the time that I created this post I already had to change a few selections! Happy Hunting!

SPACES | Design Crush: The Palihouse Hotel, Part 2 - Get The Look

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As seen on the blog yesterday, both Palihouse Hotel locations are centered around an eclectic mix of Midcentury, Victorian, and Industrial Interior Design styles. The design elements that stand out and remain consistent are: tufted upholstery, Saarinen style tables, toile wall coverings, plaid textiles, dark woods and rich blues. Keeping in mind those elements, you can pull together a space that will feel very much like your own Palihouse Hotel at home. For the most part the products I found are very reasonably priced too - just keep in mind putting your money towards a nice sofa or a great console is wise. Especially when they're classic pieces.

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Post Fashion Week Wish List: for an NYC Gal

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Living in New York I'm surrounded by fashionable people everyday, especially during the fall when all anyone talks about is NYFW. Each year, to keep up with the rest, I gather a wish list of my must haves to get me through the season. This year is seems to be a collection of classics. I don't know what's in the air but I'm loving dots, stripes and black & white with pops of red.  

Unlike many of my peers I'm actually happy that New York Fashion Week has ended. Unfortunately, being in the visual industry I don't get to reap the benefits of the fashion world like others do. Fashion week to me means several weeks of major installations and stress both before and during. Not only do I have to ensure my floors are looking gorgeous for the crowds of fashionistas entering the store, but I also have to work on my Holiday Loft during the time. It's tiresome and I spend the entire week in less than chic outfits and unpainted nails because for the most part I'm doing manual labor.

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There are benefits to working so closely to the fashion world however. I get to see and hear about the latest trends and looks that are walking down the runways. I also manage to get just as excited about shopping as the rest of them. With that said, there are few things that I'm surely going to spend a little $$$ on this season, as well as other pieces that I will make the quick trip to Forever 21 for. To keep things short and sweet, below are the pieces that I'm putting on my wish list for this fall. And yes, in my opinion, they're very New York.

 

  1.  "Leather" Moto Leggings - Zara $49.90
  2. A pop of red, ballet flats - Dolce Vita, Amazon from $23.50
  3. A chic satchel - Madewell $268
  4. Fit and flare dress - Nordstrom, Felicity & Coco $88
  5. A smoking blazer - Helmut Lang $595
  6. City chic moto booties - Sigerson Morrison $595
  7. Camo skinny jeans - Madewell - $135
  8. An overcoat with an oversized lapel - Zara $159
  9. A polka dot blouse - Anthropologie $88

To stay up to date on my weekly obsessions follow along my Pinterest boards and track me on Instagram.

 

As always, thanks for reading.

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Lifestyles & Interiors: Wild for Animal Prints

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Last week I scored this gorgeous Scalamandre silk velvet for less than $150/yard. I was thrilled to find such a beautiful textile at such a great price. If you're ever looking for great fabrics by such companies as Brunshwig & Fils, Scalamandre, Beragamo and Kravet Couture you must keep Design Diva Fabrics on your radar. They typically have these labels on their site at good prices, but every so often they have these spot 24 hour sales where they mark the prices down to deep discount from 75 - 85% off! That's how I was able to purchase this lovely fabric. After the sale it goes back up to their regular prices of 50% off retail. The fabric originally cost at retail $1,448.80/yard. It's only appropriate to quote Rachel Zoe here, "That is B-A-N-A-N-A-S!" Scalamandre "Leopardo Delle Nevi " Exclusive Infused Silk Leopard Velvet | Wild Kingdom Collection

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If you follow my Pinterest feed, you might have notice that I've been inspired by animal prints lately and even created a board dedicated to them. I've been coveting some great leopard for a while and finally found the right fabric at the right price. I can not wait to make some super chic pillows out of it. Of course I will probably wait forever because I will be so concerned about making the right decision about how to use it - square, rectangular, trim, no trim, backed in leopard, not backed in leopard, turkish corners, etc, etc. The indecisions go on and on.

 

 

Follow my Pinterest to see what I'm currently inspired by [here].

 

As always, thanks for reading! My best, Lauren