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My Style Formula…Via Sketch 42

6 Dec

Nicole from Sketch 42 is a freelance writer and amazing artist in NYC.   I first met Nicole on twitter and immediately fell in love with her pieces!  This one is my favorites…..

I have enjoyed seeing the posts about her apartment….can you say STUNNING!! It’s very Elle Decor and the fact that she rocks Kelly Wearstler has me sold!  Her use of bold graphics paired with the black & white color palette are gorgeous and ready for a super chic cocktail party!!!  The cornice board in the master reminds of me of a living room project I recently finished. The crisp white piece works beautifully with the black walls too.

Nicole describes her style formula as..classic masculine + bold neutrals+ a heavy dose of black + mixed metal hardware+ little bit of glam.  See her post HERE.


Since I am no longer a single lady and have to consider my sweet hubby in MOST of our home’s design decisions, my style has changed quite a bit.  I actually love that my style formula has evolved into the Rustic Glam style that we live with now.  I have always loved a dash of  masculine touches in a space to balance out the girly glam I tend to gravitate towards.

My Rustic Glam style formula has two major parts.

The first part, Kelly Wearstler.  Pulling inspiration from her graphic rugs and bold accent pieces are elements that we can both agree on in our home.

The second part , Martyn Lawerence-Bullard.  Masculine elements such as natural stone, wood and leather are the perfect way to bring in the rustic element of the formula.

By adding a few elements of Tobi Fairly’s modern traditional flair, we can have a few classic pieces with great modern fabrics and colors.

It’s easy for me to add touch of glam,  Woodson & Rummerfield’s “High Style” is the perfect way to keep our home chic.

There you have it!  The Fenimore’s Style formula….let’s call it  Masculine Chic + Classic Comfort + touches of glam + natural elements + pops of bold graphic patterns = Rustic Glam!

Sophisticated Sitting Room- Home Away From Home

29 Jun

Stephanie was starting from scratch in her formal sitting room and knew exactly the look she wanted. Her only problem, how to find each of the elements she loved and pull them together. That’s where we come in!   Here is her finish board and  letter:


Hi Abbe,

I have used an interior designer in the past to help me update and finish a few rooms in my home of  10 years. I have invested a significant amount of savings into the updating and am wanting to finish out my sitting room within budget. I am willing to purchase quality pieces but am excited to have access to your design advice with out all of the design fees stacking up on me.  The room I need help with is my front sitting room. It is the first room my guests step into when entering my home and it has been pushed to the side of my “to-do” remodel list for quite some time now. As for my style, I like to start with classic pieces and invest in quality furniture that will still by stylish if I change things down the road. I am attracted to a more feminine Asian Chinoiserie look, pieces with floral touches and even birds.  I am in love with de Gournay’s handpainted wallpaper so if you could incorporate anything that has that look in the room I would love it. Regarding colors, I am attracted to jewel tones but also love classic neutrals, traditional woods and art deco pieces.  A bit all over the design style map but that is the direction we went with the other rooms I updated.  As you can see  by the pictures I am attaching of my home, I have warm wood floors and a soft buttery yellow on my walls. I do not want to repaint as I am pleased with the wall color. Thank you for your help and I am looking forward to seeing your idea.



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