Friday, August 28, 2015

Q&A with Lisi Lerch, Jewelry Designer Extraordinaire

For today's Fashion Friday, I am thrilled to feature jewelry designer, Lisi Lerch. Inspired by retro styles, Lisi's pieces have become iconic staples, particularly her fabulous tassel earrings which exude 1960s Palm Beach chic. They truly make any outfit exceptional! I was introduced to this amazing jewelry by my fashion muse, blogger Teggy French, pictured below. Intrigued to learn more about the brains behind the brand, I conducted a Q&A with Lisi. Learn more about this Southern Belle who originally started her business by selling Kentucky Derby-esc hats, and keep reading for a special discount code, just readers of The Glam Pad!

Available in a range of bright colors, Lisi Lerch tassel earrings make a cool bohemian statement. 

Q:  Who are your fashion icons, and what periods to you gravitate towards? What is it about these eras that inspires you?
A:  My Grandmother Libby was/is my fashion icon. She always looked stunning and had the most fabulous jewelry. Every piece had a different story, and I loved hearing all the stories about them. Not to mention she always smelled fabulous! There are so many eras of fashion that I can’t get enough of (of course the 50’s and 60’s) but I have always been in awe of the beauty, color, and elegance of Egyptian, Moroccan, Monacoian women (Grace Kelly!) and the women of surrounding countries.

Q:  Tassels are so hot right now, and you were one of the first trendsetters to set this style on fire. How did you come up with the idea for your fabulous beaded tassel earrings and necklaces?
A:  Well, it sounds pretty crazy but I always wake up in the middle of the night and have these amazing ideas. I used to have a little notebook next to my bed to jot down ideas but now I just run downstairs, sketch my idea and scan it to my factory. I have SO many new tassels coming out this fall and next spring!!! It’s really fun to see my crazy middle-of-the-night ideas come to life!!!

The Ivy Tassel necklace will be available mid September.

Q:  Any fun stories or inspiration to share about how you created other pieces?
A:  Oh my gosh I don’t know where to begin there are so many. I guess the first one that comes to mind is the night after my very first really big show in NY. I went to dinner with my dear friend, and I was facing this really cool painting in the restaurant of the 1920’s African American Singer Josephine Baker. She was wearing the most amazing earrings which I did a version of, and they are my Josie Earrings!

Josie earrings in orange... on sale for $42!

Q:  It seems that 60s and 70s inspired fashion and jewelry is currently all the rage. What trends are you seeing for fall?  How should one incorporate your pieces into this look?
A: Tassels, tassels and still more tassels. Girls should wear my pieces however makes them feel pretty, that’s what I do!

Q:  You started your business by selling Kentucky Derby hats. Are these still available for sale?
A:  I have EVERY intention of bringing back my hats someday! Hopefully sooner rather than later! I was born and raised 10 min south of The Mason Dixon Line!!! But often I’ve thought it was supposed to have been hundreds of miles more south ☺

Margo earrings in white

Q:  You and your husband currently live in the Philadelphia area, correct? Any children or pets?
A:  Yes! I met my husband when we worked at the same firm on Wall Street 15 years ago. He is from Haverford, PA so we moved here after Cornell Business School 12 years ago. I love it here!

Tassel earrings in aqua

Q:  What are your favorite hobbies?
A:  I have no hobbies with three little kids (Libby 12, KK 10, Jonesy 7) and an exploding business!!! Although I do manage to squeeze in a set or two of tennis here and there every once in a while!

Q:  Anything else you would like to share?
A:  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this fun job that I have made for myself. I hope everyone loves wearing my creations as much as I love creating them!!!!

Lisi Lerch

I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this incredibly talented lady. Thank you, Lisi, for taking us inside your world!  Lisi Lerch is currently having an incredible End of Summer SaleAnd she is graciously offering 20% off for readers of The Glam Pad, using code GlamPad20! Discount valid through September 4, 2015. Here are a few of my favorite pieces...

Thank you to Teggy French for allowing me to use her images! Come back next Friday for more of my favorite fashionista... You can read a Q&A I conducted with Teggy here!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Revisiting Ruthie Sommers

Last week, I featured this amazing home for sale in Illinois, decorated by one of my favorite interior decorators, Ruthie Sommers. I have been obsessing over her work lately, and I thought it would be fun to feature another home in Illinois that she decorated. It is from the March 2014 issue of House Beautiful, but it is definitely worth revisiting. Built in 1926, this French Provincial style house is located in Lake Forest, Illinois. Sommers layered cheerful colors and patterns to create a happy house that exudes an old-school preppy vibe. Let's take a look inside!

Sommers cozied up the living room with classic furnishings in a preppy palette of pink, green, and chocolate brown. For a contrast with the original white brick walls, a custom sofa was covered in a mocha cotton velvet. The menagerie of pillows was made mostly from leftover fabrics. "Maybe I overdid it on pillows, but it was all in the same zealous spirit of the house," Sommers said. "I wanted to create that squishy, everyone-squeezing-onto-the-sofa feeling." A lover of traditional hand-blocked floral prints, she re-covered the homeowners' slipper chair in Lee Jofa's Eldon. The plaster sconces, once part of a Dorothy Draper interior, are from David Bell Antiques, with pink pleated shades by Munder & sons. 

Contemporary photography, including this huge print by Reinhard Görner, adds a refreshing touch of modernity to the living room. The love seat is covered in Pindler & Pindler's Ghent.

On the entry's chocolate-brown walls — Benjamin Moore Aura in Mink — Sommers had Patrick Roullier paint a mural of ivory trees and squirrels based on the flora and fauna of the Illinois countryside. The bench from the Antique & Artisan Center is covered in a Pindler & Pindler ticking stripe.

In the dining room, walls in Farrow & Ball's Blue Ground in Full Gloss are a foil for pink Murano glass lamps from Swank Lighting. Vintage Louis XVI–style chairs around a Jansen dining table are covered in Talcy Velvet by Clarence House.

Both sofas and the curtains in the family room are covered in Chenonceaux, an ikat by Brunschwig & Fils. Another bold ikat covers the ottoman. Custom dining chairs by Chapman Radcliff are uhpolstered in Pierre Frey's Le Grand Corail. An end table from John Rosselli Antiques is topped with a blue-and-white ginger jar lamp from Hollywood at Home. Sommers designed the large grass cloth-covered coffee table to accommodate everything from stacks of books to cocktails. 

Sommers brightened the client's club chairs in the family room with Kravet's Versailles blue velvet and celery-green strap work.

Sommers converted a storage room into a handsome passage with a purpose: Under a green chinoiserie mirror she set up a bar on an Italian marble-top console from Thomas Jolly Antiques. 

Used horizontally on slanted walls, the powder room's green stripe wallpaper by Rose Cumming is "a total Dorothy Draper move," Sommers says. "It could be the Greenbrier."

In a house full of strong rooms, the master bedroom's pale colors offer a serene respite. Sommers began with the patterned rug from Melrose Carpet and the striped Acanthus wallpaper by Farrow & Ball. The matching headboard and bed skirt are in Madeleine by Carleton V with Samarkand trim by Old World Weavers. The custom nightstand is covered in Fortuny's Papiro and topped with a lamp from Filament Lighting. The vanity is from Habite, and the mirror over it is from Harbinger. 

In a guest bedroom, Sommers covered walls in Cowtan & Tout's Amelie and piped the corners in Samuel & Sons' Cambridge Braid to play up charming architectural angles. The suzani bedcover is from Pat McGann. 

A chair seat and dressing table skirted to match the wallpaper envelop the guest bedroom in flowers. Wallpaper and fabric are Cowtan & Tout's Amelie. The pair of lamps is from Rubbish, with shades by Munder & Sons.

I am so in love with this gorgeous home! To learn more about the inspiration behind the design, you can read an interview with Sommers from House Beautiful here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Ruthie Sommers Home for Sale

I have been taking a little maternity leave from blogging. My sweet baby boy is six weeks old, and I am cherishing every moment with him! In my little spare time, I enjoy keeping up with Instagram. A few weeks ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Jenny with The Foo Dog Blog, posted a tour of this amazing home in Winnetka, Illinois, decorated by one of my favorite decorators, Ruthie Sommers. I have been obsessing over it ever since! The 1920s Tudor was originally featured in the January 2011 issue of Town & Country magazine, and it is now for sale. Jenny, a fellow real estate stalker, spotted the listing with her eagle eye, and it has left me dreaming of moving to Chicago's North Shore.

Because I simply cannot get enough, I decided to post the original Town & Country feature (images via Laura Casey) along with the listing images, and the pictures from Ruthie Sommers' portfolio. It is such fun to compare and contrast the subtle differences amongst them. Brace yourself for some eye candy overload... This home is absolute perfection!

Built in 1926, this 8,825 square-foot English country masterpiece features six bedrooms, seven baths, and sits on nearly one perfectly manicured acre. It is priced at $4.995M. To learn more about the listing, click here. And if you don't already follow The Foo Dog Blog, you will want to do so ASAP. Isn't this home divine? 
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