Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Grown Up Girlie

Instead of bore you with the details of why I've been away from the blog for so long I thought I would just get right back into the swing of things and share a recent project I've been working on.  My client wanted to update her current space (picture childhood white dresser with painted pink knobs and floral, Shabby Chic bedding) and make it more sophisticated and, umm, male friendly. She wasn't quite ready to give up her beloved pink so I chose pale pink and treated it as more of a neutral. I paired the paler shade with crisp white, oatmeal linen, warm currant and shimmering brass. It's a calming atmosphere and a little girlie but the base of the room is classic so all of the more feminine pieces like the pillows can easily be swapped out over time.

And while we're on the topic of new blog posts and pillow, I'm excited to share that I'm working on a new site that will have an updated portfolio of my design work and weekly blog posts.  The site will also include Kristin Kerr The Shop - it will include a line of home products that I designed as well as one-of-a-kind pillows and accessories made from textiles I've collected from travels. The inspiration for the collection comes from my personal history and memories as well as my love for fashion. The alpaca pillow above is just one of the items that will be available. Ill share more details in the coming weeks so check back for updates.

 It feels good to be back!

Serena and Lily Capiz Shell Chandelier | Rebecca Atwood Leaves Painting | Sarah Singh Backdrop Painting | Wisteria Parson Nightstands | West Elm Brass Lamps | Restoration Hardware Tufted Bed | One Kings Lane Rope Bench | Moroccan Pillow | Anthropology Pyramid Mirror | Restoration Hardware St. James Dresser | Vintage Rug

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Recent Acquisitions

Despite the cold, rainy weather here in Chicago I have not taken these lovely sandals off since I purchased them at J. Crew last week. I went through a period of hating silver - I blame it on the abundance of Tiffany's jewelry I wore in middle/high school - but just recently I've fallen back in love with the sophisticated metallic.  Don't get me wrong, I'm a golden girl through and through but sometimes it's nice to switch things up at bit.  The silver is understated yet chic and seriously spices up any outfit.  I contemplated buying a second pair but instead opted for a Moroccan wedding blanket (details to follow) which just so happens to coordinate.  Bling, bling.

image by kristin kerr luber for simply smitten

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Smitten | CZ Burnes

My dear friend Caitlin got engaged over the weekend and while oohing and aahing over her gorgeous ring I couldn't help but notice the bling on her arm.  Caitlin always has the best jewelry and since I obviously can't buy her ring I just had to find out more about the next best piece she was wearing - her cuff!  I was excited when she told me that she had purchased the gorgeous piece from her sister-in-law's Etsy shop, CZ Burnes.

Carolyn Zimmer Burnes launched her luxe jewelry line in 2013 but she's no stranger to high-end design - she graduated from Parsons and has worked at numerous fashion houses throughout New York.  Her love for over-the-top, outrageous fashion began at a young age but her time working at Ralph Lauren designing children's clothing helped her gain an appreciation for delicate pretty things - the collection is the perfect balance between the two, pretty vintage rhinestones but A LOT of them! She's expanding her line to include necklaces but her clever cuffs, with clever names like, And the Kitchen Sink, are my absolute favorite.  Pictured above are just some of the head turning, one-of-a-kind cuffs currently available in Carolyn's shop but word is she plans to add more pieces in the next few weeks so be sure to follow the CZ Burnes Facebook page for updates!