Frame of Mind: Tracy Reese

Patrice Grell Yursik of and I have teamed up to bring you our recap of this year’s New York Fashion Week from the perspective of beauty and interior design.

Tracy Reese is an American fashion designer who specializes in women’s ready-to-wear clothing and accessories. Her SS14 collection was inspired by the Afro-Cuban culture and included bold colors and lines. As one of only two African-American designers showing during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, her nod to a culture that is very much a part of the African diaspora is a strong move.

I imagined a reading nook when I created this design collage.

1. The wood, lines and hint of orange in the Koura pendant by David Trubridge was a definite “yes” for me when I saw this piece on Made in Design.

2. The Martini side table from West Elm is a sleek, classic piece that I’ve added because the room has a lot of color. Adding a neutral piece creates the negative space needed for the colors to stand out.

3. Pulling inspiration from the colors in the slacks, I found this beautiful Resort Limbo blue rug from Zinc Door.

4. How perfect is the Strand Chair from CB2. The texture of the chair is nearly identical to the texture of Reese’s sweater. Sinking into this chair is like curling up with a cool glass of iced tea, a novel, and laying on a hammock in the shade.

5. Jonathan Adler never disappoints when it comes to pillows. His Multi Bargello Hazard pillow and his Jaipur pillow are must haves for this room.

6. The Kansai bookcase from Anthropolgie is a statement piece that has volume while maintaining a weightless feel.

7. I always love to add plants to rooms and a terrarium is one of the best plants for spring. It doesn’t require a lot of water and can withstand the heat.

What do you think? We’d certainly love to hear your thoughts.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see another design collage inspired by the runway!

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