last night, i stumbled across a forgotten book on a shelf : designing women; interiors by leading style makers flipping through it i found a great spread on o'neill's 'updated flat'~the book was published in 2005. o'neill, feeling as though her chipped paint, furniture and white washed walls worked better at the shore, embarked upon creating a space dictated by the scenes outside her new york city apartment windows. elegant, urban, chic and sophisticated by way of black and white. she got as far as the dining room. banquets, palms, leopard wallcovering~ how could your dinner parties not be fabulous in this spot. a bit of humor and vintage elegance. not feeling true to herself she says, "I sat there , thinking I was supposed to be thoroughly hip and modern and cool, divested of all my stuff, and it was like I was in a hospital, I hated it. There wasn't anything of me around; I was trying to be something I wasn't"
so it was back to collecting and layering.her home is this sort of beautiful, crazy person's lair. it's almost art directed hording. and i love it. there's so much cool crap, that i can't keep from staring at the photos. check it: an inspiration wall that's layered with ephemera, a little tissue paper from barney's, a single striped glove and then...a birkin bag. the set direction kills me. not everyone can aquire this much in such a small space and have the ability to arrange it with such continuity. i'm not sure if this is going to lessen my pitch sessions, but o'neill definitely has an argument i can consider, for hanging on to 'stuff' "I like a sense of humanity in a home; the more you exhibit of yourself in a room, the more interesting that room will be. Design is all about really living in rooms. It's probably more chic, more fashionable, and more adult for me to live in a pared-down environment, but that's just not me. I have too much to say; I can't keep it all in. I've tried to not like stuff, but face it-I just like stuff" all photos, john m. hall, courtesy of designing women; interiors by leading style makers