Thursday, February 28, 2013

green by the beryl

3. Dots Green Napkin - hand made in Ethiopia 

Color trend?  I think not. ( Don't buy into the hype. )

btw. I'm on day 4 of nothing but green juice. Nothing. Needless to say my eyeballs seem like they're floating in green liquid  and my mind can in only focusing on that which is green. 3 more days to go.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Scavenger hunt alert! c/o House Beautiful's, March "Color Combinations" issue


I'm super excited to have been asked to be a part of House Beautiful's social media/scavenger hunt event called, "Beautiful in Black & White".  In celebration of House Beautiful’s March 2013 “Color Combinations” issue, the magazine is coming to Hollywood to launch its tribute to the most classic color combination.

 And here's where it gets really fun: a scavenger hunt involving amazing furniture.  Who doesn't love a scavenger hunt?? And, as you can imagine, when an entity like House Beautiful throws it, you know the treasure is going to be beyond bountiful. Let me esplain.

Starting on March 5th, the elves at HB will be placing chairs all over L.A. They and I, will then be tweeting clues as to its whereabouts. If you find the chair, you'll then have to answer a few trivia questions. He who gets the most correct first...wins the CHAIR!- so quick, click over to Twitter and add @housebeautiful and the hashtag #hbchairs, then come back because there's more.....

Back? ok, here's where I come in.  A few other bloggers and myself, have been invited to choose a chair and relate it to a, classic black and white Hollywood film.  Here's the chair:

Pretty sweet, eh? And if you live in the L.A. area? free. Well, free if you can find it first and answer some trivia questions, second. 

Look at it.....SO classically handsome and fem-lovely at once.
(Here's a better shot showing the beautiful back detail. The hassock is not included in the hunt)

 "A slipper chair with artisan roots, the Tori proves that long-lasting good looks are in the details. With a base that recalls a draftsman’s or architect’s desk, the chair and matching ottoman form a memo­rable team – or function beautifully on their own. Welting around the frame adds subtle polish, and cushions with no seams in the foam or seat underscore the clean lines."

And which film did I choose?  I took, 'The History of Black and White Film' in college...but that was a very long time ago and frankly, after the lights went out in the auditorium I either slept or ditched.  SO I had to do a little research and really, besides the obvious ode to architecture, ' The Fountainhead ' (which is too morose and heavy) I had a struggle connecting this, great take on a traditional-gone-modern, to a classic film.

Until I thought about, the relationship between Nick and Nora of the movie, "The Thin Man".

 The relationship of the characters, at the time (1934), revolutionized the portrayal of marriage on screen- previously portrayed as earnest, virtuous, and staid - they invigorated it with youth, irreverence, and sex appeal. The Tori chair is exactly that. American Leather has taken the Slipper Chair and re-created the lines to resemble a youthful energy; making it modern and fun while remaining structured.


 You still with me? Good. Because you'll have a better chance at winning this awesome little perch. Once again, here's the 411:

 March 5, 2013- I'll (and @housebeautiful) will be tweeting with exclusive clues that we will provide hinting where and when the fabulous—and free—American Leather Tori Chair will be placed.

March 6 or 7, 2013- the  American Leather Tori Chair will be placed. 

*hint*hint* trivia questions will be based on some of the details I've mentioned in this post!

ready? set? follow @housebeautiful, @beachbungalow8 and #hbchairs.

Happy Hunting!!

Monday, February 25, 2013

liquid love

I'm starting this 7 day juice cleanse thingy today. And, according to the program, as I renourish my body, I'm supposed to fill my mind with , "beauty and peaceful imagery", lovely sounds etc, etc, blah, blah, whatevs. All that I feel is grumpy right now for the 'can't haves'. Clearly, I'm in need of a little re-boot mentally and physically. It's a week. I can do it. The 'can't haves' need to be replaced with the, 'you can have, but do you really want it?' Time to bathe in the positive.

I've had these images sitting on my desk top for the last few weeks. I'm so drawn to them. I find myself going through my day, writing an email, working on work and then running my mouse over to the browser to look at these.  If images had fragrance, these would be a light, powdery one with a hint of pepper. They make me calm and happy.


The creative genius behind these is set designer and stylist, Rhea Thierstein . The incredible photography is by Tim Walker. And they're serving their purpose today.

/// by the way, Rhea Thierstein is an incredibly talented, multidisciplinary artist. I recommend checking out her site for more of her creations.\\\\

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Peeper Art

                               113 thompson street                                            219 east 4th street


  We are a family of true tourists. In the sense that if you are to run into us, walking down the street, and I do mean run into as we're usually looking up at buildings we pass- you'll hear me yapping at my kids about how to guess the age of the building based on the windows, or even creepier, pointing out things and animals sitting in windows. Yep, we are those tourists (sans backpacks and river running sandals however), with our faces tilted up, ripe for a good pick pocketing.

But here's the thing, if you're being 'cool' and not looking up, looking down, looking around. You're missing SO. MUCH. For instance, did you know that the city of Baltimore has beautiful sewer grates on the sidewalk? The same can be said of NY windows.  Graphic artist, Jose Guizar has been inspired by the eyes of these buildings and has since created an on going series of graphic, window renditions which you can see on their own special website ++++++'windows of new york"

I couldn't resist showing you several that I loved here:

                                     617 9th                                                           448 west broadway

                                 94 bank street                                                162 stanton street

                              186 sullivan street                                                290 lafayette street

                             540 12th street                                                     962 lexington avenue

                   And if you're like me, you'll look each of these up on Google maps. ( Not weird at all. )

"The Windows of New York project is a weekly illustrated fix for an obsession that has increasingly grown in me since chance put me in this town. A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city. This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up.
I am a Graphic Designer living in New York City. I'm into all kinds of visual things, sharing good stuff with great people, and apparently, staring creepily at windows." - Jose Guizar

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tickled Pink

The abundantly fruitful, L.A. Flea Markets have long been one of the insider's resources of choice. When it comes to great design finds, being able to navigate and filter through that which is not, can be 99% of the battle. But for every 100 stalls will be that one which does not require a trained eye to see the treasure. Chances are, if you've spent your Sundays meandering the stalls at the Long Beach Flea, you've come across, indian pink textiles.


 Indian pink's one-of-a-kind pillows seem to keep popping up in editorial spreads as well as stylishly chic, beach homes throughout Southern California. They are the definitive in beach chic accessorizing.

The indian pink aesthetic, perfectly embodies, the casual-chic vibe for which L.A. interiors have long been known. Each beautiful piece, whether it be a quilted, Kantha throw or a one-of-a-kind hand block printed pillow, brings a unique and sophisticated, well traveled feel to every surface it settles into.

I, had recently bought a new white sofa from cisco and although, the lines were great on their own, I needed something to draw in the, coral colored, Quadrille Fiorentina slip covered chairs that sat directly across. I was thrilled when I came across indian pink's pillows and quickly scooped up an arm load, on the spot. Since that time, I've been a continued client adding to my collection.

 design: Nickey Kehoe via: House Beautiful

design: Peter Dunham 

  photo credit:
Besides the Long Beach Flea Market, indian pink pillows can be bought and shipped via their website, email or by phone. Custom sizes are available.

Indian Pink Pillows
Tamara and JP Cajuste

Monday, February 4, 2013

  Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style :: artist, Nina Katchadourian


After a sad Super Bowl loss - actually, I'm not into sports, but my husband is a lifelong 49ers fan. It was nice to get a really funny email from a friend this morning with a series of photos that I have to share with you. Completely ridiculous and yet completely brilliant. 

Artist, Nina Katchadourian, snapped photos of herself over a 14 hour airplane trip using the lavatory lighting, her handheld phone camera and the props she had available. Inspired by 15th Century Flemish paintings (because.....of course ) she later had them printed and  framed in reproduction, historic-looking, gold frames, displaying them against a dark red wall similar to a gallery wall.

 I'm hoping most of you will share my complete joy in the absurd and creative.  Happy Monday:

"While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror. The image evoked 15th-century Flemish portraiture. I decided to add more images made in this mode and planned to take advantage of a long-haul flight from San Francisco to Auckland, guessing that there were likely to be long periods of time when no one was using the lavatory on the 14-hour flight. I made several forays to the bathroom from my aisle seat, and by the time we landed I had a large group of new photographs entitled Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style. I was wearing a thin black scarf that I sometimes hung up on the wall behind me to create the deep black ground that is typical of these portraits. There is no special illumination in use other than the lavatory's own lights and all the images are shot hand-held with the camera phone. At the Dunedin Public Art gallery, the photos were framed in faux-historical frames and hung on a deep red wall reminiscent of the painting galleries in museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "

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