Thursday, June 27, 2013

My earliest, reading, memories are of getting the "New New Yorker" (which is what I thought it was actually called when I was a little kid, probably because we always had stacks of them around the house and someone was always looking for the latest) and reading every cartoon, cover to cover. Bob Mankoff is right when he says, "The New Yorker is not the bedrock it's the Everest". I for one want to see this indie film get funded. You can help out by going over to kickstarter. where they've reached their goal and are now going for their stretch goal.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Forms in Nature

I don't know if this would be like a creepy walk through the woods or the coolest thing ever - or both. Probably wouldn't want it in my bedroom but would be super cool in a dining room. Imagine the dinner parties. You might want to serve S'mores for dessert. The Hilden & Diaz,  Forms of Nature light.

"Forms in Nature is artwork with a light source surrounded by a dense and
unruly tree and root system created in minature sculpture. 
The shadows engulfs the room and transforms the walls into unruly shadows of
branches, bushes and gnarled trees. Mirrorings are thrown out upon the walls
and ceilings and provide weak Rorschach-like hints of faces, life and flow of
consciousness. Diming the lights transforms the installation and one senses a
weak fire burning deep in the center of the forest."

found here

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Joe Nye

The design world has lost one of its great talents and he will be greatly missed not only in LA but throughout the world. I only knew of Joe Nye socially and through his work, but I always have adored him from afar.

I once paid him a visit at his office, on a summer morning. He met me at my car, looking dashing in his velvet smoking slippers, silver hair brushed back away from his rosy face, signature round horn rimmed glasses perched on his nose and that great grin spread wide across his face. He opened the door and held out a hand to help me out of my car. Such an elegant gentleman.


"Integrity, personality, and idiosyncrasy will always be stylish." 

 Once inside, he gave a tour of his pristine offices all the while chatting, charming and lovely with a wry sense of humor. In my eyes, the quality that made his work so exquiste, was his ability to layer and mix so many elements yet have it all come out perfectly placed and necessary.

"I love stuff. I want to come home to more. Being around a lot feels good to me."

This is true talent. As it is with stark, modern spaces, being able to achieve a beautiful balance is not as easy as it looks, there is method and an inherent 'eye' behind the discipline.  Many can edit until a space is sparse, but it's rare one can edit while filling a space with a profusion of color, texture and movement, maintaining a completely balanced outcome.

 "My mantra is mixing humble with grand. If everything in a house is at the same level of taste and importance, it comes off looking like an upper-middle-class tract house."

" I recently contemplated doing my bedroom ceiling with raffia wallpaper, but my friends all told me to "Stop decorating!"


The West Hollywood Home of Courtney Haas, by Joe Nye:

an antique mahogany daybed is flanked by a pair of floor lamps from Downtown. Throw pillows covered in Pali from Manuel Canovas. Painting over daybed by Robert Frame.

"She owned a piece of porcelain that was bright turquoise and she said, 'I really love this color, can it be the catalyst?' One thing led to another and we came up with turquoise and raspberry pink, a combination we both love."


"The wallpaper in the powder room was an idea I stole from the decorator Steven Gambrel — he had done that same thing with a book called Albertus Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities, where he took the book apart and used the plates to paper a wall. Because my client is such a fashion girl and we had a sad second bathroom to make pretty, I bought that Taschen book called The Complete Costume History and I had my brilliant master wallpaperer cut it up. We figured out the arrangement of the plates on the floor first. I think it looks as good as an $1,800 roll of de Gournay."

"This is an old decorator's rule, but it's important to remember:
For every piece of furniture with a solid base, including a skirt, you need to balance it with something leggy, more delicate."

walls are painted Benjamin Moore's November Skies. The bed is from West Elm and the bed linens are from Williams-Sonoma Home. The French settee came from Chapman Radcliff. Double-gourd pink bedside lamp was handmade by Christopher Spitzmiller, through Hollyhock. The lavishly patterned window shade fabric is Manuel Canovas's Bragance in taupe.

 "In her very feminine bedroom, I used a beautiful 1920s copy of a Louis XVI settee and we put a pretty serious ScalamandrĂ© raspberry silk damask on there. I wanted to make the room girly without being silly."

"This job was really done on a budget. Her mother and father had given her some fine antiques, like a French Directoire daybed and a painted chinoiserie cabinet. But there's also stuff from flea markets and Crate and Barrel. There's pedigree going on with no pedigree. We did spend a lot on beautiful fabrics."

English handmade charger plates from Deborah Sears. Salad plates from Bardith, New York. Dinner plates are Antique Davenport from Hollyhock. Turquoise bowl from Evans & Gerst.
  "[What makes a room great is]
the last 10 percent. 
People get the big stuff done
and they ignore the accessories."

That day that I came to his office, he was finalizing the details on a book he had been working on about  entertaining and floral arrangements (Flair) . He said to me, that he wanted people to understand that one can make the best arrangements by simply using the flowers from the grocery store. One need not spend gobs of money when if you use a little ingenuity, it's all there in front of you. When I asked, he told me his favorite grocery store flower was the Carnation. Because of that conversation, I always think of Joe Nye when I see Carnations.  And because of Joe Nye, I use Carnations often; cut short and bunched in a beautiful highball glass.

 Such a loss to our design world and to the world in general. He will forever remain one of my great sources of inspiration. Rest in Peace, Joe Nye.

All photo credits: House Beautiful

Thursday, June 13, 2013

You're gonna LOVE this.

I have a garage full of furniture that's:

A. too nice to stick out on the alley
B. too nice to hock at a garage sale
C. probably will join the rest of my furniture stash over in my storage space (bee tee dubs, at last count includes 27 chairs) on which I will continue to pay the monthly fee for another 10 years.

 Pair of orange Alexander side chairs. Originally: $3,625 Chairish price: $1,450

Is it really worth it at that point? Really, no. But where else would I sell it? I mean, a garage sale is a great idea, but WHO HAS THE TIME.

 Collector's Edition Bamboo Server, by Baker. Originally $4,150  Chairish price: $1,200

Here's where. First of all, total disclosure, I've just joined their team to head up the LA market. Prior to joining the Chairish team, I was told about this site via a friend who has a mutual obsession with cool furniture.

 Chairish, is an online consignment service where one can either take a photo of their piece and upload to the site (for free) or have it all handled by Chairish. Here's the deal though, this isn't just your ordinary consignment situation. Every piece that's submitted is looked at and vetted, keeping the site robust with Amay-zing finds. Seriously, go check it out yourself. I did and found myself no longer, meandering over to the Fbook in times of procrastination, but rather I found myself perusing the pages of Chairish.  Seriously, check it out you'll be hooked.

See? I know. And what's crazy is, how wasn't this happening before? How has this not been thought of? Designers, can you imagine being able to give your clients this inside scoop as a place for them to unload that great sofa that you're replacing with an even more fabulous piece? Non designers - it's like found money.

Black and White Dhurrie poufs. Originally priced $1,200 - Chairish price: $500

The standard service at Chairish is nation wide and the Concierge services are currently in SF and LA. If you're in the LA area, and have some cool, fabulous, dynamic, lovely home decor you'd like to cash in on, go check it out. And if you have any questions, let me know.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Louis this.

I know, I did the same thing. Which is why you need this: 

close up shot to see what's really goin' on here.

Can you believe this? It's Marble, digitally reproduced onto silk. developed by designer Maurizio Glanate for Italian Manufacturer, Cerruti Baleri. The furniture piece marks the meeting of two classics within the history of decorative arts:
The form of a louis XV armchair + the digitally reproduced motif of famous marbles. It's bad ass is what it is.

from here

Friday, June 7, 2013

QUI: The Makers

One creative visionary ( Paul Qui ) lays aside any hubris and creates a space for artists to come together as a group to create a restaurant that is experiential on every level from the space that it's served to the dishes on which it is served. A beautiful, and radical approach to art that provides the public, to experience creative vision with every sense.

Why don't more companies think this way?

Qui officially opens its doors in Austin, TX June 20th, 2013

As it should be....Qui: The Makers

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