One to Watch: Sophie Dahl

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

 Sophie Dahl

UK import Sophie Dahl is a triple threat in the world of lifestyle.  She's an author - it's in the family blood, the granddaughter of legendary writer Roald Dahl.  She's a cook - self taught by incorporating skills and recipes passed down from family.  She's a model & fashion "It" girl - discovered in the late 90's by renowned style icon Isabella Blow and known to the modeling world as the plus size girl with the curves.

 Sophie Dahl, channeling the singer Blondie - photographed for British Vogue.

Dahl's latest contribution is her new cookbook, Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights: Recipes for Every Season, Mood, and AppetiteA delightful collection of nostalgia recipes taken from her childhood and family memories.
 Sophie Dahl, at her book signing.

Attached is a recent article from Food and Wine Magazine, March 2010, with highlights and recipes from Sophie Dahl.

For more on Sophie Dahl and her world of culinary delights, check out the links from the following publications:

Dominique Browning: “Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas and Found Happiness”

Monday, March 29, 2010

Dominique Browning

In December 2007, House and Garden Magazine, a publication known for its lovely blend of interior design and lifestyle, was dissolved by its publisher, Conde Naste.  When presented the news, longtime H&G Editor, Dominique Browning, was given 4 days to have the offices and staff cleared out.  In those final moments of her 12 year career as Editor, Browning's emotional roller coaster was just beginning to take off, as every speck of H&G identity - pens, paper, and years of hard work - were in the trash.

The Final Cover of H&G, December 2007, photographed with Aerin Lauder - Senior Vice President, Creative Director for Estee Lauder.

The NY Times Sunday Magazine has included an article on Browning's journey of self perseverance and professional challenges faced in the 2 plus years since losing her dream job, with excerpts taken from newly published book - Slow Love:  How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas and Found Happiness.  Check out her website Slow Love Life for more notes, insights, and info.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

Friday, March 26, 2010

If you're a fan of his Naked Chef and At Home books & TV series, tune in tonight to ABC @9:00pm for the premiere of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.  Jamie travels to Huntington, WV, one of the top rated unhealthiest towns in America.  With obesity and diabetes on the rise, particularly in elementary school age children, Jamie's goal is to open the eyes of the residents of Huntington, to the poor eating habits their community continues to embrace.
Click here to check out today's NY Times article on Food Revolution and for more info on Jamie Oliver, check out his website.

Style Maker: Rory Tahari

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

In Style Magazine's April 2010 issue includes a Q&A with Rory Tahari - Vice Chairman and Creative Director of the fashion line Elie Tahari.  Also included in this post, are previously published photos from Rory and husband Elie's city and country homes.  I tend to keep plastic bins full of torn out pages from design magazines - images that inspire me one way or another.  I came across the photos of the Tahari's city & country homes from Town and Country, August 2009 and Harper's Bazaar, November 2008.

In Style Magazine, April 2010.

The Tahari's NYC home, Town and Country Magazine, August 2009.

The Tahari's country home in Sagaponack, NY, Harper's Bazaar Magazine, November 2008.

Off to Naples, Florida

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hoping to scout out and turn up some wonderful Mid Century furniture and accessories.
Naples Pier Mid 1960's

Trend Spotting - Part 3: Atlanta Resources for Industrial Chic Style Finds

Monday, March 15, 2010

Check out the following local Atlanta interior designers and home furnishing store owners at the forefront of the Industrial Chic inspired design trend.  

 Kay Douglas - Interior Designer and Owner of South of Market, with locations in Atlanta & Charleston, SC.  Check out SOM's Blog.

 Kay Douglas

 Kay Douglas - South of Market

Kay Douglas - South of Market
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Design Inspiration - I've noticed how Kay Douglas has a focus on reusing over scale and textured basket forms & shapes, recycling them into light fixtures.

  Mark Sage (seated) - Importer, Designer, and Owner of Love Train Antiques and Bobo Intriguing Objects.  Pictured with business parter Rudi Nijssen.  Most recently, Mark Sage & Rudi Nijssen's design influence has found its way onto the pages of this season's Restoration Hardware collection, having partnered with the company.  Check out the following link to Atlanta Magazine's article on Mark Sage & his Bourgeois Bohemian style - click here

Mark Sage - Love Train Antiques - Open to the Public
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Mark Sage - Bobo Intriguing Objects - Open to the Trade Only
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Design Inspiration - Mark Sage's design influence has made its impact with these wine barrel chandeliers.  Having incorporated wine barrel components to reinvent a rustic modern style light fixture, as in the above and below published photos, and sold through Restoration Hardware.
 Restoration Hardware Wine Barrel 6 Arm Chandelier $2495
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Randy and Courtney Tilinski - Owners of Bungalow Classic - a home furnishings shop here in Atlanta, also highlighting the reclaimed & refined style.
 Bungalow Classic

Bungalow Classic

Design Inspiration - Bungalow Classic's use of of strong over scale table lamp bases, taking it's queue from reclaimed wood objects, makes for a quiet, yet refined statement and accessory piece to the room.  Note the published photos of similar bases, above and below.

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