Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Patchwork

Last week's NY Times Style section included an article on fashion designer & NYC resident Cynthia Rowley, chronicling her week activities leading up to the holiday. The photo attached with the article shows Rowley in a long to the floor patchwork style skirt.  Classic in design, yet with a modern take by choice of pattern and color. I couldn't help but recall how patchwork style has transcended through the years for both fashion & home.  Check out below....

Cynthia Rowley / Click Here for More 

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (my all time favorite musical) / Jane Powell Wearing a Patchwork Skirt 

Gloria Vanderbilt / Photographed in her Home
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Holly Hobbie (had the wallpaper in my 1st bedroom)
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J Crew's Talitha Dress, Featured in 2007

Lilly Pulitzer's Classic Peter Blazer / Click Here for Purchase

Ugg Patchwork Boots / Click Here for More Info

Patchwork Wallpaper
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Patchwork Wallpaper
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Chairloom -- Had to include this image from Chairloom's Facebook page.  Chairloom specializes in reupholstering vintage furniture with fresh & modern fabrics

Urban Outfitters' Patchwork Chair / Click Here for More Info

Patchwork Sofa Sitting Quite Nicely in a Modern Setting
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Live from Daryl's House


I learned about Live from Daryl's House a couple of months ago on NPR.  Daryl Hall, 1/2 of the music group Hall & Oates, broadcasts monthly jam session webisodes, held at his Dutchess County, NY home.  The concept brings together Daryl Hall with legendary performers and emerging artists, to rework the musical libraries of both host & guest.  The casual home setting allows for an unrestrictive collaboration to evolve.  Daryl's residence, Flint Hill, is set on 130 acres with views of the Catskillls and the Litchfield Hills.  The main section of the home is comprised of (2) 18th century structures that were brought to the site and rebuilt with modern day materials, while retaining a 1780s aesthetic in both design and architecture.

Daryl Hall (upper right corner) with Smokey Robinson (center on stool)


Flint Hill





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Click on the link below to watch Daryl Hall & John Oates host the Christmas webisode at Daryl's House.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Holiday Windows @Hermes

Charlie Baker -- in front of his holiday window work for Hermes
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Charlie Baker, a 28 year old furniture & landscape designer from Long Island City, NY, was commissioned by Hermes to craft this year's holiday windows.  Proudly showcased on Madison Avenue, Baker's design features the Hermes tabletop line - Les Maisons Enchantees.  The enchanting woodsy details on porecain plates and teacups partnered quite nicely Baker's talent for working with reclaimed drift wood and natural organic forms.  Check out the final images below and click here to read more from today's NY Times article.

Les Maisons Enchantees -- Samples of the line from Hermes
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Details of the Finished Window
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Spotted >>> Andy Warhol's Flowers

Andy Warhol
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50+ years after his career began, the coveted work of iconic American artist Andy Warhol continues to grace the walls of private homes & public spaces around the world.  I've noticed in recent issues of 3 separate lifestyle magazines, 3 very different homes showcasing Warhol's Flower series.  

Elle Decor / October 2010 / Hanging in the Entry of a contemporary Manhattan apartment


Harper's Bazaar / December 2010 / Cornelia Guest (daughter of legendary socialite C.Z. Guest) photographed at Templeton -- her family's Long Island estate
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Architectural Digest / January 2011 / The Dining Room of a 1926 Los Angeles estate

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Holiday Sale This Week-end @Polly on the Avenue


Polly on the Avenue Ceramic Studio is hosting their annual Holiday Sale, this week-end 12/10-12/12.  Included are Polly the Potter's whimsical handcrafted ceramics as well as additional artisans and their wares.  You might recognize Polly's creations from the tables of The Flying Biscuit Cafes around town -- she has long been crafting designs for their serving & tabletop needs.  Click here for more info.

The Flying Biscuit Cafe -- sugar bowl ceramic containers
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Seeing RED

Knoll Red Nail Polish

The Knoll furniture rep was by my husband's commercial interior design office yesterday, dropping off among other things, samples of Knoll's nail polish, in their signature Red color.  Never one to keep gifts hidden for too long, my sweet husband gave the bottle to me last night -- the perfect color to kick off the holiday season! Check out below some of Knoll's furniture upholstered in this vibrant shade as well as Harper's Bazaar magazine's Red Hot round up of dresses from their December '10 issue.


Platner Lounge Chair
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Saarinen Executive Side Chair
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Saarinen Womb Chair & Ottoman
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Harper's Bazaar / December 2010
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Magazine Editors Play Musical Chairs

The last couple of years haven't been easy on the newspaper & magazine market.... not only with the economy trailing, but internet accessibility for information is leaving publications by the wayside.  I still prefer our magazines in hard copy forms, and get giddy when they have arrived in our mailbox.  One reoccurring theme I have noticed in more recent issues is a sort of Editor shuffle at some of our favorite home design & lifestyle mags.

In 2008 Eleanor Griffin, then editor of Cottage Living Magazine (its last issue was Nov/Dec '08 ), left to assume the same position at Southern Living Magazine.  As of this summer, she was promoted to vice president of Southern Living brand development.  Griffin's vacated position was filled by Lindsay Bierman, who had succeeded Griffin at Cottage Living a month before it was shuttered, and then was offered the editor position at Coastal Living Magazine.  Bierman is once again filling Griffin's shoes, accepting the editor position at Southern Living.  The beloved Domino Magazine was run by founding editor Deborah Needleman, but in January 2009, it closed its doors, and Needleman has since been tapped for editor at WSJ - Wall Street Journal Magazine.  Additional Domino alums include, Dara Caponigro, who has since been hired as the new editor of Veranda Magazine and Michelle Adams, who launched Lonny Magazine, an online publication, in the Fall of 2009.  Stephen Drucker, formerly the editor at House Beautiful, has taken the helm at Town & Country Magazine and Margaret Russell, longtime editor at Elle Decor, assumes the counter part role at Architectural Digest.

For me, change is always a good thing, so having a little position shake-up makes for fresh design ideas and renewed energy.  Keep a lookout for this talented pool of visual & artistic editors to successfuly carry magazine publication into the next decade.

Eleanor Griffin -- VP of Southern Living brand development

Lindsay Bierman -- Editor of Southern Living Magazine
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Deborah Needleman -- Editor of WSJ - Wall Street Journal Magazine
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Dara Caponigro -- Editor of Veranda Magazine
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Michelle Adams -- Editor of Lonny Magazine
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Stephen Drucker -- Editor of Town & Country Magazine
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Margaret Russell -- Editor of Architectural Digest
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Spotted ~ Design Decor @Neiman Marcus Last Call

OK, have heard about but never been to the Neiman Marcus Last Call store up I-85 outside of Atlanta.  I was headed in that direction earlier today to meet a client and found myself arriving ahead of our scheduled meeting time.  Noticed the Neiman Marcus Last Call not too far away and figured I'd run in for a quick look to see what all the hubbubs about....  Not only was it packed with clothes, but they offer a large home furnishings section as well -- complete with sofas, chairs, lamps, mirrors, and accessories.  I spotted 2 items that could add a little design spice to any room....  a pair of metal Moroccan inspired end tables ($325 each), and a reclaimed wood coffee table with round glass top ($458).  The bonus, both items were an additional 25% Off!

Moroccan Inspired Metal End Tables

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table with Round Glass Top
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lowcountry Originals ~ Nature Inspired Light Fixtures

Garden & Gun Magazine, Dec 10/Jan 11

Loving the chandelier featured in Garden & Gun's Dec 10/Jan 11 issue...  selected as their Made in the South Award Winner for Home -- Lowcountry Originals is designing light fixtures with native materials in mind.  Creators of Lowcountry Originals and longtime friends Becky Brackett & Libby Boyden found themselves coming up empty in their search to find an interesting light fixture that didn't look too manufactured or that wasn't saturated in the design market.  Taking inspiration from their Southern heritage, Becky & Libby turned to their natural surroundings, deciding to create light fixtures that incorporated unique elements & details, including oyster shells, driftwood, marsh reeds, rustic patina metal, and nubby burlap. The overall result is truly wonderful -- earthy & organic, but with a classic design sensibility & structure.  Click here for more info and check out a couple more Lowcountry Originals light fixtures that caught my eye.

 Marsh Grass Drum

Pipe & Shade Sconce

Wagon Wheel Shell

Burlap Sconce

Driftwood 4Light
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