J.Crew Collection Jul25

J.Crew Collection

As an interior designer I am always searching for inspiration, and in terms of what is current, and what’s coming next, nothing is more prescient than fashion. I was perusing the J.Crew website yesterday, and came across the lookbook for the latest collection. As always, the photos are brimming over with gorgeous color inspiration. Gem tones have been so huge recently, and by the look of things, bold color will continue in a big way!   Photos via...

Amy Winehouse Jul23

Amy Winehouse

Although I can’t say that I was surprised, I was most definitely saddened to hear about the death of Amy Winehouse earlier today. Navigating the loss of someone who is already so lost is always a peculiar experience, isn’t it? Amy’s talent was so hugely special, and her sophomore album, Back to Black so astronomically successful – that she seemed almost predestined for greater heights. But with genius often comes madness, and it’s probably safe to say that her demons finally got the better of her. Of course the irony of her most famous song, Rehab, is certainly not lost on anyone. I remember so clearly the first time that I heard the song. We were vacationing on the island of St. Lucia – where strangely, Winehouse herself eventually sought refuge. That song was and is staggeringly special – not in its message, of course – but musically. I’ve been listening to Back to Black all afternoon, and for whatever reason, Tears Dry On Their Own has been in especially heavy rotation. Rest in Peace, Amy. Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own All I can ever be to you, is the darkness that we knew, and this regret I’ve got accustomed to. Once it was so right, when we were at our high, waiting for you in the hotel at night. I knew I hadn’t met my match, but every moment we could snatch. I don’t know why I got so attached. It’s my responsibility, and you don’t owe nothing to me, but to walk away I have no capacity. He walks away. The sun goes down. He takes the day but I’m grown. And in your way in this blue shade, my tears dry on their own. I don’t understand, why do I stress the man, when...

Minnie Mortimer Jul23

Minnie Mortimer

The Malibu home of fashion designer, Minnie Mortimer is the latest to be featured in Vogue’s APT with LSD – and just like the clothing that she designs, the interiors are young, eclectic, and quintessential California chic! Mortimer shares the house with her Academy Award winning screenwriter husband, Stephen Gaghan, and their young daughter, Tuesday. Enjoy the photos. Minnie in the sunroom of her Malibu home   a pastel portrait of William Faulkner   a salon style collection of art   loving the layered look   a diverse selection of magazines and books   an eclectic mix of modern and traditional furniture   a BAFTA award nestled into a library shelf   where’s waldo – errr, Oscar?   lots of light in the sunroom   checkers and backgammon sets kept in monogramed suitcases   a gorgeous bloom from Minnie’s garden   daughter, Tuesday’s playroom   a view of Minnie’s closet   Photos via...

Lucien Freud Jul22

Lucien Freud

We lost the great Cy Twombly earlier this month, and with this week’s death of Lucien Freud, the art world has suffered another tragic blow. Lucien was known for his portraiture – for both the heavy impasto technique that he employed, and the juxtaposition of the eerily sexual and the psychological. As the grandson of famed psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud, it’s perhaps not a surprise that his painting was embedded with a perversity and wonderful strangeness. He was one of a kind! John Minton, 1952 Woman in a White Shirt (Duchess of Devonshire), 1956-1957 Naked Girl Asleep II, 1968 Frank Auerbach, 1976 Man in a Chair, 1985 Reflection (self-portrait), 1985 Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, 1995 David Hockney and Lucien Freud in the studio, 2002 Lucien Freud in his studio, 2005 Lucien Freud in his studio,...

Diane Bergeron Jul19

Diane Bergeron

The home office of Melbourne based interior designer, Diane Bergeron is featured in the June issue of Architectural Digest España – and it’s a beautiful showcase for her vibrant and playful aesthetic. When it comes to this home, it’s pretty clear that the real star is the myriad textiles. From chic chinoiseries, bold stripes, and ethnic ikats – the fabrics pack a truly graphic punch. Bergeron’s loft has been photographed a number of times, and even though the pictures have been recycled for more than a few magazines, I enjoy seeing them each and every time! Photos via Architectural Digest...

Defaced Luxury Jul18

Defaced Luxury

Remember the Stephen Sprouse collection for Louis Vuitton – the garish, graffiti scrawled across the classic canvas print? That collection was a big hit for the storied brand, and along with Takashi Murakami, helped to breathe life into the somewhat stodgy house of Vuitton. And while many loved the quirkiness of this younger, rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic, there was an equal number of detractors. Kelly Wearstler recently posted a photo of an Hermès Kelly bag that had been painted in a very punk rock sort of way, and it got me thinking about others that I’d seen over the years. When it comes to handbags and leather goods, the house of Hermès is perhaps, the best of the best. So there is a rather delicious irony involved in defacing something that is so precious. What do you think? Stephen Sprouse for Louis Vuitton   punk rock Hermès Kelly bag   Jane Birkin’s Birkin bag   a “painted” Hermès Birkin bag   Linda Evangelista’s Hermès Birkin (excuse much, vain or anything?)   nautical artwork on a vintage, Hermès HAC   a customized Hermès Kelly by artist Carrie Chau   Genevieve Jones and her custom painted Hermès Birkin   Karolina Kurkova and her custom painted Hermès Birkin   Lady Gaga and her studded Hermès Birkin   Lady Gaga’s Japanese character graffitied Birkin by artist Terence...

Break My Stride Jul14

Break My Stride

Since it’s nearly Friday, I thought that we could use some cheerful tunes. Matthew Wilder’s ‘Break My Stride’ has been in my head for the past week for whatever reason. It’s one of those upbeat songs that always takes me to my happy place. I must admit that until a few minutes ago, I had no idea what Matthew Wilder even looked like – but was tickled to find this video of him performing with the Solid Gold Dancers. Weren’t the 80s positively genius? Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride Last night I had the strangest dream. I sailed away to China – in a little row boat to find ya. And you said you had to get your laundry cleaned. Didn’t want no one to hold you. What does that mean? And you said… Ain’t nothin’ gonna to break my stride. Nobody gonna slow me down. Oh no – I got to keep on movin’. Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride. I’m runnin’ and I won’t touch ground. Oh no – I got to keep on movin’. You’re on a roll and now you pray it lasts. The road behind was rocky, but now you’re feeling cocky. You look at me and you see your past. Is that the reason why you’re runnin’ so fast? And she said… Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride. Nobody gonna slow me down. Oh no – I got to keep on movin’. Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride. I’m runnin’ and I won’t touch ground. Oh no – I got to keep on movin’. Never let another girl like you – work me over. Never let another girl like you – drag me under. If I meet another girl like you – I will tell her. Never want another girl like you – have to say. Ooooooh… Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride. Nobody gonna slow me down. Oh no, oh...

Keith McNally Jul12

Keith McNally

Manhattan Restaurateur Keith McNally’s home on Martha’s Vineyard, featured in the July / August issue of Elle Decor, is exactly what I love in a country retreat – comfortable, warm, and completely unpretentious. It’s also a working farm. McNally first fell in love with the island in the mid 70s. Having decided that The Vineyard was “less WASPy” than nearby Nantucket, Keith eventually put down roots on the tony island – and embarked on a careful restoration of his new home. According to McNally, the farm is self-contained. With chicken coops, pig pens, orchards, and berry and vegetable gardens all on the property, the famed chef has a plethora of ingredients at his fingertips. And when it comes to environmentalism, much of the house is green as well. Reclaimed materials like barn wood planks are used throughout, and a majority of the furnishings were culled from flea markets and antiques shops. A beautiful home for a beautiful life!                           Photos via Elle...

Brunello Cucinelli Jul11

Brunello Cucinelli

I’ve been silently searching for a new bag to carry during the day – a real workhorse that I can use for both work and the gym – something that’s masculine, and utilitarian, but stylish and luxe. Although it’s not available until mid-October, Brunello Cucinelli’s ‘Bison Computer Bag’ is a definite contender. I love the simple structure, the rolled leather handles, and the chocolately pebbled leather. I’m also big on patina, and this bag looks like it could have been carried by my grandfather! Although their price tags are always steep, Brunello Cucinelli makes the most exquisite things – from luxurious cashmere sportswear, to beautiful accessories like this bag. Up until recently the company was also the manufacturer of my favorite menswear designer, Michael Bastian. To know more about the company though, is to love it – and to that end, I recommend taking a gander at this fascinating profile from The New Yorker. Bison Bag, I’ve got my eye on...

Eduardo Garza Jul09

Eduardo Garza

As my close friends will tell you, I love a curiosity cabinet – and no one’s work is more curious or special, than Eduardo Garza’s! I first became a fan of Garza’s when his fantastic pieces started to appear on the 7th floor of Bergdorf Goodman. Whether it’s an ostrich egg, a piece of coral, or a semi-precious stone, Eduardo finds a way to infuse glamour into these natural specimens – creating beautiful, one of a kind accessories for the home. Of these examples, I particularly love the Oxidized Copper Ostrich Egg, and the Oceana Dome! Here are some photos of his stunning work. Oxidized Copper Ostrich Egg   Butterfly Dome   Oceana Dome   Gold Sea Fan   Rose Quartz Bookends   Amethyst Ring   Citrine Specimen   Human Skull Replica   Red Ear Turtle Shell   White Coral Specimen   Octopus Coral Specimen   Coral Specimen   Bird Nest Coral Specimen   Coral and Gold Collection   Ostrich Egg Sculpture, Citrine Specimen, Blue Coral Specimen   Coral and White Cold Collection   Bird Nest Coral Specimen, Butterfly Dome, Open Brain Coral Specimen   Various Pieces from the Eduardo Garza Collection   Various Turtle Shells   White Coral Specimen, Human Skull and Rock Crystal Sculpture   Various Pieces from the Eduardo Garza Collection   Photos via Gilt Groupe & Eduardo...

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