My appreciation for vintage decor is long established: I discovered after college that flea market finds satisfied both my limited budget and my desire for originality, and later took my passion to the next level when I owned a vintage furniture and home goods store in Philadelphia (RevivalSmith). Having worked as a visual merchandiser for ABC Carpet & Home for almost 2 years, I've now come to see the beauty in sleek modernity. The most interesting spaces to me are those that combine disparate styles that shouldn't be compatible in a way that enhances the qualities of each. In the bedroom above by PROjECT Interiors, the weathered doors behind the bed keep the modern furnishings from feeling cold and serious. I've always had a penchant for the underdog so when an expensive space is inclusive of distressed salvage, it feels like a win. When I renovated a rowhome in Philadelphia a few years ago (featured in this post), an old barn door was the first addition to my living room. In my home there will always be room for the decorating equivalent of the velveteen rabbit.
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Though pastels are often associated with children's rooms and Easter eggs, muted peach tones and robin's egg blue can actually be very sophisticated. The bedroom above, designed by Dyer Grimes Architects of London, proves that these shades can be used to create a restful, grown-up space. A hint of pink or yellow in a gray or black and white room, keeps it from feeling too serious. I don't naturally gravitate towards these colors, but spaces like these make me think I need to at least consider them an option the next time I have a painting project. Check out this previous post for a more youthful take on pastels.
07 March 2015
Love and Other Disasters is one of those movies that I go back to every couple of years and continue to enjoy on both an aesthetic level and a personal one. Jacks is an English-born American who has returned to her home country to work as an assistant at Vogue UK and who lives with her gay best friend, an aspiring screenwriter. The radiant late Brittany Murphy plays Jacks and Matthew Rhys is her roommate Peter and the victim of her constant attempts to mend his frayed love life, even though her own needs as much work. Everything about the way she dresses and lives references Jacks' favorite movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's. The wardrobe and sets are gorgeous (especially the lead characters' apartment -- which a magazine assistant and struggling writer would never be able to afford) but beyond the froth is a lovely story about friendship and making yourself vulnerable in order to make room for love. There's also a hilarious cameo by Dawn French as Peter's shrink who shares her theory on the farting stages of a relationship that can't be missed.
The entry/living room lets the paint and a few curated pieces of lighting and furniture set the mood.
Every light fixture is a piece of art. The palette of dark gray and white is both sexy and serene.
The kitchen is on the industrial side, with a couple of mismatched stools and desk lamps for lighting.
A white bedroom with a few glass and silver touches sets the backdrop for Jacks' enviable wardrobe.
The divine Dawn French as a flaky, yet incisive, therapist with the requisite leather couch (which she lounges on instead of her client) and piles of books.
Brittany Murphy as Jacks, in her best Holly Golightly iteration.
Images: Image Entertainment.