Perhaps its because of the snowstorm that just blew through New York or the week I recently survived with no heat (and in the end no hot water), but I'm ready for winter to cough out its last deep freeze and spring to lead us into milder temperatures. I'm also getting tired of seeing nothing but a sea of black puffy nylon coats every time I step outside. Lightweight coats need to make their comeback and nothing fits the bill better than a cape or poncho. Whether a loose boho version or its more tailored woolen companion, I love the easy warmth and style that these mini coats provide. With these versions currently on the market, this will be the year that I incorporate a cape into my wardrobe.
27 January 2015
01 January 2015
Louis Vuitton, Shanghai
Happy 2015! I thought I'd kick off the new year with a post combining two of my favorite things: window displays and travel. I always find myself dreaming of an exotic getaway when January hits and winter begins to show what it's made of, and these window displays play right into those fantasies.
Smythson, London. Love how the airplane is fashioned from wallets and envelopes.
15 November 2014
As an extension of this post on mismatched bedside tables, I thought I'd look at bedrooms that make use of other furniture or stacks of items at the bedside. I'm always a fan of reinventing pieces that may not be needed for their intended purpose. And the unexpected keeps a room from feeling stale. Convention and trendiness are two sides of the decorating coin that get quite a bit of play. But risk is what gets my attention these days. Taking a chance on a color, a piece of furniture or a design idea that others may not understand is worth the effort if the result makes sense to you. As Billy Wilder said, "Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's."
04 October 2014
Having owned a vintage furniture store, my tastes in interiors have moved away from disposable home decor toward pieces that continue to appeal even when they're no longer current. If I were furnishing a living room from scratch and my budget were unlimited -- I suppose this could be called an aspirational exercise -- my picks might run along these lines. I'd start with a couch from the Stephen Kenn Inheritance Collection, constructed from re-purposed World War II military fabric. I'd add a pair of 1960s Brazilian sling leather armchairs in the style of Sergio Rodrigues and then start adding more feminine pieces to the grounded masculine seating. For a coffee table, I might add this 1920s Mexican farm table with its pretty scalloped skirt. Or else I'd find a large farmhouse table with no particular pedigree and cut the legs down so that it sat just above seat level. Against a nearby wall, A French marble and iron bistro table would hold an arched mirror like this one from Anthropologie. Antique French seltzer bottle lamps like the ones I sold in my shop and have always regretted letting go would sit on either side of the mirror. With my basics in place, I'd add colorful boho touches with decorative kilim pillows from Sukan and an ABCdna nomadic cashmere throw. I would want to add a piece that doesn't remotely fit in with the rest stylistically, but that would nevertheless feel at home in the group, like this signed Philip and Kelvin LaVerne cabinet of etched and patinated bronze with pewter overlay for a mere $78,000. Finally, a completely useless yet beautiful French vintage mannequin would stand watch from a quiet corner and remind me that not everything has to have a purpose. Some things should live with us just because we love them.