Archive for May, 2010

i’ve been cheating on fashion with furniture

May 28, 2010

This is exactly how I’m feeling for the past several years and now that someone has said it out loud, it makes it even more real than ever.  Although there’s one thing that brings me back to fashion like no other. It’s Sex and the City. Buying a ticket 2 weeks in advance secured a spot for the yesterday’s opening night. And to be honest, I’ve never seen that many Louboutins in a movie theater: girls did dress up.  As for the movie, I’m not a movie spoiler and won’t open any secrets, just say despite the elevated controversy with the story line, the visuals didn’t fail to amaze and indulge both fashion and interior addicts.

The razzle-dazzle color pallets are just what doctor prescribed for the summer: golds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies and did I say GOLD? Lavish Middle East in all its beauty.

Thanks to Jeremy Conway, the production designer for the TV series and both films, along with set decorator Lydia Marks of Marks & Frantz we have a new interiors word to be smitten by. I loved to trace the interplay of feminine and masculine in the Carry and Big’s new apartment.

A blown-glass chandelier by Lindsey Adelman Studio is a showstopper in Carrie and Big’s hallway.

Carrie and Big’s living room includes a sofa by Montauk Sofa upholstered in blue wool-mohair from Donghia and a pair of beige midcentury side chairs. The bright floral Birdie Blossom Cushion by Paul Smith for the Rug Company adds a classic “Carrie” touch.

In the dining room, an oxidized-metal chandelier by Property hangs above a French 1940s mahogany table from Alan Moss. The custom-made chairs were upholstered in a Lee Jofa print fabric.

Recognizing that Carrie wouldn’t cook, Conway designed the kitchen and dining area of the couple’s home with Mr. Big in mind by including such modern touches as aqua-blue tiles from Ann Sacks installed on the kitchen walls.

Carrie and Big’s bedroom is a striking blend of pattern and texture. The custom-headboard is covered in fabric by Kravet and pops against the neutral Rococo Stripe wallpaper by by Cole & Son from Lee Jofa.

And of course, the closet. Although more subdued than the flashy mega boutique of the first movie, it’s very functional and grown up.

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walking in residential sacramento

May 26, 2010

For me the best part of Sacramento is its residential part. Rarely I see such a perfect combination of beautiful architecture dawning in greenery and a peaceful atmosphere.

I started my trip with the tour of the Governor’s Mansion. With the rich history behind, the place is like a time machine where you can see the transfer of style from Victorian to the 50s turquoise kitchen. 

Leland Stanford Mansion was just as impressive if not more. Unfortunately no photography is allowed inside. 

As for the mere mortals, they have nothing to complain about. The regular streets are full of old charms.

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walking in downtown sacramento

May 26, 2010

Being a soccer wife does have some benefits. Besides witnessing games’ highlights live, every now and then we get the unplanned road trips. So last weekend we went to Sacramento (hence the lack of posts). Surprisingly small town (for the capital of California), it possesses such an irresistible charm that I couldn’t help but snuck out in between the games to just walk the streets and take it all in.

Sacramento’s architecture is a clad of Victorian, Colonial, American Federalist, Greek and all sorts of Classical Revivals. Yum! Needless to say that my whole historical entity was having a blast.

Capitol Building (1861 – 1874)

California Western Life Building (now Citizen Hotel) – 1925

Ruhstaller Building – 1898

Masonic Temple – 1920

Elk Building – 1926

Pioneer Hall – 1868 and Merchant National Bank – 1921

Old Sacramento

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old never dies

May 20, 2010

In proof my “perpetual historicity of the design” theory, I came across this article in NY Mag. NeoVictorian, NeoVersailles, NeoCountry…everything old is new again. It’s just a circle of life, which means that quality vintage will never go out of style. Transformed, reinvented, repurposed, reupholstered but it WILL go on. Make it a new investment.

Babel chair by Dutch design phenom Marcel Wanders ($530 at; available in late 2010).

Vintage chair with painted linen seat by Caitlin Conlow ($375 at Funkiture).

Baroque-style frames in translucent plastic ($12.95 at Site)

Sawhorse-leg table made of oak and powder-coated steel by South African design team Egg ($5,800 at Amaridian).

Bollywood mirror with digitally printed designs by Paola Navone ($2,690 at Property)

Customizable brass hanging candelabra by Lindsey Adelman ($4,800 at Matter).
Glass table with turned-column legs ($7,995 at ABC Carpet & Home).
Louisa settee with ragged cotton-and-linen upholstery ($2,498 at Anthropologie).
Acrylic Julius Caesar mini-bust by Jeffrey Harris ($30 at Hadley Antiques)
White lacquered-wood table by Romani Saccani ($4,200 at Property)
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one dress – 365 days

May 20, 2010

Ever wondered that you have nothing to wear looking into the closet filled with clothes? How about one dress for 365 days. No way you say, but Sheena & the Uniform Projects crew did just that. Sheena has pledged to wear one dress as an exercise for the sustainable fashion and a year-long fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement to improve education in India. With all of  the accessories donated, hand-made or found in thrift stores, the Uniform Project crew has created a unique project that so far has put 236 kids from the slums in school. The year is over now (although the rumors are out about the upcoming Year 2 ), but you can still donate.

Take a look at the whole journey, you wouldn’t believe your eyes.

farrow and ball wallpapers

May 17, 2010

It seems like the aftermath of the Legends of La Cienega will feed my blog posts for quite a while now. But with my weakness for all sorts of wallcoverings, I couldn’t not to write about the fabulous Farrow and Ball, a European paint and wallpaper company. Large variety and colorways, generous samples size but what really made me stand and stare is the quality. The printing techniques allow the paint to have the textured vintage, almost nostalgic, feel as if every ornament was pressed in by hand. A truly European quality.

Don’t know where to start? Or, like me, getting lost in too many irresistible choices? flip through online inspiration magazines “Key Looks with Color”  and “Feel Good Rooms” by Homes and Gardens with association with Farrow and Ball.

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erin petson

May 14, 2010

My recent art find that I can’t get over is amazing Erin Petson, a Brit artist and illustrator working with mixed media.

Her love of drawing, mark making and montage create powerful and provocative images.
Her subjects have a mystical energy that is ethereal and edgy.
Erin’s delicate creations have a paper doll like quality they have been described as bondage leaning Glam Fashion-vintage assemblages.

And I couldn’t have said it better. Now you know what’s on my computer wallpaper background.

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mecox on la cienega

May 13, 2010

I’m sure anyone of you have ever felt at home when entering a furniture showroom. Well, I just discovered my furniture heaven last weekend. Even though my personal style changes pretty often, Mecox is the representation of everything ME this summer from the accessories, to the books, to the dog. The only thing missing is the ocean view.

Relaxed yet sophisticated, pared-down yet intellectual… I know which site I’ll be checking quite often.

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legends of la cienega

May 12, 2010

Finally have a moment to breathe in after the intense weekend with all the design fabulousness here in LA. Legends of La Cienega is a 2nd annual two-day gala of interior design in the heart of West Hollywood sponsored by Elle Decor, featuring lots of board discussions, book signings, cocktail parties and what not. But the real show stopper is  the window displays of all the showrooms on La Cienega which are decorated by interior and set designers to channel a certain theme/idea. This year inspiration is Hollywood movies. Jill from Material Girls did such a great job capturing all of those, so I won’t be redundant and post a few pics of my own of the discussions I had a pleasure to attend.

East Meets West Panel: Pamela Jaccarino, Editor in Chief, Luxe Interiors + Design; Virgil McDowell,architect;  Mary MacDonald, interior designer; Joe Nye,  interior designer; Lisa Fine and Carolina Irving of Irving & Fine.

Design Diaries Panel: Alexandria Abramian-Mott, Editor in Chief, Angeleno Interiors; Gregory Han, Apartment Therapy LA; Cassandra Lavalle, Coco+Kelly; Joy Cho, Oh Joy!; Janet Hall, Remodelista.

Setting the Mood with hilarious Robert Verdi

Most of the discussions looked like this for me as I was constantly late to grab a front spot since I couldn’t stop browsing through amazing showrooms.

Vintage Lineage Panel: Margaret Russell, Editor in Chief, Elle Decor; Chris Barrett, interior designer; Catherine Malandrino, fashion designer; Cameron Silver, founder of Decades. <images via me>

bottega louie

May 7, 2010

To follow up on the amazing downtown walk, we stop by for the dinner at Bottega Louie, a new hip restaurant I’ve heard a lot about all over blogosphere. And we know that the blogosphere doesn’t lie. The place was even better that I’ve imagined. Designed by View Design Studio, it already got the 2009 AIA Los Angeles Restaurant Design Award.

Combining classical architectural details, exquisite food (bot on the menu and at a little retail area) and the trendy social atmosphere, Bottega Louis definitely makes you forget that you are in LA rather you are sitting in the heart of Manhattan. Well, someone here is in the New York state of mind today.

And I seems to find the one responsible for the package design of the irresistible macaroons boxes. Those evils look SO cute and luring. Shortly, if you ever find a spare $20 you know what to get me) <images via 1, 2, 3>