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bolshoi

June 10, 2012

Ask and you shall receive and sometimes received BIG, in my case “Bolshoi” BIG. Just when I brought up being spontaneous, I managed to get 2 tickets to one of 5 sold-out performances of Swan Lake by Bolshoi Theater in LA … the night before the show. The newly-born spontaneity guru in me is having blast, the planner in me is terrified of me almost missing the one performance I was dying to see for a long time due to lack of organization and proper scheduling.

Needless to say, the performance was magnificent: immaculate techniques and out-of-worldly grace and elegance of the dancers; lavish costumes and, of course, the Music so powerful and consuming. Everything came together for a one in a life time experience.  Juxtaposition of love and  fate, beauty and passion, light and dark totally transfers you to a surreal world of imagination.

I give this one to the planner girl, I wish I had time to savor the anticipation a little bit more. May be one day (when I grow up:), I’ll actually get to experience this ultimate perfection of art on the home field, t.e. The Bolshoi Theater. After the remodel, it looks simply stunning. Quite an experience of its own.

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elizabeth taylor

March 25, 2011

Harper’s Bazaar has put together a beautiful fashion tribute to the gone star. It feels like the last piece of the perfect picture of Hollywood’s Golden Age has shattered. They just don’t make them like these anymore.

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soaking in the sun

February 21, 2011

Happy extra-day-off people! It feels like it’s the first time after Christmas holidays, that we get to take a breath in and break from the everyday pattern. With some unusual rainy and chilly days here in LA, we’ve got a lot of white mountain tops around…which means that the snow is calling again! I’m off hitting the local slopes at the Mt.Waterman for a day. Hope you all get to soak in the sun and recharge for the upcoming week!

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fall preserved

November 11, 2010

I know, I know…winter holiday’s theme starts creeping in into blogs and store fronts but I’m always trying to drag the time out at this time of the year. I love fall with the chilly nights and fest of color. And nothing speaks more autumn to me than preserved pressed botanicals. May be it comes from the childhood memories. There was something incredibly warm and nostalgic to discover long forgotten leaves and flowers pressed between pages of a book. A little piece of summer in the middle of the snowy winter months.

And now every time I come across the pressed botanical art it brings me right back to those comforting moments.

Botanical art not only brings in warmth to any space but also looks incredibly chic and sophisticated. And it’s so easy to do it yourself too, just mount dry botanicals on vintage paper or just a plain frame glass and here you go.

There are so many ideas of incorporating this natural beauty. These incredible botanical accessories from Botanical Creations, Garden22 Design Studio and Zipper 8 Design definitely go on my Wish List.

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3 years ago

October 12, 2010

Today exactly 3 years ago I married the most amazing man on earth (sorry to break it down to you, single ladies, but yes – he’s already taken:) and those 3 years were the most blessed years of my life. I cant’ thank the God enough for bringing us together from across the planet. Seriously, what were the chances for a guy from Los Angeles to meet a gal from Shadrinsk? But here we are, honey, and I can’t cherish enough every second spent with you. You really make me a better person and I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my life in our arms. I love you!

To celebrate the anniversary we set up the shoot with tremendously talented photographer and my dear friend Jenn Hoffman. Jenn did an amazing job capturing us as we are as well as luscious Downtown LA architecture (which, as you understand, was very important for me). Jenn is the best and can’t recommend her enough. Check our her site and prepare to be impressed!

And now, you guys get the first sneak peek of out shoot!

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was it THAT long…?!

September 21, 2010

What has just happened? How a week off turned into 3-month break? Let’s trace back a little..

WOW!…Now that we’ve finally caught up I’m back with my regular daily posts. And I have a LOT to share, so stay tuned. I really missed you guys!

the 100th post

June 24, 2010

When I started my blog back in October 2009, the thought of the 100th post was so far our of reach. Not knowing how to start, I just wanted to capture my musings and inspirations one day at a time and idea of somebody’s reading/following my scribbles was unimaginable.

Here I am  at my 100th post, my first milestone, and I can proudly say I’m here to stay. Researching and writing has become a habit, and seeing everything as another post topic has made my life that much more exciting and adventurous. Now I can’t be just lazy…I HAVE to see that new exhibition, I HAVE to visit that showroom opening, I HAVE to be there and participate… because I owe it to my blog and you, my readers.

Starting from 75 visits my first month (most of which, I’m sure, were my supportive husband) I’ve come to 1,146 (and counting) this month. Quite a shocking number for me personally. So thank you everyone who’s along for a ride. Your feed back is very important to me, in fact, I always scream in excitement when I see your comments.

Let’s go for another hundred…

gerard butler’s new york loft

April 16, 2010

Am I the only one at ahhh with Gerard Butler’s New York Loft. I’m even ready to forgive him the Bounty Hunter. (Seriously, Gerry, don’t sell yourself cheap). But this apartment, if you can call it that, is definitely worthy of the  King Leonidas. And may be it’s not completely my cup of tea design wise, I can appreciate the quality “aged” work that so often goes sour Disneyland.

So we are talking about 3,300-square-foot loft in Chelsea, Manhattan located on 6 and 7 floors. the actor  worked with architect Alexander Gorlin and film designer Elvis Restaino for years to complete the masterpiece, and for me the time was well spent as the place looks like it’s been there forever.

According to AD, the loft boasts, “13-foot-tall mahogany doors; a ceiling and wall frescos; plaster walls chipped and mottled with age; massive columns supporting limestone lions; crystal chandeliers casting spidery shadows,” and plenty of furnishings from New York décor mecca ABC Carpet & Home.

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the old new: malachite

April 9, 2010

As Mr. Wearstler is moving away from her “David-Hicks phase” (on which I’m yet to do the old new post) and into the “Tony-Duquette phase”, this new comparison is quite an obvious one. Malachite and its luscious pattern has been a signature of the world-famous designer. Native Angelino, Tony Duquette was the first American designer to held a single-man exhibition in Louvre Museum, Paris. Then recent burst of interest to the artist has been boosted by the book “More is More: Tony Duquette” published by Hutton Willkinson, Duquette’s business partner.

By the way, don’t forget to vote for your favorite at the end of the post.

The OLD: Tony Duquette (1914 – 1999)

Dawnridge dining (Duquette’s home in LA) featuring malachite wall finish, tableware and his signature malachite cotton pattern tablecloth.

The NEW: Kelly Wearstler (200?)

Viceroy Miami

Malachite veneer, malachite pattern fabric, walnut wood panels, lots of mirrors and even the punch of red…locate 10 differences


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the old new: skylights vs. lights

March 19, 2010

This old new reference came across while I was browsing the coolest design website ever. The Japanese interior design company Wonder Wall, established by Masamichi Katayama, has a large variety of very inspiring projects and this one, which I  found  rather inspired….by Alvaro Alto Viipuri Library, Finland.

The NEW: The dining area of the Cinagro Kitchen & Market, Tokyo 2007.

This is an organic food market and cafe restaurant located in the Omotesando area. The aim was to create an atmosphere that would exude freshness and comfort.

Here the effect is achieved by the recessed ceiling with the cove lighting.

The OLD: The Viipuri Library by Alvar Aalto, 1935

The Library in Vyborg (Viipuri Library) was designed by alvar Aalto and completed in 1935. It is a masterpiece of International Modernism in both European and global terms.

Here the the ceiling planes is punctured with the skylight to bring in the natural light into the reading areas of the library.

So which one is your favorite?


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