Design Trends

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Trend Alert! Putting the Zoo in Your Apartment?


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Well, I was thumbing through Harper’s Bazaar today and thought, now this woman is not one to just settle for a plain old zebra carpet. No sir, she needs the whole zebra:

It reminds me of Kelly Killoren Bensimon, who has this horse from the Met  in the middle of her Manhattan living room:

  • image one by Todd Selby for Harper’s Bazaar
  • image two from here.

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Trendy Tuesday: Small Donkeys?


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I am enjoying pouring over the September issue of Elle Decor so much – it’s a goodie! The glass house in New Canaan, a town we like to keep our eye on, was an inspired remodel of a classic modern house that had been somewhat “colonialized” over the years. I like that the family and the designers wanted to appreciate the original intent of the house, but did not feel shackled by restoring every last little impractical bit of it back to 1960, or limit themselves to strictly mid-century furnishings. There’s a gorgeous slideshow over at shot by William Waldron of the whole house. Here’s a sneak peek:

But I have to say what caught my eye the most, besides Michael Bay’s house, which made me think “hey, that’s the house from Hogan Knows Best!”, which immediately filled me with deep shame, were these animals. Were they donkeys or mini-horses? Turns out, they are mini donkeys. Yup, a couple of asses, just hangin’ around the perfectly manicured pool in the Hamptons. Are miniature donkeys the new trendy pet? Should the pot bellied pigs be worried? It says the owner/designers, Amy and Todd Hase are Francophiles. Does this mean miniature donkeys are all the rage in Paris? Will Kanye get one and get it platinum horseshoes from Jacob the Jeweler? Time will tell.


Friday, November 27th, 2009

Trends: The Union Jack


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While I’m thankful that our forefathers got rid of those pesky British taxes that didn’t have representation and all, I am always a sucker for a Union Jack. I think my favorite use of it lately was the quilts featured on Man Shops World by Becky Oldfield. Here are a few more dreamy shots of the U.K.’s flag I’ve been collecting lately:

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Check out Timothy Oulton’s sofa:

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A dash of Vivienne Westwood (she’s been doing this a long time) via Living Etc.:
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LE Jo Berrymant

From Natural Curiosities:
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From Made By Girl:
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From Jonathan Adler:
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From one of the designers of Libertine, as seen in Domino.
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From the fabulous Bonnie Cashin:
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From Naked Decor:
Quilt image by William Waldron via Elle Decor
Sofa image by Michael Falco for The New York Times
Living Etc. images by Jo Berryman for Living Etc.
via Natural Curiosities
Bonnie Cashin Foundation


Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Design Drinking Games: Pedro Friedeberg Hands & Feet


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I can’t find anything inspiring to share with you, but all last week I was dying to revive the design drinking games. Just as you’d gulp some down whenever Brenda was a bitch on the old 90210, take a swig whenever you see this newly ubiquitous object.

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For months now I’ve noticed that Pedro Friedeberg’s hand and hand chairs are popping up all over the place. Sometimes they even have a foot attached to them. Before Pedro’s chair burst on the scene, the last time I’d seen a hand-shaped chair was in Buster’s room and later Lupe’s house on Arrested Development (Buster: I’d never thought I’d miss a hand so much”):


Have you noticed? It’s been making a lot of covers lately. First Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan’s anti-depressive Florida pied-a-terre on the cover of Met Home:

ja hands florida

Then Kelly Wearstler’s home redesign in Vogue:

How about the sexy Nate Berkus-designed Milan home of Brian Atwood:
nate hand

This Last week The New York Times Home section featured Jay Jeffers’ temporary digs (he’s waiting for his drive-in apartment. I still don’t get that. Why do you want to put your car on an elevator and drive it into your apartment? What about carbon monoxide? Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard):


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Image Credits:

  • Images (2) from, also seen in Metropolitan Home (R.I.P. – We’ll miss you Met Home!)
  • from here
  • Image by Francois Halard via Vogue
  • Image by Simon Upton via Elle Decor
  • Images by Bruce Buck for the The New York Times
  • Image by Roger Davies for Elle Decor

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Recession: Go Minimal or Feather the Nest?


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I was just thinking about these economic times, and I wondered, even if a family’s financial situation is  stable, is this a time when people pare down and get minimal? Do they think about how much more efficient and affordable a smaller, emptier space is? Do they wind up selling everything they own on eBay? Or, just happy that there is a chicken in every pot pie, do they feather their nests, hunkering down at home and fussing with the tea cozies they’ve been knitting? What do you think?

Stairway photo by Todd Eberle, from the book Minimum

Hearth photo by Suter Hedrich-Blessing, from Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Ideas, 1961