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Saturday, July 21st, 2012

High Design Around the Web This Week


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Hey All! How was your week? Is your summer flying by and you haven’t even begun to tackle your list of summer projects? I haven’t either. Procrastinate another six minutes and look at some of the hot stuff we’ve spied around the web this week, from futuristic speed boats to some short-statured LEGOS.

1. While all of us currently on the coast are trying to avoid the growing great white shark population, it would be tempting to go for a jaunt in this speed boat, or hang off some sort of geometric new-style tube off the back!Can you guess who designed it? Hint: It’s not Frank Gehry, that only leaves one other person:

Via dezeen

It’s called the Z-Boat and it’s by Zaha Hadid.

2. Project Runway started up again this week. While I never thought anyone could top Austin Scarlett’s corn husk dress, Tim Gunn’s blog unearthed a 1930s dress on his blog this week made of grapefruit peels that blew my mind:

via nakedcowgirl vintage

3. I don’t know why, but these LOTR LEGOS just make me smile, so I thought I’d pass the picture on to you!

4. I’m loving all of interior designer Rachel Reider’s works completed over at The Attwater Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island. The rooms are sophisticated, comfortable, colorful and playful. It’s not easy to pull those four things off at once:

5. Another fab interior design website I got to for inspiration is Pulp Design Studios. You can keep up with them via their blog, Hello, Splendor. Here, they put the Texas in a Fort Worth guest room in a chic way, without going full-on, or even partial, rodeo theme:

I even spy a Harry Allen Piggy Bank in there:

That’s it for me this week. Please add links to your favorite posts in the comments section!


Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Goodbye to a Master: Albert Hadley Passes Away at 91


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I was saddened to read Albert Hadley’s obituary in the paper today. His prolific career was one of my favorite to follow, whether looking through books of archives or seeing his latest work in magazines like House Beautiful. In one of my favorite articles, he had returned to decorate for a client he had previously decorated for decades earlier.

image by Patrick Cline for Lonny Magazine. There is a great Hadley spread that Lonny presented in 2010 here

I stole this idea of displaying necklaces on shapely necklaces after seeing this article and now there is hardly a lamp left in my bedroom that isn’t sporting one:

image by Simon Watson for House Beautiful

The same home was ahead of the curve on the gray/greige phase. Hadley always was a trend setter when it came to color:

image by Simon Watson for House Beautiful

See the entire home over at It’s a wonderful slideshow. Hadley was a master of elegance but always kept a sense of playfulness in his designs. It’s like the rooms were giving us a subtle wink.

For more Hadley inspiration, you’ll enjoy Albert Hadley: Drawings and the Design Process, where the above sketch came from.

One of my favorite books in my design library is Albert Hadley: The Story of America’s Preeminent Interior Designer.

After a gander at the current prices on this tome, I’m kicking myself for never picking up Parish Hadley: Sixty Years of American Design back when it was still in print.

Well, I like to think that Hadley’s former colleague, Sister Parish, has welcomed him to heaven with a fabulous tea party. Perhaps she invited Billy Baldwin, Dorothy Draper, Tony Duquette and William Haines.

I’ll end with another favorite picture of Hadley in a favorite Hadley room, whose career thrived until the end. This was part of a Conde Nast campaign, back when our beloved Domino was still around:

Image found here. If you know the photographer’s name, please shoot me a comment so that I can add it.


Monday, March 26th, 2012

Design Notes for Today: Garden Gates, Boardwalk Waves and a T.D.F. Headboard


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Last week I had a chance to visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and I was so excited to see a series of gates by Atlanta metalcrafter Andrew T. Crawford. I had always admired (and I believe I must have shared on this blog at some point) his whimsical garden tool gate that is permanently installed at the gardens:

Right now through the end of April, you can get a big dose of Crawford’s work via the show Garden Gates at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

photo via West 8

Another cool project catching my eye this week are the Wavedecks in Toronto. The Simcoe Wavedeck portion of the project, by West 8,  caught my eye via the Serenity in the Garden blog. The Wavedeck negotiates the space between the city of Toronto and its waterfront on Lake Ontario, landing somewhere in between. This section also serves as an amphitheater as well as a connection between diverse parts of the waterfront. Learn more here.

Finally, I’m so excited to see fabulous interior designer Rachel Reider‘s sneak peek at her new designs at The Attwater in Newport, Rhode Island. It’s a tease and I cannot wait to see with the rest of the place:

photo via The Attwater on Facebook

Don’t you just love what she’s done with the upholstered headboard? This is actually something you can do with your favorite fabric, and should you ever tire of your fabric choice, you can recover it. Mounting an upholstered headboard to a wall is a great way to save space in a tight bedroom.


Monday, July 12th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: Thom Filicia


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I am cheap thrifty. This is why I just purchased my Thom Filicia book a few weeks ago, even though it’s been out for awhile. You can pick it up used for a song, and it’s worth every penny. That’s not to say it’s not worth full price, it’s just to say that girlfriend is broke. This was on my wishlist for quite some time, and let me tell you, I’m so glad I have it. This is one of those rare design tomes I actually READ, joining the ranks of very few designer-slash-authors whose prose compels me to read it. The group includes, but is not limited to, Billy Baldwin, Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble. Welcome to the club Thom – your sparkling personality shines through in your writing. Reading this book made me miss Queer Eye so much. Here’s a teaser:Love the touching tribute to his mom

He had me at “Flock of Seagulls meets The Preppy Handbook

Love these layouts and explanations – some of it reads like a Domino spread

Other parts are scrumptious, dynamic interior shots

What are you waiting for? Thom Filicia Style will bring a smile to your face and inspire you to start rearranging and revitalizing your home.


Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Julie Bowen’s House


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Did anyone else open up the first few pages of In Style, see this, and think “Huh. Gwenyth looks kinda weird in this picture. And her style sure has changed since H&G featured her house in the Hamptons..”? I did. Just wondering:

It must be the blonde updo and the big smile. By the way, that’s Julie Bowen. Her sister, Molly Luetkemeyer, founder of M. Design Interiors decorated Julie’s Studio City house. It’s a fun mix. While we see a few icons from our design drinking games past (I spy a hand mold and a turquoise foo dog), I think her work has a fresh take. She is able to mix in a bunch of eras, styles, colors and textures without creating a sloppy mish-mosh; it becomes a style of its own, one that has to do a careful balancing act to work. It’s not quite Regency, it’s not quite crazy enough to go under that ubiquitous “eclectic” moniker – I’m dubbing it “Vicente Wolf on a very tightly controlled acid trip”. I also like it because I have that elephant on the coffee table in the living room. I got it at Neiman Marcus Last Call for like thirty bucks:

To see the rest of the house, and some other exuberant projects from M. Design Interiors, click here.

All imagess property of M. Design Interiors, except for the first one, which is from In Style.