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Friday, August 21st, 2009

Flickr Faves on Fridays

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Holy Minis! While I was perusing flickr for pictures of the St. Bartholomew Church Panton Chairs, I stumbled upon this image:

You simply must check out this set from flickr member mawphoto – it’s called The Haute Dollhouse and Haute it is. The house was created as an homage to Jonathan Adler and the attention paid to detail is mind-blowing to me.There’s even a little Liberace sitting in the mini-David Hicks wallpapered room in the image below:

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Sharing the Second Home After the Breakup…

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In this economy, a lot of couples who have broken up are still stuck living together, and the movie The Break-Up certainly showed us how disasterous a situation that can be (I may have held out for that apartment too; it was gorgeous). However, it seems things can work out a little better when it comes to a second home.

Last week I was fascinated by this article about a couple who restored a lake house together and planned on getting married there, but broke up before the special day. They divvied up their weekends and decided to have the wedding party without the wedding. Although they plan to sell the house eventually, I thought it was really nice that they decided to share it. It also seemed to me that they must have started decorating the day after reading Jonathan Adler’s My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living – mid-century bottles, Rex Ray artwork, shag rugs, silhouettes, retro ceramic lamps, and even an Adler Liza pillow.

To see a short video about it, click here – the decor is really fun to look at, and the story is sweet and bittersweet. For the full article, click here.

Do you think you could handle sharing a second home with an ex in order to save your access to the real estate?


lake house photos by Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times

The Break-Up image from here.

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Hollywood Regency 101

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Let me just say this is the never ending post. I tried to keep it simple but it got away from me. If I don’t simply press “publish,” I’ll never finish it, so I’m just going to do it. Anyway, Hollywood Regency, I don’t quite know how to define it, but I know it when I see it…

About 12 years ago I had the privilege of staying at a Hollywood Director/Vogue photographer’s Alexander house in Palm Springs (my friend’s little brother was his personal assistant at the time). I was still deep into a Shabby Chic phase of decorating, and hadn’t yet attended architecture school. I wasn’t ready for his modern Hollywood Regency style, I didn’t know what a Saarinen tulip table was, I didn’t understand all the shiny surfaces and basket chairs hanging from the trees, but I knew I liked it. This was my intro to Hollywood Regency glam. Now I FANTISIZE about that glamorous modern space.

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“Glam it Up” is a buzz phrase I keep hearing over and over. It’s starting to get on my nerves, the same way “zen,” “bring the outdoors in” and “make it pop” sound like such cliches. I guess it’s because people often use the buzz phrases incorrectly to justify some really lame design moves, like that “Glamalicious” nightmare contestant on “Design Star,” or maybe it’s just because I’m grouchy.

It seems that every few years the trend switches from grunge to glam – whether it’s from strict Victorian rules to the freedom of flappers in the roaring ’20′s to the grungy Great Depression, from patcholi hippie style to ’80′s Reagan red and Trump’s King Midas amounts of gold, from the Seattle flannel invasion and heroin chic to Courtney Love getting a Hollywood stylist for her Oscar nomination (not that Galliano gown with real trash stuck to it, but rather the glamourous perfect People Vs. Larry Flynt Courtney!), we’re always seesawing from grunge to glam to grunge. My theory is that the influx of glamour right now it’s a bit of backlash against minimalism by those of us who love to insert our sense of humors into our style at home. Cluttering up the barest minimal – it’s like attacking a severly simple Calvin Klein outfit with a Bedazzler filled with Swarovski crystals. Read the rest of this entry »

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