Don’t you love it when you think you have a shelter magazine’s style pegged, and then they throw you a curveball? Take this month’s issue of Elle Decor, for example. It features a roundup of innovative wall treatments, and while most of the ideas are glam, elegant and posh (e.g. Martinique and De Gournay wallpaper), they’re also fairly typical for the glossy. And then, boom! This bold entrance hall by decorator Muriel Brandolini jumps out at me.
Photo: Eric Boman
Here, the lyrics to the Rolling Stones’ song “Loving Cup” are spelled out in hand-beaded, embroidered felt. The way the letters play with size and perspective also feels fresh and fun. As much as I enjoy this lively statement, I enjoy that it was included next to some subtle De Gournay even more. It’s cognitive design dissonance at its most delicious. Well played, Elle Decor.
What do you think? Would you cover your walls with song lyrics? If so, what song would you choose?
Sweltering temperatures in New York over the last couple days have made me dream up a myriad of ways to cool down. I can’t say that any of them look as refreshing as this, however:
Elle Decor is showcasing a weekend retreat that is, “Redefining Contemporary Country Chic.” Boy, is it ever. With natural elements like the cedar shower wall and the stone flooring, the country house is embracing its surroundings in a very grown up way. I have to say, if my outdoor shower looked this beautiful, I might never shower indoors again.
Orange is so gorgeous and vivacious. This sun-kissed color has the power to enliven any space. And because it’s a natural complementary color to blue, and even looks pretty mixed with bits of gold and yellow, this shade is perfect for home accessories.
Check out fashion designer Trina Turk’s bedroom. Here, orange is used to add a touch of the exotic to an otherwise modern space. By adding some fabulous orange accessories, anyone can get a global look filled with zest.
4 More Orange Accessories
Nature may be getting ready to trick us with an April Fool’s storm, but that won’t stop me from dreaming about the great outdoors. Getting the deck or patio ready for entertaining is one of the great rituals of spring. With a combo of color, patterns, textiles and accessories, you can create an outdoor room you’ll really love.
Global Style and More
House To Home
Shopping on Larchmont Boulevard the other day, one of my favorite streets in L.A. for one-of-a-kind items and great cafes, I stopped by my friend’s salon, Marcie Bronkar’s Home Couture, to check out her great holiday window display.
Marcie is a very talented textile designer, and a seasoned veteran of both the fashion and home-furnishings industries, and happily, somewhat of a mentor to me. Her new salon is not only exquisitely put together, but offers her Home Couture line of fabrics for the first time outside of Quadrille (a to-the-trade showroom), as well as her new ultra-luxe, Cloth & Paper fabric and wallpaper collection.
You know it’s good when I was coveting the drapery in this fabulous room from Elle Decor (Nov. 2010), only to find out the curtains are made from Marcie’s Home Couture “Gypsy Dance” fabric! What are the odds? Her luxurious-yet-modern take on paisley, so perfectly designed for draperies, places the pattern at the top and bottom of the windows. And notice how the same print gracefully winds up on the bottom of the over-sized arm chair. It’s brilliant. And of course, it’s hers.
More of Marcie’s Colorful Designs
Religion and politics: the worldwide dynamic duo of topics unwelcome at dinner parties. Known amongst my social circle as the designated diplomat, neither subject gets me heated since I see the pros and cons of each. However, bring up beige at my table and you’ll be sent home before supper.
A world without color is like a song without sound; it baffles me that bold, high-energy hues are often perceived as juvenile, garish or over the top. Although I love a muted blue-gray as much as the next guy, I also love me some turquoise.
However, instead of going on and on all about MY particular thoughts on color, I turned to two design bloggers who are just as passionate about haute hues: the UK’s own Will Taylor from Bright.Bazaar and Atlanta’s “oh-no-she-did-not-just-write-that” Jenny Andrews from My Favorite and My Best. Proof that color/colour has no boundaries: both the Atlantan female blogger and European male stylist/blogger have the same favorite room — that’s in New York.
The Great Color Debate
Remember that post we did on Curbed’s Operation Dollhouse? Our miniature garden is finished and being photographed today. Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the project before it goes live:
Our Assistant Editor, Karli, gluing down tiles. She’s putting those interior design skills to work!
The bed, the door, more glue…and binder clips for clamps. Here’s to raiding the office supply cabinet!
Brenna, our intern, with Karli, and the fan that kept the glue fumes to a manageable level.