Monday, September 14, 2009

(image above apartment of ubertalented Parisian milliner, Philippe Model. photo taken from Australian Vogue Living)

One of my all time favorite design tricks for interiors is the deft use of mirrors. Unfortunately, the proposal of mirror attached to wall quickly conjures up the poor treatment displayed proudly in the 1970's. Mirrored walls have a rich and powerful provenance -from overly elaborate mirrored halls of Versailles, to the gracefully chic faceted mirror staircase in the Chanel Atelier, to the sophisticated mirrored bathroom of Miles Redd. Give mirror a chance.

Versailles Hall of Mirrors:

Bunny Williams design c/o Stefan of Architect Design:

Quilted mirrored wall from (shutters as he types this) Southern Living:

And, the ever fashionable Miles Redd (my future husband):

Coco Chanel's mirrored stair hall:

Yayoi Kusama - Infinity Dots Mirrored Room - on permanent display at The Mattress Factory:

For those of us who aren't fortunate enough to live in Versailles, Chanel's atelier, or Redd's bathroom there is a simpler option -mirrored screens:

The Mirror Lady:

James Hansen:

Random mirrored get the idea:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Steampunk Home

An uneventful Sunday night, a few glasses of wine, and watching back to back episodes of Sex and the City led me to a random google search of "Industrial Revolution", where I stumbled upon a fantastic blog; The Steampunk Home. The modern victorian vibe has long been apparent in both interior and fashion design, The Steampunk Home is so good to remind us.

Annie Leibovitz photo shoot for Vogue: Natalia Vodianova models Balenciaga couture designed by my boyfriend Nicolas Ghesquiere:

Art Donovan sconce:

Monique Keegan:

Darryl Carter:

Eric Freitas

I'd probably be more productive if I were using this computer... and drinking less wine while trying to post.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Santa baby

Maybe it's a little early in the game, but I thought it best to start compiling my wish list for Santa. I'm not sure how the current economical condition has affected Santa's operation; I would imagine that he has been forced to let go of some of the elves, maybe even a reindeer or two. So, it's with much empathy that I have been modest in my wants. Just a few simple things.

Paul Smith:

Pringle of Scotland:

A new pair of skates:

A few pieces from Thom Browne:

John Philip Sousa had rockin' good style!

I swear I'd wear these boots everyday if I had them! They remind me of Mr. J.P.S. Designed by Thom Browne for Black Fleece:

Speaking of Black Fleece...

And, for the days when I wake up feeling a little gangster -Alexander McQueen:

Band of Outsiders:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Autumn, everywhere you go.

We may still be a couple of weeks away from the official start of Autumn, but her return is evident. There is a sharpness to the wind that is welcome and refreshing. I've noticed more foliage reminiscent of Autumn leaves, and flowers that have started to retreat for the season. In all honesty I'm generally a pretty grumpy person during the Summer -an embarrassing characteristic that seems to have been magnified with my move to the District. I'm most excited, optimistic, and thoughtful in the Fall and Winter, and am very much looking forward to the change of seasons to come!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Bathing Beauty

Rub a dub dub, look at this beautiful tub...

Metal body with flaking paint, iron frame, and wood handrail, this is one truly spectacular bathing vessel.

Available at one of my new favorite haunts, The Brass Knob.
57 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001


Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Brass Knob

Meandering quietly through thoughtful collections I fall silently in love.

The Brass Knob
57 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
t. 202.265.0587
*ask for Andrew