Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bringing up Baby

One of my Top 5 favorite movies Bringing up Baby is ripe with good times, and was the first slapstick comedy inducted into the Movie Hall of Fame. Katharine Hepburn shrugged off the archetypal strong woman role to play an irresistibly sweet admirer (stalker) of the goofy paleontologist, Dr. David Huxley - Cary Grant.

And, in the vein of a recession the song, and story, provides a nice reminder; "I can't give you anything but love, baby. That's the only thing I've plenty of, baby."

Monday, March 15, 2010

Garrow Kedigian

“Dashing and daring, courageous and caring, faithful and friendly with stories to share.” Okay - maybe I ripped that line from the opening of the 1980‘s cartoon series Gummy Bears, and I know how inappropriately tacky that might sound, but it does, however, describe Garrow Kedigian brilliantly. I was lucky enough, recently, to have spent a couple of evenings chatting with Mr. Kedigian, and was left feeling inspired. This designer, named one of Traditional Home’s 20 young designers “we’ve got our eye on”, has a passion and drive for his career unlike anything I’ve witnessed. He clocks exceedingly long hours, travels about the globe working on projects here and there, manages a staff at his studio, keeps a beautifully appointed home, and still makes time to meet his adoring fans.

Raised in Montreal, Mr. Kedigian studied architecture at the prestigious McGill University after which he moved to Boston to work for the venerable William Hodgins. Six years later, Mr. Kedigian moved to New York City to work with Marjorie Shushan and Eric Cohler before establishing his own design firm. His outstanding portfolio is a visual testament of his timeless and relevant ability and taste. This is a young designer who is on his way to establishing himself among the captains of his industry.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sebastian Brajkovic: a contortionist of classic design

"Truly new and useful products and ideas unite the future, present and past" -Well said, Sebastian Brajkovic. This innovative and thoughtful young designer, born in Amsterdam, studied cabinet-making before entering the Design Academy Eindhoven with the intention of "melding art and design" -and, meld art and design he did! Brajkovic seamlessly manipulates classic designs into the present. His pieces evoke a strong sense of movement and of continuation. Check out his frenetic website for more information and images.

***A hugely heartfelt thank you to my dear friend Lyn for sharing this artist with me.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Summer Lovin'

Restoration Hardware has done it yet again. Their collections have been increasingly impressive, and the Spring / Summer outdoor "Garden" collections are sure to please all. Not only are the pieces exquisitely designed, and run the gamut from classic to modern, but the accompanying outdoor textiles and accessories are gorgeous. And, as if this weren't enough good news, the prices are modestly set. My favorite is the newly introduced Klismos collection comprised of timeless silhouettes nodding to an ancient provenance. Check out the website to see the complete Garden collection including; planters, architectural elements, lighting, textiles, accessories, and tools. ***Caution: be sure to have a handkerchief ready to catch the droplets of drool sure to form as you peruse the collection.

Monday, March 1, 2010


While enjoying a little weekend shopping I clamped eyes on this enchanting little screen, and fell instantly in love. Unfortunately, at $300 and some change it's about $300 dollars out of my price range.

Available at Miss Pixie's to those with more fruitful economies.