Friday, October 15, 2010

Le Apartomatic

Have I ever mentioned that I love beer and jazz and Wes Anderson?

And in case anyone wants to jazz up their party playlists before the holidays, the song featured in the commercial comes from the 1958 soundtrack to "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" performed by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.

(Video directed by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola).

Monday, September 6, 2010

So Long, Summer

Labor Day Weekend, 2010, Chautauqua, New York

Hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Save The Date

(Click to enlarge)

September is going to be an exciting month for art in Atlanta!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bathing Beauties

Yeah...we're gonna need some waterproof window treatments. (Clever exhibitionist bathtub from The Water Monopoly).

And on a completely unrelated note, here is the pool scene from Wes Anderson's Rushmore. Happy First Day of Summer!

Monday, June 14, 2010

My Lucky Monday

Remember this awesome lantern giveaway by Brown and Cote de Texas? Well I got an email this morning saying I am the lucky new owner of a Custom Iron and Glass Lantern! I am so excited and thankful to be in receipt of such an incredibly generous prize--especially since Joni had to be breaking records with the number of contest entries!

Jill Brown, the owner of Brown is letting me choose between the four candle lantern (seen in one of Joni's installations in the top photo) and the single bulb version. While I love both, I think the solo with filament bulb will look really great in our house. The best part is that my husband likes it too--it's a miracle! I have a couple of places that I am considering hanging it, so stay tuned for the reveal...

Just in case you were wondering which item I chose as part of Brown's 1st Dibs Shopping Spree contest, it was the vintage bar bells. I love the classic shape and think they would make clever doorstops!

Thanks again to Cote de Texas and Brown for picking little ol' me to win this amazing prize! What a great way to start the week! If you would like a lantern of your own (or any of Jill's other interesting finds) be sure to visit the Brown 1st Dibs store. I am off to do the happy dance!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Smash His Camera

Pioneer paparazzo, Ron Galella getting his picture taken by a Jackie O. impersonator.

We all love those iconic black and white photographs of Jackie O. running around New York City in the early 1970's. "Smash His Camera" is the sad/funny/thrilling story behind many of those images taken by the infamous Ron Galella. Whether you love or loathe the paparazzi, this documentary is a really interesting look at the price of fame, the first amendment and what constitutes "art". On HBO now, trailer below.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Closet Lust

File this under good ideas:

Glass tops for that island in your huge walk-in closet. (As seen in Ashley Tisdale's house in InStyle Magazine, June 2010). Okay, now I'm depressed.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Art + Design

Artist Ann Carrington's work is everywhere these days! (If you watch Bravo's "9 By Design", then you know what I mean). This time, her Pearly Queen of Dalston appears in the whimsical London pad of accessories designer Lulu Guinness in Living Etc.

You can imagine the two as artistic soulmates...

A sequined bag by Lulu Guinness at top, A Union Jack Wall Hanging by Ann Carrington below

I hope the collaborations keep on coming! For more photos of Lulu's Notting Hill home, visit Living Etc.

Monday, May 31, 2010

America the Beautiful

...even in the rain.

Somewhere near Dillard, Georgia, May 31st, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mod South

Architectural photographer, Julius Shulman doing his thing. California, 1960.

And one of the resulting images, Case Study House #22

When I wrote about the Julius Shulman documentary back in September of 2009, I had no idea it would take so long for it to come to Atlanta. But come it will in June to the High Museum. (As much as I love Atlanta, I hate waiting for movies to wind their way around to us). The good news is, not only is the screening free, but it will be a part of Modern Atlanta 2010.

While MA is only in its fourth year, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite design events in town, the highlight of which is the Modern Atlanta Home Tour. You may remember this home from last year's tour, photographed here for Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles.

Yes, this is the same house. Business up front, party in the back.

The interiors use the same logic, morphing from traditional turn-of-the-century roots into something unmistakably modern. I could not get over the guest bedroom, suspended in glass above the kitchen. While Atlanta is not really known so much for modernism, we do have a few surprises to share.

For more on the house and designers, visit Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles and the BLDGS website.

Modern Atlanta events run from June 1st to June 6th. Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Colorphobia & Chocoholism

I am a bit behind on my shelter mag perusal, but this Brooklyn brownstone caught my eye while taking the Eyjafjallajokull reroute home. All of a sudden I want to paint every surface that is not made of textured wood and tobacco-hued leather, pure white. (From New York Magazine, photographed by The Selby).

Also, there is this...

Holy drawer full of Côte d’Or! I love that he keeps it in the vegetable bin. (Different house, same magazine).

Thursday, May 13, 2010


One of my favorite things about Barcelona is that every era of architecture and design is celebrated. You can visit the carefully preserved ancient city dating from 600 A.D. in the morning, a Gothic palace at noon, an early 20th century Gaudi masterpiece late in the day, and then retreat to a post-modern hotel for the evening.

Here are some images of the Hotel Omm, winner of multiple design awards and a prime example of how Barcelona's architecture continues to flourish beyond the ages.

The Omm Lobby doubles as swingin' bar and lounge until late in the evening. Great for multi-cultural people watching!

Many of the guest rooms look out on Barcelona's L'Eixample district, brimming with 18th and 19th century architecture. The hotel lies within the famous Quadrat d'Or (Golden Triangle), with what has been called the world's greatest living museum of turn-of-the-20th-century design.

Other guest rooms overlook the quiet courtyard, which serves as a garden for the hotel's restaurant, Moo. The glass boxes are actually skylights which naturally illuminate the restaurant below.

Moo has a Michelin star and the cuisine looks as contemporary as the space in which it is served. Just about every meal we had in Barcelona was unbelievable.

The Omm's rooftop terrace has a view of the top of Gaudi's biomorphic La Pedrera, built between 1906 and 1910. Gaudi made even the ventilation towers look interesting.

Another picture of the roof with Philippe Starck Bubble Club Chairs in the foreground and Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia in the background. I am pretty sure a crane or two was photo-shopped out of this picture, as the Cathedral has at least another sixteen years before the next phase will be complete--just in time for it's hundred year anniversary.

And finally, we have the view from the street and the visitor's first impression. The limestone facade looks like the pages of a book being opened. I think that is an appropriate metaphor when visiting any new city, but especially one as rich in design history and inspiration as Barcelona. Hopefully we will return one day--perhaps to see how La Sagrada Familia's construction is coming along.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Beautiful Barcelona

Finally, something to blog about! Just got off the plane, but thought I would post a few photos from our trip to Spain before I try to catch up on my sleep. That damn Icelandic volcano had me tossing and turning all night, but all turned out well. Barcelona rocks! More to come...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Meeting of the Minds

Tina Barney's brilliant photographs of Tory Burch's Spring 2010 line in Tory Burch's famed New York apartment are almost too perfect. View the shoot here.

In somewhat related news, former Atlanta gallery owner, Fay Gold (where I first saw Tina Barney's work in person) will be curating the upcoming show at The Besharat Gallery with works of the artists she used to represent. The "Onward" show begins March 18th in the Castleberry Hill arts district.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Saarinen & Scott Ingram

I have saved so many images of Eero Saarinen's Pedistal Table, that I had to create a separate file to hold them all. So naturally, I was excited to see that one of my favorite Atlanta artists had included the iconic Tulip as subject in his most recent show.

Scott Ingram's "Saarinen Table/Floor" on paper.

Along with Ingram's "Architectural" series are the Nail Polish Works that have made him an interior designer favorite. Shown above is a piece in a home by Suzanne Kasler & William T. Baker.

Scott Ingram is showing at Solomon Projects through March 13th.

Photo credits: Top, Paul Massey, 2nd from top, Lonny Magazine, 4th from top Solomon Projects, 5th from top, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


The Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles blog just brought the girlie-glam offices at Atlanta-based Spanx to my attention. Now, if only the product packaging was as cool. LOVE Spanx, but I always feel like a bit of a rube buying any undergarments featuring a winking cartoon on the cover.

Related Interior Design article and photos here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Right on the Mark

Digging these retro guest bathrooms at The Mark. Fresh off a redesign by Jacques Grange, they include my favorite new bathroom accessory...Disappearing Mirror TVs!

I know there has been a lot of discussion as to who actually watches these things, but I am sure I would. Blow drying and straightening my hair can get really boring. And now that I know that sitting and watching TV can increase your death rate, it makes sense to view those thoughtful programs while engaging in another activity.

Also loving The Mark's chic website & illustrations.