Sunday, July 5, 2015

Rooms on Film: Saturday Night Fever

let's dance the last dance: john travolta and stephanie
It seems I'm still in an Empire State of Mind. Specifically, New York in the '70s. This movie has several locations: Tony's family home, the dance studio, stores, the disco hall... And it briefly breezes through the new Manhattan digs of Stephanie, a young woman who is very serious about her ambitions. 

Typically, it's one of those places that gives the impression that elevators had not yet been invented. Or at least, no one had thought to install them anywhere in the five boroughs...

Friday, July 3, 2015

Single-Girl Style: Moody Modern Luxury

home of di botha and athol moult featured in house & leisure south africa
This house near Cape Town, SA is nothing short of striking with its dramatic combination of dark walls and opulent colors. The interplay of modern lines and luxurious textures adds up to a riveting home. It's not so much welcoming as demanding. You feel required to be there right now, reveling in it's cozy, relaxing atmosphere for as long as possible before the owners kick you out. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Musings & Wants: The King of Bookcases

the maharaja bookcase from wisteria - $1500 of exquisite decor
It's the Auntie Mame of bookcases. One of those things I'm not even pretending might ever be mine. There are just too many other things to do with the money. But, if wishes were horses and money no object... This bookcase would be a central part of my very own, super-sacred reading nook. Stacked top to bottom with only the most re-readable books - and magazines - I own. All within arm's reach of a wonderful sloping chair-and-a-half draped in saris and kilims...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Lotus & Fig: Shades of Summer Sunset

the fergana ikat beach towel by john robshaw
They're at it again. Those eternal lovers, pink & orange, are running wild in decorland. Nothing calls out the brights like summertime. From earthy to neon, modern to eclectic, you're sure to find a version that suits your style.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Rooms on Film: Annie Hall

annie hall, 1977: janet margolin and woody allen
This one's short and sweet. I'm not familiar with the movie, although surely I saw it as a kid. Lately I've been viewing a lot of studio apartments via Pinterest and Apartment Therapy tours. As a studio dweller, the topic is pretty much ever present. Between that and abrupt arrival of full-on SUMMER IN NEW YORK, this image came to mind.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lotus Tableware by Michael Aram Designs

madhouse by michael aram's lotus platter (melamine)
This doesn't count as an impulse buy. It as good as called my name! I held out for a week before hitting the buy button. Look at it! It's a LOTUS FLOWER! Carved down to the last petal vein and seed pod. I mean- have you ever?! Of course I bought one! It's by Michael Aram. You know how gorgeous his tableware is. It was the right thing to do. I know because they accidentally sent an extra - and let me keep it...

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Single-Girl Style: Antique Comforts

soft and spacious, with a view to build a dream on
If you're going to have a country home, it's probably best to make sure it's as restful inside as outside. And also, centered in the midst of some magnificent natural scenery. I've never been to New Zealand, but clearly that little country has some wide open spaces of note.