currently los angeles is a hotbed of contemporary design, but I look to the past for
my design influences, if you get a chance go to www.amazon.com and check out
books about these noted designers and taste makers....
Tony Duquette - Interior Designer, Landscape Designer & Eclectic Genius
Francois Catroux - Interior Designer, Fashion Icon & Furniture Designer
Stefano Mantovani - Interior Designer & Collector of the Bizarre
David Hicks - Textile Designer & Interior Designer
Philippe Hiquily - Furniture Designer & Visionary
Angelo Donghia - Textile Designer & Interior Designer
Paul Marra - Showroom LA
JF Chen Loft -Showroom LA
Holly Hunt - Showroom LA
Kneedler Faucher - Showroom LA
John Robshaw - Textile Design
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This is just a quick note about the 10 things I can' t live with out, The Summer
1. An i-phone.
So that when I try to get away from it all, I can make sure I'm not missing anything!
2. Farmacist Antica, Le Fragrance d'Ambiante in Casablanca (from Florence),
which is just a fancy way of saying," If left unattended, fragrance sticks will not set
your house on fire". Like, for instance, candles...
3. Love notes from my husband (architect) that say, " I love you this much!" (with a
drawing of a red heart) and a tiny note on the side saying "not drawn to scale".
4. Medoc from Trader Joe's....this summers 2 buck chuck!
5. A new fresh set of bamboo cotton sheets from the company store, in crisp
6. A well scrubbed Jack-waua (our dog) from Mr J's Grooming!
(Now with improved "new car smell"!)
7. Cranes Stationary, a brand new Varsity disposable fountain pen and a million
non-reasons to say "thank you" to a dear friend.
8. Brunch at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon or @ The Getty, just
9. A new issue of Domino Magazine & a vintage Architectural Digest (preferably
circa 1977) from Ebay...Because as my friend Steven Pierre Adams likes to say, "It
all comes back again, Honey."
10. A blank sketch book, a weekend at the Parker, and a Pimm's Cup!
Here are a few inspiring images...
I spend many hours researching ideas and finding reference images,
here are a few that currently haunt me.
1. The Un-Loft - Lofts that don't look too "tec-y", but rather collected, like you live
in italy, in some cool artists enclave, without a care in the world.
2. Clever kitchens on the cheap, because we rent.
3. Wallpapers that are bold and elegant.
4. Office spaces that don't look like a Staples catalog, but rather well loved
furniture and artwork.
5. Bookshelves, because, and I am deeply ashamed to admitthis,
we have been keeping our hardcovers,
in the kitchen,
and this is getting out of hand!!!
6. Bathtubs that look like baby grand pianos...
7. Blowing up a doodle from your notepad and using it as a wall mural.
|Things we might be getting a bit weary of:
"Designer Roadkill" -
I know, I'm guilty of it too, I have a great big brown and beige faux zebra rug in my
living room, with a 2.5" zig zag chocolate felt boarder (just like my grandma's). But
what is my statement, design wise, that I am making, by having this in my house?
Am I a bold cave woman who needs fur for her cave?
Or am I Eileen Grey, in my chic deco apartment, exploiting the spoils from a recent
big game hunt?
(I'm sure this explains the dog's nervousness, perhaps, he thinks he's next!!)
I'm on the verge of feeling guilty here.
Hmm.....what to do...
|wow! you like me, you really like me!
thank you so much to all the folks who voted for the third annual fall
color contest hosted by apartment therapy and CB2, for selecting
"planetsusanna's golden cottage" as a regional finalist!
how awesome, now on to the nationals!
between nov 9th and nov 16th they will repost the images and some
new video and let folks select the grand prize winners!
it's actually nice just to be nominated, some of these entries are
"major" as victoria beckham would say...
here's the link, check em out for yourself!
someone's looking for some lights that will compliment their mid
here's what I was thinking:
All lights From Circa Lighting, Bellacor.com, Plantation (in LA)