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This is why I do this...

Last night I was watching Daredevil, and the characters went on a romantic date to an Indian restaurant....

 Daredevil - Season 2, Episode 4 - A woman takes a blind man on a date to a restaurant that is 100% ambiance. 

Daredevil - Season 2, Episode 4 - A woman takes a blind man on a date to a restaurant that is 100% ambiance. 

As soon I as I saw this, I knew I had seen this restaurant before......and the people were on a date.....and it is a movie set in New York......and it's an indie.....and it's KISSING JESSICA STEIN!

So I did a quick google, and found this screen shot from Kissing Jessica Stein (2001):

And that's why I write this blog.  Because a set in Daredevil reminded me that 15 years ago, when I was still in high school, a similar location (can't confirm it is the same) was used in an indie movie about lesbian experimentation.  And I need to get this useless information out of my head. 

And I want to go to that restaurant!  

 Panna II

Panna II

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Milon

Daredevil is clearly filmed at Panna II, in the East Village.  You can tell because the wall padding is the same.  

But per this NY Times article, Panna II is in a feud with Milon over who thought of hanging a bajillion string lights first, and there are other East Village copy cats.  I think they should settle this like men:  Highest electric bill wins.  

Unicorn Tapestry

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The Unicorn in Captivity (from The Unicorn Tapestries) - Metropolitan Museum of Art - Cloisters

I recently visited the Cloisters in New York City for the first time and was overwhelmed by The Unicorn Tapestries (as is everyone else because that is why people go).  

But because I'm me, I became fixated on the plants.  There must be wallpaper inspired by this.  Has anyone found it (not counting the wallpaper with repeating unicorns)?

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Each flowering plant is an individual sprig, different from its neighbor.  The plants are stacked with minimal depth. Although this was made in 1500-ish, I am confident that a wallpaper interpretation would be timeless.  

In my dreams I would have a powder room covered with the stuff so you walked in and were accosted with it.  

Brunch and Toile

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A while back, Hillary had the genius idea of getting brunch at Cliffs Edge Restaurant in Silverlake.  I had never been there before.  

The outdoor space is lovely, anchored by a large old tree.  You can definitely tell that there was a designer thinking out all the choices. 

My favorite thing was was the wall paper in the bathroom.  Indian toile! 

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I did some googling, but I couldn't find the manufacturer.  Strangely enough, I did stumble onto the elephant portion of the pattern, blown up, and used as a wall decal.  I do not know how this was done, but I surely like how it came out  

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Thonet at the MAK

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When I visited the MAK design museum in Vienna a few weeks back, I was struck by the exhibition design choice for their Thonet furniture.  Since writing a post about Thonet cafe chairs, I knew I would have to see some in person before I left the city.  

The chairs are lined up behind white screens so their shadows create a graphic hallway.  Displaying them in this way accentuates their simplicity and lines.  

Fact: It's actually pronounced TAWN-at: Pronunciation guide

Secret Stairs of Hollywoodland

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My friend took me on an urban-hike through Hollywoodland a while back, based off of the book Secret Stairs, by Charles Fleming.  I then took Hillary on the same hike, and we oohed and aahed over everything.

 Different bands of Spanish tiles on each level.  Yes Please. 

Different bands of Spanish tiles on each level.  Yes Please. 

  Impromptu mosaic.  Don't mind if I do.

 Impromptu mosaic.  Don't mind if I do.

 Not sure who lives in this tree house.  Narnian squirrels?

Not sure who lives in this tree house.  Narnian squirrels?

 Proudly flying the house crest:  The Majestic Yellow Lab

Proudly flying the house crest:  The Majestic Yellow Lab

Frankfurt Kitchen

A few weeks ago I visited the MAK design museum in Vienna, and tucked away in a back corner was a Frankfurt Kitchen.  I had never heard of a Frankfurt Kitchen before, but it quickly became clear that it was a massively influential piece of design. 

The Frankfurt Kitchen was designed in 1926 by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky to be used in a new housing development in Frankfurt, Germany.  Housing was in short supply after WWI, so the kitchen was designed to be highly efficient and space saving.  The design was so successful that 10,000 of these kitchens were built in the late 1920s.  

The kitchen incorporated modern technology so the user would find everything they need within arms reach.  For example, the over head light is on a track so it can be repositioned depending on need.     

 Frankfurt Kitchen Cuboard - $1250 on Etsy

Frankfurt Kitchen Cuboard - $1250 on Etsy

 A 1989-90 replica of the Frankfurt Kitchen at the  MAK

A 1989-90 replica of the Frankfurt Kitchen at the MAK

The Fallout: 

The kitchen went from being a multi-use room where people cooked, congregated, and even slept to a focused work space.  

It was optimal for one person, and cramped for two, so chores because the sole responsibility of the housewife.  Even though the kitchen was designed to help the housewife, it ended up isolating her.   

The Demise:  

Most of the kitchens were replaced in the 1960s and 1970s by "modern" kitchens.  There are very few originals that still exist.   

In 2005 a kitchen sold for 22,680 €, and another for 34,200€.  Even the aluminum drawers fetch a pretty penny.  My brief Etsy/Ebay search demonstrated that I can't afford them. 

Double-o-Fabulous!

I have been watching Octopussy  (1983), and it's no Dr. No, but early on there is this lovely British auction set.

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I love the salon style wall hanging and the various chandeliers.  That's a hard green to pull off, but the white vaulted ceiling and the crystal make it work. 

And then Bond goes to INDIA! 

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And of course he stays in a glam casino/hotel. 

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I am all about the hand painted wall designs.  They are phenomenal.  There was similar detail in the hotel I stayed at in Jaipur, Indian and I have a folder of useless over saturated instagram photos of it.    

  Shahpura House , Jaipure, India

Shahpura House, Jaipure, India

  Shahpura House , Jaipure, India

Shahpura House, Jaipure, India

Fountains, Geysers, Volcanoes, oh my!

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The other day day I visited the Belvedere Palace.  In the back garden there was a fountain that was made to look like a geyser shooting out of volcanic rock.  This was so lovely.  Why don't I see this more?

 I have pictures without these people in it, but where is the fun in that?

I have pictures without these people in it, but where is the fun in that?

I kept walking and stumbled on the Hochstrahlbrunnen Fountain.  They were going for a similar effect, but it didn't work.  The center part was clearly a ring of stones, and the small outer jets stuck out of their stone clusters too far.  

So after seeing something I loved, I was immediately shown how it could go wrong.   

 

Faux Beaux-Art

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This past weekend I visited the Belvedere Palace Art Museum in Vienna, Austria.  

When I visit museums, I keep myself entertained by writing down all my favorite piece.  Then I go home and scour the internet for for JEPGs.  

When I was searching for a JPEG of  Freidrich von Amerling's Rudolf von Arthaber with his Children, I uncovered an image of the below living room.  This image took me to FineArt-China, a site where you can buy faux paintings (and even get yourself painted into them).

My gut instinct is to resist all things faux, but then I started looking at that living room and thinking about how I will never-ever-no-way-in-hell own an authentic old master panting, and my resolve started slipping.  Maybe it's okay to go faux if it is over the top.   

 

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I started poking around the site, and stumbled upon Louis XIV, and then I was SOLD!!!!!

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 This is a the "place holder" poster I have had in my home for eight years.  It's time for an upgrade!

This is a the "place holder" poster I have had in my home for eight years.  It's time for an upgrade!

I kept messing about in the Old Masters section, and found many other works I would consider owner.  Here are just a few: 

 Turner - Burning the House of Parliaments  

Turner - Burning the House of Parliaments  

 Cabanel - The Birth of Venus

Cabanel - The Birth of Venus

 John Singer Sargent - Madame X

John Singer Sargent - Madame X

 Renoir - La Loge

Renoir - La Loge

 Caravaggio - Bacchus

Caravaggio - Bacchus

 Jacques-Louis David - Napoleon Crossing Saint Bernard

Jacques-Louis David - Napoleon Crossing Saint Bernard

 Ingres

Ingres

 Dega

Dega

Globes globes globes

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Yes, I am living and working in Vienna, Austria right now.  I know you expected my first post about design in Vienna to be about epic moldings, or something like that, but it is actually going to be about globes!  

After spending a day walking around the city, I wasn't up to doing a big art museum, so I decided to pop into the Globe Museum (I know, super random).   But it was fabulous!  Rooms and rooms of globes! 

I didn't know much about globes going in, but now I know....a little bit.  I know that globes used to be made in pairs: terrestrial and celestial.   I know that moon globes have a blank side because we don't know what the back of the moon looks like.  I know that topography globes aren't to scale (they use a height multiplier) because you would barely be able to see Mt. Everest. And I know that I want one.

 

 Old celestial globe.  The illustrations of the constellations are perfection.

Old celestial globe.  The illustrations of the constellations are perfection.

 New-ish celestial globe.

New-ish celestial globe.

 Celestial and terrestrial globe pair.  They look awesomely mid-century

Celestial and terrestrial globe pair.  They look awesomely mid-century

 Celestial and terrestrial book ends

Celestial and terrestrial book ends

 Topography globe

Topography globe

 Moon globe

Moon globe

Have you been noticing globes popping up everywhere lately?  I feel like every well decorated room has a globe in the corner.  And I'm not complaining.  

 Jade-Snow Carroll and Ian Rasch own and decorated this home, designed my Adam Rolston (my cousin!) via  NYTimes

Jade-Snow Carroll and Ian Rasch own and decorated this home, designed my Adam Rolston (my cousin!) via NYTimes

Globes aren't just popping up on side tables.  There has been an obvious trend in globes being turned into lights.  Typically they are halved and hung as a pendant, or a light is inserted into one so that it glows.  

 via  Apartment Therapy .  Follow the link to learn how to make one.

via Apartment Therapy.  Follow the link to learn how to make one.

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The Castle

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As you might already know, I am currently working on a TV show which films at a castle outside of Vienna, Austria.  What is interesting about this castle is that it was built in the 19th century on the ruins of a demolished medieval castle.  The current structure is sort of frankensteined from authentic looking castle bits, purchased all over Europe.  

This makes it amazing as a filming location.  It look great, but it isn't a protected historical site.  Film crews are like a stampede that leave a trail of destruction and water bottles.  Hopeful our crew will be a little kinder to the environment than most (fingers crossed).

 

LAX: Unexpected Terrazzo

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When I was at the LAX International Terminal two weeks ago, I snapped this picture of the floor.  It was a jewel tone terrazzo, and something about it really grabbed me.  

I would love to use it as a subtle accent color somewhere.  Maybe someplace with white walls and lots of natural materials (wood, fiber, etc).  If it was paired with colorful walls and furniture, the whole thing could go in a bad direction (i.e. 90's arcade )

Terrazzo  is a composite material, poured in place or precast. It consists of marble/quartz/granite/glass/etc and mixed with something cement-like. Terrazzo is cured and then ground and polished to a smooth surface.  It is extremely durable, and that is why it can be found in airports and malls, but it also looks great.  

Hillary and I first got into terrazzo when we visited the Virginia Robinson House and Gardens in Beverly Hills.  There is a terrazzo veranda. The home is one of the original homes of Beverly Hills and has an incredible garden.  The tours are free with a reservation.

 

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Auf Wiedersehen folks!

Tomorrow is the day!  I am heading to Austria for three months to work on a reality television show.  Don't worry, y'all.  Hillary is available to fulfill all your design dreams.

I have never been to Austria, so I'm going to assume that my google image search is accurate, and the whole country looks like this:

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Long Beach: Amazing of course

As always, the Long Beach Flea Market and local antique malls totally delivered.  We walked away with two rugs, a dining room table, and ten assorted chairs.  Mission accomplished.  

Our best find was a rug dealer who was selling inexpensive kilim rugs.  We ended up purchasing two that I did not photograph, but my favorite was this 6' x 9' pink and blue one, which was under $200.  Hillary and I started to rationalize that maybe we need it buy it for our the nursery of our future little girl.....and then we realized we were crazy.   

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Wondrous Long Beach, CA

Hillary and I love the Long Beach Flea Market.  We don't know why people go bananas for the Rose Bowl Flea Market, when Long Beach is much less expensive and less stressful.

Hillary and I are planning on heading down there this weekend, so I thought I would let you in on a Long Beach secret.  If you don't find what you want at the flea market, there are many other great places in Long Beach to continue your search.  Make a day of it!

Here are some of of the places on our Long Beach circuit: 

Warehouse 1333Has a great mid-century furniture and smalls.  Ask for a discount and the just might give you one.

Grandma Darling's Antique Mall - Not worth going if you are in a mid-century mood, but if you have a taste for something older, then have a look around.

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Long Beach Antique Mall I & II - These two antique malls are virtually across the street from each other. They are stacked with mid-century finds (which is all anyone from southern California seems to want).  The first one has more soda machines and signs, and the second one has more furniture, but both are worth a pop in.  

Downtown on 4th St there are more antique and furniture stores, but they are pricey, so Hillary and I don't stop by often 

Façades of the Stars

This past weekend I went on a Starline Movie Star Homes Tour.  I know it's tacky, and I could claim that I did it because I had an out of town guest, but in reality, I was super excited to go.  I left the tour with a ton of pictures of privacy gates, and the glow that you get when you look at a lot of high-end real estate.  

Here are some of the highlights:

 Gene Kelly was just so tasteful.  His home could be a film set where the happiest family in the world live.

Gene Kelly was just so tasteful.  His home could be a film set where the happiest family in the world live.

 Of course Marilyn Monroe's house is cute and pink.  This is exactly the house I would have dreamed up for her.

Of course Marilyn Monroe's house is cute and pink.  This is exactly the house I would have dreamed up for her.

 Ryan Murphy (creator of Glee) landscapes with cacti, but somehow it feels green and lush.  I don't think I have ever seen cacti done so well.  

Ryan Murphy (creator of Glee) landscapes with cacti, but somehow it feels green and lush.  I don't think I have ever seen cacti done so well.  

 Jason Statham is a classic badass who lives in a classically badass house 

Jason Statham is a classic badass who lives in a classically badass house 

 Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdales home looks expensive!  I felt like a paparazzo taking this picture.

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdales home looks expensive!  I felt like a paparazzo taking this picture.

 Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball

 This was the Beverly Hills compound that Michael Jackson was renting at the end of his life.

This was the Beverly Hills compound that Michael Jackson was renting at the end of his life.

 Sasha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher live in such taste

Sasha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher live in such taste

 Christina Aguilera lives in the home which was previously owned by the Osbournes while they were filming their reality show.  A little too pink for my taste.

Christina Aguilera lives in the home which was previously owned by the Osbournes while they were filming their reality show.  A little too pink for my taste.

 A celebrity doesn't live here, unless you consider someone who gets to have this epic roof a celebrity.  I know I do.  

A celebrity doesn't live here, unless you consider someone who gets to have this epic roof a celebrity.  I know I do.  

Paris Photo

I went to Paris Photo this past weekend, and it was just lovely.  It is a massive photography show and sale which takes place all over the world.  

This was the first year Los Angeles hosted a sale and it couldn't have been more pleasant.  The sale took place on the Paramount Studio Lot, and utilized sounds stages as well as the little faux store fronts in fake New York.  They brought in food trucks, and had cute aqua signs all over the place.  And there were celebs to spot, so what more could you want.  My best sighting was Jane Seymour.  What a babe.

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As for the art...I found it surprisingly meh.  I know I can be picky, but I also know how to covet, and there just wasn't very much I yearned for. 

 Matthew Brandt - From the series "Dust" - "Last Stand of the Melrose Hotel

Matthew Brandt - From the series "Dust" - "Last Stand of the Melrose Hotel

There were only a few pieces I saw and liked, and they were pretty much in my wheelhouse - large and have architecture or interior design in them.

 Sold by the Hamiltons Gallery  - London.  I didn't track down the artist info

Sold by the Hamiltons Gallery  - London.  I didn't track down the artist info

 Filip Dujardin.  These are photos of fantasy places.  Not sure what the artist's process is. 

Filip Dujardin.  These are photos of fantasy places.  Not sure what the artist's process is. 

And then the piece de resistance:

 Paola Pivi  - "I'm a bear, so what?" 2012

Paola Pivi  - "I'm a bear, so what?" 2012