Calling It!

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: On Trend!

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I just watched the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) for the first time and it was RIDICULOUS! That psycho family was so on trend!  Cool homes have animal skulls mounted on the walls (preferably a cow--rodents and reptiles don't count).

 Sherlock Holmes's living room from the BBC's Sherlock

Sherlock Holmes's living room from the BBC's Sherlock

 Hanne Berzant's Scandinavian via  Remodelista

Hanne Berzant's Scandinavian via Remodelista

  Hampton compound  designed by Kathleen Clemens

Hampton compound designed by Kathleen Clemens

 Downton Abbey: Season 3 - Staff dining/other-stuff room

Downton Abbey: Season 3 - Staff dining/other-stuff room

 A downstairs cloakroom in Yorkshire with a sink and taps from  Drummonds

A downstairs cloakroom in Yorkshire with a sink and taps from Drummonds

Calling it: Deco

I have decided to put myself out there and claim that Deco is going to be the next hot trend.  We lived through shabby chic, glam damask, industrial, mid-century, etc....and now it shall be Deco.

I know I might have been blinded by my love for The Great Gatsby, and my own long-standing personal tastes, but I feel like deco is on the rise.  

So I am going to start by highlighting this deco-ish light I notice:

The Optimus lamp has been released by the Barcelona-based design brand Tcherassi Vilató.  It was designed by Angelica Tcherassi and Jacob Vilató (who have amazing euro-designer names).

This is a perfect "calling it" example, because the lines and style are clearly deco, but it is wired for LED lighting, so it is not trying to pass as vintage.  It is a contemporary re-imagining of deco style.  

I will be keeping my eye out for more things like this.

Matte Black Magic

When shiny black is used in decor, you run the risk of coming off as goth or glam or too modern or american psycho.  But the same doesn't go for matte black.  When that shiny surface is stripped away, you are left with something warm and velvety.

Check out how it is used on doors, walls, furniture, tile, hardware...Sky's the limit!

  Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

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 Jenna Lyons' old bedroom from  Living Etc

Jenna Lyons' old bedroom from Living Etc

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 John Pawson Staircase

John Pawson Staircase

 Chair by Gonçalo Arcalo

Chair by Gonçalo Arcalo

  Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

 Wythe Hotel, New York City

Wythe Hotel, New York City

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  Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

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  Rast IKEA hack

Rast IKEA hack

 Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson

And here is a great article that backs me up:  Is Black the New White?

 Storage from Minanda Studio - WIRT

Storage from Minanda Studio - WIRT

Pivot Doors

In Los Angeles, indoor/outdoor flow is important.  Outside temperatures circle room temperature, and we have few bugs, so people want to leave their doors and windows open.  I am a big fan of french doors/garage doors/pocket doors/etc, but now I have my eye on pivot doors. Fabulous!

  Brown residence designed by  Lake | Flato Architects

 Brown residence designed by Lake | Flato Architects

Notice how the floor material inside extends to the outdoors, creating an easy indoor/outdoor flow.  This is one of the design elements that will be incorporated in my dream house.

 Heidi Weber Museum Center Le Corbusier

Heidi Weber Museum Center Le Corbusier

 Front door, built by Samuelson Cabinets of Kalispell,

Front door, built by Samuelson Cabinets of Kalispell,

Branché is plugged in!

I was just sent this image by a friend of mine.  WHAT THE WHAT!

Marie Claire magazine has just release a free magazine and they are calling it Branché.  This thin magazine was handed out on the streets of New York City, and doesn't have an online presence.

My "id" is saying "That's my name!  I thought of that first!"

My "ego" is a bit relieved.  This publication confirms that a trendy bunch of high paid professionals:

--think the name Branché is cool.

--clarified with a real french person to make sure Branché means what I thought it meant (cool, trendy, etc).

--feel confident that Americans can handle a word with an accent.

Art on Easels

In the season 1 finale of Elementary a new set is introduced: Elegant London Art Restorer Flat.

 Elementary: Season 1, Episode 24

Elementary: Season 1, Episode 24

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Although the easel is functional (and there are many more in other areas of the apartment), it doubles as decorative.  

I have long desired an H frame easel for none practical purposes.  It is an elegant way to display art when you run out of walls.   

prefer the H frame easel over the tripod style.  The H frame has a more intricate design, and can allows the painting to stand upright. A tripod easel tilts the painting back more drastically.  

FYI: To pull this off, the art needs to be BIG and fabulous.  

 Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, CT.  Built  1949

Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, CT.  Built  1949

The easel concept reminds me a lot of when I visited Philip Johnson's Glass House.  The home is ultra minimal, with no walls dividing the rooms.  To delineate the living room from the bedroom, a Poussin painting was place on a steel stand.  Yes, he had a multi-million dollar room divider.  

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Match the drapes, to the walls, to the pillows, to the...

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Chinoiserie Chic wrote an article about the Manhattan home of fashion designer Elizabeth McKay.  

Her daughter's room jumped out at me because there is a green herringbone pattern (which I like) applied to the walls, windows, bed, shelves.....and who knows what else.  It's hard to get a sense of the room overall. 

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Matching fabric and wallpaper has always felt very Baroque to me, like these bedrooms from Versailles:

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or 60's/70's: 

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I am totally ready to see more matchy-matchy in this decade.  Bring it on. 

A magical realm on the other side of the wall

 Scarface (1983)

Scarface (1983)

When I think of a wall covered in a large photograph, my mind immediately goes to Scarface...but is that such a bad thing?  Yes, it was meant to be over the top and tacky, but it is still freakin' awesome.  

There is just something magical about being able to walk over base moldings into a forest, onto a beach, or into a piece of art.

The company Wallpapered let's you select or design your wall art, put in the dimensions of your wall, and receive your art in the mail.  Or there is Pixers, which does the same thing.  I am sure a google will turn up many more options.

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The picture to the left led me to Steve's Wallpaper and Blinds.  The site looks budget to the max, so it makes sense they would have some really affordable wall murals for sale.  There are a bunch that are less than $100.

Malachite: Just putting it in writing

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I am not the first person to say MALACHITE IS AMAZING, and I won't be the last.......because it's amazing.   

Malachite is a green mineral, often banded in appearance.  This patter has been reproduced in fabric, wallpaper, DYI hand painting, vinyl, and anything else you can think off.  The bold color is unmistakably decadent  and the application of this pattern produces out of this world results.   

 

  Emily Henderson Design, Elle Decor

Emily Henderson Design, Elle Decor

  Amanda Nisbet Design

Amanda Nisbet Design

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  Sally Wheat Design

Sally Wheat Design

  Nate Berkus Design

Nate Berkus Design

  Hillary Thomas

Hillary Thomas

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  Hillary Thomas -  Malachite Lamp Finial  $75

Hillary Thomas - Malachite Lamp Finial $75

  Hillary Thomas -  Malachite Bowls

Hillary Thomas - Malachite Bowls

I think this room is a little all-over-the-place, but I felt like I needed to include it because of the ceiling.  Not only is it hand painted malachite, but I am all about patterned ceilings in general. 

  Interior designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke designed the lounge and powder room for the 15th biennial Lake Forest Showhouse

Interior designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke designed the lounge and powder room for the 15th biennial Lake Forest Showhouse

I second that.

Chinoiserie Chic posted that his fabric is gonna be big, and I second that.

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The fabric is from Design Legacy, and it is called Mandarin Dragons.  It has this amazing watercolor quality, which makes it young and fresh.  The bright colors and energetic animals make it perfect for a kid's room, but it's not limited.  I could see it you used any place that wants to feel classy and fun: living room, office, etc.

I can't wait for this fabric to pop up again!  It could happen any moment.

Calling it: Brushstrokes

 Ross Cassidy

Ross Cassidy

One of the stand out rooms in the second season of Million Dollar Decorators (a.k.a. best show ever made for planet earth), was the bedroom and sitting room for Amber Valetta.  The room was designed by Ross Cassidy, the right hand man at JAM.  

It's way too pink for my taste but the brushstroke ceiling is fabulous.  It makes the room.  I just wish I could have found a better picture of it.  

 Amber Valetta's bedroom designed by JAM

Amber Valetta's bedroom designed by JAM

I didn't know this was a trend until I saw a post on Chinoiserie Chic which featured burshstroke walls. 

I adore this Kelly Wearstler room.  But maybe I'm biased because I think I could live the rest of my life in only Kelly Wearstler rooms and be happy.    

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But wait, there's more:

 Bunny Williams lamp

Bunny Williams lamp

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 Julian Schanbel's Gramercy Park Hotel

Julian Schanbel's Gramercy Park Hotel

In theory, you could turn this concept into a DIY project, but if you have lots of disposable cash, you could have your very own brushstrokes walls curtsy of Amanda Nisbet.   

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Robert Longo: Twist & Shout

I first was exposed to Robert Longo's work  in 2006, when I was living in Paris and visited the Centre Pompidou.   

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His paintings are large! graphic! monochrome! dynamic! twisted! smart! urban! desperate! amazing!

They would look incredible anywhere.  Yes, I said ANYWHERE!  In a plane.  In Spain. In the rain.  In a psychos apartment.

 American Psycho (2000).  Production Designer: Gideon Ponte

American Psycho (2000).  Production Designer: Gideon Ponte

An original print could go for 5K to 10K, so there is no way I'm going to be owning any Longo any time soon.  

 Designer: Tom Sheerer

Designer: Tom Sheerer

 Frederic Malle's house in Architectural Digest

Frederic Malle's house in Architectural Digest

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.   

 

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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