Wednesday
May062015

truman capote + the paris review

"Truman Capote lives in a big yellow house in Brooklyn Heights, which he has recently restored with the taste and elegance that is generally characteristic of his undertakings. As I entered he was head and shoulders inside a newly arrived crate containing a wooden lion.

“There!” he cried as he tugged it out to a fine birth amid a welter of sawdust and shavings. “Did you ever see anything so splendid? Well, that’s that. I saw him and I bought him. Now he’s all mine.”

“He’s large,” I said. “Where are you going to put him?”

“Why, in the fireplace, of course,” said Capote. “Now come along into the parlor while I get someone to clear away this mess.”

The parlor is Victorian in character and contains Capote’s most intimate collection of art objects and personal treasures, which, for all their orderly arrangement on polished tables and bamboo bookcases, somehow remind you of the contents of a very astute little boy’s pockets. There is, for instance, a golden Easter egg brought back from Russia, an iron dog, somewhat the worse for wear, a Fabergé pillbox, some marbles, blue ceramic fruit, paperweights, Battersea boxes, picture postcards, and old photographs. In short everything that might seem useful or handy in a day’s adventuring around the world..."

Excerpt from a 1955 interview with Capote as published in The Paris Review. Read the interview in full here. 

(photo of Capote's home via)

Tuesday
May052015

at home with inès de la fressange

I'm a day late and a dollar short, but did you see the December/January issue of Vogue Paris? It was all about Inès de la Fressange. My favorite editorial in the publication, of course, was this feature on her Parisian home. A few years ago, I posted two photos of her flat as seen in a British Vogue piece. Much to my delight, this Vogue article gives us a much more in depth look at the space. I love her trademark pink walls and the home's overall feeling of easy, lived-in elegance. Also, I'm dying for my own giant chalkboard wall. Inès is a genius!  

Wednesday
Apr292015

life well planned

While flipping through channels the other day, I happened to pass MSNBC on a commercial break and caught a this wonderful Raymond James ad. Who thought that a commercial for a financial services company could be so stylish and good-natured? I want to be best friends with Emily Skinner, fastidious librarian and oldest woman to ever live. Raymond James also has another commercial I love called "The Five Harriets." Don't they make you happy? :)

Monday
Apr272015

Sister Parish in Vogue

Sister Parish, doyenne of decorating, was interviewed for an article on current home trends in the June 1974 issue of Vogue. Swathed in leopard and floral fabric and outfitted in pearls, what she tells Vogue could be very well be published today. In ’74, she felt a resurgence of 18th century French and English furniture, and a return to both florals and unique, hand-made, high-quality items. She’ll mix them with modern elements, but traditional pieces will remain the bones of her rooms. It’s so fun to uncover these small pieces of history from titans of design. Though over forty years old, I think her advice and style will always remain relevant. Then again, I’ll always agree with her school of design.           

(Photo by Horst P. Horst)

Monday
Apr272015

the unswept floor

I could not believe my eyes when my professor showed my art history class this Roman mosaic circa the 2nd century B.C.E. Located in Pompeii, the decorative piece remains only because it was preserved by the same volcanic ash that destroyed the city.

The mosaic was inspired by the aftermath of a wild upper class dinner party, where it was de riguer to throw remnants of food onto the floor. I’ve always been fascinated by trompe l'oeil – one of my all-time favorite pieces of furniture is Jacqueline Kennedy’s wardrobe in her White House dressing room (see here, too). Apparently, the Romans loved trompe l’oeil as well. It’s strange to think that those of ancient civilizations were just like us.

When I buy my dream home, I’m going to commission an artist to paint this on my kitchen floor. I’ll keep you posted.