mark shaw + audrey hepburn

I think if I could go back in time to interview anyone, it would be Mark Shaw. In addition to photographing the starlets of Hollywood’s golden age and working for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar circa 1950 and 1960, Shaw was the Kennedy White House’s unofficial photographer. I mean, to sit down with an individual who could give you first-hand accounts of what Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy, Diana Vreeland and Audrey Hepburn were like in person? Priceless. I adore these candid stills of Audrey courtesy of the Andrew Wilder Gallery (all of which are for sale, btw). Shaw was a master of capturing the right moment... he makes it look so easy. And to think, all of these were taken with plain old film!


want of the day

Today’s “want of the day” is uncharacteristically tangible :) Chanel’s Allure has been my mother’s signature fragrance for years. I tried it while I was home for Christmas and totally fell in love. It’s so yummy and wears quite well (though isn’t it funny how much a scent can change depending on the wearer?). I rarely wear perfume, so this purchase will be a big step for me! Out of curiosity, what was your first perfume? Mine was YSL's Babydoll - I bought it in France when I was in my early teens (mainly because I liked the hot pink packagaing). Excited to hear your answers! x


a valentino wedding

I always joke about how I’m not going to have a big wedding – when the time comes, I may even elope! – but I will not skimp on a wedding dress. A gown along the lines of this bride’s stunning Valentino frock might do the trick. I’ve been obsessed with the number since I first saw it in the Italian couturier's spring 2011 collection. Since then, it’s starred in ads and movie premieres alike… But to wear it as a wedding dress?! Pure genius. Not to mention, the nuptials itself looks as if it could have come straight out of the pages of Vogue. La Adoro!   



bon anniversaire!

It’s officially been two years since I began my blog! I can’t believe it – where has the time gone?! From interviews with a few of my idols to introducing me to lifelong friends, A Lovely Being has allowed for some pretty awesome experiences. Most importantly, it’s you readers that make it all worth it. Your unwavering support is mind-blowing :) Wishing you all the happiest of new years! xoxoxo


Kendall Wilkinson is one of the industry’s premier interior designers. Her work has been featured in numerous publications – from Elle Décor to Town & Country – for good reason: her taste is impeccable! Recently, Ms. Wilkinson was one of a handful of top designers from around the country asked to participate in LUXE Magazine’s Maison de Luxe Show House in Beverly Hills. The result? A breathtaking and most innovative take on the traditional men’s room. Dubbed the “Twilight Room,” the space is Hollywood grandeur at it’s very finest. I had the opportunity to speak with Kendall about her firm’s latest project for the blog – I do hope you enjoy! 

Fallon: The stereotypical “mens’ room” conjures images of old-world gentlemen’s clubs – taxidermy, tufted leather sofas, oversized trophies (you know men and their egos…) – but the “Twilight Room” is clean, modern and incredibly innovative. What inspired you to take the design in this direction? Whom did you have in mind when you designed the space?

Kendall Wilkinson: I’ve created many “mens’ rooms” in my career, but I wanted to veer away from the traditional mens' room and create more of a sleek lounge, where the “night crawlers” might come hang out, chill out, listen to music from their Sonos or Itunes… enjoy good conversation in a cool lounge space with a strong vibe. I was imagining an actor from the Hollywood scene having a chic after-party here…Or, a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur discussing his /her latest business idea. I wanted to create a masculine space without having to fall back on the stereotypical look.

F: How did you go about designing the “Twilight Room”? Were you able to preview the space in person beforehand?

KW: Yes, we were able to visit the house beforehand, take measurements, and photograph the space - all of which is so instrumental in developing your design. The room is relatively small and presented some design challenges. But it had a great view and wonderful light. We wanted to make sure our design didn’t take away from those great features, but we needed to come up with some real design solutions to make the space work for us.

F: I’m dying to know which concept came first – the hanging pergola lounge or the infinity mirror wall?

KW: The whole design process was organic and collaborative. I wanted to celebrate the beauty of the Estate and its landscape – to integrate my indoor room with the out of doors. I needed to have seating; I wanted the space to feel bigger and more open. I asked my design team, what can we design to make this space better?

Pergolas are often used in the landscape to create vertical interest. Our custom indoor pergola lounge has a framework that imitates walls and a ceiling without obscuring the beautiful view of the lush landscape.  I love how the cantilevered benches hover, suspended in the air, hanging by not even a thread.  But, they were made for hanging out in too!  Mirrors are an old designer trick to expand a space, but I wanted to take it to that next step.  Our infinity mirror wall does that and more. 

(photo by Mark Shaw, courtesy of the Andrew Wilder Gallery)

F: The artwork that you chose is unexpected but works beautifully. What was behind your decision to use fashion photography?

KW: I’ve always been inspired by, and have a tremendous appreciation for fashion. With my work, I also love mixing in the unexpected. Mark Shaw’s provocative vintage photographs juxtaposed perfectly with the contemporary ethereal images of Norwegian photographer Sølve Sundsbø.

F: I feel like when one has free reign with a space – i.e. no particular client – the finished product is bound to reflect insight on the designer’s inner being. Is this true with the “Twilight Room?” If you could steal one element of this space to install in your own home, what would it be?

KW: I’d love to install the whole room into my home! In fact, I’m working with clients to install aspects of this design into their homes – from the gilded paper on the ceilings, to an adaptation of the benches or a custom infinity mirror. It’s very easy to adjust and customize these design elements for any space. The photographs may make their way into my home…

F: When you walk into this room, you feel…

KW: ...Incredible! It’s wonderful to see my vision come to life. Visitors to the space have said it best… “Calming yet stimulating”…”Inspirational”…”Magical”…”Blown away”We’ve been getting such a tremendous response from anyone who visits the space. Their reactions have been really wonderful.   

(a special thanks also goes out to Caitlin Flemming for arranging this interview!)
Photos 2, 3, 4, & 6 courtesy of Lisa Romerein