Tuesday
Jun212011

ten favorite things: hamish bowles

I'm lucky enough to own the issue of Australian Vogue Living featuring Hamish Bowles' gorgeously pink New York apartment. The publication also features Mr. Bowles' 10 favorite things on the last page of the issue. They read as follows: 1. Charvet silk ties and pocket squares. I love the finishing flourish on them, and the experience of shopping in that wonderfully evocative shop in Paris. 2. Oum Kalsoum. Kalsoum gave voice to the middle east in the 20th century - her iconic persona, and her extraorinarily powerful voice delivering poignant songs of lament and lost love are captivating. 3. My René Bouché portrait of Truman Capote. It was used on the dust jacket of the original Breakfast At Tiffany's and was my first serious purchase after I moved to Manhattan in 1992. Truman has been my talisman. 4. Patmos, Greece. It's the Greek island that has it all; Magical hidden bays and coves, one horse lovelier and more stylish than the next, and the mythicism of its monastery, monks and nuns. 5. Clarence House. Naturally I adored the Queen Mother, and what joy when the current incumbents of her London Manse, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Scotland for the Summer and the mansion is opened up to the ticket-wielding great unwashed. 6. Sitio Roberto Burle Marx Garden in Brazil. I experienced an epiphany in this extraordinary landscape, the love child of the great and revolutionary Brazilian garden designer. 7. Chintz, especially all the the Rose Cumming patterns (‘Delphinium’, pictured). 8. My library, which is absurdly extensive. I have endless style, fashion and decorating books and everything Cecil Beaton ever published or Rex Whistler, Oliver Messel and Philipe Jullian ever illustrated. 9. Film director Luchino Visconti’s oeuvre, with special emphasis on Ossessione, Senso, The Damned, Death in Venice (pictured), Ludwig, Conversation Piece, and L’Innocente. 10. Tangier. Dusty, fly blown, all that was magical systematically disappearing - this remains, against all odds, one of my most beloved places on the planet. 

Tuesday
Jun212011

want of the day

I often tell people that one of my goals in life is to own a home... just so that I can cover it in wallpaper. Spefically Scalamandré's "Zebras" (any color way will do). Because I'm an impatient person, I was thinking that I'd find a way to use it in my next apartment. Perhaps inside the panel on a closet door? Although in recent days I've come across the wallpaper quite often (see here), I never find it redundant. What do you think? Are you over it, or do you believe "Zebras" to be a classic? 

Thursday
Jun162011

on this day in history...

1917:
Legendary photographer Irving Penn 

was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. 

(photo of Penn and wife, Lisa,
by Horst P. Horst)

Thursday
Jun162011

I heart viv strauss

While trolling Etsy a few days ago, I stumbled across artist Viv Strauss’ storefront. I simply could not be more smitten by her work! In addition to just being plain fantastic, her pieces have the most whimsical titles, I.E. “Florence Vanderploeg and Otto take a drive and enjoy the early fall foliage, September of 1938.” I think I need to purchase the first watercolor above... I can’t stop thinking about it. The banana leaf wallpaper featured in the piece is clearly inspired by the wallpaper at Indochine, an iconic New York eatery (I strongly suggest that you read Heather Clawson’s post about Indochine’s wallpaper here). When you have a moment today, why don’t you browse through Ms. Strauss’ shop? I promise you’ll find it time well spent. 

Thursday
Jun162011

jackie uncensored 

Shortly after her husband’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded a series of seven interviews with historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. regarding her life in the Kennedy White House. She knew that Camelot had had a profound effect on the American public and felt it her responsibility to preserve her memories and observations for history’s sake. This September, 20/20 will air an abridged version of the interviews during a prime-time special hosted by Diane Sawyer. CDs of the recordings (which total a whopping 8.5 hours!) will also be available for purchase in conjunction with the feature. Should you so desire, you can pre-order it on Amazon right this second. I’m so thrilled to get my hands on a copy, I can’t even begin to tell you! We all admire Jacqueline as a style icon - to have the opportunity to understand her as a person is truly a gift.