Entries in house beautiful (5)

Wednesday
Aug192015

needle in the haystack 

House Beautiful’s 2011 piece on this cheery Manhattan apartment by Nick Olsen remains one of my all-time favorite editorials. I love this space because it’s well-done and looks tres expensive but was fabricated on somewhat of a budget. The headboard is slipcovered, the standard fridge is decked out with polaroids, the curtains are sheers with just a dash of panache... Chic, but obtainable and livable. And it’s unmistakably Olsen. Just look at the trompe l’oeil paneling in the bathroom!  

Don’t get me wrong. What designer wouldn’t love to have an endless budget to do everything he or she would like to do, and more? I can think of several $4,000/yard fabrics that I’d like to use on a sofa someday (dream big!). However, I think there is magic in picking up a piece at a thrift store and transforming it into something beautiful. Editorials like the one above remind me that creative, out-of-the-box thinking is a necessary skill and must be consistently practiced/honed. When I visit a Target or a second-hand store, I like to play a game with myself called “Needle in the Haystack.” Can I score a cashmere sweater to rival or exceed what I’d find at Neiman Marcus? Can I find bed linens that are a dead ringer for Olatz? Sometimes I lose! But sometimes, I find a set of Portault towels for $60.

(all photos via Nick Olsen's beautiful website!)

Monday
Aug202012

we love our bed: the mashburns

House Beautiful’s “I Love My Bed” series is one of my favorite ongoing editorials. The interview, always with interesting tastemakers, is short, sweet and full of fun facts. Take Sid + Ann Mashburn. You may have guessed that Ann is a Francophile, but would you have known that they used to argue over how to fold sheets? (hilarious.)  

Bob Morris, the journalist who interviewed the Mashburns for this piece, asked them the most interesting question: “If your bedroom had a name, what would you call it?” Which makes me wonder... what would you name your bedroom? Ann chose "haven" or "heaven." If I had to christen mine in its current state, I’d name it something like, "don't judge me." But my old bedroom? Maybe it'd be "Hamish" for my Hamish Bowles-inspired walls (which turned out way more purple than planned :) Anywho, do you have a favorite ongoing editorial? 

Monday
Dec052011

tablescape envy

House Beautiful does tablescapes the way that House & Garden did vanities (if you can't recall that feature, click here!). Surely you've noticed one of HB's gorgeously dressed tables before - always guest-curated by someone fabulous, they're show-stopping. The two above, saved from past issues of the magazine, are my favorites. The first was designed by Charlotte Moss and the second by Georgiana Chapman + Keren Craig of Marchesa. Are you swooning yet? In her feature, Charlotte Moss had some food for thought that I simply had to highlight: "My mother always said, 'knock yourself out or don't bother.' If you're not entertaining yourself and your guests, why bother?" Touché, Ms. Moss. I couldn't agree more :) 

(photo one: thibault jeanson, two: jessica antola. scanned by moi)

Tuesday
May242011

miles says...

(image scanned from House Beautiful)

Monday
Feb012010

william stubbs' a moment of luxury

Dear readers, have I got a treat for you! I stumbled across the link to New York City's WLIW21's exclusive television series A Moment of Luxury via one of Bunny William's tweets (I swear, twitter is such a great resource!). Series that air exclusively on public television are highly underrated-- particularly home and design series. I could watch The Create Channel, Chicago's art, design and food public television station, for hour on end.. But anyway, A Moment of Luxury episodes are available for viewing online here. Episodes and exclusive "webisodes" are also available here.


I included my two favorite episodes, of course! In the video above, Mr. Stubbs gets a personal room-by-room tour of the 2009 Kips Bay Showhouse by the room's respective designer. Remember the Bunny Williams-designed room that caused such a stir on the August 5, 2009 Skirted Round Table podcast? In this episode, you hear Bunny's thoughts about the room she designed as well as what was behind it.


In this episode, Bunny Williams guides Mr. Stubbs through her weekend home made famous by her book,
An Affair With a House. So fabulous! You have to watch it.